Apple is offering gift cards of up to $150 when you purchase a gadget through its US online and retails outlets. If you pick up a new iPad Mini or iPad 2, expect to get a $50 Apple Store gift card. The iPad Air is worthy of a $75 gift card. And at Walmart, you can get the iPhone 5S for $189 (its original price is $199) and the iPhone 5c (typically $99) for $45 with a two-year contract.
On November 13, Microsoft decided to dump stack ranking — a people measurement system that forces managers to find and fire their ”worst” people every year – as word leaked that Yahoo had adopted it. Since March 2012, Adobe Systems replaced stack ranking with what it calls “Check In,” shares in the software company have risen about 68%.
When it's time to actually spend the money in the mobile-device era, tablets were used 55 percent more often than phones during Thanksgiving-day shopping. Traffic from phones outpaced that of tablet for browsing sites, with phones accounting for 26.6 percent of visits to 15.3 for tablets. Specifically, iOS devices accounted for 21 percent of sales where Android devices accounted only for 4.6 percent. iOS users spent more, too -- $122 per order vs $106 for Android.