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The morning after: Was Black Friday 2021 quieter than usual?

As you might have guessed on that Cyber ​​Monday morning, the big stories on Engadget are about great deals or even an unprecedented price for devices, accessories for those devices, or services running on them. (We’ve linked to the best deals below, but inventory levels and prices may have changed since the time of writing.)

However, according to the first figures, Black Friday online could have been more subdued than in previous years. Adobe estimates that combined Internet sales on Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day were lower than last year for the first time – even if it was only a small decrease from $ 9 billion in 2020 to $ 8.9 billion last week .

Adobe believes the slump reflects the multitude of Internet deals that began before Black Friday – some as early as October.

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They analyzed the data from the seismometer installed by NASA’s InSight lander.

NASA

A team of scientists has created the first detailed picture of what lies directly beneath the planet’s surface, revealing three billion years of its history by listening to the Martian winds.

More specifically, they analyzed the ambient noise (in the absence of marsquakes) recorded by the seismometer installed by the InSight lander. On Earth, this type of ambient seismic noise is created by the ocean, human activity, and winds, but only the latter is present on Mars.

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Is that better than a giant plastic beverage cup?

AMC is expanding its preference for the blockchain to include the freebies that you receive when you pre-order tickets. The theater chain and Sony Pictures are giving away 86,000 NFTs to Stubs Premiere, A-List and Investor Connect members who purchase or reserve tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home performances on December 16. Redeem a code through a dedicated website and receive one of 100 designs. Will it be worth millions? My limited Jurassic Park mug, which I got from a cinema in the 90s, doesn’t suggest that.

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China’s crypto mining ban could be partly responsible.

The morning after

Reuters

The Financial Times reports that the country’s electricity grid operator, KEGOC, will begin rationing electricity for 50 registered miners after their demand reportedly triggered an emergency shutdown mode at three power plants in October. You will also be the first to be disconnected in the event of a power failure. The Department of Energy estimates that electricity demand has so far increased eight percent in 2021, versus the more typical one or two percent. There have been power outages in six regions since October.

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There is no word about an equivalent upgrade elsewhere.

Electrek has learned that Tesla is delivering the electrical crossover in China with an AMD Ryzen processor on which the infotainment system runs instead of the usual Intel CPU. Performance variant owners have noticed the swap so far, but Tesla has historically used the same computing platform for all trim levels of a particular model.

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The biggest news you might have missed

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LG appoints new CEO to head its troubled electronics division

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