Just a couple of years ago, the "next big thing" in wearable tech was going to be Google Glass. The device was our ticket to an awesome sci-fi future.
Then, in 2014, we all got a good look at the eyewear -- and suddenly, it wasn't. By January 2015, when Google ended the "beta" period and stopped making its first version of the device, it was fairly clear that the general public wasn't sold on Google Glass -- or the privacy issues it raised.
But Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report has not given up on the concept. As CNBC reports, the U.S. Patent Office has given its imprimatur to an application for the next generation of Glass -- a smaller, monocle-style version.
No word yet on how they plan to get around the "everyone wearing a monocle looks like a Hollywood villain or a steampunk aficionado" conundrum, but if anyone can do it, it's Alphabet. (Or maybe Apple (AAPL) - Get Report , if the company ever gives it a go.)
Alphabet shares closed Tuesday up 2.7% at $783.79.
Back in 2005 when the National Retail Federation first put a name to the whole "Cyber Monday" phenomenon, it existed because most of us didn't have the speedy Internet connections at home to handle serious shopping. So our holiday e-commerce binges started when we got back to work after the long Thanksgiving weekend. That's what made it the biggest online shopping day of the year.
That's so not the case anymore -- between mobile devices and ubiquitous broadband, we can buy Aunt Gail her Christmas present while we're still at the Thanksgiving table eating her pumpkin pie. But Cyber Monday endures and, according to the early estimates from Adobe (ADBE) - Get Report , this year's was the biggest online shopping day ever.
We shelled out $3.07 billion online during Cyber Monday 2015, more than any other day in history, 3.2% higher than Adobe's analysts had predicted and 16% more than last year.
And those mobile device shoppers? The accounted for a record-setting 26% of that total: $799 million.
Speaking of e-commerce and mobile devices, TheStreet's Rebecca Borrison reported Tuesday something that confirms what you probably already suspected: Amazon (AMZN) - Get Reportowns that business the way Usain Bolt would own your high school track team.
When looking at all mobile shoppers, fully 76% of them had the Amazon app on their phones. Walmart's (WMT) - Get Report app, in second place, was on just 33% of mobile shoppers' phones. Trailing, but still with significant presence on our devices were the apps of eBay (EBAY) - Get Report (27%), Target (TGT) - Get Report (18%) and Best Buy (BBY) - Get Report (6%). Amazon shares closed at $679.06, up 2.2%.
When your data are "in the cloud," that just means the information is being stored on a dispersed set of massive servers, located who-knows-where, owned by a service provider with a ton of memory available.
Until recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) - Get Report had planned to be one of those, but it gave up on its plans to build its own public cloud service this year. Now, Re/Code reports, HPE is forming a partnership that will make Microsoft's (MSFT) - Get Report Azure cloud computing service the preferred public option in its hybrid cloud products.
What's a hybrid cloud? That's when some of your data live on your company's own servers (like the stuff you really want to hold safely private), the rest are stored in the cloud, and the integration that allows users to access both is essentially seamless.
The No. 1 seller of servers and the world's biggest software company: Now that's a serious combination. HPE closed up 4.9% at $15.61 while Microsoft closed at $55.22, up 1.6%.
The days of your computer telling you -- again -- that you need to update your Flash plugin may be numbered. TechCrunch reports Adobe on Monday gave another sign that it recognizes its once-dominant animation platform is slowly sliding toward obsolescence: It renamed the Adobe Flash Professional application Adobe Animate CC.
What's in a name? In this case, quite a lot, according to TechCrunch. We're talking about software that's used to make high-quality web animations -- the ones that require Flash to view. But it's also good for programming them in formats like HTML5, which doesn't. Today, more than a third of the content built using the app uses HTML5.
Adobe is by no means done with Flash yet, and it says it will keep supporting the format for decades. But it clearly doesn't want anyone to think it can't see which way this trend is going.
Adobe shares closed up 1.2% at $92.55.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.