We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year, which is normally the time when the CanCon podcast poses an existential question as to whether tech is aiding the progress of humanity or impeding it.
This year we’re doing something a little different. Holiday tech gift recommendations! Let’s fill that hole in our hearts with capitalism (and a new drone!).
You might even purchase some of our tech recommendations on Boxing Day, when you’re wandering around a mall with your family looking for sweet deals. It’s more likely, however, that you got most, if not all, of your holiday shopping done between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
That’s great news for Shopify, which handled 10 percent of all Black Friday/Cyber Monday online sales. The uptick in online over brick-and-mortar purchases is bad news for delivery infrastructure and striking postal workers. It also means the 110 inches worth of TVs I accidentally purchased got lost in Calgary.
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CanCon’s tech wishlist
- Focals by North
- Sonos One speaker
- MacBook Air 2018
- iPhone Xr
- OnePlus 6T
- Google Pixel 3 (Night Sight feature examples)
- Phillips Wake Up Light Alarm
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Google Home
- Apple TV 4K
- The Productivity Planner
- Sheerly Genius
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Nintendo Switch
- DJI Tello Drone
- EFF’s guide to creepy, surveillant Christmas gifts (because Douglas can’t help himself)
Shopify won the holidays by winning Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Shopify merchants made $1.5 billion USD on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
How did Black Friday eclipse Boxing Day in Canada?