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Singles’ Day rakes in more than $38 billion in sales

It has already eclipsed sales predictions of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba set a sales record on Singles’ Day — the world’s largest 24-hour shopping event. Alibaba reported selling US$ 1 billion worth of goods sold in 1 minute and 8 seconds. It sold US$ 12 billion in the first hour and by the end, it had crossed the US$ 38 billion mark.

While Alibaba is the name often associated with the mega shopping event, competitors JD.com and Pinduoduo all offer their own sales.

During the 24-hour period, which began at midnight in Singapore and Hong Kong, Alibaba offered huge discounts across its e-commerce sites such as Tmall. Electronics, gadgets and fashion items were among the most sold goods.

China’s one-day festival has already eclipsed sales predictions of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Adobe Analytics estimates that the long U.S. holiday shopping weekend this year will generate total retail sales of US$ 29 billion.

November 11 has long been celebrated in a lot of parts of Asia as “Singles’ Day.” This year, Alibaba put up a Festival Gala Celebration event where Grammy Award-winning singer Taylor Swift and a host of other celebrities performed.

For years China has been the manufacturing capital of the world. Whether it’s a complicated tunnel boring machine or a simple logic board, the country can make it all. It can produce all of it at an unprecedented scale.

As the world’s most populous country, it has an abundance of resources to help achieve industrial feats like no other. The huge population is also the prime reason for their economical rise.

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Samsung prints cat billboard to show off 200-megapixel camera

Look at all those pixels

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it. That said, if you have a gigantic 200-megapixel camera, what can you do to flex your chops? Obviously, you print every photo onto a billboard. Samsung, in one of the craziest flexes this year, has printed a billboard of a cat photo taken with its 200-megapixel camera.

From two years ago to early last year, Samsung teased plans for a much, much larger camera in the megapixel race. Reports at the time already confirmed the coming of the 200-megpiaxel camera, but Samsung went so far as to tease a 600-megapixel shooter.

Now, the 200-megapixel ISOCELL camera is now ready for launch. Of course, it’s not our first time seeing the huge camera. Samsung previously unveiled the sensor back in September but didn’t confirm its launch on a specific device yet.

The lack of a device won’t stop Samsung from showing off its power, though. The company got a photographer and used the sensor to take photos of a cat. Then, they printed the photo onto a billboard to show off the captured detail.

However, though the flex is certainly impressive, not everyone has the money or the desire to have their own billboard. The specifics of the 200-megapixel camera might go over most users today. Still, once the camera drops into mainstream shooter, it’s good to know what it’s exactly capable of.

SEE ALSO: 200-megapixel Samsung camera is ‘coming soon’

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Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

More games for PC and mobile

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Do you have a PlayStation 5 already? Despite being more than a year since its launch, the new console practically flies off from the shelves and into the hands of lucky buyers (less likely) or scalpers (more likely). However, based on Sony’s current plans, you might want to claw a bit deeper for one. Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025.

Recently, Sony hosted a business briefing for its investors. Reported by Video Games Chronicle, company president Jim Ryan shared what the PlayStation has in store for the future. More conclusively, Ryan stated that they have plans to bump up releases for both PC and mobile platforms. By 2025, around half of Sony’s game releases will launch for those two platforms.

In the past, Sony was notoriously against releasing its exclusive games for the PC. However, the company recently reversed its stance by porting some of its titles, including Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War. With its latest plans, Sony is hugely diversifying its portfolio.

As you might have noticed from above, that’s not the only thing they hinted at. Though Ryan did not speak much about it, the graphic also depicts a stark lack of PlayStation 4 titles coming out in 2025. The year will see only PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile releases, potentially signaling the end of the PS4 era.

SEE ALSO: Upgrading my PlayStation 5 storage

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This is what the Nothing phone (1) looks like

And when it might launch

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Since the inception of the company, Nothing has drummed up consistent hype for its products. The ear (1) carried a notable air of mystery before its launch. Now, all eyes are on the company’s next launch, its first smartphone called the Nothing phone (1). As the supposed launch window approaches, more and more details are coming out for the device. With a new report now, we know what the phone (1) might look like and when it will launch.

The first nugget comes straight from Carl Pei’s mouth. Speaking to Wallpaper, Pei and Tom Howard, Nothing’s head of design, both confirmed that the device will have a transparent rear. The company is reportedly proud of the different components inside the phone, especially the camera and wireless charging coil.

To show off the hardware, Nothing placed a transparent rear, showcasing something that users don’t usually see. It’s a design philosophy that the company has followed since the ear (1).

On the unconfirmed side of things, the phone (1) will supposedly launch on July 21, according to German publication AllroundPC. However, the publication doesn’t confirm whether the date pertains to the launch or the start of sales.

Other sources have also speculated that the phone will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for its processor. If anything, Pei and Howard have both confirmed that the device will have a Qualcomm chipset.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei confirms Nothing phone (1) is coming this year

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