Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 12/03/2013 2:57 pm


Mobile devices made this Cyber Monday the biggest online shopping day in history. That's the word from IBM who also says that sales jumped 20.6 percent from 2012 to 2013. Purchases made on mobile devices made up 17 percent of the day's total sales, with more people using smartphones than tablets. This is in stark contrast to Black Friday sales, which fell 13.2 percent from last year. But analysts say that's partly because retailers opened their stores on Thanksgiving Thursday before Black Friday.

A cyberattack targeting credit and debit card users at local grocery stores in parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana has been blocked. URM Stores says credit card systems were placed back online Monday night after extra security systems were implemented. URM Stores is a Spokane-based wholesaler that processes a large number of the electronic payments made by shoppers at Yoke's, Rosauers, Super 1 Foods, Family Foods, CenterPlace Market and Trading Company stores in the four states. The extra security won't protect customers who used their cards at the stores prior to Nov. 25. Officials stress that anyone who used a credit or debit card at URM-affiliated stores prior to that date should pay close attention to bank statements.

Applebee's is reportedly adding something new to its tables. The restaurant chain announced Tuesday that it plans to put tablet computers at every table. The chain hopes to have the tablets in place at all of its U.S. restaurants by the end of 2014. Customers will be able to use the tablets to order appetizers and desserts, pay for their meals and even play video games while they wait. But, you'll still have to go through the wait staff to order your main dish. Applebee's isn't the only chain looking to add new technology. According to USA Today, Chili's restaurants are already working to put tablets at their tables and IHOP is looking into doing the same thing.
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