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Cyber Monday becomes Cyber WeekBlack Friday sees record online spending, mobile shopping is on the rise, and Nintendo sells over 1 million systems in the past week.
-'Tis the season to shop on your phone. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Between the online sales on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, they should just start calling this Cyber Weekend because Black Friday has become a huge online shopping day. Online sales for internet retailers surpassed $1 billion for the first time on the day after Thanksgiving. That's according to comScore. Online shopping on Thanksgiving was also up 32% from last year. So, next time, maybe you could just get a great deal at home instead of fighting for phones at Wal-Mart, like in this video posted on YouTube. Amazon is always the top online shopping spot for Cyber Monday deals, but other popular online destinations are eBay followed by Shopify. Next stop are Amazon's websites, Zappos and Quidsi, that's according to tracking agency Deepfield. And we're doing more shopping on our mobile devices. PayPal and IBM reported seeing a huge influx of mobile shoppers throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In fact, a large majority of people shopping on tablets were using iPads, but what are we buying? Tablets are more popular now than laptops. In a recent report from NPD DisplaySearch further proves this. So, basically, we're buying iPads with our iPads. There are several factors playing in, like how tablets now are cheaper, Windows 8 is designed to work on tablets, and companies ordered more to prepare for a tablet gift surge this holiday. As for other big tech items, the new Furby and Skylanders are hot sellers and Nintendo sold 1 million game systems over the last week which includes 400,000 Wii U systems, 300,000 of the original Wii systems, and 500,000 portable 3DS and DS systems. And for gamers paying $50 for a yearly PlayStation Plus account, you can now add on Sony's music unlimited premium membership for $1 a month. It's now only $10 a month for Plus members. Sony's music service has 80 million song streams on computers and mobile devices and it offers the ability to listen offline. If you're travelling for the holidays, here's a few apps to keep an eye on, Packing Pro in the Apple App Store. Make sure you don't forget anything with a pre-trip to-do list and the packing list and you could choose things from an exhaustive pre-made list. It's one of the reasons the app costs $3. And when you check something off, it syncs with your other devices that also use the app, but if you're more about documenting your travels, check out HipGeo. It's for Apple and Android. It's a free app that creates a blog for you to post your images, videos, texts, all tied to your geolocation. It's pretty much an easy to use blog tool. That's your tech news update. You can find links to all of these stories on the blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.