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Black Friday isn't what it used to be. Just ask Chris Ott.

He married into a family that never missed the occasion. And let's just say, he really got into it.

After Thanksgiving dinner, they'd peruse Black Friday ads, developing a "really fun strategic plan — pick the store that we were going to wait outside of, we would divide and conquer," says Ott, 42, a cybersecurity engineer and youth pastor in the Denver area.

Tech Tuesday: Your Health Data

Nov 26, 2019
HIV testing at Mozaic, an Equitas Health clinic in Columbus.
Equitas Health

Google, and the largest U.S. nonprofit hospital network have partnered in a deal that, among other things, gives the tech giant access to patient health data.

So-called Project Nightingale provides Google access to the medical records of more than 50 million people across 21 states. Google claims the deal will enhance productivity and patient safety.

But others are concerned about securing the data.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: patient health data, Black Friday deals and more.



Tech Tuesday: Video Games And Screen Time

Nov 12, 2019
eSport gamers play League of Legends during a competion.
Joueurs de League of Legends au Meltdown Paris / Wikipedia Commons

China has instituted an online video-game curfew for minors, banning anyone younger than 18 from online play between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. 

Intended to thwart video-game addiction, the curfew was ordered amid increasing awareness of the impacts of gaming. 

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: video games and screen time. 


shopping mall
Darko Stojanovic

Online shopping this holiday season could attract more Central Ohio residents, especially those who live in “shopping deserts” where businesses once thrived.

Ohioans Expected To Increase Holiday Shopping Spending

Nov 20, 2018
A shopper browses sales in a store at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe, Ohio In this Nov. 27, 2015 file photo, a shopper browses sales in a store at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe, Ohio in this Nov. 27, 2015 file photo.
John Minchillo / AP

With Ohio consumer confidence continuing to soar, economic forecasters said Monday they expect Ohio shoppers to increase holiday spending by 3.2 percent over last year.

This Black Friday, holiday shoppers in Ohio could be taking more of their business online than in retail stores. Or they might do both at the same time.

What's missing for customers who've embraced the online shopping experience is the ability to try on clothing and try out items before buying them. Enter virtual reality (VR) and big investments by Walmart, Amazon, Ikea and others.

There are a lot of things that make holidays hectic: travel, cooking, making small talk and avoiding questions from your relatives about who you're dating and how school's going. That's typically part of what comes with holidays, but the chaos and disorder that accompany Black Friday, not even a true holiday, are something else.

11:00 The draw of great deals may have some camping out on the sidewalk for Black Friday, but for others, a good app is all you need. This hour we'll hear about some shopping apps that might help out this holiday season. Plus, we'll discuss how a generation of children growing up with technology at their fingertips will impact their lives. Guests:

11:00 On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about how social media influences our shopping through new applications, social commerce and advertising. Then, we'll talk about Ultrabooks, a new class of lightweight, powerful Windows laptops that are just now hitting the market. On the last segment, we'll be covering Black Friday. We'll tell you where to find the best gadgets for the best prices, as well as discuss apps and websites to help you find the best deals. Guests