Walmart offering Black Thursday deals for shoppers

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In trending news this morning, Walmart announces its plans for a Black Thursday, plus the iPhone X freezes in cold weather, and Tiffany & Co. expands into knick-knacks and food.

First up, Walmart shoppers will be able get a head-start on holiday discounts whether they're shopping online or headed to a brick-and-mortar store.

The retail giant plans to be open and offer those Black Friday special deals on Thanksgiving day. Sale prices will be available for items purchased on Walmart's website beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

If you're going to a store, "door buster" discounts will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. that night. Store employees will hand out color-coded maps to help keep shoppers from getting too frazzled while searching for deals. Target and Toys 'R Us will also open early for people who'd rather shop than eat turkey. Apparently, 58% of people surveyed by consultant group "PWC" wanted to shop on the holiday.

Also trending, iPhone X sales are red-hot, but the device itself has reportedly been freezing up in cold temperatures. Apple says it is aware of reports of the screen becoming temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment.

The company says it's working on a software fix. In the meantime, they say that after several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. Apple's website recommends using iOS devices in temperatures between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lastly, high-end jeweler Tiffany is making changes left and right, by expanding its home and accessories department. It hopes knick-knacks like a sterling silver ball of yarn for $9,000 or a sterling tin can for a mere $1,000 will attract millennial shoppers.

The expanded home department at the flagship store on 5th Avenue also includes a restaurant. They're calling it the Blue Box Cafe and it opened Friday. Coffee and a croissant will cost $29 and will come with a choice of avocado toast, truffle eggs or a smoked salmon bagel with schmear.