Emerging Tech

Amazon scouted airport locations for cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Amazon’s ambitious plans to expand the number of cashier-free Amazon Go stores may include opening locations at major airports, Reuters reports. Representatives from two California airports told Reuters of emails and conversations in June with Amazon personnel exploring potential interest in Amazon Go stores in their terminals. Since those initial contacts, however, the process has […]

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Google and Amazon could be working on Apple AirPods competitors, according to a well-respected analyst

Apple Amazon and Google may be working on wireless earbuds like Apple’s AirPods, according to a well-respected analyst. These wireless earbuds would be integrated with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Apple may also be looking into health features for its AirPods, according to the note. Apple’s wireless earbuds, AirPods, may soon be […]

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An HR exec who's worked at Facebook and Amazon says no one should become a manager without taking a key step

Courtesy of Bharath Jayaraman“You hire adults, you treat them like adults,” said Bharath Jayaraman, pictured. Before making someone a boss, allow them to have some management experience, so they know what they’re getting into. That’s advice from Bharath Jayaraman, vice president of people at Paxos and a former HR exec at Facebook and Amazon. Jayaraman […]

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Amazon 'dumbfounded' police in Spain by asking them to intervene in a mass warehouse strike

Amazon asked police in Spain to intervene in a mass strike on Friday by enforcing worker productivity inside a Madrid warehouse, according to local reports. Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe went on strike on Black Friday in protest at working conditions at warehouses. Spanish police were “dumbfounded” by Amazon’s request, which they categorically rejected, […]

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'We are not robots': Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe are striking on Black Friday over poor warehouse working conditions

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesProtestors outside Amazon’s warehouse in Milton Keynes, UK. Thousands of Amazon staff across Europe are striking and protesting on Black Friday in anger at the company’s warehouse working conditions. Strikes are taking place across Amazon sites in Italy, Spain, Germany, and France. Italian press reported managers having to pack boxes to meet demand. […]

Mobile

Mark your calendars for rolling Amazon device deals leading up to Black Friday

The day after we published a heads-up on what to expect from Amazon’s Black Friday deals, the online giant released a rolling schedule with special pricing for its own Amazon-branded devices. The following Amazon device deals will be available for unspecified limited times starting on the dates below. It’s likely Amazon may offer additional deals on […]

Gears & Gadgets

Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared

Enlarge / "Alexa, circumvent your technological protection measures." Valentina Palladino Update: It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and Ars staffers have taken the day off to experiment in the kitchen rather than on the page. That said, tomorrow is the annual shop-a-palooza known as Black Friday, and the deals have already started. To help, we’re resurfacing […]