Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to a trillion dollars

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When it comes to predictions for 2018, most financial analysts agree on one thing: one tech firm is likely to become America’s first ever trillion dollar company.  The question is: which one will it be? Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 1st, 2018 Link (includes a 2 min 38 sec video): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42901143 Discussion 1) At “$999 – the iPhone… Read more »

Is Amazon Going to Rule the World?

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Amazon wants to deliver everything you want to your doorstep, anywhere in the world. But the e-commerce giant faces several challenges in its pursuit of a global empire. WSJ’s Karan Deep Singh breaks down the basics with the help of an Amazon delivery box. Source: Wall Street Journal Date: January 11th, 2018 Link to video: http://on.wsj.com/2AP4DTY Discussion 1)… Read more »

Amazon’s Alexa going live in Canada

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The Toronto Star’s publisher is one of several Canadian companies that have partnered with Amazon as the company’s voice-activated digital assistant heads north. Source: Toronto Star Date: December 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/12/05/amazons-alexa-going-live-in-canada.html Discussion 1) This article notes that the Toronto Star “is one of several Canadian companies that have partnered with Amazon as the company’s voice-activated digital assistant… Read more »

Amazon to add second Vancouver office and 1,000 more jobs by 2020

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While Amazon has yet to reveal where in North America its second headquarters will be, the Seattle headquartered ecommerce behemoth has got Canadians excited by announcing it’s opening a second corporate office in Vancouver — and planning to double its staff headcount in the city, adding 1,000 additional jobs by 2020. Source: Tech Crunch Date: November 16, 2017 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/04/amazon-to-add-second-vancouver-office-and-1000-more-jobs-by-2020/… Read more »

Amazon’s Clever Solution to Stolen Deliveries: Your Trunk

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A recent study suggests that nearly eight out of 10 Americans shop online. This is a boon for companies like Amazon that specialize in home delivery, but also for more unsavory enterprises—including the crooks who specialize in swiping people’s packages. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: October 10th, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/10/10/amazon-phrame/ Discussion 1) “the solution involves Amazon working with a maker of… Read more »

‘We’re all feeling Puerto Rico’s pain’: Tweets and social posts from disasters change how we help

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Social media bombards us with news of natural disasters, and with that comes a risk of desensitization, as these increasingly frequent disasters become blurs of information in our feeds. But the technologies we rely on, on a daily basis, are also turning out to be critical tools for those trying to help — even from… Read more »

To reel in Amazon’s new HQ, Halifax baits hook with lobsters, beer and startups

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Halifax may be one of the smallest cities vying for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, but what it lacks in heft it makes up for with lobsters, beer and a new generation of startups, according to its mayor.  The city of 403,000 on Canada’s east coast has traditionally relied on fishing and shipbuilding but has been expanding into technology, attracting… Read more »

Amazon launches search for a second headquarters in North America

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Amazon on Thursday said it plans to open a second company headquarters in North America, and it is soliciting pitches from cities and states for what it calls HQ2. The online retailer expects to invest more than $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. Source: CNBC Date: September… Read more »

Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives

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Google Home wakes you up in the morning and later, Google recommends a lunch spot – it even gives you live information on how busy it is. It is partly responsible for your cab home, as Google is an investor in Uber. You checked in with friends on Facebook on that morning commute (you might have also used… Read more »