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 »

What Amazon knows: ‘The war for retail will be won in groceries’

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Amazon believes the future of grocery shopping is online. So why is the retail giant spending $13.7 billion to acquire 460 brick-and-mortar Whole Foods stores and lower prices on “organic bananas” and “responsibly-farmed salmon?” Answer: To dominate the grocery business like it has many others by increasing the number of customers while undercutting the competition. Source: CNN Technology… Read more »

Amazon leans into tipping point for online apparel

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The outlook for physical retailers is grim, the sector roiled by store closings, layoffs and bankruptcies. This year, Amazon will surpass Macy’s, which last year announced it would shut 100 stores, to become the largest seller of apparel in America, by several analysts’ estimates. It is looking at ways to keep expanding, too. Amazon is… Read more »

Sorry, But Amazon Isn’t Actually Annihilating Retail Jobs

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There is a problem with much of the current rhetoric claiming that the automation of industry is leading to the annihilation of jobs and/or the enslavement of humanity. Source: Wired Magazine Date: March 1st, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/03/sorry-amazon-isnt-actually-annihilating-retail-jobs/ Discussion 1) “By 2016 e-commerce comprised just 8.3 percent ($102.7 billion) of the total retail market ($1.2 trillion). While that’s a big… Read more »

Look who isn’t talking: Why Canadians are being left behind in the voice-activated tech wars

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“Alexa, why can’t I buy you in Canada?”  That’s the question many early technology adopters here would like to ask one of the hottest gadgets in the U.S. Source: Toronto Star Date: January 26th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/01/23/look-who-isnt-talking-why-canadians-are-being-left-behind-in-the-voice-activated-tech-wars.html Discussion 1) “One potential sticking point is language. Alexa used to be English-only, but in September 2016, the company launched the… Read more »

WalkCar: Hands-on with Japan’s car-in-a-bag

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A personal transporter that is light enough to carry in a shopping bag has been developed in Japan. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38026010 Discussion 1) Many countries have banned this technology.  Does this make sense? 2) How might a company like Nike or Amazon use this technology for themselves (that is, not to… Read more »