The Amazon Rainforest May Be Nearing a Point of No Return

The Amazon Rainforest May Be Nearing a Point of No Return

For a forest, one way to track resiliency is through a satellite measurement called vegetation optical depth, or VOD, which penetrates through the canopy and detects how much woody biomass there is.

Maybe Green Energy Needs ‘Information Batteries' Too

Maybe Green Energy Needs ‘Information Batteries' Too

This is digital, more of a timing strategy than a real battery, aimed at getting data-hungry companies like Google, Meta, Amazon, Apple, and Netflix to use clean power when it’s plentiful so utilities can avoid burning fossil fuels when it’s not.

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

You’ll get professional monitoring, backup internet on all Ring devices, access to the Alexa Guard Plus helpline, and more robust online security using Eero Secure.Photograph: AmazonWorking with The Home Depot, Ring's new JobSite Security bundle aims to make it easier to monitor job sites.

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Even more akin to a robot vacuum cleaner are the array of sensors in the bot: Astro is packed with “ultrasonic sensors, time-of-flight cameras, and other imaging tools that let the robot know what’s around it and where it’s going,” according to The Verge.

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

Last year at Amazon’s annual fall hardware event, Ring (which is owned by Amazon) showed off a drone designed to capture video inside your home .To hear Amazon and Ring product execs tell it, the drone was designed to alleviate the burden of having multiple fixed cameras in different locations around your house.

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

All three of the new Paperwhites will have 6.8-inch screens, which is slightly larger than the original 6-inch model, if still a fraction smaller than the top-tier 7-inch Kindle Oasis .

California Passes Warehouse Worker Bill, Taking Aim at Amazon

California Passes Warehouse Worker Bill, Taking Aim at Amazon

Not long after, Barrera was written up by a different manager for too much “Time Off Task,” Amazon’s system for tracking employee productivity.More than five minutes without scanning a barcode set the TOT clock ticking, regardless of whether that time was spent using the bathroom, wiping down a workstation, goofing off, or simply taking a breather.

Amazon Fire Tablets And Kindles Are on Sale Right Now

Amazon Fire Tablets And Kindles Are on Sale Right Now

Photograph: Amazon★ Fire HD 10 for $100 ($50 off)Amazon's latest Fire HD 10 arrived earlier this year with more RAM and a brighter screen, reaffirming it as a more capable tablet than the 8-inch version.

Despite Union Setback, Amazon Workers Fight for Dignity

Despite Union Setback, Amazon Workers Fight for Dignity

It wasn’t exactly political sabotage, says Alessandro Delfanti, a University of Toronto communications professor who heard the story while interviewing warehouse workers for a book about Amazon.

A Far-Right Extremist Allegedly Plotted to Blow Up Amazon Data Centers

A Far-Right Extremist Allegedly Plotted to Blow Up Amazon Data Centers

But he would “happily die a young man knowing that I didn’t allow the evils in this world to continue unjustly treating my fellow Americans so disrespectfully.” Over the following months, prosecutors say, that man, whose real name was Seth Pendley, focused his anger at Amazon, concocting a plot to destroy an Amazon Web Services data center in northern Virginia with C-4 plastic explosives.

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

In an election that saw an unmarked ballot box of mysterious origin appear on company grounds, a website spread misleading information about dues-paying, and the timing change on a traffic light where organizers talked to workers, some observers believe the RWDSU has ample grist for a ULP charge or three against Amazon.

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

The SolarWinds Body Count Now Includes NASA and the FAA

Last week, TechCrunch found that Amber Group, the contractor that developed the platform, had an exposed Amazon Web Services cloud server that contained more than 70,000 negative Covid-19 test results and more than 425,000 immigration documents from travelers entering Jamaica.📩 The latest on tech, science, and more: Get our newsletters !How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it A trippy visualization charts the internet's growth since 1997 TV characters don’t have text history.

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

This week, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok took part in a coordinated action to reclaim hundreds of accounts that had been used to facilitate trading of those ill-gotten handles within the so-called OGUsers community.Google says that it patched a so-called zero-day bug that hackers had been actively exploiting.

Amazon’s Greatest Gadget Hits in the Bezos Era: Kindle, Echo, and More

Amazon’s Greatest Gadget Hits in the Bezos Era: Kindle, Echo, and More

Amazon rarely shares how many devices it has sold, but the numbers are big.In January of this year, Amazon and five big publishers now face a class-action lawsuit for a price fixing scandal of their own (filed by the same law firm as the Apple case, no less).

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

But the FTC alleges that by late 2016, Amazon had begun to use an algorithm to determine new base-pay rates by workers’ locations and began to subsidize that base pay with customer tips.

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Longtime Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy will become the company’s chief executive when Bezos steps away from the day-to-day job sometime in the third quarter of this year.Over time, AWS became Amazon’s main profit driver.

The FBI Has Made Over 100 Arrests Related to the Capitol Riot

The FBI Has Made Over 100 Arrests Related to the Capitol Riot

After platforms like Twitter and Facebook booted Donald Trump last week, Amazon pulled support from far-right "free speech" platform Parler , knocking it offline for the foreseeable future.

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon's Fitness Tracker Teaches You How to Be Nicer (Kinda)

Amazon’s new health tracker, the Halo, is a small, display-free device fitted into a fabric band that you wear on your wrist.Also, the Halo's microphone records snippets of your conversations to interpret the emotions conveyed in the tone of your speaking voice.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

How to Set Up Your New Amazon Echo

How to Set Up Your New Amazon Echo

The Alexa voice assistant that lives inside will help you do all kinds of things like play games, take you through a 20-minute workout, tell you how to mix a perfect Manhattan, and of course, control any internet-connected appliances, speakers, or lighting fixtures you have around the house.

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving someone an Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker is a relatively easy way to inject some smarts into a home.Do they have a smart speaker to listen to that Spotify gift subscription that supports it?

106 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

106 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

The products are plant-based, smell fantastic, and are much more sustainable overall than buying new plastic bottles every month.Kinflyte's garments are made of recycled polyester knits from post-consumer plastic bottles, so they're eco-friendly too.

91 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

91 Absolute Best Cyber Monday Deals (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

As if multiday shopping events weren’t confusing enough, some Black Friday deals have been extended, some Cyber Monday deals are new, and some discounts have expired entirely.Read all our Cyber Monday Headphone and Speaker picks.

31 Cyber Monday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)

31 Cyber Monday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)

The good news is the best phones and tablets are on sale for Cyber Monday.Whether you want to watch some movies before bed, or want to get your kid their first screen, Amazon's Fire tablets are cheap and good enough.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Deals on Covid-19 Supplies Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop and PC Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

29 Early Black Friday Deals You’ll Want to Snag Now

29 Early Black Friday Deals You’ll Want to Snag Now

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 for $339 ($60 off): This is the smartwatch to buy if you have an Android phone.Amazon's standard Kindle is on sale this Black Friday, and it's our favorite ebook reader.

Here's Every Good Black Friday Deal on Amazon Devices—So Far

Here's Every Good Black Friday Deal on Amazon Devices—So Far

The New Echo Dot for $29 ($21 off): Amazon recently updated the Echo Dot, and there are two models, this one and the one with a clock (see the next deal).

16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable

16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable

Photograph: Amazon Lemome Cork Bullet Journal Notebook for $13: Bullet journaling can be a meditative experience to help make sense of all the thoughts, desires, and accomplishments that swirl in the head.

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

Music Beta was announced alongside the launch of Google Movies on the Android Market store, which was the precursor to Google Play.With Google Music, Google didn't need Amazon anymore.iTunes was the industry leader at the time, letting iPhone users shop for music and movies from their computers or phones.

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