Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

Amazon Shakes Up the Race for Self-Driving—and Ride-Hailing

While Alphabet's Waymo is focusing on self-driving tech and leaving the car building to places like Detroit, Zoox has stuck to its plan to design a robotaxi from the ground up—and operate a ride-hail service.

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

The Future of Commerce Belongs to the Frictionless

At the beginning of 2020, a business that offered you a real person in real time to help you with your needs would be considered a luxury and somewhat exempt from the forces of frictionlessness.

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, TVs, Laptops, and More

The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Tablets, TVs, Laptops, and More

Whether you're looking for more options for Dad or something for yourself, today we've rounded up the best deals we could find this weekend, including a heck of a lot of discounted gear from Apple and Amazon.

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

When a reviewer sees cause for concern in a photo, they include the details in a regular report sent to building managers that summarizes recent social distancing violations in their facility.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

It’s not like you don’t have other options—including plenty that don't charge anything in the first place .There’s a small caveat here, which is that services that grandfather in pricing for longtime users could use auto-cancelations as a way to get them to resubscribe on more expensive plans.

Amazon’s Upload Will Get a Second Season

Amazon’s Upload Will Get a Second Season

M. Night Shyamalan Is Working on a New Secret Movie.Night Shyamalan has wrapped up the casting on his next big movie.New Banksy Piece Dedicated to Health Care Workers.

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

Courtesy of Google via David NieldThe easiest and simplest way to browse the web with fewer digital footprints is to open up an incognito window, as Chrome calls it.

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Last week, Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it would no longer accept new offers for face masks, hand sanitizer, and other products related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Amazon Warehouses Will Now Accept Essential Supplies Only

Amazon Warehouses Will Now Accept Essential Supplies Only

Amazon customers can expect greater availability of things like soap and dog food, and potential shipping delays when it comes to less pressing items like clothing and electronics.“We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” reads an announcement on Amazon’s official forum for sellers.

As Pandemic Strikes, Pop Culture Migrates to Streaming Sites

As Pandemic Strikes, Pop Culture Migrates to Streaming Sites

Hollywood in particular began seeing the effects of the virus months ago; quarantines and lockdowns in Asia forced people to stay in their homes and away from movie theaters.

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Beyond saying that authors, publishers, and vendors are responsible for ensuring their books don’t violate any laws, the only other guideline is that Amazon may remove books that provide a “poor customer experience.”.

Amazon Pulled Over 1 Million Items Capitalizing on Coronavirus

Amazon Pulled Over 1 Million Items Capitalizing on Coronavirus

Read all of our coronavirus coverage here .As concerns about coronavirus outbreaks in the US grew, WIRED reported Tuesday that some Amazon sellers had jacked up the prices on face masks by four or five times what they cost only a few weeks before.

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Artists Explore the Many Uncanny Valleys of Tech Work

Simon Denny's “Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Thornbill cage, US 9,280,157 B2: ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ 2016.”Photograph: Jesse Hunniford/de Young MuseumDenny’s artwork now stands in San Francisco’s de Young Museum, part of a new show that examines humans’ changing role in a world saturated with intelligent machines.

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

So since 2013, Paris has been developing “logistics hotels”—smaller mixed-use developments used for delivery logistics, located in residential neighborhoods instead of the industrial urban fringe.Because logistics facilities usually bring in lower rents than other sorts of urban real estate, the mixed-use development gives Sogaris other revenue.

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

PopSockets, Sonos, and Tile Ask Congress to Rein in Big Tech

Barnett, along with executives from Basecamp, Sonos, and Tile, testified at a high-profile congressional hearing in Boulder, Colorado, Friday where they told lawmakers how the anticompetitive practices of Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have negatively impacted their businesses.

The 19 Best Shows of a Decade That Queered Television

The 19 Best Shows of a Decade That Queered Television

What’s queer about OITNB—and all the shows that followed its lead—isn’t just its cast; it’s the stories it told and the way it told them.Like queerness itself, it taught people how to participate in culture in entirely new ways.

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon Device Christmas Sale (2019): Fire Tablets, Kindles, Echos

Amazon has afforded a few opportunities in the past few weeks to nab its own devices at steep discounts, and—good news fellow last-minute deal seeker—there are still some surprisingly good deals going on.

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match

The disco clam is saved, and the mantis shrimp is not only out of a meal but is itself at risk of being eaten, by hanging out there like a punch-drunk prizefighter.

Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis

Why Ring Doorbells Perfectly Exemplify the IoT Security Crisis

News reports this week are raising a different issue: hackers are breaking into users' Ring accounts, which can also be connected to indoor Ring cameras, to take over the devices and get up to all sorts of invasive shenanigans.

Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News

Elon Musk’s Slander Trial, Offensive Ornaments on Amazon, and More News

Elon is defending and Amazon is offending, but first: a cartoon about a voice assistant betrayal .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

24 Best Cyber Monday 2019 Headphone Deals: Sonos, Sony, Beats, and More

Amazon (Ships December 7), Best Buy. This home speaker has Alexa built in and has never sold for less.If you're after a pretty and great-sounding set of computer speakers to complete your recent office rennovation, now's a good time to snag these Audioengline HD3s.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Here's Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Google has a veritable hardware ecosystem up and running with its ever-expanding line of Nest smart speakers, routers, Pixel phones, not to mention its new Stadia game-streaming service .Google Pixel 3A for $300 ($100 off) at Best Buy or Amazon: Our favorite phone of the year was already affordable.

Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point

Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point

Think of a climatic tipping point, like the accelerating melting of Greenland’s ice sheet, as a chair.A tipping point of runaway effects could come once between 20 and 40 percent of the forest cover is lost, the researchers say, as the system switches from wet to dry, more like a savanna.

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy

It’s the same graffiti font used by many of the Cybertruck swag sellers on Amazon and Etsy, both of which forbid trademark infringement on their platforms but have sometimes struggled to remove it .

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

Amazon Doesn’t Favor Its Own Brands—Except When It Does

“Even if another seller is selling a counterfeit, or an empty envelope, if they’re selling at a lower price, Amazon’s going to give them the Buy Box until such time as enough complaints come in so the brand can show Amazon this other seller is a total fake,” said Thomson.

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon

According to Awood, about 35 ­people took part in the walkout; Amazon would later say, yet again, that only 15 employees participated and it didn’t see the event as a strike, either.