Cloud spending said to top $30B in Q4 as Amazon, Microsoft battle for market share

February 18, 2020 at 11:00PM We all know the cloud infrastructure market is extremely lucrative; analyst firm Canalys reports that the sector reached $30.2 billion in revenue for Q4 2019. Cloud numbers are hard to parse because companies often lump cloud revenue into a single bucket regardless of whether it’s generated by infrastructure or software.Continue reading “Cloud spending said to top $30B in Q4 as Amazon, Microsoft battle for market share”

Concerns over safety at Amazon warehouses as accident reports rise

February 17, 2020 at 10:53PM Figures obtained by GMB show safety at its UK warehouses could be worsening More than 600 Amazon workers have been seriously injured or narrowly escaped an accident in the past three years, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry into safety at the online retailer’s vast UK warehouses. Amazon, whose largestContinue reading “Concerns over safety at Amazon warehouses as accident reports rise”

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10bn to save Earth’s environment

February 17, 2020 at 08:48PM Move comes a month after Amazon threatened to fire employees who spoke out about company’s role in the climate crisis Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, announced on Monday that he was donating $10bn to save the Earth’s environment – barely a month after it was revealedContinue reading “Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10bn to save Earth’s environment”

Filmmaker Tracks Bezos’ ‘Rise And Reign’ And How Amazon Became ‘Inescapable’

February 13, 2020 at 07:04PM Director James Jacoby catalogs the reach of the tech giant in his new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Amazon Empire. “So much power is pooled into the hands of one company and one man,” he says. Filmmaker Tracks Bezos’ ‘Rise And Reign’ And How Amazon Became ‘Inescapable’ …

Amazon Echo Buds review: Alexa in your ear with Bose noise reduction

February 13, 2020 at 07:00AM First Amazon true wireless earbuds offer a lot for the money but need attention in some areas Amazon’s first attempt at a set of true wireless earbuds gets a lot right, with Bose active noise reduction technology and hands-free Alexa. At £119.99, the Echo Buds undercut rivals, some of whichContinue reading “Amazon Echo Buds review: Alexa in your ear with Bose noise reduction”

Amazon Wants Trump To Testify About Military Contract Awarded To Microsoft

February 10, 2020 at 05:09PM Amazon accuses the president of interfering in the process over a personal rift with CEO Jeff Bezos. Microsoft won the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract after months of controversy. Amazon Wants Trump To Testify About Military Contract Awarded To Microsoft…

Amazon wants to depose president and Secretary of Defense as part of JEDI protest

February 10, 2020 at 04:47PM Today, AWS made public its Motion to Supplement the Record in its protest of the JEDI contract decision. As part of that process, the company has announced it wants to depose President Trump and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. When Amazon announced at the end of last year, that itContinue reading “Amazon wants to depose president and Secretary of Defense as part of JEDI protest”

‘I’m not a robot’: Amazon workers condemn unsafe, grueling conditions at warehouse

February 05, 2020 at 08:00AM Employees under pressure to work faster call on retail giant to improve conditions – and take their complaints seriously Rina Cummings has worked three 12-hour shifts every week at Amazon’s gargantuan New York City warehouse, called JFK8, on Staten Island since it first began operations in late 2018. As aContinue reading “‘I’m not a robot’: Amazon workers condemn unsafe, grueling conditions at warehouse”

‘They know us better than we know ourselves’: how Amazon tracked my last two years of reading

February 03, 2020 at 08:01PM Amazon knows more than just what books I’ve read and when – it knows which parts of them I liked the most When I requested my personal information from Amazon this month under California’s new privacy law, I received mostly what I expected: my order history, shipping information and customerContinue reading “‘They know us better than we know ourselves’: how Amazon tracked my last two years of reading”

Boxed in: Amazon refused to take back unwanted delivery

February 01, 2020 at 07:00AM Tony Harding, 79, was left with a heavy exercise bike he did not order and told he would have to dispose of it himself A pensioner from Bristol has described his disbelief after Amazon delivered a 28kg (62lb) exercise machine he had not ordered, and then flatly refused to takeContinue reading “Boxed in: Amazon refused to take back unwanted delivery”

Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company’s climate failures

January 28, 2020 at 01:40AM Employees ‘needed to stand up for what’s right’ despite policy barring workers from speaking about business Hundreds of Amazon employees defied corporate policy to publicly criticize the company for failing to meet its “moral responsibility” in the climate crisis. More than 340 tech workers at Amazon used the hashtag #AMZNSpeakOutContinue reading “Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company’s climate failures”

So I got an Amazon Echo. But can Alexa get my life together?

January 22, 2020 at 10:59AM Looking to streamline his life, writer Phil Samba bought an Amazon Echo Dot to see if the smart speaker could provide some assistance … Like every millennial, I’m obsessed with self improvement. Also like every millennial, I somehow constantly manage to never do any of the things I need toContinue reading “So I got an Amazon Echo. But can Alexa get my life together?”

Jeff Bezos hack: Amazon boss’s phone ‘hacked by Saudi crown prince’

January 22, 2020 at 09:04AM Exclusive: investigation suggests Washington Post owner was targeted five months before murder of Jamal Khashoggi Revealed: the Saudi heir and the alleged plot to undermine Jeff Bezos The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent fromContinue reading “Jeff Bezos hack: Amazon boss’s phone ‘hacked by Saudi crown prince’”

Amazon plans $1bn investment in India despite trader backlash

January 16, 2020 at 02:15PM Jeff Bezos pledges funds to help digitise small businesses as anti-Amazon protests spread Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, has pledged to invest $1bn (£776m) in small businesses in India, despite a growing backlash against the online retailer by the country’s powerful local traders. During a three-day visit to India, where AmazonContinue reading “Amazon plans $1bn investment in India despite trader backlash”

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: great smart TV box, irritating smart speaker

January 09, 2020 at 07:00AM Top-end smart TV box can’t quite live up to the promise of the voice-controlled TV commander The Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s attempt to combine a smart TV streaming box with an Alexa-powered smart speaker, producing a small black box that doubles as an Echo device. The Cube doesn’t lookContinue reading “Amazon Fire TV Cube review: great smart TV box, irritating smart speaker”

A brutal year: how the ‘techlash’ caught up with Facebook, Google and Amazon

December 28, 2019 at 11:00AM Privacy scandals and antitrust issues dogged social media giants and the online retailer saw a rise in employee organizing What goes up must come down, and in 2019, gravity reasserted itself for the tech industry. After years of relatively unchecked growth, the tech industry found itself on the receiving endContinue reading “A brutal year: how the ‘techlash’ caught up with Facebook, Google and Amazon”

Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo faces in-depth inquiry

December 27, 2019 at 05:05PM Regulator says US firm’s £442m investment in London-based food courier could hit customers, restaurants and grocers Amazon’s UK ambitions have been checked by the competition watchdog after it launched an in-depth investigation into the online retailer’s purchase of a stake in food delivery company Deliveroo. The Competition and Markets AuthorityContinue reading “Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo faces in-depth inquiry”

Children’s smartwatches sold on Amazon let strangers spy on them, researchers warn

December 12, 2019 at 04:09PM Flaw allows hackers to take over the voice chat function in order to talk directly to the watch’s wearer Children's smartwatches sold on Amazon let strangers spy on them, researchers warn … Selected by softengoxford Search Web: Children's smartwatches sold on Amazon let strangers spy on them, researchers warn

Ring Alarm review: Amazon’s smart security upgrade

December 12, 2019 at 07:00AM DIY wireless home security system is a great alarm that’s smart enough without trying to do too much Amazon’s new Ring Alarm smartens up the traditional home security system without radically changing how it works, combining the best of both worlds into a DIY-friendly wireless alarm arrangement that just works.Continue reading “Ring Alarm review: Amazon’s smart security upgrade”

Amazon Fire HD 10 review: still a top budget tablet

December 10, 2019 at 07:00AM Faster processor, updated software and good screen make Amazon’s 10in hard to beat for £150 Amazon’s cheap-but-good-enough media tablet gets a much-needed speed boost and updated software for 2019, doing just enough to make the Fire HD 10 still the budget tablet to buy for bigger-screen video watching. Now inContinue reading “Amazon Fire HD 10 review: still a top budget tablet”

Amazon pulls Chile dictatorship ‘death flights’ T-shirts after backlash

December 05, 2019 at 11:31PM Leftwing opponents were dropped from helicopters into sea Range of shirts with mocking allusions to practice were on sale Amazon has come under fire for selling T-shirts glorifying the “death flights” of Chile’s military dictatorship in which leftwing opponents of the regime were dropped from helicopters in an attempt toContinue reading “Amazon pulls Chile dictatorship ‘death flights’ T-shirts after backlash”

Do you want to feel really good this Christmas? Boycott Amazon

December 03, 2019 at 07:00AM The firm’s overworked warehouse staff have had to pee in old water bottles while their CEO is paid in a second what they earn in five weeks Jeff Bezos, says the TUC, earns as much in a second as one of his warehouse workers would earn in five weeks. ItContinue reading “Do you want to feel really good this Christmas? Boycott Amazon”