Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Amazon increases minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Amazon increases minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour

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Amazon just announced that it will be raising its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour, effective November 1. The policy will cover employees at Amazon subsidiaries, including Whole Foods, and well as seasonal and temporary employees. Amazon says that in total, this will cover 250,000 employees, plus 100,000 seasonal employees. This…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon’s New Echo Show Hints at the Company’s Vision for TV

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon’s New Echo Show Hints at the Company’s Vision for TV

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Amazon announced so many new hardware products last week that it’s hard to know which one will respond the next time you shout “Alexa!” in your house. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Alexa-equipped microwave sucked up a lot of the (electromagnetic) air in the room: not only does the $60 microwave work indirectly with Alexa, but…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon Kindle Sale (Fall 2018): Get a Paperwhite For $40 Off

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon Kindle Sale (Fall 2018): Get a Paperwhite For $40 Off

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AmazonThere are plenty of reasons to like Amazon Prime. If you’re one of the 100 million people on Amazon’s 2-Day shipping and perks plan, the retailer is giving Prime Members a $40 discount on the Kindle Paperwhite and $30 off the standard Kindle.Amazon doesn’t discount its Kindles as often as other devices. It may be…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

Hexbyte Tech News Wired At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

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At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivalsbusinessculturegearideassciencesecuritytransportationphotovideobackchannel09.05.1807:08 pmGetty Images09.05.1807:08 pmGetty ImagesAmazon briefly touched $1 trillion in market capitalization on Tuesday, barely a month after Apple topped $1 trillion. The companies share the letter A and 12 zeros, but the similarity largely ends there.WIRED OpinionAboutZachary Karabell is a WIRED contributor and president of…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Amazon Sets Its Sights on the $88 Billion Online Ad Market

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Amazon Sets Its Sights on the $88 Billion Online Ad Market

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ImageAmazon’s surging revenue in advertising makes it a competitor to Facebook and Google.CreditCreditJohn UelandVerizon doesn’t sell its mobile phones or wireless plans over Amazon. Nor does it offer Fios, its high-speed internet service. But Verizon does advertise on Amazon.On Black Friday last year, when millions of online shoppers took to Amazon in search of deals,…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired A Bot Panic Hits Amazon Mechanical Turk

Hexbyte Tech News Wired A Bot Panic Hits Amazon Mechanical Turk

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After noticing an uptick in low-quality survey responses on Amazon Mechanical Turk, researchers wondered if bots were to blame.Getty ImagesAfter noticing an uptick in low-quality survey responses on Amazon Mechanical Turk, researchers wondered if bots were to blame.Getty ImagesFor the past week, psychologists all over America have been freaking out.The cause of their agita was…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers How Goodreads offloads Amazon DynamoDB tables to Amazon S3 and queries them using Amazon Athena | Amazon Web Services

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How Goodreads offloads Amazon DynamoDB tables to Amazon S3 and queries them using Amazon Athena | Amazon Web Services

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At Goodreads, we’re currently in the process of decomposing our monolithic Rails application into microservices. For the vast majority of those services, we’ve decided to use Amazon DynamoDB as the primary data store. We like DynamoDB because it gives us consistent, single-digit-millisecond performance across a variety of our storage and throughput needs. Although DynamoDB excels…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon Web Services Tests Out Two Tools to Help Keep the Cloud Secure

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon Web Services Tests Out Two Tools to Help Keep the Cloud Secure

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Amazon Web Services is the world’s biggest cloud provider. As a result, its security directly influences that of countless websites and online services. And those concerns aren’t just theoretical; dangerous lapses happen all the time. Customers store all sorts of datasets and raw information in AWS repositories, which then become part of their own infrastructure.…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle: Instant Pot, Zojirushi, Fitbit

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle: Instant Pot, Zojirushi, Fitbit

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It’s here, it’s here! Amazon Prime Day, our unofficial national summer shopping holiday, can be a little overwhelming. We’ve winnowed down our picks in a few niche categories to help you get the best prices on some of the most expensive gear around. For your shopping pleasure, we’ve selected some of the best home, outdoors,…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals (2018): Home, Laptops, Echo, Kindle

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals (2018): Home, Laptops, Echo, Kindle

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It’s that time of year yet again—time for Amazon’s blockbuster sales event. We’ve combed the spreadsheets and chased every link to find the best deals in a variety of categories. From home entertainment, to PC components, and even some awesome high-tech kitchen necessities, this is the list of the best Amazon Prime Day deals you’ll…