Amazon has stepped into the world of connected eyewear with its first ever pair of smart glasses. Not quite as ambitious as some designs to have come and gone before them, the company’s Echo Frames keep things relatively simple in hopes of making its Alexa voice assistant a key part of a user’s everyday life.
by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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Despite being THE online powerhouse and a great place to find virtually anything, Amazon is apparently not the best place to work, at least for some.
I’m sure many of us have read and heard multiple accounts of employees anonymously complaining of working conditions and “unreasonable” production demands.
But it seems none more than the Muslim community.
Adherent Muslims are required to pray five times a day, every day. If anyone is interested, the five prayers are as follows:
Fajr – the dawn prayer.
Dhuhr – the noon prayer.
Asr – the afternoon prayer.
Maghrib – the sunset prayer.
Isha’a – the night prayer.
According to Vox.com, Amazon warehouse workers get two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break each shift, per federal regulation. Considering how often Muslims must pray, this doesn’t give them anytime to do anything else. So they have to make a choice. Or do they?
As you read this, just imagine Amazon agreeing to build a permanent Christian chapel or scaled down Synagogue for Jewish employees.
from the Blaze:
Muslim workers at Amazon warehouse complain of ‘unfair’ and ‘dangerous’ workload during Ramadan
Dozens of Muslim workers protested outside of an Amazon warehouse center south of Minneapolis on Monday, voicing their concerns over workplace conditions during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.
What is going on?
According to WCCO-TV, the workers at the Eagan facility claim their rigorous workload is “unfair” and “dangerous.” That’s because during Ramadan, which ends mid-June, Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours, meaning they are unable to eat or drink.
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You may have heard of the new tax being levied on companies in the Seattle area. IBD reports that the Seattle Politburo (city council), “unanimously passed a ‘head tax’ of $275 per full-time worker on any company in the city that makes more than $20 million in gross revenues. The city says the $48 million in new taxes will go toward affordable housing and providing emergency services for the city’s swelling homeless population.”
Allow me to translate. The $48 million in new taxes will go toward, but not quite make it to its final destination. Oh, some of will be used to build “affordable housing” and provide “emergency” services, but a good percentage will likely be siphoned off and spent on increasing the size of the Seattle bureaucracy and increased regulation. It’s what liberal statists do. They see a pile of money and recklessly spend it. They also regulate, to the point of strangulation. It will be déjà-vu all over again.
There are two ways to develop a monopoly in America. One way is based upon capitalism, freedom and the free market.
This is the more transparent approach, but it also doesn’t have as much staying power, due to competition – the constant striving of others to build a better mousetrap, if you will. And despite what we think and are told, there is always a better mousetrap around the corner. This way is also much more difficult, for one has to remain on top of his game not only to achieve the goal of becoming a monopoly, but to maintain it.
Main Street” is Americana. Literally, it’s the primary road in a town, but culturally it’s much more than that. Main street is synonymous with mainstream, but it also evokes core American ideals like fairness — that the rules are the same for the “average Joe” as they are for wealthy corporations.
In recent years, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) has tried to appropriate “Main Street” into the names of various lobbying campaigns it’s funding. First, it was the “Alliance for Main Street Fairness,” a Wal-Mart-led coalition to impose price controls on payment fees.
While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler: the Post is now Bezos’ latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration. How else to explain President Obama puzzling decision last week to roll out his corporate tax plan at an Amazon.com fulfillment center?
Bezos spent $250 million of his own money to purchase the Post, which is bleeding money at an incredible rate. He didn’t spend Amazon’s cash to do so. Nonetheless, the juxtaposition of events is striking. Last Tuesday, Obama visited an Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he toured the facility before touting the company and stumping for Keynesian stimulus measures:
Astonishing figures that show the true scale of our online activity have been revealed.
The new study, by chipmaker Intel, found that more than 204 million emails are sent every minute, while 47,000 apps are downloaded and retail giant Amazon rings up around $83,000 in sales.
Around 20 million photos and 6 million Facebook pages are viewed, while we also watch 1.3 million video clips on YouTube.
ONLINE IN 60 SECONDS
More than 204 million emails are sent
Amazon rings up about $83,000 in sales
Around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr
At least 6 million Facebook pages are viewed around the world
More than 61,000 hours of music are played on Pandora
More than 1.3 million video clips are watched on YouTube
Nearly 640,00 Gb of global IP data is transferred in just one Internet minute, the researchers found.
‘Computing is transforming and touching more people in a wider range of devices,’ said Intel’s Krystal Temple.
‘But while it’s hard to miss the proliferation of portable devices, it’s what we don’t see that’s the bigger issue.
‘What many don’t see is that the increase in mobile devices has had a tremendous impact on the amount of data traffic crossing the network.
‘It’s a little easier to comprehend once we think about all that’s done on a connected device like a smartphone.
‘Listening to music, watching videos, downloading photos, playing online games, refreshing Twitter feeds and status updates – all of those activities generate network traffic.’
The study also looked at how the data could expand dramatically in the future.
It predicted that by 2015, the number of networked devices is expected to be double the world’s population.
It would take five years to view all the video content crossing IP networks each second by then.
The chip giant also revealed it is developing new networking equipment to deal with the increase in traffic.
Codenamed ‘Crystal Forest,’ that will boost performance and beef up network security to handle the increasing network traffic.
‘By enabling equipment manufacturers and services providers to deliver platforms that grow along with the network, Intel is also enabling consumers to stay connected on intelligent devices every Internet minute of the day,’ Intel said.
Attribution: Daily Mail