Posts Tagged ‘amzn’

Amazon.com: Karin’s review of Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30+, …

July 10, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3MN6FXO1R91HX/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000GG85FU

Nice writeup of difference betw. sensitive, baby and sport versions

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See how old Amazon’s AI thinks you are

March 23, 2017

See how old $AMZN’s AI thinks you are
http://www.theVerge.com/2017/2/10/14582192/amazon-ai-rekognition-age-guess-software Free via image Rekognition platform, in the dev toolkit part of @AWScloud

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“Amazon’s latest artificial intelligence tool is a piece of image recognition software that can learn to guess a human’s age. The feature is powered by Amazon’s Rekognition platform, which is a developer toolkit that exists as part of the company’s AWS cloud computing service. So long as you’re willing to go through the process of signing up for a basic AWS account — that entails putting in credit card info but Amazon won’t charge you — you can try the age-guessing software for yourself.”
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The Amazon Echo’s always-listening feature entangles it in a murder case | PCWorld

January 6, 2017

The $AMZN Echo’s always-listening feature entangles it in a murder
case http://www.pcworld.com/article/3152899/smart-appliance/the-amazon-echos-always-listening-feature-entangles-it-in-a-murder-case.html Did the victim say “#Alexa, call the cops”

Wal-Mart Makes Rare Retreat on Home Turf – WSJ

January 29, 2016

Appears to be a victory for amazon

http://www.wsj.com/articles/wal-mart-to-close-269-stores-globally-1452868122

The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp

January 18, 2016

The Life & Death of an $AMZN Warehouse Temp
http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/life-and-death-amazon-temp/ Monitoring every move for max efficiency. Assembly Line of the future?

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“In the years since Amazon became the symbol of the online retail economy, horror stories have periodically emerged about the conditions at its warehouses—workers faced with near-impossible targets, people dropping on the job from heat or extreme fatigue. This isn’t one of those stories. Jobs at Amazon are physically demanding and the expectations can be high, but the company’s fulfillment centers are not sweatshops. In late September, I visited the Chester warehouse for an hour-long guided tour. Employees were working at a speed that seemed brisk yet reasonable. There were no idle moments, but no signs of exhaustion, either.

At the same time, we are living in an era of maximum productivity. It has never been easier for employers to track the performance of workers and discard those who don’t meet their needs. This applies to employees at every level, from warehouse grunts to white-collar workers like those at Amazon headquarters who were recently the subject of a much-discussed New York Times piece about the company’s brutally competitive corporate culture. The difference is that people like Jeff don’t have the option of moving to Google, Microsoft or a tech startup eager to poach managers and engineers with Amazon on their resume.

When it comes to low-wage positions, companies like Amazon are now able to precisely calibrate the size of its workforce to meet consumer demand, week by week or even day by day. Amazon, for instance, says it has 90,000 full-time U.S. employees at its fulfillment and sorting centers—but it plans to bring on an estimated 100,000 seasonal workers to help handle this year’s peak. Many of these seasonal hires come through Integrity Staffing Solutions, a Delaware-based temp firm. The company’s website recently listed 22 corporate offices throughout the country, 15 of which were recruiting offices for Amazon fulfillment centers, including the one in Chester.”
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Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon Machine Learning

June 21, 2015

AWS Announces $AMZN #MachineLearning
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-web-services-announces-amazon-machine-learning-2015-04-09 Will it be useful for genomics? http://aws.amazon.com/machine-learning

Also, redshift

Amazon.com: PiKo-1 Electronic Peak Flow Meter and FEV1 Meter: Health & Personal Care

December 28, 2014

On Amazon but reviews indicate that computer interface is a bit problematic

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002W2A1I

How to Survive the Next Wave of Technology Extinction – NYTimes.com

February 22, 2014

How to Survive the Next Wave of Tech Extinction: Use $AAPL hardware, $GOOG services, $AMZN media & connector products
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/technology/personaltech/how-to-survive-the-next-wave-of-technology-extinction.html

Avoid Delicious!

George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? : The New Yorker

February 20, 2014

Is Amazon Bad for Books? Originally relentless.com, $AMZN keeps incr its reach: 1st kindles, now digi-content
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/17/140217fa_fact_packer

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Bezos originally thought of calling his company Relentless.com–that U.R.L. still takes you to Amazon’s site–before adopting the name of the world’s largest river by volume. (If Bezos were a reader of classic American fiction, he might have hit upon Octopus.com.) Amazon’s shape-shifting, engulfing quality, its tentacles extending in all directions, makes it unusual even in the tech industry, where rapid growth, not profitability, is the measure of success. Amazon is not just the “Everything Store,” to quote the title of Brad Stone’s rich chronicle of Bezos and his company; it’s more like the
Everything. What remains constant is ambition, and the search for new things to be ambitious about.
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EBay’s Strategy for Taking On Amazon – NYTimes.com

December 23, 2013

.@giveeverything …but do people really want an e-wallet replacing their cards? EBay’s Strategy for Taking On $AMZN
http://nyti.ms/1cRmoCr
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/magazine/ebays-strategy-for-taking-on-amazon.html

pot. strong implications for Walmart & big retailers