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14 May 2019 | 11:30 AM

Amazon to employees: We’ll pay you to quit and haul packages

Amazon wants employees to quit their jobs to haul packages.

Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York. Amazon says it will cover up to US$10,000 (RM41,657) in startup costs for employees who are accepted into the programme and leave their jobs. — AP
8 May 2019 | 5:52 PM

Amazon opens first Go store that accepts cash

Amazon to open first Go store that accepts cash in New York.

26 Apr 2019 | 8:30 AM

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

Kroger and Walgreens are testing shelves and coolers with built-in cameras that try to guess your age, gender or mood as a way to show you targeted ads in real time.

19 Feb 2019 | 2:30 PM

Amazon aims to cut its carbon footprint

Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper’s doorsteps, says it wants to be greener.

Amazon says it will use more renewable energy like solar power; have more packages delivered in electric vans; and push suppliers to remake their packaging. — Dreamstime/TNS
15 Feb 2019 | 3:00 PM

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Amazon abruptly dropped plans for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly US$3bil (RM12bil) in incentives promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most powerful companies.

The company announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City section of Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in Arlington, Virginia. — Reuters
11 Feb 2019 | 5:50 PM

For Amazon, it’s business as usual despite CEO drama

With its CEO engulfed in personal drama, Amazon is carrying on as usual.

Bezos’ indiscretions are seen more as a personal matter rather than one to do with the company, unlike Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, for example, whose behaviour has caused the electric automaker’s stock to rise and fall. — AP
11 Feb 2019 | 4:00 PM

Retailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout lines

A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line.

Cashier-less stores will not only save time but maybe money too, for both cost-cutting merchants and customers whose shopping habits are dissected. —  Photos: AP
14 Jan 2019 | 3:30 PM

Smart but nosy: Latest gadgets want to peer into our lives

The latest gadgets want even more access into our lives.

CareOS' Artemis smart mirror comes with AI-powered cameras and doesn’t need an Internet connection to work. The company expects hotels and salons to buy the US$20,000 (RM81,920) Artemis mirror, making it even more important that personal data is protected. — AFP
11 Jan 2019 | 5:38 PM

CES 2019: Robots walk, talk, pour beer and take over tech show

Robots that walk, talk, pour beer and play ping pong have taken over the CES gadget show in Las Vegas again.

Designed for child education and elder care, iPal is a fully functional humanoid robot with a friendly, playful demeanor, as iPal runs on the Android operating system with extensions for motion, sensor and natural language conversation. — Photos: AP
10 Jan 2019 | 3:53 PM

CES 2019: A high-tech spin for the old-school peephole

Ring’s new Internet-connected video doorbell fits into most peepholes, for apartment dwellers or college students who want a video doorbell, but may not be allowed to install one next to their doors.

Ring’s new new Door View Cam will still act as a peephole, but will also send alerts to user’s smartphones when the doorbell is pressed or someone knocks the door. — AP