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New York Attorney General is Interviewing Amazon Employees About Warehouse Conditions as Retaliation Probe Continues

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 14:45
The New York attorney general's office has interviewed Amazon workers from a handful of facilities in the state, as claims of employee retaliation become a central focus of its investigation into the company's labor practices, CNBC reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a letter to Amazon in April saying it was looking into whether the company violated federal employment law or broke the state's whistleblower laws when it fired a worker who organized a strike at its Staten Island facility. The worker, Chris Smalls, led a protest calling for Amazon to close the warehouse and put in place greater safety protections, echoing warehouse workers' concerns across the country. The letter calls on Amazon to reinstate Smalls and asks it to turn over all internal communications dating back to Feb. 1 related to workers' complaints, protests and efforts to organize. In late March, James' office began contacting Amazon workers from New York area warehouses. So far, it has spoken to workers from facilities in Staten Island, Queens and Bethpage, and is adding more facilities to its roster as it receives complaints, the people said. The conversations have touched on Amazon's safety practices during the coronavirus pandemic, including enforcement of social distancing rules, workers' access to personal protective equipment and its documentation of positive coronavirus cases at facilities.

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The best solar power banks for the iPhone

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 14:30

Checkout our roundup of the best solar power banks, see how they compare, and find the one that will fit your needs.
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NASA Selects Astrobotic To Fly Water-Hunting Rover to the Moon

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 14:03
NASA has awarded Astrobotic of Pittsburgh $199.5 million to deliver NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon's South Pole in late 2023. From a report: The water-seeking mobile VIPER robot will help pave the way for astronaut missions to the lunar surface beginning in 2024 and will bring NASA a step closer to developing a sustainable, long-term presence on the Moon as part of the agency's Artemis program. "The VIPER rover and the commercial partnership that will deliver it to the Moon are a prime example of how the scientific community and U.S. industry are making NASA's lunar exploration vision a reality," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "Commercial partners are changing the landscape of space exploration, and VIPER is going to be a big boost to our efforts to send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 through the Artemis program." VIPER's flight to the Moon is part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which leverages the capabilities of industry partners to quickly deliver scientific instruments and technology demonstrations to the Moon. As part of its award, Astrobotic is responsible for end-to-end services for delivery of VIPER, including integration with its Griffin lander, launch from Earth, and landing on the Moon.

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Google Sues Sonos in Escalation of Wireless Speakers Fight

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 13:20
Google escalated a fight with Sonos over the wireless home-speaker market, filing a lawsuit that alleges patent infringement. From a report: The conflict between the two companies, which had been collaborating on incorporating some Google features in Sonos's speakers, erupted in January when Sonos sued Google for infringing its patents. The speaker maker is facing increased competition from tech giants such as Google and Amazon.com that are expanding into selling Internet-connected home gadgets, including less expensive wireless speakers. "Sonos has made false claims about the companies' shared work and Google's technology in the lawsuits," the Alphabet unit said in a complaint filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court. "While Google rarely sues other companies for patent infringement, it must assert its intellectual property rights here." Sonos, the Santa Barbara-based pioneer of wireless speakers, is using Google's patented technology for search, software, networking, audio processing and digital-media management and streaming, while refusing to pay a license, according to the lawsuit.

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Apple’s transition to ARM-based Macs may begin with a brand new 12-inch MacBook

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:55

Apple's transition to ARM-based Macs may see the company bring back the discontinued 12-inch MacBook -- and the butterfly keyboard.
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Facebook Pitched New Tool Allowing Employers To Suppress Words Like 'Unionize' in Workplace Chat Product

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:45
During an internal presentation at Facebook on Wednesday, the company debuted features for Facebook Workplace, an intranet-style chat and office collaboration product similar to Slack. From a report: On Facebook Workplace, employees see a stream of content similar to a news feed, with automatically generated trending topics based on what people are posting about. One of the new tools debuted by Facebook allows administrators to remove and block certain trending topics among employees. The presentation discussed the "benefits" of "content control." And it offered one example of a topic employers might find it useful to blacklist: the word "unionize." Facebook Workplace is currently used by major employers such as Walmart, which is notorious for its active efforts to suppress labor organizing. The application is also used by the Singapore government, Discovery Communications, Starbucks, and Campbell Soup Corporation. The suggestion that Facebook is actively building tools designed to suppress labor organizing quickly caused a stir at the Menlo Park, California-based company. Facebook employees sparked a flurry of posts denouncing the feature, with several commenting in disbelief that the company would overtly pitch "unionize" as a topic to be blacklisted.

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Jim Keller Resigns from Intel, Effective Immediately

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:05
Intel has published a news release on its website stating that Jim Keller has resigned from the company, effective immediately, due to personal reasons. From a report: Jim Keller was hired by Intel two years ago to the role as Senior Vice President of Intel's Silicon Engineering Group, after a string of successes at Tesla, AMD, Apple, AMD (again), and PA Semiconductor. As far as we understand, Jim's goal inside Intel was to streamline a lot of the product development process on the silicon side, as well as providing strategic platforms though which future products can be developed and optimized to market. We also believe that Jim Keller has had a hand in looking at Intel's manufacturing processes, as well as a number of future products. Intel's press release states that Jim Keller is leaving the position on June 11th due to personal reasons. However, he will remain with the company as a consultant for six months in order to assist with the transition.

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HomeKit Weekly: Why Apple should absolutely make smart vacuums a HomeKit category

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:00

When I open the AmpliFi app on my iPhone, I see 50 devices. The majority of them are HomeKit enabled devices, and I’ve recently become obsessed with a product line that needs HomeKit compatibility. It’s led me to think about what I’d like to see added to Apple’s supported categories for HomeKit in the future. Would you buy a HomeKit vacuum? more…

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Apple Maps updates for Look Around, Nearby and public transit live in Europe, Asia & more

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:53

Apple has expanded availability of the Look Around, Nearby and public transit directions features on its mapping service, with updates now live in a bunch of new markets.... Read the rest of this post here "Apple Maps updates for Look...
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Watch Sony’s hardware reveal trailer for its upcoming PlayStation 5 gaming console

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:26

Seven years after debuting the fourth-generation PlayStation gaming console, Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony will unleash the new PlayStation 5 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Yesterday, it shared the first hardware reveal trailer for the eagerly awaited console.... Read...
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US Lawmakers Ask Zoom To Clarify China Ties After it Suspends Accounts

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:25
Three U.S. lawmakers asked Zoom to clarify its data-collection practices and relationship with the Chinese government after the firm said it had suspended user accounts to meet demands from Beijing. From a report: The California-based firm has come under heavy scrutiny after three U.S. and Hong Kong-based activists said their accounts had been suspended and meetings disrupted after they tried to hold events related to the anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown. Zoom said on Friday it was notified of the events and asked to take action by the Chinese government in May and early June. It said it suspended one account in Hong and two in the United States but has now reinstated these accounts and will not allow further requests from China to affect users outside the country. "We did not provide any user information or meeting content to the Chinese government," Zoom said in a statement. "We do not have a backdoor that allows someone to enter a meeting without being visible." The online meeting platform, which has surged in popularity as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions around the world indoors, has seen its downloads soar in China.

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Apple’s redesigned iMac, a larger iPad mini, and 10.8-inch iPad Air may launch in second half of 2020

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 11:20

The refreshed 23-inch iMac, along with the 10.8-inch iPad Air and larger iPad mini may launch before the end of 2020.
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Apparent boost in analyst optimism on AAPL is not quite what it seems …

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:50

Over the past 24 hours, there’s been a big increase in the number of analysts predicting that the value of AAPL stock will rise, but this apparent boost in optimism on AAPL is not quite as it appears …

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‘Little Orpheus’ is the newest adventure game for Apple Arcade

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:46

"Little Orpheus" is the next adventure game added to the roster of Apple Arcade titles.
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New FreeBSD Code of Conduct

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:46
An anonymous reader writes: FreeBSD has has adopted a new LLVM-derived code of conduct. The code of conduct requires users to: be friendly and patient, be welcoming, be considerate, be respectful, be careful in the words that you choose and be kind to others, when we disagree, try to understand why. This isn't an exhaustive list of things that you can't do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it's intended - a guide to make it easier to communicate and participate in the community. This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by the FreeBSD project. This includes online chat, mailing lists, bug trackers, FreeBSD events such as the developer meetings and socials, and any other forums created by the project that the community uses for communication. It applies to all of your communication and conduct in these spaces, including emails, chats, things you say, slides, videos, posters, signs, or even t-shirts you display in these spaces. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may, in rare cases, affect a person's ability to participate within them, when the conduct amounts to an egregious violation of this code.

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Anonymous Camera for iPhone launches with face, full-body, and voice anonymizing via on-device processing

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:41

Anonymizing photos and videos can be a time-consuming task sometimes including multiple steps, especially if you want to strip metadata. Developers Playground.AI decided to tackle that problem and came up with a valuable new iPhone app called Anonymous Camera that handles all of the processing on device in real-time. Playground.AI is also donating all of its proceeds from the app to Black Visions Collective and Unicorn Riot for the first month.

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First trailer for upcoming documentary flick “Dads” landing on Apple TV+ on Father’s Day

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:33

Apple today shared the firs trailer for “Dads”, an upcoming docoumentary film from director Bryce Dallas Howard and the producers of “Parenthood” coming to Apple TV+ on Father’s Day.... Read the rest of this post here "First trailer for upcoming...
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Internet Archive Kills Its Free Digital Library Over Copyright Concerns

Slashdot - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:11
The Internet Archive's National Emergency Library is finished. The non-profit repository for digital preservation, which began offering millions of e-books for free to address the closure of libraries during the pandemic, buckled under a joint lawsuit filed by major publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins. From a report: Publishers said lending out books without compensation was "mass copyright infringement." The digital library will close next week. The archive of books was initially invite-only and only allowed a given file to be downloaded a limited number of times at once, with each rental limited to 14 days. But then the pandemic hit and libraries closed, so the Internet Archive responded by making all the books accessible to everyone, with no limits.

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Former Steve Jobs advisor Joanna Hoffman says Facebook is ignorant or worse

9to5Mac - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:09

Joanna Hoffman, a former key Apple exec and close confidante of Steve Jobs, has attacked Facebook’s unwillingness to act on hate speech.

Often referred to as Steve’s ‘right-hand woman’ – and one of the few Apple execs willing and able to stand up to him – Hoffman didn’t mince her words …

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