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Critics question Amazon's sustainability amidst Bezos Earth Fund launch

Earlier this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos vowed to mitigate the impact of climate change by establishing the Bezos Earth Fund. He’s committed $10 billion to start the fund, making it one of the largest charitable pledges to date. The fund has earmarked delivery of grants for this summer to various activists, nonprofits and scientists who strive for better stewardship of Earth. However, critics of the company, such as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) and Greenpeace, nonetheless warn tha...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Design, Earth, Greenpeace, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Elizabeth Jardim, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice AECJ, AECJ, Greenpeace Greenpeace USA

Taking Aim Against (Part Of) Amazon With A New Website

Can a new website help indie bookstores compete with the retail behemoth? The American Booksellers Association thinks so. “‘We believe that there are consumers who shop online and would choose to support indie bookstores if there were a visible and convenient alternative to Amazon and others,’ the ABA said when it announced its partnership with Bookshop last month.” – Forbes
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Aba, American Booksellers Association, 02.14.20, Aim Against Part Of Amazon

Who's Got the Best-Looking Electric Delivery Van Design: Amazon, FedEx or UPS?

At this point Amazon, FedEx and UPS have all put in orders for electric delivery vans. FedEx was actually the first to make the news, ordering 1,000 vehicles from Chinese manufacturer Chanje back in 2018:Stylistically it's a mess, particularly that front end, where it looks like the designers were halfheartedly trying to rip off the worst part of a Nissan Frontier:Last month UPS announced they were getting into the electric game too, ordering 10,000 no-gas vans from the UK's Arrival, whose desig...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Design, Cars, UPS, Nissan, Chanje, Rivian, Amazon FedEx

11 Creative Ways to Make Money Online in 2020

This article has been contributed by Abhishek Talreja. Hardworking and smart business owners seldom have to worry about making money. Several platforms offer online entrepreneurs a way to explore their skills to the fullest. The internet paves the way for individuals to build the right connections, provide products and services and keep earning money. All you have to do is make the most of the right opportunities. Here are some exciting ideas to make money in 2020. 1. Become a Freelancer Freel...
Tags: Amazon, Freelancing, Business, Design, Craigslist, Youtube, Cms, Amazon Kindle, Airbnb, Guest Articles, Travelers, Make Money, Pat Flynn, Passive Income, Tradesy, YouTube Partner Program

A Human Response To Amazon’s Algorithms: Custom-Designed Book Subscriptions

Two bookstores in England are offering book(s)-of-the-month services in which, after some discussion with the customer, a knowledgeable staffer selects and ships books the staffer thinks the individual recipient will like. – The Guardian
Tags: Amazon, Art, England, Words, Audience, 02.13.20

Amazon Has Been Banning Objectionable Books (Think Neo-Nazi) From Its Platform. Is That A Problem?

While few may lament the disappearance of these hate-filled books, the increasing number of banished titles has set off concern among some of the third-party booksellers who stock Amazon’s vast virtual shelves. Amazon, they said, seems to operate under vague or nonexistent rules. – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, 02.09.20

Did Streaming Kill The Oscar ‘Box Office Bounce’?

Five of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available on Netflix or Amazon – and the others won’t be far behind, meaning that theatres don’t necessarily see much more money per screen after the awards ceremony. What about the four that aren’t streaming? Well: “For the record, the box-office Oscar bounce still exists for films that manage to hang on at the multiplex. Jojo Rabbit, Little Women and Ford v Ferrari have each made additional millions since the nominations were announced. And t...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Netflix, Ferrari, Ford, 02.07.20, Jojo Rabbit Little Women

Yea or Nay? A Self-Lining, Bag-Sealing Trash Can

Take a look at this: via Gfycat I have to put this into the "Looks cool--oh wait a sec, this is dumb" category. As pleasing as it is to watch a mechanical contraption conduct a fairly complicated (compared to what a toddler can do, say) task, nothing about this appeals to me.First off the can is tiny by U.S. standards; whereas the average kitchen trash bag here is 13 gallons, this thing's capacity is 15.5 liters, or about 4 gallons. You could argue that smaller trash cans might prompt you to g...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Object Culture

This Year’s Oscars Are Shaping Up To Be A Disaster

In the year 2020 when there are SO MANY movies and, with Netflix and Amazon entering the Oscar conversation, no excuse not to watch them, people should feel more invested in these awards than ever. It should be a watershed moment for the annual awards season. That there’s been no capitalization on, finally, a non-industry person’s access into the debate after so many years of the “who cares about the Oscars?” refrain is the most damning disaster of the whole thing.  – The Daily Beast ...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Netflix, 02.04.20

LEGO Note Bricks For Your Note-Taking Needs

Tired of plain and boring note sheets? These colorful LEGO note sheets, which looks like a LEGO baseplate on one side, and a blank writing surface on the other, might be just for you. More: Amazon h/t: neatorama, theawesomer As part of LEGO’s new stationery collection, the LEGO Note Bricks is sold in 224 sheets in blue/green or yellow/orange color schemes. This product will ship in April 2020... Source
Tags: Amazon, Notes, Design, Lego

Hundreds of Amazon employees risk jobs to protest company's climate policies

Hundreds of Amazon employees have joined in solidarity, forming the advocacy group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) to protest the company’s climate policies. AECJ seeks to push Amazon into adopting more eco-conscious practices, but Amazon has threatened the protesters with termination for violating its communications policy. Undeterred, AECJ’s campaign continues to pressure the e-commerce behemoth into rethinking its environmental impact. Last autumn, Amazon became The Climate Pledge...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Paris, Paris accord, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice AECJ, AECJ, Climate Pledge Amazon

Amazon Has Now Restricted Reviews Of ‘American Dirt’ To Those Who Buy The Book On Amazon

This move has “raised a business question about what kind of platform Amazon wants to be.” In part, it’s problematic because Amazon bought the big review site Goodreads in 2013. One writer and publisher says, “If they want to keep the discussion about race and appropriation out of their website, that’s certainly their right. … But because they have invited this social function into their retail business, it feels a little like dirty pool to a lot of us in the industry.” – Marketplace
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, 01.24.20

Original Cast Recording of EMOJILAND THE MUSICAL Starring Lesli Margherita, Josh Lamon and More Will Be Released

Broadway Records Van Dean, President announced today live at BroadwayCon, that the original cast recording of Emojiland THE MUSICAL is now available for pre-order at The album will be available digitally on Friday, February 28, 2020 and available physically at beginning March 13, 2020. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Amazon, Theatre, Broadwaycon, BWW News Desk, Lesli Margherita Josh Lamon, Broadway Records Van Dean President

Alan Turing And The Shaping Of Artificial Intelligence

Had Turing lived longer, perhaps the state of artificial intelligence would encompass more than drearily corporate banalities such as the Amazon checkout window making suggestions about what you might like for your next purchase, Google offering up a few words for how to complete a sentence in progress, or a South Korean genius having his soul crushed by a roomful of statistics wonks—not to mention more chillingly Orwellian developments, such as facial-recognition software. – The New Yo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, People, Alan Turing, Turing, 01.19.20

Is Amazon About To Take Over The Bestseller Book Business?

The conventional wisdom that now governs book publishing—that things are, for the first time in a long time, not that bad—is wrong. At the very least, it overlooks the fact that Amazon has spent the last decade accumulating yet more power and leverage, and that its ambitions have since moved past simply being the world’s largest bookstore. On Tuesday evening, The Wall Street Journal surveyed one of the most important recent developments in the industry: Amazon is finally publishing work...
Tags: Amazon, Art, America, Words, Wall Street Journal, 01.17.20

When The Washington Post Talked About The Top Book Trends Of The Last Decade, They Went Kinda Easy On A Big (Sometimes Bad) Player

Normally terrific, WaPo book critic Ron Charles goes lightly on Amazon, whose CEO owns the paper. So it’s time to consider some issues he missed. “E-books and audiobooks have greatly improved the reading experience over the past decade for those who can afford to pay Amazon for Kindle and Audible digital books. We have yet to figure out what the cost of Amazon’s dominance of e-books and audiobooks will be to the broader digital book ecosystem.” – Inside Higher Ed
Tags: Amazon, Art, Washington Post, Words, WaPo, Ron Charles, 01.16.20, Amazon for Kindle

The Best Car Phone Holders & Mounts for Windscreen, Dash & Vent

When the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line in 1908, it is very unlikely that he could have ever imagined how automobiles would be used today. For many people, cars have become traveling offices with everything they need in one place. One of the best pieces of gear that someone like this can have is a car mount for their smartphone. We live in a distracting world and the worst place to be distracted is when you’re driving. With the right car phone mount, you can drive and use yo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Design, Samsung, Best, Gear, Henry Ford, Car Mounts, Amazon Best, Amazon Buy, Essential Tools for Designers Best, Tools & Gear, Beam Electronics Car Air Vent Mount Holder, Samsung Moto Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone, Samsung Moto Prime Status Star Rating Price, Mount Cradle

Audible And Publishers Settle Lawsuit Over Captioning

“In July, the audiobook company owned by Amazon announced Captions, an additional function for the existing app that would allow customers to read the text as it was read, as well as looking up words and translating them. … Seven publishers, including the ‘Big Five’ – Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Macmillan – sued Audible in August, a move that was also backed by bodies representing authors and agents,” all of whom maintained that the captioning was unautho...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Macmillan, Words, 01.15.20

Netflix Isn’t Disrupting Diversity (Or Oscar)

Seriously, is this the brave new world of streaming? Where press releases go out daily about the wildly “diverse” television creators drafted by Netflix (and to a lesser extent Amazon) but the Oscar-nominated Netflix films come from Martin Scorsese and Noah Baumbach? – The Los Angeles Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, Netflix, Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach, 01.13.20

Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL's Michael Zegen

Today's guest, Michael Zegen,can currently be seen starring on the critically acclaimed Amazon series 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The series is recently won the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, a 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Television Series, Musical or Comedy and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Series. [Author: Little Known Facts w/ I...
Tags: Amazon, Theatre, Maisel, Amy Sherman Palladino, Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine, Ilana Levine, Michael Zegen

Amazon to Develop Musical Comedy NOBODY'S PRINCESS From FIRST DATE Duo

Amazon is set to develop themusical comedy, Nobody's Princess, which puts a contemporary spin on classic fairytale princesses, according to Deadline. [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Amazon, Theatre, TV News Desk

Royole’s smart speaker has a wrap-around curved display… and I’m honestly wondering why.

Designed to be like an Amazon Echo Show but in the shape of an Amazon Echo, Royole’s new Mirage smart speaker tries to integrate flexible displays into smart speakers. The Mirage is a cylindrically shaped smart-speaker (with a floating halo) that responds to Amazon’s Alexa, but the most noticeable element about it is the screen that envelops nearly half the device, wrapping around from side to side. Royole’s always been an advocate of flexible electronics, with a folding tablet, phone, and eve...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Speakers, Ces, Alexa, Product Design, Mirage, Flexible Display, Smart Speaker, Royole, Amazon Echo Royole

Study tracks the universality of music’s impact

Over 2,500 people from the U.S. and China listened to the same music and were similarly affected by it. The study identifies a specific set of feelings that music can evoke. Further research can use these findings to figure out how music does this. None "Music is a universal language, but we don't always pay enough attention to what it's saying and how it's being understood," says neuroscience doctoral student Alan Cowen of UC Berkeley and the lead author of a new study aimed at identifying th...
Tags: Psychology, Amazon, Art, Music, Entertainment, China, Israel, Neuroscience, Ed Sheeran, Language, Innovation, Emotions, UC Berkeley, George Michael, Vivaldi, National Academy of Sciences

Introducing Wacom One

Introducing Wacom One abduzeedoJan 08, 2020 Yesterday at CES, Wacom announced the Wacom One, an economical new creative pen display.  The new Wacom One gives creative beginners, social content creators, budding photographers and visual thinkers a new pen display platform to create with. The product also provides an affordable and attractive option for entry-level tablet shoppers who would like to work directly on screen.  Notable features include: Wacom O...
Tags: Amazon, Design, US, Canada, Wacom, Lamy, NTSC, Staedtler, Wacom One, CES Wacom, EMR Electro Magnetic Resonance

My Goals For 2020—This Object In Motion Wants To Keep Moving

Happy New Year! I hope I’m not too late with the warm wishes now that we’re already a week into 2020. It’s just the way the calendar worked out for when New Year’s fell and when I routinely publish. This, being the first post of the year, is the one in which I set goals for the year ahead. Last week I reviewed the goals I set in last January’s version of this very post. I mentioned how one of my overall goals for the year quickly changed and I allowed myself a little time to sit back and s...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Goals, Freelance, Svg, Steven Bradley, Continue Writing for Newsletter

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Wins Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has won the 2019 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for starring in the Amazon Prime series Fleabag. The 77th Annual GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS are airing live on NBC, hosted by Ricky Gervais. [Author: TV News Desk]
Tags: Amazon, Nbc, Theatre, Ricky Gervais, Phoebe Waller Bridge, TV News Desk, Phoebe Waller Bridge Wins Golden Globe

Good Design: A Simple Detail That Lets You See All the Way to the Back of a Tall Shelf or Cabinet Interior

For the height-challenged among us, it can be tough to see all the way to the back of a high shelf or cabinet. Considering this, these Amazon lockers have had a thoughtful touch added to them, to make sure you don't leave any unseen objects behind:Image credit: theone_2099 Mirrors, brilliant. After seeing this, I'm thinking about getting my hands on some lightweight Plexi mirrors, cutting them to size and doing this to the cabinets in my kitchen.
Tags: Amazon, Design, Quick Hits, Cabinet Interior

Kohler’s new Alexa-enabled bath-fitting showers you with water as well as music

Kohler seems to have taken a massive liking to bathroom-singers with its new showerhead. With a halo-shaped design, the Kohler Moxie Showerhead allows you to fit in a wireless speaker into its negative cavity, giving you a luxurious Kohler-worthy shower with handpicked (or rather voice-picked) tunes to accompany you as you bathe.Now the Moxie isn’t a new product. Kohler released the quirky showerhead+speaker combination in as early as 2012, but the new update (to be showcased at CES2020 next wee...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Design, Speakers, Ces, Bathroom, Alexa, Product Design, Portable Audio, Kohler, Moxie, Shower Head, Voice AI, CES2020

The Amazon has lost over 10 million football fields of forest in a decade

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) recently published its International Statistic of the Decade, and the “winner” was the stark statistic that the Amazon lost 24,000 square miles of rainforest. That is a land size equivalent to 10.3 million American gridiron football fields or 8.4 million soccer fields. This sobering deforestation figure highlights the harsh landscape changes caused by intentional human encroachment for commercial development purposes, such as logging, mining and cattle ranchin...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Earth, Harvard University, United Kingdom, South America, Amazon Basin, Jennifer Rogers, Royal Statistical Society RSS

Apple, Google and Amazon Join Forces for More Connected Smart-Homes

A new coalition (which officially launches this year) between Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance will result in most new devices being compatible with each aforementioned brands’ smart-home products. Setting an official standard for how products should coexist and connect will “make it easier both for consumers to build their ideal smart-home environment and also for manufacturers to develop new products.” That means one …
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Design, Siri, Tech, Smart Home, Smart Homes, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Linkaboutit, Apple Google, Apple Google Amazon, ZigBee Alliance, Google Assistant

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