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Amazon Key is a new service that lets couriers unlock your front door – The Verge

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Twelve years ago, Amazon launched Prime, a subscription service that entitled members to free two-day shipping in the United States. Since then, it has added a number of options to make delivery faster and more convenient. Prime customers can get same-day delivery, and drop off with an hour or two on some items. Of course, customers aren’t always home to receive their packages. So Amazon started putting lockers in nearby…

Where Should Amazon Locate Its New Headquarters? Three … – Forbes

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

When Amazon announced plans last month to establish a second headquarters in North America, it set off a feeding frenzy among cities hoping to lure the $150 billion-in-revenue retailer. New Jersey offered $7 billion in potential tax credits for Amazon to plant its “HQ2” in Newark. Kansas City Mayor Sly James bought and reviewed 1,000 products on Amazon to make the case for his city. Tiny Stonecrest, Ga., located outside of…

iPhone X production problems reportedly led Apple to make its face-scanning feature less accurate – Business Insider

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook.Stephen Lam/Reuters The iPhone X proved to be particularly problematic for Apple and its partners to manufacture. Apple faced a number of problems that apparently prompted it to compromise on the accuracy of Face ID, its new biometric face recognition system, to ramp up production. Many of the issues that are afflicting the first batches should be resolved by early 2018. Apple told suppliers to reduce the…

Cuban investigators say U.S. sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’ – Reuters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” while it refused to cooperate fully with Cuba’s enquiry. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he believed Havana was responsible for 24 diplomats being harmed. Washington expelled 15 Cuban diplomats and recalled more than half the U.S. diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier…

Cuban investigators say US sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’ – Reuters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” while it refused to cooperate fully with Cuba’s enquiry. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he believed Havana was responsible for 24 diplomats being harmed. Washington expelled 15 Cuban diplomats and recalled more than half the U.S. diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier…

Facts in fiction – The Hindu

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What are facts in a work of fiction? Are they to be treated as incontrovertible truth or as a licence of creative imagination? In the answers to these questions lies the key to understanding the most pressing issue currently occupying the mind space of the politicians of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tamil Nadu. Over the past week, senior State leaders of the party have been busy ferreting out references…

Prominent literary editor apologizes for ‘inappropriate conduct’ amid sexual harassment allegations: reports – New York Daily News

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The former literary editor of The New Republic issued an apology to his female colleagues amid allegations of sexual harassment after his latest publication was axed. Leon Wieseltier, who spent three decades at the magazine, was accused of kissing women in the office on the mouth, discussing his sex life with them, and saying their dresses weren’t tight enough, The New York Times reported. Former New Republic…

Organizing Your Literature: Spreadsheet Style – Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kathleen Clarke is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter @_KathleenClarke where she tweets about graduate education, mental health, and disability. There are many different types of reference managers, including Refworks, Zotero, Endnote, and Mendeley. I’ve tried them all and none of have stuck. It’s not that there is anything wrong with them; I know folks who swear…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

Cuban investigators say US sonic attack allegations ‘science fiction’ – Reuters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials investigating U.S. complaints of attacks on diplomats in Havana said talk of acoustic strikes was “science fiction” and accused Washington of “slander” while it refused to cooperate fully with Cuba’s enquiry. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he believed Havana was responsible for 24 diplomats being harmed. Washington expelled 15 Cuban diplomats and recalled more than half the U.S. diplomatic personnel from Havana earlier…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…

The literary life of voices from the dead – The Guardian

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I sincerely hope John Harris is correct and “the age of the automobile” is indeed “drawing to a close” (Owning a car will soon be a thing of the past, 23 October). I have a driveway outside my home and in it there is a car. But I have never learned to drive; it is my wife who faces up to that bothersome chore. She occasionally loses patience with me,…

The CW Buys Semi-Autobiographical Comedy From Writer Abby … – Deadline

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The CW has bought Bestseller, an hourlong comedy from novelist Abby McDonald, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Gary Ungar’s Exile Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by McDonald, Bestseller follows a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. When it becomes a surprise bestseller, it complicates her work life and personal relationships, and inspires her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double…

Where Should Amazon Locate Its New Headquarters? Three Experts Weigh In – Forbes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

When Amazon announced plans last month to establish a second headquarters in North America, it set off a feeding frenzy among cities hoping to lure the $150 billion-in-revenue retailer. New Jersey offered $7 billion in potential tax credits for Amazon to plants its “HQ2” in Newark. Kansas City Mayor Sly James bought and reviewed 1,000 products on Amazon to make the case for his city. Tiny Stonecrest, Ga., located outside of Atlanta,…

Retails hitting Amazon through Whole Foods – CNBC.com – CNBC

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Amazon’s new $70 Fire TV does 4K and HDR, but Alexa still sells it – TechCrunch

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Amid a slew of Echo-related announcements last month, news of Amazon’s revamped Fire TV may have gotten a little lost. But the upgraded $70 rival to devices like the Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV, has the potential to be a top seller for Amazon, given its competitive price point for a 4K streamer, and voice support via Alexa. Yes, it looks weird… The device itself is a little odd –…

Kindle’s new app still won’t let you buy books on an iPhone – CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

People are still reading plenty of books, but how and where they dig into a novel or a bit of historical non-fiction is changing. Amazon is giving its Kindle app on iOS and Android a major overhaul to cater to the number of people who are reading and listening to books on their phones and tablets. The update, announced Tuesday, will roll out gradually and automatically replace the existing version…