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How robots are transforming Amazon warehouse jobs — for better and worse

  • At the center of this debate is Amazon, a company that employees hundreds of thousands of employees in its massive warehouse network, which is also a company whose investment in robots and other automation technologies means it could one day be a huge job eliminator, too.
  • But it also gave Amazon the technical foundation on which it could build new versions of warehouse robotics for years to come, setting the stage for a potential future where the only people inside Amazon’s facilities are those employed to maintain and fix their robotic replacements.
  • Like stowers, pickers in older facilities walked miles on end each day, plucking a product off a shelf, scanning it, and placing it into a cart they pushed the whole way.
  • The new targets, though, mean that workers are allowed just a handful of seconds between each product task, which can be complicated by the 8-foot-tall shelving units that the robots carry to the stations of pickers and stowers, Wulfraat said.

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Can Microsoft topple Amazon as the top cloud? Here's what partners say - Business Insider

  • Amazon has the top spot when it comes to cloud market share, but Microsoft is presenting more of a threat than ever.
  • Amazon Web Services essentially invented the modern cloud computing market in the mid-'00s, and dominates it to this day.
  • Even technologically, Amazon appears to be chasing Microsoft in other areas: At its annual re:Invent conference this month, AWS announced that its Outposts product is now available — representing Amazon's big push into hybrid cloud, a market in which Microsoft has long established itself.
  • Likewise, AWS announced Amazon Braket, a new quantum computing service that helps it keep pace with similar efforts from Microsoft and Google.
  • With all this at play, we asked 13 executives at AWS partner companies about whether Microsoft has a chance of beating Amazon for the top cloud spot.

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Can Microsoft topple Amazon as the top cloud? Here's what partners say - Business Insider

  • Amazon has the top spot when it comes to cloud market share, but Microsoft is presenting more of a threat than ever.
  • Amazon Web Services essentially invented the modern cloud computing market in the mid-'00s, and dominates it to this day.
  • Even technologically, Amazon appears to be chasing Microsoft in other areas: At its annual re:Invent conference this month, AWS announced that its Outposts product is now available — representing Amazon's big push into hybrid cloud, a market in which Microsoft has long established itself.
  • Likewise, AWS announced Amazon Braket, a new quantum computing service that helps it keep pace with similar efforts from Microsoft and Google.
  • With all this at play, we asked 13 executives at AWS partner companies about whether Microsoft has a chance of beating Amazon for the top cloud spot.

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We asked 13 software execs whether Microsoft can topple Amazon in the cloud, and they say there's a chance but it'll be a hard battle

  • Amazon has the top spot when it comes to cloud market share, but Microsoft is presenting more of a threat than ever.
  • Amazon Web Services essentially invented the modern cloud computing market in the mid-'00s, and dominates it to this day.
  • Even technologically, Amazon appears to be chasing Microsoft in other areas: At its annual re:Invent conference this month, AWS announced that its Outposts product is now available — representing Amazon's big push into hybrid cloud, a market in which Microsoft has long established itself.
  • Likewise, AWS announced Amazon Braket, a new quantum computing service that helps it keep pace with similar efforts from Microsoft and Google.
  • With all this at play, we asked 13 executives at AWS partner companies about whether Microsoft has a chance of beating Amazon for the top cloud spot.

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Amazon will honor free pre-orders for "New World" alpha testers - Business Insider

  • There's good news, though: Amazon on Friday started to notify some players who pre-ordered the game when it was first announced — which was in 2018 — that they'll get the finished product for free at launch.
  • The e-mail goes on to tell those players that they'll be eligible to participate in a special pre-launch beta test of "New World" that's reserved for those who pre-ordered the game.
  • The retail giant's in-house video game studio has been working on "New World" since 2016, and held a private alpha test earlier this year with an unfinished version of the game.
  • If you pre-order "New World" now you'll get access to the game's beta test in April 2020, a month before it launches for the public.
  • The players who pre-ordered for free in 2018 will receive access to that closed beta as well.

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Amazon will honor free pre-orders for "New World" alpha testers - Business Insider

  • There's good news, though: Amazon on Friday started to notify some players who pre-ordered the game when it was first announced — which was in 2018 — that they'll get the finished product for free at launch.
  • The e-mail goes on to tell those players that they'll be eligible to participate in a special pre-launch beta test of "New World" that's reserved for those who pre-ordered the game.
  • The retail giant's in-house video game studio has been working on "New World" since 2016, and held a private alpha test earlier this year with an unfinished version of the game.
  • If you pre-order "New World" now you'll get access to the game's beta test in April 2020, a month before it launches for the public.
  • The players who pre-ordered for free in 2018 will receive access to that closed beta as well.

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Amazon's new video game costs $40, but some players who signed up years before launch will get it for free

  • There's good news, though: Amazon on Friday started to notify some players who pre-ordered the game when it was first announced — which was in 2018 — that they'll get the finished product for free at launch.
  • The e-mail goes on to tell those players that they'll be eligible to participate in a special pre-launch beta test of "New World" that's reserved for those who pre-ordered the game.
  • The retail giant's in-house video game studio has been working on "New World" since 2016, and held a private alpha test earlier this year with an unfinished version of the game.
  • If you pre-order "New World" now you'll get access to the game's beta test in April 2020, a month before it launches for the public.
  • The players who pre-ordered for free in 2018 will receive access to that closed beta as well.

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Apple and Spotify's podcasts come to Echo devices in the US

  • Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay.
  • In the Alexa app’s Settings, users will also be able to specify Apple Podcasts as their default player, which means any time they ask Alexa for a podcast without indicating a source, it will stream from the Apple Podcasts service.
  • Not to be outdone, Spotify also today announced its support for streaming podcasts on Alexa in the U.S. Of course, Spotify Premium users have been able to use Spotify Connect to stream to Echo before today.
  • But now, Spotify says that both Free and Premium U.S. customers will be able to ask Alexa for podcasts as well as set Spotify as their default player.
  • At the time, Amazon said it was adding support for Spotify’s podcast library in the U.S., which would bring “hundreds of thousands” of podcasts to Alexa devices.

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Amazon rejects the idea that it traps customers on its platform, saying it has a 'much lower amount of lock-in' than Oracle or Microsoft

  • Amazon is the big gorilla in the cloud, but the tech giant is denying a respected antitrust lawyer's claim that it is unfairly locking in clients to its platform.
  • In fact, Amazon argues, its cloud platform offers more options to clients compared to products from rivals like Oracle or Microsoft.
  • Amazon was responding to the view of Gary Reback, the renowned Silicon Valley lawyer who led high profile antitrust battles against Microsoft, Google and Oracle, that the company is expanding its platform in a way that locks in customers to its platform.
  • In the pre-cloud era, businesses generally set up their own in-house data centers with products from companies like Oracle and IBM, which typically charged hefty licensing and maintenance fees.
  • The cloud enabled businesses to set up their networks on web-based platforms run by the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

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Amazon is delivering half its own packages as it becomes a serious rival to FedEx and UPS

  • Amazon has been steadily growing its logistics operation over the last decade, and it now delivers more than half of all Amazon packages in the US, according to an estimate from Morgan Stanley published on Thursday and reported by CNBC.
  • It means Amazon, which now operates its own freighters and cargo planes, is accelerating its push to own the entire logistics chain and end its relationship with companies like FedEx and UPS.
  • At the current rate, Amazon is set to pass both FedEx and UPS in US package volume, with the company currently delivering 2.5 billion packages per year compared to FedEx’s 3 billion and UPS’s 4.7 billion, Morgan Stanley says.
  • In 2016, Amazon launched its Prime Air brand, which encompasses both its in-progress delivery drone work and its fleet of cargo planes, and it’s been steadily adding more planes to its fleet over the years.

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