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Amazon Discounted Kitchen Essentials from Le Creuset, Cuisinart, and Calphalon in Honor of Prime Day

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Because many of us are spending more time at home due to the global pandemic, we’ve all had extra time to experiment with new recipes. And as we approach the holiday season, there’s a good chance we’ll all be spending even more time in the kitchen. That means that there’s no better time than right now to stock up on new gadgets to help make all that cooking and baking even easier. After all, Amazon Prime Day is your best opportunity to invest in top-of-the-line products—so many excellent kitchen essentials are currently available at shockingly low prices. 

Prime Day officially started today at midnight and runs until tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. PT. Within the 48-hour time period, Amazon Prime members can shop over one million deals on just about every category on the site. If you’d like to get in on the fun (think exclusive deals and

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Even Funeral Homes Are Getting Pinched by Amazon

Cremation boxes at a funeral home in New York City.



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When death gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Many American businesses have seen demand slump during the Covid-19 pandemic while others have seen it unexpectedly surge. Yet even those in the latter category haven’t always been able to capitalize. Take a sector that has received some 215,000 customers and counting courtesy of the coronavirus: death care.

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said it had a 7.3% increase in services performed in the second quarter but basically no bump in revenue as a growing share of families asked for “direct cremation,” which is cheaper than burial. Not that it didn’t try to upsell: “To further enhance revenue opportunities, we continue to focus on our cremation customers’ preferences and remaining relevant by developing additional memorialization merchandise and services,” wrote the company

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A secretive company that’s worked with Airbnb, Apple, and Amazon reportedly has its workers pay fees and buy their own equipment to do the job of providing customer support



a man sitting in front of a computer: A man works at a computer with a headset. Badias/Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images


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A man works at a computer with a headset. Badias/Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

  • A customer service firm used by the likes of Apple, Amazon, Airbnb, and more has a history of exploiting the remote gig workers it recruits, according to a new ProPublica report.
  • Arise Virtual Solutions, which serves as a contractor to staff customer support teams, has seen booming business during the pandemic as it allows large corporations to easily hire and fire the people it contracts.
  • The report paints yet another picture of how workers in the gig economy are left vulnerable to exploitation.
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A customer service firm hired by the likes of Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, and Disney has seen a burgeoning business during the pandemic. But the 25-year-old firm also has a history of worker exploitation, according to a new ProPublica report.

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The Best Stylish Shower Curtains That You Can Buy on Amazon

Shopping for a shower curtain can be a bit of a drag. Oftentimes, you just get a simple white curtain and cross your fingers that it won’t get moldy like your last one did. But as a fashionista and home decor enthusiast, you can do better than a boring shower curtain. There are plenty of cute options that’ll make your bathroom feel like a spa-like paradise—and if not, maybe it’ll at least feel like it reflects your sense of style. 

A curtain can’t just be judged on style alone, though. It needs to have substance, too, and last a long time. You don’t want to replace it after just three months. The best stylish shower curtains won’t get moldy or sprout mildew. They’ll dry quickly, and the colors in the curtain won’t fade over time. This might seem obvious, but the curtains also need to cover your entire shower and

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Amazon Prime Video has added two brilliant new improvements

Amazon has added two useful new tweaks to its Prime Video streaming service, which are available to all subscribers right now. In order to stream exclusive shows and movies on-demand from Prime Video, you’ll need to pay a monthly Prime Video subscription fee, or become an Amazon Prime member, which comes with a number other perks, including the ability to take part in the upcoming Prime Day sales event.

Prime Video, which is the exclusive home of shows like The Boys, The Grand Tour, Good Omens, Utopia and All Or Nothing, has now added multi-language support. Only available in the UK, Germany, United States and Japan for the time being, the option lets viewers toggle between different dubbing options.

This is particularly useful for households with guests or family members who speak different languages. The ability to switch to an audio track from a different language – while adding

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Semtech, Amazon Unite to Offer Connectivity for Smart Homes

Semtech Corporation SMTC recently partnered with Amazon AMZN to collaborate on the latter’s network, Amazon Sidewalk.

Amazon Sidewalk is a low-bandwidth, long-distance wireless network that is used to connect smart devices, both inside and outside one’s home. Importantly, even when devices fall offline, the network allows the operation of a few functions.

Therefore, with the integration of Semtech’s LoRa platform in the Amazon Sidewalk network, the range of a customer’s home network can be extended to connect both outdoor and indoor low-bandwidth smart home products. These products include smart lights, pet trackers, sensors for asset tracking, smart irrigation, among others, which are used for residential purposes.

The LoRa Technology enables long-range connectivity of IoT devices and aids in connecting sensors to the cloud. Its long-range performance and low power consumption requirement enhance overall performance. Moreover, this technology helps in real-time communication of data and analytics to enhance efficiency, as well

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Amazon Looks to Use More Contractors for Grocery Delivery

(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new program that pays independent contractors to fetch groceries from shelves in Whole Foods stores and deliver them in their own vehicles.



A shopping cart filled with Amazon.com Inc. Prime grocery bags sits outside a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. As coronavirus cases pop up at warehouses and supermarkets, workers, cheered on by politicians and labor activists, have begun demanding better pay, sick leave and on-the-job protections from the deadly respiratory virus.


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A shopping cart filled with Amazon.com Inc. Prime grocery bags sits outside a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. As coronavirus cases pop up at warehouses and supermarkets, workers, cheered on by politicians and labor activists, have begun demanding better pay, sick leave and on-the-job protections from the deadly respiratory virus.

The move may reduce the online retail giant’s reliance on employees who are eligible for medical insurance, sick pay and other benefits.

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Amazon is encouraging Flex drivers — contractors who make deliveries in their own cars — to try the new program. These people currently drive groceries to customers’ homes, while the products are gathered and bagged

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Amazon is expanding its network of Connecticut warehouses, drawing protests from organized labor for its reliance on nonunion contractors

Amazon is expanding its network of warehouses in Connecticut, drawn by open space coveted in the crowded Northeast and access to nearby highways that bring the lucrative and populous region within its grasp.



a building with a metal fence: An Amazon worker sorts merchandise inside its newly expanded 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in Windsor. The online retail giant is building a second facility, that's drawing opposition from unions and their Democratic allies in the legislature, and is planning a third in the town.


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An Amazon worker sorts merchandise inside its newly expanded 855,000 square foot fulfillment center in Windsor. The online retail giant is building a second facility, that’s drawing opposition from unions and their Democratic allies in the legislature, and is planning a third in the town.

The state also offers something the online retail giant is not looking for: protests from organized labor and its Democratic allies in the legislature angry that nonunion labor is used to build the massive warehouses.

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“We’re going to put Amazon on notice about the exploitation of workers,” said Joe Toner, president of the Hartford Building Trades Council.

The building trades unions, Connecticut AFL-CIO,

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