AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: AMAZON ALSO-RANS
UNDATED (AP) — It may sound like sour grapes. But some of the 18 companies that were passed over by Amazon as sites for their headquarters expansion say they feel like winners, not losers. The cities that didn’t land the massive project — just like New York City and Arlington, Virginia — had to go through the same 14 months of wooing the online retail giant as the winners — not to mention having to wait out Amazon brass as they made up their minds on the final decision. Some of the locations that didn’t make the cut say they’re disappointed to miss out on the economic boost. But they also say they were able to dodge having to shell out billions of dollars in tax incentives to Amazon. In all, 238 areas tried to land the Amazon project before the number was whittled down to 20 — and finally to the two winners announced this week.
IN THE NEWS: ELECTRONICS RECYCLING SCAM?
SEATTLE (AP) — The owners of a large Northwest electronics recycler are in trouble with the Feds. Documents filed in Seattle allege that the people who ran Total Reclaim lied to customers by having mercury-containing flat-screen monitors shipped overseas instead of having them safely disposed of here in the U.S. The federal government says Total Reclaim’s customers paid at least $1.2 million between 2008 and 2016 to have the toxic material recycled. Instead the company sold the monitors to another company, knowing they’d ship them to China, were workers dismantled them without using any safety or environmental protections.
ON THE WEB: SELF DRIVING GROCERY DELIVERY
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Ford and Walmart are teaming up to test a self-driving grocery delivery service. The first of the tests will be conducted in Miami-Dade County in Florida. Ford says it will work with Walmart over the next couple of months to determine what products can be transported feasibly — and root out any issues that may hinder the ability to successfully deliver food orders with self-driving vehicles.
Walmart site: http://www.walmart.com
Ford site: http://www.ford.com
IN STORES: OTTER BOX COMMUTER SERIES CASE FOR iPHONE X AND X MAX
FORT COLLINS, Col. (AP) — The iPhone X Max is a lot of phone. And for those who want a lot of protection to keep their investment in one piece, the Otter Box line of cases remains one of the best choices. The Commuter Series helps protect the Apple phone with a form factor that doesn’t add much in the way of bulk. It’s only slightly larger than Apple’s biggest phone — which means the device can still slip easily into a pocket or purse. It has Otter Box’s drop protection, which the clumsier ones among us will find ourselves thankful for from the very first time it’s needed. The case also has a protective tab to cover the lightning port — and the case seals the phone from dust. The Commuter line comes in a series of colors and patterns for just about every taste and lifestyle.
Otter Box site: http://www.otterbox.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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