An Amazon control center, and hybrid office life
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0:05- Trump impeachment trial begins
The second impeachment trial of former President Trump began yesterday in the Senate with Democrats showing a video of the Capitol riot and arguing that the proceedings were constitutional, while the lawyers of Trump, Bruce Castor Jr., David Schoen, and Michael van der Veen argued that it was improper to charge a president who was no longer sitting. At the end of the agreed upon four hours of presentations, the Senate voted along party lines that the trial was constitutional, and that they would continue the proceedings.
0:27- My way or the Hauwei
Following a ruling by the FCC that declared them a “national security threat”, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has now filed a lawsuit against the US Government disputing that claim. The FCC originally backed their statement up with a report indicating that the Chinese government could easily access Hauwei technology to “spy or disrupt telecommunication networks'' based on research done by them and various US national security agencies. Naturally, the founder, Ren Zhengfei, said that they would never spy on behalf of any country.
0:49- What will office life look like in the future?
As the nation starts to slowly head towards normalcy again, companies are deciding what to do with their employees. Today Salesforce announced that it is planning on having most of its workforce either fully or part time remote, and revamping its office spaces to fit the new cultures. This decision is in line with what others such as Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft have all said, as it appears as though a majority of work may not be done in offices anymore. That being said, Amazon remains firmly on the other side of the issues and plans to have employees back in the office as soon as possible.
1:18- An Amazon control center?
Amazon is reportedly looking at developing a new product for the Echo line that would be a large touchscreen device mounted to the wall and would serve as a “smart home control panel” that could also be used for video chats, a media player, and as a normal Alexa. The current price range being discussed is between $200 and $500 although nothing is official yet.
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