Amazon has announced that it will permanently allow employees to carry cell phones amid safety concerns following the collapse of the Edwardsville, Illinois warehouse. During the pandemic, Amazon amended its unconditional ban on cellphones to allow employees to temporarily carry with a plan to reinstate the policy once COVID-19 passed. The change in Amazon’s position came as angry associates petitioned the company saying “taking our phones away isn’t about safety, it’s about controlling us.”
In other news, the booming economic growth of 2021 has cooled off as US GDP fell 1.4 percent over the first quarter of 2022. It is important to note that this drop doesn’t necessarily equate to a recession, but may instead be a re-balancing of the blistering growth rate of 5.7 percent posted in 2021. Moreover, data from the FED shows that over the first quarter of 2022 consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of GDP, remained strong, growing 2.7 percent over the quarter.
Lastly, audio manufacturer Harman Kardon has released its new MultiBeam 1100 Soundbar featuring Dolby Atmos technology. The MultiBeam 1100 Soundbar has 11 individual loudspeakers and offers access to over 300 music streaming services by having AirPlay, Alexa Multi-Room Music (MRM), and Chromecast built-in. Going on sale this May, the MultiBeam will also feature PureVoice technology to enable users to give commands even when the surrounding environment is filled with noise.
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