Amazon paid zero federal income tax on a 2017 profit of $5.6B. It received a $784M rebate from the new federal tax law. Seattle's "head tax" will cost it $12.4 million yearly for five years. Jake Rheude Published 12:30 pm, Friday, May 25, 2018 Photo: Radiokafka | Shutterstock.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Radiokafka | Shutterstock.com Seattle Is Taxing Amazon to Help Solve Its Homeless Problem: Bad Move. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Hundreds of cities have bent over backwards to court Amazon for a new HQ2, offering enticements such as massive tax breaks: New Jersey has offered as much as $7 billion in tax breaks to land the company, hoping it might give Newark an edge over its 19 competitors on the shortlist. They’re doing this for good reason—whatever city wins the Amazon bid stands to … [Read more...] about Seattle Is Taxing Amazon to Help Solve Its Homeless Problem: Bad Move.
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Never let it be said that Apple is afraid to shake things up. After sending some fans into a tizzy by changing their headphone jack from 3.5mm to Lightning with 2016’s iPhone 7, Cupertino shook their user base again a few months later, upgrading all the USB, SD, MicroSD and other peripheral ports on their MacBook line with new school USB-C ports. Apple argues USB-C is faster, more versatile, and ultimately, the (italized) connector for forward-thinking user. Regardless of the logic, it’s small conciliation for those still touting loads of USB plugin devices that now require adapters and dongles by the truckload to connect to a new MacBook. CASA’s HyperDrive ($49 from TNW Deals) addressed that problem with a simple, elegant answer: a tiny, sleek travel adapter that offers up to six additional USB, SD and other ports to handle all your connection issues. Instead of carting around a bunch of extra cords, adapters and dongles, The HyperDrive is only four inches long, … [Read more...] about This tiny USB-C adapter will solve all your MacBook port issues
If you've ever upgraded or switched phones before, you know how hard it can be to migrate all your data over. Or maybe you wish you could easily transfer files between your Mac or PC and any iOS device you own — without using iTunes. Fortunately, there is a solution to these problems. Best of all, you can solve them with just one program — Imazing 2: Universal License for Mac & Windows! iMazing calls itself the Swiss Army Knife of iPhone, iPad, and iPod management because it lets you manage your mobile data exactly how you wished you always could. You're able to easily browse and manage your backups, extract and even print out text message logs, and drag and drop songs onto your iPhone without using iTunes or jailbreaking your phone. Just check out some of the great features iMazing can offer you! Transfer files between any Mac, PC, and iOS device wirelessly or with USB. Work with all app documents, data, & media. Quickly update a new iPhone with your old data by … [Read more...] about Manage all your iOS, Mac, and Windows data for only $25!
French SaaS startup Station, which is setting out to build a web browser for the workplace, has raised $3.25 million in a seed round of funding led by Accel. Founded out of Paris in 2017, Station (not to be confused with the mega startup campus Station F that is also located in the French capital) is setting out to create a browser for businesses that gathers all your cloud-based web applications into a single portal. This will not help if you are still using traditional applications such as Office on your desktop, but with the gradual shift to subscription-based software that’s accessed in the browser, well, Station believes it has a solution to boost productivity by sidestepping browser tabs like Chrome and Firefox. The Y Combinator alum, which officially launched back in October, said it wants to build for SaaS (software-as-a-service) what iOS and Android have built for smartphones, something more akin to an operating system than a browser. “With more than 12,000 SaaS … [Read more...] about France’s Station raises $3.25 million for ‘workplace browser’ that unifies all your web apps
source Snap On Thursday, Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. introduced the second-generation version of its camera glasses, called Spectacles. I actually tried the first-generation Snapchat Spectacles in November 2016, and I have to say, as much as I loved the concept behind the camera glasses, I wasn’t impressed with the overall design or execution of this particular vision. Unfortunately, the new second-generation Spectacles don’t solve the biggest problems I had with the first model. Let’s dive in: First, the pros: Snap did make some improvements in Spectacles 2.0. source Snap The new Spectacles are slimmer, and so is the charging case it comes with. source Snap Snap also removed those ugly yellow circles around each camera from the 1.0 model, which you can see below. source Hollis Johnson The new version also has a second microphone, which helps pick up audio better. source Snap The new Spectacles can take photos now, in addition to … [Read more...] about I really want to like Snapchat’s new camera glasses — but the new model doesn’t solve the biggest problems I had with the first version