Over 3500 Amazon staffers urge company to step up climate change fight

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice Amazon employees urge the company to take more aggressive actions on climate crisis.  Alexander Pohl via Getty Images Amazon employees want the company to put more effort into fighting climate change.In an open letter to CEO Jeff Bezos and the company’s board published Wednesday, 3,541 Amazon employees ask the e-commerce giant to take more aggressive actions on climate change.”Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” reads the letter. “We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we’re ready to be a climate leader.”The staff members included a to-do list for Amazon in the letter. They asked the company to make a corporation-wide plan to reach 100% renewable energy in a timely manner, to stop selling Amazon’s cloud service to the oil and gas companies so they won’t expand fossil fuel extraction, to stop donating to regulators who vote against climate legislation and more.  In response, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has launched several major and impactful programs and is “working hard to integrate this approach fully across Amazon.””Our dedication to ensuring that our customers understand how we are addressing environmental issues has been unwavering — we look forward to launching more work and sharing more this year,” the spokesperson said in an email.  Tags Tech Industry Politics Now playing: Watch this: This isn’t the first time Amazon employees voiced their concerns over the company’s business conduct. Last June, the e-commerce giant’s staff wrote to Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to US law enforcement. They feared how the company’s Rekognition software would be used by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security in the current political climate. “In our mission to become ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company,’ we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do,” wrote the staff. “We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes.”Originally published April 10, 11:13 a.m. PT.Update, 1:04 p.m. PT: Adds statement from Amazon spokesperson.  8 Amazon kills plans for NYC headquarters 4:00 Comments Amazon Jeff Bezoslast_img read more


Rohina Anand Khira has designed a life right out of Pinterest

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgRohinaPR HandoutDesign genius and a Path-breaking Textile Designer Rohina Anand Khira has always managed to create a storm in the Home Decor industry with trend setting home linen. Rohina started off with her design career 10 years ago when she took over the reigns of the brand Ajay Anand Living and rebranded it as AA Living.By the end of her first year as director, Rohina had transformed her family’s export factory showroom into a high-end boutique brand by shifting the focus to exclusive décor design, branding and visual merchandising.In 2016 she was recognised by GoodHomes Magazine as one of the top 100 innovative minds in the industry. She won the Asian Paints Indian Decor Influencer Awards (IDIA) in 2016 as ‘Instagrammer of the year’ and ‘Social Media Wonder Women’ in 2017. This year she was awarded the Elite “Woman of the Year 2019” as one of the 35 most respected and influential women achievers and entrepreneurs.One look at Rohina’s Instagram handle @aa.living and you’re transported into this Creative Director’s world of Décor, Art, Travel and Design. Having a cohesive Instagram feed is goals for most millennials these days – it reflects who you are and reasserts your brand image!An Instagram Influencer and trendsetter in the Design Industry, her Instagram feed is a Pinterest board full of latest design trends, interior spaces, exotic locations, local foods and inspirational quotes. When she took to this platform to showcase her latest designs of her muse Frida Kahlo and her interpretation of her portrait on a cushion – little did she know she was setting in motion the next big trend in the interiors space! Ever since this cushion started selling at her store AA Living (Mumbai) and the brand’s online store, it has gone viral and loved by celebrities and influencers across India. Design aficionados have finally opened their minds to the idea of bohemian living spaces.Talking about her interpretation on Frida Kahlo, Rohina comments “Frida comes with her own personality – which includes weathered fabrics, tassels, fringe, and lots of crochet. India has been so obsessed with their living rooms looking expensive with heavy reflective fabrics, and embellished cushions. I was just relieved when people took to this new casual-living trend.”Everyone who follows Rohina’s journey on her social media is well aware of her love to travel. Rohina is always travelling across the globe with her family – her husband and two little girls. Her products are a perfect example of how she blends international style with her own design aesthetics to create a range of products that are not just Pinterest worthy but also adds instant personality to any space.Talking about how travel inspires her design sensibilities, Rohina Anand Khira says, “When you travel so much, you get to pick up on key trends that are reflecting no matter what country you may be visiting. I feel like I am always putting my version of a ‘trend’ into my collections at my store AA Living. Although Frida Kahlo has been a popular artist since decades – I felt like her voice and vibe needed to be encapsulated into a living space. Her face, like her art, lends well to any indoor space with plants and flowers. Add a crochet wall hanging, fairy lights, some vintage textiles and you have yourself a room that oozes personality! Recycled sustainability is also something that I personally support and encourage – hence my love for weathered and antique textiles.”last_img read more


Microsoft launches Garage site where the public can test a wide range

Posted On Jul 30 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Today, Microsoft has launched a new landing page on its website called The Microsoft Garage.It is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now.The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. – Advertisement – Started in 2009 within the Office Labs group, the goal was to create a “safe place” for Microsoft employees to build their crazy ideas and foster grassroots innovation at the company.The group now has 32 chapters around the world with about 10,000 active members. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up.In short, Microsoft wants to be a better experimenting company. “The next chapter is putting these projects in the hands of real customers to help us make better driven decisions about future plans,” Jeff Ramos, Microsoft’s Manager of The Garage,said.Via VBlast_img read more