Amazon Sued by Transgender Woman, Husband for Workplace Harassment

A transgender woman and her husband sued Amazon.com on Wednesday, accusing the company of subjecting them to severe harassment and physical threats when they both worked at the retailer’s warehouse in Kentucky.

A group representing the couple said their case was striking given the Seattle-based company’s vocal support of LGBT rights.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Kentucky said Allegra Schawe-Lane was subjected to taunts such as “shemale” and “crossdresser” from coworkers. She and her husband Dane Lane also received crass comments about their sex life, it said.

The couple lodged a series of complaints with supervisors during the year they worked at the Hebron, Kentucky warehouse, but the company took no action, the lawsuit said.

Supervisors joined in the harassment and were instructed to “watch them closely.” The two feared for their lives after a coworker cut the brake lines on their car, according to the lawsuit. The couple quit their jobs in 2015 following the incidents.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

Amazon Sued by Transgender Woman, Husband for Workplace HarassmentThe lawsuit comes after Amazon, one of the United States’ largest companies, was lauded by civil rights groups for their drama Transparent, one of the first series to feature a transgender lead character.

“We call on Amazon to examine the disconnect between the message of its hit show Transparent and the discrimination perpetrated against Allegra and Dane,” said Jillian Weiss, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is representing the couple in the lawsuit, and which gave Transparent an award in 2015.

Lane and Schawe-Lane say Amazon violated federal and Kentucky laws banning sex discrimination in the workplace. Several federal courts have ruled that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a form of unlawful sex bias.

Schawe-Lane also says Amazon violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because supervisors viewed her gender dysphoria as a disability.

The case is Lane v. Amazon.com KYDC LLC, US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, No. 2:17-cv-00134.

Sony MHC-V50D One-Box Portable Audio System With Party Lights Launched at Rs. 33,990

In order to further diversify its audio products portfolio in the country, Sony on Monday launched its MHC-V50D one-box portable audio system in India at Rs. 33,990. Some of the highlight features on the new audio system include built-in party lights, support for karaoke mode, and motion control support. The new audio system will be made available in all Sony Center and major electronic stores across India from Thursday, July 13.

In terms of connectivity options, Sony MHC-V50D comes with a built in DVD/CD player, USB port, audio input, an HDMI output, and a built-in FM radio tuner. The audio system supports guitar input and users can plug in their guitar to get the output through the system. It comes with a Karaoke mode that might be preferred by users who like to sing songs their own way.

Sony MHC-V50D One-Box Portable Audio System With Party Lights Launched at Rs. 33,990Notably, the Sony MHC-V50D also supports Bluetooth connectivity and users can therefore connect the system to their smartphones and play music from any streaming app. If you are wondering what we meant when we mentioned motion control support earlier, the audio system detects smartphone’s movement to change tracks or volume with gestures.

As we said earlier, the new Sony audio system comes with built-in party lights. “Lights are directed through a lens to spread a wide light pattern. One can control the lights on the system, and watch them sync to the beat of the music for a club-style dance floor at home,” the company said in its release.

Lastly, the Sony MHC-V50D comes with an LED touch panel that makes it easier to control music playback and “space illuminating lights beams multi-coloured light from the ceiling to the floor in time with the beat.” Just like some of the earlier speakers from the company, Sony’s new audio system can be connected with other one-box systems from the company to amplify the sound and create a party chain effect.

Vizio Sues LeEco Over Failed Merger Attempt, Adding to the Chinese Firm’s Financial Woes

LeEco has had a rough few months and getting sued by Vizio is perhaps the last thing the company needs right now. Not only is the Chinese tech company facing a cash-crunch that could ultimately lead to its demise, but its failed attempt to buy Vizio has now brought on two lawsuits by the US TV maker – one claiming $60 million in damages and the other seeking $50 million.

Last year in July, LeEco had announced a deal to buy Vizio for $2 billion, one which would have helped the Chinese company gain a strong foothold in North America. But the cash-strapped company in April called off the deal citing “regulatory headwinds.” However, LeEco was required to pay $100 million as a buyers termination fee, which it failed to complete and reportedly only managed to hand over only $40 million. Vizio now seeks the remaining $60 million as damages, The Verge reports.

Vizio also contradicted what the companies had cited in April and instead alleges that at the time of the announcement, LeEco’s financial meltdown had already begun and that the company tried to hide the fact by announcing such deals that would create an optimistic facade. The lawsuit also claims that LeEco announced the merger as a means to gain access to Vizio’s corporate customer database for its own purpose.

Vizio Sues LeEco Over Failed Merger Attempt, Adding to the Chinese Firm's Financial WoesIn the second, $50-million lawsuit, Vizio is targeting one of LeEco’s subsidiaries, Le Technology, which is based in California.

For those trying to keep up with LeEco’s turmoil, here’s a quick recap. In December the company’s then CEO Jia Yueting admitted in a letter to employees that the company was facing a cash-crunch. The next month, LeEco would get a $2.2 billion investment from property developer Sunac China Holdings which was seen as a lifeline that could perhaps save the company.

Following the announcement to drop the bid to acquire Vizio, LeEco in May announced that it was laying off 70 percent of its US staff, or 325 jobs, which was perhaps the final nail in the coffin as far as the company’s dream to enter the US market goes. Jia also stepped down as CEO that same month and earlier this month he resigned as chairman of its main listed unit. Some of LeEco’s linked assets were also frozen, and most recently, startup Faraday Future, which is backed by Jia, announced that it would move production of its luxury electric SUV from a $1 billion factory that was planned for Nevada.

AT&T to Run Wireless, Media as Separate Units?

AT&T Inc will run its wireless and DirecTV satellite television businesses separately from Time Warner’smedia assets following its $85.4 billion (roughly Rs. 5,71,318 crores) acquisition of the entertainment group, a source told Reuters on Friday.

Buying Time Warner gives AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets. AT&T’s post-merger plans were earlier reported by Bloomberg News.

The deal, announced in October, is seen as a bold move by the telecommunications giant to acquire content to stream over its network. AT&T hopes the programming will give it a competitive edge in a saturated wireless market. The deal also brings a wealth of user data for more targeted advertising.

The reorganization will leave AT&T executives in charge of the combined company. John Stankey, who currently leads DirecTV and other entertainment businesses, will head up the media division and John Donovan, AT&T’s chief strategy officer who oversees technology and operations, will run the wireless business, the source said.

AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson will remain chairman and CEO of the combined company after the deal closes, an AT&T spokesman said.

AT&T to Run Wireless, Media as Separate Units?In an emailed statement, AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook said no decisions on an organizational structure have been finalized and that Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes were still working on them. Time Warner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bob Quinn, AT&T senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, told reporters this week that the company expects to close the merger by the end of the year. “We are just working through the process,” Quinn said, noting it also needs approvals from some international agencies and the US Justice Department.

“All indications are that end of the year is definitely in reach.” He declined to weigh in on whether the White House could seek to intervene in the merger as some reports have suggested, citing anonymous White House aides.

US President Donald Trump has been critical of Time Warner’s news division CNN in recent months, calling the outlet “fake news”. He had also expressed opposition to the merger during his election campaign.

A group of Senate Democrats including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken had also urged the Justice Department last month to closely scrutinise the deal.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 32-Inch Model Launched, Its Cheapest and Smallest TV Yet

Xiaomi has now launched its cheapest television set, which is part of the company’s Mi TV 4A series, and also happens to be its smallest to date – with a 32-inch display size. The new 32-inch Mi TV 4A has been priced at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs. 10,500), making it the cheapest smart TV from Xiaomi, and it has been announced just for China as of now. Just like it happens with most Xiaomi products, it is currently unclear if the new television set will make its way to the other markets.

The new Xiaomi Mi TV 4A (32-inch) comes with a plastic body and thereby weighs just 3.9kg. As mentioned earlier, it comes with a 32-inch display that has a screen resolution of 768×1366 pixels. Xiaomi Mi TV 4A (32-inch) has a refresh rate of 60Hz. Notably, the new model comes with Xiaomi’s AI-based PatchWall system and can therefore recommend content to users on the basis of their viewing habits. It also features AI-based speech recognition.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 32-Inch Model Launched, Its Cheapest and Smallest TV YetThe Mi TV 4A (32-inch) is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. In terms of graphics, the new model features a Mali-450 MP3 GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 4GB of built-in storage as well. In terms of connectivity, the Mi TV 4A (32-inch) comes with connectivity options including Wi-Fi, a USB port, an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports, and an AV port.

The new Mi TV 4A (32-inch) will be available in China via sale starting midnight on July 23 and the company will also be offering a discount of CNY 100 off the shipping fee as part of the initial sale offer. To recall, the company first unveiled its Mi TV 4A series back in March for China and the series till now included models in screen sizes: 43-inch, 49-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inches.

In May, the company announced the availability of 49-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch models from Mi TV 4 series and said that the products will go on sale from July 1 in the country.

Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale Offers: Deals on Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, and More

Flipkart is hosting one sale after the other, and now it’s begun its Grand Gadget Days, with a host of gaming hardware, laptops, cameras, and audio accessories offers and deals. The Flipkart Grand Gadget Days will go on till July 26, and the three-day festival has personal grooming gadgets under Rs. 999 as well.

In this sale, Flipkart has listed laptops with Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i5 processors starting from Rs. 26,990 and Rs. 41,990 respectively. Budgets laptops from Acer, iBall, Lava, and Micromax start from as low as Rs. 10,499. Gaming laptops are listed with up to Rs. 20,000 on exchange for all those interested in heavy-duty processing and graphics. Furthermore, 2-in-1 laptops are listed from Rs. 25,990 and AIO desktops from Intel Intel, Lenovo, and HP start at Rs. 32,490. All laptop deals can be seen here.

With respect to cameras, the Cannon EOS 700D DSLR camera is up for grabs for Rs. 39,499, and Flipkart is offering Moto headphones worth Rs. 6,999 for free with the purchase. An extra 5 percent off on Axis Bank Buzz credit cards is also applicable. The GoPro Hero 5 sports and action camera is also up for grabs for Rs. 36,100. You can see all the cameras and their accessories deals here.

Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale Offers: Deals on Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, and MoreTablets from Lenovo, Apple, Samsung, Micromax, iBall, and many more have great discounts and offers. The new iPad Pro starting from Rs. 49,900 is up for pre-order and is expected to be shipped on July 28. There’s a No Cost EMI option on select other Apple iPads, and if you’re looking for a budget tablet, then the Lenovo Phab 2 series has an extra Rs. 1,000 off as well. All the tablet deals can be viewed here.

Audio accessories like headphones, speakers, and Home Theatre systems are also listed. Chromecast 2 is up for grabs at Rs. 3,199 with the Axis Bank Buzz credit card offer applicable for further 5 percent discount. All the audio deals can be seen here.

Deals on gaming hardware, accessories, and CDs can be found here, and personal and health care gadget deals are listed here. There’s also a section where products under Rs. 999 are listed, and the list can be found here.

Sony A1 Bravia 4K OLED HDR TVs Launched in India Starting Rs. 3,64,900

Sony first showed off its brand new OLED 4K HDR TVs at this year’s CES 2017, and now, the company has launched the A1 series in India. The TVs boast of a monolithic design language, Dolby Vision HDR, and a newly developed X1 Extreme image processor. The A1 series will currently have two sizes – a 65-inch model (KD-65A1) that’s priced at Rs. 4,64,900 and a 55-inch model (KD-55A1) that’s priced at Rs. 3,64,900. If you pre-book either TVs from August 1 to 15 from select dealers, you are entitled to get a PlayStation 4 gaming console.

This range will compete with LG’s OLED offerings for 2017 which includes the LG OLED65E7T, which is priced at Rs. 5,84,990. We also have Samsung’s new QLED range of TVs that was recently launched in India , which is their answer to LG’s and Sony’s OLED offerings. This includes the Q7F series, in which the 65-inch model is priced at Rs. 4,40,900 and the 55-inch model sits at Rs. 3,14,900.

Coming back to the new Sony A1 series, the company promises rich black levels and wide viewing angles from its 4K OLED panels. Sony has dabbled before with monolithic designs in its televisions before and its bringing that trend back with its new ‘One Slate’ design concept. However, since OLED panels are emissive, the space that would typically have been used for the LED backlighting is now being used for the speaker. The company claims to have developed a new ‘Acoustic Surface’ technology which can emanate sound directly through the display itself. Two actuators help vibrate the screen to produce sound in all directions. There’s also an integrated subwoofer in the back for better bass.

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The main draw here of course is the support for 4K HDR. Sony says that its new X1 Extreme image processor in the TVs deliver 40 percent better real-time image processing power compared to the X1. This new chip supports three new technologies which includes object-based HDR remaster, super bit mapping 4K HDR and dual database processing. Sony’s Triluminos and 4K X-Reality Pro tech are also onboard for improving any type of content played on the TV, including DVDs and TV broadcasts.

The Sony A1 series supports the Dolby Vision HDR standard and also runs on Android TV 7.0 with the company’s own UI. Voice search is also present and there’s support for up to 42 Indian languages using the special remote that is included in the box. The TV has 16GB of internal storage which is expandable and has Wi-Fi and Chromecast support. Physical ports include four HDMI connectors, three USB ports, analog video inputs, digital audio-out, headphone socket, and a Ethernet port.

Facebook Developing Amazon Echo Show-Style Smart Speaker With 15-Inch Display: Report

Taking after Amazon’s Echo Show, Facebook is reportedly developing a smart speaker that will feature a 15-inch touchscreen and will be launched in Q1 of 2018.

Google has similar smart speakers Google Home and Apple, too, has developed HomePod.

According to a report in Digitimes on Tuesday that cited sources from “upstream supply chain”, the product will be manufactured by Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Pegatron and designed by company’s Building 8 department.

Echo Show also features a large display.

“The 15-inch touch panel that Facebook’s smart speaker will use is supplied by LG Display, using in-cell technology. The speaker will also be equipped with a magnesium-aluminium-alloy chassis,” the report noted.

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It is rumoured that the device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron’s plants in China.

According to media reports, the smart speaker market was expected to reach $5.5 billion by 2022 while worldwide.

Smart speaker shipments reached 5.9 million units in 2016, 4.2 million of which were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“Since Pegatron already has iPhone orders from Apple as well as Surface and Xbox One orders from Microsoft, if the company’s orders from Facebook are true, Pegatron’s performance in the second half is expected to grow higher,” the report added.

iPod nano, shuffle Discontinued as Apple Looks to Simplify Lineup

After years of being outsold by the iPhone, the venerable iPod has taken a big step toward eventual oblivion. Apple said Thursday it was discontinuing two of the cheapest iPod models: the nano and shuffle.

The two products have been removed from the Apple online store and will vanish from retail locations as well. Apple demoted the iPod’s placement in its retail stores a couple of years ago, moving the devices to the company’s accessory shelves. The $149 nano and $49 shuffle were last updated with new colors in 2015, but the nano hasn’t been revamped since 2012 while the shuffle hasn’t been redesigned since 2010.

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano,” Apple said in a statement.

The original iPod arrived in 2001. It wasn’t the first digital music player but it upended the music industry and put 1,000 songs in your pocket. The shuffle hit the market in 2005 as the first iPod with faster flash storage and without a screen, while the nano was introduced later in the year as a replacement for the then-popular iPod mini. Both went through several redesigns in their early years before being supplanted by iPhone.

iPod nano, shuffle Discontinued as Apple Looks to Simplify LineupThe iPod touch, the company’s highest selling iPod and once referred to by Steve Jobs as an iPhone without the phone, remains on sale. The company updated the device’s storage capacities on Thursday, discontinuing the 16GB and 64GB models and lowering the price of the 32GB and 128GB options to $199 and $299, respectively.

Apple discontinued the iPod classic in 2014, a large iPod with a “click wheel” that looked most like the original model. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said at the time that the classic was discontinued because the company was unable to source the necessary parts. Nonetheless, with the success of the iPhone, the lack of an App Store and services like iCloud and Apple Music, the non-touch iPods have become less useful to both Apple and consumers.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has sold more than 400 million iPods so far, while the iPhone surpassed a billion units sold in July 2016.

Smartphone app can predict disease risk based on health inputs

A new smartphone app, developed by a Gurgaon-based start-up, can provide ‘smart reports’ that may predict the user’s risk of diseases and expose hidden disorders based on their symptoms and lifestyle inputs. The app, called Healthians, allows users to log their basic body vitals like blood pressure, weight and sugar levels as well as maintain a depository of all their test reports for future reference.

The app then analyses the data for abnormal parameters, and recommends the future course of required action, including suitable medical specialist to consult and additional tests, if needed. “With pathology checkups, understanding a medical report and its implications on one’s health has always been a challenge,” said Deepak Sahni, CEO and Founder of Healthians.

“With the Healthians app, this difficulty is addressed and people can now at a click of a button get deep insights into their health,” Sahni told PTI. The smart report feature helps uncover latent diseases and predict risk of future ones and to expose any latent ones.

It recommends lifestyle and dietary changes based on the user’s investigations, symptoms and lifestyle inputs. Patients will be able to review their medical conditions and reach their treatment goals much faster, dramatically lowering the risks of serious health complications.

Smartphone, Smartphone App, Healthians, Smartphone Healthians, Healthians Smartphone, Tech News, Latest Tech News, Indian Express, Indian Express News“The smart report is meant to empower users with a fore-knowledge of possible health risks and to effectively manage chronic diseases,” said Sahni. “Any decision regarding our health is best taken in an informed manner. Healthians app is exactly that channel of reliable information,” he added.

Diseases are predicted based on the patients’ health check-up report values of different parameters along with their age, lifestyle habits, symptoms and family medical history, Sahni said. Along with symptoms we take lifestyle habits, age, gender and patients medical history into account to eliminate the chances of making a wrong diagnosis, he said.

To ensure any such misinterpretations, free doctor and dietician consultation is provided. We give a clear disclaimer to the user that these are system generated recommendations only. For an accurate diagnosis, user is encouraged to visit a particular specialist.