It’s also undeniable that all that spending is for Amazon, not for America. The company’s sales are growing fast, and its commitment to get more packages to Prime members’ doorsteps in one day has required it to add workers, open more depots near major population centers and spend more on planes and trucks.
The desire to paint corporate necessity in the best possible light sometimes creates strange spectacles. Apple in 2018 basically patted itself on the back for paying taxes and buying equipment to make iPhones.
Tech companies are becoming just like every other for-profit corporation. They want to be seen as contributing to society, not just making money.
Tip of the Week
Don’t share your location in photos. Please.
This tip from Brian X. Chen, The New York Times’s consumer technology columnist, made me immediately check my phone settings:
Many of us rely on our smartphones for our everyday cameras. But our phones collect lots of data about us, and camera software can automatically make a note of our location when we snap a photo. This is more often a potential safety risk than a benefit.
Let’s start with the positives. When you allow your camera to tag your location, photo management apps like Apple’s Photos and Google Photos can automatically sort pictures into albums based on location. That’s helpful when you go on vacation and want to remember where you were when you took a snapshot.
But when you’re not traveling, having your location tagged on photos is not great. Let’s say you just connected with someone on a dating app and texted a photo of your dog. If you had the location feature turned on when you snapped the photo, that person could analyze the data to see where you live.