Tag: Bold

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Amazon Echo: Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

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Amazon rounds out the Echo.


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Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous Echo’s, Amazon has packed a second .8-inch tweeter into the speaker, which should fill out its mid- and high-range sound. In addition, Amazon says the speaker will adapt to the acoustics of any room it’s put in, which I’m excited to test out.

The tech giant’s lineup of smart speakers includes its budget-friendly Echo Dot, which is also getting the spherical treatment, as well as the high-end Echo Studio announced at last year’s hardware event and released for the holidays. Though a wall-plug speaker called the Echo Flex and a Dot with Clock (which is also getting spherical) were announced at last year’s event and released soon after, Amazon seemed more concerned with new generations of speakers than all new products this year.

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With its built-in Zigbee receiver for connecting with smart home devices, the new spherical Echo speaker will replace both 2019’s Amazon Echo and 2018’s Amazon Echo Plus.

See also: Every new Alexa feature

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

California Ushers In A Bold New Era Of Board Diversity

Efforts to secure diversity on corporate boards have reached a new level of intensity. Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a statute into law on Wednesday, September 30, which will require publicly held corporations whose principal executive offices are located in California to satisfy mandated levels of racially, ethnically and other diverse directors beginning in 2021.

By emphasizing the interests of “underrepresented communities,” the new legislation promises to significantly increase the level of boardroom engagement on matters of leadership diversity. In so doing, it serves to broaden existing concepts of diversity to include specific ethnic groups and matters of sexual orientation. It is also a dramatic supplement to 2018 California legislation that required public companies headquartered in the state to assure the appointment of specified numbers of women to the board of directors—a groundbreaking development at the time.

While California politics are unique in many ways, this new law may well spark similar legislative initiatives in other states— as occurred with California’s 2018 legislation. For that and other reasons, the new law is noteworthy to the board nominating committees of public, private, and nonprofit corporations across the country and across industry sectors. Many boards may already believe, with some justification, that they have made great strides on matters of diversity. They just may no longer be enough, given the goals and objectives of the California statute, and the likelihood that they will be broadly promoted by corporate stakeholders and other interested parties.

The law provides for an escalating level of racial and ethnic diversity on the board, to be implemented over the next several years. Specifically, the new law requires affected companies to ensure that their boards have a minimum of one director from an