While Amazon has publicly opposed secret government surveillance, as revealed by Freedom of Information Act requests it has supplied facial recognition support to law enforcement in the form of the "Rekognition" technology and consulting services. Initial testing included the city of Orlando, Florida, and Washington County, Oregon. Amazon offered to connect Washington County with other Amazon government customers interested in Rekognition and a body camera manufacturer. These ventures are opposed by a coalition of civil rights groups with concern that they could lead to expansion of surveillance and be prone to abuse. Specifically, it could automate the identification and tracking of anyone, particularly in the context of potential police body camera integration. Due to the backlash, the city of Orlando has publicly stated it will no longer use the technology.
October is almost over but the killer daily deals are just beginning. Highlights from today’s roundup include the best-selling SanDisk microSD card on Amazon’s whole site with 128GB capacity for just $23, a $15 discount on the most popular Instant Pot on the planet, Amazon’s top-selling fast wireless charging pad for only $15, rare discounts on Blink indoor home security cameras and Blink XT weatherproof cameras (both with 2-year battery life!), $45 for a box that instantly turns any normal wall outlet into a gigabit Ethernet port, $38 for a home security camera with features you won’t find on a $199 Nest Cam, a $36 pad that wirelessly charges three devices at once, discounts on all of Amazon’s new Fire tablets, and so much more. See all of today’s top deals below.
For example, buying a $100 Starbucks gift card at the grocery store could earn you $6 on program that offers 6% cash back. I caution you to read the fine print to make sure gift cards earn reward points, and to make sure the store rings them up as merchandise. Stores pay credit card networks every time you use your card, and those reward cards cost store owners even more! Remember that tidbit every time you use your high rewards card in a little mom and pop place!
Customers will find products like the card game Codenames (4.8 stars, with more than 2,000 customer reviews), which 88% of reviewers rated 5 stars, and a Lodge 3.5 Inch Cast Iron Mini Skillet (4.4 stars, with more than 10,900 customer reviews), which 76% of reviewers rated 5 stars. Of course, Amazon 4-star shoppers can also find Amazon devices like the Echo Spot (4.5 stars, with more than 5,600 customer reviews), and the Fire TV Stick (4.4 stars, with more than 197,000 customer reviews). Customers can test-drive dozens of Amazon devices and smart home accessories that work with Alexa, and shop a curated selection of speakers, fitness tech, and other highly rated consumer electronics.