The Daily Populous

Thursday October 4th, 2018 day edition

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Amazon's minimum-wage increase for its hourly workers comes with a trade-off: no more monthly bonuses and stock awards.

Amazon confirmed in an email to CNBC that the company is getting rid of incentive pay and stock option awards as it increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The company, however, stressed that the wage increase "more than compensates" for the loss in other benefits.

"The significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates for the phase out of incentive pay and [restrictive stock units]," Amazon's spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

"We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement.

In addition, because it's no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable. »

'Siri, I'm getting pulled over': A new shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police

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But Robert Petersen of Arizona has developed a more serious shortcut: It's called Police, and it monitors police interactions so you have a record of what happened.

Once the shortcut is installed and configured, you just have to say, for example, "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over."

It also sends a quick text to a predetermined contact to tell them you've been pulled over, and it starts recording using the iPhone's front-facing camera. »

TRUMP: I 'brilliantly used' tax laws to pay as little as possible

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AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Donald Trump defended himself on Monday from mounting criticism over his taxes.

Trump argued that he "brilliantly used" US tax law "to pay no more tax than I am legally required.".

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and others insisted that Trump was a "genius" for taking advantage of the tax codes. »