Amazon offers cashback rewards if you scan receipts through its Alexa app

Alexa has introduced “Shopping List Savings” to the Alexa App, letting you scan receipts on eligible products from any store to gain cashback rewards, TechCrunch reported. It won’t cost you a thing to use it and you’ll get cash back to your Amazon gift card to use on any item on Amazon. The catch is that the system will provide Amazon with a ton of valuable data on your shopping habits, even when you’re not shopping on its site.

Using it is pretty straightforward. You just search the Alexa app to find available offers, then add them to your shopping list. You can shop the offers at your “go-to grocery store” (or pharmacy, or any store where you can get an itemized receipt) and scan the receipt and product barcodes to redeem them. That’ll get you cash directly on your Amazon gift card, usually in 24-48 hours, which can be used to buy anything on Amazon. 

Amazon doesn’t explain how your data will be used or promise to anonymize it, as TechCrunch notes. Instead, it simply states that “we will get any information you provide, including receipt images and information we may extract from those receipts, and the offers you activate. You understand and acknowledge that your personal information may be shared with Amazon’s service providers.” 

Amazon isn’t the only company to offer such a service, as you can also get cash rewards from Fetch, Ibotta and other companies in exchange for your shopping data. The amount of reward per product appears to be on an offer-by-offer basis, and you can check on payment status any time on the Get Paid page on “Browse Savings.” The offer appears to be limited to the US, for now.

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Amazon throws in a $100 gift card when you buy a OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus fans have the chance to get the company’s latest flagship plus an extra perk from Amazon today. The online retailer includes a $100 gift card when you buy a OnePlus 10 Pro, so while you’re not getting a discount on the handset itself, you are getting an extra $100 to use on future purchases. If you’d prefer to buy directly from OnePlus, you’ll find a different promotion there: today only, you can get a free OnePlus Watch with the purchase of a 10 Pro. That’s actually a bigger discount of sorts since the Watch costs $159, but considering the many drawbacks to OnePlus’ wearable, you may be better off going with Amazon’s gift card option.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro earned a score of 79 from us mostly because we found it to be very similar to last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro. That’s not a bad thing, but we were anticipating more big improvements from this generation. You’re getting a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED LTPO display on the 10 Pro along with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, an upgraded selfie camera and triple rear camera array that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an ultra-wide lens and a telephoto camera.

The 120Hz screen is gorgeous and its adaptive brightness feature learns your preferences over time and can make adjustments before you need to do so manually. The handset handled everything we threw at it well and it has Oppo’s HyperBoost game engine, which boosts the touchscreen’s responsiveness while helping to stabilize frame rates during gaming sessions. We also appreciate its speedy fingerprint and face unlock features.

But arguably the standout feature of the OnePlus 10 Pro is its fast-charging capabilities. The phone supports 80W SUPERVOOC charging, which allows it to fully power up in only 32 minutes. However, US users won’t get this feature because 110 or 120-volt AC power, the standards in the US, don’t support 80W SUPERVOOC charging. US users will get 65W SUPERVOOC charging instead, which remains the fastest standard available in the States, but still it’s a bit of a bummer when 80W is available in other regions.

The biggest drawback of the OnePus 10 Pro is its 8MP telephoto camera. The other two rear cameras take lovely, detailed photos, but those taken by the telephoto lens are blurry and low-detail. If you’re looking for an upgrade in your next phone’s camera, the 10 Pro may not be the best choice — especially when you can get Google’s Pixel 6 Pro for the same price, or even the forthcoming Pixel 6a in a few months for much less. But if you’re a big fan of the OnePlus brand and OxygenOS, these flash sales are a good opportunity to grab the latest from the company and get something extra on top of it.

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Samsung is reportedly raising its chipmaking prices by up to 20 percent

Samsung’s chip foundry clients will soon have to pay considerably more for the company’s services. According to Bloomberg, the tech giant is already in talks with its clients about charging around 15 to 20 percent more to manufacture their chips, depending on how sophisticated their products are. Samsung is only the latest company in the industry to raise its prices in an effort to keep up with the growing costs of procuring materials in the midst of the global supply chain crisis. 

Bloomberg says companies that need chips manufactured on legacy nodes would be facing the biggest price hike, which will be applied sometime in the second half of this year. Apparently, Samsung is already done negotiating with some of its clients, but it’s still currently in discussion with others. Samsung’s foundry business achieved its highest ever first quarter sales for the first three months of 2022. While the company is optimistic about its future, it’s also expecting the global component shortage to continue having an impact on its business. Manufacturing costs are rising by up to an average of 30 percent, as well, which means foundry businesses have to charge more to make a profit. Rival foundries like TSMC’s already raised prices by 20 percent last year and will charge even more in 2023. 

Bloomberg Intelligence Analyst Masahiro Wakasugi said: “This is an inevitable move for Samsung. Some customers may accept higher prices if they can get chips earlier than others.”

Seeing as Samsung has cutting-edge gear its competitors don’t have and other foundries are raising prices anyway, its clients will most likely agree to pay its new prices. And since the price hike affects the whole industry, we can likely expect to pay more for cars, smartphones, consoles and other devices in the future.

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Fewer Americans want the government to regulate Big Tech, Pew study says

Americans are mixed about whether the government should do more to hold tech companies accountable, and fewer are in favor of more regulation than they were last year, according to results released today from a Pew survey. Last year, more than half (56 percent) of Americans wanted more regulation of Big Tech. Now, only 44 percent of Americans want to see more government enforcement of tech companies. And the number of respondents who want less government regulation of the tech industry has doubled this year, from nine percent to 20 percent.

But those results shouldn’t suggest that the public has a rosier view of Big Tech or trusts that tech companies are getting it right. The majority of respondents still feel — as they have in years past — that platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others censor political points that the companies find objectionable. More than three-quarters (or 77 percent) of Americans believe that social media platforms behave this way in 2022, which is only a slight increase from recent years. 

As we’ve seen in the past, more Republicans than Democrats feel certain political views are targeted on social media — 92 percent of Republicans say censoring is likely occurring, compared to 66 percent of Democrats. And over recent years, the belief that social platforms possess and act on biases against conservatives has become such a frequent talking point amount right-wing lawmakers that the Senate held hearings on that very subject during the Trump presidency. According to a Politico analysis however, posts from conservative media outlets and right-wing media influences are more likely to go viral. Similarly, a New York University study found that social media platform algorithms are more likely to amplify conservatives than non-partisan or liberal figures. But even among left-wing respondents, the belief in political censorship among platforms has steadily increased in the last two years, according to Pew’s polling. While not as drastic as their Republican counterparts, a plurality Democrats (66 percent) maintain a belief that platforms censor based on political beliefs, up from 62 percent in 2018, and only 59 percent in 2020.

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