Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle

In the Chinese city of Hengyang, we find a fatigued, disposable workforce assembling gadgets for Amazon, owned by the world’s richest man.

Five o’clock in the morning and the young woman’s eyelids are drooping. All night she has been removing spots of dust from Amazon smartspeakers with a toothbrush. Time seems to crawl. Now she is overwhelmed with exhaustion.

She works on, more and more slowly, until she can do no more. She looks around the workshop. Other workers have rested their heads on the bench. She slumps forward and falls asleep.

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Workers not paid legally by Amazon contractor in China

US tech giant admits audit of Foxconn factory in Hengyang found irregularities

Amazon has admitted that thousands of agency workers who make its Echo smart speakers and Kindles in China were hired and paid illegally.

The US giant issued a statement regretting “issues of concern” following an investigation by the Observer and the US-based China Labor Watch into the “unethical and illegal” working conditions at its supplier factory in Hengyang.

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LG G7 ThinQ display review: No OLED, no problem

The LG G7 ThinQ has an exotic display for a flagship smartphone. That’s not just because of its size, notch or aspect ratio, but also because of its technology. LG relies on an IPS panel, while OLED has long since established itself elsewhere as the king’s solution, but the display test of the G7 shows that it can get the job done.

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