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Coronavirus: Amazon blocks non-essential items from warehouses

Coronavirus: Amazon blocks non-essential items from warehouses

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Amazon is temporarily refusing to stock certain items in its warehouses, to cope with overwhelming demand for household essentials due to the coronavirus pandemic.It means third-party sellers of non-essential items could find it difficult to ship orders to customers.The move will last until 5 April and cover warehouses in the US and Europe.Some items – including many brands of toilet paper – remain out of stock on Amazon’s UK website. The decision to restrict warehouse stocks to household essentials and medical supplies has been met with dismay by some sellers of other products.“My sales just doubled and Amazon halted all my shipments,” said one in a post on discussion site Reddit.“This ...
Surveillance devices hidden in everyday items

Surveillance devices hidden in everyday items

Technology
The two plug adapters look identical. Inside one, though, is a microphone, a battery and a SIM card.It is a perfectly disguised bug."After the initial plant you can switch them on and off from anywhere in the world and listen to the room," explains Matt Horan, security director at C31A Solutions."Whereas 10, 15 years ago you would have had to go in, plant a device and then recover that device."Tech has been getting smaller and smarter over the years - and the same goes for surveillance equipment. Mr Horan's job is to hunt them out.Image:Everyday items like plug adapters and calculators can be used to hide surveillance devicesHe shows me a few historical examples: a thick textbook containing an analogue listening device and a radio transmitter."Anyone trying to receive this would have to be...