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Good morning! When Amazon announced its first home robot this week, it inspired a flurry of speculation about what it might be like to use one in the home. Carolina Milanesi didn’t have to wonder: As a beta tester, she’d already spent two weeks living with Astro. She reports on how well it maneuvered around the household, her husband and pets’ reaction to the new arrival, the privacy implications of a camera-equipped bot, and the bottom line: Would she pay $1,000 to own one? Read more here.
—Harry McCracken
 
tech
Life with Astro: What it’s like to use Amazon’s robot in your own home

In a two-week trial, Astro was surprisingly endearing and avoided hazards such as pets and stairs. But I still don’t know what I’d do with one.

As a technology analyst, I often have the opportunity to test devices before their general release.

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The deep-rooted myth of meritocracy is widening the racial wealth gap

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This is exactly how to showcase your soft skills on a résumé

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Do these 3 things the next time you get criticism that stings

Receiving feedback—even when it’s meant to be constructive—is hard.

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Plant-based food brands need to prioritize emotion over function

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Keeping score on credit scores: What you need to know
A new analysis by Consumer Reports argues that the credit scores offered by third-party companies often aren’t very useful, and sometimes companies solicit customers into paying for services they don’t need.
The analysis looked at five of the biggest apps that provide credit scores: Credit Karma, Experian Credit Report, Credit Sesame, myFICO, and TransUnion: Score & Report.
It notes that Credit Karma, Credit Sesame, Experian, and TransUnion only give customers access to a single credit score—and the odds are low that it’s the one lenders actually look at.
The companies argue that all the scores tend to be similar. If your score is low on one model, it’s likely to be low on others, but this undercuts the idea that multiple scoring models are needed.
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