Tech Report: Best Buy is cutting jobs across the U.S.

Best Buy is cutting store jobs across the country. The Wall Street Journal reports that the electronics retailer is looking to trim costs and shift its business more towards e-commerce. The electronics company plans to eliminate hundreds of “consultant” roles. Consultants are store workers who specialize in selling more complex products, such as computers and smartphones.

Google is scrambling to incorporate artificial intelligence in its search engine. Google’s search engine is the core of its business, but it could start losing ground. The company is moving to catch up with Bing after Microsoft made a big investment in OpenAI.

This week, Kroger began accepting Apple Pay and other contactless payment methods. The change has been rolled out at select locations in Kentucky and Ohio, allowing customers to tap to pay with an iPhone or Apple watch at checkout. That’s according to customers on Twitter and Reddit. Kroger was one of the largest Apple Pay holdouts in the U.S. since the service launched in 2014.

Multiple Amazon services experienced a brief outage on Sunday. The Cloud Computing Division, Amazon Web Services, and its voice assistant service, Alexa were all affected. Alexa was down for thousands of users in the United States, according to Downdetector. Meanwhile, hundreds of users reported issues with accessing AWS. Users also reported issues accessing Amazon’s mobile app.

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