Getting a special delivery package from Amazon.com via unmanned drones may sound pretty cool, but at least one Washington, DC, lawmaker is concerned about the possible threat such services would have on privacy.
On Sunday night, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos showed off how unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as "drones," could be used to deliver packages to people's homes in 30 minutes or less during an interview on the CBS news program "60 Minutes." (Disclosure: "60 Minutes" is produced by CBS, which also is the parent company of CNET.)
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Boys like things that fly.
But I couldn't help thinking that Jeff Bezos's startling revelation of Amazon's octocopters on "60 Minutes" this weekend was made to help products fly from Amazon's virtual shelves on Cyber Monday.
Those with technical minds and a grasp of Federal Aviation Administration regulations will intone portentously on the legal feasibility of such an enterprise.
I'm more interested in the sort of world we might be living in if Amazon's little buzzards will be flying around delivering toasters and Arcade Fire CDs to those in urgent need.
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Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.
Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller drones about the size of a remote-controlled airplane to transport shoebox-size plastic bins from fulfillment centers to customers' homes. The service, which still requires more testing and clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, could take to the skies as soon as four to five years, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose during an interview Sunday on "60 Minutes." (Disclosure: "60 Minutes" is produced by CBS, which also is the parent company to CNET.) … Read more
Apple's recent decision to acquire PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft's motion-detecting Kinect game console, had little to do with motion and a lot more to do with mapping, according to a new report.
Apple had its eye on PrimeSense's chips that allow for mapping 3D spaces, Jessica Lessin reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the deal. What's more, Lessin says that while PrimeSense might have provided the backbone technology in the original Kinect game console, its offerings in that sector are behind the industry and have not made their way to the latest version.
A week after reports began circulating that Apple had purchased PrimeSense, Apple has confirmed the acquisition of the 3D sensing company behind Microsoft's Kinect sensor.
Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet on Sunday confirmed for CNET the deal's closure, which had been reported by AllThingsD. Financial newspaper Calcalist reported earlier this month that Apple had paid $345 million for the Israel-based company, but other sources said the deal had not been finalized and that the deal's value would likely be a little higher. Huguet declined to disclose the deal's value.
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Amazon will now let customers buy a one-year subscription to its Prime program as a gift, the company announced Friday, just before the shopping frenzy of Thanksgiving week.
The Prime membership costs $79 a year and includes free two-day shipping for more than 15 million items, according to Amazon. It also covers the streaming of select videos from Prime Instant Videos and access to the Kindle Owner's Lending Library and the new Kindle First program, which lets members read select books from Amazon Publishing before they're published.
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Totally by accident, today has turned into yet another five-deal Friday. Seems like as we get closer to the holidays, the deals pile up faster and, um, furiously-er than ever. What's a cheapskate to do? I gotta share.
Some really interesting stuff today, too: two pretty excellent freebies, two slam-dunk gift items, and one of the best laptop deals I've seen, like, ever. Onward!1. A free year of Amazon Prime*
You knew there had to be an asterisk next to that, right? Amazon Prime is Amazon's eclectic but essential service offering unlimited Netflix-style movie and TV … Read more
Amazon has another lineup of movies exclusively available for its Prime subscribers.
In a new distribution deal announced Thursday, the retail giant has brought movies from independent film studio A24 to its Instant Video collection. Though obviously not as well known as the major studios, A24 is behind such movies as "Spring Breakers," a film directed by Harmony Korine and starring James Franco, and "The Bling Ring," directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame.
The agreement will see all current and upcoming A24 movies appear on Amazon Instant Prime … Read more
Although rumor season seems to be winding down, and spending season seems to be winding up, I still managed to find a couple rumors this week.
We'll be off next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, so I'll see you back here in a couple weeks. Thanks for watching!