Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday.
The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said.
Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes that showed how the aircraft, also known as octocopters, will pick up packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy button online at Amazon.com.
The goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less, the world’s largest Internet retailer said. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take “some number of years” as Amazon develops the technology further and waits for the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules and regulations, the company added.
Here’s a new way to be violated in the social media era: Post a photo of yourself on Instagram, then wait for somebody you don’t know and didn’t authorize to repost an edited version that looks vaguely like you, except shinier and with a lot more makeup.
That’s what happened to blogger Carrie Nelson, who snapped a selfie a few days ago and posted it on Instagram with hashtags that made it obvious this was more a documentary moment than a glamor shot.
A little later she noticed she had been friended by @photoshop_fantasy, an Instagram user who offers selfie makeover services for those who ask for them via the right hashtag. (A service that seems to be appreciated by most of the subjects, despite … well, judge the quality of the work for yourself.)
Google’s practice of combining personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law, the country’s privacy watchdog said on Thursday after a seven-month investigation.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority, or DPA, asked Google to attend a meeting to discuss its concerns, after which it would decide whether to take any action against the cloud services, Internet search and advertising giant, which could include fines.
Google, responding to the Dutch authority’s findings, said it provided users of its services with sufficiently specific information about the way it processed their personal data.
The Dutch decision reflects concerns across Europe about the volume of personal data that is held in foreign jurisdictions in so-called “cloud” storage services, where data is stored remotely via the Internet instead of on-site, giving individuals little control over their personal information.
“In a world where the display is on your glasses and the computer is in your pocket, you want your accelerometers on your fingertips. That way, you’ve got your keyboard, mouse, and air guitar whenever you want them.”
This is no overcaffeinated comment heard in a Silicon Valley café. It’s the goal of Kris Pister, a Berkeley professor who helped pioneer the Internet of Things and is now trying to pack a node on a chip — and a fingertip.
The node Pister dreams of is a true system on a chip. It includes not just the microcontroller and radio, but also the sensors, the antenna, the crystals, and even a solar power source. “You just put it in the light, and it starts connecting with its neighbors,” Pister told an audience at the IDTech event here. In fact, the device could have a variety of energy-scavaging blocks that tap into thermal, motion, and RF sources. It might even use a relatively high-bandwidth 60 GHz radio over very short ranges.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 is off to a hot start. Consumers in North America bought more than 1 million PS4s within the first 24 hours of the new $399 home video game console going on sale Friday. That’s the fastest start for a PlayStation system so far.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, posted the news on Twitter Sunday.
As often happens when a mass release of a high-tech product occurs, a few consumers get a lemon. Some PS4 owners reported that their new console would not output video and had a flashing light, entertainment news site IGN.com reported.
“A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems,” Sony said in a statement to IGN. “This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch.”
In his weekly address, President Obama discusses progress in American energy and highlights that we are now producing more oil at home than we buy from other countries for the first time in nearly two decades.
Well this is something that seems interesting. Opens a quite a few doors. Maybe too many? Think about this.
A vastly larger percentage of the world’s Web traffic will be encrypted under a near-final recommendation to revise the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that serves as the foundation for all communications between websites and end users.
The proposal, announced in a letter published Wednesday by an official with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), comes after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden heightened concerns about government surveillance of Internet communications. Despite those concerns, websites operated by Yahoo, the federal government, the site running this article, and others continue to publish the majority of their pages in a “plaintext” format that can be read by government spies or anyone else who has access to the network the traffic passes over. Last week, cryptographer and security expert Bruce Schneier urged people to “make surveillance expensive again” by encrypting as much Internet data as possible.
The HTTPbis Working Group, the IETF body charged with designing the next-generation HTTP 2.0 specification, is proposing that encryption be the default way data is transferred over the “open Internet.” A growing number of groups participating in the standards-making process—particularly those who develop Web browsers—support the move, although as is typical in technical deliberations, there’s debate about how best to implement the changes.
“There seems to be strong consensus to increase the use of encryption on the Web, but there is less agreement about how to go about this,” Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTPbis working group, wrote in Wednesday’s letter. (HTTPbis roughly translates to “HTTP again.”)
Bill Detwiler shows you how to crack open the iPad air and gives you a tour of the redesigned interior.