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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On the eve of Cyber Monday, Jeff Bezos conveniently created some buzz for Amazon with his "60 Minutes" reveal of Amazon Prime Air, an eight-propeller drone that will carry packages from the company's fulfillment centers to customers' doorsteps within 30 minutes of order placement.
Amazon drones aren't going into service anytime soon, if ever. The Federal Aviation Administration will take years to sort out the rules and regulations for commercial drones. Bezos is known for taking the long view, and he will continue to invest in turning what looks like a promotional gimmick into a business … Read more
And if you've ever plunked down in bed or on the couch to read something, you've probably discovered that the screen will automatically rotate between portrait and landscape orientations depending on how you hold your phone or tablet. This can be useful, or it can be a huge hassle -- especially if you move around a lot and don't want the screen constantly shifting back and forth.… Read more
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by online retailers to throw out a New York state law that requires their customers to pay state sales tax on online purchases, according to The Associated Press.
The justices rejected the appeals without comment. Amazon and Overstock argue in their appeals that a New York state law requiring them to collect sales tax on items sold on their sites to consumers living in New York violates the Constitution. The e-commerce Web sites argue that customers shouldn't be forced to pay state sales tax since these companies do … Read more
Cyber Monday shoppers can save a healthy amount of money on a new Kindle Fire tablet.
In a deal good until the end of the day Monday, the 16GB Wi-Fi-only Fire HDX 7 is selling for $179, $50 off the usual price. The same $50 discount applies to the 32GB version, which is selling for $219, and the 64GB model, which is available for $259.
The 16GB Wi-Fi Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch version is on sale for $229, a $40 savings.
Those sale prices mean you'll have to look at special offers and sponsored screen savers that appear … Read more
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
In the tech world, the holiday spirit involves the right cross, the jarring upper-cut, and what they call in England the Glasgow Kiss.
If you're not out there explaining to people why your product is better than an Apple offering, then you simply don't realize what's at stake in stuffing the Christmas stocking.
After Microsoft has offered its consistent pummeling of the iPad, into the ring steps Amazon. And how.
To present its Kindle tablet, Washington state's other tech company decides it's going to compare its graces with the iPad Air.
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How many times have you heard someone fess up to binge-watching hours of "House of Cards" or "Orange Is the New Black" from Netflix? Probably a lot.
Been hearing the same enthused admissions about poor self-control over Amazon's originals? Probably not, according to an early read on the social media reaction to the online retailer's first series.
Fizziology, a social-media research firm focused on entertainment, looked at the response on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and blogs to both "Alpha House," which premiered November 15, and "House of Cards," which premiered in … Read more