Mountains on Pluto: Surface photo reveals surprisesNASA scientists find clues that Pluto could still be alive with geological activity, based on scans from the New Horizons probe. Meanwhile on Earth, Apple updates iPods, and Amazon's Prime Day doesn't quite impress.
Pluto is quite the complex little frozen world. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET update. We now have a closer look at the World at the edge of our solar system. NASA released the very first close up photos from the surface of Pluto, taken by the New Horizon spacecraft during its fly by on Tuesday. This was taken just below the heart-shaped area of 150 miles across. And it shows substantially sized mountains 11,000 feet high. There's still lots of data being downloaded, but there was already a discovery so far. There is evidence that this icy world has geological activity to produce These mountains because there are no impact craters in this image. Now they are hunting for things like geysers and cold volcanoes, very cool stuff. We'll get more info Friday. We also have a detailed look at one of Pluto's moons, Sharon. And in other news on planet Earth, Apple has upgraded the iPod Touch for the first time since 2012. The refreshed models now come in new colors. Shades of grey and gold along with a bright blue and pink. Those colors Colors are now available in the other models, the nano and the shuffle. But its the touch that got a hardware update, giving it similar parts as the iPhone 6. With an 8 megapixel camera, a 64-bit processor, and a motion tracking chip. Chip. But it's still the same four inch screen. The iPod Touch starts at $200 for the low end 16 gig model, same as before. Amazon's big Prime Day birthday sale bash failed to live up to the hype for many shoppers. To mark the site's 20th birthday, Amazon announced it would host more sales than Black Friday for Prime members. But one does not simply invoke the phrase Black Friday. Because if you do, crowds will expect mega crazy electronics deals. Amazon did have some electronics on sale, like the Roomba and few laptops and headphones, with discounts. - 50%, some 60% off, but they were scattered throughout the day and sold out of inventory almost instantly, and some TVs didn't go up until later in the afternoon. Most notable tech sales were for Amazon's own products, like the Kindle. That sold out very quickly and Weightless also filled up fast. Many shoppers took to Twitter to complain about lack of high interest items, comparing the selection to a garage sale, because all that was left to comb through were lightning deals, and those tend to be random assortments of oddities, like vitamins, knee braces, some dish detergent. Either way, Amazon did get more people shopping than they may have on a Wednesday. But just think about how different things were 20 years ago when this website only sold books. Here at CNET we dug into the archives and found this video from a news report in 1997, two years after Amazon launched. Here are employees on the warehouse floor hand-picking books and packing them themselves. Just think, now Amazon uses robots that can assist with 300 orders an hour. That's it for this tech news update and there's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.