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The US government is about to put a dog tag on your drone

The US government is about to put a dog tag on your drone

Get ready to stick some ID on the outside of your drone — starting February 23rd, a new FAA rule will require all small unmanned aircraft to have their registration markings visible on the outside of their body, so law enforcement can easily find their owners.In a preview document published at the Federal Register (spotted by Bloomberg), the FAA says the move is in response to terrorism fears, specifically “the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft’s registration number.”
The BBC is giving 'Doctor Who' the  VR virtual reality treatment

The BBC is giving 'Doctor Who' the VR virtual reality treatment

There may be no new series of Doctor Who for 2019, but the BBC is preparing a little something to keep fans entertained in the meantime. The corporation has announced that it will release a short episode of the show, available exclusively in VR virtual reality. at some point in the near future. Doctor Who: The Runaway will be a 12-ish minute episode that places the virtual reality software programs viewer inside an animated version of the TARDIS console room.Current star Jodie Whittaker lends her voice to the animated Thirteenth Doctor, who will guide you through the interactive story. According to the release, viewers will become the Doctor's "champion" that'll "help her on this exciting adventure, as they find themselves at the centre of the action facing a deadly threat."
Amazon warns it may rethink plans to open a Philly store if the city bans cashless retailers

Amazon warns it may rethink plans to open a Philly store if the city bans cashless retailers

Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. has warned Philadelphia officials behind closed doors that a proposal to ban so-called cashless stores would affect the company’s plans to open a brick-and-mortar location here, city officials said Thursday.Officials revealed Amazon’s warning the same day that City Council sent Mayor Jim Kenney a bill that seeks to protect the city’s poorest consumers, but is also supported by the “world’s largest” ATM operator and groups advocating for low-wage workers. The proposal passed by a 12-4 vote on a day when Amazon scrapped its plans for a second headquarters in New York City, citing local opposition.
Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

Freshman representative Ocasio-Cortez shows cannabis industry not immune to the ills of corporate lobbying

On Wednesday, Democratic rising-star and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took the occasion of the House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on issues of cannabis banking to bring to light a well-known but little-discussed congressional practice.Lobbyists, looking for guaranteed seats in a hearing will often pay homeless people to hold their spot in line. Speaking truth-to-power, she noted that not only is it a shameful act that takes advantage of those less fortunate, but it disenfranchises the voices of everyday American people in favor of rich and powerful corporate lobbyists.
Berkshire trims Apple stake, adds Suncor and Red Hat, exits Oracle

Berkshire trims Apple stake, adds Suncor and Red Hat, exits Oracle

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it has trimmed its stake in iPhone maker Apple Inc, though none of the selling was Buffett’s, and added positions in Canada’s Suncor Energy Inc and software company Red Hat Inc.Berkshire also appeared to have shed a $2.13 billion stake in database software company Oracle Corp after having first disclosed it in November. It is rare for Berkshire, which owns some stocks for decades, to unwind an investment so fast.The changes were disclosed in a Thursday regulatory filing detailing Berkshire’s U.S.-listed stock portfolio as of Dec. 31, which shrank $38 billion in the quarter to $183.1 billion amid a broad selloff in stocks.
Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero

Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero

Amazon web hosting has announced that it’s acquiring Eero, the maker of mesh home routers. Amazon says buying Eero will allow the company to “help customers better connect smart home devices.” It will certainly make Alexa-compatible gadgets easier to set up if AWS management also controls the router technology. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.“We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,” Dave Limp, Amazon’s SVP of devices, said. “We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continue innovating on behalf of customers.”
Apple retail store creator: 'They are a victim of their own success'

Apple retail store creator: 'They are a victim of their own success'

Working in the favor of Apple’s new retail store chief Deirdre O’Brien are 500-plus physical shrines to Apple products around the world that are usually jam packed. And the store designs look pretty sweet, too — J.C. Penney’s Apple stores are not.But make no mistake, O’Brien’s core tasks — taking Apple retail stores to the next level in terms of customer service and overall count —is nothing to scoff at. And the creator of the Apple store, Ron Johnson, is well aware of that, even though he is now watching his former employer from afar.
Google mobile application development companies in Denver gives up on Android Things as an IoT platform, now will just be for smart speakers and displays

Google mobile application development companies in Denver gives up on Android Things as an IoT platform, now will just be for smart speakers and displays

Google's mobile application development companies in Denver operating system for lightweight Internet of Things devices, the fittingly-named Android Things OS, was originally intended to run on a wide array of hardware. It has seen the most success in Google Assistant-powered smart displays and speakers, and now that's the only product category Android Things will be certified for."Over the past year, Google has worked closely with partners to create consumer products powered by mobile application development companies in Denver CO Android Things with the Google Assistant built-in," the Android Things team said in a blog post today. "Given the successes we have seen with our partners in smart speakers and smart displays, we are refocusing Android Things as a platform for OEM partners to build devices in those categories moving forward."
Intel’s virtual reality software programs ‘True View’ Puts Fans In The Boots Of Their Favorite Footballers

Intel’s virtual reality software programs ‘True View’ Puts Fans In The Boots Of Their Favorite Footballers

In 2018 alone, technology investments into sports reached nearly $1 billion. Despite this impressive commitment however, the industry is far from immune to disruption, as consumer behaviour continues to shift among sports fans. This ongoing consumer migration is driving VR virtual reality developers, leagues, and brands to look for new ways to meet the expectations of supporters with more powerful, meaningful, and emotional experiences. This of course makes immersive technologies an ideal candidate among corporations.“Imagine watching a season-defining moment, then reliving it from any angle including from the perspective of your favourite player as they run up to take a penalty or make an improbable goal-line clearance.” That is the promise that Intel’s VR development software latest partnership is selling to fans of the three most popular clubs in Premiere League Football (or soccer if you’re American).
Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Blockchain isn't solely stinking technology however a nasty vision for the longer term. Its failure to attain adoption so far is as a result of systems designed on trust, norms, and establishments inherently perform higher than the sort of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: despite what proportion blockchain improves it's still headed within the wrong direction.


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