Amazon slams FAA drone delay with international shaming

Amazon slams FAA drone delay with international shaming

Thought Amazon would be ecstatic the FAA had given it permission to test its Prime Air delivery drones? Think again: Amazon execs have slammed the US government agency, despite finally getting the green-light. The Federal Aviation Administration delivered what it thought was good news last week, telling the online retailer that it could cautiously try flying its remote-control delivery drones in US airspace as a prelude to perhaps one day dropping off packages from the sky. Instead, it opened a can of worms, with Amazon claiming the FAA's tardiness meant it had already scrapped the prototype.

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Apple patent points to real-time location tracking

Apple patent points to real-time location tracking

In the ‘Messages’ app on your iPhone, it’s possible to see where the people you’re chatting with are on a map, should they share their location. The feature was touted as a reason we should all have Family Sharing groups, as keeping track of each other is sometimes critical. Apple’s Find My Friends app is central for letting you know where all your contacts may be on a map, and a newly granted patent takes the location sharing much further, possibly allowing for location tracking.

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Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD: ultra-fast and now available

Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD: ultra-fast and now available

Kingston has announced the launch of its new HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, a drive said to be faster than the other devices in the HyperX product lineup. The drive is being offered in two different capacities, and is faster than the SATA-based SSDs available, using PCIe Gen 2.0 x 4 to give speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write. Kingston boasts that the Predator is its highest-end HyperX SSD thus far available. We've a video of all it offers after the jump!

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X-Files 2015 guide: catching up with Mulder and Scully

X-Files 2015 guide: catching up with Mulder and Scully

This week it's been confirmed by Fox and the original creator of the X-Files that a new series is about to be made. This new X-Files has tapped the original Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to return for a 6-episode mini-season. For those of you ashamed at having never watched the original series or similarly ashamed that you've forgotten the details, the following miniature guide with gifs is made just for the likes of you.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz recalls cars over faulty tail lamps and fire risk

Mercedes-Benz is recalling a bunch of cars across a few different models due to a potential issue that could arise with its rear tail lamps, and a separate issue that could potentially result in a fire. The news came to light today in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its website. The tail light problem was first discovered back in December, and though it has now come to light, there's no word yet on when the recall will be taking place. Likewise, there's no schedule yet for the fire risk recall.

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DuoPad trackpad adds touchscreen functionality to monitors

DuoPad trackpad adds touchscreen functionality to monitors

You might have a perfectly functional desktop monitor that meets all your needs, except one: touch support. Touchscreens have become such a familiar part of your computing habits that you might find yourself flicking or tapping the screen on occasion, only to remember that it lacks such functionality, relegating you to the use of a mouse. The DuoPad trackpad is a novel solution for this problem, lending touchscreen functionality to non-touchscreen displays using a large laptop-like trackpad with a little added technology.

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Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford apes Tesla with speed-spotting car cameras

Ford is adding speed limit sign recognition to its range, with the first implementation of the company's traffic sign scanning tech showing up - among other geeky add-ons - on the new S-MAX. Dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter, like Autopilot on the Tesla Model S, the system uses cameras to keep an eye out for posted speed limits and then varies the amount of fuel reaching the engine to keep a legal pace. According to Ford, it could mean the difference between staying on the right side of the law and losing your license, particularly if driving abroad where the limits might be unexpectedly lower.

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Facebook ‘On This Day’ brings nostalgia in fewer clicks

Facebook ‘On This Day’ brings nostalgia in fewer clicks

Many of us have photos in Facebook we keep there for safekeeping. The ability to upload pics and have them stored in the cloud is a nice feature for Facebook. Nostalgia is also one reason many keep those old photos lying around digitally, where a quick trip down memory lane is just a few clicks away. Today, Facebook is announcing less clicks to get you to memory lane, as a new feature named “On This Day” is being rolled out.

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Google Fiber hits SLC, ‘extremely unlikely’ for Portland right now

Google Fiber hits SLC, ‘extremely unlikely’ for Portland right now

Last year, Google announced several potential sites for Fiber, their Gigabit Internet service. Today, Google announces Salt Lake City is the latest to receive Fiber’s ultra-quick Internet, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham in the recent surge of Fiberhoods. Though Google isn’t saying when buildout will begin for SLC, they’ve been busy talking about Fiber elsewhere, namely Portland. With other cities playing ball, Oregon legislators may have just passed a bill that shoots the city’s Fiber efforts square in the foot.

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Three buys O2 in $15bn+ UK carrier deal

Three buys O2 in $15bn+ UK carrier deal

Three has acquired UK carrier O2 in a deal worth over $15bn, as the fiercely competitive British mobile segment continues to condense. The culmination of "exclusive negotiations" that began earlier this year, the deal will leave the combined carriers as the largest - in terms of subscribers, at least - in the UK, though regulatory approval is yet to be gained and could take some time. However, even in the short-term there are still plenty of unanswered questions.

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