Monthly Archives: December 2016

Will drones be dropping from flying warehouses?

Some patents seem so way out that you have to wonder if they’re a joke. Such is the case for Amazon’s patent covering an “airborne fulfillment center” that would launch drones to deliver merchandise from above. The patent, which was … Continue reading

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Ford shows off a sleeker self-driving car

The latest iteration of Ford’s self-driving Fusion Hybrid vehicle, unveiled today, repositions the laser-ranging sensors that used to poke up from the roof and adds a lot more smarts in the trunk. Ford’s sneak preview came in the form of a blog … Continue reading

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How China plans to put rover on moon’s far side

China’s latest white paper on space exploration confirms the country’s plans to send a rover to the moon’s far side in 2018 and put a rover on Mars in 2020. Today’s white paper, released by the State Council Information Office, says the … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s chatbot makes MIT’s worst-tech list

Tay, the Microsoft chatbot that pranksters trained to spew racist comments, has joined the likes of the Apple Watch and the fire-prone Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on MIT Technology Review’s list of 2016’s biggest technology failures. Tay had its … Continue reading

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Amazon plans to defend drones from … arrows?

If there are any Robin Hoods out there who are thinking about shooting down drones while they’re making deliveries, Amazon has a patented plan to stop you. The patent, filed in 2014 but published just last week, lays out countermeasures … Continue reading

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Ten top books for geeks to read in 2017

Geeks and books go together like athletes and balls, but just as there are different sports, there are different types of geek reading. We’ve put together a top-10 list of books on a wide spectrum of geeky topics, all published … Continue reading

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Starbucks offers free coffee for the holidays

Free coffee for the holidays? Starbucks is making is so, but the Seattle-based company is making you work for it online. Starbucks’ “Pop-Up Cheer Parties” are a movable feast, taking place every day (except Christmas) from now through Jan. 2, from … Continue reading

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