Amazon drone delivery

Weekly tech news roundup for July 22

Amazon drones: coming to a light post near you
This week Amazon was granted a patent for a drone delivery network concept. The patent shows platform “stations” that could attach to light poles or other tall surfaces. They’d be either a final destination for package delivery (if the post was outfitted with a vacuum tube, dumbwaiter, elevator, or conveyor), or a spot where drones could charge up or trade packages (a la The Pony Express). Who knows if it’ll happen, but you’ve got to admit it’s a creative idea.

Don’t know Photoshop? Canva might be for you
If you haven’t heard about it, Canva is a free web tool that lets you create some really professional looking stuff (with either free art/photos or you can purchase fancier stuff) without having to know Photoshop. Well, this week Canva came out with an iPhone app making even easier to make your own memes. I only learned about Canva recently myself, but I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty cool.

Elon Musk’s master plan
In a blog post, the Tesla founder revealed the long-range plan for the company. He’s still betting heavy on solar, envisioning homes generating and saving their own power, but he’s also talking about semi trucks, Tesla sharing, and a fleet of autonomous taxis. TechCrunch has a nice, quick, slideshow of the key parts of the plan. You’ve gotta hand it to the guy—he’s truly a visionary.

gorillaglass5_tough_hNew glass means tougher smartphones
Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass (Gorilla Glass 5) is coming to devices this fall. Since the last iteration rolled out a few years ago, their research has focused on creating a product that can withstand drops. And, according to Corning, the newest version almost 2 times better at surviving (read: not cracking) drops of 1.6 meters. Sign me up!

Firefox is pulling the plug on Flash
You shouldn’t be using Adobe Flash anyway, but you haven’t disabled it yet, you soon won’t have a choice—Firefox will be automatically turning off all Flash “not essential to the user experience” next month by default.

Redbox trying streaming…again
They tried streaming a few years back and it failed, but they’re going to try, try, try again. They’re just trialing Redbox Digital with a few customers, “to complement” their kiosk rental business There’s no details on pricing or the catalog of offerings yet, but as Variety points out—the “streaming rentals will likely be significantly more expensive than the $1.50 Redbox customers currently pay for physical disc rentals.” More details are likely to come in the next few weeks.

Dyson’s taking on Roomba
The 360 Eye Vacuum has been available in Japan, but is jumping to North America starting today. Available in Canada now, and in the U.S. soon, the robot vacuum is ready to suck away the competition. It has a top-mounted 360 camera (hence, the name) and the same cyclone system Dyson owners know and love. The Dyson robot vacuum isn’t cheap though—it’ll probably retail for around $1,000—and maybe it’s just me, but it looks too tall to fit under my couch. Here’s a promo video to get you excited to part with your benjamins:

 

 

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.

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