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India's richest man is done with giving away 4G services for free to 100 million users

Free data and free voice calls can do you wonders. Just ask Reliance Jio. The new telecom operator from India’s largest industrial house has garnered …

Telecoms

UPS tests drone deliveries in Florida with eye to cost cuts

(Reuters) - Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc said on Tuesday it will consider raising prices across the board in coming years to offset pressure on margins, particularly from the rising costs of delivering packages to e-commerce customers.<p>A drone demonstrates delivery capabilities …

Enterprise Tech

Chinese Power Company Rigs Up Drones That Can Spray Fire

Phantom meets dragon<p>"Drones" is a broad term, encompassing both the friendly multirotor type that carry GoPros over snowboarders, and the more …

Drones

These Are 4 Sectors Of Indian Startups That Have Gained From Budget 2017

Every year, India waits with bated breath for the presentation of the country’s budget, which impacts the financial fortunes of its citizens, big corporations and startups alike, for the forthcoming year. In February, Budget 2017 was presented at a time when the Overall Business Confidence Index …

LG Watch Style

Designed in collaboration with Google and one of the first smartwatches to ship with Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Style is the latest attempt to …

Wear OS

Sony Xperia Ear Assistant

The virtual assistants built into our phones are powerful tools. But they still require you to take out your phone to work. The Sony Xperia Ear …

Sony Xperia

GoPro Karma Drone

More than a simple camera drone GoPro Karma is a series of separate accessories that work together to deliver great-looking aerial footage in the air …

Drones

Philips Hue gets a $40 motion sensor add-on for hands-free use

Philips is making another investment in smart home lighting. Hue owners can now buy a motion detector that will turn on connected lights around their home.<p>Simply named the Hue motion sensor, the $40 add-on uses two AAA batteries, which Philips says last about two years(!). It affixes to surfaces …

New rules for commercial drone usage go into effect today

Today marks an important milestone for commercial drone usage in the U.S. as new rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) have officially …

India's Fintech Startups Will Cause A Cashless 'Payment Revolution' By 2023

India possesses a unique culture that is unlike any other country in the world. Its citizens enjoy a habit to save and prefer to spend in cash with a vast majority of the 1.2 billion population without a bank account. In 2016, 78% of all consumer payments in India were made in cash. Viewed in …

India's $30B Spiritual Market And The Woman That's Tapping Into It

There’s no question that religion sells in India – it’s a market that’s estimated to be worth over $30 billion. So, what happens when you add a tech touch? That market value only inflates, according to one woman who decided to do exactly that.<p>Growing up in a mathematically inclined family, Saumya …

Logitech Pop Home Switch

We'll still need electrical outlets for the foreseeable future, but the light switch may soon be a thing of the past. The Logitech Pop Home Switch is …

Home Automation

Urban Airship Reach pushes Android and Apple Pay forward

A new study details that mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay are on the rise, but consumers want more — and it’s coming.<p>Urban Airship says that in the last three months, 67 percent of millennials have used a mobile wallet, and 51 percent of users over the age of 35 are also fans.<p>But it’s …

This Scientist Is Commanding A Swarm Of Drones With His Mind

We have to control them before they control us<p>Hopefully this never gets reverse-engineered by AI.<p>Panagiotis Artemiadis, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at Arizona State University, developed mind-controlled drone swarms by tracking electrical activity in the brain. When the …

New research considers 'growing' drones

<b>Can you chemically "grow" a military drone?</b><p>It sounds like an idea for a science fiction film, but here in the UK scientists and engineers are spending time and money to see if they can do exactly that.<p>British warplanes are already flying with parts made from a 3D printer.<p>Researchers are already …

London police consider using drones to pursue motorbike thieves

In its bid to curb the rise of drive-by snatches on the streets of London, the Metropolitan Police may turn to drones to track motorbike-riding suspects. At a recent meeting of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that UAVs could be a safer …

Yuneec Typhoon H Drone

The drone market gets more crowded everyday, so it's rare when one truly stands out. The Yuneec Typhoon H Drone does so, and not just for its funny …

You may soon do your Citi banking with Amazon's Alexa

Amazon's Alexa may find a new home: Citi's mobile banking app.<p>Citigroup is testing Amazon's digital assistant as part of an upgrade to its Citi banking app, according to Fortune. In addition, the company is considering using facial recognition as a way to log in to your bank account.<p>Citi will …

James Martin

Drones Are a Big Problem for Firefighters Battling Massive Blazes

As at least three major wildfires rage across the American southwest, the people tasked with controlling them are contending with an unusual problem …

Wildfires

The Roam-e Flying Selfie drone camera from Australia takes 360-degree shots

Ever feel bothered by the same old boring selfie poses because your hand is permanently attached to your camera? Well this Australian-made Roam-e Flying Selfie drone camera should help you get a bit more creative, if you can stomach the fact that it looks like a flying carrot.<p>Retailing at $399 …

Drones

Adorable SpaceX Falcon 9 drone sticks its watery landing

SpaceX's quest for a reusable rocket has been through many challenges, culminating in a triumphant landing of the Falcon 9 on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this year. The first four tries resulted in explosions, a fate that a cute drone version of the Falcon 9 manages to avoid. YouTuber …

Drones

Here’s what’s missing from the new drone regulations

Last week, we welcomed the much-anticipated Part 107 drone regulations, which will supersede the current exemption process and is estimated by the FAA to eliminate 85 percent of the present exemptions to drone piloting.<p>Notably, the new regulations standardize visual line of sight (VLOS) flights of …

Drones

Ask Alexa to add new features to your Amazon Echo

Amazon opened up Alexa to developers a year ago, and there are now over 1,400 apps or "skills," as the company calls them. To take the hassle out of installing those on your Echo product, it now lets you do it automatically just by asking Alexa. For instance, if you want to test your trivia skills, …

Lyft passengers can now order a ride using Amazon's Alexa

Ride sharing just got a bit easier. ‘Alexa, ask Lyft to call a Line to work’ is now all you need to do to get a ride to anywhere using Amazon’s assistant, Alexa.<p>“We’re thrilled to be working with Lyft on the launch of their new Alexa skill. On-the-go Alexa customers can now ask Alexa to order a …

Indian central bank chief to step down in surprise move | Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s “rock star” central bank governor Raghuram Rajan, feted by foreign investors but under pressure from political opponents at home, stunned government officials and colleagues on Saturday by announcing he would step down after just one three-year term.<p>Reserve Bank of India …

Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

When you think of Autodesk, you probably think of desktop software and traditional manufacturing, but the company is trying hard to change that perception, and today it announced the first three investments from its $100 million Forge Fund, which includes a 3D robotics drone company, an on-demand …

Autodesk

Wearables market expected to hit 213 million units shipped in 2020

Consumer interest in wearable technology shows no sign of waning any time soon.<p>Global shipments of wearable devices is expected to reach 101.9 million units by the end of 2016, an increase of 29 percent over last year, according to a report released Wednesday by market researcher IDC. The market's …

Wearable Tech

Field Notes Byline Reporter's Notebook

Field Notes are great everyday notebooks. The classic reporter's pad is an icon of American journalism. So it's only right they be combined. The …

Journalism

India is building a monsoon-predicting supercomputer

In India, monsoons are big business. If the country has a healthy rainy season, its agricultural industry thrives and helps account for a fifth of the total value of its goods and services. It's vitally important for meteorologists to predict when those rains will come, so instead of utilizing …