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Amazon drones won’t replace the mailman or FedEx woman any time soon

Amazon’s new “delivery system,” Amazon Prime Air, promises to get packages to customers “in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles,” and could be in commercial use soon as 2015, the company said Dec. 1.<p>Skeptics have quickly gathered, questioning everything from the project’s safety to …

Charlie Rose

iPhone 5C snags half its buyers from rival brands

The iPhone 5C has lured almost half of its users from Samsung, LG, and other rival smartphone makers, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Many Apple analysts and watchers expected the company to launch a truly low-cost international iPhone. But even with a starting price of $99 on …

Mobile

French court orders search firms to block pirate sites

<b>A court in France has ordered Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to block 16 video-streaming sites from their search results.</b><p>The case was brought by five groups representing film companies, distributors and producers.<p>The High Court in Paris ruled the websites were dedicated to the "distribution of works …

Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad Air with a Jony Ive parody

Amazon is the latest company to take on Apple's distinctive advertising style in its own commercials, this time by pitting the iPad Air against Amazon's 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX using what seems like a thinly veiled parody of Apple's Jony Ive, who frequently appears in the company's promotional …

So You Got a New iPad. Here’s Some Free Stuff to Read.

If, like me, you took advantage of the rare deals offered on a new iPad yesterday, then you’re probably playing around with the new device today, and …

People window-shop on their iPhones, but actually buy things on their iPads

Americans spent $3 billion shopping online on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and a quarter of those sales were made with smartphones and tablets, according to Adobe. That’s a huge shift for e-commerce: Spending on mobile devices was up 118% from last year, Adobe found. Different data from IBM …

Mobile Devices

Xbox One's 500GB HDD swapped for bigger, faster drives, and tested for performance

The Xbox One arrives with a 500GB HDD built-in, and in contrast to the PlayStation 4's easily-accessed storage, it's not meant to be accessed or replaced by the user, ever. While we'll probably leave ours in place to keep from voiding the warranty or risk a ban from Xbox Live, a few folks have …