They seem to do everything else…now geekwire.com says Amazon is experimenting with carry out food delivery. They’ll start in the Seattle area first…expect a slow rollout like with their grocery delivery.
Businessinsider.com reports that Intel has a project called RealSense that uses 3D tech for the computer to sense if you’re having a good day or a bad day. It also recognizes up to 10 finger gestures.
After a messy breakup a few years ago, t-gaap.com says Costco has once again started selling iPhones as of today…with discounts of up to $120.
Google is reportedly planning to buy a startup that makes true video search. Businessinsider.com say it’s called Baarzo, and they search for specific events in the video like a touchdown or a goal.
It probably was inevitable, but cops in Seattle were called when a drone was spotted outside a woman’s window. Geekwire.com reports the men they found had a tripod and video equipment.
From creepy to crazy with drones…according to geek.com researchers at MIT re working on a drone that can perch on power lines to recharge during flight. Your pizza will be delayed while the drone powers back up.
Another cool feature has been added to Google Search, according to 9to5google.com. If you search for a song or band, it will display links to Rdio, Spotify, TuneIn, YouTube, and others. It’s initially just on Android.
Engadget.com reports that scientists at the University of East Anglia in Britain have found a way to reduce bacteria’s ability to mutate into antibiotic resistant superbugs.
We told you about YO yesterday…the app that just sends the word YO. Geek.com says some Georgia Tech students have already hacked it to ‘Rick Roll’ you, and play a snippet of Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up!’
Getting the jump a bit on Apple’s upcoming Yosemite system, Google search now allows you to call stores from your PC. Engadget.com says the Hangouts calling option will make it as easy as on your Android phone.
With preorders now on for the imminent Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, tech crunch.com says they’ve cut prices on the Surface Pro 2 by $100 to $200, depending on the configuration.
Sharp has announced what they call the free form display…the circuitry is all through it, not just in bezels at the sides. The verge.com says this allows curves and angles. One of the first uses may be in car instrument panels.
Earlier rumors have said Apple would only be able to use sapphire glass on its larger iPhone 6, but macrumors.com now says there’s enough for the 4.7 inch iPhone 6, the 5.5 inch model, AND the iWatch, with room to spare. The nearly unbreakable screen will be welcomed by klutzy or unlucky iPhone users.
Still looking for an angle to claw back market share, Blackberry has launched BlackBerry Messenger Protected. Techcrunch.com reports its a confidential instant messaging system. It’s primarily aimed at government, government contractors, corporations, and law firms that have extra concern about secure messaging.
No Steam gaming machines from Valve or any of its suppliers this year, but geek.com says a team is working on a handheld dubbed the Steamboy to be out early next year. It’s not expected to be robust enough to play the most robust games, but hey…it’s portable.
Can’t hear the phone when it’s in your purse? Ringly may be for you. It looks like a fashion ring, but 9to5mac.com says light and vibration patterns can be set to alert you via Bluetooth to calls, texts, and more. It works with iOS and Android, and presale price is $149. That’s a bit pricey, but if you can’t miss a crucial call or text, check it out.
Google Now continues to get smarter. Thenextweb.com says Google is testing a feature that suggests calendar entries from your Gmail inbox. It’s already live with a select pool of users, and you can switch it off if you find it creepy.
According to tech crunch.com, Amazon has added audio integration to its iOS and Kindle apps. It’s an extra $.99 to $3.99 per title, but you can switch from reading to being read to on the fly. You could listen to a book while commuting, then pick up reading later right where you left off with Amazon’s Whisper Sync.
Apple insider.com says the Apple has patented a smarter smart cover for iPads with illumination that lights up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.
You know a show’s popular and getting binge watching when it has its own app. According to tech crunch.com, that’s just what Netflix has done with Orange is the New Black. Look for OITNA…orange is the new APP in the app store.
Google Now has had transit information, but the contextual assistant now goes a step further. Gigaom.com reports it will now remind you to get off at your stop…or wake up, if you snoozed during your commute.
A little late to the party, but Apple Maps will have transit directions in iOS 8. Bgr.com says it wasn’t announced, but there were screen shots indicating the addition in a video shown at the World Wide Developers Conference.
The iWatch will be here in October, and have a curved OLED touchscreen. That’s what 9to5mac.com hears from the Nikkei Asian Review, and it’s also being reported by recode.net. Apple expects to sell 3 to 5 million a month! The HealthKit health and fitness app rumored is said to be a big part of the iWatch rollout.
If you’re a bit paranoid about putting all your stuff on the cloud, how about your own? Bgr.com reports that a Kickstarter called Sherlybox lets you create a personal cloud, and control everything about it. It’ll cost $149 for the setup, and you bring your own drive! What if you run out of room, you say? No worries, it supports up to 127 external USB drives!
Cnet.com says that within a year, police forensics could tell how old a fingerprint is! The work is being done at Netherlands Forensics Institute. They are accurate from 1 to 2 days if the print is less than 15 days old.
A less pricey HTC One smartphone is due out this month. It’s the E8, and according to cnet.com, it’s mainly a polycarbonate skinned M8, with the tough plastic replacing the metal skin the M8 has and a little less fancy camera. The E8 comes in blue, red, black and white. There’ll be a dual-SIM version in some countries, allowing you to make and receive calls from two numbers in one phone — handy for people who like to keep their business and personal lives separate.
Ostendo has built a tiny 3D projector chip the size of a smartphone camera. Geek.com says it costs $30, can project 48 inch 3D images, and will be out next year. At that price, there will definitely be at least one Android phone maker that takes a gamble on Ostendo’s holographic projection chip.
They may become as common as police and media choppers…gigaom.com reports the FAA is thinking of allowing movie studios to use drones. The precision agriculture, power line and pipeline inspection, and oil and gas flare stack inspection industries have also approached the FAA about an exemption.