Amazon Couldn’t Even Shoot Its Drone Promo Video In The US Because It’s Illegal
Last weekend, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon is experimenting with drones that will deliver packages within 30 minutes.
Bezos showed a promo of Prime Air (below), which depicted a drone delivering a package to a residential house.
Now, The Washington Post reports Amazon and the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the company had to pick an international location for the video after FAA restrictions prevented them from shooting in the United States.
“The fact that Amazon had to leave the country to make the video underscores how slowly U.S. officials have embraced the policy challenge,” reports The Post. “It also offers a concrete example of what the country stands to lose, as the market for civil drone use picks up globally.”
PS4 Outselling Xbox One by 66% in USA, Pachter Predicts
This soon after the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s still somewhat difficult to say whether Sony or Microsoft has definitively won the latest console war, at least in terms of sales. Where there is such uncertainty, quotes from Wedbush Securities games industry analyst Michael Pachter tend to follow, and Pachter has not been shy in giving his opinion about the current state of the gaming industry.
Last week, Pachter followed up on previous comments advising that Nintendo should exit the hardware business altogether, saying that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata should be out of a job, and described Wii U sales as “underwhelming.” As we wait for the official sales numbers for the newest consoles to be released by the NPD Group later this week, Pachter has peered into the tea leaves once more to offer up some predictions – predictions which will please those at Sony.
According to Games Industry, Pachter sent a note to investors stating that software sales for November would be down by 13 per cent due to slow sales forBattlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, both of which have apparently had “far weaker-than-expected debuts” (even if Ubisoft had already lowered its expectations).
These underwhelming numbers, along with the somewhat sluggish sales of Call of Duty: Ghosts, have previously been attributed to gamers holding off from buying last-gen versions of the games in order to get the Xbox One and PS4 versions instead.
Pachter suggests that many gamers may have dedicated their dollars to buying new hardware, rather than software to play on it. His note also says that sales figures for Call of Duty: Ghosts may have been damaged by the game’s lukewarm critical reception, despite claims by other analysts that the franchise is “review-proof” and Activision’s confidence in the series’ unshakeable appeal.
As far as sales of the consoles go, Pachter estimates that the PlayStation 4 sold 1.25 million units in the US during November, compared to only 750,000 Xbox One units, though this discrepancy can partially be attributed to the Xbox One launching a week later than the PS4. He also predicts that sales of other consoles will have been strongly affected by the new console launches, with Wii U sales down 65 percent year-over-year, Xbox 360 sales down 44 percent and PS3 sales down 28 percent.
NPD is expected to announce the official November numbers on Tuesday, but for now, let us know your own predictions for which new console has fared best so far, and which new consoles (if any) you’ve bought this year.
NYC mayor unveils plans for massive free public WiFi network in Harlem
New York’s code-loving mayor had at least one more big tech announcement to make before handing over the keys to the city at the end of the year. Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced plans to launch a free WiFi network in Harlem, spanning 95 of the uptown neighborhood’s blocks. The size makes it the “largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network in the nation,” by New York City’s count, bringing access to 80,000 residents — a number that includes 13,000 people living in public housing. The rollout will occur in phases, culminating next May, with five years of initial coverage currently planned. More details on the rollout can be found in source link below.
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Aaron: Got my Nest Protects. A real pain to set up. Got cards via iPhoto again this year and again they don’t disappoint.
Gozer: Video Games: AC4, Mario 3D World & Tearaway
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You had a discussion about advertising on the BBC whilst doing you’re Dr Who 50th review. If you haven’t already been inundated with Brits telling you how this works, it’s like this. During programming there are no adverts, and between programmes there are only spots and reminders about other BBC programmes or publications. So one programme finishes. You may get a trailer for another, then a voice over comes on tells you what’s on now and later then straight to the next programme. There are currently at least 6 tv channels and god knows how many radio stations all with no product advertising.
So at this point your probably wondering how it’s all paid for. Not an unreasonable question. Every household, business, premises etc that wants to watch broadcast television is required to pay a licence fee of £145 a year, or £49 if you want a black and white licence only. The proceeds from which pay for the BBC and transmitter network.
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