Amazon is thinking about using its delivery drones to scan your house to sell you more stuff (AMZN)

Amazon’s ambitions to build a fleet of self-flying delivery drones will have an interesting side-effect: They will create unimaginable quantities of data. Aerial footage, mapping data, flight patterns, number-crunching analysis, and more — autonomous vehicles produce vast reams of data, and drones are no different. And Amazon is already thinking about how it can turn that to its advantage. In a filing for a patent granted on Tuesday, the Seattle-based online retail giant lays out how “captured data may be received by a computer system and properties about a destination for the delivery may be identified by analyzing the data. A recommendation may be generated based at least in part… Read More

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One chart shows meal kit startup HelloFresh might not tank like Blue Apron

There’s a lot of money riding on the fact that we’re all too busy to cook our own meals from scratch. US meal-delivery startup Blue Apron went public last month, banking on investor interest in the sudden flurry of firms catering to lazy chefs. But the IPO was a flop. Blue Apron initially planned to raise $587 million (£450 million) from the float, but slashed its IPO range as investors cooled. All of this coincided with Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods and the launch of Amazon’s own meal kits. Blue Apron’s share price finally recovered this week after Wall Street analysts decided its stock was a bargain. Where does all… Read More

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Barbara Sinatra, founder of child-abuse center and widow of Frank Sinatra, is dead at 90

Barbara Sinatra was still married to former Marx Brother Zeppo Marx when she started a relationship with Frank Sinatra, whom she wed in 1976, but he’d unsuccessfully hit on her in 1957, when he was drinking with his fellow Rat Pack pals at the Riviera casino in Las Vegas, where she was a showgirl. Barbara and Frank Sinatra’s marriage lasted another almost 22 years, until the singer’s death in 1998. In that time, they founded and raised millions for the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, a nonprofit to help children who had been physically, mentally, or emotionally abused. Barbara Sinatra died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, on Tuesday, at… Read More

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The Scottish Tory MPs who hold Theresa May’s premiership in their hands

Newly elected Scottish Conservative MPs say they “saved the day” for Theresa May. Scottish Tories look to Ruth Davidson as leader of an “alternative government”. New MPs pledge to make their voice heard on Brexit. Rebellion from just seven of the 12 new Scottish Tory MPs could defeat the government. LONDON — While last month’s general election result was disastrous for Theresa May’s government, it could have been far worse. Whereas the Conservatives lost seats across England and Wales, in Scotland they gained 12 seats, capping a meteoric rise for the party over recent years and ultimately saving Theresa May from what would otherwise have been the end of her… Read More

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Elon Musk shows off car elevator test for Boring Company’s fast-track tunnel

Elon Musk’s grand scheme for underground car tunnels will require elevators to get the cars into those tunnels – and tonight he shared a video of the first elevator being tested next to SpaceX’s California HQ: Testing The Boring Company car elevator A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jul 25, 2017 at 11:26pm PDT …read more Source:: GeekWire

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Rocket League reimagined as a 90s PlayStation 1 game is gloriously lo-fi

With over 33 million players worldwide, soccer-but-with-cars multiplayer title Rocket League is one of the hottest games on the market right now. And while some fans might have seen its previous avatar as Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars from back in 2008, it’s fun to imagine what it might have looked like a decade before that. That’s exactly what YouTuber 98Demake has done with his latest video, which takes Rocket League back in time to the PlayStation 1 era with janky graphics, scanlines, classic canned audio and a top-down camera angle that would’ve been easier on low-end gaming consoles. The anonymous… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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