New ‘Amazon Day’ delivery option lets customers pick which days packages will arrive

The Amazon Fulfillment Center in Dupont, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon has come up with another option for its customers to get packages delivered. A new concept rolling out slowly for Prime Members called Amazon Day, as first reported by CNET, lets users set a designated drop off day for orders placed throughout the week. At checkout, users will have the option to set an “Amazon Day.” That will remain the default option for future orders unless changed at checkout. The invite-only program is another way for Amazon to get around the threat of package theft that comes from dropping off items at the front door that might… Read More

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NASA and FAA cast a wide net to get ready for a ‘revolution’ in urban air mobility

An artist’s conception shows an urban air mobility environment, trafficked by air vehicles with a variety of missions and with or without pilots. (NASA Illustration / Lillian Gipson) The rise of air mobility options ranging from delivery drones to air taxis and flying cars is shaping up as the biggest thing to hit aviation since the introduction of jet engines, NASA’s top official on aeronautics says. “I happen to believe that this is a revolution coming in aviation,” Jaiwon Shin, NASA’s associate administrator for aeronautics, told a Seattle audience this week. “But if we do not methodically practice our best practices and all the know-how in the aviation field, this… Read More

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Amazon Web Services’ Rekognition image analysis tool can now locate objects within a photo

Amazon Rekognition can now identify the location of objects in an image, and determine relationships between those objects. (AWS Photo / @jeffbarr) Amazon Web Services released new capabilities for its Rekognition image and video analysis service Friday that will allow companies trying to sort through massive numbers of images to zero in on the part of the image that has the desired object. At this point, Rekognition is best known for setting off alarm bells among civil liberties advocates after police departments began experimenting with its facial-recognition capabilities. But other customers of the service are using it to find objects in an image, like consumer goods or offensive content, to… Read More

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Amazon Web Services’ Rekognition image analysis tool can now locate objects within a photo

Amazon Rekognition can now identify the location of objects in an image, and determine relationships between those objects. (AWS Photo / @jeffbarr) Amazon Web Services released new capabilities for its Rekognition image and video analysis service Friday that will allow companies trying to sort through massive numbers of images to zero in on the part of the image that has the desired object. At this point, Rekognition is best known for setting off alarm bells among civil liberties advocates after police departments began experimenting with its facial-recognition capabilities. But other customers of the service are using it to find objects in an image, like consumer goods or offensive content, to… Read More

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Twitter is sorry about that whole ‘Kill all Jews’ thing

Many New Yorkers awoke to a bit of a surprise when “Kill all Jews” briefly made an appearance in their Twitter sidebar. On a social network with a hate speech problem, it’s not unusual to see this type of content. Twitter has been locked in a perpetual grappling match with hate groups clinging to the fringes of society — those most often responsible for creating vitriolic content — for some time now. What is surprising, however, is seeing Twitter amplify the message itself. First spotted by BuzzFeed News, the Trending Topic made a brief appearance lasting 10 minutes or so… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Twitter’s privacy settings, explained

Twitter is one of the most open social media platforms on the web, which is why it might be easier to ignore the privacy settings. Admittedly, Twitter doesn’t offer the level of granular control as, for example, Facebook. But it does have some decent options for controlling what other users can see and what level of access they have to you. Here’s a quick primer on your Twitter privacy settings, and what they mean. Note these will be sorted based on the browser version, rather than the mobile app, but the settings are the same across devices. Privacy This is… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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