Jeremy Clarkson Reveals New Amazon 30-Minutes Delivery Drone

The last we heard from Amazon regarding their drones, they were still using a model that looked like a slightly enlarged version of a regular consumer drone. Their latest reveal though is nothing like what you’d find in a hobby store.

The new craft, as pictured above, would carry the package inside the fuselage (the body of the craft) rather than beneath the drone. The drone takes off vertically similar to a helicopter before flying straight towards your house. With an impressive range of 15 miles, the drone looks to be the first of a generation of more powerful drones, built for a range of environments; soon the Amazon drone army will be flying through the air delivering anything you need within the hour.

With sensors designed to search for and evaluate possible landing environments, the drone lands, releases your product and then takes back off. Of course, it doesn’t just appear and fly off, with a notification on your Amazon app you’re alerted so you can watch the device drop off your product and be ready to pick it up.

With development centers in the U.S, U.K and Israel you could soon see the drones flying once they receive approval. If that didn’t spark your interest then check out the video below, with none other than Jeremy Clarkson, explaining the details in his usual unique style.

Microsoft’s Tossup App Gets You And Your Friends Together Faster

Microsoft is a large company which almost everyone who has a computer has heard of. They do everything from Office to Windows 8, yet few have heard of the Garage. No this is not where Microsoft make super stylish cars, but it is where they tinker with ideas.

The garage is noted as Microsoft’s “24-hour idea factory”, and rightly so as some of their ideas have been made into full-blown programs and been released to the public. Mouse without Borders, a program which lets you control up to four computers with a single mouse and keyboard started as a garage project, the same can be said for Bus alarm a program designed to wake people when they are near their bus stop. Even Microsoft use programs like CodeFlow, a program designed to review their code and was originally created in the garage.

Their next app for general use is called Tossup and hopes to help you and your friends make those hard decisions by general opinion. Tossup is designed to let you create a question and then poll your friends, getting their opinions and responses in an easy to manage set-up. This means you can quickly ask a question to all your friends about where to go for food, what movie to go see or even where to meet up. With Tossup you can easily get people’s responses without having to chat, text, email or remember everyone’s responses. It should be noted that at the time of writing the App is only available on Android and iOS, meaning windows phone users are missing out on this app.

As someone with a terrible memory (what am I doing here again?) and who is often charged with organizing things, a little app like this could come in handy. Do you often organize things? Do you have an app which does the same thing and is already released?

Thank you Microsoft Garage for the information and images.

Google Can Now Choose the Right Smartphone for Your Personalised Needs

It’s hard to se your mind on just one smartphone when you have so many to choose from, isn’t it? The good news is that Google can now do that for you, but of course it will only display its now Android handsets. If an Android phone is what you want to buy, then give Google a chance and let it show you some of its suggestions.

The search giant has just launched a website that allows Android users to choose the best smartphone tailored for their needs. Judging from the website, Google is using its own data processing algorithms to get the best results possible. This means it will ask you a lot of questions, however you may choose to answer only the basic or go deeper and give it more details for a more tailored result.

The initial questions involve how you normally use your phone, namely for taking pictures, calling, texting, using social media or listening to music, and so on. By selecting a feature, the website will take you to another page where it asks how long you are using the latter features for. If you do it right, Google will predict the best results for your needs.

I personally received some pretty neat ones, including the Nexus 6 which I was eyeing for quite some time. So to be fair, it really does lay down some solid results should you wish to use it. However, bear in mind that the website will show phones available only in the US, but you will figure that out yourselves when it asks what mobile carrier you are using.

All in all, you may skip the carrier selection and go straight to the smartphone results. Even if it misses some European or other phones available in specific markets, it does give you a general idea of what you need to choose to best suit your needs. If you want to give it a try, visit the website by clicking here.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Android

Microsoft Adds ‘Energy Saver’ Feature to Its Xbox One Consoles

Customers who buy a new Xbox One console will be greeted by a new screen after booting the device. This will prompt the user to choose between “instant-on” and “energy-saving” power modes, having the default be instant-on in the US up until now.

The power-consuming option lets the console download updates and content while not in use, while also providing a way for users to wake it up by yelling at it. However, the National Resource Defense Council openly criticised the Xbox One’s always-on power option.

“Although Microsoft reduced the power drain from its ‘instant-on’ mode from 18 watts to 12.5 watts, the mode is still the default when it comes out of the box and the user is not even given the option to disable it during the initial setup,” the NRDC wrote.

Current Xbox One users are also able to make the switch by going to the “Power & Startup” section in Settings. Also, Microsoft states that the new energy-saving feature can save players an average of $6 to $15 per year in the US.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information