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  2. Italy faces ‘one of smallest wine harvests for 60 years’

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    Spring frost and an extreme heatwave nicknamed 'Lucifer' are set to leave the world's two largest wine producing countries with their smallest harvest for decades, according to initial estimates.
  3. Panther Drone Delivers Package by Air and Land

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    A four-wheeled drone’s first aerial package delivery test showed off a special touch by also driving up to the doorstep of its pretend customer. That capability to deliver by both air and land makes the Panther drone an unusual competitor in the crowded drone delivery space. But the drone’s limited delivery range may pose a challenge in competing against the delivery drones of Google and Amazon. Unlike most delivery drones designed purely for flight, the Panther drone resembles a...
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  4. An IBM Patent on Midair Handoffs for Delivery Drones

    Amazon and Google’s dreams of delivery drones dropping off packages or pizza still face the problem of short delivery ranges. Most drones have limited battery life that restricts their services to less than a 10-mile delivery radius. A recently-approved IBM patent offers an unusual way to extend delivery ranges by having drones transfer packages in midair. The IBM patent envisions several possible ways for delivery drones to hand off their packages without having to land. One idea would...
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  5. Why Google's next big thing could be a warp-speed supercomputer

    (CNN)-- It depends on mind-bending physics and ultra-cold temperatures but quantum computing could bring about a new era in processing power that promises to revolutionize everything from artificial intelligence to high finance. Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence team has been working with scientists from Canadian company D-Wave Systems, which owns what has been called the first commercially viable quantum computer. The field of quantum computing is still in its infancy but it was...
  6. 7-Eleven Makes FAA-Approved Drone Delivery to Customer’s Home

    In the future, many companies will rely on drones to make deliveries. In fact, 7-Eleven and Flirtey have pulled it off already. The company has announced that it has completed “the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence.” At a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7-Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously using precision GPS to a...
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  7. Tesla Model S takes driving to the 21st century

    The Tesla Model S not only looks good, it drives exceedingly well while running with electric efficiency, but we would like to see more of the driver-assistance features found on comparably priced cars. An unearthly amount of grip held the car through the twisty strip of asphalt running along the side of a forested mountain, and when I got on the accelerator for the turn exits, I was rewarded with instantaneous power, as much as the car and my own instincts could handle. If this were a...
  8. GoPro HERO4 action camera

    Capture stunning 4K footage in extreme settings using this GoPro HERO4 Black action camera, which features a standard waterproof housing for recording in up to 131' of water. Burst mode lets you snap 12.0MP photos at 30 fps. High-definition video recording with resolutions of 4K30, 2.7K50, 1440p80, 1080p120, 960p120 and 720p120 fps for crisp, smooth footage. Night Photo and Night Lapse enable customization of exposure settings for nighttime time lapse photos. Auto low-light setting adjusts...
  9. Piracy fighters battle Kodi 'epidemic'

    Tackling the use of Kodi and other set-top box software to stream pirated videos is now the top priority for rights-holders, a report says. Some boxes or "TV sticks" support software add-ons that can stream subscription movies, sport and TV channels over the internet for free. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said about half of its current investigations concerned the devices. It said boxes configured to receive premium content for free were illegal. The statements were...
  10. Dubai aims to launch hover-taxi by July

    Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi, its transport authority said on Monday, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July. The test of the one-man electric vehicle comes as the city state in the United Arab Emirates seeks to ensure a quarter of its means of transport are self-driving by 2030. The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet), the authority said...
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