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Amazon Patents a Parachute Shipping Label for Drone Deliveries

Amazon has received a patent for a shipping label that includes a built-in parachute, “to enable the delivery of packages by [unpiloted] aerial vehicles (UAVs) or other aerial vehicles.” The patent, as reported by GeekWire, was filed in August 2015 and granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Monday. This means it may be possible in the near future that your Amazon package could be dropped from the sky without any damage thanks to this special label. It is unclear whether the patent will ever be put to use, though the patent may provide new insight into Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery project. The system calls for a packaging label that would be integrated with a folded parachute and a network of cords. It could also incorporate a breakaway cover, shock absorbers, and a network of sensors built into a drone to track the package’s descent. The…

Adorable and Waterproof the UE Wonderboom Is the Bluetooth Speaker You Want

A Bluetooth speaker is one of the most vital tech accessories for the summer season. The new Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears is being released next month just in time for those long summer evenings. There are over 25,000 results for “portable Bluetooth speaker” on Amazon alone, the number of speaker options to choose from can be overwhelming for someone who’s looking for something that’s cheap and durable. The UE Wonderboom ticks all of the boxes for the perfect summer speaker. It is about the size of a tennis ball and will make you want to pick it up and toss it around. Priced at $99 list when it launches in April, the Wonderboom will occupy the low end of Ultimate Ears’ speaker lineup, which also includes the Boom 2 ($199) and the Megaboom ($299).The Wonderboom is also waterproof and “life proof” — i.e., you can drop it from up to…

Bragi’s Dash Pro Earbuds Can Translate Languages in Real Time

Much of what’s in Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remains firmly in the world of science fiction: the ability to travel faster than the speed of light, teleportation, polite doors with personalities. But one advancement—the Babel fish that can translate different languages in real time—might be one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a collaboration between the app developers at iTranslate and the audiophiles at wireless earbud company Bragi. While it’s not an actual fish, nor does it allow you to talk to aliens (yet), the new technology could make it a lot easier to find, for example, that unmapped pho stall in Hanoi or ask for subway directions in Tokyo. Released today, Bragi’s Dash Pro fully wireless earbuds are what the company’s calling “the world’s first language translating ear computer”—essentially, earphones that can also translate nearly 40 different languages in real time when connected to…

Amazon Fire adds Alexa to the Android Tablet

Amazon has added its Alexa voice technology to its new Fire 7 Tablets, allowing users of the virtual assistant to carry it around the house. The Fire 7 is equipped with a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 display and is one of the most cost-efficient tablets costing only £50. The android tablet is available with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by 256GB through the microSD card slot, and comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and claimed a battery life of eight hours. The #Amazon Fire 7 #tablet gets a specs bump — and keeps its $50 price https://t.co/t76nXQDUNP #FireHD pic.twitter.com/3uKOK8IlmA — CNET (@CNET) May 17, 2017 The big upgrade to these tablets is the addition of Alexa technology that features on the Amazon Echo. You can launch this new feature by holding the home key, unlike the original Alexa products which you woke up…

Has Mommy Been Good All Year? Get Her Something Nice And Techy For Mother’s Day Then! (part 2)

Via [Newsofficials] [part 1] Your mom loves technology and wants a new gadget to streamline her life? Or she still can’t remember how to turn on her smartphone? No matter what, the list has got you covered. Number 1. Wireless headphones V-Moda CrossFade 2 Sure, these are a bit expensive and their somewhat aggressive looks tell us they are suitable for DJs and gamers. That is no reason to overlook the high quality product. The $350 wireless headphones will get your mom 14 continuous hours of her favorite music per one charge, as well as fantastic sound quality. Not enough? They are astoundingly comfortable with these big cushions over the ears. There are multiple colors to choose from, and the rose gold one could match your mother’s iPhone, if she’s got one. Number 2. Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Women like to carry purses or bags. The one on this list…

Great Gifts For Tech Savvy Moms On Mother’s Day (part 1)

It’s this time again! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, just a few days ahead. Sons and daughters all around the world are starting to look for a perfect gift for their beloved mothers. From flowers, jewelry and kitchen appliances to something less conventional. Does your mom like technology? Then we can lend you a hand. By the way, if you find our help, well, helpful, here’s part 2 of our journey. In the meantime A printer to make photos magical We all know that moms love to take photos of their family – or anything else really. So why not turn them into something more unique and amazing? Take a look at this augmented reality photo printer – LifePrint – that you can buy for less than £115 on Amazon. It magically – or rather technologically – enhances still shots. Just launch a dedicated app on your smartphone and point the…

Asus C302 Review: a $500 MacBook for Everyone

What makes the perfect “everyday” computer? You probably have a different definition of the ideal day-to-day laptop than me, but I’m willing to be there’s some crossover: minimal weight, enough battery life to last most of the day away from the plug, a clear and crisp screen, good keyboard and mouse, and enough power that you’re not left waiting. If you take those as the important criteria and forget about Mac vs PC vs anything else, then a lot comes down to price. You shouldn’t overpay for a laptop you’re not going to use to the max, and that’s why I would argue that this $500 Chromebook is the laptop most people should buy right now. At the very least, it’s the most capable sub-$500 laptop you can buy right now. I’m not going to rehash the argument over whether Chromebooks are a viable main PC these days. Provided that…

Roomba vs. Eufy: The Robo-Battle Of Vacuum Cleaners

Do you want to save as much time as possible for something more meaningful and enjoyable than home cleaning routine? Use a machine, there’s a bunch out there. Automated cooking, automated cleaning – we have left our most basic tasks to the electrically-powered gizmos. They evolve too, taking away more and more of our responsibilities. When it comes to robot vacuum cleaners, the market has quite a few offers. Dyson 360 Eye, Neato Botvac, Hoover Robo – these are some of the best models out there. Roomba 650 by iRobot has been particularly great for years thanks to its navigational capabilities. Carpets, cables, thresholds – these obstacles could maybe stop some other machines but have never posed a threat to this little guy. It also has enough power to clean most of the trash on the floor. Of course, robot vacuums have never claimed to be as good as your…

The Ecobee Thermostat Has Amazon Alexa Built in So You Can Adjust the Temperature by Talking to It

This new smart thermostat now has an edge over its competition: a speaker, microphone, and Alexa built-in. The Ecobee 4, a Wi-Fi–enabled device with Amazon’s voice-enabled Alexa software integrated into it is similar to Google’s ‘Nest’. The Ecobee 4 has the full range of Alexa skills, you can also ask the thermostat things like the weather outside and football scores while also controlling your smart lights. The device takes advantage of the more than 12,000 voice commands supported by Alexa. The features that set The Ecobee apart are that it works with small, floss-sized individual room sensors (up to 32). The sensors, which can be affixed to a wall or stand on their own, detect each room’s occupancy and temperature so Ecobee can better manage a home’s hot and cold spots. The central thermostat and its sensors communicate with each other to determine whether you’re actually at home and where you…

The Real World Blend-off: Ninja Ultima vs. Vitamix 5200 (Video)

Want to be taken seriously as a chef when it comes to blenders? The answer until today was always Vitamix. Whenever we visited a professional kitchen – there it was, a Vitamix blender, ready for smoothing, sousing, chopping, juicing or turning into soup anything with vitamins, minerals or proteins in it. But that blending onslaught came at a price, which was always a factor: $450 to $800 price tag for a blender would scare off any amateur. The pros, however, have always been extremely appreciative of the unprecedented power of the Vitamix, which gives a run for its money to virtually any other blender in the marketplace. Watch out, Hamilton beach! Ninja, on the other hand, was presented in 2013 specifically to counter the steep price of the Vitamix with a more lenient ‘bang for the buck’ approach without sacrificing of what’s important: power, design and general appeal. The Ninja’s…