Amazon’s parachute shipping labels could speed drone delivery (AMZN)

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Amazon was awarded a US patent earlier this week for a shipping label that includes a built-in parachute, according to The Verge. The potential benefit to the e-commerce giant’s Prime Air program is clear: air-dropping packages at their destinations saves drones time because they don’t have to land. This is clearly technology that Amazon sees a lot of potential in; last December, the company airdropped a Fire TV stick and a bag of popcorn from a drone in a UK test. Airdropped deliveries boost Prime Air’s efficiency. Landing not only adds time,… Read More

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Automation of jobs should be like Star Trek, not Star Wars

At tech festival Brain Bar in Budapest, Péter Árvai, CEO and co-founder of Prezi, gave a talk titled “Embrace automation?” where he argued that being replaced by machines doesn’t have to be a bad thing — if we choose the right sci-fi movie future. Arvai argues that we need to rethink our definition of work first and move society towards finding ways to make automation of jobs work in our favor. To illustrate how we’ve done this in the past, Árvai talked about when his grandmother got her first washing machine. Instead of having to hand wash soiled baby clothing for hours on… This story continues at The Next Web… Read More

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The best golfing GPS watches for 2017

Update: We’ve added the brand-new, high-end Garmin Approach S60. A watch for serious golfers. Upgrading your golfing game isn’t just about time at the range or on the course, or about splashing cash on new clubs – it’s about trying new things too. The great news is that activity-tracking and sports GPS gadgets are not only affordable, they’re better than ever – especially for golf. Get your distance to the green, have your hardware track your shots and even improve your swing – tech is here to improve your game, and these are the best offerings available right now. Note: we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to… Read More

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Toshiba makes big television return with its first-ever OLED TV

The world of TVs is dominated by a small number of big players. Particularly in the high-end, the likes of LG, Sony, Samsung and Panasonic are constantly vying for control with a selection of sleek and shiny panels which get brighter and slimmer with every passing year. Toshiba isn’t a company that people immediately think of when televisions come to mind, but the company is hoping to change this with its new range of 2017 televisions, which features the company’s first ever OLED. Since the idea of an affordable OLED is always a tempting prospect, let’s start with that, Toshiba’s 65-inch X97 series, or the 65X9763DA if you want to… Read More

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