The drones are coming! The drones are coming! But this time they’re not armed with hellfire missiles. These drones are packing a new kind of heat: steaming pizzas, fresh tacos and cold beer.
Drones – the popular term for a wide range of unmanned aerial vehicles that are autonomous, semi-autonomous, or totally remote controlled – are not just limited to military use. Even though drones rightfully call up images of large, ominous, lethal, all-seeing machines, their smaller cousins are breaking into the civilian world of consumer products and business operations. And they’re doing so in a variety of strange ways that may change the face of modern transportation – from how late-night munchies arrive at your doorstep to how equipment and medicine is delivered to remote regions. Continue reading
Apple is trying to force Samsung’s mobile devices off US shelves a week after dodging an iPhone 4 ban by a rare White House veto.
The company will ask a US appeals court on August 9 to block sales of Samsung models a California jury found violated patents for the iPhone’s look and features. Later, a US trade agency is expected to say if it will halt some Samsung imports based on other Apple patent-infringement claims.
For Apple, making Samsung change or stop selling some smartphones and tablet computers is more important than money. The $US1 billion verdict it won at trial last year equals less than two weeks’ worth of iPhone sales and one-seventh of Samsung’s second-quarter profit. Continue reading
The people who created YouTube are getting into the quickie-video app business … with a twist.
MixBit, like Vine and now Instagram, lets users upload short videos from their smartphones. But that’s just the beginning of what creators Steve Chen and Chad Hurley — two of the three brains behind YouTube — envision for the app, which went live on Thursday.
MixBit lets users shoot video snippets up to 16 seconds in length — more than Instagram (15 seconds) and Vine (6 seconds). Once uploaded, all MixBit videos are fair game for other users to edit, splice and mix with their own, creating new videos up to an hour long. Continue reading
More than 300 African startups, from 24 countries, have applied to the DEMO Africa conference to be held in Nairobi in October.
Around 150 startups competed for the top 40 positions at DEMO Africa in 2012.
Harry Hare, executive producer of DEMO Africa, said the three month application period has seen more interest compared to last year and the judges will be working on the best 40 startups by August 27. Continue reading