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Uber unveils new-look food delivery DRONE

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Uber accelerates to test its new U-boat delivery service for Uber Eats in San Diego in 2020. Today, the company introduces a new look for its drone, which uses “innovative six-rotor swivel wings” to better enable the transition between vertical takeoff and forward flight.

Wing rotation is a more common feature of flying car prototypes and rarely drones. Uber explains that the rotors are placed vertically for take-off and landing, but can then turn forward (pictured above) “to increase speed and efficiency during cruising flight”.

The rotating wing is similar to that designed by Mark Moore, a NASA veteran and a VTOL expert, for the company’s prototype air taxi. The drone and air taxis projects are both part of Uber Elevate, the firm’s ambitious game to bring its transport and delivery service to the skies. He wants to test taxi flights in 2020, with a commercial launch in 2023.

The drone’s load capacity is a meal for two people, said Uber, adding that the drone had already passed its “critical design review” and that it should take off before the end of the year. Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration gave Uber the green light to begin testing drone delivery in San Diego.

The drone is designed to make a maximum delivery journey in eight minutes, including loading and unloading. Your cruising altitude will be less than 400 feet to comply with the rules on drones. It will have a total flying range of 18 miles without delivery and 12 miles with one. And the drone can float in winds up to 30 mph.

Drone delivery moves from concept to reality with a series of new tests. Last week, Alphabet’s Wing rolled out its first delivery drones in Virginia. Other major companies, such as Amazon and UPS, are also in the early stages of the experiment.

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The Justice Department will reportedly investigate Google’s Fitbit acquisition

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Reportedly, the US Department of Justice will review Google’s acquisition of wearable device company Fitbit in November and investigate possible concerns about detailed user data that Fitbit would provide to Google.

The New York Post reports that both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, both of whom could investigate the merger, were worried about the merger. However, the Ministry of Justice has already launched an important antitrust investigation against Google and requested documents from the company in September. The agency also announced a comprehensive survey of major technology companies focused on research, social media and some retail services. The FTC was given the power to investigate Facebook and Amazon.

Reuters also confirmed that the Ministry of Justice will take the lead in an investigation.

Numerous privacy and consumer rights groups have asked the government to stop Google’s acquisition of Fitbit. The deal could help Google compete with Apple in the portable computer market. Unlike Apple, however, Google’s core business includes targeted advertising, data mining and services that manage much of our digital life. Purchasing a popular fitness tracking device will expand the data store.

And the antitrust director of the Justice Department Makan Delrahim suggested that data protection concerns could play a role in any investigation. “It would be a serious mistake to believe that privacy issues can never play a role in the cartel analysis,” Delrahim said at a November conference shortly after the acquisition. “Without competition, a dominant company can more easily reduce quality, for example by reducing privacy without losing a significant number of users.”

Google has been authorized to purchase many other companies over the past two decades, although some restrictions have been added. As public criticisms of technological monopolies have increased, the result of this Fitbit review may indicate how seriously the Justice Department actually limits the power of large technology companies – and unlike a larger review, you don’t have to worry about undoing the mergers I already have closed. You may want to delete your Fitbit data just in case.

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Apple’s most expensive Pro Display XDR requires a special, Apple-made cloth to clean it

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The latest top-of-the-range Apple display, the XDR Pro Display, is now available. And it’s not cheap, starting at $ 4,999 with an opaque “nano-texture” update for just $ 1,000. However, if you buy this nano-texture update and you never have a spot of dust on it, you shouldn’t think about cleaning it with a little water and a microfibre cloth. Instead, an Apple support document states that it is necessary to clean this nano-texture glass only with a special “dry polishing cloth” supplied with the display and nothing else (via MacRumors).

Apple has not yet explained why the owners of an XDR Pro Display with nanotexture should use a special cloth for another screen cleaner (we asked for it), but it is probably because of how the display is made. “Nano-texture” glass is Apple’s term for its non-reflective matte texture option. According to Apple, the nanoscale nanostructure is etched onto the glass to maintain the contrast on the display despite the matte finish. For some reason, the nanotess is so delicate that it should only be cleaned with a special cloth.

If you lose this polishing cloth, you can’t go directly to Amazon or go to an Apple store and buy a new one – you’ll need to contact the Apple Support Department for a replacement. We asked Apple how much an exchange could cost.

And if you’re worried, Apple has also given specific instructions on how to clean the polishing cloth: hand wash it with dishwashing liquid and water, rinse it and leave it to “air dry” for at least 24 hours. I am sincerely surprised that any detergent will work for the cloth.

The special apple cleaning cloth can be annoying, but at least an apple cleaning cloth is included. You’ll need other essential accessories like a stand (Apple costs $ 999, or you can choose the VESA adapter for $ 199) or a webcam (like the Logitech 4K magnetic webcam for $ 199.99 specially designed for the monitor) pays 4,999 extra dollars included in the basic display.

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Google is under federal investigation for labor practices

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Google is currently under investigation by the US National Labor Relations Board, CNBC reported Monday.

The investigation follows the recent layoffs of four former Google employees named Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers and Sophie Waldman. The four former employees were involved in internal activism during their stay at Google and encouraged their colleagues to protest issues such as the company’s plan to create a censored version of its search engine in China, or submit bids for contracts with the Ministry of Defense. If it is determined that Google has fired these employees because of their activism, this could be a violation of federal labor law.

The four employees filed an indictment with the NLRB on December 5 for unfair labor practices. Google has already been investigated by the NLRB, including a recent survey that ended just two months ago. In this September comparison with the agency, Google promised that, among other things, it would give its employees the opportunity to form unions and talk to the press. The December announcement blames Google for violating the terms of this settlement.

According to CNBC, the NLRB’s investigation will focus on whether Google has violated labor laws by firing these activists and whether it has prevented its employees from forming a union. When employees file an indictment with the NLRB, the Agency must initiate an investigation to determine whether to take formal action and file its own complaint. Oakland agency staff will lead the investigation, which is expected to last 90 days.

At The Verge’s request to comment, Google responded with the same statement it has used since the layoffs:

We fired four people who deliberately and repeatedly violated our long-standing privacy policy, including the systematic access and distribution of documents and the work of other employees. No one was fired for expressing concerns or discussing the company’s activities.

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