Resistance is futile: Amazon Fire TV Cube assimilates cord cutters, cable box users


Resistance is futile (and shut off the lights, Alexa)

Like a diminutive Borg ship, the Amazon Fire TV Cube has arrived in orbit, and hundreds of thousands of individuals are possible able to be assimilated with little or no resistance. And for good purpose: As TV streamers go, the Cube appears to be like like it could be the last word weapon for cord cutters – and in addition cable box users.

Why? As a result of the Fire TV Cube will really work together with your cable box and loads of different gear by HDMI CEC, an intergalactic (or not less than, digital machine pleasant) communications system that permits you to chat up the Cube and have it work your TV, cable box, streaming apps and different related gadgets. The Cube additionally options 4K HDR video output for pushing the most recent TVs to their limits, and naturally, Alexa is ready on your each command and TV present search request. The brand new Fire TV Cube will run $120, or simply $90 for those who’re a Prime member. It ships on June 21st.

Lookup, down and throughout

It’s been some time since there was some drone information within the information, however DT Rising Tech editor Drew Prindle not too long ago bought a close-up take a look at a brand new drone from Parrot referred to as the “Anafi.” Trying a bit like a dragonfly, the Anafi includes a slim, fold-up design and a 4K digital camera with HDR for some spectacular video efficiency. However get this: Whereas different video drones can solely look ahead and down, the Anafi’s 4K digital camera is on a three-axis gimbal that additionally permits it to search for. It additionally packs some zoom functionality for a bit extra selection in your photographs. In stills mode the digital camera includes a huge 21-megapixel sensor.

You should use your telephone to fly the drone or use it as a video monitor with the devoted distant, and Parrot says the Anafi has over a two-mile vary in clear situations and 25 minutes of flight time on a battery cost. It’s $700 for the fundamental bundle and you’ll preorder yours now. Parrot says the brand new drone will begin transport in about three weeks. Try Drew’s first search for extra particulars.


From little flying machines to a lot greater ones: Right here’s some flight footage from a few of the first check flights of the Kitty Hawk Flyer. That’s Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun on the controls of the modern-day Flyer, an electrical plane that appears like a cross between a drone, a soapbox racer and a seaplane. However hey, it’s within the air and flying.

The Flyer makes use of ten rotors for raise and might fly – presently – for about 20 minutes at 20 miles an hour. However Thrun says future plane might be a lot quicker and with rather more vary, and can hopefully assist to clear up floor visitors as folks take to the air in droves. There’ll possible be many extra Kitty Hawk machines because the outfit has basically bottomless funding because it’s a ardour undertaking supported by Google billionaire Larry Web page.

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