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Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones that Save Energy by Taking the Bus

Slashdot - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 19:04
Researchers from Stanford University have devised a way for hundreds of drones to use the bus or trams in an effort to redesign how packages are distributed in cities. Should such a solution ever scale, it could reduce delivery van congestion and energy usage while extending the distance a drone can travel to deliver a package. From a report: There's a reason most delivery drones we've seen thus far are dropping packages off in the suburbs. Urban centers can be dynamic environments, full of unexpected obstacles, and drones are still not permitted to fly freely through cities. But researchers say using public transportation can increase a drone's range up to 360% beyond travel with flight alone. "Our approach strives to minimize the maximum time to complete any delivery," the team writes in a paper published this week at the online 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). "By combining the strengths of both, we can achieve significant commercial benefits and social impact." This approach, which involves the drones hitching a ride on the outside of buses and trams, could help overcome the limited travel capacity of drones today. The popular DJI Mavic 2, for example, is able to fly a maximum distance of 18 kilometers, or about 11 miles round trip.

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$5bn+ sueball bounces into Google's court over claims it continues to track netizens in 'private browsing mode'

The Register - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:45
You've not heard this one before but it does sound familiar

Google has been sued for billions of dollars in a proposed class action alleging the adtech company identified and tracked users who adopted its browser's incognito mode to avoid such tracking.…

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Man taken to hospital after emergency services rush to his aid

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:41
An air ambulance landed in a nearby field
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HSBC and StanChart back China security law for Hong Kong

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:38
HSBC and Standard Chartered banks gave their backing to China's imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong on Wednesday in a break from their usual policy of political neutrality.

LVMH's Arnault mulls ways to renegotiate deal with Tiffany - sources

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:37
LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault is exploring ways to reopen negotiations on the French luxury goods giant's $16.2 billion (13 billion pounds) acquisition of U.S. jewelry chain Tiffany & Co , as U.S. social unrest and the coronavirus pandemic weigh on the retail sector, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

U.S. crowds defy curfews to protest George Floyd's death, but violence subsides

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:33
U.S. protesters ignored curfews as they vented their anger over the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police, but there was a drop in violence overnight and President Donald Trump's defense secretary said he opposed sending in troops.

Police tell thousands at Dutch anti-racism protest to go home because of overcrowding

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:33
Dutch police on Wednesday asked several thousand protesters in the port city of Rotterdam to go home because the anti-racism rally was too crowded and participants could not keep to social distancing rules.

Exclusive: Former police officer accused of killing George Floyd gets new lawyer

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:31
The former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd is being represented by a new lawyer in the racially charged case that has sparked protests across the United States over police brutality, according to people involved in the case.

'No justice, no peace': Tens of thousands in London protest death of Floyd

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:30
Tens of thousands of people chanting "no justice, no peace, no racist police" marched through central London on Wednesday to protest against racism after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Scuffles break out during anti-racism protest in London

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:30
Brief scuffles broke out between police and protesters close to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street office on Wednesday during a march against racism prompted by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a Reuters photographer said.

'We got to act': Minnesota ex-felon finds purpose at George Floyd memorial

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:30
Alfonzo Williams waved his massive forearms and urged onlookers to clear the way for the procession of clergy members marching toward the site in his Minneapolis neighborhood where a white police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck until he died.

Brazil to start testing Oxford vaccine against the coronavirus this month

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:29
Brazil this month will start testing an experimental vaccine against the novel coronavirus being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc , Brazil's health surveillance agency Anvisa and the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp) said.

Brazil's Sao Paulo state suspends cuts in utilities services for poorest amid COVID-19

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:29
Sao Paulo will suspend water supply, electricity and gas cuts until July 31 for the Brazilian state's poorest residents who are unable to pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic, state governor Joao Doria said on Wednesday.

PM Johnson says China's actions in Hong Kong risk eroding Sino-UK agreement

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:26
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said China's actions in Hong Kong risked "badly eroding" the protection of political freedoms enshrined in the Sino-British agreement.

Google Removes Viral Chinese-App Scanner From the Play Store

Slashdot - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:25
Remove China Apps, the viral Android app for flagging software made in China, has been removed from Google's Play Store. From a report: Before its demise, the app had reached the coveted number-one free download spot on the Play Store. The app was removed for violating Google's "Deceptive Behavior Policy," which states that apps cannot incentivize users to disable or remove other applications. Though Remove China Apps did not remove apps automatically, it did prompt users to do so. It had been downloaded more than 5 million times before its removal. Google is notoriously bad at policing its own Play Store, so the swift removal here is something of an outlier. The app's quick rise to fame made waves, especially in its home market of India, which likely led to a faster-than-usual investigation on Google's part.

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A huge Essex market has confirmed it is closing permanently

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:05
"We will miss the banter, the East End atmosphere and not forgetting the amazing bargains"
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WHO set to resume hydroxychloroquine trial in battle on COVID-19

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 17:50
The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to resume its trial of hydroxychloroquine for potential use against the new coronavirus, its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, after testing was suspended due to health concerns.

PM Johnson 'appalled and sickened' by George Floyd's death

Reuters - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 17:49
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and that his message to President Donald Trump was that racism had no place in society.

Police update after air ambulance attends incident at flats

This Is Total Essex - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 17:49
An air ambulance landed in the Travelodge car park
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Xiaomi has such Huawei with words: Our two new phones have 'easy access' to Google apps... unlike that other guy

The Register - Wed, 03/06/2020 - 17:46
Who's in China and not involved in the deployment of 5G, eh? We are!

Xiaomi has formally launched its latest phones for the UK market, the Redmi Note 9 Series, with an interesting dig at fellow corporate citizen Huawei as it bids to become the successor to that company in the West.…

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