Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here’s a few tech stories that caught our eye today:
UPS drone delivery coming along
Back in September, we heard about UPS testing drones for delivery. Not to be outdone by Amazon, the shipping company this week revealed that it has begun trials in Florida of using drones launched from its delivery trucks to drop off residential-bound packages. The trucks would become a kind of mobile warehouse. Also, and perhaps less attention-grabbing, is the news that UPS plans to raise its prices across the board.
Milo out at Breitbart
Milo Yiannopoulos set Twitter ablaze on Tuesday on news that he was resigning as a senior editor at the alt-right news site Breitbart after comments he made condoning pedophilia surfaced. Of course, this was just one more offensive thing after a long history of trolling, homophobic and racist comments from Yiannopoulos, which created controversy on an episode Friday of “Real Time with Bill Maher” and led to the cancellation of a book that Simon & Schuster was planning to publish. Employees at Breitbart had threatened to quit if he stuck around.
Dell scores with Alienware 13
Reviews are out for Dell’s new gaming laptop, the Alienware 13, and they are largely raves. Engadget, TechCrunch and PC World praised the OLED-display-toting 13-inch notebook for its long battery life, VR/graphics performance and its use of Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. The laptop starts at around $1,000.
And lastly, Netflix and creator Joel Hodgson announced late Tuesday that new episodes of the rebooted “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will launch on Netflix April 14. Netflix released the first full cast photo, which includes new host Jonah Ray and the new mad scientists, Patton Oswalt and Austin native Felicia Day. The 14 new episodes of the beloved show is the result of a very successful Kickstarter in late 2015 that raised almost $6 million.
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