Archive for February, 2019
On Thursday, Amazon announced that it would be making a program widely available to Amazon Prime members that would allow them to schedule all deliveries for a single day, once a week. The so-called "Amazon Day" service will be voluntary and targets customers who are concerned about their carbon footprint.
Grouping purchase deliveries will help Amazon cut down on emissions associated with sending a delivery truck to the same house multiple times a week, and the company says holding orders for a single day during the week will also allow it to group orders within a single package, thereby reducing packaging. Customers can select their preferred day of the week to receive shipments. According to CNN, customers can add items to their Amazon Day shipment up until two days in advance of the shipment.
Customers can also chose to remove an item from "Amazon Day" delivery, having it shipped more expeditiously if necessary. Select Prime members have already had access to the program, but it was made available to all Prime members as of today.
On Thursday afternoon, Tesla announced that it's finally ready to start selling the cheapest versions of its Model 3 electric vehicle. For $35,000—before any federal or local tax incentives—you can now order a rear-wheel drive Model 3 Standard Range. This car gets black paint and the as-yet unseen standard interior, which means manual (not power assisted) seat and steering adjustment, cloth trim, and a stripped-down audio system. Tesla says the cheapest Model 3 will have 220 miles of range, will hit 60mph (96km/h) in 5.6 seconds before topping out at 130mph (209km/h).
The company is also now offering a $37,000 Model 3 Standard Range Plus. This upgrades the performance slightly—now it's got 240 miles (386km) of range, shaves 0.3 seconds off the 0-60 time, and adds 10mph (16km/h) in top speed. And you get a "Partial Premium" interior, which restores the power seats, vegan synthetic leather, and a better audio system, among other features.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that anyone in the US who orders one of the new Model 3s should take delivery before June (when the IRS tax credit halves again), but priority will go to reservation holders.
The release earlier this month of a preview Windows 10 build that isn't due until 2020 was a little strange. At the time, Microsoft said vaguely that it was because of features that "require a longer lead time," with no indication of what those features are.
The core parts of Windows—the kernel, file system, networking stack, hypervisor, security subsystem, and so on—underpin a wide range of Windows variants, including Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, HoloLens, Xbox One, and Azure. According to Foley, Microsoft makes two releases of these core parts each year, in June and December. The various Windows variants build on these dual releases.
AltFS provides a virtual file system, over non-file artifacts, to demonstrate hidden storage techniques.
YouTube will now take stronger action to prevent predatory comments posted on videos of children. According to a blog post, YouTube will suspend comments on videos that feature minors that "could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior." This measure is designed to prevent predatory commenters from gathering in the comments section of such videos.
While the word "all" isn't used to describe the to-be-comment-free videos, YouTube explains that only a "small number" of creators will be able to keep their comment sections enabled on videos that include kids.
"These channels will be required to actively moderate their comments, beyond just using our moderation tools, and demonstrate a low risk of predatory behavior," YouTube's blog post says. "We will work with them directly, and our goal is to grow this number over time as our ability to catch violative comments continues to improve."
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)