We haven’t heard much on the state of Amazon’s drone deliveries, but the company still seems focused on exploring the possibilities. A report earlier this year said Amazon had made only a handful of deliveries due to FAA regulations. However, in the announcement of prescription deliveries in parts of Texas, Amazon said its drones “have safely delivered hundreds of household items in College Station [in Texas] since December 2022.”
Customers at College Station are now eligible for aerial deliveries of “more than 500 medications” for common conditions like the flu, asthma and pneumonia. Texas has established itself as a hotbed for drone delivery trials. Alphabet’s Wing also began offering them in Dallas–Fort Worth, including a partnership with Walmart.
Beyond a future third drone delivery area in the US, Amazon is planning an international expansion to the UK and Italy in 2024. Drone deliveries will start at one site each before expanding to more locations. Amazon added it will integrate the Prime Air program into its delivery network. In the US, drones will run out of some Same-Day Delivery sites.
Amazon will also start using its MK30 drone, first revealed last November. This model has a range twice as large as previous drones and improved tolerance for higher and lower temperatures. The MK30 can also operate in light rain. It’s smaller, lighter and quieter than previous drones too. But will it attempt delivery while I’m in the shower? Probably.
— Mat Smith
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Grandfathered Basic subscribers will pay $12.
Netflix has announced two price hikes during its quarterly earnings. It said it’s increasing rates for its Basic and Premium plans. The Basic plan, which Netflix killed earlier this year, moves from $10 to $12 for grandfathered customers, while Premium rises from $20 to $23. Netflix said its ad-supported and Standard plans will remain the same at $7 and $15.49, respectively. Yay?
Prepare for your angular ride.
After years of delays and redesigns, Tesla Cybertruck deliveries will begin to select customers starting November 30, before the vehicle enters full production next year at its Texas Gigafactory. The latest design tweak is the vehicle’s electrical architecture, reportedly now being redesigned to accommodate an 800-volt standard, up from the 400V in existing Tesla vehicles. A lot of luxury and heavy-duty EV models — from the Audi e-Tron to the GMC Hummer EV — use 800V architecture as it enables EVs with large battery capacities to charge faster.
The platform is also helping channels create news-focused Shorts.
At a time when misinformation is rife on many platforms and is arguably even incentivized in some cases, YouTube is attempting to push back (while also being the home of so much of it). In around 40 countries, it’s rolling out a news hub to pull together news from “authoritative sources” in several formats: video on demand, live streams, podcasts and even Shorts. The feature will eventually land on desktop and connected TV apps.