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— Around The Home

Amazon Dash is now live, automatically reorders household supplies

The days of having to log onto your computer or smart phone, navigate to the proper site, and click "purchase" are over, not to mention the quaint notion of visiting an actual store. Your smart appliances can now handle the exhausting task of shopping for you. With Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service, connected devices in your home or office automatically reorder from Amazon when supplies run low.

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— Mobile Technology

Amazon's new Fire HD tablets have budget pricing, predictive content downloading

Amazon has announced its new Fire HD tablets, which come in two sizes and numerous colorful finishes. The hardware, which is thin and light, looks solid enough, but the real star here could be the extra features that the company has packed in, including an updated UI, quick reading software and On Deck – a background tool that keeps the tablet up to date with Prime content.

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— Drones

Amazon makes its case for dedicated drone highways in the sky

Much of the talk around the feasibility of Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery service is rightly centered around how the vehicles can be safely squeezed into US airspace. But under plans outlined by the company at a NASA convention today, these aerial robotic couriers could have as much to do with larger manned aircraft as a school bus does with a freight train. By setting aside a low-altitude chunk of sky and splitting it into high-speed and low-speed droneways, Amazon believes that the needs of this fast-growing industry can be accommodated without bringing all manner of things crashing to the ground.

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— Science

Carnegie scientists use airborne observatory to map the chemistry of the Amazon

Researchers have used data collected by the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) to uncover chemical variation in plant life across the lowland Peruvian Amazon. Quite apart from giving rise to some of the most stunning scientific imagery we've seen of the region, the study provides key information for understanding the rainforest, and assessing our future impact on it.

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— Drones

Amazon working on drones that will deliver items to wherever you are

Drone deliveries hey? What could be more convenient than having the milk for your cereal arrive fresh each morning, or that forgotten dinner ingredient plonked down on the doorstep just as you fire up the stove? Well, details now revealed in an Amazon patent application suggest that if its Prime Air drones do materialize, they mightn't just be limited to making house calls. The application outlines plans for drones that track a customer's GPS position, flagging the possibility of having items brought to you even when you're out and about.

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