Amazon Looks At Drone Delivery
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the mega-online retailer has been experimenting with flying drones to deliver packages right to your door. The devices, called “octopters” are expected to be operational within five years. However, the company still has to clear it the Federal Aviation Authority.
Bezos says he hopes the drones will replace postal carriers and delivery people and be able to deliver items up to five pounds right to your door within 30 minutes. The drones would use GPS tracking to find your address and be totally automated.
Of course this is all pending FAA approval and assuming customers are comfortable with the idea of drone delivery.
Nokia-Microsoft Deal Gets Government Approval
Microsoft’s plan to buy Nokia’s devices and services business for $7 billion dollars has gotten a stamp of approval from the Department of Justice. Nokia stockholders approved the deal in November. But the companies still need approval from the European Union.
This would be a boost to Microsoft’s goal of becoming a company focused on devices and services. The two companies have worked together on the Windows Phone since 2011.
Black Friday Online Sales Total $3 Billion
Not everyone was standing in line at midnight at a big box store to score deals on Black Friday. Shoppers spent more than $3 billion dollars shopping on the Internet on the day after Thanksgiving. Adobe counted 400 million hits to websites as savvy online shoppers looked for deals.
Nearly 25% of those sales came from mobile devices.