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Walmart partners with Zipline for glider drone delivery tests

Engadget

Walmart has had drone delivery ambitions for years now, and today they've announced a partnership with Zipline for on-demand delivery of "health and wellness" products. Zipline drones aren't the quadcopters that most think of for these types of delivery services. Instead, they're gliders that have longer range and won't just drop out of the sky if something fails. Trial deliveries using Zipline's drones will take place near Walmart headquarters in northwest Arkansas with a plan to start early next year. Walmart says that the Zipline drones will be able to operate within a 50-mile radius, and they produce no carbon emissions.


Walmart to start using autonomous drones for 1-hour delivery

Mashable

Starting next year, certain Walmart orders will literally fly to your door. The retailer announced a trial run with medical supply drone delivery company Zipline early Monday. Only medical and health and wellness products from Walmart will be part of the pilot program and it'll only be in Northwest Arkansas in early 2021. The drones will cover a 50-mile radius around Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. They can haul up to four pounds of cargo and fly up to 80 mph.


Walmart launches a drone delivery program in North Carolina

Engadget

Shortly after receiving final FAA approval for drone deliveries, Amazon already has a rival. Walmart announced that it will start a pilot program with drone company Flytrex to deliver groceries and other household essentials from its stores in Fayetteville, NC. Flytrex had previously received FAA approval for food deliveries in North Carolina. The pilot program will mostly be used to gather information for a future service, so the Fayetteville skies won't be filled with drones just yet. "The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience -- from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery," said Walmart senior VP Tom Ward.


Walmart kicks off drone delivery pilot in North Carolina

ZDNet

With the launch of its long-awaited subscription delivery service less than a week away, Walmart is taking another swipe at rival Amazon with the start of a drone delivery pilot in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The world's largest retailer said the pilot will focus on delivering certain grocery and household items from Walmart stores in the area using automated drones from Israeli startup Flytrex. "The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience, from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery," wrote Tom Ward, SVP of Customer Product for Walmart. "At the end of the day, it's learnings from pilots such as this that will help shape the potential of drone delivery on a larger scale and, true to the vision of our founder, take Walmart beyond where we've been." To be clear, this is not Walmart's first foray into the world of drones -- the company has been chasing Amazon in this space since 2015, when it filed an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test the drones for order fulfillment and curbside pickup at its stores.


Walmart pilots air drone delivery service in North Carolina

Mashable

Walmart is now testing a flying drone delivery service it hopes will speed up shipments. The pilot launches today in Fayetteville, North Carolina, using drones from Israeli startup Flytrex to deliver select grocery and household items from neighboring Walmart stores. The retail giant uploaded a clip of the service, which shows a Walmart employee placing a bag with grocery items inside the drone. The six-propeller machine then takes off from the Walmart store, flies to the customer's home, and drops the bag on their front lawn using a line tether. "The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience, from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery," wrote Walmart SVP Tom Ward in the announcement.


Walmart launches on-demand drone delivery pilot. But it might take time before drones deliver your next order

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Your future Walmart order might be delivered via drone. The retail giant announced the launch of an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, North Carolina Wednesday with Flytrex, an end-to-end drone delivery company. In a blog post, Tom Ward, Walmart senior vice president of customer products, said the pilot focuses on delivering select grocery and household essential items from Walmart stores using Flytrex's automated drones. "The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control dashboard, will help us gain valuable insight into the customer and associate experience – from picking and packing to takeoff and delivery," Ward said. Save better, spend better: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox.


Inuvo, Inc. Prices $10 Million Common Stock Offering

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- INUVO, INC. (NYSE AMERICAN: INUV) ("Inuvo" or the "Company"), a leading provider of marketing technology, powered by IntentKey artificial intelligence that serves brands and agencies, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 20,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $0.50 per share. The gross proceeds to Inuvo, Inc. from this offering are expected to be approximately $10,000,000, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses. Inuvo has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is expected to close on or about July 27, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. A.G.P./Alliance Group Partners is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering.


For George Takei, 'Yakuza: Like a Dragon' role is personal

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Playing a mob boss in a video game might not seem all that serious for a veteran actor who has appeared on feature films and television. For George Takei, however, performing the role of Masumi Arakawa in "Yakuza: Like a Dragon," is akin to his life coming full circle. Takei was only six years old when he was first introduced to the concept of "benshi" -- Japanese performers who narrated for silent films. It was a discovery that happened to coincide with a dark period in American history. At the time, Takei and his family were staying in Arkansas, part of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were gathered into internment camps after Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941.


Walmart's anti-shoplifting tech slammed by staff as 'fake AI'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A group of anonymous Walmart workers have raised concerns about the anti-shoplifting technology used to monitor the company's self-checkout kiosks. A group that calls themselves'Concerned Home Office Associates' has circulated a video documenting the system's flaws, including frequent failures to identify unscanned items, and incorrectly identifying personal items potentially shoplifted. In an email sent to company management at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, the group claims to be'past their breaking point,' saying the system's frequent false positives are irritating customers and putting workers at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure by unnecessarily having to verify customer's purchases at unsafe distances. An anonymous group of Walmart employees have raised concerns about anti-theft technology used at self-checkout kiosks, saying it's'a fake AI that just pretends to safeguard' 'It's like a noisy tech, a fake AI that just pretends to safeguard,' one of the Walmart employees, who asked to remain anonymous, told Wired. The system was originally designed by Everseen--an artificial intelligence and technology firm based in Cork, Ireland--and relies on overhead cameras, or'digital eyes,' that film customers as they scan objects into the register.


Soybean Researcher Uses Drones to Aid Genetics Analysis

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High throughput genetic analysis is a tool that allows researchers to analyze a lot of DNA data in a short period of time. The work is commonly done in a lab with scientific instruments. Larry Purcell uses it to evaluate thousands of agricultural test plots at once. He does it from a distance of 100 feet -- straight up. Using an off-the-shelf aerial drone, Purcell can identify those soybean plants that have the genetic make-up, or genotype, for high rates of nitrogen fixation.