By Keith Wagstaff, NBC New-Tech
In a new video, Amazon revealed that the Prime Air drones will deliver packages weighing up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less.
By James Vincent, The Verge
Swatch has announced that it’s bringing contactless payments to its forthcoming Bellamy smartwatch in the US next year. The Swiss company, which is the largest watchmaker in the world by revenue, originally unveiled the analog Bellamy in China this October. The watch doesn’t connect to the internet, but uses a near-field communication chip (NFC) to make payments at contactless terminals.
By Dante D’Orazio, The Verge
The app offers an augmented-reality experience: spin your iPhone or iPad around you, and your device will act like a window into a previously invisible world. Spherical wavefronts emanate from wireless routers and distant cell towers. You might even spot a satellite passing overhead.
By Drew Prindle, Digital Trends
PhoneDrone, which launched on Kickstarter earlier this week, is basically an exoskeleton attachment that turns your smartphone into an autonomous quadcopter drone.
By John Biggs, TechCrunch
Swift, Apple’s programming language aimed at OS X and iOS developers, has gone open source under the Apache License. This means all of the source code, including the code for a new package manager, will be available to edit and compile and programs can be created without attribution. Apple is also revealing further plans for the language on their new site, swift.org (the site is down at the moment).
By Raymond Wong, Mashable Tech
Apple will reportedly refresh its smallest iPhone with a new metal design in early 2016, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst with a solid track record reporting on unreleased Apple products.
By Alicia Marie Tan, Mashable Tech
The next iteration of Google Glass could get a whole new look. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Google a patent on Nov. 24 for a “wearable device with input and output structures” that could be Glass’ redesign.
By Steven Musil, CNet
The social network is letting a small percentage of iPhone users share video on their news feeds of events in real time.
By Liam Tung, ZDNet
From Saturday, December 5, fans of the well-specced $389 OnePlus 2 can buy the Android phone unlocked without an invite. Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is permanently shuttering its maligned invite system for the OnePlus 2, some five months after releasing its second Android handset.
By Karissa Bell, Mashable Tech
Cardboard Camera, available now on Google Play, allows users to capture 360-degree panoramas that they can view in Google Cardboard. You can also capture sound, along with the image, for an even more immersive experience.