UPS could beat Amazon to full service drone delivery

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Amazon has touted shipping products using drones so long that it seems odd to learn UPS has beat them to the punch. The Verge report from this past week shows United Parcel Service appears to have worked out the logistics using an outside vendor to develop a drone based delivery system centralized around delivery trucks. The delivery truck becomes the hub in this new delivery method. Check out this video of the drone delivering the package from the UPS truck.

Watch this video for more detail of the UPS delivery drone objectives.

You can now ask your Google Home to buy things

Google’s Home digital assistant has been compared to Amazon’s Alexa a lot over the last few months, and now it’s getting the ability to order things through voice commands, just like Alexa can.

Of course, Home is still a Google product, so instead of buying things through Amazon Prime, orders go through Google Express instead. And while Google Express typically has a membership fee or per-delivery charge, Google is waiving those costs for purchases made with Home through April 30th.

The update should be rolling out today — Home users simply need to add a payment method in the Google Home app, and then they can place orders simply by asking Google Assistant. Since the service is run through Google Express, products are limited to stores…

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