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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Dubai’s latest techno-boondoggle is a passenger-carrying autonomous quadcopter

Residents of the oil-rich city of Dubai are reportedly getting a new toy this summer: a autonomous quadcopter drone capable of carrying passengers. According to a report from the Associated Press, the head of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency announced it would be testing the single-person quadcopter, made by Chinese drone company Ehang, as (in the words of the AP) a “transport alternative.”

The drone in question was on display at an event during the World Government Summit, but attendees dismissed it as “just another curiosity,” says the AP, until Road & Transportation head Mattar Al Tayer announced: “This is not only a model […] We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.” Al Tayer then said the…

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Panasonic’s new image sensor technology will improve night vision in cars

Panasonic has developed new image sensor technology that should improve night vision in vehicles. The company says it has developed a way to electronically control the near infrared light sensitivity of pixels in an organic CMOS sensor without having to use a mechanical IR cut filter. That basically means the technology should make for more detailed images from night-vision cameras in vehicles whenever Panasonic makes the technology available to automakers.

There are a few cars that can “see in the dark” these days, but given that those cars all cost above $50,000, and the optional night-vision camera can add upwards of $2,500 to your grand total, most people haven’t had the luxury of experiencing the technology yet.

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