Drone delivery start-up Zipline, which is on track to complete nearly 1 million deliveries by the end of the year, has announced the release of its second-generation drone, the P2 Zip. The device actually consists of two separate drones operating as one cohesive unit and can deliver packages weighing up to 8 pounds over a range of nearly 24 miles. The drone engages in drop-offs by hovering 300 feet over the target before deploying a “fully autonomous delivery droid” via a tether.
In other news, Meta has announced plans to lay off another 10,000 employees, accounting for 13 percent of its workforce. This is the second round of major layoffs since November and the company plans to close the job search for nearly 5,000 positions that haven’t been filled. According to the New York Times, Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg has dubbed 2023 the “year of efficiency.” Investors reacted favorably to the news of new layoffs with Meta’s stock jumping 7 percent.
Lastly, the PXLGlass 8 and Series 8 home theater interconnect range from Pixelgen Design Inc. are the first HDMI 2.1 cables to be certified by THX, an electronics tuning and certification company. The THX certification essentially guarantees that the Pixelgen Design cables can transfer information between high-level HDMI sources without information loss.
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