Chromecast 2

Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.

Drones Build Rope Bridge

There are a lot of things that drones can do. This one takes it to another level. Watch these drones build this rope bridge strong enough to withstand a person’s weight. It’s a 24 foot bridge made from a really strong Dyneema rope. The drones receive command algorithms for trajectories from a computer via a wireless network. Courtesy of Mashable.

Microsoft Building Linux Servers

There’s proof Microsoft is building their own Linux distros especially suited for Azure.

From Microsoft’s blog:

The Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) is our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches. It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux. ACS allows us to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows us the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for our datacenter and our networking needs.

$50 Amazon Tablet

Amazon will release a 6 inch tablet for just $50. It’s half the price of the current 6-inch Fire HD tablet. In addition, Amazon plans to sell an 8-inch and a 10-inch versions as well later in the year. Read the rest of the article from WSJ.