Fully Charged: Drone deliveries, Robot Baristas and Superman in two minutes

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An Australian company is hoping to replace its fleet of delivery drivers with drones.

Because of its rules and regulations, Flirtey says Australia is the perfect place to launch its book delivery service, and says it can deliver anywhere in Sydney within minutes.

Bookseller Zookal will use Flirtey to send parcels for free and claims deliveries can be made in as little as two or three minutes, compared to two or three days for traditional shipping methods.

Six battery-powered rotors control flight, which can continue even when one isn't working, the firm says, and a special app lets you track your package.

[Source: Dezeen]

Superman for the busy

DC Comics has given Superman fans without much time on their hands an early Christmas present.

Created by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the new short, posted to YouTube, follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year's Man of Steel - in two minutes. 

The rise of the robot barista

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Baristas beware - Texas firm Briggo has unveiled the latest version of its Briggo automated coffee machine.

This two-phonebox-sized robot coffee dispenser is designed to operate like a Caffe Nero, minus the chatty staff and expensive pastries. Unlike an instant coffee maker, it can theoretically make a perfect coffee every time, and there's an app to customise it exactly to your taste.

It's only available in Texas at the moment, but look out for a Briggo near you soon: the firm has big plans for international expansion.

"Our purpose is to help our customers find their own perfect cup, and make it for them over and over again," the firm says - and hopefully it'll also mean the end of random 'coffee names' being scrawled on cups as well, as each steaming cup comes with a perfectly printed label.

[Source: Briggo via Quartz]

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Windows 8.1 touches down

It may not have quite the fanfare and mad rush of Apple's iOS 7 release, but Windows 8.1 is now among us, Microsoft has announced.

With the return of the Start button among other improvements, Microsoft hails it as proof the firm has listened to its customers

"Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience," the firm said in a blog post announcing the release.

[Source: Microsoft]

Hulu on the smaller screen: Nintendo's 3DS gets TV streaming service

Hulu is now available on Nintendo's 3DS, the firm has announced.

The hugely popular US service uses the lower touch screen for navigation, so you can easily get around the huge catalogue of content, while the top screen shows your video - albeit only in 2D.

Just as impressive is Hulu's brilliant announcement of the service: "When I was seven years old, I remember waking up on Christmas morning and ripping the wrapping paper off of a gift, unveiling Donkey Kong Country for Super Nintendo. In excitement, I jumped up and held the game high above my head," said Hulu's Eric Berman.

"It is with that same excitement that we are proud to announce the arrival of Hulu Plus to the Nintendo 3DS family."

[Source: Hulu]

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