Amazon Prime Air, Zuckerberg's big surprise, 360 video - The Wrap

IDG News Service | Dec 3, 2015

On The Wrap this week Amazon unveils a new Prime Air drone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announce a huge charitable donation and Nokia builds an expensive video camera.

Nokia releases a new product that's not a phone and Amazon gets new drone.

Here's your tech top 3 and what you need to know this week.
Amazon debuted a new drone for its Prime Air service that could deliver packages within 30 minutes of ordering them. The drone would take off vertically like a helicopter then transition to fly with the speed and efficiency of an airplane. It could fly for up to 15 miles according to Amazon, but FAA regulations need to be updated for drones to fly out of sight of their operators and that still hasn't happened.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife welcomed a baby girl and announced that they'll be giving away 99% of their fortune. That comes out to about 45 billion dollars that the couple will donate to charitable causes in their lifetime. In a letter to their daughter they said Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities

Google has been collecting information about students' browsing habits despite promising it wouldn't do exactly that. The Electronic Frontier Foundation alleges that the company collected data through its Google for Education program. More than 50 million students and teachers use Google Apps for education along with 10 million Chromebooks. Google declined to discuss specifics.

In focus this week is the Nokia Ozo, it's not a smartphone, but 360 camera and I think it's something that could really push the market forward. It costs 60,000 dollars so most of us won't be running out to get it. It's aimed at the professional market, where professional video cameras can climb into the hundred thousand dollar range. The Ozo uses 8 cameras and 8 microphones to capture 360 audio and video. The ideal way to watch it would be with a virtual reality headset like Samsung's Gear VR or the Occulus Rift. The new spherical format is really immersive and lets viewers control what they see either by using a mouse or by moving their heads in a VR device. I could see spherical video being very successful at sporting events, concerts or breaking news situations where it would make sense to involve the audience. Creating high quality video with a camera like the Ozo will be on way to drive adoption of the new format. Displaying it will be a challenge as not everyone has a VR headset, but in the meantime YouTube and Facebook the spherical format. I'm Nick Barber and that's a wrap.