The online behemoth that is Amazon plans to deploy a swarm of autonomous drones to deliver product within half an hour of ordering. The ambitious project – Prime Air – still needs safety testing and US federal approval, however, Amazon’s visionary leader Jeff Bezo’s reckons he’ll have Prime Air lifting off within 5 years :: Read the full article »»»»
Data from online trading site eBay.com.au has helped Australia’s Government welfare agency, Centrelink, catch out social security recipients who are not declaring big profits from internet sales. Centrelink has cleverly compared its payment records with the activity of nearly 20,000 people who are running profitable eBay businesses.
The government agency identified 25 people who must repay close to $AU900,000 in welfare payments they weren’t entitled to. Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen said some matters had been referred to the director of public prosecutions, but no charges have yet been laid.
Welfare fraud costs Australia more than $AU600 million a year, the Australian Institute of Criminolgy – AIC – says welfare fraud is difficult to measure because it falls outside the two main crime measures of incidents reported to police and victim experience surveys. The AIC says the UK department responsible for social welfare estimated in 2009 that more than two percent of all benefit expenditures, or £3 billion a year, was fraudulently claimed :: Read the full article »»»»
Engineering Samples, these unreleased CPU’s are intended to allow Intel’s partners to perfect the next generation gadgets, they are a rare and treasured beast that are never intended for public sale. Like a classic Clint Eastwood western the double cross is not something that Intel takes lightly, being caught selling Intel’s next generation technology to it’s competitors for Intel is the ultimate betrayal. So as you can imagine when Intel discovered that it had been double crossed by employees of one of it’s OEM business partners in Taiwan it’s wraith was fast and fierce. Working with Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau – CIB – the four suspects were quickly tracked down and taken into custody in the city of Taoyuan.
The four suspects by all accounts were seemingly intelligent engineers working for one of Intel’s major OEM – Original Equipment Manufactures who turn Intel’s chips into the gadgets we all love – Criminal masterminds they were not though. Selling the chips on EBay in full public view doesn’t display the normal criminal flare required for such an operation. Especially when you consider they sold the chips for an average of $400 each, when AMD would have written a blank cheque to get their hands on the samples which included Intel’s latest 22nm chips which are due for public release later this year. Read the full article »»»»
Melbourne, Australia: Police are investigating a scam in which eBay customers paid for cheap TV sets and other electronics but received empty boxes in the mail. The Victorian e-crime squad is investigating the scam after reputable eBay sellers were allegedly lured into selling electronic goods by a third party.
In one instance, an unsuspecting Christmas shopper has paid $1100 for a cardboard box that was suppose to contain a 55 inch Sony Bravia 3D Television.
Buyers reportedly paid thousands for the discounted items but found themselves ripped off when empty parcels arrived in the mail. eBay has suspended the site of one seller who says she was herself a victim in the scam. Read the full article »»»»