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Won’t Mind Opening Amazon Fulfillment Centres on Moon, Says CEO Jeff Bezos

Bezos said he aims to spend billions of dollars building a network of thousands of satellites to provide cheaper broadband internet service in remote areas

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FILE - Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 5, 2017. (VOA)

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who aims to colonise Moon one day, won’t mind opening Amazon fulfillment centres on the lunar surface.

What would those fulfilment centres will sell on Moon?

“I really contemplate that we start out delivering, you know, liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen in small selections on the Moon to begin with,” chuckled Bezos, the richest man on Earth, in a fireside chat during Amazon’s flagship “re: Mars” event here on Thursday.

Amazon has one of the most advanced fulfillment networks in the world.

Sharing fresh insights about his Moon colonisation plans, Bezos said Amazon is fast working on its lander called Blue Moon to reach the lunar surface by 2024.

“The Moon turns out to be a resource-rich neighbour of Earth. We know that there is water in the form of ice in the permanent shadowed craters on the poles at the Moon. That is a very valuable resource because you can learn to make rocket propellant out of it,” Bezos emphasised.

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An Amazon Prime Truck is on the Road in Virginia, transporting thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon. (D Bekheet/VOA)

“We know so much more about the moon than we did before. For example, it takes 24 times less energy to lift a pound off the Moon than the Earth,” he added.

According to Bezos, we need to move industry to the Moon. “Earth will be zoned residential,” he told the audience.

Founder of the aerospace company Blue Origin, Bezos in May unveiled the first look of Blue Moon. The Moon lander was in development for three years. In the near future, Bezos envisions creating enormous space colonies in close proximity to Earth.

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Bezos said he aims to spend billions of dollars building a network of thousands of satellites to provide cheaper broadband internet service in remote areas.

“It’s multiple billions of dollars of capex. Amazon is a large enough company now that we need to be doing things that, if they work, can actually move the needle,” he said. (IANS)

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Amazon, Toshiba Announce First Budget-friendly TV with Dolby Vision

The company has continued to iterate on the Fire TV software to embrace Alexa voice controls as well

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

E-commerce giant Amazon has announced the first budget-friendly Toshiba-branded 4K TV with built-in Fire TV software and Dolby Vision.

Up until now, the Dolby Vision — which is an HDR format that offers a wider colour palette and brighter highlights — has been widely available in premium-priced smart TVs, it is still trickling down to entry-level sets.

The Toshiba set would be available in 55-inch, 43-inch and 50-inch variants for $449.99, $329.99 and $379.99 respectively, The Verge reported on Thursday. The TVs would be available exclusively on Amazon and Best Buy stores.

The news comes as Amazon prepares to open an installation at the Dolby experiential space in New York City’s Soho neighbourhood where it would showcase theatre-like viewing experience with Dolby’s audio and visual technologies on recent Fire TV hardware.

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Smart televisions are becoming a popular trend.

Amazon’s Fire TV has over 34 million active monthly users and the company currently includes the Stick.

The Fire TV Stick 4K supports Dolby Vision, while the Cube offers Dolby Atmos audio but not the visual side, the report added.

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The company has continued to iterate on the Fire TV software to embrace Alexa voice controls as well.

The Fire TV Edition with Dolby Vision was a necessary step for Amazon to better square off with the line-up of Roku TVs on the market like TCL, which already offers Dolby Vision output, the report noted. (IANS)