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World Tech Update: Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace and NHK shows off 8K television

Nick Barber and Melissa Aparicio | April 21, 2014
This week on World Tech Update, Google confirmed its acquisition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, a move poised to advance delivery of the company's data services and mapping applications.

This week on World Tech Update, Google confirmed its acquisition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, a move poised to advance delivery of the company's data services and mapping applications.

Titan's solar-powered aircraft can fly at 65,000 feet and act as "atmospheric satellites." They are designed to stay in the air for years and can provide voice and data services, according to Titan. The drones can also take images of the Earth and carry atmospheric-based sensor systems.

Facebook was reportedly in talks to buy Titan Aerospace earlier this year, but the social network later said it was bringing on team members from U.K.-based Ascenta, which makes its own solar-powered, unmanned aircraft.

And forget 4K, Japanese broadcaster NHK is betting that the next big thing in television is 8K. That's TV with a resolution of 16 times today's best high-def picture.

 

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