AT&T has introduced a new product called the LTE-M button, a programmable button that businesses can deploy to allow customers to place orders or send alerts.
The LTE-M button isn’t designed for consumers, but for businesses: it can be programmed and issued with a custom label — and ordered in quantities of 500.
AT&T says that each button will work for up to 1,500 clicks or for three years.
Engadget notes that the device sounds a bit like Amazon’s Dash buttons — branded devices that allow you to reorder a specific product with a click — and explains that the product runs on Amazon Web Services’ Internet of Things 1-Click service.
But unlike the Dash buttons, AT&T’s offerings connect to the carrier’s LTE-M network, and can be customized for whatever a company wants, such as soliciting feedback in public places, ordering specific products, or generating alerts for things like trash cans or oil tanks that need servicing, and more.
The company announced the devices back in November 2017, but they’re now available for the initial price of £29.99 each (it’ll jump to £35 after 5,000 are sold) — a bulk order of which will run companies £15,545 before taxes and shipping.
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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards.
N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky won the award for best novel. It’s the final installment of her Broken Earth trilogy, about a far-future Earth that experiences periodic, devastating apocalyptic events, and it’s a work that establishes Jemisin as one of fantasy’s best writers working right now.
Other winners included Martha Wells’ first Murderbot book, All Systems Red, which earned Best Novella, Kelly Robson’s “A Human Stain” for Best Novelette, and Rebecca Roanhorse’s “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM“, for Best Short Story.
Jordan Peele’s film Get Out won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and Sam J. Miller’s The Art of Starving earned the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The organization also awarded The Last Unicorn author Peter S.
Beagle the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. He joins other well-known authors such as Joe Haldeman (The Forever War), Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea, Left Hand of Darkness), Isaac Asimov (Foundation, I, Robot), and others.
This year’s ceremony featured puppeteer Martin P.
Robinson, known for portraying Mr Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street for 37 years. In his introductory remarks (accompanied by Muppets), he spoke about his own love of science fiction, and noted that while many creatures make tools, “your tools are dreams, and words, and ideas, and the places you take us all are marvelous, and so necessary in today’s world to have dreamers and visionaries.”
The Nebula Awards are awarded annually by SFWA, whose members nominate their favorite works from the past year. This year’s nominees represent a diverse body of work from 2017, and a number of the books made their way onto our best of 2017 book list last December.
Here’s the full list of winners (listed in bold) and nominees. Links include the stories or reviews from The Verge:
- Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
- Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
- The Stone Sky, N.K.
Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
- Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)
- River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
- Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
- And Then There Were (N-One), Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
- Barry’s Deal, Lawrence M.
Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
- All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
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THE RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
- Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)
- The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (Written by Michael Schur)
- Logan (screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green)
- The Shape of Water (Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Written by Rian Johnson)
- Wonder Woman (Screenplay by Allan Heinberg)
THE ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY BOOK
- Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic Press)
- Weave a Circle Round, Kari Maaren (Tor)
- The Art of Starving, Sam J.
- Want, Cindy Pon (Simon Pulse)