Amazon is refunding Prime Exclusive phone ad removal fees

Amazon announced last week that it was removing the lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones, but it was less keen to tell everyone it was also raising the price by $ 20. Amazon is at least getting one part of this transition right. It’s notifying those who paid to remove those ads they’ll get a refund.

Prime Exclusive phones used to come with a significant discount in exchange for showing the user ads on the lock screen.

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Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers

Update: In an email to 9to5Mac, Twist says that “the app works fine and the cloud services are paid for and covered for a long while.”

Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears that those efforts didn’t catch on like Twist had hoped…



The FAA is now refunding people who registered their drones

The FAA may have collected over $ 4 million in drone registration fees.

If you registered to fly your drone, but only fly for fun, you can now remove your name from the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration database and get your $ 5 back.

The FAA now has a page on its website where hobbyist drone operators can apply for de-registration and a refund.

Currently, if drone operators aren’t making money from flying their drone, and just flying for recreation, they don’t have to register with the FAA. If you’re flying your drone for money, registration is still a requirement.

A federal court ruled in May that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012. That law, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, prohibited the agency from passing any rules on the operation of model aircraft. In other words — rules that restrict how non-commercial hobbyist drone operators fly.

Since first opening the FAA’s registration system in December 2015, more than 820,000 people have registered to fly drones. It costs $ 5 to register a drone, which means the FAA may have collected over $ 4 million in registration fees. But not all of that money is eligible for a refund, since commercial operators still need to be registered.

The law that the court said the FAA violated is set to expire in September, and there are now proposals in Congress that could restore the FAA’s authority to require registration more broadly.

Still, the FAA says it continues to recommend that drone operators voluntarily register with the agency.

Drone registration is one way in which law enforcement can attempt to locate a pilot if the aircraft is flown in a reckless or illegal way.

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