July 4 Fireworks Video

These are the most amazing fireworks videos you will ever see

By on July 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

These are the most amazing fireworks videos you will ever see

If you watched a fireworks display for Independence Day this past weekend, we can promise you that your vantage point wasn’t as good as the ones in the following two videos. Now that drones are basically everywhere, we can expect to see videos pop up with footage that could never have been captured by amateurs in the past. Such is the case with a series of fireworks videos that were published over the weekend as people sent GoPro-equipped drones flying directly through the fray on July 4th. More →

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USF Drone Check-Out Program

A few lucky students are going to be able to rent drones this fall

By on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

A few lucky students are going to be able to rent drones this fall

Why check out a book when you could check out a drone? That’s the decision many students at the University of South Florida are going to be facing when the school library reopens following major renovations. In an effort to provide a more technologically up-to-date environment for students to work in, USF opened a SMART (Science, Math, and Research Technology) Lab on the second floor of the library in 2012. This year, the updating continued. More →

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College Kid Receives A Drone In The Mail

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

By on May 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

It has all the makings of a terrible early-’80s frat comedy: A college kid receives an expensive aerial drone in the mail and hilarity ensues involving drone-assisted beer runs and raids of girls’ dorm rooms. Amazingly, Motherboard reports that something very similar actually happened recently when a college student in the Boston area accidentally received parts of a $350,000 aerial drone in the mail and posted pictures of it on Reddit. Motherboard confirmed that the drone is actually the property of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the agency has told the publication that it’s not sure exactly how the drone wound up in the student’s mailbox.

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Google Acquires Titan Aerospace

Google acquires drone-making startup Titan Aerospace

By on April 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Google acquires drone-making startup Titan Aerospace

Google announced on Monday that it would be acquiring Titan Aerospace, a startup that develops high-altitude, solar-powered drones. Titan Aerospace was previously courted by Facebook for a reported $60 million buyout, but it appears that Google struck first. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google did not divulge the price of the acquisition, but the search giant did say that the 20 or so employees of Titan will remain in their New Mexico location. CEO Vern Raburn will also continue to run the company. More →

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Facebook's Drones and Lasers Internet Project

Video: Facebook is using laser-shooting drones to spread Internet access

By on March 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Video: Facebook is using laser-shooting drones to spread Internet access

Facebook and Internet.org on Thursday announced the Connectivity Lab, a team that will work on connecting more people to the Internet by using some new technologies including unmanned solar-powered drones, low-orbit satellites and a laser-based technology to connect the elements of the system in order to accomplish its goals. More →

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Facebook Drones Internet Project

Video: Facebook attacks Google’s balloons with drones

By on March 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Video: Facebook attacks Google’s balloons with drones

For obvious, ad-related reasons, both Google and Facebook are interested in bringing more people online, with each company having its own initiatives to offer affordable Internet connections to developing markets. One Google effort includes blanketing the sky with balloons that would create a wireless network, and Facebook may soon have a response to that. But instead of relying on balloons, Facebook may use drones for its Internet.org-related interests, TechCrunch reports. More →

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FAA U.S. Drones Tests

Amazon’s delivery drone dream may come true after all

By on January 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Amazon’s delivery drone dream may come true after all

The U.S. government this week approved unmanned aircraft tests for six states of the 24 that wanted to be in the program, Reuters reports, with drone testing expected to cover a variety of uses, including Amazon’s proposed Prime Air shipping solution. The FAA’s chosen sites for drone tests include Alaska, New York, North Dakota, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Of those, North Dakota has already contacted Amazon to propose testing. More →

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Drone Pizza Delivery Business

Here’s one use of drones that everyone can support

By on November 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Here’s one use of drones that everyone can support

The use of unmanned drones has become a controversial topic lately, largely because governments like to use drones to either launch missiles or spy on their citizens. But what if drones were used to bring something kinder and gentler into our lives — like pizza? Bloomberg reports that venture capitalists have now started investing in “DroneDeploy, a startup that’s building software to direct unmanned aircraft on land mapping and the surveillance of agricultural fields.” VC Tim Draper tells Bloomberg that he’s investing in the company because he believes drones will soon be a much bigger part of our lives and will become fixtures in delivering goods and services. More →

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Congressional report says drones could spell the death of privacy

By on September 13, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Congressional report says drones could spell the death of privacy

Congressional Report Drones

It’s not just paranoid people who should be freaked out about having unmanned spy drones hovering over their neighborhoods at all times, as a new report from the Congressional Research Service says that drones could effectively end privacy in the United States. Andrew Counts of DigitalTrends does an excellent job of going through the CRS report and finds a number of details that should unnerve anyone who cares one bit about their right to privacy. More →

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Apple bars drone-strike tracking app from the App Store

By on August 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM.

Apple bars drone-strike tracking app from the App Store

Apple Bars Drone Tracking App

Macabre iPhone fans hoping to track assorted unmanned drone strikes in real time on their smartphones are out of luck. Wired reports that Apple (AAPL) has repeatedly rejected submissions from the Drones+ mobile app to appear on the App Store because it displays content that Apple deems “objectionable and crude.” The app itself doesn’t display any images of mangled body parts and only presents a map showing where publicly reported drone strikes have occurred. It also shows estimates of how many people died in each strike. App developer Josh Begley says he designed the app to make Americans aware of how often their government is launching drone strikes and he thought the best way to do that was by “reaching into the pockets of U.S. smartphone users and annoying them into drone-consciousness.” More →

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Police chiefs group says arming domestic spy drones with weapons would be bad

By on August 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM.

Police chiefs group says arming domestic spy drones with weapons would be bad

Domestic Spy Drones

Unmanned aerial drones are set to become a shiny new toy used by law enforcement officials to gather information, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be restrictions on how they’re used. The Hill reports that the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Thursday released a set of recommendations outlining how surveillance drones should and should not be used. Mercifully, the chiefs “strongly discouraged” equipping the drones with weapons since lobbing cruise missiles at jaywalkers could incite a public backlash. More →

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The Pirate Bay plans to host part of its site on GPS controlled drones

By on March 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM.

The Pirate Bay plans to host part of its site on GPS controlled drones

In an effort to bypass censorship as well as heat from authorities and copyright owners, The Pirate Bay on Sunday unveiled new plans to “experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air.” The GPS controlled drones will hover over international waters and host parts of the website. “Everyone knows WHAT TPB is. Now they’re going to have to think about WHERE TPB is,” The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak. “We’re already the most resilient and the most down to earth. That’s why we need to lift off, being this connected to the ground doesn’t feel appropriate to us anymore.” The Pirate Bay has been the subject of a number of raids and investigations stemming from numerous claims of copyright infringement. In order to stay afloat, the service seemingly must find new and innovative ways to reach the masses. “We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore,” the team stated on its blog. “These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.” More →

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U.S. police agencies to begin using drones within 90 days

By on March 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM.

U.S. police agencies to begin using drones within 90 days

Legislation signed by President Obama directs the Federal Aviation Administration to allow remotely controlled drones to be used by law enforcement agencies, DGR News Service reported. Within 90 days, police and first responders will have the authority to fly unmanned drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds at altitudes under 400 feet, with drones of all sizes to be permitted by the FAA by September 30, 2015. Previously, the use of drones was restricted in civilian airspace due to safety concerns surrounding the obstruction of larger aircraft. Successful lobbying of drone makers, however, was able to overturn the ruling. More →

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