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Drug cartels are now using hulking drones to smuggle goods over the border

August 21, 2017 - 6:15am

How does a drug smuggler avoid border patrol on the ground? One man figured he'd fly his 13-pound (5.9 kg) haul of meth over the border from Mexico to San Diego by drone.

Police busted the 25-year-old American citizen, Jorge Edwin Rivera, about 2,000 yards (1.83 km) from the border after spotting his drone in flight, authorities said over the weekend.

Authorities recovered the drone as well as the huge drug stash — 13 pounds of meth is worth a reported $46,000 on the streets, said border patrol — in the bust.

SEE ALSO: Army orders the removal of DJI drones, citing cyber security concerns

Unlike less ambitious operations that have come before this, Rivera was able to rely on a pretty large, professional grade drone for the heavy load, thanks to technology's advancements. Read more...

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Great Scott! There's a new DeLorean flying car in the works

August 14, 2017 - 10:25am

The DeLorean brand is synonymous with the flying car/time machine of the Back to the Future film series — but in our actual future, the DeLorean name could soon be even more recognizable because of IRL personal flying machines. 

DeLorean Aerospace, a company started by Paul DeLorean (nephew of DeLorean Motors mastermind John) is creating a pilotless vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle bearing the family name. VTOL designs aren't meant for the road, but we still often call the vehicles "flying cars," evoking images of the classic DMC-12 rising from the road into the air in the movies.  Read more...

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Snapchat may have secretly bought a drone company, because Spectacles weren’t insane enough

August 10, 2017 - 12:23pm

Snap Inc. has a hardware division, but the only tech product you can buy is a pair of sunglasses. That could soon change.  

SEE ALSO: After Spectacles, Snapchat's next big thing could be a foldable selfie drone

Snapchat's parent company has bought Zero Zero Robotics, which currently sells a selfie-taking drone called Hover Camera at Apple retail stores and online, according to two sources familiar with the situation and multiple communications about the acquisition observed by Mashable. 

A separate source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed the companies are in talks but denied that the deal has been finalized.  Read more...

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This couple had a tech-themed wedding that was super Instagram-worthy

August 9, 2017 - 12:47pm

Jessica Naziri is the founder of Being a lover of technology, Naziri incorporated tech gadgets in her wedding. 

Her headpiece was 3D-printed, the bouquets were made out of USB cables, and there was even a drone flying around. 

Guests were given portable charging packs as favors to remember the wedding. Now that's how you do a tech-themed wedding right. Read more...

More about Tech, Apple, Iphone, Instagram, and Technology

Intel is getting ready to make 300 drones dance together in the night sky

August 8, 2017 - 3:33am

On Wednesday evening, the sky above downtown Singapore will light up with 300 drones moving in formation.

The futuristic light show is planned to be the highlight of the country's 52nd birthday celebration National Day Parade.

SEE ALSO: You can fly this drone around the office without getting fired — maybe

The LED-lit drones are coordinated to produce animation sequences in the sky, flying up to create sparkly logos and images like the Singapore map.

Here's a preview of the show tomorrow:

The parade's organisers have tapped Intel to provide the segment. It's so important that the high-profile event goes well, that Intel's global drone chief, Anil Nanduri, is flying in to make sure that it all takes off. Read more...

More about Drones, Intel, Singapore, National Day Parade, and Uavs

Army orders the removal of DJI drones, citing cyber security concerns

August 5, 2017 - 12:44pm

The U.S. army just kicked one of the biggest drone makers on the planet out of its barracks, all in the name of security. 

The maker of the drones in question: China's DJI (also known as SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd.). 

SEE ALSO: A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone

An Aug. 2 U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News and later verified by Reuters advises that all service members "cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction."

Later, the memo gets more specific, stating, "Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI product, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products." The advisory covers all DJI-associated hardware and software.  Read more...

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After Spectacles, Snapchat's next big thing could be a foldable selfie drone

August 2, 2017 - 8:03am

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These ingenious inventions will make summer so much better

July 31, 2017 - 7:41am

Want to make your summer relaxation goals a reality? Look no further than this kick-ass list of gadgets, accessories, and rideables that will super-charge your summer adventures. Read more...

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You can fly this drone around the office without getting fired — maybe

July 27, 2017 - 9:08am

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

While the most commonly used drones are smaller than your average aircraft, they’re not exactly safe for work. After all, they’re meant to soar through the skies, not careen around your coworkers’ cubicles. But if you really want to combat office boredom with some sick piloting skills, the tiny SKEYE Pico Drone is a great choice that probably won’t get you escorted out of the building. 

This stealth quadcopter can take off from the tip of your finger, and flip, zip, and dive nimbly through the air. You’ll maintain complete control through it all, thanks to SKEYE’s 6-axis maneuverability and 3 levels of sensitivity. It even includes built-in LED lights in case you want to fly after hours.  Read more...

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UK officials lay down new drone rules for amateur users

July 22, 2017 - 10:05am

Operating a drone in the UK just got a little tougher, and safer. 

On Saturday, the UK government posted new rules governing the use of drones weighing over 250 grams (about half a pound), with input from the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Military Aviation Authority. 

SEE ALSO: Scientists are creating drones that fly in sync with each other

The guidelines state that drone users will have to register their devices and undergo safety awareness testing to ensure that they're aware of UK security, privacy, and safety rules. 

Part of the impetus for the new guidelines is linked to a recent study by the collective agencies that found that drones weighing nearly one pound (400 grams) might cause damage to the windshield of a helicopter, an airborne vehicle that frequently occupies the same low altitude space as many drones in large city areas.  Read more...

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Humanity confuses its loyalties and builds a shrine for that drowned security robot

July 19, 2017 - 5:01pm

Hey, fellow humans, I thought we were all on the same page here?

When news broke that a security robot mall-copping its way through the Washington Harbour gave up and drowned itself, we all rightly celebrated the admittedly small victory for mankind. Because, ya know, if drones are going to take our jobs they should at least be miserably toiling their mechanical lives away. 

So why am I now finding out that you went and built this thing a shrine

To make matters worse, you named the bot Steve? Steve?!

This is the memorial for Steve the drowned security robot outside our office on his charging pad. The future is

— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) July 19, 2017

More about Security, Robots, Drones, Knightscope, and Autonomous Drones

The Navy's silent drone destroyer is this ridiculously powerful laser

July 18, 2017 - 9:23am

It's no surprise that the U.S. Navy has a massive suite of high-tech weapons. But the looming threat of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, has forced the Navy to put some of its prowess into an unexpected weapon — a laser.

The Navy's new Laser Weapon System (LaWS) is essentially a silent ray gun that brings a huge wrath onto electronic targets of all kinds, namely drones.

SEE ALSO: NASA's drone killer does not play around

The USS Ponce is the first ship and crew to put LaWS into action, and CNN recently witnessed the weapon firsthand. Essentially, it works like most laser pointers, just on a massive scale.  Read more...

More about Nasa, Drones, National Security, Laser, and War

A security robot just drowned itself, so score one for mankind

July 17, 2017 - 2:56pm

Humanity breathed a collective sigh of relief today as the robot army amassing to subjugate us under its shiny metal grip revealed an all-too-familiar Achilles heel: Crippling existential dread.

Or at least that's what it looks like. 

SEE ALSO: Man attacks robot and humanity will probably pay for it one day

What else could explain the July 17 actions of a Knightscope security robot at the Washington Harbour shopping mall? Apparently fed up with the tedious nature of its assigned mall-cop tasks, likely wondering what's the point of it all, the bot appears to have decided enough was enough before driving itself into an outdoor water feature.  Read more...

More about Robots, Drones, Knightscope, Robot Uprising, and Tech

This tiny Japanese space agency drone is giving us a glimpse of life in space

July 17, 2017 - 9:16am

If you've ever wondered about what it's like to be inside the International Space Station through the lens of, say, a drone, look no further. 

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released images and video from its JEM Internal Ball Camera, known as "Int-Ball," — a camera drone that can record images and video while moving in space — and the new footage gives us earth-dwellers a sneak peek of the happenings on the space laboratory.

SEE ALSO: Astronauts to go on 'contingency' spacewalk to fix Space Station

The device itself is a tiny little ball (that looks like a Star Wars character, tbh) that can move autonomously in space, and take photos and video under remote control by the JAXA Tsukaba Space Center. Read more...

More about Space, Science, Drones, International Space Station, and Science

Brutal video shows exactly why orcas are called killer whales

July 14, 2017 - 4:47pm
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NASA's drone killer does not play around

July 13, 2017 - 3:29pm

Drones let us do cool things like take neat pictures from overhead views and pretend to be a pilot. But they've also been used for more nefarious purposes, like helping prisoners escape and spying on people.

NASA isn't one to mess around when it comes to security, and their Safeguard technology is clear proof of that. It can paralyze unmanned drones at a moment's notice if they become a threat.

SEE ALSO: A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone

The Langley Research Center has been working on this idea for a while now but, until recently, it was just that: an idea. The technology finally passed NASA's software compliance process, and it looks really effective. Now, the space explorer can start running it through the gamut of endless testing.  Read more...

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Humongous drones are planting trees faster than humans

July 10, 2017 - 6:14pm

Droneseed is a Seattle-based startup that envisions a future where technology is solving our planet’s deforestation problems. Read more...

More about Plants, Seeds, Droneseed, Planting Trees, and Science

A man escaped maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks to a drone

July 8, 2017 - 8:31am

Amazon isn't the only one experimenting with drone delivery

A man in South Carolina escaped from a maximum-security prison after wire cutters were delivered to him — apparently by drone, according to officials. 

Jimmy Causey, who was convicted for kidnapping in 2004, used a smuggled cell phone to arrange delivery of wire cutters via drone, the Associated Press reported. Then, he cut through four fences and left a dummy in his bed to trick guards. 

SEE ALSO: This little robot is like a Roomba for your garden

Prison security expert Kevin Tamez told the AP that heavy wire cutters would require a drone to land to complete the delivery successfully.  Read more...

More about Drones, Prison, Drone Delivery, Tech, and Drones

Video recording blimp drone can stay afloat for up to 3 hours

July 6, 2017 - 7:39am

A company called Spacial is developing a large helium-filled blimp drone capable of safely flying over crowds for up to three hours.  Read more...

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This globe-shaped floating object could one day deliver your snail mail

June 30, 2017 - 9:59am

FreeMotionHandling’ by Festo is an indoor flying object that can autonomously maneuver itself in any direction and pick up and drop off any item. Read more...

More about Tech, Science, Mashable Video, Drones, and Gps