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In the Trailer for Hover, the New Dystopia Is a Sky Full of Killer Drones

April 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Remember when Tippi Hedren made everyone think a flock of birds was the scariest way to meet death from above? Ain’t nothing compared to a menacing posse of killer drones, as seen in the upcoming movie Hover. Duck for cover with the scifi thriller’s poster and the trailer, debuting right here on io9.

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NASCAR Events in Texas Are Now Guarded By Devices That Take Down Unauthorized Drones

April 11, 2018 - 7:55pm

NASCAR has hired DroneShield, a company that sells devices that look like oversized cosplay weapons but which actually remotely disable UAVs, to protect its sporting events.

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Thousands of Google Employees Protest Company's Involvement in Pentagon AI Drone Program

April 4, 2018 - 11:55am

A Department of Defense partnership has drawn ire from the Google’s employees, and thousands have now signed a petition urging CEO Sundar Pichai to shut it down.

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This Could Be the Greatest Drone-Powered iPhone Heist Ever

March 30, 2018 - 1:31pm

The future is here, and it’s cool as shit if you love heist movies.

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Flying a Tiny Drone to a Staggering 33,000 Feet Gives You the Ultimate Bird's-Eye View

March 29, 2018 - 8:30am

To ensure the safety of larger aircraft carrying pilots and passengers, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can’t be flown higher than 400 feet so they don’t enter national airspace. Regulations in Russia, however, aren’t as strict, enabling drone pilot Denis Koryakin to fly his homebuilt, 2.3-pound craft to a…

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Walmart Considering Smart Carts, Drone Assistants 

March 22, 2018 - 11:08am

Walmart filed a glut of patents today that suggest the US’s biggest retailer could be ramping up incorporation of emerging tech in ways that would dramatically change how consumers shop and order.

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Amazon Patent Points to Future in Which Humanity Is Reduced to Screaming at Drones

March 22, 2018 - 7:37am

Get ready to grovel for your next shipment of toilet paper. A recently published Amazon patent depicts a delivery drone capable of recognizing and responding to human gestures and speech, which means you may want to practice the art of supplication to ensure proper delivery of that two-ply to your front porch.

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Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

March 6, 2018 - 7:15am

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement.

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A Spy Plane That Surveilled an Entire City for Police Is Now Being Promoted as Way to Monitor Cops

February 28, 2018 - 12:25pm

Less than two years after an aerial surveillance company was caught using a spy plane to record the entire city of Baltimore for police, the so-called “eye-in-the-sky” system is being pitched to the city with a new angle: catching corrupt cops.

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Drones Replace Models at Milan Fashion Week After 45-Minute Technical Delay

February 26, 2018 - 5:30am

No one is safe from being replaced by a robot in 2018. Not even fashion models, it seems.

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This Could Be the First Drone-Caused Aircraft Crash In the US

February 16, 2018 - 8:50am

For years, there’s been a growing concern from federal agencies and aviophobics over the effect of millions of remote-controlled flying machines populating airspaces. A recent crash might be the first US case that proves that drones are in fact hazards for larger flying machines that carry people.

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The DJI Mavic Air Wins

February 9, 2018 - 11:00am

In the past couple years, you could ask a drone to be two things: good or small. But never both. The Mavic Air changes the game. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Mavic Air wins the game, and things will never be the same.

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Russian Hackers Fooled the Keepers of US Drone Secrets Using the Oldest Trick in the Book

February 7, 2018 - 7:00am

A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that a whopping 40 percent of 87 American defense contractors who were recently targeted by Russian hackers clicked on fake links sent to them via email, possibly exposing classified information in the process.

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South Korea Preps Serious Anti-Drone Measures Ahead of Winter Olympics

January 31, 2018 - 9:19am

Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korean officials are prepping a fleet of specially equipped tactical drones to deter terrorism. Korean outlets Hankyoreh and Yonhap report the fleet includes drones equipped with cameras, face recognition capabilities, and a “drone-catching drone” that will drop nets…

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At 60 Frames Per Second, It Feels Like I'm Riding This Drone As It Races Down a Mountain

January 30, 2018 - 9:33am

If there was ever a good reason to fullscreen a video on your computer, this is it. The third episode of Team Blacksheep’s Long Term Paradise series, featuring some of the best drone pilots in the world, might have you experiencing vertigo if you’re brave enough to watch this footage running at a full 60 frames per…

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Try to Watch an SUV Cross This Terrifying Siberian Bridge Without Having a Panic Attack

January 25, 2018 - 8:51am

Even when they’re built from concrete and steel using proven engineering principles, I still get anxious when crossing certain bridges. So there’s less than a zero percent chance that I’ll ever try crossing this 1,640-foot test of bravery in Siberia. It looks like it could instantly collapse under the weight of just a…

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DJI's New Mavic Air Is So Small It Fits in a Jacket Pocket

January 23, 2018 - 7:26am

DJI just revealed a new, delightfully tiny drone called the Mavic Air. It’s a lot like the DJI Spark, announced last year, but its rotor arms fold in making the little bitty aircraft even more little bitty. If you set the Mavic Air on the table next to your smartphone, you’d find they have about the same size…

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A Drone Just Saved the Lives of Two Teenage Boys in Australia

January 18, 2018 - 8:55am

New South Wales’ $340,000 investment in drones has apparently paid off in a major way. On Thursday, two teenage boys in Australia struggling offshore were saved thanks to a rescue drone, the BBC reported.

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New Jersey Legislators Approve Penalties for Drunk Droning

January 8, 2018 - 8:20pm

New Jersey state legislators approved a ban on operating drones while inebriated on Monday, approving legislation that would punish drunk or high pilots with up to six months in prison or a $1,000 fine 39-0 in the State Senate and 65-0 in the State Assembly.

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GoPro Loses Two-Year Battle With the Sky

January 8, 2018 - 7:40am

The Karma is finally dead.

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