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DJI Mysteriously Turned Vast Swaths of Iraq and Syria Into Drone No-Fly Zones

April 26, 2017 - 3:07pm

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has a problem. ISIS, the terrorist organization, has been turning off-the-shelf drones into flying bombs and making headlines in the process. So what’s DJI doing about this? The company very quietly created no-fly zones over large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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This Sick Video Drone Is the Future of Inescapable Advertising 

April 26, 2017 - 1:10pm

Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we’re doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of flying video drones projecting inescapable video…

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Fast-Forward Through Two Years of Stunning Seasonal Changes With This Drone Timelapse

April 14, 2017 - 6:39am

Instead of propping up a camera on a tripod for an entire year to capture a timelapse of the seasons changing, Will Strathmann piloted his drone over some amazingly scenic landscapes in the spring, summer, fall, and winter, recreating the same flight path as closely as possible each time.

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Drones Are Giving Us Never-Before-Seen Close-up Views of Volcanic Eruptions

April 11, 2017 - 3:14pm

It’s not just the intense heat that makes it hard for researchers to closely study an active volcano, there’s also a potpourri of noxious gases that are less than ideal to inhale. But at the controls of a sensor-laden drone, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to capture amazing close-up footage…

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Watch These Drones Get Fried by Over a Million Volts

April 11, 2017 - 2:36pm

Tom Scott took a pair of DJI Phantom 3 drones to the University of Manchester’s High Voltage Laboratory, where they can manufacture lightning strikes measuring over a million volts. The goal was to see what happens to a drone were it to get struck by lightning while flown in a storm, and the results will probably…

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Strapping a Razor Blade to a Drone Is the Least Safe Way to Play Fruit Ninja

April 11, 2017 - 6:28am

Alongside games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja was one of the early iPhone hits that we all eventually got tired of and buried in a folder somewhere. But YouTuber Giaco Whatever came up with an incredibly dangerous way to make the game interesting again: try it in real life with a flying razor blade.

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This Stunning Drone Footage of South Africa Looks Like a Real Life Lion King

April 6, 2017 - 3:01pm

For the past couple of years, mediocre drone videos of dramatic landscapes have littered the internet. Like, we get it, drone pilots. Your camera flies and stuff looks pretty from the sky and the whole conceit is pretty trite at this point. And then I saw these four minutes of magic, filmed in South Africa.

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Cops Just Got One Step Closer to Killing Americans by Drone

March 31, 2017 - 11:52am

If lawmakers have their way, police in one US state could soon be using drones as lethal weapons against the citizens they’re supposed to protect. On Thursday, Connecticut’s judiciary committee approved a new drone regulation bill that, if passed, would make it the first state in the union to let cops use deadly…

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Drone Video Shows The Horrifying Scale Of The Volkswagen Buyback

March 29, 2017 - 6:39am

No one really knows the environmental ramifications of scrapping hundreds of thousands of cheating diesel Volkswagens. That’s scary in and of itself. But the sheer scale of what’s going on is hard to imagine, and while you’ve probably seen still shots of the various places where those hordes of VWs are parked, this…

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Carrying a Flying Camera Drone Results in Some Beautifully Stabilized Shots

March 27, 2017 - 3:10pm

A proper Steadicam rig that can capture smooth tracking and chase shots usually requires thousands of dollars (not including the camera) and a highly-skilled operator. As a cheaper workaround, these filmmakers used a gyro-stabilized camera drone that they held in front of them like a traditional film camera.

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Here's The Cutting Edge Weapon The U.S. Air Force Is Developing To Combat War Drones

March 15, 2017 - 5:40pm

Yes, it is a shotgun, and yes the system is called SkyNet.

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Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won't Break When They Crash

March 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren’t immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes,…

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Snap Will Say Literally Anything to Prove Its Stock Is Worth It

March 1, 2017 - 7:10am

Just hours before Snap Inc. is set to price its initial public offering, The New York Times published a humdinger of a report. According to three anonymous sources, the company is building a drone in an attempt to be “a modern-day camera company.” Seems desperate.

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SciFi Short Film Project Shows How Amazon's Drones Will Destroy Us All

February 26, 2017 - 9:10am

Drones might be seen as a cool way to get packages from Amazon Prime without having to talk to anybody, but they could lead to a dystopian police state. At least, that’s one what scifi short film is suggesting.

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Watch an Ambush of Tigers Rip a Drone Out of the Sky and Then Eat It

February 23, 2017 - 7:57am

A group of tigers is called an “ambush” for a reason. When these massive cats get together and decide to catch some prey, they’re simply vicious. A quadcopter learned this the hard way at a Siberian tiger enclosure in China’s Heilongjiang Province. Not only did the beasts swipe the drone out of the sky—they took a few…

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UPS Showcases New Delivery Drone, Fucks Up

February 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS amount to marketing stunts. But what happens when those stunts don’t go quite as planned? UPS knows because it recently bungled a delivery drone demo in front of a bunch of reporters.

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Power Company Sends Fire-Spewing Drone to Burn Trash Off High-Voltage Wires

February 17, 2017 - 10:02am

What happens when your power lines get all kinds of trash hanging from them and it’s not safe to send up a human? In Xiangyang, China, you send in the drones. Specifically, the drones that shoot fire.

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Dizzying Video Proves Drone Racing Pilots Have Super-Human Abilities

February 13, 2017 - 11:28am

Do you remember the first time you tried flying a drone? And almost immediately crashed it into a wall? Experiences like that make it hard to believe that professional drone racers are able to pilot their tiny crafts at such impossible speeds without having some kind of super-human, X-men like powers.

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Drone Footage Shows New Destruction at the Syrian World Heritage Site of Palmyra

February 13, 2017 - 7:45am

As if the nearly six-year civil war in Syria couldn’t get any worse, it appears that militants with the so-called Islamic State have inflicted further damage to the ancient Roman-era site of Palmyra.

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