Alex Beech

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Oklahoma Wants To Make It Legal To Shoot Down Drones

The Oklahoma Senate thinks property owners should be able to shoot down any trespassing drones.<p>Oklahoma wants to give property owners a special …

Drone pilots discuss the need for laws regulating flight

When Cherry Hills Village became one of Colorado’s first cities to enact an ordinance regulating drones in 2015, Mayor Laura Christman called it a …

DARPA Begins Phase 2 of Gremlins UAS Carrier Program

DARPA has announced that it has awarded Phase 2 contracts for its Gremlins program to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. and the other by General …

America’s Predator Retires, but the Reaper Lies in Wait

The U.S. Air Force is retiring one of its earliest combat drones, the MQ1-Predator, an aircraft that provided war fighters an unmatched battlefield …

Watch: Intrusive drone owner gets a scare after woman grabs a gun

A Washington drone owner nearly learned the hard way that using technology to intrude on the privacy of others is never a good idea.<p>From the drone’s on-board camera we see the operator hovering around a woman’s back porch and presumably watching her via FPV headset or secondary monitor. The video’s …

Man jailed for hitting woman with drone

<b>The owner of an aerial photography business has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a drone he was operating knocked a woman unconscious.</b><p>Paul Skinner was found guilty of reckless endangerment, by a judge at the Seattle Municipal Court.<p>It is believed to be the first time a drone pilot has been …

Drone Smashes Through Window of 27th Story Apartment

Good luck taking that down with a flyswatter.<p>Police in New York City are looking for the owner of a drone that crashed through a window on a high-rise apartment building.<p>NYPD officials say the drone crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. Saturday into a 27th-floor apartment in the Waterside Plaza tower …

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France is training eagles to destroy terrorists' drones because it's 2017 and shit's weird

Greetings, denizens of 2005. This is a dispatch from the not-so-distant future: Donald Trump is president of the United States, wristwatches and cell …

Slumdog Millionaire

UPS successfully tests package delivery with a drone

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos revealed in late 2013 during a segment on news program 60 Minutes that his company was actively developing an autonomous drone …

The Problem With Orlando Charging Drone Operators to Fly in Public Spaces

Orlando recently passed an ordinance that will now require drone users to pay to fly in many public spaces. The ordinance itself is very problematic …

Unmanned Aircraft

Idiot Who Shined Laser At Helicopter Gets Three Years in Prison

Just don't do it.<p>Yesterday in Kansas City, Missouri, a man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to shining a laser at a passing helicopter, representing one case out of the nearly 28,000 laser incidents reported by the FAA between 2011 and 2015 reports <i>Ars Technica</i>. It's a …

Kansas City

Goodbye DJI Phantom 4: DJI terminates production of Phantom 4

DJI is terminating the production of Phantom 4 only ten months after its release. They recently sent their dealers a message, notifying them about …

14 Incredible Photos From the Midwestern Ice Storm

Up to an inch of ice accumulated in some towns.<p>Last week, Winter Storm Jupiter buried the Northwest in snow, dumping more than foot in Portland, Oregon. As it passed through the Midwest this weekend, Jupiter turned into an ice storm that covered parts of the region with freezing rain and up to an …

More military drone strikes against jihadists are likely, Attorney General to say

The Attorney General will today pave the way for more military strikes against jihadists and concede that civilians may be killed as a result of the pre-emptive attacks.<p>In a speech Jeremy Wright will set out the process the Government goes through when deciding whether to launch an attack if it …

US military test flooded the sky with a swarm of surveillance drones

The US military has an extensive history of experimenting with cutting-edge technology long before it eventually makes its way to the masses – and it seems its latest test involves a massive swarm of autonomous miniature drones.<p>The BBC reports the Pentagon ran trials with a new air defense system …

'Atmospheric rivers' weather phenomenon soaks California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They're called "atmospheric rivers" and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through …

The US Air Force's commuter drone warriors

<b>In the past, soldiers went off to war and left their families behind. But drone pilots commute to work - and to war - each day. Vin Ray was given rare access to the only US Air Force base devoted entirely to flying drones, where he discovered the pilots' strange double life.</b><p>If you're a drone pilot, …

37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be illegal today

Drones are everywhere, from the battlefield to the backyards of America.<p>In 2013, when the first consumer drones began arriving on the market, photographer Amos Chapple knew he needed one. After purchasing a drone, he traveled the world photographing famous landmarks — before some governments had …

New England bracing for blizzard conditions

The beginnings of what was forecast to be a powerful winter storm driving up to two feet of heavy, wet snow and howling winds across portions of New England began its slow march toward the region Thursday.<p>Snow was falling early Thursday in Erie, Pa., and Syracuse, N.Y. The storm was rolling toward …

SA storms: Thousands still without power as businesses suffer losses in blackout

Thousands of South Australian properties remain without power after a day of wild storms, as businesses count the costs of blackouts and lost …

Amazon's flying warehouse patent is so crazy it might just work. But also probably not

Amazon has designed a floating warehouse that sits thousands of feet in the air, from which the internet retailer could dispatch swarms of delivery drones to metropolitan areas.<p>The company has patented futuristic plans for enormous "airborne fulfillment centres" that would be used as bases for …

Patents

2016 seems to be a record year for Christmas drone crashes

I suppose it shouldn’t come as much surprise that drones have become the hot gift this year. There’s more drones on the market now than ever before. …

Mexico explosion: At least 29 killed in fireworks blast

<b>Tultepec, Mexico (CNN) —</b> Explosions ripped through a fireworks market north of Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 29 people.<p>People in neighboring towns reported that they could feel the ground tremble beneath their feet as fireworks stalls exploded in Tultepec, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) …

Uber driver stabs passenger during snowstorm, police say

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 23-year-old Uber driver has been charged after he allegedly stabbed a passenger multiple times because he felt the man showed disrespect for his vehicle.<p>Bloomfield Township Police Department officers responded to a 911 call around 1:30 a.m. ET Saturday stating that a …

This super precise handwriting robot is so satisfying to watch

AxiDraw V3 could be the unlikely savior of the art of penmanship. Created by Evil Mad Scientist, it's a pen-plotting robot that serves as a “personal …

Robotics

Amazon completes its first drone-powered delivery

It's already been three years since Amazon first revealed its somewhat audacious plan to make deliveries by drone. But the company is quite serious about this, and today it is announcing that it completed the first Amazon Prime Air delivery on December 7th. The shipment, which took 13 minutes from …

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The Marines Want a Drone Gunship to Escort the V-22 Osprey

MUX will accompany fast Osprey tiltrotors to hostile landing zones.<p>The U.S. Marine Corps wants to develop a new armed, unmanned aerial vehicle capable of keeping up with the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor. The Marines want to field the drone—which would be known as MUX for Marine Air-Ground Task Force …

Military

Wedding guests sue groom, say camera drone hit them

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>"How would anyone think that anything like that would ever happen on their big day?"<p>These immortal words were uttered by Barry Billcliff to the Boston Globe. And when I tell you the story of his wedding and …

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UPS Introduces an Environmentally Friendly Electric Trike Package Delivery Service in Portland, Oregon

In an effort to address concerns about environmental sustainability and to ease traffic in urban areas, UPS developed a new program using “Cargo …

New Software Lets You Design Drones Like You're Building With Legos

The new software will make it easy to design a custom drone for whatever you need it for.<p>Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have built software that lets anyone design and test their own drone.<p>Designing a drone is not an easy task. There are dozens of …

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