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I almost killed someone with a drone

I flew the Phantom a couple of times the first day without incident. There was a lot of wind, and I didn’t feel comfortable taking it above 100 feet. I’ve flown the unit much higher than that before, but in much nicer weather. I was also having some trouble with the GPS lock. The light would go …

Five-year-old British boy becomes youngest ever qualified computer specialist

Ayan Qureshi from Birmingham is Microsoft’s youngest-ever certified computer specialist<p>A schoolboy has become the world's youngest qualified computer specialist after passing a Microsoft Windows exam at the age of just five.<p>Ayan Qureshi has only just started primary school, but passed the test at …

Mozilla and the Future of the Open Internet

The company's Firefox browser, which marks its 10th anniversary today, helped spark a wave of thinking about “open” in modern life.<p>People often ask me: Why are you still involved so deeply with Mozilla? Firefox won. Why haven’t you gone on to do something else? Does Mozilla still have work to …

Digital liberty advocates want the right to resurrect old online games

It's great that many games have strong online components, but there's a dark side to that connectedness: if the developers (or their partners) shut down necessary servers, those titles are likely to break. You won't have to worry about your favorite game going dark if the Electronic Frontier …

US tech firms help terrorists, says new UK spy chief. Maybe, but they also help the rest of us.

The new head of British spy agency GCHQ has attacked Silicon Valley tech firms for aiding terrorism by providing greater security for their customers …

Americans pay more for slower Internet

When it comes to Internet speeds, the U.S. lags behind much of the developed world.<p>That's one of the conclusions from a new report by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, which looked at the cost and speed of Internet access in two dozen cities around the world.<p>Clocking in …

How Benedict Cumberbatch Became A Dragon [Video]

The surprisingly difficult art of cross-species motion capture<p><i>Courtesy MGM</i><p>A delightful clip of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Smaug for <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i> made the rounds last week, showcasing the weirdness of motion-capture performance. In the video, he wears a full body suit, and …

Motion Capture

Supply rocket headed to space station explodes

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, …

Focus on NSA surveillance limits turns to courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA's collection of Americans' telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are …

Why Popular Video Game 'League Of Legends' Is Bringing In $1 Billion

Riot Games, the company behind "League of Legends," has a very unconventional business model.<p>"League of Legends" — which is basically like a more-complicated video game version of capture the flag— is huge in the e-sports world. In January it boasted a staggering 27 million daily active players. …

League of Legends

Stop supporting Gamergate

Don't be fooled by "gamers" who want to enlist you for abuse<p>If you’re a person who cares about video games and also happens to care about other people, you should denounce "Gamergate." You might have heard that it’s a movement about ethics in video game journalism, but in practice it’s a …

Sen. Wyden: NSA tech spying hurts economy

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are …