Hillel Fuld

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The company behind these pocket-sized military surveillance drones just got bought for $134 million

The Black Hornet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.<p>The leading maker of thermal imaging sensors, Flir, bought a Norwegian drone maker for $134 million, the company announced Wednesday.<p>Flir acquired Prox Dynamics, which makes the Black Hornet, a tiny nano-drone used by the military and …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

Apple is putting a lot of effort to improve its Apple Maps data and design. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company plans to use drones to track changes and improve mapping data over time. It would apparently be faster to use a fleet of drones rather than vans with sensors.<p>Apple …

Maps

DJI’s biggest competition in drones is itself

The company has released four drones in six weeks<p>Two years ago, I was chatting with a very smart venture capitalist about an investment he was making in the drone industry. The hardware side of the drone business would be quickly commodified, he told me, and the real value would be collected by the …

Airplanes

The future is here: Drones are delivering Domino’s pizzas to customers

It’s a brave new world—for pizza.<p>For residents of the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand, Domino’s pizza is now just a short drone delivery away. The company announced today that it delivered its first pizzas to actual customers using drones, after testing the service out this summer.<p>To order a …

Pizza

Zipline raises $25M as it prepares to launch drone delivery medical supply service in U.S.

Zipline drone<p>Zipline, a San Francisco Bay-area company that’s using drones to deliver medical supplies such as blood, (and soon, medication and …

Corrected: Analysis - Consumer drone business stumbles, but commercial markets beckon

(Rewords paragraph 6 to make clear that retailers gave additional discounts on DJI drones in story released on Nov 11, 2016)<p>By Heather Somerville<p>The fledgling drone industry is in the throes of change as weak consumer demand and falling prices drive startups to shift their focus to specialized …

Business

DJI improves the performance of its largest drone

DJI sure seems to be squeezing a lot out of the final months of the year. While other hardware makers are working to push holiday gifts out the door, the company is making some upgrades to products that likely won’t end up under too many trees this December –though flying into them is another story …

Gear & Gadgets

Alphabet Taps Brakes on Drone Project, Nixing Starbucks Partnership - Bloomberg

The latest Google drones have just started taking flight in the real world. But the team behind the technology is slowing down, trimming headcount …

Starbucks

Viber follows Messenger, launches Public Accounts for businesses and brands

Viber, the messaging app with 800 million users owned by Japan’s Rakuten, is today taking the next step in expanding its platform as it seeks to compete against the likes of Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp not just for audience — but revenues. Today, Viber is launching Public Accounts, a new …

Customer Service

Can Drones Safely Mix With Airplanes?

By<p>By 2025, the Federal Aviation Administration plans for drones to be flying along airplanes over the U.S. But full integration of manned and unmanned aircraft might prove more tricky than Congress expected.<p>Posted November 7, 2016

Aviation

GoPro is recalling the Karma drone after just 16 days on the market

GoPro just issued a press release announcing the recall of the Karma drone. It just happened to be while the United States is watching the election results roll in. The press release is below. Customers can view return instuctions here.<p>The Karma drone was on the market for 16 days and GoPro says it …

Karma

GoPro Karma Review: This is the drone for GoPro diehards

M<p>eet the Karma, GoPro’s eagerly awaited quadcopter. The Karma is capable, packable, and easy to fly. And because it uses GoPro’s best cameras, the picture quality is superb.<p>In the end, GoPro is a camera company that made a drone. The Karma drone is first and foremost an accessory for GoPro cameras …

Cameras

MyHeritage launches DNA testing service to help you uncover your family’s history

The popular online genealogy service MyHeritage today announced the launch of its MyHeritage DNA service for helping its users uncover more about their family’s history and ethnicity. Users who take the test, which currently costs $79 (plus shipping), will get a detailed ethnicity report that will …

Chromosomes

Deutsche Telekom to launch drone defense system: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Deutsche Telekom plans to launch a drone defense system this year designed to guard airports, stadiums, car test tracks and critical infrastructure, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.<p>The increasing use of drones for commercial and leisure purposes has …

Gear & Gadgets

Intel unveils a drone made for aerial light shows

Shooting Star can fly safely in massive swarms.<p>Intel isn't just using drone swarms to show off its robotics prowess -- it's building a business around them. The chip maker has unveiled the Shooting Star, a quadcopter drone tailor-made for light shows. Its companion software automates the animation …

Gear & Gadgets

Parrot brings fancy follow-me features to its Bebop 2 drone

Though you have to pay to unlock them within the FreeFlight Pro app.<p>With a price tag of $550/£440, Parrot's Bebop 2 drone is aimed at budding pilots who want more than a toy, but can't justify spending four figures and up on a flying camera. The problem with getting something in between, though, is …

Synereo raises $4.7m to meet its 'blockchain promise'

Synereo announced a grant project inviting developers to build decentralised applications for its platform.<p>Synereo, which is developing a …

Otonomo raises $12 million to make data from connected cars useful

Even if self-driving cars aren’t part of our daily lives yet, vehicles are becoming internet-connected at a rapid pace.<p>Gartner predicts that one-fifth of all autos on the road, and a great majority of new vehicles being produced worldwide, will have wireless network connectivity by 2020. Yet, few …

Blockchain is empowering the future of insurance

The embers of innovation are beginning to char the massive $1.2 trillion underbelly of the largest industry in the world. Every segment of insurance is under competition by entrepreneurs touting new ways to underprice risk, creating new types of premiums and servicing consumers in a tightly …

Commercial Drones Are Cleared For Take Off

In a town characterized by gridlock, the government-industry collaboration that brought about a long-awaited commercial drone rule is a model for how Washington can embrace and accelerate innovation.<p>Government and industry often clash over regulations, particularly when it comes to emerging and …

Gear & Gadgets

Hackers are able to seize control of consumer drones and make them fall from the sky

This is serious.<p>This week at the PacSec security conference in Tokyo, researchers unveiled a new device that is capable of fully commandeering radio-controlled drones by exploiting a vulnerability in the frequency-hopping systems drone makers use to obfuscate and protect their radio communication. …

Uber’s Otto self-driving truck delivers its first payload: 50K beers

For those doubting that autonomous vehicles are going to be driving alongside humans very soon, consider the first delivery made by Otto while a driver actually left the driver’s seat during the long highway portion of the trip: The Uber-owned self-driving transport truck company made its first …

7 drone-based business ideas for 2017

Drones have arrived. We’ve seen a plethora of ideas springing up around drones and their potential uses for business – aerial surveying and reporting, real estate assessment, wedding photos, sports action photos, to name a few.<p>And with plenty of new software and hardware coming out all the time, …

NASA is flying drones at a Nevada airport to test air traffic control systems

Tests include tracking drones in real time and beyond the pilot’s line of sight.<p>NASA flew drones at the airport in Reno, Nev., yesterday, and when the drones were flying, the pilots couldn’t see them in the sky — which is illegal under the current federal drone rules.<p>It was part of a research …

Agriculture Drones Are Finally Cleared for Takeoff

New U.S. rules for commercial drones will benefit farmers and the drone industry Photo: SenseFly Photo: SenseFly <b>Above It All:</b> SenseFly’s eBee SQ can …

Agriculture

Uber is using drones to fly UberPool ads in front of gridlocked drivers

With China now out of the picture, Uber is focusing on expanding its business in other potentially lucrative markets, among them: Latin America.<p>In a …

Advertising

Amazon gives the outside world a first look at its secret delivery drone lab in Cambridge

Amazon has shown off its top-secret drone lab in Cambridge for the first time.<p>The internet retail giant invited local newspaper The Cambridge News inside the research and development (R&D) centre, situated on Castle Park business estate, along with eight students from Steeple Morden Primary …

Amazon

How Blockchain Startups Are Revolutionizing Venture Capital

William Mougayar argues that the traditional venture capital model is being quickly revolutionised by blockchain tech.Source

Venture Capital

How consumer drones wind up in the hands of ISIS fighters

ISIS reportedly carried out its first successful drone attack this week, using a commercially available drone to deliver explosives and kill two Kurdish fighters. It’s an effort that has been a long time coming: a Facebook group dedicated to supporting Kurdish forces reported that two small drones …

Watch the first episode of our new series Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain

We have a new series launching this week called Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain. The six-episode series examines the rise of Bitcoin and the tech that allows it to operate.<p>The first episode will answer all your questions about the Bitcoin platform and how it works. Why did futurists …