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Stop What You're Doing and Check These Facebook Privacy Settings on Your Facebook Account. I Was Truly Stunned by Mine

It's not quite panic time, but most people will be surprised by just how many apps they've given permission to access their data.<p>In the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytics scandal, and the news now that the Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook's use of private …

Apps

AR and VR are different — y’all need to understand why this matters

One of the most anticipated launches of 2018 is the augmented reality glasses from Magic Leap, which are reportedly set to ship soon. Although cloaked in secrecy, the design and power of this product have been getting increasing hype. German media giant Axel Springer, which has been investing …

This wireless patch can predict a heart attack before it happens

A tiny, wireless patch developed by health tech startup Smartcardia can supposedly determine whether you’re going to have heart complications before …

Apple Glasses: AR Revolution in the Making

<i>Don’t call it a paradigm shift unless it’s truly revolutionary to our day-to-day lives.</i><p>While we own more display screens than ever before, the …

Socrates Rosenfeld is the leader cannabis tech needs

It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to be an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry – something former Apache helicopter pilot and US Army Ranger Socrates Rosenfeld has an abundance of.<p>The state of California this year made cannabis legal for adult recreational consumption. There’s now a $5 …

4 ways the drone scene will change in 2018

Perhaps I’m biased due to my passion and business, but to me, 2017 was the year drones became mainstream. Initially a military innovation used for covert missile strikes and aerial reconnaissance — drones have evolved to become a novelty toy, readily available in any main street store.<p>And as with …

DJI Launches Mavic Air Foldable Camera Drone That Fits in Coat Pocket & Shoots 4K & 36MP Panoramas

DJI has launched the Mavic Air, a foldable, highly portable camera drone with a 3-axis gimbal for stability, 4K video shooting, and the ability to …

Twenty tips for creating better looking drone footage

Shooting with a drone gives you an entirely new perspective and opens up plenty of new possibilities. Whether you use it for photography or video, …

Landscape Photography

Massive leak exposes data on 123 million US households

An unsecured database contained a wide range of personal details about virtually every American household, researchers say.<p>The door to your personal data got left wide open once again.<p>Researchers revealed Tuesday that earlier this year they discovered a massive database -- containing information on …

Identity Theft

Magic Leap finally unveils augmented reality goggles, says it’s shipping next year

After more than three years, Magic Leap has unveiled what it describes as a “creator edition” of its augmented reality system. The Magic Leap One consists of a pair of oversized cyberpunk-y goggles, a puck-shaped external computer called a Lightpack, and a handheld controller. It’s supposed to …

Augmented Reality

Military-Grade Killer Drones Are Starting to Hit the Market

The battlefield drone can be operated by one man, drop its own precision-guided munitions.<p>The recent explosion of the consumer drone market has had far-reaching effects, the deadliest being their adaptation to weapons of war. Now, military-grade killer drones operable by a crew of one or two and …

California Weed Entrepreneurs Will Make $5.2B In 2018 With Almost No Banks To Put It In

California cannabis entrepreneurs will earn $5.2B in revenue in 2018 as recreational use becomes legal there. The state of California will collect about one billion dollars in accompanying marijuana taxes. These numbers, estimated by Matt Karnes, industry analyst and managing partner of New York’s …

Cannabis

Drones are Helping Python Hunters Find Dangerous Snakes in the Everglades

A drone start-up from Miami has partnered with local Burmese python hunters in the Everglades to use thermal-imaging drones to curb the snake …

This wearable turns your fingers into a Bluetooth keyboard

Tap offers a new way to hammer out text messages and emails on your phone.<p>As my fingers gently tap the right side of my head, I watch the letters pop up on the iPad in front of me: "A, E, I, O, U."<p>No, I hadn't suddenly become psychic. I'm wearing a finger strap called Tap that allows me to type on …

Virtual Reality

Google admits it tracked user location data even when the setting was turned off

It did so via cell tower data<p>Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you’ve turned off location services and don’t have a SIM card, <i>Quartz</i> reported today.<p>The term “location services” oftentimes refers to exact GPS data for app usage, such as Google Maps finding your …

Privacy

Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 For Silence On Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People's Data

Uber executives deliberately took steps to conceal an October 2016 cyberattack, which exposed 57 million people’s data, according to a new report from Bloomberg.<p>This included a payment of $100,000 to the two hackers who had accessed the data in exchange for their promise to keep quiet and delete …

Personal Information

Watch: This flying drone folds its wings and dives into the sea, then relaunches itself

There's some cool science happening around multidomain robots, which are built to traverse multiple environments<p>I'm a sucker for bio-inspired …

Missing elderly woman found by drone

An elderly woman was found by a drone in a corn field in Randolph County, North Carolina, after the county's sheriff's office investigated a missing person's report.

Drones

Global Drones Market for Insurance Industry:Over 1.55 million unit to be shipped between 2017-2025

<b>Market Highlight</b><p>Global demand for drones in insurance industry will reach a cumulative market value of $3.57 billion and a total shipment of over …

The Global Marijuana Market Will Soon Hit $31.4 Billion But Investors Should Be Cautious

The international market for cannabis is projected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021, according to a new report from the Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm. Currently, the global market is estimated to be worth $7.7 billion and will see a compound annual growth rate of 60 percent as …

Cannabis

Update: FAA Reduces Fine for Unauthorized Drone Flights

Back in 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began formulating rules to regulate the use of commercial drones.One of their early targets …

Regulation

President Trump Moves to Fill America's Skies with Drones

Whatever Americans think about drones filling the big blue skies of these United States, the president is jazzed about the idea of increasing air …

How One Drone Business Is Getting Better Aerial Shots Into TV and Film

3D-mapping, construction services, delivery services, and shark-feeding are just a few of the industries that have seen a benefit from drones. But …

TV shows

The Pentagon wants YOU to develop 'drone swarms' for the military

The US Department of Defense (DOD) earlier this month announced its “drone sprints” project, aimed at advancing “drone swarm” technology. It’s calling on developers nationwide to come up with usable solutions to the challenge of deploying and controlling hundreds of unmanned air and ground vehicles …

Drones

U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

(Reuters) - The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.<p>The Department of Homeland Security and Federal …

Cybersecurity

These 360° Drone Maps of California's Wildfire Damage Are Horrifying

10,000 photos of a charred neighborhood, stitched together.<p>The damage is devastating. In high definition, it's horrific. Every charred brick in a hearth attached to nothing, every burned detail in a metal chair that sits still-propped against a partially collapsed wall. You're hovering over what …

Wildfires

Skyward Approved to Give Commercial Drone Operators Instant Access to Controlled Airspace with LAANC

Skyward, a Verizon company has been approved to give commercial drone operators instant access to controlled airspace with the Low Altitude …

Drones

CNN gets a first-of-its-kind waiver to fly drones over crowds

CNN has won an interesting waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA – an exemption that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet. This is a new precedent in this kind of waiver: Previous exemptions …

Drones

Artificial pancreas uses your phone to counter diabetes

If you live with type 1 diabetes, you have to constantly keep track of your blood sugar levels and give yourself just the right amount of insulin. It's arduous, and more than a little frightening when you know that the wrong dose could have serious consequences. However, researchers might have a …

Diabetes

Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk

Researchers have discovered a key flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol that could allow hackers to intercept your credit card numbers, passwords, photos and other sensitive information. The flaws, dubbed "Key Reinstallation Attacks," or "Krack Attacks," are in the WiFi standard and not …