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DJI Drone update restricts flight inside Washington DC

DJI Drone update restricts flight inside Washington DC

Supposing you've got a DJI Drone in your possession and you planned on flying it inside the Washington DC downtown area, you may want to rethink your plans. A "mandatory" firmware update has been issued by the company to all DJI drones, one that restricts the craft from flying inside a 15.5-mile radius of the downtown DC area. Previous updates to the drone restricted it from flying anywhere near a major airport. It knows where it is, after all - don't you dare try to trick it.

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White House drone crash was caused by drunk gov worker

White House drone crash was caused by drunk gov worker

Remember that drone discovered on the White House lawn? The Secret Service was looking into the matter and had said it wasn't a safety risk, but concerns quickly spawned that such an incident could serve to further harm the already damaged reputation small-time drones have received -- with all of it coming at the worse time possible as the FAA prepares to rule on drone usage regulations. This particular mystery has already come to an end, and while it was a harmless accident, the cause of it all further tarnishes the personal use of drones in some eyes.

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Drone landing at White House may spell doom for consumers

Drone landing at White House may spell doom for consumers

Late last night, a Drone landed on the grounds of The White House. It led to a lockdown of the premises, with a White House spokesperson telling The New York Times that Secret Service agents were looking into it. The President was in no danger (he’s in India), but consumer use of drones is. This incident at the White House is, like many involving drones, likely very innocent. Still, it will probably spark heavy political blowback as the FAA prepares to rule on what we can and can’t do with drones.

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Google wants to test 24GHz spectrum with balloons, drones

Google wants to test 24GHz spectrum with balloons, drones

Drones, balloons, rockets — Google has seemingly endless schemes for delivering Internet to us. We may be largely stuck on the ground, but that doesn’t stop us from beaming info all over the place. In a new letter to the FCC, Google outlines their case for spectrum. Rather than get into the spectrum wars carriers are engaged in, google is going over their heads; literally and figuratively. Rather than frequencies you and I are largely familiar with, Google wants some in the 24GHz neighborhood.

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Drones, hubs and clouds: Ubuntu Core makes IoT play

Drones, hubs and clouds: Ubuntu Core makes IoT play

Linux is making another play for the Internet of Things, with Ubuntu figuring that as devices from thermostats through home hubs to personal robots and drones get smarter, they'll need a more flexible brain. Snappy Ubuntu Core is the latest platform for smart devices, promising gadgets that run exactly the same software whether locally or relying on the cloud, and thus bypassing questions about whether users are regularly upgrading, if old firmware is still in the wild, and where apps are going to come from. While Ubuntu clearly isn't alone in its IoT ambitions, Ubuntu Core does at least have an advantage some rival schemes don't: it already has users.

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Skydio schemes smarter drones that dodge and follow

Skydio schemes smarter drones that dodge and follow

Smarter drones that can auto-pilot around obstacles, track people as they walk, run, or even do extreme sports, and all by mimicking human vision could help take the buzzing camera platforms mainstream, one startup insists. Skydio is hoping to bypass the existing - and for the most part confusing - controls drones use with more onboard intelligence, processing a 2D view of the terrain around into a 3D map of what could get in the way. The result is not only a drone that could spot a tree and swoop around it, but the possibility of more intuitive navigation that requires little more than flagging a person or area as being the subject of interest.

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FAA, CNN will partner to use drones for making news

FAA, CNN will partner to use drones for making news

Drones routinely make the news, but are you ready for them to make the news? The FAA and CNN have announced they have reached an agreement meant to allow CNN to explore the merits of drone flight when used in an official capacity. The aim is to create a “framework” (best practices, really) for other networks and entities to use drones for similar purposes. The agreement is purely for research at this point, but the incoming framework suggests the FAA knows drones can’t be stopped; you can only hope to contain them.

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Iran trials suicide drones for Kamikaze strikes

Iran trials suicide drones for Kamikaze strikes

Iran has tested a "suicide drone" designed to crash explosively into targets on land or in the air for the first time, part of a huge military exercise underway near the Strait of Hormuz. The so-called "mobile bomb", dubbed both the Yasir and the Raad-85 by local press, is believed to be based on a homegrown - though foreign inspired - drone design revealed by the Iranian army last year, said to be capable of flying for around ten hours before dive-bombing its victims.

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French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

France's postal service -- La Poste -- is doing what Amazon still dreams of: prepping a drone for delivering packages. Unlike the popular quadcopters dotting the sky, France's delivery drone will have a bit more power with the use of six rotors, and is intended to take packages to more rural areas where it might otherwise be difficult to deliver a parcel. The drone has already undergone testing for the past three months, and is said to be able to deliver in all weather conditions.

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DARPA turns its sights on fast and agile UAVs

DARPA turns its sights on fast and agile UAVs

DARPA, ever busy with its mad scientist shenanigans, has turned its attention to UAVs (drones, if you will) and the possibilities they hold for quickly searching buildings that might otherwise be dangerous or difficult for military patrols to access. To make the process efficient, the latest program is drawing inspiration from various birds of prey, which can fly around at high speeds through complex areas, such as dense woods, something they demonstrate in a video using Goshawks as an example.

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