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Dronecode creates an open source space for UAVs to grow

Dronecode creates an open source space for UAVs to grow

Aside from smartwatches, the other fastest growing tech obsession is in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs, or as they are more popularly, or unpopularly, known, drones. But with every budding technology, there are often many and sometimes competing platforms, systems, software, and players. In order to foster development that is more oriented towards the open source culture, the Linux Foundation got the ball rolling and set up the Dronecode Project to provide the needed organizational and legal structures to support open source UAV efforts.

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Hawk takes down drone in aerial combat

Hawk takes down drone in aerial combat

Drones have 99 problems, and as it turns out — birds are one. Think about life if you were a drone. You’ve got the FAA trying to ground you all the time, people giving you two and three star reviews on amazon because they lost connection with you and you flew into a tree, and people blaming you for all kinds of “invasion of privacy” nonsense. Now you’ve got predatory birds to deal with? It’s hard out here for a drone, y’all.

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Watch: VR drones race like Speeder Bikes in the French Alps

Watch: VR drones race like Speeder Bikes in the French Alps

Watch as the Airgonay drone club races their home-made drones fly through the French Alps like Imperial Troops on Endor. This isn’t Return of the Jedi - it’s real life. President of the Airgonay drone club Herve Pellarin showed off their most recent race this week, making it clear that the French are doing things right. Right with drones, right with virtual reality headsets, right with a combination of the two. This is what this technology was made for, clearly.

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FAA bans use of drones near New Mexico hot air balloon event

FAA bans use of drones near New Mexico hot air balloon event

The use of drones, by the military and law enforcement, as well as by the public, has quickly become an important topic of discussion in the news today. When it comes to private use, two of the most common concerns are safety and privacy, and the Federal Aviation Administration has just made a decision in support of the former in choosing to ban the use of all drones at this year's Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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California police can use drones without warrants

California police can use drones without warrants

Drones are a growing part of society, which is still trying to figure out how they should -- and shouldn't -- be used. Among this debate is under what circumstances law enforcement can use drones for surveillance, and whether they need a search warrant to do so. California, usually a state that favors such measures, has moved against a bill requiring police to get search warrants for drone use.

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PlexiDrone is modular, customizable, and cool

PlexiDrone is modular, customizable, and cool

Aerial photography is one of those things that makes drones cool. If you were in awe of the drone video from inside a fireworks show, a new drone might let you do the very same thing. What sets this one apart is modularity, and that you can use your own camera to film the action.

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Facebook’s WiFi drones to begin testing next year

Facebook’s WiFi drones to begin testing next year

Be it balloons, drones, sattelites or just plain laying cable under the surface, various companies are making an effort to digitally connect the world. Google and Facebook have both vowed to bring the Internet as we know it to parts of the world where connectivity is sparse or absent. Facebook is now laying out their plan of action, saying that they should be able to test drones by next year.

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Star Wars set leaked by drone, studio buys “DroneShield”

Star Wars set leaked by drone, studio buys “DroneShield”

Personal drones are all the fad among hobbyists and extreme sports fans, but while they can make short work of filming yourself or others remotely and from any angle, they are apparently useful for less innocent purposes as well. This is something Pinewood Studios, where the much-awaited Star Wars Episode VII is being filmed, found out the hard way. Now they're trying to find ways to keep those drones away and unfortunately are coming up rather empty.

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