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Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Hot on the heels of Google's impressive report card on Project Loon, Facebook is also making a similarly impressive update on its own take on how to connect anyone anywhere to the Internet and, of course, to Facebook. As part of its Internet.org endeavor, its Connectivity Lab has focused on developing technologies that will push the boundaries of current network infrastructures to bring the Internet where no cable line has gone before. And now, two of its most important technologies are ready to be put to the test.

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Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Amazon outlines nationwide drone exclusive airspace aspirations

Many of us thought Amazon had gone crazy when it started to talk up its plans to deliver packages to Amazon Prime users via drones. Not too long after the first announcement of its drone aspirations, Amazon actually began preparing for drone deliveries. It eventually ran into problems with FAA regulations that put a damper on plans. However, in March of this year the FAA approved drone testing for Amazon clearing the way for more work.

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Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

Sony to launch Aerosense drone company with ZMP

With some of their core businesses not doing well, you'd think Sony would want to hunker down and focus its resources on getting those in tip-top shape first. Instead, the Japanese tech giant is spreading its wings, almost literally. Now it is getting into the unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV, more popularly known as drones. In fact, it is partnering with old friend ZMP to start a new company named "Aerosense, Inc.", to be incorporated in August, to develop and launch the ultimate spy drones.

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Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Switzerland testing emergency supplies drone

Thoughts of getting your pizza and new toys delivered by drone are fun, but others see more altruistic possibilities with these aerial vehicles: on-demand defibrillators, medical supplies in hard to reach places, and in the case of Switzerland, emergency supplies of different sorts during times when traditional transportation isn’t ideal. This could include, says Swiss Post, everything from using drones to ship post-storm emergency supplies to high priority lab tests. This is only one example of possible future uses, however.

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Awesome R2-D2 creation flies like a rocket

Awesome R2-D2 creation flies like a rocket

As a huge fan of Star Wars going way back to the 80s when all the toys were all any kid wanted for Christmas, I am a big fan of R2-D2. I always liked the little droid as much as any of the other characters in the films. R2 could fly on occasion in the new films with little rocket boosters that come out of his shiny metal legs. A geek has made a flying version of R2-D2 and it looks fantastic.

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Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

Swiss Post to test drones for mail delivery

If the idea of having Amazon deliver orders via drone sounds good, then why not just have all postal delivery handled by the UAVs? That's what the smart people at Swiss Post must have thought, since they're going to start tests this month with the "commercial use of logistics drones." While it will certainly be at least a few years before all mail in Switzerland is delivered by drones, these tests aim to start with small packages.

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LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

This morning LG released footage of the LG G4 working with a mount on a high-powered drone. If you're the sort of person to pick up a drone and fly it around Los Angeles, you'll know exactly what it's like to have to deal with less-than-fantastic camera action on built-in units with the lesser of the drones on the market today. This solution looks to be just about the best there is. You'll also notice that this drone owner uses the leather-clad LG G4, of course.

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Yuneec’s newest Typhoon drone features 4K, 30fps HD video capture

Yuneec’s newest Typhoon drone features 4K, 30fps HD video capture

California-based Yuneec has just announced the newest addition to their Typhoon line of personal-use drones: the Typhoon Q500 4K. As you can imagine, the flagship features of this model include a camera capable of 4K video recording and 12MB still images. The drone's flight controller, which allows both experienced and beginner pilots to operate the UAV with ease, also has a built-in 5.5-inch touchscreen powered by Android software. This screen displays the camera's view in real-time, and lets users make adjustments to settings like light exposure, ISO, and shutter speed.

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Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Ruling highlights the obvious: don’t shoot drones

Drones -- and by drones, we mostly mean RC copters of various sorts -- are more common than ever, and the public is still learning how to use them; not just according to the law, but also according to social standards. Common decency says not to fly a quadcopter over a neighbor's property, for example, and to not use it for spying purposes. Unfortunately some people consider such devices' very existence troubling, and go to extreme measures to eliminate them.

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Top Gun 2 to pit drones against Cruise’s Maverick

Top Gun 2 to pit drones against Cruise’s Maverick

When you green-light a sequel to a classic like Top Gun you need more than just topless sweaty men playing volleyball, so Tom Cruise is set to battle drones. Cruise will reprise his role as Maverick, movie producer David Ellison confirmed at a Terminator: Genisys press conference this week but, just as air warfare has evolved in the almost three decades since Top Gun was released, so the challenges of human pilots facing replacement by remotely-controlled or even autonomous craft will be explored in the new film.

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