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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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Kangaroo takes down nosy drone

Kangaroo takes down nosy drone

Situations in which drone use is acceptable are still being worked out, both on the legal and the social level. The FAA has concerned itself with making sure quadcopters and other drones don't become a public safety hazard, and the public itself is forming its own standards about drone etiquette -- it is frowned upon to fly a drone to peek over your neighbor's fence, for example, something demonstrated by a Reason poll showing 47-percent of people felt they could destroy it under such circumstances.

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FAA releases drone safety video, website for consumers

FAA releases drone safety video, website for consumers

We’re curious: did you ask for a Drone this year? Are you hoping someone leaves you an ‘unmanned aircraft’ tidily wrapped up? If so, the FAA wants to remind you that they’re in charge, and there are some dos and don’ts on proper Drone ownership. In their newly released video, which you can see below, the FAA passive-aggressively addresses some of the recent events that have brought drones under the microscope. There’s also an accompanying website dedicated to drone ownership, so you have a go-to spot for all your questions.

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X PlusOne hybrid drone can zip around at high speeds

X PlusOne hybrid drone can zip around at high speeds

The number of available drones is growing by leaps and bounds, and they all tend to center around the same quadcopter design. They are able to hover over the land and move slowly from place to place, but that does not always meet one's needs, particularly those looking to use the drones for filming purposes. Enter the X PlusOne, a "hybrid" drone that is both a quadcopter and a winged flight machine able to zip around at exceedingly fast speeds.

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Olympus eyes a lens mount module that can become a drone

Olympus eyes a lens mount module that can become a drone

Personal drones have opened up digital photography to a new breed of users and uses. Naturally, camera makers want in on the new and still hot market that is practically dominated by the likes of GoPro. But while Olympus isn't exactly going out to build a drone of its own, it is trying to come up with the next best thing. It's Open Platform Camera or OPC aims to create a "lens-camera drone", that is, a lens mount that can be equipped with a rotor.

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