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Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Companies that rely heavily on the existence of Internet connections are creating ways to bring the Internet everywhere possible. Facebook has its laser satellite dream and Google has its balloon army. That said, the search giant isn't settling for just one kind of technology. Using the knowledge and assets it acquired from Titan Aerospace, Google also envisions using solar-powered drones. But that's only half the interesting story. The other half involves the use of millimeter waves to deliver Internet 40 times faster than 4G. In other words, 5G.

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Iran buzzed a US aircraft carrier to test its spy drone

Iran buzzed a US aircraft carrier to test its spy drone

Iran claims to have flown a reconnaissance drone over a US aircraft carrier, part of a war-games op the American Navy has blasted as "unprofessional". The incident is believed to have taken place in early January, with the drone part of a combined effort to surveil not only the USS Harry S. Truman but a French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, which were both in international waters in the Persian Gulf at the time.

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Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

In May 2015, one of Google’s Internet drones, a Titan Solara 50, crashed during a test flight in New Mexico. The drone was solar powered and didn’t last long in the air before crashing in the company’s Albuquerque test field. This drone was part of Google’s larger effort to deliver Internet from the stratosphere; investigators began probing the cause of the crash following the incident.

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FAA: 300,000 drones registered in first 30 days

FAA: 300,000 drones registered in first 30 days

In the first 30 days since the drone registration requirement went public, the FAA has announced about 300,000 drones were registered in the US. To help encourage drone owners to register, the FAA had offered to wave the $5 registration fee for the first month, perhaps leading to the very high number of registrations. New registrations pour in regularly.

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Scientists say Terminator would be scary, that we shouldn’t make one

Scientists say Terminator would be scary, that we shouldn’t make one

A gathering of elite scientists made warning to the world this week that Terminator-type robots would be a bad idea. With striking foresight, these scientists have foretold of a time in which we could be at the mercy of autonomous machines, artificial intelligence behind weapons, and a future in which we'd have to watch out for individual attacks, if not just a full-scale war. This is real. Scientists have come together to say that we cannot trust the machines.

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ProHawk UAV is a modern flying scarecrow

ProHawk UAV is a modern flying scarecrow

Who needs a fake man made of hay when you can scare birds away with an autonomous drone? The new ProHawk UAV from Bird-X imitates birds of prey to scare away lesser birds, keeping them away from farmers' crops or other places where groups of birds aren't welcome. Officially called a “bird control drone,” the ProHawk UAV is said to be the first of its kind with a self-operating GPS-based flight feature.

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Amazon Prime Air is real, but their drone army isn’t ready

Amazon Prime Air is real, but their drone army isn’t ready

Amazon is a company that thrives on selling products. But they've never been content with just shipping things to your door, and letting them arrive whenever. No, they want them to get there as fast as possible, through whatever means necessary. They've talked about using a drone army to deliver packages in the past, but today they've actually given some solid details about the proposed program.

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New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

Small drones are just powerful enough to get an operator in trouble. Whether the operator is intentionally doing something forbidden like using a drone to snoop or something accidental like veering into protected air space, a new tool has been designed to snatch that drone out of the sky while keeping innocent bystanders safe. Simply referred to as the “Drone Catcher,” this new tool takes down drones by shooting a net at them.

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Yuneec Typhoon H drone challenges DJI with pro features, cheaper price

Yuneec Typhoon H drone challenges DJI with pro features, cheaper price

Drone-maker Yuneec is well-known for its high-end, quality UAVs, yet it continues to remain in the shadow of DJI, the professional drone market's current leader. However, that could soon change, as Yuneec has just announced their Typhoon H, a threat to DJI's top of the line, $3,000 Inspire 1, yet with a price that's one-thirds cheaper. The Typhoon H promises the same professional-level performance, along a few of its own unique features.

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Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Of course we're seeing drones at CES 2016, with some being more sensational than others. Take for example Parrot's newest drone, the Disco. Here we see a deviation from Parrot's usual design. Gone are the multiple propellers that flank the drone, replaced by a single one at the back. Instead, you get a more plane-like design with fixed but removable wings that promise to add more hours and more ease of flight but perhaps at the expense of some other traits.

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DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI, one of the most trusted names when it comes to drones, has some new toys to show here at CES 2016. But if you were thinking of something completely new or extraordinary, you might walk away disappointed. Or at least half disappointed. What DJI has, instead, are refreshed drones. For example, a DJI Inspire 1 now available in stealthy black. But perhaps more interesting is a new Phantom 3, which looks almost exactly like the old Phantom 3. But as they say, looks can be deceiving as this Phantom 3 4K, as you might have already guessed, can shoot 4K video.

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