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Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

The average consumer drones that are becoming more and more popular these days run on batteries, which means at best they can stay in the air between 20 and 30 minutes at a time. But XAir Unmanned Aerial Systems, a California startup, has begun work on a drone model that is powered by the wind, with a prototype that was able to fly for more than two hours continuously. While the lift come from the wind, the 24-ounce fixed-wing design aircraft also features a small solar panel that is used to power electronics and recharge the internal battery.

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Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

Yelp sues websites that promise businesses all positive reviews

As good Yelp reviews have the power to make or break a business, the website takes the ranking and filtering of user reviews very seriously, and does what it can to stop those from gaming the system. That's why Yelp has filed a civil suit against the individuals behind three sites that promise listed businesses to get them a large number of 4 and 5 star ratings from customers, as well as get them to stick to the front page. The sites targeted by the suit include Revleap, YelpDirector, and Revpley.

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Rights to Settlers of Catan movie, TV show sold to producer

Rights to Settlers of Catan movie, TV show sold to producer

If you've never heard of The Settlers of Catan, the gist is that it is a strategy-based board game that has players both competing and working with each other in order to win, mostly through trading resources like wood, brick, sheep, and ore. Created by German board game designer Klaus Teuber in 1995, Settlers of Catan has become incredibly popular around the globe, selling 22 million copies, appearing on PlayStation and Xbox in digital form, and being adapted in recent years for iOS and Android. Now, it might even be turned into a TV show or film. At least it can't be worse than the 2012 movie Battleship.

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Criminals caught with $260,000 in stolen LEGO sets

Criminals caught with $260,000 in stolen LEGO sets

It's hard not to notice these days that Lego is a hot commodity. Between a hit movie based on the small plastic bricks to collaborations with dozens of other franchises, which even cross over into video games, the near-timeless toy is more popular than ever. Like anything with a high value, thieves want to get their hands on it, often for the purpose of reselling it. In two separate situations last week, U.S. police caught more than a few criminals with nearly $260,000 worth of stolen Lego sets in their possession.

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FAA releases proposed rules on drones, remote deliveries not allowed

FAA releases proposed rules on drones, remote deliveries not allowed

The U.S.'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released a set of proposed rules for the use of drones in commercial situations. These regulations have been long-awaited, and were feared to bring strict requirements such as the need for a pilot's license. Thankfully for drone enthusiasts, the rules fairly lenient and not that unreasonable. Unless you're a large business like Amazon hoping to launch a remote package delivery service. Also, nothing changes for recreational users who just like to experiment with unmanned flying machines in their personal time.

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Canadian woman finds $800 of marijuana inside Angry Birds board game

Canadian woman finds $800 of marijuana inside Angry Birds board game

Call it one heck of a lucky deal, or a brilliant way to conduct a closeout sale by Target in Canada, either way, one woman got much more than she bargained for. The mother went to a local Target store looking for discounts, as the retailer recently announced it was leaving the Canadian retail market, and purchased a copy of the Angry Birds Star Wars: Battle on Geonosis Telepods board game for only $5.99 for her son. But inside were two bags of marijuana.

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The 2015 .GIFYs: vote for the best of the net’s favorite file format

The 2015 .GIFYs: vote for the best of the net’s favorite file format

It's the year 2015 and everyone on the internet loves GIFs, right? Well, now it's time to vote for your favorites in The .GIFYs! As it stands, this the only award specifically for the silent, endlessly looping file format, but believe it or not, this is their second year of voting. In their own description, The .GIFYs say they are "the first and only award show honoring the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary and art form," but don't think it's all about prestige and high-brow, there's still cats. Lots of cats.

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Cops flood Waze with fake police sightings

Cops flood Waze with fake police sightings

A lot of navigation apps dot the app stores, but Waze stands out of among them for one particular reason: it lets users know when a cop has been spotted in any particular region. Though not always accurate, this has been a favorite feature among users, and an excellent way to help avoid getting a speeding ticket. As you might have heard, though, law enforcement isn't so happy about the feature, going so far as requesting that Google/Waze eliminate the feature in the name of officer safety. That request didn't pan out, and now officers are using a different tactic.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches after multiple setbacks

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches after multiple setbacks

SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket after previous setbacks, and though all went well with the launch itself, plans to recover the booster had to be scrapped due to severe weather at the landing site. This follows previous planned launch dates which were delayed repeatedly -- in a tweet, Elon Musk said that they could not "delay any longer". This marks a successful launch of the DSCOVR probe, which is destined to orbit nearly 1 million miles in space.

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