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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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Google’s self-driving cars can’t replace humans yet

Google’s self-driving cars can’t replace humans yet

While most car maker's autonomous car features are limited to certain scenarios, some companies, especially Google, envision a future where the driver can confidently say, "Look Ma, no hands!" That future, however, might still be a long time coming, despite how much Google and others brag about their safety records. California's Department of Motor Vehicles just released reports of seven companies that have been permitted to test self-driving cars. And while negative incidents are relatively low, they are still not low enough to match the promise of human-free safety that these cars make.

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D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

Smart appliances are all the fad these days, and smart smoke and CO detectors have been one of the earliest to claim the IoT space. But not everyone has the budget, time, or skill to replace their perfectly working smoke and CO alarms. At the same time, homeowners might indeed want to be part of the smart home revolution. Is there a middle ground? D-Link is saying yes with its new mydlink Smart Alarm Detector, which gives those UL-certified alarms the ability to notify you of the situation on your smartphone, even if they themselves can't connect to the Internet.

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Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Texting while crossing the road might be a shortcut to getting run down, but if Microsoft has its way your mobile device will act as a guardian angel. The company has teamed up with automated driving specialist IAV on a system whereby connected devices - like a smartphone, wearable, or something else commonly carried - can communicate the user's location to nearby vehicles, helping avoid collisions even when traditional cameras might not be able to see a potential accident.

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DJI opens beta of GEO no-fly flexible geofencing

DJI opens beta of GEO no-fly flexible geofencing

DJI has opened up its GEO flexible geofencing system to a public beta, air traffic control for drones that keeps them out of sensitive or dangerous areas. GEO, or Geospatial Environment Online, is set to replace DJI's existing, fixed database of no-fly areas with one that can be updated in real-time.

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Hoverboards may be legal in NYC soon due to new legislation

Hoverboards may be legal in NYC soon due to new legislation

Not too long after law enforcement publicly declared hoverboards to be illegal in New York City, a trio of politicians want to change that status. New legislation has been submitted that, if it passes, will reclassify hoverboards as something other than a motor vehicle, stripping away their banned status and instead opening them up for proper regulation. One of the senators behind the legislation made the sensible statement “they’re like skateboards.”

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Hoverboards still catching fire, despite warnings

Hoverboards still catching fire, despite warnings

Since 1989, we've known that this would be the year of the hoverboard. After all, if Robert Zemeckis says something about the future, we all know it's true. Unfortunately the hoverboards we got were nothing like the ones in Back to the Future. And we've got reports of yet another such device catching fire while charging.

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Ford issues recall for 313,000 cars over failing headlights

Ford issues recall for 313,000 cars over failing headlights

Ford announced this week that is was issuing a recall for over 300,000 of its cars, primarily over safety concerns relating to headlights failing to operate. The carmaker has said it's aware of 11 reported accidents tied to the issue, along with one report of a minor injury. The recall affects older models of the Crown Victoria sedan, while a separate recall has been issued for new model trucks and vans for other various issues.

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Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Even the US Postal Service doesn’t want to touch hoverboards

Without a doubt, the most dangerous items this holiday season are hoverboards, and that's because they're likely to be the "hottest" gift of the year. Airlines, retailers including Amazon and Target, and even UK authorities want nothing to do with the self-balancing scooters, and now even the US Postal Service doesn't want to touch them due to the serious risk of fire they pose. USPS stated today that it will no longer ship hoverboards by air, either internationally or domestically.

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Bed concept swallows sleeper when earthquakes strike

Bed concept swallows sleeper when earthquakes strike

Earthquakes can be scary, and we’re guessing this new bed concept can be, too. To keep you safe during an earthquake -- assuming you're snoozing when the event strikes -- the bed splits open horizontally, causing the mattress to fall in with the sleeper on top and their pillow and blankets if they're lucky. A mere few seconds later, the bed closes again, sealing the sleeper in a cocoon.

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Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Target joins Amazon in pulling hoverboards from shelves

Back to the Future promised us hoverboards by the year 2015. We did end up getting them, but in the most disappointing way. Specifically, the devices that people keep calling “hoverboards” don't actually hover at all. Oh, and they have a tendency to catch on fire. Recently Amazon stopped taking orders for the devices, citing safety concerns, and now another retailer is following suit.

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2017 Audi Q7 First-Drive

2017 Audi Q7 First-Drive

Audi isn't ready to let the public loose in its autonomous cars, but the robo-racers are donating safety tech en-masse to the 2017 Audi Q7. The new luxury SUV not only gains a sharp new suit and an interior borrowing heavily from the classy A8 sedan, but packs the sort of auto-braking, road-following, pedestrian-spotting gadgetry that not long ago was science-fiction.

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