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Walmart patent details floating blimp warehouse for drone deliveries

Walmart patent details floating blimp warehouse for drone deliveries

Walmart is working hard to keep pace with increasingly dominate competitor Amazon, which itself has been working on drones to deliver goods to customers. We've seen the same technology in play at Walmart, though the extent of its progress isn't clear. Yet another patent related to drone deliveries has appeared from the retailer, this one detailing a warehouse for drones that floats in the air via a gigantic blimp.

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DJI drones are getting an internet off-switch for privacy

DJI drones are getting an internet off-switch for privacy

Drone-maker DJI has added a new offline mode for privacy-minded pilots, cutting its quadcopters' internet connection for more surreptitious flights. The new Local Data Mode comes, DJI says, after repeated requests from enterprise and government pilots for a setting which would limit communications to just those between the drone and the controller. It comes amid security precautions by the US Army that saw DJI's aircraft grounded.

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US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

The government has become more strict about drone rules and what happens when you break those rules, and latest among its efforts to curb improper drone usage is a new policy that lets the military shoot them out of the sky. This policy comes with its own rules; only drones that are over military bases and that are a possible threat can be taken down. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.

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US Army orders units to ditch DJI drones over ‘operational risk’

US Army orders units to ditch DJI drones over ‘operational risk’

Drone maker DJI was just hit with a big blow -- the U.S. Army has ordered its units to stop using drones made by the Chinese company, citing an 'operational risk' associated with doing so. The apparent risk was confirmed in the document by the U.S. Navy, with 'cyber vulnerabilities' being one of the given reasons. The order came to light in a leaked military document.

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DJI Spark camera update adds gesture-controlled video

DJI Spark camera update adds gesture-controlled video

DJI's Spark drone has gained a host of new camera abilities, with the "flying camera" getting a fresh firmware update today. The Spark, launched back in May 2017, is DJI's most affordable and compact model, but also promises to be the company's most easily controlled. That's courtesy of many of the drone's features being gesture controlled, something DJI has built upon with this new firmware.

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Drone Racing League sets Guinness speed record with 163mph flight

Drone Racing League sets Guinness speed record with 163mph flight

Drone racing hasn't quite yet set the world of sports entertainment on fire, but that doesn't mean it hasn't found an audience or that there aren't impressive feats on display. Case in point: the Drone Racing League (DRL), which uses a specific quadcopter design that all competing teams use, has engineered a model that reached a flight speed of 179.6mph, in turn setting a Guinness World Record.

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Airdog ADII ‘all-terrain’ camera drone is for extreme athletes

Airdog ADII ‘all-terrain’ camera drone is for extreme athletes

The AirDog team is back with another AirDog drone, this one being called the ADII. The original model launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, and the latest model is no exception, with the company again seeking funding on the crowdfunding website. The AirDog ADII resembles the original model, but comes with suitable upgrades and an overall design intended for extreme athletes -- dirt bikers, mountain bikers, and more.

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A drone helped this inmate escape maximum security prison

A drone helped this inmate escape maximum security prison

Prisons around the world have implemented anti-drone systems in an effort to curb smuggling, but many remain with little or no methods for stopping outside drones from flying over prison groups. Prisoners have previously been caught receiving items from others that are delivered via drone, and now one prisoner has topped them all: he managed to escape from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina thanks in part to a drone.

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Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

Tweaked Facebook Aquila drone aces latest test flight after crash lessons

It's fair to say that Facebook's Aquila drone hasn't had an easy time in early trials to get the internet-broadcasting unmanned craft safely into the air and back down to the ground again. After a successful first flight in July 2016, which saw a full-sized version of the drone design take to the skies for the first time, the social network's ambitions were brought swiftly down to earth later in the year. A crash-landing in December suggested not all the issues had been successfully ironed out.

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DoJ documents detail prison smuggling via consumer drones

DoJ documents detail prison smuggling via consumer drones

Anti-drone technologies are failing to stop drones from smuggling content into prisons, according to Department of Justice documents, which reveal more than a dozen attempts to use drones for prison smuggling, as well as successful efforts. Drones are being used to deliver cell phones, drugs, and more to prisoners by dropping the items onto prison grounds. Though anti-drone technologies exist, they appear insufficient for stopping the smuggling.

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Parrot pitches easy drone bundles at would-be DJI Spark pilots

Parrot pitches easy drone bundles at would-be DJI Spark pilots

Easy-to-fly drones are big business these days, and Parrot is looking to get novice pilots off the ground sooner with a pair of "Adventurer" packs. Combining two of Parrot's most popular models - one fixed-wing; one quadcopter - the bundles allow newbie pilots to get a drone's-eye view courtesy of a head-mounted display. Meanwhile, there's also potential for autonomous flight.

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Amazon patent details parachute label for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details parachute label for drone deliveries

Another Amazon patent related to drone deliveries has surfaced, this one describing possible methods the company's future delivery drones may utilize to get packages to customers. One big question regarding drone deliveries is how, exactly, the package will go from the drone in the sky to the person on the ground. The patent details one method -- a package label that is also a parachute, deploying when the package is dropped to lower it safely to the ground.

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