drones

Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Hackers who stole a US Air Force drone manual were caught trying to sell it on the dark web, a security firm has reported. The discovery was made on June 1 by Recorded Future's Insikt Group, which was monitoring for "criminal actor activities" on the parts of the Internet where few people venture. The documents reportedly were associated with the USAF's MQ-9, an unmanned aerial vehicle more commonly known as a UAV or drone.

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Facebook pulls plug on making its own drones

Facebook pulls plug on making its own drones

In 2014, Facebook began working on a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system called Aquila. This solar-powered drone was designed to act a relay station for high-speed Internet access beamed from the sky. The goal was to provide rural communities with Internet access beyond what's available locally, but plans have changed and Facebook is back with a big announcement: it has shuttered the drone aspect of the project.

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Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Another Amazon patent has appeared at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In the document, Amazon details a new type of drone designed specifically for its warehouses. Unlike quadcopters and similar drones consumers are familiar with, Amazon's illustrations show a unique bubble-like drone with a claw similar to the one found in crane arcade games.

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Aevum Ravn unmanned aircraft launches space payloads every 3 hours

Aevum Ravn unmanned aircraft launches space payloads every 3 hours

An Alabama-based aerospace company plans to offer small space payload launches every 180 minutes using an unmanned aircraft system called Ravn. Unlike existing launch vehicles, which are used to carry payloads into space, Aevum's Ravn system is designed to operate like a commercial aircraft, reducing the turnaround time from landing to the next takeoff to anywhere between 30 and 80 minutes.

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Parrot Anafi drone is a 4K HDR flying camera

Parrot Anafi drone is a 4K HDR flying camera

The best drone is the one you have with you, Parrot says, hence its new foldable Anafi drone being so darn compact. Don't confuse small size with a shortage of capabilities, mind. With 4K HDR video recording, some new automatic shooting modes that want to make you the next Alfred Hitchcock, and 25 minutes of flight time, there's plenty to like about the Parrot Anafi beyond its scale.

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DJI selling drones directly to cops under new Axon partnership

DJI selling drones directly to cops under new Axon partnership

DJI has announced a new partnership with Axon, a connected law enforcement technologies company. Under the partnership, DJI drones will be sold directly to police departments and public safety agencies across the world. The sales will be performed under the new Axon air program through which agencies are provided with video-capable UAVs.

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Google Project Maven AI contract won’t be renewed in 2019: report

Google Project Maven AI contract won’t be renewed in 2019: report

Google won't continue working with the Department of Defense on its Project Maven once its existing contract runs out, at least according to a new report. The work, which involves providing artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage for the government, has been highly controversial and included many employees quitting in protest.

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Skydio R1’s first major update brings new cinematic modes

Skydio R1’s first major update brings new cinematic modes

Drone company Skydio has announced its first major software update for R1, its "self-flying camera." With this software update, which arrives today, Skydio R1 owners get access to a new feature called Car Follow that enables the drone to follow vehicles. That is joined by other new cinematic modes, improving the device's usefulness as an aerial production camera.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 reduces noise, improves video transmission

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 reduces noise, improves video transmission

DJI has launched a modest update to its professional-tier Phantom 4 Pro drone. The new model, which is simply called the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, brings a couple updates over the previous model, retaining the same design as the regular Pro 4, but with some important changes. The drone is available now with various bundle options, including one that has first-person-view DJI Goggles.

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DJI Zenmuse X7 drone camera gets Apple ProRes RAW support in May

DJI Zenmuse X7 drone camera gets Apple ProRes RAW support in May

DJI is about to release a firmware update for the Zenmuse X7 drone camera that adds support for the Apple ProRes RAW standard. The move helps position the Zenmuse camera as a serious option for filmmakers and other creatives who need the camera for content creation rather than surveillance or surveying. According to DJI, its Zenmuse X7 is the first Super35 digital camera designed specifically for aerial photography.

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Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Smugglers used drones to send $79m worth of iPhones to China

Chinese officials have arrested more than two dozen individuals accused of using drones to smuggle smartphones from Hong Kong into Shenzhen. The phones were valued at more than $79 million, according to a state-owned publication, which says the smuggling involved refurbished iPhones. This is the first time China has made arrests over alleged drone-based cross-border smuggling.

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Dolce & Gabbana employed drones on the runway

Dolce & Gabbana employed drones on the runway

Technology has invaded the fashion industry and not just because of smartwatches or smart jackets. Many humans have feared that robots would one day replace them, but that idea probably never entered the minds of runway models. That is, until Dolce & Gabbana’s Sunday show did exactly that. Well, there were still plenty of room for humans strutting outlandish but totally fashionable outfits, but it was clear to the show’s audience who the real stars were, despite being the cause of a terribly late start. D&G has just given a whole new meaning to the term “wardrobe malfunction”.

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