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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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Honolulu declares war on smartphone-distracted walkers

Honolulu declares war on smartphone-distracted walkers

Quite often, we hear about the dangers of texting or using a smartphone while driving, but what about using a smartphone while walking? Even though it might be inherently less dangerous because you're not controlling a multi-ton vehicle while distracted by your phone, it can still be dangerous to walk while distracted. One Hawaiiain city is looking to do something about that by banning smartphone use while using crosswalks.

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TSA’s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

TSA’s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

The TSA has announced new domestic safety screening rules that will make air travel a bit more frustrating for many travelers. Following the international in-flight laptop ban that had affected some countries -- a rule reportedly based on tips from intelligence agencies that large electronics may be modified as bombs -- the TSA has announced that all gadgets bigger than a cell phone will need to be screened separately from carry-on luggage.

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As Tesla protests, what exactly is IIHS’ small overlap front test?

As Tesla protests, what exactly is IIHS’ small overlap front test?

The Tesla Model S and Model X are the safest cars in history... unless they're not. The variations in automotive crash testing are once again under the microscope, with Tesla protesting the latest batch of IIHS results after the Model S electric sedan failed again to ace the controversial small overlap frontal test. It's a frustrating blip for the EV company, which actually redesigned the car in the hope of performing better in the crash testing.

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Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

The Model S is Tesla's crowning glory. Although really its second electric car, it is the first of its kind to reach international renown and commercial success. It is also the one that has earned the biggest scrutiny and criticism, particularly over driver safety. And while it may have just recently received accolades from the US NHTSA, it has, for the second time this year, failed to get the highest thumbs up from one nonprofit safety organization: the coveted Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS.

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NASA will test Earth defense by slamming a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA will test Earth defense by slamming a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA has been working with agencies around the globe to develop a space defense technology that would be used to protect Earth from anticipated asteroid impacts. Though there's no expected impacts in our relatively near future, such a technology may prove vital for protecting humanity in the future, and as such work is underway now to test possible defense methods. One of these tests will be carried out by NASA , and it'll involve slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid to divert its course.

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A fidget spinner exploded and others may do the same

A fidget spinner exploded and others may do the same

Are fidget spinners the new 'hoverboard?' Such may be the case after one family reports that their son's Bluetooth fidget spinner caught fire and exploded while charging, raising concerns about the quality of these battery-equipped models. Unlike ordinary fidget spinners, which operate using bearings and little else, a Bluetooth fidget spinner is a bit more modern, packing in connectivity to one's phone...and a battery that can overheat while charging if the product is poorly made.

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This dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great news

This dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great news

Chevrolet's Bolt EV may have divided electric car buyers with its hatchback design, but new safety testing suggests there's no need to worry about how it'll hold up in a crash. The all-electric car has become the first such vehicle to grab a 2017 award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the independent agency which puts vehicles through their paces in crash testing that in many ways exceeds what the government-run NHTSA checks for. In recent years, the most tricky of those automotive trials has been the so-called small overlap front crash test.

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Tesla driver ignored repeat Autopilot warnings before fatal crash

Tesla driver ignored repeat Autopilot warnings before fatal crash

The driver killed in a high-profile Tesla crash last year repeatedly ignored warnings by the semi-autonomous Autopilot system to take control, US investigators have concluded. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had been digging into the May 2016 incident in which Ohio resident Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with a tractor-semitrailer truck near Williston, Florida, and has now released its accident docket. More than 500 pages of information have been revealed about the fatal crash, including technological reports, interview transcripts, and photographs.

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Facebook Safety Check update starts TODAY

Facebook Safety Check update starts TODAY

This week the folks at Facebook have released their newest Safety Check update that you and your family need to pay attention to. As Facebook is one of the most-used services on a smartphone in the world, they're pushing a lot of resources into their Safety Check system. This is the system that allows quick action for people in danger zones when terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or otherwise life-threatening events occur.

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Tesla Model X is safest SUV says NHTSA: Watch it get smashed up

Tesla Model X is safest SUV says NHTSA: Watch it get smashed up

The Tesla Model X has become the first SUV to ever score a full 5-stars in NHTSA crash testing, with the all-electric car credited as being the safest SUV around. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examines crash performance in categories like frontal impacts, side impacts, and pole impacts. For SUVs, though, the most arduous challenge is often the risk of overturning in an incident, which the NHTSA calls the rollover probability.

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Cadillac is testing V2I cars that talk to traffic lights

Cadillac is testing V2I cars that talk to traffic lights

Cadillac has given its CTS luxury sedan the ability to chat with traffic lights, though the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology isn't yet on production vehicles. Instead, the automaker has been carrying out trials on cars that can communicate with city infrastructure, more specifically getting information on when the lights are likely to change. That data, Cadillac says, could make urban driving both safer and less stressful.

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