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DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI is making it difficult for drone owners to fly their UAVs during the 2018 Winter Olympics Games. Such drone use is forbidden during the Games, but that's not likely to stop everyone from trying to sneak a couple aerial shots or videos. Though Olympics security officials have their own plans in place to deal with unwanted consumer drones, DJI is planning to release a software update that will put the brakes on usage near the facilities.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th-gen recalled over fire risk: a screw is to blame

Lenovo X1 Carbon 5th-gen recalled over fire risk: a screw is to blame

Lenovo is recalling its excellent X1 Carbon laptop, the reason being a screw that could potentially result in a fire. The recall announcement was made by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which posted details on the issue today. According to the CPSC, an "unfastened screw" may cause battery damage that results in it overheating, which could then trigger a fire.

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Hawaii missile alert was intentional due to misunderstanding says FCC

Hawaii missile alert was intentional due to misunderstanding says FCC

The missile alert that sent Hawaii residents into a panic earlier this month was triggered intentionally, according to the FCC. The Commission has published the preliminary results of its study, stating that a misunderstanding of an emergency drill given without notice resulted in one official sending the live warning. This was because, based on the FCC's report, the phrase "this is not a drill" was used during the drill.

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Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Facebook introduced a kid-friendly version of its chat app called Messenger Kids last month, offering young children access to all of its best features without the potential safety issues. The app aims to protect kids by tethering the app to a parent's account, requiring parental authorization to chat with new people, and more. However, an advocacy group is arguing that none of those features matter because, they say, Messenger Kids is inherently dangerous to kids.

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Elon Musk Boring Company sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 8 hours

Elon Musk Boring Company sells 10,000 flamethrowers in 8 hours

It sounds like an April Fools’ prank but this is no joke. This is serious business, literally and figuratively. Elon Musk earlier just announced that it will do as it promised and will be selling its new novelty item after is Boring Hats: the Boring Flamethrower. Despite the ridiculousness of the idea, not to mention the risks, the Boring Company was able to receive 10,000 orders in just 8 hours. Amazing as that might sound, not everyone is impressed.

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Fujifilm camera adapters recalled over shock risk: free replacements offered

Fujifilm camera adapters recalled over shock risk: free replacements offered

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall involving some adapters included with Fujifilm cameras. The recall announcement has been made in conjunction with Canadian authorities to warn consumers about the potential shock risk that comes with these wall chargers. Most of the wall charging adapters were shipped to customers in the US, however.

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This car safety tech saves Level 4 autonomy for drowsy drivers

This car safety tech saves Level 4 autonomy for drowsy drivers

Fully driverless vehicles that can shuttle you from A to B may still be a few years out, but a car that can briefly switch into Level 4 autonomy when the driver is incapacitated might step in to save lives much sooner. That's what Hyundai Mobis is aiming for, anyway, with its new drowsy driver safety technology. Making its debut at CES 2018, the Departed Driver Rescue & Exit Maneuver - or DDREM - system promises minimal extra hardware for automakers, and a much smaller headache for regulators.

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Ford faces 1m+ recall expansion over worrying transmission flaw

Ford faces 1m+ recall expansion over worrying transmission flaw

Ford may be forced to add more than a million vehicles to a previous safety recall, after reports that several more models - including the best-selling F-150 truck - could be impacted. The 2016 recall affected 153,000 vehicles at the time, spanning trucks and SUVs from the F-150, Expedition, and Navigator, to the Mustang, from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

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AT&T FirstNet public safety network has all 50 US states participating

AT&T FirstNet public safety network has all 50 US states participating

AT&T has announced that all 50 US states are participating in its public safety network called FirstNet. The project will take place over the next handful of years, ultimately culminating in a robust broadband network provided specifically for first responders. The carrier recently held an opt-in/out period during which states had to decide whether they wanted in...and, it turns out, they all do.

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NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

NVIDIA and Komatsu to bring AI to construction sites with drone surveillance

This week the folks at NVIDIA and Komatsu have announced a partnership to bring AI "to create safer, more efficient construction sites." At GTC Japan this evening NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said that the NVIDIA Jetson AI platform would be at the center of this next-generation situation. Therein lies the brain of the heavy machinery of the future.

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LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

As Los Angeles continues to burn, the LA Police Department has been forced to warn drivers not to trust their navigation apps, which may mistake roads where fires are raging for conveniently open routes. It's proved to be another example of how the Internet of Things may be heavily interconnected, but it isn't quite as smart as it really needs to be in order to be truly reliable.

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Only these 15 cars passed 2018’s toughest crash tests

Only these 15 cars passed 2018’s toughest crash tests

Only a handful of cars currently sold in the US qualify as the industry's safest, the IIHS has said today, with tougher tests slimming the number of models that get its top award. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been running its own crash tests in parallel to those of the NHTSA testing for decades now, most recently including small-overlap challenges that go beyond what the US government examines to model how vehicles handle real-world incidents. If you're in the market for a new car, it makes for a list you should be reading.

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