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Japanese Inventor Creates Drone-Powered Quidditch Snitch

Yer a wizard, Harry. (Photo via lab.rekimoto.org)

Dust off your Gryffindor cloak, because real-life Quidditch is one step closer to being a reality.

A Japanese inventor has created the Hoverball, a device that comes about as close to being a Golden Snitch as human technology possibly can. It’s a quadcopter wrapped in ball-shaped wiring, capable of floating, swerving and spinning. It’s technically a drone, so this is one more point for the “benign drone use” team (which doesn’t really stand a chance against drone abusers). Read More

Rise of the Drones

New Drones Can Steal Information Straight From Your Smartphone

Put these AWAY. (Photo: File)

Drones are incredibly versatile, able to do everything from delivering beer to, er, killing innocent people :(. And now, hackers have developed a new skill for the flying robots — and it’s definitely on the disconcerting end of the drone use spectrum.

Hackers have developed a drone that can steal information from smartphones, CNNMoney reports. It’s being tested in London, and research on the drones’ functionality will be presented at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore next week. Read More

Fight! Fight! Fight!

eBay CEO Sassily Dismisses Amazon’s Drone Idea As ‘Fantasy’

Thinks Amazon is stupid. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Everyone is excited about Amazon’s improbable plan to deliver packages by drones, except for one person: eBay CEO John Donahoe.

Drinking a gallon of haterade before recently appearing on Bloomberg, Mr. Donahoe lambasted Team Bezos’s plan to replace some delivery drivers with the unmanned aerial vehicles as a “fantasy.” Emily Chang, a reporter at your dad’s favorite business network, asked him if eBay had any similar plans. He responded with a big, fat nope. Read More

New Drone City

Since Nothing Good Could Come From This, Colorado Might Ban Hunters from Using Drones

This was probably the type of drone. (Photo: File)

Already foretelling the problems this could cause, Colorado is considering banning hunters from using drones to help them spot deer and other game.

Under federal and state regulations, it’s illegal to use airplanes in spotting animals, but Colorado is worried that hunters will bend the rules by using unmanned robots to locate wildlife. People have to wait 48 hours to hunt after a flyover is conducted because of “fair chase” regulations. Read More

rage quit

Stop Delivering Stuff Using Drones Because It’s ‘Just Ridiculous’

Um can u not? (Photo: Zookal)

Now that we’re past “[X company] now accepts Bitcoins,” the latest trend in annoying PR tactics is announcing that you’re in the “delivery via drone” business. The schlocky publicity ploy has struck sushi restaurants in London, burritos in California and most recently textbooks in Australia. But an Australian newspaper definitely did not use a drone to deliver this think piece about how absurd this ruse is. Read More