Rise of the Drones

‘Game of Drones': The Sports League That Could Become the NFL of Drone Fighting

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2014 was the year that drones found their way into the mainstream as tools for photographers, police officers and even badly-behaved brands. So what’s next on the horizon for drones?

Making them fight.

Game of Drones founder Marque Cornblatt, a robot builder and creator of the Aerial Sports League, bills his company as the “bad boys” of the drone biz. He believes that not only are drones going to be everywhere soon, but that his company is going to be the premier label for drone sports, drone television, drone combat and all other drone media. Read More

Rise of the Drones

The FAA Says Drone Laws Will Be Ready by the End of the Year

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Back in 2012, when it was becoming clear that the sky would someday be filled with little quadcopters delivering our packages and peaking in our windows, Congress told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that they had to get it together and have a plan for drone legislation ready by September 15, 2015.

It turns out, we may find out what the FAA has in store in the next month or two. FAA official Jim Williams said during an annual program review that by the end of the year, we’ll finally get a glimpse at FAA’s master plan for how drones will be regulated and controlled in American airspace. Read More

Rise of the Drones

Congressman Hires Drone to Film Wedding Despite FAA Ban

Mr. Maloney. (Wikipedia)

In what we assume was an attempt to wow his wedding-obsessed Pinterest followers, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) paid to have his nuptials recorded by a camera mounted on a drone, CBS reports.

The only problem, sadly, is that the Federal Aviation Administration bans the use of drones for commercial purposes — like, say, charging people for aerial wedding videography. The FAA now appears to be investigating the incident, Philly.com reports. Read More

New Drone City

Amazon Is Asking the FAA to Bend the Law for Their Drone Program

Can't wait to hear these buzzing above.(Screengrab: YouTube)

When Jeff Bezos first announced his evil plan to start a drone delivery program for all the precious goods you order from Amazon, everyone was pretty sure it was either a publicity stunt, an April Fool’s joke or evidence that the billionaire had gone off his rocker.

But now, it appears Mr. Bezos and his ilk might actually be serious about getting the drone delivery program up and running. They’re at least serious enough to be taking time out of their busy schedule of possible-sex-toy-construction to ask the Federal Aviation Administration to bend the rules so that they can test drones on their own terms. Read More

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Amazon Is Prodding the FAA to Let Flyers Use Wi-Fi During Takeoff and Landing

"Wi-Fi is fine!" - Bezos

As the Federal Aviation Authority continues to reevaluate its archaic in-flight electronic rules, it might add another distraction to its list: Wi-Fi.

The panel decided that Wi-Fi can be utilized during all portions of the flight — from “gate to gate”– because the airplanes “are going to be just fine.” That goes against its longstanding current rules that using electronics or on-board Wi-Fi disrupts the cockpit’s electronics and could cause chaos. Cellular use after the pilot says to turn off your phones would still remain banned. Read More

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Realizing It’s 2013, the FAA Is About to Approve New Electronic Device Rules

Xanax and Revenge please. (Photo: Flickr)

Typically resistant to change, the Federal Aviation Administration is about to make a significant one. The New York Times reveals that the agency will finally loosen restrictions on the use of electronic gadgets during the flight. The caveat is you still wouldn’t be able to send and receive calls or connect to WiFi, unless it’s provided by the airline. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: FAA Might Finally Let You Text During Takeoffs and Landings

Us on a plane.

Oops! According to leaked documents, the U.S. government’s NSA program is keeping “inadvertently acquired” data on us for years.[Verge]

Microsoft has ditched plans to create an e-commerce site akin to Amazon or eBay. Maybe you guys should focus on getting just one of your products right before you expand? [Business Insider]

It’s just going to take 90 seconds to recharge a Tesla–faster than getting a refill done at your dirty, old gas pump. [Engadget]

Today in celebrity endorsement deals: HTC has reportedly signed Robert Downey Jr. for a $12 million ad campaign. [Bloomberg]

Alec Baldwin must be so relieved that the FAA is looking to relax its strict (and possibly outdated?) gadget rules on flights. [MarketWatch]