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Rise of the Drones

Rise of the Drones

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With India As Amazon Starts Testing Its Delivery Drones There

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

When Amazon announced their plans to deliver orders via drone, the world was hopeful, yet skeptical.

But what we thought were nothing more than Amazon’s wildest fantasies may be coming true. Two sources with knowledge of the project’s development revealed that initial testing for the Prime Air drone delivery service could begin as soon as October, according to India’s The Economic Times. Read More

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Jerk Flies Drone Over Wildfire, Disrupts Firefighting Efforts

Not the wildfire, but a wildfire. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Perhaps it’s time we cool it with the drones. A drone owner angered officials battling a massive wildfire near Sacramento, California yesterday because the flying robot was hindering firefighting efforts.

The camera-equipped drone was recording the fire, zipping around an area where firefighting aircraft were also flying, Reuters reports. Alarmed about the possibility of a mid-air collision, firefighters contacted police to see if they knew the identity of the drone’s owner.   Read More

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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

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Woman Violently Assaults Teen Boy Flying Drone Over Beach

Ms. Mears assaulting Mr. Haughwout. (Screengrab: LiveLeak.com)

A 17-year-old boy flying his drone over a beach ended up getting called a “pervert” and having a stranger’s fingers shoved into his mouth.

Austin Haughwout, 17, was reportedly flying his radio-controlled quadcopter with an attached GoPro camera over a beach in Connecticut on May 12, when he was allegedly confronted and attacked by 23-year-old beachgoer Andrea Mears, who accused him of taking pervy pictures of her. Read More

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Criminals Using Drones To Find Marijuana Farms, Steal Their Crop

It's coming for your weed. (Wikimedia Commons)

Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports.

It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras. Read More

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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

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Terrifying Taser Drone Comes Equipped With 80,000 Volt Stun Gun

C.U.P.I.D.

Hexacopter-style drones are known for delivering flowers, beer, and, in Jeff Bezos’s dreams if nowhere else, delivering your latest Amazon Prime order. Well, now a drone named CUPID is delivering 80,000 volts through an on-board stun gun.

For one of the more theatrical presentations at SXSW this weekend, software developer Chaotic Moon Studios gave a live demonstration of how its flying drone CUPID handles unwelcome house guests. They did this by tasing their intern. Read More