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The DJI Mavic 2 Is Our New Favourite Drone

The idea behind the DJI Mavic promises that any adventurer can take professional-grade aerial photography with a compact drone. That’s probably why the company called the original model the Mavic Pro, even though the drone had its shortcomings. With the Mavic 2 series, however, that proposition gets more interesting with the introduction of interchangeable camera systems which define each new model. This, combined with some nuanced but meaningful design upgrades, makes DJI’s new flagship drone live up to old promises. Read More >>

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Drone Pilot Had a Go at Taking Down a Plane

A drone owner in the vicinity of RAF Northolt very nearly claimed the shameful honour of being the first idiot to make a proper aeroplane crash, with safety investigators agreeing that the movements of the adult baby's flying toy matched with a deliberate attempt to hit a plane as it came in to land. Read More >>

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Colombia Is Testing Drones to Drop Herbicide on Crops Used for Cocaine

Under newly elected President Iván Duque, Colombia is testing remote-controlled drones designed to track and destroy coca, the crop used in cocaine production. The government has reportedly tested ten drones so far. Read More >>

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Venezuelan Officials Allege Attempted Drone Assassination on President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan government officials say that two explosions at a military assemblage in Caracas on Saturday was in fact an attempt on President Nicolas Maduro’s life using bomb-carrying drones – and though the exact nature of just what happened is still being disputed, the idea that it indeed involved bomb drones isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. Read More >>

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Get Ready for Indoor Surveillance Drones

Surveillance drones are headed indoors. Read More >>

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Unannounced DJI Drones Leak, Thanks to the Argos Catalogue of All Things

There are lots of ways technology leaks make themselves public. Often it's thanks to supply chain images making its way to social media, or retailers who accidentally reveal information a bit too early. Those retailers are usually specific to one kind of gadget, like a phone shop, and not Argos - a shop that sells just about everything. But here we are, DJI's Mavic 2 Pro Drone and Mavic 2 Zoom just leaked, and it's all thanks to an early images included in the Argos catalogue. Read More >>

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The Government Wants to Ban Children From Owning and Flying Drones

For a while the government has been scrambling to try and figure out what it should do about regulating drones, especially since there are dumb fucks out there that think it's still acceptable to fly them into planes. We already know that there are laws in the works that would prevent anyone owning a drone over 250 grams without registering and passing some sort of proficiency test, but now the government would like to stop children from flying them too. Read More >>

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Who Will Police Police Drones?

The US Police Foundation doesn’t want the police to call drones “drones.” Because of the public’s association with “military-style weapons like the Predator,” the organisation’s 311-page report reads, the term “drone” is “a major obstacle to law enforcement’s ability to convince the public” that police drone programs “could actually increase public safety, not jeopardise it.” Read More >>

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Thousands of Top AI Experts Vow to Never Build Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals, many of them researchers and engineers prominent in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, vowed on Wednesday never to apply their skills toward the creation of autonomous killing machines. Read More >>

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MQ-9B Drone Is First ‘Civilian-Registered’ Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Cross Atlantic

The first “civilian-registered” remotely piloted drone to ever make a flight across the Atlantic landed at 6:43pm in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire last Wednesday after taking off from Grand Forks in the US state of North Dakota last Tuesday, the BBC reported, after travelling nearly 3,800 miles. Read More >>

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Aston Martin Says/Pretends it’s Developing a Posh Flying Super-EV Drone

British luxury car brand Aston Martin would like the world to think it's branching out into electric drones, and has to that end released a pile of pretty looking renders of a thing it calls the Volante Vision Concept -- an electric drone that the unimaginably rich people of the 2020s might begin to imagine having at their disposal to get from Waitrose to Costa without having to steer around your Corsa. Read More >>

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Facebook Scraps Plans to Build Its Own Massive Internet Drones for Its Aquila Project

Facebook has abandoned a key portion of its Aquila project, an effort to build solar-powered, passenger jet-sized drones that would wirelessly connect parts of the developing world to the internet, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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DJI and Taser Maker Axon Are Teaming up to Make Police Drones

Last week, Axon announced it is partnering with drone-maker DJI to sell surveillance drones to U.S. police departments through a program dubbed “Axon Air.” The Taser and body camera manufacturer will work with DJI to offer drones linked to Evidence.com, Axon’s proprietary cloud-based data management system. The footage recorded by Axon’s body cameras is handled via the Evidence.com system. Read More >>