drones

  • Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

  • Who Watches The Watchmen? Crunch Network

    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more difficult. Read More

  • FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it has given approval for the first commercial drone flights over land. Energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment will now be able to legally fly a drone for aerial surveys over BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. Read More

  • The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case. The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The… Read More

  • Photojojo's Drone Rental Program

    Test Driving The ‘Drone Selfie’ With Photojojo’s New Rental Program (Video)

    Cave drawings, reflective pools of water, daguerreotypes, Instagram. If there’s one thing that humans have loved throughout history, it’s finding new ways to look at themselves, and photo technology that helps us do that just keeps getting better. But unless you happen to have thousands of spare dollars hanging around to drop on trying out new photo-taking toys, cool new things… Read More

  • Skycatch Raises $13.2M To Field Data-Gathering Drones Both High And Low

    Skycatch Raises $13.2M To Field Data-Gathering Drones Both High And Low

    Drones distract, drones deliver and drones do battle. But what else can drones do? That was the question facing entrepreneur Christian Sanz when he began building his own drones a few years back, and after exploring various possibilities, including delivery and also simply drawing together audiences of curious spectators, Sanz found a big need drones are perfect for that wasn’t being… Read More

  • Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

    Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

    Robotics isn’t all stomping metal men and robotic dogs – it’s also about beauty. The folks from Team BlackSheep proved this by flying a powerful, long-range drone over the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. And when I say over, I mean over. Read More

  • The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    This morning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that its first drone testing site is operational. There will eventually be six such sites. The first is located in North Dakota. The agency is more than two months ahead of schedule. Tests on the Draganflyer X4ES drone will commence on May 5. Read More

  • Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Titan Aerospace, the drone maker Facebook had been in acquisition talks with prior to being bought by Google (as we’ve now confirmed following The WSJ’s initial report), was a name that took many in the industry by surprise. How was it that a company that reportedly has solar-powered drones that can fly at 65,000 feet above sea level for five years without needing to land, did not… Read More

  • Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a Titan Aerospace competitor in U.K.-based Ascenta for its… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — Heartbleed security hole, changing landscape of Twitter notifications, Brendan Eich’s exit from Mozilla, politically charged and leadership compromised, Condoleezza Rice heading to the Dropbox Board of Directors? Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Box. Office on the iPad… Read More

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