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Recommended Reading: The ICE surveillance playbook

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS How ICE picks its targets in the surveillance age McKenzie Funk, The New York Times Through the lens of officers operating in the Pacific Northwest, The New York Times explains how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) collects information on possible targets. That includes monitoring social media accounts and […]

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Researchers are using drones to study the Amazon rainforest’s health

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Jianhuai Ye/ Harvard SEAS Researchers from Harvard University are using drones to better understand the Amazon rainforest. With drone-based sensors, the researchers hope to determine the unique “fingerprint” of different rainforest ecosystems. That could help them monitor the health of the forest and understand how it’s responding to climate change, […]

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‘Flying fish’ drone actually explodes out of the water

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Imperial College London Drones that can both swim and fly are no longer in the distant future. Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Lab built a concept for multimodal swimming robot it calls AquaMAV that can jump out of water. The scientists behind AquaMAV presented their findings in a paper published […]

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FAA’s new B4UFLY app makes it easier to know where drones are allowed

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Kittyhawk The FAA’s free app that kept drone pilots aware of “no fly zones” performed a much-needed service — but had few fans. The federal agency teamed up with drone software maker Kittyhawk to create a new version of the B4UFLY app that is being released today. The revamped app […]

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Parrot plans to retire its Mambo and Swing drones

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Engadget Drone company Parrot, maker of the Anafi 4K folding drone, is reportedly leaving the mini-drone market. Parrot has been shifting its focus away from consumer drones since 2017, but it’s been a slow transition. This week, Wirecutter confirmed that Parrot is retiring its Mambo and Swing drones, and supposedly, […]

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‘Flying saucer’ drone can fly twice as long as regular models

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links EPFL/Flybotix The biggest problem with drones is their lack of endurance, but Swiss researchers have developed a new model that helps reduce that problem. Eschewing the regular four blade design, EPFL startup Flybotix’s drone has just two propellers, letting it fly twice as long as regular models. It’s just as […]

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The UK’s high-energy lasers could zap drones and missiles out of the sky

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Ministry of Defense. Crown copyright. The UK wants to take down enemy drones and missiles with high-energy light beams. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that it’s developing laser and radio frequency weapons. Referred to collectively as Direct Energy Weapons (DEW), they’re powered by electricity, operate without ammunition and are […]

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Car catches fire during gender reveal gone spectacularly wrong

Mashable By Chloe Bryan2019-07-09 14:43:32 UTC It’s a boy! Also, your car is on fire. A 30-year-old man in Queensland, Australia, was fined $1000 and lost his driver’s license for six months after his car burst into flames during a gender reveal burnout. This week, police released drone footage of the whole incident, which was […]

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US Navy’s next-gen helicopter drone is ready for service

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links US Navy It took a few years, but the US Navy’s beefier Fire Scout helicopter drone is finally ready for action… more or less. The military branch has declared that Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C has reached “initial operational capability,” or the minimum state it needs to enter service. The new, Bell […]

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Russia says it will give soldiers bomb-carrying drones

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Never mind using small drones for battlefield recon — if Russia has its way, they’ll be another part of the arsenal. The country’s Defense Ministry recently told Izvestia that it’s not only outfitting platoons with small drones, but will eventually outfit these drones with weapons. There are […]

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