Drone carrying cellphones, drugs, hacksaw blades crashes at Oklahoma prison

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Officials in Oklahoma claim to have halted the first attempt in the state to smuggle contraband into a prison with an unmanned aerial vehicle. Read the rest

Obama's coming for your Christmas drones

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Amid growing fears about safety and security risks from unauthorized drone flights, federal regulators say they plan to require pretty much all recreational drones in the U.S. to be registered. Read the rest

Long distance jammer knocks drones from the sky

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Point this gernsbeckian invisible ray gun at a drone, and it will drop from the sky, according to Battelle, the non-profit company that made it. The DroneDefender doesn't make a cool sound when you pull the trigger, though, so I don't like it. From Make:

In a press release from Battelle, the gun is stated to use “radio control frequency disruption technologies to safely stop drones in the air, before they can pose a threat to military or civilian safety.” A video accompanying the post describes that it operates on standard GPS and ISM radio bands, allowing for it to interference with commercial UAV signals.

Reportedly, the DroneDefender can hit objects up to 400 meters with an effective cone diameter of 30°. This is about as far as Battelle goes with the technical details, so the actual frequency ranges of the rifle still remain unknown.

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Drone flyover of Shanghai Disneyland construction site

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It's a third-party clip, not sanctioned by Disney, so it's pretty remote/long-lens, but there's still some tantalyzing stuff in this video. From what I know about the Shanghai park, it's going to be pretty bad-ass. Don't miss the brown/yellow smog on the horizon! Read the rest

Snowden for drones: The Intercept's expose on US drone attacks, revealed by a new leaker

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The Drone Papers is The Intercept's collection of eight blockbuster articles analyzing a leaked 2013 Pentagon study that evaluated the US drone assassination campaigns in Yemen and Somalia. The documents come from a US intelligence source who said, "This outrageous explosion of watchlisting — of monitoring people and racking and stacking them on lists, assigning them numbers, assigning them ‘baseball cards,’ assigning them death sentences without notice, on a worldwide battlefield — it was, from the very first instance, wrong."

Anti-surveillance activists send a drone to pamphlet-bomb an NSA complex in Germany

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Intelexit is an activist group whose mission is to get spies to quit their jobs; they've recently installed billboards around spy complexes in the US and UK. Read the rest

Apple removes an app that tracks U.S. military drone strikes from its store

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The Metadata+ app which tracks U.S. military drone strikes by was created by Josh Begley, research editor for The Intercept. Begley changed its name from Drones+ after it was rejected as "objectionable" by Apple five times. Read the rest

Animals attacking drones

They've already made up their minds about annoying buzzing noises we humans are in two minds about. Read the rest

Watch these drones build a rope bridge you could actually walk across

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This video is amazing, and feels like something that will become even more graceful, precise, and normal as drone technology and design improve.

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Weekend of Wonder is unveiling SKEYE Pico Drone - world's tiniest drone

The Skeye Pico drone is so small, it doesn't have to be registered with the FAA.
Meet the SKEYE Pico Drone, the smallest drone in the world

Drone footage of Apple's new "spaceship" headquarters under construction

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Video by Duncan Sinfield, who writes:

Filmed using the DJI Inspire 1, this video gives a unique perspective, as it flashes back to video taken one month ago on August 1, 2015 to provide a month-to-month update. Featuring descriptions narrated by late Apple Founder Steve Jobs himself, this video will hopefully teach you something new that you didn't already know about the world's largest corporation.

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“I caught a fish with my drone!”

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I believe this to be very likely faked, but nonetheless fantastic. Read the rest

Selfie drones are a huge problem in the ancient ruins of Provence, and the New York Times is ON IT

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Never change, New York Times. Read the rest

Drone pilot spots man sunbathing atop 200-foot-tall wind turbine

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Kevin Miller was flying his camera-equipped drone around a wind turbine in Rhode Island and spotted a man sunbathing on top. The sunbather waved to the drone then probably wished the drone would buzz off.

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Superman Drone

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“I duct-taped a Superman figure to my Phantom 3 and flew it over Victoria Park. Glorious!” Read the rest

North Dakota cops can now use lobbyist-approved taser/pepper-spray drones

Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer's Association introduced an amendment to ND HB 1328 that allows cops to shoot at citizens with drone-borne rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, tasers and sound cannon. Read the rest

Ammunition company is selling shotgun shells designed to shoot drones

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Even though it's a federal offense to shoot a drone out of the sky, Snake River sells shotgun shells marketed for that purpose. They admit it's really just "high end goose or turkey load," which doesn't sound as bad ass. Read the rest

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