Photo: ShutterstockIt took two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits for the Federal Aviation Administration to release basic information on which government agencies around the country had applied for waivers to fly drones. Two years later, the FAA continues to dodge the same basic requests for information.The FAA approves all aircraft flights in national airspace. Since 2006, the FAA has used a waiver system to allow particular government agencies to fly particular drone models in particular geographic areas. This matter of private sector drone use is currently in litigation,…

Sensys Networks Hacks that allow spies, villains, or terrorists to manipulate traffic signals may seem like the exclusive province of action movies, but a well-known security researcher says they’re not as far-fetched as many people may think. Cesar Cerrudo of security penetration testing firm IOActive said he has identified more than 50,000 devices in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and cities in at least seven countries around the world that can be hacked using inexpensive gear that’s easy and—at least in the US—legal to obtain and operate….

Nice piece..and they are cool. Not sure about the idea of a website called “YouDrone”, but hey..why not!? Of course “dronies” are a thing. Combining the craze for all things drone with our insatiable appetite for taking pictures of ourselves, it was inevitable that “drone selfies” would soon take over from belfies, shelfies, and the morally repugnant selfies with homeless people as the latest faddish photo microtrend.While people have likely been using camera-equipped drones to take pictures of themselves for a while, the term “dronie” slipped into the…

Jeez..no no no! Taking cool things and using them to sell stuff..the tragic trend 🙁 Unmanned aircraft has been used to carry out military strikes, to film weddings and possibly will be used someday to deliver Amazon products Now some entrepreneurs see another use: advertising. Gauravjit Singh on Monday launched DroneCast, a startup that uses banners — literal ones — to spread advertising messages. The agency already has five clients in Philadelphia. Each will pay $100 a day to use of of DroneCast’s four $4,000 drones to advertise…

  These last few weeks I’ve been ordering parts for the Hackaday Testbed, a basic quadcopter to be used here at Hackaday. The top question I see when surfing multicopter forums is “What should I buy”. Which frame, motors,  props, speed controller, and batteries are best?  There aren’t easy answers to these questions with respect to larger quads (300mm or more) . There are a myriad of options, and dozens of vendors to choose from. Advice was simple in the pre-internet days of R/C planes and helicopters: just head down to your local hobby shop, and…