Barack Obama is the country’s first digital lame duck President. Normally, lame duck Presidents get to ‘do what they want’ on their way out of office. Since they no longer have to toe the party line, an outgoing President can push their relatively progressive vision on the country through expedited policy and rarely utilized executive power. There is nothing left to achieve, other than being bold enough to make changes without the repercussions of managing/damaging a personal or political image. The same line of thinking applies to a…

It’s been two and a half years since I filed my first request to the NYPD for documents on drones. During that time, two mayors and two police commissioners have made public statements on drones in law enforcement. But the police department continues to fight to keep secret every shred of paper that it has on the subject. Seven months after I filed a lawsuit against the NYPD, the court at last has recognized that the police have never given solid reasons for keeping drone records from the…

This time, a new drone ship named ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ will be waiting in the Atlantic Ocean, taking over from the original barge, ‘Just Read the Instructions’. View original article at Daily Mail Online

A new video released by SpaceX Thursday shows one of its rocket stages flying down from the sky to attempt to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. While the landing, which took place on April 14, wasn’t exactly successful, the rocket stage did make it to the barge before blowing up. The video is shot from an airborne tracking camera that picked up the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket as it came in for its landing after delivering a capsule to outer space….

There are a handful of companies trying to build the first autonomous car, but this project makes us think that they all might be heading in the wrong direction. [Thorstin] wanted to use a quadcopter to transport people, and built a working prototype of an autonomous quadcopter-esque vehicle that is actually capable of lifting a person. The device isn’t actually a quadcopter anymore; that wouldn’t be able to generate enough lift. It has sixteen rotors in total, making it a sexdecacopter (we suppose). This setup generates 282 pounds…

In what may be the most innovative use of drone technology yet, women’s rights activists are planning to deliver abortion pills to Poland by drone this weekend, raising awareness for the lack of health care access Polish women face. The post Abortion pills will be delivered by drone in Poland this weekend appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

The stash of secret documents provided to journalists by Edward Snowden has been a treasure trove of classified codenames from the spy agencies of the Five Eyes, the allied intelligence collective that includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Some are simply bizarre, such as “Squeaky Dolphin,” “Dreamy Smurf” and “Egotistical Giraffe,” some are more disquieting, such as “Boundless Informant,” “Skynet,” or “Turmoil.” But the most tasteless and creepiest of them all might be “Widowmaker,” the codename for a team of spies from…

A shocking video showing a drone clipping the wing of a Southwest plane is what a flyer’s nightmares are made of. But this video is fake. The footage was widely shared after it was posted to YouTube on Tuesday. People claiming to have recorded the video when leaving JFK airport in New York also copied the footage and uploaded it as their own See also: The complete guide to shooting your wedding via drone The video was actually made by special effects specialist Bruce Branit of BranitFX and…

Women seeking an abortion in a country where the practice is illegal routinely find ways to circumvent the law In Poland, that will soon include receiving abortion medication via a drone On Saturday, four women’s rights groups will launch a drone carrying abortion medication from the German-Polish border town of Frankfurt an der Oder. The 11-pound drone will fly to Slubice, Poland. The two towns are about two-thirds of a mile apart, and are separated by the Oder River See also: 4 ways birth control has completely changed…

Parrot’s gone drone-crazy this year. Drone enthusiasts will love the Bebop and the massive Skycontroller that you can buy for it. For us regular guys, Parrot’s got 13 new drones that are coming out this fall. Well, technically, five new drones in numerous colorways to pick from. See also: The Parrot Bebop is a drone enthusiast’s dream At a press event the company held in New York City on Tuesday, I finally got to try out the new drones, including the Hydrofoil drone that works on water The…