Predator drones will no longer haunt the sky above parts of the Middle East and Africa, though another type of drone will take their place. MQ-1 predators and other military drones have launched hellfire missiles in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other nations. The predator’s been around for more than two decades. SEE ALSO: Video of ‘chubby’ tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think The reaper drones that will take its place are faster, have better sensors and can carry more explosive power, according…

Last summer, when Facebook tested its huge drone, the right wing fizzled out and it smashed into the Arizona desert. So, you know, could have gone better. But it was round one, and the company now believes it’s ready to test the solar-powered Aquila multiple times a month.  “The systems performed way better than planned,” Facebook Vice President of Engineering Jay Parikh said on Monday from a conference in Barcelona, Spain, according to Bloomberg. “But we need to fly a lot more View original article at Mashable

This year’s Academy Awards may have been a little more shocking than most, but it apparently still provided plenty of things for people to loathe. Hater, the dating app that brings people together based on what they both dislike, asked their users to weigh in on this year’s Oscars, and they found plenty of common ground. People were offered the award show-specific topics in the week leading up to the ceremony, and — as with all topics — they swiped on them to indicate love, hate, like and…

A new drone is being pitched to business that want to safely carry out inspections from the sky. View original article at BBC World News

The pilot of a drone that knocked a woman unconscious has been jailed for 30 days in the US. View original article at BBC World News

A drone pilot whose UAV knocked a woman unconscious when it fell out of the sky has been given jail time by a Seattle court. The sentence is thought to the first imposed by a U.S. court in relation to a reckless drone flight. The post Seattle man given jail time for a drone accident that knocked a woman unconscious appeared first on Digital Trends View original article at Digital Trends

Seattle hasn’t exactly been blessed with the most gentle weather as of late, with storms bringing snow, lightning, and you know, general thundersnow chaos. But weather reached a wild peak Monday, with the city’s beloved Space Needle copping a blow direct from the Gods. SEE ALSO: Insane drone footage shows massive damage and flooding at California’s Oroville Dam The incredible footage of the Space Needle’s lightning strike was posted by the building’s official Twitter account, and oh boy, is it worth checking out: You know how they say…

Drone fails aren’t new (especially around the holidays when no one knows how to properly control their newly purchased flying device), but having one crash through your apartment window is still shocking. SEE ALSO: This pocket-sized selfie drone may change the way you take pictures A woman in New York City was jolted to attention on Sunday evening when a GoPro camera drone crashed into her high-rise apartment window, according to local news reports.  The drone smashed through the glass of the 27th-floor window in Manhattan, missing the…

(credit: Andrew Turner) The operator of a drone that knocked a woman unconscious was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail, Seattle prosecutors said. The woman was attending a local parade when the drone crashed and struck her. Skinner (credit: KomoNews) Paul Skinner, a 38-year-old man from Washington state, was charged with reckless endangerment in connection to the 2015 incident, in which an 18-inch-by-18-inch drone collided into a building before falling into a crowd. The authorities said the 2-pound drone struck the 25-year-old in the head and gave…

Parents in Liverpool, UK, are being prepared to spot the signs that their children might be hackers. The Liverpool Echo reports on the launch of a “Hackers To Heroes” scheme targeting youngsters at risk of donning a black hat, and has an expert on hand, one [Vince Warrington], to come up with a handy cut-out-and-keep list. Because you never know when you’re going to need one, and he’s helped the Government so should know what he’s talking about. Of course, they’re talking about “Hacker” (cybercriminal) while for us the…