100 Years After WWI Began, Europe Remembers Its End – New York Times

New York Times100 Years After WWI Began, Europe Remembers Its EndNew York TimesCeramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London on Tuesday. The installation, “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” consists of 888,246 ceramic poppies — a memorial to the number of British and colonial soldiers who died in World War 1. Credit Peter 

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Drone Hobbyists Are Building Military-Style Mobile Command Centers

When military pilots fly drones, they sit inside metal boxes thousands of miles away from where the drone actually is. When hobbyists recreational quadcopters or fixed-wing aircraft, they stand, exposed, usually a few hundred feet away from whatever they’re piloting. But that’s starting to change: A few hobbyists around the country are building mobile drone command centers that lets them pretend as though they’re in a real plane.While the military need for command centers is obvious—they’re flying massive Predators and Global Hawks that can stay airborne for hours and have huge ranges—the hobby use of trailers and virtual cockpits seems to be primarily for the cool factor, for the time being.Screengrab: WMC Action News 5The key to making one of these things work is a technology known as first person view flight—basically, a front-facing camera is attached to the drone, and it constantly streams video of what it sees back to its operator, allowing them to pilot it for miles from where they’re actually standing, limited only by battery life (and, in the past, the range of the controller)

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Tiny R/C P-51D Mustang Tips the Scales at 3 Grams

Commercial R/C aircraft have been getting smaller and smaller with each passing year. In the early 2000’s, a palm-sized plane or helicopter was the dream of many an R/C enthusiast. Today, you can pick them up for around $20 USD at the local mall. The smallest models however, are still built by an elite group of modelers. Weighing in at a mere 3 grams, [Martin Newell’s] P-51D mustang model certainly puts him into that group

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Is This DJI's New Drone?

The hobby drone world is all aflutter this week as DJI prepares to unleash its latest creation onto the world: the Inspire 1. And just like Apple fanboys, they’re eagerly seeking out leaks. The latest images look, well, pretty real.Read more.

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Trends with Benefits: Getting paranoid with wearable drones and lie-detector apps

Trends with Benefits: Apps that catch you lying, the wearable drone, and is Google building Skynet? The post Trends with Benefits: Getting paranoid with wearable drones and lie-detector apps appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Drone captures incredible HD video footage of Apple’s new spaceship campus

Apple’s new California headquarters will be like nothing the world has ever seen once it’s finished. Actually, it’s already like nothing the world has ever seen — the increased popularity of privately owned drones and action cameras like GoPro models means that the world gets glimpses of footage that would have otherwise never been captured.
We’ve seen drone fly by footage of Apple’s upcoming new campus in the past, and now we get an incredible new high-definition look at the facility thanks to a newly published video.
YouTube user “myithz” on Sunday published a fantastic video that gives us a birdseye view of the new Apple campus, which is currently under construction in Cupertino, California. Best of all, the video is available in 1080p HD

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UK drone makes first strike in Iraq

The UK carried out its first drone attack on Islamic State militants in Iraq over the weekend, the Ministry of Defence says.

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Drone Beat: Robot porn, feds ground high school drone program and more

The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not

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Drone photo offers aerial view of Russia's secretive Kremlin

Penetrating the veil of security in Russia is a feat rarely accomplished by even the greatest spymasters, but one lone photographer equipped with a drone managed to do just that.
New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple posted an aerial image of the Kremlin, Moscow’s closely guarded seat of power and official residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, to Reddit on Friday. The photo was later removed from the news-sharing site, but as of this writing, remains posted to Chapple’s Facebook page, where it was first shared on Nov. 5
See also: Drone Footage Reveals Massive Scale of Hong Kong Protests Read more.

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Not the drone pilots you’re looking for: Trio arrested, released

The men were arrested outside the Belleville nuclear power plant in central France.

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Two men and one woman who were arrested on Wednesday under suspicion of flying a drone over French nuclear sites have been released, according to local newspaper Le Berry (Google Translate), in central France.

The unnamed trio, described as “hobbyists,” were found near the Belleville Nuclear Power Plant in central France with drones that were used to photograph and record video of a remote-controlled boat.
The woman was released without charges on Thursday, while the two men were charged with violating the no-entry and no-fly zone near Belleville. Authorities said the incident was unrelated to the string of recent mysterious drone flights over French power plants

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