The protests in Hong Kong calling for more local control of its political future have largely played out on television news broadcasts and live blogs, constantly updated with the latest developments
But for one group of self-described media artists in Hong Kong, even this high level of focus on the protests was simply not enough. They decided to crowd source support for Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) protests from around the globe using technology
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The Add Oil Machine For OCLP is a website that allows anyone with a web connection to add a message of support for the protests to a website that displays the messages, in English and Chinese, in a real-time scrolling feed. That feed is then curated by the team, led by Chris Cheung, 31, Sampson Wong, 29 and Jason Lam, 29, and messages of support are projected onto buildings near the protests at sizes of up to 16 feet tall Read more..

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For years now, people who hate or fear drones have been threatening to shoot them down. Well, someone finally went and did it.According to police in Lower Township, New Jersey, last Friday, a person thereshot down his neighbor’s quadcopter with his shotgun.This is, of course, very illegal: Russell Percenti, an (alleged) real-life Johnny Dronehunter, was arrested on charges of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. Federal statute suggests that anyone who “sets fire to, damages, destroys, disables, or wrecks any aircraft” can face up to 20 years in prison

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Pennsylvania authorities suspect that two men accused of stealing mobile phones were monitoring law enforcement. Local media reported Tuesday that when they were arrested last month, one of the two suspects was carrying a camera-equipped drone that police saw flying over the Upper Saucon Township’s police headquarters the day before the arrests.
The accused are Duane Holmes, 44, of North Bergen, and Chaviv Dykes, 20, of Newark. Police said they had $50,000 in mobile phones allegedly stolen from a Verizon Wireless store and other outlets that said were lifted “during a string of smash-and-grab burglaries

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Drone operators in Hong Kong have been using their flying machines to show the huge scale of the pro-democracy demonstrations currently taking place there, with several sequences posted to YouTube in the last couple of days.
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Somewhere over the rainbow in a land called Ohio, the Buckeyes created another amazing halftime show.
During Saturday’s big game, the Ohio State Marching Band performed choreography inspired by The Wizard of Oz in honor of the movie’s 75th anniversary. The tribute included a tornado, scarecrow, the Emerald City and a little (actually, gigantic) dog, too.

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