Google’s advanced-research lab said it is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Rival Amazon.com is also testing delivery drones, and Domino’s tested delivering pies via drone in 2013.

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When we last left off, the Hackaday Drone Testbed was just a box of parts on workbench. Things have changed quite a bit since then! Let’s get straight to the build.
With the arms built and the speed controls soldered up, it was simply a matter of bolting the frame itself together. The HobbyKing frame is designed to fold, with nylon washers sliding on the fiberglass sheets. I don’t really need the folding feature, so I locked down the nylock nuts and they’ve stayed that way ever since

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For years, the Obama administration’s favored method to combat Al Qaeda-affiliated extremists in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia has been controversial drone programs, operated by the CIA and the Pentagon
But when it comes to fighting the radical Islamic State in Iraq, the administration has seemed less reliant on missile-firing drones
See also: Why the Islamic State Is Scarier Than al-Qaeda in Iraq
Experts say that one reason why the U.S. military hasn’t used armed drones more widely in Iraq this time around may be because drones are no longer an effective weapon, given the size and scope of the Islamic State. Read more.

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The Disney theme park empire is always working to stay on the cutting edge of spectacle tech, and judging by some recent patent applications, The Mouse has his eye on the skies: Disney’s R&D teams want to use drones for their theme park parade floats and aerial displays. Read more…

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As doctors treated injured locals and geologists measured ruptures, one Napa man flew his drone around downtown to film the damage caused by Sunday’s earthquake.
See also: Jawbone UP Data Shows How Many Woke Up During the Napa Earthquake
On his YouTube page, Evan Kilkus wrote that he filmed for five hours with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadrocopter, which retails on the DJI website for $1,369

He condensed the footage into a seven-minute video which brings the viewer up close to a damaged post office, courthouse and church. The video also showcases a collapsed garage with crushed cars. Napa-based musician Bill Scholer provided a medley of musical accompaniment. Read more

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