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Take cover, it’s a drone with a nail gun!

Take cover, it’s a drone with a nail gun!

The FAA has warned against equipping your drone with weapons such as flamethrowers and handguns. But can a nail gun really be considered a weapon — that is, outside of Quake? Let’s hope not, because roboticists at the University of Michigan have made a roofing drone that uses that tool to autonomously nail shingles into…
Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx

Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx

Wing, the drone delivery company that started its life within the Google X lab before spinning out into its own thing under the Alphabet umbrella, is prepping for takeoff. The company announced this morning that it’s launching a test program in Virginia with Walgreens, FedEx, and local retailer Sugar Magnolia. As part of the program,…
Drone strikes set Saudi oil facilities ablaze

Drone strikes set Saudi oil facilities ablaze

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAbqaiq is the site of Aramco's largest oil processing plantDrone attacks have set alight two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia, state media say.Footage showed a huge blaze at Abqaiq, site of Aramco's largest oil processing plant, while a second drone…

Drone Bubble Bursts, Wiping Out Startups and Hammering VC Firms

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China Drone Attack on Crop-Eating ‘Monster’ Shows 98% Kill Rate

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Lucid’s drone is built to clean the outside of your house or office

Lucid’s drone is built to clean the outside of your house or office

Building exteriors tend to get gross. Dirt clings to the walls. Windows get filmy. Spiderwebs amass. If you live in a particularly humid area, mold and mildew can start to make exterior walls look like a science experiment. On taller buildings, scrubbing it all off generally means bringing a bucket truck, scaffolding, or suspension gear…
Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

For all the focus on locking down laptops and smartphones, the biggest screen in millions of living rooms remains largely unsecured, even after years of warnings. Smart TVs today can fall prey to any number of hacker tricks—including one still-viable radio attack, stylishly demonstrated by a hovering drone.At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security…
Swiss drone crashes near children, forcing suspension of delivery program

Swiss drone crashes near children, forcing suspension of delivery program

A drone delivery program in Switzerland has been suspended indefinitely after one of the vehicles crashed just 50 yards away from a group of children. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports (via IEEE Spectrum) that the 10-kg (22-pound) drone, capable of carrying up to 2-kg of cargo, encountered an issue during a flight in Zurich in May.…
DJI aims for the best first-person drone experience with new googles, controller and more

DJI aims for the best first-person drone experience with new googles, controller and more

New gear from DJI will equip you with everything you need to become the best first-person drone racer that’s ever graced the Earth – you’ll be the Anakin Skywalker of FPV drone races. The company is launching a new suite of products specifically to make the most of Digital First Person Viewing (FPV) when operating…
Drone crash near kids leads Swiss Post and Matternet to suspend autonomous deliveries

Drone crash near kids leads Swiss Post and Matternet to suspend autonomous deliveries

A serious crash by a delivery drone in Switzerland have grounded the fleet and put a partnership on ice. Within a stone’s throw of a school, the incident raised grim possibilities for the possibilities of catastrophic failure of payload-bearing autonomous aerial vehicles. The drones were operated by Matternet as part of a partnership with the…

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Hong Kong Exchanges makes surprise $39 billion offer for Britain’s LSE

LONDON (Reuters) - Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (0388.HK) has made an unsolicited $39 billion takeover approach for the London Stock Exchange (LSE.L), a proposal contingent on the LSE ditching its acquisition of data company Refinitiv. The move comes at a time of political turmoil in both Hong Kong and London and is aimed at…

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