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Get this drone and solve all your selfie problems for good

December 10, 2017 - 4:00am

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Over the past few years, selfies have transformed from a guilty pleasure to a viable way to take those special Kodak moments without bothering strangers. But while selfies may be all the rage, they're not the easiest to capture. From contorting your hand into an awkward, uncomfortable claw to making sure everyone's in the frame, mastering the art of selfies doesn't happen overnight. 

Enter the Air Selfie Drone, an innovative gadget that does the legwork for you.

SEE ALSO: This multi-lens kit will make your selfies very lit Read more...

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10 of the best gifts you can buy for under $100

December 8, 2017 - 3:25pm

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It's that time of the year again. You've put off your holiday shopping and totally missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Don't fret: These ten gifts are perfect for most anyone and they're all less than $100. Plus, when you use coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout you can get an additional 15% off.

SEE ALSO: Gifts ideas under $10 that people will actually like

Hyperchiller Coffee Chiller: 2-Pack

For the coffee lover in your life, the HyperChiller is a great gadget that turns hot coffee into perfect iced coffee in just one minute. The best part is, the HyperChiller comes in a two-pack so you can gift one to a friend and keep one for yourselfBuy a two-pack now for $60. Read more...

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Shark swims alarmingly close to beachgoers in Miami

December 4, 2017 - 2:37pm

Drone footage caught this large tiger shark moseying close to the shore, incredibly close to people wading in the water. Read more...

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Your favorite Star Wars fans will love these gifts

December 2, 2017 - 5:00am
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Best Buy's '20 Days of Doorbusters' is your daily stop for holiday deals in December

December 1, 2017 - 12:26pm

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The Twelve Days of Christmas is so 1780. Luckily, Best Buy's got an amazing set of deals to last you through nearly three weeks of gift giving leading up to the holidays. 

Best Buy's 20 Days of Doorbusters is like an advent calendar of deals. Each new day of December leading up to the 20th will feature a different sale on cool electronics and gadgets. You'll have 24 hours to take advantage of each deal before they move on to the next, so you can check back every day to see what Best Buy has in store.  Read more...

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Amazon patent reveals company's latest idea: a self-destructing delivery drone

December 1, 2017 - 9:38am

Amazon has a new idea to ensure delivery safety: a self-destruct drone.

On Friday, The Verge reported that Amazon has submitted a patent for a drone that can initiate a crash sequence and break itself into pieces in case of emergencies. 

SEE ALSO: This cute, flying robot could be your new bestie

The idea behind the design is simple: If anything goes wrong while an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is delivering your latest Amazon splurge, it's safer to have a bunch of small drone fragments fall out of the sky instead of one big one. Ok, sure.

The patent is dated Nov. 28, and describes the process for "directed fragmentation" of a drone in the event of "service disruptions due to unsuitable weather conditions, equipment malfunctions, and other problems." According to the patent:  Read more...

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This micro drone flies upside down, shoots in HD, and is on sale

November 30, 2017 - 2:15pm

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Who would have thought that a gadget purchased by the military would someday become a bestselling holiday gift? OK, so the toy drones you can buy at your local department or electronics stores are slightly different than the ones wielded by the U.S. government, but the capabilities of some toy drones would still probably blow your mind. 

SEE ALSO: Save $150 on this foldable, self-flying camera drone

With many modern models boasting advanced features suited for activities like aerial photography and stunts, it's no wonder the Consumer Technology Association gave toy drones a spot on its list of the Top 10 Tech Gifts of 2017. Read more...

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NASA's AI drone raced a human pilot, and we're officially living in a sci-fi movie

November 29, 2017 - 3:52am

NASA just tested the limits of artificial and human intelligence by pitting an AI-operated drone against one flown by a man.  

The test was supported in part by Google-funded research and took place at an indoor track in Pasadena, CA. The drones flew at speeds of approximately 40 miles per hour. The opponents completed multiple races.  

To ensure the race was as evenly matched as possible, scientists enlisted pilot Ken Loo (aka FlyingBear), who participates in the International Drone Racing League. 

At first, Loo was no match for his AI opponent. "This is definitely the densest track I've ever flown," Loo said in a press statement.   Read more...

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Drone used to drop anti-news leaflets over NFL stadiums

November 27, 2017 - 1:55pm

Say what you will about the quality of NFL play in the San Francisco Bay Area this season but things got a little weird on Sunday when a man allegedly used a drone to drop anti-media leaflets over games in both Santa Clara and Oakland. 

SEE ALSO: Medical delivery drones could expedite defibrillations

Tracy Michael Mapes was said to have dropped leaflets lambasting television news over Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, during the second quarter of the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks. 

Then, Mapes apparently managed to drive across the bay to Oakland where he dropped the flyers over the Oakland Raiders' game against the Denver Broncos which was happening at the same time. Read more...

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There's a great deal on this camera drone ahead of Cyber Monday

November 26, 2017 - 6:00am

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It can be hard to pick out holiday gifts for picky friends and family members. You're pretty safe betting on some kind of tech, but there's so much to choose from: cameras, phones, speakers... you need to get a gift that no one else is going to think to get, and you need to do it without breaking the bank. So consider the TRNDlabs Spectre Drone.

SEE ALSO: The PowerUp FPV is a paper airplane drone you control with your head

The powerful Spectre has four high-speed propellers, an HD camera, 50-meter range, and an app so you can watch your footage live. You can even use its built-in LED lights to shoot at night.  Read more...

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Get the best deals at Walmart on Black Friday without leaving your couch

November 24, 2017 - 4:35am

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Black Friday at Walmart is a big deal and 2017 is no different. But wouldn't it be nice if you didn't actually have to go to Walmart. (Bless you, internet.)

Between getting holiday gifts for loved ones and treat yo' self gifts for ourselves, we're always on the hunt for the best deals that don't require us to get trampled in the store. Luckily, you can find Walmart's best deals right here, from the comfort of your own bed. 

SEE ALSO: Toys R Us has tons of deals on games and consoles this Black Friday Read more...

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Save $150 on this foldable, self-flying camera drone

November 24, 2017 - 3:00am

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Drones have become a serious part of the photography experience, capable of capturing unique photos and videos that no non-flying camera ever could. But as anyone who’s ever been attacked by a drone will tell you, piloting them is not easy – regardless of whether you’re using a touchscreen or an external controller. 

Fortunately, there’s a new self-flying drone that handles all of this on its own: the Hover 4K Camera Passport Self-Flying Camera Drone.

This Red Dot Design award-winning drone uses facial recognition to fly autonomously and capture 360-degree, panoramic 4K photos and videos of you in your environment. Much like the more expensive DJI drones, the Hover also lets you use hand gestures to snap photos anytime. And when you’re finished flying, the Hover folds up to a travel-friendly size and can easily fit into a small bag or purse. Read more...

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You can give your loved ones the gift of flight this holiday season, no wings or ticket required

November 24, 2017 - 1:09am

Every little kid dreams of flying. Not in an airplane, but real flying. Maybe like a superhero with one arm thrust forward, or a bird, soaring over trees and lakes. 

Turns out dreams can come true; with some smart tech. DJI has paired its Mavic Pro drone with a first-person view headset — the DJI Goggles, for an immersive flying experience that will satisfy tech enthusiasts and outdoorsy types this holiday season. 

When the Goggles first launched in May, they sold out on the DJI website in three hours. But DJI has restocked them just in time for Black Friday, at $449. 

Here’s what the Mavic+Goggles combination offers that makes it a great gift for someone special. Read more...

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Stunning new drone footage of Apple Park will make your jaw drop

November 22, 2017 - 11:50am

If you haven't gotten a chance to visit Apple Park — the company's 175-acre Cupertino campus that looks like a massive spaceship — please savor this stunning drone footage.

The footage, taken in November, gives an aerial view of the park and some of its key attractions like the Visitor Center, the pond (which was recently filled with water), the soon-to-be completed outdoor food stations, and fitness center, as well as a larger look at the campus' the striking architecture.

The campus has a bit more work ahead of it before it's officially complete, but from the looks of things Steve Jobs would be proud. Read more...

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This high-tech glove lets you control a drone with your hand gestures

November 16, 2017 - 7:41am

The Aura drone uses advanced stabilization and connectivity to be controlled remotely using hand gestures. Read more...

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Drone simulator is as close to the real thing as you can get without spending hundreds of dollars

November 15, 2017 - 4:30am

A state-of-the-art drone flying simulator called DRL Simulator is out on Steam today and it's as close to the real thing as you're going to get without spending hundreds of dollars on a high-end drone.

DRL Simulator was created by the Drone Racing League (DRL), the premiere competitive league for professional drone racing. The simulator goes through all the basics of drone piloting, allowing people to get a feel for what it's like to fly a real drone, and works all the way up to the most difficult professional levels of drone racing.

SEE ALSO: This cute, flying robot could be your new bestie

The simulator is so true-to-life that DRL is actually using it to host tryouts to its 2018 competitive drone racing season, with the top simulator pilots getting a chance to earn thousands of dollars. Read more...

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This cute, flying robot could be your new bestie

November 14, 2017 - 12:13pm

Meet Fleye, an autonomous flying drone that is designed with users in mind. Its unique design provides a safe and easy drone flying experience, but if you're up for a challenge, you can program it to work on its own. Read more...

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AI researchers want governments to ban killer robots, before it's too late

November 6, 2017 - 5:53pm

Artificial intelligence technology has developed in leaps and bounds in the last decade, and now, governments are being urged to ban robots that can kill, before things get out of hand.

Researchers from Australia and Canada have issued an open letter to the respective leaders of each country, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to take a "firm global stand" against weaponising AI.

SEE ALSO: Hello Aibo, goodbye Alexa: Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

The open letter comes ahead of a United Nations conference on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), which restricts or bans specific types of weapons that are indiscriminate in its force or cause excessive injury. Read more...

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Horrifying video shows a drone dispensing candy crash into crowd below

November 6, 2017 - 1:02pm

A drone dispensing candy to a crowd in Ogaki, Japan crashed into a crowd of people at the Ogaki Robot Festival on Saturday.

Japan Today reports that the drone was dishing out candy to a crowd gathered in a park when abruptly, the drone tilted sideways and fell into the people. Six people, ranging in age from 5 to 48, suffered minor injuries in the crash. 

SEE ALSO: Medical delivery drones could expedite defibrillations


— kenranger (@kenranger555) November 4, 2017

A clip of the crash uploaded to Twitter shows the drone tilt sideways, its motors still roaring as it dives in the crowd. People can be heard screaming, and the drone appears to make a direct hit to a man with a child sitting on his shoulder. Read more...

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Snap hands-free selfies of your whole squad with this small camera drone

November 2, 2017 - 3:00am

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When the squad is so big and no one wants to be the designated photographer, you need to call in reinforcements. And now, getting the whole squad in the pic just got a whole lot easier with the latest in drone camera technology: the SKEYE Name 2 FPV Drone.

Enter into the world of hands-free selfies and videos with the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone. As one of the world's smallest drone cameras, this tiny drone flies high above to take all the HD quality videos and pictures you need for Instagram. 

Using Ready to Fly technology, this drone soars above and beyond to record real-time FPV video with its HD, WiFi-controlled camera. With its adjustable gyro sensitivity and 6-axis control, the SKEYE drone snaps photos and videos while maintaining a steady flight. And with built-in auto-functions, you won't find any turbulence during take-off and landing.  Read more...

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