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Best microSD cards for 2022: Top picks for your camera, tablet, or drone

A microSD card is an easy way to add more storage directly to your phone or tablet. We’ve picked out eight great cards that offer excellent bang for your buck.
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Alphabet’s Wing will begin drone deliveries in Dallas-Fort Worth on April 7th

Alphabet's Wing division has announced that it's launching a drone delivery service in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex on April 7th. "With this service, the DFW area will be the largest metro in the world, and the first in the United States, with access to on-demand drone delivery," a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement. 

Wing's primary launch customer is Walgreens, which will deliver health and wellness products directly to customer's homes. For that, it will use a new operational model where drones are staged at one of its own store parking lots, rather than a Wing facility. It will also be delivering ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, Easyvet prescription pet medications (yep) and first aid kits from Texas Health.

"This will be America’s most scalable drone delivery operation to date, as Walgreens team members will process their own orders and load packages onto drones themselves – while Wing oversees the delivery from a remote location," the company said.

In a press release and video (above) from last year, Wing explained exactly how that would work. "The aircraft will arrive in small containers that serve as tiny hangars, allowing each store to quickly and easily deploy a small, dedicated fleet from its parking lot, on its roof, or in small spaces adjacent to the building." 

Wing uses a hybrid multi-rotor/fixed-wing drone of its own design. It can carry packages no heavier than 1.5kg (3.3 pounds) on round trips up to around 10km (6 miles) away. The drones are autonomous, but are monitored by pilots who can take control if something goes awry. There are redundant motors, batteries and navigation systems to help prevent accidents. 

Wing has been doing drone deliveries in Australia (its launch market) since early 2019, and started making drones deliveries in the US later that year. The company noted that it has made 200,000 real deliveries to date, but those were largely done in smaller communities — so the city launch is a big deal. "This is an important milestone for Wing and drone delivery in the US," the company said in a press release. 

Deliveries will start on April 7th for "tens of thousands" of homes in Frisco and Little Elm, both north of Dallas. "I do want to set clear expectations: not everyone who lives within range of our drones will be able to order on Day 1. We’re going to invite customers in groups to make sure everyone has a good first experience with drone delivery," said Wing CTO Adam Woodworth.

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This FPV drone package deal is $300 off at Best Buy today

This DJI FPV Dron is going for just $ 1,000 down from $ 1,300 and includes the drone, a controller, and an excellent set of goggles.
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Iraqi prime minister say he was the target of a drone assassination attempt

Drones are apparently turning into assassination tools. According to CBS News and Reuters, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi says he survived a drone-based assassination attempt today (November 7th) at his home in Baghdad's highly secure Green Zone. The country's Interior Ministry said the attack involved three drones, including at least one bomb-laden vehicle. Six bodyguards were injured during the incident, and an official speaking talking to Reuters claimed security forces obtained the remnants of a small drone at the scene.

While the Iraqi government publicly said it was "premature" to identify culprits, CBS sources suspected the perpetrators belonged to pro-Iranian militias that have used similar tactics against Erbil International Airport and the US Embassy. The militias directly blamed al-Kadhimi for casualties in a fight between Iraqi security forces and pro-militia protesters who objected to their side's losses in an October 10th parliamentary vote.

Iraq, the US, Saudi Arabia and Iran have publicly condemned the attack. Militia leaders, however, suggested the drone attack might have been faked to distract from protesters' reported deaths.

Drone-based terrorism isn't a completely novel concept. ISIS, for instance, modified off-the-shelf drones to drop explosives. Attacks against political leaders are still very rare, though. If accurate, the reported Iraqi plot suggests drone terrorism is entering a new phase — extremists are using robotic fliers to hit major targets too dangerous to strike using conventional methods.

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The best FPV drone videos of all time

Check out the some of the best FPV drone videos you’re ever likely to see, created by incredible pilots at the top of their game.
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Sony’s first drone, the Airpeak S1, rockets to 55 mph in just 3.5 seconds

Sony’s first drone accelerates to 55mph in a blink-and-you-will-miss-it 3.5s, making it the fastest accelerating drone in the industry. Shame it costs $ 9,000.
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Best Prime Day Drone deals 2021: What to expect

Prime Day is nearing and we’re checking out what to expect from the Prime Day drone sales that should happen soon.
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Parrot’s 4G-connected Anafi Ai drone is the Google Maps car of the skies

Parrot’s new 4G-connected Anafi Ai drone has no range limits and a powerful camera for breathtaking photography.
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Walmart just released a ton of amazing drone deals

Walmart is going crazy slashing prices on drones today, so if you’re interested you might want to get in there and take a look!
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Amazon’s ‘Always Home’ security drone is real and costs $249

It’s been a while since it was first mentioned but Amazon’s Ring Always Home Cam is actually a real product and you can already request an invite to be an early adopter. Priced at $ 249, the Always Home Cam is basically a camera that is attached to a small drone that can patrol your home […]

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Best cheap drone deals for September 2021: DJI, Potensic, Holy Stone and more

Buying a drone? Here are answers to the most common questions and the best drone deals available right now.
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Alphabet’s Wing starts drone deliveries to US homes

Alphabet's Wing has started making deliveries by drone to homes in the US for the first time. During a pilot program in Christiansburg, Virginia, drones will drop off packages from FedEx, Walgreens and local retailer Sugar Magnolia, which include ove…
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Drone Racing League is making its Racer4 UAV available to all

When the new season of Drone Racing League premieres on August 11th, its competitors will be racing the fourth iteration of its high-speed First Person View drone. That machine, called the DRL Racer4, can accelerate from zero to 90mph in under a seco…
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Canada adopts strict rules for drone flights

It's Canada's turn to implement rules for drone flights, and those in the pipeline could make the American approach seem lenient. Transport Canada has adopted new regulations that will require the registration of any drone weighing between 250g and…
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Vodafone takes on Santa with the UK’s first 4G drone delivery

5G might be grabbing all the headlines recently but 4G, or LTE if you prefer,  hasn’t suddenly become obsolete overnight, with carriers still pushing the limits in terms of functions and usage. The Vodafone network has just performed the UK’s first drone delivery using a 4G signal from a portable router to control the delivery vehicle. The […]

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DJI’s leaked Mavic 2 drone will come in ‘Pro’ and ‘Zoom’ versions

What little mystery surrounded DJI's upcoming Mavic 2 drone appears to have evaporated. Numerous UK residents have noticed that the latest Argos catalog includes a prominent ad for the Mavic 2 that reveals just about everything, including some clari…
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Uber CEO discusses self-driving cars and food delivery by drone

On the second day Uber Elevate Summit 2018, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took the stage for an interview covering everything from a recent fatal crash involving one of its self-driving cars, to his relationship with Google and Waymo, to drone deliveries.
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Airbus’ drone taxi takes to the skies for the first time

When Airbus first announced its plans to develop a self-flying taxi, it sounded like a fever dream of a sci-fi fan. Now, the aerospace giant has proven that it wasn't joking: Airbus' Vahana team have successfully flown their autonomous air taxi dubbe…
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[TA Deals] Save 45% on the Fader Stealth Drone

Drones make excellent holiday presents, and right now we’ve got a deal on the Fader Stealth Drone to help you finish playing Santa. This particular drone strikes a fine balance between being beginner-friendly and still being something fun for more advanced users thanks to some helpful automatic features and aerobatic capabilities. Auto take-off & land, […]

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[TA Deals] Take 34% off this DIY Building Block Fly ‘n Drive Drone!

Drones are fun, and building blocks are fun. Why not combine the two? That’s exactly what you get with the DIY Building Block Fly ‘n Drive drone, which combines a remote controlled drone that you’re able to build on top of with your own building blocks, like LEGO. Includes 2.4GHz transmitter for long-range flight control […]

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UVify’s Draco drone is fast, furious fun for wannabe racers

I'm flying high above the San Francisco Bay, maybe 150 feet in the air. I look down and start gliding toward a dilapidated skate park below. Once I'm near the ground I pull my nose up and look level with the horizon. Spotting two trees, I race toward…
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Watch the world’s first skydive from a drone

Unlike typical consumer-aimed quadcopter drones, Latvian company Aerones specializes in big UAVs that can carry hefty loads. Last year, they showed off one of their big lifter's prowess by towing YouTuber Kaspars Balamovskis on a snowboarding run. To…
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Drone is the first spacecraft in years to use a key Shuttle runway

Kennedy Space Center is slowly coming back to life, but you almost wouldn't know it by looking at the Shuttle Landing Facility. While it has seen some limited use for aircraft in recent years, it hasn't been used for an orbital mission landing since….
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Yes, that’s a selfie drone flying around in your local Apple Store

Apple Stores are going to be a lot noisier from this week after the company inked a deal to be the sole seller of the new Hover Camera Passport “selfie drone” from ZeroZero Robotics.

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Canon’s first drone is here — and it’s flying with a rumored $40K price tag

Canon has entered into the drone market through a partnership with Prodrone Co. Its pricey search-and-rescue drone sees in the dark thanks to Canon’s 4 million-ISO camera. The announcement comes from Canon Japan.

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Researchers develop a drone that swoops and lands like a bird

Watch out, birds. The drones are coming for your jobs. Researchers at BMT Defence Services (BMT) and the University of Bristol in Britain have built a fixed-wing UAV that can land as well as its avian counterparts, reports Popular Mechanics. Although…
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Lily Drone team says it has no timeframe for issuing refunds

When Lily Robotics announced that its self-flying, follow-along camera drone wouldn't be produced, it promised to refund $ 34 million in pre-orders back to its customers. That's still the plan, but according to a new refund request form, the company i…
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What you need to safely (and legally) fly your own drone

Eager to try flying your own drone? Know the law first! Let’s break down the FAA regulations and what they mean for you.

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Weather warrior: DJI’s new Matrice M200 drone can fly in rain or snow

Drone giant DJI has just unveiled its latest flying machine, the M200. Aimed squarely at business users and ideal for inspection work, the quadcopter features the company’s first-ever upward-facing gimbal mount.

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Shark spotter: Sentinel VDS drone makes beaches safer for surfers and swimmers

Sentinel VDS is a completely automated shark-detection system. Using an autonomous, unmanned aerial system and sophisticated detection software, the system provides a safe haven for swimmers and surfers alike.

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Parrot cuts a third of its workforce as drone sales increase but prices drop

2016 may have been the best year yet for drone sales — but as prices fall, Parrot is cutting a third of its drone workforce. The company says it will be reducing the number of options and focusing on commercial drones.

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This versatile drone can dive like a bird and jump like a flying fish

Created by prototype researchers at Imperial College London, AquaMAV is an aerial drone not only able to fly in the air, but also to dive into the water and then reemerge. Here’s how it works.

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Dubai launches ‘drone hunter’ to secure airport

When you are the third busiest airport in the world, you don’t need to mess with rogue drones. So the Dubai airport is launching its own drone hunter to track down the miscreants and report them to authorities.

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Still waiting for your Mavic Pro drone to arrive? DJI says it’s working on it

The Mavic Pro drone garnered a lot of attention when DJI unveiled the compact and foldable quadcopter in September. It started shipping last month, but a number of problems has left many pre-order customers still waiting for their machine to arrive.

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An all-new Inspire drone from DJI could be flying into view on November 15

Two years after its launch, it looks as if DJI is about to unveil the second generation of its high-end and rather pricey Inspire 1 drone. The original was highly praised when it landed in 2014, so we’re expecting great things with the next version.

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UPS test drives drone delivery with mock package

UPS announced it is starting to test emergency deliveries with help from CyPhy Works. The partnership is nothing new for UPS, as the shipping giant participated in a $ 22 million round CyPhy raised last year.

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‘Drone surfing’ is now a thing

Drone surfing is now a thing, apparently. Keen to show off the power of one of its flying machines, Washington-based firm Freefly swapped a kite for its ALTA 8 octocopter and sent a guy out on the water to see what happened. And yes, he did come back.

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Take a peek inside DJI’s first-ever Drone Arena

DJI has thrown open the doors to its first-ever Drone Arena, an indoor space where quadcopter fans can meet fellow enthusiasts, learn more about drone tech, and test out their flying skills on an adjustable LED-lit racing circuit.

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Meet Danger Drone – a flying computer designed to hack into all your unprotected devices

Security company Bishop Fox has created a flying hacker’s laptop called Danger Drone. Built around a Raspberry Pi, it can access networks and short-range signals normally out of reach.

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This proposed drone taxi service just took a big step toward becoming a reality

EHang’s cool 184 passenger drone has just received permission to carry out flight tests in Nevada, bringing the possibility of a drone taxi service another step closer.

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Watch this dazzling ‘drone ballet’ in front of Japan’s Mount Fuji

Twenty-one drones and 16,500 LED lights recently combined for a dazzling “drone ballet” in front of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, and the results, we’re sure you’ll agree, are truly stunning.

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iBubble, an autonomous drone camera, takes users under the sea

First came the camera. Then the underwater camera. And now, there’s the diving drone camera. As tech continues to reach new heights, we’re exploring new depths of the seas thanks to the iBubble, the autonomous underwater camera.

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Drone lovers unite! DJI+Discover is the Facebook for drone fans

Are you looking for other drone lovers to chat with about your favorite new drone gear? DJI+Discover, DJI’s new drone app, is aims to connect drone lovers and help people find drone professionals or recommended places to fly.

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Nevada gets first FAA-approved urban drone delivery

Flirtey, the startup that did the first FAA-sanctioned drone delivery in a rural area, has replicated the feat in an urban setting. It sent out an autonomous hexacopter on a half-a-mile flight to an empty house in Hawthorne, Nevada on March 10th, car…
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DJI rolls out new software to stop you flying your drone in restricted airspace

DJI has rolled out a more dynamic version of its geofencing software to prevent drone flights in restricted airspace. The system allows the authorities to update restrictions and for the first time offers drone owners live data on temporary no-fly zones.

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Meet the world’s smallest camera-equipped drone

The Axis Vidius is a quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand — it's roughly 1.5 inches square — yet it's able to livestream and record video in 420p. Axis says its Vidius model is the smallest-ever camera-equipped drone, and it's so tiny that…
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DARPA’s new drone will be able to take off and land on small Navy ships autonomously

A new unmanned aerial system program developed by DARPA and the U.S. Navy aims to launch and land on small Navy ships completely autonomously. The program just entered its next phase of research and testing.

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US Army retires its first drone

Military drones may still seem like relatively fresh concepts, but they're officially old hat as of this month: the US Army has retired its first-ever drone, IAI's Hunter, after 20 (!) years of service. The robotic recon veteran will now see use only…
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This giant quadcopter drone launches fixed-wing UAVs, then retrieves them with a skyhook

Boeing subsidiary Insitu recently unveiled its Flying Launch and Recovery System which allows a quadcopter drone to successfully launch and retrieve fixed-wing UAVs by utilizing a pulley system.

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Google says its drone delivery service could take flight in 2017

Amazon’s at it. Walmart’s at it. And now Google’s at it, too. Yes, all three companies are eyeing delivery services using drones, with Google insisting Monday that it could have a commercial operation up and running as early as 2017.

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