Drones Can Be Easily Hijacked, Demoed At Def Con

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The Parrot Bebop drone has never been quite so popular as the DJI’s or 3DRs out there. It does not rank the same on the pro equipment scale so pros are less likely to use it. Then again, it is less than $500 where a 3DR solo (gimbal-less) or a DJI Phantom Vision 3 are around $1000. That puts the Bebop it the same price range as the Phantom  2, but again, not as popular.

Here is another reason why this little drone may not be as successful as its colleagues, it can be taken over or dropped to the ground quite easily.

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Watch As a Huge Eagle Attacks Drone In Midair, Sending It Crashing to the Ground

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Drones seem to be regularly under attack, sometimes from lawmakers, and often from disgruntled neighbors.  But rarely do we see it under attack from the air.  Let’s change that, shall we?

Australian photographer Adam Lancaster was taking his DJI Phantom out for an aerial stroll through the bushes of Victoria when a winged guardian of the skies took exception to its presence.  In exciting footage of the encounter, a Wedge-Tailed Eagle flying nearby is seen attacking the drone midair, sending it plummeting to the ground.

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Drones Under Fire: Officials Offer $75,000 Reward Leading To Pilots Who Flew Over Wildfire

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If your motto is, “Have drone, will fly over wildfires,” you could find yourself in some hot water.  Earlier this month, we reported how private drones were delaying firefighting efforts in California’s San Bernardino County.  Now, the heads of those drone pilots could be on the proverbial chopping block.

Obviously, people weren’t happy.  Officials, who credit the drones with grounding firefighting aircraft and allowing the fires to spread, are offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the pilots of the drones.  But, it doesn’t stop there.

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Infographic: 8 Things to Check Before Taking Your Drone Airborn

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I love checklists.  I have tried to be more like my wife in being able to mentally keep a running tally of what needs done, but I continue to fail miserably.  Thankfully, there are other people who also appreciate lists, and the folks at Story and Heart were kind enough to share one of theirs with us.  It not only serves as a checklist, but it offers tips to explain some of the method for the madness.

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Man Shoots Down Neighbor’s Drone, Has To Pay For Damages

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Drones are a common and controversial topic, and drones themselves sometimes make people angry.  Brett McBay, a California resident, is so passionate about drones that he instructed his son to shoot one down outside their Modesto, CA home with a shotgun.  McBay alleges that he originally thought the drone was a CIA spycopter.  However, it was a homemade hexacopter built by his neighbor’s son who was home visiting his parents.

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Canon Files Patent, Could Be Entering Drone Wars

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Drones.  Some love ’em; some hate ’em.  We simply report on them.

According to reports circulating around the web, Canon may be the next big player to announce its contendership in the great drone race based a patent filed with Japanese Patent Office.  While details are very limited at this time, Canon has apparently filed a patent for some form of drone-related technology, making them the first of the major camera companies to take such a step.

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‘You been told’ – Angry man confronts drone pilots on beach

Imagine this:  Two guys on a beach, sipping margaritas and baring their souls to each other.  After a while, they decide to spend some time flying their drones around, leaving smoke trails in the sky.  We aren’t certain what all these guys may have been doing prior to testing out their drones, but Kevin Henderson was kind enough to upload a video of the confrontation for the rest of us to play armchair expert.

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DJI Is Putting Drone Development in the Hands of the Public

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We are all familiar with video footage of personal drones crashing.  They’re old news.  Everyone has a drone and everyone crashes it.  The devastation is horrific.  End of story.  (See, I just saved you from watching another less-than-epic YouTube video.  I accept thank you’s in the form of hugs and chocolate.)

But, what everyone doesn’t have is the new Matrice 100 being released by DJI.  This new quadcopter sports significant improvements over previous drone models, particularly built-in sensors that keep the dang thing from crashing.  (My apologies for dashing your hopes of becoming a viral sensation.  But, hey, get smallpox, and you will literally be a viral sensation, so there is still hope.)  However, that isn’t the Matrice’s biggest innovation…

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Japan Tightens Lenient Laws after Radioactive Drone Lands on Prime Minister’s Roof

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Less than a month after a camera-equipped drone carrying trace amounts of radioactive substances was discovered on the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office, legislators are starting to crack down on radio-controlled aerial devices.

Drones have been banned in all 81 of Tokyo’s public parks and gardens, and additional legislation is in the works and will ban using them above “important facilities” such as government buildings, embassies, the Imperial Palace and the Supreme Court.

Now that drones have made headlines in the country and attracted the attention of lawmakers, it is expected that even more laws will be implemented ahead of the G7 Summit in 2016 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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3D Robotics’ Smart Drone Uses Computers to Control Flight; Allows Artists to Focus on the Footage

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Just days after industry leader DJI announced the 4K Phantom 3 drone, 3D Robotics presented its own advancements with the Solo – a ready-to-fly drone made specifically for the GoPro.

The ‘smart’ drone uses two computers in order to allow unique features and have the drone fly autonomously according to a predetermined path or pattern. This allows you to focus on operating the camera rather than have to worry about flying the drone.

The Solo will soon hit the stores and is expected to be available in 2,000 physical locations.

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