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DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

 DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 14th

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NASA puts $14M in funding towards soft robots, flash lidar and other research projects

 NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. 19 projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 1st

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US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

 The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

July 20th

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US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

 The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

July 20th

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Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit

 IMSI catchers, devices used to spoof cell towers and intercept communications, are one of the most resented open secrets of law enforcement. Strict non-disclosure agreements prevent them from being acknowledged as existing, let alone being used — but researchers think they’ve found a way to spot the shady signal-snatchers. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 2nd

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Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane

 You can hear the champagne corks popping here in Seattle as Boeing is awarded the contract to make DARPA’s cool experimental spaceplane. The XS-1, as it’s called, would allow for relatively cheap and simple trips to space for launching and testing satellites and all that sort of thing. The goal is to get costs down to as little as $5 million per launch all told, and be able to fly… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

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Apple joins Tesla in letter begging California to change its self-driving car rules

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Apple hasn't publicly stated that it's working on self-driving vehicle technology quite yet, but it's giving the world plenty of reason to think it's doing just that. Earlier this month, Apple scored a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, and now the company is showing its hand once again by joining the likes of Tesla, Uber, Ford, and Alphabet-owned Waymo in formally requesting that the state rethink its rules and regulations regarding driverless car testing.

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Mike Wehner

April 28th

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Taser rebrands as Axon and offers free body cameras to any police department

 Taser is now Axon. The brand has been a household word for years, but the company felt it was time to leave that identity behind and double down on the body camera and digital evidence management side of its business. As part of that move, it’s offering free body cameras and software to any police department that asks. Yes, free as in beer, and yes, any as in any. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 5th

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Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

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Anyone who's played a futuristic shooter since the dawn of video games knows that when you see something called a "railgun" you're in for a real treat. Well, the US Navy built a railgun of its very own, and it just showed off its remarkably powerful creation in a new video of its test firing.

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Mike Wehner

March 26th

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Vizio settles for $2.2 million in FTC suit over snooping on consumers’ viewing habits

vizio_d60-d3_60_1 TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit after it was shown that for years the company has been secretly collecting viewing data and selling it to third parties. The penalty may seem light, but the damage to the Vizio brand may be irreparable. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 7th

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