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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration has received nearly a dozen new applications to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft over the past week, and it plans to publish draft rules to allow broader use by the end of the year, the top agency official for the program said on Wednesday. The agency has received a total of 57 exemption applications and approved six for film and TV production companies last week, leaving 51 pending, Jim Williams, manager of the FAA's office of unmanned aircraft systems integration, said at an industry conference. ...
It feels like we're well past the point of Angry Birds being a driving force in pop culture, but that isn't stopping the questionable film based on the franchise from going ahead — in fact, it has a pretty impressive cast. The upcoming film will star Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, and Tony Hale also featuring in the movie. ...
Microsoft’s Windows 10 event didn’t include flashy features, sexy videos, or big unveils, it was about two things: fast improvements and feedback. While the new desktop features show where Windows is heading, the big news was behind the scenes, hidden in the words Microsoft chose to unveil Windows 10. The software maker has been quietly reengineering Windows to focus on faster updates. It’s a crucial change that will see Microsoft test weekly or monthly builds of Windows 10 with the public, instead of "dogfooding" them in private. ...
BlackBerry unveiled its new Passport flagship smartphone last week and media reaction so far has been decidedly mixed. In particular, many reviewers took issue with the Passport’s more square design and its boxy frame that they said made the device difficult to hold. BerryFlow’s Jubei Raziel isn’t hearing any of it, however, and he’s written a long tirade that rips into both the media and the average consumer for not being smart enough to comprehend the BlackBerry Passport’s true greatness. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s new strategy will work… but I like it anyway “Amidst the iCloud hacking scandal, the iPhone 6 Bluetooth connectivity issue with cars, Apple pulling back its faulty software update which left phones unusable,
We live in a country of cars. From the workplace to the grocery store to our kids' soccer games, we drive. And much of that time is spent with one person in one car -- a single occupancy vehicle. We often rationalize this behavior by telling our friends and family that there are no better options close to our homes or that it's actually cheaper...
A huge asteroid crashing into the Earth and killing all life may be a pretty far-fetched scenario — but it's far from impossible. As such, agencies like NASA and the UN have spent time envisioning ways to mitigate the threat, with nuclear weapons becoming an increasingly popular choice. Last September, the US and Russia entered into an agreement to collaborate and investigate how nuclear weapons could be used to defend the planet against rogue asteroids, but now it seems the US is actively stockpiling weapons to be used if needed.
Kinesthetic Communication, and the power of touch-a killer app for Apple Watch and beyond?After the recent Apple Developer conference, one question on many an Apple fan -- and shareholder's--minds is that of the potential success of the Apple Watch (yes I promise to not use any "time will tell" puns here). Having said that, it would seem that...
Facebook said today it would build new authentication tools to verify accounts flagged for being fake, following a controversy in which members of the LGBT community began leaving the social network so that they could use pseudonyms. "We owe you a better service and a better experience using Facebook, and we're going to fix the way this policy gets handled so everyone affected here can go back to using Facebook as you were," said Chris Cox, the company's chief product officer, in a Facebook post. The issue arose two weeks ago when Facebook cracked down on several hundred drag performers whose accounts had been reported as fake.
Most of us have felt the anguish that goes with breaking your smartphone. Zagg, the mobile device accessories maker behind the popular Invisible Shielf screen protector, commissioned a study that found that 48-percent of cellphone users and 27-percent of tablet users are living with a damaged device. To be fair, a screen protector manufacturer has a vested interest in these results.