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The International Drone Photography Contest

International Drone Photography Contest

 

Dronestagram’s fourth annual International Drone Photography Contest didn’t feature photos of your next door neighbour’s garden, and you sunbathing in it. It actually had some pretty cool stuff, like Two Moo by LukeMaximoBell.

Spotter: International Drone Photography Contest

Posted: 9th, July 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment


Drones can hack your lightbulbs from 1000 feet overhead

Drones can hack your lightbulbs. It’s true. It sounds mad to say it, granted. But it’s true. PC World reports on a cyber attack on your so-called smart bulbs:

Researchers were able to take control of some Philips Hue lights using a drone. Based on an exploit for the ZigBee Light Link Touchlink system, white hat hackers were able to remotely control the Hue lights via drone and cause them to blink S-O-S in Morse code.

The drone carried out the attack from more than a thousand feet away.

If they can blink for help, presumably they can also be turned off and on in, say, an attack by an enemy? The war-time command to “Put that light out” would be null and void if the enemy was controlling the things.

“There is no other method of reprogramming these [infected] devices without full disassemble (which is not feasible). Any old stock would also need to be recalled, as any devices with vulnerable firmware can be infected as soon as power is applied,” according to the researchers.

Apparently, the Israeli and Canadian researchers have informed Philips of the design flaw and it’s been “patched”.

Isn’t technology marvellous.

 

Spotter: iotWorm

 

Posted: 7th, November 2016 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment


Video: human wasp makes drone helicopter in his garden

 

Drones are invasive. And now YouTuber user Gasturbine101 has managed to make them still more annoying by creating one that can fly him over your heads.

Called Swarm –  aka The Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone – the device is a load of pricey drones stuck together.

 

swarm

 

Hail the human wasp!

Posted: 9th, September 2015 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment


New Jersey Man Arrested For Shooting Neighbour’s Spy Drone

This Tuesday, June 24, 2014 photo shows the Draganflyer X4-ES drone, a professional, GPS guided, four-rotor UAV helicopter capable of autonomous flight, video and digital still images, during a demonstration for the media in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

This Tuesday, June 24, 2014 photo shows the Draganflyer X4-ES drone, a professional, GPS guided, four-rotor UAV helicopter capable of autonomous flight, video and digital still images, during a demonstration for the media in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

TO New Jersey, where a man has taken badly to being spied upon. He used a shotgun to shoot down his neighbour’s drone.

The droner was using his spy in the sky to check out a nearby home undergoing renovations.

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Posted: 6th, October 2014 | In: Technology | Comment (1)


Paul Rand drones on for 13 hours to stop King Obama

Brennan CIA

THE homepage of the BBC website has no mention of Republican US senator Paul Rand’s momentous filibuster. It’s buried on the Us section. Rand spoke for 13 hours to delay the nomination of White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to the top job at the CIA. Questions abound about the possible use of drones against Americans. Using drones to fire on Americans would go against the sixth amendment – an American citizen’s right to a fair trial

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Posted: 7th, March 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment