Drone Vs. Drone Capture Technology Demonstrated

Drone’s will be making the news more and more this year. With everything from having to register drones in the USA to legal rulings involving drones, last year had everything. One topic of particular interest was not the before or after of a drone flight, but how would you stop one in use? A team at Michigan Tech think they may have an answer in their Drone Vs. Drone concept.

After the news that snipers were protecting crowds at the World Cup from drones, Mo Rastgarr of Michigan Tech University thought there had to be better ways. Along with a team of students, Rastgaar started building in late 2014, taking only two months to build their first prototype system.

The new system involves a drone who is equipped with a net gun. An in flight a drone is a dangerous thing, and while progress has been made in taking down drones mid-flight, such as with the anti-drone rifle, taking down drones tend to mean you have falling machinery. The net gun system Rastgaar and his team have created would allow a drone to not only be immobilized but also taken away, possibly for the police to then use for tracking down the owner.

In the video below you can see the concept in action, they even included the invading drone’s viewpoint just to add a little Hollywood to the video.

While not the first anti-drone equipped drone, this prototype system does seem to have some promise from the video and with places like Tokyo creating a squad just for anti-drone responsibilities, you can tell that people are getting more and more concerned about the misuse of this technology. Events like the power cut in Hollywood that was caused by a drone showing how little people have to accept responsibility for their use for this technology.

Anti-Drone Rifle Disables UAVs Up to 400 Metres Away

Drones are one of the latest areas of technology that the public has widely accepted. Ranging from their use at filming sports events from different angles to being used for racing, weapons and more, they are certainly adaptable and dangerous. Two months ago it was revealed that most drones could be disabled with the right sound waves. Now it would seem that a company has taken this idea and created a public sector, anti-drone weapon.

Meet the DroneDefender. Created by Battelle and weighing approximately ten pounds the device is designed to help disable UAV’s and other remote controlled aerial craft from up to 400 metres away. While the military has been keen to develop anti-drone defences, this is the first time that a company has created something for use by the general public for drone defence.

By firing an array of radio waves, specifically tuned to GPS and ISM frequencies the drone is not only disabled but it can’t receive any future commands from its operator. With the possibilities being endless for its deployment, from sports events and public gatherings to buildings like the White house or Parliment.

With drones becoming an everyday purchase, with you being able to walk down to your local shop and grab one or order several different models straight from the web. Being able to stop them when they are clearly being misused is an idea many are welcoming.

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Thank you Engadget for the information and image.

See How the BMW EnLighten App May Help You in Traffic

Traffic lights could become a nightmare in heavy traffic, to the point where you never know if you can send a quick text or take a sip of your morning coffee before the light ahead changes. You always need to keep your eyes peeled and check if the light turns green before the guy behind you honks you to death, or you may never know if that green light will change before you try passing the intersection.

BMW has been working on solving this and came up with the EnLighten app, having it work with participating cities by communicating with the traffic light control system. This means that the app makes use of your phone’s GPS and knows which light you are approaching, then gives you a counter to see how long it will take for the light to change.

However, don’t think that the counter is 100% accurate, so don’t try forcing your luck on that last second. The data is received and processed based on red, amber and green cycles, as well as traffic flow cycles at different times of the day.

While there may be a slight time deviation, the app is still useful in giving drivers a chance to time their arrival at intersections when the light is green, or give them a chance to do something else while waiting at a red light.

The app is currently available on iOS and Android for use in any BMW car and a map of participating cities can be found here.

Thank you Gizmag for providing us with this information

eBay Shuts Down Their 1-Day Delivery Service

Ebay has been running their eBay Now service since 2012 in selected cities, but not anymore. They are now closing the service and throwing they keys away. It originally started in San Francisco in 2012 and expanded to other regions later on and it was meant as a competition to Amazon’s one-day delivery option.

The eBay Now service was “always intended” as a pilot program according to eBay’s statement and it ran quite long when we consider that. The service showed “encouraging results”, but the marketplace giant will now explore different programs for express delivery instead. They can’t completely abandon something like that for their 25 million sellers and the new methods in work are also said to cover a wider variety of inventory. Ebay will continue to offer in-store pickups in stores such as Best Buy which has proven to be a liked feature. They just can’t compete with Amazon’s Prime offerings in the regard of shipping.

“We’ve found that the types of things that people buy on eBay aren’t necessarily those that are in high demand for same-day delivery, and that same-day options for the most part exclude core eBay sellers who don’t have offline locations,” explained an eBay spokesperson

I for one won’t miss this feature, mainly because it didn’t apply to my geographic location. Even if it did, it wouldn’t bother me as the things I buy on eBay aren’t high-priority and it doesn’t matter if it takes 2 or 3 days to arrive and it looks like I’m not the only one.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Users Rage Over Payday 2 Support-Stop on Last-Gen Consoles

When Overkill announced that Payday 2: Crimewave Edition was coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 back in February as well as continued support for the game until 2017, a lot of people got excited for the chance to play the heist game on the current generation consoles.

In the announcement was something most people read past in the excitement for the new versions and all the new content promised – both paid and free – and that was the announcement that the company would cease the update development for the last generation consoles, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Q: Will you continue to support PAYDAY 2 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3?
A: In connection with this, we have decided to retire the PAYDAY 2 update development on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We wish we could provide more updates. For a long time, we’ve been looking at how we could add more updates from a technical standpoint. Sadly, we now understand that it’s impossible to continue doing so.

As said, many people didn’t notice that part and they’re now taking their rage out on twitter and similar social media platforms. But really, no one is to blame here, it just reached a natural stopping point where that 10-year old hardware can’t handle things anymore.

The developers are equally sad that they can’t continue the work, but there just isn’t anything they can do about it.

“We wish we could provide more updates. For a long time, we’ve been looking at how we could add more updates from a technical standpoint. Sadly, we now understand that it’s impossible to continue doing so,” the statement reads. “For those of you who play Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and have been looking forward to new updates, you’ll be pissed when you hear this. We hate this too, because there’s nothing we can do about it.”

505 Games offered a discount on the new PS4 and Xbox One version for pre-orders up until launch, but there weren’t any loyalty bonuses for the old generation console users nor could that take their savegames with them to the new console. As such there weren’t many players that took advantage of it.

This is just one of many instances we’ll see where this will become an issue for those who refuse to upgrade their hardware for one reason or another and we can expect more and more developers to drop support for the older generations in the future.

Thank You VG247 for providing us with this information

You Can Now Use Your Hyundai Car Features From Your Apple Watch

Hyundai is keeping up with the times and trying to make your car interaction experiences more impressive than ever. Earlier this year, it launched the Android counterpart, allowing users to interact with their Hyundai cars from Android devices. Now the company has shifted its focus on the latest gadget on the market, namely the Apple Watch.

Hyundai launched the Blue Link car platform on the App Store, offering all features previously showcased in the Android version. Therefore, you can start and stop the engine with just a tap, remotely lock the car’s doors and even find your car on the map. The latter are just a few examples of what the Blue Link app allows you to do, but the best part of it is the Siri integration, where you are able to interact with your car through voice commands.

Hyundai’s Blue Link app for iOS is said to be compatible with all of its cars that have the Blue Link feature. However, the approach is not that uncommon. BMW has a similar app called BMW Remote App that lets you pretty much do the same things Hyundai’s app does, while Volkswagen and Porsche apps are also available for you to make the most out of your driving experience.

The question here is, will you as a driver prefer to interact with your car from your watch or through voice commands, or do you prefer to just keep your keys in your pocket as usual?

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

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U.S. Navy Doesn’t Trust Lenovo With Their Weapon Systems

You don’t trust anyone with the control of your weapon systems and it looks like the U.S. Navy isn’t too pleased with Lenovo’s recent purchase of the IBM Server division.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Navy is looking at dropping the IBM servers from some weapon systems after the company’s server line was purchased by Lenovo Group Ltd, a Chinese company.

The last years headlines have shown more than once that security and threats don’t just come from software, but that hardware is an equal access point. With something as crucial as weapon systems, one can understand that the Navy wants to be on the safe side.

On the other hand, more and more reminders of us the cold war era. Russia developing their own CPUs because they don’t trust the west, the U.S. placing trade restriction on China forbidding the sale of the most powerful supercomputers to them, and now this story.

Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman said that the company generally declined to comment on customer contracts and as such didn’t have anything else to say to this particular case and instead pointed the finger in the direction of the Ministry of Finance.

Lenovo paid a price of $ 2.1 billion when they bought IBM’s low-end x86 server business last year.

Unhappy Gamers Start Petition Against Paid Content in Steam Workshop

Valve is doing a lot of restructuring in Steam at the moment. First there was the added limitation for people who haven’t spent any money on the service and yesterday they announced that it now was possible for modders to set their own price for their work and sell it in the Steam Workshop instead of just sharing their work as it was up until now.

But it looks like a lot of users aren’t happy with this new addition to Steam and a user named Cyand Wondel started a petition on change.org to stop it again. The petition was started about 12 hours ago and over 15 thousand have already signed the petition out of the 25 thousand petition goal.

The comments people give on why they are signing the petition all look very similar, a fear that this could ruin a great modding community on Steam:

“This has the potential of ruining the mod community, it has to be stopped.”

“This should have never happened in the first place Valve. I mean no 1 would pay for this, they are not DLC’s they are mods and they are supposed to be free.”

“Many of the mods currently being sold require the Skyrim Script Extender and that team of people won’t be seeing a single penny from this the way you have it set up. Also modding is a hobby, not a career. You will ruin the modding community by going about this in the fashion that you are”

In short, the fear is that this could ruin the modding community as it is, by turning it into a marketplace rather than just a forum for sharing your own creations with fellow gamers and get some feedback on items that you’ve put so much work into.

But it isn’t an entirely new scheme from Valve, just an extension. People have already been able to sell items for Valve’s own games and it is estimated that 1500 users have made a total of about $57 million in these games over the previous three years.

What’s your take on Valve’s newest initiative, do you think it’s a good or bad thing?

Paradox Plans to Tackle Cities: Skylines Piracy by Making the Game Even Better

Forget draconian DRM or annoying online registrations, Paradox thinks that it can prevent piracy of its new game, the SimCity-inspired Cities: Skylines, by making it at good as it can possibly be.

Shams Jorjani, Vice President of Acquisition at Paradox, revealed on Twitter, after bemoaning the 16% piracy Cities: Skylines was subject to after two days of release, that the company plans to make legal purchase through Steam the more desirable option by offering free updates and DLC:

Jorjani then took a swipe at DRM, reaffirming Paradox’s view that the more convenient you make game delivery and access, the more customers you will appeal to.

So, making the best game you can and making it easy to install and play is appealing to customers. Who knew?

Source: VG24/7

Neknominate And You Could Be Facing A Manslaughter Charge!

Above some of the people that have been killed in the process of undertaking the dangerous challenge

It’s not uncommon for us to hear of new trends and crazes that are doing their rounds on the likes of Facebook such as the seven-second vine videos and the Harlem shake that did its rounds on YouTube as well, but this latest ‘craze’ as such is one that I can only class as pathetic. stupid and in a number of cases down right dangerous. For those who are not in the loop as to what this latest thing is all about, users will make up a drink of various ‘ingredients’ in a cocktail type fashion, then neck it back to prove that they can do it. After this the person will then nominate or effectively dare one of more people to create their own concoction and so on so forth.

What seemed as a harmless joke however has spiralled well out of control as some people are mixing up cocktails that are lethal with chemicals and other poisonous ingredients and are then killing themselves in the process by drinking it.  With no less than five recorded deaths now to have happened because of the sheer stupidity of what is being done the police are no longer taking the situation lightly and any person who nominates one of their mates to do the challenge could be looking at a potential manslaughter charge if their mate dies as a result of this ‘dare’.

To add to the severity of the situation, a number of lawyers are now stating that they are no longer able to make out that the ‘nominator’ was not aware of the risks and that they did not know how dangerous the situation is. One layer made a statement to the Welsh paper, Wales Online that the risk of facing criminal charges for the sake of having a laugh is quite strong. In a statement to the paper he added.   “Any person would have to prove that the person who did the nomination knew with a degree of certainty what was likely to occur. At the beginning of this no-one knew what was going to happen. If a person knew, because of all the publicity and said, ‘I have been watching it on the news, I nominated my mate and thought he would be all right but knew there was a risk’ you could have grounds for a prosecution. It might be manslaughter.”

Simply put, now is a time to put an end to this craze before anyone else gets hurt, there are enough people who are out there making their own lethal cocktails and then telling you to tip it down the sink so I don’t have to do the same for you. Words cannot express how pitiful I am for anyone that thinks this is what you need to do to prove to your mates that you can undertake a dare. Is the thought of ending up in prison over a drink that you didn’t make not enough. Simply put, STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

Source and image courtesy: The Mirror