The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pushing back at a major federal court decision from Thursday that ruled the agency did not have the right to fine a commercial photographer for flying a commercial drone
“The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the decision until the Board rules,” the FAA said in a statement released one day after the ruling
News photographers, surveyors and nearly any company interested in using drones for commercial purposes rejoiced following the ruling that promised to unlock the skies to a myriad of new commercial ventures. Until Thursday, most would-be commercial drone users were expecting to wait until 2015 — when the FAA plans to release new guidelines for commercial drone use — for a legal framework allowing commercial drone flights Read more…
Building a camera is not easy. I know this because I spent nearly two hours during a recent weekend trying to put together the Lomography Konstruktor, a DIY 35mm film SLR (single-lens reflex) camera.
Lomography is widely known for its toy cameras. The Diana and Fisheye Baby are two popular toy cameras that come to mind. And while buying a film camera instead of a digital one today is akin to buying a bulky CRT television instead of a flatscreen high-definition TV, that hasn’t stopped Lomography from releasing cameras that try to bring back the nostalgia of the bygone analog days. With a low $35 price, is the Konstruktor more toy than camera? Read more…
When it comes to smartphone purchases, men and women want the same thing: not too expensive, intuitive features and holds a charge like a champ.
However, there are subtle differences between men and women’s preferences in a new phone. According to a new Nielsen survey conducted in more than 58 countries, female respondents cared more about price, contract terms and camera capabilities; men gravitated toward attributes such as operating system, screen size and processor speed.
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While this is no Monsieur, this DIY Arduino project may be the next best thing. The system uses a kitchen scale, a little amplifier, and an Arduino Uno (you can add in a Bluetooth chip if you want this to be wireless.) You place the shaker on the scale and a connected Android device prompts you to put in various boozes, measuring each pour in real time. When you’ve poured in enough liquid, it goes… Read More
The dogfight between BlackBerry and Windows Phone in the U.S. has a new leader. Microsoft’s smartphone platform now controls more market share than that of the Canadian firm. But there is more to the story. New Comscore data indicates that even while besting BlackBerry at last, Windows Phone’s market share in the U.S. isn’t budging. Read More
Major cities across the country have passed sweeping regulations against e-cigarette use over the past few months, but e-cigarette shop owners aren’t too concerned about losing customers.
Los Angeles just banned e-cigarette use in virtually all public areas on March 3, and they were just following suit with similar legislation that’s been passed in Boston, New York City, Chicago and other smaller cities. Shop owners are a bit nervous about what to expect when the new regulations go into effect over the coming months, but they don’t think a few new rules are going to halt business.
It’s Friday, which means your Pavlovian response to the nearing weekend has left you drooling to hear us chat about gadgets. Hooray! Read More
Smartwatch maker Pebble has finally released its full version 2.0 app for Android devices, following a public beta originally brought the software and the Pebble Appstore to smartphones using Google’s mobile OS last month. The update, if you haven’t used the beta or if you’re not an iPhone owner, offers the ability to search for, install and manage new apps and watchfaces for… Read More
Samsung is doing something unusual for the company – focusing on mobile software design, with a new product out today called Milk Music. It’s a streaming radio app, with free (and ad-free) streaming of tracks in the U.S. that’s available via Google Play to owners of Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4… Read More
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening around the world. Today, we’re looking at five important stories
After a Newsweek report identifying the man behind Bitcoin, Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto claims he’s not the creator of the digital currency. In an Associated Press interview, Nakamoto said it plain and clear: “I got nothing to do with it.”
Samantha Taylor, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, testified at the trial in which Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Taylor said Pistorius once fired his gun through the sunroof of his car after he was reprimanded by police Read more…