Chinese drone maker DJI is planning to release a firmware update so its drones will no longer be able to fly inside of restricted airspace in Washington, DC. The update would also prevent aircraft from crossing the US-Mexico international border, after two recent high-profile incidents.
The first incident was when suspected drug smugglers working for a Mexican cartel crashed a DJI drone with several pounds of methamphetamine. In a separate incident, a drunk government employee accidentally crashed his drone onto White House property in an early morning accident.
With the unmanned aerial systems community growing on a daily basis, we feel it is important to provide pilots with additional tools to help them fly safely and responsibly," said Michael Perry, a spokesman for DJI, in a statement to reporters. "We will continue cooperating with regulators and lawmakers to ensure the skies stay safe and open for innovation."
Mobile payments at checkout in retail stores has a lot of work left before going mainstream, but mobile is becoming increasingly popular among online transactions. More than a quarter of online global payments were made via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices during Q4 2014, according to a report from Adyen.
The 25.8 percent figure is an 11 percent increase over Q3 2014, and retailers are finding new techniques to turn mobile users into paying customers.
"Across all industries including retail, gaming, ticketing, and of course digital goods, we see the emergence of successful businesses offering a mobile-only experience," said Roelant Prins, chief commercial officer of Adyen. "For many companies, mobile is now the primary sales channel, rather than simply a key sales channel, aided by the accelerated growth of mobile payments globally in the last quarter of 2014."
Microsoft has been slowly unveiling some exciting stuff lately, where we have Windows 10 and HoloLens to look forward to, the company is now hiring new staff, including a Senior Software Engineer position for something even more 'magical'.
A job listing has popped up on the Microsoft Careers spage for a Senior Software Engineer who will help the development team built "magical, delightful and disruptive consumer experiences for the next generation of technology (from the creators of the Kinect: Alex Kipman & Kudo Tsunoda)" and the company is "looking to make significant contributions to the early stages of a project with huge growth potential".
This could mean we'll see it reach the Xbox One, or something new is coming. I would peg it on HoloLens, but we could see it reach the Xbox One or even Windows 10. The Xbox One for me, is kinda dead ass you can't add some magical peripheral to it like VR as the system isn't fast enough to deliver the experience Microsoft will need to beat Oculus VR and the Rift. But something for HoloLens and Windows 10? Now you're talking.
Soon we'll be seeing 8-year-olds "doing it for the vine" as seen through the massively popular short-video broadcasting service, Vine. This app gives you the ability to record a small video and upload it to followers - often seeing people do crazy, ridiculous or just plain stupid things in order to get more followers, likes and e-fame.
Released for iOS on Friday, Vine Kids has been described by Vine as a fun way for young children to watch specially chosen six-second videos. Featuring creative animations, cute pet actions and more - this is seen by some as a 'gateway' into the full-version of what Vine has to offer.
This program is designed to give parents peace of mind, only allowing children to view the videos made available by the Vine team themselves - alongside no option to actually record a video yourself. See this service as somewhat of a 6-second YouTube, with children receiving bursts of entertainment and laughter thanks to the generated content on offer.
Don't ever click porn links on Facebook - it's a very good rule to follow in general, however if you're looking to get a porn fix through this popular social media, you need to be extremely alert and aware. Reportedly infecting over 110,000 Facebook users within two days, not everyone is as smart as you might have hoped.
Disguised as a Flash update, this disguised-malware post will tell you to quickly download and run an update in order to see a withheld porn video - doing so will download a Trojan directly onto your system, allowing a hacker to take control of your keyboard and mouse. This virus will then start linking multiple similar links on your wall and tagging up to 20 friends with each post.
Facebook have released an official statement on the matter, saying "we use a number of automated systems to identify potentially harmful links and stop them from spreading. In this case, we're aware of these malware varieties, which are typically hosted as browser extensions and distributed using links on social media sites." In order to cull the wave of infections, Facebook is "blocking links to these scams, offering cleanup options, and pursuing additional measures to ensure that people continue to have a safe experience on Facebook."
With fans eagerly awaiting the return of the long running fantasy drama series 'Game of Thrones' on April 12th, HBO have now released the first trailer from the upcoming fifth season of the George R.R. Martin adaptation.
The two-minute trailer sheds some light on the upcoming plot twists and reveals some of the new characters, including cast memebrss Alexander Siddig, Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, DeObia Oparei, Jonathan Pryce, Hannah Waddingham, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Condron, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who join the cast for the first time.
This weekend, 'Game of Thrones' hits select IMAX theatres in the US, with two episodes from the fourth season; 'The Watchers on the Wall' and 'The Children' remastered utilising IMAX digital technology.
We've been covering various large and small PC builds over the last few weeks, trawling the internet looking at rigid-tubing, SLI setups, crazy colors and massive overclocks, so here's something a little different - the Sour Apple.
Modder Gardnerphotos has taken a boring old PowerMac G4, slapped a #PCMasterRace array of components within and made it his own.
Modified to fit an ASRock Z87m OC Formula motherboard, an Intel i7 4770k and an AMD Radeon 7990 - the yellow and black themed interior is all cooled by 3x240mm radiators connected to hard acrylic tubing containing Mayhems Pastel Sunset Yellow coolant.
This PowerMac G4 has been modified with a door hinge, seeing the motherboard tray gain the ability to lie flat on your desk and flexible tubing implemented across the hinged area. The exterior features a nice black and white theme, helping tie off the case as a whole.
With 1.3 million employees under their wing during peak production time, Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and maker of Apple devices, recently let slip that plans are being put into place to reduce their global human workforce, favoring a robot alternative.
Currently sitting as one of the largest private employers in the world, Foxconn reported slows in revenue growth over the last few years, coupled with rising Chinese wages. Group spokesman Louis Woo has stated that this is a concern for his company. Without mentioning a specific time frame or target for this operation, he noted that labor costs have over doubled since 2010. Speaking to media, Woo stated that "we've basically stabilized (our workforce) in the last three years. We would like to stabilize our employee headcount no matter how fast we are growing in the future."
When Woo was asked if Foxconn was looking to reduce its overall employee number, he answered that there were internal targets for long term cuts, however he was unable to disclose any figures, adding "it depends how successful we are in terms of introducing the process automation and also the robotics."
There are plenty of opportunities for consumers and companies embracing the Internet of Things (IoT), but trying to secure connected things will be extremely difficult. Vendors must embrace continuous testing programs to verify their services are secure - and consumers will need to utilize available security protocols, while pushing for new securities in the future.
Regardless of potential privacy and security concerns, expect to see a number of new connected things in the coming years - with everything from smart energy meters to security, lighting and air conditioning expected to be connected. There will be over 28 billion things installed in households and apartments by 2020, according to IDC.
"IoT is a very fast moving space, and the pressure on companies to get new things to market almost invariably comes at the expense of proper security practices," said Casey Ellix, CEO of Bugcrowd cybersecurity firm, in a statement published by Forbes. "On top of this, many of the devices are built on top of open source libraries and components, which themselves have vulnerabilities which are discovered on a regular basis."
Rap mogul Jay Z wants to expand his business empire even more, offering $56 million to purchase the Swedish Aspiro music streaming service. The Roc Nation entertainment company would receive additional exposure, in addition to acquiring Aspiro's WiMP and Tidal services.
"The recent developments in the entertainment industry, with the migration to media streaming, offers great potential for increased entertainment consumption and an opportunity for artists to further promote their music," according to a statement from Jay Z's Project Panther.
Streaming Media OS, which owns 76 percent of the Aspiro brand, is expected to accept the deal - and helps Jay Z jump into the competitive, yet lucrative streaming music business. The streaming music business is booming - and while companies like Pandora and may struggle to create long-lasting revenue - it could make for a wise investment for Jay Z.