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Venezuelan president escapes drone 'attack'

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses Colombia of plotting this attempt to 'assassinate' him

LOUD BANG. This screenshot taken from a handout video released by Venezuelan Television (VTV) shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (C), his wife Cilia Flores (L), and military authorities reacting to a loud bang during a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of VTV/AFP

Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Loon is Alphabet's radical project for global internet connectivity with balloons while Wing focuses on auto drone delivery technology to reduce fossil fuel use and urban congestion

LOON. The radical project from Google involves the use of balloons to deliver connectivity. Screenshot from Google.

Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

Your next pilot could be drone software

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

By combining their enormous amounts of flight data and experience, drone-control software applications are poised to quickly become the world’s most experienced pilots

SAFETY QUESTION. Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Image from Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

Congress seeks government regulation of drones

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says drones must be regulated because they could also be used to violate people's rights, especially the right to privacy

DRONES. Philippine Congress seeks to regulate the use of drones, whether used for hobby or commercial purposes. File photo by Joseph Edelson/AFP

Australian lifesaving drone makes first rescue

Jan 18, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The drone drops a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas

LIFE SAVERS. A photo taken on December 10, 2017 shows a shark-spotting drone with a safety flotation device attached underneath flying over Bilgola beach north of Sydney. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Thailand says drone users must register or face jail, fines

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Anyone using an unregistered drone after Tuesday risks a 100,000 baht ($3,100) fine or a maximum of 5 years' imprisonment, according to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Office

DRONE REGISTRATION. A new GoPro Karma foldable drone is seen flying during a press event in Olympic Valley, California on September 19, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

GoPro considers selling company after weak holiday sales

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The action camera manufacturer also cuts staff and announces plans to exit the drone business

HOLDING ON. GoPro, makers of the eponymous action cameras seen here, goes through tough times after holiday sales disappoint. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

'Go home' drone seeks to stop overtime binge of Japanese workers

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The 'T-Frend' buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of 'Auld Lang Syne,' a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that a store is closing

No-fly zones for drones in Manila, Clark during ASEAN Summit – CAAP

Oct 28, 2017 - 3:53 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines also reminds drone operators of a 2014 memoranda declaring no-fly zones in certain areas such as military training camps and Malacañang

RESTRICTED. Certain areas in Manila and Clark are off-limit to drones for the duration of the ASEAN Summit.

U.S. crucial to beating IS in Philippines, says ambassador

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Ambassador Sung Kim highlights American intelligence, urban warfare training, and drones as among the factors that helped end the conflict in Marawi City

DPWH to use drones, geotagging to combat ghost projects

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Under the new system, says Secretary Mark Villar, contractor claims will only be processed after they submit geo-tagged photos and geographic-based status reports

GoPro announces Hero 6 and spherical cam Fusion

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The new cameras arrive as GoPro faces intense pressure from low-cost competition in the mini-camera market

FUSION. The new line boasts spherical lenses to capture surroundings. Photo from GoPro

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Sep 11, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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SAKSIKAN: Aksi 300 drone di Countdown Asian Games 2018

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Ratusan drone membentuk berbagai formasi termasuk burung Garuda dan bendera merah putih

DRONE. 300 drone membentuk seorang atlet yang tengah membawa obor Asian Games 2018. Foto: screen shot Youtube

Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Singapore s defense ministry says its offer includes the use by Filipino troops of its urban warfare training facilities and a detachment of drones

URBAN WARFARE. A Philippine Marines truck speeds away as black smoke billows from burning houses after military helicopters fired rockets at militant positions in Marawi on May 30, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

WATCH: Crashes and slow-mo drone racing shots in China

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:10 PM

See high speed drones captured in slow motion at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

WATCH: UK drone racer on first-person-view racing and building drones

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Once you ve flown for a week or a few days you forget that you re looking at a screen and it becomes your eyesight and you forget about the controls says XBlades drone pilot Gary Kent

XBLADES. Kent is one of 11 pilots in the multinational team with members from the UK, Poland, Spain and the US. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies drone

May 19, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The two countries are at odds over a group of small uninhabited islands in the East China Sea administered as the Senkakus by Japan but claimed as the Diaoyus by China

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Feb 07, 2017 - 11:13 AM

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FAST FACTS: All about the drones at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Called Shooting Stars the 300 performance drones are part of Intel s program to transform the devices from individual working units to fleets that can be used in other practical applications

ISIS using drones to drop grenades

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:25 PM

In Mosul the terror group transforms an off the shelf gadget into a weapon targeting civilians and the military

AIM HIGH. An Iraqi special forces Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) member shoots at a drone flown by Islamic State group jihadists (IS) in Mosul's al-Rifaq neighbourhood on January 8, 2017, during an ongoing military operation against the militants. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Alphabet drops dream of drones providing internet

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Google s parent company says high altitude balloons may be the more feasible solution

China rejects Trump claim it stole drone

Dec 19, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Trump s accusation that China had stolen the drone was not accurate says foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

TRUMP. This picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a advertisement for a magazine featuring US President-elect Donald Trump on the cover at a news stand in Shanghai. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

China to return seized U.S. naval probe

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:24 AM

China defense ministry: The hyping up from the American side is inappropriate and unhelpful to the swift resolution of the problem

U.S. alerts PH after China seized its underwater drone off Subic

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza says the security cluster has yet to discuss how the Philippines will react to the incident between the US and China that happened within its exclusive economic zone

China seizes U.S. naval underwater probe in South China Sea – defense official

Dec 17, 2016 - 12:49 AM

3rd UPDATE The probe a US Navy vessel operated by civilians was taken by China a US defense official says adding the craft was seized about 50 miles off Subic Bay

The Year In Tech: Tech toys we wanted in 2016

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:25 PM

These cool gears and gadgets made the trying year a far more colorful place

Another U.S. drone found off Zambales – report

Nov 13, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The yellow drone contains labels by the National Oceanographic Office of the United States

6 gadgets worth spending on during payday

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Get your hard work’s worth with these useful and handy gadgets

GoPro captures action from the sky with Karma drone

Sep 20, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The action cam maker also reveals the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session – ultra high definition GoPros with voice control

Donuts in flight in 1st US-approved drone delivery

Jul 23, 2016 - 8:45 AM

This delivery marks the first time a retailer has worked with a drone delivery company to transport immediate consumables from store to home

DRONE DELIVERY. The first drone delivery on US soil made by convenience retailer 7-Eleven and the drone startup Flirtey includes a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts.  Photo from Flirtey's Twitter account

US opens up skies for commercial drone operators

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:55 AM

Under the FAA s rules drone operators will be allowed to fly commercial craft weighing less than 55 pounds 25 kilograms during daylight hours

DELIVERY BY DRONE. The "octocopter" delivery drone in action. Image courtesy Amazon

How drones can be a force for progress

May 30, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Meet the team behind Skyeye – environmental scientists and sociologists convinced that drones are the best answer to the country s land titling and mapping woes

Photo by Skyeye

Brother of slain Taliban chief's driver presses charges against US

May 30, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Mohammad Qasim says his brother who worked for a car rental company is an innocent man

epa05323632 A frame grab from a video made available on 22 May 2016 shows a close up of the wreckage of a vehicle at the alleged scene of a drone strike site that killed Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, in the Ahmad Wal area of Balochistan in Pakistan. Dawlat Waziri, Afgan Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed to the reporters that Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in Balochistan province of Pakistan. Mullah Akhtar Mansoor took over the command of Taliban after the reports of Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Omar's death. EPA/STR

Xiaomi's 4K video drone actually costs $450

May 26, 2016 - 5:08 PM

The entry level version of the Mi Drone will cost around 380 while the 4K camera version will cost 450

XIAOMI'S MI DRONE. Photo from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi teasing 4K video drone with $600 price – report

May 24, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Xiaomi will be unveiling its drone on May 25

XIAOMI'S DRONE. An announcement is set for May 25. Image from Hugo Barra's Twitter account.

Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed' in US drone strike

May 22, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been part of the Taliban movement from its start in the 1990s and has effectively been in charge since 2013

This handout file photo released by the Afghan Taliban in December 2015, which was taken on a mobile phone in mid-2014 is said to show Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Photo from Afghan Taliban/ AFP

Anggota TNI AU rampas drone jurnalis, Komandan Lanud Malang minta maaf

Feb 12, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Anggota TNI AU yang merampas drone diberikan sanksi disiplin militer

Personil TNI Angkatan Udara tengah mengevakuasi serpihan pesawat latih militer Super Tucano yang jatuh pada Rabu, 10 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Dyah Pitaloka/Rappler

WATCH: Drone nearly lands on skier at World Cup slalom

Dec 24, 2015 - 4:34 AM

That s my Christmas present jokes Marcel Hirscher after narrowly avoiding being crushed by a camera drone on the slopes

PH Air Force warning: No drones allowed during APEC week

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The statement comes amid reports of drone sightings near two hotels

SAKSIKAN: Kebakaran hutan di Kalimantan dilihat dari udara

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:36 PM

Sepanjang mata memandang yang terlihat hanya hutan yang terbakar dengan asap tebal mengepul

WATCH: Aerial footage shows devastating damage of Indonesia forest fires

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:08 PM

New aerial footage by Greenpeace shows the extensive damage of the forest fires in Indonesia smoke billowing from the forests and blackened trees

Drone footage of Indonesia shows smoke rising from forest, blackened trees

Oct 08, 2015 - 1:56 PM

The drone footage filmed by Greenpeace showed acrid haze rising from dense jungle trees reduced to fire blackened skeletons vast swathes of burnt peatland and a city shrouded in haze on the Indonesian part of Borneo

WORST EVER. Haze from land and forest fires is an annual hazard in Indonesia. The practice of open burning to clear land is illegal but is common in the country, but this year's fires could be the worst ever. EPA/TAMY UTARI

The wRap Indonesia: Cut in fuel prices, rupiah gains

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the seizure of illegally traded shark fins worsening forest fires and the possibility of a midnight curfew for Jakarta nightclubs

PAKET EKONOMI. President Joko Widodo talks about his first economic stimulus in this file photo. Photo from Twitter @Jokowi

Facebook ready to test Internet-beaming drones

Jul 31, 2015 - 8:40 AM

Jay Parikh: A full scale version of Aquila – the high altitude long endurance aircraft designed by our aerospace team in the UK – is now complete and ready for flight testing

AQUILA. Screenshot from Facebook video

Pakistan summons Indian envoy after 'spy drone' shot down

Jul 16, 2015 - 4:34 PM

The flare up between the two countries who have fought 3 wars since 1947 comes days after their prime ministers met in Russia in an apparent sign of a thaw in relations

Israeli drone crashes in Lebanon for 2nd time in 3 weeks

Jul 11, 2015 - 3:21 PM

An Israeli military spokesman refuses to comment on the reports

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PH issues 1st drone license; mulls more by yearend

Jul 10, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Local engineering firm SRDP Consulting Incorporated is the first drone operator to get certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

FIRST LICENSED DRONES. Each drone costs about P1.2 million and will be used ground exploration. In the photo are CAAP General William Hotchkiss lll (left) and SRDP Consulting President Joel Cruz (right). Photo from CAAP