Jul 13, 2016

Drones and the new way of war

Civilian casualties are undercutting the military advantage of U.S. drones and raising moral questions about accountability and the ease of killing.

U.S. reveals death tolls from drones and airstrikes

Jul 2, 2016

U.S. reveals death tolls from drones and airstrikes

The United States on Friday lifted the lid on one of the most controversial tactics of President Barack Obama’s secretive counterterrorism campaign, detailing for the first time the number killed in airstrikes in countries like Pakistan and Libya. The White House also released an ...

Jun 13, 2016

Suspected U.S. drone kills three al-Qaida suspects in Yemen

Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone has killed three alleged al-Qaida fighters in an airstrike in the central Shabwa province. The officials said Monday that the overnight attack hit the men’s vehicle as they were traveling near the town of Haban. The ...

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

Jun 13, 2016

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

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Domestic companies are coming up with a series of new services that leverage the latest in drone technology. MicroAd Inc., a Tokyo-based online advertising company, has unveiled a service called Sky Magic to produce sound-and-light extravaganzas. Drones illuminated with LED lights can project logos, ...

Drone giant DJI moves beyond selfies to look down on the farm

Jun 10, 2016

Drone giant DJI moves beyond selfies to look down on the farm

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With its ubiquitous Phantom drones, Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co. brought aerial photography to millions. Now, with dozens of competitors biting at its heels, the world’s biggest producer of consumer drones needs to prove that its products are more than just glorified selfie ...

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

May 8, 2016

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

Fire-ravaged Alberta will use drones to investigate the cause of a huge blaze that has scorched the Canadian province and displaced some 88,000 people. Elevated Robotic Services, which has also deployed drones for mining and construction companies, has contracts with the Alberta government and ...

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

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Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...