Anti-Drone Systems Are Starting to Take Off


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Camera drones have opened a whole new world of possibilities for photographers looking for a way to capture aerial images, but the meteoric rise in drone adoption has also opened up Pandora’s box as well. Now a new industry is emerging alongside the booming drone industry: anti-drone defense systems.

New technologies are being developed in order to keep drones away from places they shouldn’t be or doing things they shouldn’t do.

Just last week, multiple drones kept firefighters grounded during a wildfire in Southern California. State senators responded by introducing new bills that give firefighters permission to take down drones that are interfering with rescue operations.

That’s just one case in which authorities would like to have more control over the flight of consumer drones. Another would be the possibility of weaponized camera drones flying around. A lighthearted video of a fireworks-shooting drone went viral earlier this year, but people

An anti-drone laser. Still frame from Wall Street Journal.

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Flickr Bringing Back Pro: Pay to Get Badge, Analytics, and No Ads


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Flickr is bringing back Pro memberships. Today the photo sharing service announced that paid subscription plans are returning for both existing and new members. This change is in response to “a high amount of requests” from photographers in the Flickr community.

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Like with the Pro plan of old, the new Pro membership will give users a Pro Badge in places where their username shows up in the service. The new badge has a simpler look than the old one (shown above):

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Subscribers will also receive improved analytics, including better navigation for viewing data on pictures and stats that offer more insight on your best and most popular photos.

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Pro members will also be able to experience Flickr ad-free. In addition to not having ads on your own photo pages, you won’t see any ads when browsing other areas of the community as well, including other people’s photos.

Finally, Flickr has

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