#Intel intros new notebook processors, high performance, lower power, integrated 802.11ac

From the spec sheet, the new CPUs provide high performance at low battery power consumption, and integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi (802.11).

See Intel’s page on the new processors for more information.

Meltdown and Spectre are the names given to a security vulnerability that takes advantage of speculative branch execution to capture the side effect of cached data, thereby revealing protected data. However, just one of the two new processors addresses Meltdown while the other does not. Neither addresses Spectre.

Intel launched new eighth-generation processors slated for laptops this week: Ultra-low power 15-watt Whiskey Lake U-series chips and extremely low power five-watt Amber Lake Y-series chips. After the launch, Intel was asked if these two processor families include hardware fixes for Meltdown and Spectre.

Source: Intel’s New ‘Whiskey Lake’ CPUs Have a Hardware Fix for Meltdown | Digital Trends

The typical #drone is not built for spying #drones #UAS #UAV #quadcopters


It’s one of the most common misconceptions people have about drones, said Weber, who points to how the media portrays drones as a major reason. Despite what you may have read on the internet or heard down at the coffee shop, the average drone just isn’t built for spying.

Source: Don’t worry — drones aren’t built for spying – Alberta Farmer Express

Consumer level drones have wide angle cameras for taking large vistas and are not capable of zooming in to details.


Vodafone creates its own drone tracking and control system based on 4G cellular #drones #quadcopters #UAS #UAV

This new control system uses a 4G modem and SIM embedded within each drone to enable real-time tracking of the drone with up to 50 metre accuracy. The system is intended for use by drone operators helping them to identify and stay clear of unauthorized airspace zones. Authorized bodies such as air traffic control will be able to use the technology to repel unauthorized intrusions into controlled airspace. In addition to position monitoring the system can help drone pilots with beyond line of sight control. The telecom company aims to use the technology to secure a central role in the development of a framework that would be capable of integrating drones into international airspace safely. Other features of the technology include

  • protective geofencing, with drones pre-programmed to land automatically or return to the operator when approaching predetermined exclusion zones (such as airports and prisons);
  • emergency remote control intervention to provide the authorities with the means of overriding a drone operator’s control to alter a drone’s flight path or force it to land;
  • SIM-based e-identification and owner registration.

Source: Vodafone Develops New RPS Technology to Monitor and Control Drones

Vodafone has placed their design in the public domain and proposes it as an international standard.

The European Commission says they support the trials of Vodafone’s tracking technology but suggest “low risk” consumer drones would be exempt.

Vodafone’s system, unlike Intel’s proposed Open Drone ID, would require payment of a monthly fee for the cellular data service, possibly for each aircraft used. Such fees would quickly kill off hobby use of small model aircraft if required for all small aircraft. Many regulators view 2 kg as a cut off point for regulation – however, large numbers of traditional model aircraft exceed the 2 kg threshold.

Criminals and terrorists are not likely to fly drones with built in trackers, anyway…

Make outrageous claims that you violated the law – to get YouTube video views #drones #uas #uav #quadcopters

UK Commercial drone pilot Matthew Greaves spots the absurdity of YouTubers claiming quadcopter near miss collisions with airliners in order to get more views on their YouTube videos.

The YouTuber is claiming he flew his quadcopter in violation of UK laws and regulations and nearly collided with an airliner. Except that did not happen. It’s just a click-bait video title.

In fact, the thumbnail image is a bad PhotoShop creation. The video shows no aircraft what so ever.

It is bewildering that someone would make such a claim to get more video views as this could lead to an official investigation and a waste of resources, similar to making false crime reports.

Australian government committee suggests significant regulations on all #drones over 250 grams #UAS #UAV #Quadcopters

  • Calls for registration of all drones over 250 grams.

Calls for considering future technologies including:

  • Calls for geo-fencing to make drones incapable of being launched near sensitive locations. Calls for “absolute prohibition” of flight over public buildings and “critical infrastructure”
  • New low-altitude air traffic control system for drones.
  • Beacon IDs on drones
  • Possibly requiring “detect and avoid capabilities” on all drones in the future.
  • Enhanced laws on privacy
  • Notes problems with “untrained and unlicensed operators”

Source: One sky: we must develop a unified approach to the national airspace with drones in mind

#India to require flights of #drones > 2 kg to file flight plans and receive pre-authorization before flight #UAS #UAV #quadcopters

The new rules in India, starting December 1, apply to drones greater than 2 kg in mass:

Owners and pilots will have to be registered, and permission will be required for each flight. Users will need to apply for permission on an app and digital permits will be given instantly through an automated process.


As per this rule, users will be required to do a one-time registration of their drones, pilots and owners. For every flight (apart for the nano category), users will be required to ask for permission on a mobile app. Once a request is filed on the app an automated process would permit or deny the request instantly.

Flying drones to be legal in India from December 1

This action gives hints as to what regulators in other countries are thinking. We have seen similar ideas proposed in the U.K. and the U.S.

Note that in the model aircraft hobby, numerous small aircraft are more than 2 kg in mass. If a similar policy were adopted in the U.S., a flight plan and permission to fly would be required even to fly at a model aircraft airfield.

Model aircraft, like that shown here, typically weigh many pounds or equivalent to greater than 2 kg in mass.

India approves use of #drones #quadcopters #UAS #UAV

Drones have been categorised into five categories, depending on their weight. The smallest is nano category which includes drones weighing up to 250 grams and going up to large that can be as heavy as 150 kg. Apart from the first two categories of nano and micro (over 250 grams to 2 kg) which are mostly used by children as toys, all other drone users need to be registered and have a unique identification number (UIN). People seeking such drone licences will need to be over 18 years of age and be at least tenth pass with knowledge of English.

“Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) shall be required for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operators except for nano RPAS operating below 50 feet, micro RPAS operating below 200 feet, and those owned by (security and central intelligence agencies…. As of now, RPAS to operate within visual line of sight, during day time only, and up to maximum 400 feet altitude,” the policy says.

Source: Drones licence: From December, licence needed to fly drone weighing over 2 kg – Times of India

UK regulators were dreaming of tracking all #drones and model aircraft, back in 2015 #quadcopters #UAS #UAV

From 2015:

The UK is interested in developing and testing a tracking system that would allow officials to monitor all civilian drones flying at low altitudes (under 500 feet). The system may require drone operators to register their flight plans and follow a set of rules similar to those already in place for managing automobile traffic. Once in flight, the drone would be tracked possibly using the existing cell phone infrastructure as it moved along its route. Drone operators concerned about major changes to their hobby can rest easy for now as NASA is not expected to have a working prototype traffic management system in place until 2019.

…. The proposal includes a licensing or registration system that would require all drone operators to register their drones before they would be allowed to fly them. This database would be available online and possibly even tied to a smartphone app that would enable citizens to identify the owner of a drone flying overhead. Other proposals include the expanded use of geo-fencing to keep drones away from certain locations, such as airports and jails, where drone presence is not permitted.

Source: UK and NASA developing a drone tracking system | Digital Trends