Report: Drone Industry Could Soar to $11 Billion by 2024

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Love them or hate them, drones are here to stay — at least for the foreseeable future. A new report detailing the growth of the drone industry finds that over the next 10 years, the amount of money spent annually on drones and their accompanying technologies will likely double worldwide.

An estimated $6.4 billion is currently being spent each year on developing drone technology around the world, according to a report published earlier this month by the Teal Group Corp., an aerospace and defense market research firm headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. That number is expected to nearly double in future years, bringing the total amount spent on drones for both military and commercial applications to $11.5 billion annually by 2024. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Had the Best Reaction to Being Recast

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Anyone in the market for a Princess?

Former Game of Thrones actress, Aimee Richardson, who played Myrcella Baratheon, has been recast for season 5 of the hit HBO show. But Richardson dealt with the blow the best way possible — a little social media humor.

(We would’ve set our dragons on HBO, but this works too.)

Fans of the series will remember Myrcella as the second child of Cersei (and Jamie) Lannister, who was shipped off to Dorne to be betrothed to Trystane Martell. While Myrcella’s character has a large role in the upcoming fifth season of GoT, Richardson has been replaced by actress Nell Tiger Free Read more…

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Apple Confirms it Will Lay Off 200 Beats Employees

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Apple confirmed Thursday that it will gradually lay off 200 Beats employees, or nearly 29% of the 700 people currently working for the headphones company.

The news comes as Apple’s acquisition of Beats becomes official. While 700 Beats employees will begin working at Apple after the deal closes, only 500 of them will keep their jobs longer than a few months, according to told the Wall Street Journal.

Apple released a statement to 9to5Mac to address earlier rumors of layoffs.

“We’re excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee,” the statement read. “Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple.” Read more…

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BBM Beta para Windows Phone ya está disponible para todos

¿No pudiste apuntarte al acceso limitado de la beta de BBM para Windows Phone? No te angusties más; Microsoft y Blackberry por fin la han abierto para el público general. Tal y como prometieron ambas compañías hace cosa de un par de semanas, su…

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South Korea Sent 10,000 Choco Pies Over to North Korea in Balloons

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North Korea got a sweet surprise from its neighbor to the south on Wednesday

In South Korea, about 200 people — South Koreans along with North Korean defectors — packed 770 pounds of Choco Pies into plastic bags, which they attached to 50 giant balloons and released across the border into North Korea. It was an act of rebellion against the alleged North Korean ban on the chocolate confections.

The pies, which are produced in South Korea, are wildly popular in North Korea. Fearful that the treats would encourage an uprising, Kim Jong-un reportedly banned Choco Pies from the country earlier this month. The pies, which have become something of a political statement, are viewed as a symbol of capitalism and represent a taste of the world outside North Korea. Read more…

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Survey: Most Americans Would Consider Buying Self-Driving Cars

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The United States is warming up to the idea of self-driving cars

Most Americans would consider purchasing a self-driving car, according to a study by Insurance.com. The survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers, divided evenly between men and women, and found that 75% of are more apt to embrace driverless cars, in part because of the gradual increase in hands-free technology being added, such as Bluetooth-enabled voice control

“People are aware that they already drive cars controlled partly by computers,” Des Toups, Insurance.com’s managing editor, wrote in a statement. “Now, they see features like collision avoidance on new models and hear about Google cars hitting the roads in a couple of yearsAn autonomous car is not science fiction anymore.Read more…

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Producers Introduce Our New Nerdy Obsession: ‘The Quest’

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Everealm, the fictional setting of ABC’s new fantasy-meets-reality TV experiment The Quest, is a land under siege. But a prophecy predicts the kingdom will find salvation in one True Hero, to be picked from a lot of 12 strangers from another land.

The actual identity of said hero is to be determined — and it’s also the whole point of the show.

“We took a typical challenge-challenge-elimination reality show format and plopped it down in the middle of a movie,” Oscar-winning executive producer Mark Ordesky, known for his work on The Lord of the Rings, tells Mashable. “We said, ‘How do we merge these two?'” Read more…

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