FAA Report Details Problems, Close Calls With Drones

droneDrone delivery services have been in a holding pattern for a while now, waiting for the FAA to release regulations, particularly with regards to commercial drones. The FAA has delayed releasing those regulations for a number of reasons, including its desire to solicit comments and questions from the public regarding the applicability of the FAA Modernization Reform Act of 2012, which regulates “model aircraft,” to drones. A recent report released by the FAA details the number of drone incidents reported this year — unsurprisingly, there are a lot, and that number only seems to be growing.

The tally involves all the times air traffic control has reported a drone-related incident, so the report doesn’t include unreported drone incidents, or those handled by local law enforcement. After looking at the list, it’s easy to see why drones have been a sticking point for the FAA, and why people are increasingly concerned about safety issues. While commercial drones are currently still illegal, recreational drones are legal, provided they stay within an elevation of 400 feet and avoid airports, airplanes, and dive-bombing people. Easier said than done, though.


Is This Ready Player One Movie Still Happening? Get The Latest Details Here

ready player oneErnest Cline’s Ready Player One is the geekiest novel ever written. Wall to wall references, it’s a joyful love letter to obsessive fandom and nerdy pursuits of all varieties. A bestseller with a fiercely devoted fan base, a movie version has been in the works since 2010, before the book was even published, but it’s been spinning its wheels ever since. Screenwriter Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, Pacific Rim 2) has been on board for a while, and recently shed some light on what’s taking so damn long.

One of the key challenges is also the most obvious. You can get away with a lot more, rights wise, in a novel than you can in a feature length motion picture. Every time you show a logo or other copyrighted image in a movie, you have to clear it, which usually involves paying, or at least going through a legal process that involves lots of paperwork and other hurdles. If you’ve ever read Cline’s book, you know exactly how much of this sort of thing is present. Movies, games, TV shows, and more are all over the place. There are entire worlds based on a specific game or show or movie, and this is a huge obstacle to the film.


Meet Jibo, The Real-Life Rosie The Robot

JiboWe have robots that make coffee, robots that help teach autistic children, and robots that want to hang out with your grandma to keep her from feeling lonely. And now there’s Jibo, the “family robot.”

MIT’s Personal Robots Group founder, Cynthia Breazeal, created Jibo. The robot, which recently raised over $2 million on Indiegogo, invokes R2D2, Short Circuit’s Johnny Five, and the Jetson’s robot maid, Rosie. Just under a foot tall, weighing six pounds, and made of aluminum, plastic, and glass, he’s a helpful little bugger—and the video insists that Jibo’s a “he,” not an “it”—taking video and photos on command, and has tracking capabilities so he won’t be capturing images of the wall. He also engages in conversation; reads aloud incoming texts and emails, as well as reminders; provides a number of different interactive and education applications; and serves as a conduit for telepresence.


James Gunn, William Shatner, And More React To The Force Awakens Trailer

SaberScrew Black Friday — pretty much all anyone’s talking about right now is that Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between, I haven’t met anybody yet who didn’t have a strong reaction to it one way or another, and celebrities are no exception. So naturally many folks have taken to the social mediasphere to share their thoughts on the Falcon, that lightsaber, and that ball-droid we all want for Christmas.

This past summer James Gunn gave us one of the best Star Wars movies that isn’t actually a Star Wars movie in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy. He posted his thoughts on Facebook:



Doctor Who: You’ll Learn Clara’s Fate On Christmas Day

Doctor WhoFor the past few months, for most of Doctor Who season 8 actually, there has been talk that Jenna Louise Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s current time travelling companion on the long-running BBC sci-fi adventure, might be leaving the series. Specifically, we’ve heard that the upcoming Christmas special could be the last time fans see her. (In this role, of course, she’s not dying or anything. In reality, we’ll probably see her more, as one of the reasons she reportedly could leave is because her Who shooting schedule was too busy and kept her from taking other roles.) But as season 8 wrapped up, and the Holiday approaches, Clara’s fate has become increasingly unclear.

The Mirror ran an article, which is totally unsubstantiated at this point, stating that Coleman is going to stay right where she is for the time being. According to their sources, she was in fact planning to leave, but ultimately decided to stay, partially because she has great chemistry with the latest Time Lord, played by Peter Capaldi. The show had even planned for her departure, and her decision to stay led them to have to drastically change many of the upcoming scripts. Their source says, “When it came to Clara, they had to tear them up and start again.”


There’s A Guardians Of The Galaxy Easter Egg You Still Haven’t Found Yet

guardians of the galaxyGuardians of the Galaxy is one of the biggest films of the year, which means an astonishing number of eyeballs were glued to this movie, even accounting for multi-viewers. And yet, after all these months, there is still apparently an Easter egg that fans haven’t picked up on yet. We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

According to director James Gunn himself, in an interview with ComicBook.com, one of the film’s clever references may go unseen until the end of time…though it probably won’t. Here’s how he put it:

Yeah, there’s definitely some things that people haven’t seen. There’s definitely one really big thing that people haven’t seen, but they may never see it — we’ll see. There’s other things, too. The other day, I posted on my Instagram a picture of the other guys going for the Infinity Stone in the temple of Morag and I didn’t see anybody bringing that up until just a couple of weeks ago.