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Everybody loves a drone
In what is probably not surprising news for gadget fans, NDP Group is reporting that U.S. drone sales have more than doubled in the past year.
ReCode takes a deeper look at the report, which also shows that many consumers are looking for lower-cost drones, and want more options in the lower price ranges. And as the prices come down, maybe 512tech will get a drone of its own. But only if we can expense it...
More troubles for Toshiba
The bad news continues for Japan-based technology and electronics giant Toshiba, with the company admitting Tuesday that it’s unclear if it can survive in its current form.
There are a number of reasons for Toshiba’s fall, but the company’s biggest woes have come from losses associated with Westinghouse Electric, its troubled nuclear power entity. Westinghouse last month filed for bankruptcy protection, and the whole situation has created “substantial uncertainty” over Toshiba’s ability to continue as a going concern, the New York Times reports.
Still a ‘no’ on mid-flight cell phone use
If you’re among those who have no desire to hear your seatmate jabber on his or her cell phone for an entire flight, you are in luck. The Federal Communications Commission is reversing course on rule changes that would have allowed passengers to use their cell phones mid-flight.
Mashable has more details on why the FCC is changing its mind, but for those of us who would like a little peace and quiet while in the air, it sounds like good news.
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