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Inside Drones (Jan 7th, 2019)

1. Wing is reportedly testing out quieter drones in Australia's suburbs. "We've developed and are testing a new propeller that results in a quieter, lower-pitched sound that blends in with other sounds that commonly occur in residential neighborhoods," a spokesperson told Business Insider. The news comes after neighbors complained about noise emanating from the drone delivery tests on the outskirts of Canberra. Wing, which spun out from Google last year, recently announced plans to launch drone delivery tests in Finland this spring. - BUSINESS INSIDER SA

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2. Some speakers have canceled at CES 2019 due to the government shutdown. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which puts on the event, said 10 scheduled government speakers were forced to cancel, which has altered the event's programming. However, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will still give the keynote address on Wednesday morning. Chao is expected to discuss the future of drones and how they could modernize transportation. - DRONE DJ

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3. PowerVision Technology Group debuted a new marine drone with an underwater camera and radar. The PowerDolphin drone can be used for water sports, photography, and fishing, according to the California-based company. Its 220-degree dual joint rotation camera can rotate 150 degrees below the water and 70 degrees above water, while its front lights can illuminate surroundings to capture better images. The drone, which is on display at CES 2019, can be preordered for $1,299. "It is a product that will help a scientist explore marine life in many different ways,” said Wally Zheng, CEO of PowerVision. - SPORT TECHIE

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4. The startup AirSelfie Holdings debuted three new camera drones at CES 2019. The least expensive is the Air 100 ($100), which is a squarer redesign of AirSelfie's original rectangular quadcopter. The $140 Air Zen comes with a plastic-carbon reinforced mesh body and water-resistant capabilities. Finally, the Air Duo ($230) uses dual camera lenses supported by an aluminum alloy body. All the models will be available globally this year, though no date has been announced yet. - NEW ATLAS

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5. The Hill compiled lessons that the U.S. can learn from last month's drone-related shutdown at Gatwick Airport.

6. Delivery drones continue to save lives by delivering blood in Rwanda.

7. Fairfax County, Virginia is asking people for feedback about its new proposed drone program.

8. Forbes offered up a list of seven trends that could impact the commercial drone industry this year.

9. Researchers at the University of Nebraska developed a drone that can dig holes and bury sensors in them.

10. In the wake of the Gatwick drone scare, the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Transport plans to ban people from flying drones within 3 miles of any airport.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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