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Unregistered drone owners risk jail time

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An estimated 1.6 million drones were sold in 2015, half of which landed as Christmas gifts, in socks over the fireplace, and under Christmas trees. If you were lucky enough to unwrap one of these high-tech quadcopters, some action may be required to avoid some unplanned jail time.

With drones believed to be the next big thing in tech, the U.S. Federal government through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is making it mandatory for all US citizens and permanent residents over the age of 13 to register their “small unmanned aircrafts.”

Failure to register comes with severe consequences, including civil penalties of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and/or up to three years in prison.  

You have until February 19, 2016 to complete the online registration process to avoid any kind of penalty for the drones you already own. If you are planning on buying a drone in the future you will need to register your new toy before you are allowed to operate it.

Nearly 300,000 US drone owners have registered with the FAA’s online database since the registration process went live on December 21, 2015. But with the deadline looming, and millions of drones sold, the requirement to register all existing drones may just be a lofty goal.

The online process costs $5.00 and is currently only open to hobbyists with drones that weigh more than 250g (0.55lbs) and less than 25kg (55lbs). If you own a nano drone like the OnagoFly which we reviewed during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, you’re exempt from the process altogether.

Commercial users and owners of unmanned aircrafts that are on the heavy side (above 25 kg or 55 lbs.) are still bound to a paper registration process. Although the FAA promised to change this to an online registration as well by March 21, 2016.

Once registered each owner receives a number and a certificate. The number then has to be noted on every unmanned aircraft you plan to operate. There isn’t an actual license plate or sticker. Instead, we recommend using a waterproof pen to write the number directly on your drone to ensure your registration number will be visible even after a flight through the rain.

Good news is that registration process is based on individual users and doesn’t have to be repeated for each drone you plan on buying.

The FAA says that the registration number will help them to quickly identify drone operators in case of accidents and will provide a way to inform you about safety requirements and future regulations. 

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Lenovo unveils new ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga for the business market

For price-sensitive business customers

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Lenovo ThinkPad L390

Before jumping into 2019, Lenovo unveiled their latest affordable line of business laptops: the ThinkPad L390 and the ThinkPad L390 Yoga. The new ThinkPad notebooks are designed to be starters for small businesses in need of reliability and durability.

Both laptops sport a 13.3-inch Full HD display and can be configured to have up to an eight-gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB DDR4 memory, and up to 512GB PCIe SSD. They have a plethora of useful ports including USB 3.1, USB-C, HDMI, microSD card reader, and mini RJ-45.

Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga

Both have secured fingerprint readers for Windows Hello, but the Yoga variant is also equipped with an IR camera. Both of the laptops are Mil-Spec and, of course, have a pointing stick or a TrackPoint in the middle the keyboard.

The main difference between the two is the 360-degree hinge which allows the Yoga version to convert into tablet, tent, or stand mode. Also, the Yoga variant comes with a built-in ThinkPad Pen Pro and has an extra rear-facing camera when in tablet mode.

The ThinkPad L390 has a starting price of US$ 659, while the Yoga variant is priced from US$ 889. Both with be available in the US this December in black or silver colors.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Yoga C930 Review: It could have been the best

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Huawei Nova 4 goes official with holed display and 48MP camera

The second of its kind

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Samsung already launched theirs, so it’s now Huawei‘s turn to show the world their very own holed smartphone — the Nova 4. To meet higher expectations, Huawei has prepared two variants: a standard one and a “High” model with an ultra high-resolution camera.

The Huawei Nova 4 is the second smartphone to be officially unveiled with a hole in its display. The 25-megapixel selfie camera, which is usually placed inside a notch, now sits inside a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display. Interestingly, the Nova 4’s hole appears to be smaller than the Galaxy A8s’.

Similar to its predecessor, the Nova 4 is armed with a Kirin 970 processor. It’s not exactly the latest from Huawei’s silicon factory, but it’s still a flagship chipset. It then has 8GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage.

Aside from the display, the camera setup is also one of the Nova 4’s key features. The phone’s back has a similar design to the P20 Pro’s with vertically aligned triple cameras. The high-end variant has a 48-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera which is paired to a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

The standard Nova 4, on the other hand, is rocking a 20-megapixel main camera, but still has the same ultra wide-angle lens and depth sensor.

Android Pie-based EMUI 9 runs the show, while a sizable 3750mAh battery keeps the lights on. The phone fully supports Huawei’s own fast charging tech using an 18W fast charger.

The phone is only available in China (for now) starting at CNY 3,100 (US$ 450), while the “High” variant is selling for CNY 3,400 (US$ 495).

SEE ALSO: ‘Huawei stole from us before,’ Motorola CEO says

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‘Huawei stole from us before,’ Motorola CEO says

Another nail in Huawei’s coffin

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Right now, Huawei is embroiled in an international trade war. Centered around American and Chinese relations, the company is finding hostility practically everywhere it goes. According to the argument, Huawei is a cybersecurity risk instigated by China’s corporate laws. The issue’s truthiness is now one for the courts.

The evidence is few and far between. Huawei is putting its best foot forward. However, some parties are not buying it. Among all the naysayers, the US government has been the most vocal. Of note, America has already partially banned the company and encouraged others to do the same.

Besides this, the American corporate world has added its two cents in. In an interview with Fox, Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown has reminded everyone about the company’s shady dealings in the past.

In 2010, Motorola filed a suit against Huawei for stealing company secrets. According to the suit, Huawei paid several Motorola employees for the company’s more sensitive information. At the time, both companies settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Why did Motorola dig up the past? Right now, the US government can use all the ammunition that it can get. Brown uses the past to drive home a point about China’s business practices. “If you want to compete in China, you have to… turn over your intellectual property to a local alliance,” he said.

Currently, Huawei is stewing in a pot of boiling water. The company’s chief financial officer was recently arrested for shady business deals. The company is also battling various countries for rights to build infrastructure abroad.

SEE ALSO: Huawei pledges $2 billion to secure cybersecurity of hardware

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