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It's said necessity is the mother of invention. About 15 years ago, Dr Gernot Heiser, from Data 61, looked ahead and, despite being fit and healthy, could foresee a day when he might need an implanted, life-supporting device such as a pacemaker. And he didn't like the idea the it might be attacked remotely. So, he set out to build a trustworthy computing platform that could not be hacked.

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Dear Lifehacker, I was wondering what the main laws are on drones in Australia? (i.e. - How high can you fly a drone, how far away are you allowed to be and where is drone activity restricted?) I'm looking to buy one for Christmas and don't want to cop a fine if I can help it.

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Dear Lifehacker, Drones are becoming part of our lives whether we like it or not. Some (like myself) are concerned about the level of privacy we are going to be entitled to in the near future. In addition to criminal elements using drones to case out your property, they can also be exploited by businesses such as solar panel installers looking for potential sales. What legal protections are in place to block drones from snooping on us? And what measures are we allowed to take to self-protect our properties?

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A company called DroneShield recently released an 'anti-drone' gun (pictured above) that is designed to interfere with a drone's signal and force it to land. For those who value their privacy and hate the idea of drones snooping on their property, this is an alluring proposition. But is it legal to shoot a drone down if it's on your own land and no projectiles are used? Let's find out.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm no photographer by any means but I'd like to know what the best drones around are for beginners. I'd prefer something with a flight time of around 10 mins that's able to be smartphone controlled. What drone should I buy?

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Drone footage is everywhere, whether used to film extreme sports, outdoor events, nature, music festivals, or just for its own sake. Recreational aircraft such as quadcopters, fixed-wing and mini drones are getting ever cheaper and easier to buy. They are fast becoming a must-have item for people who want to document their activities for social media, or just explore their neighbourhood. As of this week/a>, it will also be legally easier to use such aircraft in Australia, with the relaxation of Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules about "remotely piloted aircraft", or RPAs.

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First it was autonomous pizza-dispensing robots. Now, Domino's is bringing a fleet of pizza delivery drones to the masses. If the headline-hungry company can be believed, New Zealand customers will soon be receiving pizzas from the skies via a technology partnership with drone delivery service Flirtey.

Domino's has proudly proclaimed its new initiative as the first commercial drone delivery service in the world. However, there's no timeframe for when the service will be available and the service is still seeking approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Hmmm.

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If you got a new drone for Christmas, congratulations! There's plenty out there on the market and they can be a lot at fun. They're becoming popular enough that regulations are starting to catch up, too, with CASA issuing guidelines coming into force next year that cover commercial and hobbyist use of drones.

But say that hobbyist pilot is your neighbour's kid. Who happens to be an annoying brat that keeps crashing their new drone for Christmas.

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Dear Lifehacker, our neighbour has a drone equipped with a camera. We have not given him permission to film our residential property and have previously told him we feel it's an invasion of our privacy. Today at approximately 3pm, he was within one metre of our rear deck (not visible from street). In addition to possibly filming us, the drone was quite noisy. Is this noise pollution? Is it trespassing? An invasion of privacy? Please help!

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One of the most annoying aspects most of the drones on the market is the battery life. Just as you get into the fun, you need to either recharge or swap out the battery. The PARC (Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications) drone can stay up indefinitely, which solves that problem.

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Drones are one of the most popular tech toys doing the rounds. During Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego, we chatted to some of Cisco's team at DevNet and had a look at the CyPhy drone. For the price, it's one of the most advanced drones we've seen.