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Dubai Police Patrol From the Sky Using Flying Motorbikes

It looks like something straight out of Star Wars!

As if it wasn’t enough that Dubai Police already has Lamborghini patrol cars, self-driving robots, and android officers, now we see that the police force has some new techie toys to play with for their law enforcement duties.

So yes, as you’ve read on the headline, cops in Dubai are now using flying motorbikes. And now netizens everywhere either wants to get one of these sweet rides or move to Dubai and become a cop!

Designed by Hoversurf, the Scorpion 3 hoverbike utilizes 4 propellers to stay airborne.

Source: CNN

In a CNN report, we learn that the vehicle is “capable of 40 mph and a travel time of 25 minutes.” The site likewise mentioned that the “single-seat craft, which can carry 600 lbs, can also operate autonomously.”

Meanwhile, a Distractify article adds that the battery takes about three hours to charge and is only ideal for short travels.

According to reports, the use of hoverbikes are part of the police force’s “smart city” plans.

Source: YouTube
Currently, a memorandum of understanding has already been signed between Hoversurf and Dubai Police.

Source: Dubai Police

The tech company has also been invited to open the vehicle’s mass production in the area. Simply put, there’s no stopping this technology from ruling the skies of Dubai pretty soon.

It sure looks something straight out of Star Wars!

Source: LucasFilm
Watch the video here and see the Scorpion 3 in action:

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Netizens, however, have mixed reactions about the flying motorbikes.

Source: YouTube

Although many have applauded Dubai’s efforts of using tech in law enforcement, some social media users mentioned that the hoverbike’s propellers look really risky. “That could cut off a police officer’s leg,” one wrote. On the other hand, there are also others who are comparing the new ride to ones seen in sci-fi movies, such as the speeder bikes in Star Wars.

Well what do you think about this, our dear readers? Is this a yay or a nay? Share your comments below!

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10 of the Most Exciting Space Explorations to Look Forward to in 2018

Will this year’s space explorations give us a much better understanding of the universe?

2017 was a blast. And with another year, there is a lot of things people are hoping to see. Such is actually true in the field of space missions, from highly-anticipated launched to deep space explorations. Indeed, this year is a going to be as exciting as ever.

We here at Elite Readers compiled a list of exciting space missions to look forward to this 2018. This year is definitely expected to be more thrilling. Well, without further ado, here they are!

#1. January

Source: electrek

This month will feature the inaugural launch of SpaceX’s long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket. Although the company has yet to announce an official date, it is expected to launch between late January and early February. ...

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Stellar Could Be the Next Big Thing In Cryptocurrency And The Future of Banking

Stellar is considered the best-performing cryptocurrency of this year.

Bitcoin talk has been all the rage last year, especially toward the end of 2017 but this year another cryptocurrency is making its way up the digital currency market. Founded in 2014 by Jed McCaleb, the same guy who founded another currency, Ripple, Stellar’s cryptocurrency value is surging. Jed McCaleb, an American programmer, is known for creating the peer-to-peer technologies eDonkey and Overnet, as well as the first ever bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox.

Since Friday, Stellar’s value soared to more than 65 percent by market capitalization. By Wednesday, the cryptocurrency landed on the 6th spot as the largest digital currency, with a market cap of $16.4 billion. Developed by a non-profit organization, Stellar is an open source blockchain targeting enterprise clients and financial institutions with high volumes of cross-border transactions.

It is believed that Stellar could be the next big cryptocurrency.

Stellar is considered the best-performing cryptocurrency of this year, according to Nasdaq. Stellar Lumens, between March 20 and Dec. 10, it's gained over 6,300%! And about 150% for the first three days of January. This less popular currency took over litecoin, taking the 6th spot as the largest cryptocurrency value. The reason? Look no further than its blockchain....

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Smallest Mobile Phone In The World Is Tinier Than A USB Flash Drive

This tiny phone lets you send and receive calls and messages.

There was a time when the smaller the size of a mobile phone, the cooler or better it is. With the advent of smartphones, it has become the opposite -- people were looking for bigger phones with wider screen displays.

One company, however, believes that a tiny phone, in a world dominated by smartphones, can still work and be usable. But this small phone isn’t just any phone -- it’s the smallest in the world with a size smaller than that of a flash drive.

Introducing, Zanco tiny t1, the smallest mobile phone in the world.

It’s capable of doing all of the basic things that a mobile phone can do.

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