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Next-gen drones follow wherever you go: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Next-gen drones follow wherever you go

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No remote control is necessary for new drones that can autopilot with tracking, creating an easy solution for capturing action-sports on video. Also, Oyster opens up its books to Android.

The next generation of drones won't need a pilot. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC]. Personal flying drones are becoming a popular tool for taking aerial videos. You just hook up a Go Pro camera to the small quadcopter and control it with a remote. Now most sport action shots are a two person job. Someone does the cool skateboard tricks and someone else is in charge of flying the drone. But the next generation of drones won't need a pilot. They could be set to automatically follow you. Two drones asking for funding on Kickstarter promised to do just that. Air Dog is one that can follow a set path, freeze in position and hover at a spot or maintain a certain distance from you at all times. It works by following a signal from a device called the Air Leash. Which you would wear on your wrist or helmet. Air Dog plans to charge $1,500 for one. Another autoflying drone is called the Hexo Plus. You program the flight using a smart phone app. It tracks you based on the location of your phone. An $800 donation gets you a complete Hexo Plus kit with a Go Pro Hero 3HD camera. The makers hope to have it out by next year. But if that's to much excitement for you maybe you'd like to curl up with a nice book. The popular book subscription service Oyster is now available on Adroid devices. Oyster is like a Netflix for books. You pay ten dollars a month. You get unlimited access to half a million eBooks. And that includes titles from big name publishers like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. It also includes children's books. Some from Disney. Previously it was only in iTunes, but along with Android there are also apps now for the Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Nobel Nook HD tablet. And for those of you that rather use icons to communicate, instead of words. New emojis have been created to expand your texting vocabulary. Emojis, also called emoticons, are picture characters that, in a way, have become our modern-day hieroglyphics. The nonprofit unicode consortium released 250 new icons. The group offers at suggestion of what the images should look like in black and white. But it won't be in color on your phone until the operating system maker like Apple or Google, adds these icons into the keyboard. And some new ones we can look forward to include a squirrel, the Vulcan salute, and a levitating businessman. Among these important advancements in our digital communication, there is also now an icon for the middle finger, for when words aren't enough. That's your tech news update, but there's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]
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