John Naughton: In the bleak midwinter, pesky drones made moan

Unmanned flying objects will be big business this Christmas… but you better make sure you know the rules

Well, Black Friday has come and gone and this columnist has missed the boat – again. But if the marketing mythology is to be believed, countless millions of our better-organised fellow citizens have been dutifully clicking and purchasing.

This year, however, is slightly different because something new will have appeared on the wishlists of tech-savvy shoppers: drones. A quick search for them on Amazon.co.uk brought up 46 different models before I got tired of scrolling, ranging in price from under £20 to over £1,200. And over at the Apple store, they’re selling the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter, a snip at £299.95.

Indoors, no light fitting or precious china case will be safe. Outdoors, neighbours will be alarmed or infuriated

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