Tag - Drone
Apple is making good progress on the construction of its Campus 2 project, according to a flyover of the construction site by a camera-equipped drone. The latest look at the work underway at the future home of the company shows the last major section of the main ring-shaped building is being worked on, as well as some of the important infrastructure that Apple will use to its advantage, and an overview of the entire building site.
Drone producer DJI has made a number of announcements aimed at professional users, both for products used in the air and on the ground. The Matrice M600 drone is a professional aerial photography and videography drone capable of carrying a payload of up to 13.2 pounds, the Ronin MX is DJI's first universal aerial gimbal system that works with the new drone, and the handheld Osmo gimbal camera system will include a new camera option and the ability to make shots involving movement even smoother.
Drone piloting is a growing area of interest for many people keen to view the world from a new viewpoint high in the sky, but getting great video under these circumstances requires high-end but also expensive equipment. If you take part in the latest MacNN Deals giveaway, you can take to the air with the recently-released DJI Phantom 4 drone, a high-specification quadcopter, that one lucky winner will receive without having to spend a single penny.
DJI has unveiled the fourth generation of its Phantom drone line, one that adds new features as well as improves upon the previous model. The Phantom 4 arrives with an "Obstacle Sensing System" that uses a pair of sensors on the front and two on the base of the drone to create a 3D map of the area in front of it, allowing the quadcopter to stop and hover before an impact occurs, and in some modes, actively avoid the obstacle while moving onward to a final position.
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too good to go into our usual deals lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. If you've ever thought about taking up drone-based photography but didn't want to shell out thousands for a high-end quadcopter, have a look at the World's Smallest Camera Drone, a flying machine that fits into the palm of your hand.
Hyper, a company specializing in accessories for a wide variety of Apple and Samsung electronics, has unveiled a new HyperLink 316L Stainless Steel Band for any Apple Watch version, but costs $70 -- $330 less than Apple's own similar band. The company also announced a new charging dock and USB power bank designed to resemble a watch gift box. Also announced today at CES was a new Belkin charging dock that includes it own integrated charger, and earlier this week researchers showed off a method to control drone aircraft using the Apple Watch.
DJI is making its drones more useful for industrial and safety-related purposes, by working with FLIR Systems to add a thermal imaging option to its camera range. The Zenmuse XT is a thermal camera designed for use with drones, one that is able to capture footage showing areas with high or low temperatures, making it useful in search and rescue operations, fire fighting, and for quickly inspecting crops on a farm.
Drone producer Parrot has revealed a new collection of land, sea, and air-based remote-controlled craft. A total of 13 MiniDrones have been announced, which consist of variants of two main flying drone types, as well as an update to its ground-based Jumping drones, and a Hydrofoil which combines the normal flying machine with a hull to create a fast-moving remote-controlled model boat.
Amazon's attempts to test its drone-based Prime Air delivery service on a larger scale are being carried out in secret in Canada, according to a report. The retailer has apparently tested out the drones outdoors in British Columbia on a frequent basis, in order to sidestep the restrictive rules that apply to commercial drones in the United States, hampering development of the potential service.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is speeding up the process for commercial drone operators to be provided exemptions allowing them to fly. The change in policy comes amid complaints from Amazon over the application process, which it claims is so slow that its recent FAA approval it received was for a drone that has since become obsolete.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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