• Drones
    5 reasons to buy the DJI Mavic Pro drone

    Between alluring features and new tech advancements, buying a drone can be as overwhelming as buying a car. The same can be the case with DJI drones – the Chinese technology company headquartered in Shenzhen has developed more than 39 drones with more than 4 series based on its intended use, size, battery life, etc.

    DJI Mavic Pro is one such drone. It is a small yet powerful drone with a high degree of complexity, making it one of the most sophisticated aerial cameras in the market. It has 24 high-performance computing cores and technologically advanced features that let it cover at least four miles on a single charge. It has 4K camera stabilized through a 3-axis gimbal mechanism with five sensors. You can buy DJI Mavic Pro from its official website and other e-commerce websites such as cabelas.com, gearbest.com, dronefly.com, etc.

    Here are some benefits of buying the DJI Mavic Pro drone:

    Parts and accessories
    DJI drones add a bunch of accessories to Mavic Pro. It offers a slim and soft carrying pouch and replacement cables and an advanced charger as you can charge for four batteries at a time, allowing you to shoot photos and videos for a longer duration. You can also order ND filers for the drone camera for sunny flights.

    4K camera
    DJI Mavic Pro takes cinematic 4K videos and photos for up to a 4960 x 2160 resolution. You can capture photos and videos at 24 fps or bump it up to 25 or 30 fps based on your requirements. They have also upgraded their DJI GO 4 app, which includes new camera control capabilities with added continual focus.

    Remote controller
    The DJI quadcopter comes with a remote controller, which is one of the most compact devices of the DJI Mavic Pro drone. The small LCD drone offers more than just the basics to keep it up in the air and bring it back on the ground safely after capturing a top-notch 4k video. It also has a dedicated “return to home” button and a separate button for photo capture, video capture, autofocus, and much more.

    Flight modes
    The DJI Mavic Pro drone has GPS cruiser control and a wide range of autonomous flight modes. Some modes include the “follow-me” mode, circle an object mode, and point and fly using a connected smartphone display. It also has a forward-facing object detection, so make sure you have your finger on the pause button as there can be a risk of your drone flying autonomously sideways into a tree.

    DJI googles
    Being one of its most interesting accessories, DJI goggles or Ocusync is a powerful tool that can wirelessly connect with DJI Mavic Pro, giving you FPV (the first person viewing) flying on the go. What’s more interesting is that you can control the Mavic Pro flight in a limited number of ways. One of them is that you can turn your head to turn the camera gimbal of the DJI quadcopter and also use the trackpad to set the active track and other modes.

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    Choosing a DJI drone to buy

    With their steady succession of affordable yet advanced quadcopters, DJI has managed to put drones even in the hands of nervous amateurs. The Chinese company has transformed and amalgamated the niche activity of DIY hobbyists and filmmaker enthusiasts. They have launched a wide range of quadcopters and drones that can get very overwhelming to choose, given their technical specifications and intended use. You can buy DJI drones from their official website and other e-commerce stores such as Cabela’s.com, dronefly.com, gearbest.com, etc. You can buy them at competitive prices through sale events such as Black Friday sales or Cyber Monday sales.

    Read the following article as it mentions some of the most popular DJI drones based on their purpose of use and specifications:

    Best for beginners – DJI Spark
    Being one of the smallest quadcopters, the DJI Spark Drone flies for around 10-15 minutes on a full charge. It comes with twin-stick controller and is light enough (300 g) to land on your palm. However, its lack of folding prop arms makes it difficult to fit in one’s pocket. The gesture control scheme allows you to instruct it to perform basic maneuvers simply through specific hand gestures. You can trigger impressive auto-fly modes and capture crisp and colorful 1080 p photos and videos through its 12 MP camera.

    Best for travelers – DJI Mavic Air
    The drone is not only compact but it is also competent enough to capture pin-sharp 4K footage and can reach up to speeds of 40 mph. Weighing around 400 grams, it can fold down to the size of a water bottle and can be stuffed into a backpack. Its twin-stick remote control can maneuver the drone for up to 3 miles. It has a beefier battery life than Spark as it can hover around for 20 minutes on a single charge. It has a 3-axis gimbal, which helps in keeping the 12 MP camera steady to click pictures and shoot 4K videos. It has an internal storage of 8 GB, but you can extend the storage using the micro SD card slot. It comes with six infrared sensors to help prevent collisions.

    Best for intermediates – DJI Phantom 3
    With its non-folding design, you can disassemble this DJI drone and lug it into a specialized carry case. Although it’s not portable, the size and shape ensure a stable flight even on blustery days. With the battery offering 25 minutes of flight time, DJI Phantom 3 comes with a GPS. It has two forward-facing sensors to prevent collisions and help it maintain stability. It lets you capture 4K videos at 25 and 30 fps (frames per second) and 1080 p videos at up to 60 fps through its 12 MP camera. The photos can be clicked in JPEG or DNG RAW format.

    Best for videographers – DJI Mavic 2 Pro
    Being one of the expensive DJI quadcopters with a remote controller, DJI Mavic 2 Pro is best for professional filmmakers. DJI merged with the renowned Swedish company Hasselblad to equip Mavic 2 Pro with a 20 MP camera with an adjustable aperture so that you can shoot videos in any light conditions. It has a 31-minute battery life, and the 10-bit hybrid log Gamma HDR video shooting makes post-production editing of the footage easier and helps create better aerial footage.

  • Smart Homes
    Get to know the Google Home Mini better

    When Google launched its first smart speaker back in 2016, it was already well behind its Seattle-based rival, Amazon. The e-commerce and cloud computing giant had already unleashed the Echo, Echo Tap, and Echo Dot. With the launch of Google Home Mini, Google made a comeback, intending to give a tough fight to the likes of Amazon’s Echo Dot and other smart devices.

    The Google Home Mini is an attractive device and has a richer feel than its counterparts. The device looks like a cloth-covered pebble and it is small enough to fit in your palms. Cloaked in coarse fabric, it is available in colors of coral, chalk, aqua, and charcoal. The lower portion is coated with grippy silicone to resist sliding and oily fingerprints. It powers up through a micro USB slot and a power cord with a round plug.

    You need to have a Google account and the Google home app installed on your phone before setting up the Google Home Mini. Once it connects with the Wi-Fi of your home or office, all you need to say is “OK Google” or “Hey Google” for the smart device to recognize your voice and link it with your Google account. Once this setup is complete, it is up to you to decide the extent of your dependence on it and how much it can do for you. For instance, you will have to set up the payment information through the app if you wish to order groceries online through Google Home Mini.

    Here’s what Google Home Mini can do:

    • It has all the capabilities of its predecessor, Google Home. It includes an extra feature called “voice match.” Once set up, the mini uses this feature to match the voice and detect who is asking for information.
    • You can set up shortcuts to give the Mini specific directions for a particular task. For instance, creating a shortcut for Michael Jackson videos on YouTube and simply saying “Hey Google, make me dance” will play the saved videos.
    • Google has also introduced an interactive feature for children’s entertainment called “family link” which consists of games, beatboxing, storytelling, and much more.
    • You can also make Google Assistant work with a number of smart home devices simultaneously. It can lock your doors, turn off lights. It also allows you to play movies on Google Play; a feature not available in its predecessors.
    • The hands-free calling feature allows you to make phone calls to anyone on your contact list, assuming they live in the USA, Canada, or Mexico.

    In conclusion, the Google Home Mini is ideal if you are looking for a small, affordable ($49) device to assist you in your daily activities. It is loud enough for its size, it can be streamlined with other Home devices but it cannot be used as a foundation for smart devices for your home or office.

  • Phones
    How different is the Google Pixel 3 XL from the Pixel 2 XL

    The giant tech company, Google, has successfully charmed its loyalists through its well-engineered smartphones. It has always been at the top of its game and has now launched the flagship smartphone, Google Pixel 3 XL. The smartphone is powered by AI and makes for the most enjoyable experience. Also touted to have the best smartphone camera, does it deliver as well as its expectations?

    The Google Pixel 3 XL is promising, and the Android Pie phone comes in three different colors i.e. clearly white, just black, and not pink. With a big-built and color-rich OLED screen, the flagship phone is the successor to the much-lauded Google Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL managed to create quite a stir while being packed with some great features. Does the Pixel 3 XL build off that success? It is on the surface only that you see a difference in the notch of the phone; however, there is much more going on. If you’re wondering what sets the Google Pixel 3 XL apart from its predecessor, here are some features to note:

    Design: The Google Pixel 3 XL does not stray away too far from the Pixel 2 XL in terms of design. However, the new flagship is made of all glass, as opposed to the metal and glass combination of the 2 XL. Both the phones are built to be water resistant, but owing to the IPX8 rating of the 3 XL, one can expect better performance on that front. There is also an obvious change in the sizable appearance, as the weight and the dimensions differ.

    Camera: The Pixel phones have received much appreciation for their camera features, and as expected, the Pixel 3 XL aims higher. Just like the Google Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 3 XL features a single-lens 12.2 MP f/1.8 rear camera, but there are some features that take it a notch higher. There are new modes to look out for, and the most admirable of the lot is the “Top Shot” feature. The front camera comes with an upgrade, with the 3 XL employing the dual-lens front camera for more versatility.

    OS and power: The Google Pixel 3 XL steps above its predecessor, as it features an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset that is paired with 4 GB RAM. While the RAM remains the same, there is a difference in the chipset. The phone also comes with notable features such as Active Edge, which cannot be seen in the phones of other brands. What’s more? The Pixel 3 XL also aids in data security with the newly added feature, i.e., Titan security module.

    The Google Pixel 3 XL engraves a greater place for itself and brings with it several refreshing changes. It’s not wrong to admit that the upgraded features are invariably substantial.

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    Points to consider before buying the Google Pixel 3

    Google Pixel 3 has been one of the much-awaited phones for all android fans. Since the announcement, there has been a lot of speculation on how the product will fare in comparison to the affordable Android alternatives available across multiple popular brands.

    Google has always introduced a new feature or update that makes the Google Pixel phones stand out from the rest. With the official launch of Google Pixel 3, it is easier to narrow down the specifications and make an assessment.

    Here are the points to consider before you invest in a Google Pixel 3 smartphone:

    In comparison to its predecessor, Google Pixel 3 will have the ability to screen calls and block spam more effectively using Google Assistant. The software is designed to monitor and receive calls from unknown numbers automatically.

    Google Duplex
    Google Assistant does a fantastic job in comparison to other virtual assistants including Siri for the Apple OS and Alexa for Amazon smart tech. However, the company plans to launch the newly redefined Google Duplex, which is a more advanced version of Google Assistant with ultra-realistic human voice capabilities. The feature will be rolled out in Google Pixel 3 phones available in select cities like New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Fransisco with the launch in November. However, Google will roll out the feature soon for global shipping of the Google Pixel 3 thereafter.

    Key specifications
    Upgrades to the hardware interface to support software capabilities make the Google Pixel 3 worth the premium price. A 5.5 OLED screen boasts a sharper resolution and higher pixel density in comparison to its predecessor. Google Pixel 3 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of internal memory to handle multiple tasks and processes efficiently. You can multitask without any system lag and enjoy the best of what Google. Wireless charging is also among the main highlights of this phone.

    Google has paid attention to the camera installment on both the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL with enhancement in image capture technology. The new AI software plays a key role in determining the quality of the image before it is even taken to enhance the overall output.

    The Google Pixel 3 is available in two distinct variants with two storage capacities and three color options. The 64GB and 128GB storage capacity are available with both Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL. Colors include Just Black, Very White, and Not Pink. The Google Pixel 3 can be bought for a price of approximately $799 while the XL variant is available for around $100.

  • Phones
    Four interesting features of the new Google Pixel 3 XL

    Google recently added two new phones in their arsenal of smartphones – Pixel 3 and 3 XL, both being the successors to the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL, respectively. After much speculation and months of sneak peeks, the search giant has launched the phones on October 9, 2018.

    With their refreshed and evolved technical specifications, the smartphones have plenty of features to offer. Here are some interesting features that you will love in the new Google Pixel 3 XL:

    • Wireless charging: Contrary to its predecessors, both Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL now come with the ability of wireless charging. Google released “the Pixel Stand”, its own 18-watt wireless charger. Phone developers claim that 15 minutes of charging can make the phone last for seven hours.One of the interesting features about the wireless charger is that you can access the Google assistant the moment you keep the phone on the “the Pixel Stand.” Your phone can do more than just getting charged on the stand, as it can turn into a digital photo frame, showing your favorite photos. Apart from prompting you about your routine, it can also play music and display music and cover art on the display.
    • Louder speakers: Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL now come with dual front-facing speakers with approximately 40 percent louder and richer sound as compared to its predecessors. What’s more exciting is that the phones come with six months of free YouTube music.
    • Miscellaneous features: The third iteration of Pixel phones now come with features that can help you on a daily basis. They contain Gmail’s Smart Compose feature, which suggests phrases and words based on the context of the email, which can help you draft an email efficiently.It also includes “Digital Wellbeing”, introduced with the launch of Android Pie, Google’s latest OS (operating system). The feature lets you see the amount of time you are spending on your phone, thereby letting you set different time limits on specific apps. You can also turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode simply by flipping over your phone.
    • Call screening made easy: It can be annoying to attend unnecessary calls, only to realize that they are from telemarketers. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL take the pain of answering these calls for you. You can tap the “screen call” button and the phone will ask (via text) who is calling and why. The conversation will be transcribed in real time. You can reply via text, answer the call, call back later, or even report the number as spam.

    The 64 GB variant of 3 XL is priced at around $899, whereas you might have to pay around $999 for the 128 GB variant. Google Pixel 3 XL was launched with Pixel 3 on October 9, 2018, and will be available in stores from October 18, 2018.

  • Phones
    3 stunning features of Google Pixel 3 that will make you swoon

    The wait is over for all the Google phone fans. Google Pixel 3 was launched this month, and it will be out in the market very soon. You must already know that its previous version Google Pixel 2 was a big hit, and Google has tried its best to make this version a worthy successor to Google Pixel 2. For all those who are eagerly anticipating the phone, while you are doing so, below are some of the best features that you can expect from Google Pixel 3.

    Ditch the charging cables
    Yes, you heard it right. The new Google Pixel 3 comes with the new-age feature of wireless charging, so you don’t need to be glued to your bedside plug point for charging your phone. The phone can be charged wirelessly using any Qi dock. If you want the best experience, then you must check out the new Google Pixel Stand that the company has launched. Again, if you think that the Google Pixel Stand is just a charging base then you might want to reconsider. The Google Pixel Stand is powered by the Google Assistant, which means that once you place your phone in the stand, the phone will play music, will answer all your questions, and help you control other smart gadgets in the house.

    See life through Google Lens
    The new Google Pixel 3 comes with a baked in Google Lens that will make your life easy. All you got to do is long press the camera, point it to anything that you are looking at, and you will get all the useful information that you must know about it. Wondering what else you can use Google Lens for? Well, you can do everything right from scanning a text and translating it, finding a similar piece of fabric, or something as basic as identifying an animal or a plant using an image.

    Enjoy a water-resistant phone
    Though Google Pixel 2 was also water resistant, it had an IP67 water and dusting rating, which meant that if you splashed some water on the phone then your phone wouldn’t get damaged. But that isn’t enough to ensure that your phone comes out unharmed when it accidentally drops in the pool or the bathtub. However, you don’t need to worry about it anymore, as the new Google Pixel 3 comes with an upgraded water and dusting rating of IP68, which is a decent upgrade.

    So, which of these Google Pixel 3 features are you most excited to try?