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DJI Launches $799 Ultraportable 4K Folding Drone

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DJI introduces the Mavic Air, an ultraportable camera drone designed for travel and the outdoor enthusiast. The gadget comes complete with the best features from the brand’s signature Mavic series, including a 4K camera, new QuickShot modes and SmartCapture for more convenient and intelligent photo and video capturing, and FlightAutonomy 2.0 with Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems for smarter, safer flight.

The Mavic Air weighs in at just 430 grams, making it the most portable DJI drone to date. The arms and propellers can easily be folded down to rest flush with the frame, of course allowing for convenient carrying.

The camera then welcomes a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor and the equivalent of a 24mm F2.8 lens for high quality photo and video capture. New HDR algorithms preserve more highlight and low light details, as you can also shoot 4K video at 30 fps, in addition to 1080p slow motion video at 120 fps. And thanks to 8 GB of onboard storage, you can save your photos and videos directly on the device.

The Mavic’s Sphere panorama feature lets you automatically shoot and stitch together 25 photos to ultimately create a clear 32-megapixel panoramic image, while predefined flight paths in turn ensure your subject remains in frame.

The drone has a maximum flight time of up to 21 minutes and can stably fly in winds up to 22 miles per hour. Sport mode allows the Mavic Air to travel at speeds up to 42 miles per hour.

Starting at $799 USD, DJI’s all-new Mavic Air is available for pre-order beginning January 28. For more, visit DJI.

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This Is the World’s Largest microSD Card Yet

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London-based memory specialist Integral Memory just unveiled the largest capacity for a microSD card packing a whopping 512GB, also classified as an SDXC UHS-I U1 card, Business Wire reports.

The new 512GB microSDXC card has been performance tested with a range of smartphones and delivers up to 80MB/s transfer speed, while the card meets the Video Speed Class 10 (V10) standard, ensuring fast data transfer and able to capture more stills, video footage and more without the worry of running out of storage space.

“Consumers have been clear in their call for increased storage, as mobile devices have become essential to many in everyday life,” commented James Danton, marketing manager, Integral Memory. “The need to provide extended memory for smartphones, tablets and a growing range of other mobile devices such as action cams and drones has been answered. As a company, we are very proud to be the first to achieve the 512GB capacity milestone in microSDXC, worldwide.”

While the official pricing has not been revealed yet, it’s guaranteed to be expensive once it launches sometime in February.

For additional details, be sure to read the full story directly on Business Wire.

In other tech news, RED’s $1,195 Hydrogen One smartphone is finally shipping this summer.

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RED’s $1,195 Hydrogen One Smartphone Is Finally Shipping This Summer

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Back in July RED introduced its Hydrogen One smartphone with a holographic display. Now, The Verge is reporting that following pre-orders, the device is finally set to ship this summer.

News initially broke via RED’s CEO and founder Jim Jannard who took to the company’s forum just yesterday to also detail specs for the phone. According to Jannard, carrier support for the Hydrogen One is “unprecedented” and “as good as it gets,” although he would not disclose who. Pre-order phones will be made available before carrier phones, as the former will not have to go through an approval process.

As it stands, Jannard then hinted that the Hydrogen One will likely be previewed beginning in April.

We do however know that the smartphone will run a Snapdragon 835 processor and feature a dual SIM slot and a massive 4,500mAh battery. Previous reports have noted a 5.7-inch display, USB-C and microSD card support, a headphone jack, and dual front and rear cameras, while the screen is said to display holographic four-view content.

So while Jannard and RED continue to remain somewhat secretive about the Hydrogen One, all signs are pointing to availability this summer.

Follow on to The Verge for more, as you can then pre-order the device — starting at $1,195 USD — here.

In other tech news, Apple’s all-new HomePod wireless speaker is available to order this week.

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Apple’s $349 HomePod Speaker Is Available to Order This Week

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Rivaling that of Amazon’s Echo, Apple will be launching its anticipated HomePod early next month. Beforehand, the wireless speaker is set to become available for order as of this Friday, January 26, in the U.S., UK, and Australia.

The HomePod allows you to conveniently play music wherever it’s placed, simply using your voice for instruction. Per Apple, “Siri, now actively used on over half a billion devices, has developed a deep knowledge of music and understands your preferences and tastes.”

In addition to music streaming, the device can also send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic and weather, as well as control numerous HomeKit smart home accessories.

“HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple. It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, beautiful design that is so much fun to use,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“We’re so excited for people to get HomePod into their homes, apartments and businesses to hear it for themselves. We think they will be blown away by the audio quality. The team has worked to give Siri a deeper knowledge of music so that you can ask to play virtually anything from your personal favorites to the latest chart-topping releases, simply by saying ‘Hey Siri.’”

Standing at just under seven inches tall, the HomePod comes equipped with an Apple-designed woofer, seven tweeters, and six microphones. The speaker is of course conveniently compatible with Apple Music and can even support third-party messaging apps.

In addition, you can control a slew of home accessories such as lights, shades, temperature, and much more.

Starting at $349 USD in white and space grey, you’ll be able to order Apple’s all-new HomePod beginning Friday, January 26.

For more on the device, follow over to Apple.

In related news, reports suggest iPhone X production could end this summer.

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Android Oreo Now Displays Wi-Fi Network Speeds Before Connecting

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After announcing the arrival of Oreo, its new Android operating system, Google recently unveiled a handy additional feature for its newly released  8.1 version. As per The Verge, Oreo can now suggest which nearby Wi-Fi networks are worth connecting to based on how fast they are.

Located in the Wi-Fi settings menu, the display will now offer one of the four-speed menus: “Very Fast,” “Fast,” “OK,” or “Slow.” In measurements, anything between 0-1 Mbps will be considered slow, while anything 5 Mbps and above will be considered fast. Here are the specific speed ranges, as shared by a Google community manager:

  • Slow: 0 – 1 Mbps
  • OK: 1 Mbps – 5 Mbps
  • Fast: 5 Mbps – 20 Mbps
  • Very Fast: 20 Mbps+

According to Google, the difference between “Fast” and “Very Fast” is that the former can host most videos, while the latter can stream “very high-quality videos.”

If you plan on connecting to Wi-Fi networks that require passwords, Oreo will not display any speed data but can indicate signal strength instead. For network administrators that don’t wish to subscribe to the service, there is the opportunity to opt out using a “canary URL,” as explained here.

The sad news is that feature is only available on Android 8.1, but the good news is that Google has already started rolling it out. For more on the update, head on over to The Verge.

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Apple Is Reportedly Planning to Cancel the iPhone X

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Apple is planning to cancel the iPhone X, according to a report by AppleInsider. As written in a “research note” obtained by the site, renowned KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that production of the iPhone X will end this summer.

Despite pre-orders for the model selling out immediately, Kuo says that the decision to cancel the phone is based on poor sales in China.

Kuo puts this down to the controversial “notch” which is seen as using too much screen space, with many Chinese consumers opting for the cheaper iPhone 8 Plus model.

This is the first time since the 5C in 2014 that Apple has discontinued a phone after one generation, however, iPhone X fans don’t need to get too upset, as 2018 will see three iPhone X-inspired designs be released.

Apple plans to release a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X,  a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and an even cheaper 6.1-inch iPhone SE that will retail for approximately “$650-750” and include Face ID.

In other tech news, Instagram now shows everyone when you’re active.

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Instagram Now Shows Everyone When You’re Active

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Stalkers worldwide are rejoicing, as Instagram just added a new “Activity Status” section that informs your friends and followers to “see when you were last active” on the app.

The Facebook-owned platform now incorporates the same feature first found on Facebook Messenger, and the activity status is only visible in direct messages, which now displays a line indicating the last time a user was active underneath their username.

If you’re panicking right this moment, Instagram has also given users the option to toggle off their activity status visible to everyone. This can be enabled by going to Instagram’s app settings, scroll down until you see the new ‘Show Activity Status’ option, and then toggle the feature off. Unfortunately, turning this feature off means you won’t be able to see other users’ last activity either.

For additional details, be sure to read the full story at The Next Web.

In other news, see how a TV works in super slow motion.

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See How a TV Works in Super Slow Motion

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In case you didn’t know, when you’re watching TV, you’re not really seeing an actual moving image, but instead, a series of still images flash very quickly and are projected to create the illusion of the moving image in video form.

Science and technology entertainment web series The Slow Mo Guys, further investigates this cool process and reveals exactly what you are looking at when you stare at the TV in extremely slow motion.

Equipped with high-speed Phantom Flex and Phantom V2511 cameras that can record between 1600 and 380,000 frames per second, the duo Gavin Free and Daniel Charles Gruchy, record a TV screen and dissect its refresh rate, as they are able to see that the screen refreshes not only from top to bottom, but also from left to right, line by line. Each pixel is essentially updated one at a time, and very quickly that makes it look like the screen refreshes all at once to the naked eye.

Enjoy the educational 11-minute video above and then after, watch Neil deGrasse Tyson answer the most pressing questions about the universe.