Tangible Tech Episode 2: Mine-seeking drones, global dust storms, and more!

Tangible Tech Episode 2: Mine-seeking drones, global dust storms, and more!

Episode 2 of the Tangible Tech podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. Steve provides a roundup of some fascinating tech news for the week - hunting land mines with drones; a massive, planet wide dust storm on Mars is slowing down work for some of our robotic workers out there; researchers have come up with a lightweight sheet that can hide humans and equipment from sight in the infrared spectrum; and police aren’t going to be happy with the Supreme Court decision last week that keeps them from tracking cell phones without a warrant.

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Apple World Today News Update: March 30, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: March 30, 2018

It's the last day of March, the day before a holiday weekend, and the first weekend of Major League Baseball for 2018. We'll end the week with three stories:

  • Drones were used to help 26 smugglers move almost $80 million worth of refurbished iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen
  • MyFitnessPal reported a huge data breach affecting 150 million users; if you've ever used MyFitnessPal, change your password immediately
  • macOS 10.13.4 brings external GPU support to the Mac platform for the first time, and we tell you which eGPU chassis are approved for use
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DroneDeploy iOS Live Map feature revolutionizes aerial mapping with real-time capability

DroneDeploy iOS Live Map feature revolutionizes aerial mapping with real-time capability

As a commercial drone pilot, I'm very familiar with DroneDeploy -- it's a platform that uses an iOS app connected to a remote controller to automate aerial mapping from drones. Last week, DroneDeploy updated its app with a new feature called Live Map, which lets drone operators create real-time maps in the field on the iOS device.

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Drone fans: FAA registration is back in force

We know that a lot of Apple World Today readers are techies who love drones, so this news will be of importance to you. As of yesterday, legislation was signed by President Trump that reverses an earlier court ruling and brings back the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) registration requirement for UAS -- unmanned aerial systems, AKA drones. 

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AWT TV Episode 24: October 10, 2017

AWT TV Episode 24: October 10, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

Tonight's show was rather fun, talking about the "Apple Tax" and why we're perfectly happy to pay it, demoing a macOS drone simulator, and more.

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SimToo Moment Drone: A 4K camera drone anyone can afford and fly

SimToo Moment Drone: A 4K camera drone anyone can afford and fly

I really like small “selfie drones”; they’re easy to pack away in a bag for travel, they’re lightweight so they aren’t subject to regulatory issues, and they do a pretty good job of taking photos. Up until now, the only one I’ve owned is the $499.95 Hover Camera Passport drone that was sold through Apple retail outlets — although it is appears as “currently unavailable” at this time. Like most consumer electronic products, another company has taken the idea of a lightweight, folding portable drone and is currently crowdfunding manufacturing of a similar product that will ship early next month. The iOS-controlled SimToo Moment Drone can be had for as little as $199 during the Indiegogo campaign, and if you’ve balked at the price tag of the Hover Camera Passport, you’re going to like what you see with the Moment Drone.

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Nearly complete: Latest Apple Park drone footage

Nearly complete: Latest Apple Park drone footage

We've been highlighting 4K drone videos from Matthew Roberts (Maverick Media) since the early days of construction at the Apple Park campus. Now that construction is about to wrap up, we're most likely seeing the last of these videos...although we hope there's at least one more. In today's flyover, Roberts shows us the completed building with most landscaping in place, the uncovered Steve Jobs Theater, and more.

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A year of Apple Park construction captured by Matthew Roberts

A year of Apple Park construction captured by Matthew Roberts

Matthew Roberts of Maverick Media has been capturing drone footage of Apple Park construction since the beginning, but during the past year the construction has really gone from "empty shells" to "virtually complete. In this video, Roberts shows some of the major features of Apple Park -- the "Spaceship", the Steve Jobs Auditorium, parking garages, health center, R&D facilities and more -- as they appeared a year ago and then at various times through the past year.

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The remarkable Hover Camera Passport arrives at Apple retail stores and Apple.com

The remarkable Hover Camera Passport arrives at Apple retail stores and Apple.com

Have you ever wanted your own personal camera drone, but found that the devices on the market were too expensive and/or had a difficult learning curve? Last fall, the Hover Camera Passport (US$499) was introduced and it changed the world of photography forever with a small, lightweight, flying high-definition camera that is primarily self-flying. Today Zero Zero Robotics, the company behind Passport, announced that the flying travel-friendly camera is available exclusively on Apple.com and in Apple retail outlets. Apple employees will demonstrate the Hover Camera Passport in stores starting today, showing off the facial recognition and gesture control features. 

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Xtreem’s video drones bring HD recording, 360° flip maneuvers

Xtreem’s video drones bring HD recording, 360° flip maneuvers

They’re equipped with a full HD video camera, users can capture photos and videos of their favorite flying adventures. Measuring 19.7 inches and weighing only 1.3 pounds, the Sky Ranger Video Drone’s first person view feature gives users a bird’s eye view of flights on their smartphone via the free app for iOS and Android. 

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