Best Drones of 2018

Drones have become part and parcel of a technology geek’s collection. And they have rapidly joined the collection of many other non-tech-geeks too over recent years. In fact, in the US alone last year, the Federal Aviation Administration reported the registration of 600,000 drones. They predict that there will be around one million drones sold over the 2018 Christmas period too. With hundreds to choose from, we’re all spoiled for choice. So, what are the best drones of 2018?

  1. Syma X5SC

If you’re on a budget, the Syma X5SC is definitely the drone for you. It provides HD video footage and photographs, and is one of the most robust drones of this price range. It won’t easily break due to the well-structured frame, but it only gives you eight minutes of flying time. However, something always has to give when you get a price this good.

The Syma also takes two hours to re-charge, but overall, it is a genuinely good drone for those on a budget, or first-timers. We would recommend this drone in particular for those heading on a short trip abroad who want to capture cool holiday photos for their return home.

  1. DJI Phantom 4

DJI is one of the best drone companies out there – and you know you’re getting a good drone with DJI. However, this reputable drone brand also comes with a hefty price, so you’ll have to be crazy about your drones and tech if you’re considering purchasing the Phantom 4.

Reaching speeds of up to 45mph, the DJI Phantom 4 is a special drone indeed. It can also reach up to four miles above sea level and can be switched to a multitude of different modes, including a sport mode. Perhaps one of the best things about this drone is the 28 minutes of flying time you get with a reasonable charging time of one hour and fifteen minutes. This is great considering the superb battery the Phantom 4 comes with.

The camera on the Phantom 4 is also virtually unrivalled – and flawless. It has a 4K video capture and the photos are of high quality. We think this drone is an investment for a good chunk of time, so bear it in mind if you’re experienced and love your technology in 2018.

  1. Hubsan H107C+ HD

If you’re buying a drone for children or young teenagers, this Hubsan drone is the one for you. It is a ‘mini drone’ and comes without the weighing price tag of other drones on the market. After all, you’d hate to spend hundreds only for it to get broken after hitting a wall.

This drone does not have the same qualities of camera, altitude and resistance as other, pricier, drones. But it does have a 720p camera, complete with a fair range too. While you only get seven minutes of flying time and 40 minutes of charging time, it’s a worthy investment as a little present for your loved younger ones.

We do think that the Hubsan is worth a spot on our best drones of 2018 for its convenience and price.

  1. Parrot Disco FPV

This funkily-named drone is just fantastic for a fascinating drone experience. You will not have a drone like this one anywhere else. And it’s worth every penny.

The Disco can reach speeds of 50mph (excellent for a drone) and has 45 minutes of flying time. The only drawback is the range of one mile, but this is easily forgotten about when you hear about the VR-incorporated part of the drone.

A pair of VR goggles come with the Parrot and you can watch the live video footage of your drone in the air through the glasses. The controller allows you to steer the drone wherever you want, all while you’re watching through the VR element of this drone. We think it’s genius – and so should you.

  1. GoPro Karma

This new and improved GoPro drone is great for novice and intermediate drone users. You have a 4K video and 12MP image capability on the Karma. It also comes with the GoPro Hero 6 action camera, which is a pretty awesome addition to the package seeing as this camera is truly one of the best of its kind.

While the GoPro Karma is on the pricy side, it’s worth the money. However, if you’re on a budget, you can find similar drones for quite a few hundred pounds cheaper.

After all of this, you may be wondering how to build a drone. And you never know – maybe yours will be one of the best of 2019.

Authored By Lauren E. White

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Executive Programme in Data and Decision Sciences Consulting | IIT Delhi

Executive Programme in Data and Decision Sciences Consulting

 (6th October 2018 – 9th December 2018, Classes on Weekends/National Holidays)

Download the Programme Brochure: 2018 EPDDSC Brochure

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7 Reasons To Use Flexible Packaging In Your Small Business

For a small business, everything, and indeed anything that can save you money is always welcome. Today, one of those ways is to shift from rigid traditional packaging to the more modern flexible packaging. If you are not careful how you do your packaging, it can become one of the money guzzlers in your business. The good news though is that flexible packaging can change all that as you will see in this short post. So, here are some perfect reasons your company should adopt flexible packaging:

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Website Maintenance: 4 Common Newbie Mistakes

No matter how a website is built, which language or platform it’s powered by, it’s necessary to do proper maintenance. Regular maintenance can help your site stay relevant, give users a great experience and make it more secure. It’s not as simple as building a website and leaving it like that forever.

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Customer relationship management (CRM) can be defined as all the actions and strategies devised to retain customers and build their loyalty. In this era of cut-throat competition when competitors are always on a lookout for snatching your business, customer loyalty is an important asset for a company. The only way to ensure customers’ loyalty is to satisfy them each time they interact with your company. Research conducted by Google and CEB revealed that customers with an emotional connection to a brand are twice as likely to purchase it than those who don’t. Continue reading “Pipedrive vs. Salesmate: 5 ways to pick the right CRM for your business”

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Digital India – Reflections and Practice | Springer

This book offers a multidisciplinary resource on digital government, while specifically focusing on its role within the emerging market of India. The Government of India (GoI) is concentrating on transforming India under the Digital India initiative. In order to do so, it has emphasized three core areas: (1) Computing infrastructure as a  utility to every citizen; (2) Governance and services on demand; and (3) Digital empowerment of citizens. The chapters in this book address issues surrounding these areas, highlighting concepts such as knowledge societies, urban operations and logistics, issues in managing emergent Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), and also smart analytics for urbanization. The chapters contribute to the theory, practice and policy for a “Digital India.” The book captures lessons, knowledge, experiences (about challenges, drivers, antecedents, etc.) and best practices emerging from implementation of various projects. While the book is dedicated to a “Digital India,” this book can also be valuable resource for public administrators, government officials and researchers in other emerging markets and developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America where similar socio-political and economic conditions exist. Continue reading “Digital India – Reflections and Practice | Springer”

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Outsourcing IT jobs is one of the wisest steps you can take while starting your own business. Your IT structure demands constant supervision. As an entrepreneur, your primary focus is business development which leaves you very little time to monitor your IT network. Thus, it’s better to leave it to a dedicated IT company that will support your business with constant managed IT services. Now, there is no dearth of IT support companies around but not all will be compatible for you.

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Gaming Consoles Perfect for Your Gamer Boyfriend

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Is Guest Blogging Still Good Way to Build Links to Promote SEO?

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Top Digital Marketing Trends and Tips for 2018

Marketers, is there anything else more fulfilling than edging out your competition? We don’t need to go beyond the nods, do we?

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5 Present-Day Applications of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence was officially founded as a discipline in 1956, and in the years since, it has experienced tremendous growth and development—allowing AI systems to do a lot more things in ways we could only just imagine in the past. Let’s take a look at some of the best applications of artificial intelligence in the world today.

Personal Tasks

Among the many applications of artificial intelligence these days, smartphone virtual assistants are definitely at the vanguard, since these are the types of AI people are familiar with the most. Examples of these are voice activated assistants like Siri on the Apple iPhone, Bixby on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and Cortana on Microsoft devices. As you may very well know, these personal assistants can perform tasks and services for the user, facilitating the use of device features that would take much longer to access without AI aid. These include reading emails and messages aloud, scheduling events, looking up and dialing contact details, performing internet searches, and other duties that were traditionally performed by actual personal assistants or secretaries.

In the future, smart personal assistants are likely to become more ubiquitous, especially in homes, where they can act as automation hubs for smart houses. There are already a few such AI technologies operating today, including the likes of Amazon Alexa on the Amazon Echo device, Siri on the Apple HomePod, and the Google Assistant on the Google Home device.

Healthcare

In a world that is slowly transitioning to value-based care—a healthcare delivery model where providers and compensated according to the quality of patient health outcomes—it is important for health payers, providers, and public health agencies to become more sophisticated when it comes to handling data. With the help of artificial intelligence solutions, it become possible for these organizations to sift through and analyze voluminous amounts of data, which they can then use to empower their policies and practices. What are the implications? Consider being able to detect healthcare fraud, reduce resource wastage, develop the best healthcare plans, improve population health, and even cure diseases. In short, health organizations are poised to benefit a lot.

Financial Services

The financial services sector is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, with financial organizations exchanging large amounts internal documents and customer transaction information on a daily basis. Because banks and other financial institutions are also confronted with numerous regulations and compliance standards, they should see to it that that they are not failing on their legal and institutional obligations.

By analyzing data with the proper artificial intelligence tools, financial organizations will be able to understand the risks, comply with regulations, and meet customer needs effectively. They’ll be able to perform specialized tasks, whether it’s building regulatory risk models or predicting and preventing criminal activities like fraud and money laundering.

Transportation and Navigation

Have you ever wondered how map services like Google Maps and Waze calculate the best routes from your location to a certain destination? Or how about the methods by which ridesharing applications like Uber and Lyft determine the price for your ride? If you guessed artificial intelligence and machine learning, then you are correct.

Google Maps, which acquired Waze from the Israeli company Waze Mobile in 2013, efficiently makes use of crowdsourced data from the latter in order to help commuters avoid traffic jams caused by roadwork, accidents, and other disturbances, while also providing estimated times of arrival. Uber, on the other hand, uses machine learning in its proprietary algorithms in order to predict which areas will have increased rider demands at which hours. This way, they are able to implement what they call surge pricing, a strategy in which ride prices are increased at certain locations and at certain hours in order to bring down rider demand while also encouraging more drivers to pick up riders from those locations.

Aviation

Aviation has always been an early adopter of AI technologies, and autopilot systems are one of them. Autopilot is a technology employed to control the flight path of an aircraft without constant intervention by a human agent. Although an autopilot system is not a complete substitute for human operators, it does help them significantly by allowing them to place their attention on other important aspects of aircraft operations, whether it’s monitoring weather conditions or reviewing and configuring instruments.

Surprisingly, autopilot systems have been in existence since the 1912, when the Sperry Corporation developed the first aircraft autopilot technology. Modern aviation AI systems, however, are much more advanced and are powered by computers—from coupled autopilot systems and full authority digital engine control systems to more recent developments such as digital cockpit assistants and next-generation autoflight systems that use machine learning to mimic expert pilots.

Without a shadow of doubt, artificial intelligence and machine learning will become more important in our daily lives as these technologies advance. What sort of challenges do you think AI will solve in the future?

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Reasons to Buy Term Life Insurance Before You Turn 35

Thirties are said to be the life’s best years. It’s an age of milestones which gives you feel of freedom from insecurities and midlife challenging responsibilities. One of the surveys from a leading insurer claims that 35 is the best age to be as most of the people expected to have achieved their major milestones. Actually, it’s true! When you are around 35, you are healthy, well-placed and stable in your career. Your kids may have just started their journey at school and you may have owned a car and house by then. In true sense, you are in a ‘happy phase’ and the real happiness is just beginning with your responsible adulthood. It’s definitely not the time to think about ‘what if’ moments. But, as a part of being responsible adult, you must financially secure yourself and your loved ones with a term insurance!

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What is help desk software? The quick answer is that it helps companies address customer concerns faster and more efficiently by managing tickets of calls and categorising them depending on purpose and function. Studies show that customers expect immediate and informative responses from companies. The faster the response rate, the higher the loyalty to the company brand. Here are a few things to note before you sign-up for a help desk aid.

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Over the last few years, technological advancement has really changed the way marketing data is used. It has become more specific and marketers now focus on individual preferences instead of market trends. Historic action has paved way for a customized one-on-one engagement between the seller and the buyer. Gone are the days when people used to replace their mobile phones only after they stopped working. The younger generation replaces their android phones within 3-4 months after finding some new features in a newer model. Continue reading “7 ways how big data is changing marketing”

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4 Tips To Shoot A High Quality Music Video With Tight Budget

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