Today

French drone maker, Parrot put a teaser on their website, announcing something is coming on Wednesday, June 6th at 11:00 am EST. As with many teasers, it is very hard to figure out what may be coming down the pike. The image seems to show (the top of a drone with) a battery that has green LED lights to indicate the level of charge, similar to what DJI does with their DJI Mavic Pro batteries for instance. The pulsating green light adds some sense of mystery to the teaser. What do you guys think this may be?

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More and more drones are being used to save people’s lives. We have reported on a number of cases where drones came to the rescue and made the difference between life and quite possibly death. Take a look at some of these cases where a drone saved a man from hypothermia, found an 86-year old man who was lost, are able to hear people buried in the rubble after an earthquake or send edible drones to people in need of food. There are many ways in which drones can help save people’s lives. Today we learn about a heroic Icelandic drone rescue that took place in 2016 and for which the rescue team received an award at the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) Awards ceremony in Ljubljana, Slovenia. DJI and EENA also announced that they will extend their partnership to further improve the software and hardware required for search and rescue drones.

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Good morning! Here’s yesterday’s news with an article about the Kivu report that looked into where exactly your information goes when you start up your drone and DJI Go 4 app. Furthermore, we have a drone video showing off the beauty and rawness of Iceland. Enjoy!

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Add the Parrot BeBop 2 Drone w/ Skycontroller to your hanger for $250 shipped (50% off)

Today only, B&H offers the Parrot BeBop 2 Drone with Skycontroller in white for $249.99 shipped. Normally selling for around $500, today’s offer is good for a 50% discount and comes within $10 of our previous mention for the all-time low. Compared to just picking up the drone itself from B&H, you’re saving $100, plus you’ll also get the $150 Skycontroller. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Yesterday

Last Monday, we wrote about the Kivu report’s findings. Today we are taking a closer look as DJI has sent us a copy of the full report. Because of competitive reasons the Chinese drone maker has requested us not to post the entire report online or share any of the images. However, we are free to share segments of the text with you. The 27-page document is the result of Kivu Consulting’s forensic investigation of DJI’s UAV Data Transmission & Storage practices and contains information about Kivu’s methodology, analysis, findings, and explains up to a degree what information is collected and to which servers it is going. For their investigation, Kivu independently bought a DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 model drones as well as a Huawei Honor 5x smartphone with the Android operating system and an iPhone SE running iOS. We went through the entire report to see if any new information came to light and to see where your information might be going to.

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Good morning! Here are yesterday’s headlines. First of all, Waypoints are now available on the DJI Mavic Air thanks to Litchi! Furthermore, a massive $110 million drone base in Niger. An Amazon deal on the GoPro Karma and news on how a drone helped in the prosecution of an illegal moose poacher. Grab a coffee and jump in.

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