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6 Ways People are Using Drones to Improve Lives

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6 Ways People are Using Drones to Improve Lives

There are numerous technologies which are improving our lives in various ways. One of the recent inventions in the form of drones, aka UAVs, are already changing the world as we know it. Even though drones were invented for military purposes, many people are beginning to understand the true potential of these incredible devices. True photography enthusiasts have already tremendously changed the direction of aerial photography as drones are very mobile and can create breathtaking bird-perspective photos. However, there are other much serious matters that can be more easily taken care of by the use of these modern gadgets.

Weather Monitoring – Hurricane Hunting

NASA aerial plane

    One of the many practical uses that is going to mean a lot for humankind is definitely the weather watching possibility UAVs can provide. NASA, in collaboration with NOAA and Northrop Grumman, is experimenting with drones which can spend over 30 hours in the air. These specific drones are designed for hurricane hunting. This way of hurricane monitoring will greatly help with the possibility of predicting these awful winds, which present grave danger for many people around the world.

    While NASA is focused on using these big drones, a different team of people at the University of Florida is trying to do the same with super resistant mini drones, which would be used to enter hurricanes and acquire the much needed information regarding the properties of hurricanes such as humidity, pressure and temperature. This drone application will certainly help scientists better understand the way hurricanes form, which may make them predictable in the future.

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    SAR Missions

    Search and Rescue Drone

      Search and rescue missions are going to be performed differently in the future, thanks to these devices. They simply offer much faster coverage of the search terrain and, with the ability of carrying different devices, like heat sensors, these thingies will surely make finding someone much easier and faster. In Canada, a victim of a car crash, being disoriented, had wandered away into the cold night. With the use of a drone, the search took a short time and the person was rescued due to heat sensors equipped on the drone.

      Not only is this type of SAR mission time friendly, but it also lowers the costs, as SAR missions can be quite expensive, requiring special off road vehicles and a great number of people in some cases. As drones are still a new thing, we can expect a wide usage of these devices in SAR missions within a couple of years.

      Wildlife Preservation

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      Drone Wildlife Preservation

        In the past, keeping up with the exact numbers of different species was very hard for biologists and scientists in the field. However, with the development of drones, this task is becoming much easier. As drones are quite mobile and silent, it makes them perfect for monitoring wildlife, plus the usual monitoring methods put people in risk, as being close to these animals can be quite dangerous.

        Google is currently helping WWF, a conservation organization, fend off poachers in Africa, who are putting specific species closer to extinction due to their illegal hunting. Poaching prevention is achieved through surveillance drones which carefully pick up any sort of illegal activity. Drones are also used in mapping the movement of animals, which usually requires a lot of work and funds, not to mention time. As time goes by, scientific discoveries related to animals and the protection of animals are going to greatly improve.

        Home Maintenance

        Drone Home Maintenance

          Numerous places on the outside of our houses are unreachable and, due to constant weather fluctuations, some changes definitely occur. Leaving these minor faults untreated leads to some serious damage in the long run, which can be quite stressful for our budget. However, with regular use of drones, checking vital parts of the roof or chimney is a piece of cake and, due to high quality cameras located on the drones, noticing any type of damage is easier than ever.

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          This is only one of the technologies which guarantee the improvement of home maintenance and an increase in home safety. As time passes, more people will use this method of checking their home’s state. It will be much easier to assess the damage done by bad weather conditions. Overall, this is great news, as people will no longer have to worry about faults in their homes, as they will easily be up to date with the things that should be fixed.

          Agriculture

          Drone Agriculture

            The use of drones in farming fields is going to save a lot of money and time due to their speed. Farmers are already using these devices to check damages to their plants after a storm, to see if every plant has enough water, and they can now easily check the progress of their crops. All this is possible due to the bird eye perspective of a drone’s video stream, which gives the perfect picture of numerous crop related data. This allows farmers to act fast and minimize the damage done to their crops.

            Additionally, some agricultural drones are equipped with numerous spraying systems which spray pesticides or fertilizer. Not to mention that drones can access some very inadequate places easily and save the farmer a lot of time. As agricultural drone use is being approved by the FAA, an increasing number of farmers are interested in regularly using these devices to improve their crop maintenance.

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            Delivery and Marketing

            Amazon Drone

              Big companies such as Amazon are preparing drones for instant delivery services. This concept is being adopted by numerous companies around the world, because it is an effective way of delivering goods in under a half an hour to very long destinations. There are a series of laws that should be incorporated to make this delivery method viable, but it all seems like this is going to be happening in the near future. We might expect drones delivering goods to us very soon.

              Another interesting concept that other companies went for is drone marketing. Due to the fact that vast skyscrapers have enormous windows, some companies in Russia have performed several marketing campaigns with flyers hanged on drones. The people working could notice the advertisement. As this is a new way of marketing, it is very efficient because it catches the attention of many people in the building. This innovative way of marketing has great potential, due to the fact that the amount of skyscrapers, filled with millions, are rising every day in numerous cities around the world.

              These are only some of the ways that drones are changing the world at the moment. We can only expect further applications to be introduced later on, as they will certainly change our lives even more. These devices will greatly save the time required for numerous tasks which require a lot of people covering a large area of land, they can come in handy during disasters which cause a lot of material damage, which occur from time to time.

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              The applications are simply endless and we will see what the future holds when it comes to the incorporation of these devices into our everyday lives.

              Featured photo credit: richmondmediamarketing.com via richmondmediamarketing.com

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              Last Updated on November 25, 2021

              How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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              How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

              There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

              Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                What Does Private Browsing Do?

                When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                The Terminal Archive

                While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                Clearing Your Tracks

                Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                dscacheutil -flushcache

                As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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