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4 Interesting Ways to Use Your New Christmas Drone

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4 Interesting Ways to Use Your New Christmas Drone

Drones were expected to be one of the top-selling products this holiday season and beyond. The drone market is also expected to explode by 2020 and, by then, drones will likely become a part of of our everyday lives. Currently, however, they are new and exciting and millions of people received some sort of drone for Christmas.

One thing that many kids (and adults) will find with drones is that once the initial excitement and joy of flying one wears off, there is not a lot to do with them. This can lead to drones getting packed into a closet, never to be seen again. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of unique and interesting ways to utilize a drone besides just flying around. Here are four drones that have taken the internet by storm in the past:

Drone Racing

This works great as long as there is at least two drones present. Drone racing takes an incredible amount of skill, especially if done in a Star Wars-like manner like these kids did on YouTube last year. Flying through obstacles, like natural mazes the woods creates, with drones can be incredibly exhilarating and can feel like real-life racing.

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Because it is competitive and based on a contest, kids will find themselves doing it over and over again. It is more fun than video games, and gets you outside and active as well!

Drone Party

This is a good way to use your drone to impress a lot of people. The first step is to get a drone big enough to hold lights and speakers. Next, set the drone to hover over a large open area, such as a field or a backyard. Then, invite everyone you know to come for a dance party.

When they show up, they can add a few songs to the Spotify or Pandora list that is playing, creating an interactive and collaborative party experience. The drone will hover above and belt out music while flashing lights. Some drones can be set to move slowly around the crowd as well. There is a great video of someone doing this here.

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Star Wars Drone

What can we say? Star Wars is a hot item right now. Note, this activity requires a well-built drone, or an extremely cheap drone that you don’t mind taking a beating.

The concept of the game is simply to shoot the drone out of the sky. You give one person control of the drone and give them some tasks to do. Then you give slingshots, or something similar, to the rest of the group. Everyone will try to take down the drone as it completes its mission.

If you are worried about the drone staying in tact, you can use something soft like marshmallows to aim at it. But, it is much more fun with something hard!

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Drone Delivery

Sure, Amazon has drone delivery locked and loaded, and almost ready to go.[1] However, if your best friend lives next door, or just a few houses down, drones can make a great delivery system.

There are obviously limits to what a drone can do, but the drone can definitely be used to send messages, food, prizes, and more to locations nearby. Many drones can be set to use a GPS to go to a location and then come back. Think of your drone as your own personal carrier pigeon.

For Those Of You Without Drones

For those without drones, making the right decision on which drone to buy is obviously very important. Each of these activities will do better with some drones than with others. If you want your drone to carry speakers, or something similar, then you will need a large drone with those capabilities.

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If your drone will be used for fun activities like racing and shooting, then you will likely want to tone down the price and go with a drone that can be replaced easily. You can find pretty good cheap drone guides online. Make sure to do your research when buying because drones are not cheap and it is important to know exactly how you will be using yours before making the decision.

If drones currently feel out of the budget, just know that that will not be an issue much longer either. With drones becoming such a main part of people’s lives, they are expected to increase in value and decrease in price in the coming years. Keep an eye on the drone market and a drone will eventually come about that is just right for you.

Reference

[1] Dogonews: Amazon Drone Delivers Popcorn And Fire TV To Its First Customer

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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.

    Featured photo credit: Benjamin Dada via unsplash.com

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