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The Best Cheap Drones You Can Purchase

The Best Cheap Drones You Can Purchase

The introduction of drones has paved the way for new technology that enables these electronic gadgets to be used by the public. While previously drones were associated with warfare, today they can be used primarily for photography, delivery of products to remote areas, and racing competitions. They have also been used to collect footage for certain artistic visual projects.

The introduction of inexpensive drones

The demand and innovation of drones have caused numerous new companies to spring up within this business realm. As a result, the drones present in the market today are not only rich in features but are also budget friendly.

The current price tags make it easier for you to find a cheap drone. There is whole variety for you to chose from. You can find, without any hassle, a drone that comes with an HD camera as well as an FPV system. In fact, if you are lucky, you might just find one with an integrated GPS system!

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Here are a few of the cheap drones that you should consider if you are on a tight budget.

1. SYMA X5C

Available for just around $50, this is perhaps the most famous one in this range. The company that makes it, Syma, is justly famous for its toy-grade drones. Perfect for beginners, it has all of the features that you might need for your very first drone.

Moreover, the fact that it is made out of flexible plastic makes it a great purchase, especially for beginners. This way, you won’t have to think too much about breaking the drone if you crash it somewhere.

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The flight time for the X5C is, on average, six minutes, while the control range varies from 50 meters to 100 meters. The drone also comes with a camera, and purchasing extra batteries with this drone is highly recommended.

2. JXD 509W

Manufacturer JXD is a relatively new company within the drone industry. However, it is popular among drone hobbyists. This is because the drones manufactured by this company, while cheap, are good in quality. Available for under $100, this drone comes with Wi-Fi.

This drone is a newer version of the JXD 509G. The only difference between the two, apart from the Wi-Fi feature, is that for the 509W, your smartphone becomes the screen while the other model comes with a screen of its own. This drone is also manufactured using elastic-plastic, including the propellers.

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Although it’s cheap, it possesses a number of features, including altitude holder, automatic landing, and a headless mode. Moreover, it has a 0.3MP camera, while the flight time is six minutes within 50 to 70 meters.

3. MJX X400

The MJX 400 falls into the category of the cheapest drones, available for only $88. The flight time that it provides is 9 minutes while the distance it covers is up to a hundred meters.

Despite being cheap, this drone is still quite feature-rich, particularly for this price range. Among the numerous features that the drone possesses, a few of them are FPV transmission, Wi-Fi, camera, one key 3D roll and flip, headless mode, and one key return. Moreover, the flight control system of the drone is the latest 6-axis Gyro system.

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The drone has quite a stable flight and can take comparatively better pictures. It is very easy to use for beginners because of the four channels function.

4. Parrot Drone 2.0

This drone is a bit on the pricier side at above $200, however it is still cheap compared to the various others versions that are available on the market taking into consideration the numerous features it possesses.

It is aesthetically appealing and comes in 3 distinct styles: sand, snow, and jungle. With this drone, your smartphone becomes the controller. The drone has a built-in HD camera and efficient sensors which help the drone to stay stable during flight. The flight time of the drone is ten minutes while the range is 100 meters.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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