SwitchBot Curtain – How I made my curtains ‘Smart’ in just a few minutes

So, I’m now the proud owner of a pair of ‘Smart Curtains’… Yes, you read that right! After a simple installation, our living room curtains can now be controlled by the flick of a screen gesture, a Google Home or Alexa command, temperature, a timed opening and closing or it can even be triggered (and charged) by light!

SwitchBot can be installed onto a range of curtain rails
SwitchBot can be installed onto a range of curtain rails

All of this came courtesy of the SwitchBot Curtain, a nifty set of kit that allows me to all of the above and more!

SmitchBot Curtain is a motorised device that sits on your curtain rail or pole and simply moves your curtains open or closed upon your command or wishes. It can also integrate with an additional SwitchBot hub that connects it to other SwitchBot gadgets and talks to your favourite cloud assistants via the internet. This allows you to control your curtains remotely. More importantly, this allows this to happen via a schedule, so you can be away on holiday and your curtains can open and close deterring unwanted visitors and stopping your houseplants from scorching in the hot sun.

SwitchBot can be installed onto a range of curtain rails
SwitchBot can be installed onto a range of curtain rails

All of this is achieved by (in my case) a pair of SwitchBot curtain, one for each side on the window, a pair of plug-in solar chargers which keep the batteries topped up (although you can do this with the included USB Type-C cables,

Set up was a breeze, I installed the SwitchBot app on my Android phone (iPhone app also available) and it took me through every single step without missing a beat! Within a couple of minutes, I was up and running. There were some simple steps to teach the devices when to stop and when opening and closing the curtains, but we were good to go after that!

Our curtain pole is extendable, so by design has two different sized poles connected, SwitchBot provides a nifty little adapter that allows the SwitchBot Curtain to easily move over this uneven without issue.

As well as using the app to close and open the curtains, you can also tug them gently in either direction, which will trigger then to do the rest, very useful if you forget that you don’t have to open and close them manually!

Our curtains run on a pole, however, SwitchBot is also available for I Rail and U Rail fittings in either white or black, basically suiting most tastes. The device also sits neatly behind our curtains, so you don’t actually see them at all. Out of sight, out of mind!

Also available in black
Also available in black

So now, the Gadget-Household are smart-curtain enabled, giving one more thing for Alexa to do and hopefully improving our lives just a little bit more.

SwitchBot is available on Amazon at the link below, keep an eye out for upcoming Prime Day deals which are listed below!!

 

SwitchBot Amazon Prime Day Deals

SwitchBot Curtain Rail

SwitchBot Curtail – U Rail – was £79 now £55.30

SwitchBot Curtain – I Rail – was £79 now £55.30

SwitchBot Curtain – Rod – was £85 now £59.30

Amazon Links Here:

SwitchBot’s hero product and a bestseller on Amazon, the SwitchBot Curtain is a small wireless robot that makes any curtains motorized and smart with a 30-second installation. After attaching to your curtain, you can open and close it with your smartphone. Or, just set a schedule to automatically open or close the curtain. For any type of curtain rail – no matter if it’s Rod, U rail track, or I Rail track, SwitchBotCurtain can always fit. Make sure to measure the dimensions of your curtain rails, so it can work smoothly on your curtains.

 

SwitchBot Bot  – was £25 now £17.50

Amazon Link Here

SwitchBot Bot lets you retrofit all existing appliances or light switches in your home, instead of replacing them. It mechanically turns device switches ON/OFF working as a robotic finger. There’s a 5-second installation, tape it right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. No swapping, no tools required. Easy App operation. With SwitchBot Hub Plus/Mini (only support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi), control your SwitchBot Bot remotely from anywhere and enable voice control. Works well with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and IFTTT.

 

SwitchBot Meter – was £18 now £12.60

Amazon Link Here

SwitchBot Meter is a sensor that monitors your environment reliably and around the clock. Manage the temperature and humidity in the most accurate way. The Meter maintains the most recent 36 days of data while you are away. With SwitchBot Hub Plus/Mini (only support 2.4GHz Wi-Fi), unlimited data could be stored on the SwitchBot cloud.

 

SwitchBot Hub Mini – was £35 now £24.50

Amazon Link Here

The SwitchBot Hub Mini connects and streamlines the control of your SwitchBot products/  most household devices, including your TV, air conditioner and anything else that would usually be controlled by a remote. Easy set up in the SwitchBot App. With “Smart learning” mode, it can mimic your existing remote control in 5 seconds. USB-powered and portable, you can take & place it everywhere.

 

  • SwitchBot Remote – was £18 now £12.60

Amazon Link Here

Compatible with the SwitchBot Curtain and SwitchBot Bot, this device lets you turn the products ON/OFF at the press of a button. For example, the concave button can be used for switching the SwitchBot Curtain ON/OFF and the convex button can be used for switching the SwitchBot Bot ON/OFF.

 

  • SwitchBot Solar Panel – was £23.99 now £16.79

Amazon Link Here

The SwitchBot Solar Panel is a charger for the SwitchBot Curtain. Once plugged into the SwitchBot Curtain, you will never have to recharge again. Works with U/Rod/I SwitchBot Curtain models.

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How To Take Your Website To New Heights

Your website is a key feature of your business, so it’s vital that you can channel sufficient time and effort into each page to ensure that it meets or even surpasses the users expectations. Failing to achieve a quality website could leave your brand behind, as modern society now focuses heavily on e-commerce and online activity. Luckily, it needn’t be as difficult as you might expect to improve your website, as there are several simple tips and tricks that you can make the most of to take your online platform to new heights in no time at all. So, if you would like to find out more, then simply read on! 

How To Take Your Website To New Heights
How To Take Your Website To New Heights

The Aesthetic Of Your Website Matters 

The way that you choose to present your website contributes massively towards its overall success, as the design and theme that you choose for each page will reflect on your brand and service as a whole. Putting little to no effort into the presentation of your website will encourage users to believe that the same lack of effort is applied to your products and services, even if this couldn’t be further than the truth. There’s no time like the present to upgrade your online platforms aesthetic, so start off by establishing a set colour scheme and layout that you can utilise throughout your entire website. When choosing a colour scheme, try not not to go overboard – it’s best to stick with two to three colours at most, as any more than this can make it extremely overpowering. Pick one specific font that you can use throughout your website, as using more than one font can look messy and unprofessional. Make the most of headers to get important messages and information across to readers, such as page names, slogans and more, keeping content text much smaller so as not to overwhelm. Steer clear of excessive patterns, too many pictures and other features that can encourage a feeling of clutter and chaos, capping your images to 2 or 3 per page – this will also help to reduce the total loading time that it takes for your website to power up in a user’s browser, so it’s a win-win. Aim to avoid any low quality videos or pictures that are pixelated or not true to their original colour, as it’s best to have nothing then to have something unattractive and unprofessional. It’s a good idea to take a look at a few other successful websites in your industry to see which styles and aesthetics really work for your target audience, as you may spot certain details that you wish to recreate in your own platform. Never straight copy from any other brand, as you may find yourselves in serious trouble. 

Always Test Before Publication

Whenever you decide to adapt or upgrade your web pages, no matter how small the changes are, you must perform sufficient testing before publishing your site on the web. Failing to test your website could cause your customers to fall victim to all manner of different issues that affect their experience overall, and these issues could have easily been avoided if you were to take the time to test thoroughly. Exploring several different forms of usability testing will be of real benefit for your brand, as this will help you to identify any design or programming flaws that can impact upon the look, feel and quality of your website as a whole. Be sure to outsource a large percentage of testing as this will give you a totally different viewpoint – asking your staff to test their own work will likely keep errors under wraps, so requesting that those who have never navigated around your site take part in testing is the most effective decision that you can make. Test features such as browser loading times, presentation, ease of use, and accessibility, whilst using every button and option to see whether they truly operate as they should. Consider using different methods to access your website such as a smartphone or a laptop, as well as several internet browsers – you may find that your website appears unique in each and every option, and this should be addressed immediately to keep up appearances and remain a trustworthy source. 

Make It Interactive To Improve Customer Service

One big stumbling block that can have a dire impact on your brand as a whole is your online customer service, as it can often feel impossible to try and meet the needs of your clients without even seeing them face to face. Adapting your service in order to abide by the limitations of the world wide web can be tricky, as it’s such an impersonal and anonymous experience that’s terribly difficult to improve! However, making your website interactive can be a brilliantly effective way to improve your customer service, as adding a point of contact will break down the walls between you and the rest of the world. You wouldn’t open your doors to a brick and mortar store without having at least one member of staff on the floor to meet customer needs, so why are hosting a business website without having a single option to get in touch? Many successful websites make use of an interactive chat message feature that pops up automatically on a user’s screen – you can personalize the message to suit your unique brand, but something along the lines of ‘i’m here to help – send a message if you have any questions’ is absolutely ideal. It can be hard to achieve respectable levels of customer service when you cannot even see or hear your clients, but chatting to them virtually can really help to break the barrier between your business and your target audience. 

Taking your website to a whole new level has never been so simple when you can take the time to make the most of the brilliant tips and tricks that have been carefully detailed above. There’s no time like the present to boost your online brand, so what are you waiting for?

Surprising Things That Put Your Data At Risk

The start of the pandemic has seen a sudden surge in home-based work and, almost simultaneously, a sharp increase in cybersecurity attacks. For businesses of all sizes, cyber incidents became a top concern around the world. Experts estimate that the worldwide cost of cybercrime will rise to $6 trillion by the end of 2021. It goes with saying: the pandemic has caused major disruption in the workplace and the security around the workplace. 

Additionally, hackers have seized the unique opportunity to create pandemic-related scams, capitalising on pandemic anxiety and fear. Some hackers targeted stolen information from individuals and companies by creating a global map of COVID-19 cases with malware embedded inside it. Others targeted work-from-home individuals with brutal cyberattacks and phishing content, gaining protection to confidential files, work and home networks. Yet, as cybercriminals doubled their efforts, businesses and their teams rapidly learned to identify vulnerabilities and suspicious content. But cyber vulnerabilities can come in different shapes, some of which may be unexpected. Here are the most surprising things that can put remote workers’ data at risk. 

An unsafe backpack

Do remote workers still work from home? Recent surveys reveal that people are looking for new work environments, such as co-working spaces and their local coffee shops. Thankfully, many employees are familiar with the dangers of public connections. Therefore, many have been adding a VPN to their work routine. However, what they have not considered is the role their laptop bag plays. Indeed, a secure backpack makes it difficult for thieves on public transport to gain advantage of the crowd. Theft-proof backwards design means that nobody can access the content of the bag when you’re carrying it. Laptops, smartphones and other personal devices are unlikely to end in the wrong hand. 

 

Not using tech support to its full extend

We get it. Sometimes, you accidentally press the wrong button or pick the wrong option, and things can go out of control. This is especially frequent when downloading important documentation or using new tools without proper understanding. More people don’t realise that IT support professionals can help read between the lines and keep your data protected. Ultimately, the biggest vulnerability for your laptop is not the network or the digital solution; it’s the user. We are prone to make mistakes, so it’s helpful to gain tech guidance when needed. 

Long working hours

Working remotely tends to increase the average working day by up to two hours. The pandemic has boosted the UK’s reputation for being the “unpaid overtime capital of Europe” to new records. Unfortunately, working longer hours is no productivity miracle. It’s the opposite. The long-hours culture affects productivity, concentration and creativity, making overworked employees more likely to make mistakes. Phishing emails and scams can become believable communication when you’re too tired to think clearly. 

An unexpected compliment

Working from home can be tiring and stressful. Many employees agree that they’re having frustrating days when they feel that nobody is noticing their efforts. When you are isolated from your team, you could be more vulnerable to flattery. A scammer who pays a compliment, either on the phone or via email, is more likely to gain someone’s trust. 

Tackling cybersecurity threats further in a post-pandemic environment requires a deep understanding of human psychology. Criminals act when they see an opportunity, which means it’s essential for business and professionals to maintain a strong approach to their work routine. 

3D Printing Live Stream – Star Wars Chessboard Project – Episode 5 – Four Corners (FAILED)

I’m currently in the process of a big 3D Printing project for a special gift. It’s a bit of a mammoth undertaking, but when complete, should be really lovely. More about the project later!

I’m cleaning my 3d printer bed with Prosan Alcohol Spray which is a 100% Isopropanol / Isopropyl Spray which is working out brilliantly!

In the meantime, experience the joy of 10 hours of  Failure of 4.5 hours 3D Printing!

 

Preview of Chessboard in Tinkercad
Preview of Chessboard in Tinkercad
Episode 5 - Layout on 3d Printer
Episode 5 – Layout on 3d Printer
Episode 5 - Layout on 3d Printer (Sliced ready)
Episode 5 – Layout on 3d Printer (Sliced ready)

The Best Portable Printers Money Can Buy Right Now

Most people would pack their laptop if they were going on a long trip – especially for business. But relatively few would think of bringing their printer along for the ride. That’s just plain weird.

However, things are changing in the printer market. Like so many electronics, technology is miniaturizing them, and we’re now getting to the point where you can fit them in your pocket – seriously. 

These funny little devices are called portable printers and they function just the same way as their bigger brothers. There’s just one crucial difference – you’re the one who has to manually control them. The concept is a little weird. But somehow it works. 

Basically, you start off with a piece of plain paper lying on your desk. You then take the portable printer in your hand and then carefully drag it from left to right across the page, being careful to line everything up correctly. It requires a bit of skill, but once you get the hang of it, the results are almost miraculous. It lets you turn your hotel room into a bona fide office space, not just somewhere to ping off emails. 

So what portable all-in-one printer devices are on the market? And how good are they for graphic design? Find out more below. 

Brother P-Touch Cube

Brother is one of the biggest brands in the printer space and offers products in practically every niche. And now it has a portable printer it’s marketing as a label printer called the P-Touch Cube

The way it works is pretty simple. Inside the printer, there’s a reel of stickers. When you want to print something, the roll extends and the printer head starts printing out your chosen design on the sticker. Once it finishes, it then pushes the completed print through a hole at the front, ready for you to tear off.

Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer

The Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer is a product that makes a lot of sense – especially coming from a brand like Canon which also makes cameras. 

Canon knows that when people go on vacation, they want both digital and physical photos. In the past, they had three options:

  • Go to a print shop
  • Use a low-quality Polaroid
  • Wait until they get home to print out their snaps on their home printer

None of these options is ideal,  which is why Canon introduced the Ivy Mini. This cute device is small enough to take on vacation but large enough to print out your favourite holiday scenes.

REINER Speed-i-Jet 798 HandHeld Inkjet Printer

Perhaps the strangest product of the bunch is the retro Reiner Speed-i-Jet 798. This is essentially a handheld device for right-handed users that fits in the hand a little like a pen but will print out digital fonts perfectly. 

Reiner says that the device operates silently and runs on two AA batteries. 

Calop E-Mark

Another brand doing something similar is Calop. Its device is more like a regular computer mouse than a pen, but the effect is the same. You drag it across the page to create your print. 

Trust launches the Taxon 2K QHD webcam with dual microphones, autofocus and an 80° wide angle lens

Leading value-for-money digital lifestyle accessories brand, Trust Electronics Ltd, is pleased to introduce its high-quality Taxon 2K QHD webcam into the UK market with autofocus, dual microphones and a privacy filter. The Taxon is available now on Amazon for £69.99.

The Taxon is built to deliver pixel-clear video and disturbance-free audio, so there is no need to worry about anything other than managing meetings or connecting with friends. Two integrated microphones pick up voices clearly and video captured in QHD resolution (2560×1440) with 30 frames per second. With additional support for 720p HD and 1080p Full HD, the Taxon can be used with any device.

Thanks to its wide-angle glass lens, the Taxon is well suited to making group calls and is compatible with all major video-conference software, such as Skype, Teams and Zoom. The 80-degree angle covers a wider area than a standard lens, so more than one person can fit in the video frame without needing to move or adjust the camera position. The webcam also has built-in autofocus, so it automatically pans to the person speaking.

Perfect peace of mind can be guaranteed with the ‘Taxon’s’ privacy filter, where users can be assured that privacy is safeguarded from hackers at all times by simply sliding the filter over the camera so nothing is visible.

Thanks to its wide-angle glass lens, the Taxon is well suited to making group calls and is compatible with all major video-conference software, such as Skype, Teams and Zoom. The 80-degree angle covers a wider area than a standard lens, so more than one person can fit in the video frame without needing to move or adjust the camera position. The webcam also has built-in autofocus, so it automatically pans to the person speaking.

Perfect peace of mind can be guaranteed with ‘the Taxon’s’ privacy filter, where users can be assured that privacy is safeguarded from hackers at all times by simply sliding the filter over the camera so nothing is visible.

Tech Savvy Ways to Earn Money Online

If you’re tech savvy and you live games then you’ll love what we have on offer in today’s post. 

What if you could combine all your favorite things, be intellectually stimulated, and earn money – no need to go to work, right? 

In the post below we give you some of the top platforms for earning money online by playing games you love. Read on for more info. 

DREAM 11

The game of football manager is known and loved the world over because it is a fully immersive experience. It puts football fans in the driving seat and allows them to imagine they are successfully running their favorite football club. But it’s so immersive it can enveloped your life  

That’s why it’s such a great idea to earn some money while you play them. It means all those hours are not completely wasted, even if you do win a cup or two. The Dream 11 platform lets you do just that. 

PAYTM FIRST GAMES

There are two types of people in the world. Those who love the latest games, and those who love the ones that never go out of fashion. While there are opportunities to earn money with the former, the latter has been largely neglected – until now. 

With the Paytm First Gaming Platform you can play all of the old games you love and earn cash at the same time. This cash is in the form of Rs and subject to Income tax rules in some cases. However, many games are not – check it out. 

QUREKA

Just as some people prefer older more traditional games like Tic Tac Toe and Ludo, others prefer to be cognitively challenged. They like TV game shows that test their general knowledge along with their speed and accuracy. These folks also love the gaming experience. 

If you have good general knowledge and like to play games like TV shows where you can earn some cash, check out the Queka platform. You will find all your favorite games here and more. Put yourself in the hot seat and see how far you get. 

8 BALL POOL 

There are some notable connections between Britain and American, Forex Trading is an excellent example as the GBP/USD exchange was once kinked by an underwater cable – you can’t get more connected than that. There are also notable differences though, like the styles of pool. 

Still, when you play pool online at 8 Ball Pool, everyone’s on the same page, or table! 8 Ball Pool allows you to automatically different versions of the game. You can play solo or challenge friends. Enter competitions to win cash prizes. 

POKERBAAZI 

The game of poker doesn’t need any introduction. Everyone knows that you can win money at poker if you can play, and sometimes, even if you can’t. No wonder online poker has become one of the best tech savvy ways to earn money online. 

The site called Pokerbaazi was originally set up in India in 2014 as a poker startup business. It is now the most popular online poker site in India and well known around the globe. There are some exciting chances to win good money on this poker site.

RiutBag introduces its anti-theft Crush foldable backpack and Sling cross-body bag

UK based RiutBag, innovators in sleek and secure backpacks, is pleased to announce the availability of its Crush foldable backpack and Sling cross body bag. RiutBag, pronounced ‘riot’ stands for Revolution in User Thinking and brings an entirely new concept to the wearable technology and travel industries. These lightweight, foldable and incredibly secure bags are available from the Riut website for £39.99 and £29.99 respectively with free UK shipping.

With flexible work and UK travel planned to open up in the coming months, some people might be nervous and unsure about venturing into the public arena. Personal-theft was reportedly 52% lower during July 2020 lockdown. Going on a train or tube again may be more intimidating, especially when carrying valuables, as the threat from pickpockets and gangs of thieves looking to take advantage once again becomes a reality.

 

RiutBags, invented by UK designer Sarah Giblin, first hit the headlines in 2015 for their simple and effective theft-proof “backwards” design with the zips cleverly hidden on the back panel so no one else can access the contents.

 

Even A-list magician and professional pickpocket entertainer, Matt Windsor has endorsed the bags stating, “Given there are no zips available to me, I wouldn’t even look at it as an option to pickpocket. By having a RiutBag, you make it clear to a pickpocket that you’re aware of what they do professionally and they just think, “I’ll pick someone else. I think they’re very difficult to steal from, if not impossible.”

The two latest bags in the RiutBag collection are:

The RiutBag Crush:

The RiutBag Crush offers the ultimate in security and protection from theft as all the zips are positioned against the back so cannot be opened easily and unobtrusively by pickpockets.  This lightweight daypack weighs less than 300 grams and has 14 litres of space, so plenty of room for a day’s worth of belongings in a very light backpack. When it’s not in use, it folds down into a small pocket, weighing just 240 grams, which can be kept inside a main backpack, a car or put away neatly at home for when it’s next needed. Whether on a walk through a city, at a festival, in a crowd or market, enjoy moving with no extra weight and with total peace of mind with the secure RiutBag Crush.

The RiutBag Crush has three pockets, the top pocket, D-pocket and main compartment. The top pocket is about the size of a fist and is perfect for quickly accessing small valuables.  When using the Crush as a backpack, the D-pocket is a great spot for a phone, wallet or passport as it can be accessed securely whilst on the back. It is made from a double layer of high-quality flame-resistant ripstop nylon, the same material used in hot air balloons, and has world-class YKK zips offering the ultimate durability and strength. It is showerproof but for extra protection, in bad weather the RiutBag Cover, which can be purchased separately, makes it 100% waterproof and reflective so perfect for long cycle rides or walks and on a motorbike or moped. On the outside, it is smart, understated and minimalistic black, whilst the inside lining is brightly coloured so items can be found easily.  No animal products are used in the manufacture of any of the RiutBags so could appeal to vegans too.

RiutBag Sling:

The RiutBag Sling is a light, flexible and secure cross-body bag enabling easy reach of the most important small items on the go, so no more searching for keys, payment cards, phones or passports ever again. Unlike other sling bags, the zip faces the body so cannot be opened without a wearer’s knowledge thus offering travellers, commuters and walkers in crowded areas the ultimate in peace of mind and the reassurance that contents are safe and yet easily accessed.

It is a sleek plain black and ultra minimalistic bag with a slimline design that stretches if a larger item is carried offering a total capacity of no more than 2 litres and designed to hold up to 1.5kg. Larger and heavier items should always be carried in a backpack that evenly distributes weight over both shoulders, protecting a user’s back in the long term. It also has a useful detachable key hook inside for easy access to household or car keys.

The RiutBag Sling is worn across the body with the zip flat against the torso, hidden from sight, offering total control on when it is opened. To access it, slide it up to the chest and unzip and can be worn on its own or under the straps of a backpack. On the go, it can be moved to the side or even to a back; whatever is most comfortable. It has an adjustable, high-shine strap with a long, lightweight stretchy pocket.

The RiutBag Crush is available for £39.99 from the Riut website here

The RiutBag Sling is available for £29.99 from the Riut website here

Both items include free UK shipping

A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Into Drones

They are fascinating, impressive, and downright cool, which is enough for some gadget fanatics to want to devote plenty of manhours to getting to grips with them. However, given their expense and the fact that a novice handling could quite easily end up in disaster, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that some beginners are a little apprehensive about diving headfirst into the world of drones.

Here, we’re going to look at what you, as a beginner, need to know about drones, how to choose the best one for your needs, and how to make sure that you can actually fly the thing without a catastrophe following in your wake.

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Know what you want to use it for

Before you dedicate your life over the next few months to knowing anything and everything drone-related, it’s a good idea to get to know why you want to buy and fly one in the first place. There are plenty of people who want one just for the experience of flying a drone, which is perfectly fine in and of itself, but those who might want a drone for the sake of photography might have different needs (such as good camera stabilization features.) There are more practical uses for drones as well to consider, some of which might even have commercial benefits.

Choose the drone that best suits your needs

Now that you hopefully have a better idea of what, precisely, you are going to be using your drone for, it’s now time to choose the drone that suits those needs. Websites like DrDrone.ca offer thorough guides on which drones are best suited for different kinds of usage. Some are better suited to beginners who are just learning to fly, while others have specific applications. Even for those specific applications, such as buying a drone that is focused on photography, there is a wide variety so take your time in perusing the market.

Know whether you’re going to have to assemble your drone

This is a big stumbling block for a lot of people who buy a drone and expect that they are going to be able to fly it as soon as they take it out of the box. This type of drone does exist, they are called RTF drones (or Ready to Fly drones). The other type is called “DIY” typically, which means that you’re going to have to assemble it when you open it. If you feel confident you can put it together just fine, that’s a-okay, just make sure you know which you are getting.

Do you need a license?

The answer to this question will depend largely on where you live. In some countries, the recreational use of drones might not require any kind of license or ID. However, in the vast majority of English speaking countries, if you have any intentions to use your drones for commercial purposes, you’re going to need some form of license  However, it is crucial to do your research and learn your local drone license needs and laws, rather than relying on this tip for a definitive answer. Drone-traveller.com offers an in-depth look at national drone laws in a variety of countries.

Get some training

Rather than trying to master the art of flying a drone all by yourself, it might be worth taking the time to look into those that can show the ropes. When it comes to earning a license in the countries and states that require it, it may be essential that you have some formal training, and there are plenty of teams like Uavcoach.com that can help give you all kinds of drone flying courses, for more general use as well as specific practical applications, depending on your needs.

Know what accessories you might need

Plenty of drones come out of the box with a range of helpful accessories, but you will often find that you need a little extra just to make sure that you’re covered in any eventuality. Some spare drone parts such as additional rotors or props are always a good idea to have on hand. Keeping a backup flight battery is usually a good idea as well, as well as having a portable charger so you can stay flying for longer.

With the tips above, hopefully, you should feel confident that getting into drone flying need not be all that much of a fuss. With the right choice of machine, a little practice, and a few solid tips in mind, you should be flying with the best of them.

NEW EDIFIER D12 Speaker Launched

Compact All In One Multimedia Bluetooth Speaker System manufactured with 4 sound units for clear, balanced sound with high-low frequency separation and deeper tones.

Edifier® International, a prominent designer and award-winning manufacturer of consumer audio electronics for both the lifestyle and multimedia markets announce the new D12 multimedia speaker system.

The D12 delivers outstanding sound. Featuring 2 x 4-inch woofers for optimum bass response and naturally fine-tuned sound produced from 2 x 19mm silk dome tweeter this compact speaker outperforms many other speakers in its class. Although it is an integrated speaker, the D12 is designed with two independent cavities to avoid phase interference between the left and right channels giving a sound that is more exact.

If you want crystal clear audio that catches every tiny nuance in your music, then the D12 is well worth hearing. A total of 70 watts (RMS) of distortion-free power output makes sure you get crystal clear and uncompromising sound everywhere in the room.

The D12 has versatile connectivity options. There are Bluetooth 5.0, RCA, AUX inputs available with a Line-out port for an extra subwoofer or active speakers to be connected to multiple audio devices at the same time.

With a quality wooden enclosure that reduces acoustic resonance, the D12 compliments any room’s décor.

Additional Features:

Easy setup

Unlike many other complicated speakers, you don’t have to struggle to set it up, and it won’t take up too much space. Place it wherever you want, such as your living room, study room, dining room, or bedroom, just connect to the power supply, and it’s ready to use.

Easy Operation

The Three top-mounted knobs (Bass dial, treble dial, volume control/input

selector) allow for simple, accurate control of the treble, bass, and volume/input.

Wireless Remote Control included

Audio Source Indicator

The Audio source indicator clearly shows input mode.

Price & Availability:

The D12 will be available from Amazon and other online stockists from February at SRP £99.99

I’m looking forward to reviewing this in the coming week, so stay tuned!

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