Parrot launches Bebop 2 Power drone with longer flight time and new features

Parrot is on a roll! Last week they announced the new Parrot Mambo FPV mini race drone. Now they’ve just announced the all-new Parrot Bebop 2 Power drone. This new consumer drone from Parrot offers a longer flight time, up to 30 minutes. It comes with 2 batteries standard, so you can fly for up to an hour. It also includes the brand new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 FPV goggles and offers other new features that we will describe after the jump.

The Parrot Bebop Power drone is available to ship this month and will retail for $599 USD. You can buy it directly online at www.parrot.com or through one of their authorized retailers.

All that is new about the Parrot Bebop 2 Power

The new Parrot Bebop 2 Power is small and easy to carry drone at 1.15 Lbs (525gr.). It should also prove to be very durable thanks to its fiberglass and Grilamid® construction. It can be flown with only the FreeFlight Pro app or with the Wi-Fi Parrot Skycontroller 2. With the remote control the drone can be flown up to 1.24 miles away.

  • Longer flight time: The new quadcopter gets 30 minutes of flight time per battery and up to 60 minutes with the two included high-capacity batteries!
  • New photography capabilities: Built-in artificial intelligence and specialized modes let you shoot professional-looking photos and videos.
  • New piloting modes: Customize your flying experience with the high-speed Sport mode or the slower-but-steadier Video mode.
  • New take-off modes: Launch the quadcopter by throwing it in the air or taking off from the ground.
  • More comfort for immersive flights: The brand-new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 FPV goggles are compact, foldable and lightweight, giving you an immersive view from the pilot’s seat.
  • Long-range control: The Parrot Skycontroller 2 controller gives you precise control for your piloting experience, with a range of up to 1.24 miles (2km). All-new design: The Parrot Bebop 2 Power has a deep matte-black finish with distinctive gloss accents for a more stylish look.

Apple and Google are testing a way to link YouTube with the iTunes Store, offering links to video available for sale on iTunes beside selected YouTube clips.

Apple has been experimenting with strategies to link iTunes up with social networking websites, and offers a referral scheme to those who want to link their sites up with the service.

Early reports suggest the new system’s in testing right now, as the iTunes links are appearing beside only a handful of YouTube clips (such as one from Kanye West), and the move is only visible to US users at this time.

That Google seeks to make revenue from YouTube is well-known, the company admitted as much during its financial results announcement last week. It’s possible the company hopes to generate a little cash by sending sales across to iTunes, under an affiliates agreement. 

 

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A.I. assisted shooting modes

The Parrot Bebop 2 Power is equipped with a wide angle lens to provide high quality aerial shots. It has a 3-axis digital stabilization technology to help provide sharp and crisp images. The camera has a 14 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, that allows for Full HD at 30 fps, with the ability to shoot both JPEG and DNG RAW images.

Cameraman: this allows you to automatically keep the subject in the frame while you focus on flying the drone.

Magic Dronies: based on GPS and visual recognition to keep you in the frame while the drone flies automatically. The modes are Orbit, Tornado, Parabola and Boomerang.

Follow me: based on GPS and visual recognition to keep you in the frame while the drone flies automatically.

Auto shots: four pre-programmed flying movements to capture landscape views. The four effects are 360, Reveal, Epic and Rise.

NBC has begun offering iPhone and iPod touch users in the US the chance to stream full episodes of the broadcaster’s shows, despite not making these available through iTunes.

Like the BBC’s iPlayer service in the UK, shows aren’t being made available for streaming to audiences outside the US, who will see a message warning them the streams aren’t available from their location.

NBC’s shows – including The Office – are streamed in QuickTime format and are made available ad-free.

iPhone or iPod touch owners wanting a slice of NBC’s goodness simply need to visit the NBC.com website, click on the video tab, and they’ll get the chance to select between available shows, many of which offer full episode streams for viewing.

 

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Easy to use and easy to fly

Take-off launch: The drone recognizes whether it is in your hand or on the ground. When it detects you hand, the rotors will spin slowly until you throw the drone in the air at which point the props will speed up and stabilize the drone.

Different Piloting modes: Sport mode for high speed and agility. Video mode for smooth and steady movements to achieve cinematic video footage. Touch & Fly, tap a location on the map to direct the Bebop to that area.

The Parrot Bebop 2 Power comes with the Cockpitglasses 2 for the full immerse first person view.

Included in the box are:

  • 1 Parrot Bebop 2 Power
  • 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2
  • 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2
  • 2 Power batteries
  • 4 propellers
  • 1 charger + cable + 4 plugs
  • 1 assembly tool
  • 1 USB flash drive
  • 1 smartphone and tablet support
  • 1 quick start guide

AT&T yesterday updated its iPhone website, promising use of 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the US as included within the regular iPhone tariffs – only to remove all references to this later that day.

The company briefly last week switched on Wi-Fi access at its hotspots across the country, switching it off just a few days later. 

At the time, the company offered no information on its moves, but it then updated its page to promise: “Access to AT&T’s more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including Starbucks all for use in the US.”

That AT&T updated the information on the company’s iPhone pages (in the Plans section, and albeit briefly) strongly suggests access to the hotspots will once again be enabled at some future point – but AT&T’s being pretty coy about it.

UPDATE: Late afternoon (US time) AT&T once again removed all reference to the free hotspot plan from its site. Sorry for the confusion, but we’re as confused as anyone else, given the company has refused to issue a clarification on the affair.

UPDATE 2: Revised more of the copy to help prevent confusing readers choosing to skim the tale.

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