Shoot like Kubrick: DJI’s stabilized 4K Osmo camera costs just $319 [Deals]

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DJI Osmo
With this handheld device, you can easily shoot cinema-quality 4K footage.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Few things are more cinematic than a good, smooth tracking shot. It used to require tracks and a dolly to get these Kubrick-esque shots. But these days, you can fit the necessary equipment in your pocket. The Osmo from DJI is a must-have for any gear bag. It’s a lightweight gimbal stabilizer and 4K camera, adjusting to your movements in real time so that all your footage is cinematically seamless.

DJI’s new customizable robot teaches kids to code

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RoboMaster S1
The RoboMaster S1 is ready for battle
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DJI is unleashing a new drone on the world this week, only instead of taking to the skies, this little robot stays on the ground.

The new RoboMaster S1 is an educational robot designed to teach kids how to code. It packs brushless motors, a gimbal and chassis that can move in all directions. DJI built S1 to be used in interactive modes for programming as well as play. Once you assemble your robot you can battle other S1 owners in Mario Kart style games that look fun as hell.

Take a look at the cool stuff it can do:

DJI takes on GoPro with new Osmo Action camera

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Osmo Action
The Osmo Action cam has two displays for double the fun.
Photo: DJI

DJI, the biggest drone company in the world, is ready to go toe-to-toe with GoPro in pursuit of dominating the action cam market.

The company unveiled its new Osmo Action camera this morning that is aimed at competing directly with GoPro’s Hero 7 camera and it packs some interesting new features that the Hero 7 can’t match.

Our favorite gadgets of 2018 [Year in Review]

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Year in Review Favorite Gadgets 2018
These are the gadgets we couldn’t live without.
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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018 2018 has been an amazing year for Apple products, but there were a bunch of other tech companies that put out some incredible new gadgets that we’ve fallen in love with.

Instead of focusing on the flashiest, most popular products of 2018, we’ve rounded up a list of goodies that we’ve personally been using throughout the year and can’t imagine living without, whether they were created in Cupertino or not. Hopefully, you’ll find something great you haven’t heard about yet.

DJI’s Osmo Pocket is a tiny gimbal that shoots 4K video

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Osmo Pocket is impossibly small.
Photo: DJI

The biggest drone company in the world just came out with the world’s tiniest gimbal and it could be a total game changer.

DJI hosted an event in New York City today where the drone-maker unleashed its smallest creation ever: the Osmo Pocket. While most gimbal companies are busy making a big gimbal to put your iPhone or DSLR on, DJI just made a gimbal with its own camera that attaches to your iPhone.

Take a closer look:

Flying phone drone puts your selfie game to shame

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Would you trust your $1,000 to the tiny propellers on this flying iPhone drone?
Would you trust those tiny propellers with your $1000 iPhone?
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Drone photography has taken off big time the last two years, but if you haven’t been able to afford on of DJI‘s incredible drones, don’t worry, pretty soon your iPhone could have the powers of flight.

One brilliant tech-modder managed to attach battery-powered propellers to his iPhone case making it the ultimate selfie-machine.

Check it out:

Parrot’s new drone looks like the first decent Mavic Air rival

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Anafi
Anafi's 180-degree camera looks amazing!
Photo: Parrot

Drone manufacturer Parrot looks like it may have finally put together a pretty good drone to rival DJI’s popular Mavic Air quadrocopter.

Parrot unveiled its new $700 drone this morning dubbed, Anafi. The name isn’t the only thing that’s a little bit odd about the super-portable drone, but it packs some pretty interesting features even DJI can’t match.

Chinese smugglers use drones to deliver iPhones

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DJI Phantom 4
The smugglers used a DJI Phantom 4 to fly iPhones over the border.
Photo: DJI

Criminals in China have discovered a brilliant new use for drones: smuggling valuable iPhones.

Authorities in China arrested 26 suspects that were found using drones to smuggle $80 million worth of iPhones between Hong Kong and the mainland in what is reportedly the first case of drones being used in cross-border smuggling crimes in China.

Audiophiles compare HomePod to $85,000 speakers — we’ll tell you why on The CultCast

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The HomePod presales have begun, but we’ll tell you why Apple’s new smart speaker may be a huge flop, this week on The CultCast. Plus: Audiophiles are comparing HomePod’s tech to speakers that cost $85,000; Apple adds some long-awaited features to iOS 11; how to back up your iCloud photo library to your PC (and why you should). And we wrap with another episode of Drone Chat! This time, we’ll tell you why DJI’s Mavic Air is the perfect drone for almost everyone.

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DJI unveils impossibly tiny new Mavic Air drone

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Mavic Air
So tiny, yet so powerful.
Photo: DJI

The most popular consumer drone on the market just got a huge upgrade that gives it even more mass appeal for budding droners and video creators.

DJI unveiled its new folding drone, the Mavic Air, today. A blend of the company’s two most popular drones, the Mavic Pro and the Spark, it also packs new features you won’t find on DJI’s other drones.

Take a closer look: