Go full X-wing with this nimble racing drone [Deals]

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Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Micro FPV Beginner Racing Drone
Get your Millennium Falcon on with this high speed, highly maneuverable racing drone.
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Consumer-level drones are fun, but someone with a proper racing drone can pull aerial moves like Luke Skywalker — and it can make anybody jealous. Racing and doing acrobatics requires a better drone and more experience than most people have money or time for. That makes the Aerix Black Talon an exciting option for anybody looking to up their drone game.

It’s an affordable, high-performance drone that will scratch your itch for speed and maneuverability. It sports a range of flying options, a built-in HD camera and other great features. And right now, you can get an Aerix Black Talon for just $99.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Enter to win a killer DJI drone [Deals]

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Enter to win one of two top shelf drones from DJI, the Phantom and the Mavic.
Enter to win one of two top shelf drones from DJI, the Phantom and the Mavic.
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Drones are getting more and more common, but they haven’t become any less cool. Sitting at the sweet spot between affordability and awesomeness is DJI, makers of the uber popular Phantom and Mavic drones. You’ve seen them before, they’re the drones that look like they flew straight from the future. Now you can get one of these two drones, among the best money can buy, for no money. Enter to win a DJI Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic for free at Cult of Mac Deals.

Affordable first drones and the perfect minimalist camera strap, this week on The CultCast

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Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
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This week on The CultCast: Astounding facts and figures from Apple’s newest earnings report; Nintendo promises a bunch of new iOS games; how to get the best deal in cloud storage; affordable options for your first drone; the perfect minimalist strap for your mirrorless camera; and we pitch you our favorite gadgets in an all-new Fave N Raves!

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Mavic Pro: The coolest gadget since the original iPhone [Reviews]

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The Mavic Pro is much more than a cool flying toy.
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Tiny cameras that can fly still seemed like a sci-fi dream just five years ago, but with DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone, the future has arrived ahead of schedule.

When it comes to drones, no company is killing it right now more than DJI, and the Mavic Pro is its most amazing achievement yet. Yes, some drones fly faster and shoot better video, but the Mavic Pro is the ultimate drone for people who love photography, flight and the outdoors but don’t want to be weighed down.

Best of all, you don’t need to be a practice drone pilot or tech nerd to have a blast with the Mavic Pro. Here’s why it’s our favorite drone ever.

Hands-on with AirPods and the best gadgets of 2016 on The CultCast

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Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
Affordable first drones and our favorite gadgets on The CultCast!
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This week on The CultCast: It’s our epic final episode of 2016! We’ll wrap up the year with our hands-on review of the hotness themselves, Apple’s AirPods. Then … is Apple’s “Golden Era” drawing to a close? We discuss. And finally, ya’ll know we review a lot of products during the year — we’ll reveal our absolute favorite gadgets of 2016!

Apple will use drones to make Maps better

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Drones could be key to improving Apple Maps.
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Apple plans to use a combination of drones, indoor mapping and other smart tech to improve its Apple Maps service, claims a new report.

Employing drones could help Apple catch up with industry leader Google. The search giant has routinely outpaced Apple on mapping technology ever since Cupertino entered the space with its (initially disastrous) Apple Maps in 2012.

DJI’s tiny Mavic Pro drone will land at Apple Stores

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The Mavic Pro can be flown via the included controller or your iPhone.
The Mavic Pro can be flown via the included controller or your iPhone.
Photo: DJI

The battle for droning supremacy is heating up today after DJI revealed its tiny new Mavic Pro drone that will take on GoPro’s new Karma drone system.

Despite launching later, the Mavic Pro has a few advantages on the Karma though. It’s smaller, faster and smarter. And you’ll be able to buy it at your local Apple Store.

Xiaomi has switched from copying iPhones to copying drones

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Xiaomi is now in the drone business.
Xiaomi is now in the drone business.
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Xiaomi, aka the biggest copy-cat in tech, has decided to stop ripping off Apple for a bit and instead set its sights on drone maker DJI by unveiling its first cheap knockoff drone, the Mi Drone. And it doesn’t look that bad.

The Mi Drone takes some obvious inspiration from DJI’s Phantom lineup, only its way more affordable. For about $460 you can grab the 4K flier, or if you’re cool with just 1080p video you can buy the cheaper model, priced around $380.

It’s not as portable as other drones we’ve seen like the AirDog, but it comes with 27-minutes of battery life and some killer features that could rival the Phantom 4.

Watch it fly below:

Periscope takes to the skies with live drone streaming

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Broadcast from your GoPro, iPhone, or DJI drone with Periscope.
Broadcast from your GoPro, iPhone, or DJI drone with Periscope.
Photo: Periscope

Now you can stream live from your drone when you take to the skies with Periscope, Twitter’s service that lets you broadcast live video, provided you have the app on iOS and a DJI drone.

In addition to live drone streaming, Periscope is also rolling out a new search function that will let you look for specific live streams and saved broadcasts. You’ll be able to search for topics or hashtags with the new system.

A save function, currently in beta, is also expected to arrive in a few weeks.