Best answer: AirMap for Drones can help your quickly see if your location is outside any permanent restrictions and temporary restrictions that pop up around special events or around travelling dignitaries. It can also tell you which airport operator or air traffic controller to report flight plans to if you want to fly within certain range of private or minucipal airports.
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What to look for when reading AirMap
When you’re reading airspace restriction maps, it can look a bit like a splatter painting, especially in more crowded metropolitan areas with lots of helipads, private airports, and major events that facilitate TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions) that crop up around large outdoor events like MLB and NFL games or major political rallies. Not all flight restrictions are the same, and not all flight restrictions completely prohibit you from flying a drone inside of them.
There are a few things to look for when tapping on a circle or location on the map — either in the AirMap for Drones app or the Know Before You Fly website’s airspace map powered by AirMap.
Do I need to tell someone before I fly?
If the words REQUIRES NOTIFICATION appear when you tap on a circle/location, then you can’t just take a drone outside and power it up: you have to tell anyone listed in the Selected Advisories section that you will be flying there. Larger airports may accept a digital notice, but the rest you’ll have to call at the number listed in their advisories.
Is there a limit to how high I can fly?
Inside the 5-mile radius of many airports, there are restrictions on how high you can fly a drone before you’re in hazardous airspace AKA, in the possible path of incoming flights. If you see a grid pattern inside an airport’s circle, that means that the height limit differs within each of those boxes, from a complete no-fly closest to the airport to a 50-300 ft height restriction.
Do I need to tell the heliports, too?
You don’t have to call every heliport the way you do every airport you’re within a 5-mile radius of, but they have numbers listed with them because it never hurts to check. You do need to be mindful of heliports and the helicopters that may or may not be flying near them, especially if the heliports near you are for a hospital that can have higher numbers of unexpected and emergent flights.
Are there any major events nearby?
Temporary Flight Restrictions are issued for NFL, MLB, Division One NCAA Football games, and major NASCAR races. TFRs surrounding sporting events specifically ban drone flights within three nautical miles (3.45 regular miles) of the event’s venue. TFRs are also issued around disaster areas — you can’t fly drones near wildfires since they can get in the way of rescue and firefighting efforts — and around the travel movements of VIPs like the Pope.
TFRs can also pop up just about anywhere for a First Responder Emergency, and while these TFRs tend to be small, they are a very good reminder that you should check the map each and every time you’re about to pull out the drone for a flight.
What about these red/blue areas?
I live in Central Texas, where there are two areas that are absolute no-fly zones for civilian drones: the military installations at Ft. Hood, and Prohibited Special Use Airspace P-49: President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford. Security-Restricted Airspaces are usually marked in AirMap as blue areas, and when you tap them it will tell you who controls it AKA who will be coming to arrest you if your drone wanders into its area.
Red areas in AirMap are Restricted areas, which come in two flavors: the TFRs we mentioned before, and permanent Restricted Areas. You cannot launch, fly, or land a drone in a National Parks property, including most national landmarks and some state landmarks. Most of Washington, DC sits under a 30-mile No-Drone Zone with its own rules.
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Look before you launch
AirMap’s guide makes it easy to look at the locations you may want to fly and check them for up-to-the-minute restrictions before you send your drone up. If you need to tell anyone before you fly, you can also file your flight plan through the app or call the numbers listed in an airport’s advisories to ensure that you fly safe and fly somewhere your drone won’t get in the way of other air traffic.
If you want to control your home theater with your voice, Optoma’s new projector is for you.
Optoma has announced a new projector aimed at the home market — and with an interesting trick up its sleeve. At first glance, the UHL55 looks a lot like other projectors in this price range: it offers 4K resolution, 1,500 lumens of brightness, HDR10, DCI-P3 and BT.2020 color support, and HDCP 2.2 support for protected content. Unlike other home theater projectors, this one runs Android and offers support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to control the projector with your voice.
Note that this isn’t Android TV, but instead Optoma’s own version of Android. (And that quite often means updates aren’t a sure thing.) Optoma will also offer its own marketplace on the projector for downloading popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube and more. Of course, you can also plug any streaming stick into the HDMI ports if Optoma’s store doesn’t meet all of your needs.
Both HDMI ports are of the 2.0 variety, with HDCP 2.2 protection. This means both HDMI ports can be used to play protected content such as UHD Blu Rays. There are also two USB-A ports for flash drives, and the operating system will be able to read and display PDF, PowerPoint and image files straight from the flash drives. Both USB ports offer enough juice to power a streaming stick, so you don’t need to snake another cable all the way up to your ceiling.
Finally, there’s an Ethernet port for wired Internet, as well as 3.5mm and optical audio-out ports to connect to your speaker system. There are also two 8-watt speakers on board, so if you’re bringing this around for business presentations you can just use the built-in speakers.
Optoma says the UHL55 will be shipping later this month, and it’s already available for pre-order from retailers like B&H.
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OnePlus has the chance to build the best phone to buy during the 2018 holiday season and I think they can do it.
No phone is perfect, but we all need one. We each try to decide which phone is best and the answer we come up with might not be the same but how we get it is: a mix of price, features, and trust in the brand. While plenty of phones can hit the right spot for one or two of those things, it can be tough to find the one that ticks every box.
Buying a phone is like math to me. Value = Price 2*Feature/Trust.
I’m like a lot of other people and have a bit of a problem when it comes to tech products — I spend too much money and buy too many of them. Of course, I’ll be buying a new phone at the end of the year and it’s looking like it will be the OnePlus 6T. Yes, so far everything is a rumor but come on, you don’t manufacture a replica retail box in order to fool a tech blog (and if you do, you should have done the iPhone XI and watched it all burn). I know I’ll be buying a phone that’s not exactly what I like unless I buy another BlackBerry because nobody makes them now. Long tall skinny notchy things are the new cool, and it looks like OnePlus is doing it the best.
If all the rumors are true, the OnePlus 6T will nail it on price and features for me. After a big internet kerfluffle that I got sucked into over privacy concerns, talking with the folks at OnePlus about how I (and everyone else) was wrong and what they were doing that wasn’t being leaked out, I have plenty of trust in the brand. And after seeing almost everything there is to see about a Pixel 3, if OnePlus makes the 6T in red I’m buying it. Even better — I’ll convince my wife and kids to buy it for me as a gift.
It’s not just the notch.
It’s only partially about the notch because I’d be buying the small notchelss Pixel 3. The OnePlus 6 has a notch, and I’m 100% positive the OnePlus 6T will have one, too. Lots of phones have a notch and I dislike them equally because of it. But OnePlus seems to be one of the companies that makes it as small as possible (dammit Google) and will resist any silly fancy tricks to minimize its impact that really only make things worse. If I have to have a notch I want it to be a good notch even though such a thing doesn’t exist and I will type words to that effect as many times as physically possible. OnePlus doesn’t have the worst notch so it wins by default.
I want a little more from my phone but I’m not ready to go full Samsung yet.
I’m just ready to try something a little more fun than a Pixel for my second phone but not ready to go full Samsung. OnePlus gives me that fun vibe and the company adds a bit to the software and takes risks with the hardware that Google doesn’t. I have a feeling that an in-display fingerprint sensor isn’t ever going to be as great as one on the back of the phone, but I want one anyway. I know beta software tracks usually mean headaches and stuff that doesn’t work the way I think it will, but I want to try beta builds anyway. And since Russell will never give me my blue Pixel 2 like he said he would, I want a red OnePlus 6T. I hope you break the screen, Russell. Just kidding 💖.
I also think I’m not the only person who will look at the Pixel 3 and then buy a OnePlus 6T. We might regret the decision, but we won’t know until we try it. OnePlus is making me want to try it. Of course, all the rumors could be false and Google trolled the whole world with catfish notched phones and I will just want to stay in bed until CES. We’ll soon see.
Jerry and Phil get the band back together and nerd out on some antennas.
One of the best things you can do when you ditch cable or satellite and go all-streaming is to rig up a good over-the-air system. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to fill any gaps in your coverage and ensure that you’ll get the local channels you need.
That’s not to say it’s not a little tricky. Everyone’s situation is going to be different. You have to balance your location (where you live in relation to the broadcast towers in your area) with your home situation (can you do an outdoor antenna?) and your geography (are mountains or buildings in the way?)
On this week’s CordCutters Podcast we sat down with our favorite neckbeard (and electrical guru) Jerry Hildenbrand to talk about the basics of antennas. It’s definitely a deal where things are simultaneously simple as well as a little complex. Hopefully this helps suss things out a bit.
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One of the top paid utilities in the Mac App Store that claims to protect your Apple computer against malware is actually spyware in disguise that does just the opposite. The app, Adware Doctor, retails for $5 on Apple’s online storefront, and security researchers discovered that the malicious app actually collects your browsing history across the Safari, Chrome, and Firefox browsers and sends that data to a China-based server.
Originally, the app was posed as Adware Medic, sharing a similar name to the AdwareMedic app that was acquired by Malwarebytes, forcing Apple to remove the copycat. However, after it changed its name to Adware Doctor, Apple allowed the app back into the Mac App Store, and the app has garnered a number of likely fake five-star reviews. Security researcher Patrick Wardle with Privacy 1st claimed that he notified Apple about the app’s malicious behavior, according to a report on 9to5 Mac. Apple removed the app after numerous tech publications reported on the app’s behavior on Friday, September 7.
In addition to sending your browsing history to China, Adware Doctor also has access to your iTunes search history as well as other apps that are installed on the Mac. Because it poses as an app designed to scan your Mac for malware and spyware, Adware Doctor was able to overcome the sandbox protections on the Mac. Wardle discovered that the app requested universal access on first run, which gave it access to information found from within other apps, like browsing history data on Safari. Apple claims that the release of MacOS Mojave this fall will bring new privacy protections designed to prevent apps like Adware Doctor from accessing Safari browsing history.
However, Wardle noted that the app does actually clear your browser of adware, and the app’s data collection stopped a few days ago, PCMag reported. 9to5 Mac reported that the server in China is now offline, but there’s still a chance it could resume operation.
Adware Doctor’s entry in Apple’s official Mac App Store should be cause for concern for consumers. Even if the app is highly rated — Adware Doctor came with more than 6,000 positive reviews — users should always research an app and the developer before installing anything from the internet, regardless of where it comes from. This incident follows an earlier report this week of a rogue Chrome browser extension. A fake extension was uploaded to Google’s Chrome webstore after the original developer was hacked, allowing the hackers to gain access to its users’ logins to other sites and services.
According to Malwarebytes‘ director of Mac and mobile Thomas Reed, the firm has worked with Apple numerous times in the past to remove fake apps, but these apps will reappear as a new version with a new name before long. “It’s blindingly obvious at this point that the Mac App Store is not the safe haven of reputable software that Apple wants it to be,” he said.
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An artificial intelligence algorithm has bested experts at predicting patient deaths from heart disease. In a study published recently in the journal PLOS One, researchers from the Francis Crick Institute make yet another case for using A.I. to inform medical diagnoses.
“We’ve shown that you can give a computer someone’s medical records … and predict how likely a patient with heart disease is to die,” Andrew Steele, a Crick researcher and first author of the paper, told Digital Trends. “Traditional models get experts to select the most relevant variables for making these kinds of predictions, but we did just as well without telling the computer … the most important or relevant things to take into account.”
In their study, Steele and his team worked with researchers from the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to test whether a self-taught model could outperform experts at predicting deaths from coronary artery disease.
The model created by Steel and his colleagues was compared to expert predictions, which take into account some 27 variables, including age, gender, and physical ailments. The Crick algorithm was tasked with finding patterns and useful variables from list of 600. With access to 80,000 anonymized patient health records, the A.I. was able to outperform medical experts and identified new variables that doctors had overlooked.
“They say that making predictions is hard, especially about the future, and building these models can be difficult and time-consuming,” Steele said. “The great advantage of A.I. is that, done right, you can just throw all the data in and let the computer work out what’s relevant, which could save future researchers a lot of time.”
To be sure, the A.I. performed just fractionally better than its human counterparts. Given two randomly selected patients, the algorithm could predict which patient would die first just one percent more often than medical experts, Steele said. So we aren’t exactly talking about a breakthrough.
We are, however, talking about small steps toward more accurate and effective diagnoses. As we’ve written about before, A.I. has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by supporting physicians with the more meticulous and data-driven part of the job.
“I think at first these systems are going to be assisting rather than replacing doctors,” Steele said. “Doctors already use tools to, for example, check your risk of a heart attack in the next few years before prescribing certain drugs. A.I. will help us develop more of these tools for different conditions, and help doctors and patients make better decisions. In the longer term, I think we’ll see A.I. systems making recommendations for how to treat a patient, and we’ve already got computers interpreting things like scan results. But, for now at least, a human doctor is very important in understanding the output of these models, and helping patients make decisions based on them.”
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Move up and down the court with the intent to win.
With NBA 2K19 being the model of consistency in simulation sports gaming, the game can be scary for those who haven’t been playing for several years. Don’t worry if that person is you — we’ve got you covered.
We’ve gone and compiled a list of tips and tricks that’ll help you give up fewer points, score more points, and work your way toward the ultimate prizes and honors in professional basketball. Join us straight ahead.
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Every single possession counts in a game of basketball. Keep these tips in mind when the rock is in your hands.
Master your shot (or find a better one)
NBA 2K19 features a new shot meter this year. It’s vertical and it’s simple: Hold the shot button to start the meter up, and release it once the green bar fills to the top. A less-than-perfect shot won’t always miss, and perfect shots don’t always go in, so don’t stress too hard about this. Just try and stop the bar as high as you can.
If you’re having trouble with the new shot meter, note that you can go back to the old system that was based on animation timing. In that one, just hold the shot button and then release it the moment the ball is about to leave your player’s hands.
One last thing with shots: you can actually change your shot animation. Not only do some shots look flat-out cool, but they can also be more natural for you to execute. Find the one you like and practice it until your thumbs go numb.
Don’t abuse the turbo button
Speed is an important measure in basketball, but as you might guess, it’s not wise to hold the turbo button all game. The biggest reason is that it spends precious stamina, and that means your players are less accurate and less effective overall. It also lessens your precision when trying to make subtle moves to get around defenders.
To avoid having to bench your stars for long breathers, let off of the turbo button. You really should only be using it in fast break scenarios or if you’re caught out of position and need to race to the open man.
Use bounce passes for safety
Pressing the pass button and nothing more will let you make a basic pass to the nearest teammate while pushing the left stick in a direction will let you quickly dish it out to whoever’s in that vicinity. This alone might not be enough.
There are many different passing variations in NBA 2K19, but the one you should master first is the bounce pass. This is a low-risk pass that makes it harder for defenders to jump into the passing lane and steal the ball. Just make sure you don’t try to pass it to someone on the other side of the court.
Limit your contested shots
Don’t force your shots. There will be tons of times in NBA 2K19 where you’re just not open, and that’s OK. In these scenarios, just pass the ball to your teammates and see if they can’t do anything better with it. At the least, it takes pressure off of you to try and find a better position to make the play. That’s not to say you should never attempt these shots — after all, a late-game buzzer-beater might necessitate this desperation move.
Know your player’s limitations
Take some time to learn the pros and cons of the player you’re using. Check out their attributes and ratings to see where they excel and do your best to put those players in the best places where they can make an impact.
Lebron James can beat anyone to the point. Stephen Curry can drain three-pointers like it’s nothing. But don’t you dare go to the wing with Blake Griffin.
Take the easier shots
I can’t stress this enough — take the easy shots. Sure, a behind-the-back no-look alley-oop to a cartwheeling Kevin Durant sounds nice, but it’s also foolhardy and dangerous.
Instead, why not just mosey into the paint and go for a much safer layup? It’ll count for two points all the same, and you won’t have a scoreless possession. Of course, if you find yourself off to a 20 point lead, rack up all the style points you want.
Call for or set picks and rolls
There are many tools in basketball designed to help someone get open. We could go over the many concepts and plays available to you, but the very first thing you must learn is how to call a pick.
It’s a simple affair: tap L1, and you’ll be able to move a nearby teammate into a guarding position so as to disrupt your defender and allow you to make a move around him. This is probably the most common tactic in all of basketball, and that’s because it’s extremely effective. Learn it and use it when you just can’t work past your man.
In game modes where you are playing off-ball offense, you can spring your AI teammates by walking up to the side of the defender and holding the Circle button. Just pray that your teammate takes the pick when it’s available.
It’s not all about scoring points — you have to prevent your opponents from scoring them, too. Digest these tips on the other side of the ball to keep the other team from running away with the game.
Square up and strafe for better defense
When it comes time to keep up with your man, you might think the turbo button will keep you safe. That is wrong. Hold L2 instead, and watch as your player gets low and squares his shoulder to the ball carrier. You’ll find it easier to control your man as you look to try and match the movements of the ball carrier, and you can even use the right analog stick to put your hands in the way of a shot or into a passing lane to attempt a block, steal, or contested shot. The L2 button will be your best friend on defense.
You will still need to get comfortable with that turbo button if you’re on offense and suffer a fast break rebound, but for the most part, this is how you follow your assignment.
Get back on the fast break
Speaking of fast breaks, don’t lollygag on the turn of possession. If your teammate misses a shot and you can’t get the rebound, start running down to the other end of the court. And when you make the shot, don’t sit around celebrating when the point guard is about to take the ball right back in the other direction.
Box out on rebounds and free-throws
And speaking of rebounds, make it easier on yourself. The defense will be in a better position to rebound the ball more often than not. When you are, hold L2 to box your guy out, and either pave the way for your players to grab it or go and get it yourself (especially if you’re the center).
Don’t leave your man open
Not sure what your assignment on any given play or in any given defense is supposed to be? NBA 2K19 has visual aides turned on for most difficulty levels. On defense, you’ll see a blue arrow directing you toward the man you’re supposed to pick up.
It’s especially important to pay attention to this indicator when you’re playing zone defense, as the man you’re supposed to be guarding changes constantly. If you find yourself away from the play, just press the X button to switch to the player closest to the ball.
Go for well-timed steals
Forcing turnovers is an important part of basketball. The classic steal is one of the most exciting defensive plays because of it. Just press Square to put your hand out and go for the ball.
Be careful, though. If you spam the steal button you risk being called for a reach-in foul. Try and only go for the steal against a player who doesn’t have great handling, or while they’re in the act of passing the ball. Even just one or two stolen possessions can be the difference between winning and losing the game.
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Go to a bad team
There’s a little inside joke in sports drafts: no one wants to go to the worst team. Often than not, that team is usually the one ahead of the pack in the draft order as they ranked lowest in the previous season. It could also be the one with the most money to throw around, as bad teams usually have more cap space to work with.
Against all of the lessons you’ve been taught in life, we’re here to tell you that this is not a bad thing in NBA 2K19. Going to a bad team can have its benefits for a star on the rise. You’re likely to get more playing time, which means you’ll get more chances to prove yourself, which means you’ll become a starter faster, which means you’ll make more money. Your dream might be to play alongside Lebron James on the Lakers but think about how much money you could make if you were tasked with pulling a franchise like the Detroit Pistons out of mediocrity.
You can still go to a team that has superstars on it and make out OK in the long run (especially when some of those older guys start retiring), but don’t even think about joining one with a star at the same position as yours unless you like riding the pine.
Only buy what you need
If you’re not going to be spending any real money in MyCareer, then it’s important to be smart with your VC. (On the flipside, if you’re not interested in grinding for the VC, then be smart with your real money.)
Especially in the early going, you’ll want to use every point of VC you get to improve your character’s ratings and abilities. The shoes, tattoos, jewelry, haircuts, and all that other stuff will tempt you for sure, but there’s no sense in being a well-dressed basketball player who can’t exactly play basketball.
Go for the badges you want early
Go through the list of possible badges you can earn and identify the ones you think will benefit your character the most. When you find those badges, equip them and level them early. Aside from raw attribute points, badges offer you the most significant source of improvement (and you won’t even need to spend any VC to get them).
Choose the most lucrative sponsorships (and do them)
Don’t gloss over sponsorships as some sort of side game that doesn’t mean anything. Sponsorships can net you more VC per game, a bonus on big, nationally televised games, and free gear. This is especially important if you aren’t spending real money on VC, as the grind to improve your character is brutal otherwise.
To that end, pay close attention to the choices you make in MyCareer. Each choice and action will get you more fans, more media exposure, or alter the chemistry between you and your teammates, all of which will factor into both your player and sponsorship contract negotiations.
Get out there and score
It’s time to hit the courts and show everyone what you’re made of. Combine everything you’ve learned here with more advanced skills you’ll learn along the way, and you’ll scoring baskets and winning games so much that you’ll be challenging Michael Jordan’s championship ring total.
NBA 2K19 is out now for folks who bought or pre-ordered the $100 20th Anniversary Edition, which also comes with a sizable amount of VC, MyTeam packs, and more.
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If you don’t mind waiting, however, you can snag the standard version of NBA 2K19 starting Sept. 11 for $60.
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