That being said, I've read on some forums that discharging the battery below 50% is not necessary and could cause damage to the battery. Also, given that the new firmware update automatically discharges a battery to ~50%, we can only assume that ~50% must be the proper discharge level.
As per the DJI Wiki Correct Battery Usage Notes:
Another thing you might be wondering is what do the Phantom 2 Battery LED indicators mean? See table below:
If you're like me, you've been searching the web looking for answers to this question.
Apparently there is a new firmware update available for the Phantom 2 "Smart" battery which will allow the battery to automatically begin a discharging process after 10 days without use. (FYI, the battery takes roughly 2 days to automatically discharge this way, and will discharge itself to about 50% power. Also any time the battery button is pressed, the 10 day countdown refreshes again.).
However, that being said, some people have said that DJI recalled this firmware update, so personally speaking I don't trust this as a viable solution.
So, what to do? As with all things DJI, since their customer service is so brutal all you can really do is scour the internet and be your own source of tech support. I discovered this helpful post in one of the forums. See answer below:
A lot of people and gossip blogs are taking shots at Bieber for having a photoshopped body in recent Calvin Klein ads. Whether or not the leaked untouched images are authentic, this still reveals a problem with society in my opinion.
As someone with a bit of knowledge about how these things work, I think it's a cheap shot to make fun of anyone for being photoshopped. Granted, Bieber sometimes sets himself up to receive cheap shots, this time I think people are missing the mark.
Nearly all models are photoshopped, whether they're tall or skinny, fat or short, flat or busty, male or female, celebrity or otherwise. (There's been plenty of controversy in recent months surrounding the use of photoshop in women's fashion campaigns.) By the same token, and in regards to ads involving men specifically, it is common practice for muscles, bulges, body/facial hair etc. to be fine tuned or enhanced especially when it comes to undergarment campaigns. What is more, the choice to be photoshopped is usually never the model's to make – that decision would typically fall on the brand itself, and the directors, editors or artist managers who are trying to target a specific demographic and are messing with the model's true appearance to create something more profitable.
I think what's happening here is wrong. Rather than pointing fingers at Bieber and laughing why not point fingers at Calvin Klein and ask why bother photoshopping Biebs?? Cuz we all know the die hards are going to buy any product with his name on it regardless...
People are forgetting the 'photoshop era' we live in has nothing to do with the model and everything to do with the corporate ad machine we're all equally guilty of buying into and fuelling.
As a result of news stories and controversies such as this, some brands (example: American Eagle) have reportedly scaled back on the use of photoshop and are seeing positive results in sales. Perhaps the public consciousness will continue to shift in this direction, and a more real way of interpreting advertising will be the way of the future – a time when consumers are more interested in the realism of images – a time when brands won't feel the need to airbrush muscles and pubic hair on teen heartthrobs like Justin Bieber.
Watch the two videos below to get a closer look at Google's self-driving car prototype and an overview of the project. Are you excited for what might very well be the future of the automotive industry?
From The Times, by Daisy Greenwell
Ray Kurzweil is sitting in an office in San Francisco’s tallest building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Over 45 minutes, speaking rapidly in monotone sentences dense with facts and ideas, Google’s director of engineering has outlined a future for the world that would seem incredible, were it not that this man has a 30-year track record of making seemingly bonkers predictions that have proved to be accurate. Among other things, Kurzweil predicted that the internet would become central to our lives when it was still a niche and unreliable network in the Eighties; he pinpointed when computers would be able to beat humans at chess, eight years before the world champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue; and he foresaw the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Kurzweil doesn’t just foretell the future, though — he is also responsible for helping to shape it. A maverick thinker who grew up in Queens, New York, the son of a Jewish conductor and artist, he wrote his first computer program in 1963 aged 15, went on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was later inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, having created the world’s first flatbed image scanner, the first music synthesizer capable of re-creating orchestral instruments, and the world’s first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind (the first of which was bought by Stevie Wonder, beginning an enduring friendship between the two men).
One of his current projects is the Google Brain. Working with a young generation of artificial intelligence wizards, he confidently predicts that by 2029 the company will have successfully created a computer system capable of understanding natural language and human emotion. “Right now a kid in Africa with a smartphone can access all of human knowledge, something that the President of the United States could not do even 16 years ago,” he says. “And that sort of rapid progress is only going to continue exponentially.”
Larry Page, Google’s CEO, has also got Kurzweil moonlighting on another of his little pet projects — “solving death”. He is an adviser at the company’s ambitious new Calico venture, which aims to find a cure for ageing. The solution can’t come quickly enough for the 65-year-old, who is personally pursuing immortality. A man who is so excited by the possibilities of life that he never wants it to end, he takes 150 vitamins a day with the aim of extending his life until technology has reached a point that we can implant nanobots in our bodies to back up our immune systems. And after that? “We’ll get to a point where we can actually back up our brains to the cloud,” he says “We routinely back up our phones and notebook computers, but we don’t yet back up the most important information we have, which is our memories and skills, our personality.”
Sounds bonkers? Well, just wait until you read what else he thinks is around the corner...
2017: Self-driving cars
“Google self-driving cars have gone half a million miles without human drivers on highways and city streets, with no incidents. Within ten years they will be ubiquitous. Humans have a fairly narrow field of view, these cars have sensors, both visual and laser, and artificial intelligence to be able to assess what’s going on in their environment. Ultimately these cars will communicate with each other and co-ordinate their movements. You also won’t need to own a car, there’ll be a pool of them circulating, and you’ll just call one from your phone when you need it.”
2018: Personal assistant search engines
“Right now, search is based mostly on looking for key words. What I’m working on is creating a search engine that understands the meaning of these billion of documents. It will be more like a human assistant that you can talk things over with, that you can express complicated, even personal concerns to. If you’re wearing something like Google Glass, it could annotate reality; it could even listen in to a conversation, giving helpful hints. It might suggest an anecdote that would fit into your conversation in real time.”
2020: Switch off our fat cells
“It was in our interest a thousand years ago to store every calorie. There were no refrigerators, so you stored them in the fat cells of your body, which now means we have an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Thanks to the Human Genome Project, medicine is now information technology, and we’re learning how to reprogram this outdated software of our bodies exponentially. In animals with diabetes, scientists have now successfully turned off the fat insulin receptor gene. So these animals ate ravenously, remained slim, didn’t get diabetes, and lived 20 per cent longer. I would say that this will be a human intervention in five to ten years, and we will have the means of really controlling our weight independent of our eating.”
2020: Click and print designer clothes at home
“Currently there is a lot of overenthusiasm about 3-D printing. Typically where people are prematurely very excited it leads to disillusionment and a bust, like the dot.com crash. I think we’re about five years away from the really important applications. By the early 2020s we’ll be replacing a significant part of manufacturing with 3-D printing. We’ll be able to print out clothing and there’ll be an open source market of free designs. There will be personal 3-D printers, but also shared ones in your local Starbucks, for example.”
2023: Full-immersion virtual realities
“Computer games have pioneered virtual reality, and within ten years — but probably more like five — these will be totally convincing, full-immersion virtual realities, at least for the visual and auditory senses, and there will be some simulation of the tactile sense. To fully master the tactile sense we have to actually tap into the nervous system. That will be a scenario within 20 years. We’ll be able to send little devices, nanobots, into the brain and capillaries, and they’ll provide additional sensory signals, as if they were coming from your real senses. You could for example get together with a friend, even though you were hundreds of thousands of miles apart, and take a virtual walk on a virtual Mediterranean beach and hold their hand and feel the warm spray of the moist air in your face.”
2030: Vertical meat and vegetable farms
“There will be a new vertical agriculture revolution, because right now we use up a third of the usable land of the world to produce food, which is very inefficient. Instead we will grow food in a computerised vertical factory building (which is a more efficient use of real estate) controlled by artificial intelligence, which recycles all of the nutrients so there’s no environmental impact at all. This would include hydroponic plants, fruits and vegetables, and in vitro cloning of meat. This could also be very healthy — we could have meat with Omega-3 fats instead of saturated fats, this sort of thing.”
2033: 100 per cent of our energy from solar
We are applying new nanotechnologies to the design of solar panels, and the costs are coming down dramatically. A recent report by Deutsche Bank said that ‘the cost of unsubsidised solar power is about the same as the cost of electricity from the grid in India and Italy. By 2014 even more countries will achieve solar grid parity’. So I do believe that within 20 years we could get all our energy from solar energy. I presented this not so long ago to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was actually my classmate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he said: “Ray, do we have enough sunlight to do this with?” and I said: “Yes, we’ve got 10,000 times more than we need.”
2040: Stay young for ever
“Twenty years from now, we will be adding more time than is going by to your remaining life expectancy. We’ve quadrupled life expectancy in the past 1,000 years and doubled it in the past 200 years. We’re now able to reprogram health and medicine as software, and so that pace is only going to continue to accelerate. There are three bridges to life extension. Bridge 1 is taking aggressive steps to stay healthy today, with today’s knowledge. The goal is to get to bridge 2: the biotechnology revolution, where we can reprogram biology away from disease. Bridge 3 is the nanotechnology revolution. The quintessential application of that is nanobots — little robots in the bloodstream that augment your immune system. We can create an immune system that recognises all disease, and could be reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”
If you're like me and just upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark III system (congrats!), chances are you're going through the usual headache of upgrading all your software to make it compatible with the new camera files.
Part of the update that is required, if you intend to open files in Photoshop CS6, is to update the Camera Raw plugin to version 7.1 or newer.
I downloaded what I thought was the proper update from Adobe's website and repeatedly got error code U44M2P15 and couldn't understand why. (My initial thought was maybe I would have to upgrade to Photoshop CC...but thankfully this was not the case).
Buried deep in an Adobe forum I found a support ticket where a technician said restarting your computer should take care of the error, and if you use the direct download version of the update you should have no problems with it.
You can download the Camera Raw 7.1 Update below (for MAC). Be sure to restart your computer before attempting to install. Note: you should be updating from Camera Raw ver. 7.0. If you are using an earlier version, you may have to update to 7.0 first in order to successfully update.
The Virgin brand of companies proves once again how forward-thinking and innovative they are.
When FAA-mandated safety instructions come on before a flight, it's usually a good time to zone out or read SkyMall. But this is one you might find hard to ignore.
Virgin America launched an airline safety video on Tuesday that is being billed as the first of its kind set entirely to music. The result is awesome and fun! Never thought those words would be associated with a safety video, did you? "For the .001% of you who have never operated a seatbelt before: Really?!?" the flight attendant in the video asks.
Such irreverence not only suits the brand, but might actually get people to watch, whether you're flying or not!
Virgin American writes:
"Buckle up to get down. We've enlisted the help of Virgin Produced, Director Jon M. Chu, Choreographers Jamal Sims and Christopher Scott, Composer/Producer Jean-yves "Jeeve" Ducornet, Virgin America teammates, and dance stars like Todrick Hall and Madd Chadd to give our safety video a new song and dance -- literally. From the exit doors to the oxygen masks, no seat belt was left unbuckled."
If you are a graphic or web designer like me chances are you customize Facebook pages using the powerful Thunderpenny Static HTML app. If you've been using this app to embed web pages in tabs, also like me, you've suddenly got a very big problem on your hands. See Figure 1 below:
As the notice above states, this app now requires (thanks to Facebook) the websites you are embedding to be certified secure, or start with https:// rather than the basic http://.
After scouring the internet to figure out how to make a website secure with https:// I discovered that you need to certify your domain with SSL. No idea what that means, but my registrar GoDaddy does a pretty good job explaining what the certification includes and how to add it to your website. But this is an added cost and bunch of coding that is totally unnecessary for the majority of websites.
Additional problems: if you don't actually own or manage the website you are trying to embed, and it is not secure or https:// by default, there's not really much you can do since it is the website owner's responsibility to add this type of certification if they so choose. For the record, I've tried other apps as well and the same problem persists with embedding on Facebook, so I'm assuming this is a Facebook-wide issue as a result of policy updates and not at all Thunderpenny's fault.
WHAT TO DO?
While this issue is just beginning to surface on Facebook apps' customer feedback pages, and there is no current solution offered by any Facebook app creators, I figured it would be great if I could link Facebook tabs to external websites rather than trying to embed them. My reasoning for this was: much better to have a customer actually see the content you are referring to in the tab title rather than have them stare at a blank or broken page.
So as it turns out, Facebook does allow some apps the ability to link to an external website. One such app (and the one I've chosen to use) is Static IFrame Tab by Woobox.
Just like Thunderpenny, it allows website embedding (experiencing the same https issues) but with one important feature that makes it better for users right now: it allows you to link externally to websites. See Figure 2 below:
Note that under the "Page Source" area of the settings panel, you can select "Redirect". This app also has fan-gating options (for a fee) and the ability to add multiple tabs (free) so it stands up pretty good to the almighty Thunderpenny if you ask me. To find the multiple tabs option: click cancel on the initial page authorization screen, you will be directed to a page offering 2nd, 3rd, 4th(...) tabs for the pages you've already added the 1st tab to.
Need help customizing your Facebook business or fan page? Contact me with your specific needs!
Gmail recently introduced (and forced onto users) this new "Categories" feature. The figure below shows the default Categories that are inserted into your inbox dashboard. Your mail is now categorized by "Primary", "Social" and "Promotions".
The problem with this new feature is that a lot of users including myself either a) already label and/or filter inbox items by type, or b) need to see all inbox items in one overview in order to not miss anything important. Another issue I've come across is that Gmail assumes certain email types are "Promotions" when in fact these emails might have nothing to do with promotions/offers at all and its important you don't miss them. For example, contact form entries from my websites were getting tossed into the "Promotions" category automatically, and this just did not help my workflow at all.
Here's How to Remove or Deactivate Categories:
Your inbox should now be back to its original state, where all emails are classified as "Primary".
Look no further if you've been searching the web for a digital download of Canon's Digital Photo Professional for Mac -- for use with your Canon 7D. Seems like if you don't have the original CD that your camera came with, you're out of luck because the downloads available from Canon.com all seem to be Updaters and not the actual software itself. Therefore, when you try to install the Updater it asks you to locate the original software (which of course, you don't have!)
Thankfully I figured out a solution. What you have to do is download the "EOS Digital Solution Disk Software" available HERE from Canon.ca. First, click "Drivers, Software, Downloads" then choose your operating system.
If you're using Mac, after download completes open the .dmg file and you'll be prompted to enter your product's serial number. The Canon 7D serial number is located at the bottom of the unit beside the battery compartment (pictured above). Then, select "Custom Installation" to choose the specific software you want to install.
The story behind the Google and NASA partnership that reveals how earth is radically changing over the decades: