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Verifly app lets you buy short-term drone insurance

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How to make sure that you drone flight is safe? You can rely on your skills or on the technology but there is always a risk that something will go wrong. When half a pound piece of plastic and metal falls down from a few hundred feet it can cause an accident. Drone owners are also more and more often accused of invading someone’s privacy. In both cases apart from the damage you may cause you can lose a lot of money.

New York-based start-up Verifly decided to offer a solution for exactly that problem – on-demand short-term insurance. For a price starting at$10 users can get up to $1 million in liability coverage, and $10,000 for invasion of privacy coverage, for up to an hour.

The Verifly app draws a quarter-mile circle around user’s location, analyzes information from a various geospatial and weather databases, and shows the user their estimated risk. It then sets a price that depend on what risk factors are in the area like schools, stadiums, neighborhoods and other populated spaces.

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The Verifly app draws a quarter mile circle around user’s location, analyzes information from a various geospatial and weather databases, and shows the user their estimated risk. It then sets a price that depend on what risk factors are in the area like schools, stadiums, neighborhoods and other populated spaces. Everything can be bought via the app just before your flight.

Sounds awesome and with over half a million drones registered with the FAA since December 2015 it might be a profitable business.

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TomTom released Adventurer its first GPS watch for hiking, trail running and winter sports

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Today at IFA in Berlin TomTom announced its new line of GPS watches designed for outdoor activities. TomTom Adventurer is build on the foundation of the TomTom Spark but it’s equipped with a couple of features that makes it’s perfect for hiking, trail running and winter sports.

The watch has a rugged strap in order to keep it safe in extreme conditions. The good thing is that you can switch the strap to the slimmer one featured with any TomTom’s new running watches. Like any other serious outdoor watch, Adventurer has a built-in barometer, altimeter and compass. An extended battery will keep it going for over 20h in the GPS-tracking mode. The device still feature an optical heart-rate monitor and build-in music player like any other TomTom watch. Adventurer has a few dedicated modes for tracking skiing, snowboarding, hiking and trail running among others. It will be available in October starting at $349.

Besides Adventurer TomTom released a new updated Music watch Spark 3 as well as TomTom Touch – the firsts activity tracker that measures your body fat.

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