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Review: Parrot Zik 3.0 Bluetooth Headphones Offer 'Wireless Everything', but at a Premium

Last month's CES saw French wireless tech company Parrot demoing the third model in its Zik range of popular Bluetooth headphones, aptly called Zik 3.0. Now shipping at a price of $400, the Zik 3.0's inherit the active noise-canceling (ANC), capacitive touch and HD telephony features of the earlier Zik 2.0's, but add some new functions like auto-adaptive ANC and Qi-compatible wireless charging, while they also come in several new colors and textures. The Zik 2.0's have been reduced from $350 to $200 as a result, so I chose to compare the two versions side by side to see what that extra two hundred dollars gets you.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Bebop 2 Drone With Skycontroller From Parrot

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Parrot to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bebop 2 drone with a Skycontroller as part of Parrot's "It's Flying Season" event where the company is discounting its entire line of drones by $30 to $100. During the promotion, all Minidrones are available for $30 off, the Bebop 2, Bepop, and AR Drone 2.0 are available for $50 off, and the Bebop 2 Skycontroller Black Edition is available for $100 off. Parrot's discounts are active from May 6 to July 4. The Bebop 2, priced at $500 during the sale, is Parrot's newest drone, launched in December of 2015. It's lightweight and compact at 500 grams, and according to Parrot, it's been built with the "latest generation" of sensors and technologies to reach 25 minutes of flying time with a 2700 mAh battery. Its four three-blade propellers are designed to offer optimal maneuverability and it's able to reach speeds of 37 mph horizontally and 13 mph vertically. A dual-core processor powers the Bebop 2, and a stabilization camera takes a photo every 16 milliseconds to determine speed. An ultrasound sensor analyzes flight altitude up to 16 feet, and a pressure sensor measures altitude beyond that. Positioning is controlled through an accelerometer and a 3-axis magnetometer, and a GPS chipset geo-localizes the drone and helps measure speed. Parrot's Bebop 2 is piloted over Wi-Fi using a smartphone or tablet and can be used with an optional RC-style Skycontroller. The Skycontroller allows the Bebop 2 to be controlled from further away (up to 6,561 feet) through two

CES 2016: Parrot Announces 'Disco' Fixed-Wing Drone and 'Pot' Robotic Plant Holder

Parrot announced at CES 2016 today that its Bluetooth-enabled robotic plant pot will launch for $99 in the first quarter of 2016. The aptly-named "Parrot Pot" is equipped with sensors that help keep your plant alive by measuring soil moisture and temperature, fertilizer, room temperature and light intensity (via TechCrunch). Parrot Pot holds about half a gallon, or 2 liters, of water (Image: TechCrunch) Parrot Pot, first unveiled as a prototype at CES 2015, holds just over a half gallon (2 liters) of water, which is about a week of water for the average plant. The intelligent pot records data about the plant and also has a water-saving mode that can help keep it alive for up to three or four weeks depending on the circumstances. Parrot has a "Flower Power" app for iOS that enables users to select which house plant they have from a database of about 8,000 plants. The company will also upload data about the plant to its cloud-based servers every 15 minutes, so long as the pot is connected to a compatible smartphone. Parrot Disco is a fixed-wing drone with automatic takeoff (Image: The Verge) TechCrunch has also provided a closer look at the company's latest drone, the 700-gram Parrot Disco, which can fly up to 45 minutes and reach speeds of just under 50 mph. The Wi-Fi-controlled drone resembles a fixed-wing model airplane and features a 1080p 14-megapixel camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, pitot tube and more. Parrot said the Disco remains a prototype, but the company plans to launch the drone by the end of 2016. The drone's price was not