Ag-tech startups are working on everything from apple-picking robots to machine learning — and they could radically transform how we grow our food

The agriculture-technology sector is booming. Companies are working on everything from apple-picking robots to wearable technology that helps farmers grow produce more efficiently, and meet the demands of a rapidly-increasing global population. The way food is grown will be radically transformed in the next few decades. Feeding the planet’s rapidly expanding population is one of the most critical challenges for humanity. According to the UN, the world’s population is approximately 7.3 billion people — and that number is expected to skyrocket to 9.7 billion by 2050. Some researchers expect global food demand to expand by up to 98% by the middle of this century. And ongoing issues related to rising… Read More

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This Android app will turn your wallpaper into a live map of your location

There’s a new Android app called Skyline that will turn your current location into your wallpaper, as first spotted by Lifehacker. Skyline uses 3D terrain data from Mapbox to show either your current location or specific coordinates to create wallpapers in full detail. The app can shift the image when you unlock your phone or swipe through your launcher pages, and it features a parallax effect that’s visible when you tilt your phone. You can toggle the depth effects in settings and choose the right framing for your map / wallpaper. Skyline will cost you $1.99 in the Google Play Store, which isn’t bad for a pretty inventive wallpaper app.… Read More

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TigerVPN protects you online anywhere, anytime. And right now, it’s an extra $15 off

In the age of hacking and cyberthieves, a virtual private network (VPN) offers some of the most comprehensive peace of mind possible…so secure yourself and your family with TigerVPN coverage for a lifetime. In addition to its sale price, we’re even knocking another $15 off the price, down to just $34.99 from TNW Deals. …read more Source:: The Next Web – Technology

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The coolest and craziest concept cars we’ve seen in 2018 so far

Automakers revealed a number of flashy concept cars at CES and the Detroit auto show in January. While concept cars don’t always become production models, they can give us a sense of what car companies are planning for the future. This year’s concept cars reveal the industry is still preparing for a future of electric and self-driving vehicles. We haven’t even reached February, and we’ve already seen a number of flashy concept cars revealed at CES and the Detroit auto show. While concept cars don’t always turn into production models, they can give consumers a sense of where the auto industry is heading. If this latest batch of concept cars… Read More

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What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

As the wheels of the U.S. government ground to a halt Friday at midnight, thousands of federal employees prepared to face days or weeks without work or pay until their offices reopened. Some employees will continue working through the government shutdown, however, including the three with the longest commute: NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joseph Acaba, and Scott Tingle. Despite the political tussle that closed most of the government on Saturday, the American part of the International Space Station remains open for business. Mission control staff, considered “essential” personnel, will keep working, too, to support the astronauts. Phew. And, well, obviously! After all, NASA can’t exactly press pause on the… Read More

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