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The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is no stranger to developing innovative ways of modernizing agriculture. It has previously presented technologies for robots that can measure crop yields and collect data about the quality and variability of orchards, but its latest project is far more ambitious: it’s building a machine that can autonomously run livestock farms. While the ACFR has been working on this technology since 2014, the robot – previously known as ‘Shrimp’ – is set to start a two-year trial next month. Testing will take place at several farms nearby New South Wales province in Australia. During this trial, researchers will train the robot to… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s pretty common to see crowdfunding campaigns for exciting gadgets fail, most often because of the difficulties and costs of manufacturing in large volumes. Indiegogo is hoping to fix that. The crowdfunding platform has inked a deal with hardware maker Arrow Electronics to support eligible projects and assist in mass production. The company says it will grant benefits packages amounting to $500,000, including its design tools, engineering experts, prototype services, manufacturing support and supply chain management. Arrow will review campaigns based on their technical feasibility, manufacturability and overall impact. Campaigns that make the cut will get a badge on their… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you enjoy Google Play Music’s recommendations based on what you listen to, you can thank researcher Douglas Eck. The former University of Montreal computer science professor used machine learning principles on that project, and is now experimenting with it to see if he can teach computers to make art and music on their own. Eck, along with a handful of Google Brain team members, is gearing up to launch Magenta on June 1. The project will involve the use of Google’s open-source AI platform TensorFlow to create algorithms that can generate music. Of course, the idea is more complex… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is bringing VR to Android in a big way with Daydream, which gives developers and manufacturers tools to build great hardware and software. It’s a step ahead of Apple, but that lead may be short-lived. What’s Daydream? Daydream is Google’s new plan for VR on Android. It provides the tools software developers need to make games and apps, and has close ties to existing VR tools like Unity and Unreal. The flipside to software is hardware, and Google is using Daydream to let manufacturers know which hardware specs future phones will need to be compliant with Daydream. Since Google… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google I/O is a lot of fun for developers, but let’s be honest: part of the reason many go is to get stuff. In years past, Google has gifted developers with computers, phones and wearables. This year, not so much. The event wrapped up Friday, but a Saturday email from Google detailed its giveaway for I/O 2016. Instead of hardware, developers were gifted with $500 in Cloud Platform credit. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the same engine many of its own products are built on, and gives developers closer ties to Google’s analytics and machine learning. For a developer, there’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every year, The Next Web holds hundreds of interviews with young startups in order to shortlist the cream of the crop and invite them to Boost and Bootstrap, our early-stage growth programs at TNW Conference. The applications for our growth programs are now closed, and we’re proud to have 200 of the world’s hottest startups ready to show 9,400 tech influencers, investors and journalists the next game-changers. Missed your chance to apply? Startups can still attend TNW Conference by buying tickets here. Check out a selection of startups we’ve invited to participate below, and be sure to catch them, along… This story continues at The Next Web

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Project Ara, Google’s modular phone, will be available this Fall for developers. It’ won’t be the original modular phone moonshot we were sold on, though; in fact, it feels a little bit like a bait-and-switch. Rather than a completely open framework, Project Ara hardware will have static RAM, SoC, storage and a 5.3-inch display. Google says add-ons like a kickstand (wow!), non-functional ‘style’ bricks (amazing!), e-ink display (for notifications, because dual-screen phones are super popular), fingerprint reader, camera and speaker/microphone are coming. And it all still sounds cool, but it’s time to be equitable about our critique and praise of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Health and fitness has never been more popular in our society, and we’re seeing some tremendously exciting breakthroughs in tech to aid our self-betterment. The Jarv Advantage Water-Resistant Smartwatch is one such development, the perfect workout companion and life assistant. Track your steps, calories burned, sleep and so much more, while enjoying standard smartwatch notifications such as incoming calls, texts and social media alerts, with your own Jarv Advantage at 30 percent off from TNW Deals. Track all of your fitness goals with the Jarv Advantage, a stylish and sturdy smartwatch with a thin, ergonomic design and a comfortable, bio-compatible… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m terrified of looking stupid. With so much information available literally at my fingertips, my greatest fear has become not knowing. Of having no opinion. And I’d wager most of us feel the same way. When you’re asked a question, even one you might know the answer to, how often do you feel that unconscious move towards pulling out your phone? Or, when asked about a current event, how often do you find yourself basing opinion on headlines alone? I know I have, and I hate it. With so much information swirling around us, we feel the need to answer… This story continues at The Next Web

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At the memorial for his recently departed friend, Jony Ive recounted how he and Steve Jobs shared delicate new — and sometimes crazy — ideas in the pursuit of making something great. “Steve used to say to me — and he used to say this a lot — ’Hey Jony, here’s a dopey idea.’ And sometimes they were. Really dopey. Sometimes they were truly dreadful. But sometimes they took the air from the room and they left us both completely silent. Bold, crazy, magnificent ideas.” — source You can picture the scene: Two great thinkers, creating the space to share ideas, no matter how bad they might be. Playing with… This story continues at The Next Web

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In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been busy lately. Among the plethora of news at its I/O conference, it launched three new communication apps in the span of one week: Spaces, Allo and Duo. They join the existing Hangouts and Messenger apps. So here’s something of an obvious rant: Google does not need five chat apps. Heck, that’s six if you want to count YouTube’s new messaging feature. The IM market is already too congested, and each of Google’s apps have at least some overlapping functionality. Don’t get me wrong; I actually like Allo and Duo a lot. There are a lot… This story continues at The Next Web

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The ‘Selfie Stick Unreal‘ has joined the MacBook selfie stick in the category of ‘products that make you die a little on the inside.’ Just watch: LED array beauty lighting? A little excessive, but it can be useful in the dark. An automated extender? I mean, if you’re feeling that lazy… But two fans for a windswept look? That’s where I draw the line. To be fair, the Unreal Selfie Stick is not actually being sold to the public; it was built as promotion for Lifetime’s TV series UnREAL. That’s little consolation though; now that it’s been thought up, someone is going to build one… This story continues at The Next Web

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I like Windows 10. Not everyone feels the same way though, so Microsoft is making it easy for anyone to complain – or you know, provide constructive criticism. Windows 10 users can now download the Feedback Hub app from the Microsoft Store on both the desktop and phone version of Windows 10. The app was previously available to Windows Insiders – feedback is the whole point of beta testing – but making it available to its entire swath of users is a notable step forward. The Feedback hub lets you report a problem or make a suggestion,. You can also categorize what… This story continues at The Next Web

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Your entrepreneurial drive and commitment will take you to great heights, with the right training on high-level tactics and methods to ensure that you avoid the pitfalls of the unprepared. The road to success is littered with the failures of those who relied solely on intuition and “going with your gut” on important business frameworks such as marketing and project management. But with The Entrepreneurs’ Marketing Tool Bundle, you can set yourself up for success with lifetime access to a well-rounded set of courses on SEO, efficient marketing, project management and support, putting you in command of these industry essentials… This story continues at The Next Web

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Over the past few years, social media marketing has shifted a great deal, and we’ve almost reached a point where what works to drive engagement and clicks on a social network one day, may not the next. This fast paced movement and rapid change isn’t an accident. It’s an essential part of any social network’s progression. If you look closely at the evolution of the biggest social networks out there, a trend emerges and two clear periods of opportunity stand out for marketers. We call it the law of the double-peak, and it’s a transition every social network goes through: The two… This story continues at The Next Web

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From FitBits to Apple Watches, wearable tech is becoming part of our daily lives. But now that we can track our steps and how well we’re sleeping, what’s next? To find out, I asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: With fitness monitors and sleep trackers taking off, what do you think will be the next big piece of wearable tech, and why will it do well in the market? 1. Happiness and emotional monitors As our brain’s patterns and chemical fluctuations become more understood, we’ll soon be able to easily deter shifts in emotions and moods that… This story continues at The Next Web

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At long last, Project Ara is becoming a tangible product people can actually use. Google will be shipping out developer units this fall, and a consumer version will launch in 2017. That said, the company had to make some tough choices to get Ara where it is now. If you’re not familiar, Project Ara was the first phone concept to really get people excited about modular devices. Arguably the most ambitious phone since the original iPhone –  perhaps ever – it was worrisome when the team behind it went virtually silent after a rousing presentation at last year’s I/O. Now Google has explained that… This story continues at The Next Web

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At last year’s Google I/O, Google and Levi’s announced Project Jacquard, a collaboration to create a ‘smart fabric’ that can turn any article of clothing internet-connected. This year, the two have announced that the Jacquard jacket will soon be available for sale. The Jacquard smart jacket looks like your average denim jacket, but will allow wearers to answer phones, access navigation, control music, and more. The conductive fabric is sewn into the arm, and turns the cuff into a swipeable surface you can use to control apps from your jacket. For example, you can swipe to switch between songs or tap… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google believes there’s a scientist in all of us, so it’s launching a new app that turns your phone into a powerful little research lab. Called Science Journal, the app uses the sensors in your phone to measure and record data in real time, including movement, light and sound: See something you want to measure? How much light is in my room compared to outside? How loud is the dog’s bark compared to my cough? Record your observations in real-time at the press of a button. Explore your environment or measure things you’ve built yourself. It can even connect with… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yes, there are hacks, ransomware and data leaks in the headlines virtually every day, but it’s not usually a case of reporting that the creators of the malicious software are trying to right their wrongs (sort of). The creators of malware known as TeslaCrypt unexpectedly handed over the master key so anyone with locked down files can regain access. The malware largely targeted gamers, and relevant files required for popular games. In some cases, it requested up to $1,000 to restore access to the files, according to the BBC. Researchers from security firm ESET, having retrieved the master code along with a single line… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google I/O 2016 winds down today, and it’s been a packed three days of announcements, demos, and teasers. One thing we know for sure is that nothing announced this week will be readily available soon, which is a bummer – but here’s a look at what we can expect from Google for the rest of the year. Google Assistant Siri, you’ve got competition. Google this week announced its Assistant AI, which works a bit like a chatbot. You can ask Google Assistant questions or make requests and it will use context to generate results. For example, requesting movie suggestions may lead… This story continues at The Next Web

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Drinking tea is an essential part of many cultures, and Chime founder Gaurav Chawla knows this well. Growing up in an Indian family, chai is what you offer when guests come over or wind down with after work – but even the most proficient chai makers can forget the boiling milk on the stove if they’re not watching carefully. Hence, Chime was born. It’s basically a Keurig for chai, which has a tea making component up top and a conductive heat plate below to boil milk. You pop a tea pod into the chamber above to brew the tea, and once it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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In recent years, tech has infiltrated just about every sector of our lives (actually though) and art is no exception. Tech is influencing artist creation and the way we consume artwork. This hasn’t always been the case. Even if you’re a (very) novice art connoisseur like myself, you know that tech and pure, traditional, art haven’t always collaborated. Originally, they are two very distinct categories with computer scientists focused on the practical and artists more concerned with symbolism.   Turns out it’s time to let go of these stereotypes: the art startup market is alive and well. A handful of apps and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into the drone business (who isn’t?) – and a new teaser in its own forums indicate we’ll hear more details on May 25. The posters are in Chinese, but this much we can make out: there’s going to be an announcement at 7 PM local time on May 25 about a quadcopter. There’s also an additional flyer (pun totally intended) showcasing a toy propeller. “The surprise doesn’t just end here. Something wonderful and cool is flying to us very soon,” the moderator who posted the teasers wrote on the Xiaomi forum.  Previous leaks suggest… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have a winning idea for a side business, the time to act has arrived. The Pay What You Want: ‘Start a Side Business’ Bundle, offers 10 courses to position you for success in becoming your own boss, as you establish a base of valuable skills applicable to any business endeavor. With the Pay What You Want: ‘Start a Side Business’ bundle, you can choose your own price for top-quality tutorials on the necessary steps toward getting your own company up and running. You’ll receive over $1,800 worth of field-tested business expertise, learning how to craft a brand name that… This story continues at The Next Web

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