Automated robots are picking apples at an orchard in New Zealand

Robotic harvesters are being used to carry out a commercial apple harvest in New Zealand, fruit grower T&G Global said Tuesday. The automated apple picking robots have been developed by Abundant Robotics, a California-based technology firm. T&G Globals parent company, BayWa AG, invested in Abundant Robotics in 2017. The robots are being used at orchards in the Hawkes Bay area on the east coast of New Zealands North Island. Automation enables us to continue to scale to meet increasing global demand for food, in the face of current and future labor market challenges, Peter Landon-Lane, chief operating officer at T&G Global, said in a statement. Weve been actively driving towards this for the past few years, including preparing our orchards to be robot-ready, Landon-Lane added. According to T&G Global, this preparation has involved the implementation of high density planting and specific pruning methods to make the companys orchards suitable for the robotic pickers. The automated pickers are being used to harvest a variety of apples, which will be sold in New Zealand and around the world. Developing an automated apple harvester requires solving a number of complex technical problems in parallel, from visually identifying harvestable fruit and physically manipulating it to pick without bruising, to safely navigating the orchard itself, Dan Steere, the CEO of Abundant Robotics, said. Abundant Robotics is one of several businesses developing innovative fruit-picking technology.

Others, such as Agrobot, have developed robots that use real-time artificial intelligence to determine the ripeness of strawberries. The robots also use short-range integrated color and infrared depth sensors to analyze the fruit and record information. Back in New Zealand, T&G Globals Peter Landon-Lane said that robotic technology would complement the work of humans because of its ability to pick a large proportion of the fruit, much of it at the upper levels of the trees. This would in turn reduce physical demands for workers and boost productivity, he added.

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Nvidia CEO says no plans for more acquisitions after Mellanox deal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp has no plans for further acquisitions for the time being after its nearly $7 billion purchase of Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

“I like to have money and so I am going to save money for a while,” Jensen Huang told a Calcalist business conference in Tel Aviv. “This is a great acquisition. I am not looking for another.”

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Google says EU copyright reforms will hurt creative industries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet unit Google said on Tuesday that the Europe Union’s copyright reforms would produce legal uncertainty and hurt the bloc’s creative and digital economies.

A strong opponent of the overhaul, Google said there had been some changes to the European Commission’s proposal but that the details matter. The new rules mean Google will have to pay fair compensation to publishers, artists and musicians.

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Deutsche Telekom open to exchanging data to boost security

VIENNA (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is open to exchanging data with other operators to improve network security as the industry moves towards super-fast 5G technology, the head of its European business said on Tuesday.

Telecoms network security has become a hot political issue after the United States alleged equipment supplied by China’s Huawei could be used by Beijing for spying and urged allies to shun the company. Huawei strongly rejects the allegations.

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Forget Silicon Valley, Gen Z women see India and China as the next tech hubs

Silicon Valley has long held the crown as the global epicenter of all things tech. But that status could be starting to shift as more young workers — and women in particular — are betting on fast-growing IT hubs in Asia.

In a new study of 12,000 women developers across 100 countries, tech hiring site HackerRank found that Gen Z workers were up less likely than their older counterparts to view San Francisco as the guiding light for future tech careers.

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Huawei unveils new phone with camera features it says 'surpass' rivals Apple and Samsung's

Huawei launched its new P30 smartphone alongside a new set of wireless headphones Tuesday, marking the Chinese tech giants latest challenge to Apple and Samsung.

The company touted the phones high-end camera features, with a more advanced model — the P30 Pro — coming with a quad-camera setup made in partnership with German firm Leica.

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