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How smart tech could help save the world’s honey bees

You might think of beekeepers as mere honey producers, but they are part of a growing trade where they lease their hives to farmers who need bees to pollinate their crops.

The commercial bee industry provides pollination services worth tens of billions of dollars, and is key to the production of a huge range of crops, including almonds, broccoli and apples. California, for example, produces 80% of the world’s almonds, and for that to happen, pollen needs to be transferred between trees. Each year, more than 2 million bee hives are required to do the job.

Climate change, intensive agriculture, and the use of pesticides and fungicides in farming is ravaging the world’s bees. Commercial beekeepers in the United States lost 44% of their managed colonies in 2019, according to research from the University of Maryland.

Now, technology startups are developing smart devices that give beekeepers access to detailed information … Read More

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Daily Deals: Incredible Virgin Media TV and Broadband Bundle Includes 200Mbps Internet Downloads

Let me set the scene, you’ve managed to bag yourself a preorder for a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, and you’re now eagerly awaiting the launch day. But, suddenly, you’ve realised that your gaming experience has been held back by slow downloads, laggy lobbies, and aggravating 60GB patches for too long. This becomes even more melodramatic if you’ve decided to go all digital this year as well.Poor broadband performance can really dampen that next-gen feel to gaming come November, so we’ve got an incredible deal for you to check out from Virgin Media right now. Including 200Mbps internet, over 100 TV channels, and a 5GB 4G SIM card, the Big Oomph bundle does live up to its namesake. Time to vanquish those overnight downloads and get back into the game.

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After Localization, Software Needs ‘Countrification’

Users come in many shapes and sizes. More importantly, users come in many different creeds, cultures and country-specific peculiarities… and so that means they need to use software in a specific way that might appear to be quite alien to someone in another part of the world.

We already have localisation; as we know, this is the process of translating software user interfaces to different languages along with supporting instructions, documentation, web resources and so on.

Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of actual ‘command line’ programming on the planet is done English, prudent software developers leave a provisioning

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