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FarmBot Is the Automated Gardener of the Future



FarmBot 3DThe promise of a work-free life, where mechanical devices do all of humanity’s drudge work has been little more than just that; a promise. And while we’re still a long way away from a time when we’ll be able to sit poolside all day, sipping fruity drinks, while armies of robots take care of the cooking, cleaning, and other mundane tasks, there is evidence that we’re coming slightly closer to that utopian vision. One such bit of that proof comes in the form of FarmBot, billed as “Humanity’s first open-source CNC farming machine.”

FarmBot may not look like the shiny gardening bot of your android dreams. But it is an innovative idea that makes growing your own vegetables fun and easy. Prospective farmers can use a computer app to plan out a garden using a game-like interface. Then, FarmBot plants seeds and waters them as needed. FarmBot operates 24 hours a day, tending your plants day and night.

FarmBot takes a variety of factors into consideration as it handles your plants:

  • Weather readings
  • Soil conditions
  • Your personal growing preferences

FarmBot allows growers to plant many different types of plants at one time. This creates a more natural bio system to occur within the garden, which can yield crops that are healthier and more nutritious than those created by large-scale industrial agricultural operations.

FarmBot is an open source project. All of the software and documentation needed to built and operate your own FarmBot is free to be downloaded and manipulated. If you’d like to just buy a FarmBot, the creators of the platform are currently selling FarmBot kits at a 25% discount for a total cost of $2,900.00.


Bitcoin Service Coinbase Adds Support for PayPal and Credit Cards



Cornborse logoBitcoin, the cryptocurrency that started out as a technological curiosity, has grown rapidly in the last couple years. Bitcoin adoption has been on the rise, and this has prompted the development of tools and services that help Bitcoin users convert their digital money into real-world cash. Coinbase, one of the larger Bitcoin players in the market, described itself from the beginning as a “PayPal-like” service, where users could log in and convert Bitcoin to cash, or vice versa.

Expanding its efforts to make Bitcoin exchanges even easier, Coinbase recently announced it will be adding support for PayPal and credit cards. From a Coinbase e-mail sent earlier this week:

One of our objectives at Coinbase is to add as many funding mechanisms as possible to make exchanging digital currency easy. As a step in that direction, Coinbase now accepts PayPal (for bitcoin sells) and credit cards (for bitcoin buys).

It’s worth noting that Coinbase isn’t using both of these new services for everything. As the e-mail states. Coinbase users will be able to use PayPal when selling Bitcoin, and they’ll be able to use credit cards for Bitcoin purchases. Previously, Coinbase only conducted transactions thru registered bank accounts.

These new payment systems are currently in beta, but they are accessible to most Coinbase users.


Nextdoor Improves Local Recommendations System



Nextdoor logoI joined hyperlocal-focused website Nextdoor sometime over the last year. I’m not entirely sure how I got onto the site, but it probably had something to do with Facebook. Anyway, since joining Nextdoor, I’ve actually found it to be a pretty useful tool for connecting with my local online community. Yeah, I guess people used to just know their neighbors. But who has the time and/or inclination to go around knocking on doors in the 21st century? There are too many TV shows to binge watch. Too many social networks to update (probably about the latest TV show you just finished watching).

One thing I’ve noticed quite often about Nextdoor is that people use it as a resource for recommendations. It makes sense. Need to hire a plumber, roofer, or flooring contractor? Just ask your neighbors who they’ve used, and what kind of experiences they’ve had. And apparently, the staff at Nextdoor have noticed this, too. The company recently announced via e-mail that it has improved its recommendation system:

We’re excited to announce some big improvements to your neighborhood Recommendations section that make it easier to find the businesses most recommended by your neighbors.Here’s what’s new:

  • Ranked category lists that highlight the businesses most recommended by your neighbors

  • Business pages that organize all of your neighbors’ comments about the relevant business in one place

  • Ability for neighbors to tag their comments with the relevant business pages to make their content easier to find

There are already plenty of online resources available for reviews of local businesses. So, Nextdoor isn’t reinventing the wheel here. Still, many of these sites often get taken over by shady practices or spam posts. If Nextdoor can keep those annoyances away, it could really become a useful tool for finding and vetting local services. I’ll be interested to see how this new recommendation system evolves over time.


GNC #1127 Tesla Auto-Pilot Kills First Driver



The Tesla Auto-Pilot is loved by their owners. But apparently one driver trusted it way to much, and from all appearances was not paying attention as Tesla recommends when the car ran under a turning Semi. The driver died at the scene. It is unknown what the driver was doing only that the car nor the driver slowed down. As we let technology take over we need to make sure we are following the manufactures instructions when letting the vehicles drive for us.

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GNC #1126 Google Bloks



Google is getting into the Kids Toys that train them to use logic and code using what is calle Google Bloks. Designed to teach young kids the logic behind coding.. Being a programmer requires incredible logic skills and lot of math.. This is one step by Google to help kids understand logic flow a lot easier.. Totally brilliant in my opinion combine this with Minecraft and all the other tools out their and you can help your kids with their career choices by exposing them to different things like Google Bloks. All the tech news you can handle and more.

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GNC #1125 Roku comes to Windows 10



Big announcement today Roku comes to Windows 10, Laptops and Tablets can now run Roku and all associated channels.. This is huge you no longer need a dedicated Roku device and can use your own device. I have a ton of tech news along with some weird content for your entertainment value.

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GNC #1124 Enhanced Content



It’s time to start providing some enhanced content, you are going to as what the heck that means? Well it is time to broaden the shows horizon a little bit and explore some content that I have always loved, but have not covered in the past. Details are in the show and I hope all of you will help me come up with some regular news sources where you go to find the wacky and weird

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GNC #1123 DNC Hacked Big Time



DNC Hacked – Hard to believe that one of the most powerful political groups in America had their servers hacked by Russians.. Shows you they should have spend a little more time locking things down. Big gift to the RNC that is for sure.. Lot’s to share tonight way beyond the DNC hack. I also share some news that I am not sure I did after coming back from Michigan.

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GNC #1122 WWDC Anouncements + Trolls Win



I spend time today talking about the LinkedIn Acquisition and its business impact. I also cover in depth the WWDC announcements and the changes coming to the MacOS / iOS. I also cover the new Patent Troll ruling and the impact to businesses. Back in the battle rhythm here.

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