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You can purchase all kinds of lawnmowers from Amazon, from old-fashioned rotary push mowers to ultra-modern robotic mowers. And now they’ll even let you rent goats to keep your lawn under control.

This eco-friendly service is being offered in the lawn care section of Amazon’s growing Home Services. They’re still rolling out lawn care service at the moment, so, oddly enough, while you can now rent goats to mow your lawn you can’t yet hire an actual person to do any yard work. No mowing. No pruning. No mulching.

But goat delivery is a go, as long as you live in an area where a provider is available. Amazon’s home turf in Seattle, of course, is covered. Some California cities should be, too. Ruminant lawn care has been championed by a couple major tech companies there.

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A swarm of small robots developed by a team of European scientists can carefully extract and transport vehicles up to two tons in weight. These tiny machines and their larger deployment unit are collectively called Avert, short for "Autonomous Multi-Robot System for Vehicle Extraction and Transportation." As the name implies, the system needs very little human input: it can scan the area and look for potential obstacles to plan its safest route. The deployment unit will then release the small robots, which attach themselves to the vehicle that needs extraction. As much as we'd love for Avert to rescue us from bad parking situations, though, it was specifically developed for use by law enforcement.

According to its website, Avert can help the police extract suspicious vehicles from within buildings and other tight places, or transport cars they suspect are rigged with explosives to a safer location. The team has been developing the system since 2012 and believes production can start as soon as 2016. For now, its members are busy showcasing the system in various conferences, including the upcoming International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2015) on May 26th to 30th in Seattle. You can watch Avert in action above, but folks who don't mind parsing scientific lingo can know more by reading its paper.

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Smartphone fingerprint scanners were designed to solve a security problem: over 30 percent of users don't use a PIN or passcode to lock their smartphones. The problem with fingerprint scanners, however, is that they're pretty pricey, restricted to high-end phones at the moment.

In order to circumvent this problem, a team of researchers led by Christian Holtz at Yahoo Labs, California, has created Bodyprint: a smartphone authentication system that uses its capacitive touchscreen to scan biometric data, instead of a high-resolution fingerprint scanner.

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As can be expected from a major product launch, Apple Watch preorders and first weekend sales caused a spike in wait times for customers trying to reach Apple's service centers.

According to fresh data from customer service analytics firm StellaService, analysts polling Apple's response times on April 10 — the first day of Apple Watch preorders — waited 4 minutes and 51 seconds to reach a live representative over phone and 2 minutes and 22 seconds for help over chat. Phone-based support recovered on April 11 with delays down to 1 minute and 34 seconds, but chat still lagged at 2 minutes and 12 seconds.

By comparison, in the first quarter of 2015 Apple's customer service response speeds averaged 1 minute and 28 seconds for phone calls and 22 seconds for chat requests put in through its website.

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Only four days after Valve Software launched a new paid-mods service on digital gaming storefront Steam, the company officially changed course on Monday and removed pricing from its Steam Workshop pages, all while admitting "it's clear we didn't understand exactly what we were doing."

A Monday blog post at the Steam Community site confirmed the rollback and stated that anyone who paid for a mod in the Steam Workshop storefront would receive a full refund for their purchase.

As of press time, all mods listed under the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—the only game that had been affected by Valve's change this past Friday—are back to being free. That means add-ons and updates for that game, like new weapons and levels, no longer come with either static prices or pay-what-you-want options, nor can mod creators post new content with pricing attached. (However, the announcement page for paid mods remains online, at least for now.)

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The launch of HBO Now on Apple devices has been a big hit for both companies, and could hint at a major role for Apple in the future of cable cutting, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday.

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Speaking during his company's quarterly earnings conference call, Cook said that he sees "major, major changes in media" coming on the horizon. And speaking to Wall Street analysts, he admitted that his company could play a part in those changes.

Unsurprisingly, Cook stopped short of saying exactly what role Apple could play. But the company is widely believed to be working on a subscription TV service that could debut as soon as this fall.

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Nepal-earthquakesA map created by the data journalist Simon Rogers shows the aftershocks that have rattled Nepal since a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan country.

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While the desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified on Monday, residents and rescuers remain uneasy over the more than 40 aftershocks that have rattled the region since Saturday.

Simon Rogers, a data editor at Google's News Lab, used data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that show the location of aftershocks since Friday's devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

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U.S.-based Applied Materials on Monday scrapped its $10 billion planned takeover of chip-making gear rival Tokyo Electron after the deal, a rare foreign bid for a Japanese firm, fell foul of U.S. antitrust regulators.

The all-share purchase would have combined the No. 1 and No. 3 makers of the equipment that makes semiconductors into a group with a stock market value of more than $38.5 billion.

Tokyo Electron said both companies gave up on the deal after more than 18 months of talks after it became clear that differences with the U.S. Justice Department could not be bridged.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, and that means a mad scramble is on as manufacturers rush to update their existing phones to the new version of Google’s operating system. Well, “scramble” and “rush” may be relative terms here, since bringing out an update can be a plodding affair, sometimes taking months for it to show up.

To make sure you’re fully informed, we’ve pulled together all the official news, and the rumors, concerning 5.0 Lollipop’s arrival on your smartphone or tablet of choice. Check it out below.

Updated on 04-27-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added Lollipop upgrade news for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at T-Mobile.

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Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center updated its electronic health records system over the weekend to support data from Apple's HealthKit platform, the hospital's chief information officer has revealed.

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The move should affect over 80,000 patients, Darren Dworkin told Bloomberg. He acknowledged, however, that there are no definite plans for how HealthKit data will be used.

"This is just another set of data that we're confident our physicians will take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments," Dworkin commented. "We don't really, fully know and understand how patients will want to use this and we're going to basically stand ready to learn by what will happen."

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The agency that manages the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which connects San Francisco with neighboring Marin County to the north, are quite concerned about drones flying on and around the bridge.

The bridge authority’s general manager, Denis Mulligan, told the Marin Independent Journal last Friday that a drone had recently crashed into a lane of traffic. The Bridge Authority and other local government groups have sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), saying that the "increased presence of these unmanned aircraft is a major threat."

Mulligan told the newspaper that such drones have also been flying beyond a security perimeter. "If you find the person who flew the drone in areas where they are not supposed to, you can’t cite them for trespassing," he said. "But if you climb over a fence and take pictures we can cite you. There should be some mechanism to place restrictions on airspace for security reasons."

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Embrace a Little Controlled Hostility When Confronting Others

When we have to confront someone else, it’s tempting to remove any and all hostility, to the point of watering down our frustration completely. Outbursts aren’t helpful, but remembering why you’re annoyed and standing up for that feeling can help.

As business blog Entrepreneur points out, confrontation is designed to smooth over conflict between two people. If your method of resolving conflict is to sugarcoat it so much that the other person doesn’t understand that it’s a big deal to begin with (or worse, thinks you’re just joking!) then nothing actually gets solved. You’re annoyed enough to speak up, so act like it:

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Nokia Says It Really Doesn't Want To Make Smartphones Again

A report last week stated that Nokia was planning to return to the smartphone game when its non-compete with Microsoft ended on December 31st, 2015. But a statement released today by Nokia flat-out denies the report, describing it as false and inaccurate.

The statement is blunt, and to the point:

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The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points that demonstrate slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas.

The collected data indicates that the first quarter of 2015 was the most popular ever in terms of the dollar-value of venture capital investments made into the bitcoin ecosystem. That data point, however, is skewed by a single investment — the $116 round million invested into 21, a company that remains at least partially occluded in terms of its ambitions. Aside from that single investment, first quarter venture investment was on par — $113 million — with the preceding fourth quarter.

Key to bitcoin’s performance, at least from an external perspective, is the number of wallets in existence. Those receptacles and storage locations of bitcoin help the market understand how many new people the cryptocurrency is attracting. In the first quarter, according to the CoinDesk report, total wallets grew from 7.4 million to 8.4 million, up 14 percent on a sequential quarter basis.

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A Amazônia apresenta um dos solos mais pobres do país. Em virtude disso, para o desenvolvimento da agricultura são necessárias técnicas de fertilização do solo. Foi por isso que no início deste mês o grupo de pesquisadores paraenses da área agrícola acolheu com alegria uma novidade que partiu de dentro do Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Pará (IFPA - Campus Belém). Graças a uma pesquisa inédita desenvolvida por pesquisadores dessa instituição em parceria com a Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa), foi realizada uma síntese de um poligel que ajuda na dispersão de nutrientes no solo. Além de ser biodegradável, o poligel beneficia a agricultura. 

Os polímeros, compostos químicos de elevada massa molecular, foram o ponto de partida do estudo desenvolvido como trabalho de conclusão de curso das alunas Odilene Cardoso e Vanessa Bezerra, do curso de Engenharia de Materiais, orientado pelo professor Cleber Silva (IFPA - Campus Belém) e pelo pesquisador Eraldo Tavares (Embrapa). As macro-moléculas dos polímeros são formadas por unidades menores,Quer saber mais sobre Campo petrolífero EOR PAM aniônica mais vendido,Campo petrolífero EOR PAM aniônica floculante aniónico, pode se informar no nosso site comercial www.tianfloc.pt e encomendar compra C chamadas de monômeros. O cientista Hermann Staudinger foi o pioneiro nos estudos teóricos de estrutura e propriedade dos polímeros naturais e sintéticos. Iniciou os estudos em 1920, mas foi apenas a partir da segunda metade do século XX que esse material começou a ser utilizado em larga-escala pela indústria. 

Os polímeros estão presentes no cotidiano da vida moderna das pessoas: pneus, garrafas de refrigerante, brinquedos, partes de eletroeletrônicos entre uma infinidade de outros objetos do dia a dia levam polímeros na sua composição. Dois pontos positivos do uso desses compostos são a sua resistência e versatilidade. Um ponto extremamente negativo era o fato de muitos desses materiais necessitarem de mais de 100 anos para se degradar na Natureza. Graças, porém, ao avanço da tecnologia, foram desenvolvidos nos últimos anos, polímeros biodegradáveis, utilizados na indústria biomédica e farmacêutica.Temos Poliacrilamida de Tratamento de Água para vender, agente de tratamento de água,Poliacrilamida de Tratamento de Água os Poliacrilamida de Tratamento de Água são produzidos com cuidado e vendido para outros paises. Agora,Somos fabricadores profissionais de PAM de Potássio, fornece PAM de Potássio chinesa de boa qualidadchina PAM de Potássio PAM de Potássio mais vendido no mundo. pesquisadores paraenses mostram que a nova tecnologia também pode ser aplicada em outros setores,Ainda procura exportador de Poliacrilamida catiónica, floculante catiónico,Poliacrilamida catiónica produzimos Poliacrilamida catiónica de boa qualidade, melhor produto, melhor preço. como a agricultura.Ainda está procurando o fabricador de poliacrilamida emulsão ou a fábrica de poliacrilamida? poliacrilamida fabrica Fornecemos melhor agente de tratamento de água da china para os clientes de todo mumdo.


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Apple may be intentionally slowing the release of updates to Tidal's iOS app in an attempt to weaken the music service ahead of an impending relaunch of Beats Music, a report said on Saturday.

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Sources in the music industry noted to the New York Post that while Tidal has fallen out of the top 700 iPhone apps in the App Store — only weeks after its March 30 relaunch — positioning is affected by downloads. Apple "deliberately took a long time to approve Tidal iOS app updates," which led to slower uptake, one of the sources said.

"Tidal had a new app on Android on April 15, but still hasn't received approval for Apple's iOS app store," the person added.

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fredinburg.jpgDan Fredinburg posted this image of himself at Mount Everest's base camp the day before he died in an avalanche on the mountain. Dan Fredinburg/VIA Instagram

A Google engineer was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by a massive earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday.

Dan Fredinburg was among at least 17 climbers killed when an avalanche set off by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake rolled into the climbers' base camp on the world's tallest mountain. Fredinburg's death was announced in a message posted to Fredinburg's Instagram account by his sister.

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Warning: This video contains strong language that some viewers may find offensive.

"The ground is shaking."

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It dies with its teeth in the enemy's throat,

It dies with its name on the enemy's tongue.

For just as mere life is not victory,

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