Tags Tech Industry Mobile 3:02 0 Microsoft’s FarmBeats program uses the company’s Azure cloud to connect agricultural devices and generate data intended to help farms operate more efficiently. Sensors embedded in the soil use the cloud to communicate with drones that circle farms to direct irrigation patterns and herbicide distribution and to optimize the harvesting of crops. CNET visited Microsoft’s Cloud Collaboration Center in Redmond, Washington, to learn more about how the cloud, AI and the internet of things (IoT) are transforming business.”We use machine learning and image recognition to understand how our crops are growing,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president of Microsoft Azure. “Today a lot of irrigation systems … just kind of throw water everywhere. Being able to leverage drones and some of these sensors means we save water and get better production out of [farms].”The cloud is evolving rapidly, said Zander. “A decade ago the cloud helped mobile phones become ubiquitous. Today, the cloud becomes really powerful when it helps other emerging technologies like AI and IoT. It’s exciting because we can help entire [business] sectors quickly become more efficient.” Now playing: Watch this: Artificial intelligence (AI) Drones Cloud computing Microsoft Share your voice Post a comment The farm of the future is in the cloud Your next salad might be grown in the cloud and served with a side of artificial intelligence.Cloud computing, a technology that relies on clustered servers positioned across the globe, supports everything from drones to machine learning and the smart home. Using cloud tech, farms are about to become a lot smarter as well.
Listen 00:00 /03:41 Harris County has a new top elected official, a longtime Houston-area Congressman has been ousted by a Democrat and Houston voters approve pay parity for firefighters with police.Those are just some of the local highlights from Tuesday’s midterm elections. Politics and Government Reporter Andrew Schneider sat down with Houston Public Media’s Travis Bubenik to recap some of the big races of the night.Here are some of Schneider’s key takeaways.On the election of Democrat Lina Hidalgo to replace incumbent Republican Harris County Judge Ed Emmett:It was the culmination of a Democratic trend that’s been sweeping through Harris County for the last couple of cycles.One might have expected that Judge Emmett would have defied this, given his large level of bipartisan support, particularly in the wake of his performance last year during and after [Hurricane] Harvey, but in the end that wasn’t enough to sustain him.On Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher’s defeat of incumbent Republican Congressman John Culberson in the 7th Congressional District of Texas:Culberson was the third of three Republicans who have held the seat continuously for more than half a century.It’s the longest Republican-held congressional district in the state. Of course, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher becomes one of a record number of new female members of Congress. On the other notable local races:In line with Judge Emmett, County Commissioner Jack Morman for Precinct 2 has gone down narrowly to defeat to former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.This is likely to mean a shift in spending priorities, in terms of county funds.We also saw Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart go down to defeat to Diane Trautman. This is the office that, among other things, oversees county elections, so that is a fairly significant victory for the Democrats as well. On Houston voters approving two ballot initiatives:Proposition A was basically locking in Houston’s drainage fee so that it could only be used to pay for drainage and street repair. Several analysts had compared this to the local version of the Harris County flood bond, which passed by a wide margin back in August.This proposition passed by a similar wide margin, and it effectively gives Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council more leverage in terms of going to Congress and saying, “we are doing our part” in order to raise funds to rebuild the city in the wake of Harvey, we now need you to do the same.Proposition B was the pay parity initiative advanced by the Houston firefighters’ union, effectively that would tie Houston firefighters’ pay to that of police.The end result of this is that the mayor is already saying he will have to cut payrolls, not only for the firefighters, but across city departments, in order to raise the firefighters’ pay. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaDemocrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher gives a victory speech in Houston after her victory over incumbent Republican Congressman John Culberson. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share
Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi 3 are the go-to options for IoT projects. They’re tiny computers that can make a big impact in how we connect devices to each other, and to the internet. But they can also be a lot of fun too – at their best, they do both. For example, Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi were used to make a custom underwater camera solution for filming the Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral. They were also behind the Autonomous racing robot. However, how are the two microcomputers different? If you’re confused about which one you should start using, here’s a look at the key features of both the Arduino Uno and the Raspberry Pi 3.This will give you a clearer view on what fits your project well, or maybe just help you decide what to include on your birthday wishlist. Comparing the Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi 3 Raspberry Pi 3 has a Broadcom BCM2837 SoC with it can handle multiple tasks at one time. It is a Single Board Computer (SBC), which means it is a fully functional computer with a dedicated processor, memory, and is capable of running an OS – Raspberry Pi 3 runs on Linux. It can run multiple programs as it has its own USB ports, audio outputs, a graphic driver for HDMI output. Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328, an 8-bit microcontroller with 32KB of Flash memory and 2KB of RAM, which is not as powerful as SBCs. However, they are a great choice for quick setups. Microcontrollers are a good pick when controlling small devices such as LEDs, motors, several different types of sensors, but cannot run a full operating system. The Arduino Uno runs one program at a time. One can also install other operating systems such as Android, Windows 10, or Firefox OS. Let’s look at the features and how one stands out better than the other: Speed The Raspberry Pi 3 (1.2 GHz) is much faster than Arduino (16 MHz). This means it can complete day-to-day tasks such as web surfing, playing videos, with greater ease From this perspective, Raspberry Pi is the go-to choice for media centered applications. Winner: Raspberry Pi 3 Easy time interface Arduino Uno offers a simplified approach for project building. It has easy time interfacing with presence of analog sensors, motor, and other components. By contrast, the Raspberry Pi 3 has a more complicated route if you want to set up projects. For example, to take sensor readings you’ll need to install libraries and connect to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Winner: Arduino Uno Bluetooth/ Internet connectivity Raspberry Pi 3 connects to Bluetooth devices and the internet directly using Ethernet or by connecting to Wi-Fi. The Arduino Uno can do that only with the help of a Shield that adds internet or Bluetooth connectivity. HATS (Hardware Attached on Top) and Shields can be used on both devices to give them additional functionality. For example. HATs are used on the Raspberry Pi 3, to control an RBG Matrix, add a touchscreen, or even create an arcade system. Shields that can be used on the Arduino Uno include a Relay Shield, a Touchscreen Shield, or a Bluetooth Shield. There are hundreds of Shields and HATs that provide the functionality that you regularly use. Winner: Raspberry Pi 3 Supporting ports The Raspberry Pi 3 has an HDMI port, audio port, 4 USB ports, camera port, and LCD port, which is ideal for media applications. On the other hand, Arduino Uno does not have any of these ports in the board. However, some of these ports can be added on the Arduino Uno with the help of Shields. Arduino Uno has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Winner: Raspberry Pi 3 Other features Set-up time Raspberry Pi 3 takes longer to set up. You’ll also probably need additional components such as a HDMI cable, a monitor, a cable, and a keyboard and mouse. For the Arduino Uno you simply have to plug it in. The code then runs immediately. Winner: Arduino Uno Affordable Price Arduino Uno is much cheaper. It’s around $20 compared to Raspberry Pi 3, which is around $35. It’s important to note that this excludes the cost of cables, keyboards, mouse and other additional hardware.As mentioned above, you don’t need those extras with the Arduino Uno. Winner: Arduino Uno Both Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi 3 are great in their individual offerings. Arduino Uno would be an ideal board if you want to get started with electronics, and begin building fun and engaging hands-on projects. It’s great for learning the basics of how sensors and actuators work, and an essential tool for one’s rapid prototyping needs. On the other hand, Raspberry Pi 3 is great for projects that need an online connection and have multiple operations running at the same time. Pick as per your need! You can also check some of our exciting books on Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi 3 Home Automation Projects: Bringing your home to life using Raspberry Pi 3, Arduino, and ESP8266 Build Supercomputers with Raspberry Pi 3 Internet of Things with Arduino Cookbook Read Next How to build a sensor application to measure Ambient Light5 reasons to choose AWS IoT Core for your next IoT projectBuild your first Raspberry Pi project
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Transat, Europe, sale, Transat Posted by MONTREAL — There’s still time to book Air Transat’s Find Your Seat Sale, with a focus on the company’s 25 European destinations, all offering savings when booked by Feb. 5.Transat’s packages, guided tours, cruises and à la carte getaways throughout Europe cater to all interests, says the company. Numerous connections offer flexibility to build an itinerary tailored to each client’s needs.Here are more details on Transat’s program for some of Canadians’ top vacation spots.With its flights to Zagreb, Air Transat will be giving Canadians easy access to Croatia, one of the most sought-after destinations right now. Transat is offering three direct flights from Toronto and connecting flights from Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. The tour operator is also featuring five packages to Croatia in addition to à la carte visits, including excursions to Krka National Park’s famous waterfalls.Meanwhile getting to Greece is a breeze with Air Transat offering direct flights to Athens from Montreal and Toronto, with four weekly flights each. From there, it’s easy to get to Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes. Packages, guided tours and all‑in-one cruise packages are all offered by Transat in Greece.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backTo Italy, Transat has direct flights to Venice from Toronto (two times a week) and Montreal (three times a week). And to Rome Air Transat will fly direct from Toronto (daily) and Montreal (six times a week). To the south, in the heart of Calabria, lies Lamezia, known for its coastlines. It’s also the gateway to Sicily and Air Transat will fly twice a week to Lamezia from Toronto, and from Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary with a connecting flight. Vacation options include packages, guided tours and a la carte components as well as Med cruises.Meanwhile with direct flights from Montreal and Toronto to Lisbon (five weekly flights from Montreal and four from Toronto) and Porto (three from Toronto and three from Montreal), Air Transat has never offered so many options for exploring these two must-see Portuguese cities.Clients looking to visit one or more of these destinations will have their pick of two‑ and three-city packages, which can be paired with à la carte visits.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAnd to France Air Transat offers daily direct flights from Montreal year‑round to Paris. The city will also be accessible via direct flights from Toronto (five weekly flights), Vancouver (three weekly flights) and Quebec City (three weekly flights). Transat also offers Bordeaux to Nice, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon and Marseille.And finally to Ireland and Switzerland Transat has direct flights from Montreal (twice weekly), and departures from Toronto, Quebec City and Vancouver with connecting flights. Travelweek Group Share Transat’s Europe more accessible than ever with Find Your Seat Sale Wednesday, January 23, 2019