Amid Pandemic, Orders Soar for Brazil Robot That Feeds Pigs Playing Classical Music | Technology News

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared this year as farmers strove to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roboagro, the privately-owned company that sells the robot, said in a statement sent to Reuters on Thursday that orders rose by an average of 400% to 60 units per month.

The machine uses linear feeders allowing the animals, which are divided in pens, to receive the exact amount of feed needed for each meal. As it works, it plays classical music, which the company claims mitigates animal stress.

Roboagro Director Giovani Molin said in the statement the robot reduces the presence of humans on the pig farms, and generates data that helps improve overall herd management.

Feed accounts for up to 75% of pig production costs, and every cent counts amid a steep rise in grain prices due to heated

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MIND Technology, Inc. Receives Orders for Source Controller Upgrades

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MIND Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) (“MIND” or “the Company”) today announced that it has received a Letter of Award (“LOA”) from an unnamed party for the supply of products and services for a Seamap GunLink 4000 source controller upgrade. The LOA also includes an option for the upgrade of a GunLink 4000 on a second vessel in the future. Following the upgrades, the GunLink 4000 systems will be capable of dual near-field hydrophone recording. Delivery of the first GunLink 4000 system upgrade is expected by January 31, 2021.

Guy Malden, MIND Co-CEO, commented, “Through discussions with our customers and others in the industry, we see increasing requirements for dual near-field hydrophone data acquisition capability coupled with advanced energy source shooting pattern capabilities. This functionality allows for higher resolution images while respecting environmental concerns. We believe that our Seamap GunLink

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Sputtering equipment supplier UVAT lands new orders for panel-level packaging

Sputtering equipment supplier UVAT lands new orders for panel-level packaging

Jane Wang, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES

Taiwan-based UVAT Technology with its sputtering and etching equipment has obtained new orders for fan-out panel-level packaging, as well as orders for the manufacture of high-end substrates such as ABF substrates, according to industry sources.

The new orders for IC packaging and substrate production will be buoying UVAT’s revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 and first-half 2021, said the sources.

UVAT has declined to comment on specific orders, but said that its deployments in the etching equipment field will start bearing fruit next year. The company expects the overall equipment revenue generated from the semiconductor industry to register rapid growth in 2021.

Also specializing in OEM services for anti-electromagnetic interference (EMI) coating for notebooks and handsets, UVAT has enjoyed robust demand for notebooks arising from the rise of stay-at-home

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France orders tech giants to pay digital tax

The French Finance Ministry has sent out notices to big tech companies liable for its digital service tax to pay the levy as planned in December, the ministry said on Wednesday.

France suspended collection of the tax, which will hit companies like Facebook and Amazon, early this year while negotiations were underway at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on an overhaul of international tax rules.

The Finance Ministry has long said it would collect the tax in December as planned if the talks proved unfruitful by then, which is what happened when the nearly 140 countries involved agreed last month to keep negotiating until mid 2021.

“Companies subject to the tax have received their notice to pay the 2020 installment,” a Finance Ministry official said.

France last year applied a 3 percent levy on revenue from digital services earned in France by companies with revenues of more than

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France orders Big Tech to pay digital tax despite threat of US tariffs

France will require big tech companies to pay its digital services tax, a move that is likely to trigger retaliation by President Donald Trump and pitch the incoming US administration into another trade fight.



a store inside of a building: A worker walk in the Amazon's distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)    (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)


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A worker walk in the Amazon’s distribution center of Saran on October 26, 2018, central France. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP) (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The 3% tax on revenue from digital services in the country was introduced last year. But the French government had suspended collections while negotiations on a broader overhaul of the global tax system played out at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Those talks have not produced a breakthrough.

“Companies received the tax notice for this year,” the finance ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Google, Facebook and Amazon are among the US tech firms that will have to pay

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France orders big tech firms to start paying digital tax

France is moving ahead with its plan to implement a controversial digital tax on big tech companies, sending out notices to various companies today informing them they’ll be required to pay up if they want to continue doing business there.

The tax is being championed by the French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, who argues that big tech companies aren’t being taxed properly by European nations.

The problem is that big tech firms, which include Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Google LLC and Microsoft Corp., take advantage of a loophole in European Union law. The loophole means they can generate lots of revenue in various European countries and report that to tax authorities in just one country, such as Ireland, which has a lower corporate tax policy. That means they end up paying far fewer in taxes than they would if they were to report in the country where

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Taiwan October export orders up again, strong outlook seen

FILE PHOTO: Man walks past an Apple store in Taipei, Taiwan October 20, 2020. Picture taken October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s export orders rose for the eighth consecutive month in October, boosted by strong global demand for the island’s tech products, with Apple Inc AAPL.O rolling out a new iPhone.

Export orders, a bellwether of global technology demand, in October jumped 9.1% from a year earlier to $51.6 billion, Ministry of Economic Affairs data showed on Friday. The data exceeded an 8.2% rise projected in a Reuters poll.

The ministry said orders were helped by new smartphone launches ahead of the year-end holiday season, as well as continued robust demand for telecommuting products as many people are forced to work and study from home globally during the pandemic. Orders for electronics rose 17.5% on year, mostly due to new smartphones and gaming consoles coming to

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PlayStation 5 orders crashed Walmart’s website again

  • The PlayStation 5 launched last Thursday, but it has been nearly impossible to buy.
  • The only certain way to get a PlayStation 5 at launch was by preordering it. But at least one retailer is selling PS5s digitally on a first-come, first-served basis: Walmart.
  • The first drop of PlayStation 5 consoles was at noon ET on launch, and it promptly took down the entire Walmart web store.
  • A resupply one week later had the same results: Walmart’s whole web store was down temporarily as interest in the PlayStation 5 overwhelmed the site. The console sold out nearly instantly.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After months of anticipation, Sony’s new PlayStation 5 finally launched last Thursday.

Because of the pandemic, Sony decided not to go the traditional route and didn’t sell the new console in stores at launch.

Instead, the only way to get one last week was to

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Iowa’s governor orders statewide mask mandate

IOWA CITY, Iowa — With Iowa hospitals filling up, Gov. Kim Reynolds has dropped her opposition to a statewide mandate for mask use to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday requiring that everyone over 2 years old wear masks when in indoor public spaces. The mandate applies only when people are within six feet of others for 15 minutes and they aren’t members of their households.

Reynolds also is limiting gatherings for social, community, business and leisure purposes to no more than 15 people indoors and 30 outdoors, including family events. Routine office and factory work and spiritual gatherings are exempted.

The governor rejected calls to close bars and restaurants for in-person service but is ordering that they close by 10 p.m. She also has suspended sports and recreational activities, except for high school, college and professional sports.

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PlayStation 5 orders appear to crash Walmart’s website

  • The PlayStation 5 launched on Thursday, but it isn’t being sold in stores.
  • The only way to get a PlayStation 5 at launch is by preordering it. But at least one retailer is selling PS5s digitally on a first-come, first-served basis: Walmart.
  • The first drop of PlayStation 5 consoles was at noon ET, and it promptly took down the entire Walmart web store.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After months of anticipation, Sony’s new PlayStation 5 launched on Thursday.

Because of the global pandemic, Sony decided not to go the traditional route and isn’t selling the new console in stores at launch.

Instead, the only way to get one on Thursday is to have preordered it months ago from one of several retailers. But at least one retailer, Walmart, announced plans for staggered PlayStation 5 supply drops throughout the day.

The first, at noon ET, caused the entire

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