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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Virginia Tech football players won’t have to wear face coverings while playing at Pitt on Saturday | College Sports

The Pittsburgh-Georgia Tech game was one of 15 either canceled or postponed last week. They already have been joined by five more this week.

ACC commissioner John Swofford has said the league’s medical advisory group has found no evidence of COVID transmission during competition/practice. The virus has spread outside the sports bubble.

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The new order in Pennsylvania requires masks “outdoors with others who are not members of a person’s household and unable to maintain sustained physical distance.”

“Coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings if they cannot maintain sustained physical distance from persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. If sustained six-foot distancing can be maintained, face coverings may be removed when outdoors,” according to the state’s website.

The order included an exemption

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Two Entrepreneurs Are Levelling The Playing Field For Small Business

Technology continues to play an enormous role in the speed of business. Transforming industry and its players is a function of adoption. Adoption, in turn, is highly dependent on resource and capital. Small businesses have been and continue to be the casualties in a dynamic market that tends to favour the larger players with money and influence. Steve Lau and Rameez Ansari, co-CEOs of AutoLeap fully intend to change the game for small business.

In both Canada and the United States, small business (by definition, 500 employees or under) make up 99.9 % of the business population. In Canada, similar stats show a small business penetration of 99.7%. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, approximately 33% of business will fail after 2 years. The survival rate after 5 years: US: 50% and Canada: 42.9%.

In 2015 Ansari and Lau acquired

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Your PS5 May Be Playing The PS4 Version Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Download bugs and weird defaults are making it a pain for some people to get the PS5 to install and play the next-gen version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

As first reported by Eurogamer over the weekend, PS5 players with the Cross-Gen bundle or Ultimate Editions of the latest Call of Duty are struggling to access the PS5 version of the game. These versions appear to be defaulting to installing the PS4 version, even on PS5. If you’ve been playing the game on your next-gen console and not noticing improved graphics and the new haptic feedback in the DualSense triggers, it might be because you aren’t actually playing the next-gen version.

Sony and Activision did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This happened to me as well over the weekend, and it wasn’t immediately clear how to fix it, in

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6 Ways To Level The Playing Field

Companies are seeking ways to level the playing field when it comes to diversity and inclusion amongst employees. Here are a few ways to level the playing field that can be implemented in companies to ensure underrepresented groups of people are provided with equal opportunities.

1.   Hire from a diverse talent pool

In order to level the playing field, it is important to talk about hiring black talent. To do this it is important that companies train hiring managers to recruit fairly from a diverse pool of candidates . It is important that companies hire people based on their abilities and value to the job role rather than their physical appearance and making assumptions. 

2.   Board of directors

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