Indiegogo might be better than Kickstarter for crowdfunding your next hardware project

It’s pretty common to see crowdfunding campaigns for exciting gadgets fail, most often because of the difficulties and costs of manufacturing in large volumes.Indiegogo is hoping to fix that. The crowdfunding platform has inked a deal with hardware maker Arrow Electronics to support eligible projects and assist in mass production. The company says it will grant benefits packages amounting to $500,000, including its design tools, engineering experts, prototype services, manufacturing support and supply chain management.Our biggest ever edition of TNW

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This is the robot that will shepherd and keep livestock healthy

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is no stranger to developing innovative ways of modernizing agriculture. It has previously presented technologies for robots that can measure crop yields and collect data about the quality and variability of orchards, but its latest project is far more ambitious: it’s building a machine that can autonomously run livestock farms.Our biggest ever edition of TNW Conference is fast approaching! Join 10,000 tech leaders this May in Amsterdam.While the ACFR has been working on this technology since 2014, the robot

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Samsung’s 80-meter Galaxy S7 Edge billboard is a rare feat of marketing

There’s a part in every tech journalist that instinctively rejects the idea of writing about a billboard. Ads are rubbish, and a billboard is just a really big ad.Samsung, however, has taken the dull-ass billboard concept and built a huge 80-meter high and 40-meter wide ‘replica’ of a Galaxy S7 Edge across the entire side of a building in Sokol, Moscow, including giving the effect of having the same curved edges. And while these marketing exercises often end up looking pretty crappy,

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How to achieve a perfect score with Google’s PageSpeed test tool

Website loading speed is a priority for the overall user experience, and it’s also one of the hundreds of SEO ranking factors. Truth is, nowadays people don’t have the patience to wait more than five seconds for a page to load. If your website isn’t loading fast enough, you’ll lose potential customers.With more than 50 percent of online traffic coming from mobile devices, everyone expects a site to load almost instantaneously. With that in mind, I’ll show you how we

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Google wants to teach computers to create art from scratch

If you enjoy Google Play Music’s recommendations based on what you listen to, you can thank researcher Douglas Eck. The former University of Montreal computer science professor used machine learning principles on that project, and is now experimenting with it to see if he can teach computers to make art and music on their own.Eck, along with a handful of Google Brain team members, is gearing up to launch Magenta on June 1. The project will involve the use of

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Devs can stop making apps for Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS now

The writing’s been on the wall for a long time now, but Gartner’s latest report has confirmed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, as well as BlackBerry OS, have worn out their welcome.While global smartphone sales grew by nearly 4 percent in the first quarter of this year, Windows Phone’s market share dipped from 2.5 percent in Q1 2015 to 0.7 percent in Q1 2016. BlackBerry’s share shrunk by half to 0.2 percent in the same time frame.Some of the biggest

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This week in patents: 3D printed airplanes, Ford’s self-driving cars, and more

Last week, the US patent office issued 6,754 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the six most interesting patents.Patent Number – US 20160136891Our biggest ever edition of TNW Conference is fast approaching! Join 10,000 tech leaders this May in Amsterdam.That 3D printing can create complex shapes including small aircraft parts is well known. But it may have seemed far fetched to think of

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