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Farming assistant app Agrolly wins IBM’s Call for Code contest

The innovative platform will be a one-stop-shop for farmers seeking out more information on what to plant and when.

An autonomous combine–again, smaller and lighter than conventional farm machinery–harvesting HFHa’s first crop in September 2017.

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Agrolly, a platform built to help farmers in emerging markets, was chosen as the winner of IBM’s 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge.

Agrolly provides farmers with a bevy of information about weather patterns and crop characteristics, giving them advice on what would be the best thing to plant during certain times of the year. The platform also has ways for farmers to connect with experts as well as ways for them to share information and tools with each other.

During the virtual “2020 Call for Code Awards: A Global Celebration of Tech for Good” event, Agrolly was announced as the winner of the annual competition, which brings together the

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2020 Deals on Home Office Products

Amazon Prime Day offers great discounts on home office products that will help make your workday better.

Amazon Prime Day runs Oct. 13-14 this year, and there are great deals on thousands of products. With so many people working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Day is the perfect opportunity to get a home office set up or upgraded without breaking the bank. The following products can be used to update your current home office or help make working from home easier. 

Disclaimer: The pricing and product availability information was accurate at the time of publication.





Samsung Business 24-inch computer monitor

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A good monitor is a must-have for any home office–it can help your overall productivity. This 24-inch Samsung monitor has a 1920×1080 IPS Panel with 75Hz refresh rate, which creates clear images with a wide viewing angle. The monitor’s stand is fully adjustable to provide

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Best MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Builds

Find out a tech expert’s picks for the best Mac laptop for mobile professionals, the best Mac laptop for replacing a desktop, and more.

Matching a computer’s build to its intended use isn’t a perfect science, but thankfully Apple makes it easy to customize various Mac laptop configurations. Whether you usually perform tasks that don’t typically overwhelm a computer’s CPU and graphics capabilities, or even if you do, here are the best configurations years of experience and IT consulting suggest work well as at least a baseline for most users.





Standard 13-inch MacBook Air

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A standard 13-inch MacBook Air, complete with a 1.1Ghz dual-core i3 CPU and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, offers a strong mix of portability and capability. The $999 model’s 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM meet the needs of most professionals, thanks in part to Apple’s intelligent architecture that maximizes performance. The laptop’s

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Project management certification courses: Learn PMP, Six Sigma, Minitab skills

Become an in-demand project manager by learning valuable data analytics and leadership skills in these training courses.

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More and more people are turning toward careers in project management thanks to the high pay, exciting work environments, and opportunities for advancement. But growing demand means that competition for the best positions at the best companies can be fierce, which is why you need to have the right skills and certifications on your resume if you want to get noticed by top recruiters.

The 12 courses in the Ultimate PMP, Six Sigma & Minitab Certification Bundle is your one-stop resource for learning how to become an in-demand project manager, and it’s available right now for over 95% off at just $49.99.

Led by the top-rated instructors at the Advanced Innovation Group Pro Excellence (AIGPE), this extensive training bundle will help you ace the exams for several renowned PMP, Six Sigma,

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How to become a Kubernetes expert

Learn how to maximize this popular container management system to meet your organization’s needs.

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Kubernetes has become quite the buzz word within the enterprise and for good reason. 

Demand for job candidates with Kubernetes skills has increased in recent years as more organizations use this container management technology. According to Indeed, between October 2015 and October 2019, the share of Kubernetes jobs per million grew by 2,141%, while the share of Kubernetes job searches increased 2,125%.

Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration system that is used for automating computer application deployment, scaling, and management. In short, with Kubernetes, enterprises can become more agile and applications become much easier to deploy and manage. 

SEE: Kubernetes: Ultimate IT pro’s guide (TechRepublic Premium)

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COVID-19 budgets, data security, and automation are concerns of IT leaders and staff

Dueling surveys from Kaseya showed that IT department leaders share their underlings’ worries about security and productivity.

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IT infrastructure and security management company Kaseya have released a two-part report featuring insights gleaned from surveys of both IT leaders and IT practitioners. The two reports—”Technical Priorities for IT Practitioners” and “Strategic Priorities for IT Leaders”–show that members of both sides of IT departments share broad concerns on a variety of issues including data protection and security

The researchers behind the study spoke with 878 respondents in July 2020, more than 500 of whom were IT practitioners and 335 were IT leaders. According to the survey responses, IT leaders are more concerned with ensuring that operations are always up and running amid coronavirus-related budget shortages, while the managers and technicians working daily with technology are more focused on maintaining productivity using limited resources.

“Our 2020 IT Operations

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