Technology helping to solve Irrigation Problems

A few years ago when people were not all that dependent on technology, many would laugh if you told them, that you buy products online or read e-books. However, these days, those very people are so hooked on to technology, that even they avail of the convenience that technology provides. So, there is no denying the fact that technology these days is making life simple for us.

Technology is also making a lot of things possible, that we couldn’t even imagine. For example a decade and a half ago, a drought would be treated as a national crisis and coming out of that condition would take a lot of time. Men would have to labor, manually, for hours, to extract water which would be sufficient enough to meet farming needs. But these days, a drought or a tough water condition can be addressed much more easily.

Water Conditions in California- Fixable?

A drought is still a huge matter of concern to the people of the nation but with technology on their side, the problem isn’t so big that it can’t be solved. First off, with the advent of advanced machines, manual labor has lessened making jobs like extracting water, a lot easier.

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There is ample water beneath the surface of barren land to meet the water shortage. However, the water is so polluted that without purification, it can be used for crops. Therefore, farmers, who initially received water for their crops, now have to buy it at a high cost. This results food prices shooting up. Hence, it is not a viable option.

However, companies are trying to use technology to fix the situation and if all goes well, the water shortage can be ‘fixed’.

How is Technology Helping?

In wheat fields in California, a huge solar receiver has been installed that capture solar energy. The receiver then uses this energy to create heat that helps in desalinization of water, instead of generating electricity.

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This is a just one division of a project by WaterFX, a start-up based in San Francisco that taps contaminated water from below the surface to irrigate dry land. The solar thermal desalinization plant, worth 1 million dollars, helps in purifying the tapped water at practically half of the cost it takes to desalinize water, traditionally. The solar receiver purifies water and reuses excess energy through a chemical process rather than using equipments run by electricity. This means that the receiver is saving energy and hence cutting costs.

This way, technology, slowly, can solve a lot of water crises in lands that are drought stricken and have less to no means to afford fresh water for crops. Water cleaning technology is therefore a boon to farmers and on further development will prove to be the perfect solution to irrigation problems.

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An Android Homescreen that will suggest Apps we need

In the age of technology, when people obsess over smartphones and other ‘smart’ devices like tablets, online applications have become extremely popular amongst the tech savvy. However, many tend to download apps because of a ‘rage’ instead of a ‘need’. Just because a particular app is popular with people around the world, you feel a necessity of having on your phone as well, even though you don’t need it. There are plenty of such apps that you have downloaded but don’t use and there are many such apps that you need but aren’t aware of.

The Firefox Launcher

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Mozilla has taken an initiative, to help you find new apps that you might require and rediscover apps that you already have downloaded on your device through the new Firefox Launcher. The Firefox Launcher is a homescreen replacement for android phones and tablets. The Firefox Launcher that is powered by EverythingMe, an Israeli contextual computing start up, will be ready for download in a few weeks.

“These Firefox Launcher features are the major components of EverythingMe’s eponymous contextual homescreen replacement that just came out of beta yesterday. Mozilla previously tapped the 60-person, $35.5 million-backed EverythingMe to bring contextual experiences to Firefox OS, its new mobile operating system.” (Source: goo.gl/vbJPxC)

How it Helps

This Android homescreen will help you from overloading your device with apps that you do not require, and introducing and suggesting apps that you might be interested in, and might require on a day-to-day basis. The smart search will show you the apps that you might want to download, or the ones that are related to your everyday search and activity on the internet and even some that are similar to the apps that you have already downloaded. This way, you can keep track of apps that exist on your phone and apps that you need.

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A demo of the launcher was shown in the InContext Conference in the city of San Francisco and gave a few extra examples of information that is still not available on the Mozilla blog. The Android homescreen knows whether it’s morning, noon or afternoon and suggests apps for different times of the day. The suggestions shown rely on geolocation, signals, apps used by people like you and apps used in the past.

The Firefox Launcher also provides content cards that give you information on things you want to know, like if you type ‘tech’ or ‘news’, various cards will come up containing top news in those categories. This android homescreen is all set to become the new rage, but a helpful one.