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The best Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 deals and contracts

Apple’s latest release is finally here and when it comes to the search for where to buy the phone, many in the UK will start their search with Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 deals. As one of the best known retailers around, Carphone is a great place to look for both the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro with a host of deals already available in the device’s pre-order period. However, after the news that Carphone cut ties with EE, the retailer is slightly limited in what it can offer. While it still has access to Virgin, iD Mobile and Vodafone, EE, Three and O2 contracts won’t be available from Carphone. With that in mind, the best Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 deals seem to be on Vodafone with a host of big data plans and on iD Mobile where prices are a bit lower than other networks. Below you can find all of the best Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 deals so you can find the best contract for you. And if you can’t see any prices that fit what you need, consult our iPhone 12 deals guide instead. Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 vouchers: Compare Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 deals: What kind of iPhone 12 deals are other brands offering? Carphone Warehouse isn’t always the cheapest of retailers and with that in mind it is well worth seeing what prices other retailers are offering. Especially on new launches like the iPhone 12, it is well worth searching around to see what other brands…Continue readingThe best Carphone Warehouse iPhone 12 deals and contracts

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TechCrunch

That Whole Foods is an Amazon warehouse; get used to it – TechCrunch

Earlier this week, in Brooklyn, near the waterfront, Amazon opened what looks from the outside like a typical Whole Foods store. It isn’t open to the public, however; it’s a new fulfillment center. “Grocery delivery continues to be one of the fastest-growing businesses at Amazon,” the company said in a statement about the location, noting that it has hired hundreds of new employees to aid in its operations. “We’re thrilled to increase access to grocery delivery.” Americans sort of knew this was coming. Still, the pace at which buildings of all sizes are being either built or converted into e-commerce fulfillment centers — and closer to city centers — has become a bit breathtaking. According to the commercial real estate services firm CBRE, since 2017 at least 59 projects in the U.S. have centered on converting 14 million square feet of retail space into 15.5 million square feet of industrial space, and that trend is “absolutely going to continue,” says Matthew Walaszek, an associate director of industrial and logistics research at CBRE. It has played out fairly quietly to date, save for the occasional headline about, well, Amazon, typically. Last month, for example, the Wall Street Journal reported that the ever-expanding conglomerate is in talks with the largest mall owner in the U.S., Simon Property Group, about converting both former and current JCPenney and Sears stores into distribution hubs from which it can deliver its products more quickly. Amazon needs the space. Meanwhile, Simon needs a tenant that can pay…Continue readingThat Whole Foods is an Amazon warehouse; get used to it – TechCrunch

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Dexterity exits stealth with $56.2M raised for its collaborative warehouse robots – TechCrunch

Dexterity emerged from stealth this week to announced its full-stack solution aimed at creating collaborative robotics systems. The hardware-software system is designed for a variety of different tasks, including bin picking and box packing, targeted at warehouse fulfillment and logistics needs. Image Credits: Dexterity The Bay Area-based startup has already built up significant support from the investment world, with $56.2 million raised to date, from a long list of backers, including Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Obvious Ventures, Pacific West Bank, B37 Ventures, Presidio (Sumitomo) Ventures, Blackhorn Ventures, Liquid 2 Ventures and Stanford StartX. Image Credits: Dexterity The company was founded back in 2017 as an extension of CEO Samir Menon’s Stanford thesis, described by Dexterity thusly, “Menon worked on a control theory framework to describe how the human brain controls and coordinates the body, which serves as a model to distill human skill into mathematical programs that control robots in a graceful human-like manner.” Part of the company’s appeal appear to be the versatility of the robotics, which are designed to work alongside their human counterparts and operate collaboratively. Among the early adopters for the system are unnamed an unnamed “global food manufacturer,” “ a worldwide package delivery provider” and Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Dexterity says it’s also seen a boost from the push for essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, like so many others in the robotics and automation fields, stating that its systems have been involved with the shipping of “half a million units of packaged food.”…Continue readingDexterity exits stealth with $56.2M raised for its collaborative warehouse robots – TechCrunch

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How BMW and Malong used edge AI and machine learning to streamline warehouse and checkout systems

Watch all the Transform 2020 sessions on-demand right here. During a panel today at VentureBeat’s Transform 2020 conference, speakers including BMW Group’s Jimmy Nassif, Red Hat’s Jered Floyd, and Malong CEO Matt Scott discussed the challenges and opportunities in AI with respect to edge computing and IoT. While each came from a different perspective — Nassif from robotics, Floyd from retail — all three were in agreement that AI has the potential to accelerate existing work while enabling entirely new capabilities. BMW produces a car every 56 seconds, Nassif says. Millions of parts flow into the automaker’s factories from over 4,500 suppliers involving 203,000 unique parts numbers, which translates to about 100 end-customer options. (99% of orders are completely unique.) As BMW’s car sales doubled over the past decade to 2.5 million in 2019, this created a logistics dilemma — one that was solved in part by Nvidia’s Isaac, Jetson AGX Xavier, and DGX platforms. Nassif says BMW is tapping them to develop five navigation and manipulation robots that transport materials around warehouses and organize individual parts. “The most important thing we do is bring cars to our customers in the cheapest way we can do it, but with better quality. We need to implement new technology like AI and robotics in order to … support our people on the production line to do their job easier and faster to produce more cars,” Nassif said, adding that BMW hopes to have the five manufacturing robots in production by the end…Continue readingHow BMW and Malong used edge AI and machine learning to streamline warehouse and checkout systems

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This robot is designed to disinfect a warehouse floor in 30 minutes— Strictly Robots

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab created a disinfectant robotic system that uses UVC light to disinfect surfaces and neutralize aerosolized forms of the coronavirus. Read more… More about Tech, Health, Mashable Video, Strictly Robots, and Coronavirus Source linkContinue readingThis robot is designed to disinfect a warehouse floor in 30 minutes— Strictly Robots

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The Verge

Amazon warehouse workers in Germany will strike Monday because of coronavirus infections

Amazon workers at six sites across Germany plan to strike Monday because dozens of staff members at its logistics centers have been infected with the coronavirus, union officials told Reuters. The union says the company is prioritizing profits over workers’ safety. Labor union Verdi says “at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected” with the virus, according to Reuters. The strike will last 48 hours and be conducted with the motto “good and healthy work.” Amazon warehouse workers in Germany have struck several times in recent years, over worker pay and conditions. In recent months, Amazon warehouse workers in the US have staged protests over what they say are unsafe working conditions, and walked off the job in several cities. Workers criticized the company for not notifying workers when colleagues tested positive for the coronavirus. A group of three Amazon warehouse workers in New York filed suit against the company earlier this month, alleging the company put them and their families at risk of contracting the virus. At least seven Amazon warehouse workers in the US have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Monday’s strikes are planned for Amazon sites in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne, and Koblenz, Reuters reported. Germany is the e-commerce giant’s second-biggest market after the US. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday. Source linkContinue readingAmazon warehouse workers in Germany will strike Monday because of coronavirus infections

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Geek+ raises $50 million more to bring autonomous warehouse robots to the U.S.

In a sign the pandemic continues to bolster – and strengthen — the global delivery and logistics market, warehouse robotics startup Geek+ today announced that it extended its series C funding round to $200 million, up from $150 million in July 2019. The company says the deal, which closed sometime earlier this year, will accelerate the expansion of its robot-as-a-service program and support its relationships with technology and ecosystem partners. Worker shortages caused by the spread of coronavirus have prompted some retailer, fulfillment, and logistics companies to accelerate the rollout of mobile robots. For instance, Gap more than tripled the number of item-picking machines it uses to 106 in total, while Amazon says it’s relying more heavily on automation for product sorting. According to ABI Research, more than 4 million commercial robots will be installed in over 50,000 warehouses around the world by 2025, up from just under 4,000 warehouses in 2018. Geek+, which was founded in 2015, develops a range of AI-imbued logistics robots addressing scenarios in warehouses, factories, and sorting centers. The company claims its line of picking robots can autonomously carry thousands of pounds, and it says its “smart factory” system — which replaces traditional conveyor-belt-style assembly line setups — can almost double production capacity with a combination of internet of things devices, 5G, edge computing, and real-time computer vision. VB Transform 2020 Online – July 15-17. Join leading AI executives: Register for the free livestream. Geek+ also supplies the planning software that drives its autonomous robots, most of which…Continue readingGeek+ raises $50 million more to bring autonomous warehouse robots to the U.S.