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It is possible that in near future, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables.

A Taipei, Taiwan-based company has developed a farm cube – a small enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app.

Instead of going outside to pick vegetables like lettuce, you could be harvesting your food inside your home, using a stack of farm cubes made by OPCOM.

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Jack Ting, CEO, OPCOM tells: “In this one, the one cycle, around six weeks, 200 pieces or 100 pieces depending on different vegetables.”

The cube uses hydroponics to grow plants without soil. Software controls the environment, so seedlings get the correct amount of air, light and water as they develop. A fan directs the air flow. The built-in lights are LEDs. Red lights promote the growth of the seedlings, while white light supports established plants.

Jack Ting adds: “All water is UV light purified, so it is very safe, even our vegetables, no need to wash.”

With an app that connects your smartphone or computer to the cube, you can monitor the process, or make your own adjustments to the air temperature, humidity and light settings.

For garden centers and commercial farmers, OPCOM has created a larger system called the farm container. Using solar power, this multi-cube can grow 2,000 plants at a time. (Deborah Block, VOA News, Washington)

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Google says it will start charging smartphone makers to pre-install apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps on Android handsets sold in Europe, in response to a record $5 billion EU antitrust fine.

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It’s among measures the company is taking to comply with the July ruling by EU authorities that found Google allegedly abused the dominance of Android to stifle competitors, even as it appeals the decision.

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The company will also let phone makers install rival versions of Android, the most widely used mobile operating system. (VOA)

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