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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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Mobile Networks Suspending Orders for Huawei Smartphones: Report

The US export ban has forced Google to cut Huawei’s new devices off from its Android ecosystem

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Logo of Huawei is seen on the advert in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, Jan. 11, 2019. VOA

Mobile networks in Asia and Europe have issued suspending orders for Huawei smartphones following the US decision last week to restrict the company’s access to American technology, the media reported.

The inclusion of Huawei on an export blacklist means the Chinese company can no longer source software or components from US suppliers without a license. Existing devices are unaffected but the restrictions threaten future Huawei products and its leading position in building super-fast next generation 5G networks, CNN reported.

Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile operator, said on Wednesday that it had paused pre-orders in the UK for the Huawei Mate 20X (5G) smartphone.

“This is a temporary measure while uncertainty exists regarding new Huawei 5G devices,” a company spokesperson told CNN Business.

The UK’s biggest carrier, EE, is also delaying the introduction of Huawei’s new smartphones. The company had touted the Mate 20X in a preview of its 5G network last week.

Japan’s top mobile operators took similar steps against another device, the Huawei P30 Lite, earlier on Wednesday. The phone was scheduled to launch in the country later this month.

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A woman stands at a Huawei booth featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China, Sept. 28, 2018. VOA

Leading Japanese telecoms firm NTT Docomo announced that it has stopped taking reservations for the phone, and is “looking into the impact of the US restrictions”, Docomo spokesperson Yoshikumi Kuroda said.

Rival carriers KDDI and SoftBank Corp. said they will delay the release of the new Huawei phone.

The suspension of orders is the first tangible evidence that US President Donald Trump’s administration’s latest escalation of its campaign against Huawei on grounds of national security is hurting the company’s business, CNN reported.

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Huawei overtook Apple last year to become the world’s No. 2 smartphone brand behind Samsung, and it relies on markets outside of China for half of its sales.

The US export ban has forced Google to cut Huawei’s new devices off from its Android ecosystem.

A temporary reprieve by the US Commerce Department allows Google to service existing Huawei devices for the next 90 days. (IANS)