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Google to Expand Gboard’s Custom Text Stickers to More Android 📱Users

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Tech giant Google is rolling out its custom text stickers for more Android users using the US-English version of the Gboard keyboard. The feature was only available to Google Pixel users previously.

“A picture is worth a thousand words — but Gboard can now turn your words into pictures, too. Previously available on Pixel phones, custom text stickers will soon be available to all Android Gboard users typing in English-U.S., allowing you to type what you want to say, select a design and share your message with your nearest and dearest,” Google said in a blog post.

Besides expanding the custom stickers feature, the company is also introducing more than 1,600 new Pride Month and summer-themed mashups to Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen.

Users can use the feature by just typing in an emoji (or two) into a message and then see what kind of mashups translate into stickers.

In addition, Google is also introducing new features for two of its accessibility-focused apps for specially-able people — Sound Amplifier and Lookout.

Square to Start Beta Testing 🧪 Support For Apple’s Tap To Pay

Financial payments services app Square is working with Apple to enable the ‘Tap to Pay’ technology for the iPhone.

The company is planning to introduce a beta test this summer by launching an Early Access Program, allowing select sellers to begin testing the new technology.

In an announcement, Square said, “The new offering enables sellers of all sizes to seamlessly and securely accept in-person contactless payments with only an iPhone and Square’s industry leading POS app. Ahead of publicly launching the service later this year, Square also announced an Early Access Program for Tap to Pay on iPhone, allowing select sellers to begin testing the new technology.”

The fintech company believes that bringing the Tap to Pay on iPhone into the Square ecosystem will help new sellers to have another free option to run their transactions while providing businesses of any complexity with more flexibility.

Square has noted that the Early Access Program is limited; however, it has not specified when the program would start. Currently, users can sign up for the program on Square’s website.

Bitcoin ATM Installations Fall to Record Low Levels ⏬ in May

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Bitcoin ATM installations across the world have seen a fall throughout 2022, with May recording just 202 new BTC ATMs, according to data from CoinATM Radar. This is the lowest figure since 2019.

Since January 2022, Bitcoin ATM installations saw a gradual slowdown, ultimately falling 89.75% from December 2021’s 1,971 new installations.

However, CoinATM Radar data shows an evident comeback in installation numbers, as 817 Bitcoin ATMs were installed in June — in just the first five days.

The highest-ever installation every month was seen back in August last year per data from CoinATM Radar.

The total installations at the time came in at 2037, and it preceded the months in which Bitcoin recorded its All-Time High (ATH) price record above $68,000.

Some important factors that are causing the current slowdown of crypto ATM installations include global geopolitical tensions, business impact due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, unclear or anti-crypto regulations, and market saturation.

Although some challenges may have impacted Bitcoin’s physical expansion via ATMs, the Bitcoin network still continues to be the most widely used cryptocurrency for transactions.

Farm Automation Startup FarmWise Raises $45 Million in Series B 💰

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FarmWise, a U.S.-based farm automation startup, has raised $45 million in its Series B funding round.

The funding was led by Fall Line Capital and Middleland Capital, along with participation from GV and Taylor Farms.

Existing investors Calibrate Ventures, Playground Global, SVG Ventures, and the venture arm of Wilbur Ellis also participated in the round.

The round also sees Clay Mitchell, co-founder and managing director of Fall Line Capital, joining its board.

Founded in 2016 by Sebastien Boyer and Thomas Palomares, FarmWise is a technology and robotics company that builds innovative systems to streamline farm operations and increase food production efficiency.

The startup’s first product is an automated mechanical weeder that uses a combination of AI, computer vision, and robotics to pull out weeds in vegetable fields without using chemicals.

FarmWise will use the latest proceeds to expand its headcount, add new technological capabilities, and also expand the company’s geographic scope into states across the country.

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