GitHub Launches New Sponsors Tool, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Is Out on Linux, IBM Announces Expansion of its IBM Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, Elisa 0.4.0 Released and NASA Deploys Astrobee Robots Running Ubuntu on the Space Station

News briefs for May 23, 2019.

GitHub launches a new tool called Sponsors that lets you make payments to
open-source developers. Tech
Crunch reports
, that “Developers will be able to opt into having a ‘Sponsor
me’ button on their GitHub repositories and open source projects will also be
able to highlight their funding models, no matter whether that’s individual
contributions to developers or using Patreon, Tidelift, Ko-fi or Open
Collective.

Feral Interactive announces that Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is out on Linux
and macOS, the same day as the Windows release. The game was developed by Creative
Assembly and is the first in the Total War series to be set in ancient
China. It’s available now from the Feral
Interactive Store
for $59.99, and you can watch the trailer here.

IBM announces global expansion of its IBM Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture.
From the press
release
: “For the first time, IBM is providing a global agriculture
solution that combines predictive technology with data from The Weather Company, an
IBM Business, and IoT data to help give farmers around the world greater insights
about planning, plowing, planting, spraying and harvesting.”

Elisa
0.4.0 has been released
. This version of the KDE community-developed music
player has several new features, including improved grid views elements, support for
libVLC and more. You can get it via the flathub package or the source code tarball.

NASA has deployed three “Astrobee” robots on the International Space Station to do
house-keeping tasks. According to Linux
Gizmos
“the bots run Ubuntu/ROS and Android 7.1 on Snapdragon-based
Inforce modules and a Wandboard and feature 3x payload bays, 6x cameras, and a
touchscreen.” The Astrobees are named Honey, Queen and Bumble. Linux Gizmos writes
that their chief job
“is to let astronauts remotely monitor equipment via the bots’
cameras and mic while the they’re working elsewhere on the ISS. They can also
perform inventory and do other housekeeping chores, or act as a general-purpose
floating touchscreen computer.”

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