PARIS— In a trend reversal, African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch in Romania of Kenya’s popular M-Pesa mobile money transfer system. Mobile payments have changed the way many Africans — and the humanitarian community — do business. It remains to be seen, though, whether it will enjoy the same success in Europe.
The US government has declared it wants to stop being in charge of how the internet is run. The US Commerce Department has announced its “intent” to hand control over to the wider net community. It has asked net overseer Icann to work out how to shift control from the US government to an alternative […]
Apple Inc. is looking at cars and medical devices to diversify its sources of revenue as growth from iPhones and iPads slow, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. Apple’s head of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla Motors Inc. founder Elon Musk at the company’s headquarters last year around the same time […]
Princeton Survey Research Associates International conducted a survey from July 18 to September 30, 2013, showing that African Americans are using technology more than other communities.
The social media giant Facebook announced on February 13 that a custom gender option with additional privacy settings for transgender people will be added to the network. The new feature, which was developed by the help of GLAAD, enables users to select a custom gender option, indicate preferred pronouns and adjust privacy settings for the custom gender field.
The One Laptop Per Child initiative has seen thousands of laptops distributed across Rwandan schools Olive Uwineza is 12 years old and dreams of becoming president one day. She sits in a class of about 30 pupils, at a high-tech primary school in Kigali, Rwanda. By Lerato Mbele Each student has a green, white and […]
WASHINGTON — The world’s largest solar thermal plant is set to go online in California by the end of the year. While wind and sun-generated energy are generally considered clean, unlike coal-generated energy, environmentalists now worry that large-scale solar development could harm fragile desert ecosystems. Ivanpah is a field of mirrors, shimmering like a mirage […]
Another social media giant is going public. Twitter, the online micro-blogging service, launches its initial public offering (IPO) of stock on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday. Interest in owning a slice of the popular social networking site has been high – helping to boost share prices nearly 25 percent higher ahead of its launch. […]
Social media giant Facebook suffered an apparently global outage this morning, leaving users around the world unable to post status updates, “Like” items, or upload photographs. By Nathan James News organizations in the US, UK, and Europe all report that users on three continents say their “comments” and status updates have been disabled. The publicly-traded […]
Part of the Sustainable Urban Masterplan for Shanghai, this image shows the channels with pedestrian and slow traffic lanes on the right, and urban food gardens on the left. The channel transports water from vertical farm to vertical farm, cooling the city and being filtered through various plants and organisms along the way. Credit: Except […]