'MyShake' app, a personal tsunami warning system

Title: 'MyShake' app, a personal tsunami warning system
Author: Ben Gruber
Source: Reuters
Date (published): 10/03/2016
Date (accessed): 12/03/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When an earthquake strikes literally every second counts. That was the case 5 years ago when a magnitude 9 quake unleashed a massive tsunami that devastated Japan. A seismological network kicked into action issuing early warnings, but the massive waves still killed nearly 16,000 people and caused an estimated $300 billion (USD) in damage. Since then scientists have been working to improve detection systems in the hopes of generating more accurate earthquake data and ultimately buying people a bit more time to flee a soon to be disaster zone. Now researchers are hoping to tap into new pool data. It turns out the technology in conventional seismological instrumentation exists in every smartphone on the planet.

Reading in the mobile era: A study of mobile reading in developing countries

Title: Reading in the mobile era: A study of mobile reading in developing countries
Authors: Mark West, Han Ei Chew
Source: UNESCO
Date (accessed): 12/03/2016
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scarce resource into an abundant one. Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why. The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers. This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading. Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world. This report shows how.

Tech tools break down language barriers in emergencies

Title: Tech tools break down language barriers in emergencies
Author: Imogen Mathers
Source: SciDev.Net
Date (published): 04/03/2016
Date (accessed): 12/03/2016
Type of information: online interview
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In the face of an earthquake or cyclone, what would you do first? Most people, I imagine, would rush to a place of safety, find out what was going on, and make contact with their families. But what if you didn’t know the language of those around you or understand emergency bulletins broadcast or appearing on billboards, television and mobile screens? This is what happens to many of the world’s 60 million people displaced living in countries prone to environmental disasters or conflict, as well as for local people who do not speak the language of government and public broadcasts.

Is India’s $3.60 smartphone too good to be true?

Title: Is India’s $3.60 smartphone too good to be true?
Author: Prasanto K Roy
Source: BBC
Date (published): 18/02/2016
Date (accessed): 12/03/2016
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: On Wednesday evening a virtually unknown Indian company launched the "world's cheapest smartphone", named Freedom 251, for 251 rupees ($3.60; £2.50), in Delhi. The handset, from Ringing Bells, a company less than a year old and based in Noida near the capital, Delhi, is a 3G smartphone with specifications similar to phones at least 15 times more expensive.

The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough

Title: The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough
Author: Yusuf Sherwani
Source: TechCrunch
Date (published): 10/02/2016
Date (accessed): 05/03/2016
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Across most developed economies, healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. In the U.K., the National Health Service (NHS) faces an estimated funding gap of £30 billion by 2020. In the U.S., the situation looks more bleak, with total annual healthcare spending surpassing $3.8 trillion, representing an astonishing 17.4 percent of the country’s total GDP.

How mobile can help smallholder farmers become more climate resilient

Title: How mobile can help smallholder farmers become more climate resilient
Author: Nicole Darabian
Source: GSMA
Date (published): 18/02/2016
Date (accessed): 05/03/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This is the first entry of a series of blog posts highlighting the opportunities and benefits for mobile operators to invest in weather forecasting provision. This blog post focuses on the opportunity to improve the dissemination of weather information.

There are 9 principles for digital development. Now what?

Title: There are 9 principles for digital development. Now what?
Author: Kelli Rogers
Source: Devex International Development
Date (published): 01/03/2016
Date (accessed): 05/03/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:
1. Design with the user.
2. Understand the existing ecosystem.
3. Design for scale.
4. Build for sustainability.
5. Be data driven.
6. Use open standards, open data, open source and open innovation.
7. Reuse and improve.
8. Address privacy and security.
9. Be collaborative.

5 ways to include women in a mobile-enabled energy solution

Title: 5 ways to include women in a mobile-enabled energy solution
Author: Alexandra Tyers
Source: Panoply Digital
Date (accessed):05/03/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: There’s a lot of evidence that women not only have less access to affordable, clean and renewable energy services than men (for example, because of social norms around financing and access to electrical connections) but also are disproportionately affected by low-quality energy. For example, women and girls are much more likely to have health problems because of cooking indoors with low-quality fuels such as kerosene and generating indoor air pollution. There is also the question of safety.

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies

Title: Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies
Author: Jacob Poushter
Source: Pew Research Center
Date (published): 22/02/2016
Date (accessed): 29/02/2016
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress. To that end, there has been a noticeable rise over the past two years in the percentage of people in the emerging and developing nations surveyed by Pew Research Center who say that they use the internet and own a smartphone. And while people in advanced economies still use the internet more and own more high-tech gadgets, the rest of the emerging world is catching up.
In 2013, a median of 45% across 21 emerging and developing countries reported using the internet at least occasionally or owning a smartphone. In 2015, that figure rose to 54%, with much of that increase coming from large emerging economies such as Malaysia, Brazil and China. By comparison, a median of 87% use the internet across 11 advanced economies surveyed in 2015, including the U.S. and Canada, major Western European nations, developed Pacific nations (Australia, Japan and South Korea) and Israel.2 This represents a 33- percentage-point gap compared with emerging and developing nations.

Top 10 Education Apps for Africa

Title: Top 10 Education Apps for Africa
Author: Darryl Linington
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 25/02/2016
Date (accessed): 29/02/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: IT News Africa is highlighting some of the top education apps for Africa. The apps featured below offer users the opportunity to learn new languages, discover various facts about global history, as well as brush up on their math and science knowledge.

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