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Africa: Juggling Academics and Work

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[New Times] Whether out of pressure to upgrade in a bid to secure one's job or grow in the ranks, or the sheer desire to acquire additional skills, many people have to deal with the reality of juggling school and work.
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Postleaf is an open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious

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Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.21.53 PMContent management systems are boring until you have to use one. You can install a little Drupal or WordPress, pick up some Squarespace, or just dump to Medium, the graveyard for posts about protein shakes and VC funding. But what if you could roll your own CMS? And what if you made it really cool? That’s what Cory LaViska did. LaViska is the founder of SurrealCMS and has been making it… Read More




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TurboNote - Take & Share Notes While Watching Videos

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TurboNote is a great Chrome extension that enables you to take notes while watching a video in the same web browser window. Unlike some similar extensions, TurboNote isn't limited to working with YouTube videos. TurboNote can be used on Vimeo, Netflix, and Facebook videos.

With the TurboNote extension installed you can take notes while watching any video. To take notes just tap the TurboNote extension icon in your browser and a menu for taking notes appears. Any notes that you type are automatically time-stamped. You can go back and edit your notes at any time by opening the TurboNote sticky notes option as seen in the video below. All notes can be shared via social media and email.


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TurboNote could be a great extension for students to use to write questions that pop-up while they are watching a video that you've assigned to them or that they have found on their own. They could then share those questions with you and or their classmates. I would have students share their questions with me then research the answers and share those with me too.
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Peruvian Pokémon Go Players Eager to Cover More Ground Are Hiring Motorcycle Taxi Drivers

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    Mototaxis en flia. Imagen en Flickr del usuario Martín García (CC BY-NC 2.0).Motorcycle taxis waiting in line. Photo: Flickr / Martix (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Pokémon Go, the trendy mobile game that sent Nintendo's stock values on a rollercoaster ridelately, is pumping money into another industry in the Peruvian Amazon, where motorcycle taxi drivers in Iquitos, the capital city of the Loreto region, have seen a spike in demand, as the game's players hire drivers to move around town more efficiently. For eight to twelve soles (between $2.50 and $3.60) an hour, a Pokémon hunter can hire a typical three-wheel ride to drive them around the streets of Iquitos, so they can catch the elusive virtual creatures.

In Iquitos.

Motorcycle taxi drivers in Iquitos are the peak of Peruvian creativity. I pay my respect to them. [I am] #PokeDumb.

This is not floro.

(In colloquial Peruvian speech, floromeans trying to convince someone using lies or exaggerating reality.)

In a text republished by several different media outlets, a driver named Luis López explained how the Association of Motor Taxi Drivers of Iquitos has embraced the trend:

Nosotros brindamos el servicio y el usuario con su celular nos pide que vayamos por el centro de Iquitos, donde existen mayor aglomeración de pokemones y pokeparadas. Los pokemones más raros están en avenidas fuera del centro, entonces nosotros conducimos, sin distraernos y el usuario puede atraparlos.

We provide the service and the user, with their mobile phone, asks us to drive around Iquitos downtown, where most Pokémons and pokéstops are located. The rarest Pokémons are found in avenues outside downtown, though, so we drive without distractions while the user catches them.

López also said the association is working in coordination with the police to avoid traffic collisions, and pointed out that some younger players have risked their lives while playing, out of eagerness for the game. Police have also stepped up patrolling efforts to protect players from mobile-phone thieves.

Unfortunately, despite these efforts, the city has seen an increase in traffic collisions:

En las últimas horas se ha registrado un incremento de accidentes de tránsito relacionados a Pokémon Go en la ciudad, según reveló la policía de Iquitos. El General PNP Julio Mercado, jefe policial del Oriente, dio a conocer que los peatones que vienen jugando se distraen constantemente en las vías llenas de vehículos.
Además, muchos de los usuarios son víctimas de accidentes pues utilizan motocicletas para atrapar a las criaturas y otros son blanco de malhechores que les arrebatan sus celulares.

In the past few hours, the number of Pokémon-Go-related traffic collisions in the city has increased, according to Iquitos police. General of Peruvian National Police of the East, Julio Mercado, said that pedestrians playing [the game] are constantly distracted in the roads full of vehicles.

Also, many users become involved in accidents while driving motorcycles to catch the creatures and others have become targets for wrongdoers who take their mobile phones.

Drivers aren't limiting themselves to motorcycle taxis, however, and some services are making boats available to players who want to find Pokémon on the Amazon river.

20 soles ($6.00) per hour. That's it.

Iquitos, incidentally, isn't the only city offering Pokémon-Go-related services. In Fortaleza, the Brazilian state capital of Ceará, there are similar reports of motorcycle taxi drivers earning extra money thanks to the search for Pokémons.

Thirty-two-year-old driver Denis Paz, for instance, used Facebook to announce that he is making his vehicle available to “Pokemaniacs,” so they can visit various spots around the city:

Segundo entrevista ao Estado, em apenas 24 horas ele recebeu mais de 50 pedidos para agendar “tours” através da cidade. “Inicialmente quero cobrar R$ 25 por hora”, disse. “Acho que pode ser um negócio promissor.”

According to an interview with [the Paulista news outlet] Estado, in only 24 hours [Denis] got over 50 requests to reserve “tours” all around the city. “At first, I'd like to charge R$25 (about $7.80 in US dollars) per hour,” he noted. “I think this can be a promising business.”

On Twitter, the new industry is also getting some notice:

Motorcycle taxi drivers in Fortaleza take advantage of Pokémon-Go fever to score some extra rides.

It remains to been seen if these are isolated cases when it comes to Pokémon Go boosting local transport markets, or perhaps this is a sign of things to come elsewhere, as the Japanese game and augmented reality in general grow more mainstream.



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Africa: Francophone Africa Will Be Getting Fibre-to-the-Home Roll-Outs

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[Balancing Act] London -Five years after the first major Fibre-To-The-Home roll-outs in East Africa, Francophone Africa looks set to be getting its own roll-outs. There have been two announcements, one from a David in Senegal and the other from the French Goliath Bollore. Russell Southwood looks at what's happening.
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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

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Bernard Meyerson, Mariette DiChristina, World Economic Forum, Aug 16, 2016


This is a pretty good list, and Irving Wladawsky-Berger  adds commentary to each of the ten items listed in this World Economic Forum (WEF) report (website, 18 page PDF). Here's the list (quoted):

  • Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings -  could have a huge impact on the future of medicine, architecture, agriculture and drug manufacture.
  • Next Generation Batteries - make mini-grids feasible that can provide clean, reliable, round the clock energy sources to entire villages.
  • The Blockchain -  potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work is only now emerging.
  • 2D Materials - applications, from air and water filters to new generations of wearables and batteries.
  • Autonomous Vehicles - potential for saving lives, cutting pollution, boosting economies, and improving quality of life for the elderly.
  • Organs-on-chips -  allowing researchers to see biological mechanism behaviours in ways never before possible.
  • Perovskite Solar Cells - it is easier to make, can be used virtually anywhere and, to date, keeps on generating power more efficiently.
  • Open AI Ecosystem - help with a vast range of tasks, from keeping track of one’ s finances and health to advising on wardrobe choice.
  • Optogenetics - light can now be delivered deeper into brain tissue, something that could lead to better treatment for people with brain disorders.
  • Systems Metabolic Engineering - list of building block chemicals that can be manufactured better and more cheaply by using plants rather than fossil fuels.

If you want to predict the future, here's my slogan: carbon, carbon, and carbon. New building materials such as carbon fibre will the products we use stronger and lighter. Graphine and similar compounds will revolutionize electronics and power storage. And biotechnology will revolutionize medicine and help us build advanced organic-based processors.

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