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Delivering Sustainable Transport In Africa’s Cities

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I have been fascinated by the astonishing growth in the continent’s cities over the past decade. In fact, as the Brookings Institution reports, the total number of Africans living in urban areas is projected to rise from 400 million in 2010 to 1.26 billion in 2050. This means that Africa… Read more »

Uber Has Made It Much Easier To See Your Rating

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Uber has put ratings front and centre in the latest version of its app in a bid to encourage “better rider behaviour”. Previously, users had to navigate a maze of menus to find out how drivers had scored them, but ratings have now been elevated to the the app’s main menu…. Read more »

Seeing Is Believing: How Mobile And Local Journalism Can Fight Fake News

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On the very day of the 2016 US Presidential election, Oxford Dictionaries declared “Post-truth” the word of the year. In the few months since, we’ve seen the emergence of “Alternative Facts” and “Fake News.” It seems like every day there’s another breaking news story filled with baseless accusations or statements… Read more »

Online HR software South Africa

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Online HR software South Africa It is not easy to find the best online HR management software, online payroll or HR and payroll solutions available in South Africa. There are a LOT of choices, and it is difficult to select the one that is the most efficient for your small… Read more »

Design: The Vital Ingredient For Any Business

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Image credit: Steeper The UK’s increasingly diverse range of design skills and specialisms are thriving with new technologies flooding the global market, but with new designs more abundant than ever before, it is important to ascertain how the design team can stay relevant yet enable growth with the creation of… Read more »

Google’s Soul-Searching Reaches An Inevitable Conclusion: Reputation Is King

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Google has learned the hard way that even the shiniest corporates cannot sit on their hands when their reputation is on the line. The search engine giant thought that a boycott by global brands would blow over. Once the tide turned against them, it became clear that inaction was no… Read more »

As Female Scientists, We Cannot Give Up On Leading The World Of Research

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During my undergraduate and my master’s degrees, I always wondered why so many of my lecturers were men and why there were hardly any women in our faculty. Especially when my classes were made up of mostly female students; it just didn’t add up. Now that I am embarking on… Read more »

Wellcome Image Awards 2017: Science Photography That Will Blow You Away

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Wellcome Image Awards, a celebration of the best science photography from around the world. The latest selection of winners are among the most striking yet, presenting cells, eyes and blood vessels in an extraordinary new light.  We’ve rounded up our nine favourites…. Read more »

The Economist Intelligence Unit Says IoT Is On Business Leaders' Agendas

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This week the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Internet of Things (IoT) Business Index 2017 announced its findings. Co-sponsored by ARM and IBM, the independent report shows the IoT has matured steadily over the past three years, since the inaugural Index was published, with companies moving from research and planning into… Read more »

Facebook Ordered To Pay $500m In Virtual Reality Case

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A US court has ordered Facebook to pay $500 million after a jury found that it had unlawfully used another company’s virtual reality technology. The jury found that Oculus had used technology that was owned by the video game developer ZeniMax. According to Polygon the $500m is split as follows: Oculus… Read more »

'Alexa, What Are The Four Biggest Challenges To Voice Control Technology Hitting The Mainstream?'

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The rise of ‘voice-first’ interfaces featured prominently in Gartner’s list of 10 predictions about the strategic use of technology in 2017 — the analysis firm anticipates that 10 million households will be using room-based screenless devices by the end of the year. It’s not hard to understand why when you… Read more »

Malicious Android Virus Has Been Caught Making Record Ransom Demands

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It’s a weekday evening. You’re on the bus home, catching up on WhatsApps and texts from friends as the dreaded “low battery” warning pops up on screen – yet again. You remember the app your colleague mentioned – he said it boosts phones’ battery lives – so you download it.  It… Read more »

Technology Is Creating Jobs, Not Just Stealing Them…

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Technology has been “stealing our jobs” since at least the Bronze Age, so it’s surprising after all these years that any of us have a job to go to in the mornings. The tired old trope of machines stealing the bread from our children’s mouths has been trotted out at… Read more »

If You Think Your Pupils Are Googling Their Way To Success, Think Again

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One of the more tiresome aspects of classroom teaching over the past decade has been the mandatory insertion of ICT (Information Communications Technology) into every lesson, regardless of any educational rationale. For the gradually disempowered teacher the option of saying: ‘I’m not’, to the question: ‘How are you incorporating ICT… Read more »

Engineering Skills Are The Key To Achieving Sustainable Development And Reducing Foreign Aid Dependency

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Craster International, the largest foundry and machine shop in Zimbabwe. Copyright; Dr Wilson Nyemba Nearly half of the world’s population, or more than 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day and more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. This problem… Read more »

Why I Gave Up My Debit Card And Haven’t Looked Back

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Nearly a year ago, the FT ran a feature about the financial woes of the millennial generation. It was pushed out to Twitter in a now infamous tweet: “OMG! 25-year-olds should be saving £800 a month into their pension. CBA with that.” The tweet went viral, drawing the ire of… Read more »

Fake News Probe Could See Facebook, Twitter And Google Chiefs Face Questions From Government

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Social media bosses could be questioned over whether they are doing enough to stop fake news. The Commons Culture Committee is said to be on the verge of summoning the chiefs of Facebook, Twitter and Google to Parliament for an inquiry into the phenomenon, the Sunday Telegraph said. It is… Read more »

SpaceX Launch Video Shows Falcon 9 Rocket Ascend Into Space

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); SpaceX has launched its first rocket into space since an explosion rocked its operations last year. The Elon Musk-backed firm’s Falcon 9 rocket ascended into the sky from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. In September, a mishap saw the firm’s… Read more »

Wind Power Overtakes Coal For The First Time Ever In The UK

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It is not often we hear good news about the environment, but 2017 is starting on a high as renewable energy has already had its first win of the year. For the first time ever, wind farms in the UK are now providing more energy than burning coal, and not… Read more »

People Who’ve Deleted Facebook Reveal What Finally Made Them Do It

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Christmas is usually the time that tips most Facebook users over the edge, whether it’s pictures of your mates’ babies dressed as puddings, Christmas tree one-upmanship or the smug bastard that went to Barbados for the holidays. Either way, if you’re contemplating deleting the social media platform (for the umpteenth… Read more »

Autism: Scientists May Be Able To Explain A Third Of All Cases

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The scarcity of a single protein in the brain could explain as many as a third of all cases of autism, according to a new study. Researchers in Canada are hopeful that the discovery could help them develop a treatment for the disorder, which affects more than one in 100… Read more »

Can Social Media Data Save The Polls?

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The first known example of an opinion poll was in 1824, which was a local straw poll in Pennsylvania on the US presidential election. In 1916, The Literary Digest embarked on a national survey (partly as a circulation-raising exercise) and correctly predicted Woodrow Wilson’s election as president. Mailing out millions… Read more »

I’m Dreaming Of A Wifi Free Christmas

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During the Christmas and New Year period, many people choose to take regular breaks from the indulgences of food and drink popular at this time of year. Similarly, I’m hoping to cut back on another great addiction of our time: technology and the internet. Like much of the UK, I… Read more »

The Five Key Steps To Take After A Security Breach

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There’s much advice given about how to reduce the risk of an attack and the different preventative measures that organisations can put in place. However, with new technologies and routes of entry for attackers, preventive measures alone are not enough. In order to ensure all bases are covered, organisations need… Read more »

Google Will Be Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy From 2017

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Google has announced its data centres and offices will be powered entirely by renewable energy from 2017, setting the pace for the tech industry. The search giant is now the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy globally, according to a company blog. Urs Holzle,… Read more »

MacBook Pro Review

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The MacBook Pro has become a symbol of productivity. With its deceptively simple OS the Pro was the silent performer. It never shouted about what it was capable of doing but quietly, efficiently just got the job done. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a newsroom, media studio or architect’s office… Read more »

Major Cyberattack Hits Post Office And TalkTalk Routers

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Post Office and TalkTalk broadband customers have had their internet access cut after the companies were hit by the same cyber attack. The two ISPs are the latest victims of a particular type of malware targeting equipment powered by Linux. It uses a modified form of the Mirai worm, which… Read more »

Physical Anti-Tech Products on the Rise!

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Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are on the rise, we can turn on the heating, lights and household appliances with our phones and pay for everything without any cash. The ‘internet of everything’ is showing us the real power of digital – and not just because there’s now the potential… Read more »