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    developed the system for Doctor Online Kenya Limited an online health service provider in Kenya This application provides critical medical information to anyone who needs it Doctor Online Kenya Limited is the only institution providing such an online service countrywide It is the great need to communicate most easily and efficiently witnessed at this day and age unlike at any other time in history According to George Njoroge 27 there is more to the technology than simply innovation Njoroge founded the East Africa Data Handlers Limited in 2007 With nine employees and a promising turnover the company s core business is to recover deleted or lost data such as text messages for clients using cell phone technology It is not innovation in the technology per se that is responsible for this growth It is the great need to communicate most easily and efficiently witnessed at this day and age unlike at any other time in history said Njoroge This service does not come cheaply He charges a premium fee of Ksh 6500 US 86 per hour for the recovery of lost data Njoroge identified an existing need in the Kenyan market that needed urgent addressing He explained that data recovery services in the country were simply non existent This spurred him on to venture into a hitherto unexplored field and to good effect He went on to establish the company which has since become the unrivalled data recovery firm not just in Kenya The company now conducts operations in seven other countries in the region The East Africa Data Handlers Limited will be reaching out into the South African market soon No one was providing data recovery services in Kenya There was an existing vacuum in this area a gap which I thought I could breach he explained The company launched a new product called Ujanja Swahili for ingenuity two months ago It is used to track lost and stolen cell phones as well as laptop computers In order to get this service a client is required to purchase a license from the company that s good for one year This costs Ksh1999 US 26 and Ksh 7500 US 99 for the cell phone and laptop licences respectively According to research findings released in early June by the GSM Association GSMA that represents the interests of the mobile communications industry innovation in the sector is quite strong The GSMA Mobile Innovation Research showed that this was in sharp contrast to the global economic downturn As a matter of fact the world s economic problems were cited as catalysts for the growth witnessed in the cell phone industry Challenges need to be overcome On the other hand not every innovator is smiling Mbetsa for one is a dissatisfied and disillusioned young innovator He says that he has received absolutely no help from the concerned institutions in the country I thought that I had invented a technology that was really needed because the use of fake documents is a daily occurrence in

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    launched in the Arab world Cairo Stars of Science a science based reality television programme began last month 29 May and is being broadcast on 17 different satellite channels in the Arab region Image credits Stars of Science A still from the show one of the judges with Algerian contestant Wahiba Chair An initiative of the Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development it aims to engage younger audiences in science by using the popular reality television format A total of sixteen contestants from 11 different Arab states present their innovations ranging from a wireless phone charger to solar power for Arabian tents Contestants have access to a fully equipped workshop at the Qatar Science Technology Park in Doha Here they work in teams being filmed around the clock while they develop their projects Each week a jury chooses the best projects to continue to the next step of the competition until a winner remains at the end of five weeks Eliminated contestants do not leave the show but join the remaining teams The winner will receive a US 300 000 prize and support to make their invention a marketable product I believe it will take time for Arabs to move away from the entertainment shows that they are used to watching says Ceem Haider media spokeswoman for the programme But I also believe they will be hooked when they see the inventions being offered Nehal Lasheen head of the science communication team at Ana TV one of the satellite channels carrying the show is more sceptical I was not very impressed by the quality of most of the projects chosen many of the innovations may not be very practical or applicable on a wider scale But Haidar says the programme has been well received around the Arab world

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    function on their websites where OneMap will serve a map for users to tag the locations of crowd sourced information The benefit of OneMap extend beyond just the sharing of information by the public sector Businesses and organisations can leverage OneMap to reach out and gather spatial information from a large group of people said Sim Ann Senior Parliamentary Secretary on Education and Law Image credits FutureGov Cat community on OneMap The Cat Welfare Society yesterday started the use of crowd sourcing tools on OneMap Citizens can now easily report sightings of stray cats and their locations on OneMap at the Society s website This data enables the Society to plan a systematic trapping and sterilisation programme helps it gauge where feeding points are most needed and work with local community to set up such points she added The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority ACRA also launched its BizQuery service on OneMap to enable users to find the location of registered businesses in Singapore The same location based information will be linked to ACRA s online portal for direct purchase of the corresponding business information The SLA has awarded the winners of the OneMap Challenge a competition aimed at increasing awareness of and promoting the innovative use of OneMap in the development of desktop and mobile applications The winner for mobile application category is ecoFinder a social and interactive environmental application aimed to motivate users to go green by making effort and taking action to recycle With Eco Finder users are able to locate nearby recycle bins check in to bin and gain points as well as to unlock achievements and compete with friends on leaderboard The application has been developed by Tan Jia Hao a last year student at Nanyang Polytechnic The runner ups are iGoNYP imHungry SG for

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    director of the Green Electronics Council which provides an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool EPEAT certification for computers The EPEAT provides manufacturers with a set of criteria against which to measure their products environmental impact Electronics are in fact much more environmentally friendly today than even five years ago Omelchuck an engineer told Reuters But that does not mean gadgets are sustainable leaving no adverse impact on the environment as they make their way from the factory to a recycling unit which would make them truly green Omelchuck added Companies are making products greener because the market expects them to he added Green Dollars This year manufacturers are also touting the energy efficiency of their products to draw consumers who are spending fewer dollars on discretionary products due to the recession While that is a start environmental activists and analysts say any energy savings from a so called green device will be offset if it uses highly toxic batteries or cannot be recycled Gadgets will be truly green when companies employ more eco friendly manufacturing processes packaging design and recycling programs as part of a holistic approach to sustainability Consumers shouldn t have to choose between products that are incredibly green in one area but grey in another said Casey Harrell a toxics campaigner for Greenpeace International On Friday the pro environment group held a news conference at CES to share highlights from a December green electronics survey Harrell said at the conference the electronics industry has taken encouraging strides toward improving green features on some gadgets in the past year But the absence of an international standard makes it tough for consumers to decide which gadgets are greenest Greenpeace s assessment of about 50 electronics products found Lenovo Group Ltd s L2440x wide computer monitor Sharp Corp s LC

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    TV system Today if a TV channel asks you to participate in game shows you cannot use the remote to reply With IPTV it is possible Image credits Indiatimes Infotech IPTV diagrammatic representation IPTV can offer video on demand that allows you to request movies TV shows and much more at your own convenience Also instead of being bombarded with over 100 channels like in the case of cable TV in IPTV you only get content that you opt to receive with a much richer experience Additionally people who are separated geographically can watch a movie together while chatting and exchanging files simultaneously What all a user needs With IPTV your TV will connect to a set top box that decodes the IP video and converts it into standard television signals If a modem is added to the set top box it will provide a range of interactive services including email betting games shopping information and even Internet access In India as per IDC the number of subscribers is likely to reach 966 000 subscribers by 2011 at a CAGR of 156 8 percent during 2006 2011 IDC further expects 15 9 per cent of all residential broadband subscribers in India to use IPTV by the end of 2011 up from less than 1 per cent of all broadband subscribers in 2006 How is it different from Internet TV Internet protocol TV is different from Internet TV given that the user experience is bound to their living rooms and set top boxes The quality though will be superior since the content is digital unlike most of the traditional TV content IPTV unlike Internet TV is primarily a TV experience rather than a PC experience and is meant as an alternative to cable and satellite Triple play IPTV can easily be bundled with broadband Internet service and VoIP services to offer what is popularly known as Triple Play The commercial bundling of IPTV VoIP and Internet access is referred to as a Triple Play This means with more players bringing IPTV services in India the service is all set to pose a significant challenge to the established cable and satellite services In US Triple Play services are offered by cable television operators as well as by telecommunication operators Triple Play implies high speed Internet television Video on Demand or regular broadcasts and telephone service over a single broadband connection With wireless it s called Quadruple Play and grouped services triple and quadruple are called multi play Why this low penetration Reasons for poor subscriber base of IPTV include lack of customer awareness about the benefits of the IPTV service low broadband penetration slow Internet access speeds and high set top box cost One of the biggest reasons why IPTV never took off earlier in India was slow Internet connectivity However with faster broadband speed now there is every possibility that IPTV will take users by storm IPTV uses a two way broadcast signal sent through the service provider s backbone network

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    Unveiling the Sixth Sense 20 April 2009 This demo from the MIT Media lab USA was the buzz of the TED community It s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment Pattie Maes from MIT Media Lab s new Fluid Interfaces Group researches the tools we use to work with information and connect with one another Here she demonstrates the Sixth

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    effects of climate change The developers of Google Ocean say it could also help highlight the effects of climate change on the seas Related topics regions Climate Change Internet Innovations Mobile phone based money transfer soon in Bangladesh Bangladesh is all set to introduce mobile phone technology for money transfer Once operational it would not only make transfers faster and cost effective but Related topics regions Innovations ICTs Economy The E2 A green computer for everyone Non profit internet provider GreenNet s new ultra low power computer can run on a car battery for hours and uses a maximum of nine watts of electricity Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations Offset your carbon footprint with your mobile b Ambrish Bakaya b Director Corporate Affairs Nokia India Pvt Ltd speaks to Ayeshea Perera from i Mint i on the Eco zone project that attempts to Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations Inventory of innovative African farmer advisory services The inventory brought out for FARA documents all the known innovative ICT enabled farmer advisory services or systems being designed implemented or Related topics regions Livelihoods ICTs Innovations TAG CLOUD Related topics regions Development Community Radio Open source Transforming rural lives with a phone LifeLines an innovative service brings a world of information right to the fields and farms of rural communities simply on the dial of a phone Related topics regions Innovations Education Agriculture ICTs Featured slideshow LifeLines Agriculture Snapshots from the field Take a tour through a few villages and see how the LifeLines service is helping better the lives and livelihoods of rural communities in India Related topics regions ICTs Agriculture Innovations ICT innovation to revitalize agriculture in Japan Agriculture in the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan is set to get an ICT boost with trial of a farm information sensing network that would improve cultivation in Related topics regions ICTs Agriculture Innovations Common problems shared solutions New technology and better communications will help innovation to drive development and arrive at common solutions to common problems say i b Gordon Related topics regions Science and Technology ICTs Innovations National Innovation Council to create new service delivery systems Bharat Nirman Innovation Fund has been set up to encourage innovations in India Its nodal agency the National Innovation Council is presently creating a gram Related topics regions Innovations Mobile connect for refugees with Refunite service Refunite a free mobile service is helping as an online tracing tool to aid refugees search for their families as discreetly as they want and with very basic Related topics regions Human Rights Media Innovations Filipinos collaborate online in flood evacuation efforts In an attempt to help people in flood affected Philippines a group of twitter users have created a Googledoc spread sheet to help first responders Related topics regions Development Wireless Technologies Innovations GPS protection for African rhinos In what could be an effective prevention against poaching rhinos in the Mafikeng Reserve in South Africa have got a GPS device fitted in their horn that not Related

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    such as the height of Mount Everest or crunch several data sets together to produce new results such as a country s GDP Other functions solve complex mathematical equations plot scientific figures or chart natural events Like interacting with an expert it will understand what you re talking about do the computation and then present you with the results said Dr Wolfram As a result much of the data is scientific although there is also limited cultural information about pop stars and films Dr Wolfram said the trillions of pieces of data were chosen and managed by a team of experts at Wolfram Research who also massage the information to make sure it can be read and displayed by the system Nova Spivak founder of the web tool Twine has described Alpha as having the potential to be as important to the web as Google Wolfram Alpha is like plugging into a vast electronic brain he wrote earlier this year It computes answers it doesn t merely look them up in a big database Learning language Image credits BBC Developers say Wolfram Alpha can simplify language to remove linguistic fluff The new tool uses a technique known as natural language processing to return answers This allows users to ask questions of the tool using normal spoken language rather than specific search terms For example a relatively simple search such as who was the president of Brazil in 1923 will return the answer Artur da Silva Bernardes This technique has long been the holy grail of computer scientists who aim to allow people to interact with computers in an instinctive way Dr Wolfram said that Alpha has solved many of the problems of interpreting people s questions We thought there would be a huge amount of ambiguity in search terms but it turns out not to be the case he said In addition he said the system had got pretty good at removing linguistic fluff the kinds of words that are not necessary for the system to find and compute the relevant data Simple text However he said most users tend to stop using structured sentences fairly quickly Pretty soon they get lazy and they say I don t need all those extra words Instead they tended to use concepts similar to how most people use search engines today But Dr Boris Katz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a natural language expert said he was disappointed by Dr Wolfram s dismissal of English syntax as fluff For example he said suppose someone asks When did Barack Obama visit Nicolas Sarkozy Image credits BBC Searching for Blair Bush could give a different result Here understanding the sentence structure is important if you want to be able to distinguish cases where it was Barack Obama who visited Nicolas from cases where it was Nicolas Sarkozy who visited Barack Obama he said Image credits BBC than searching for Bush Blair I believe he is misguided in treating language as a nuisance instead of

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