Written by administrator on June 21st, 2012
Mobile Money: How Cell Phones Can Fight Hunger in the Sahel
News from Huffington Post:
This blog is part of a series organized by The Huffington Post and the NGO alliance InterAction to call attention to the crisis in the Sahel, a region in sub-Saharan Africa where more than 18 million people face starvation and 1.1 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of dying from acute malnutrition. Click here to read more of HuffPost Impact’s coverage of the Sahel and here to find out what InterAction members and others are doing in the Sahel.
Some five billion people worldwide were using mobile phones in 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union, with the strongest growth taking place in developing countries. Africa is the fastest growing mobile market. In the past six years, the industry estimates that the number of subscribers has grown nearly 20 percent each year. At this rate, we can expect to see some 735 million cell phone users in Africa by the end of 2012.
The surge in mobile technology in Africa not only c…………… continues on Huffington Post
Something new to fear: Cell phone separation anxiety
News from CNET:
Your phone is missing. You start to panic. You may be one of many people suffering from nomophobia, according to a new survey.
June 21, 2012 11:13 AM PDT
Though it may sound like it, nomophobia isn’t the fear of being without Cute Overload. It’s the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
A survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned by Lookout, a mobile security app maker, delves into the mindset of smartphone owners and shows just how obsessed we are with our phones.
The bathroom habits of mobile owners have already been revealed in all their icky glory, but Lookout’s Mobile Mindset study has uncovered some interesting trends when it comes to staying connected during meals, while lying in bed, and even during services at houses of worship.
Nearly 60 percent of respondents don’t go an hour without checking their phones and 54 percen…………… continues on CNET