As parts of the developing world skip ‘the desktop and laptop generation’ as more and more people get access to SmartPhones and use Mobile technology to surf the Internet, Google and Facebook are already targeting them. Facebook and Google are persuading wireless carriers to offer cheaper or free internet access to customers for stripped-down access to the two web giants’ sites. Once locked in, consumers will then be tempted to pay for full access to the full versions.
Considering that Facebook currently only has access to 5% of the African continent‘s population, there is massive room for growth here for the giant social network. A smart and potentially very lucrative move for the two behemoths, but is this ‘cut down’ version of the web potentially dangerous and limiting to those that access it? Discuss
Article from Allafrica.com discusses the launch of IBM’s “WaterWatchers” project and its potential impact on the water system in South Africa.
An excellent example of how Mobile technology can make a real impact on peoples’ everyday lives and a country’s development.
Vodacom Business, the enterprise division of Vodacom Group, announced the launch of a number of mHealth initiatives together with its partner Mezzanineware.
Despite the tremendous potential of mHealth, there are clear challenges ahead and this article discusses the lack of evidence supporting successful projects in the developing world