New Pew Report: Smartphone Ownership in 2013

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released new data last week showing that 56% of all American adults use smartphones. At AIDS.gov, we have seen growth in mobile access to our website. Since January, 2013, nearly 37% of visits to AIDS.gov have been from a mobile device. This has already surpassed the total mobile visits from 2012. The HIV community should take note of the growth in smartphone usage. Here are a few things from the report that may be of interest. What Pew found: … [Read more...]

Alleviating Poverty: Mobile Communications, Micro-finance, Small Business Development

Poverty is one of the most pressing problems around the world. According to statistics from the World Bank, nearly one-quarter of the global population lives at or below the poverty line of $1.25 per day.[i] With so many people struggling for basic subsistence, it is hard for those affected to get out of poverty, gain access to capital, or develop small firms or businesses that help them build a better life. Yet with the growth of mobile technology, there are new opportunities for individuals … [Read more...]

Mobile telephony: Empowering women through self employment

When was the last time you met a truly empowered woman?   Well, earlier in the week, I was lucky enough to meet Valiben Macwana, one of the 1.7 million empowered self-employed women's association (SEWA) members. SEWA, based in Ahmedabad, India, is an organization of self-employed women workers who earn their living thanks to their small business. These women do not get a monthly salary, nor enjoy benefits like those of their sisters in the "organized labour sector". And to make … [Read more...]

Lorre White celebrates Next Generation of Luxury Mobile Phones

Practical, technical and elegantly beautiful, the VERTU Ti has it all   For many people, an iPhone is considered more than adequate when it comes to smartphones with a high-quality combination of sleek design, solid qualityand an intuitive interface. While it undoubtedly possesses these qualities, when put side by side with the new release from luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu, it pales in comparison. Vertu is the leading provider of luxury mobile phones in the world, … [Read more...]

The Internet Gender Gap | Magdy Martinez Soliman

How can the use of mobile technologies best benefit Women? The role of ICTs as development enablers is more widely understood today as access to new technologies, particularly mobile phones, has grown exponentially. SPECIAL COMPUTER TRAINING COURSE DESIGNED FOR DEAF PEOPLE IN DAMASCUS, SYRIA. PHOTO: UNDP IN SYRIA Mobile phone subscriptions exceeded six billion by the end of 2012, three-quarters of which were in the developing world. However, Women are at a disadvantage: they are 21% less … [Read more...]

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