Kenya’s mobile payment system, M-PESA, introduced in 2007, enriched the lives of Kenyans and gradually spread to other countries. M-PESA allows cellphone users to save and transfer money and use SMS to exchange funds over the network. But will mobile money actually transform the lives of the world’s poorest in the future?
Dartmouth University’s Visible Light Communication project (iVLC) is the first instance of an integrated networking and sensing environment. What that means, according to researchers, is that the technology enables so-called “smart spaces” to separate shadow from light and transmit high-speed data wirelessly, using the light spectrum.
Following incidents of beatings and rape by Uber drivers in India, the ride-sharing company announced it will add a panic button, and journey and location sharing on February 11. The date was announced after the Times of India reported that the Mumbai transportation department was considering a ban on Uber.
Hack attacks have been evolving, becoming more sophisticated and more frequent. Writer Lance Cottrell argues that users also need to evolve, and adopt new, robust ways of dealing with malicious software and security breaches to minimize impact.
The wearable tech market is still developing, but according to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, it is set to quickly expand. The report predicts that more than half a billion wearable devices will be in daily use by 2019.
Google announced today that Bangladesh has become the 65th country to be added to Street View, which now includes sights from Dhaka and Chittagong. The tech company partnered with the Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh to allow its Street View vehicles to take in the local sights.
What is the world coming to? Japan’s Huis Ten Bosch theme park announced plans to staff a new hotel with robots. The Henn-na Hotel, which means Strange Hotel in English, will open in July and will have a robot staff of receptionists able to converse with guests, as well as robot porters and cleaners.