Drones, apps and smart lockers: The technology transforming healthcare in Africa

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Sub-Saharan Africa has, on average, the worst healthcare in the world, according to the World Bank. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all disability and death caused by disease worldwide, yet has only 1% of global health expenditure and 3% of the world’s health workers.Infrastructure is poor, making access to even the most basic medical… Read more »

The Gig Economy Is Under Attack, But Not for the First Time

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Moving quickly against Silicon Valley’s brilliant 21st Century labor arbitrage, California’s state senate approved legislation on Wednesday intended to reclassify many more workers as employees. Just a day after passage by the state assembly, the vote sent the bill, known simply as AB5, that could restructure much of the so-called gig economy to Gov. Gavin… Read more »

The Zambian agri-tech app making farming cool

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Agripredict, led by young founder and CEO Mwila Kangwa, helps identify and stop the crop diseases that have ravaged Zambia’s farms in past seasons. Using Agripredict’s phone application, the 22,000 Zambian farmers in the company’s pilot program can get detailed information on plant diseases and weather patterns that would before have come only from skilled… Read more »

CATCH THE BUZZ – A NEW APP LISTENS TO THE PROBLEMS OF BEES. MATCHING HONEY BEE NOISES TO THEIR AILMENTS.

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YOU might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also deduce the condition of their bees from the sounds they make. A steady hum could be the sign of a contented hive; a change in tone might indicate that the bees are about to swarm…. Read more »

The taxi wars

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Who is going to decide how we travel around our cities – Californian tech giants or local transport businesses? On Tech Tent we hear from the UK firm helping local taxi operators take the fight to Uber and from an American scooter firm trying to change the law in Britain. I took a trip to… Read more »

The low-code revolution: Lightning App Cookbook

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Companies like Mendix (https://www.mendix.com/) and Salesforce are saying that this is the start of a “low-code revolution”, where business people can build applications without knowing much, if any, code at all. Source: Salesforce Date: November 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvG171ltKjw Discussion 1) Why are we now at a point where low-code programming is an option? 2) How does a… Read more »