Mobile development from Cuba to Kenya and kinetic mobile charging highlight this week’s #MobileMonday
Mobile development in Cuba gets a helping hand while researchers find new ways to keep your phone charged in this week’s #MobileMonday!
Cuba’s state-run telecom provider strikes deal with Google
Cuba, a country in which only 26 percent of the population uses the internet and a mere 3.4 percent have access to it in their homes, has recently taken a large step toward catching up with its peers. Current internet connections in the country are run by state-run telecom provider ETECSA and lack enough “oomph” to run internet content such as YouTube with the quality expected in other parts of the world.
However, a recent partnership with Google hopes to change all that. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt paid a visit to Havana to ink the agreement, which will upgrade existing connections and increase access to Google-owned content.
The democratization of technology enhances the lives of Kenyans
Mobile development has taken on a whole new meaning in Kenya, with a new survey correlating economic freedom with the democratization of mobile technology. Taking a look at some 1,600 Kenyan homes, the study found that the ability of citizens to use mobile money services enhanced their economic opportunities. An estimated 185,000 women in the country were able to leverage these services to move from their farming backgrounds into entrepreneurial and retail positions.
IDC releases reports on B2C and B2E mobile application development platforms
Speaking of mobile development, the International Data Corporation (IDC) unveiled results of a new report on B2C and B2E apps. Within the report, then 10 biggest enterprise platform vendors in the mobile application development platforms arena squared off.
Assessing the strategies and capabilities of each vendor, a 21-point criteria was used to determine the unique strengths of each solution. The result? A tie. With each vendor possessing its own set of benefits, those on the hunt for B2C or B2E platforms are advised to line up those strengths with their own needs.
Motion could one day power cellphones
Low batteries, the bane of every mobile user’s existence all over the world, may soon be a thing of the past. Michigan State University researchers are hard at work on new technology that aims to use movement as a charging mechanism.
By using a nanogenerator as thin as a piece of paper, the scalable application could allow device batteries to be topped up while people walk about town.
Check back next week for the latest batch of #MobileMonday news!