Researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt have unveiled a cost-effective desalination technology that can filter highly salty water in minutes. The technology is based on membranes containing cellulose acetate powder, produced in Egypt. The powder, in combination with other components, binds the salt particles as they pass through, making the technique useful for desalinating seawater. Continue reading
This week, Alibaba founder Jack Ma spoke at the CeBit conference in Hanover, Germany and demonstrated a new service called “Smile to Pay” that would give consumers a password-free way to shop online. It is a Selfie-Powered payment transactions service. Which means, the service would allow users to make a purchase from their mobile phone, then require them to snap a selfie to authenticate the purchase using Alibaba’s facial recognition technology. Continue reading
Furniture giant Ikea has unveiled a range of furniture fitted with wireless charging spots for mobile devices. The Home Smart range will initially include lamps, bedside tables and a coffee table as well as individual charging pads for any surface. Ikea has used the wireless charging standard QI. Environmental group Friends of the Earth urged caution over the recyclability of such products. Continue reading
Namibians voted today, Friday 28th November, 2014 in what is considered the first ever national e-Vote (electronic voting) in Africa. The ruling South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) was forged from the embers of the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggle in Namibia. SWAPO is expected to retain power in the country it has run since independence from South Africa on 21st March 1990. Polling nationwide began with voters standing in long lines before daybreak.
The e-Vote machine was easily understood by younger people while someone had to explain a little bit to the older Namibians.
Around 1.2 million Namibians are eligible to cast their ballots at nearly 4,000 electronic voting places across the vast desert nation.
Computer programming has quickly become one of the most lucrative industries in the US. The average salary for a computer programmer just hit an all-time high as it approaches $100,000. But there are some languages and skill sets that are more valuable than others, and Quartz has compiled some data to break down these differences. Quartz’s Max Nisen pulled out some figures on the most valuable programming languages based on a larger study from the Brookings Institution that was published in July. Continue reading
At a time of unprecedented drought in large parts of the U.S., it’s surprising how much water we still waste. The Environmental Protection Agency says the average home loses 10,000 gallons per year and that 10% of homes lose 90 gallons a day, or more than 30,000 gallons a year. Most people have little idea how much water their home uses and how that compares with their neighbors, because that’s not something we talk about much. Continue reading