In Africa, necessity is the mother of invention and Tech4Africa showcases the innovators transforming lives in the continentAs a teenager No Diakubama made a sketch of Mbandaka, on the Congo river, so as not to get lost in the forest while picking a vegetable called fumbwa. "I remember never having seen a map of the city," he says. Thirty years later, maps of the city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are still in short supply. So Diakubama decided to create the first one of his home city. He spent hours at his computer in Brussels, where he now lives, using Google Map Maker software ...
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October 31, 2012
Walk-in center links homeless, services
The 49-year-old was one of the first people to take advantage of San Francisco's new Every Day Connect, a smaller, daily version of the popular Project Homeless Connect, which allows homeless people to access a host of services at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium every other month.
Chedister walked into Project Homeless Connect's offices on Van Ness Avenue unable to see well enough to play his beloved guitar or watch his favorite TV programs.
[...] the couple, who live in public housing in the Tenderloin, asked a Project Homeless Connect staff member ...
The University of Chicago pledged today to eliminate loans from the financial aid packages it offers incoming students from Chicago, the centerpiece of a new initiative aimed at helping high school students across the city succeed in college.
October 29, 2012
Joining a host of other Midwestern cities establishing land banks to help corral, clear, and repurpose their vacant properties, Kansas City will begin transferring 3,500 vacant properties it recently acquired into a city-owned land bank.read more
The computer program, called the dismounted soldier training system, is the first time the military has used virtual training for a walking squad of soldiers on the battlefield. The training allows a squad of nine soldiers to communicate and work together with others just as they might on the battlefield.
Police drones circling overhead, ready to help search for lost children, rescue stranded boaters, and capture criminals.
NASA, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies are shifting toward more strategic and complex cloud applications, as they try to drive down costs amid flat IT budgets.
Two schools in San Antonio have begun tracking students using radio-enabled computer chips embedded in their ID cards, allowing administrators to know the precise whereabouts of their charges on campus.
All underground stations are expected to be wired by 2016, but trains were not expected to have service between stations.
Chuck Raasch looks at how combining services can help local governments "to capitalize on the economics of scale and offset declining revenue since the Great Recession."
October 26, 2012
Medical society supports a prescription registry that would flag doctor shoppersA patient making a first-time visit to a doctor's office complains of headaches or some other intense pain.
Big data could change the way we see the world. This week experts have gathered in Washington DC to discuss it, these are some of the examples that came up More dataUnless you work with it on a daily basis, big data is relatively unknown, both as a term and a concept. Even among industry experts its definition is the subject of intense debate. To some the key characteristic is a database's volume, to others it is its complexity, or even the speed at which data is gathered and analysed. To you and I, big data is probably best understood as the enormous datasets held by corporations, governments ...
Online voter sign-ups are a hit, but actual voting by a PC or mobile device is still a long way off
Aspires three-year-old intensive residency program aims at training incoming teachers for positions in one of the networks nearly three dozen schools.
October 24, 2012
October 16, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo has launched an initiative to improve Rhode Islanders' financial literacy.
October 14, 2012
On Jan. 1, California will become the first state in the nation to charge industries across the economy for the greenhouse gases they emit.
October 12, 2012
A free app, launched by the National Military Family Association, is meant to tame a well-intentioned tangle of cyber care and advice.
"Big Data" is used to track malaria infections in Kenya, showing how humans carry the disease between locales.
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