D'où vient le drapeau gay qui déferle sur les réseaux
En 1970 Gilbert Baker du Kansas, âgé de 27 ans, s?installe à San Francisco. Graphiste et militant politique, il commence à travailler sur un drapeau. Il teint les tissus lui-même et avec l'aide de bénévoles, ils cousent ensemble huit bandes aux couleurs symboliques dans une immense banderole.
La légende voudrait, selon le magazine Slate que Judy Garland, une énorme star au sein de la communauté gay, ait contribué à la résonance de l’arc-en-ciel auprès des militants, par sa chanson emblématique «Somewhere over the rainbow», tirée de la comédie musicale Le Magicien d'Oz.
Emily Turrettini pour Bilan.
India will pass U.S. to become world’s second largest smartphone market by 2017
The sun hasn’t exactly set on the era of U.S. dominance of tech, but it’s dipping a bit closer to the horizon these days. Venture Beat reports.
In a new report that brings the latest sign of the looming changing of the economic guard, Strategy Analytics said today that it expects India to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market by 2017. China will remain number one, and the U.S. will fall to third.
“China has been the engine of global smartphone growth in recent years, but China is now maturing and slowing,” said Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics. “India is fast becoming the next major growth wave. We forecast 118 million smartphones will be sold in India in 2015, increasing strongly to 174 million in 2017.”
That smartphone growth is mirrored by the rise of India’s overall Internet population. As of 2014, India was the third-largest Internet population with 243 million online, behind the U.S. with 279.8 million. But that will change in the coming years because while the U.S. has 86 percent of its population online in some fashion, India only has 19 percent penetration.
... As for overall smartphone growth, the report projects that global smartphone sales will increase from 1.471 billion on 2015 to 1.667 billion by 2017.
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Dubai plans to 3D print an entire office building
Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster. stuff reports.
The Gulf commercial hub has announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings.
Mohammed al-Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates' minister of Cabinet affairs, said the project is part of a broader effort by the seven-state federation to embrace cutting-edge technology and make it a global hub for innovation.
"This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors," he said in a statement.
The roughly 2000 square-foot office building and furniture used inside will be printed out layer by layer from a mixture of reinforced concrete, gypsum and plastic using a 20-foot tall 3D printer.
The project is a partnership with WinSun Global, a Chinese company which has begun assembling houses and other buildings made using 3D printers, and architectural and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Thomasetti, and Syska Hennessy.
The Emirati statement said 3D printing technology has the potential to cut building construction time and labour costs by at least half, and reduce construction waste by 30 to 60 per cent. It described the proposed Dubai office as "the most advanced 3D printed structure ever built at this scale" and the first to be put into actual use.
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The Good Drone
Drones deliver abortion pills to women in Poland
Drones have been used to deliver abortion drugs to women in Poland in a protest against Poland's pregnancy termination laws. C/net reports.
A Dutch women's advocacy group has used a quadcopter they dubbed the Abortion Drone to deliver pregnancy termination drugs to women in Poland.
The activist group Women on Waves piloted the drone from Frankfurt, Germany, across the Oder river and delivered the drugs safely to two Polish women in Słubice, accompanied by members of Polish women's advocacy group Feminoteka. The pills, provided by a Dutch gynaecologist, contained the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol.
The move, the women's groups said, was an act of protest designed to draw attention to laws in Poland that prohibit women from terminating pregnancies except under specific circumstances.
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