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Why Women in Developing Countries Are Less Likely to Own a Phone Than Men
1425313065112883.jpg Mobile phones are seeing increased uptake across the developing world, but adoption of the tech isn’t spread equally: Women are being left behind. Motherboard reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe gender gap in mobile phone use is the subject of a new report by the GSMA, an association of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide. Its investigation found women were on average 14 percent less likely to own a phone than men in 11 low- and middle-income countries.

To put that in other terms: 200 million fewer women than men in these countries don’t own phones. And when they do, they use them less than men.

In this respect, mobile tech has the potential to address broader gender inequalities. For example, the report notes that “In all countries, at least 64 percent of working women say they have (or would have) greater access to business and employment opportunities because of mobile.”

So why are women falling behind? The main barrier is pretty obvious: cost. The men and women surveyed in most of the countries said that the cost of a phone handset was the biggest barrier for adoption among women, with the cost of phone credit also up there. In all countries, this was reported as a much bigger barrier than lacking technical literacy.

Why is that a gendered issue? Quite simply, women don’t tend to have as much income or financial autonomy in these countries.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Image credit Gates Foundation Flickr.


Amazon Files Patent for Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks
p24.pngLate last week United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filing by Amazon Technologies, Inc. which outlines a method of 3D printing on-demand within mobile manufacturing hubs. According to Amazon, such a setup could save the company time and money on several fronts. reports.

quotemarksright.jpgBy utilizing ‘mobile manufacturing apparatuses Amazon would be able to send an STL file to a mobile unit that’s closest to a customer, providing it with instructions to print out an item which was ordered. When the item has been completed, it could then be within miles of the customer who ordered it and quickly delivered or picked up.

The mobile hubs, according to the patent filing, would include a means to both additively and subtractively manufacture an item. This could include a number of different 3D printing technologies as well as CNC machining tools, which would ultimately reduce Amazon’s reliance on warehouse space as well as the robots and employees needed to sort through these stored items.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Can 'flying donkey' drones plug Africa's transport gap?
imgres.jpg Africa is growing economically and needs better transport links. So what's the answer? Could it be cargo drones - or "flying donkeys" as one Kenyan farmer put it? The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAfrotech, a technology innovation project set up by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, certainly thinks so.

Director Jonathan Ledgard, a former foreign correspondent in Africa, thinks they will enable the continent to leapfrog traditional infrastructure development and grow faster economically.

Next year, through its spin-off company Red/Blue, Afrotech will begin testing cargo drones capable of carrying small packages across distances of up to 80km (50 miles).

The first route will be a "red line" flying units of blood to remote health clinics.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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