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La nouvelle économie des selfies
Les selfies sont passés du phénomène de mode à un marché lucratif. C’est la nouvelle «industrie selfie.»

Emily Turrettini pour Bilan.

Cell-Phone Data Might Help Predict Ebola’s Spread
Mobility data from an African mobile-phone carrier could help researchers recommend where to focus health-care efforts. [via MIT Technology Report]

quotemarksright.jpgA West African mobile carrier has given researchers access to data gleaned from cell phones in Senegal, providing a window into regional population movements that could help predict the spread of Ebola. The current outbreak is so far known to have killed at least 1,350 people, mainly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

... Mobile phones—which are ubiquitous even in poor countries—can play a key role. All cell phones “ping” nearby towers with a unique ID number to announce their presence. In this way, mobile carriers amass huge databases containing fine-grained information on population movements and social patterns.

The application to public health is compelling. Caroline Buckee, a Harvard epidemiologist who also worked with Flowminder to develop the West African model, has demonstrated how such data can show where people have gone after leaving a hot spot, suggesting where a disease cluster will crop up next.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Meet the Fashion Designer Who's 3D Printing Impossible Clothes
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26-year-old Noa Raviv based in Tel Aviv, makes a 3D printed fashion statement. [via motherboard]

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Google spreads its wings, moving into drone deliveries
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Amazon isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. Google has unveiled Project Wing, which is focusing its efforts on disaster relief, at least for now. [via Cnet]

quotemarksright.jpgGoogle is working on a delivery system called Project Wing that will use what it's calling "self-flying" drones to bring goods to people.

Google has been testing the vehicles in Queensland, Australia, and has already made deliveries to locals -- including shipments of candy bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water, and radios. Similar to the company's self-driving car project, the drones will be able to fly a preprogrammed route at the push of a button. The company said that it will be a few more years before the system is ready for commercial use.

Google isn't the only tech giant experimenting with drones. Facebook has been working with drones through an effort called Connectivity Lab, announced in March. In December, Amazon announced it is developing a drone system that will bring products to customers. But while Amazon's efforts seem to be more focused on consumers, Google's early development of the system has been around disaster relief. For example, one early mission for the project in 2012 was delivering defibrillators to heart attack victims.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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