A prototype of a low-cost X-ray machine designed for hospitals in developing countries has been unveiled in Switzerland.
The GlobalDiagnostiX device, which will cost around US$50,000, was developed at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EFPL). This total includes maintenance costs for ten years, making it around ten times cheaper than conventional X-ray machines over a decade of use and helping to ensure the device remains operational, its creators say.
“GlobalDiagnostiX is a completely new business model and different from anything that is on the market today,” says Klaus Schönenberger, who is leading the project to develop the machine. He hopes the device will be on sale within three years. Read more →
According to ghana.gov.gh, Ghana has launched an e-registrar portal. The portal is aimed at streamlining business registrations in the country. According to the media release, the Portal will be integrated with the Ghana E-Payments Portal (GEPP) and the Ghana Revenue Authority e-Tax Portal and make use of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) to identify portal users. Users can access the portal viawww.rgd.gov.gh orwww.rgdservices.com.
According to the statement, the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane-Boamah, stated that: “The portal was a strong statement of commitment by government to Ghanaians as the online community was an emerging digital economy.”
The portal, Dr Omane-Boamah said, would enhance efficiency and effectiveness in securing business and company registration, estate administration and marriage registration through prior booking, particularly as it came with an electronic payment facility. Read more →
Standard Bank launched two incubators on the 16 April 2015 with the aim to educate, create, empower and develop entrepreneurs. According to the company the new incubators are Standard Bank-owned brick-and-mortar facilities where entrepreneurs can test, develop, and deploy their innovations with personal guidance from the bank’s innovation and enterprise development partners. The support provided includes business development, acceleration and help with design and prototyping of products, which is normally a major barrier to entry for entrepreneurs.
Jayshree Naidoo, Standard Banks’s Incubator Head, stated that “the two incubators in Johannesburg, virtual incubators in Cape Town, Free State, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal are a tangible expression of the bank’s strategic objective to help entrepreneurs grow. Read more →
Liquid Telecom has revealed the latest expansion of its FTTH network in Zimbabwe. Liquid Telecom has already laid fibre rings around Victoria Falls, which provide multiple routes of redundancy.
It is now starting to lay fibre to homes and businesses in the town over which the Fibroniks service will be offered by ZOL Zimbabwe, which is part of The Liquid Telecom Group. Fibroniks is already available in Harare. Unlimited data packages with speeds of up to 100Mbps will be offered at a fixed monthly price, including landlines.
Outside Zimbabwe, Liquid Telecom has launched its FTTH service in Zambia; however, plans are now underway to launch FTTH in Kenya, Rwanda and two undisclosed countries shortly. Read more →
Introducing the Kenya Open Data Initiative: The bigger picture
This site makes public government data accessible to the people of Kenya. High quality national census data, government expenditure, parliamentary proceedings and public service locations are just a taste of what’s to come. Our information is a national asset, and it’s time it was shared: this data is key to improving transparency; unlocking social and economic value; and building Government 2.0 in Kenya
Open Government Partnership
Kenya officially joined OGP in April 2012. Kenya’s commitments include: Improving Public integrity. Improving Public integrity. Election Management. Kenya Open Government Partnership. More effectively managing public resources. Public involvement in Budget Preparation. Improving Public Services. Government of Kenya’s End-to-End initiative. Transparency and Accountability. Public participation in the area of essential services
The Kenya Open Data Initiative seeks to foster an innovation eco-system around Government data and is giving developers a chance to interact with the data, be able to use it and create interesting mash up and innovative applications
According to a report by ngrguardiannews.com, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday said that active lines in the nation’s telecommunications industry increased to 142,589,775 in February.
The commission made this known in the Monthly Subscribers Data, published on its website.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lines increased by 1,766,938 on the 140,275,599 numbers recorded in the month of January.
According to the data, of the 142,589,775 active numbers, the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks service 140,275,599 subscribers, as against the 138,530,830 customers recorded in January, hence, having an increase of 1,744,769. Read more →
Turmeric is a main spice in curry — it’s a yellow-colored, bitter-tasting ginger root that can also be quite medicinal. Turmeric has been used to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach issues, and diarrhea, among other things throughout human history — but now researchers have found a new potential outlet for the root in treating disorders involving fear memories, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In a new study led by Glenne Schafe, a professor of psychology at Hunter College, researchers found that curcumin — the principal compound found in turmeric — impaired the formation of fear memories in the brain after a traumatic experience.
Launched in November last year, the African movie platform NollyLand has announced the availability of its Roku channel to audiences in the United States and Canada.
The Roku Channel had been available since 2014 in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
In a statement to TechMoran Dr. Ngozi Victoria Uti, NollyLand’s founder and CE said, “This is a major step for both NollyLand and Roku. NollyLand is now available to Roku users in North America to watch unlimited Nigerian, Ghanaian, and African Movies.”