72 New Emoji Are Coming to Your Phone

The Unicode Consortium, the body that controls and approves universal software standards for letters and other characters, has approved 72 new emoji set to be released later this month. The new images, which will add to the 1,601 already in existence, add a number of long-requested symbols.

They largely follow the same themes as popular emoji already in use, from facial expressions to hand symbols, animals and food. A significant new roster of sports and medal-style glyphs are also being introduced just in time for the Rio Olympics.

It has taken three years since it was deemed the word of the year, but a selfie emoji, featuring an outstretched arm and phone, are being introduced.

Clowns, shrugs, facepalms and pregnant women are also all catered for, as are gorillas, rhinos, owls and sharks. On the food front, croissants, pancakes and bacon all make it onto the new roster.

Although these will be adopted by Unicode in June, smartphone users will have to wait for an update from their manufacturer. The new emoji could be introduced with iOS 10 and Android N, due to be released later this year.
Here’s the full list:

Rolling on the floor laughing, Cowboy hat, Clown face, Lying face, Drooling face, Nauseated face, Sneezing face, Prince, Mother Christmas
 
Man in Tuxedo, Shrug, Face palm, Pregnant woman, Man dancing, Selfie, Hand with index and middle fingers crossed, Call me hand, Left-facing fist
 
Right-facing fist, Raised back of hand, Handshake, Black heart, Gorilla, Fox face, Deer, Rhinoceros, Bat
 
Eagle, Duck, Owl, Lizard, Shark, Shrimp, Squid, Butterfly, Wilted Flower
 
Kiwi, Avocado, Potato, Carrot, Cucumber, Peanuts, Croissant, Baguette, Pancakes
 
Bacon, Stuffed flatbread, Egg, Shallow pan of food, Green salad, Glass of milk, Clinking glasses, Tumbler glass, Spoon
 
Octagonal sign, Scooter, Motor scooter, Canoe, First place medal, Second place medal, Third place medal, Boxing glove, Martial arts uniform
 
Person doing cartwheel, Wrestlers, Water Polo, Handball, Fencer, Goal net, Juggling, Drum with drumsticks, Shopping trolley
 

Source: TheTelegraph & Emojipedia

[Kenya] Libraries to Offer Free Internet to Public

Kenya’s public libraries are moving online to deliver free Internet to over half a million library members from June this year, as Liquid Telecom Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya connect 46 branches of Kenya National Libraries Services (KNLS) for the first time.

Each of the 46 branches has been provided with an additional 11 computers, adding to existing computers, Kindles and tablets in a Sh72m rollout that is giving library members access to fixed and wireless Internet, on either the libraries’ computers, or on their own devices.

“The demand for Internet services is growing exponentially in Kenya. Connecting the public libraries means everybody will now have access to digital and online information – including e-government services, research, education services and employment opportunities,” said Mr. Ben Roberts, Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO.
“With the Communications Authority coming on board as the main financier of the project, we have been able to connect the public libraries even in the most remote areas with high quality connections,” he said.

The spread of the connections has been made possible through Liquid Telecom Kenya’s intensive investment in the last three years in county Internet infrastructure. The 46 KNLS branches now being connected are in 29 counties, 26 of which had Internet infrastructure built by Liquid Telecom Kenya already.

The Internet will be free inside the libraries, which are free to enter for children under 14, and cost Sh20 per visit for adults.

The branches typically have a membership of around 10,000 users a year each, while the headquarters in Nairobi has nearly 100,000 users a year, who visit to use the service’s thousands of books, journals, e-books and electronic databases.

“The decision to connect all our library branches was a result of the increasing need for digital content by our users,” said Alex Ombogi, the ICT manager of KNLS. The partnership would provide great benefits to the libraries’ users, including students and academia, he said.

Security measures will be in place to have separate content available to adults and children respectively.  The CA recently ran a campaign called the ‘Be the Cop’ which focused on Online protection for Children, and the Libraries Internet scheme is guided by the principles recommended by that campaign.

The connections in each of the libraries will go live in coming weeks, ahead of a full launch in June that will additionally connect all the libraries to one another through the cloudPrivate Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX), setting up open phone lines between all the branches using Voice over IP.

The library service is one of the flagships of the government’s Vision 2030 development strategy, with work now underway on a state-of-the-art national library in Community along Haile Salassie Avenue in Nairobi.

“Connecting the public libraries is a milestone for us at Liquid Telecom Kenya in securing our group vision of achieving universal Internet access in Africa,” said Mr. Roberts. “As we switch on this new set of 46 library connections, we shall take our biggest stride yet in giving access to Kenyans from every walk of life, country wide.”
Source: Itnewsafrica

8 Apps Revolutionizing Maternal Health Care in Developing Nations

Chanceline, a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is seven months pregnant. She’s been walking for almost three hours, and will continue walking for two hours more. She's traveling to a prenatal doctor’s appointment, which is 17 miles away. With no public or private transportation available, Chanceline has to travel on foot.
It’s a journey documented in real time a video; a reality that is all-too-common around the world.

In a global community that often treats health care as a luxury rather than a necessity, the world’s mothers are arguably some of those most impacted by inequality in access. That's especially true for pregnant women and mothers living in developing nations, who are often left to grapple with health care accessibility, affordability and practicality.

Many developing nations are home to health care deserts — regions where accessing proper care is often unrealistic due to travel time or financial cost. And the impact of these health care deserts is undeniable.

The World Health Organization reports more than 800 women globally die each day from preventable causes related to childbirth and pregnancy. Almost all of those women — a staggering 99% — live in developing nations. More than 800 women globally die each day from preventable causes related to childbirth and pregnancy.
Major complications accounting for most of these maternal deaths include severe bleeding, infections, high blood pressure during pregnancy, complications during birth and unsafe abortions. For the most part, these complications are preventable with greater access and education for both expectant mothers and health care providers.
That’s where mobile health, often known by the abbreviation mHealth, can become an essential lifeline for developing communities. mHealth uses mobile devices to enhance the practice of public health, providing information, facilitating consultation and supplementing care, all through a phone.

In developing nations, where mobile phones are often accessible despite misconceptions, mHealth is proving to be part of the solution to the maternal health crisis. From text messages educating mothers on what to expect when they’re expecting to apps assisting medical professionals in their quest to provide comprehensive care, mHealth is increasing access in life-saving ways.

Check out these eight apps, and mobile-based services that are revolutionizing care in developing nations:

1. GiftedMom
GiftedMom, a mobile health provider based in Africa, works with NGOs to provide free mobile services to expectant mothers and women with newborn children.
A combination of apps and informational text messages, GiftedMom provides a wide range of health services through mobile devices, some of which are donated to women in need of the service.

The app first launched in Cameroon, where more than 7,000 women die per year in pregnancy-related complications. To help curb maternal mortality rates in the country, GiftedMom subscribes pregnant women and new mothers to free text messages to educate them on prenatal care, vaccines and reproductive health. The messages also remind mothers of important pregnancy milestones and health services their newborns should be receiving. More than 6,700 mothers currently use the app in Cameroon and Nigeria.

2. Zero Mothers Die
Zero Mothers Die provides small mobile phones to women in Africa — specifically Ghana, Gabon, Mali, Nigeria, and Zambia — at no cost, with the goal of curbing maternal health care inaccessibility.

The phones use SMS text messaging to provide women living in isolated areas with essential information for having a healthy pregnancy and birth. The short, digestible messages help empower women to be active in their own health care, while also giving them information they can pass along to women in their communities.
The phones come preloaded with calling minutes at no additional cost, which women can use to call local health care providers in the event of an emergency. Zero Mothers Die also uses mobile connectivity to help educate health care workers through a partner app, increasing their knowledge as well as improving their role in the care of pregnant women.

3. Maymay
Maternal and infant mortality rates in Myanmar are significantly higher than those in neighboring nations — and the app maymay is helping address it. The free app sends out three tailored health alerts every week to pregnant women, providing tips on having a successful, healthy pregnancy.
The app, created by Population Services International, provides a wide array of tips — such as nutritional advice, explanations of early signs and symptoms of pregnancy, and recommendations for safe baby items — catered to a user’s stage in pregnancy. The app also allows pregnant women to find doctors in their area, sorting by specialty and medical institution.

4. Safe Delivery
Developed by the Maternity Foundation, the Safe Delivery app provides simple instructions to health workers in remote areas on how to assist with non-routine births. The app hopes to strengthen the quality of care and reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates by increasing a birthing attendant’s knowledge in times of crisis.
First launched in Ethiopia and Ghana, the Safe Delivery uses animated videos to provide instruction to health workers, focusing on what to do when faced with birthing complications, like a newborn who isn't breathing or a prolonged labor.

The app also has flashcards, so an attendant can self-assess their knowledge outside of emergency situations. Safe Delivery is available in English and regional languages, breaking access barriers with tailored narration.

5. MAMA
MAMA, or the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, created an app of the same name that delivers free health messages to new and expectant mothers in Bangladesh, South Africa, India and Nigeria. Women receive stage-based, culturally sensitive messages two to three times per week, which helps empower mothers with the health knowledge they are often denied.

The messages address three main areas important to women throughout their experience with motherhood: warning signs, reminders and encouragement. That last point is especially notable: Along with health-based tips and information, users receive affirmation that they are succeeding as mothers — and that can be just as important as hard facts.

6. Mobile Midwife
To provide increased health care access to women in Ghana, the Mobile Midwife app utilizes text messages and pre-recorded voice messages to help spread information to pregnant women, new mothers and their families. The app's messages are time-specific, providing information relevant to women that hinges on their stage in motherhood.
Mobile Midwife is also used in conjunction with a Nurses’ Application, which medical providers use to collect patient data and upload records to a centralized database. Through the application, providers can track patient care and identify those who are due for medical services.

7. Suyojana
Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) are women who help to fill the gap in health care access between expectant mothers in developing nations and medical facilities. Responsible for tasks like immunizations, referrals and emergency assessment, an ANM serves as the point person for maternal health care — and an app called Suyojana is helping ANMs along the way.

Suyojana serves as a way for ANMs to keep up with their medical knowledge, ensuring accurate assessment and health monitoring. The app is a "mobile-based clinical-decision support system" that provides guidance on care throughout all stages of motherhood.

It also houses medical records, with ANMs recording their patient’s status within the app. That information is then transferred to databases where it can be saved and analyzed, which helps medical professionals identify regional trends and improve how they serve specific communities.

8. Safe Pregnancy and Birth
An award-winning app for expectant mothers in developing countries, Safe Pregnancy and Birth provides maternal health knowledge to both expectant mothers and health care providers. The app focuses on four major points: data collection, patient monitoring, health education or appointment reminders.

Available in both English and Spanish, the Safe Pregnancy and Birth app relays information to pregnant women on how to stay healthy during pregnancy, how to recognize prenatal health concerns and what to do in an emergency situation. It also has step-by-step instructions for community health workers, explaining how to perform procedures such as taking blood pressure, treating someone in shock and stopping bleeding post-birth.
Source: Mashable

Here's How The Internet of Things Will Explode by 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as "the next Industrial Revolution" because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world. In fact, the revolution is already starting.

That brand new car that comes preloaded with a bunch of apps? Internet of Things. Those smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and play music with a few words? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker on your wrist that lets you tell your friends and family how your exercise is going? You get the point. But this is just the beginning.
BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has tracked the growth of the IoT for more than two years, specifically how consumers, businesses, and governments are using the IoT ecosystem. John Greenough and Jonathan Camhi of BII have compiled an exhaustive report that breaks down the entire IoT ecosystem and forecast where the burgeoning IoT market is headed. 

Here are some key points from the report:
In total, we project there will be 34 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, up from 10 billion in 2015. IoT devices will account for 24 billion, while traditional computing devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, etc.) will comprise 10 billion.
•    Nearly $6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions over the next five years.
•    Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions. They see three ways the IoT can improve their bottom line by 1) lowering operating costs; 2) increasing productivity; and 3) expanding to new markets or developing new product offerings.
•    Governments are focused on increasing productivity, decreasing costs, and improving their citizens’ quality of life. We believe they will be the second-largest adopters of IoT ecosystems.
•    Consumers will lag behind businesses and governments in IoT adoption. Still, they will purchase a massive number of devices and invest a significant amount of money in IoT ecosystems.
In full, the report:
•    Distills the technological complexities of the Internet of Things into a single ecosystem
•    Explains the benefits and shortcomings of many networks, including mesh (e.g. ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc.), cellular (e.g. 3G/4G, Sigfox, etc.), and internet networks (e.g. Wi-Fi, Ethernet, etc.)
•    Discusses analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, and more
•    Examines IoT security best practices
•    Details the four IoT market drivers and four IoT market barriers
•    Forecasts IoT investment by six layers: connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development
•    Analyzes how the IoT ecosystem is being using in a number of industries
•    Defines Internet of Things terminology within a glossary
Source: Business Insider