By Lucas Mearian – Automotive component-supplier Delphi is about to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500-mile journey from San Francisco to New York. The trip, which will begin March 22 near the Golden Gate Bridge, will end in New York City. It is the first cross-country trip by a fully autonomous vehicle, and arguably the longest anyone has made. Continue reading
By Tim Hornyak IDG News Service – The latest book about Steve Jobs suggests the late Apple cofounder’s dislike of TV was one reason he terminated a 1990s personal computer called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). The expensive, short-lived machine was launched in March 1997, months before Jobs resumed leadership of the firm as part of its purchase of NeXT. It had a tuner that would have allowed it to double as a TV set, and that didn’t sit well with Jobs. Continue reading
It was ironic, to say the least, that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s government turned down President Jacob Zuma’s proposal for a South Africa-inspired African Union (AU) rapid response to combat the barbaric Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram – yet apparently hired ex-South African Defence Force (SADF) soldiers to train the Nigerian Defence Force (NDF) to do so. Continue reading
Olusegun Ogundeji – Mali is offering its country code top level domain (ccTLD), .ml, to the 20 million Internet users in Malaysia, capitalizing on the popular use of “ML” as an abbreviation for the Southeast Asian nation.
Internet use in French-speaking Mali, in West Africa, has been low. It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and has a high level of illiteracy. Continue reading
Olusegun Ogundeji – New regulations, competition and product diversity are likely to help boost digital financial services across the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union countries. Making financial services available and affordable to all segments of the population, especially those excluded by income level, political instability, gender, location, or education, has been a major topic over the past few years in Africa. Continue reading
The application period for the 2015 WPI Fellowships is now open. The deadline is February 15, 2015. Selection announcements will be made in May 2015. Please read the information below. The link to the actual application can be found at the bottom of this page. Continue reading
After review of health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options, the U.S. Department of State, on August 14, 2014, ordered the departure of eligible family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown, and issued a Travel Warning advising U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The Embassy recommended this action out of an abundance of caution following the determination that there was a lack of options for urgent health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak. On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of State modified the status for accompanying family members to allow only adult eligible family members to accompany the principal employee to Embassy Freetown. Continue reading