Mobile

Microsoft and Huawei to Sell Windows Smartphones in Africa

Business, Mobile
BERLIN — Microsoft, taking aim at the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market, said on Monday that it would team up with Huawei of China to sell a low-cost Windows smartphone in Africa. The phone, called the Huawei 4Afrika Windows Phone, will cost $150 and initially be sold in seven countries. Microsoft’s Windows Phone software is fourth among smartphone operating systems, with just 2 percent of the worldwide market in September, according to Canalys, a research firm in Reading, England.  source

The poor invest in airtime to grow income, says study

Mobile
Many of Kenya’s poor would rather go hungry and walk to work than be short of airtime, according to a study commissioned by the World Bank. The preference reflects the changes in spending priorities brought about by the use of mobile phones. The study found that seven out of 10 poor people — referred to as the base of the pyramid in the report — cut down on food expenses to spare money for airtime. source

Innovation in AfricaUpwardly mobile

Mobile
VISITORS to Kenya’s capital are often horrified by the homicidal minibuses called matatu. They swerve around potholes, seldom signal and use their iffy brakes only at the last second. They are therefore an ideal subject for a video game, which is why Planet Rackus, a Nairobi start-up, released “Ma3Racer” last year.  source

Testing HIV on mobile devices now possible

Internet, Mobile
A low-cost mobile device that performs HIV testing by just a finger prick and has the ability to synchronize patients’ results with electronic health records in real time has been created. According to a research appearing on Clinical Chemistry, a leading international journal of clinical laboratory science by AACC, the study was conducted by a team of researchers based in Washington, that led to the designing of the device. more