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Nike’s new app feature helps customers find the perfect fit

Farieda | May 10 , 2019

Nike has launched a new in-app scanning solution, called Nike Fit, that provides customers with their recommended shoe size in each of the company’s footwear products

The tool measures the full shape of both feet using a proprietary combination of computer vision, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and recommendation algorithms.

According to Nike, three out of every five people are likely wearing the wrong size shoe. That’s partly because the system the industry uses to determine shoe size is antiquated. It’s not… read more


Meet Kinshasa’s first artificial intelligence robot

Farieda | May 10 , 2019

He is the first artificial intelligent robot drawing in the masses at a shopping center in Kinshasa.

Fred who is offering the services of a mobile phone company to users, has been drawing a lot of attention as it toured public places across the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Many people visiting the robot are fascinated by the artificial intelligence rather than the sales services it offered.

“This robot, it’s incredible. I love him but only a few improvements are needed for him, that would be great. It means, for example, talking directly with people,… read more


5 BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS TO PLAN MORE SUSTAINABLE EVENTS

Belanda | May 10 , 2019

Feeling powerless to make your events more sustainable? Want to make your events greener without having to ask your boss for permission or spending more money?

In her recent webinar, “5 No-Cost Ways to Green Your Events,” Julia Spangler, sustainable events consultant, offered tips for accomplishing just that, providing actions that event planners can implement right away to create more Earth-friendly events.

“Sustainable, zero-waste event planning can provide unexpected cost savings related to printing, event supplies, catering orders and more,” Spangler said in the webinar.… read more


CLEAN, AFFORDABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR SOMALILAND

Belanda | May 10 , 2019

The diversification of Somaliland’s energy mix, and the strengthening of energy security will help address the high costs of electricity which is a significant barrier to growth. During Esres Phase 1 (September 2015 – August 2018), the programme supported the MoEM to develop a policy and regulatory framework and implemented a pilot to establish six hybrid mini-grids that are now fully operational across Somaliland.

The second phase, Esres II (September 2018 to 2021), will expand its investment in renewable energy through the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF). This… read more


WHAT’S THE TRUE COST OF AN IGNORANT SUPPLY CHAIN?

Belanda | May 06 , 2019

How difficult is it to build an airplane? According to Ian Poulton, senior finance manager with PPG Aerospace, “The coordination of an aerospace supply chain is, in a word, horrific.”

Speaking at the recent IW Manufacturing & Technology 2019 show in Pittsburgh, PA, Poulton explained that a typical airplane window has close to 100 unique components per window per plane. And every window has to be tested for impact (including birds) and temperature.

“Every day there’s a different issue that needs to be addressed,” he noted, “from human resources issues to customer deliveries… read more


New iPad feature to compete with laptops could come in Apple’s iOS 13

Farieda | Apr 30 , 2019

The debate over whether an Apple iPad can replace a laptop remains polarized. But with the launch of the next iteration of iOS, Apple could finally remove one of the longest-running arguments against the iPad as a productivity device.

The iPad is on track to get mouse support for the first time, according to Federico Viticci, editor in chief of MacStories. Viticci revealed his scoop on episode 239 of the Connected podcast. It was confirmed on Twitter by Steve Troughton-Smith, a long-time Apple developer from Ireland.

Over the years, I’ve heard from plenty of smart… read more


THE APP THAT TRACKS DISEASES AND SAVES LIVES IN AFRICA

Belanda | Apr 30 , 2019

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) polio geographic information system (GIS) technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa.

The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local inhabitants have any symptoms of a range of life-threatening infectious diseases, including polio and measles. Then, with the mobile app, they quickly and easily alert WHO.

“This is one of the most exciting things that is happening in the WHO regional office… read more


GOOGLE HAS OPENED ITS FIRST AFRICA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB IN GHANA

Farieda | Apr 17 , 2019

A rural farmer in Tanzania hovers over a wilting cassava plant with her phone. In seconds she gets a diagnosis of the disease affecting her plant and how best to manage it to boost her production.

The farmer used an app on her phone based on TensorFlow, Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine that the company opensourced to help developers create solutions to real-world problems.

When people think of Artificial Intelligence, they most likely think of scenes from science fiction movies, but in reality, it applies to everyday life from virtual assistants… read more


Transnet launches continent’s first dredging school

Tessa | Apr 01 , 2019

 

The Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) has launched the continent’s first dredging school to develop and enhance the competences of new and already employed dredging personnel.

The Dredging School aims to train not only pipe operators, but project engineers, harbour masters, port engineers and technical engineers to achieve operational dredging competences in the field of process and project approach.

 

Its mission is to deliver a formal Dredging Education Course of moderate duration, accredited by government.

“The school will first… read more


Professor follows God’s blueprint as he puts SA on map of innovators

Tessa | Mar 19 , 2019

Prof Mashudu Tshifularo about innovation, he believes the world should invest in medical innovation for a healthier future.

 

Tshifularo recently became the first person in the world to transplant a 3D-printed bone into the middle ear of a patient with hearing loss.

 

But, he is expecting criticism from his academic colleagues.

 

“Let them come. No one has been doing it. This is unique,” says he man who became a professor at the former Medunsa University at 35.

 

Last week, Tshifularo, 55, and… read more


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