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African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data | MIT Technology Review

African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data | MIT Technology Review | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The largest-ever release of mobile-phone data yields a model for fixing bus routes.
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Africa - Kenya: "..IBM model prescribed changes in bus routes around the around Abidjan, the nation’s largest city. These changes—based on people’s movements as discerned from cell-phone records—could, in theory, slash travel times 10 percent.   While the results were preliminary, they point to the new ways that urban planners can use cell-phone data to design infrastructure, says Francesco Calabrese, a researcher at IBM’s research lab in Dublin, and a coauthor of a paper on the work. “This represents a new front with a potentially large impact on improving urban transportation systems,” he says. “People with cell phones can serve as sensors and be the building blocks of development efforts.”

The IBM work was done as part of a research challenge dubbed Data for Development, in which the telecom giant Orange released 2.5 billion call records from five million cell-phone users in Ivory Coast."

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Mozambique Economy 2014: Recent Developments and Prospects

Mozambique Economy 2014: Recent Developments and Prospects | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Mozambique’s offshore fields hold a combined 150 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, estimated to be enough to meet world consumption for more than two years. Negotiations between international consortia and the government to build a USD 40 billion LNG plant are dragging on with several players competing for the contract. The main consortium leaders, the US company, Anadarko, and Italian company, Eni, have reduced their investments in the project, selling stakes to new partners primarily from power hungry emergent economies. This has a two-fold outcome of diversifying funding sources for the LNG projects, while also potentially securing new markets for the final product. New entrants from India (ONGC Videsh) and China (CNPC) joined India’s Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Japan’s Mitsui & Co, Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production, and Galp Energia from Portugal. With an international partner yet to be selected, LNG production along with the sizeable contribution it will make to public finances is unlikely to start before 2020.
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Sign in to read: How daydreaming can help you beat information overload - opinion - 19 August 2014 - New Scientist

Sign in to read: How daydreaming can help you beat information overload - opinion - 19 August 2014 - New Scientist | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Why Emerging Markets Prefer Big Smartphones

A new report suggests most consumers in emerging markets favor phones with a screen that is at least five-inches in size.
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Networking for Introverts

Find the type of gathering that works for you.
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Afrographique (Infographic depicting the largest CO2 emitting...)

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Infographic depicting the largest CO2 emitting African countries. Data from the World Bank.
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Land of Confusion: Why are our business processes so bad?

Land of Confusion: Why are our business processes so bad? | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Work processes, like road signs, should be clear and direct. They should evoke a series of concise responses to effect a specific, desired outcome. The problem is, humans are organic. We start out ...
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Boards Still Don't See the Value of Digital

Boards Still Don't See the Value of Digital | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
But CEOs increasingly do.
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Want to Brainstorm New Ideas? Then Limit Your Online Connections

A new research paper measures the cost of connectedness as a loss of diversity of ideas.
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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Transparency and complexity make the boss's chair increasingly painful to sit in.
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What Stiglitz Misses On Inequality: The Responsibility Of Economists

What Stiglitz Misses On Inequality: The Responsibility Of Economists | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Josoph Stiglitz is wasting his time haranguing managers, bankers and politicians on inequality. He should address those responsible: his fellow economists.
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Wealth by degrees

Wealth by degrees | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
IS A university degree a good investment? Many potential students are asking the question, especially in countries where the price of a degree is rising, as a result...
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The incorporated woman

FACEBOOK, Amazon, Twitter and a host of other big companies in today’s “data-driven economy” share one thing in common: they make a living from harvesting...
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Africa set to turbo-charge growth of middle class

Africa set to turbo-charge growth of middle class | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The number of middle class households in 11 key sub-Saharan African countries – excluding South Africa – are set to triple to 22m by 2030, creating a burgeoning consumer market for items such as vehicles, insurance policies, property and health products, according to a Standard Bank research report. Simon Freemantle, senior political economist at Standard Bank and author of the report, said the prospective boom in middle class households – those earning between US$8,500 and US$42,000 a year – is also likely to be complemented by a swelling in the number of lower middle class households that earn between US$5,500 and US$8,500 annually.
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6 Tactics For Powering Through A Workday On No Sleep

6 Tactics For Powering Through A Workday On No Sleep | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Wake up.
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The best places to live

The best places to live | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
A data-driven ranking of the most liveable cities NOT New York nor Paris nor Tokyo. Urbanites in Britain’s former dominions should count themselves lucky,...
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Does Workplace Competition Kill Women's Creativity?

New research indicates that competitive workplace environments help men outperform women.
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How To Make Yourself Look Impressive During Meetings

We’ve all seen it happen before – bad meeting etiquette. What many people don’t realize is that how they act during meeting can help (or hurt) their career. Check out these Do’s and Don’ts to earn more respect at work…
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The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

You need a more efficient method.
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The wrong way

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IT SHOULD be no surprise that Latin America’s years of plenty are over, along with the commodity boom that fuelled them. Even so, 2014 has been disappointing....
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Getting to Know the Makerspace Movement in Education

The Makerspace Movement is Making Waves in Classrooms Everywhere. So What's it all About? I've been increasingly interested in learning more about the
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So what is holding innovation back? A new GE report

So what is holding innovation back? A new GE report | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
I always look forward to the GE Global Barometer and the 2014 report is no exception, actually it really has moved the needle on what is presently holding innovation back. The Barometer has explore...
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Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

 
 

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.

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INNOVATION CELEBRATION | Trend Briefing from trendwatching.com

INNOVATION CELEBRATION |  Trend Briefing from trendwatching.com | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The most bang on-trend innovations of 2014 so far.
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The goodness of nations

The goodness of nations | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
A new index ranks national decencySEEN from space, our pale blue dot of a planet is a borderless sphere floating amid the stars. But worldly men know better: the...
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