The term digital divide is usually understood to mean the gap between those who have access to internet and those who don’t, but the divide goes beyond barriers to technology. Whether we can find information in the language we speak has a big impact to play in the relevancy of Internet for all.
4G, LTE, GSM, HSPA and many more are some of the acronyms you we see next to the signal graph of our smartphones. They apparently have something to do with the network we are on, but what do they actually mean? If you don’t speak mobile network or if you think you do but want to make sure you speak it with the right accent, here is a quick round up for you.
On Friday April 10th, the French Deputy Minister of Digital Affairs, Axelle Lemaire, showed her support for Be-Bound’s efforts to bridge the digital divide by cutting the ribbon for our grand opening ceremony for our new premises in Versailles. We were also honored to have the city’s Mayor, Francois de Mazières, join us in a show of support. The event was full of excitement and a great day for the Be-Bound team!
In 2 years’ time, connected cars are expected to completely transform transportation. Connected cars in their truest embodiment, will not simply be “IoT adapted to cars,” but will absolutely change our relationship with on road vehicles.
This major change in paradigm will turn cars into a continuation of our office, an extension of our home. They will no longer be vehicles that need someone at the wheel. Most likely, these cars will be self-driven (tests are already taking place on streets near you in the United States and the United Kingdom! ), putting into question whether driver’s licenses will become a thing of the past.
Self-driven cars will soon be the norm, maybe retaining the option to switch to manual. IF we consider that aspect, safety will be taken care of. At least safety of people within the cars. Indeed, pedestrians will remain, fortunately, human, and will “interact” with obstacles the same way they do now. Hence there are some projects envisioning future connected cars equipped with outside airbags.
Consider for a moment the period ahead of us; in the very near future, “traditional cars” will be on the road together with “connected cars”. In that case, certain traffic changes will have to be considered such as, for instance, special lanes for self-driven connected cars. Above all, society needs to wrap our heads around the fact that this is a change that is already happening. A major change in paradigm is ahead of us, we can only imagine how big…
In Navi Radjou’s Ted Talk,“Creative Problem Solving in the Face of Extreme Limits,” Be-Bound is chosen as one of Radjou’s top three companies that best exemplify the concept. Radjou’s talk was based on his book, Jugaad Innovation (co-authored by Dr. Jaideep Prabhu and Dr. Simone Abuja). The Hindi word Jugaad means “a clever solution born in adversity” and translates into English as “frugal innovation.”
After studying the phenomenon of ingenuity in developing countries, Radjou describes how the concept of frugal innovation has been gaining ground as a business strategy in the north as resources diminish.
The Mobile World Congress that took place last week in Barcelona was the occasion for the connected planet to meet and exchange on the stakes and challenges for the forthcoming years. Facebook and Project Loon were in the limelight with many announcements and it quickly became obvious that the number one preoccupation of most internet users (private or professional) is the need for connectivity. In such a connected world we live in, this might come as a surprise, but, then, again, maybe not.
It’s a return to the future. In San Francisco, as in the ’00 years when the startups of Web 2.0, nestled on the South Market district, not far from the Financial district and its growing skyscrapers, and dreamed of supplanting Google.