“People do not have credit cards; mobile is the preferred way to do payments, from shopping to paying bills,” Kirinya said.
Internet bandwidth is also picking up speed in the continent, he said.
Still, the continent claims only around 10 notable gaming studios, including Ubisoft (Morocco), Luma Arcade, Afroes (Kenya, South Africa), and Kola Studios. Kirinya said more studios are being founded in recent years and months, even in sub-Saharan Africa.
It also helps brands to identify and target their biggest fans, as they now can tie demographics to actual behaviors. For example, not only does a particular user live in a California and likes the Golden State Warriors, she’s also your top social sharer and has a ton of influence in her online network.
That’s why Pepsi used the solution for Pepsi Soundoff for X Factor and Super Bowl social media promotions, White says. And the social part is critical.
“Gamification needs to be tied to social,” White says. “It’s often thought to be social inherently, but it’s not – there’s a difference between getting a badge, and getting a badge and sharing it. One is not social, and one is not.”
Here’s how Flightcar’s solution works. Drop your car off at the company’s lot in Burlingame Calif., a short drive from the airport. Flightcar will provide a black car to drop you off at your terminal. Your car will be listed on the website, and you’ll receive an email if it’s rented by an approved traveler.
Apparently, the practice of having fake mourners is popular in parts of Asia, which is where Robertson got the idea.
“We were actually inspired by the market growth in China,” Robertson said. “The Middle Eastern way is to provide wailers — crying women — as opposed to the quiet, dignified methods we use.”
The internet is here to help with the good parts of relationships. There are dozens of internet companies to help you find your partner, and just as many to help you plan your wedding and subsequent baby showers. When a relationship is no longer working, however, the internet is a fair weather friend with little aid to offer. This is where Wevorce comes in. Divorce is unpleasant enough as it is, why not make it easier?
Not that Aspen and the Alps are one and the same: the arid climate of the Rockies creates powdery snow, and the skiing culture is also lighter, more relaxed. In addition, Aspen’s history as a mining area provided an extra layer of meaning to a body of work that focuses on the way people alter their environments. “The native inhabitants, the Ute people, had a respectful use of the landscape; the miners later on introduced a very utilitarian notion of landscape,” says Niedermayr. “The subsequent decline of mining in the ‘30s paved the way for Aspen to become one of the most modern ski resorts in the world.”
In fact, Mashable reports that since actor George Takei changed his profile picture to the red equal sign, the post has received more than 40,000 likes from fans.
Today, the court is deliberating California’s Proposition 8, which bans the right for same-sex couples to marry. Tomorrow, arguments will be heard regarding the national Defense of Marriage Act, which has legally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman since 1996.
The March confidence index fell to 59.7 from a revised reading of 68 in February. That’s also below the 68.7 reading that analysts polled by research firm FactSet expected.
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