Liberia’s first recycling center

Every single day when I was dealing with my daily routines, one part of my brain is always working for ‘ how to make this world a better living place ‘ Being a volunteer in many areas changed my perspective and I now can not stop thinking other people who have less opportunities socially and economically.  When I heard a success story from Africa , it makes me feels so great. Now,  I want to share this story with you :

James’ biggest hope is to empower the people in his community. One way he is doing that is by running a recycling an compost center in Monrovia, Liberia. He provides jobs with a purpose – and helps keep the city cleaner.

                                                                          Liberia’s first waste segregation and recycling center

James in the warehouse of the Green Center with sacks of plastic, cans and scrap metal ready for recycling

  James and his workers make compost out of the leftover food from the market women

         James weighs a bag of scrap metal to determine how much to pay the customer

Our Mobile Planet

Our Mobile Planet, This study is a global effort conducted in partnership by Google, Ipsos and the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) to get insights about the mobile user and its mobile usage. To better understand the mobile usage, the OurMobilePlanet site provides deep dives into the search, video, social and email behaviour, as well as mobile research and purchase intentions. Most of the data is set into context to the classical desktop internet to evaluate difference and similarities between these channels.

In this below chart, you see Turkey, Social Network Usage, Smartphones.

 

About the Survey – Methodology Timing

Surveys were administered during March and July 2011. Population

Target population were the private smartphone user, who accessed the mobile internet on their device in each country surveyed.

Frame population (sample base) was from Ipsos online access panels and partner panels in each country surveyed. Sampling

Samples in each country surveyed were aimed to be representative of the target population

Sample sizes are n=6,000 in the US, n=2,000 in Germany, UK, France and Japan, n=500 in Indonesia and Malaysia and n=1,000 in each other country surveyed

Quotas were applied in the sampling process with regard to age, gender, mobile internet usage and mobile brand, as to ensure representivity Survey Administration

The survey data was collected in all countries via an online questionnaire (CAWI – Computer Aided Web Interview)

Questionnaires were administered in local language for all countries surveyed

Survey length was 20 minutes

Continue reading : http://www.ourmobileplanet.com/omp/

We Need a Mobile Strategy

At the beginning of my career, I had the chance working with ‘ strategy consultants ‘. Setting strategies and business goals are one the key compenents of  companies.  When it comes to telecommunications and mobile , it is also same.  No surprise that mobile is one of the top focus areas in 2012 marketing plans.  Cannes even announced a new mobile category.

“As mobile becomes a key conduit through which people connect with each other and the world — from managing calendars, finances and social networks to navigating online, on the road and on the path to purchase — many are still treating it as ancillary to their marketing efforts.  While the technical requirements of mobile force it into the realm of a specialist expertise, the key to winning lies in realizing that mobile actually represents the confluence of four key marketing disciplines: social media, shopper marketing, promotion and CRM.”

The potential of mobile is not only integral to marketing, it is integral to operations, merchandising, and other business functions.

That level of integration holds incredible promise, but also incredible complexity.

 

Daylight Saving Time: The Only Clock You’ll Need

Tonight, people who are living in Europe continental will change to DST. Daylight Saving Time can make waking up the morning after “springing forward” or “falling back” the most confusing times of the year. Fortunately, the Internet is now home to an absurdly accurate clock that can instantly put any confusion to rest.

Time.is tells you whether your computer clock is fast or slow — down to ±5 millisecond. Time.is slogan is also so simple and so effective :  ‘ Time.is – exact time, any time zone ‘

Though Time.is boasts about being the world’s most accurate web clock, before its latest upgrade, it had been thrown off by as much as 300 milliseconds because of network latency. Now, the site’s accuracy has been significantly improved by using your current location to compensate for the minimum latency of your connection, giving it almost-perfect accuracy. http://time.is/

Advanced users can take advantage of Time.is’s calendar, favorite locations and find the time difference between two locations. The clock is truly global with 7 millon location database  — you can adjust the first day of the week (Saturday, Sunday or Monday), the date format and the time format.

Facebook: http://fb.time.is/  Twitter: http://twitter.time.is/  Google+: http://gp.time.is/  LinkedIn: http://linkedin.time.is/

Chrome Becomes Most Popular Web Browser…For One Day

Google’s web browser Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the global market leader for the first time last Sunday. According to web analytics firm StatCounter, while this was only one day, the event is significant enough for it to be labelled as a milestone, Reuters report.

On March 18th, Chrome was used for 32.7 per cent of all browsing, while IE had 32.5 per cent share. When people returned to work on Monday, the IE share rose up to 35 per cent, while Chrome’s share slipped down to 30 per cent.

On a monthly basis, Chrome’s market share had risen to 31 per cent so far in March from 17 per cent a year ago. On the other hand, IE had fallen from 45 per cent last year to 35 per cent. Their closest browser rival is Firefox – while popular in Europe – holds 25 per cent of the global browser market, Apple’s Safari is a distant fourth with only a 7 per cent share and Opera is fifth with roughly 2 per cent.

The news comes after IE had launched its newest campaign, ‘The Browser You Loved To Hate‘ designed to win back users. While IE’s lead is down to the software being pre-installed on all PCs, more people are beginning to switch to alternative browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Although IE is beginning to garner positive reviews with its latest offering IE9, the tide seems to be turning in Chrome’s favour as more people begin to switch.

StatCounter statistics are based on aggregate data from more than three million websites with a sample of more than 15 billion page views per month.

Galaxy Note Won’t Taste Ice Cream Sandwich Until Q2

The still-popular Galaxy S II just recently got its first official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, but Galaxy Note owners hoping to experience the same before the end of the quarter are bound to be disappointed by a new announcement from the Korean electronics giant.

Despite a proclamation from the company stating that the update would be available in Q1 2012, Samsung has officially pushed the release of the Note’s ICS update until some time next quarter.

 

 

Note owners will have a slew of new pen-friendly apps to fiddle with once the update actually lands on their handsets. Among them is what Samsung calls S Note, a new writing app with plenty of templates for users to quickly format their thoughts and media into handsome snippets. The S Note app is also augmented by the inclusion of Shape Match (which automatically “corrects” drawn shapes and lines) and what’s sure to be a favorite of coll.

 

The British Monarchy on Facebook; One’s timeline goes back to 1952

Whether you are a Monarchist or not, you will probably be impressed by the Facebook timeline that follows the life of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II and The British Monarchy.

It’s not just that the Monarchy wields a lot of power, but it seems the Queen’s digital servants have a great handle on how to make the most of Facebook’s timeline features.

From the bottom up, the timeline opens on Feb 6, 1952. A black and white Press Association photo starts the story, “Dressed in black, Her Majesty sets foot on British soil for the first time as Queen following the death of her father, King George VI and her resulting Accession. Her Majesty was in Kenya when she learnt of her father’s death.”

From there you an follow the life of the Monarch through every decade up to the present day.

It’s an extraordinarily lively way to present the history of a Royal figure. Not only are the landmark births, weddings and funerals listed, you can also find other aspects of life in the UK. Fashion, technology and social history all become apparent while following this particular timeline. I was particularly fond of the photo of the Queen making the first subscriber trunk call in the UK in 1958.

 

Facebook Photos Now Shown In 4X Bigger High Resolution and Can Be Viewed Fullscreen

 

I am quite sure, Facebook engineers are working overtime. Starting today Facebook is allowing Chrome and Firefox users to ditch the black background and comments sidebar that surround photos and view them fullscreen by clicking an expansion arrow in the top right. It also now automatically shows photos at maximum resolution, which is the 2048 x 2048 pixel max upload size,  can be up to 4X bigger on large displays. Facebook has improved the sRGB color profile of photos so that colors appear more vivid and faithful without loading slower.

Before now, Facebook photos could only be viewed at roughly 3/4 of your screensize. Today’s updates will encourage high-res uploads, attract more professional photographers, and make the world’s most popular photo sharing service where 250 million photos are uploaded a day a better experience for everyone.

It seems kind of crazy that fullscreen viewing wasn’t an option yet, since people have a natural inclination to see photos as large as possible. But Facebook wants photos to be social. If it showed photos fullscreen by default, it would leave no room for Like, comment, share, and tag buttons. Clicks of these buttons create notifications, and get more people to see photos.

While Facebook’s product decisions don’t usually hinge on ad views, photos are one of Facebook’s core sources of page views beyond the homepage. A switch to default fullscreen photos where ads couldn’t be shown would slash revenue.

Forget 'Friending.' Facebook Wants You to 'Acquaintance' People

With an update to its lists tool, Facebook is trying to improve the relevance of users’ News Feeds by making it easier for individuals to sort distant friends into an “acquaintance” category. People demoted to acquaintance status will still be listed as a user’s Facebook friend, but the social network will show less of their content in the user’s the News Feed.

Facebook seems to be carving out another relationship category for the site as it nudges users to think about distinguishing between friends and acquaintances. That shift follows on Facebook‘s introduction of the subscribe button last year, which gave users the option to “subscribe” to someone, rather than friend them.

Facebook defines an “acquaintance” as “Friends you want to see less of in News Feed.” Thanks to the social network’s new update, users will be able to more quickly relegate people to the acquaintance list: on the Friends page, you will see a list of suggested users Facebook has nominated for inclusion in the acquaintance list based on your lack of interaction with them online.