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Italy Government Will Give Out Subsidy to Electric Car Buyers

In July, the Italian government increased the subsidies for electric cars due to the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic. The donations ranged from 6,000 euros to 10,000 euros for new electric vehicles with combustion engines scrapped. As a result, the current subsidy for PHEVs is lower than the summer subsidy. The 6,000 euro PHEV subsidy will no longer be available. However, the increased subsidies are likely to be back in effect soon.

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As part of an initiative to reduce carbon emissions, the government of Italy is offering subsidies to buyers of hybrids or electric cars with CO2 emissions between 21 and 60 g/km. The subsidies are available to buyers of new hybrid or electric vehicles and people who scrap an old vehicle. The money will be reimbursed to those who scrap a car. The government has set aside 65 million euros for these subsidies.

The Italian government has recently increased the subsidy rates for electric and chaturbate hybrid cars. Previously, the government had offered subsidies of up to 6,000 euros for purely electric vehicles with scrapped combustion engines. This new scheme will likely help the economy recover from the current economic crisis. In addition to the subsidy increase, the government will be giving PHEV buyers a further 10,000 euros in exchange for scrapping their old combustion engines.

In addition to these subsidies, the Italian government also offers assistance for cars with efficient combustion engines. These subsidies could add up to EUR2,500 for buyers. At the same time, those who opt for an efficient combustion-engine vehicle could get up to EUR1,250 to scrap their old vehicle. Other countries offer similar incentives for new electric cars. Still, the United States government has been running into legal trouble from trading partners because it subsidizes domestic vehicles.

As part of its plan to drive towards zero-emission mobility, the Italian government offers subsidies to buy hybrid electric cars. These subsidies will cover up to 45,000 euros and up to 2,500 euros in other cases. The incentives will also extend to buyers of new Euro-VI-compliant cars. So, if you’re considering buying an electric vehicle, now is the time to make the switch.

Exemption from annual ownership tax

The government has stepped up incentives for buying an electric car in Italy, giving buyers a seventy-five percent reduction on the tax rate. For the next five years, owners of plug-in hybrids and fully-electric vehicles will be tax-free in Italy. Additionally, owners of these cars may enjoy free parking in ZTL zones or free circulation in urban areas. These incentives will remain in place through 2021, with new incentives coming into play.

During this reform, electric car buyers will receive a EUR30 tax bonus per year. The annual tax bonus can be extended up to five years, depending on their situation. It will be available for the first registration of an electric vehicle between June 2020 and 2024. In addition to this, the government also extended the existing exemption for electric cars, making the new rules valid until December 2025.

The tax benefit will then expand to December 2030.

While the government has introduced new policies supporting the EV industry, subsidies are still limited. In Italy, for example, a donation for electric cars of up to 6,000 euros is available. However, other incentives are available, including a 2,000-euro contribution linked to the scrapping of a polluting combustion-engine vehicle. But for now, these incentives are not enough to encourage buyers. EVs must reach out broadly and educate more users to ensure that they get the recognition they deserve.

Another significant incentive is the tax on EVs. The tax reduces from seventy percent to twenty-three percent of the vehicle’s cost. Besides the tax reduction, the new legislation also allows drivers to install 100kW Lupoporno chargers at their homes. Additionally, homeowners who cannot establish charge points can get a EUR20000 home installation grant. Businesses in Italy can also benefit from tax relief by investing in a hybrid or electric vehicles. However, the amount of financial assistance per company is EUR80,000.

Tax deduction for EV charging structures

In Italy, businesses can take advantage of a tax deduction for EV charging infrastructure. Companies can claim a EUR3,000 tax deduction for the cost of a charging station. The incentives designed to promote EV ownership and increase the use of electric vehicles in the country. In addition, the government has a program called Eco-Bonus, which

EV & EV Charger Incentives in Europe: A Complete Guide for Businesses & Individuals

 subsidizes charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 and mandates that all ICE vehicles change to electric cars.

In Italy, EV charging infrastructure can be purchased and installed for private, commercial, or public parking. Businesses can claim a tax deduction of up to 50 percent for this investment. Housing organizations can claim a tax deduction of 35 percent, or up to ninety thousand euros if they install EV charging stations. However, the tax deduction will reduce to 30 percent by 2023. However, suppose the charging infrastructure is digitally connected to a management system. In that case, a tax deduction is up to EUR1,500 for each charging point and taxpayer.

Moreover, governments also offer incentives to encourage EV adoption. For instance, a tax deduction of 75 percent of an EV charging infrastructure costs is available to individuals who buy or lease a new EV. The tax benefit is available for EVs in the private and public sectors. In Italy, tax deductions for EV charging infrastructure include public parking, toll fees, and ferries.

List price limit for PHEVs

While many different incentives are available to encourage EV ownership, the federal EV infrastructure tax credit applies to commercial and residential EV charging infrastructure in Germany, Amaporn, France, and Austria. However, this tax credit is non-refundable and cannot be used to increase overall tax refunds. It may be worth considering investing in EV charging infrastructure in Italy. In Italy, you can benefit from this program and save money on parking fees.

In Italy, the government has created an incentive program that pays residents for installing an EV charging structure. It provides 75 percent of the installation costs. The grant is available to all residents. However, you must complete your installation by 31 March 2022 to qualify. Once your installation is complete, submit your claim to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. In addition, residents in rental properties must submit their claims by 30 April 2022.

From 1 January 2022, the minimum range for PHEVs will increase to 60 km. In addition, these vehicles must also be less than 50g CO2/100km to be eligible for the state subsidy. Some models are already beyond this limit, however. Luckily, these new regulations will only affect a few types of heavy vehicles, which have the same issues with emissions and range as PHEVs.

NEW Amazon Web Services Office in Athens, Greece

The Minister of Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis, attended the inauguration of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) office in Athens this week. The Greek Ministry of Digital Governance, Development and Investment, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a strategic mission statement that will support the creation of a vibrant, sustainable, competitive, and innovative space hub in Greece as a key to the planning part. National digital transformation goals. With this in mind, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the opening of the Athens office. Also, the Athens office to strengthen the commitment to investing in and responding to the growing customer base in Greece.

Specifically, as part of AWS’s ongoing investment in Greece to support better new customers looking to invest with AWS, reduce their IT costs, and improve their performance in the cloud to expand their business. As organizations of all sizes migrate to the AWS Cloud, its first office in Athens will support organizations of all sizes, including startups, enterprises, and public sector agencies. Its first office in Greece will also provide Amazon’s cloud computing unit with a great way to reach its customers and help them with any issues. With the addition of services, its first Greek office will now provide direct customer support to a range of companies, including Wind Hellas Telecom Group, τσοντεσ, PAOK FC, one of Greece’s leading football clubs, Greek Taxi, and l Beat mobile. App and Spitogatos.gr, the leading real estate website in Greece.

Amazon’s cloud computing arm already provides cloud services to companies and organizations in Greece.

This includes Wind Hellas Telecom Group, PAOK Football Club, one of Greece’s top football clubs, and many public sector organizations, the group said in a statement. Friday Opens to support the goals of Amazon’s cloud computing division; increase the number of public sector companies and institutions using its cloud services. In addition, Amazon’s cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services (AWS), officially opened its first Greek office. Located in Chalandri, a northern suburb of Athens, the office will support many startups, enterprises, and government agencies transitioning to the AWS Cloud.

AWS Partner Network (APN) partners in Greece also welcomed the opening of their first office in Athens, Greece. Earlier this year, AWS opened its first office in Athens and launched Amazon CloudFront in Athens in 2020. This offers all Greek organizations faster content delivery and improved cybersecurity protection.

Amazon became the latest global company to announce its innovation investment in Greece on January 15, 2021.

Impressed by how Athens “feeds Athenian innovators and reinvents itself with technology.” Cameroon Brooks, Amazon Web, Director of Public Sector Services for Europe, praised Greece for positioning itself at the forefront of the digital economy, which justifies Amazon’s decision. The new investment comes just a year after Amazon launched its first investment in Greece in January 2020, with CloudFront, Cam4 headquartered in Athens following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2020. This was between the company and the Greek Ministry of Digital Governance.

American companies are interested in the privatization of Greece. Especially in the digitization of public services and energy transition efforts. The Greek tech sector has experienced significant growth in recent years, driven by giant Microsoft, Digital Realty, and Amazon Web Services investments in cloud infrastructure. AWS is a typical example of how American technology companies, with their assets, are playing a leading role in recovering the Greek economy and Greece’s return to growth.

Amazon Announces New High Tech Investment in Greece

Advancing new services

AWS is committed to supporting Greece in advancing new services to serve citizens and customers better, grow the Greek startup community and educate the cloud architects of the future. Thanks to the US Ambassador in Greece, Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt, especially Amazon Web Services, the CEO, and the entire startup team here in Athens. APN Partners create innovative solutions and services on AWS. APN helps them by providing business, support, marketing, and go-to-market (GTM) support for these organizations.

Accenture, ALEF, Ares Spikeseed, BlazeClan, Cambrian Technologies, Cloud Nomads, Cloudstraight Consulting, COSMOS, Deloitte, DI-VISION Consulting, Intrasoft, InTTrust, MTI, OTEAcademy, Bourdela, PCCW, Performance Technologies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PRODYNA, Pylones Hellas, Quetri, Ralliton, Speedcast, and Stackmasters is partnering with Greek corporate. The same can be said about government clients such as municipalities, academic institutions, national broadcasters, infrastructure, energy, and utilities to help them move to AWS. All efforts to deploy critically important applications and provide a full range of services for monitoring, automating, and managing customer cloud environments.

In 2003, AWS was reimagined to make Amazon’s computing infrastructure standardized, automated, and web services oriented.

In 2006, AWS was relaunched and now includes three services, including Amazon S3 cloud storage, SQS, and EC2, officially making AWS a set of leading online services. A year later, in 2004, the first public AWS service, Amazon SQS, was launched. In addition, Greek customers have also taken advantage of Amazon’s Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, AWS Shield, and AWS Web Application Firewall.

Social web for the long-term

Now that the biggest waves of Buzz hype are hopefully behind us, it’s a good time concentrate what Google Buzz actually is and what it isn’t. I have followed Buzz with great interest and I’ve previously talked about Jaiku, feeds and discussions on the web on general here. I even pushed Plaxo at one point, but they are pretty much dead in the water right now. I was couple of years off and a technology wrong with my prediction of sort-of real-time web in 2008.

buzzwelcome-croppedIn a way I view Google Buzz as a reference platform, like Google Wave Preview, instead of a finished product. Of course, because Buzz is right there in Gmail’s interface, it’s Buzz deserves to get all the critical comments about its launch it got. It could be argued that without exposing it to the larger public at start, it would have been impossible to get all those great ideas to make it better. One interesting thing to note is that most requested features for Buzz are UI-related. However, I’m more interested in what makes Buzz work behind the scenes, because if Google can get the critical mass behind this, things are going to be great.

It was again a sad example of the sorry state of technology blogging when Buzz first hit the web. In that little world that’s so enamored with Twitter, Facebook and status updates, it never occurred to anyone that Google was aiming much higher. One of the worst offenders was the serial-troll Lyons. He was followed with lots of others who came up with as lame puns in their headlines without actually figuring out what they were looking at. Instead we got petty lists of “fails” in Buzz. Yeah, on xvideos the surface that these Techmeme all-stars barely skim, Buzz might resemble Twitter, but the differences are pretty obvious from the start.

The attention spans are so incredibly short that that they have completely forgotten that even in this age of agile Web 2.0 iterative processes, things take time. This was probably best illustrated by this post, where the author totally oblivious to the lineage of Buzz claimed that

As always, time will tell whether this is a game-changer or just another Jaiku, the Twitter competitor that Google bought but never found a way to leverage.

In their defense, even Ars Technica got it wrong.

The only reason I can come up with why people associated Buzz instantly with Twitter was the simple user interface. Much more interesting comparisons would have been with Friendfeed (which kind of tried to do this in simple way), Yahoo Updates (which kind of tried to do this in a difficult way) or it’s genetical ancestor Jaiku (which kind of did this LBS twitter thing in a pretty nice package a good three years ago).

While I agree that Buzz is a rather odd combination of product/platform/project, I do find it exciting that Google has the resources to just try things. We are so early to this social web thing that if someone pretends that they know what exactly works, they’ll be proven wrong in a fortnight. Sure, I do agree that Google might be forgetting that what people want are applications and not technology (a mistake Nokia keeps on repeating, and one reason why they are so incredibly lost in the technology woods. Or like Yahoo, which just pumps out nice web tech with no apparent apps or revenue streams). Google has the money to experiment and the mindset to test things on a large scale. That takes balls. That’s what the whole world wide web of hentai was about in the first place, experimentation. You have to be pretty clueless if you take anything on the internet right now as granted.

Seriously, take a long view here. Even on the internet, you need some time to lay out the groundwork even when you’re working in the application layer. If you think about the 2,5 year timeline between Jaiku’s acquisition and Buzz, there were little hints along the way in many of Google’s products. To be able to have something like Buzz, Google had to first come up with a friend/follow system and a location system. You know like following other people on Google Reader and Google Latitude? The ADD-riddled tech bloggers were pretty hyped about Google Latitude and how it was going to kill Brightkite, Foursquare and other LBS services, but somehow Google Buzz failed to generate a single comparison to these services?

But all this is just technology. What about the revolution that I hope Google can pull with Buzz? What’s the beauty in Google Buzz? You only need to check Google’s API page for Google Buzz and you’ll soon realize that all the stuff behind what makes Google Buzz work are open standards, which enable pretty ground-breaking integrations that could just solve the mess discussion on the internet is right now.

As a sidenote, when tech bloggers complain how they can’t add this and that twitter stream to their Google Buzz timeline or how the tweets are not in real-time and all that, they would only need to look at that API and realize that because Google looking at the whole thing at much higher level, it’s actually the publisher who needs to find a way to enable a thing awkwardly called PubSubHubbub, and in that instant all the content is pretty much real-time. Of course, I have no idea if it is at all feasible to use PubSubHubbub in the scale of Twitter, but the point is that Google is not planning to have custom pipelines to Buzz, but to play with common, open protocols and APIs. Another point is that once your content works with Buzz, it works with any aggregator/social app that has decided to have that same common, open infrastructure.

So, instead of trying to centralize every user, every piece of content to their site, like Facebook and Twitter, Google has had the guts to try and harness all the discussion on the web to their service. It’s going to be a happy day when this post right here and all the discussion and the comment this might generate are all happily syndicated in Buzz.

The open nature of Buzz is not all news to some creatures on the web. On Twitter and Facebook you can follow and be followed by inanimate products and abstract brands and they can have pages and whatnot, but right now, to be able to take part in Buzz you need to have a Google Account and that means that you have to be a natural, real person and you shouldn’t have more than one account. This is pretty bad news to all the “SEOs” and other “internet marketing experts”. It is also excellent news and pretty amazing on this forcing-marketing-down-your-throat in this “social” happy place we call the web 2.0. Simply, that means real people and real feeds that try to integrate the real discussion on the web. All those @’s and #’s? What about real discussion with real threading and real topics? What about a renaissance of long-form personal publishing? (If you didn’t follow any of the previous links, please read this. I’m totally with DeWitt Clinton here).

The trick to make all this work and where Friendfeed and Plaxo failed is critical mass. I’m pretty sure that the guys at Facebook are really looking at Friendfeed again and rethinking what parts they should chop off it instead, because if Google can truly pull this off and make this pipe-dream of semantic and social aggregation nirvana that plumbs everything out of what it can get it social graph on work, Facebook has no other option than to open up and that’s pretty much the end game for them right there.

The technical challenge is really complex and it’s going to take some time until all the pieces are in place. Google has put their thing out in the open and it is now the publishers’ turn to do some back-end changes so that this discussion utopia can get its legs. I’m not expecting the social web to turn on its head in a day, but this is some serious stuff for the long term. The reason why I think Google can pull this off is that Google just needs to show ads on the web to make this worthwhile, Facebook et al. need to monetize every inch of their userbase. Google can, and it is in their advantage, to utilize open systems and not lock people in. And, hey, maybe things don’t pan out. Google has the cash to try something else.

Apple’s M1 Macbook Air is The Best Travelling Laptop for 2022

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Apple’s Macbook Air is a leading brand known for its outstanding quality over the years, making it a favorite among the super-thin ultra-portable models. Over the years, Apple has been consistent in updating the model, and the most recent is the upcoming Apple M1 Macbook Ait. It has far better processing speed and performance than its predecessors, making it a highly valued machine. While we liked the 2021’s update, it was not a transformative model.

 

The 2021 Macbook Air is a 13-inch portable laptop with impressive performance and great value compared to other Mac computers. It comes with a 30-hour battery, making it an ideal laptop for traveling video porno. Let’s dive into its unique features.

 

 

Premium Portability – Sleek Model

Unsurprisingly for one of the world’s most popular computers, the new design is very familiar. Not much has changed since the previous version from the exterior, so it might take a while to tell them apart. The model comes in three color options, and it is an all-metal design of both high quality and unmatched sturdiness.

MacBook Air remains one of the most luxurious yet portable builds of all time. It weighs only 2.8 pounds and measures 0.63 inches by 11.97 inches by 8.36 inches. It is the thinnest kind and relatively light for a model with such superior characteristics. Any student looking for a sleek model to take to class or a business professional headed for a meeting will find the Apple M1 Macbook Air appealing.

 

 

A Magical Keyboard

The keyboard fixed in the previous model was mostly flawed. Thankfully, this time Apple has replaced the maligned butterfly keyboard prone to broken keys and dust with a new magical keyboard. The latter offers a better typing experience. All the keys feature rubber domes and scissor switches for a bouncier typing experience with more key travel.

There is a Touch ID sensor at the top right corner of the keyboard to ease powering and sign in with your fingerprint. Therefore, you don’t have to use passwords. There is no touch bar button, meaning that you get a physical escape button on the keyboard’s top left corner. Since the touch bar is polarizing, you may consider this a plus.

 

Sharp Retina Display

The display of the M1 MacBook Air is as brilliant as ever. The 13.3-inch screen is utilized in this version, delivering a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. It is nontrivially higher than the 1,920 by 1,080 resolution standard on mainstream laptops. Although it is short of 4K, the resolution is perfect for travelers as it doesn’t drain battery life.

The screen looks fantastic, thanks to the black borders and Apple’s True Tone technology to adjust the display’s white balance to match the ambient lighting. It can be more comfortable and more pleasing on your eyes, though you can turn it off entirely within the system preferences if you wish.

 

 

Bottom Line

The MacBook Air M1 is with no doubt the best traveling laptop for 2022. It features enhanced performance and exceptional battery life, alongside its sleek look. Not only is it way better than the predecessors, but it also offers unmatched value.

Best Money Management App for Android Phones

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Would you like to keep a budget but don’t know where to start? Do you have your money in different places and want an easy way to keep an eye on all your cash? If you need help spending your money or controlling your finances xxx, a budgeting app might be what you require. Thankfully, several budgeting apps are in the market, and they all have something unique to offer.

 

1.     Mint – Best for Saving

Mint has been the gold standard for budgeting tools for a long time, and the app takes the top spot for several reasons.  It updates and categorizes transactions automatically, thus giving you a realistic picture of spending in real-time. Users are allowed to customize their categories, split transactions, set budgets, and track bills. When users exceed their maximum spending limits, they receive a notification on their phones. The service also offers free credit score monitoring and free credit scores.

 

2.     Pocketguard – Best for Capping Overspending

As the name implies, pocketguard helps you to restrain from spending more than you should. The application links to all your financial accounts and allows you to track your spending compared to your monthly budget. It is one of the most user-friendly money management apps for Android phones because you can connect it to your bank accounts. It tracks your earnings, recurring and daily expenses, and the deposits you make to your savings account. The app has a feature to help track individual bills and find saving opportunities.

 

3.     Simplifi – Best for Cash Flow

Simplifi takes a top position on this list because it provides a personalized spending plan with real-time updates throughout the month. It syncs your bank accounts to show you where you stand and track your progress on financial goals. It keeps track of your monthly subscriptions and bills, including what you don’t use. It is best for cash flow because of its useful tracking capabilities. It is the best option for staying on top of your expenditures between your paychecks. The outstanding feature is the custom watch list, limiting spending by payee or category.

 

4.     YNAB – Best for Zero-Based Budgeting

The robust, hands-on application helps users to learn how to live on the last month’s income. There is no doubt that it is for the committed users because they must plan for every dollar they earn. You can connect it to banks, contribute to savings, set goals, and customize spending categories.   Although it requires subscribing, it is worth every penny you invest. Students that provide proof of enrollment receive 12 free months’ subscription.

 

5.     Simple – Best for Connecting to a Bank Account

Simple is more than a budgeting app – it is an online bank account that replaces the traditional checking account. It has tons of useful built-in budgeting features. When your budget and bank are on the same application, you have an easy time keeping everything under control. After all, you only have to visit one place to view and manage your finances. It tracks your income and expenditure automatically and has a goal feature to motivate your savings.

 

 

Now that everyone wants to improve how they save and budget their finances, turning to the tech world for guidance is critical; whether you need a money management application to budget or save money, there is something for you. Some are free, while others require a minimal monthly subscription.

Top Phone Launches for 2022

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As far as phones go, 2022 is off to a promising start. We have already seen the Samsung Galaxy S21 series and the impressive Xiaomi Mi 11 (in China), and we can’t wait to experience the other major phone launches scheduled for this year. From the oddities like the LG Rollable to the high-profile iPhone 13, here are the best phone launches to look forward to in 2022.

 

1.     iPhone 13 Range

It is among the highly anticipated phone for 2022, but we have a long wait because they won’t be out until September. We expect some significant updates to this model xnxx, such as in-screen fingerprint scanners, 1TB storage, and high refresh rate screens.

If Apple maintains the design of the previous models, we expect the 13-series to measures 5.4” by 6.1” by 6.7”. There are also some rumors about a periscope camera, which would enable increased optical zoom range.

 

2.     Huawei P50

Having experienced the Huawei P range flagship, we can attest that they have some of the best cameras fitted in mobile devices. They also feature impressive hardware and competitive power. There is no doubt that Huawei P50 will have better features than its predecessors.

The Huawei ban made it impossible for the company to use Google Play Store. However, the company found substitutes, and their phones come with the necessary software.

 

3.     LG Rollable

This is the first handset with a rollable screen. LG has confirmed the existence of the device and its launch in 2021. In a teaser sent by the manufacturer, the phone extends from a smartphone to a tablet size without folding it.

Although the teaser shows the screen extending in one direction, it might extend to the right and left screen edges based on the LG’s patent. The folding mechanism is entirely hidden within the phone to look like a regular smartphone.

 

4.     Nokia 10

The long-awaited Nokia launch is finally here. Initially, we thought that they would be launching Nokia 9.1, but rumors have it that we will be seeing Nokia 10 this year.

Nokia 10 is predicted to feature an in-screen selfie camera, a stainless steel frame, a sapphire glass display, and a high-end Snapdragon 888 chipset. The anticipated features suggest that this will be a premium phone.

 

5.     Oppo Find X3 Range

Over the past few years, Oppo has risen to become a leading phone manufacturing company. It has been rivaling the best brands, and its upcoming X3 range is expected to continue moving mountains. It might be more innovative and exciting than many of the big-name flagships.

The new Oppo X3 range is rumored to have a macro camera that functions like a microscope and 25x zoom and lights around the lenses. The phone might also have an NFC that works on both its front and back ends. Therefore, you can tap the screen against payment terminals instead of the small rear feature on most phones.

 

 

The phone manufacturing industry has come a long way, and we are excited to see what 2021 will offer. Many of the major brands have already announced their releases for the year. If you are considering upgrading your gadget, stick around because good things are on the way.

How Does Mobile Technologies Affect Third World Countries?

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 Did you know that most people have access to mobile phones than to clean water and electricity? Yes, and mobile phone technologies are indispensable in the modern world. While mobile technologies were associated with developed countries, this is no longer the case. Data b the International Telecommunication Union indicates that mobile penetration in 2017 had gone up 98.7% of populations in developing countries. Below are some ways in which mobile technologies impact communities in developing countries.

 

1.   Mobile Money Banking and Transaction

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In developed countries, a mobile phone is a useful complementary tool for economic transactions for porno. With a mobile phone, you can operate your bank account and various financial products. However, if you do not have a bank account, your phone is just a phone. In 2007, Safaricom, a subsidiary network operator of Vodafone in Kenya, launched a mobile money transfer and payment system called M-Pesa.

M-Pesa services target individuals with no access to conventional financial services. The service allows users to load money onto a sim card, send the money to other mobile users, and withdraw the balance in the form of cash at an authorized establishment. The goal of M-Pesa was to reach the most remote parts of the country, and having achieved this, every village in Kenya has some commerce linked to the system. Users can access the service even with a basic phone, and M-Pesa is now spreading worldwide.

 

2.   The Agricultural Field

USAID launched The Market Information Systems and Traders Organization in West Africa (MISTOWA), a mobile technology project that aims to provide farmers in remote areas with accurate agricultural statistics. The technology can connect smallholder farmers with prospective buyers and ensure the farmers get fair prices for their produce. Thanks to the collaboration with Esoko (a company based in Nairobi), rural farmers in fifteen African countries receive price information, crop advice, weather alerts, and tips on how to connect with buyers via SMS. The price alerts by Esoko led to an increase of 9% profits to all farmers residing in areas that used the program.

 

3.   Benefits to Healthcare and Emergencies

Mobile technologies in developing countries have enabled health specialists to deploy smartphones as powerful medical tools in remote areas that lack hospitals and advanced laboratories—a perfect example is the app Peek by Andrew Bastawrous (a British ophthalmologist). Through the smartphone screen and camera, the app allows specialists to check the vision of patients and aid in the early diagnosis of blindness.

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Beacon, created by Trek Medics International in collaboration with Cardinal Health, Google, and USAID, helps deliver emergency service in remote regions. Residents can call their regional firehouse, where the correspondent will send out mass text messages via the app to a group of volunteer motorcyclists trained in first aid. An available volunteer will then reply, respond to the emergency and transport the injured to the nearest hospital.

 

4.   Enhanced Business Solutions

In developing regions, mobile technologies, including data services, agriculture, business advice, healthcare, and money transfer, continue to provide huge economic and development benefits. Most micro-entrepreneurs perceive mobile phones as the lifeline of their enterprises. Mobile phones find a wide application in businesses. They help secure business deals, improve productivity, provide entrepreneurs with important information and communicate with suppliers and clients.

Business leaders in the city have stepped forward to rescue the Pride festival.

Debts totalling more than £180,000 owed to more than 20 companies and charities have plunged the future of the major event into doubt.

Now Michael Deol and Robert Webb, the owners of Club Revenge in Old Steine, and James Ledward, editor of GScene magazine and Paul Kemp of Aeon Events, have formed a community interest company in a bid to run Pride in Brighton and Hove for 2012.

They have vowed that all profits will be ploughed back into LGBT charitable causes. According to plans submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council, Stagfleet Ltd, the owner of Club Revenge, will underwrite the whole event. The directors also own 10 venues across the city, including The Dorset, Hove Kitchen, Zafferelli’s and the Sackville Hotel site.

Mr Deol said that £1 of the price of every ticket sold will be ring-fenced and donated directly to the Rainbow Fund to distribute through its grants porno argentino programme to local LGBT/HIV organisations and charities that provide front line services to the LGBT community in Brighton and Hove.

He said: “We are delighted to have brought together what we think is a superb group of people to run and organise this year’s Pride in Brighton and Hove. “We have been negotiating on the future of the event with Brighton and Hove City Council and look forward to its decision.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said that the Stagfleet bid is one of two under consideration. He would not disclose the identity of the second bidder.

He said: “A decision will be made by Councillor Geoffey Bowden, cabinet member for culture recreation and tourism, on March 6.”

The Argus understands that according to the group’s plans the route of the march and the venue for the party in Preston Park will remain unchanged at the event planned for September 1.

Former vice chair of Pride (South East) Nick Beck said that lessons would be learned from previous failures.

He said: “There is no reason the event last year should not have made a profit.

“I am confident that with prudent money management the festival can be a commercial success and will raise money for LGBT causes.

“The business acumen of Mr Deol and Mr Webb is well-proven.”

A major festival has unveiled new plans.

The organiser of Pride in Brighton has launched an information hot- line. Trevor Edwards, director of Pride Brighton and Hove, said information about this year’s festival is available around the clock on 01273 257225.

Wilde Ones International has been appointed as production company for the event in Preston Park on September 1. Tickets will go on sale in April.

Brighton and Hove City Council has given the go-ahead to the com- munity interest company formed by Michael Deol and Robert Webb, the owners of Club Revenge in Old Steine, and James Ledward,
editor of GScene magazine, to organise the event this year.

Mr Edwards said that £1 of theprice of every ticket sold will be ring- fenced and donated directly to the Rainbow Fund to distribute through its grants programme to local LGBT/HIV organisations and chari- ties that provide frontline services to the LGBT community in Brighton and Hove.

He said the organisers want to involve more community groups than ever before.

Dean Parker, boss at Wilde Ones in London said: “We are looking forward to working with Pride and Brighton and Hove City Council this year and will be making a full announcement soon.”

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The Battle of Marathon

Credits: Greg London

I cannot speak of my crime.
But I can tell you of my punishment.
In 498 BC, the Greek city-state of Ionia rebelled against its Persian Tyrants. Athens and Eretria sent ships to help Ionia in the fight. The Ionians marched on the city of Sardes, home of the regional Persian governor, and burned the city. Athens sent its tyrant, Hippias, into exile, and turned towards democracy. But in 494 BC, the Persians defeated the Ionians at sea, ending their rebellion.
King Darius I ruled the Persian Empire at this time. With the Ionians defeated, Darius was left infuriated with Athens and Eretria for their part in the rebellion. The Athenian tyrant, Hippias, went to Persia and met with King Darius. Hippias offered his help in conquering Athens in exchange for his return to power.
Darius sent envoys throughout Greece with a demand that each city pay a tribute to the Persian Empire. Many cities paid the tribute out of fear. Athens and Sparta replied by throwing the envoys to their deaths. This further infuriated Darius and gave him another reason to attack.
In 492 BC, Darius sent his fleet against the Greeks, but they were wiped out by a storm near Mount Athos. In 490 BC, Darius sent a fleet of six hundred triremes under the command of two generals: his nephew, Artiphernes, and a Mede named Datis. The Persian fleet attacked the city of Eretria first. The people of Eretria defended themselves from behind the city walls for nearly a week. But then the city was betrayed when two of Eretria’s chiefs let the Persians into the city.
The Persians sacked Eretria. Those not massacred were taken as slaves. Word of the Persian attack spread, and several Greek Generals met in Athens. They sent a professional runner named Phidippides to Sparta to request help. Phidippides covered the distance from Athens to Sparta, 150 miles, in two days.
At the same time, Hippias led the Persians to the island of Aegileia, where they dropped off their newly acquired Eretrian slaves. Hippias then brought the Persian fleet to the eastern shore near Marathon, an eight hour march from Athens.
While the Athenians waited for Sparta’s reply, the Greek Generals plotted their strategy. Rather than suffer the same fate as Eretria, the Generals decided to fight the Persians before they reached the city of Athens. Hoping to catch the Persians by surprise, the Athenian army marched to the plains of Marathon, twenty-two miles away.
The Athenians took their position on the high ground of a mountain range overlooking the plains of Marathon. They made camp above fifty-thousand Persians.
The Persian Army contained Infantry and Cavalry. They were lightly armored, wearing a tunic with metal plates, no helmet, and carrying a wicker and leather shield designed to stop arrows. Persians carried short spears, but their most fearsome weapon was the composite bow. The Persian King had once told the Greeks that his army’s arrows were so many that they could blot out the sun. To this, the Greeks replied, “Good, then we can fight in the shade.”
Upon seeing the Athenians, the Persians deployed their troops in standard line formation. They put their best troops, ten-thousand Persian Immortals, in the center and their poorer troops, conscripts and foreign fighters, on the wings. The cavalry took the flanks. They formed a line that was over half a mile wide and thirty men deep. Not wanting to attack the Athenians who held the high ground, the Persians made camp and waited.
The Greek Army was an army of Hoplite Infantry, named after their heavy shield, the hoplon. The Greek infantry wore heavy armor, a solid bronze chestplate and smaller plated armor covering the rest of their body. Their hoplon was made of wood and bronze. Their primary weapons were the long spear and short sword, and they would often deploy their troops in a phalanx formation with eight lines of men.
The Athenian Army reflected the Democratic notions of their city. The army was divided into tribes numbering one thousand men, and each tribe appointed a General. All ten Generals voted on all operations. The city of Athens appointed a man named Callimachus as Polemarch, or eleventh general, to prevent a tie from occurring during a vote. The Generals even took turns on a daily basis as to who commanded the whole army.
The Generals first voted to wait. The Persians would not want to attack as long as the Athenians held the high ground. And the Athenians were waiting for the Spartans to send help. While the Athenians waited, one thousand Plataeans arrived from the northwest to fight the Persians. This encouraged the Athenians. But then Phidippides returned with news that Sparta would not send help for another five days plus a number of days to march to Marathon.
The two armies faced one another in a stalemate. After eight days, the Athenians watched as thousands of Persians boarded their ships while others reinforced their positions. The Athenians were afraid that the Persians planned on leaving a force to contain them while the remainder of the Persian army sailed around the southern peninsula to attack Athens on the western shore.
The Athenian Generals were now evenly divided between fighting at Marathon and pulling back to Athens. General Miltiades thought the longer they waited, the worse their chances of success. Miltiades went to the Polemarch, Callimachus, to sway his vote. Miltiades gave Callimachus a rousing speech and convinced the Polemarch that they must fight the Persians without delay. When the vote was tallied, Miltiades’s ordered the army into battle.
Miltiades knew something of the way the Persians fought. He deliberately arranged the Greek army with a weakened centerline, four lines of Hoplites, and strong flanks, eight lines of Hoplites. Callimachus commanded the right wing. The Plataeans formed the left wing. Between them, the ten tribes lined up in order. In all, the Greek formation was well over half a mile wide.
On command, the Athenian Army marched in formation towards the Persians. The Persians were somewhat surprised by this, thinking the Athenians mad for giving up the high ground and engaging an army four times its size. The Persians readied themselves to fight. When the Athenian line was 200 yards distant, the Persians let loose a torrent of arrows to rain down on the Greeks.
At that moment, the Athenians charged the Persians at a run, and the arrows missed their targets. The Athenians closed with the Persians, in formation, on the double. The Greek’s charge caught the Persians by complete surprise, and the Persians prepared for hand to hand combat.
The two armies clashed and fought fiercely.
The Athenian flanks held their position, but their weaker middle was pushed back. The Persians drove through the center, only to be surrounded and completely enveloped by the Athenians. This was Miltiades’s plan; the Athenians engaged the Persians in close combat from all sides. The heavy arms and armor of the Athenian Army shattered the short spears and wicker shields of the Persians.
Their dead numbered in the thousands before the Persians managed to break out of the Athenian trap.
They retreated to the shore to reboard their ships. The Athenian’s chased them into the sea as the fighting became more chaotic.
Callimachus, the general and Polemarch, was killed here.
Stesilaus, one of the Tribe Generals, was killed here.
And, I can tell you of my fate as well.
I fought alongside an Athenian named Epizelus, son of Cyphagoras. Our ranks had broken, and the combat dissolved into wild melee. The Persians fought hard to board their ships. We pursued, but we managed to capture only seven ships out of their entire fleet.
Epizelus and I made our way near the shore. We reached the middle of the fighting, and two Medes charged us. We clashed furiously, and one of the Medes grazed my arm before I ran my spear into his chest.
Words that were not mine echoed through my head.
“That no man shall die by your hand.”
I looked at my arm and could see that my scratch had become a mortal wound. Epizelus was getting the better of the second Mede, when I saw the Giant coming towards us.
This Mede towered over the battlefield. His beard draped the entire length of his shield. He hefted his sword in the air and looked intent on splitting Epizelus down the middle.
I took one look at my wound, knew that I had broken my probation, and understood that I would pay for it with my life. I looked at the Mede and remembered my voice. I bellowed at him.
“May your eyes be blind to him!!! Take me!!!”
Epizelus finished his opponent and spun around to see this Mede, who stretched into the sky, walking towards him.
The Giant brushed past him and dropped his blade on my collarbone, collapsing my chest and shattering my spine. The Giant continued onward as if he did not see Epizelus.
I collapsed to the ground, dying as I fell.
Epizelus cried out that he could not see. Blindness had stricken him as it had stricken the Mede, only in different form.
As the life poured out of me, memories flashed before my eyes in an instant. My mind was numb with shock as I lay there dying.
I had been here at least three times before.
The remainder of the Persian Army scrambled aboard their ships, pulling away from shore. They picked up their prisoners on the island of Aegileia and sailed for Athens. They would attempt to reach Athens before the Greeks could return over land.
The Athenians had won this battle, but they could still yet lose the war. The entire Athenian Army moved with all possible speed to return home.
Phidippides ran ahead and covered the distance in three hours of porno gratis. When he arrived, he gave the news that the Persians had been defeated and that they were sailing around Attica to land at Athens. He then collapsed from exhaustion and soon died. The people manned the walls and made it appear that an army defended Athens. When the Persian ships arrived, they saw what appeared to be a well-defended city, and they hesitated.
Soon thereafter, the Athenian Army finished its own run from Marathon to Athens. When the Greek army came into view, the Persians decided they had suffered enough and sailed home.
In the end, 6400 Persians and 192 Athenians perished.
The city-state of Athens was saved, as was the fledgling democracy that it nurtured. The shape of the world changed because men took a stand, against all odds, for freedom.
Eons later, men and women would run twenty-some miles for a cash prize and call it a “Marathon.”
But the true prize is much more precious than Gold.
The prize is nothing short of freedom itself.

Credits: Greg London