In 2011, Bradley Schmidt and Raúl Arévalo decided all indicators had been pointing them toward starting their own retail enterprise. As technology develops, African countries need to have to uncover far better ways of accessing info to gain information and be able to participate and contribute to the worldwide society. They need to have technologies to help them in developing at a more quickly rate so that they can advance and 1 day, take pleasure in the status of created nations. According to the Global Information Technology Report 2010/11, Sub-Saharan Africa nonetheless lags behind the rest of the world.
Data and communications technologies ―ICT and collaborative communication are now providing new possibilities for providing Africa a voice across the globe‖ (Gray, 2010). Libraries are incorporating mobile technologies into their services, for example, on the web access to their catalogues through mobile phones Short Message Service (sms) alerts about outstanding loans, new acquisitions, details literacy training, alterations in opening hours, workshops and other services.
Two innovative mobile applications that can act as a complement to radio, are Freedom Fone (created in Zimbabwe) and Gramin Radio Inter-Networking Program (GRINS) created by the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, for use by community radio stations (Pringle, 2011). Far more than ever ahead of, visually impaired folks have so a lot technology at their fingertips to assist them develop and take advantage of much more possibilities in life.
Augmented reality (AR) is another aspect of active digital technologies which is quietly producing its appearance in South Africa and is probably to make a huge difference in education, libraries and other places of society in due course. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Report of 2009, two-thirds of the world’s cell phone subscriptions are in creating nations, with the highest growth price in Africa where a quarter of the population now has a mobile (MacInnes, 2009). Digital technology has the potential to revolutionize the lives of men and women with sensory-disabilities, but DRMs produce access barriers.
Nonetheless, publishers of e-content usually apply DRM that tends to make it incompatible with compensatory technology like screen readers. Adobe and Microsoft create DRM technology into their e-book software that makes it possible for publishers to disable text to speech capability, creating the content useless to visually impaired readers (Kramer, 2007). People also might not have the finances or technical potential to hold upgrading the software program or to migrate it to new technology as old ones become obsolete.