Solar Energy for Electricity in Africa – Akon’s Bright Plan

It’s “a no-brainer.” That’s how hip-hop and R&B artist and producer Akon described using solar energy to bring power to hundreds of millions of Africans. The Missouri-born Senegalese American had just trekked to Mali from an inaugural meeting in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) with top West African leaders to talk about renewable energy solutions.

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Expanse SyFy VR App: 13,000 Free Cardboard Viewers #ComicCon2015

Syfy announced the launch of a virtual reality app for The Expanse, a highly-anticipated drama series from Alcon TV premiering in December 2015. Utilizing Google Cardboard, the app immerses viewers into the vast world of The Expanse, giving fans the opportunity to enter settings from the show and experience them in virtual reality.  Read more

MikMak Paddy Wack Give a Girl a Phone …

MikMak is the first mobile video shopping network available for iOS devices. It was created and founded by Rachel Tipograph (former Global Director of Digital & Social Media at Gap and one of Forbes’ “30 under 30 Who Are Changing The World”).

MikMak’s funny, self aware and slightly NSFW voice captures the escapist nature of binge-watching in a shopping experience. It has super short, shoppable infomercials called “minimercials” (average 30 seconds). They are released nightly at 9 p.m. ET. Shoppers can watch and swipe through the new videos, buy directly from the videos and claim personalized prizes. Read more

If You Wave to Your Friends with this App, they Can Track You Anywhere …

Every step you take. Every move you make. Every step you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you … on my new Wave app. Wave is a new free app that lets users share their location with one another in real time. It’s dynamic and customizable, and most importantly it’s totally private because all data is automatically encrypted (except to those whom you “share” with). Waves are two-way geoconversations, and they last only as long as users want them to. Read more

DeeMe Messaging App Sends Users Head Over Heels

Girls of all ages across the globe are going gaga for a new messaging app that turns everyday texts into beautiful works of artistic self-expression. With 75% of DeeMe users identified as women, the app has drummed up a serious female following. Of course, it’s not just for the girls, guys will no doubt enjoy using it too once they start to gain their artistic momentum. Read more

Meet C.H.I.P. He’s a $9 Computer that Will Hack Your World

C.H.I.P. He’s Next Thing Co.’s open-source, barebones microcomputer that only costs $9. C.H.I.P. can be used in a variety of ways. You can connect a keyboard, mouse, and a display device to him, transforming him into a proper personal computer. Additionally, you can hack C.H.I.P. into a retro games emulator, a robot, or anything else you can imagine. Next Thing Co. encourages everyone to learn how to code and make things with C.H.I.P.

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Solar-powered Race Car Street Legal in July? I Want One!

Sunswift eVe, a solar-powered race car envisioned by a student team from Australia’s University of New South Wales, may be on the streets of Sydney by July this year.

The car will have to be redesigned to comply with the Australian Design Rules’ official car reliability and safety standards, but if they succeed, it will be the first road-legal solar car in the Southern Hemisphere.  Read more