In Kenya, Mobile Data is King

In fact, about 99% of all (actual) internet subscribers in the country get online via GPRS/EDGE and 3G on their mobile devices:

The distribution is lop-sided with the vast majority of these users being Safaricom subscribers, although it should be noted they did have a 7 year lead on the other mobile service providers to lay out their infrastructure and sign up eager customers:

Bharti Airtel will likely gain market share once they begin offering 3G data connectivity in March and with their Sh1/min promotional tariff offering, that’s riling up Safaricom’s chief, they’re bound to sign up quite a few new and disgruntled subscribers. Continue reading

Where the Global Economic Recovery Will Begin

The contracted global economy is literary palpable with unemployment numbers going through the roof.

The World Bank recently projected that the global economy will shrink in 2009, with growth in the developing markets dropping from 4.4% to 2.1%. They also project that recovery will commence in 2010 albeit at a slowed pace.

What’s more interesting is that the recovery depends on where in the world you live:

Global Recovery Projections

A curious note is that the most substantial GDP growth is registered in the emerging markets, especially in Asia.

Male Chimps Dealing Meat for Sex?

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A study conducted in Ivory Coast suggest that they do!

Male chimps that are willing to share the proceeds of their hunting expeditions mate twice as often as their more selfish counterparts.

This is a long-term exchange, so males continue to share their catch with females when they are not fertile, copulating with them when they are.

Female chimps are lazy apparently don’t hunt much so for them it’s hard to come by meat for their much-needed protein. So the males go out, hunt, bring back the bounty and otherwise outdo themselves for the ladies, knowing all too well that their efforts are not in vain. Well, well :).

The reseachers believe they’re onto something; that this study “could lay the foundations for human studies exploring the link between good hunting skills and reproductive success“.

Really. I couldn’t help but think that there’s some correlation in there somewhere..