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Level Up Your MMORPG Character Using Developing Economies

Next time you are scoring that amazing Amethyst Helm of Schadenfreude for your Level 38 Warlock Raider (I just made that up, but I hope something like that exists), you may be helping people in developing countries to make some cash. According to the BBC and a report released by the World Bank -- which is apparently now studying the effects of 'World of Warcraft' (PDF) on the economy -- when...

Vodaphone's Webbox Is a Mediocre Web TV Device for the Third World

Internet TV means plenty of things in the U.S., and usually bears a strange sounding name, like Boxee, Roku or FyreTV. But in developing countries, where the Web hasn't made much headway but households are equipped with televisions, Web-enabled television could be an entirely new browser experience. Vodaphone in South Africa has just announced its Webbox (a name which reminds us of "flummox" or...

200,000 Text Messages Are Sent Every Second, U.N. Agency Says

Today, as you're well aware, is World Statistics Day, and to commemorate the occasion, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released a statistical report (PDF) that shows just how hyper-connected the world is today. Perhaps the most intriguing statistics, however, are those pertaining to global mobile subscriptions and text-messaging trends. According to ITU, the...

You Can't Buy Happiness, But a Cell Phone Gets You Pretty Close, Survey Says

A recent, global survey has posited a correlation between access to telecommunication and emotional wellness. In its study of 35,000 individuals, BCS, or the Chartered Institute for IT, found that low-income people and women in developing nations were the most likely to be emotionally uplifted by access to modern devices, the BBC reports. On one hand, researchers attribute this phenomenon to...