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More than Half the Global Population remains Unconnected to Internet, says United Nations Report

This year, 84 percent of the world's population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected

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More than half the global population remains unconnected to the internet, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. This year, 84 percent of the world's population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected, mostly because high costs were a barrier to either service or owning a mobile device, according to the report by the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The report analyzes information and communication technology, or ICT, development. The report noted, however, that the cost of mobile cellular plans has decreased steeply since 2015, noting a 20 percent fall in prices across countries it deemed "least developed." Broadband prices are also down, although they remained significantly high and "clearly unaffordable" in a number of the least developed countries. Progress was also noted for general connectivity, with nearly all of 175 countries covered by the index having improved their values on the ICT Development Index. The U.N. stressed the importance of internet and mobile access across the world, but also how ICT can be an indicator of education levels and socioeconomic status. "To bring more people online, it is important to focus on reducing overall socioeconomic inequalities," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "Education and income levels are strong determinants of whether or not people use the internet. ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals," he added, referring to a number of goals set by the U.N. to tackle poverty and inequality by 2030. VOA

Nov 24, 2016: More than half the global population remains unconnected to the internet, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.

This year, 84 percent of the world’s population had access to mobile broadband networks, but only 47 percent were actually connected, mostly because high costs were a barrier to either service or owning a mobile device, according to the report by the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The report analyzes information and communication technology, or ICT, development.

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The report noted, however, that the cost of mobile cellular plans has decreased steeply since 2015, noting a 20 percent fall in prices across countries it deemed “least developed.” Broadband prices are also down, although they remained significantly high and “clearly unaffordable” in a number of the least developed countries.

Progress was also noted for general connectivity, with nearly all of 175 countries covered by the index having improved their values on the ICT Development Index.

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The U.N. stressed the importance of internet and mobile access across the world, but also how ICT can be an indicator of education levels and socioeconomic status.

“To bring more people online, it is important to focus on reducing overall socioeconomic inequalities,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “Education and income levels are strong determinants of whether or not people use the internet. ICTs will be essential in meeting each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” he added, referring to a number of goals set by the U.N. to tackle poverty and inequality by 2030. (VOA)

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Apple To Launch Foldable Devices By 2021

In 2 years, Apple will launch it's first foldable device

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First foldable mobile phone device will be in the hands of consumers within 2 years. Pixabay

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a foldable device in two years, more likely to be an iPad than an iPhone, analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS have predicted.

According to the consumer survey, more than a third of Apple customers showed interest in paying as much as $600 extra for a foldable iPhone, CNET reported on Wednesday.

Rumours of a foldable iPhone have popped up on numerous occasions over the past few years. Apple has also filed for patents for a flexible display with touch sensors and portions that open and close like a book, as well as a flexible iPhone that could be folded in half and grip a person’s clothes.

Earlier in 2018, the iPhone-maker had secured a patent for a foldable phone that focussed on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing.

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Apple’s foldable device likely to be launched by 2021. Pixabay

The Cupertino-based company is also expected to officially announce new iPhones, most likely at a September event.

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The company will launch three iPhone 11 models this year. The D43 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS Max, the D42 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS and the N104 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XR.

The new iPhone 11 models, replacing the iPhone XS series, would have a triple rear camera setup, with all three sensors placed at the back, the report said. (IANS)