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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending August 23rd, 2013

23 Aug

 

BAHAMAS PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY IN “EMBRYONIC STAGE”—08/17/13
According to Philip Gray, a pharmacist and the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), pharmaceutical technology in the Bahamas is in an “embryonic stage.” He was speaking at a conference concerning the optimization of pharmaceutical care via technology, which was sponsored by the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) and the Commonwealth Pharmacist Association (CPA). He was comparing the status of the technology in the Bahamas with that of more developed nations like the United Kingdom and United States.

CARIBBEAN SHOULD USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL YIELDS—08/18/13
The yields from many crops in the Caribbean are much lower than those achieved in other nations, according to Professor Chandra Madramootoo, the dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment Sciences and McGill University in Quebec, Canada. Lack of research and development and inadequate use of technology combine to keep yields low in the Caribbean.

JAMAICAN-BUILT WINDOWS PHONE APP INTRODUCED—08/19/13
Microsoft Jamaica has introduced Grik.ly, a new Windows Phone application that was developed in Jamaica. The app was originally assembled by a group of students at Northern Caribbean University, which has a long-term relationship with Microsoft. Grik.ly is a business networking app that lets users share contact information. It integrates location and event details with updates of the contact’s data.

ELECTRONIC BUSINESS CARD PRODUCED BY NCU GRADS—08/20/13
Xormis, a group of Jamaican developers, has created a new Windows application that will change a static collection of business cards into a dynamic database of information that can be accessed by a smartphone. Grik.ly is meant to replace the business card, said Dwayne Samuels, one of the Xormis developers. The product is free for the first six months and then will cost US$1.99 to send an unlimited number of the owner’s cards. It can be purchased in the Windows 8 App Store. Grik.ly is named for a town in Malaysia, which uses a significant amount of networking.

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