From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.

    A team of Americans and Kenyans has developed an Internet router made specially for Africa. They say it keeps the Internet available even in areas with undependable Internet service. The device is called Brck [pronounced Brick], it can plug into an electric source, but it is also battery powered.

    Al Banda is an Internet blogger in Cameroon. He saw the device for the first time  last week at an Information Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Banda says Brck could solve a problem he has experienced.
    阿尔·邦达(Al Banda)是喀麦隆的一名互联网博客。他上周在德国柏林的一次信息科技会议上第一次看到这种设备。邦达先生说,Brck可以解决他经历过的问题。

    "In Cameroon, in my community, we constantly have power outages, and you won't get access to the Internet. We constantly have the ISPs for any random reason just not providing the service they claim they're providing us, so a solution like that is an African answer to an African problem."

    The Kenya-based nonprofit technology company Ushahidi developed Brck after raising money through the crouse sourcing website Kickstarter. Ushahidi official Erik Hersman says the router is able to move among Internet networks.
    总部位于肯尼亚的非营利性技术公司Ushahidi通过Kickstarter这家大胆的资源网站募集资金后开发了Brck。Ushahidi公司职员埃里克·赫斯曼(Erik Hersman)表示,这种路由器能够在不同互联网络之间切换。

    "If you have an Internet connection problem, it will "fail over" to the sim card, so you'll have 3G connectivity, which means that you can completely unplug it and take it with you wherever you want to go, and have connectivity along the way."

    Mr. Hersman says Brck will go into production as soon as the company raises $125,000. Ushahidi has collected about half that so far. The company plans to make up to 1,500 devices at first, mainly for Africa and India. Mr. Hersman expects each device to sell for about $100.

    James Clardy is a technology developer from Texas. He has already bought a Brck and says he is exploring the use of these technologies for building telehealth and telemedicine.
    詹姆斯·克拉迪(James Clardy)是一名来自德克萨斯州的技术开发者。他已经购买了一台Brck,他表示自己正在探索使用这些技术构建远程医疗系统。

    In a seperate story, A creative program combining wireless phones, pregnant women and health advice is been launched in South Africa, the program called Mama sends maternal advice to expectant and new mothers through text messages.

    Mama is the  Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, it is based on the idea that wireless phones are the most dependable way to reach people. Right now, three of every four people in the world use cellphones.

    Mama sends up to three messages a week. For example, one such message is about caring for a new-born baby's umbilical cord. It explains how infection of the cord can make a baby sick, then it tells how to keep the cord clean and infection free.

    About 800 women die everyday from pregnancy related problems, and infant death rates are in the millions. Mama is a partnership between the American government and private companies. The program was first established in Bangladesh and soon to arrive in India.