This time on World Stories: the computer revolution devours its children as new ways are found to access the virtual world - without computers. In Turkey, reporters undergo survival training so they don't end up as part of the news they set out to report. In Egypt, meals on wheels help people avoid lunchtime crowds, and in Mexico, Mayan temples mark the equinoxes with shadow plays.
"Ubiquitous Computing” is an umbrella term for the new and exciting ways of accessing networks, services, functions and content without a computer. Users of smartphones can find out when the next bus is coming or turn off lights they left on at home. As South Korea’s Arirang TV finds out, users can even keep track of the calories they burn whilst exercising in the park.
For reporters, Syria has become one of the most dangerous places on Earth. The number of journalists killed, injured or taken hostage has been rising since the outbreak of civil war there. As NTV reporter Can Ertuna finds out, journalists are now taking courses at the Turkish Police Academy to learn to survive in hostile environments. Disaster training and self-defense are also vital components.
Cairo is notorious for its traffic problems. At lunchtime, the inner city can be all but impassable. However, an enterprising couple has come up with a solution. They’ve founded a catering company called El Matbakh, which brings hot meals to hungry workers. As the Africa Report finds out, it’s proving so popular that many competitors are copying their recipe for success.
On every equinox - the first day of spring and fall - Kukulkán, the god of resurrection, winds his way down the stairs of the El Castillo pyramid as he has done for centuries. On those days, the sun falls on the ancient pyramid at just the right angle to cast a slithering shadow on the stairs. What did the shadow play mean to the ancient Maya? Norma Ávila Jiménez reports for Canal 22.
Tony Alda of Venezuela is a passionate percussionist. Music is his life and he says it’s the perfect way to find your true self. Talent or innate abilities don't matter. What matters, he says, is the drive to make music any way possible. Just pick up an instrument and play - that's his message. Vale TV caught up with him doing what he loves.