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Kenyan Cloud Infrastructure Provider Node Africa Launches In Nairobi

Cloud infrastructure provider Node Africa has launched in Nairobi, with former Angani CEO Phares Kariuki at the helm.

Impressively, the company took six weeks from inception to launch, partnering with VMware to sell the vCloud service, and Microsoft to sell the Office 365 and Azure cloud.

The cloud computing market is dominated by Amazon Web Services, but Node Africa believes it can carve a niche for itself using the VMware platform.

She Will Connect: Intel Connecting Women to Bridge Africa's Gender Gap

Intel and its partners, NGOs working in the field of women and technology including CARE, ChangeCorp, Telecentre.org, World Pulse, and World Vision, will collaborate to transform women's and girls' lives and livelihoods in Africa through increased access to and use of the Internet, reducing the gender and technology gap in sub-Saharan Africa by 5 million young women over the next three years.

Nigeria: How Jonathan Govt Paid Companies Linked to Doyin Okupe to Hack 'Unfriendly' Websites

Two companies linked to Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, got at least N1.6 billion off the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in three shady cyber security contracts, PREMIUM TIMES investigations have shown.

One of the contracts had instructions to hunt down unfriendly media websites with Distributed Denial of Service attacks.

It was a project conceived to shut down online media platforms perceived as friendly to Buhari or critical of Mr. Jonathan ahead of the 2015 election.

Report Links Tech Firms to Child Labor in Africa

Major tech manufacturers fail to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not produced by child labor, according to a new Amnesty International report.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), children as young as seven are reportedly put to work in "perilous conditions," mining cobalt for use in lithium-ion batteries.

Accounting software firms take advantage of weakening rand

THE plummeting Rand is likely to boost locally owned accounting software companies, says Stephen Corrigan, MD of Johannesburg-based Palladium Business Solutions.

Locally owned accounting software companies have in the past struggled to compete with international accounting software vendors. But according to Mr Corrigan, the international accounting software vendors will soon feel the effect of the weakening rand as local businesses consider cheaper options.

Software prices have already increased 40% and will continue to rise as the Rand weakens.

Mauritius launches online weather portal for farmers

Mauritius has launched an agricultural decision support system (ADSS) to collect and disseminate timely and accurate information on weather and climate change.
 
The ADSS will relay information about temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction and solar radiation to farmers, university students and researchers.
 
With the system, data collected by seven automated agro-meteorological stations installed at strategic locations throughout the country are made accessible to users throughfarei.mu/meteo — an online portal.

Django Girls come to Lagos, to teach women computer programming for free

Django Girls, a non-profit organization that empowers women through free computer programming workshops, has announced it is coming to Lagos, Nigeria to teach young women and girls programming.

A free one-day workshop, aimed at total beginners, will be hosted in Lagos to teach 30 women how to build websites from scratch.

At the workshop, attendees will create their first website, be mentored by programmers who want to help them get into web development, and be well-fed by the organizers (light breakfast and healthy lunch will be provided).

Presidency: Govt agencies must ‘aggregate databases of Nigerians’

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a marching order to government agencies collecting demographic and biometric data of citizens and legal residents in Nigeria to aggregate them into the nation’s single data bank.
The Presidency also says all data are to be domiciled with and managed by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the government agency responsible for managing nation’s identity database.

BRCK Raises $3M from Steve Case, TED & Others to connect more people to the Internet

Rugged, self-powered, mobile WiFi device which connects people and things to the internet in marginalised areas BRCK has raised $3m from Jean and Steve Case with participation from Jim Sorenson, TED, MKS Alternative Investments, Synergy Energy and others to bring connectivity to people in marginalised areas.

Why data was crucial to Burkina Faso’s first election since uprising

Democratic elections in transitional states are never straightforward. With limited experience to draw on, finite resources and a lack of transparency, it’s not uncommon for rumours, tensions and civil unrest to overshadow the process and undermine faith in the results.

But by midday on Monday 30 November – the day after Burkina Faso’s presidential election – citizens had a reliable early indication of who would be their first elected head of state since the overthrow of strongman Blaise Compaoré last year.

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