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Computing – In Brief

- Under a grant from USAID, the Lubuto Library Project has set out to create lesson plans in Zambia’s seven national languages. The project aims to demonstrate that libraries can be a hub for both literacy learning and technology innovation in the field. Yesterday, the Mobiles for Education Alliance hosted a Twitter chat about the project.

Namibia: E-Justice Debuts in Namibia

Windhoek — Judges, legal practitioners and staff members of the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Superior Courts are in the process of user-testing the new e-Justice system to be introduced soon.

Source: New Era

Cisco sees silver lining in cloud take up in Africa

Cisco has released its results and analysts believe the network company is focused on the increased uptake of cloud computing across Africa going forward.

An ICT research analyst from Frost & Sullivan has reiterated the strategic importance of a projected increase in cloud computing in key markets throughout Africa to global networking company Cisco.

Source: ITNews Africa

Ivorian made educational tablet to be unveiled during Mobile World Congress

Qelasy is the name given to the tablet, which could soon be available to consumers all over Ivory Coast.

While some might consider the touted selling price as prohibitive for its intended usage, a closer look at the current state of things in Africa will quickly make them change their minds.

Indeed, the tablet is expected to be sold for around 274 Euros and will cover course material from 1st grade all the way to university. That equals to the price of about 5 books for the  common african high schooler.

Source: Afrique News

Computing – In Brief

- Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative will offer financial support to five African start-ups in an effort to empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in the continent. The five start-ups that will benefit from the initiative include access, mobile, Africa 118, Gamsole, Kytabu and Save & Buy.

Kenya: Laptop Project Set for April Rollout

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said the laptop project will be rolled out before the end of this years' first quarter.

He said the tendering process was cancelled after the ministry realised that the cost of the laptops was higher than the initial estimate. Kaimenyi said the move saved the government Sh8 billion.
He was visiting the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation at Utalii House in Nairobi yesterday. Kaimenyi said the education ministry has put strategic measures in place to launch an open university.

Source: The Star

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and e-commerce research.

Source: Reuters Africa

Computing – In Brief

Kenya: In a letter addressed to the ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi by ICTAK Secretary General Kamotho Njenga, the lobby claims that the Board's appointment is illegal. In its application, ICTAK claims that paragraph 6 (2)(e) of Legal Notice 183 of 2013 provided that not more than 6 persons, not being public officers, be appointed, the Cabinet Secretary proceeded to include persons who are public officers as per under article 260 of the Constitution of Kenya.

CEC Liquid Telecoms to invest over $15m for infrastructure upgrade

Broadband wholesaler CEC Liquid Telecoms says it will invest more than US $15million this year to improve and expand its infrastructure, managing director Dr Chabuka Kawesha said yesterday.

He said the bulk of the investment would be spent on massive laying-out of fibre network across the line of rail.

"...last year we did layout in North Western Province, this year we are touching all provincial centres of Zambia," he told journalists after the company donated two refrigerators to Chikumbuso Orphanage in Lusaka.

Source: The Post of Zambia

East Africa PC Market Rallies As Introduction of Kenya's VAT Bill Begins to Bite

PC shipments to East Africa increased 3.0% year on year in the final quarter of 2013 to total 140,251 units, according to the latest insights from IDC. ­ Strong gains in the markets of Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia helped offset the poor performance seen in Kenya, where the introduction of new VAT legislation resulted in a significant downturn in PC shipments.