Computing

French Tablet Maker Launches in Egypt, Set to Expand to Senegal & Nigeria

Top-New-PlatinumsFrench tablet and smartphone maker Archos, recently signed a deal with Uni Group for distribution in Egypt as a door to its final launch in Africa beginning from Senegal, Nigeria and the Maghreb countries.
Uni Group, a mobile phone leader in Egypt distributes products in more than 1700 sales points all over Egypt and is number 3 in the mobile phone market in Egypt according to GFK. There deal in May this year, will help the firm’s launch affordable devices in Egyptian market.

IBM Watson goes live in Africa

As digital platforms evolve with online, mobile and social media channels, companies like Metropolitan Health need to deepen their interactions with customers and transform the way they provide marketing, sales and service.

IBM and Metropolitan Health revealed the first commercial application of Watson in Africa. According to IBM, its Watson application is a ground breaking computing platform able to interact in natural language.

East Africa: UNHCR, Vodafone Foundation and Safaricom Bring Tablet-Based Learning to Dadaab Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Vodafone Foundation and Safaricom, have recently announced a partnership to bring transformative mobile-based education programmes to pupils at 13 schools in one of the world's largest refugee camps.

The Instant Network Schools at Dadaab refugee camp will offer learning programmes to 18,000 young refugees between the ages of seven and 20 years.

The announcement came as the world marked the World Teachers Day to honour the teaching profession and call for quality education.

Vox Telecom makes a play for Cloud in SA

Vox Telecom is looking to make a play for Cloud once again. Speaking at the final leg of its national cloud roadshow, Craig Freer, head of products at Vox Telecom told attendees that: “Although cloud services isn’t a new concept, cloud adoption in South Africa is fairly unique in that it is being driven bottom-up by our SMEs, whereas in the US and Europe, this is a top down approach.”

Computing – In Brief

IT services spending in South Africa is expected to increase 10.5 per cent year on year in 2015 to total US $5.7 billion, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Computing – In Brief

IT services spending in South Africa is expected to increase 10.5 per cent year on year in 2015 to total US $5.7 billion, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC).

Intel’s Latest Campaign To Halve African Technology Gender Gap

Intel has launched a new digital literacy campaign under its “She Will Connect” initiative to reach 5 million African women and therefore halve the gender gap in technology in the sub-Saharan African region by 2016.

Zimbabwe: Econet Rolls Out Digital Learning Platform

Mobile telecommunications giant, Econet Wireless has rolled out a digital educational platform that will increase access by university students and lecturers to learning materials.

The platform, dubbed EcoSchool, has been on a pilot at the University of Zimbabwe for the past six months and allows students using the Econet network to access educational websites for free.

Students who are registered on the EcoSchool platform can access the learning materials on smartphones, tablets as well as on computers.

Cape Verde: CV Movel installing 14 public ICT access centres

CV Movel, the largest cellco in Cape Verde, located some 570 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, has installed its third ‘multimedia centre’, providing public internet/computing access and other ICT facilities as part of efforts to reduce the ‘digital divide’ for underserved sections of society.

Telecompaper reports that the facility in the municipality of Calheta de Sao Miguel follows two similar launches in Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal in September, and CV Movel intends to open a total of 14 multimedia centres by the end of this month.

Kenya’s laptop project tender cancelled, again

Kenya’s Jubilee Coalition laptop project tender that had been issued has yet again dismissed by judges, now the tendering process will have to start all over again and will take at least six months and in addition to that the first deliveries will be delayed by months.

Justices George Odunga, Francis Gikonyo and Weldon Korir declared the Sh24 billion laptop tender that was awarded to Olive Telecommunications PVT Ltd of India, flawed.

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