Africa: U.S.$35 Raspberry Pi Could Round Up Computer Viruses

A computer costing only US$35, the Raspberry Pi, could be used to create a firewall to improve 'security hygiene' in developing countries, says the researcher behind the idea.

Internet users in developing countries have risen from 408 million in 2005 to an estimated 1,942 million this year, according to UN agency the International Telecommunication Union.

But many people in these countries lack home internet access, so they often rely on internet cafés, with old computers and slow and unreliable internet connections - and which carry a higher cybersecurity risk.

Source: SciDevNet

Microsoft 4Afrika Launches Women-Only Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco

Microsoft 4Afrika, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Morocco (AFEM), and INWI today officially launched the Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco to help young Moroccan women especially recent graduates or job seekers launch innovative startups, based on the latest Cloud technology.

Source: Techmoran

Zitouna Bank chooses IBM cloud for core banking systems

IBM announced that Zitouna Bank has selected cloud capabilities consisting of IBM systems, software and services to transform its core banking platform and develop new services for customers.

Source: Banking Technology

Laptop ‘tops other ICT tools important for e-learning’

The information and communication technology (ICT) device with greatest potential for education and training is laptop, whereas Facebook is the most popular social media, according to a new survey of e-learning professionals in Africa.

Source: SciDevNet

Etisalat Misr to deploy Huawei’s 400G core router

Huawei Technologies has announced that mobile network operator Etisalat Misr will deploy NE5000E, the vendor’s 400G core router, as core nodes for the national IP backbone network (IPBB) in Egypt. According to Huawei, the routers will help build ‘a future-proof, large-bandwidth and highly reliable convergence backbone network, which will satisfy the broadband strategy of Etisalat Misr and the development requirements of broadband services of the Egyptian Ministry of Communication’.

Source: Telegeography

Computing – In Brief

- Three members of the National Assembly's Energy and Communications committee has questioned the manner in which the Kshs 15 billion security tender was awarded to Safaricom to supply and install national surveillance saying that the contract awarding process does not meet the direct tendering standards spelt out in the public procurement and disposal laws.

South African IT Security Firm Opens Nigeria Office

Leading IT security vendor, Phoenix Distribution has opened an office in Nigeria to meet the growing demand for technology and information security products given the high rate of cybercrime in Africa’s most populous nation and biggest economy.

Phoenix Distribution CEO, Simon Campbell-Young said the plan to open an office in Nigeria is in line with the company’s growing customer base in Africa which has allowed it to “pinpoint gaps in the region and respond accordingly.”

Source: Ventures

Kenyan Software Developers Trained For Digital Cloud

50 Kenyan students and software developers have completed an intensive training courtesy of IBM which will  enhance their technical and entrepreneurial skills. The IBM team also developed plans to stimulate female entrepreneurship, improve agribusiness, and develop the workforce through internships for university students.

Source: Techmoran

Kenya Leads in M2M Connections in Africa

Kenya has stood out among the early adopters of machine to machine communications in the continent with half of all respondents questioned by IDC's 'Annual Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) WAN Managers Study 2013 Survey' saying they had already deployed.

The study also shows that 27% of the managers were planning on using M2M communications within the next three years with M2M outpacing other enterprise technologies such as unified communications, videoconferencing, and cloud computing according to the report.

Source: CIO

Nigeria: NPC Insists On Biometrics, Satellite to Conduct 2016 Census

As a complete departure from the 2006 census exercise, the National Population Commission (NPC) said it would ensure that biometric, digital satellite and other information and communication technology (ICT) facilities are deployed in 2016 census in order to avoid loopholes and controversies in previous exercises. The Chairman of the commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), explained in Abuja that this had become expedient in order to use such equipment to facilitate a smooth conduct of the census that is accurate, reliable and devoid of controversies.

Source: This Day