Computing - In brief

- The national policy on Information and Communication Technology will contribute significantly to the newly adopted Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation as a principal driver of economic development, Senior Minister in the President's Office Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said last week. He said this while officiating at the opening of the E-Tech Africa 2014 Exhibition and National ICT Finalisation Workshop.

Samsung unveils solar-powered school in DRC

Samsung Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Ministry of Primary, Secondary, and Vocational Education officially handed over a solar-powered Internet school (SPIS) in Kinshasa.

According to Samsung, this forms part of company's efforts to improve learning and education through the use of new information and communication technologies in rural areas in Africa. It is also part of a government initiative to modernise the national education system through the acquisition of appropriate materials and tools.

Source: ITWeb

IBM's Master The Mainframe Contest Closes In Kenya, South Africa

Held for the first time in Africa, competition attracts record number of participants with four Africans selected for global contest in New York this April

IBM has officially announced the close of its Master the Mainframe competition in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, part of the company's System z Academic Initiative, allows students around the world take charge of world-class zEnterprise computing platforms and showcase their talents, while learning sought-after enterprise computing skills. 

Source: Press release

Computing - In Brief

- The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's TouchTutor education content, which is now pre-loaded on Future Mobile Technology's netsurfer SCHOLAR Android tablet under an exclusive licensing agreement, has been awarded one of the coveted Gold Awards for the Maths and Science Incubator School Programme from the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre.

Two caring farmers plus hi-tech maths and science tablet = A for maths

The intervention of two brothers, both semi-retired engineers and farmers, armed with a unique classroom support package containing video-based maths and science content, led to achievement against the odds for one savvy Eastern Cape pupil.

Alexandra matriculant Siviwe Mbele, 17, achieved a distinction for maths and last month (February) started her studies in information systems at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

Source: ITWeb

Computing – In Brief

- Dell has started providing support services under the name Prosupport in various parts of Africa. The services will be free of charge Prosupport will enable customers to obtain free technical support capabilities and spare parts from Dell certified engineers. Uganda is one of the ten countries in Africa that are targeted and customers will benefit expertise from Dell partners.

South Africa Sees Huge Spike in Demand for Tablet Devices in Q4 2013

Shipments of tablet PCs to South Africa increased 107.1% year on year in the final quarter of 2013 to total 513,000 units according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation IDC .

­The country's traditional PC market suffered a better-than-predicted 18.8% decline over the same period to total 427,000 units, while there was more positive news for all-in-one (AiO) devices and convertible notebooks.

Source: Cellular News

Computing – In Brief

- Kenya - Plans by the government to roll out laptops to class one pupils across the country might be hampered by lack of power in most schools. In a report handed to the Parliamentary Committee on Education last Friday, the ministry acknowledged that "e-readiness in primary schools is poor". The Education ministry said that only 2,037 primary schools are connected to the main grid. Another 8,147 schools are near the electricity grid while 10,184 will have to rely on solar power because they are far from the grid.

American citizen and EFF sue Ethiopian government for installing British spyware on laptop

A US citizen had government-grade spyware placed on his laptop by the Ethiopian government, who proceeded to monitor his Skype calls, instant messages, and his whole family's Internet use. Finspy, the software the Ethiopian regime used was provided by Gamma Group, a British company that makes and sells spyware exclusively to governments. They attacked the US citizen's computer while he was in the USA.

Source: Boing Boing

Who needs textbooks? 'Zambian iPad' goes to school

Whether it's learning how to read and write or setting up your own farm, a Zambian computer tablet -- known as the ZEduPad -- is trying to open up the country's information highway.

The brain child of British tech entrepreneur Mark Bennett, the ZEduPad principally teaches users basic numeracy and literacy skills, aimed at primary school children.

"It became clear that there was a huge need for this kind of technology," Bennett said, "particularly tablet technology, which has come a long way in Africa in recent years."

Source: Marketplace Africa
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