IBM opens cloud computing hub in Kenya

IBM has launched a hub in the Kenyan capital Nairobi offering cloud computing and data analytics services to banks, insurance firms and government agencies.

The facility – which is based alongside the IBM research laboratory at the Catholic University of East Africa – will run on IBM’s Mainframe machine and looks to allow companies to store and access data remotely any time.

Source: humanipo

Malawi: Macra Says ICT Catalyst of Gender Equality

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has said Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is a catalyst to acceleration of gender equality enshrined in the United Nations charter.

Macra Board Chairperson, Martha Kwataine made the observation on Friday during the commemoration of Girls in ICT Day.

"ICT can be used as a catalyst that can help accelerate progress towards achieving this target. Gender equality is a basic human right enshrined in the UN charter and it is one of the main objectives of the UN millennium development goals," Kwataine said.

Source: Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

Solar-powered laptop computer introduced to Nigerian Market

Canadian company, Wewi Telecommunications Inc., has introduced a solar-powered laptop into the Nigerian market,that could revolutionalise computing in Africa.

SOL (Sun Operated Laptop) is presently the only sun-powered laptop in the world as it is 100 per cent powered by the sun.

Speaking at the product launch on Monday in Abuja, the company's chairman, Saadina Dantata said that the firm is working towards assembling the product in Nigeria, adding that it would establish customer service centres all over country, starting with the six geo-political zones.

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

Kenya: Laptop Scheme Receives Unesco Boost

The government's school laptop programme has received a boost after the United Nations Education Science Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to complement the programme through events to promote the application of ICT in enhancing quality and access to education.

The UNESCO office in Nairobi has said that it was engaging in efforts of promoting the application of ICTs to enhance the quality of and access to education, including the stimulation of production, sharing and access to Open Educational Resources (OER).

Source: CAJ News

East Africa Sees Record Double-Digit Decline in PC Shipments

PC shipments to East Africa suffered a huge year on year decline of 31.6% in Q1 2014. According to a preliminary report released by IDC that covers Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Ethiopia the record quarterly decline saw shipments total 141 831 units for the period under review.

Source: Tech News

Samsung ends notebook sales in South Africa as tablets surge

Samsung has announced that it is no longer supplying notebooks in the South African region, effective April, because of a shift in consumer trends. The latest insights from the International Data Corporation (IDC) reveal that the PC market in South Africa declined by 18.8 percent in the final quarter of 2013, while shipments of tablets increased 107.1 percent year-on-year during the same period.

The professional consumer, or 'prosumer', now expects flexibility, mobility, power and the ability to switch between work and play environments with great ease.

Source: Telecompaper

EcoSahel's Jelani Aliyu Develops Solar-powered Laptop

An indigenous Nigerian company, EcoSahel Global Ventures, has developed a solar-powered laptop that is powerful, rugged, versatile and durable, with the ability to take the harsh conditions of any environment.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the company headed by an automotive/industrial designer and technology entrepreneur, Jelani Aliyu, MFR, is committed to providing effective creative technologies that will make the lives of Nigerians easier, intelligent technologies that are in tune with the nation's environment, are energized by it and perform efficiently.

Source: The Leadership

Vodacom expands training programme

Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public to use computer facilities free of charge.

Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public to use computer facilities free of charge.
Vodacom has opened a teacher training centre in Kimberley - the first of 31 across SA - aimed at integrating ICT into classrooms, and improving technology and Internet access to communities.

Source: ITWeb

Samsung to open up assembly plant in Ethiopia

Samsung Electronics Co. will be opening up a laptop and printer assembly plant in Ethiopia over the next few months. This is seen as a strategic move in increasing its sales on the continent, after it announced its plans to boost its revenue from Africa to US$10 billion by 2015.

Source: PC Tech

Computing - In Brief

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