DRC: Google plans to open an Office in Kinshasa

US Internet giant Google plans to boost internet connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and will open an office in Kinshasa in the near future. The information was revealed by the Head of Google Francophone Africa Tidjane Deme, following a meeting with Thomas Luhaka, the DRC’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications, New Technologies and communication.

Computing – In Brief

Tanzania: Community Development Parliamentary Committee has directed the government to review the electronic ticketing system to make it more viable. Reading the committee's report on Thursday in Parliament, Chairman Saidi Mtanda pointed out that they toured the National Stadium in January 19, this year to witness how the technology works but was dismayed to learn that the system was not in application. He added that the committee was not satisfied with the system thus pressing for its review.

UNESCO & Osun State to replicate e-Learning in Nigeria

Following Osun’s impressive e-learning project, UNESCO has requested to reproduce and adopt the educational learning resource material and content of Opon-imo so that it can be used to promote its educational programmes in Nigeria.

In a statement, the organization was impressed by the e-library, the integrated test zone, the virtual class room containing 63 books covering civic education, Ifa on ethics and morals among others in Opon-Imo that form the three major content categories.

IBM Expands Global Research Network into South Africa

Johannesburg research lab to support South Africa's national priorities and drive innovation using big data, cloud and mobile technologies

IBM announced plans to expand IBM Research – Africa with a new laboratory in Johannesburg beginning April 2015.  It will focus on advancing Big Data, cloud and mobile technologies to support South Africa's national priorities, drive skills development and foster innovation-based economic growth.

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To douse the cry of marginalisation by the Southern Kaduna people, Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has commenced the process of converting the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University (KASU) into a full-fledged university of technology. Speaking at a campaign rally, Governor Yero said the technical committee for the establishment of the university has already been inaugurated.

MTN Group joins AWS Direct Connect service to bolster cloud connectivity

MTN Group has joined Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Direct Connect service in a bid to improve cloud connectivity and its ability to attract large multinationals to its network.

The operator will provide high-speed links directly to AWS’s Ireland location, one of two of the cloud service provider’s European locations. Earlier this year the firm introduced a second EU-based service in Frankfurt.

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Avaya Inc a provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices, has announced that they are currently working with five County Governments in Kenya to enhance unified communication in counties through their solutions.

Gambia National Library to Be Digitalised

The director general of the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) has on Tuesday informed lawmakers of the joint session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly that efforts are on track for the digitalisation of the archival materials of the Library.

Umhloti Primary gets solar-powered PC lab

GiveITback, in partnership with Poynting and African Union Communications, has donated the first of its solar-powered computer labs to Umhloti Primary School, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, to create a better understanding of ICT among learners.

Umhloti Primary School principal Badsha Adam says: "By exposing our learners to computers, they will learn how to actively seek information, which we believe will significantly contribute to their development and eventual competitiveness in the job market."

Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven

“I could make many, many things with that,” said Sam Kodo, looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. “Just think about it. If you fail, at least you have tried. There are a lot of people who have ideas but never try. Even if you fail, you are already one step better off in life than those who don’t even try,” said Sam Kodo.

“Just think about it. If you fail, at least you have tried. There are a lot of people who have ideas but never try. Even if you fail, you are already one step better off in life than those who don’t even try,” said Sam Kodo.

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