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

Kenya: Seacom's Pamoja Africa and Symantec Partner to Enhance Public Cloud Solution Rollout

Pamoja Africa, the Cloud services business unit of SEACOM, has entered into a partnership with Symantec - the security technology solutions provider - to distribute Symantec's suite of Cloud services in sub-Sahara Africa to meet growing security, compliance and archiving needs.

The alliance will ensure that Pamoja's expanding channel and service provider ecosystem has access to these services, thereby enabling transfer of value to customers and enhance Pamoja's objective of solidifying Africa's Cloud community.

Source: CIO East Africa

Computing – In Brief

- Under a grant from USAID, the Lubuto Library Project has set out to create lesson plans in Zambia’s seven national languages. The project aims to demonstrate that libraries can be a hub for both literacy learning and technology innovation in the field. Yesterday, the Mobiles for Education Alliance hosted a Twitter chat about the project.

Namibia: E-Justice Debuts in Namibia

Windhoek — Judges, legal practitioners and staff members of the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Superior Courts are in the process of user-testing the new e-Justice system to be introduced soon.

Source: New Era

Cisco sees silver lining in cloud take up in Africa

Cisco has released its results and analysts believe the network company is focused on the increased uptake of cloud computing across Africa going forward.

An ICT research analyst from Frost & Sullivan has reiterated the strategic importance of a projected increase in cloud computing in key markets throughout Africa to global networking company Cisco.

Source: ITNews Africa
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