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Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Intel e-learning are adapting a 10 million dollar-library digital content to the Nigerian secondary school curriculum to be made freely available to students and teachers on the internet.

- A computer hitch at the Kenyan-Ugandan border of Malaba has caused a huge traffic jam that stretches for 15 kilometers. According to reliable sources, computers at the Ugandan side of the border were infected with a virus that subsequently slowed down the process of clearing heavy trucks at the border.

- Nigeria’s computer manufacter, Omatek Computers Limited has released two new products into the Ghanaian market. The 8" and 10" Notebook are among the smallest notebooks in the world along with those produced by Sony.

- Google has announced that it will offer $10m in cash prizes for innovative developers of open mobile solutions based on Android.

Android Developer Challenge I: submissions to be made from January 2, 2008 through March 3, 2008, with the 50 most promising entries being recognised by the end of March and each receiving $25,000 to fund further development.

Android Developer Challenge II: open until May 1, 2008 to successful awardees under Challenge I, who would be eligible for ten awards worth $275,000 each and another ten worth $100,000 each.

- The Bank of Ghana is establishing a National Switch, the E-ZWICH, to allow the establishment of a common platform for all payments transactions, both on-line and off-line, in the country. Associated with the E-ZWICH is a biometric smartcard that eliminates the need to have basic literacy and numeracy to operate a bank account since it relies on the identification features of finger prints. The E-ZWICH is a major vehicle for financial inclusion. The smartcard can also be used for payment of wages to workers on the government payroll. The use of the biometric identification system will remove ghost workers on the public payroll. The National Switch and smartcard project would serve as the vehicle to transform Ghana from a predominantly cash economy to one dominated by electronic transactions using modern state of the art technology.

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