Computer News - In Brief


- The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) is set to embark on an ambitious project of electronic clearing and forwarding, which would eventually stop people, who have no business at the ports from loitering and causing nuisance.

- IBM has opened an Africa Innovation Center in Cape Town to foster the development of information technology and business skills and to expand its customer and business partner ecosystem in the region. The center will help local businesses develop and deploy new technologies that support key digital infrastructure opportunities in government, banking, insurance, retail, and travel and transportation industries.

- Teraco Data Environments, the first vendor and carrier neutral data centre in South Africa has hosted a high profile event for senior UK executives operating in the telecommunications and IT business sectors. “This event affirmed European interest in the South African economy and ICT industry,” says Tim Parsonson, group chief executive of Teraco. “We hosted this event to bring together UK-based executives that are looking for new options for their own growth with new partners that can provide better, more cost effective services.”

- Junior Achievement and HP announced that Nigerian team “Black Diamond Incorporated” from Dowen College, Lagos are winners of the HP Responsible Business Ideas Competition in Africa for 2009. This competition awards student teams for business ideas that best combine business practice with social and environmental responsibility and attracted entries from across Africa.

- Ubuntu's next release will be called Lucid Lynx, a name that reflects the determination of the developers, says Mark Shuttleworth. Lucid Lynx, or Ubuntu 10.04, desktop would still be based on the Gnome 2 desktop environment and that the release following Lucid Lynx would use the Gnome 3.0 desktop.