Computer News - In Brief


- Microsoft Nigeria has launched a language interface pack for Windows Vista in three major Nigerian languages; Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo as part of its Local Language Programme (LLP). The translation of Microsoft Office in the three languages will be available later this year adding that when it becomes available, it will mean that Nigerians can access the productivity applications including Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint in familiar languages.

- Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) has launched the first phase of a curriculum project that will allow both public secondary and primary schools to start offering e-learning. The initiative started in 2005, and KIE has been working through other partners and stakeholders who include, Cisco, Microsoft, USAid, Intel Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) and the ICT trust fund among others. Other than developing the e-curriculum, KIE has also been involved in computer education pilot studies in 19 schools across the country.

- Intel has joined up with GridRepublic to develop a Facebook interface for distributed computing, which allows users to add, manage and monitor the the idle processor cycles they're donating to distributed computing projects across the web. Currently the Facebook app supports three projects, which include Rosetta@Home (more protein folding in search of disease cures), Africa@Home (lending processing power to African institutions) and (forcasting global climate change).

- Microsoft Nigeria and its newest Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS), Karrox Nigeria , have certified six more secondary schools in Lagos as Microsoft IT Academies, bringing a total of in the country to 287.

- South Africa Computer Magazine (SACM), which is published by Tide Media, has been overhauled and redesigned for the August 2009 issue. The redesigned August issue of the magazine offers more 'Hands-on' and 'How-to' articles aimed at a practical digital lifestyle. It contains more reviews on products that matter and, of course, round-ups that will inspire readers to make the best purchasing decisions.

- Intel Corporation is supporting an initiative to help rural schools without electricity to bridge the digital divide. The two phased project by the US affiliated NGO – Kageno - worth more than Ksh 3 million will be rolled out countrywide through a mobile solar computer classroom targeting initially 5 schools in Rusinga Island in Uganda.