Computer News - In Brief

Computing

- The National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) is now a reality following the signing of the bill by President Museveni in July 2009. The authority is expected to provide technical guidance for establishment and access of electronic data in government ministries. It will also set standards for the information technology equipment that is imported into the country.

- The bugeoning ICT magazine publication industry in Nigeria is set to welcome a new addition into its fold as the monthly edition of eWorld magazine enters the market next week.

- To encourage donors and volunteers, OLPC has posted some official videos on Dailymotion's video website to communicate about its mission. To watch the videos click on the following links:
http://tinyurl.com/lgzfjq
http://tinyurl.com/lffxn9

- Adobe South Africa regional manager for the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean region, Andrew Lindstrom, says the company is launching a new licensing programme for high schools. Lindstrom explains that, previously, there was only one licensing model available to schools, which was a site licence and was too expensive. The old system was a R128,000 a year licence, which requires a minimum of 500 users. Now, however, there is no minimum user requirement. He says the price works out to less than 5% of the off-the-shelf version. The new licence agreement should be live in October 2009.