Computer News - In Brief


- Veda Technology Limited, a Nigerian computer manufacturing company launched four different ranges of computer laptops into the market. Its Managing Director Bode Pedro, said the new computer products are designed and manufactured in Nigeria with the needs of Nigerian consumers in mind would offer consumer solutions and added value through practical innovations. The company will be in direct competition with Omatek and Zinox, the two main local manufacturers of computers in Nigeria.

- All Rwandans above the age of sixteen who are legally entitled to an ID card will have received their new electronic cards by June, says Pascal Nyamurinda, the National Identity Card Project coordinator.

- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) headquartered in Addis Ababa, has awarded Tunisia the ICT Prize of public administration in African countries (TICA) for its judicious use of ICT in electronic administration. The Prize was awarded to the Tunisian trade network for its external trade procedures system, as well as to the national centre of monitoring of pharmaceuticals (CNCM), during a ceremony organized in the Ethiopian capital on April 30, 2009.

- First started almost nine years ago SchoolTool, an open student information system built for Ubuntu Linux has released version 1.0 of the application. The project, which began life as a school timetabling tool with Shuttleworth Foundation backing, is now a comprehensive school management system which can manage all aspects of school management from tracking student grades, demographics, enrollments and reporting.

- Need a Linux cluster for an hour or two? Powua is a new cloud computing service that uses open source software to allow users to rent up to 64 CPUs for high-demand graphics rendering or scientific applications.

- Hot on the heels of the advances made by vehicle tracking companies in Kenya, the government is hatching a grand plan to use technology to trace livestock and reduce cattle rustling incidents. The initiative will see livestock tagged with monitoring devices that will also act as identifiers for animals should they fall into someone else's hands. The ambitious Sh50 billion plan to tag 13 million cows.

- Some 50 Tunisian and foreign researchers are Thursday participating in the first examination session held at the Centre for Information, Training, Studies and Documentation on Associations (IFEDA) under an "E-Learning and International Certification in ICTs” project.

- Nigeria’s government is relocating Computer Village from Otigba in Ikeja to Agbado in Oke-Odo Local Government Area which is under the former Alimosho Local Government Area.