Computer News - In Brief


- Finca Uganda has introduced biometric technology for financial transactions, a move that is expected to minimise fraud and heighten competition to increase market share.

- New research finds that, while the piracy rate in South Africa has been kept at bay, the commercial value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers reached over R3.6 billion in 2010. Business Software Alliance's 2010 Global Software Piracy Study that evaluates the state of software piracy around the world, found that SA's piracy rate remained at 35%, despite the doubling of the PC market in 2010.

- DANTE, the international research network operator, and the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office today announce the signature of a €14.75M contract for support to a sub-Saharan African intra-regional research networking infrastructure which is already interconnected to the pan-European research network, GÉANT. Eighty percent of the project’s funding will come from the European Commission’s EuropeAid Co-operation Office, and the remainder will be contributed by the African partners in the project.

- Ernest Attuquaye Armah, Deputy Minister of Communications of Ghana said the National ICT for accelerated development (ICTAAD) Policy was being reviewed to meet changing developmental objectives and priorities.