Computer News - In Brief


- A laptop equipped with an access to the Internet, meant for pupils and students and to be sold at DZD 29,990 (US$488), will be available within a month, announced Sunday Nouar Harzellah, the Chief Executive Officer of Algeria’s Distance Vocational Learning Establishment (EEPAD). Harzellah told a news conference at El Moudjahid forum that "the laptop, to be assembled by EEPAD's Zala plant of Annaba (600km east of Algiers), is the outcome of the establishment's efforts to provide Algerian households with useful equipments."

- As part of efforts to bridge the digital divide between generations, Nigeria’s Omatek Computers in partnership with Digital Peers International (DPI) has organized a holiday camp designed to develop information communication technology (ICT) capabilities in children/youths.

- The first edition of the Intego awards, which recognizes excellence amongst ICT companies, will be held in October in Rwanda. The Rwanda Information Technology Agency (RITA) wants to use the Intego Awards to promote ICT private sector innovation, entrepreneurship, and production of exportable products.

- A cooperation agreement between the City of Windhoek in Namibia and the City of Vantaa in Finland recently bore fruits as it spurred the opening of the Oshetu Community Market Information and Technology Centre (OCMITC) in Katutura.

- Networking technology company Cisco will invest R215m over the next five years to set up a training centre and incubation hub for young technicians in Pretoria, South Africa.