Computer News - In Brief

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- Acer has taken the top slot for notebook in the EMEA region for the first quarter of this year. In the Middle East and Africa region (MEA), Acer was also ranked second, with 12% share of the desktop and notebook market, although it accounted for 22.9% of notebook shipments in the region, and was number one in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

- In South Africa, the City of Windhoek is to open an Information Technology (IT) Training Centre at the Oshetu Community Market, formerly Single Quarters, in Katutura. The IT Centre is part of a new administration and IT block which has been funded by the City of Windhoek at a cost of N$2 million, and is aimed at strengthening capacity building for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

- In line with Ingram Micro South Africa's long-term goal of offering the widest possible range of component brands to the local system builder and OEM channels, the company has announced the addition of Targus and Intel to the mix of products in its portfolio.

- Microsoft will increase its focus on making mobile phones part of its strategy to spread IT to people in developing nations, based partly on a prototype already developed for the purpose called Fone+.

- Easy to use, Fedora 9 has better broadband support and 3D desktop effects. Six months after the release of Fedora 8, version 9 of the Linux operating system has been released. Fedora, the Red Hat-backed Linux version, is an easy