Computer News - In Brief

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- Mindset Network, a South African NGO, was announced the winner of the 2006 Development Gateway Award. The award issues a $100,000 cash prize as acknowledgement of excellence in the use of information and communications technologies for development, and .recognizes projects, organizations and individuals who improve the lives of young people.

- Microsoft has re-entered Zimbabwe after a few years' absence, appointing local company MS Solutions as sole distributor of its software in the local market.

- Fifty-seven hectares of land has been reserved for the proposed Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone's Block Eight. Addressing a national stakeholders seminar on the proposal for a Botswana Innovation Hub the Minister of Lands and Housing, Ramadeluka Seretse said; "The size of the land is enough to allow for future expansion.

- Software provider, HansaWorld, which sells enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that do not need high bandwidth or expensive hardware is extending its reseller network throughout the continent, recently appointing value-added resellers (VARs) in Kenya, Ghana and Botswana.

- Google today announces that it is providing Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education the ability to offer the university's 3 million students and the Ministry of Education's 8 million preparatory students Google applications for email, instant-messaging, and calendar.

- Intel has showed off its first mobile WiMax baseband chipset, which it hopes will begin appearing in notebooks as early as 2008, during a keynote demo at the 3G World Congress and Mobility Marketplace event, in Hong Kong.