Computer News - In Brief

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- Young people from eight African countries have formed an e-Africa Youth Programme to promote information technology in their countries. The body has been formed as a New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) initiative. Their first step will be to create an internet portal for sharing information on matters such as career guidance, skills development, learning materials and sources of funding.

- The multi-lingual computer keyboard, invented by a Nigerian engineer, Walter Oluwole, has started selling in the United States. According to Oluwole, based in the U.S., the product, named "Konyin"--meaning honey drops in Yoruba--has attracted encouraging patronage in the U.S. where a marketing company has bought the right to market it. The wireless and multimedia model of the keyboard sells for about $199, while the basic model goes for about $55, according to the company's price list.