Computer News - In Brief


- Nigerian senators have quashed the proposal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use an Electronic Voting System (EVS) for the 2007 elections.

- Lenovo South Africa launched its products officially with desktops and laptops that look distinctly non-IBM. The new company is hoping to capture a slice of the lucrative home user and SME markets with its 3000 series, while the Think brand continues to play in the corporate arena.

- Project Higgins – which is being managed by the Eclipse open source foundation -- is developing software for "user-centric" identity management, an emerging trend in security software. Building on a concept developed by Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, it enables individuals to actively manage and control their online personal information, such as bank account, telephone and credit card numbers, or medical and employment records -- rather than institutions managing that information as they do today. People will decide what information they want shared with trusted online websites that use the software.