Computer News - In Brief


- Cash-flush Altech has finally dipped into its R1bn treasure to pay R559m for Namitech, a smart card and secure technologies company in the Nampak stable.

- Study papers presented at a workshop this week show that Ethiopia stands lowest among developing countries in the use of information and communication technology (ICT). The country’s information systems are not organised and information infrastructure meant to support development activities is very weak, the papers state.

- Ethiopia’s ICT Focus magazine received the first-ever AISI Media Award, for its outstanding work in print media to promote the Information Society.

- At the first in a series of country­wide events, Microsoft and it’s local launch partners announced the South African launch of Windows Server 2003, an integrated server. The new server platform allows customers to power .NET-connected applications, networks and Web services from the workgroup to the datacenter. Microsoft says this will result in customers deriving more value from existing IT investments and lowering overall computing costs.

- Leaders from Africa’s technology corporations, academia, government and non-profit organisations will come together at the Digital Bridge Africa Conference to devise a strategy and implementation plan to enhance technology innovation in and for Africa.