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Nigeria: ICT Infrastructure - African Governments Not Spending Enough Money, IBM

Nairobi — The Chief Scientist of IBM Research Africa, Dr. Uyi Stewart has said that African governments are not spending enough money in building Informationa Communication Technology Infratsructure to leapflog into the information age which is the most valuable commodity.

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International players into the South African eLearning market to encourage growth

According to the article published on ITNewsAfrica.com, the arrival of international players into the South African eLearning market will encourage growth, the development of eLearning content and eliminate the need for expensive consultants. This is according to a newly established parntership between Netherlands-based eLearning software provider Easygenerator and Johannesburg-based local adaptive learning and placement specialist, LA Intronet.

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New cooperation agreements to accelerate African innovation

According to the article published in Biztech Africa website, Microsoft Corp. has announced strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa’s developer community to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies. Under the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft has entered into agreements with CcHUB in Nigeria, DTBi in Tanzania and AfriLabs, the pan-African hub network.

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Nigeria Launches second Software Incubation Centre in Tinapa

According to an article published on Techtrendsng, as the 2013 edition of National Software Conference comes up in October,the event which brought the conversion of Tinapa in Cross River State,Nigeria into a Knowledge City has seen the official take off of the second Software Incubation Centre in Tinapa.

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South Africa: Devices in Schools - How a South African School Uses Tablets

Mark Elkins describes his experience visiting the Sunward Park High School, Sonskyn Rd, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Johannesburg). The school has recently embarked on a one tablet per child project.

The School is an old Model-C school. Teachers are generally white or Indian and the learners are about 90 percent black. It is by no means a rich school. There are about 1250 children - excluding the matric learners (matric learners are those students in their final high school year before joining university). There are three double storey blocks of classrooms and a further block which houses administration and a school hall. Classes are usually just under 40 learners.This school has achieved some interesting goals. They have a very active soccer program with an on-site dormitory for 20 or so learners.

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Building Software Solutions For ICT Challenges In Africa

Innovation has become the cornerstone to how business and transactions converge on a global scale. The world has shifted in two directions;
 
- Social Media – Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn are typical examples of how engrossed and connected our lives are over the virtual world of cyber space.
 
- Mobile market – with almost 50 million mobile phones in South Africa, and according to the UN on 12th October, 2012 – there was 6 billion cell phone subscriptions globally.
 
The web’s expansive reach accentuates economies of scale that continue to revolutionize the way brands engage customers, driving revenue. This very configuration that constructs the web so attractive to legitimate business attracts extremely technically minded technology abusers making it lucrative for brands to be hijacked and portrayed as powerful brands online.
 

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