ICT

Google Turns Eleven

Google is celebrates its 11th birthday on Monday, 28 September with another example of its famous Google "doodles" -- a special logo on its search front page. The internet giant has added an extra L to its name to form an 11, representing its eleven years as a company.

However, there is some confusion over the exact date of the company's birth. Last year, Google put up its 10th birthday logo on September 2 and, according to its Wikipedia entry, it was incorporated as a privately held company on September 4 1998.

Gmail Goes Down

Google has confirmed that the majority of Google mail (Gmail) users were unable to access the service on 1 September 2009.

In its blog, the company did not say what the cause was and added that it will provide an update later with details on when it expects to resolve the problem.

It has also apologised for the inconvenience and promised to get Gmail back up and running as soon as possible.

Using ICT to Develop Literacy

Using ICT to Develop Literacy aims to provide a concise overview of the literacy issue and explain how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be used to enhance literacy education and contribute to achieving the Literacy Decade goals. The booklet focuses on five areas where ICT can be utilised in literacy education: enhancing learning; raising access to literacy education; training of teachers; localising content; and creating a literacy-conducive environment. The booklet also contains examples of the use of ICT in literacy education.

Ugandan NGO to Build ICT School

LEAD Uganda, a NGO that provides education to orphaned and needy children, is set to build a post-primary institute to teach information and communication technology (ICT).

LEAD Uganda founder, Stephen Shames, says that there is no reason why ICT should be a preserve of developed countries.

Shames says that the institute will not only help impart ICT skills but will also bolster efforts in bridging the digital divide between Uganda and the developed world.

Microsoft Introduces OneApp in South Africa

Microsoft has unveiled software that lets Twitter, Facebook and other hot Internet services to be delivered to low-cost ‘feature phones’ common in developing countries.

Corporate vice-president of the Unlimited Potential Group and Startup Business Accelerator at Microsoft, Amit Mital, points out that, "We designed OneApp from the ground up on feature phones with very limited memory and processing capabilities."

The Unemployment Database

The Unemployment Database has been established by the Gauteng City Region Academy (GCR Academy). The database consists of skilled and semi-skilled youth between the ages of 18 and 35. It has 11 000 potential candidates which, provincial departments, municipalities, government agencies and private sector can utilise to recruit interns and learnership candidates. This database can also be utilised for bursaries and job placement opportunities. It contains their contact details and CVs.

AIDSbuzz

The AIDSbuzz.org website was born out of an identified need to provide a ‘one-stop’ online resource for non-profit organisations (NPOs), corporates, government agencies and individuals working to uplift the lives of families and communities affected by HIV and AIDS in South Africa.
To this end AIDSbuzz provides three detailed and searchable directories:

  • a donor directory of over 150 international and national private and government funding agencies active in the field of HIV and AIDS, as well as the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC);

Google Maps in Court for Unfair Competition

A French company is taking Google Maps to court for unfair competition, seeking about R5.5 million in damages from the United States-based Internet giant, Google.

Bottin Cartographes has lodged a complaint with the Paris commercial court against Google France and its parent company Google Incorporated for providing free web mapping services to some businesses.

The French company provides the same services for a fee and claims the Google strategy is aimed at undercutting competitors by temporarily swallowing the full cost until it gains control of the market.

Cisco Warns Against Cyber Crime

Networking giant Cisco has warned that cybercriminals are aping executives when it comes to sales, marketing and risk management in the world of online treachery.

Cisco chief security researcher, Patrick Peterson says: "A lot of techniques they are using today are not new; it is really about how they may be doing some of the same old things."

The company has also warned that online social networks are becoming popular ‘customer acquisition’ territory for cyber criminals.

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