Mobile Internet Use on the Rise in Nigeria

Mobile Internet use is growing in Nigeria while the number of people going online via personal computers is slowing. This is according to analyst firm Nielsen Online.

In its latest survey, Nielsen Online found that some 7.3 million people accessed the net via their mobile phones, during the second and third quarters of 2008.

Kent Ferguson, a senior analyst with Nielsen Online, says: "This highlights the advantage of mobile when it comes to immediacy: people often need fast, instant access to weather or sports news and mobile can obviously satisfy this."

Yahoo CEO and Co-Founder to Step Down

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, who earned the ire of many share-holders for rejecting a US$47 billion takeover offer from Microsoft, is stepping down as the chief executive officer.

Yahoo chairperson Roy Bostock points out that: “Jerry and the Board have had an ongoing dialogue about succession timing, and we all agree that now is the right time to make the transition to a new CEO who can take the company to the next level.”

There’s no pulse Doctor!

Was it an attempt at mass CPR? Was the patient long dead and no one had written out the death certificate yet?  Was it an exercise in dry humour, subtle sarcasm or gentle cynicism? Was it just plain naïve hope and trust?

When SANGONeT became NGO Pulse the name must have been given some thought… of this I am sure.  Ahh, a pulse! Life! But what happened next? Did our ‘vibrant civil society’ go quiet on us, give us the good old silent treatment, or just decide not to bother? You tell me.

Mxit to Launch New Safety Control

Mxit, a mobile chat and information-sharing service which has up to 10 million users, will introduce a new parental-control function that will allow parents to disable adult or public chatrooms for minors.

The move comes after a newspaper report that that 21-year-old Jean- Pierre Botes allegedly lured two Pretoria schoolgirls to his home after chatting to them on MXit.

MXit chief executive, Herman Heunis, points out that the company hopes to implement the feature before the school holidays.

Kayak PC Alternative Launched for Poor Countries

The United States wireless technology titan Qualcomm has launched unleashing a technology that will let people in poor countries connect to the Internet without personal computers.

Qualcomm says that the “Kayak PC alternative”, which enables devices such as televisions or monitors to link online using 3G high-speed broadband wireless networks, that are becoming increasingly available in developing countries.

CECS: Web Designing Training Using Joomla

The Community Education Computer Society (CECS) is conducting a two-day course on Web Designing Training Using Joomla from 26-27 November 2008 in Johannesburg.

Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) which makes it easy to create dynamic and complex websites. You do not need any programming knowledge to use Joomla. Joomla makes it ideal for NGOs and small businesses to build their own websites.

Joomla can be downloaded for free from the Joomla website. Here are some of the ways people use Joomla:

Portal Allows Cellphone Users to Send Free SMSes Worldwide

Mobile web portal is offering a groundbreaking new service: From now on, any cellphone user can send messages to any phone in the world, unlimited, to all countries and completely free of charge.

Oliver Wimmeroth, marketing manager of Venista Holdings, Mjoy's operating company based in Cologne, Germany, says: “Mjoy is a service for people who want to stop wasting money on communications, mobile services and content."

Global Broadband Prices Down in 2008

Prices for residential high-speed Internet services are down 20 percent globally from the start of 2008 according to British research firm, Point Topic.

Point Topic states that the biggest price drop is for DSL broadband over phone lines, with the average monthly price falling from nearly US$67 in the first quarter to US$53 in the third.

However, it says little of the decrease has happened in the United States, where prices have been largely stable and are already lower than the global average.

Drupal Wins Top CMS Award

Drupal has been named the best open source content management system (CMS) in the annual Packt-sponsored awards.

The Drupal project, which also won the awards in 2007, won the overall category and walked away with the US$5 000 prize for receiving more than 20 000 votes. In second place were Joomla and DotNetNuke.


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