• 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."

    To read the article titled, “Mobile Internet usage on the rise,” click here.

    <br /> All Africa
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  • 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.”

    In a press statement, Yang says that: “From founding this company to guiding its growth into a trusted global brand that is indispensable to millions of people, I have always sought to do what is best for our franchise.”

    To read the article titled, “Yahoo CEO steps down,” click here.

    <br /> The Times
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  • 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.

    Okay, I know we are ‘all too busy to write and comment on some odd computer thing’. But wait – we know that people actually look. That ‘computer thing’ can tell us that much – they look and read in healthy numbers.  Why then don’t we say something?  We have much to say, don’t we?  We ask for platforms to share our learning, we ask for spaces to ‘speak our minds’, we demand the right to engage in issues that impact on us. Then we fall quiet. The curtains open and we forget our lines.  The silent stage.  Or is it more complex?  I am sure it is. Tell us.  In the mean time, back to the CPR…

  • 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.

    To read the article titled, “MXit gets new safety controls,” click here.

    <br /> The Times
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  • 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.

    This technology combines Qualcomm modems and mobile telephone computer chips into a portable gadget that eliminates a need for telephone or cable wire connections to the Internet. It further states that: “The broad footprint of 3G networks means that wireless is the answer to Internet access for worldwide markets, especially in emerging regions.”

    To read the article titled, “Internet without PCs offered,” click here.

    <br /> The Times
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  • 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:
    • Corporate websites and portals
    • Small business websites
    • Non-profit and organisational websites
    • School and church websites
    • Community-based portals
    • Personal or family websites
    • Contact Person:
    • Installing a local server
    • Installing and configuring Joomla
    • Overview of modules, components and plugins
    • Overview of page layout/positions
    • Planning and organising your content
    • Creating Sections, Categories, and Articles
    • Creating menu items
    • Installing and configuring extensions (components, modules)
    • The Front Page component
    • Inserting images into content
    • Joomla templates
    • Backing up your site
    • Upload your website to an ISP
    • Using FreeMind to plan your website

    Dates: 25-26 November 2008

    Venue: 3rd Floor FNB Nelson Mandela Building, 37 Harrison Street (Cnr Commissioner Street)

    Course Fee: R950 (VAT inclusive)

    Contact Person: Moipone Mpshe, tel: 011 834 3329, fax: 011 834 9054, email:

    Application Form: Click Here (PDF).

    For more information, click here.

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  • 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."

    Wimmeroth says Mjoy is functional on all common handsets available today and does not require the installation of applications or advanced technological knowledge.

    Users registering at can send and receive free SMS text messages at all times.

    To read the article titled, “Send free SMSs worldwide,” click here.

    <br /> News24
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  • 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.

    To read the article titled, “Global broadband prices down in '08,” click here.

    <br /> Independent Online Technology
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  • 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.

    Drupal founder Dries Buytaert points out that: “These awards are a testament to the valuable contributions from dedicated Drupal community members around the globe.” Buytaert says through working together, the Drupal community is building the future of the dynamic web so that anyone can quickly build great social publishing websites.

    To read the article titled, “Drupal wins top CMS award,” click here.

    IOL Technology
  • Introducing the Google Policy Fellowship

    As lawmakers around the world become more engaged on Internet policy, ensuring a robust and intelligent public debate around these issues becomes increasingly important. That's why we're announcing our second summer for the Google Policy Fellowship Program-to support students and organisations working on policy issues fundamental to the future of the Internet and its users.

    Program Overview

    Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organisations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. Participating organisations are based in either Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA , Ottawa or Toronto, Canada and include: American Library Association, Cato Institute, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Center for Democracy and Technology, Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Public Knowledge, and Technology Policy Institute. More information about the host organisations and the areas of focus for the fellows are outlined here.

    Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organisations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organisation, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities.

    To read the article, click here.
    <br /> Google Alert
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