ICTs

The Innovation of the Printing Technology

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, the technological world offers yet another innovation – 3D printing technology. 3D printing has been around for decades, but has been mostly used by shoe making, car and technological gadget manufacturers, for their product prototypes. It has proven to be beneficial in their production processes, as well as cost effective.

Google Launches ‘Drive’ Service for Users

Google has launched a long-anticipated ‘Drive’ service that lets people store photos, videos, and other digital files in the Internet ‘cloud’.

Google vice president for Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, points out that, “Google Drive software has been tailored for Windows and Macintosh computers as well as smartphones or tablets powered by Google-backed Android software.”

AIDS Testing Goes Hi-Tech

Communications engineers have adapted office printers and cellphone technology to wirelessly and immediately relay AIDS test results.

Britain's Sequoia Technology Group and Telit Wireless say that the printers are being rolled out elsewhere in Africa after initial success in Mozambique, where the project has been running for a year.

Telit’s Phillip Collins points out that his company's technology is more often used for monitoring electricity meters than saving lives.

New Google Feature for Monitoring Online Activity

Google has started letting people get monthly reports summarising what they have been up to at the Internet titan's free online services.

Announcing the ‘Account Activity’ feature in a blog post, Google product manager, Andreas Tuerk, points out that, “Sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're doing online.”

Tuerk states that knowing more about your own account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account.

Free Websites for Small Businesses

The Woza Online initiative has successfully helped 11 200 South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) set up websites easily and for free, two months after it was launched.

This was announced at a Woza Online roadshow in Durban, showing businesses in the city that having an online presence can expand their customer base.

Agriculture Moves from Speculative, Subsistence Farming to Knowledge based Commercial Farming

Gone are the days when farming was a pass time, a way of life, a by the way and the business of the unfortunate rural folk. Initially observing from the 2010 Ministry of Tourism Trade and Industry (MTTI), Uganda Commodity Exchange (UCE), I-Network and farmer cooperatives meeting in Kasese, I-Network’s Okoti Boroa noted that farmers had to be sensitised and shown the urgency of moving away from basic subsistence farming to knowledge-based commercial farming systems or face extinction.

New MXit CEO Lays Out Strategy

Social networking site, Mxit, plans to focus on its core competencies, and open the platform to third parties to develop content for its users.

In his first briefing with the media since buying Mxit, chief executive officer, Alan Knott-Craig jnr, says that the company will focus on communication, payments and content.

According to Knott-Craig, the company, which has over 50 million registered users and about 35 000 new registrations daily, points “We create the platform, and let people make money. We'll just stick to what we're good at."

Presidency Uses Social Media Ahead of SoNA

The Presidency says that President Jacob Zuma will use social media to find out what is troubling South Africans ahead of his State of the Nation address on 9 February 2012.

In a press statement, it says that this year, his social networking has expanded to include Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.

Last year, Zuma used Facebook to encourage ordinary citizens to speak directly to him and to highlight the needs of communities.

ZWRCN: ICTs Opportunity for Women Empowerment

When the Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) issued a call for women to register for basic computer skills training last November, the response was overwhelming, highlighting the hunger for technology among women in Zimbabwe.

The ZWRCN's ‘Women to Women’ ICTs training is part of the organisation's effort towards enhancing learning and raising women's knowledge levels, empowering them to make informed decisions.

Tech Partnership Means pMailer Free to NGOs

Prefix Technologies will make its industry-leading bulk email communication software, pMailer, available to South African NGOs via SANGOTeCH, a technology donation and discount portal created by TechSoup Global and the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT).

Prefix Technologies managing director, Walter Penfold, points out that by participating in the SANGOTeCH programme, the company aims to give NGOs a tool that will help them overcome serious communication challenges faced by many of these cash-strapped organisations.

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