Welcome to the inaugural edition of the ITNewsAfrica.com Saturday Edition. This is your weekly round-up of the most important ICT news over the past week, as well as a few fun items to get your weekend off to a good start. So, grab a hot cup of coffee and enjoy our choice of tech and communications news.
By far, the biggest ICT news story this week was the announcement that Microsoft had bought out Skype for a whopping US$8.5 billion. The valuation was more than double what the industry was recommending and analysts have been left scratching their heads in bewilderment. Read our analysis of this strange decision, and others, in Angela Meadon’s Has Ballmer Lost the Plot?
We received good news from the Business Software Alliance this week. The 2010 Global Software Piracy Study revealed that South Africa has seen software piracy stagnate while the value of installed software doubled in 2010. Read our in-depth report here.
At a press conference this week, Tasima (the company behind eNaTIS) announced that South African drivers will be able to renew their vehicle licenses online in the near future. Read Angela’s report on this and other revelations from the Tasima conference here.
Google fans got a sneak peak of the Chromebook, a notebook designed to run on Google’s Chrome OS and operate in the Cloud. The Chromebook will be available in Europe and the US in June 2011, no ETA for Africa yet.
MTN has finally resolved it’s dispute with the government of Guinea and their assets will be returned. This is great news for MTN, but it seems that the company’s contribution to the Guinea’s GDP was the main motivation for the settlement.
The “How To…” section of the ITNewsAfrica.com Saturday edition is intended to give you some insight into an aspect of technology which you may use, or be interested in using, in a way that will help you derive extra value and usefulness out of your technology.
This week’s tip comes from the tech blog; Lost in Technology and deals with how to get automatic desktop wallpapers from Facebook and other photo sites. I think that this is very useful because Windows 7 has the very attractive alternating desktop feature, but the pictures can quickly become repetitive.
Infographics have become a great way to share a lot of information in an attractive way. Today we feature an infograph about how people use their mobile phones. “Mobile Marketing” was created by Microsoft Tag.