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nmcBells University of Technology Ota, Ogun State, has won this year's Nigeria Universities/Polytechnics Computer Programming Contest, organised by the National Mathematical Centre (NMC).

It beat the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna and Covenant University, Ota to second and third places respectively, out of the 21 universities and polytechnics that participated in the competition. They were required to answer five algorithm questions in four hours.

steve-ballmer-Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, has criticised Google's Android mobile phones for being too complicated.

The bullish chief, renowned for not mincing his words, said that people needed to be “computer scientists” in order to figure out how to use an Android phone.

Vodafone-WebbookSouth Africa’s mobile operator, Vodacom today, 18 October 2011 announced that it is the first Vodafone operating company to launch the Vodafone Webbook.

The device is extremely compact and weigh  less than 1 kg. The Vodafone Webbook is presented with a 10″ LCD screen, 512MB of memory and an additional 4GB of storage space.

dick-Today during an interview at the Web 2.0 summit, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed that Twitter signups via iOS devices have tripled since the launch of iOS 5. Specifically, he told Mashable’s Ben Parr that iOS 5 devices were the driving force behind the growth.

Twitter is deeply integrated with iOS 5 at a very basic level.

sumsangGoogle and Samsung are preparing to unveil Android’s new top of the range handset in Hong Kong tomorrow, widely believed to be called the Nexus Prime

Google is set to announce its new flagship mobile phone in Hong Kong tomorrow. The device made by Samsung is widely expected to be called the Nexus Prime.

CMUAfrican Development Bank (AfDB) has pledged continued support for the establishment of the Regional ICT Centre of Excellence in Kigali.

The centre will provide an academic and research programme based on the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) curriculum which is expected to start early next year.

zambThe Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) is within the next 12 months starting the mobile Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card and cellular phone registration creating a barricade to those who  will not comply with the registration process.

To be clear-cut, their mobile phones and SIM Cards will automatically be blocked! The purpose of this move is basically protection from phone theft or crime in general.

microsoftOne of the largest dedicated Microsoft technology partners in the world has officially opened shop in SA.

Avanade, a merger between Microsoft (20%) and consulting and outsourcing group Accenture (80%), addressed the media at its official launch, in Rosebank, on Friday.

BlackBerry AppworldFollowing service interruptions last week, Research In Motion (RIM) announced today that a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than US $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers as an expression of appreciation for their patience during the recent service disruptions. The apps will be made available to customers over the coming weeks on BlackBerry App World and will continue to be available until December 31, 2011, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Last week, many customers experienced service interruptions and delays over a period of approximately 3 days in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, 1.5 days in Latin America and Canada, and 1 day in the United States.

dasScientists in Singapore have developed a surprising use for ordinary salt that they say could help deal with the increasingly quantities of data that companies and individuals are creating and storing.

Their new manufacturing process, involving simple sodium chloride, can boost the capacity of computer hard disks by six times.