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Landsat-7 and Terra EOS satellitesHacking is becoming a growing problem on Earth. It may seem strange to mention Earth, as there’s not much to hack outside of our planet’s atmosphere unless you count satellites. Even then, how feasible would it be to gain access to the systems running such devices?

Well, China not only has people working on such things, it has been discovered they actually managed to take control of two NASA satellites for more than 11 minutes.

mtnAccording to Engadget.com, Visa Inc. announced a significant step to bringing access to secure financial services and electronic payments to consumers in developing countries by introducing a new product serving the needs of unbanked and under-banked consumers.

The new product, a Visa prepaid account that can be accessed through a mobile phone, offers consumers in developing countries a secure, reliable, globally interoperable electronic payment account.

Orange's Surf & Pay RouterCAPE-TOWN, South-AfricaOrange won the “Best New Service” award at the AfricaCom Awards 2011. The awards gala dinner took place on Wednesday, 9 November in Cape Town, South Africa. The awards are a unique annual celebration of innovation and the highest achievements across the communications industry in Africa at which an independent panel of judges adjudicates.

Orange's Surf & Pay is a service that aims to facilitate access to the Internet. Surf & Pay is a system for sharing and re-charging Internet access, designed for hotels and internet cafés that want to provide their customers with Internet access using WiFi.


Uganda's Sharon Againe Comes Second

Last June, Orange launched the African Social Venture Prize to support entrepreneurs and start-ups who use information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the needs of African people.

More than 600 candidates responded to the call for projects, which ran from June to September 2011, a sign of true entrepreneurial vitality on the African continent. Proposed projects spanned a variety of fields, including health, agriculture, education, financial services and e-commerce illustrating the potential of telecommunications in African development.

New GSMA report calls on African governments to allocate spectrum and lower taxes to enable mobile network expansion across Africa, generating major economic and social growth

AfricaCom: The GSMA today announced that Africa is now the world’s second largest mobile market by connections after Asia, and the fastest growing mobile market in the world. According to the new GSMA Africa Mobile Observatory 2011 report*, Africa achieved this milestone as mobile penetration reached 649 million connections in Q4 2011 (having first exceeded 50 per cent mobile penetration in 2010). Over the past five years, the number of subscribers across Africa has grown by almost 20 per cent each year and will reach more than 735 million by the end of 2012.

PC Tech's Google Plus PageGoogle took a big step toward becoming a social branding channel by launching Google Plus Pages for Business this week. Will they succeed in attracting brands to set up their own identities and getting consumers to engage? Here are 3 reasons why it would be tough to bet against them.

Google.com attracts over 1 billion unique visitors per month. It's the web's most visited website. If we think of Google Plus as the social child of this immensely popular parent then we see a platform set up for success if the relationship is strong. And thanks to Direct Connect, it works well.

Ericsson and Sony Ericsson partner to run competition for application developers in sub-Saharan Africa

Ericsson LogoEricsson  in partnership with Sony Ericsson has announced plans to run a regional competition for application developers on the Android platform. The competition titled ‘Apps for Africa’ is to run under the aegis of the 2012 Ericsson Application Awards (EAA 2012) - an ongoing annual competition for application developers worldwide organized by Ericsson Research.

The EAA 2012 awards themed ‘Apps for the Networked Society’, will run till May 2012, the competition provides a unique opportunity for developers to gain exposure within the telecommunications world and a chance to reach out to customers via Ericsson's distribution channels in addition to the opportunity to win the latest top of the range Sony Ericsson phones and €15,000 in prize money.

Google_UmbonoGoogle, together with its partners and angel investors, has announced the first four teams of entrepreneurs who have been selected for the Umbono programme - a six month incubation project to help technology entrepreneurs in South Africa get their products off the ground.

As part of Google's goal to develop a vibrant and sustainable Internet ecosystem across Africa, Umbono will encourage the growth of the developer community and support the country's already flourishing tech sector.

November_Cover2011At some point in the past, the adage, ‘The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth’, had a small syllable change resulting in tech prophets proclaiming that ‘The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth’. We at PC Tech Magazine are proud to be associated with all things ‘geeky’ (not that we have ambitions of inheriting the Earth), after all, it’s exciting to be part of a revolution that is only intensifying in its scope and scale. 

zuckerbergAs technology companies continue to benefit from the boom in smartphone, social network and computer use, their founders are finding with the billions of dollars their company makes, they begin to exert power not only financially but in influencing huge numbers of people around the world.

Forbes has put together its list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’, including 70 individuals that it believes really “matter”. The list, published yesterday, puts politicians, religious leaders and tech founders together, ranking them in terms of how much influence they have over people.