Mobile phone technology has revolutionized the African continent in so many ways. The mobile phone has been for many an African the first real (or at the very least, most sophisticated) computing device they have encountered that has connected them in a significant manner to other people across borders and across time, hence becoming a significant game changer in the dynamics of this continent – socially, economically and politically.
INTERNET spies have hacked into the email of ICC witnesses. Two witnesses under protection abroad confirmed yesterday that some of their emails had leaked and their confidential information was being circulated by some individuals.
The hackers have now been able to identify the witnesses putting their security at risk.
SOURCE: Business Day
Johannesburg — DISAPPOINTINGLY for some, the world will not end on December 21 2012, which is said to be the last day in a 5125- year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar that will be marked by a planetary catastrophe of some sort.
Humans are rather fond of such eschatological beliefs. Remember the Y2K bug, when the calendar ticked over from 1999 to 2000, prompting considerable fear of the end of the world as we knew it? But it is apt, if entirely coincidental, that the term eschatological - defined by Wikipedia as "a part of theology and philosophy concerned with what are believed to be the final events in history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as the end of the world" - sounds similar to another English word with somewhat more lavatorial connotations.