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How to create a ‘super password’

keyboard_tied_with_a_chainSay goodbye to those wimpy, eight-letter passwords.

The 12-character era of online security is upon us, according to a report published this week by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The researchers used clusters of graphics cards to crack eight-character passwords in less than two hours.

But when the researchers applied that same processing power to 12-character passwords, they found it would take 17,134 years to make them snap.

End of the World as We Know It … and I Feel Fine

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.

The Apps4Africa Contest

AM: Hello Mr. Goldstein, you are welcome to PC TECH Magazine. Tell us little about yourself and some of the interesting projects you are currently working on.
JG: I grew up in the US but have been living off and on in East Africa for the last six or so years. I’m also doing a PhD in technology policy at Princeton University.
I’m currently a coordinator for Apps4Africa, a contest to challenge technically minded East Africans to build digital applications to solve big social problems such as government transparency or lack of public health information. The contest is a partnership between iHub and Social Development Network in Kenya, Appfrica Labs in Uganda, and the US Department of State.

The Apps4Africa Contest

AM: Hello Mr. Goldstein, you are welcome to PC TECH Magazine. Tell us little about yourself and some of the interesting projects you are currently working on.
JG: I grew up in the US but have been living off and on in East Africa for the last six or so years. I’m also doing a PhD in technology policy at Princeton University.
I’m currently a coordinator for Apps4Africa, a contest to challenge technically minded East Africans to build digital applications to solve big social problems such as government transparency or lack of public health information. The contest is a partnership between iHub and Social Development Network in Kenya, Appfrica Labs in Uganda, and the US Department of State.
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Beyond Data Links

Marketing Department, UTL

UTL_MD_Eng_Abdulbaset_Elazzabi_stresses_a_point_at_the_signing_of_an_MOU_to_facilitate_Makerere_University_regional_study_centres_as_MUK_Vice_Chancellor_Prof_Venacious_Baryamureeba_listens_attentivelyA customer called one of our Account Managers to request for telecommunication links that would enable all branches of this financial institution to share information and get real time update of transactions. This request was routine and over the past decade or so we have become accustomed to financial institutions that engage us for information and communications solutions to drive their business.

But today the requests are still there but framed differently, for example, a large multinational financial institution recently had a meeting with us to discuss “ways to improve business operations while holding down the cost of information communications technology”. No longer, data or internet links but “ways” to enable business. This trend, which is only just emerging in the local ICT market, has long been the norm in several other markets.

Comex with Jailbreakme.com

Reknown iPhone hacker comex (@comex on twitter) last night became the first hacker to release a jailbreak for the new iPhone 4 and iOS 4 platform. Known for his previous jailbreak termed spirit which was used to tether jailbreak all iPhone and iPod Touch and iPad models on iOS 3.1.3, this jailbreak is used to jailbreak Apple's new iPhone 4, and is tethered! (Meaning you dont have to run the jailbreak every time the phone boots).

This jailbreak is entirely web based and is accessed by pointing your mobile safari to www.jailbreakme.com. This will download and install some files on your device which will jailbreak it. This will also install the famous Cydia app on your home screen that is a gate way to lots of unofficial apps that you can install on your iPhone.

ICT 4 EDUC EXPO 2010

ICT4 EDUC Expo 2010 looks forward to providing a platform to the various stakeholders namely; Government officials or agencies, private sector, civil society, professional development and training institutions, technology and telecommunications providers, educational content and ICT application developers, teachers, parents and learners to work towards and attain a shared goal. The theme for
the Expo is “Embrace technology. Improve Education”

The ICT-4-EDUC EXPO 2010 also aims at providing a platform for keynote speakers from both the ICT and EDUCATION industry to share ideas and inspire one another on the future trends in the local and global market.
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Beyond Data links

utlA customer called one of our Account Managers to request for telecommunication links that would enable all branches of this financial institution to share information and get real time update of transactions. This request was routine and over the past decade or so we have become accustomed to financial institutions that engage us for information and communications solutions to drive their business.

But today the requests are still there but framed differently, for example, a large multinational financial institution recently had a meeting with us to discuss “ways to improve business operations while holding down the cost of information communications technology”. No longer, data or internet links but “ways” to enable business. This trend, which is only just emerging in the local ICT market, has long been the norm in several other markets.

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Google makes changes to Image Search: Now displays up to 1000 images per page

google_images_new_lookGoogle took the wraps off a new look for Google Images Search on Tuesday, putting up to 1,000 images on the first results page and implementing a new image-based ad format.

Over half of African Countries to fail to beat deadline for transition to...

According to new research from Balancing Act, over half of Africa's 52 countries are unlikely to make the 2015 deadline set by the ITU for the transition to digital broadcasting.

29 countries appear to have not yet even started the policy and implementation process and although 2015 is four and half years away, the time remains tight to complete the process. Russell Southwood looks at the scale of the challenge facing the laggards in the field.

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