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MTN_promoSeven lucky subscribers of MTN Rwanda have each been given Rwf1 million (About USD 1,700) in the company's latest promotion called "Rurangiza Promotion", company official announced yesterday.

In the promotion, the telecom firm has lined-up Rwf100 million to be won with Rwf1 million for one daily winner and Rwf20 million for two monthly winners. The first Rwf20 million will be announced next week on January 14.

Site said to be closing down on 15th March, 2011

facebook-small-logo-thumb-360x360-75537-thumb-300x300-78195It's not clear how it started, but a ridiculous rumor that Facebook is shutting down is spreading fast on social networks.

The hot rumor -- evidenced by Google Trends and gaining traction on Twitter -- says that on March 15, 2011, Facebook will be closing down. Not taking a day off, not undergoing maintenance, but ending entirely.

The rumor has led to such frantic tweets as, "Facebook will be shutting down on March 2011? I hope not!" (@MissAyl) and "So the rumor is Facebook is shutting down....please don't jump to twitter & ruin my social networking experience" (@jjelksboss).

Kenyan_Girls_MFarmFor two young Kenyan university graduates, employment was only a stepping stone to better things. They were restless and wanted more out of life.

Having left Strathmore University, Jamila Abass and Susan Oguya always dreamt of becoming entrepreneurs. Jamila was a software engineer while Susan studied computer science.

While Jamila got a job at Kemri, Susan found some work at iHub, a technology community based along Nairobi’s Ngong Road.

Domain Keys Identified MailGoogle has been an early and consistent supporter of email authentication technologies, which help ensure senders are who they say they are, and in turn help to curb spam. Since we launched Gmail in 2004, we have supported email-signing standards such as DomainKeys and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to help validate outbound mail with digital signatures. On the inbound side, to help our users identify email from verified senders, in 2008 we worked with eBay and PayPal to authenticate their mail with DKIM and block all unsigned messages purportedly from those companies destined for Gmail users.

Motorola Zoom's You Tube App ScreenLAS VEGAS — Motorola, which has fought its way back into the cellphone market, is now taking on Apple’s iPad.

At a packed press event at the Consumer Electronics Show here, the company showed off a tablet called the Xoom. It uses the newest version of Google’s Android operating system, called Honeycomb, which is designed to make it easier to interact with a touchscreen tablet. Among other new features, the Xoom will come with new Google mapping software that displays and rotates 3-D building outlines.

BlackBerry PlayBook TabletLas Vegas, NV – CES 2011 - Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) will preview the upcoming, highly-anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from Thursday, January 6 to Sunday, January 9. Attendees can visit the BlackBerry booth (#30320 in the South Hall) to check out the powerful new tablet in action.

The iPadIt's that time of year again.

In a few short days gadget makers, buyers, sellers, and those of us that pay very close attention to the industry, will be colonizing Las Vegas to see what sort of tech wonders await us for the coming year at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

When asking the people who spend every January schlepping between the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and other points along the Strip what to expect at this year's show, most will tell you they expect this year's show to be more "evolutionary" in nature. In other words, from the information we have available to us right now, there won't be one scene-stealing or breakthrough technology this year, like 3D or HDTV, or the Palm Pre in years past.

Wilson Kutegeka first received the MVP Award in 2008Wilson Kutegeka, a Ugandan Software developer was, last week, re-awarded Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the fourth year in a row - and remains the only Ugandan to ever receive the prestigeous Award since it was launched in the early 1990s.

An expert in analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and supporting corporate software that follow an object oriented methodology, Mr. Kutegeka, 36, who is the developer and promoter of ClinicMaster software  is also the founder and leader of an INETA (International .NET Association) registered Uganda Dot NET User Group.

DP Website after being hackedThe website of Democratic Party (DP), one of the oldest political parties in Uganda has been hacked by RealQW. The website joins the already-long list of high-profile Ugandan websites defaced by the same hackers, including Red Pepper, a daily tabloid, and New Vision the country's leading daily.

This development comes just weeks before the General elections in the country. Newspaper reports earlier this week suggested that Democratic Party candidate, Norbert Mao is probably ahead of FDC's Dr. Kizza Besigye in the presidential race. Besigye has been the strongest member of the opposition for over a decade.

Cover of Issue #4 of PC Tech MagazineLET ME TELL YOU A STORY. Once upon a time, there was a very rich, very clever man. He got up on a big stage and held up a new kind of computer. It was flat, and didn’t even have a keyboard. This very rich, very clever man then tried to convice a bunch of reporters that in five years, this flat keyboardless computer would be the most popular kind of computer in the United States. Some of them even believed him!

The year was 2000. The man’s name was Bill Gates, the then CEO of Microsoft Corporation. That year at Comdex, which was the biggest technology show on the calendar, Microsoft unveiled what it called the Tablet PC.

Just for good measure, the company unveiled it again in 2001. But it never really caught on: because who wants a computer that is basically an underpowered netbook without a keyboard? The Tablet PC was much like a piece of paper, except it was heavier, more expensive, and broke when it dropped.