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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.

Google Holiday DoodleIn a goal to end the year with a bang, Google's Doodlers have drawn up a creative, artsy doodle for this year's holiday season. It's 17 interactive portraits of holiday scenes around the world and took six months of work.

The 17 different portraits are:
• St. Basil's Cathedral
• Acropolis of Athens
• Buche de Noel
• Mount Fuji
• Great Wall of China
• Pierogi

Facebook CEO, Mark ZuckerbergWhile Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says he's just taking a vacation in China with his girlfriend, his itinerary goes well beyond the usual sightseeing of the typical tourist, with meetings with some of the nation's biggest high-tech execs that suggest he wants to move forward with expanding the reach of the social network to the largest population of Internet users in the world.

But, say industry watchers, Facebook is going to have to out-muscle well-established, state-supported companies if it is going to be coming so late into a market where social networking, through sites such as RenRen, has already taken hold, increasing by 68 percent in the past year. Competition, in fact, is fierce on many levels and has already proven a challenge to other companies, such as Google.

Yu KenyaNairobi — Mobile service provider Yu has re-entered the internet market in a move that promises to intensify competition at a time when mobile service providers are racing to generate new revenue streams after voice tariffs halved prices in August.

The firm, which has been playing catch up being the latest entrant in Kenya's mobile telephony market, on Wednesday launched its data modems in a bid to tap into the lucrative market that has witnessed increasing activity this year.

The modem, which is priced at Sh2,599 has been bundled with a two-month free unlimited data browsing in a bid to cash in on the ongoing Christmas spend.

PC Tech Magazine on TwitterReporters covering court cases should be allowed to send messages to the Twitter micro-blogging site, a senior British legal official said on Monday, clarifying rules after hearings involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Supporters and media at a bail hearing for Assange last week were allowed to use Twitter from inside one courtroom. However, a different judge banned the practice when an appeal went to a higher court two days later, causing confusion.

This article was published as the cover story of PC Tech's 7th Issue in September 2010. 43373 

Should internet Service Providers (ISPs) be allowed to prioritize certain types of data and deliberately limit the speeds of high-bandwidth services, such as peer-to-peer file sharing, to give performance gains to other users? Supporters of a concept called net neutrality believe they shouldn’t. They assert that it is not up to ISPs to dictate which forms of internet use are worthier than others.

However, there are plenty of people who don’t want to pay exorbitant ISP subscriptions – or see their connection slow to a snail’s pace – just because of the activities of a few greedy customers.