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The Case of AppLab Uganda

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This paper explores the preliminary lessons in the use of mobile phones to promote access to health care information in Uganda. The project under study is the AppLab Uganda Project which operates a Health Tips application, educating users on sexual and reproductive health.Data was collected through in-depth interviews with project developers, partners, medical practitioners and participants involved in the pilot study of the project. Findings tend to suggest the need to access healthinformation via mobile text messages is mediated by cost incentives, immediacy of information, and content presentation. There are questions concerning the appropriateness of text messaging as compared to using voice calls access health information. These issues have implications on the objectives of the health care project and the individual strategies of project partners. Preliminary conclusions emphasize the need to add ‘fun’ and instant rewards to accessing information to sustain interest of potential users.

Hewlett-Packard Co. began taking preorders Monday for its MediaSmart Server, the first system from a major manufacturer powered by Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Home Server (WHS) software.

MediaSmart, which won't ship until later this month, is priced at US$599 with 500GB of storage, or $749 with a terabyte of disk space. Those prices were identical to the listings leaked by Amazon.com in late August.

proposed_coverPC Tech is delighted to announce the release of the 5th Issue of the magazine. This issue features a special report from the research study carried out by PC Tech Magazine in collaboration with the International Center for Information Technology Development (ICITD), USA and Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

Online subscriptions can be made by filling the order form here.

June 2010 CoverPC Tech announced the release of the fourth Issue on June 01st. Addressing Journalists at the PC Tech Office in Kampala, Uganda, the Executive Director, Albert Mucunguzi stated that there have been major changes in the layout of the publication, specifically explaining that the red color on the cover has been scrapped.

This development marks the fourth milestone for the young publication, which started just over four months ago. It has been received with great excitement, especially among students in Universities and Higher institutions of Learning around the East African region.

Sony PSP

The shape of the console is virtually unchanged, but the Slim and Lite is 33 percent lighter and 19 percent slimmer than the original version.

Contains:

  1. Sony PSP Slim and Lite Console
  2. 64MB Internal Memory
  3. AC Adapter

The Slim and Lite weighs in at approximately 189g compared to the weight of the original PSP which is approximately 280g and measures approximately only 18.6mm in thickness compared to approximately 23.0mm.

The addition of video-out functionality enables you to watch high quality UMD Video, pictures and movies from your Memory Stick Duo, on your TV (please note: cable not included). Using a progressive scan TV and PSP specific cable you can also output gameplay.

Also, the PSP Slim and Lite is equipped with enhanced features that will temporarily store game data from UMD, reducing load time during gameplay. Moreover, the ability to now charge the unit via a USB cable connected to PS3 or PC makes this new model even more mobile and accessible.

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HP can make some decent computers but gaming really isn’t their forte. The HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180t is their highest-end computer available. You can customize it and make it a little more beefy but not like any of the gaming specific companies. For the price you pay you get a machine that should handle most games on the higher graphics settings but some you may have to turn down the detail a bit.

iPhone 4

Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference today by announcing the latest iPhone incarnation, the iPhone 4. As expected, the latest handset features a high-resolution display, a faster processor, and video calling, but it also sports unexpected additions like a new antenna and a gyroscope. It will be available exclusively with AT&T starting June 24. The price with service is fair--$199 for the 16GB phone or $299 for the 32GB device--and both models come in white and black versions. No, we did not hear a peep about the elusive Verizon iPhone, but we didn't anticipate any news on that front.

Massive demand has led to some problems with iPhone pre-orders, according to reports.As deliveries of the hotly anticipated iPhone 4 were set to begin, reports surfaced Monday of more problems with the Apple phone's ordering process.

Last week, AT&T, the exclusive wireless provider for the iPhone, suspended pre-orders after its system was overwhelmed.

On Monday, several technology websites reported receiving messages from readers that their iPhone pre-orders had been canceled without any further explanation.