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At the just concluded ICT Innovators Forum organised by the Uganda Communications Commission in Bugolobi, Kampala the minister for ICT and information Frank Tumwebaze said; 

Someone talked about mentorship and subsidised internet but where do I find you to mentor you or to subsidise internet? That means there must be a common centre or we should have these public hubs so that we can come in,

 The government knows well that these public centres are available, but rendered either useless or were made the offices of RDCs and DISOs around the country.

The Community Centre model built by the late President Milton Obote UPC government comes to mind. These were centres where youth met to learn and be taught these centres created the most endeared talents in the country, but the 1986 graduates rendered them useless and have never replaced them with a tangible initiative.

I grew up in Jinja where I was privileged to have competed at all these 3 community centres at the Kakindu Community Center where a football stadium and a community hall was available for indoor games, I used to play table tennis and football, but I was also reading my books in the Kakindu Public Library a place that was like an innovative centre of that time.

Recently, I happened to place by the library, but it is in a very poor state still 30 years have passed nothing serious has been added to this brick of bright idea.The other community centres were Walukuba Community Centre and Mpumudde all that have been either taken over by the NRM machinery for offices or homes.

Frank Tumwebaze you don’t need a centre to support innovation, but you need a will and a heart to feel the need of service amongst the needy. And to subside the internet, you don’t need a building, but the facts on the costs of doing business in Uganda.

Uganda has the most expensive rates in buying internet data and that is not a good one for small business owners and innovators. To spur innovations you must make the internet available and affordable to a majority number of citizens.

Government’s duty is to recognise and promote excellence and creativity in the public sector first. The government should first start a program that will highlight exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation’s most pressing public concerns.

Before a government pledges to build innovation hubs, they should first support existing innovators by starting a competitive award that can help fund the winning innovators. These winning innovators will be Uganda’s next employers, Uganda needs to invest where they are creating jobs and indeed well meaningful jobs.

A government that values talent will start an Award to serve as a catalyst for bringing creative and effective solutions to some of the nation’s most urgent and seemingly intractable challenges.

Some of these awards can be a launchpad for bright ideas from young innovators around the country.

These initiatives can be designed to further recognise and promote creative government initiatives and partnerships and create an online community where innovative ideas can be proposed, shared, and disseminated.

These innovations can lead to developing of  case studies that can be incorporated into curricula of public universities and vocational institutions courses.

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Viber announces today the release of version 4.0 of its platform on iPhone and Android. This is an important update to the platform since it brings two, new core features including a brand new Sticker Market with many new stickers available for free and for purchase, and a new Push To Talkfeature for instant voice messaging. The release also provides support for Android tablets, taking advantage of the new form factor. Additionally, this is the first release in which Viber will introduce a monetization feature to its millions of users.

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SnapLogic, the Elastic Integration company, today announced the introduction of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud, the industry’s fastest integration platform as a service (iPaaS). SnapLogic’s Winter 2014 release addresses the “Integrator’s Dilemma” by eliminating the need to choose between multiple tools for data and application integration, ensuring companies can instantly access and stream their data, regardless of its location, type and size.

“In the 1,000 application enterprise and an API economy, integration has to run at the speed of the cloud,” said Gaurav Dhillon, founder and CEO of SnapLogic. “The dilemma for enterprise IT organizations is that their legacy integration technologies were built before the era of big data, social, mobile and cloud computing and simply can’t keep up. With every release, SnapLogic is focused on delivering faster, more agile application, process and data integration in a single cloud platform.”

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, is working with governments and enterprises across 15 African countries, including Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Niger, to deploy the use of renewable solar energy.

ZTE is providing governments and business with the means to meet local power needs for households, communication systems and mobile power sources, bringing light and telecoms to thousands of homes and businesses throughout the African continent. The projects involve a variety of ZTE’s green energy products and solutions, including solar lighting systems, mobile solar power systems, solar power for telecommunications base stations and solar power for household lighting systems.

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Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has expanded its LinqUs Facebook for SIM software application to include Facebook Messenger, bringing the popular and fast-growing messaging service to the much wider group of all mobile subscribers with any type of handset. LinqUs Facebook for SIM comes pre-installed on the SIM cards of mobile operators offering the service, and requires no data subscription or app download by the end user, delivering convenient and real-time access to the social network using all types of handset. Gemalto’s SIM-based Facebook Messenger is set to help mobile operators tap the tremendous potential of enabling Facebook services for non-smartphone users. As of June 30, 2013, there were more than 800 million monthly active users who use Facebook mobile products.

The new Gemalto solution enables users to message and chat with their friends straight from the phone interface. The app launches automatically when they turn on their handset so they can start chatting immediately. Furthermore each time a new message is received, Facebook for SIM displays an interactive notification on the screen like when receiving an SMS message for increased convenience and a more real-time conversation. The solution also harnesses a protected automatic sign-in capability.

The incorporation of the instant messaging service within Gemalto’s SIM-based solution increases phone usage and helps the network operators to leverage the power of the world’s leading social media brand. Facebook for SIM ensures stronger engagement and stickiness from existing subscribers and greater appeal to new customers.

“Facebook for SIM is achieving proven user engagement – on average six times higher than other mobile apps for non-data phones,” said Jean-François Schreiber, Senior Vice President of Mobile Solutions and Services at Gemalto.

“The addition of Facebook Messenger will further strengthen its appeal, particularly to the younger generation in rapidly developing markets where people who have a mobile phone widely outnumber those who have Internet access.”
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Consumers can experience the compelling UX features of LG’s latest flagship device

LG Electronics (LG) is giving consumers the opportunity to experience the best features of its newest premium smartphone. By downloading and installing the G2 Emulator on any Android mobile device, interested individuals can try out the six best user experience (UX) features offered on the LG G2, the company’s latest flagship smartphone.

“We wanted consumers to experience the features of LG G2 before making a decision if the device is right for them,” said Jong-hoon Kim, senior vice president, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We’ve moved beyond the stage of evaluating smartphones just by hardware specs alone. It’s now all about the user experience and it just made sense to use technology to demonstrate technology.”

The G2 Emulator provides simulations to show users how to operate each major UX feature. Through an easy step-by-step tutorial, users can find out the practical benefits that the LG G2 provides. The features demonstrated in the application include:

  • KnockON turns the screen on and off with two taps
  • Guest Mode protects the owner’s privacy by displaying only pre-selected apps when guests access the phone via a secondary unlock pattern; Capture Plus allows the saving of an entire page in one image, even if the page scrolls outside the visible screen;
  • Slide Aside allows for multitasking by moving open apps to the side with a three-finger swipe;
  • QuickMemo instantly captures any screen image to add comments and messages or to share the personalized message with others;
  • Clip Tray copies, stores and pastes up to 20 items, such as full web pages, to a PC-like clip tray.

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LG G2 Smart Phone

Color
Black / White

CPU Speed
2.26GHz Quad core

CPU Type
Snapdragon 800

Display
1920×1080 Full HD IPS Display, 5.2″

RAM
2GB LPDDR3 800MHz

ROM
32GB

Network*
CDMA (1x / EVDO Rev.A)
2G (GSM / EDGE)
3G (HSPA+42Mbps / HSPA+21Mbps)
LTE (SVLTE, CSFB, CA, VoLTE, RCS, MIMO)

Dimensions**
138.5 (L) x 70.9 (W) x 8.9 (D)

Battery**
3,000mAh / Embedded Li-Polymer

Audio
24bit x 192kHz Hi-Fi Sound

Camera
13MP OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
8x Digital zoom
Sapphire Crystal Glass Lens
Multi-point AF (9 Points)
Full HD 60fps Recording/Playback

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BANGALORE, India. Sept. 9, 2013, Wipro Ltd., a leading global information technology, consulting and outsourcing company today announced the launch of a range of information technology (IT) products for the aviation industry. The aviation IT product portfolio comprises of two categories of solutions: enterprise and mobility solutions. Enterprise solutions include products for crew management, route profitability analysis, loyalty management, inflight catering, aircraft maintenance planning and crisis management. Mobility solutions include products for pilots, cabin crew and flight dispatchers.
The extensive product portfolio aims to address critical airline business functions, which have a direct bearing on service quality, operational efficiency and strategic decision making. These products provide competitive advantage to an airline through comprehensive functional features complimented by open technology platforms. Functionally rich and user-friendly, the innovative and technologically advanced products are expected to fill gaps in the IT applications portfolios of many airlines and provide an edge over competitors.

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