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Microsoft To Offer Office 365 In Student Advantage Program

During the vice president of education, Anthony Salcito’s,visit to Tunisia, Microsoft announced the official launch of its Student Advantage programme on the continent. Inanintimate meeting with students from various regions across the country, Salcito unveiled the components and benefits of this new programme.

With Student Advantage, qualifying institutions that subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for all staff and faculties can also provide students with access to Office 365 ProPlus at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications:Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath and Lync,which can be locally installed on up to five devices and are available offline.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Nigeria Builds Media Capacity For News Reporters

The programme will be made available in Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Mauritius, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Morocco and reasserts Microsoft’s commitment to participate in the modernisation of teaching methods and improve the employability of youth.

As part of his visit, Salcito also presented the opening speech at the second day of the African Ministerial Forum, which is focused on the integration of ICT in education and training. Salcito explained the importance of integrating the tools of digital technology to develop a high quality education experience. He also emphasised the important role Microsoft plays in this area as a strategic partner,giving students the opportunity to access modern learning tools, realise their potential and integrate successfully into business life.

Microsoft’s corporate commitment to youth in Africa underpins many of its regional programs, including YouthSpark and the 4Afrika Initiative. Both programs share common goals, including improving access to technology, boosting skills and igniting African innovation for the continent and the world.

READ ALSO: Microsoft Launches Employability Program With Aiki Online Platform

Nigeria: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Operating System Now Available

Microsoft recently announced the global availability of Windows 8.1,a feature-rich update to its Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives—at work, at home or on the go. Consumers with a Windows 8 device in more than 230 markets and 37 languages can download the free update via the online Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting Oct. 18 at retail locations around the world.

Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly personalized computing while showcasing Microsoft’s continued commitment to rapid and responsive development.It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses—from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s to the productive experience expected from laptops, all-in-ones and specialized industry devices.Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points.

With Windows 8, we introduced an era of highly mobile, touch-enabled, and always-connected computing,” said Awawu Olumide-Sojinrin, Acting Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria. “Windows 8.1 evolves this vision and brings together everything people do across all their devices whether at home, at work or on the go. Windows is delivering the most personal computing experience out there, making your device a unique extension of you and offering more ways to create an experience that is personal, expressive and keeps pace with your life.

Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization refinements and functional improvements from personalization, and upgraded user interface and experience, to enhanced search and wide range of apps. Other features such as multitasking, productivity, cloud integration with SkyDrive, and a redesigned Windows store come with the new 8.1 OS.

Customers can go to vist the Windows Shop online to learn about the wide variety of new Windows devices available now and throughout the holiday season to find the one that best fits their needs and budgets. More information about Windows 8.1 is at blogs.windows.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. More here

Stay Connected On The Move With Nomad Mobile Powerbank

A friend once joked that now, people don’t ask for food or water when they visit, they ask for a charger for their mobile devices. But my own charging drama stopped after gotten Nomad power Storing Charger.

Nomad 5-port universal charger is a mobile power storing charger with 11,000mAh which gives up to 83 hours of talk time charge on a smartphone and the opportunity of charging multiple phones at a go with its eight phone connectors. Although the 5-port universal charger is not pocket size, with 131mm x 80mm x 20mm, it looks smart and can be used even in a meeting for people to connect with it.

Facts about Nomad 5-port Universal Charger:

  1. Nomad 5-port universal charger can charge all phones, phablets and tablets. All Nomad chargers come with charging cable and connector tips for microUSB, miniUSB, Nokia, Apple 30-pin, SonyEricsson, PSP.
  2. A Nomad charger only loses 6% of its charge if you store it for one whole month without using it.
  3. The Nomad Laptop charger has switchable voltage settings of 12v, 16v and 19v. It comes with connectors for virtually every laptop
  4. Nomad chargers are backed by a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with what you get, they’ll refund your money.
  5. In these days of electrocuting iPhones and exploding S4 phones, a Nomad Charger is the safest way to charge your phone because it includes multiple protection features to keep you and your devices safe.
  6. A Nomad 10H weighs about the same as an iPhone5
  7. A Nomad 5-port weighs less than an iPad and can fit in the back pocket of your jean

The Nomad Charger Online Store can get your Nomad delivered same day in Lagos if you order before noon.

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W.TEC Girls Technology Camp 2013, August 11 – 24

What guys can do, ladies can do better. Or at least that’s what W.TEC wants to prove. Knowing that knowledge is key in technology, W.TEC is hosting a Girls Technology Camp to empower girls with technology knowledge in a two week technology education and mentoring programme. The objective is to help girls develop an early interest in computers and other information technology tools.

For the camp duration, the girls will participate in technology workshops. The long-term goal is to increase the number of Nigerian women using technology productively for learning, professional and leadership activities. The camp is open to secondary school students and workshops will include graphic design, movie making, web design and introduction to programming.

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During the camp, the girls will participate in technology workshops and leadership activities. Evaluations of previous camps show enhanced leadership skills, creativity, problem solving and communication abilities in the girls.

The camp is for girls-only and the criteria for admission are:

  • Intelligent, ambitious girls currently in JSS 2 – SSS 2 (no younger than 11 years) who are interested in and enjoy using computers and exploring the Internet.
  • Planning or exploring a career using computers and/or other information and communication technology sectors e.g. telecommunications.

The girls will live at the camp venue for the duration of the programme:

Date: August 11 – 24, 2013
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Fee: N 50,000 per student (covers tuition, feeding, boarding, and excursions)

Some scholarships are available.

Apply online or email info@w-teconline.org to find out more about the W.TEC Technology Camps.

Audax Wants To Teach You The Basics of Linux

Audax, an IT consulting company offering products and services across social, cloud and mobile platforms, will be continuing the Audax Lecture Series (ALS). The Audax Lecture Series are practical IT related events that hold fortnightly and cover a broad range of technology trends and platforms relevant to Nigeria.

As a follow up to Series 01 which was about Drupal platform, Series 02 is a free one day training on Linux OS in conjunction with Linux Professional Institute.

The event will cover introduction to and usage of Linux OS, information on Linux Professional Institute certification, and career path and opportunities available, among other things. There will also be a networking session and towards the end, the next Audax Lecture Series will be introduced.

Organizations across various sectors are encouraged to nominate participants to register and attend this sponsored event.

Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Date: Wednesday, 27th of March, 2013
Venue: Audax Solutions, Plot 24, Block 113, Adebisi Ogunniyi Crescent, Ikate (3rd) Roundabout, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

For more information on the event and how to register, go here - http://audax-linux.eventbrite.com/

About Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI is recognized worldwide as the premier organization advocating and assisting in the professional use of Linux, Open Source, and Free Software, bringing together an active and committed community of companies, IT professionals, training organizations and volunteers to achieve LPI’s programs. More on LPI.

Microsoft YouthSpark: A Push to Make Nigerian Graduates Employable

“Are Nigeria graduates employable?” This question was asked when Microsoft launched the YouthSpark initiative to Nigeria Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members in Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, 16th of March, 2013.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries over the next three years. This company-wide initiative includes Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and other company programs — both new and enhanced — empowering youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Through this, and as part of the commitments announced earlier this year through the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft is creating a platform for youth to learn leadership and life skills that aim to address youth unemployment caused by lack of skills, a key factor hindering economic growth in Africa. This effort is put together  by Microsoft Nigeria in partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the largest gathering of youth in Nigeria; Mind the Gap, a job creation, employability and social entrepreneurship incubation program; and Future Enterprise Support Scheme, an online community where young people can share knowledge, ideas, tips and resources.

YouthSpark is closely aligned to the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, a new investment aimed at helping Africa improve its global competitiveness, which was announced in Lagos in February 2013. By 2016, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring  one million African small and medium enterprises online, up-skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100,000 recent graduates develop skills for employability –  75 percent of which Microsoft will help place in jobs. This new commitment through YouthSpark in Nigeria will contribute significantly toward delivering on these goals.

Other YouthSpark programs, all of which are available today in Nigeria, include: Partners Network, Academy, DreamSpark, Imagine Cup, and BizSpark. A full list of Microsoft YouthSpark programs can be found at the YouthSpark Hub.

OTEKBITS will keep you informed on how to be part of this initiative. Watch this space.

Some photos from the #YouthSpark event:

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Dell Turns Off Wall Street – The Maestro’s Stellar Move Or A Desperate Hail Mary Pass

Editor’s Note: Obinna Igwebuike is the Co-Senior Partner at Sawubona Advisory Services Limited, a Consulting, Venture Management and Corporate Finance advisory firm, based in Lagos, Nigeria. He can be reached via o.igwebuike@sawubonang.com

Why is Dell going private? Many analysts believe it is because we are in the post-PC era (where Tablets rule), therefore this is an attempt by the business to recoil into a shell and plan its way through an era laden with industry-wide threats. I am not so convinced this is the primary reason. Articulated with more immediacy, the reason for Dell’s decision is that Wall Street has factored this threat into the price of the stock and Dell is currently trading at a massive discount from other businesses in the technology industry.

Looking at the historical prices of stocks in the tech industry between November 12, 2012 and February 12, 2013, we see that HP stock has traded between $11.71 & $17.25, Google, between $642.26 & $787.37, Cisco, $16.82 & $21.27, Oracle, $29.58 & $35.28 and Microsoft, $26.37 & $29.08. Apple has traded between $439.88 & $589.53 and Yahoo!, $17.24 & $21.21. Some of these stocks have actually lost value over this period.  Dell has traded between $9.06 and $13.79. Considering the demand side pressure that the ‘private-ization’ announcement would have brought to the stock, it is important to state that as at January 31, 2013, just about when speculation about this move started, the stock was trading at $13.24.

If the price of a stock is a proxy for investors’ confidence in the ability of a stock to produce value in future, this seems like a clear vote of no confidence on the Dell business. This has obviously worried the business’ Founder and CEO, Michael Dell. In essence, Wall Street does not think the business is strong enough to compete in an industry that is notoriously known for its fast cycle. This is not hard to see. The stock’s peaked at $58.13 on March 15, 2000 (although this was at the peak of the dot.com boom) and it has lost 43% of its market value in the last 5 years.

I want to agree with the line of thought espoused by Dave Gardner of Gardner and Associates and Tech Blogger at fastcompany.com. The problem with Dell is not exactly the threats in its external industry environment. In my opinion, Dell has done quite well in reacting to this threat by expanding its value proposition beyond cheap-priced PC hardware it was initially known for, through its direct to consumer sales model. Dell now has an end-to-end solutions business model. The business now sells servers, non-PC enterprise hardware, software, and other technology services for individuals, businesses of all sizes and governments. Unfortunately, with the ‘mainstream-ness’ of Dell’s loss of market share in an already flagging PC market (Dell’s market share has reduced from 16.6% in 2006 to 10.7% in 2012) in the whole narrative, Wall Street doesn’t seem to see Dell beyond its traditional ‘cheap-PC retailer’ toga. With cloud computing, there are significant opportunities in the Server business, obviously the software business, especially in the developing world is huge, and services offer tremendous opportunities. Unfortunately, Wall Street has given more attention to Dell as a dying PC-hardware business.

Wall Street’s Indictment

The move to take Dell private is not, like some analysts reason, a last-ditch attempt to save a sinking ocean liner. It is actually an indictment on Wall Street that a business with a clear strategy of how to get itself out of oblivion, has to do it away from the prying eyes of an institution that was created to give businesses the financial muscle to carry out such moves. Let’s face the truth, even though it is less risky (though more expensive) to source funding from the capital markets, Wall Street can be an overhanging burdensome disturbance (pardon my repetition, as this needs to be emphasized) on an organization’s long term strategic planning.

By doing this, Dell will be saved from the madness of having to meet analysts’ estimates every quarter (and yeah, every year). This is a time to take a long-term approach to restructuring this business and of course, public quotation would not allow that to happen. This is not a time for the kind of short-termism sometimes needed to please Wall Street. Also, the cost of regulations that come with public listing is something the business can do without at this point.

Downsides of Going Private

Of course, there are downsides to this move. With Microsoft contributing potentially $3 billion to finance the deal, some analysts believe this is a Microsoft move to, in a sophisticated and expensive way, use Dell as a sales agent for its software solutions. This argument is hard to fault, but I think it is harder to affirm.

By far the most significant possible downside to this deal is that by going private, Dell cannot use its stock as cash for acquisitions. This argument is a strong one, because on the surface, it looks like Dell’s success at reducing its exposure to the PC-hardware business (which is currently about 60% of its revenues), is dependent on its ability to buy (or acquire) its way out of the PC business. I think the question to ask is; are acquisitions the way out for Dell? The answer to this depends on what side of strategy one stands on, but I guess Dell can do without blockbuster acquisitions. The issues around the business have been well documented and any business it approaches for an acquisition will see Dell as desperate for survival and that’s the one position Dell does not want to be in. Such a deal will most likely be overvalued and Dell would most likely, in the long-term, overpay for such a deal. It is time for Dell to make, create and innovate in-house.

Shareholder Concerns

The deal has suffered some kind of set-back over the past few days, as some shareholders believe it massively undervalues the business. Well, this is a question of pricing and I believe that this can be negotiated and current can be given more premium on the current price. There has been an increase in demand for the stock (which we can attribute to the announcement of the deal and this has reduced the rate offered as premium on the price as at the day it was initially announced), but if the shareholders believe that it is the right move for the business, there can be an agreement on price.

Sign of things to come

The biggest loser in all of this is Wall Street. Its short-term approach has been well document and I remember during my time in Business School, my cohort has the most robust debates when we argued for and against the current quarterly reporting system. It just prevents CEOs from thinking long-term. I imagine that Dell will be the first in a list of businesses (especially in technology) that will go private in the next few years. HP and maybe Yahoo! seem like they need a solution like this.

Of course, there are lots of risk factors in this deal; every deal of this size and scope will carry significant risks. However, this is not an attempt for Dell steal air to stay alive. This is not a desperate Hail Mary pass. This move is stellar and is happening at just the right time.

Dell’s decision to fire Wall Street could be a seminal event in the technology industry. As for the question of how successful, in absolute terms, this deal will be for Dell, I am not so sure because I do not know all the ingredients that need to go into the recipe to create a successful Dell. However, I am sure of one thing that should not be in that recipe – the overbearing pressure on the business from a shortsighted Wall Street.

Are Tablet Computers Better Than Notebooks

Are Tablet Computers Better Than Notebooks?

Editor’s Note: Emily Wilson is a web enthusiast and blogger and she loves sharing her passion for graphic design, social media and coolest gadgets through her writing. She likes to try out new gadgets / technology upcoming in the market.

Working with 3G tablet is entirely a unique experience. But the question is whether the Tablet can replace the Notebook? A straight forward answer won’t suffice. By the end of the article you will able to distinguish between the two very easily. It is just that new technologies are introduced the market quiet often but we still love few old habits.

The Tablet PC and its touch are quite interesting when you get used to it, but a Tablet PC will never replace a well-designed Notebook. The important point to mention here is that the Notebook still retains functions which Tablets cannot.

Reasons:
  1. The keyboard is incorporated into a laptop, while the tablet has an external or soft touch. Typing on a tablet will never be the same as on a Notebook. On a tablet, the keyboard takes up screen space but the feel would never be the same as real keys. Also your fingers get in the way of other things on a tablet, unlike a touchpad on a Notebook. For a more absolute Windows experience, Notebook is the best choice.
  2. You need a special stand for the tablet otherwise you have to hold the screen at the right angle to work with it. On the contrary the size and weight of the Notebook are just right, and it has the physical keyboard. The Notebook is economical, it is the first choice when one may want to seize a computer and take it on the road.
Tablets are just like Toys:

Tablets aim to directly compete against Notebooks. The iPad is the major tablet on the market today. New tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab are fast and responsive. You can use a Tablet very flexibly. Tablets are handy. Tablets, like the Galaxy Tab, can function as a phone if needed. Apple iPad sets the speed with its fast touch screen that others will have to match up to. Tablets are focused on delivering amusement.

Tablets diverge in size but are generally very dense. The Galaxy Tab is being advertised as small enough to fit in a purse or a back pocket while being big enough to enjoy video media. It is believed that tablets are expensive because except from media and games, not much can be done on tablets. It wouldn’t be a good idea to run heavy photo editing software on a tablet.

Conclusion:

So it is tough to comment on the superiority of one over the other. The decision is based on the extent of your needs. When compared with tablets, Notebooks are workhorses that have the processing power and a broad range of built-in functionality to implement a number of various functions and tasks.

On the other side, tablets are suitable for tasks that have simple concrete and visual requirements, so they are fine for Internet browsing and movie watching. Nonetheless, tablets are ahead in popularity. It consequently means that there is an enticement for tablet manufacturers to develop their potential and functionality and to offer feasible substitutes for the severe laptop user.

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Outlook Error: Tips To Fix Outlook Errors Effectively

Editor’s Note: Brianne is a self-employed designer, illustrator & blogger. She loves writing and travelling. Blogging is her passion. She promotes SEO Services  for small and medium publishers and helps them reach a wider audience.  These days, she is working on a WordPress Plugin for social analytics and promotion.

Microsoft Outlook is an email application that is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite and plays an important role in the life of PC users today. With the help of MS Outlook, you can configure multiple email address on one software which means you don’t have to log-in to different emails repeatedly to check your inbox. All mails are accessible with just one click.

Being a popular email application, we are going to list some of the common errors that many users face when using Microsoft Outlook and provide solutions to them.

Outlook error 0x800CCC0D

This error message signifies that Outlook Express is unable to find any server to connect to. In order to resolve this issue, go to tools and select options, then remove the tick from the general tab option. Another way to get rid of this error is to check whether the SMTP settings on your PC are correct. Always make sure that you are connected to a network – check DNS numbers, remove and re-install the TCP/IP of your computer.

Outlook error 0x800CCC0E

In order to resolve this error, go to the start menu, type ‘cmd’ in the run section then type ‘ping e-mail address –t’. By doing this, you will be able to find the correct server. In addition, you can opt to adjust the level of security in firewall option, email inspector and antivirus programs. If the security level is too high, there could be corruption in the email transmission.

Outlook error 0x800ccc78

This error pops up if the email address entered in the ‘reply to’ field is incorrect and can be resolved by simply typing the correct email address in the desired field.

Outlook error 0x800CCC0F

This error occurs when the internet modem or network cable is disconnected. In order to resolve this issue, try and update your mode drivers or add an Init string.

Outlook error 0x800C013

This error occurs when there are too many mails in a specific folder. In order to solve this problem, you will need to either delete some of your mails or create a new folder to move some of your emails into. Doing this, the overload on your main folder will be reduced.

Outlook error 0x800CCC18

Make sure your account is not case sensitive by checking your account information. Once this is done, reboot your PC and try once again. Check whether the account is active with the ISP and that the ISP is not having an email outlook.

Outlook error 0x800CCC90

This error occurs if you don’t have permission to access a particular server. Check for this permission first.

Outlook error 0x800CCC19

This error message pops up when a pop3uidl file is broken. To get rid of this, first disconnect the internet and close all open programs, then search and delete the file. Reconnect to the internet again and the error would be removed. This error may also pop up if the mail server is carrying a large attachment. Check for this immediately.

Using these solutions provided, you can resolve some of the most common Outlook Express errors.

[image via Flickr/ Rosa Menkman]

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Nigeria: Ministry of Communication Technology, And Intel Corporation Organizes Software Competition

As part of the initiatives to generate employment and drive ICT entrepreneurial development in Nigeria, the Ministry of Communication Technology in conjunction with Intel Corporation is calling on software developers and entrepreneurs to participate in a 2 week Software Competition to submit a demo or beta web-based solution for a Student PC Ownership Program.

Please read the instruction below.

Click here to download the Functional Requirement Specifications Document for the competition.

Timeline

  • 04 – 07 September: One week for clarification of enquiries or questions from competitors. Send comments or enquiries or questions to roundtable@commtech.gov.ng
  • 10 – 21 September: Development of demo
  • 24 September: Submit the URL through which the demo can be accessed to roundtable@commtech.gov.ng by 9 a.m. of same day
  • 25 September: Assessment and evaluation of all solutions submitted through online URLs. Winner will be contacted after thorough analysis.

No physical copy or CD of the solution shall be assessed. Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (FMCT) and Intel Corporation reserves the right to select or reject any solution submitted. As such, FMCT and Intel are not under obligation to patronize any competitor at all cost.

By participating in this competition, the competitors agree to releasing their intellectual property used in building the demo and as such FMCT and Intel is not liable to any damage associated with the use of the IP by third party. By participating in this competition, the competitors agree that FMCT or any of its agencies and Intel is free to assess, evaluate and utilize its software to advance the course of the Student PC Ownership Program.

FMCT and Intel will jointly evaluate the submitted solutions at the specified URLs to select the best and fit-for-purpose Web solution.

The winner shall receive a cash award of N1,500,000.00 for the best solution. This award will also cover the completion of the solution for the Student PC Ownership Program. Therefore on selection of the winning solution, the winner will be required to complete the solution based on additional requirements that may be stipulated by FMCT or its agencies and Intel.

However, the award cost will exclude the hosting and other infrastructure cost that may be required for full development and operationalization of the solution for the intended Program.

FMCT and Intel shall bear the cost for the hosting and other infrastructure or pay the winner for this infrastructure. The year-in, year-out maintenance and support of the solution shall be the sole responsibilities of the winner. While the intellectual property of the solution will be jointly owned by FMCT and the winner, the proprietary ownership of the business data on the solution shall belong to FMCT or its agency responsible for ICT development.

A Service Contract Agreement, Service Level Agreement and Source Code Escrow Agreement shall be signed between FMCT or its agency and the winner to guarantee the operations of the solution year-in, year-out.

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