Stereotypical images of Africa, as a global backwater plagued by poverty, disease, conflict and corruption, hide some encouraging realities. Democracy has taken root across the continent. The African economy is expanding briskly. So, too, are opportunities for businesses.
To understand how advances in computing technology are affecting the petroleum industry, look no further than the Pod. Designed by Landmark Graphics, a unit of Halliburton that specializes in developing software for oil companies, the Pod is an Imax-style viewing room powered by a supercomputer.
The theft of software from a Cisco Systems network last year was only part of a series of widespread attacks that breached thousands of computer systems, federal officials and security investigators now say.