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$35 TABLETS

October 5, 2011

I read this on yahoo newsfeed:

$35 tablets

 

“This is not just for us. This is for all of you who are disempowered,” he said. “This is for all those who live on the fringes of society.”

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Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal called the following announcement

a message to all children of the world.

Developer Datawind is selling the tablets to the government for about $45 each, and subsidies will reduce that to $35 for students and teachers. In comparison, the cheapest Apple iPad tablet costs $499, while the recently announced Kindle Fire will sell for $199.

Datawind says it can make about 100,000 units a month at the moment, not nearly enough to meet India’s hope of getting its

220 million children

online.

Despite a burgeoning tech industry and decades of robust economic growth, there are still hundreds of thousands of Indians with no electricity, let alone access to computers and information that could help farmers improve yields, business startups reach clients, or students qualify for university.

I think that this is a good and positive step, what with the world being

a village

and

your oyster

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