SmartPlanet: $41 Tablet for India

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smartplanet logoThe world’s cheapest tablet, improved (and reviewed)

By Betwa Sharma | December 31, 2012,

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DELHI — In 2012, SmartPlanet reported on a series of inexpensive tablets from India especially the $41 one called Aakash, which was launched by the Indian government.

Datawind Inc., a Montreal-based tech company, made the tablet in response to the Indian government’s challenge to create the world’s cheapest tablet.

Aakash, which was further subsidized for students to $35, received bad reviews. Critics said it had poor battery life, an unresponsive screen, absence of useful apps, less storage space and a slow processor.

In November, Datawind relaunched its tablet as Aakash 2. The improved tablet is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich run on 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM with 4 GB internal storage and 32 GB microSD support. Its basic features include 7-inch capacitative touch screen, battery life of three hours, 0.3 megapixel front camera and WiFi connectivity.

The Indian government will buy about 100,000 units from Datawind for Rs. 2263 ($41) and make it available to students for Rs.1130 ($20). The commercial version of the tablet can be bought online for Rs. 4499 ($81)

This time, it was launched not only in India but also unveiled at the United Nations.

“India is a critical player on security issues … but you are also a leader on development and technology,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the unveiling in November. “Indeed, India is a superpower on the information superhighway.”

“We need to do more to help all children and young people make the most of the opportunities provided by information and communications technology – especially all those who are still unconnected from the digital revolution,” he added.

SmartPlanet spoke with tech expert Prasnato Roy, editorial adviser at CyberMedia India, on what’s new with the tablet and will it work better.

Read full article with interview.

Phi Beta Iota: Combine with with Open Cloud and Open Spectrum, among other opens, and we create a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for all.

See Also:

21st Century Intelligence Core References 2.8

Owl: $20 Table Storms the World — Four Million Back Ordered

Search: openbts [as of 30 Oct 2012]

SmartPlanet: Mobile Phones Lifting Global Economy


Michel Bauwens: Ericsson Document on Learning and Education in a Networked Society

BTS (Base Transciever Station), Education
Michel Bauwens
Michel Bauwens

We are on the brink of a fundamental shift in society. As we journey towards the Networked Society we are unlocking the full potential of learning and education. Students and progressive teachers, empowered by technology, are turning established models on their heads while new skills and educational platforms are redefining our systems and institutions.

1 A connected world 4
2 From evolution to revolution 5
3 Classroom disruption 6
Breaking down the walls 6
Knowledge everywhere 6
Lifelong learning 7
The empowered classroom 7
4 The science of change 8
5 Making the grade 10

Learning and Education in a Networked Society (PDF 12 Pages)

Phi Beta Iota:  An Ericsson document.  Most interesting point: mobile traffic expected to grow by fifteen times before 2017.  Most absent word: “open.”

See Also:

Open BTS (Base Transciever Station) (5)

Rickard Falkvinge: Free Market Failure: Telcos Charge More For Sending A Text Next Door Than Cost Of Sending Data From Mars

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Rickard Falkvinge

Free Market Failure: Telcos Charge More For Sending A Text Next Door Than Cost Of Sending Data From Mars

Infrastructure:  The telco industry charges more, kilobyte by kilobyte, for sending a text message from your phone to next door than what it costs to send the same message from Mars to Earth. This is the apex in this series of the dysfunctional telecom market, giving a background to why the telecom industry wants control of the Internet so badly, and is using every conceivable resource to stall, prevent, and delay its resulting economic development.

For the third installment in this series, we focus on text messaging. FoI reader Chris Monteiro suggested that we should describe how it is more expensive to send SMS text messages from your phone, kilobyte by kilobyte, than it is to send the same data from Mars to Earth. That couldn’t possibly be right, we thought, but nobody seemed to have done the math before.

So let’s do the math.

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SmartPlanet: Mobile Phones Lifting Global Economy

BTS (Base Transciever Station)

Mobile phones lifting the world’s economies: report

By Joe McKendrick | November 27, 2012

The proliferation and adoption of mobile phones is having a tangible and measurable impact on the growth of many of the world’s national and regional economies. These devices are the lever that is lifting the world.

A new study estimates that a doubling of mobile data use leads to an increase of 0.5 percentage points in the GDP per capita growth rate across selected 14 countries, and that countries with higher level of data usage per 3G connections have seen increases in GDP per capita growth exceeding a percentage point.

These findings come from an assessment just released by the GSM Association and Deloitte, which looked at the incremental benefits of next-generation mobile telephony services, such as 3G technology and mobile data services, and their impact on economic growth. “Mobile services have the potential to impact economic development further through the provision of high-value 3G and 4G data services accessed via smartphones, tablets and dongles that deliver mobile data services to businesses and consumers,” the report states.

The report draws from research of data usage and economic growth across 14 countries provided by Cisco Systems based on their Visual Networking Index (VNI), as well as Deloitte studies on the productivity impact of mobile in 79 countries and the impact of 3G penetration across 96 countries.

Read full article.

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Search: openbts [as of 30 Oct 2012]

BTS (Base Transciever Station), Searches

OpenBTS stands for Open Base Transciever Station.  It is the foundation for free cellular service and Internet access.  Ham radio operators were the first hackers, with active government repression until the government finally got a brain on this issue — ignorance always leads people with power lacking in integrity to do stupid things.  Now OpenBTS is the “root” open (see a list of most but not all opens below) and is a vital part of creating the Autonomous Internet, providing a grid for Liberation Technology, and making possible the creation of the World Brain and Global Game that unleaches the brain entrepreneurship of the five billion poor whose annual aggregate income is four trillion dollars, four times that of the one billion rich.

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$250 Device Global Maps & Text Messages

CONNECT First, the Collective Intelligence Will Happen Naturally

Freedom Box Reflections

Graphic: M4IS2 OpenBTS, Call Centers, Diasphora

John Robb: OpenBTS Village Base Station

Kickstart the Freedom Box–Micro-Giving Rocks!

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Mini-Me: Do-It-Yourself Cell Phones – A Tipping Point for Humanity

OpenBSC & OpenBTS

OpenBTS at Burning Man: Best Full Story

OpenBTS Egypt — Need to Flesh Out OpenBTS USA

OpenBTS GSM Simplified — Freeing Humanity

OpenMoko, OpenBTS, Free Your Phone & Humanity

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Range Networks: The ONLY OpenBTS Real Deal

Reference: OpenBTS Open Access Cellular Ham Hack

Reference: OpenMoko Mobile Open SW & HW

Reference: Open Source Everything – List

Search: how to use openbts in individual phones

Search: self made mobile device

UN Declares Internet Access a Human Right…

UN + Start-Up Seek to Get Poor Online with Cell Numbers

Big Picture Implications of OpenBTS:

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Yoda: Best 10 Countries for the Internet – None in Africa

BTS (Base Transciever Station), Economics/True Cost, IO Impotency, Knowledge, P2P / Panarchy, Politics
Got Crowd? BE the Force!

A start, this is.

Phi Beta Iota:  Open Everything (especially OpenBTS, Open Cloud, Open Data, Open Hardware, Open Software, and Open Standards) are the next big leap, or the Internet of Things will be in the service of the elite rather than the 5 billion poor whose entrepreneurial energy can only be harnessed when ALL of them have a free cell phone with Internet access and can receive a free education one cell call at a time.

Also vital in the development of Internet IMPACT as opposed to ACCESS, is the emergence of whole system analytics and true cost economics.  Only when ALL have access to true cost information can corruption begin to be detected and eradicated supply chain by supply chain.  The nuclear and tobacco and seed industries are three examples of how government corruption and media lies have created massive profit for the few with massive externalized costs to the many.

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