India’s $35 Tablet gets a Shot in the Arm from OLPC Chairman Negroponte

The initial euphoria surrounding the announcement of the $35 Tablet by India’s Human Resources Minister, Kapil Sibal couple of weeks ago was quickly replaced by doubts. The skepticism mainly stemmed from India’s previous failure to deliver a low cost laptop. Further, the $35 price had some glaring contrasts. A teardown of Apple’s iPad shows the bill of materials alone at $230, and One Laptop per Child’s low cost Tablet, announced earlier this year, is priced at $75.

However, the Indian government might have found just the right ally to turn that skepticism around. In a blog post last Thursday, the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) chairman Nicholas Negroponte offered to provide India with full access to all of OLPC’s technology and expertise.

In the blog entry, Negroponte writes:

“I repeat my offer: full access to all of our technology, cost free. I urge you to send a team to MIT and OLPC at your earliest convenience so we can share our results with you”

He clarified that India’s Tablet was not an “answer” or “competitor” to OLPC’s XO laptop, and cautioned India to not model its Tablet after the iPad, which was primarily a media consumption device, not an educational tool.

The Indian government has a long list of challenges ahead, before it can disprove the skeptics on this occasion, but Negroponte’s offer should, at a minimum, allay its fears on the technology front.

Sources: Good Gear Guide, OLPC blog, Guardian UK

It is the ‘Life in a Day’ ..Umm Day!

YouTube Life In A DayBig or small, routine or extraordinary, whatever it is you are doing today, YouTube would like you capture it in a video and upload it for their user generated documentary  ‘Life in a Day’ of the Earth.

YouTube is pulling all stops on this one by involving Ridley Scott (Gladiator, American Gangster, etc.) and Kevin MacDonald (Director or The Last King of Scotland, and an Oscar winner for Best Documentary) for the project.

The deadline for filming the video is 11:59 PM local time and the video needs to be submitted to YouTube within seven days.

The Official Site is here and a how-to-video is here

It is time to bring out the movie maker in you!

Source: YouTube Blog

YouTube To Music Lovers: We Love You Too!

YouTube Music PageAfter making movie and TV buffs happy with its movies and shows pages, YouTube gave music fans something to rejoice today with a revamped music page.

Don’t remember the name of a song? No worries, the music page is organized along genres letting you browse down to your song.

Want to discover new music? Right on! the page has tools for that.

Sense a playlist forming in your head? You can put it together on the page. 

Announcing the new page, a post on the YouTube blog says:

“[The page] showcases the most viewed music videos, special promotions, curated playlists, unsigned talent and gives you the ability to create on-the-fly mixes”

Another exciting prospect, according to the post, is an “Events Near You” section featuring local music shows.

Source: YouTube Blog

Picture Credit: vagawi

Blog Platform Blogetery Shut Down Due to Terrorist Content

Blogetery ShutdownBurstNET, the hosting provider for Blogetery has shut down the blogging platform due to the presence of links to bomb making instructions and an Al-Qaida “hit list”, according to a statement on the BurstNET site.

The statement says that on July 9th FBI had revealed that terrorist content had been posted on the blogging site and had asked for “information regarding ownership of the servers hosting Blogetery.com”.

Clarifying that the decision to shut the platform down was its own, BurstNET says that Blogetery was in violation of the Acceptable Use policy, which strictly prohibits the posting of “terrorist propaganda, racist material, or bomb/weapon instructions” in addition to having a “history of previous abuse”

In a separate statement made to CNET, BurstNET’s CTO, Joe Marr said that a Burst.net employee erred in telling Blogetery’s operator and members of the media that the FBI had ordered it to terminate Blogetery’s service. He said Burst.net did that on its own.

Meanwhile, Blogetery’s website states that

“After being BurstNet customer for 7 months our server was terminated without any notification or explanation. We’re trying to resolve the situation.”

It also directs visitors to a thread on webhostingtalk forum, for more details about the shutdown.

Sources: BurstNET, CNET

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