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Few months back, there was news in the technology world about the world’s cheapest tablet – ‘Aakash‘, which was made in India. It was supposed to be given to students in India at the subsidized price of Rs. 1200 ($25) though the Aakash tablet will cost the government around Rs 2,200 ($50). Now, this tablet is also available commercially for the common public in just $50. One can buy this ultra low cost tablet online from their website – http://www.aakashtablet.com
- OS: Android 2.2
- 366 Mhz processor
- 7 inch display
- Resistive touch screen
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- 1 USB port
- 3.5mm jack
Now, the company ‘DataWind’ is soon launching the upgraded model of Aakash called the ‘Ubislate 7′ in only $60. It has upgraded processor of 700 Mhz with 3200 mAh battery and Android 2.3. Ubislate 7 will also have support for GPRS to be used as a phone. Definitely, there is no other touch pad tablet or computing device at this price, which certainly makes it attractive for the day-to-day requirements of most users.
India is all set to manufacture Tablet PC, which will be a low cost computing-cum-access device. The expected price of the model is going to be around $35. The union minister for Human Resource Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal told that price may further get reduced to $20 and eventually to around $10.
He also states the primary aim is to provide these low cost devices to students and teachers of all colleges and universities, which will enable them to gain access to high-quality digital content. This concept is a combined effort of group of professors/experts at IISc, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.
The development efforts are still on, and various refinements and enhancements are being tested to reduce the cost without affecting the quality of the device. The device is expected to be made available to students in 2011. It is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.
The minimum functionalities expected are:
• Internet browsing
• Wireless communication
• Multimedia content viewer
• Unzip tool for unzipping zip files
If India will successfully ship this computing device at the price mentioned, it will be really tough for Apple and other tablet PC makers to compete in India, which could be world’s cheapest laptop.
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An Indian company, ‘ Ltd’ has launched an alternative to Blackberry, known as ‘Bharat Berry‘ to provide a concrete solution for interception of data sent using Blackberry messenger. Service of Bharat Berry works with all BlackBerry® phones and provides all data and communication functionalities you are used to. Recently, there was a big issue about the online usage and monitoring of BlackBerry phones by the government and now with the launch of Bharat Berry, it will be completely solved.
This service provides more advanced push mail technology on BlackBerry handsets and ensures that the user remains connected to email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India. It also provides over-the-air (OTA) Contact and Calendar backup. Bharat Berry works using it’s very advanced email server known as XGeNPlus and open source technologies.
According to Ajay Data, Founder and CEO of Data Infosys Limited, “the unchecked terrorist activities are the major concern of security agencies, as it can escape detection by using BlackBerry’s coded services. And services of Bharat Berry are the perfect solution to the problem that has left one million Indian BlackBerry phone users in limbo”. The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and downloaded from the website bharatberry.com.
As per the official statement, “users will be charged Rs 100 ($2 approx.) per month in order to access the services like emails and to ensure access and synchronization of calendar and contacts, users will have to pay Rs 50 ($1 approx.) per month. We will have to wait for quite some time and see how the service of Bharat Berry will emerge in the coming days.