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Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications

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daily link  Wednesday, April 28, 2004


Send Jobs to India? Some Find It's Not Always Best: Examples when programming work was returned the US after trying India.  "Indian programmers required more detailed instructions to write the software code than would a programmer here, who would be more familiar with the customer's needs. This slowed the process, which was a major drawback because this technology is new and changing very fast. .. "Whenever the pace of innovation is very rapid," he said, "is when the work should be done closer to the client." .. [India's] Infosys announced that it would spend $20 million to set up a consulting company in the United States."  5:22:48 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, April 05, 2004


New Guide to Rich Opportunities with World's Poorest Customers:  An updated view of bottom-of-the-pyramid opportunities.  "In Doing Business with the Poor: A Field Guide, by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the guide advises companies to stick to core business, while finding innovative ways of marketing, distributing and billing when doing business with the poor -- which it defines as “sustainable livelihoods.” "  5:51:06 PM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, April 02, 2004


BBC NEWS | Technology | Simputer for poor goes on sale: "The Simputer was officially launched on Friday and the basic model costs around $240. .. Branded as the Amida Simputer, the handheld comes in three versions. The basic model has a monochrome screen, a 206MHz processor and 64MB of memory. It also has an internal microphone, speakers and a battery that lasts for six hours."  Its site promotes it as both a personal device and a business application platform.   There are 3 Models, $240/300/480, from stripped down to one with a color screen. Features in the mid and high models:

  • Linux based, with support for a few Indian scripts built in
  • integrated SmartCard reader/writer
  • 3 USB 1.1 ports (eg, for flash memory, or GPS), one as slave (eg, peripheral to a PC, for synching or whatever)
  • infrared interface , serial interface, mic and speakers
  • Amida Alchemy, an application development suite with a text-to-speech engine
  • an accelerometer that senses the wrist motion of the user, so that a flick of the wrist can advance pages in an online book, and rotating the device can change the aspect ratio from portrait to landscape
  • support for CDMA data networks (and bundles that include internet access packages from an Indian ISP)
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daily link  Thursday, April 01, 2004


Canada Unveils Tell-All, Online Expenses Policy: "Canada took its bid to clean up politics to new levels on Thursday, publishing details of expenses claimed by ministers, ambassadors and other senior officials on government Web sites. .. The measures were announced last year after it emerged that former privacy commissioner George Radwanski and his press aide had racked up C$510,000 ($390,000) on travel, meals and hotels in just two years. He was forced to resign over the affair.  Federal institutions will have to update figures for travel and hospitality expenses every three months. "  5:18:13 PM  permalink  

VOYAGE: "VOYAGE is a movement of young people working to inspire a globally engaged America. We envision an informed U.S. public that voices solidarity with our global community and acts to alleviate suffering across the world. VOYAGE pursues this vision through public outreach and grassroots networking, creating a variety of forums for youth to enrich the debate on America's role in the international community."  Endorsed by Gary Hart; active in small development projects and media outreach.  1:46:51 PM  permalink  

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