It's come in for some stick over the course of its development, and I have to say I'd partially dismissed it as a gimmick that wouldn't take off (not least for the toy-town design that made initial prototypes look effete), but the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project has finally made it to semi-production stage and the team has documented the unboxing of one of ten initial models.
More than half a decade ago, an odd-named company became the center of attention and hype because of the promised holy grail of LCD displays. And although Pixel Qi was able to deliver, to some extent, that much sought after readability in whatever lighting condition, the company has failed to make a profit, enough to sustain its business in a viciously competitive display business. But while it has yet to issue a formal admission, provided the company actually does still exist, for all intents and purposes and as far as official communication channels go, Pixel Qi is practically no more.
Wearable computing is an unstoppable, addictive force that could well step in to address neurodegenerative illnesses where medicine cannot, Google X's Mary Lou Jepsen says, though the display division chief refuses to be drawn on what her team is working on inside the clandestine lab. "It's coming. I don't think it's stoppable" Jepsen said of wearables like Google's Glass which she wore round her neck while speaking at MIT's EmTech conference on Thursday. However while it may be inescapable, Jepsen still can't tell us about her particular role in the future; "Sergey insists" on continued secrecy around her project, she explained, referring to Google X lab overseer and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
We've had our fair share of looks at child-friendly tablets in the past: they've never really found their way to the main showroom over the past several years. Something must have struck a note for Samsung, on the other hand, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has appeared this week complete with yellow coloring and a bright orange bumper. This device works with essentially the same hardware as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, only here coming with a series of accessories, unique software, and that lovely eye-searing tone.
Mark Zuckerberg's plan to get five billion people in developing nations online is ambitious but unlikely to bear fruit any time soon, with a survey of network analysts suggesting the Facebook-led project faces a considerable lead-time before any significant number of users are actually connected. The so-called internet.org project may be supported by some industry heavyweights - including Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung - but the lack of a committed timescale is perhaps unsurprising, Computerworld reports, given the inherent challenges it faces.