Tech news round up
$100 Laptops finally a reality
Will $100 laptops ever be a reality? Nobody seems to have the answer, but if some reports are to be believed then telecom giant Reliance Communications is all set to bring $100 laptop to India. According to reports, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) has collaborated with One Laptop per Child (OLPC) foundation to bring the latter's much-hyped $100 laptop to India to promote e-learning among poor children. Actual details of the arrangement are not available as yet but sources say under the agreement, ADAG will provide logistics, connectivity and more.
This year only Intel launched the classroom laptop scheme under its "World Ahead Programme".
Google acquires Jaiku
Google has acquired mobile messaging developer Helsinki-based Jaiku. Jaiku is an activity stream and presence sharing service that works from the web and mobile phones. Founded in February, 2006 by Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen from Finland, the service was released on the web in July 2006. Jaiku is also termed as a "microblog" where users can do an "activity stream" to share their availability, location and calendar. You can also see web feeds and share comments with others.
Jaiku has long been seen as a competitor of Twitter. Twitter had, recently, announced a working relationship with Yahoo and this acquisition is being seen in the overall long term strategy of Google. Officially, Google hasn't announced any plans so far.
BSNL launches TV on mobile
BSNL seems bullish on innovation. BSNL has now launched their 'TV in mobile handset' service in the market. This service is currently available in the eastern and north-eastern regions of the country. The BSNL service would allow its subscribers to watch around 12 channels on their compatible mobile devices and by the end of 2007 the last may go upto 32. According to sources, Apalya Technologies are providing the framework for this. Some of the channels being provided at the moment are: NDTV, CNBC, Aajtak, Times Now, Zoom, Bindaas, ETV, and TV9.
(Puneet Mehrotra writes on technology issues www.thebusinessedition.com)