developing world

  • Where In The World Are The 1.2M Raspberry Pi Microcomputers? Mostly In The West — But Pi Founders Want More Spread This Year

    Where In The World Are The 1.2M Raspberry Pi Microcomputers? Mostly In The West — But Pi Founders Want More Spread This Year

    One to 1.2 million Raspberry Pi microcomputers have shipped since the device's launch just over a year ago but where in the world are they located? While it's impossible to say exactly where each Pi has ended up, the vast majority sold to-date have shipped to developed nations -- including the U.S. and the U.K. But the Pi Foundation wants to get more developing nations buying into Pi. Read More

  • Global Mobile Subscriptions To Rise To 8.9BN By 2017 — With 80% Of Them In The Developing World, Says Strategy Analytics

    Global Mobile Subscriptions To Rise To 8.9BN By 2017 — With 80% Of Them In The Developing World, Says Strategy Analytics

    Analyst Strategy Analytics is forecasting that the worldwide base of mobile subscriptions will rise to 8.9 billion over the next five years -- and a massive four out of five of these (80 per cent) will be in developing countries. China and India will account for the bulk of emerging market subscriptions, according to the analyst, but it also expects "rapid growth" in the Middle East and Africa. Read More

  • How The Future of Mobile Lies in the Developing World

    How The Future of Mobile Lies in the Developing World

    In less than three decades, the mobile phone has gone from being a status symbol to being a ubiquitous technology that facilitates almost every interaction in our daily lives. One month after the world’s population topped 7 billion in October 2011, the GSM Association announced that mobile SIM cards had reached 6 billion. A 2009 study in India illustrated that every 10 percent increase in mobile… Read More

  • Vodafone's $15 phone for the developing world

    Vodafone's $15 phone for the developing world

    The mood in Barcelona must be somber, for the city's team lost to Atletico Madrid yesterday. Granted, Atletico Madrid is Barcelona's bogey team, but come on, Atletico Madrid?! Team CrunchGear could beat those guys on the pitch. Still, the Mobile World Congress soldiers on. Here's something that caught my interest—something aside from the Windows Phone!—is the Vodaphone 150. It's for… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson launches two sexy HSDPA phones you shouldn't care about

    Sony Ericsson launches two sexy HSDPA phones you shouldn't care about

    Oh boy, rest of the world! Sony Ericsson is looking out for you with their new Z780 and the sexy-stylish G502 are basically aimed at the developing world where mobile Internet might not be as popular. Both support ActiveSync and run on tri-band GSM. Don’t call your grandma and tell her about this one, because she’ll be disappointed that it will never arrive on our shores. UPDATE… Read More

  • Biofuel producers catching heat amid rise in food price

    Biofuel producers catching heat amid rise in food price

    There’s been riots over the rise in food prices. You may heave heard about, or even seen first-hand, rising food costs. (As have I—milk is how much?) Just be grateful you’re not a biofuel producer, since those guys are feeling some heat, namely for “crimes against humanity.” That’s a hard accusation to shake, methinks. Certain individuals are blaming biofuel… Read More

  • Intel develops method to transmit Wi-Fi 60 miles

    [photopress:rcpwifi_1.jpg,full,right] Intel has developed a way to transmit a standard Wi-Fi signal some 60 miles. Created for rural areas and the developing world, the technology, called rural connectivity platform, or RCP, works its magic primarily in software. An Intel manager said that while regular Wi-Fi access points are coded to time out if a signal isn’t received within a certain… Read More

  • $20 Indian cellphone to bring telephony to developing world

    [photopress:spicephone.jpg,full,left] An Indian telecom corp will release a $20 cellphone that’s aimed at the developing world/celphone market. The phone, nicknamed the people’s phone (much like the people’s elbow) has absolutely zero features other than being able to make and receive calls—no screen, no Web browser, no nothing. Frankly, that’s all I want in a phone… Read More

  • Give a OLPC, get a year of T-Mobile HotSpot access

    Give a OLPC, get a year of T-Mobile HotSpot access

    Feeling generous? T-Mobile will give anyone who participates in the OLPC “Give 1 Get 1 Program”—for $399 your child and a child in the developing world gets a OLPC laptop—a free year of hotspot access. From November 12 to November 26, should you choose to drop the $400 to give two kids the gift of lolcatz, you’ll get the T-Mobile HotSpot service. That way, you can… Read More