Monday, February 15, 2010

Dialing Up Knowledge—and Harvests

Nothing is currently having a more profound effect on farmers in the developing world than telecommunications networks. Cell phones and expanding broadband Internet coverage are helping farmers boost yields by disseminating information.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chinese company pre-emptively clones iPad

SHANGHAI: The unveiling of Apple’s iPad tablet computer was one of the most anticipated technology events in recent years, but a similar looking device has been on sale in China for nearly six months.
   The touchscreen iPad look-alike marks a new milestone by Chinese manufacturers: cloning a product before it had even been announced, mused Shanghaiist.com, a city blog, and Shanzhai.com, a tech blog dedicated to Chinese copies.
   But Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industrial Co – makers of the Chinese device, which resembles an over-sized iPhone – said Apple appeared to be the copycats.
   “We don’t understand. Why did they make the same thing as us?” said Huang Xiaofang, an executive at the company.
   The iPad-like “P88” was launched in August and was on show last year at the Internationale Funkausstellung consumer electronics fair in Berlin, she said. “We launched it earlier.”
   Although thicker and heavier than the iPad, the P88’s specifications boasts a slightly larger screen, faster processor, larger memory and, unlike the iPad, has USB ports, according to the manufacturer.
   But its battery life is only 1.5 hours compared to the iPad’s 10 hours.
Apple’s first iPads will ship worldwide at an entry-level price of $499 (Rs 23,000 approx) in two months.
But for gadget fanatics who cannot wait, Huang said the P88 is available now on Great Loong Brother’s Web site. AFP