Villagers gain access through biometric verification and cell-phones.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Helio offered the feature-packed Cadillac of the mobile Web, but it couldn't make money.
New chips promise cheap Web bandwidth.
The new machine will have dual touch screens--and cheaper hardware.
One Laptop per Child inks a deal with Microsoft to put Windows on the "100-dollar" machine.
Blog entry sets man free, showing power of Internet innovation--but threats loom, Zittrain says.
Earthquake alerts are still in their infancy.
Charles Kane thinks industry partnerships will boost the laptop's marketability.
Where does all that malicious Internet content come from?
The philanthropic effort dubbed the $100 Laptop has not met its grand initial goals. But its first deployment, in Peru, may turn skeptics into believers.