All Google services are blocked in China, so there are hundreds of millions of Android phones with no access to the play store. At the same time, most mobile phone manufacturers are designing their phones for the Chinese market and following Chinese trends. Tizen could do very well there. The communists think they are helping their own domestic tech companies, but they are really just helping Samsung and other non-googles.
I've lived in China for most of the last 15yrs. Everyone used to use google until it was blocked. People in the tech/electronics industry still use it, with VPN, if they can. Baidu and other Chinese search engines are nothing in comparison to google - they are extremely limited and aggressively filtered and monitored. They think they are promoting the development of domestic Chinese tech companies, but all they are really doing is creating corrupt monopolies and isolating their own people from the rest of the world.
Level playing field? I think not.
There have been lots of these cheap feature phones for years. You can find many models in developing countries already, with an FOB cost of around $14. In fact, this type of phone is already old and out-dated. The market for them is almost dead, even in India. This just shows how clueless M$ is about pretty much everything in the universe.
Nocturrne writes: The FOSS project Lantern (https://getlantern.org/) is having great success in unblocking the internet for many users in oppressive regimes, like China and Iran. Much like Tor and bitorrent, Lantern is using peer-to-peer networking to overcome firewalls, but with the additional security of a trusted network of friends. The network of peers is growing, but we need more friends in uncensored countries to join us.
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Working as a cashier at McDonold's should not pay a wage high enough for someone to "live." Minimum wage jobs should be something people do while they are young, living with family, students, etc. If you want to earn a "living" get a real job and work your way up the ladder. If you are illegal, GTFO.
I use VPN 24/7, even when I am at home in the US. Sure enough, it is not working now. Too bad. Cancelled my subscription today. I guess the content owners don't want my money, so I will go back to "free" sources.
We need to talk about solutions, not politics. I want strong encryption of all my data, in the cloud and local, by default. Come on fellow nerds, let's make this happen. Has anyone tried moving their email to an encrypted cloud storage? We need someone to step up and offer encrypted cloud based email. Google clearly has no interest in encryption, as digging through our data is their bread and butter.
I used to be an exec at RadioShack, but left when they started to go into a downward spiral. Don't be fooled by misleading financial reports. The "profit" they claim was achieved through cost cutting. If you look at the details, you will see their revenue and sales have been dropping continuously for the last 8 years. They can't survive on cost cutting forever...
WTH? Why can't people come up with something we haven't tried already? pffft...
It's only temporary, for the olympics. They opened up all of those sites, like wikipedia and bbc, a couple of months ago. I expect them to slam the door shut again, immediately after all of the foreign media leave china, after the games. I live and work in China, so I am very thankful for ssh.