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Submission + - The future of Android and Google (hbr.org)

hype7 writes: "Given the recent publicity about Android and Google, the Harvard Business Review are offering another interesting perspective. They argue that Google runs a serious risk of losing control of Android, as competitors such as Bing and Baidu move in. It certainly presents an interesting possibility — that Android could win but Google wouldn't see any benefit out of it."

Submission + - Nepal marking it's second Barcamp (barcamp.org.np)

yowlanku writes: Barcamp Kathmandu is being organized for second time in Nepal. Though barcamp is widespread concept worldwide, this type of events are rare here. This time the theme of event is 'knitting innovators'.
Since large youth demographics are brain drained annually due lack of resource and opportunity, Barcamp focuses specially on promoting local ideas and innovators. Some of the interesting sessions pre-registered are Nepaluino (localized arduino) , crowdsourcing and microwork and messy political economy
see stopmotion promo of the event here

Submission + - Don Knuth announces iTex (twitter.com)

yowlanku writes: Christoper Adams tweeted live from TUG 2010 Conference that "Donald Knuth's TeX successor will be named iTeX." Sir Donald Knuth stated that he will make ``An Earthshaking Announcement'' at TeX's 32nd Anniversary Celebration on 30 June, apparently which turned out to be a joke. Satirically he also stated that this successor of TeX will have features like 3-D printing, animation, stereographic sound.
Operating Systems

The Economist Suggests Linux For Netbooks 445

Trepidity writes "In its roundup of how to choose a netbook, The Economist suggests that users 'avoid the temptation' to go for a Windows-based netbook, and in particular to treat them as mini laptops on which you'll install a range of apps. In their view, by the time you add the specs needed to run Windows and Windows apps effectively, you might as well have just bought a smallish laptop. Instead, they suggest the sweet spot is ultra-lite, Linux-based netbooks, with a focus on pre-installed software that caters to common tasks. They particularly like OpenOffice, which they rate as easier to use than MS Word and having 'no compatibility problems,' as well as various photo-management software." Besides which, does Windows offer spinning cubes for coffee-shop demos?
United States

Submission + - Obama casted from 150M nanotubes (nanobama.com)

yowlanku writes: "John Hart, Sameh Tawfick, Michael De Volder, and Will Walker have gone nano way to built NanObama from carbon nanotubes. The process explained as "The nanobama structures are made of carbon nanotubes, and the pictures were taken using optical and electron microscopes. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are tiny hollow cylinders of carbon; the diameter of a CNT is tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, and CNTs are several times stronger and stiffer than steel. CNTs are grown by a high-temperature chemical reaction, using patterns of nanoscale metal catalyst particles arranged in the shapes of the faces, text, and flags that you see in the images. Each face contains millions of parallel nanotubes, standing vertically on the substrate like a forest of trees. If you were standing next to the nanotubes as they grow, and each nanotube was a 1 foot (0.3 meter) diameter tree, the trees would be growing at over 500 miles per hour! The nanobama faces are approximately 0.5 millimeter wide, or about ten times the width of a human hair.""

Submission + - OLPC hits pilot in Nepal (ankur.com.np)

yowlanku writes: ""Yesterday, 27th of March, 2008 was the BIG day for us. In coordination with Department of Education, Ministry of Education, we distributed Mero Sanu Sathi, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Laptop, to the students of 4th graders of Janajyoti Ni Ma Vi, Ugratara-8, Janagal, Kavre as a part of first ever pilot distribution of the laptop in Nepal, codenamed "Sunrise"." you can read more atolpcnepal blogThe news has been also covered by Economics times of india. OLPC Nepal is all volunteer based organization working towards implementation of OLPC vision in country. You can read more about them and support them at there wiki."

Submission + - OLPC Nepal starts pilot project (blogspot.com) 4

bibekpaudel writes: "Four graders of Jana Jyoti Lower Secondary School, Janagal in Kavre district in Nepal got their new laptops on Thursday. Department of Education distributed free laptops to all students of Class 4 in the school as a pilot project with technical assistance from One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Nepal mission. The mission is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. This is the first pilot project of the OLPC project in the hilly country ridden by over a decade of internal-conflict. In South-Asia, another such pilot run is undergoing in a village near Mumbai in India.

1. http://olpcnepal.blogspot.com/
2. http://wiki.olpcnepal.org/
3. http://ekantipur.com/"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Google's Android open-source mobile phone OS (arstechnica.com)

Marvin the Paranoid Android writes: Google has officially announced Android, a its open-source mobile phone operating system. 'The Google Phone has arrived, sort of, but not in the long-rumored embodiment that many had expected. Google announced this morning that it has developed a new mobile OS called "Android" — a result of its acquisition of a mobile software company of the same name in 2005 — that will allow the company to get Google's mobile apps into as many hands as possible starting in mid-2008. Android is Linux-based and open source, and will be made available to handset manufacturers for free under the Apache license.' Google will not be making the phones itself; there are a handful of handset makers signed on, including Motorola, Samsung, and LG. As Google CEO Eric Schmidt puts it, 'Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single 'Google Phone' that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks. Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models,'

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