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The Nigerian OLPC Dispute - How Does It Look?

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Groklaw: I thought you might like to see the Lagos Analysis Corp.'s keyboard "patent" allegedly infringed by OLPC. It turns out it's not a patent in the usual sense. It's a design registration. Why does that matter? Because what is registered is the way it *looks*, not the way it *works*.

First OLPC deployment: now it’s real.

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radian.org: This week, Uruguay became the first-ever real, non-pilot deployment site of OLPC XO laptops. And I was there to hand out the first one.

Glimpsing Nigeria's digital lifeline

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BBC: Until recently there was nothing that marked out Galadima primary school as anything out of the ordinary. But in March this year, the scruffy primary became part of a remarkable experiment. It was the first in Africa to get its hands on the so-called $100 laptop.

Also: One laptop per child finds way into India

OLPC Sued Over Keyboard Design

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bostonglobe: A Nigerian entrepreneur based in Natick says the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, of Cambridge, stole his company’s design for a multilingual keyboard.

Linux killed the One Laptop Per Child project

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codeeleven.blogspot: Part of the concept was to use Linux as the base operating system. The end result was a interface called "Sugar" that was unlike any known computer interface in the developed world. Written in Python, it was definitly unique, though some people find its UI strange and counterintuitive.

Also: $100 Laptop Blocked by “chicken feed” Politics

A Little Laptop With Big Ambitions

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WSJ: Mr. Negroponte's ambitious plan has been derailed, in part, by the power of his idea. For-profit companies threatened by the projected $100 price tag set off at a sprint to develop their own dirt-cheap machines, plunging Mr. Negroponte into unexpected competition against well-known brands such as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system.

OLPC's Give 1, Get 1 program extends to December 31

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electronista.com: The One Laptop Per Child project today extended its Give 1, Get 1 program until the end of the year, giving individual buyers in Canada and the US an extra month to participate in the program that would otherwise end on November 26th.

OLPC community-based testing

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gregdek.livejournal: If you've been interested in working on OLPC, but have no idea how to get started, consider becoming a tester of activities. Check out the Activity Testing Matrix.

Also: OLPC XO User Review

Hands-on with the OLPC XO laptop

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infosyncworld.com: We finally get a close look at the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop, and though nobody could explain the interface, the hardware was pretty cool.

OLPC News 100 Laptop XO Fundraising Drive

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olpcnews: We are proud to start a fundraising to achieve the modest goal of equip one of the local initiatives we’ve been reporting for over two years. We present to you OLPC News 100 Laptop Fundraising Drive. Let's raise $20,000 in donations for one hundred XO-1 laptops to be sent to the best locally-organized OLPC learning club!

Also: Latest Developing Area to Buy OLPC Laptops: Alabama

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Gibson and Associates Solicitors: 5 Reasons to Avoid a Payday Loan

Payday loans are incredibly easy to obtain, which in theory should ring alarm bells. However, due to unemployment levels and a poor economy, thousands of people turn to payday loans to try and clear their debts immediately. Ironically, payday loans often cause people's debt problems to escalate instead of acting as a quick solution.

People usually use payday loans as a short term solution to financial difficulty. These loans are typically advertised as ‘convenient' for those who are struggling to survive before their next pay slip.

Payday loans are increasingly becoming controversial and here are 5 reasons why:

They're Expensive

All loans are expensive to pay off. No matter how much money you borrow if you miss repayments or decide to extend the loan, what was a small loan can turn very expensive as interest and bank charges are applied.

High-Interest Rates

Interest rates for payday loans are huge. Some lenders charge interest rates of more than 4,000% and if this is rolled over, debts can quickly escalate.

Lenders are keen to describe the way an APR is calculated. APR is generally not designed for short-term lending, thus reducing the loan period means the interest rate goes up. As a result, consumers are unsure of how to compare the correct costs of the various loans available.

They Target the Vulnerable

Sceptics claim that lenders appear to target the most vulnerable borrowers, arguing that lenders are not completing proper affordability checks on debtor's before granting them the loans. In some cases, lenders have encouraged consumers to borrow more money than they need.

Most lenders will happily allow you to continue borrowing from one month to the next. People who cannot afford to pay off the loans by the agreed date will run serious risk of their debt spiralling out of control. Before they know it they will owe more money than they initially borrowed due to large interest rates alone.

Hidden Charges

When you sign up for a payday loan you will usually agree on a date to pay back the loan which typically falls on or after payday. During the agreement you will provide the loan company with your bank details. If you continue to miss payments, interest will continue to be taken out of your account each month which can easily escalate. You may also need to pay bank charges if you exceed your overdraft limit.

Fraud

Fraudsters are aware that people are desperate to find an immediate solution to their financial worries, providing them with the perfect opportunity to violate vulnerable people.

Taking out a payday loan requires you to disclose confidential information such as your bank details and address. You'll be surprised at how many illegimate payday loan sites are now on the internet asking for your most confidential details, when they do not even provide their own basic contact details - suspicious. However, when people are desperate and vulnerable they often see past these warning signs. Chances are these sites are fraudsters attempting to steal your personal details.

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Snappy Ubuntu Core takes off in a quadcopter

Erle Robotics has launched an Ubuntu Core “Snappy” version of its open source Linux and ROS-based Erle-Copter quadcopter, with Erle-Copter app store access. The “Erle-Copter Ubuntu Core Special Edition” is functionally almost identical to the Erle-Copter quadrotor drone announced by Erle Robotics in December, but instead of the usual Debian Linux distribution, it offers one of the first implementations of the lightweight new Snappy version of Ubuntu Core. Read more

There's No Plans for Ubuntu Phones Based on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Says Canonical

Now that Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is open for development, and the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.10 takes place these days between May 5-7 on the UbuntuOnAir channel, the Ubuntu Phone team announced plans for the next Ubuntu Touch development cycle. Read more