The much awaited $35 tablet is finally a reality as it has been launched by Human Resources Development minister, Kapil Sibal in New Delhi. It was earlier named as Saksham but now it is launched with a new name Aakash which mean sky in Hindi. The device is aiming to break the price barrier for computing and internet access. It will provide the digital computing access to the poor people in India.
It’s the time of tablets. Almost every mobile phone company is trying to launch its own tablet for its customers. Earlier the tablets were launched at higher cost but now the trend for cheap tablets has started. Recently Reliance 3G Tab and Beetel Magiq tablet were launched for Rs. 12,999 and 9,999 respectively. Now Mercury has also entered the tablet market with the launch of their very first tablet at just Rs. 9,499.
Recently Skype has announced the new Skype 5.5 beta version for Windows which offers deeper integration with Facebook. Although Skype is already integrated with Facebook when Skype 5.0 was announced but this new release adds some more features for the users.
The major feature that is added in Skype 5.5 beta release is the Facebook Instant Messaging. You can now chat with your Facebook friends directly from Skype. Earlier this features was not available in Skype. You could only call or SMS your Facebook friends. The other noticeable feature is the Facebook Contacts Tab. You can use the new Facebook contacts tab to see when a Facebook friend you want to chat with is online and then start an IM conversation right from Skype.
UPDATE: $35 tablet is now launched in India.
Saksham is a low-cost and world’s cheapest laptop which is priced at $35 or Rs. 1100. The device was launched last year by Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal. After crossing all the hurdles it is all set to launch by the end of this month.