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Facebook is bringing free internet to Zambia with its new app


If you happen to live in Zambia, then take note of this – there is the Internet.org app from Facebook that will enable users in Zambia to gain free access to the likes of weather as well as health information, jobs, and Google Search, among others. In other words, free Internet! This is definitely worth an effort from the folks over at Facebook for sure. After all, while over 85% of the world’s population live in areas that do have cellular coverage, only 30% of them happen to have access to the Internet. The Internet.org app intends to bridge such a gap, and it will be made available to Airtel subscribers in Zambia first. This would provide limited free Internet access.

It’s well known that access to a telecoms network increases economic growth in places that previously didn’t have a telecoms network. Both because the ability to communicate increases information dissemination and also because it eases the problems of coordination. We expect much the same to happen as mobile broadband reaches out to the poor of the world as well. I’m thus very much a fan of Internet.org, the organisation being pushed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, to get simple and basic mobile broadband access available, for free, in poor countries to poor people. Said service has just launched in Zambia and it occurs to me, just as an idea you understand, that we might want to try expanding Wikipedia in response. Here’s the basic news:” 85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can’t afford data plans. So Facebook’s accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world with free data access to a limited set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search. It also provides local health, employment, weather, and women’s rights resources.”

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Shazam takes its music discovery powers to the Mac


Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts with Apple’s line of personal computers. The newly…

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Shazam takes its music discovery powers to the Mac


Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts with Apple’s line of personal computers. The newly…

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HTC’s latest J Butterfly is a supercharged One M8 in a waterproof body


Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs but with features aimed at its home market. Like a lot of other Japanese devices, the 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof in case you…

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HTC’s latest J Butterfly is a supercharged One M8 in a waterproof body


Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs but with features aimed at its home market. Like a lot of other Japanese devices, the 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof in case you…

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FreedomPop is bringing free mobile service to tablets


FreedomPop, the carrier offering free and cheap data plans on Sprint’s network, today announced that it’s bringing its free voice, data, and text plans to tablet users starting with the iPad mini and Samsung Tab 3. Since LTE iPads only support data over their cellular connection, the carrier provides iPad users with Apple headsets with mics for making calls and an app that routes calls/texts through its own VoIP platform. While there are competitors like Skype that enable VoIP calling on iPads already, FreedomPop has a couple things going for it.

Tablet owners in the US have cause for cheer as they can now get free mobile access from freemium mobile network FreedomPop, which announced that it is now supporting the iPad Mini and Samsung Tab 3. The iPad Mini will sell for $319 and the Samsung Tab 3 for $199. Other than providing free data, FreedomPop is also letting users associate a unique phone number with any of its LTE tablets to make free calls and texts, something that the company says doesn’t exist for tablets offered by larger carriers, “partially because of the potential to cannibalize high margin phone plans.” Users who already have an LTE tablet can also move their existing devices to FreedomPop and get the same 500MB of LTE data, 200 voice minutes and 500 text messages free. FreedomPop acts as a mobile virtual network operator, and in the US it purchases bandwidth from Sprint. To make money, FreedomPop seeks to woo new and current customers to its paid services — it recently launched

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FreedomPop is bringing free mobile service to tablets


FreedomPop, the carrier offering free and cheap data plans on Sprint’s network, today announced that it’s bringing its free voice, data, and text plans to tablet users starting with the iPad mini and Samsung Tab 3. Since LTE iPads only support data over their cellular connection, the carrier provides iPad users with Apple headsets with mics for making calls and an app that routes calls/texts through its own VoIP platform. While there are competitors like Skype that enable VoIP calling on iPads already, FreedomPop has a couple things going for it.

Tablet owners in the US have cause for cheer as they can now get free mobile access from freemium mobile network FreedomPop, which announced that it is now supporting the iPad Mini and Samsung Tab 3. The iPad Mini will sell for $319 and the Samsung Tab 3 for $199. Other than providing free data, FreedomPop is also letting users associate a unique phone number with any of its LTE tablets to make free calls and texts, something that the company says doesn’t exist for tablets offered by larger carriers, “partially because of the potential to cannibalize high margin phone plans.” Users who already have an LTE tablet can also move their existing devices to FreedomPop and get the same 500MB of LTE data, 200 voice minutes and 500 text messages free. FreedomPop acts as a mobile virtual network operator, and in the US it purchases bandwidth from Sprint. To make money, FreedomPop seeks to woo new and current customers to its paid services — it recently launched

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