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India's alleged $35 tablet has been met with yet another production delay, leading some to doubt the entire project. Despite the repeated setbacks, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal now claims the device will be launched next month. "This is not just a dream, it is a reality," he said at an event, according to quotes posted by The Times of India.
India's struggling $35 Sakshat tablet may have finally reached a shipping state, though not at as low a price as it hoped. About 10,000 of the seven-inch Android devices are now due to ship to their first institution, IIT-Rajasthan, by the end of June. The design has seen a price hike and will cost the equivalent of $49 when another 90,000 ship, but the government would cover half the price and drop it to $25.
India's $35 tablet has suffered a delay, according to a report from New Delhi. The initial government-issued tender has been cancelled, as the vendor who won it failed to get a bank guarantee. The device, called Sakshat or "before your eyes," was expected to come out on January 15.
Sirius XM has updated its XM SkyDock app (free, App Store). for the iPhone and iPod touch with background audio support. The new update adds background audio for all iOS devices running 4.0 or later, allowing anyone to listen to their favorite shows while using other apps. In addition, the update improves dock transitions when used with iOS 4 devices and address a bug that displayed a "Dock not detected" error messages even when the device was docked. The app needs a Sirius XM account and the XM SkyDock hardware ($130).
The $35 tablet introduced in India this morning may run on the Android operating system and not just a straightforward version of Linux. The indication comes in the form of an Android notification bar on the device's screen in a video. Dubbed Sakshat, the device is meant as an educational device, much like the OLPC XO-1 netbook.
The Indian government today showed prototypes of what could be the least expensive tablet to date. The Sakshat hardware is targeted at education across the country and costs just $35 for a device with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and 2GB of internal storage. Costs are kept low by using Linux and a processor that, along with the screen, uses just 2W of power.
The $10 Sakshat laptop from India turned out to be neither at its official introduction, as it is now said to cost $30 and is little more than a computing device and not a full-function notebook as previously expected and advertised, according to a Wednesday report. The device, sized at 10 by 5 inches, is reportedly capable of nothing more than storing data accessed by connecting it to an actual computer.
The Indian government's $10 PC has been given early details that include its real name and initial specifications. Now called the Sakshat, or "before your eyes," the computer will have 2GB of RAM and some level of wireless access. Its operating system isn't mentioned but is more likely to use Linux than Windows, which requires a license.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE