OLPC Inks Deals in Africa, Middle East

olpc inks deals in africa middle east xo laptop

The One Laptop per Child project was founded with the laudable goal of bringing laptops to children in emerging markets and the developing world for less than $100 apiece—and while the project has overcome many internal, financial, and technological hurdles, the initial XO notebooks are still running about $200 apiece. However, the OLPC has been able to get a large number of notebooks to schools and education systems around the world, and has just announced two new partnerships that could add up to a lot more XO laptops in schools…so long as money can be found.

First, the OLPC and the East African Community have formed a partnership that they hope will put as many as 30 million laptops in the East African region by the year 2015…although funding will be a major issue. “If you want to build a knowledge economy, you must have a computer literate population, starting from primary, secondary school children and all the way to university,” said Secretary General of the East African Community Ambassador Juma Mwapachu, in a statement. “This is a very ambitious project for which we will have to partner with various people and institutions to mobilize and find the resources required to meet our objectives by 2015.”

The EAC represents Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and Burundi. Some EAC members have already run trials with the OLPC program, including some 20,000 OLPC laptops already in Rwanda and another 70,000 on order.

The EAC and OLPC will work together to find donors in the private sector and the aid community to support the program, and the EAC plans to ask U.S. President Barack Obama for U.S. government support to help fund the project.

Separately, the OLPC project and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have announced plans to distribute half a million laptops to Palestinian children throughout the Middle East. UNRWA assists more than four million Palestinian refugees in five countries, and already conducted a 1,500 machine trial; another 2,100 machines are on the way to a school in the town of Rafah in the Gaza strip. OLPC and UNRWA are also working to format electronic versions of textbooks to create a complete primary school curriculum.

Computing

It took Dell years to fix 1 problem on its best laptop. Here’s how it did it

The new Dell XPS 13 moves the webcam from the below the screen to the top, finally vanquishing the one obstacle facing thin, sleek laptop displays. We have the exclusive story on how it was done.
Computing

Breeze through security with these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags

Getting through airport security is a drag, but your laptop bag shouldn’t be. Thankfully, these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags will get you and your gear to your destination with ease.
Product Review

Controversy has dogged the MacBook Pro lately. Is it still a good purchase?

The MacBook Pro is a controversial laptop these days -- and that's unfortunate. Due to some divisive changes Apple made to the functionality of the MacBook Pro, fans are more split. Does the 8th-gen refresh change that?
Computing

Don't spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.
Computing

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Product Review

The Digital Storm Aventum X is an unstoppable gaming PC. Trust us, we tried

Packed with dual-Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics card and a 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, the Aventum X is an infinitely upgradeable gaming PC that’s capable of far more performance than you’ll ever need.
Computing

‘Flexgate’ is the latest controversy plaguing some MacBook Pro owners

iFixit recently uncovered a new "Flexgate" issue with MacBook Pros after some consumers reported a "stage light" effect, where the backlighting on the device would fail and cause the bottom of the display to become slightly distorted.
Computing

Ditch the backdrop from your photos with these handy tools

Need to know how to remove the background from an image? Here's how, whether you prefer to use a premium program like Photoshop or one of the many web-based alternatives currently in existence.
Computing

Think someone's leeching off your Wi-Fi connection? Here's how to find out

It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi using a few simple tools, along with some suggestions on improving security.
Computing

Open RAR files with the greatest of ease using these awesome applications

Few things are more bothersome than not being able to open a file when you need it most. Check out our quick guide about how to open RAR files in Windows and MacOS. We will walk you through the process, step by step.
Web

Google Chrome’s latest decision could prevent most ad-blockers from functioning

Google Chrome's newest change is cited as a step forward for speed and security, but could profoundly alter how the majority of ad-blocking extensions operate. The move potentially gives Google more control over which ads can be blocked.
Computing

Samsung permits peek at an eye-popping, 15-inch 4K OLED laptop display

Samsung is now preparing for the new OLED laptop trend and is providing a look at an eye-popping 15.6-inch 4K OLED panel that is expected to power larger premium laptops in the new year.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Computing

Latest ransomware targets gamers with a malicious sophistication

The latest piece of ransomware, Anatova, has been discovered by the security team at McAfee. Employing a smart tactic to confuse users and able to clean its tracks as it evolves, this is one tough piece of ransomware.