India Unveils Inexpensive Tablet Computer

Originally published on October 6, 2011 7:38 am
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Today's last word in business is technology for the masses. India's government yesterday unveiled what's possibly the world's cheapest tablet computer. The device is called the Aakash, which means sky in Hindi, and it will be available to students for $35. Here's India's Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal.

KAPIL SIBAL: This is for all of you who are disempowered. This is for all of you who have no access. This is for all those who are marginalized.

NEARY: The aim is to close a vast digital divide in India, where, by one estimate, only five in 100 people use the Internet.

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