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Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | DVICE
"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android."
computers  africa  children  language  hacking  via:zarba 
november 2012 by kevan
Facebook's plan to find its next billion users: convince them the internet and Facebook are the same - Quartz
"In May 2010, Facebook announced Facebook Zero. It is a simplified, text-only version of Facebook that can be accessed at if you’re in the right country and you’ve got the sort of WAP-enabled [phone] that comprises the majority of the phones on the planet."
phones  facebook  internet  africa 
october 2012 by kevan

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