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India introduced a cheap tablet computer Wednesday, saying it would deliver modern technology to the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty.

The computer, called Aakash, or "sky" in Hindi, is the latest in a series of cheap Indian innovations that include a 100,000 rupee ($2,130) Nano car, a 750 rupee ($16) water purifier and $2,100 open-heart surgery.

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mobile commerceOn an unusually hot San Francisco morning in mid-September, a customer walked into a Peet’s Coffee location, bought a cup of brew and paid for it by waving their Samsung Nexus cellphone at a receiver, and became one of the first people to use a so-called mobile wallet in North America.

Such cellphone payments have been common in Japan, South America and Europe for years, but they're only just getting off the ground in Canada and the United States. Internet search giant Google launched Google Wallet last month and a crush of others are expected to follow.

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We have truly lost a visionary leader. At this time I would like to reflect upon the life lessons and advice that Steve Jobs has given all of us throughout his career. In his speech to Stanford graduates he touches on many great things about life, death and love.

I hope the video inspires you as much as it does to me.


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