VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for appsCongo-based VMK has been blazing a trail for mobile devices in Africa: its Way-C tablet proved that the continent could go its own way without leaning on Asia or Europe. The company promised several months ago to address the same gap with smartphones, and the result is here in the form of the Elikia ("Hope"). The hardware won't shake the cellular world's foundations with its 3.5-inch (and 480 x 320) display, 512MB of RAM, a 650MHz processor and both 5-megapixel rear as well as front VGA cameras, but that's not the point -- at $170 US off-contract, it's much more within the reach of Congo residents, and it even uses the unofficial Holo Launcher to bring a taste of Android 4.0 to what's really Android 2.3 underneath. There's also a minor revolution in app purchasing. As Google Play won't take Congo's credit cards, VMK has its own app store and prepaid gift cards to give the country a similar experience. You'll have to sign on to local carriers Airtel, MTN or Warid to use an Elikia in the near future, but we're hoping the phone expands its reach and levels the playing field. Gallery: VMK ElikiaFiled under: Cellphones, MobileVMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 09 Sep 2012 12:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | VMK (translated) | Email this | Comments
GSM Nexus Prime passes through the FCC, possibly heading to AT&T?Just because next week's joint Samsung and Google event has been postponed doesn't mean the leaks have to end. A Sammy handset with the model number I9250, which matches up nicely with the baseband version in the Galaxy Nexus shots that popped up, just made an appearance at the FCC packing a GSM radio compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's HSPA networks. It's also boasting dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth and NFC. Despite suggestions that the next Nexus device would be a Verizon exclusive, we could be looking at the AT&T version or at least the unlocked GSM model. The fact that it doesn't support T-Mobile's 2100MHz band leads us to believe this won't be popping up in T-Mo shops. It appears that T-Mobile AWS is included. Noticeably missing, however, is any mention of LTE -- that particular feature could still be the sole realm of Big Red. Hopefully we won't have to wait much longer to find out all the details. One more image after the break.
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Demand Media Is Cutting Back On Its Massive Volume Of Writing (DMD)
In an email sent to Demand Media's thousands of freelance writers the company laid out a rather significant shift in strategy. The so-called "content farm" is cutting back, a process it mentioned in its Q1 report. It will be assigning fewer stories because it feels like it already has a strong backlog of material. "With our eHow.com library already so comprehensive, we saw the opportunity to shift our focus to more targeted categories and other forms of content such as slide shows, video series and feature articles," the company said. It continued, "Looking ahead, as we continue to publish articles for eHow and our other sites, we want to be sure we are building on what already exists, not replicating it. This is not to say we will stop assigning standard titles in How to and Topic View format for eHow.com. But it does mean that we will have fewer eHow.com assignments for the foreseeable future." A freelancer forwarded us the email and wrote Demand "effectively lays off writers via email." We reached out to Demand and chief revenue officer Joanne Bradford (obviously) disagreed with this person's assessment. She told us, "It's still one of the largest pools of writing assignments available in the world. We don't feel like it's that dramatic of a change because it's not like every assignment was being taken. It's all about quality for us." Bradford admitted that some writers would be cut, but that is a part of the process. They are always looking to get rid of the lowest rated writers and replace them with better once. Work for Demand? We'd love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org, 646.376.6016). Here's the full email:
Dear Writers and Editors, We realize there has been recent concern around assignment availability. We know many of you rely on Demand Media Studios as a regular income source and as a way to grow your careers. For those reasons and others, we want to be as transparent as we can about the future. In just a few years, we've worked together to grow the eHow.com library to an astounding 3 million articles. While eHow has been the main publisher of content produced by DMS writers, we've also developed other writing outlets on our own properties like typeF.com and LIVESTRONG.COM as well as through partnerships like Chron.com and USAToday. With our eHow.com library already so comprehensive, we saw the opportunity to shift our focus to more targeted categories and other forms of content such as slide shows, video series and feature articles. Good examples of these new formats can be found on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. None of this would have been possible without having spent so many years working with you, our writers and editors, to build our comprehensive library. Looking ahead, as we continue to publish articles for eHow and our other sites, we want to be sure we are building on what already exists, not replicating it. This is not to say we will stop assigning standard titles in How to and Topic View format for eHow.com. But it does mean that we will have fewer eHow.com assignments for the foreseeable future. However, we will continue to add more publishers and sections as we've done over the years, and ultimately the work and opportunities will grow for our best writers and editors. We are also excited to completely execute on our vision of having the most qualified writers and editors working on titles within their areas of expertise. In order for this to happen, we need to make sure of a few things:
That only executable, valid and unique titles make it to your Work Desk. That every article is written and copy edited by a qualified professional with background, knowledge or experience in the topic. That every article has the appropriate format and word count for the topic to be comprehensively covered.
We will also be putting additional focus on helping you grow within your fields. This means offering ways for you to gain exposure on our sites and new tools for you to promote yourself and your work. We will send additional updates and information on assignments going forward. We will also set up some new avenues for you to ask questions and offer feedback. For the time being, if you have any additional questions, please use this forum thread. Best Regards,Demand Media Studios Team Please follow SAI: Media on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:Samsung And Google Postpone Huge Android Announcement Out Of Respect For Steve Jobs5 Exercises To Fix Hunchback Posture From Office WorkAnd Now We Know Why Nobody Took Madoff Whistleblower Harry Markopolos Seriously...
Here's What An ACTUAL Content Farm Looks Like (DMD)When most people talk about sites like Demand Media and Associated Content, they refer to them as a content farm, but that's not what they are. A content farm is a site that scrapes content from other sites and slaps ads against it. Demand Media meanwhile has an army of freelancers who create original content that they put ads against. It's a crucial difference. Like many people who are active online, your writer has a Google Alert for his name, and often gets back links from content farm that scrape our articles. Don't get us wrong: you're still free to believe that Demand Media represents the end of motherhood and apple pie. You can even argue that they're spam. But calling them a content farm is just incorrect. Here's what a real content farm looks like:
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