The Indian government has shown of a prototype tablet device that it claims will sell for $35 when it launches next year. The tablet can do web browsing, video chat and word processing, but the government has yet to appoint a company to actually manufacture it. The prototype is the work of a group of IT colleges, and runs the Linux operating system. It also has no hard drive – just a memory card – and runs on solar power. As the music industry mulls how to drive digital growth in regions like India, the upcoming availability of this kind of device is worth keeping in mind.

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