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Portugal buys 500,000 Intel classmates

Intel signed a deal with the Portuguese government in which they will provide experience and know how in the education market in order to put 500,000 small PCs in the hands of children with ages raging from 6 to 10 years old.

The computers, named “Magalhães” in honour of the Portuguese explorer, will cost between €0 (for underprivileged kids) up to €50. When they come out of the factory (which by the way is in Portugal), the retail price is near the €180 mark, the remaining value being subsidized by the government and telecommunication companies.

The computers include Wi-Fi capability (as well as broad band internet access), but the price does not include home Internet connections.

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