Portugal's government on Sept. 23 began rolling out 500,000 ultra-cheap laptops for school children in a program that could be extended to Venezuela, Reuters reports. The computers, called "Magellan" after the 16th-century Portuguese explorer, will use Intel processors and will be offered to schools at a subsidized price of 50 euros. The Portuguese government hopes the devices will boost the computer literacy of school children aged 6 to 11, it said in a statement. "The government's educational technology plan aims to make Portugal one of the top five most technologically advanced countries in Europe," it said. Prime Minister Jose Socrates...

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