Storm-proof housing programme benefits 11,253 needy families A Government programme on assisting poor households in central region build flood and storm-proof houses has reached 11,253 needy families as of the end of the second quarter this year, said the housing and real estate market department under the Ministry of Construction. The beneficiaries account for 41 percent of the total number of households targeted by the programme, which was launched under the Government's Decision 48/2014 issued on August 28, 2014. Under the decision, the housing support programme is carried out in 14 central provinces from Thanh Hoa southward to Binh Thuan from 2014 to 2016, aiming to help 27,196 needy households. Each of the eligible households will receive a cash grant of 12-16 million VND depending on localities, and a 15-million VND preferential loan with a 3-percent annual interest rate for a duration of 10 years and a five-year grace period. The programme will receive 568 billion VND from … [Read more...] about Social News 12/7
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After a long wait, the next crop of Windows Phone handsets are beginning to trickle in, and just in time for the holidays. If you're familiar with our reviews of the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920, you already know that Windows Phone has some impressive contenders in its stable, but these flagship devices only tell half of the story. Now, we're given an opportunity to test the Lumia 810, a mid-range smartphone that's now available on T-Mobile. It's clear that T-Mobile isn't looking to start a price war here. At $150 after a rebate, the Lumia 810 costs more than Nokia's crown jewel, the Lumia 920, which you can find on AT&T for $100. Another telling sign: the phone also costs more than its siblings, the Lumia 820 for AT&T ($50) and the Lumia 822 for Verizon ($100). Naturally, you'll be able to recoup some of this with T-Mobile's lower monthly fees, but it goes without saying that T-Mobile is levying an early adopter tax on its subscribers. That said, for those sold on Windows … [Read more...] about Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile review
At the tail end of Microsoft's marathon Windows Phone Summit keynote, the company's own Kevin Gallo said the following: "Everyone in the Windows ecosystem benefits." He was waxing poetic about the myriad new features coming to the outfit's latest and greatest mobile operating system, and nothing about his quote was incorrect. Developers will adore the shared codebase. Users will adore the new additions to the software framework. Carriers probably won't shun the opportunity to push yet another platform this holiday season. But the one word in there that sticks out most to me is this: "Windows." I've been wrestling with the ecosystem issue for some time, but the gravity of it has never been so evident. Starting in 2008, one could argue that it stopped being purely about hardware. Purely about design. Purely about software. Purely about partnerships. Particularly when it came to smartphones. Slate-style handsets were en vogue years ago, with design changing extremely little and … [Read more...] about Editorial: Windows Phone 8 looks good, but can it uproot those entrenched in other ecosystems?