Great set of articles about how different cultures approach technology, particularly mobile phones, from research done at Intel. The International Herald Tribune focuses more on attitudes towards technology while the BBC focuses more on religion. Snips: "'We thought, there's a group of people just like us all over the world who will buy the technology and have it fill the same values in their lives.' Bell's project sent her to seven countries: India, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Australia. In some places, she found, it's harder for some forms of technology to get over the threshold of the home -- not simply for economic reasons but for religious ones as well. For example, she said, values of humility and simplicity may make technology less welcome in some Hindu homes in India or some Muslim homes in Malaysia and Indonesia. If part of the value of the home is this space of purity that's protected from the pollutedness of the world, a place where you express values like simplicity, humility, modesty, grace, that becomes a barrier to adopting some technologies. She also pointed out that most American homes have space for leisure activities, and often that space is private. By contrast, Japan's tighter quarters afford little privacy, which may account for the attraction of young people there to text-messaging over mobile phones. Even the reliability of power may be an American assumption to be overcome: In Malaysia, power surges caused by monsoons can fry computer motherboards. Such insights challenged Intel's vision of a world of 'smart homes' and a chip-driven lifestyle, Bell said, which assumes that users are secular. All this prompted her to ask David Tanenhaus, Intel's vice president for research, 'What if our vision of ubiquitous computing is so secular, so profoundly embedded in a set of Western discourses, that we've created a vision of the world that shuts out a percentage of people in a way we can't really even begin to articulate'?"