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Google donates 17,000 Nexus 7s to Superstorm Sandy victims

The tablets have a retail value of $2.7 million and have been placed in public areas affected by Sandy.

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One year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, Google has donated tablets to the victims.

Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, valued at over $2.7 million, to New Yorkers who were affected by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. The tablets are being placed in libraries, senior centers, business, and community centers, according to the governor's office, and will support a range of programs:

• Libraries will use the tablets in job training, work skills and English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages classes, and as e-reader loaners in the areas where libraries are not yet reopened.

• Small business development organizations plan to integrate tablets into onsite business assistance and training classes. The organizations will also provide assistance to a high school entrepreneurship program run in about 30 underserved schools in New York City by New York State Small Business Development Centers.

• To help combat senior isolation, senior centers will employ tablets in teaching seniors to use video chatting and other electronic communication services as a way to keep them connected to their friends and families.

• Community centers will be able to use tablets in their programs to move young people living in poverty towards STEM and other high-skilled careers, as well as to assist their parents gain and improve technology-based job skills.

Google's donation was made to the not-for-profit New York State Community Action Association. A full list of the tablet locations can be seen here (.xls file).

(Via Engadget)