Feeds

News Corp challenges iPad with $299 education tablet

Failed at fondleslab content, so try for the kids

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

News Corporation is getting into the fondleslab business via its educational arm, Amplify, with a cheap Android slab aimed at schools.

"We want to transform the way teachers teach and students learn," said Amplify CEO Joel Klein in a statement. "Technology has revolutionized the world, but not the classroom. Our hope is that this tablet will help change that."

The 10-inch Amplify Tablet will run Android 4.2 and will come bundled with Google Apps for Education, a Desmos graphing calculator, special educational tools for teachers, and reference titles like the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Under the hood there's an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, and Amplify says the tablet is similar to the Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL (in other words, it's most likely rebadged). This would give it 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but full specs haven’t been released.

At launch, the Wi-Fi tablet will cost $299, plus $99 a year for a minimum of two years for access to the tablet's contents. A 4G-equipped version will be also available at $349 for the device plus a two-year subscription at $179 per year. After the "early adopter" period ends, the prices of the slabs will go up to $349 and $399 respectively.

"This is more than just a tablet. It's a complete learning solution organized around the school day," said Stephen Smyth, president of Amplify's Access division. "We believe it's both more affordable and more impactful than just about any other product in the education technology market."

News Corporation has tried and failed to provide content for the fondleslab user with the now-defunct The Daily epaper for the iPad. Now it's going up against its former best corporate chum with the new fondleslab.

Apple has long had a big footprint in the US education market, and the Amplify Tablet will cause some consternation at Cupertino, but not that much. Cash-strapped schools are unlikely to have many funds for fondleslabs, unless News Corp is offering serious volume discounts. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?