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Best Buy's $199 Droid 2 Dummies, NFL Players Sue EA Over Madden

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Droid 2 dummy models are apparently appearing on Best Buy shelves (ahead of the rumored August 12th release date), and the shells bear $199 price tags. [From: Engadget] Thousands of retired NFL players are suing Electronic Arts, claiming that the video game manufacturer utilized representations of the players (apparently for th...

OLPC's XO-3 Tablet Prototype Slated for this Winter

A sub-$100 tablet could soon become a reality. According to PC World, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) hopes to develop a working prototype of its XO-3 tablet by the end of this year, and to debut the device at CES 2011 in January -- two years sooner than expected. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte says the tablet will take the best parts of the iPad, Kindle and a laptop, wrapping them into a package p...

Yves Behar Shows Off Hackable Car, New XO Laptop at Greener Gadgets Keynote

Nonpareil designer Yves Behar kicked off the Greener Gadgets conference in New York on Thursday with a keynote in which he complained that green design is frequently "unsexy." In an appeal to designers to think about both the form and the end-result of their creations, Behar spouted a personal credo that "it's not beautiful if it's not ethical; and if it's not beautiful, it probably shouldn't exi...

$10 Laptop Coming Februrary 3rd...to India

Get ready, India's $10 laptop is set for its first unveiling on February 3rd. Ok, so it's not quite $10... $20 actually, but that's far better than the $100 some were estimating. It's also much better than the $200 per OLPC XO deal that Negroponte wanted to reportedly charge the Indian government more than two years ago -- an offer rejected by officials with a promise to young Indians to do it...

John Lennon Returns From Grave to Push the $100 OLPC

John Lennon may have departed this planet 28 years ago, but that's not to say he can't still have an impact. With the assistance of technology and the consent of Yoko Ono, the heralded Beatle has returned in a new OLPC spot. In the ad, the late musician proclaims: "Imagine every child no matter where in the world they were could access a universe of knowledge. They would have a chance to learn, ...

$100 Laptop to Be Sold in Europe

The OLPC, Give One Get One program is heading to Europe on November 17th -- the same day the deal kicks off in the US. Thanks to the Amazon hook-up, 27 EU nations as well as Switzerland, Russia, and Turkey can grab an XO laptop at a cost of about £268 / €313. That's one XO running Sugar (not XP) for you and one for a child in a developing nation... other than your own....

Amazon to Sell $100 OLPC Laptop

Now that OLPC has met its One Laptop Per Child goal (in uh, Niue) it's time to go whole-hog retail. According to Matt Keller, OLPC chief in EMEA, OLPC will resurrect its Give One, Get One XO program in late November with the help of Amazon's big retail guns. Prices haven't been disclosed nor has the nimble Sugar or poky XP OS selection. But if history serves, we'll be looking at $399 for the Sug...

66 OLPC XO '$100 Laptops' Stolen from Poor Kids

We've been closely following the story of the OLPC XO, the supposed '$100 Laptop,' since it first began production. Months later, when it was finally shipped to needy kids, it actually cost just shy of $200 a pop. Though there have been a number of setbacks and disappointments in the project, none have been quite like the latest: According to Peruvian Radio News RPP, 66 OLPC XO laptops were stol...

OLPC Unveils First Prototype of XO 2.0

Just when it looked like OLPC was finally getting at least one foot firmly grounded in reality with the upcoming Windows XP version of its low-priced XO, Nick Neg takes things back into the stratosphere with the unveiling of the XO 2.0. Due in 2010, the new laptop will employ dual sunlight-readable touchscreen displays in a smaller, folding e-book form factor. Sure, it looks totally amazing, but...

Windows XP Comes to the OLPC XO

It's been a controversial decision, but it looks like the OLPC XO has completed its transition from revolutionary education project to just another tiny Windows laptop with a useless keyboard -- albeit one with a pleasantly whimsical design. Yep, it's official: Microsoft and OLPC just put out a joint press release saying that XP-loaded XOs will be available starting in August or September, with ...

HP Debuts Super Small Sub-$500 Laptop

The market for cheap sub-notebooks is simply exploding. It all started with the OLPC XO, then Intel jumped in with the Classmate. Soon Asus revealed its critically acclaimed Eee PC, and these low-priced, low-powered (often Linux-running) machines truly started to take the world by storm. The latest entry into this field is the Hewlett Packard 2133 Mini-Note PC. The Mini-Note starts at $499, for...

Intel Launches New 'Atom' Processor For Low-Cost Laptops

Intel is prepping to take over the low cost laptop and PC market with its newly unveiled Atom line of processors, which joins Core 2, Pentium, and Celeron in the chipmaker's lineup. Formerly codenamed Diamondville and Silverthorne, Atom is an ultra-low power, low cost chip that is aimed at machines like the ASUS Eee, UMPC's, MID's, and may have had a spot in the next version of the OLPC had Int...

Dvorak Says We Should Send Rice, Not Laptops, To Children

In case you haven't been following along with our occasional coverage of John C. Dvorak, we think he could lighten up a bit. This angry man has made a career out of bemoaning everything from Web 2.0 to the iPhone, and now the OLPC XO, the laptop designed for children in developing countries. Dvorak thinks that the OLPC XO is a slap in the face of the developing world. A modern day "let them eat...

The $100 Laptop for Kids - Where it Went Wrong

We're almost three years into the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, and things are not looking good for the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte. Negroponte is not just the founder of the OLPC Foundation, but he is also a professor at MIT, a founder of Wired magazine, a board member of Motorola, and was recently brought on by the Wall Street Journal to ensure that publication's editorial integri...

Best Buy's $200 Black Friday PC and Other Cheap Computers

Shopping on Black Friday requires a certain amount of masochism -- struggling through the crowds, punching mothers in front of their children to get that cheap plasma TV -- it's dangerous business. If you decide to brave the battlefield at Best Buy this year, you'll be rewarded with an opportunity to grab an eMachines PC with a 17 inch LCD monitor for the super low price of $200. Don't expect th...