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HP Offering Slate7 Shimajiro model in Japanese Schools

Hewlett Packard Japan Ltd has started accepting orders for the Slate7 Shimajiro model meant for young children. Shipping will commence February 20 and it will carry  a price tag of 19,800 Yen (USD 193), plus shipping charges (2,100 Yen). Early buyers will get a liquid crystal cleaner as purchase bonus. This offer is valid till March 31 only.

HP Offering Slate7 Shimajiro model in Japanese Schools

This special Shimajiro model adds a variety of apps via Shimajiro club. On the hardware side, the tablet is same as the vanilla Slate7. It does however comes with a silicon case as shown in the pictures.

HP Slate7 Shimajiro

Specs wise, it can rival any Android tablet out there, thanks to its powerful Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, stylus, 1GB RAM, 16GB flash storage, and 7 inch IPS display packing 1280×800 pixel resolution. It runs Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system.

Find more information about this offer on (Japanese). Here is the HP’s press release (Japanese)

India buys 250,000 OLPCs

Couple of months back, we reviewed the Nova Navigator, touted as “India’s $100 PC.” But, it was a nettop and not a laptop or a netbook. As a result of that, Indian Government has decided to purchase 250,000 XO OLPCs. These machines will be distributed in nearly 1500 schools throughout the country.

OLPC launched a pivot program in India in the year 2007, where the OLPC gave away 20 XO in the Khairat-Dhangarwada village in the state of Maharashtra (India).

OLPC is an organization which sells low cost laptops to the governments of developing countries.

The XO laptop by OLPC does not come with any fan inside. However, it is dirt and moisture resistant which makes it ideal for use in dirty environments.

[via arstechnia]

2GO Convertible Classmate PC – CTL's new Touch-enabled Classmate PC

CTL today officially announced the new 2go Convertible Classmate PC. It will be the one of the first touch-enabled netbooks to be available in the US. There are other players in the market too like Asus and MSI, who will also be launching their own touch-enabled netbooks worldwide soon.

The difference however is the target audience. While rest of the netbook makers are targeting the grown-up individuals, the CTL’s Convertible classmate is for the purpose of education and for the new youth generation. It has a light weight of 2.8lbs (1.27kg), which makes it easy for the children to carry it in their backpacks. Although, at $549, I doubt how many parents will let their children carry such an expensive gadget with them to the school.

Specifications of CTL 2go Convertible Classmate PC :-

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom 270 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • shock-mounted 60GB HD
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 6-cell battery
  • 8.9 LCD screen (1024×600) with accelerometer
  • supports stylus for touchscreen navigation
  • resistive touchscreen technology

The specifications are nothing spectacular, but hey, this device is targetted for the children and the young students and they don’t need a device with lots of horsepower. But, the highly limiting factor again is going to be high price of the device. They need to keep the prices down to let the parents buy it for their children.

MSI VR705 – for Big Vision and Great Performance

MSI VR705 features in 17″ ACV widescreen display, which can display multiple windows, so you can work and watch movie with your family at the same time. Featuring slim appearance, along with a weight of at most 3.2kg (including battery), MSI VR705 is much more portable than other 17″ notebooks in the market. Not only provides top Operation Performance with Intel® Core™2 Duo processor, but also provides multimedia functions, VR705 is ideal for any environment, whether home, office, or school. With MSI exclusive ECO Engine, the outstanding and unique power saving management function, VR705 could extends the battery running time while performing different tasks. VR705 applied the exterior with an Aerodynamic and Elementary design, also concealing all the openings at the connecting edges.

With 1440×900 High-Resolution for the 17 inch LCD monitor, VR705 enables you to open many windows applets at once. Furthermore, the high accuracy board materials to go along with 1440× 900 High-Resolution can perfectly portraying a picture’s detail, letting you pleasantly enjoy at all times. Besides, built-in with a 1.3 mega pixel webcam and an internal mic, the VR705 enables you to engage in real-time sharing and live-video. Additionally, VR705 has a 4-in-1 card reader, and 3 well distributed USB 2.0 ports, facilitating connection with various types of computer peripherals.

We will post about it more as we come to know more about it

SPB Brain Evolution v1.2 reviewed!

I always thought that games were only for fun, and they can do no good to an individual’s mental health. But I was proved wrong when I lay my hands on the latest version of SPB Brain Evolution. SPB Brain Evolution has 10 mind-bending games that really help you train your brain, and at the same time, keeps you addicted to it.

Every game in Brain Evolution passes through various difficulty levels, viz. easy, medium, hard and maximum.


There are two modes in the game, Brain Marking and Brain Training.

In Brain Marking, a few games are selected randomly for you to play. Depending on your scores, your overall progress is shown in terms of percentage. You are also assigned a status on the basis of the percentage, which starts with child level and goes upto student level. Initially, I could only get to the child level, but subsequently I managed to go upto the schoolboy level. Anytime, you can come back to this mode and increase your status.

In Brain Training mode you get to play a slew of games, but sequentially. You need to complete a certain level of difficulty of one game to unlock the next one.

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