School district puts the brakes on $30 million Amplify tablet deal

by David Needle

October 7 2013

A North Carolina school district has suspended the use of 15,000 tablets after reports of multiple hardware issues, including the device’s charger melting at home.

Guilford County recalled $30 million worth of the Amplify tablets because of safety concerns. Amplify is owned by media giant Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

In a statement Amplify said in part:

"While the problem occurred with only one of the more than 500,000 chargers of this kind that ASUS has manufactured and distributed across the world, one instance is too many in our opinion. Nothing comes before the safety of our students, teachers and their families.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are requesting that Amplify Tablet customers cease all further use of the ASUS charger until we can determine the cause of the single reported malfunction in Guilford County, North Carolina.”

In an interview with TabTimes last month, Amplify CEO Joel Klein said he had big plans for the company's namesake tablet in education:

“This is not going to be a boutique business. There will be substantial growth over the next five years,” said Klein, who also hinted at the possibility of Amplify making a smaller tablet, which would tap into school demand for Apple’s iPad mini.

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