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In a recent blog post, the company said that the hybrid XO Tablet will launch at Walmart on July 16 before coming to other retailers in the U.S., Europe and in North and South America at a later date.

OLPC’s... mission is to get affordable tablets in the hands of young children in developing countries, but that program has been somewhat stunted by delays in the past.

Prototype models turned up at CES 2011 and 2012 but, on...

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"We will literally take tablets and drop them out of helicopters," and return a year later to see if the effort was a success,” Negroponte said, according a report in PCMag.com which... also noted he said that the new tablet design can withstand a 30-foot drop, and even be left out in the rain.

The new tablets will be preloaded with 100 books, and will be able to connect...