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OLPC to give new XO laptops a more grownup keyboard?

The OLPC XO Laptop is arguably the first netbook. It’s small, light, durable, and cheap. But the XO has always been aimed at the education market, with a focus primarily on getting computers into the hands of young children in developing nations. And that probably explains why the computer has an unusual, silicone keyboard with […]

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OLPC XO 1.5 hits the FCC

The XO 1.5 laptop from OLPC is basically an incremental update to the original XO Laptop. The new model replaces the AMD Geode processor with a faster VIA C7-M CPU, but that’s the most significant change. This week the XO 1.5 hit the FCC, confirming that the laptop supports 802.11b/g WiFi. It also has 1GB […]

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OLPC XO-3 tablet concept in pictures

It’s probably not going to happen. Let’s be honest about that. As we’ve previously mentioned, Nicholas Negroponte’s newest vision for a next-generation educational computer isn’t a laptop, it’s a touchscreen tablet that will use less than 1W of power and cost $75. That already seemed pretty unrealistic, but now that I’ve seen the concept images […]

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OLPC scraps XO-2 dual screen laptop, moves toward ARM-based XO-1.75

Remember that dual-touchscreen concept machine that the One Laptop Per Child folks were working on? Yeah, it’s toast. In a recent interview, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte told Xconomy that the team is killing off the XO-2 project and instead focusing on an XO Laptop version 1.75. For anyone keeping track, the first XO Laptop had […]

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Xtra Ordinary software turns an OLPC XO Laptop into a standard notebook

The One Laptop Per Child XO Laptop is a unique device for a number of reasons. Cosmetically, the XO is unlike any other laptop, since it’s made to be a durable machine for use in classrooms in developing nations. It’s rugged, features a sunlight readable display, a tablet mode, and twist-up WiFi antennae. But it’s […]