December 2013

Xplore secures multi-million dollar RangerX order
Xplore Technologies announced it has received its first major purchase order for its RangerX rugged Android tablet (see RuggedPCReview report on RangerX). The order of approximately US$4 million from a major U.S. telecommunications provider includes tablets and accessories and is expected to ship this month. "This multi-million dollar order is a great testament to how the RangerX caters to the telecommunications industry unlike any other rugged device on the market," Mark Holleran, president and chief operating officer for Xplore Technologies, said. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by chb

Applebee's to install 100,000 rugged tablets in 2014
E la Carte, a company founded in 2009 by a group of MIT engineers and employing just over 35, announced that restaurant chain Applebee's will deploy 100,000 ruggedized E la Carte Presto tablets with integrated credit card readers in 2014, allowing customers to "order, pay, play." E la Carte provides no specs other than claiming a 20+ hour battery life and a whimsical "2X faster & 2X more memory", says there are $0 upfront costs and then a monthly fee, and has received lots of publicity from major mainstream media. [See Businessweek coverage] -- Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by chb