Second-gen Tabeo e2 tablet offers improved durability, parental controls
Toys R Us has revealed the Tabeo e2, an upgraded 8-inch Android tablet targeted at children. In addition to a child-friendly design with a tougher display and a rubberized siding frames, the device also incorporates a range of parental controls and other software tweaks designed to keep children safe. This includes access to a curated Tabeo app store, while it also comes preloaded with 30 games and educational apps to get users started out of the box.
Best Buy singles out iPhone 5 sale
A number of retailers, including Best Buy and Toys R Us, have complained to attorney generals in several states about Walmart advertising practices, the Wall Street Journal reports. The complaints generally argue that Walmart is using inaccurate pricing or non-equivalent products to lay claim to the lowest prices. Best Buy, though, has specifically singled out problems with a Walmart iPhone 5 sale.
Lawsuit: TRU carried Nabi tablet only to steal company secrets
Fuhu, Inc, the manufacturer of the Nabi children's tablet, sued Toys R Us on Monday, claiming that the retailer appropriated trade secrets to facilitate developing its own Tabeo tablet. The lawsuit filed in San Diego is seeking a sales injunction to prevent Toys R Us from selling the tablet during the holiday season. Fuhu contends that Toys R Us contractually agreed to be the exclusive seller of the Nabi in 2011 solely to learn proprietary technologies prior to creating the Tabeo.
Pre-installed apps, parental controls added to Android device
Toys R Us has revealed its new child-friendly tablet running Android 4.0. The Tabeo is a 7-inch capacitive LCD touchscreen that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Archos Child Pad. The handheld has 50 pre-installed applications, parental locks for online content, and a scheduler to limit the amount of time spent playing with it. A further 7,000 free apps are available through the Tabeo-specific app store.
Tablet features kid-friendly interface, content
Chinese/American Web 2.0 properties and app developer FUHU has teamed up with Toys R Us to offer a tablet designed specifically with young children in mind. The seven-inch Nabi offers a "kiddified" user interface for web browsing, watching movies and TV shows, reading books, learning, and game playing. Mothers can key in a password and use the device as a fully functional Android tablet.
Geoffrey the giraffe to pitch eReaders to kids
Toys R Us has committed itself to e-readers in earnest by carrying devices of its own. The toy retailing giant will begin selling the Amazon Kindle in its stores starting this Sunday. Toys R Us will stock three models, the Kindle Wi-Fi in graphite, the Kindle 3G in graphite, and the Kindle Wi-Fi with Special Offers.
Toys R Us makes iPad 2 plans official
Toys R Us has quietly confirmed its plans to carry the iPad 2. The company now has a shopping page telling buyers which stores should carry the tablet. No online store entry exists, though one wasn't expected since no third-party resellers can currently offer it for sale online.
Retailer distributes training materials
The iPad 2 should become available through Toys R Us next month, according to a worker with the company. The retailer is currently said to be distributing training materials -- seen in supplied photos -- covering topics like specifications and accessories. The existence of a training program would back an impending launch, since such programs typically only arrive within weeks before a product launch.
iPods at Toys R Us
People will soon be able to buy iPods and iPod accessories at Toys 'R' Us, the retail chain has announced. While a firm date has not been set, flyers announcing the event are expected to be sent out October 19th, and the company has already revealed which particular products will be carried. Shoppers will have access to the iPod touch, the fourth-generation Nano, and the blue, silver and pink versions of the Shuffle.