Obama's comments on iPad earn flack
President Obama's comments on the iPad have not been taken very well. The speech at Hampton University has earned him a lot of flack. Read on to know the reactions...india Updated: May 10, 2010 21:20 IST
President Obama comments on the iPad have not been taken very well. His speech at Hampton University has earned him a lot of flack.
In the speech, Obama blasted the venerable iPad, among other devices as distractions. Obama said to students at the Virginia school, "With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations- none of which I know how to work- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation,"
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The New York Post's front page today exclaims "Bam's iPad Slam" and goes on to describe the prez as "lobbing more grenades than the popular 'Call of Duty' video game at targets like Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony."
Though his comments "have some legitimacy, it's still odd coming from Obama, who is the first US president to be glued to a smartphone, to appoint a federal CIO, and to push the government towards cloud computing. The naming of several specific products was also odd, and probably not very wise," writes Jason Hiner for Tech Republic.
"Time will tell if the iPad becomes just another distraction. But until then, Obama might even be well advised to tout the iPad's potential at schools rather than slamming it as just another attention-deficit device," writes Brooke Crothers for CNET.