Norwegian government being run from an iPad during Icelandic ash cloud crisis

Norwegian government being run from an iPad during Icelandic ash cloud crisis

Summary: While Israel not be jumping on the iPad bandwagon just yet, other countries are quite pleased with Apple's tablet computer. And apparently, entire countries can be run from a 9-inch touchscreen.

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While Israel not be jumping on the iPad bandwagon just yet, other countries are quite pleased with Apple's tablet computer. And apparently, entire countries can be run from a 9-inch touchscreen.

The iPad has proven to be quite useful while stranded in airports, especially while most of Europe deals with the plague of Icelandic volcanic ash. For example, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is stuck in New York until the friendly skies clear up. But as work must be done, Stoltenberg is running his country remotely - from an iPad. Maybe it is useful after all.

This isn't entirely shocking, though. One has to wonder how much the United States is run from President Obama's Blackberry.

Topics: iPad, CXO, Government, Government US, Mobility

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  • Power!

    If I get an iPad, can I run Norway too?
    gtvr
    • No.

      But I hear Sweden is available.
      Userama
    • This is not about running Norway, is advertising for Cloud Computing :-)

      No, you cannot, this is just advertising. You don't see it guys? All this story about Icelandic volcanos, clouds of smoke and stranded people using the Net... it's what it is about: CLOUD COMPUTING! Now, the ugly advertising manouver from IBM on Cloud Computing get diverted by Apple by hiring the Norwegian PM and giving him an Ipad.

      Unless it is the revenge of Iceland to Europe for letting them going down with their banking system. First take the money. Then polute. Nice guys...
      festeve
  • Think again

    You really think Norway depends on its Prime Minister to be run ? Think again. As with the US there are some more sinister powers on the background !
    TxM2xTx
  • Not really

    The Norwegian PM couldn't run his way out of a wet paper bag, iPad or not.

    Yes, I'm from Norway.
    Ronny102
    • Well.....

      I'm sure he would do a much better job if he had a REAL tablet. You
      know--one with USB and multi-tasking. Oh, and a camera.
      Userama
      • Camera

        Why would a camera help him do a better job of running a country?
        Bucky24
      • What makes you claim there is no USB

        Ever heard of the 30 pin connector?
        Or knowing what you are talking about?
        How would having USB make things any easier, anyway?

        Oh, sorry, I didn't realize you were a troll.
        SpiritusInMachina
      • Sheesh

        Any irony is COMPLETELY wasted on this crowd.
        Userama
      • But at least he can now print from his iPad using this simple technique

        http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=194341&page=1&zoomIdx=1
        Letophoro
  • toy!

    but it is only a toy for consuming content! the pundits and
    blogger say.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • They still do.

      Sending and receiving email hardly constitutes "running a country".
      Hallowed are the Ori
      • Agreed. You can do the same thing with the XO laptop

        at 399 dollars less, so no big deal.
        John Zern
        • Yeah, sure...

          It just wouldn't be as cool as using an iPad. Besides, those XO's are ugly
          as sin.
          ConstableOdo
  • Come on guys now!!

    "apparently, entire countries can be run from a 9-inch touchscreen"....now how smart of a comment is that?.....what a hype!!!Can you fly one and bomb Iranian Atomic sites with????Use your noodles..
    Nsaf
    • No really, there's an App for that.

      Have you not heard of iRunNorway.
      decar
    • Actually you probably could.....

      Using a Predator drone and using the large screen on the iPad you could
      see what the Predator saw target and let loose with the bomb. Still I
      don't think it would be effective a tactic. Iran seems to have it's
      collective act together and has planned for being bombed. It will not
      stop development it might not even slow them down.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • And now that McCain is singing his favorite song again...

        ... Iran may have it's plans tested within the next couple of years.
        nix_hed
      • Jobs denied Predator App for App Store

        Sorry, Steve turned that App down.

        When asked about why he had denied it, he said
        it duplicated core iPad functionality.
        Later somebody caught a glimpse of the screen
        of his iPad, and saw what looked liked a shaky
        picture of the Googleplex with a set of red
        crosshairs over Eric's office window.
        Jobs said it was an upcoming Flight Sim game,
        and quickly switched to Opera Mini which had
        the calender for Google's top brass open...



        (Full Disclosure: Don't sue me! Parody! :)
        ke6gwf
    • You know...

      I hear there's an app for that.
      CTRLurself