Even the churches are going high-tech! The Vatican has approved the use of an iPad on the altar, which will replace the normal Catholic missal. An Italian priest Paolo Padrini, who has developed the iBreviary app for iPhone before, developed an application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad. This app includes the texts of the mass, the breviary, the readings of the mass, the main Catholic prayers, the stories of the saints, etc. He expects the iPad to be helpful for priests who do a lot of travel related to their work. I didn’t know that priests could be so tech-savvy! Whatever happened to the whole science vs. church war from Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons?
“I bought thtis tablet becasue I wanted to get an alternative to the IPad and it’s proprietary market. I wanted similar functionality. I also discovered during my research that I liked the 7” size. It’s just perfect. I have to say that I use it exactly for what it was intended for and have been very pleased. No buyer’s remorse at all. I love this tablet device. I got exactly what I was expecting to get. I had no unrealistic expectations or a handheld supercomputer as it seems others have. Because my expectations were realistic I have not been disappointed. Great job Samsung! A sturdy device with a quick and easy to use interface. I’m so glad I made this purchase. Get this product and you won’t be disappointed. More like pleasantly surprised.”
The annual Computex electronics show kicks off Tuesday, June 1st in Taiwan and expects to feature many new and previously unknown tablet competitors to Apple’s iPad. Computex is particularly interesting because most of the models shown typically hit store shelves soon after being unveiled. Acer is among the expected vendors and will most likely show off their new prototype for a 7 inch tablet featuring Android OS. Since Acer is the 2nd largest PC maker in the world, there should be no surprise that they’re trying to get into the ultra hot tablet industry.
Dell, the multinational computer manufacturer, unveiled its latest innovation that was initially announced earlier this year in January. The Streak, is a 5” touchscreen tablet PC that uses Google’s Andriod OS. Its screen is about half the size of the iPad’s 9.7”.screen, which emphasizes its portability and convenience, providing people the best “on-the-go” entertainment, social connection, and navigation experience. Since it is closer to a phone in size, it is supposed to be a hybrid of a tablet PC and a smartphone. It has a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash, three capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen, front-facing VGA camera, removable battery, and a 30-in docking connector. Like the iPad, the Streak will have both wireless and 3G connectivity. Dell announced that the Streak will launch on June 4th in the United Kingdom and is expected to launch in the United States in the summer of 2010. The Steak is expected to mount a big challenge to the iPad and possibly become the iPad killer. I would love to hear what the British Streak users have to say about Dell’s new product!