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Could Apple’s iPad be the New Firefox? – The H Open Source: News and Features

In Uncategorized on 2010-02-02 by Kyle Maxwell

But this passivity is actually far more thoroughgoing: the iPad is a device for consuming digital artefacts – be it approved apps or DRM’d digital media. Discouraging hacking is understandable for what is clearly a system aimed at the general, non-technical user; but discouraging creation – which is precisely what the iPad achieves – is far more troubling and runs counter to the prevailing trend of empowering users. It means that the iPad is essentially a digital re-invention of the book and television. Both invite easy consumption and neither encourages interaction: what we have here is more iCouchPotato than iPad.

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