“The Palace of Westminster has agreed to provide 650 members of parliament with iPads, replacing their old laptops at a cost of at least £260,000 (around $420,000) to the taxpayer,” Matt Brian reports for TNW.
“iPads will only be provided to MPs that agree to trade-in their old laptops or computers, which could then be distributed to other staff in the House,” Brian reports. “The Register reports that the supervisory body that oversees administration in the House agreed to the plan yesterday, green-lighting a “rapid rollout” of iPads, allowing MPs expense their new Apple tablet purchases.”
Brian reports, “Apple’s iPad has been allowed in the House of Commons for over a year, helping politicians work on the move and reduce the amount of waste from printing… The Commons Commission has [also] said that if a hundred policitians returned their old computer equipment, then it would be able to save £50,000 in costs.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
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