Let them all play Candy Crush: All 650 MPs to be given £499 iPads after the …

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All 650 MPs to receive iPad Air 2 and laptop post-election.

There will be calls for the Commons authorities to ban games such as Candy Crush after Tory MP Nigel Mills was caught playing the game for more than two hours during a select committee meeting. Apple’s iPad Air 2 is getting its own ‘Oprah moment’ in the UK today, as all 650 Members of Parliament in the UK House of Commons members are getting the devices following the general election coming up in May.But Shadow Cabinet Office minister Chi Onwurah criticised the decision to lock MPs into the Apple operating system and told Computerworld UK she would have preferred a ‘device agnostic’ policy. ‘Locking some of the most powerful people in the country into a platform that most of my constituents can’t afford seems like a mistake.The parliamentary administrative body recommended in 2013 that a tablet computer and a laptop “should be the first pieces of equipment offered to all members after the 2015 election”.

The standard model used will be the 16GB Wi-Fi plus cellular version, and there’s no word yet on whether they’ll get to pick their own color, according to The Telegraph. I’m pushing for a device independent digital platform for Parliament.’ Mr Mills, the MP for Amber Valley in Derbyshire, was supposed to be listening to experts give evidence at a meeting of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee. He had initially said he would merely ‘try’ not to be diverted by the game again, but yesterday afternoon in a statement he said: ‘I guarantee it will not happen again.

Prime Minister David Cameron is a well-known fan of the tablet, and has joked of his love for playing popular games Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on the device. Apple’s decision to partner with IBM probably helps them to some extent with government customers, but increased adoption likely has more to do with the slow pace of institutional change finally catching up with available tech. Any departure from iOS would require re-training for the current members using iOS and new training to be developed for the remaining 441 members and all relevant PICT support staff.’

John Thurso, the chairman of the finance and services committee, said: “Our requirements are for a secure [mobile data-enabled] tablet with a good life expectancy and capable of supporting future upgrades.

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