This time last year, the online team here in Davos broke off from its coverage of the WEF for an hour or so to follow another Reuters live event – the unveiling of Apple’s iPad.
Back then, there were many gaps in our knowledge of what the iPad could do. We didn’t even know what it would be called.
What a difference a year makes. Now the device, and other tablet computers, is on show everywhere, especially among the gathering of the global elite in Davos. Reuters technology correspondent Kenneth Li wrote yesterday in this article that: “Those discussing the “Shared Norms for the New Reality” in Davos this week need only look around them to see one such ‘reality’: low-cost smart devices are sweeping away clunky old computers throughout the political and business world.”
Kenneth also tweeted this yesterday: “Davos is ugly with iPads. One CEO tried to hide his from me. Shameful!”
One Davos participant not hiding his tablet from view is Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (an avid user of Twitter). Here’s a great picture of him going over the text of his opening address to this year’s WEF meeting in Davos, delivered yesterday evening.