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UK PM David Cameron to demo iPad app to President Obama

Thinks that 'Number 10 Dashboard' is worth sharing

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping to teach US President Barack Obama a thing or two about the iPad.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Cameron is keen to show Obama an iPad app, known as "Number 10 dashboard".

The app is described in a case study on this civil service website. Number 10 dashboard "was designed to give the Prime Minister, other Ministers, and senior Whitehall officials an at-a-glance overview of everything that's happening in government and elsewhere," explains the article.

"The dashboard is an internet application which the Prime Minister views on his iPad. With a few taps or swipes of his fingers, he can see very quickly what important new information has come to light, how certain government services are performing, and a selection of relevant and important news reports."

According to Alice Newton, who worked on the dashboard project, Cameron particularly liked the statistical side: "Where we could give him quotable facts about what was going on," she added: "He found it useful to have a hard evidence base."

"He liked it so much, he was looking forward to showing it to President Obama at the G8 summit," she revealed.

Cameron has helped with the development of the software by giving feedback. A source told the BBC: "He's used it, given feedback on it to help improve it - and there is now great demand for it right across government."

The Telegraph report notes that Cameron is a fan of the iPad, and has apparently been criticised for spending too much time playing Fruit Ninja.

The UK government aren't alone in using the iPad. The company tasked with managing the debt restructuring of Greece devised a process that used iPads because it enabled the decision makers to have access to the necessary tools and secure connections when on the road.

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