A member of the 'Ansar Dimachk' Brigade, part of the 'Asood Allah' Brigade which operates under the Free Syrian Army, uses an iPad during preparations to fire a homemade mortar at one of the battlefronts in Jobar, Damascus Sept. 15, 2013.
We've seen people in crowds holding up their full-size iPads to take photos, a sight that's still a little odd but more familiar now. Reuters photographer Mohamed Abdullah chronicled a very different use of Apple's tablet earlier this week: its role in helping a Syrian rebel direct the fire of a homemade mortar into Jobar, a Damascus suburb.
The iPad's accelerometer — a device also built into recent iPhones and many other smartphones and tablets — can measure the force of acceleration. It senses movement and gravity, and is a staple for gamers and fitness buffs. But its use in Syria's civil war takes it to another level, one that was likely not intended during its inception.
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First published September 18 2013, 10:01 AM