Amazon Faces Off with Apple during Mental Health Month

May 9, 2011
Jill taylor

Will you soon be able to download mental health patient education resources to Amazon's new Android-powered tablet PC?

Will you soon be able to download mental health patient education resources to Amazon’s new Android-powered tablet PC?

May marks National Mental Health Month (NMHM), and Mental Health America is offering several resources for the benefit of patients and family members, and for raising awareness in the general public.

With Americans experiencing the stress of ongoing war, a floundering economy, and the rising price of living essentials, now is an excellent time to call attention to the emotional needs of affected children and adolescents. Unfortunately, the effects of the down economy are taking their toll on pediatric mental health services in many states. In honor of NMHM, PychCentral’s Alicia Sparks has posted some suggested activities for individuals and organizations who are interested in rolling up their sleeves to improve the situation.

May has seen lots of hype about Amazon and Apple, as well.

Tech blogs have been buzzing all week with news and rumors about Amazon’s potential development of a tablet with an Android OS. Jason Perlow of ZDNet speculates that the device core will run on a customized form of Android called Gingerbread that he’s renamed “Kindlebread” for kicks. Most everyone seems to agree that Amazon will put out a product that’s more refined that the Android tablets currently on the market, and there are credible reports that suggest Amazon will rival Apple’s iPad with potential content offerings. What do you think — could this potentially be a game-changer in the tablet market?

If your office uses Apple hardware or if you’re contemplating that investment, Apple released a new line of iMacs this week that are reported to run much faster (16-21%, depending on what was being tested) than the 27-inch 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core model.