Inside Glamorous Dream Jobs
The Oprah Winfrey Show
April 21, 2010
If you love gadgets and gizmos, Internet analyst Omar Wasow might just have your dream job. Ten years ago, he introduced Oprah to email. Now, he’s here to demonstrate a high-tech toy that has everyone buzzing—Apple’s iPad. “I never knew I needed it, and now it’s hard to live without it,” Oprah says. “That iPad can do things you didn’t imagine.”
Omar was one of the first people on the planet to receive an iPad, which hit shelves in April 2010. “Apple called me, and they said, ‘Would you like to get an iPad a week before basically anyone else in the world is getting one?’ I jumped at the chance,” he says. “It was like being a CIA secret agent. I wanted to show it to all of my friends, but I was sworn to secrecy.”
Opportunities like this are just part of the reason Omar loves his job. “I get to play with the future,” he says.
As a child, Omar says his parents and grandparents encouraged his curiosity, and now, he puts it to good use. After just a few weeks with the iPad, Omar has discovered many uses for the new technology. “There are a lot of fabulous things can you do,” he says. “I love to read the news, and now I read the news in bed on the iPad.”
With 10 hours of battery life, Omar says you can also watch movies, surf the Web, play games like Scrabble and share digital photos. One of Oprah’s favorite features is the interactive book application, which syncs up to your Kindle. “I learned to read from comics,” Omar says. “I know there’s going to be a generation of kids who learn to read on interactive books.”