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"Franken-Products" Abound at Taiwan Computer Show

Jun 08, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Cosmo Lee for this link. ]

"Certainly, odd combinations of hardware, software and service providers were everywhere at Computex. In addition to the traditional systems consumers have known for years -- those that run Microsoft's Windows operating system on top of an Intel chip -- computer makers showed off devices that rely on glorified cellphone chips and Google's Android operating system.

"Machines with touch screens dangled the promise of escaping the tyranny of the keyboard in favor of intuitive finger-pointing. And, in back rooms, phone companies aggressively promoted tiny computers that bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops.

"Roger L. Kay, one of the most prominent analysts of the PC industry, described the new generation of machines as "Franken-products," a reference to the monster cobbled together from various parts."

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