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Information appliances the next craze?

Information appliances, small devices that perform much of the PC's activities, are shaping up to be the next frontier for firms looking to stake a piece of a growing market.

 

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Information appliances, small devices that perform much of the PC's activities, are shaping up to be the next frontier for firms looking to stake a piece of a growing market.

"There's going to be a lot of experimentation and a lot of failures."

- Kevin Hause, International Data Corp. analyst

 


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