Hewlett-Packard, the world’s biggest computer maker, launched a new generation of touch-screen PCs designed to lift user-friendly computing out of its expensive niche and bring it to a wider market, Reuters reports. The TouchSmart All-in-One allows users to work with photos, music, video, the internet, and television by tapping or swiping the screen, and it will be priced at $1,299, HP said at the launch in Berlin on June 10. HP’s announcement came a day after Apple announced a new version of its groundbreaking iPhone, the original version of which brought touch screens to public attention and sparked a host of imitators.
An HP spokesman denied that the company was following Apple, pointing out that HP had been developing touch technology for some time. But analyst Crawford del Prete of research firm IDC said: "I don’t think Apple’s impact can be underestimated."
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