Touch-screen computing is designed to accommodate multiple users in high-traffic areas of the home, like the kitchen, according to this article. The TouchSmart personal computer from Hewlett-Packard features a tilting screen, high-definition television reception and a screen that responds to touch or keyboard commands.
Consumer disappointment with the new Windows operating system Vista has opened a window of opportunity for Apple to convert Windows PC users to the Mac platform. However, Apple has not been able to move the needle on sales, maintaining a fairly steady market share. According to this article, Microsoft's dominance in part stems from its superior access to retail markets, and Apple's preference for marketing through company-owned stores.
Startup company Felix Group is expected to announce several new partnerships for its Max Box kiosks. The kiosks dispense cash, mobile-phone airtime, music downloads, games and photo printing. They even sell flowers.
Entry-level GPS systems are expected to be a highly competitive market this holiday shopping season, particularly with new entries expected from market leaders TomTom and Garmin. "Judging from our sales and revenue, it's obvious that navigation has transitioned from a niche product to one with mass-market appeal," Garmin spokesman Ted Gartner said.