Touch Screens Take Over

Next-generation gadgets like the iPhone are turning your mouse into a dinosaur and introducing hands-on computing

When you write about technology, you see a lot of demos, demo being the industry term for when an executive demonstrates a new product for an audience, usually with the aid of a nervous tech-support guy. Under the emotional stress of the moment, the product quite often vomits data and dies. But not always. The two best demos I've seen this year were from two very different companies, Apple and Microsoft, and oddly enough, they were in many ways demos of the same product. One is a gimme: the iPhone, Apple's brilliant deconstruction of the common cell phone, due out June...

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