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If Only It Washed Floors And Did Laundry


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IF ONLY IT WASHED FLOORS AND DID LAUNDRY

The latest attempt at marrying the business world's two most ubiquitous devices--the telephone and the PC--comes from AT&T. The new member of its Globalyst line of PCs, the Globalyst 360TelePC, includes all the features of a telephone and then some. In addition to a built-in digital answering machine, call screening, and fax capabilities, the 360TelePC boasts stereo-quality, full-duplex speakerphones, which allow more than one person to speak at the same time. Other extras: Rolodex software with autodial, AT&T's toll-free and zip-code directories, startup kits for on-line services, and Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia.

Of course, the 360TelePC will also run your favorite Windows programs. Because the machine also uses AT&T's VCOS multitasking operating system, however, it can perform several tasks at once (which is something Windows can't do). For example, you can send off a fax while listening to your voice mail and screening incoming calls. AT&T's 360TelePC, based on an Intel Corp. 486 chip, will start arriving in retail outlets in October. Its list price is $2,199 with a monitor and $1,899 without.EDITED BY AMY CORTESE


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