Pda: Premature Death Announcement

Remember when Apple Computer Inc. introduced its much-ballyhooed Newton personal digital assistant (PDA) last August at a celebrity-studded press conference? The ex- citement faded fast in the face of the public sniping, low sales, and Doonesbury cartoons that made Newton out to be an electronic Edsel. It looked like the quick end of a grand vision--that millions of people would rush to buy handheld devices that recognize handwriting, send and receive messages, place phone calls, and do a little computing on the side.

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