New Life for the PC

Computer development has been a steady, plodding process, but a coming series of innovations will transform it. Here's what to expect

The personal computer may have revolutionized the way people communicate, calculate, gather information, and run a business. But their shape and style has remained mind-numbingly stagnant for nearly three decades. Save a few flashy designs from Apple (AAPL ), year after year the PC has remained a bastion of anti-design, a wasteland of beige boxes full of circuits hooked to clunky monitors.

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