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PC Makers Ready iPad Rivals

Published on February 18, 2010
by Justin Scheck and Nick Wingfield

Computer makers are developing strategies and devices to challenge Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPad, hoping to capitalize on new interest in a category of gadgets that was moribund until recently.

In the next few weeks, executives from Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) will meet in the U.S. and Taiwan to tweak prices and features on an upcoming keyboardless computer dubbed the Slate, said two people familiar with the matter.

H-P has discussed selling a version of the Slate–similar to the iPad in size and features, and including a cellular connection–for a price below the $629 Apple charges for an equivalent iPad, one of these people said.

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