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Microsoft has filed a patent application for a hand-held device that will allow users to interact with a range of electronics through simple gestures. Microsoft refers to the device as a “Magic Wand” in the patent filing, noting that the Harry Potter novels have helped popularize the notion of interacting with one’s environment with a flick of the wrist. While devices like Nintendo’s Wii console use a similar technology, Microsoft says its wand will be used to control a much wider range of products, not just video games. InternetNews.com (5/19)

Despite the fact that PC shipments overall dropped 7% in the first quarter of 2009, Hewlett-Packard is expected to report a 3% increase in sales, while Dell is on track to fall about 16%. The difference, according to IDC, is due to the fact that HP sells about half its systems directly to consumers, while some 80% of Dell’s sales are to corporate buyers who have been harder hit by cuts in IT spending. The Wall Street Journal (5/19)

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