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HP launches four new all-in-one PC models

The US tech firm unveils the HP Compaq Elite 8300, HP Compaq Pro 6300, HP Envy 23 and HP Pavilion 23.

Hewlett-Packard has launched four new all-in-one PC models – HP Compaq Elite 8300, HP Compaq Pro 6300, HP Envy 23 and HP Pavilion 23. Each is pre-installed with Microsoft Windows. 

The HP ENVY 23 and HP Pavilion 23 models offer full 1080p HD 23-inch diagonal displays, multi-core processors, advanced graphics and up to two terabytes of storage; while the HP Pavilion 23 model offers a choice of Intel or AMD processors.

Emilio Ghilardi, vice-president of the US PCs division at HP, said: 

Customers have been asking for all-in-one PC designs that do not compromise on performance, reliability or security. With these sleek, elegant designs and powerful options, HP continues to innovate to meet the needs of a growing marketplace.

All-in-one PCs are expected to grow in popularity, accounting for 27 per cent of worldwide desktop PC sales by 2016.

Danielle Levitas, group vice-president at IDC, said:

In a recent commercial PC buyer study in the United States, IDC found that the purchase intent for all-in-ones was up across the range of small to large businesses. This trend puts vendors with a broad offering of all-in-one products and options – like HP – in a very good position to meet that growing commercial demand.

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.