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Apple gains ground while Android pushes to 50% share of US market

12/29/2011, 07:12 pm

Apple's iPhone grew 1.4% in the U.S. mobile OEM and smartphone OS markets during the three months ending in November, but Google's Android platform continued to dominate and gained 3.1% in its march to acquire half of America's subscribership.

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Apple headlines 8 of WSJ's 10 most-read corporate articles in 2011

12/29/2011, 02:12 am

Apple came up as a frequent hot topic in business news this year, as evidenced by the fact that eight of the ten most-read corporate articles from The Wall Street Journal in 2011 were about the company and its co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Microsoft announces 2012 CES will be its last

12/21/2011, 02:12 pm

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, at which its CEO Steve Ballmer will give the keynote address, will be the last show the company attends.

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Nokia readies US Windows Phone launch with CES event on Jan. 9

12/19/2011, 11:12 pm

Nokia has sent out invitations to members of the press for a Windows Phone-related event on January 9 at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., as it gears up for the launch of its new Lumia phones in the U.S.

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Acer chairman sees Mac growth stalling in face of ultrabook surge

12/15/2011, 12:12 am

Acer chairman JT Wang expects Apple's gains in the PC industry to weaken over the next two years as a result of a future surge in sales of notebooks matching Intel's ultrabook design specifications.

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iPhone, Android dominate U.S. smartphone market with combined 82% share

12/14/2011, 01:12 am

Sales of Android and iOS handsets in the U.S. eclipsed other smartphone platforms in the first three quarters of 2011, holding a combined 82% of the market, while rival Research In Motion suffered a continued decline during the same period.

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Microsoft releases Kinectimals game, SkyDrive storage for iOS

12/13/2011, 03:12 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday released a pair of new applications for the iPhone, with "Kinectimals" representing the first iOS game from the company, and SkyDrive offering users the ability to access their cloud storage.

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Microsoft shuffles Windows Phone management to build momentum

12/13/2011, 02:12 am

Microsoft has rearranged its management team for Windows Phone, shifting division head Andy Lees to a "time-critical opportunity" to build momentum for its Windows Phone and Windows 8 operating systems, a move that some have viewed as a sign of failure.

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40% of BlackBerry, Windows & Android smartphone owners prefer Apple's iPad

12/08/2011, 09:12 pm

More than 40 percent of owners of smartphones on BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android platforms prefer Apple's iPad to tablets from their current smartphone operating system makers, according to a recent survey.

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Apple exploring Kinect-like 3D input for controlling Macs

12/08/2011, 09:12 am

Apple has shown interest in an entirely new way for users to interact with and control their Mac, with a new system allowing users to perform gestures with their hands in a three-dimensional space.

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Microsoft releases Windows Phone-esque Xbox LIVE app for iOS

12/07/2011, 06:12 pm

Microsoft launched an official Xbox LIVE app in Apple's App Store that features some of the functionality found on the Xbox 360 console besides gameplay, brings look and feel of Windows Phone to iOS devices.

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Windows Store discounts, optional subscriptions to undercut Apple's App Store

12/07/2011, 02:12 am

Microsoft released new details of its Windows 8 plans on Tuesday, differentiating its upcoming Windows Store from Apple's own App Store and Mac App Store by offering a 20/80 revenue split to developers after their first $25,000 in sales and allowing third-party in-app purchase and subscription options.

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Former Google intern explains why UI lag occurs more often in Android than iOS

12/07/2011, 02:12 am

A former intern for Google's Android team has provided explanations for why Android experiences more touch interface lag than competing mobile operating systems from Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion.

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Microsoft working to bring its Office apps to iPad, Mac OS X Lion

11/29/2011, 03:11 pm

Microsoft is preparing a new edition of its Office suite for Apple's iPad, as well as an updated Office for Mac OS X Lion users.

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Apple, Graphics Properties Holdings battle with multiple patent suits

11/29/2011, 11:11 am

In a handful of newly filed patent infringement lawsuits, Apple is suing and also being sued by Graphics Properties Holdings, formerly known as Silicon Graphics Inc.

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Microsoft says Windows Phones have had Siri-like functionality for over a year

11/23/2011, 04:11 pm

Microsoft's Craig Mundie said that the iPhone's Siri voice recognition software is not new technology as a similar system has been available on the Windows Phone for over a year, and claims Apple marketed the capability to shift focus away from the iPhone 4S's lack of new features.

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Analyst casts doubt on Nokia's Windows Phone hopes

11/23/2011, 02:11 am

One analyst has drastically reduced shipment projections for Nokia's Windows Phone devices on the belief that the handset maker is unlikely to gain traction with its new lineup.

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Microsoft to follow Apple's Lion lead with digital delivery of Windows 8

11/22/2011, 10:11 am

Much like Apple did with the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in July, Microsoft plans to make the simplest and easiest method of installing Windows 8 a download over the Internet.

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More than anything, kids want Apple's iPad, iPod touch & iPhone for Christmas

11/17/2011, 01:11 pm

The iPad is the most-wanted gift among U.S. kids ages 6 through 12, a new survey has found, while the iPod touch ranks second and the iPhone comes in third.

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AT&T sees 'challenges' ahead as it plans to sell Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

11/17/2011, 12:11 am

An AT&T executive said Wednesday that his company is finalizing discussions with Nokia to begin carrying its Windows Phone smartphones next year, while also noting that he believes Microsoft will face "challenges" in attracting customers away from entrenched rivals Apple and Google.

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