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Video: Weekend Tech Review: CES Week 2 2012

01/15/2012, 06:01 pm

Here's a video recap of the top tech stories involving Apple for the second week of 2012, including a tour of CES 2012, Steve Ballmer's keynote, big product news, the week's business stories, and upcoming events.

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Apple awarded 676 patents in 2011, ranks 39th among all companies

01/11/2012, 11:01 am

Apple was awarded a total of 676 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2011, ranking it No. 39 among companies awarded inventions in the U.S.

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CES: Dell plans to launch first 'consumer tablet' in late 2012

01/11/2012, 08:01 am

Moving on from its failed line of smaller Streak-branded tablets, Dell reportedly plans to sell a full-fledged "consumer tablet" to take on Apple's iPad in late 2012.

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CES: Live report on the Steve Ballmer Keynote

01/09/2012, 09:01 pm

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer launched this year's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show tonight in what will become the company's last of a long, unbroken string of keynotes kicking off the show.

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54% of future smartphone buyers say they'll choose Apple's iPhone

01/09/2012, 08:01 am

A new survey has found Apple has "explosive momentum" at the beginning of 2012, with more than half of people who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days choosing Apple's iPhone.

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Microsoft exec admits Windows Phone was response to Apple's iPhone

01/07/2012, 09:01 pm

Microsoft's head of software design for Windows Phone has admitted that the company completely redesigned its mobile operating system platform as a response to Apple's iPhone and the "sea change" it created in the industry.

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Nokia Ace to receive $100M marketing campaign for US launch

01/04/2012, 01:01 am

Nokia's Windows-Phone-based Ace smartphone will benefit from a $100 million marketing push to be shared among Microsoft's partners, with AT&T rumored to have received "hero" status from the software giant in order to promote the device, according to a new report.

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Apple's iOS finishes 2011 with 52% share of mobile Web browsing

01/02/2012, 09:01 am

Apple closed out 2011 with a commanding 52.1 percent share of mobile devices tracked browsing the Web, while Google's Android had just 16.2 percent.

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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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