Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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Moviegoers saw 3D take over theaters -- and television-makers began making TV sets that offered the same capabilities for film-watchers to enjoy in the comfort of home. While some 3D TVs still require viewers to wear special glasses -- albeit, many now are made of higher-end plastic, not the once ubiquitous blue-and-red paper frames--the next generation of 3D screens do not need special lenses, a step some view as necessary in order for 3D to become widely adopted. Manufacturers such as Toshiba, Sharp, Panasonic, Nvidia, and Sony entered the market, with others widely expected to roll-out 3D offerings.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.