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Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010

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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In April, HP inked an agreement to buy Palm for $1.2 billion in cash, a deal finalized by July 1. HP has talked about expanding the Palm OS beyond the phone, perhaps using the operating system in netbooks, tablets, and other hardware. In October, HP unveiled webOS 2.0, crammed with many new features such as enhanced multitasking support, a renamed and reinvigorated Just Type function, and new developer tools. On the hardware side, HP took the wraps off the Palm Pre 2, sold through Verizon Wireless in the United States.

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