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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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Microsoft made waves or, to be more accurate, allowed gamers to ride virtual waves, with the release of Kinect for Xbox 360, a sensor that lets players use their own voices and bodies to play games and interact with entertainment. Within the first 25 days of its release, Microsoft sold more than 2.5 million Kinect sensors, creating a holiday furor for the rapidly hard-to-find devices. In November, Kinect represented 60% of all videogame hardware accessory sales, according to NPD Group.


Xbox Kinect Is Holiday Season's 'It' Gadget

Apple's 'Kinected' Kitchen

Microsoft Sells A Million Xbox Kinects

Xbox Kinect Converted To 3D Video Camera

Microsoft Boosts Kinect Sales Forecast By 67%

Xbox Kinect Could Be Microsoft's iPad

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