Apple wins big in 2011.

<p>In a tally of this year's biggest winners and losers, Apple was a clear consumer favorite, with the continued dominance of the iPhone and the iPad. Google posted several wins, while BlackBerry and pay-TV providers suffered big losses.</p>

Apple tops holiday wish lists

<p>The Apple iPad was the most-desired consumer electronic among kids ages 6-12 for holiday 2011. Nearly half (44 percent) of kids expressed interest in the product, up from 31 percent in 2010. The iPod Touch ranked second, followed by the iPhone. Teens also ranked iPads at the top of their lists, followed by computers and e-readers. <p>Source: Nielsen, October 2011.</p>

Google's Chrome beats Firefox in browser war

<p>Known for its minimal interface, Google's Chrome Web browser surpassed Mozilla's Firefox in global browser market share for the first time in November. Chrome's share during the month was 25.69 percent, up 4.66 percent from last November, while Firefox lost less-than-1 percent to dip to 25.33 percent. Microsoft's Internet Explorer maintained its lead with 40.63 percent.</p> <p>In the United States, Internet Explorer accounts for half the browser market, Firefox retained its spot in second place at 20 percent, followed by Chrome at 17 percent. However, Chrome was the only one of the top-three browsers to gain users (up more-than-7 points) compared to its rivals, who both lost users in 2011.</p> <p>Source: StatCounter, December 2011.</p>

Apple Macs win lion's share of U.S. computer market

<p>Apple now has the best-selling desktop (iMac) and laptop computers (MacBook Pro) in America, according to Tim Cook. Speaking at the iPhone 4S launch event in Cupertino, Calif., Apple's new CEO said that nearly one-in-four computers sold in the United States is now a Mac.</p> <p>Cook's source: NPD, September 2011.</p>

Businesses pick Apples over Blackberrys

<p>Apple iPhone's share of the business market rose from 31.1 percent in 2010 to 45 percent in 2011, overtaking RIM's Blackberry phones, which had long been the favorite among enterprise customers. BlackBerry's share of business users dropped from 35 percent in 2010 to 32 percent in 2011. Android climbed from 11.3 percent to 21.3 percent, knocking Nokia out of its third-place slot.</p> <p>Source: iPass, "Mobile Mania Sweeps the Enterprise," November 2011.</p>

More viewers say 'no' to pay-TV

<p>Many new households are not signing up for cable or satellite. Out of the 1.8-million households formed in the United States in during the first nine months of 2011, only 16.9 percent of them subscribed to pay-TV. Even though 83 percent of households currently have pay-TV, the "cable-nevers" pose a future threat to pay-TV providers.</p> <p>"These are tomorrow's householders that are in their teens (and younger) today. They are growing up in an Internet-based-video culture in which the mantra of 'why pay for TV?' and 'pay TV is a ripoff,' develop," Stefan Anniger, analyst for Credit Suisse, said in a statement. He recently adjusted the company's pay-TV forecast and estimated that subscribers will drop by about 200,000, instead of gain by 250,000, in 2012.</p> <p>Source: Credit Suisse, November 2011</p>

Google+ sets new record for social network growth

<p>Launched by-invitation-only in June, Google+ was the fastest social network to reach 10 million users, at 16 days. In comparison, Twitter took 780 days and Facebook 852 days. However, Facebook reigns supreme in the world of social networks, with 800-million users. If Facebook was a country, it would be the third-largest nation after China and India, and more than twice the size of the United States.</p> <p>Sources: Search Engine Journal, August 2011; Facebook Statistics, December 2011.</p>

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