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5 Surprises From the New iPad Launch

Given all of the hype ahead of Wednesday's unveiling, it's surprising to see how right the leading analysts and tech bloggers were in nailing Apple's new iPad. But that doesn't mean there weren't a few surprises out of the Cupertino powerhouse.

What to Watch This Week: Tablets, Tunes and Taxes

Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead on Wall Street: The iPad 3 is coming; there's serious news for Sirius; less hope for Pandora; earnings from the tax gurus of H&R Block; and clues about how China's economy is really doing.

The Tablet Wars Get More Interesting

If Amazon.com wants a price war, Barnes & Noble is ready to play. The struggling real-world bookseller announced this week that it's offering an 8-gigabyte version of its Nook tablet for the same $199 price point as Amazon's Kindle Fire. Meanwhile, Apple is widely expected to unveil the iPad 3 early next month.

Is Apple Trying to Break Hearts with Obsolete iPads?

Earlier this month, Apple's marketing department pitched iPad 2 as a great gift for Valentine's Day. But with the iPad 3 a mere three weeks from release, we have to call foul. A dozen roses may not last that long, but no one's buying a $499 flower arrangement.

3 Hot Tech Trends to Watch -- and Invest In -- for 2012

If you think 2011 was a wild year for technology, just wait until you see what 2012 has in store for you. Here are three tech trends that will undoubtedly grow in relevance -- and investor profitability -- in the year ahead.

How Low Can the Price of an iPad Go? Just Wait

Apple will never tell you what I'm about to tell you: The iconic iPad tablet will be cheaper next year. We're now just a couple of months away from the likely release of the iPad 3. The original iPad hit the market at price points between $499 and $829. The iPad 2 hit the market at the exact same price. Why should the third time be the charm? Because right now it's raining tablets.

Could Apple's Shares Hit $500 This Year?

Apple's earnings per share nearly doubled last quarter, and its performance the previous quarter was almost as good. But Apple's shares are only up 11% in the last six months, trailing the Nasdaq. Still, there are reasons to believe that the stock will take off.