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Apple Apps Revenue is Up, But its Market Share's Down

Apple more than doubled its revenue from its mobile-device applications last year, though its global share of that market slipped slightly as applications for Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Google's Android mobile-computing platform chipped away at Apple's leadership, according to a report released Tuesday.

LCD Panel Prices Rise on Holiday Demand

Pricing for television and computer screen panels in November rose for the first time in eight months as retailers geared up for what they hope will be improved sales of consumer electronics products for the 2010 holiday season.

Semiconductor Sales Growth Slower Than Expected

Global semiconductor revenue growth this year will be slower than previously expected, as weaker-than-expected demand for personal computers and other consumer-electronic devices will cause inventory to pile up, iSuppli said in a statement today.

Report: Newest Apple iPod Nano Cheaper to Produce

Apple's newest version of its iPod nano is the second-cheapest to produce out of the six generations of the media players, increasing the likelihood that the new product will boost profits for the computing and media-player giant, according to a report released Monday.

Small Flat-Panel Shipments to Surge on Smartphone, Tablet Sales

Shipments of smaller liquid-crystal display (LCD) flat panels will surge this year, boosted by the growing popularity of smart phones and tablet-type computer devices. Meanwhile, shipments of larger LCD panels used for television sets are in a slump.

Sluggish TV Sales Create Huge Glut of LCD Panels

Lower-than-expected flat-screen television sales have created a glut in liquid-crystal display panels and are unlikely to be bolstered anytime soon from 3D television demand, according to two separate reports released this week.

Despite Rivals, the iPad Will Dominate for Years

Apple's wildly popular iPad tablet computer is expected to maintain its market dominance over the next couple of years, despite a number of rivals rushing to churn out similar products, according to a report released Wednesday by research firm iSuppli.

Stormy Skies Ahead for Thin-Film Solar Startups

The next two years will be rough in the thin-film solar industry, as economic conditions cull the cash-strapped herd of startups, a Photon Consulting analyst predicts. But companies with healthy balance sheets -- and luck -- could follow in successful First Solar's footsteps.