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  • Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, a gesture-recognition controller – a camera that is able to detect subtle movements and sounds from players.

    The 2010 retail numbers are expected to show their second consecutive decline—a first for video games.

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    With a slew of new product offerings, 3D will continue its assault at retail this year. LG, Samsung and Panasonic all plan to include the technology in a wider array of products— most importantly in TV sets and Blu-ray players that aren’t being aimed at the high-end, early adopter audience.

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    Here are the best performing companies in the technology sector in the last twelve months. 

  • Find out why Cramer is praising President Obama’s new right-hand man.

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    With Apple having paved the way for tablets last year, 2011 is when the competition is hoping to chip away at the company’s dominance in the category. It’s going to be a tough fight, though.

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    A company known for its adult-themed dating website is jumping into the venture capital game.

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    This could also be the year fitness goes high tech, as 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is including a Sports and Technology summit. This follows a growing trend in exercise related video games, including the  Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect and PlayStation Move.

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    It’s pretty astonishing just how quickly Apple iPhone users have grown to rely on the phones—and how much control they have given it (along with the iPod Touch and iPad) over their day to day lives.

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    After predicting in his last two keynote addresses at the Consumer Electronics Show that innovation from the consumer electronics would help the U.S. economy rebound, Gary Shapiro is standing by his message. The question is now whether there is enough innovation to jump-start things for 2011, especially after consumer confidence unexpectedly dipped in December.

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    Another year, another CES. I’ve seen so many that they all begin to blend. But change is always afoot in the consumer electronics business, and so there’s something new every time.

  • Groupon

    Groupon, the social buying site that spurned a $6 billion takeover bid from Google earlier this month, has attracted several big institutional investors as it works to potentially go public in 2011, people briefed on the matter told the New York Times.

  • Microsoft’s Kinect was a solid hit this holiday season, but the game console’s success alone may not be enough to boost the video game industry for next year, said Evan Wilson, entertainment analyst at Pacific Crest Securities.

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    Facebook likes big numbers — it now has more than 500 million users, each one of whom can have as many as 5,000 friends. Yet as a privately held company, its ownership base must remain small, or it will have to disclose publicly its financial results, the New York Times reports.

  • Call of Duty Black Ops

    "Look at the number of people watching Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon and combine them," says Activision-Blizzard's CEO. "You still have more people playing ‘Call of Duty’ now."

  • Paul Sankey, a highly regarded analyst at Deutsche Bank, revealed his best pipeline plays for the new year.

  • XBOX 360 Kinect

    Microsoft told CNBC it wouldn't license or condone such a game. While Kotaku reports this means Microsoft can block the game, it's not clear the software giant will be successful.

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    Take-Two didn’t just surpass analyst’s expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter yesterday; it crushed them. And in the process, it did something observers and investors have been hoping it could pull off for a decade.

  • Xbox Kinect Sex Games

    In a world where porn is struggling to make money because so much of it can be accessed for free, here's something new the industry can charge for.

  • Microsoft Kinect

    With backings by Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and just about every gift guide the media has written, Kinect for the Xbox 360 has become the “must have” gift of the 2010 holiday season.

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    Guidance is the ultimate game of connecting the dots to get the real picture.  Just look at Best Buy. The company cut guidance for fiscal 2011 to a range of $3.20 to $3.40 a share. Very important to note: That includes 12 cents from year-to-date share repurchases.