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The Top 10 Technology News Stories of 2010

What mattered to you this year, in the world of tech

Looking at the most popular news stories on PC Advisor in 2010, it seems that broadband, PC security, the ongoing hand-wringing over who takes responsibility for illegal file sharing and, well, sexy new products - especially Tablet PCs. Here then, are the Top 10 Most Popular Technology News Stories of 2010.

Number 1: Apple iPhone OS 4.0 adds 100 new features

It had to be Apple. And it had to relate to the year's two big products: the Apple iPad and Apple iPhone 4.

In April Apple offered a sneak peek at a developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0, the next major version of its operating system for mobile devices. It would go on to be, arguably, the product of the year. Apple iOS 4 launched in June, and is now on to version 4.2, but back in April when we brought you the news about its expanded feature set, this was big news.

At the sneak preview event Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasted about more than 1,500 new application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers in iPhone 4.0, letting them access features like the iPhone’s calendar, photo library, video-camera data, and more. App creators can also take advantage of OS X features like Quick Look, in-app SMS, and more. Plus, there are over 2000 APIs for hardware-accelerated math functions.

In addition, iPhone 4.0 boasts more than 100 new user features, such as playlist creation, 5x digital zoom in the camera app, tap-to-focus for video, auto photo-geotagging, the addition of Places functionality, the ability to change the Home screen wallpaper, improved spell-checking, and support for Bluetooth keyboards. Many of the features added are already available on the iPad, which currently runs iPhone OS 3.2.


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