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A manager holds an Apple iPhone (L) and Motorola's new Droid smart phone (R) sold through Verizon at the Verizon store November 5, 2009 in Orem, Utah. The Google powered Droid is being released by Verizon November 6, 2009.
There are always winners and losers in the contest to provide the best technology for the lowest price—today’s combatants seem to be Apple and Google. Phones running Google’s Android operating system may soon outstrip Apple’s iPhone in sales. And Google and Verizon are now working on a challenge to Apple’s iPad. When it comes to television Time-Warner is working TV Anywhere, a platform that could compete with Hulu's online streaming TV. What will the uber gadget-platform of the future look like and who will profit from it?
Troy Wolverton, Personal Technology Columnist for the San Jose Mercury News