Personal computer sales set to post sharp rise in 2010

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The personal computer was beginning to look like yesteryear’s gizmo, a technology relic overshadowed by smartphones, e-readers and, lately, Apple’s iPad. But the old beige box has proved remarkably resilient and relevant.

The PC industry shrugged off the recession last year to post a surprising rise in worldwide computer sales. In a sign of the vibrancy of the market, companies like Google and Nokia — not traditionally makers of PCs — have jumped into the competition; Google is developing an operating system to compete with Microsoft’s Windows, and Nokia now sells a laptop.

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