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Apple maneuvers Mac sales straight down a trench, Target is bringing expanded Apple displays (no more than two meters wide) to its stores, and Samsung says Apple’s TV plans are a one-in-a-million shot, kid. May the remainders for Thursday, January 12, 2012 be with you.

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter of 2011 Declined 1.4 Percent; Year-End Shipments Increased 0.5 Percent (Gartner)

Not only does Gartner say that Apple maintained its position as the third largest shipper of PCs in the U.S last quarter, but it was the only one of the top five vendors that actually experienced growth year over year, with a 20 percent increase. You know, there’s a reason that Apple’s quarterly financial results are audio-only, and that’s because the company doesn’t want you seeing Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer repeatedly high-fiving.

Target Plans Apple Mini-Stores (New York Times)

Target has confirmed the rumor that the company will be creating “expanded displays” of Apple products in 25 of its stores this year. In order to offer the best merchandise-to-space ratio, the company is making use of Apple’s patented new “Time and Relative Dimension in Stores” technology; it makes the stores-within-a-store bigger on the inside.

Apple iTV? Bring it on, says Samsung, as battle-lines drawn in the new tech war (Sydney Morning Herald)

Samsung’s telling Apple to bring it on? Quelle surprise. Samsung Australia’s Philip Newton described Steve Jobs’s by-now legendary comment that he’d “cracked” an Apple TV interface as “nothing new.” It’s cool, Samsung. I’m sure Apple isn’t going to just figure this out. I mean, they’re not going to just walk in.

What will the Apple announcement be regarding? (Paddy Power)

You’ve read our predictions about next week’s Apple event; now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Bookmaker Paddy Power is offering odds on what Apple might announce next week, ranging from electronic and digital textbooks at a 1/6 offering to an Apple teacher robot, a longshot at 40/1. Well, if Apple did create a teaching robot, at least that would prove eight-year-old me right—teachers do live at school!

Product News:

Calendars 3.0 - Readdle has updated its Google Calendar client for iOS to version 3.0; the program gets an entirely new interface, a week view on the iPhone, custom keyboards for entering events and reminders, faster sync with Google Calendars, and more. $7.

iPresentee iWeb Themes - iPresentee has added five new iWeb themes to its online collection: Black Fence, Cat, Classical Music, B&W, and Personal Space. Themes are available individually for $10, with the iWeb Themes bundle of more than 100 themes available for $30.

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