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Apple Inc.

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Apple aims for nothing short of a revolution, whether in personal computing or digital media distribution. The company's desktop and laptop computers -- all of which feature its OS X operating system -- include its Mac mini, iMac, and MacBook for the consumer and education markets, and more powerful Mac Pro and MacBook Pro for high-end consumers and professionals involved in design and publishing. Apple scored a runaway hit with its digital music players (iPod) and online music store (iTunes). Other products include mobile phones (iPhone), servers (Xserve), wireless networking equipment (Airport), and publishing and multimedia software. Its FileMaker subsidiary provides database software.

Palm Inc.

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Palm has always had a hand in the development of mobile communications. Historically the leading provider of handheld computers, the company now primarily markets Internet-enabled mobile phones. Its phone line includes the entry-level Centro and more advanced Treo line. The company sells its products directly and through distributors, wireless service carriers, retailers, and other resellers. Its carrier partners include ALLTEL, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, and Verizon Wireless. Palm markets its products worldwide; about a quarter of its sales are generated outside the US.