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Apple's revolutionary iPad tablet has made Time Magazine's '50 Best Inventions of 2010' list. From TIME:

How does Apple keep out-inventing the rest of the tech industry? Often, it's by reinventing a product category that its competitors have given up on. In theory, the iPad is merely a follow-up to such resoundingly unpopular slate-style computers as Microsoft's Tablet PC. But Apple is the first company that designed finger-friendly hardware and software from scratch rather than stuffing a PC into a keyboardless case. When it calls the results "magical" and "revolutionary," it's distorting reality only slightly. One analyst says the iPad is the fastest-selling nonphone gizmo in consumer-electronics history.

Another interesting tidbit was that Flipboard, an iPad app with a magazine-style approach to Twitter and Facebook, was also featured on the list as a top invention of 2010.

The iPad has seen amazing success since its debut, even surprising us in some cases. With the holiday season upon us, it will be interesting to see the sales numbers Apple has to announce on their next earnings call.

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