2013: The Year in Technology

2013: The Year in Technology

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by Brian Westbrook for KGW.com

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 11:13 AM

2013 was a huge year for product announcements.

Apple reinvented its mobile operating system with the launch of iOS 7, and with it released two new smart phones that flew off store shelves this fall.

Microsoft found its footing with an upgraded Surface 2 and did some shopping of its own, picking up cell phone maker Nokia to bolster the Windows phone line.

The software giant also released a media console that proved to be more than a game system in the XBox One, while rival Sony launched a solid competitor with the PS4.

From video games to mobile movies, small videos became big news as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter's Vine all battled to capture the record-and-share audience, a fight that will no doubt carry on into 2014.

Twitter, the 140-character social media service, had its IPO this year and shares have tripled since they went on sale.

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