The United States continues to lag other nations in its use of computing and communications technology, according to issued Tuesday by the . For the second consecutive year, the United States finished fifth in the studys comparison of 138 countries that make up 98.8 percent of the worlds total . Sweden was first, followed by Singapore, Finland and Switzerland. These rankings, for 2010, are based on an index of 71 economic and social indicators, as diverse as new patents, mobile phone subscriptions and availability of venture capital. The annual reports began in 2001, after the collapse of the Internet

Apple's iPad device launched in nine countries Friday, leading to long lines at locations around the world.

Apple announced Friday that the iPad will arrive in nine more countries May 28. The device is set to ship in Great Britain, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

Dynaudio last week announced its latest model offering, the Focus 110 A active loudspeakers, which the company calls its most versatile loudspeaker ever.

Best Buy is looking at possibly grabbing retail locations vacated by bankrupt retailers, but its top priority at this point is "staying cash strong," its CEO told Reuters this week.

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