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Apple takes PC crown from HPVoters chat with Obama on Google+ Hangouts, Apple surpasses Hewlett-Packard in PC shipments (if you count iPads, that is), and almost everyone would take your call while on the toilet.
It's Tuesday, January 31st, 2012. I'm Bridget Carey on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. Apple is officially king of the PC. Thanks to strong iPad sales. Apple shipped more computers and tablets in the 4th quarter than any other PC vendor. Apple knocks Hewlett Packard from the top spot by a wide margin. Apple sold 15 million iPads and 5 million Macs. And that makes up 17% of the total 120 million PCs shipped globally in the 4th quarter. And that's not the only shake up, in that time, Amazon shipped more than 5 million Kindle Fire tablets, so if you combine Kindle Fires with other Kindle e-readers, then Amazon rivals traditional top PC makers. Also, an Apple news, the iPhone maker has snag a new retail chief from across the pond. John Browett, the CEO of European technology retailer Dixons is Apple's new head of retail strategy and will start the job in April. The previous head of Apple's retail, Ron Johnson left to become the CEO of JC Penney. President Obama address online piracy legislation in his first Google+ Hangout session with voters Monday. The President didn't agree with the contested SOPA and protect IP Act, but said there should be a way to protect Hollywood's interest without affecting the fundamental integrity of the internet as an open transparent system. The Google+ Hangout allowed Obama to have a multi-way video chat with 5 people selected to join him and also answered a few questions that were submitted through You Tube last week about 135,000 questions were submitted in total. The President has added a few other tech tools to his campaign. He joined Instagram a month ago and now, his campaign is using the mobile payment tool Square to take donations. Political reports that Obama staff field organizers and volunteers will all be given Square mobile credit card readers, so they can take donation through their smartphones. This will be the first time a national campaign has use Square. Starting on April 5th, T-Mobile customers will have limits on how much data they can use while roaming. Hit the limit and data is block into the phone is back in range with the T-Mobile network or a user can connect to Wi-Fi. The limits depend on the customer's plan. For example, the starting plan of 2 GB a month, can only 50 MG while roaming outside the network. And if you're picking out a new cellphone plan, check to see if your bathroom is in range with the network because 75% of Americans with mobile phones say they use them in the bathroom, 63% answered phone calls on the loo, 41% make a call, 67% re-text. But men do more work related calls in the john than women. And it's not just work, many said they also make an online purchase on the toilet. Yes, folks, I'm officially never touching someone else's cellphone ever again. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for CNET.com and you just been loaded.