25 Most Innovative Products of the Year

Web apps that transcend the Web. PCs that redefine what a PC can do. And oh yeah, a certain cell phone you may have heard of. We pick 25 breakthroughs that you can get your hands on right now.

Make no mistake, the Web is taking over. Applications are moving to browsers en masse, and technology to take Web apps offline promises to smooth the road ahead.

And let’s not forget breakthrough devices advancing the Web-anywhere world: Apple has redefined the phone, and One Laptop per Child’s sub-$200 laptop is delivering Internet-style collaboration to kids in developing nations. But innovation isn’t all on the Web; the PC is evolving as well. Apple has reenvisioned backup, HP has created the first useful touch-screen PC, hybrid hard drives boost speed and battery life, and ultraportables have become even more useful. Chosen from the hundreds of products we reviewed in 2007, here are 25 that will change the way you work, communicate, and play this year–and beyond.

1. Google Gears
2. Apple iPhone
3. One Laptop per Child XO
4. Time Machine, in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
5. Amazon Kindle
6. NetGear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000
7. HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC
8. AT&T Tilt
9. Facebook API
10. DeviceVM Splashtop
11. Toshiba Portege R500
12. Data Robotics Drobo
13. Hybrid Hard Drives
14. Eye-Fi Card
15. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U
16. Yamaha Tenori-On
17. Zoho Notebook
18. ‘In Rainbows’ by Radiohead
19. IOGear Wireless USB Hub and Adapter
20. Mint.com
21. Microsoft Popfly
22. Sprint Airave
23. Ask.com
24. eXpresso
25. Kodak EasyShare All-In-One Printers

source: pcworld.com


iPhone 1.1.3 coming soon

In case you havn’t heard the latest buzz about iPhone, rumors are flying around that firmware 1.1.3 is coming out as soon as this weekend. Some of the changes are supposed to improved video capture, adding to hard drive storage features (maybe even allowing the iPhone to be used as a hard drive?). Of course there will also probably be the standard bricking problem when unlocked and hacked iPhones attempt the upgrade, and of course hackers will have this circumvented almost before it happens.