The Best and Worst of Tech in 2008

The year saw new highs and lows for personal technology

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Starting at January's giant Consumer Electronics Show, this year has brought a stream of substantial and sometimes silly technology designed to entertain us, inform us, or simply separate us from our money. Some of the best might still make good holiday presents, except for those looking for a more frugal list. The worst might best be forgotten. 

These stars arrived with breakthrough technology:


Hybrid Electric Bikes
Geotagging Devices
Superthin OLED TV
Extra-Fast Cameras
Tag Reader for Kids

These duds included fumbles and foibles:
Blu-ray
The Linkup Online Backup
"I Am Rich" iPhone App
Liquid USB Drive
Bulky Motorola Cellphone