Because the proposed law would give more power to cash-strapped local officials to impose fines on polluters, it might have some teeth
Automakers' boards are beginning once again to trust made-in-Detroit executives
With Chief Justice John Roberts leading the Supreme Court in eroding traditional affirmative action, liberals should reassess strategy
Using custom-built smartphones, Google and NASA are developing smart robots to work on menial tasks at the International Space Station
Higher inflation drives Japanese to play the currency market
The ProGlide FlexBall will not use new proprietary blades, perhaps due to pressure from cheap razor subscription services
A master's thesis reveals how Chinese exporters may skirt controls on selling ancient art
Expatriate professionals prepare for change when they set off to work abroad, but the real shock awaits their return to the corporation
Sandy victims were still looking for credit to help them move on from the devastating storm
By Douglas MacMillan
It may have been the year of the rat on the Chinese calendar, but most everywhere in the world it was the year of the smartphone. Apple (AAPL) led the charge, updating its bestselling iPhone with innovative new software and hardware, while Research In Motion (RIMM) and Google (GOOG) dipped their toes into the smartphone space with daring designs of their own.
The year in tech had its share of superb follow-ups, like the practical and hip Flip Mino camera and Mozilla's instantly popular Firefox 3. But there were plenty of spectacular surprises as well, from Google's out-of-left-field Web browser to Netflix's entrance into the hardware business.
Read on for the 20 best tech products of 2008, as selected by BusinessWeek's technology writers and editors, as well as five highly anticipated products that failed to meet expectations.