Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who vows to slash spending and lower taxes on business, could either sink or replace French President Hollande
Fiat Chrysler's police vehicle is a muscle car with cool features and the rear-wheel drive that many cops prefer
Its purchases alarm some right-wing conspiracy theorists, but in fact its ammo buying has been declining for years
Apple's iPhone sales last quarter exceed estimates, while iPad sales disappoint
Its revenue keeps rising, and it keeps adding more customers
Apple's new campus, designed by Stephen Behling and Sir Norman Foster, is raising some eyebrows
Amazon will be the first Internet-TV provider to stream HBO shows—if not new ones—by offering them on Instant Video and its Fire TV device
Expatriate professionals prepare for change when they set off to work abroad, but the real shock awaits their return to the corporation
Startup Casper bets it can sell foam-only bedding via a Web-only, direct-to-consumer business model
A consumer spending slump dealt a blow to electronics makers in 2009. With industry sales expected to tumble 8% to $164.9 billion this year, Pioneer dropped out of the plasma HD television market and mobile Internet device innovator OQO shut its doors. Even the supposedly recession-proof video-game industry suffered steep sales declines.
But the year in tech wasn't all bad. Online retailer Amazon (AMZN) kicked off a frenzy of competition with its wireless Kindle e-Book readers. A certain operating system named Droid emerged to give Apple a run for its money in the smartphone market. And eco-friendly products, from big-screen televisions to music systems, became commonplace.
Read on for the 20 best products for 2009, as selected by BusinessWeek's technology writers and editors, as well as five highly anticipated products that failed to meet expectations.