Not your ordinary scooter
Code-named Ginger, the "revolutionary" device from inventor Dean Kamen turns out to be a super scooter. Will the Segway Human Transporter really change the world?
December 20, 2001With Xbox, Microsoft plays for keeps
Gaming fanatics spent the year wondering how Microsoft's Xbox would match up to Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Game Cube. They finally got their chance to find out firsthand in November.
November 15 ,2001Apple's iPod: Only time will tell
Digital-audio players were strong sellers this year. Among the most hyped was Apple Computer's iPod, a sleek device that can hold 1,000 songs but costs half as much as some iMac's.
October 23, 2001Making a mark on flash
Flash memory is one of the behind-the-scenes costs for digital cameras and digital-audio players. But flash prices dipped this year and new competitors, such as Secure Digital, elbowed their way onto the scene.
July 13, 2001Flat-panel iMacs on the way?
As component prices drop, flat-panel displays grew in popularity as the hippest way to save desk space. Late in the year, it surfaced that Apple may transform its entire iMac line by going flat.
December 4, 2001Handheld makers try to end nosedive
Sales of handheld computers stunk in 2001. Market leader Palm's sales and fortunes went south, forcing the company to cut prices so many times it was hard to keep up.
August 20, 2001Pocket PC 2002 debuts
While Palm tried to scrape itself off the floor, Microsoft continued its attempts to scratch its way into the market for handheld operating systems.
October 4, 2001Tablet PCs, handhelds ready to rumble?
The promise that tablet PCs--full-fledged computers built into devices that look like an Etch-A-Sketch--will be the next big thing failed to come to fruition.
November 16, 2001Death of yet another Net appliance
This year spelled R.I.P. for Net appliances. Gateway followed Netpliance, 3Com and Sony in dumping the low-cost machines dedicated solely to surfing the Net.
October 24, 2001A bounty of DVD-recording PCs
DVD recorders were the hottest addition to high-end computers this year. But without one set format, will consumers end up with this decade's VHS or Beta?
November 26, 2001