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Best Technology Products of 2009

December 29th, 2009

The year of 2009 is coming to a close and the following is my personal listing of the best in 2009 (for technology).

1. Twitter & Twitter API

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Twitter has grown exponentially throughout the world and fast becoming the top Web 2.0 application.
Sometimes it’s not the most complicated application that wins, and Twitter that only takes 140 chars for a tweet/status update wins it.

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Notice that it has become almost the top 100 websites of every country (except China where access to it has been blocked).

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Twitter API has enabled a huge number of client applications and business grow with Twitter through the API usage and having an API to integrate with social networks is fast becoming a mandatory feature.

2. HTC and Android
While the world was immensed with the iPhone frenzy prior to 2009, other phone manufacturers are busy capturing the mobile market by having secret and not-so-secret projects like the Palm Pre and Google Android.

HTC is now ranked the fourth largest smartphone maker, after Nokia, Research In Motion (BlackBerrys) and Apple. HTC’s Android portfolio now includes the original G1 and MyTouch on T-Mobile, the Hero on Sprint, and the Tattoo and Droid Eris on Verizon and has at least five other Android phones planned for 2010.
That does not even include the HTC Nexus One, aka the Googlephone, is among the most anticipated devices of 2010.
HTC and Android walked side by side in 2009 and is definitely something we could watch out for in 2010.

3. MovieBox Media Players

I have no idea what is the right name for these products, it came with MovieBox, Media Players, etc that could play Real Player formats and various other internet downloadable movies.

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It easily gain following by movie buffs due to its convenience of playing digital movie files directly to the television.

This device stands between your tv and a USB 2.0 compatible device (like external HDD or USB thumbdrive that has any image files or movie files). It can then play the content that are compatible to your TV, even make slideshows for photos as well.
I foresee its much cheaper to have a home theater or home cinema now as compared to a few years ago.

4. GPS with Internet on the phone, roam the world

With GPS you can roam the world and with GPS on your phone with mobile internet access, there is no place that you cannot venture too (of course except to location where there is no mobile data signal).

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GPS has enabled human to accurately position a location and to easily make a first time travel to a place they have never been to before.
Add it with more information surrounding the location (like more landmarks and F&B attractions nearby) and by providing directions, it has now became easier for anyone to travel around the world.

5. Point and shoot cameras with DSLR capabilities
Should you buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera?
In 2009, you can have both.

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Olympus came out with the Olympus PEN E-P1 is a hybrid 12.3-megapixel interchangeable lens camera that manages to merge the look, feel and flexibility of a traditional film SLR with the convenience of a slim, lightweight digital point-and-shoot camera.
The price is still steep but we are sure to see more professional looking photos in the making anyday, and I bet video too..

So there you have, my personal best technology products in 2009.

What is your best technology product or services you encountered in 2009? Please leave your comment below.

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