Bright Spots for Tech in 2008

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2008 5:37 PM CST
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(Newser) – 2008 wasn’t a great year for tech or the economy, but some gadget-makers did invest in innovation, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Areas where tech made more than token gains:

  • Digital cameras grow up: Not only are consumer cameras getting sharper, but some professional models can now record video.
  • Gaming shows a feminine side: More than half of Wii users are women.

  • The "digital living room" gets closer: Products by Sling Media and streaming Netflix service bring more of the Internet to your TV.
  • Smartphones become mini-computers: Apple's App store and a similar effort by Google make customizing your handheld easy and rewarding.
  • Social networking rises to the top: Not only did the Obama campaign employ the Web to orchestrate victory, but regular old sites like Facebook saw membership skyrocket.