Continuing our Best of 2010 coverage, we're looking back at some of the most helpful photography tips of the year. This year, we celebrated National Photography Month, which allowed us to go deeper into the technical aspects of photography than ever before, which is great for beginners. Check out all the tips you may have missed, or get a quick refresh to start 2011 off right!
We're kicking off our Best of 2010 coverage with a topic that's close to our hearts — Twitter! In 2010, it seemed that Twitter usage hit a fever pitch, especially among celebrities. Although some stars may have revealed too much on their personal accounts or slipped up along the way, these eight celebs kept us entertained, retweeted great links, and let us in on what was going on in their everyday lives. It's hard to choose one, but tell me — who is your favorite Twitter-obsessed celebrity of 2010?
I'm an iPhone lover, but what do you think is the best?
With my Website of the Day series, we've discovered hundreds of sites that help us stay organized, laugh, and go green, but at the end of the day, it's music that keeps me going throughout my daily grind. Here's a sweet and simple roundup of the best websites from this year that help you keep your playlists growing.
It's been a big year for tech, and now I'm looking back at the top 10 most popular posts of 2009. Are they what you expect? Check them out in this slideshow!
And it's a sweep — The Sims 3 not only took the title for your favorite new video game of 2009, but you favor the original Sims over every other game on the Best of the Decade list!
I'm actually quite surprised that World of Warcraft didn't completely mangle the rest of the options, but I'd have to say that my favorite game of all was Mass Effect for its groundbreaking game play and epic storyline. I'm stoked to see what's next in the Mass Effect series, as well as what Sims game master Will Wright (who also brought us Spore) has up his sleeve for the next decade in simulation games!
This year's most shocking tech news story is also one of Pop's biggest headlines of 2009 — and arguably one of the most shocking news events of the decade: Michael Jackson's death. The biggest point of interest to me (and you!) was that his death crashed social networking sites like Twitter, and even other larger Internet sites. Google News was inaccessible at times as people flocked to online news sources to confirm reports of the King of Pop's death.
As a geek girl, it's interesting to me that so many people went straight to these social networks to find the news. It just means that there's going to be even more ways to get the news in 2010.
It's almost a new year — be sure to check out more of our 2009 award winners!
Tech news moves at a fast pace, so there's never a shortage of new, interesting, sometimes strange stories. This year, I chose a few of the most interesting stories for my Best of 2009 poll, and the results were close! According to you, the best tech news story of the year is in-flight WiFi.
I'd have to agree with the results, though social network-induced drama came in a close second. The in-flight WiFi trend went mainstream with Virgin America's introduction of the service late last year, and now a number of airlines offer the service. Especially now during the busy holiday travel season, it seems at least one person I know has a status messages on Gchat or IM stating, "I'm in the sky!" or "In-flight WiFi." In fact, I actually did this myself just the other day. Even though I'm used to being wired nearly everywhere I go, there's something awesomely futuristic about using the Internet on an airplane, don't you think?
I can't believe it's already the end of 2009 — be sure to check out more of this year's award winners!
Looking back at the very best of 2009 also means revisiting our best tips and helpful lists to help you usher in the New Year just a little bit geekier.
It was no shock that you named the Facebook app the best of the year, but let's continue our look back at the Best of 2009 with a recap of some of the other beloved, silly and downright necessary iPhone and BlackBerry apps.
- So You Got Your First iPhone: Must-Have Apps to Get You Started — With the 2009 release of the iPhone 3GS and the price drop of the 3G to $99, more geeks threw down for the iPhone. Check through my list of basic, free iPhone apps and get your download finger ready.
- Five Must-Have iPhone Camera Apps — If you're looking to use your iPhone camera for more than remembering where you parked and goofy pics, invest in a few inexpensive apps to improve its functionality and enhance your pics. There are hundreds of choices available at the iTunes store, but here is a handful that you simply must have. Who can say no to improved pics for less than $10? Certainly not me!
To see a few more iPhone apps, and of course, a few for your BlackBerry users out there, just read more
I can't think of any bigger tech rumor in 2009 then those surrounding the fabled Apple Tablet. Rumblings of the gadget started well before the first of the year, but it seemed that 2009 was a big year for speculation . . . less so for announcements. While we now know the device is real and we're even hopeful for an early 2010 launch date, there were many questions surrounding the device floating around in 2009, leading many to believe (myself included) that no such device was going to launch.
Given the secrecy surrounding new products that Apple is known for, I'm not surprised that so many false reports "leaked" about the Tablet. Late this year, we heard some more news that Apple was shopping the tablet to would-be Australian developers to gauge interest in the device, and that it would feature a 9.6-inch touch screen and retail between $799 and $999. It's even had a couple of different names — we've heard it referred to as the Tablet, Slate, and iPad, but still no word from Apple.
As an admitted Apple fan, I want to be excited about the news. But after hearing conflicting, secretive, and cryptic reports for months, it's hard to get too excited. Then this morning, news began breaking from a few sources about a January demo for a seven-inch tablet. Could we be seeing the Apple Tablet at this year's CES?