The 100 Best Products of 2008

19. Twitter (social networking site, free) Imagine a hybrid of blogging and text messaging--that's Twitter. People seem polarized over this quirky tool, either loving or hating it, but Twitter has helped pioneer an age of social networking in real or near-real time. Site

20. Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD (50-inch plasma HDTV, $3500) The Kuro's great design, vivid color, and deep black levels impress us mightily. Too bad you have to take out a loan to buy one. Review | Check prices

The 100 Best Products, Numbers 21 through 30

21. Mozilla Firefox 3 (browser, free) Firefox 3, in beta, builds on its predecessor's strengths by adding better security and new tools for storing and accessing your bookmarks and your browsing history. Review | Download

22. Safari (mobile browser, free) This mobile version of the Safari browser may be the true killer app of the iPhone and iPod Touch. United with the iPhone's multitouch gesture support, the spacious Safari browser makes surfing the Web on a 4-inch screen feel like an immersive experience. Site | Download

23. (news site, free) Welcome to the online home of NPR's lauded national news coverage and commentary, special reports, and documentaries. NPR's site has done a lot in a short time to convey its rich content in compelling digital formats such as podcasts and live and recorded streams. Site

24. Photoshop CS3 (image-editing software, $650) A fresh, simplified interface, new editing tools, and better integration with Adobe's Creative Suite help Photoshop remain the gold standard in image editing programs. Review | Check prices

25. Google Maps--Street View (mapping software, free) Google's Street View brought a new dimension to mapping this year, offering users real-life images from ground level. Site

26. Apple MacBook Pro (Penryn) (Laptop series, from $1999) What a difference a chip makes: With Intel's Penryn processor inside, the new MacBook Pros handily outperform not only older Mac laptops, but also many Windows-based notebooks. Review | Check prices

27. Google Docs & Spreadsheets (Web-based internalivity suite, free) Arguably the best of a new breed of online, collaborative app suites challenging the supremacy of Microsoft Office, Google Docs & Spreadsheets permits users to edit, share, and store word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents from any machine--fixed or mobile--that can run a Web browser. Site

28. Apple Final Cut Studio 2 (video internalion suite, $1299) Available for Mac OS X only, this package includes Final Cut Pro 6.02, Apple's highly rated, de facto industry-standard application for digital video editing. Site

29. Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT600N (wireless router, $200) Here's the first router that serves both older 2.4-GHz 802.11b/g gear and newer devices that stream over the 5-GHz band. Review | Check prices

30. Flickr (photo-sharing site, 200 photos free, unlimited photos and storage $25/year) Like most photo sharing sites, Yahoo's Flickr makes organizing, sharing, and tagging photos easy. Better, the site's many users translate into a wide array of active user groups--and you won't have to wait long before someone discovers and comments on your photos. Site

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31. Sony KDL-52XBR4 (52-inch LCD HDTV, $3500) Sony has a reputation for great design, but what makes this big-screen beauty a real standout is its truly impressive performance. Review | Check prices

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