We had a sneaking suspicion it was so, and now we know for sure: Our readers are a savvy bunch. The stories that you liked this year also happen to be some of our favorites, too. Here's a list of PC World's most popular stories of 2008.
1. 10 Cool Gadgets You Can't Get Here--Yet
Maybe it's true that people want what they can't have. That must be why our most popular story of the year is about products that aren't available here in the United States--at least, not yet. Our slide show includes an HDTV that can fit in your pocket, a remote that you can talk to, and eight more products that, for now, you'll have to cross an ocean to buy.
2. The 10 Worst PC Keyboards of All Time
You may look at your computer keyboard and think it's the same kind that has been around for years--or even decades. Hardly. Take a look at the keyboard found on the Commodore 64, or the beastly model found on the Timex Sinclair, and you'll appreciate just how far we've come.
3. Google's Top 17 Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes
The people who work at Google know how to make a great search engine--and they also know how to have a little fun. We rounded up the best Easter eggs and pranks that the developers have hidden across various Google products. Find out when and where you can view the Loch Ness Monster, or how to search in Klingon.
4. The Best 10 All-Purpose Laptops
Hey, what do you know? Some readers actually come to our site to find out more about computers. In all seriousness, a lot of our readers come to PC World for our product coverage, and this slide show is a great example of that.
5. Top 10 Google Flubs, Flops, and Failures
No one is perfect--not even the company behind the world's most popular search engine. And PC World's readers love to read about Google's miscues. As it turns out, the company has made its share of errors, including its attempts to launch a video player and its catalog site that will show you where you can find a 256MB thumb drive for the bargain price of $595.
6. The 15 Coolest Games of Fall 2008
Yes, some of us really get to play games at work. But we try to spread the joy, by sharing our take on today's most popular games with you. Hey, it's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.
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7. 25 Products We Can't Live Without
Here at PC World, we see lots and lots of technology products. Some of them we like, some we love, and some we'd be lost without. Find out which products made our list.
8. The 10 Most Overrated Products
Plenty of products out there don't really deserve all the praise they get, while other, more-worthy alternatives seem to fly under the radar. We rounded up the products we're so over (Nintendo Wii, we're talking to you), as well as some others that actually deserve a little hype.
9. Five Sci-Fi Scenarios That Will Come True
Bye-bye, passwords, and hello, biometrics. By 2010, we'll be using iris or fingerprint scans to log on to Web sites and make purchases, experts say. Find out what other technologies will enter the mainstream--and when we can expect them to arrive.
10. A Decade of Internet Superstars: Where Are They Now?
Ever wonder what happened to the guy who loved Britney Spears so much that he took to YouTube to beg all of us to leave her alone? Well, we found him. Discover what he--and several other Internet "celebrities"--are up to nowadays. Even if you're afraid to find out.
11. 18 Features Windows Should Have (but Doesn't)
If you use Windows, you've probably thought "Wouldn't it be great if Windows let me..." We've thought the same thing--so often that we decided to make a list. Here are some of the key features we wish we could find in Windows, plus a few tips on how you can add such functionality to your PC now.
12. Upgrade Your Xbox 360's Hard Drive on the Cheap
These days everybody is looking to save money. And if you're an Xbox 360 owner seeking to upgrade your game console's storage--which will make the console so much more useful--we can help you save $150. That is, if you're willing to do some work.
13. Technology for the Obscenely Wealthy
Whether you've just hit the jackpot or you merely dream of doing so, here are the tech toys to splurge on, from a flying car to a $2000 cell phone. We'll help you burn through that wad of cash in no time.