The best hardware and software products of the year
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jQTouch, a project started by David Kaneda, offers flexible themes, swipe detection, and many of the common widgets necessary to build something that looks like a native iPhone application. You don't write an application as much as just put together some HTML. The project isn't alone. Joe Hewitt, the Facebook developer, started iUi, another project that offers many similar features.
Using toolkits like these to create Web applications is dramatically simpler than creating native applications. Changes can be made in a few seconds because you, not Apple, control the server and the connection with the customer. There's no need to wait for the crack iPhone application analysis team to get around to approving your app or your bug fixes.
-- Peter Wayner
Google Chrome 3.0
When Chrome debuted in September 2008, it was easy to be skeptical. Between Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, there just didn't seem to be much need for yet another Web browser. But over the last year, Google has proven the worth of its dark horse browser and then some.
Google delivered not one, but two major Chrome releases in 2009, and a third is well on its way. If you hadn't heard about them, you're forgiven; Chrome doesn't make much fuss about upgrades. Its update manager runs silently in the background, downloading and installing the latest patches automatically.