From Siri and SSD to augmented reality and Ice Cream Sandwich, here are 10 technology game-changers
Apple's original MacBook Air, which debuted in early 2008 with an optional 64GB solid-state drive (SSD), shined the spotlight on diskless storage. The SSD has since become one of the major attributes of today's superskinny laptops, including the aforementioned Air and an upcoming brigade of Windows-equipped Ultrabooks. With its speedy boot times, energy-efficient design, and fast app-launching capabilities, the SSD is rapidly becoming a standard feature of business laptops, too. A recent rise in hard-drive prices, a result of floods in Thailand, may help accelerate the adoption of SSD-equipped laptops, which currently have a relatively small share of the global PC market.