From the historical U.S. presidential inauguration to a world flu pandemic, 2009 was a year of successes and concerns. This year, we endured a recession, marveled at Mars and flooded the Internet with Michael Jackson searches.
Every year, a brand new wave of hardware and software hits the market. Some products go boom, and others go bust. As 2009 drew to a close, what technological trends turned out to be the year's biggest hits?
You may think that something called the "lipstick indicator" sounds a little silly. Fair enough. But this tiny spending decision speaks volumes about consumer confidence -- especially during recessions.
This year marked Barbie's 50th anniversary. Her career has included turns as president, a paleontologist and an astronaut -- and she's always dressed to kill. Who could believe this all-American icon has scandalous German roots?