The next generation of Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes make the Web something you surf with a remote, not a mouse.
Because an increasing number of TVs now stream video from the Web, manufacturers are building interfaces to help you navigate this sea of content. The Internet link also allows computer-like interactions, such as searches, alongside videos.
As the first of the next-gen gaming consoles (Sony's PlayStation3 and a system from Nintendo are expected next year), the Xbox 360 easily maintains the cred the original Xbox earned in 2001 when it crushed rival PlayStation with superior graphics and performance. This time, though, it's not just about games-the 360 is poised to take over the living room as well.
Its one-teraflops processing speed, fueled by three 3.2-gigahertz processors (think: three desktop computers), may make the 360 the most powerful computer you've ever used.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.