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25 top technology products we love

25 gadgets, gizmos, sites and services we adore

My Yahoo, iGoogle, NetVibes...

Some of us use My Yahoo to keep up on blogs and news sites, preview Yahoo Mail, learn about DVD movie releases, drool over the latest Epicurious recipes, and envy backpackers who post photos on Flickr. These are all content modules that you can drag and drop around the page over a pretty background of my choosing. Other people may prefer rival services as iGoogle or NetVibes.

iGoogle

Palm Centro

Yes, the Palm OS is long in the tooth, but if you've been a user for ages, you look past the cobwebs and the 20th-century look-and-feel and know you're home. No one has ever constructed a PDA interface half as user-friendly and as tap-minimizing as the Palm OS calendar/contacts/memos/to-do suite.

Mashing up that OS with a phone - the Palm Centro smartphone - that has a decent web browser, an email client, and an open development environment makes for a killer combination. Third-party apps are legion; we use an SSH (Secure Shell) client to connect to home PCs all the time, and a freeware music player for Ogg Vorbis and MP3 files. You can even listen to internet radio.

And unlike the Treo 600 and 700p for years, the Centro is lean - happy in your pocket - which makes us hope that Palm is headed for a renaissance when its promised new OS comes out, rather for than the dustbin of tech history.

Palm Centro

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