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Top 25 Tech Inventions of the Last 25 Years


USA Today is running a series of top 25 lists in honor of its 25th anniversary. Their list, "25 Years of 'Eureka' Moments", is a collection of the top 25 inventions of the last 25 years. All the usual suspects are there: Cell phones, laptops, DVD's, iPods, salad in a bag ...

Wait... salad in a bag? Anyway, other items include Karaoke, The StairMaster, and Purell hand sanitizer for the hypochondriacs and obsessive compulsives.

Of course, we can't leave this one alone, so here are some additional eureka moments from the editors of Switched:

  • The GameBoy: The original GameBoy sold over 70 million units and brought us solid portable gaming.
  • GPS for the masses: Sure, GPS has been around for a long time, but the death of the map on the back seat is upon us, and our safety/sanity/trees thank us.
  • Voice Mail: Remember tape-based answering machines? Yeah, we're trying to forget as well.
  • MP3s: Say what you want about the iPod, but if it wasn't for the tiny MP3 file, we'd never be able to carry 5,000 songs in our pocket.
  • eBay & PayPal: That junk in your garage? Someone's willing to pay for it on eBay. Trust us.
  • Wi-Fi: Wireless Internet was the final step toward making laptops truly portable.

From USA Today

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