There's a photogenic quality to even the clumsiest piece of hardware, but the best come close to being works of art.
Images published on CNET News.com during 2006 present a broad spectrum of technology and tech-related happenings, including customizable hardware, unusual partnerships, anniversaries, fresh beginnings and long-awaited updates to PCs and game consoles.
The automotive industry kept finding ways to blend classic style and up-to-date technology, showing off new designs throughout the year at auto shows from Los Angeles to Geneva to Paris and back again to LA. Hobbyists found ways to hack their Prius hybrids, and with the Tesla, Google's Gen X billionaires showed that environmentalist ideals can take form as a sexy sports car.
Photos themselves also became the story this year. Professional-level image magic that would normally take hours became available as quick-click options on consumer-friendly photo software and cameras. As people noticed how easy it is to
manipulate reality in retrospect, it became all the more important to consider a photo's source. Creative Commons, meanwhile, made it easier to share photos on places like Wikipedia while retaining artists' rights.
As usual, gadgets took center stage. Microsoft's answer to the ever-evolving iPod