CNN's Guide To Innovative Tech: DVRs, Cellphones, the Wheel and Movable Type

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Last week, CNN expertly told us why the Microsoft Zune sucks (hint: it doesn't get e-mail—wtf? neither does my ball point pen...) and this week they show us some of the hottest technologies to be on the lookout for. You see, this is what happens when reporters try to go beyond their beat. Up next, us here at Gizmodo giving advice on how to cure world hunger. For the highlights of the Tech List That CNN Built, keep reading.

Here's what CNN says we need to keep an eye on for the next few (months? years? the article doesn't specify): RFID, hybrid cars, HDTV, DVDs (as in Blu-ray and HD DVD), DVRs, Cellphones, E-ink and wireless networks.

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CNN is stuck in 2004 it seems.

Let's see here... hybrid cars have been around for a while (try sounding masculine while saying "Prius") and the same goes for HDTV. Cellphones are currently mired in "feature creep" mode while next-gen DVDs have all but committed seppuku. The best has to be wireless networking. If your house doesn't already have at least one insecure wireless connection, I doubt you even know how to spell "technology," let along know how to implement it.

Thanks, CNN, for telling us what to keep an eye on. Maybe next time they'll tell us that something called "video game" are popular with youngsters.

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Thanks, Richard!

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DISCUSSION

It's easy to insult CNN this way, because the readers for Gizmodo are technophiles. CNN is not for technophiles, or even businessmen, it's for the people who want to keep casually up with the news. If any of you think BlueRay, Hybrid Cards or E-Ink are big items now, it's because you live in a world already swimming with them. In the Real World, the Prius isn't a great gas-saver (you might think so, but it's not). In the Real World, a lot of this is just coming into mainstream use.

And that's the key to CNN's coverage: Mainstream use. (HDTV's climbing pretty fast, but even now I only know two people with one.) If you're making any technical or business decisions based upon what you're seeing on CNN, you're already too late. Pieces like this are aimed at educating the casual consumer, not you.