Love it or hate it, there's no denying 2008 was the year of the iPhone -- and, of course, the endless piles of apps. The guys at MacLife went through the App Store's thousands of options and picked out 101 of the best options available. This exhaustive compilation is well worth a read for any iPhone fanatic.
It's easy to look to the bottom of the barrel for a "worst of" list. In evaluating the year's most disappointing games, though, Wired started at the top. The staff searched for titles that just didn't deliver what they should have -- offerings such as Mario Kart Wii, which is described as "fail[ing] to innovate in any meaningful way over earlier entries in the series." Ouch...that stings. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Spore are among the other picks for most underwhelming.
Kids say the darndest things -- and so, apparently, do high-ranking tech executives. This collection of notable quotes from 2008 covers a lot of ground, ranging from Larry Ellison's cloud computing admission to Linux mastermind Linus Torvalds' "masturbating monkey" reference while discussing security vulnerabilities. Add in the talk of space elevators and male enhancement e-mails, and you'll see why this story made the cut.
What better way to end our list than with a wisecracking review of 2008's gadgets and games? Stephen Colbert's "Gadget Guide" features some of the finest tech-related moments from Colbert's Comedy Central show, all presented in embedded video form. Watch Rush try to play its own "Tom Sawyer" on Rock Band, check out Colbert's take on the recently unveiled self-driving car, and see why the "shoe phone" may be Apple's next big seller. Take a bite out of that, Steve Jobs.
So there you have it -- 10 of the finest "top of 2008" lists in tech. Of course, narrowing down the Web's wealth of year-end reviews is no exact science. Think I missed a worthy winner? Leave your link and review in the comments section below.