Part I. Today’s Technology

Today’s technology includes a wealth of products and services that are often even more amazing than some of the gadgets we see in the movies. These products and services are also readily accessible to us as consumers, often as close as our nearest electronics store or a few clicks on the Internet. Although we are well familiar with many of these products and services, such as digital cameras, smartphones, and personal digital assistants (PDAs), many other products and services are less familiar or are used by just a fraction of the population.

Examples of items gaining visibility and strong interest among consumers include in-car telematics systems for safety, information, and entertainment; global positioning system ...

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