Google may have gotten tougher on revenue-challenged projects and scaled back perks somewhat (people, the free meals are for employees who are working late, not takeout for folks headed home), but the company doesn't lack for ambition. Looking at the breadth of its accomplishments last year, you can't help but imagine that lurking beneath the Googleplex is a secret lab exploding with ideas:
Now that Steve Jobs has taken a medical leave, rumors are flying. But if Jobs's own health is in question, his company remains a force to be reckoned with. Here's how Apple asserted its dominance in 2008.
Chipmakers have long raced to churn out more powerful microprocessors. They didn't pay much heed to heat or battery drain, natural side effects of increased processing power—until Intel released its new Atom this past summer.
Amazon may have started out simply, selling books online, but these days it peddles everything from pickled carrots to two-carat diamond rings. The Internet's biggest retailer says it logged the best holiday season in its history despite the rough economy. CEO Jeff Bezos credits the $4 billion the company spent on R&D over the past decade.
In its 30-year history, the global design consultancy Ideo has gone from designing products, to experiences, to transforming systems using a human-centered methodology. Now, the firm is upping the ante, increasingly designing for behavioral change.