Technological innovations lay at the heart of many of last year's biggest stories -- from citizen-recorded videos that fanned the flames of the Arab Spring to the social-media organized Occupy movement. So what new technologies – and unexpected uses of them – will change social habits and relationships this year? Here are four 2012 technology trends that are sure to play a role:
Your gift list can get long with nieces and nephews, grandparents and friends all needing a present this holiday season. Try a few of these items that are sure to please like 'Winnie the Pooh,' 'Ken Burns: Prohibition,' and the video game 'Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.'
Top costumes for Halloween: The best selling Halloween costumes for 2011 range from rapper Nicki Minaj to Angry Birds, depending on the source.
Lives Changed: A decade-long series of profiles of those most directly affected by the 9/11 attacks. The Mladenik family has adopted two children since 9/11. Even they miss their dad, who died in the hijacking of American Airlines flight 11 before they arrived.
Nintendo Wii 2 will be the biggest news coming out of E3, according to reports. But with titles like Halo 4, Modern Warfare 3, and Mass Effect 3, can the new system (which most likely will not be called the Nintendo Wii 2) hold on to headlines for long?