1998 Technology Buyer's Guide: All The Best

Just a few Thanksgivings from now, your wall-size, wafer-thin television will be dashing off an e-mail to your oven. With the unavoidable Detroit Lions game just going into overtime and the gang filling up on corn chips, the urgent message is: Keep the turkey from drying out.

Though that scene isn't with us yet, it's feeling eerily close. Standards for room-to-room PC networking and the conversant appliance continue to creep toward the mainstream (and each other). Madison Avenue's trumpets blare for bold (and still overpriced) idiot-box breakthroughs like high-definition television (HDTV) and $15,000 gas-plasma sets that cling to the wall like...

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