It\u2019s easy to get cynical about technology: I finished 2006 surrounded by bad jargon, wishing that the term \u201cWeb 2.0\u201d would be dropped from the top of a tall building on New Year\u2019s Eve and smash into pieces. (Nobody in NYC came through for me, regrettably.) So I was delighted to see three genuinely intriguing tech developments pop up in this first week of 2007. A\u00a0few more interesting twists await you\u00a0next week, as Apple unveils its newest plans at Macworld Expo, and a slew of vendors strut their latest gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show. Will there be an iPhone to keep\u00a0the iPod company soon? Stay tuned: Most CIOs learned in 2006 that the hottest gadgets will hit the enterprise as quickly as users can walk them through the front door.Onto this week\u2019s interesting news:1. High-Speed Wireless on the Go: \u201cMobile wireless\u201d takes on a whole new meaning now that Autonet Mobile has introduced Autonet, a totable device that will allow wireless Net access in your car. In other words, this gizmo acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot, in a parking lot or on the highway. Why it\u2019s cool: Full details are coming next week at the CES show, but the box costs $399 and charges itself via a car\u2019s cigarette lighter. You\u2019ll have to pay Autonet $49 per month for access, but will be able to tap into whatever Verizon, Sprint or Cingular high-speed wireless data network is handy, since Autonet has struck deals with all three. And anyone in your car gets Wi-Fi access, for whatever mobile device you or your passengers are toting. The New York Times reports Avis will begin offering Autonet as an option in rental cars later this year.This is an interesting development for you executive or techie nomads who often find yourselves looking for the nearest coffee place or hotel lobby with a hotspot while you\u2019re out and about.The hitch: If you are married to a sales or consulting type who acquires one of these gadgets, you may soon want to throw this device out of the car, along with the cell phone that is surgically attached to your spouse\u2019s ear at all times in the automobile. 2. Flash Hard Drives for Notebook PCs: SanDisk has unveiled hard drives for mobile PCs based on flash-memory. Notebooks packing the drives should show up before the summer, if the big PC hardware vendors sign on. Why it\u2019s cool: Flash is an interesting storage option for notebooks because these drives are less likely to break from physical abuse than today\u2019s hard drives. (I pondered that thought carefully this morning as I stopped short in traffic and my notebook case slid onto the car floor.) Plus, flash offers faster access times. That means, for instance, your OS and apps should load faster on a flash drive than a traditional drive. SanDisk also promises battery life benefits for notebook PC users, since flash\u00a0drives are less power hungry. The hitch: These first flash-based drives are 32 GB, tiny compared to today\u2019s notebook PC hard drives, and they\u2019ll add several hundred dollars to the cost of the notebook \u2013 for now. But this technology is definitely one to watch.3. An End to Adapter Hell?: Fulton Innovations plans to announce \u201ceCoupled\u201d\u00a0 at the CES show next week \u2013 not an online dating service but a technology designed to solve the problem of\u00a0 adapter overload -- all the power adapters you must remember, pack, and lug for your various mobile computing devices. Why it\u2019s cool: The company\u2019s technology uses inductive coupling, a technique that transfers energy from one device to another via a shared magnetic field. The idea is you slap your phone, PDA, music player or similar gadget down on an eCoupled wireless charger that\u2019s in your car, or say, on your office desk. Fulton Innovation claims it has tackled problems with inductive coupling that have, to date, made it practical only for set power loads and devices that didn\u2019t move.\u00a0 \u00a0The hitch: \u00a0The idea of dumping your power adapters is tantalizing, but a lot of companies have to get on this train before it\u2019s going to ride. We\u2019ll have to wait and see until next week at the CES show what devices are actually on tap in the near timeframe. The technology\u2019s no good until you can get it to work with the mobile devices you use. But the company has partnered with big names including Motorola.