Tech Fail! Biggest Flops of The Last 10+ Years

By Julio Franco
May 3, 2012
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  1. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 477   +117

    This sir is a win, but not even someone like me (who hates apple) can fully agree with this. Everyone vs apple for tablets, then apple vs everyone for computers. I wouldn't call non-apple tablets a failure, but I understand what the author is trying to get at (even with how short-sighted it is).

    Anyways, I have issues with Vista being on the list, since it did quite well and got "better" after the first service patch... not like it annoyed me before.
  2. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 563   +96

    At least Friendster made history unlike MySpace. Not to mention I never registered to Friendster until the a true social-network came out, surreptitiously.
  3. AMD's whole strategy of "Moar Cores" with the Bulldozer "FX" chips should be somewhere up the top. Considering they where supposed to be AMD's big comeback chips after years of mediocrity with the Phenom 1&2 lines yet the per core performance went backward to about the per core performance of the failed phenom 1 chips they had released some 4 years previously. I'd say thats about as spectacular a tech fail as any of the ones that made the list if not more so.
  4. I wonder how the "war on used games" with the next generation of consoles is gonna pan out.
  5. Yeah.. Android Tablets made the list, and I use mine every day.

    How many people are still using there Zunes??
  6. Google doesn't delay the updates! They just create the Android operating system. It's up to the carriers (VZW, Sprint, AT&T.....) as well as the hard ware manufactures (Motorola, Samsung, HTC......) to get Android suited to their specific hardware and push an OTA update!
  7. cookiedude

    cookiedude TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 220

    I didn't mean that blu-ray won because it was better (though having read back what I wrote I can see why people think that!), I just meant that the superior format was the victor in this instance. The point I was trying to make regarding capacity was that the greater potential capacity of Blu-Ray discs was the only real hardware difference between the 2. Unlike Betamax Vs VHS, the gap between formats was marginal.

    Regarding the encoding used, I don't see this as being relevant to which format was "superior" as both are capable of utilising whatever file type you care to throw at them, there was no hardware limitation preventing the use of one over another on either format.
  8. Blu-ray won the format war against HD-DVD for the same reason VHS won over Betamax for the consumer - it was the standard adopted by the Porn industry.
  9. Having used Win 8 consumer preview, it's a different way of thinking and working but I think that overall it hasa lot of potential. You can also ignore the Metro interface for the most part and live on the desktop.

    I actually like it so far.
  10. It's a bit pre-mature to even say Android smartphones have been successful. According to recent data Samsung and Apple are the only manufacturers actually making money on their smartphones. If that continues to be the trend who knows what will happen.
  11. Divx was not failure. It got a huge of support from software and consumer devices on his days. But as resolutions grew and increased processing power was becoming the norm it was outclassed by never codecs. Similar thing is for MP3 format it was great but now is displaced by lossless, multichannel codecs.
    It's evolution baby.
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,199   +228

    I believe they are talking about the DivX set top boxes that came out - and they were failures.
  13. I'd also include Nokia N9. Such a good piece of hardware and the os is very decent.
     
  14. Article Fail. Jumped the gun on Android tablets... they now hold 60% market share (quite a bit more if you include Chinese and Indian white label tablets)


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