WOF: Biggest tech failures of 2012

By Jos ยท 28 replies
Dec 14, 2012
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  1. When we asked this question a year ago most of you agreed that AMD's FX brand relaunch, Sony's PSN data breach, Netflix's Qwikster spin-off, and HP's handling of WebOS while almost quitting the PC market were among the worst tech...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    Hybrid and convertible laptops are amazing. Its a shame they are pretty much forced windows 8 at this point.
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  3. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Windows 8 itself is a failure. Not for the reason I thought it would be though. It really reminds me of WinME. Sure it has some nifty new features and changes, but overall, the whole OS is pointless other than a new hub just to sell stuff. Once you uninstall all of that stuff..Its Win 7 without a START button.
    psycros likes this.
  4. Randomthom

    Randomthom TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +17

    If this had been UK-centric I'd have expected to see (and voted for) Everything Everywhere (EE) & their 4g network with no unlimited data plans (& extortionate pricing).
    Arris, Burty117 and scumbag like this.
  5. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    so the team behind windows 8 development just removed the start button of windows 7 and called it windows 8?
    all those wasted time for nothing.
    mevans336 likes this.
  6. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Don't get me wrong, I know some people really like Win8 and I'm glad for them. In my opinion, however, I really do not believe it is much different than Win 7. I think they just rushed it out the door just for the sake of selling apps and to get a piece of Google's and Apple's pie.
    psycros likes this.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Like apple did with the ipad mini? lol
  8. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    This writer must be an apple fan boy... He forgot to mention apple maps
  9. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

    With iPhone 5 and ios6 and purple camera
  10. You couldn't find room for AMD's Piledriver FX chips? They could have won back to back Tech failure of the year awards with them!

    Those chips are about on par with processors AMD was releasing 4 years ago. How is that not worthy of a biggest tech failure of the year nomination?
  11. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    Yeah I mentioned AMD on the post but forgot to include it in the poll... my bad :(
  12. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    Perhaps you should take another look. Apple Maps is mentioned and so far is the most voted on the poll as well. The iPhone 5 is definitely not a 'failure'. You may dislike the phone, the company, or iOS but that doesn't change the fact that a lot of people do like it and it's selling like crazy.
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  13. Business Direct

    Business Direct TS Booster Posts: 44

    I don't see Piledriver as a fail it's a great mid-range chip for encoding video. What is a fail is Intel's mobile market share versus ARM. Intel has spent so much time focused on kicking a 3 legged dog that's it's overlooked the scorpion.
  14. hmm, I wonder why "never ending clash between Apple fanboys vs Win fanboys" not included in the poll? :D
    jobeard and scumbag like this.
  15. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Seeing as Microsoft and Apple are competing for top spot on this list, I'd say neither has many fans on this forum right now. :)
  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    How is Zuckerburg et. al. duping people into buying FB on the IPO not at the top of the list?

    Apple Maps: Embarrassed Apple, frustrated users.
    FB IPO: Embarrassed analysts, FB, the NASDAQ, and took a whole lot of people for a whole lot of money.
  17. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    The complete and utter fail of RIM is one to certainly take note of. RIM and Apple were the two major developers who rammed smartphones down our collective consumer gullet. They helped spark the smartphone revolution. Now they cant even release a phone. There was a time when BlackBerry was literally EVERYWHERE. This is a tech giant who didnt end with a bang but with a gurgly sigh.
  18. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,097

    Windows 8. anything else is just small.
  19. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Well said. You have my vote on this one. :)
  20. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Well... for one, Zuckerburg didn't want an IPO. It was required from the SEC once FB got enough investors. They got to the point where they needed money, but couldn't continue to get investment without going public. They were also pushed into going public by it's current investors who wanted a return on the money they had given FB. It shouldn't even be on the list... no one thought FB was ever going to be some big money making machine, it's why the stock went down immediately and stayed there.

    Part of defining failure should be an element of surprise... like Apple maps. Who would have thought Apple would fall on their face with a piece of software.

    Windows 8 should be a failure of marketing. It's so different from Win 7 that it's more of a side-grade than an upgrade. They should have called it Windows Metro or something and marketed it as an option for your desktop if you wanted your computer to act more like a tablet/phone.

    I think the patent war is the biggest failure, but it'll go beyond 2012 of course. There doesn't seem to be any end in sight.
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  21. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    I wouldn't really call Piledriver a failure. They're $100 cheaper than the comparable i5's, add another $100 saved on your motherboard. Then consider that we're only talking about saving over the i5 series, the Core i7's are even more expensive. I've had enough to time to play around with the Vishera chips and I was quite impressed with their overclocking potential and their speeds.

    AMD does not have the performance crown but they sure a good deal for the price range. This is coming from an owner of a Core i7 and an FX-8320 by the way.
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    For the record, I can't for the life of me classify Apple Maps a failure. Now what I do classify as a failure, is Apple dropping Google Maps (and not offering it as an option) in favor of their own unfinished product. As much as I don't care for Apple, I cannot label a new product as a failure until its had enough time to become a failure. If there is still a future in Apple Maps then it can not be labeled a failure.
  23. xdefine1x

    xdefine1x TS Rookie

    Lol..check the vote now. apple maps in the top list lol
  24. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,875   +1,295

    Metro/Modern/WTFever UI has got to be in the top five. Its the interface nobody asked for and nobody likes..well, nobody except Microsoft fangirls (what few there are).
  25. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,041   +678

    And if you were smart and already owned an i5, you wouldn't have to upgrade your CPU or motherboard as long as AMD CPU's are still being produced.

    I agree that we could benefit from AMD being more competitive, but I refuse to make CPU purchases out of pity from a company stuck on releasing stale CPU's and APU's fused to a stale CPU year after year. AMD fanboys are cheapskates. That is a fact. AMD GPU's are solid, but they are marketing their APU's as Intel GPU competitors, and that is just laughable. Pick on someone your own size and then you will get respect. Oh right, you gave up on that (CPU) fight...

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