Biggest tech “FAILS” of 2010

2010 was a good year for consumer technology, introducing everything from advanced Smartphone to cheap e-readers to bold new set-top boxes. And let’s not forget the rise of the tablet with the introduction of the Apple iPad. But you can’t really appreciate the highs without remembering the lows, right? Several of the best-funded and most-publicized tech launches of the year 2010 have ended in failure. Many large technology companies which had significant market share and product advantages in large industries lost those advantages. Here are the top 5 biggest failures in 2010.

Apple Ping – Business Insider lists Ping among the biggest flops in tech for 2010. The reason for this listing is that Ping was launched with a great deal of publicity, but it still hasn’t gained much of a foothold in the hearts and minds of its users. Ping is supposed to allow you to track your favorite artists and genres and keep up-to-date with their mishaps. Recommendations barely relate to your chosen genres except they were in the same decade. Ping is in infancy, and it shows! Ping was spawned to sell music, but the quality of the product just annoys users.

Facebook Privacy – Nothing on the internet elicits as much squawking as a change to Facebook. Facebook continues to grow, but privacy snafus dinged the site’s reputation among tech-savvy users this year, culminating in an overhaul of user privacy controls. But this spring, some of the roughly half-billion users on the site got really miffed when a handful of privacy bugs, among other things, made private chat conversations briefly visible to Facebook friends. Apple Ping – Business Insider lists Ping among the biggest flops in tech for 2010. The reason for this listing is that Ping was launched with a great deal of publicity, but it still hasn’t gained much of a foothold in the hearts and minds of its users. Ping is supposed to allow you to track your favorite artists and genres and keep up-to-date with their mishaps. Recommendations barely relate to your chosen genres except they were in the same decade. Ping is in infancy, and it shows! Ping was spawned to sell music, but the quality of the product just annoys users.

Google Nexus One – Tech watchers had high hopes for Google’s own Android Smartphone, whose contract-free online-sales model was supposed to stick it to wireless carriers. Rated as one of the best phones on the market, second only to iPhone according to some, the Google Phone, the own-brand Nexus One has been officially discontinued in the US. Just one snag: Google relies on those wireless providers to make Android a success in the first place. When Sprint and Verizon lost interest in carrying the Nexus One, so did Google, and the revolution died.

Google Nexus One – Tech watchers had high hopes for Google’s own Android Smartphone, whose contract-free online-sales model was supposed to stick it to wireless carriers. Rated as one of the best phones on the market, second only to iPhone according to some, the Google Phone, the own-brand Nexus One has been officially discontinued in the US. Just one snag: Google relies on those wireless providers to make Android a success in the first place. When Sprint and Verizon lost interest in carrying the Nexus One, so did Google, and the revolution died.

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