Last year was full of rises and falls for many technological companies, Mark Andresen (founder of the famous Andresen Horoetz) called it in a recent tweet the best year in the human history! In this article we’re going to present the top 10 tech fails for 2013, these tech fails won’t present bad products, but products that didn’t get traction, discontinued products and bad management decisions.
We’ve all used and loved BlackBerry devices and enjoyed their wonderful messaging app BBM. BlackBerry started the year by changing its name from RIM or Research in Motion to BlackBerry, and then they introduced their new operating system BB10 which didn’t have what it takes to compete with the market giants Android and iOS. Considering their new phones; they’ve introduced two new phones; theZ10, Z30 and Q10, again both phones haven’t gained any traction in the market. In the last few months there was a new CEO who’s willing to change the company’s strategy and shift the company’s focus from consumers to enterprises and to do so he signed a deal with the tech giant Foxconn to manufacture and market the new line for BlackBerry phones, will he succeed in doing so? That’s what we’re going to know in the coming months.
It’s considered as the oldest, most famous and widely used media player in late 90s and early 2000s; this legend’s going to shut down on December 21st 2013. Winamp was bought by AOL in 2002, and since acquisition and the media player was falling hard till they announced its death on December 21st 2013. Note that you can still download the media player as it’s still active for download, but you’ll be prompt by the message informing you with the decision before you download it. Do check out the list of Winamp alternatives here.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
It’s the newly launched Samsung smart watch, the watch currently works only on a very limited number of selected Samsung phones, it’s reported by Bloomberg that the device has high return rates. One of the major draw backs of the device is the battery life which is just one day which makes it inconvenient for many. Will the rumored Galaxy Gear 2 do better than its predecessor?
Google announced in 2013 that Google Reader would be discontinued, Google Reader was a free RSS service provided by Google (similar to feedly), many reporters relied on it to know the latest news.
When rumours of the 5C was floating around, we thought that it would stand for “cheaper”. But when it was finally announce, it was pretty obvious that it would the “c” could stand for “colour”, but to us, the “c” stands for “crap”. The new cheaper iPhone which was supposed to give Apple customers the ability to choose from a variety of cheerful colors isn’t doing well when compared to the more expensive, fully featured iPhone 5S. The iphone 5C is typically an iPhone 5 with a polycarbonate casing. Will Apple continue to produce this line of phones or will it discontinue it?
The newly launched version of Windows (Windows 8.1) had significant upgrades to its predecessor (Windows 8). The most noticeable and most wanted feature is the ability to log directly to the desktop instead of the tiles screen. One of the major drawbacks about Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is the lack of the fully featured start menu which many users rely on it for a variety of uses. It’s reported by the Mary Jo Foley (one of the most reputable Windows reporters) that the new version of Windows code named threshold will see the return of the start menu, will this happen or not?
This is LG’s flagship Android phone, it was LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy S4, so the phone was fitted with all of the latest and greatest components and it was well equipped to handle the competition, but in spite of that it didn’t have any traction in the market unlike the Samsung Galaxy S4. How will LG prepare itself for the competition this year and, will it win this year’s battle or not?
Do you remember Facebook Home? It was Facebook’s trial to take over your lock screen through adding stories from your news feed, the feature was available for the Android phones and it was first introduced with a new HTC phone. Facebook Home is now nearly dead and Facebook isn’t talking about any newly added features to it.
Panasonic Plasma TV
Panasonic has announced that it’s going to discontinue its Plasma TV line, though plasma offers the highest image quality when compared to other technologies (LCD, LCD/LED), but it’s not gained traction in the market. The new trend in the TVs is the Ultra HD and OLED technologies, but whether these technologies are going to have real traction in the market or not? That’s what we’re going to know in the coming years.
The leaked information by Edward Snowden has taken the world by a storm, and it’s made the public rethink their online activities and care more about their privacy and security. The tech industry in the United States was hit heavily by these leaks and companies from other parts of the world have taken the opportunity to promote their services and products. Will the tech industry recover from that hit or not?