Top 10 Tech Flops of 2010 – 10 biggest Upsets

2010’s Biggest Tech Flops :

As we get ready to bid 2010 farewell, it seems like the appropriate time to reflect on the year and the top 10 tech flops.

1st
Microsoft Kin

Microsoft Kin

Things never seem to work very well for Microsoft when it tries to be cool. The Kin was a failed experiment, a pseudo-smartphone built on a foundation of social networking on the go, and aimed almost entirely at a teen audience. Although the company quietly shelved the Kin earlier this year, the folks at Microsoft appear to be gluttons for punishment.

2nd
White iPhone 4

White iPhone 4

Some people are still hoping to snag the elusive great white iPhone 4. Expected to be available when the black iPhone 4 launched in June, the white iPhone has suffered repeated delays based on vague excuses. The vaporware smartphone is currently slated for early 2011.

3rd
Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is a bit of a paradox: It’s a network built on sharing and making connections, but where users stubbornly insist on control over their privacy. Mark Zuckerberg, the seemingly prepubescent founder and CEO of Facebook, caused a stir when he told an audience that users don’t care about privacy anymore.

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4th
Google Wave

Google Wave

The developers at Google expected to make a huge splash on the Web with Google Wave. Google Wave creators predicted that the multithreaded, real-time communications platform would replace e-mail, just as e-mail had once usurped faxing and snail mail as king of written communication. Instead, Google Wave fizzled.

5th
iPhone 4 Antenna

iPhone 4 Antenna

What antenna problem? If you just hold the iPhone 4 precariously balanced between your thumb and pinkie, in your left hand, on a sunny day it works just fine. Well, not exactly, but Steve Jobs said something to that effect in response to mounting reports of antenna issues with the iPhone 4.

6th
Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One

Google was poised to revolutionize the smartphone industry. Riding a wave of success with its Android mobile OS, Google would sell its own branded smartphone directly to consumers rather than through a wireless carrier. The Nexus One, however, failed to compete with sexier Android smartphones such as the Motorola Droid, and ultimately Google pulled the plug.

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7th
Microsoft Courier

Microsoft Courier

Before the Apple iPad hit the streets, Microsoft generated some tablet excitement of its own with a “leaked” video demonstrating a folding, dual-slate device. The Microsoft Courier concept had a lot of fans, but the vaporware tablet went from rumor to officially canceled without ever seeing the light of day.

8th
Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Just like Facebook, Google has had its share of privacy debacles–and Google’s CEO seems about as sensitive to privacy concerns as Facebook’s Zuckerberg does. Eric Schmidt pulled out the “if you aren’t doing anything illegal, then you shouldn’t be worried about your privacy” argument. People didn’t take kindly to that.

9th
Rs. 1,500 Tablet

Rs. 1,500 Tablet

One of the most exciting tech announcements of the year came when the Government unveiled a prototype tablet that it claims will sell for a mere Rs. 1,500 ($35). Compared with $600 iPads, the device could revolutionize mobile computing. Unfortunately, no news updates on this vaporware have surfaced since the initial announcement.

10th
Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

The list wouldn’t be complete without a bonehead quote from Steve Ballmer. The Microsoft CEO marginalized the threat of tablets like the Apple iPad, and stubbornly insisted that the PC will continue to dominate. I imagine that behind closed doors Microsoft is taking the tablet threat much more seriously.

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