The biggest tech embarrasments and failures of 2016


There is always a time when somethings can go wrong, and even big companies are not immune.

Many of 2016’s embarrassments came from the tech’s biggest companies.
Like a Thanksgiving Day Parade, but instead of , you get a procession of misfires from household tech names like Samsung and Yahoo.

Then there was the rare merging of tech and politics, as this year’s elections for the White House thrived on social media
— often for the worse. Twitter, Facebook and other social networks helped fuel one of the most venomous and implausible
elections in history, with everything from 3 a.m. tweets about former beauty queens and sex tapes to Anthony Weiner’s
sexting scandal.

Security also joined this list, from the hack of the Democratic National Committee to Yahoo losing info
associated with at least half a billion personal accounts.
The safety of our personal data, once again reared its head.
Between a massive online attack using our connected devices and the hack of an adult site, it was impossible to ignore.

This year also saw the end of BlackBerry building its own phones,
the demise of media gossip site Gawker and the shut down of social video service Vine (though Twitter might sell it).

The grand failure of the year goes to Samsung. The company swam in the success of its Galaxy S7 phone and take off with a new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear S3. But then it roasted its customers,  both literally and figuratively, when the much-anticipated Note 7 caught fire.

Of course, no year-end list is complete without mention of the  phenomenon that is Pokemon Go,
which has been downloaded more than 500 million times since its July debut.
Even with its success, though, the game wasn’t without its problems,
from updates that ticked off players to fanatic gamers hunting for monsters at places like the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.


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