The year in tech: biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

2012 brought its fair share of mistakes, flops, and failures. Here are 20 of the biggest tech mishaps from the past year.

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The Lumia 920 PureView’s camera crew

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By announcing the Lumia 920 smartphone in September—two months before launch—Nokia had hoped to steal some attention from rival phone makers. Unfortunately, Nokia’s much-hyped PureView camera technology attracted the wrong kind of attention when both a demo video and sample photos turned out to be fake, making use of professional camera crews and lighting to merely simulate the image quality of Nokia’s smartphone camera. The company quickly apologized for its mistake, but the whole incident is a real shame considering that the camera really is great.

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