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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Ultrabooks fail to impress


When Intel introduced the Ultrabook concept in mid-2011, it also set a lofty goal: 40 percent of laptops sold worldwide would be Ultrabooks by the end of 2012, Intel said. Although Intel hasn’t announced any official figures, analyst estimates don’t bode well. And if Intel does hit its 40 percent target, it may happen thanks only to porky, relatively pedestrian machines that stretch the definition of the thin-and-light category. Apple MacBook Air competitors these are not.

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