December 31, 2010, 1:17 PM — 2010 has been a year where new technologies have really taken off. Apple's iPad redefined the concept of personal computer. Microsoft introduced one potential future of home video game entertainment with the controller-free Kinect. But, 2010 also had its share of failures and (some thankful) endings. Here we explore some of the more interesting tech fails, social network bombs and the world's oldest Twitter user.
Google Wave bye bye
Sometimes you're too smart for your own good. At least that's the impression we all got when we finally opened our invitations to check out the Google Wave Beta. Speaking from experience, Wave simply didn't make sense. The point of the application was lost on me, and yet I knew there was some serious code and thought put into Wave. The layout looked familiar, but not new and exciting enough to dive in and explore. Still wanting to know more about the product, I began reading about the uses and functionality of this potential successor to email. And after I woke up...
There are aspects that I liked. The name was evidently a reference to one of my favorite programs, Firefly. I liked what they were trying to accomplish, but it just didn't hold my interest. I couldn't immediately see the benefit. Since Google stopped development in 2010, I imagine that I was not alone.
Microsoft KIN. Egad.
image from PC World
Microsoft was keen to take on the smartphone market. This should prove as no surprise to anyone; if Microsoft felt that world domination could be achieved by building toaster ovens, the MS Toaster XP would be on your counter. Unfortunately, they came to market with a, well, let's face it, a laughable product that was panned by almost every reviewer on the planet. It's not that the phone was terrible. Oh wait...yes it was. No apps. A boring OS. And very expensive for what it offered.
Nokia is just not social anymore
Earlier this year, Nokia launched a beta version of it's messaging for social networks app. This application was meant to allow users to forgo the standalone Twitter and Facebook apps and be able to post to both at one place. Well, users seem to prefer the standalone apps. So, Nokia said nix nix.
Google Buzz, meet Nokia
Where Nokia limited it's sights on only a few social networks, Google went after many. Google Buzz attempted to create a bridge between Twitter, Flickr, FriendFeed and Picasa and integrate them all with their successful Google Gmail. So what happened? Sometimes too much is just too much. The interface was decent if not slightly confusing to read. The privacy issues were, um, an issue, and it caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission. Never a good thing.
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