10 Tech Fails of 2014

By Reid Schram
Reid Schram
Reid Schram
December 31, 2014 Updated: December 31, 2014

As 2014 fades into memory, a look back shows some tech products that were doomed to fail. Some of these tech fails are a mystery, others are obvious.

1. Smart Watches 

Smart watches have been a total tech fail both this year and last. Most of them are android based, but microsoft threw in its own tech fail version, naming it “band”.

A man shows a Sony Smart Watch II at a Sony event ahead of the IFA, one of the world's largest trade fairs for consumer electronics and electrical home appliances in Berlin, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (Markus Schreiber/AP Photo)
A man shows a Sony Smart Watch II. (Markus Schreiber/AP Photo)

2. Amazon Fire Phone

Released in July and costing $199, by October they were chargering $1 with a 2 year AT&T contract. Amazon said they have $83 million worth of unsold Fire phones. 

The new Amazon Fire Phone's Firefly feature, which lets the user take a photo of objects, numbers, artwork or books and have the phone recognize the item, is demonstrated, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. Firefly also can recognize songs, TV shows, and movies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Amazon Fire Phone (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

3. iCloud Hack

Apple’s iCloud was always touted as being very secure, but after their servers were comprised and celebrity photos dumped online, people are rethinking where they store their sensitive content.

 In this May 10, 2014 file photo released by Twentieth Century Fox, actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the global premiere of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," in New York. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox, Eric Charbonneau, File)
Jennifer Lawrence (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox/Eric Charbonneau, File)

4. Snapchat Hack

Snapchat is a picture trading smartphone application. It is designed so swapped pictures are deleted after a certain period of time. Of course this lends people to take compromising photos, which have since ended up online.

Pictures from Snapchat users have been obtained by hackers, who say they're releasing them in "The Snappening," or an update to "The Fappening." (Getty Images)
Snapchat. (Getty Images)

5. Facebook’s “Sociological Experiment”

It was revealed this year that Facebook has been altering the content of its user’s newsfeed. They would then follower these user’s subsequent posts to see what kind of effect an increase of positive or negative news in their feed would have on them. Their study concluded that viewing more negative news would make a user more likely to post negative posts, and vice versa with positive news.

Facebook drug monitoring task force
Facebook. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

6. iOS 8.0.1

The extremely short lived iOS update bricked the iPhone of those who downloaded it. Apple quickly pulled it and released a new version fixing these issues. Definite tech fail.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO unveils the iPhone 5C at the Apple campus on Sept. 10, in Cupertino, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
iOS. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

7. Uber Scandal

The application based ride share program has been involved in some serious scandal. Users have been assaulted or raped by drivers who don’t have to go through background checks like most Taxi drivers. Executive, Emil Michael, has been quoted as saying he should be “hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media.” Uber has already been banned in several regions, with many court cases pending.

This Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, photo taken in Newark, N.J., shows smartphones displaying Uber car availability in New York. Uber is offering car service in 250 cities in 50 countries now, up from 60 cities in 21 countries just a year ago. Uber hasn't released its financial figures to the public, so valuing the company is pure guesswork. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Uber. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

8. Google Glass

The wearable smartphone’esque google device has failed hard, nobody is buying them. Rumors of a 2.0 version in the works. Will it fail as horribly?

Google Glass
Google Glass. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

9. Blackberry passport

The $600 phone is too large for most smartphone users likes. It cannot be used with one hand and it’s just hideous. This is a heavy blow to the already hurting former cellphone giant.


Blackberry Passport
A woman holds the Blackberry Passport smartphone. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

10. Sony Playstation TV

The tiny cheap ($99) black box from Sony was supposed to compete with products like Chromecast ($35). Not supporting 1080p resolution and having a very low framerate and blurry graphics for vita games make this a 2014 tech fail.

In this June 13, 2013, photo attendees play video games on the PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, June 12, 2014, found a surge in number of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on screened electronics other than TV. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Playstation TV. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


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