The 5 Worst Things That Happened in Tech 2012

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While 2012 has been a decent year for the technology industry, it has not been without its share of blunders and failures. With any luck, 2013 will be a better year for the companies involved in these five worst tech snafus.

1. Maps for iOS take a wrong turn

Like any popular gadget, the release of the iPhone 5 had fans of the major smart phone platforms lining up on both sides of the fence. One of the touted features of the new phone was the iOS 6 version of Maps. In fact, Apple was so confident in the app that it removed any pre-installed mapping apps from their competitors from the device at launch.

 

Unfortunately, Maps was full of errors. Some of them were simply visual. However, in some cases, entire cities were missing, placed in the wrong country or improperly named. Other errors were potentially more dangerous, such as the improper address listing for Washington DC’s Dulles Airport reported by CNNMoney or the recent case of drivers in Australia ending up lost in the wilderness and having to be rescued.

 

2. Facebook’s IPO launch does a belly flop

From the start, Mark Zuckerberg was pumping up crowds of investors. ZDNet reported that over 1,000 Facebook employees would be millionaires after the company went public. Employees were planning to retire and even travel to space. Speculation ran rampant and insiders and industry investors were lining up for shares in the company.

 

Then the string of changes to valuation and risk assessment reports started flooding in. By the time of the IPO launch date, interest was waning and serious concerns surfaced. All of this was capped off with a $15 billion class action user tracking lawsuit on the day of the launch. A NASDAQ technical issue also prevented trading for nearly a half hour that day. In the end, the shares reached values that were just a fraction of the proposed price.

 

3. Hackers walking in a password wonderland

LinkedIn, Last.fm and eHarmony were all victims of security breaches this year. An estimated 6.4 passwords were leaked from LinkedIn alone. With the sheer amount of information transmitting over the Internet and being stored and analyzed on corporate servers, the need for proper data security is greater than ever.

 

Unfortunately for the companies involved, there were also concerns of improper securing of many of the password databases. In the end, all of the companies lost reputation and some users shifted to alternate platforms. Though there have been no firm numbers released on the financial impact on users who’s credentials were compromised, you can certainly bet that the incidents cost the companies a hefty sum.

 

4. RIM keeps the world waiting for Blackberry 10

Once a leader in business phones and an innovator in new cellular phone technologies, RIM has fallen behind both Apple and the Android competition. In the spring, as the financial state of the company condition continued to decline, they pushed out word of the new Blackberry 10.

 

With its new styling and similar feature set to current smartphones, it could help RIM reacquire a foothold in the mobile market. Unfortunately, it has now been delayed into the first quarter of 2013. This leaves the possibility of RIM’s disappearance, making the worst tech lists of 2013 higher than ever.

 

5. Windows 8 leaves many running for the door

Microsoft’s latest Windows offering is once again changing up the interface users have come to know and love. From the lack of a start menu to the touch-centric Metro UI, these changes are receiving less than stellar reviews from some users and industry professionals. Whether Windows 8 and the Surface tablet become late bloomers or simply flop remains to be seen in 2013.

About Carl Petoskey:
Carl Petoskey has continued to provide poignant and informative articles within the tech realm over his years of writing. When he’s not covering tech topics, you can find him reviewing Comcast Business Offers or playing on his vintage Fender Telecaster.

Carl Petoskey has continued to provide poignant and informative articles within the tech realm over his years of writing. When he’s not covering tech topics, you can find him reviewing Comcast Business Offers or playing on his vintage Fender Telecaster.

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2 Responses to The 5 Worst Things That Happened in Tech 2012

  1. ravi says:

    The Apple iOS maps was the worst thing that happened in tech in 2012

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