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Biggest tech flops ever

Not every invention is well received. The first one that springs to mind is the Sega Dreamcast which was launched with a lot of fanfare in 1999. It was supposed to go against the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox but it never stood a chance. Sega gave up on making consoles after this.

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Apple are known for the iPhone and the iPad but have you ever heard of this – the Apple Newton? Nope, neither had we. One that flopped badly. The American firm invested more than $100 million but no one was interested.

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The Segway just looks silly. Steve Jobs said that they would be as “big a deal as the PC” but he was well wide of the mark. In the UK you can’t use them anywhere but private property and in the US, they just weren’t popular.

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The Segway just looks silly. Steve Jobs said that they would be as “big a deal as the PC” but he was well wide of the mark. In the UK you can’t use them anywhere but private property and in the US, they just weren’t popular.

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Oh dear. Well, what can we say about this? Unfortunately it’s not a prop from an episode of Doctor Who, this is the Sinclair C5 which was supposed to revolutionise the way we get around. Hardly any of them shifted off the shelves though when it was launched in 1985.

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Betamax was supposed offer home cinema for the masses. Sony had even managed to convince the world that it was a better format that VHS, but as VHS was way cheaper it won out.

Apples Biggest Successes and Failures

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Windows Vista caused the sorts of issues that Windows 8 would emulate years later. This was the Windows package that made you want to go back to the previous version. Privacy, security and cost were its problems so it basically didn’t do anything well.

Apples Biggest Successes and Failures

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Windows Vista caused the sorts of issues that Windows 8 would emulate years later. This was the Windows package that made you want to go back to the previous version. Privacy, security and cost were its problems so it basically didn’t do anything well.

Apples Biggest Successes and Failures

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Toshiba's HD DVD was the loser at the end of the Hi-Definition race for digital discs. This time Sony had learnt its lesson and backed Blu-ray rather than trying their own thing.

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LaserDisc wasn’t exactly a flop but it never took off. It didn’t flop because there was no other competition for it when it arrived in 1978. Movie lovers marvelled at the picture quality but didn’t like the fact that they had to flip the disc to view the second half of the film.

Apples Biggest Successes and Failures

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LaserDisc wasn’t exactly a flop but it never took off. It didn’t flop because there was no other competition for it when it arrived in 1978. Movie lovers marvelled at the picture quality but didn’t like the fact that they had to flip the disc to view the second half of the film.

Apples Biggest Successes and Failures

Photos: Wikimedia Commons

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