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To err is technical

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Gadget Flops: Even the biggest companies get it wrong occasionally.
apple newton 

Named after the mathematician and English philosopher Isaac Newton, this gadget was a thing of the past very quickly. The iPad of 1993 had an annoying stylus, poor handwriting recognition and near useless processing power. The production was stopped just 5 years after the development.


Who knew that the iPad would be so successful after a number of failed attempts?

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Sony betamax 

Better than VHS, but it lost the 1980s battle for global video dominance. Maybe they should have called it Alphamax.


Still far from Blu-Ray

Microsoft zune 

The iPod wannabe wasn’t user friendly due to complicated copyright rules. But now it’s becoming a cult item.

Microsoft zune

His successor became a worldwide phenomenon

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Sony minidisc

Launched by Sony in 1992, the MiniDisc was quickly forgotten in 2004 due to limitations of the software. However, it has been very successful in the early years in Japan.


Have you ever heard of the MiniDisc?


Apple watch

According to some experts, the new Apple Watch is going to fail for several reasons. You need at least the iPhone 5 to use this gadget. The clock as an accessory by itself is no longer as necessary as before and is therefore in this case (about $650) very expensive.

Apple Watch

Will Apple’s new product be a top or a flop?


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