The relative success and cult-like popularity of Asus’ Eee cloud computer has helped raise the level of interest in what’s being called a new class of computers. Some call the new machines ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), others have labeled them Netbooks, and many are safely referring to them as handhelds. It’s hardly a surprise that the PC powerhouses — Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and dozens of others — have gone running after this opportunity.
After using one of the so-called Netbooks, it has become obvious that they really need to go back to the drawing board and rethink how people are going to use these devices if they want to participate in the next big shift of computing. Read more
Top 7 Epic Tech Fails of 2011
We all like a good success story, and we've had a lot of those this year. But we would be remiss not to mention some of tech's biggest flops. We don't want to indulge in too much Schadenfreude, but you've got to admit that the Qwikster saga was pretty funny.
There were some plain old duds this year, as well as some gross miscalculations. There were even a few serious transgressions. What follows is our list of the seven most spectacular tech failures of 2011.
7. Qwikster , Netflix
What was Netflix smoking when it tried to spin off its DVD business with the name Qwikster? We see a lot of dumb product names around here, but Qwikster definitely takes the cake this year.
It was terribly timed, too. Netflix had just separated its streaming and DVD pricing plans, raising rates for customers who had both, which drove a million customers away. The Qwikster saga added insult to injury. Read more