It was a year of great tech triumphs, including big and beautiful phablets, a new wave of easy-to-use fitness trackers and cheap- but- versatile gadgets like the Chromecast. The jury is still out on smartwatches. But there’s just as much cause for hand-wringing among tech companies whose new products flopped. From a fruit-named firm that has become the antithesis of Apple and an overheating laptop charger to a family tablet I wouldn’t wish on the bully from “A Christmas Story,” these are the top 10 tech fails of 2013.
The company formerly known as RIM recently reached a grisly milestone: less than 1 percent smartphone market share. This from a company that once dominated the market, back when physical keyboards were all the rage. Despite some software innovations in the BlackBerry 10 — including a Hub for all your messages and social updates — shoppers have largely ignored devices running the OS, including the Z10, Q10 and most recent phablet-sized Z30. As a result, the company recently posted a $4.4 billion loss. Installing Sybase’s John Chen as interim CEO and doubling down on enterprise may help. But right now, Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s future looks brighter than BlackBerry’s.