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Top 8 Biggest Tech Flops of 2018 – GearUP^

VO: Marc Saltzman WRITTEN BY: Marc Saltzman
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – tech in 2018 had its share of ups and downs, and so as the year comes to a close, WatchMojo of course will show you the coolest gadgets and gear, but we also need to look at the biggest tech flops, whether it’s a product, a company, a personality or a technology.

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Top 8 Biggest Tech Flops of 2018 – GearUP^

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – tech in 2018 had its share of ups and downs, and so as the year comes to a close, WatchMojo of course will show you the coolest gadgets and gear, but we also need to look at the biggest tech flops, whether it’s a product, a company, a personality or a technology.

Hey everyone, welcome to Gear Up, the WatchMojo series that looks at the latest in tech trends. I’m Marc Saltzman, and in this video, it’s a look back at the tech hall of shame. What were the biggest flops over the past 12 months.

Not listed in any particular order:

No. 1. Facebook

Not a good year for the biggest social media platform on the planet – including news breaking of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that resulted in a colossal data leak from about 87 million users. To losing billions in company value and being grilled by the U.S. senate about privacy concerns to the “Delete Facebook” campaign to accusations of Fake News and private documents seized in December and questioning by several countries about privacy practices. Uh, you get the idea. Hey, we’re not saying it’s the beginning of the end but the irony here is that Zuckerberg’s 2018 New Year’s resolution was “to fix Facebook”. Well, there’s always next year.

No. 2. Facebook Portal

Not trying to pick on Facebook, but for a company that might be dealing with some major trust issues with its users, do you really want to put a camera in your home from Facebook? Could the timing be any worse for Facebook to launch Portal? Similar to Skype, FaceTime, and WhatsApp, Portal and the larger Portal+ let you video chat with people over Facebook thanks to its screen, camera and voice-activated support for Alexa. Unlike other devices, however, the camera automatically pans and zooms to keep you in view, even if you’re walking around the kitchen. No thanks, Facebook.

No. 3. Bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies had a volatile year – I know, understatement of the century – but it’s true Bitcoin and many others delivered the ultimate rollercoaster ride to its investors. Or maybe it’s not a rollercoaster but a freefall. And it isn’t like it just happened near the end of an up year. The price of Bitcoin fell by about 65 percent just from January to February, alone, just after its peak in December 2017 when Bitcoin reached an all-time high of nearly $20.000. at the time of recording this, it’s at $3300. Oof.

No. 4. YouTube Music

How many times could you be nagged about a service no one wants? YouTube Music Premium is one of those services. When you have awesome music options like Spotify, Amazon, Google Play Music and Apple Music – or even the regular YouTube -- why do we need more? Ok so maybe it shouldn’t be in a “worst” list for 2018 but so many are fed up of the constant nag screens to join, plus YouTube has started to serve heavy music listeners more ads in the hopes of annoying them into becoming paid subscribers to the company’s Premium version, as confirmed by YouTube’s global head of music in an interview earlier this year.

No. 5. Spectacles by Snapchat

OK, so there are a few different and less stupid versions of Snapchat’s glasses whoever thinks these look cool really need to give their head a shake. Sure, they let you snap a video or pics, and share them over Snapchat, which isn’t a bad idea at all but just look at these – including people like this woman who tried to make a taxi driver look bad by recording him confronting her - only for the world to see later how rude she was with the dashcam footage. Would you take a passenger like this serious with these Spectacles? It’s a spectacle indeed.

No. 6. Logan Paul

What comes up must come down. Pewdie Pie might have been public enemy no. 1 last year for what was perceived as anti-Semitic content, but YouTuber Logan Paul took the crown in early 2018 when he filmed himself and his crew stumbling upon an apparent suicide victim in Japan's so-called "suicide forest." He was immediately dropped from YouTube’s Google Preferred program, which gives favorable ad rates to popular channels, and other filmed projects were canceled. He lost hundreds of millions of viewers – but after a heartfelt apology, some soul searching and back to creating a lot of content again, he had a profitable year and solidified his fan base.

No. 7. Twitter & Hate Speech

Facebook wasn’t the only social platforms with a bad year. Twitter, too, is bursting at the seams with hate-filled content, some of which was taken down – in Twitter’s defense – but a ton that is still published by the platform. Alt right conspiracist Alex Jones was banned but why is nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan allowed to spew racist hate? As a result, many have left Twitter for good, because of Twitter's standards being an “inconsistent joke," as one conservative commentator called it. Unless Twitter doesn’t want to clean up its act, as it’s good for business, 2019 could be an even worse year for Twitter.

And finally, No. 8. Elon Musk…

Hey, even one of the most brilliant minds of our generation could have an off year. In an extensive interview with The New York Times this past summer, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX said the past year has been the most difficult and painful of his career. Since January, he has been involved in a string of controversies that have resulted in lawsuits, stock price dips and just recently his removal as Tesla chairman. From smoking a joint in a podcast interview that had his shareholders freaking out to insulting a British diver who aided in the cave rescue of Thai soccer players to Tesla production challenges and profit pressure, let’s hope Elon Musk’s 2019 starts off as a much better one.

Hey, thanks for watching Gear Up; I'm Marc Saltzman. Let us know what you you’d like to see more of going forward on Gear Up. And for more tech-tastic lists, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo. Ciao for now.


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