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12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011

From Apotheker to Zuckerberg, tech chiefs had plenty of time on the hot seat this year. Take a look back at the notable product, strategy, and security fails of 2011.
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Apple has done it again, tarnishing an otherwise successful product launch--iPhone 4S--with another curious failure, from a company hell bent on perfecting the user experience. Last time, it was an antenna problem that caused dropped calls if users held the phone in just the wrong spot. This time, it's sub-par battery life.

Because Apple is Apple, this failure hasn't hurt sales much--the company has sold several million iPhone 4S devices since introducing it in October. It sold more than a million on the first day alone.

Still, the battery problem was almost comically bad. A faster processor, a better camera, a voice-enabled assistant (Siri), and a vastly improved operating system (iOS 5) are hardly worthwhile if users must constantly recharge their phones or buy battery cases that bulk them up. --Fritz Nelson

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Iamalive
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Iamalive,
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1/7/2012 | 5:48:59 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
I think the editor should use proper English and reword the title as, "Epic Failures", as opposed to "Epic Fails".
Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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12/21/2011 | 8:02:05 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Along with smoking, drinking, illegal substance abuse & shoveling snow, you should add Slide Shows to your list of 2012 resolutions as things to avoid. You'll really be happy that you did.
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Bprince,
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12/21/2011 | 1:52:06 PM
re: 12 Epic Tech Fails Of 2011
Got a chuckle from a few of these and nodded my head at others. I don't know if I would call the Facebook thing a complete fail, because the company is at least working towards better privacy, and I think it can be argued that it has gotten better over the years. But good list.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
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