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The year 2016 is just about done and to be honest it has been a fun-filled, dramatic year as far as the tech industry is concerned. Records were made, records were broken, advancements and innovations happened, and the list just continues.
But, this doesn't necessarily mean there weren't any flops. In fact, the year 2016 had some of the biggest flops in tech. And surprisingly, most of them came from high-profile companies including Apple, Facebook, and Samsung among others which only proves that anyone can screw things up.
Without further ado, let's quickly take a look at some of the biggest tech flops in 2016.
When smartphones exploded literally
It was all going well for Samsung until the first report of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 surfaced online. It had received great reviews and was appreciated by both critics and users alike. However, just after a few days of shipment, the ill-fated smartphone was recalled not once but twice before the company finally pulled the plug on it.
Explosions Again! This time around it’s Hoverboards
Hoverboards - "a fictional levitating board used for personal transportation" as Wikipedia defines, turned many heads when it was made public but for all bad reasons. For some reason, the lithium-ion batteries in some hoverboards caught fire suddenly. As a result, they are deemed to be illegal in some parts of the world.
Sorry, but it’s the end of 3.5mm audio port era
Apple has killed the iconic 3.5mm audio port when it launched the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus earlier this year. As if it wasn't enough, it has also killed some of the basic ports on the recently launched MacBook Pro. As a result, the iPhone users will now have to use extra dongles to connect their iPhones to the Mac. Isn't that the most inconvenient thing ever?
Mark Zuckerberg’s dead, oh wait, that was a bug!
This one's hilarious. Facebook recently declared Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of the company dead along with 2 million other people. Well, obviously it was a software glitch or is it? Who knows what's cooking inside Facebook (just kidding).
Drones that don’t fly
GoPro launched its first ever drone into the market recently and things really didn't go well for the company. Consumers who successfully got their hands on the Karma drones posted videos showing the unit losing power during operation in the mid-air which eventually lead to recall. The company had also refunded money to customers who've returned their Karma (pun intended).