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Google Nexus Q
The Nexus Q was Google's ball of media streaming goodness that not only flopped, but also cataclysmically failed on a level not seen by the search giant before. On sale for a month at $299, Google pulled the media streamer from sale "to make it even better," not before refunding those who initially bought the product.
Many hypothesized as to what happened with the ill-fated ball of media goodness, but many pegged it down to the price tag. The Apple TV, by comparison, is only $99. Google may have had the title of building the device in the U.S., but the costs were so high that those who could afford it bought it, but it cut out a huge segment of the market.
- Read more: What happened to Google's Nexus Q?
'Hand over your Facebook password, or don't get hired'
Long now are the days where you had to hand over your Facebook password to your prospective employer to make sure you're not a terrorist, an Obama-hater, and so on. CNET reported that some were being forced to fork over the password to their online private life.
This was one of the most high-profile privacy flops during the whole year. However, thankfully, it was rectified after legislators quickly picked up on this, and only a few months later it was made illegal for employers to demand usernames and password for social media accounts.
Nokia's fake demo revealed by news outlets
More awkward to stomach, after Nokia had to eat a whole bowl full of humble pie after it admitted that it faked its Lumia smartphone camera demonstration. While it looked like two people in love on bicycles videoing each other (unsafely, might I add: keep two hands on the handlebars) as they cycled on a sea front, news site The Verge saw a snapshot of a reflection in a window of a DSLR-laden film crew recording the whole thing.
Nokia owned up to the 'mistake' and said the video was produced to "simulate" images using the new optical image stabilization (OIS) technology. Still, red faces all round in Helsinki.