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HTC may be "quietly brilliant," but also "loudly sinking"
Despite its good quality and high-end Android phones, Taiwanese phone giant HTC began to sink rapidly over the course of the year.
It turns out it was the chief executive, Peter Chou, who after a series of mistakes and ill-thought out plans led the company down a path of likely no return.
Chou eventually was all-but-forced to hand over some of his responsibilities to the company's founder and chairwoman following a number of high-level executives dashed for the door. Further cutbacks also saw a number of U.S. staff lose their jobs. And even with a reported Amazon smartphone deal, there's no certainty if the company can keep its head above the water.
Apple's iPhone 5s' fingerprint sensor bypassed in days after launch
The flagship feature to Apple's premium model iPhone 5s, announced in September, was a fingerprint sensor dubbed Touch ID.
It was described as one of the most advanced biometric scanners developed by a company to date. It didn't last long though.
Within just a few days, a bounty was put on the technology's head to see if hackers could bypass the device's security. Lo and behold, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant ended up with egg on its face after it was bypassed with a fake finger.
Apple stayed mum on the matter and didn't acknowledge the hack. It was nice while it lasted — all of about a week.
Tesla rips New York Times over dubious review
Up and coming technology star Tesla suffered serious burns from a journalism fire set by The New York Times, which claimed in a review of its Tesla Model S that the electric car couldn't keep a charge and ran out of juice long before the reviewer reached their intended destination.
Musk accused the reviewer of failing to charge the car fully before his intended roadtrip — all revealed by the car's logs, which Musk later published — leading to claims of bias and suggestions that the reviewer "faked" the test.
In the end, though Tesla suffered a hit at first, it was the New York-based newspaper that came away far more bruised.