Top 10 Epic Tech-Gadget Failures

first_img3. DivXDivX was a proprietary compact disc video player designed by an entertainment law firm and Circuit City to ensure that movie studios and other interested parties collected every possible cent owed to them. DivX was marketed, however, as a way to ensure the movies you rented did not encur late fees because they self-erased after 48 hours. The public didn’t buy the marketing and they didn’t buy DivX either. DivX was gone by 1999, and Circuit City followed a decade later. The DivX name does live on in an online video codec.  2. Highway Hi-FiReleased in a time when classy ladies wore gloves to hide their lye-eaten hands, Highway Hi-Fi by Columbia Records and Chrysler was one of the first ways to take your tunes with you on the road. As you might imagine, it turned out to be a bad idea to use a record player while driving over bumpy roads. The needle pressure necessary to prevent skipping cut gouges into the records and shortened the lifespan of the player and the needle as well. The special records required weren’t easy to come by either, after you received your initial boxed set. First there were only a few dozen available, all Columbia artists, and you had to order them directly from the label. Add the danger related to changing a record every few minutes as you raced along, and you can understand why the project was quickly scrapped. They tried again a few years later, doing away with the proprietary format and fixing the issue related to changing a single record every time, but it’s no surprise the Highway Hi-Fi didn’t catch on. 8-Track Tapes came along a few years later and records in cars were thankfully retired. (Photo from The Scooter Scoop.) 8. Solar Bath ApparatusIf you’ve ever had catarrh of the head, and who hasn’t, you’ll appreciate this device.  The solar bath apparatus was one of those weird inventions of the early 20th Century that sounded all scientific and such but was really just bold shenanigans. Go ahead, stick your head in our upside-down trashcan. It will cure what ails your naively trusting broken head.You do have to appreciate that the literature admits it’s not fully tested but that it will probably eventually do what the ad has already claimed it will do. I’m not sure where the solar part comes in. (Photo from Modern Mechanix.) 7. Panasonic JungleMMORPGs – massively multiplayer online role-playing games – are time and mobility stealers. One minute you’re at your desk, hunched over your morning bowl of cereal trying to slam as much into your face as possible during load screens, and the next minute it’s midnight and there you sit, still at the desk, maybe sobbing over the shell of a real life you’re living. Panasonic had a plan to help you.Panasonic didn’t want you to stop playing MMORPGs, it just thought you should retain your mobility while doing so. The company announced The Jungle in the fall of 2010 with three titles supported. Unfortunately none of them were games that people played all that much. Just months later Panasonic admitted that it was not going to produce the handheld MMORPG player after all. Maybe it shouldn’t have asked the same team responsible for the 3DO to try their hands at console creating again. Tech gadgets come and go. Some succeed, most fail. Most failures disappear without a trace, while others are so awful that we can’t seem to forget them. And some failures set the stage for future innovations.  This list of the 10 most epic tech-gadget failures is by nature subjective. Some of these epic fails just weren’t yet ready for prime time, whether due to poor implementation or because the public wasn’t fully aware of their usefulness. Others were simply absurd, and no amount of further development or customer preparation would have saved them. You can decide for yourself which category these no-longer-with us devices and technologies fit into. Just be warned that the list veers decidedly toward the absurd as it approaches Number 10.  Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 10. Walking Toaster (The Aristocrat of Toasters, The Toast-O-Lator)Watching bread toast is practically the definition of boring. The walking toaster was designed to solve the problem of boring toast. Instead of having to wait for that one moment of excitement when your toast finally pops up, the Walking Toaster lets you watch the toast through a two inch window as it slowly, tortuously “walks” along a series of steps and eases out the other side. Bread goes in, toast comes out – It’s as not as if anything has really changed – except it doesn’t even pop up. For even more excitement, watch two of them race. (Photo from Toast-O-Lator by nickbrett on Flickr.)Have any other suggestions for our list? Please share them in the comments.Top image photo by1722 Highway Hi-Fibybsabarnowlon Flickr. robyn tippins 9. FlobeeThis was great for men and women; really anyone who likes to cut their own hair with a vacuum cleaner (still available for purchase if you are so inclined). Apparently not many people do like to vacuum-cut their hair, but everyone can and should watch the instructional video above. See also this early automatic hair cutter/hair burner.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#audrey#divx#flowbee#hi-way hi fi#internet devices#Microsoft#minidisc#palm foleo#panasonic jungle#solar bath apparatus#toast-o-lator#web tv 4. Web TVHave you ever watched a television commercial and wished you could click through to the website? That was the dream of the Web TV television/computer hybrid. Microsoft liked the idea, too, and bought the company – Web TV Networks – in 1997. Sadly it was an idea that was ahead of its time. We now all marry the computer and television through internet-connected TVs, streaming videos on our laptops and AirPlay. RIP Web TV. (Photo from webtv by ehavir on Flickr.) 5. The Audrey Internet ApplianceNamed after Audrey Hepburn, Audrey was a 3com device intended to live in different rooms in your home and give you limited internet connectivity for very specific purposes. In your kitchen, for example, you could pull up a recipe without having to lug your laptop from room to room. Of course, the entire point of laptops is portability, so not many people agreed that limited internet devices were necessary. Today, we’re stuck to lugging our tablets from room to room for internet snacking, at least until the Internet of Things catches up that is. (Photo from Audrey by 3Com by cimatti on Flickr.) 1. MinidiscThere were several reasons the minidisc never took off in the US, despite some real sucess in Japan. The initial unit, in 1992, was incredibly expensive at $750. Teenage music fans just didn’t have that kind of cash, so they continued to use cassettes for recording their mix tapes, and to do their listening on CDs.Despite lowering the price to a more reasonalbe $250 in 1998, and bombarding the public with $30 million worth of advertising, people still didn’t bite. There were few pre-recorded albums on the format because record labels didn’t embrace the smaller disc. If you wanted an album that wasn’t by a Sony artist, you were out of luck. And by the time other labels started to eye the Minidisc, a little thing called the iPod revolutionized music. Despite a small following of diehard Minidisc fans, the format finally gave up the ghost in 2011. (Photo from MiniDisc Portable Recorder/Player by mr.smashy on Flickr.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 6. Palm FoleoI wanted this one so badly. Announced in May of 2007 to critical derision and scrapped a mere three months later, the Palm Foleo subnoted computer was another idea that was on the cusp of greatness but just missed its mark. Not long after killing the project, subnotebooks caught on as netbooks, and decision makers at Palm slapped their foreheads for listening to said critics. Palm was purchased in 2010 by HP and is now virtually extinct. (Photo from Palm Foleo by whatcounts on Flickr.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Zaha remains committed to Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is adamant that he will continue to give his best for the club regardless of what happens with his futureThe Ivory Coast international had seemed destined to leave Selhurst Park for the second time in his career after another impressive campaign in last season’s Premier League that saw him play a central role in the club’s rise from the bottom of the standings to a respectable 11th-place finish.Zaha had been strongly linked with moves to Manchester City, Chelsea and even Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window.But now that the English transfer window shut last Thursday, the 25-year-old has declared that he will be turning his full focus into helping Palace achieve their aims for the new season.“It makes no difference to me, because I had my head down anyway,” said Zaha, according to SportsKeeda.“All that stuff was not going to affect me or how the team were playing. Whatever happens, happens.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“But I’m all Palace, and you can see on the pitch that all I think about is the team doing well.”The former Manchester United player revealed that talks over a new deal are still ongoing.“We are still speaking about [a potential new contract], still negotiating, whatever. Just going to see if we can come to an agreement,” continued Zaha.“The main thing for me is scoring goals. Everyone talks about ‘no end product, no end product’. Well, tell me now.”Zaha managed to score the second goal for Palace in their 2-0 win over Fulham in Saturday’s opening game of the new league season.last_img read more

Fiorentina are not good at killing games off – Coach declares

first_imgFiorentina’s head coach Stefano Pioli has admonished his side to learn from their mistakes in an attempt to manage games better after their 1-1 draw with Frosinone last Friday.Frosinone’s Andrea Pinamonti fired in a late goal that equalized for his side prompting Pioli to declare that the Viola ‘aren’t good at killing games off’.“We’re not good at killing games off,” the Coach said after his side’s fourth straight 1-1 draw via Football Italia.“Either that or you have to know how to keep the ball. If you leave games open, one lapse is enough for the three points to slip away from you.”“We created a lot, even if Simeone didn’t have that many chances. The goals will come for him, but he must keep working. We must think about scoring more.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We have to learn from our mistakes. Their goal came from a ball we lost, so we must work on improving these situations.”“We had to manage the tempo of the game better and we didn’t always succeed. Our growth also passes through these things.”“The front three must improve and find more of an understanding on the field.”last_img read more

First Global relocating

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – A message from First Global Insurance says to its loyal Customers and Business Partners…First Global is relocating to new offices at Salt Mills Plaza Unit #25 in Grace Bay, next door to Wrightfully Fit. In order to facilitate the move, the current First Global office will be closed April 29th and 30th. The New office for First Global in Salt Mills Plaza opens on May 1st. Related Items:first global, moving, office, salt mills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

More taxes coming for TCI restaurants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – A proposal to broaden the base of who is taxed for giving dining services in the country will mean more revenue and a more leveled playing field believes the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick who presented the amendment to the 2014 ordinance.Minister Misick, yesterday during House of Assembly debate admitted there is push-back on the move to make more restaurants subject to the 12% tax.  Magnetic Media in checking the pulse of the marketplace found that while there is support for equity in who has to deliver on this tax to government, there is also the view that if there will be more paying the Hotel & Restaurant tax – which earned the second highest revenue for TCIG last fiscal year – then the tax could and should be lowered.Perhaps this suggestion holds merit, as Government recorded a surplus of $68.6 million last financial year and in that Ministry of Finance report, it said,  “Favorable results from the Hospitality sector, recording $58. 2 million at year end for Hotel & Restaurant Tax.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

French girls dominate at Miss Universe 2017

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MissUniverse2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppManila, Philippines, January 30, 2017 – Two French speaking countries dominated at the Miss Universe pageant last night; France who’s Iris Mittenaere won the 2017 title and Haiti.   Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier was a fine representation not just for her beauty, her brilliance as a 25 year old in pursuit of two Bachelor’s degrees but for her civic stance against bullying and her dream of finding a cure for blindness.Miss Colombia was third place in the show held in the Philippines and yes, again hosted by Mr. Steve Harvey… error free! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews #MissUniverse2017last_img

Pellegrini unsure of Arnautovics future at West Ham

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says it’s ‘wait and see’ when asked about the future of striker Marko Arnautovic.Arnautovic was the subject of a £35m bid from an unnamed Chinese club last week.The Austrian forward appeared to wave fans goodbye when he was substituted in their 1-0 home victory against Arsenal, fuelling speculation that he’s close to leaving West Ham.Hammers boss Pellegrini is confident the club will resolve the situation in the next couple of days.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“We will see what will happen in the next days with Marko,” he told the club’s website.“It’s an issue that the club must see what’s best for the club, the player and everyone. I hope the best position for everyone will be taken.“I’ve been in the situation a lot of times, I’ve been a manager for 30 years, but we will be calm about it because there is nothing 100% sure. We will see how it develops in the next days.”last_img read more

Outgoing Board of Supervisors member Ron Roberts on decades of work in

first_imgOutgoing Board of Supervisors member Ron Roberts on decades of work in San Diego Updated: 9:30 PM December 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: December 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- His service to San Diego spans nearly his entire life and after serving over two decades on the Board of Supervisors Ron Roberts is termed out.Ron Roberts joins KUSI to talk about his service over the years. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Opening statements set for trial of deputies charged with assault on Vista

first_img VISTA (KUSI) – Opening statements were scheduled Wednesday in the trial of two sheriff’s deputies accused of assaulting a handcuffed Vista man and his father during an arrest last year.Deputy Nicholas Morgan, 27, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault without lawful necessity by an officer, and Deputy Joshua Nahan, 31, with one count, for allegedly roughing up Gerardo Martinez Jr. and Gerardo Martinez Sr.The father and son were arrested last May 7 after the lawmen responded to a domestic violence call.A 22-second video shot by a bystander appears to show the deputies shoving Martinez Sr. into a wooden fence while his son was pinned on a concrete sidewalk and repeatedly struck in the head.Morgan faces up to two years in jail if convicted, and Nahan could be sentenced to one year in jail if found guilty, according to the District Attorney’s office.A resisting-arrest charge was dismissed against Martinez Jr., who pleaded guilty last July to a domestic violence-related charge and was sentenced to four years of probation. Opening statements set for trial of deputies charged with assault on Vista men KUSI Newsroom, May 22, 2019 Posted: May 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more