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Remembering the Apple Newton's Prophetic Failure and Lasting Impact | WIRED

Remembering the Apple Newton's Prophetic Failure and Lasting Impact | WIRED | Nice try! | Scoop.it
In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, the Edsel are all case studies in failure–albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad.
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With Newton, Apple didn’t just set out to create a new device. It wanted to invent an entirely new class of computing. Computers that could slip into pockets and go out into the world. In fact, the pocket was a core design requirement.


There was just one problem: handwriting. “We were just way ahead of the technology,” laments Capps. “We barely got it functioning by ’93 when we started shipping it.” 

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The Microsoft Zune flop

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Microsoft is phasing out Zune, a name that once symbolized grand plans to curb Apple’s entertainment ambitions. The Zune music service will be renamed Xbox Music, as Microsoft seeks to capitalize on the most successful brand in its consumer strategy.
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The Zune was a failure in the market, coming too late to stop the iPod juggernaut and falling short of the high bar 

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Huge tech flops are the legacy of 2013: Peter Nowak

Huge tech flops are the legacy of 2013: Peter Nowak | Nice try! | Scoop.it
Launching new gadgets is always a risky proposition, even for the biggest names in consumer technology, but 2013 was a particularly disappointing year. Peter Nowak takes a look at why Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the BlackBerry 10 smartphone were among the biggest busts.
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The CueCat

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Released at the height of the tech boom in the late 1990s, the CueCat was a massively expensive failure. Millions of the cat-shaped bar-code scanners were produced and shipped for free across the...
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Why VHS was better than Betamax

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In the first of his weekly columns for Guardian Unlimited, Jack Schofield debunks an urban myth.
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"Since real people make real buying decisions based on "the whole product" (and if they didn't, we'd change the model), simpleminded comparisons of products by technological feature are very likely to get it wrong."

"VHS offered a bigger choice of hardware at lower cost, the tapes were cheaper and more easily available, there were a lot more movies to rent, and so on."

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Why This Historic Ford Flop Is One Of Bill Gates' Favorite Case Studies

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The 1958 Ford Edsel remains one of the biggest flops in corporate history. Gates thinks execs and marketers can still learn lessons from it.
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Edsel's designers knew that they were creating an image, a character, but instead of refining their vision, they decided to make it everything at once.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ford-flop-bill-gates-favorite-case-studies-2014-7#ixzz3PFYTPozk

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From Hype to Disaster: Segway’s Timeline - Digits - WSJ

From Hype to Disaster: Segway’s Timeline - Digits - WSJ | Nice try! | Scoop.it
The death of Segway's owner is a gruesome chapter in the history of an invention that was supposed to revolutionize the way we got around but that ended up going nowhere.
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From the initial hype, when Kamen stated that 'it will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy', Segway has now found its niche as the vehicle of choice for mall cops and lazy tourists

Read more: http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1991915_1991909_1991902,00.html #ixzz2fk6LhJ2w

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Microsoft Bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Microsoft Bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product, released in March 1995, although widely publicized prior to that date under the codename "Utopia", which provided a new, non-technical interface to desktop computing operations. It was one of Microsoft's more visible product failures.

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