In technology, companies are unveiling new products almost every day, touting each as if it were the one device that will truly change the world.
Rarely is that true, and for every big hit there are many misses.
For whatever reason -- perhaps a steep price, lack of interest or just uselessness -- some products never catch on and turn out to be big flops. And halfway through 2013, there have already been quite a few of these cases.
The Chromebook Pixel is a great little computer. It has a crystal-clear screen, beautiful design, and numerous useful features, but at the steep price of $1,300, this
BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, was hoping to push back into the U.S. smartphone market this year with the BlackBerry Z10 as its crown jewel. But so far neither the Z10 or any of its other new devices have gained ground on Apple and Android. And now, BlackBerry has announced that it is considered selling itself.
HTC First (the Facebook phone)
After years of rumors of a Facebook phone,
Twitter scored a major hit this year when it released Vine, but its other app release, Twitter Music, has failed to catch on completely. The service is supposed to help users discover new music, but unlike Vine which now has more than 40 million users, Twitter Music never built up any momentum.
The Surface RT was released in late 2012 as
Similar to the Surface RT, the Nintendo Wii U has also struggled to sell. Though it is the successor to the ultra-popular Wii game system, the Wii U has sold so poorly that in July
Twice this year Microsoft has tried to release a working version of a YouTube app for its smartphones, but twice YouTube has had issues with the product and forced Microsoft to remove the app from its app store. Bickering between the two companies has left Windows Phone users without a way to watch YouTube natively through their smartphones.