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Not all tech products succeed once on the market, and some are killed off with little warning. Flashback looks back at failed tech products to see what we can learn by studying their demises. Hosted by Stephen Hackett and Quinn Nelson.

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Not all tech products succeed once on the market, and some are killed off with little warning. Flashback looks back at failed tech products to see what we can learn by studying their demises. Hosted by Stephen Hackett and Quinn Nelson.

    Flashback 8: The Microsoft Kin

    Flashback 8: The Microsoft Kin

    Microsoft was late to the smartphone party, and its first entrance, the Kin, was designed for teens and young adults who didn't want or need an iPhone, Android phone or Blackberry. The only problem? That audience didn't really exist.

    • 34 min
    Flashback 7: AOL Instant Messenger

    Flashback 7: AOL Instant Messenger

    It is time to add Stephen and Quinn to your Buddy List.

    • 41 min
    Flashback 6: The Be Computer Company

    Flashback 6: The Be Computer Company

    Started by former members of Apple's leadership team, Be was formed to take on the Mac and other computers of the mid-90s. The company wrote its own operating system and shipped dual-CPU towers before failing to be bought by Apple and slowly fading away.

    • 41 min
    Flashback 5: Three Failed Game Consoles

    Flashback 5: Three Failed Game Consoles

    On this episode, Quinn and Stephen explore three failed game consoles: the Apple Pippin, Nintendo Virtual Boy and the Ouya.

    • 57 min
    Flashback 4: webOS

    Flashback 4: webOS

    With its webOS hardware, including the Pre, Pixi and more, Palm (and later HP) tried to take on the giants of the early smartphone wars. While webOS was hugely innovative, it wasn't enough to break into the most important market in consumer electronics.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Flashback 3: The GM EV1

    Flashback 3: The GM EV1

    Electric cars may seem like 21st century tech, but they are far from modern invention. Along the winding path to the present was the GM EV1, the first purpose-designed electric vehicle. It went on sale in 1996, but were all crushed within 10 years.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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