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.
ROKR: The iTunes Phone
A year and a half before the iPhone was introduced, Apple took the stage to announce a very, very different product: the iTunes phone, built in partnership with Motorola and Cingular.
The Motorola RAZR
This week, Quinn and Stephen talk about one of the world's first cool phones, and how its parent company was bent on destroying its good name.
In an effort to keep Microsoft from controlling the PC software industry, in the 1980s, IBM created OS/2, an operating system meant to give its computers a competitive advantage.
In 2008, a vision for a simple, browser-based tablet as born. Just a few years later, after failed lawsuits and rip-off products, no one had anything to show for their work.
The Amazon Fire Phone
This time, Quinn and Stephen look back — in 3D! — at the Amazon Fire Phone. Between its operating system, unusual gesture system and a price that was way too high, it was dead on arrival. After that, the guys go shopping for each other on Amazon.
The Nexus Q
In 2012, Google announced a sphere-shaped media player that was meant to be used with a TV or sound system. It was a disaster.
I really love retro tech. This show is well done, entertaining, and reminds me of tech of old (and not so old). I wish they were still releasing new episodes.
Interesting content, great hosts, just wish it came out more often. Need a Pebble episode!
Haven’t listened to a single pod yet, but if the pods half as good as the YouTube channel, I’m sure it’ll be great; entertaining and informative.
Don’t make me look dumb mr Quinn !