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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 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
    Flashback 2: The Microsoft Zune

    Flashback 2: The Microsoft Zune

    In the 2000s, the iPod was a true juggernaut, simply dominating the portable music player market. Microsoft wanted a piece of the pie, and launched the Zune 30, which eventually spread into a line of both hardware products and software services.

    • 51 min
    Flashback 1: The Newton

    Flashback 1: The Newton

    Today, Apple is well known for its mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, but in the 1990s, the Macintosh-only company invented the Personal Digital Assistant. However, after five short years, the whole Newton line was cancelled.

    • 42 min
    Flashback 0: Introduction

    Flashback 0: Introduction

    On this season of Flashback, we’ll be looking at examples of failed tech products or companies.

    • 2 min

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