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Biggest Tech Failures of the past 10 years

Nothing beats reading a "Best of" list on a Friday afternoon instead of doing something productive. Today we've got the "Biggest Tech Failures of the past 10 years" from the guys over at TechSpot. 

There are two surefire ways to have your name immortalized in history: succeed in your stride toward greatness or, as so many tech firms did in 2011, faceplant trying.

Fresh in our memory are failed products like the Blackberry Playbook and HP's TouchPad, the PlayStation Network getting hacked, Microsoft's Kin smartphones being removed from circulation after a mere 48 days, AMD's FX relaunch and Duke Nukem Forever. Those and a few others have served as inspiration for us to look further back and revisit some of the biggest flops of the new millennia, starting with what many consider Microsoft's worst OS ever.

30% of UK File-Sharers intend to Pirate more...

A UK based law firm has conducted a survey asking file-sharers if they intend to pirate more material in the upcoming 12 months and 30% of people who responded said yes. Now this survey might not be all that accurate since its a bunch of lawyers asking people about illegal activity, but the fact of the matter is that people are still downloading content. It seems like the number has dropped in the past couple of years thanks to easier (and less expensive) service like Netflix, however, it looks like there is still a ways to go. TorrentFreak takes a closer look at this survey.

According to a report from a leading UK law firm, nearly 30% of UK file-sharers say they intend to pirate more movies, music, games and ebooks during the next 12 months. The entertainment industries shouldn’t be too disappointed though – 36% and 34% of paying music and movie customers say they’ll consume more in the year to come.

Google's Android lost money in 2010

The Google vs. Oracle court battle that has been going on for a couple weeks has produced a few very interesting facts about Google's Android OS. This week it has come out that Google actually lost money on their Android OS in 2010 (even though it generated over 97 Million dollar in the first quarter of 2010). It will be very interesting to see how this all pans out in the end. The Chicago Tribune has the full story.

Google Inc's Android mobile platform resulted in a net loss for the company in every quarter of 2010, despite generating roughly $97.7 million in revenue for the first quarter of that year, a U.S. judge said in court.

The discussion on Thursday of the finances of what has become the world's leading mobile operating software in just four years came during a damages hearing in high stakes litigation between Oracle and Google over smartphone technology.

BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 120mm Fans

Spectre Pro BundleWe have just taken a look at some fans from BitFenix. They may not be the first name you think of when it comes to fans, but if you need to upgrade your stock cooling, their Spectre Pro LED fans offer more than just some good looks. If you need a new case or CPU fan, check out all the details over here.

I have a lot of fans in my system and I had to really turn down every other fan and listen really close to hear these fans at all.  At about 1100 RPM I could start to hear them above the system noise in my PC.  When comparing these to the original stock fans - all three Spectre fans running at 1200 RPM are still much much quieter than having one of the originals running full blast.

15 Things Google Got Blamed For

Over the past couple years Google has been blamed by a bunch of other companies and people for being a mean big company. has taken a look at some of the more ridiculous claims people have made against Google that really wasn't their fault, yet they still got blamed publicly.

When you're a billion-dollar empire, it's only a matter of time before you become public enemy No. 1. Take Google for example. Ever since the search leader emerged as a tech giant, it's been under heavy fire for its revolutionary online products and technologies, serving as a scapegoat for a number of bad incidents that have transpired across the globe. It got to the point that even former Google CEO Eric Schmidt admitted that the company had become accustomed to taking the blame for everything. Terrorist attacks, market share drops, child pornography, and stolen property—you name it, Google's been accused of it. Today news broke that the Federal Communication Commission announced that it has concluded its investigation into Google's interception of user data from WiFi networks via its Street View cars, meaning it's no longer being blamed for one thing for which it was previously blamed. If only it was always this lucky. Here’s a look at The 15 Most Ridiculous Things Blamed On Google.

Wii U + Android OS?

The latest rumor swirling around the upcoming Nintendo Wii U is that is might be sporting a version of Android on it. Of course neither Nintendo or Google has confirmed anything, but if they could actually pull it off successfully it would add a ton of extra available content to the Wii U. RipTen has the details on the rumors over here.

There have been a lot of rumors flying around lately about the Wii U running a version of Android OS. Nintendo and Google have yet to confirm anything regarding the marrying of their console and operating system. It does leave Android owners, and prospective Wii U buyers, to wonder about the different possibilities this pairing could offer. Nintendo has lacked in the department of downloadable content and applications. The addition of Android’s Google Play Store to the Wii U could be of enormous help when it comes to ”filling the cabinets” with media and applications.

BlackBerry 10 Alpha

BlackBerry has announced their new BlackBerry 10 OS and they are hoping its enough to get people to come back to the BlackBerry side (or keep the rest of their customers from leaving). The official launch of their BlackBerry 10 OS is probably still quite a ways away, but they are starting to give developers a sneak peek and gives their thoughts on this new operating system.

Research in Motion still has a long way to go before launching its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones, but the company is hoping to tide fans over with a sneak peak at the operating system.

A new video, released during RIM's BlackBerry World conference, focuses on the slickness of BlackBerry 10, showing an extreme departure from RIM's existing phones.

Gaming Peripherals Bits

As we kick off the hardware news today, we've got a rather large collection of some gaming peripherals.  Enjoy.


Intel Goes Mini - and Powerful

Intel is moving forward and putting their chips in some pretty small boxes themselves.  Over at Sweclockers they have a look at a Core i5 system in a box about 4" by 4".  That's pretty small - but when it packs Core i5 power - you don't have to give up much.  The website is translated from Swedish, so it may sound a bit odd.


Despite its compact dimensions, there is room for a lot of components. Intel includes everything from Core i3 processor to Thunderbolt, USB, WLAN, Bluetooth and HDMI. All circuits are soldered and of the same type that are commonly found in laptops.

Precise Pangolin Reviewed

As we discussed on Monday during Weekly Tech Update #157 - Apple is about 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security.  What do you do?  Maybe it's time to flip the switch and jump onto the Ubuntu bandwagon.  Engadget has a look at Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" in a full review and it just may be that for your travel computer, this flavor of Linux would do nicely.

Historically, Ubuntu has always worked well with ThinkPads, and that does not appear to have changed with Precise Pangolin. Out of the box everything worked as it should, with the exception of the fingerprint reader -- a small sacrifice.

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