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You can be forgiven if you thought everything that could go wrong did go wrong in 2020. As it turned out, only most things went wrong. And that was especially true in the world of tech.
Corporate behemoths like Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter continued to step on every rake found in their path. Video streaming services that popped up to help us through the pandemic caused more headaches than they solved. And while the PS5 and Xbox Series X both allegedly debuted in the fall, you may still be waiting for evidence that next-generation gaming consoles actually exist.
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Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying, though, so with that in mind, gather around (at a safe distance anyhow) and relive some of 2020’s greatest tech fails.
16. Amazon reshapes Ireland
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With detailed Map applications on every computer, smartphone and car console, you’d think that major companies would know basic geography, but you’d be wrong. We learned this firsthand back in November, when Amazon accidentally overwrote 100 years of European history and reunited Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. And, like many great moments in European history, it all started with a rugby match.
Northern Irish journalist Chris Jones asked Amazon’s Twitter account why he couldn’t view an England vs. Georgia rugby game streaming on Amazon Prime, which held exclusive UK rights to the match. A well-meaning (but completely incorrect) rep responded that since Jones was in Northern Ireland, he couldn’t view UK-exclusive content. Irish Twitter set to work right away, making thousands of “Ireland is reunited at last!” jokes — including “Free Delivery” instead of “Free Derry.” — Marshall Honorof
15. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra autofocus issues
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra had all the makings of the best camera phone ever. It packed a huge 108 megapixel sensor and a whopping 100x space zoom. There was just one problem. This $1,400 phablet had trouble focusing, especially when shooting video.
I tried shooting footage of my colleague and the S20 Ultra had serious trouble, with the focus jumping around as he moved. Samsung would ultimately release a software fix for this issue, but the real fix came with a dedicated autofocus sensor on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Lesson learned. — Mark Spoonauer
14. Facebook’s antitrust problems
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Facebook must have been feeling good about its 2020,