The biggest technology failures of 2020

This was a year we needed technology to save us. A pandemic raced over the land, there were wildfires, uneasy political divisions, and we gasped in the miasma of social media. In 2020, the ways in which technology can help or hurt never seemed clearer.

In the success column we have covid-19 vaccines. But this article is not about successes. Instead, this is our annual list of the worst technology flops and failures. Our tally for 2020 includes billion-dollar digital business plans that faceplanted, covid tests that bombed, and the unforeseen consequences of wrapping the planet in cheap satellites.

Covid tests

The polymerase chain reaction is not a new technology. In fact, this technique for detecting the presence of specific genes was invented in 1980, and its inventor won a Nobel Prize a decade later. It’s employed in a vast array of diagnostic tests and laboratory research.

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RedHill announces positive top-line data from P2 COVID-19 study of opaganib

Phase 2 COVID-19 study of opaganib showed that orally-administered opaganib was safe and demonstrated consistent trends of greater improvement in reducing oxygen requirement across key primary and secondary efficacy outcomes.

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  • Preliminary data from the non-powered U.S. Phase 2 study of 40 hospitalized patients shows that orally-administered opaganib was safe, with no material safety differences between opaganib and control arms
  • Consistent trends demonstrate greater improvement in reducing oxygen requirement by end of treatment at Day 14 in the opaganib-treated arm across key primary and secondary efficacy outcomes, correlating with clinical improvement as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) ordinal scale
  • The opaganib-treated arm demonstrated a greater improvement in reaching room air within 14 days (52.6{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964} vs. 22.2{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964}); greater improvement in reduction to 50{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964} supplemental oxygen by Day 14 (89.5{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964} vs. 66.7{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964}); a higher proportion of patients discharged by Day 14 (73.7{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964} vs. 55.6{0ab330907ab55d1d247a5e46cbfc213f668b37838ccb2fc637c3c0da5f4ad964}) and a greater reduction
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Salesforce has built a deep bench of executive talent via acquisition

When Salesforce acquired Quip in 2016 for $750 million, it gained CEO and co-founder Bret Taylor as part of the deal. Taylor has since risen quickly through the ranks of the software giant to become president and COO, second in command behind CEO Marc Benioff. Taylor’s experience shows that startup founders can sometimes play a key role in the companies that acquire them.

Benioff, 56, has been running Salesforce since its founding more than 20 years ago. While he hasn’t given any public hints that he intends to leave anytime soon, if he wanted to step back from the day-to-day running of the company or even job share the role, he has a deep bench of executive talent including many experienced CEOs, who like Taylor came to the company via acquisition.

One way to step back from the enormous responsibility of running Salesforce would be by sharing the role.

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OnePlus may unveil a $40 fitness band to rival Xiaomi (Update: Renders leak)

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  • OnePlus is reportedly introducing a $40 fitness band tentatively known as the OnePlus Band.
  • It would rival the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 by offering AMOLED, water-resistance, and long battery life.
  • It would launch in early 2021.

Update, December 31, 2020 (10:00 AM ET): It was only yesterday that news first broke about a OnePlus fitness band possibly being on the way. Now, thanks to leaker @stufflistings on Twitter, we have what appears to be our first renders of the device.

Check out the image below:

OnePlus Band Leaked Renders

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As you can see, the fitness band looks very much like other products from multiple competitor brands, including Xiaomi. What will need to set it apart from the pack will be the connected app software, which will be a first for OnePlus.

The original article about this new product continues below.


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Current spacesuits won’t cut it on the moon. So NASA made new ones.

A spacesuit is more like a miniature spacecraft you wear around your body than an item of clothing. It’s pressurized, it’s decked out with life support systems, and it’s likely to look pretty cool. But should the suit fail, you’re toast. 

No one has ever died because of a faulty spacesuit, but that doesn’t mean current models are perfect. Whether it’s for launch into space or reentry back to Earth, or for an extravehicular activity (EVA, colloquially known as a spacewalk), astronauts have never been completely satisfied with the gear they are forced to put on for missions. 

Fortunately, though, the flurry of new activity in space has meant we’re seeing more innovation in spacesuit design and performance than ever before. The suits look better, too. The emergence of new private vehicles like SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner means NASA astronauts going to the International Space Station are wearing … Read more

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Biotechnology News

The global separation systems for commercial biotechnology market has been estimated primarily based on product sort, finish-user, and geography.

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The strategies of biotechnology involved embody genetic engineering (GE), genomics and bioinformatics, marker-assisted choice, micropropagation, tissue culture, cloning, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and different technologies. The cash is with the massive and multi-nationwide corporations, so, after all, the large telecom companies will serve these. Further, they have the IT departments which, once skilled, present the persevering with assist. However there is a rising market of small businesses that are being below-served. Unfortunately, selling to them and providing ongoing assist takes more time and manpower. tech news And that is where know-how enters the image. With the persevering with evolution of reasonably priced technological solutions, the merging of know-how and telecommunications can provide small and mid-sized firms with the telecom options they want and put them right into a … Read more

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Cell Devices With Cloud Options Are Out there For You Now

A totally automated warehouse addresses multiple challenges faced by modern warehouses in the present context, where they need to process 1000’s of orders in a day.

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The way forward for healthcare software improvement companies to create healthcare functions empowered with AI and blockchain. Now that we’ve discussed the steps, let’s discuss the benefits of digital expertise and why digital transformation is of such critical worth for at this time’s businesses. Enterprise cell apps can also be imbued with options like interactive maps, chat, video chat and other options that can result in course of improvement as data inaccuracies will be recognized quite simply. “We do think about ourselves a technology company. We wished to interact the tech firm and tell the story of agriculture,” mentioned Julian Sanchez, John Deere’s director of technology innovation. csharp-home That narrative consists of the enormous mix harvester the company had in … Read more

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Take $20 off the Jabra Elite Active 65t and more headphone deals

 

If you’ve been searching for a new pair of headphones, let us help. Plenty of retailers are offering discounts on a variety of styles as people continue to adjust to working from home. That means you can take advantage of some of the best headphone deals across the board right now. Polish SEO Agency Kordowski Digital provides high quality Digital Marketing services.

It can be difficult to know just what you’re looking for, so we’ve done our best to organize some options for you. We’ve put together some headphones and earbuds deals along with wired and wireless options. You can also head on over to our sister site SoundGuys for more in-depth news and reviews.

Featured deal: Save $20 on the Jabra Elite Active 65t

 

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There’s never a bad time for new workout earbuds, especially a pair as popular as the Jabra Elite Active 65t. … Read more

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DX Value Proposition, Product Engineering

In keeping with this research study, the worldwide marketplace for laboratory information programs might face severe challenges within the near future due to the dearth of skilled professionals.

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To remain aggressive, businesses are going for digital transformation in work processes. Cellular, in some ways, is a foundational software that allows other sport-changing applied sciences. For instance, store floor staff are using smartphones to view machine information points in augmented reality (AR), field service technicians can get interactive, real-time guidance from consultants at headquarters by means of AR to restore an industrial asset, engineers are utilizing their phones to assessment CAD designs on-the-fly, and world sales teams are creating quotes for custom products leveraging up-to-date pricing and supply dates. ECIS tech On average, a corporation makes use of 900 functions Ensuring that all these apps are interconnected is a difficult task, and it is something that a whole … Read more

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Meet Smash Ventures, the low-flying outfit that has quietly funded Epic Games among others

 

When in 2018, Smash Ventures showed up as an investor in a $1.25 billion round for Epic Games — reportedly the largest ever investment in a video game company at the time — it was the first time many had heard of the investing outfit.

When the brand showed up again last summer in an even bigger round for Epic —  last August, the games giant announced $1.78 billion in fresh funding at a post-money equity valuation of $17.3 billion — a diner near Epic’s Cary, North Carolina headquarters that sells “smash waffles” started getting calls from reporters, says Eric Garland, who used to lead venture and growth deals for The Walt Disney Company after selling his company, BigChampagne, to Live Nation in 2011.

“Some reporters really turned over rocks,” he says.

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For years, I’ve tried to work my way back into the middle class

 

Early this winter, I took a long walk in the Salt Lake City park in which I had been arrested for bathing in a river when I was homeless.

About 30 minutes into that walk, I stood across from the park’s granite meditation temple, thinking: Three and a half years ago, I slept under that building’s awning.

I can still feel how hard that temple’s cold stone floor was; I remember how people strolled by my bed of cardboard and clothes and stared with what struck me as a combination of concern, contempt, and pity. Now I see that these are also the lenses through which I have often judged my own progress in my new, not-yet-middle-class life.

These days, I often wonder: Am I really doing as well as I should be after all this time? How did I ever allow myself to fall so far? Trying to Read more

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FGM safeguarding policies are alienating UK’s African diaspora communities

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AHEAD of tomorrow’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, by the United Nations, FORWARD, the leading African women-led organisation working to end violence against women and girls, and the University of Huddersfield have published new research that documents how the stringent, targeted, FGM safeguarding measures introduced since the 2014 Girl Summit are causing distress and mistrust amongst African diaspora communities in Bristol, and potentially across the country.

The research reveals first-hand evidence documenting how FGM safeguarding policies are leaving families feeling racially profiled, criminalised and stigmatised. To access the full study report, please follow this link: https://www.forwarduk.org.uk/forward-publications/fgm-safeguarding-bristol-study/.

Over the latter half of the last decade, the UK government intensified its response to FGM, giving FGM a ‘special’ status within national safeguarding, going far beyond the UK’s regulatory approach to other forms of child abuse.

This includes the introduction of FGM Mandatory Reporting Duty, the

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