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% vs. 22.2%); greater improvement in reduction to 50% supplemental oxygen by Day 14 (89.5% vs. 66.7%); a higher proportion of patients discharged by Day 14 (73.7% vs. 55.6%) 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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We asked, you told us: You don’t think Samsung should kill the Note series

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Multiple recent reports have sounded the death knell for Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. Some say Samsung will completely ditch the phablet line in 2021 while others insist there might be one last Note on its way out next year.

Based on these reports, we asked our readers what they think of Samsung merging the Galaxy Note series with the Galaxy S flagship line. We also asked our audience across YouTube, Twitter, and our website if they want Samsung to kill off the Galaxy Note series completely. Here are the results of both those polls.

Do you want Samsung to merge the Galaxy S and Note series?



Do you think Samsung should kill off the Galaxy Note series?



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OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 will get Android 11…and then that’s it.

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  • OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus Nord N10 and Nord N100 will receive just one Android upgrade.
  • Since the devices ship with Android 10, that means they’ll eventually get Android 11 and then no more upgrades after that.
  • The company did also confirm that both phones will see two years of security updates.

The OnePlus Nord series is brand new in 2020. As such, we don’t have years and years of history to look at when it comes to software upgrades, security support, etc. Up until now, that info has been all up in the air.

Related: OnePlus phones: A history of the company’s entire lineup so far

However, OnePlus recently confirmed to Android Central that the two newest Nord phones — the Nord N10 and Nord N100 — will only receive one software upgrade. Both devices ship with Android 10, which logically means … Read more

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The Charlesworth Group strengthens Hindawi partnership in China

Leading open access publisher Hindawi has extended their partnership with The Charlesworth Group to include digital author marketing in China.

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The services provided by The Charlesworth Group form part of a holistic package of solutions across the entire publication journey to support Hindawi’s author engagement strategy in China. Through this partnership, The Charlesworth Group are now providing Hindawi with comprehensive digital marketing, including a new Chinese website and search marketing campaigns. Charlesworth have provided WeChat account management services and media monitoring to Hindawi since early 2018 and have recently begun offering Hindawi authors optional expert editing services through Charlesworth Author Services.

Through offering these new services, together with the existing WeChat account management service, this partnership can offer deeper author engagement in the China market at a key time for Chinese researchers as institutions begin to map out their publications policy in

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What Is Multimedia Technology?

The outsourcing historical past of India is one of phenomenal progress in a very brief span of time. With telecom auditing, all telecom network and services of the corporate will likely be reviewed and analyzed including the previous and recent telecom bill statements, different accounts, invoices, and procurement contracts. Telecom audits cover reviewing all the company’s records, receipts, books of accounts, equipments utilization, insurance policies, and contracts related to telecommunications. The subsequent area to incorporate is the applied sciences present in the company and other equipment that’s but to be bought. And the last space that a telecom auditor should not miss is the telecom statements of the corporate. This may embody the phone usage policies, equipment contracts, tariff price, and network resource capabilities. The brand new technology above just isn’t all. There are other progressive devices that may danger. Google Car and 3D printer might be dangerous. It is … Read more

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Telecommunications Firm Is Causing A Buzz!

Cranes form an necessary a part of most civil engineering initiatives. By means of AI applications built into web platforms and cellular applications, the social credit score system is intended to ultimately monitor and gather data associated to most every little thing an individual does. In nearly all points, Chinese citizens orchestrate their lives by their telephones. By and huge, China has develop into a cashless society, and nearly all transactions are executed by means of cell, digital expertise. Tencent’s WeChat app is sort of unknown outdoors of China and Southeast Asia, however inside China it has a mobile user base of over one billion individuals. Usually described as the world’s tremendous app, WeChat is used for the whole lot from text, audio, and video messaging to info searches, purchases, banking, private funds, and medical records administration. It’s a compilation, in a single app, of Google, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal, Instagram, … Read more

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US Sanctions Over South China Sea Will Not Have an effect on Blacklisted Chinese Building Big CCCC, Company

Over time, the developments in communication expertise have been fairly troublesome to keep up with. Seven scamware apps present in Google Play and Apple’s App Retailer corralled more than half one million dollars for their builders, in keeping with Avast. The corporate discovered the malicious apps after a 12-12 months-old girl flagged a suspicious app promoted on a TikTok profile by means of its “Be Safe Online” challenge. The HUS Bridge Hospital and extension of the Radiation Care Division funding is valued at about 303 million euros and required more than 8,000 precast items and greater than 4,000 tons of steel. All through the design course of, the 3D fashions played an important position in collaboration, serving to stakeholders visualize the design and coordinating an enormous variety of disciplines and subcontractors. Efficient information administration was important for the project’s sixteen completely different fields of planning and 194 submodels. Augmented and … Read more

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Auto Electronics

Singapore has developed a robotic that carries out nasal swabbing to diagnose COVID-19, in a bid to scale back healthcare employees’ risk of exposure to the lethal coronavirus. Additionally, with the stress- and life-style-associated diseases on the rise, this sector is gaining extra popularity. Worldwide giants, reminiscent of AIG, have partnered with the Tata group. Other such collaborations are Bajaj Allianz and Aviva. Extra persons are going for insurance to assist safe their healthcare wants. Thus, this business is a serious funding area. The professionals of CAD designing company drafts or transforms concept into the software program to create creative design. In correspondence to paper design, drafting helps in creating digital design. The paper design could possibly be any hand drawn sketches or handbook drawing of any constructing. So as to make utterly editable and flexible design, multilayered design is produced. As a part of the deal, Nokia will offer … Read more

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