Finally, 2020 has come to an end, and it was a tumultuous journey for everyone that nobody wishes to recall. Last year was a challenging one for us all, from the spiking rates of the coronavirus pandemic, uncomfortable wildfires, demonstrations against social inequality, democratic divisions to the death of high-profile personalities. We have vaccines for COVID-19 on the way, but this is not about it. 2020 was a good year for the tech industry, too.
We’re looking back at such an unprecedented year on this list and the top five worst and strangest tech products we could leave behind in 2020.
Unverified Face Recognition Feature
To begin with, facial recognition tech feature is such a divisive product. While it helps you fit a human face against a facial database to authenticate users with ID, some think it is a privacy violation. Based on how it’s used, it may be a double-edged weapon.
For the Chinese government, 2020 wasn’t a successful year. The government had its first-ever lawsuit last February concerning facial recognition feature, especially against Uighur minorities, prompting a widespread and heated debate.
Removing charging adapters from Apple’s newer lineups
Apple released the latest iPhone 12 series and its models earlier in October: iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with no charging adapters and earpods included in its packaging.
The reason is to fulfill the tech giant’s “environmental goals,” which seems absurd since not anyone has ever purchased an iPhone before. And what is next? Including no SIM ejector?
Google’s New Logo Nobody Called For
In October, Google made a sudden update to some of the icons of its items, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Meet, and Sheets. Super Google-ish, the latest logos are mainly red, green, blue and purple. For both recent and old tech users, it was, and still is, frustrating. The move is part of the venture of Google to rebrand Google Workplace and integrate it all into one location for everyone.
Quibi Burning Investors’ $1.75 billion
Quibi was released in 2018 as a short-lived video site in hopes that it will deal with other major names in the game. After receiving a massive $1.75 billion investment from customers two years back, Jeffrey Katzenberg, the company’s CEO, dismantled Quibi because it falls shy of its subscriber projections. As CNBC announced, Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and AT&T’s WarnerMedia are among the biggest funders of the venture.
Cyberpunk 2077’s Hyper Realistic-Looking
Ultimately, sorry, not sorry, we have “Cyberpunk 2077.” CD Projekt Red unveiled the groundbreaking project to the planet after several setbacks and grueling crunch culture, only to collide with a toxic collective reception.
The “Cyberpunk 2077” experience on PS4 and Xbox One‘s current-gen consoles has been terrifying after being promoted during the PS4 period. There are bugs, inconsistencies, unpolished visuals and slow gameplay to be found anywhere. “Cyberpunk 2077” is so poor that the Japanese tech giant Sony wanted to take the game from its PlayStation Shelf only a few weeks after its publication.