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Failed tech fads

The sure-thing tech trends that flopped big time.

Donald Bell Senior Editor / How To
Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.
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Watch this: Failed tech fads

I can't help thinking that we are in the middle of a lot of overinflated, much-hyped tech fads right now. Smart watches, Google Glass, 4k TVs, and all manner of electronic novelties are poised to fill the silence as the party winds down with the maturing technologies of tablets and smartphones.

But as I can't say for certain which of these current trends will flop and which ones will stick around, I figured I'd take a look back at some of the biggest tech fads in recent history. These were the huge trends that seemed to point the way to the future, but then the future had other plans.

Now, this is one of my unapologetically subjective Top 5 videos

, so you're bound to disagree with me. That's okay. Drop your [constructive] critiques and suggestions in the comments or holler at me on Twitter (@donald).


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