10 Worst Design Failures of All Time

Nokia N-Gage is one of the most famous examples of design shortcomings. Although the concept of a phone combined with a gaming console proved to be a winner (right iPhone?) the clumsiness of the design doomed Nokia’s plans. Examples? To change the game you needed to remove the battery (?!). Speaker and microphone were placed on a side of the phone, so you needed to actually speak to the side of the device.

Jerry Cao, UXPin.com

I normally consider “Top 10 XXX of All Time” style articles to be the cancer of the Internet, but good Christ some of the things on this list truly are horrific design failures.

Divide. Profit. Repeat.

We were in Tennessee. During the motorcade, he spotted some ugly racial epithets scrawled on signs. Late that night in the hotel, when the local dignitaries had finished the last bottles of bourbon and branch water and departed, he started talking about those signs. “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” he said. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

Bill Moyers recalling a late night conversation with President Lyndon B. Johnson

This quote feels particularly pertinent at the moment. Funny how some things never change.

Apple discontinues Airport Wifi Routers

The technology had been standardised; it had a name; now Wi-Fi needed a market champion, and it found one in Apple, a computer-maker renowned for innovation. The company told Lucent that, if it could make an adapter for under $100, Apple would incorporate a Wi-Fi slot into all its laptops. Lucent delivered, and in July 1999 Apple introduced Wi-Fi as an option on its new iBook computers, under the brand name AirPort. “And that completely changed the map for wireless networking,” says Greg Raleigh of Airgo, a wireless start-up based in Palo Alto, California. Other computer-makers quickly followed suit. Wi-Fi caught on with consumers just as corporate technology spending dried up in 2001.

A brief history of Wi-Fi | The Economist

It feels weird to me that Apple have stopped making Wi-Fi routers. Coupled with the news of them leaving the display business, it just all feels a little… un-Apple of them to seemingly let go of so many components of the total user experiece.

With regards to wireless networking, I can’t help but feel that it’s simply because Apple is moving to launch a home automation hub to compete with Google Home & Amazon’s Alexa. I really do hope that is the case. It’s starting to feel like Apple is cutting a whole lot of things before providing adequate replacements. And nothing pisses people off more then not being sure of what’s next.

Apple Acknowledges Iphone 6S Battery & Shutdown Issues

Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015.

If you have experienced this issue, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider and have your device’s serial number checked to confirm eligibility for a battery replacement, free of charge.

Apple.com

The Popular Vote

It’s a striking difference between the election’s ultimate loser and its winner, though the gap is not a record. In 2000 — the most recent case of the electoral college winner being unable to garner the popular vote — Republican George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore by 547,398. However, the electoral college result was far closer than Trump and Clinton’s matchup, with Bush claiming 271 to Gore’s 266 and the election coming down to a single state: Florida.

Greg Price for the International Business Times

The difference is now up to 1.4 million in favour of Clinton and counting ….

Market Share vs Profit Share

BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long estimates that Apple accounted for 103.6% of smartphone industry operating profits in the third quarter. Its share is over 100% because other vendors lost money in the business, resulting in Apple having more smartphone profit than the industry netted overall. In the year-earlier period, Apple grabbed 90% of smartphone profits, Long said in a research report Thursday.

Patrick Seitz for Investors Business Daily

Something to consider when reading all the “Apple Doom & Gloom stories” of late.