With tech companies firing, Steve Jobs ailing (get well, Steve!) and the auto industry in a downward spiral, it’s no wonder that the first of 2009’s big shows were a bit ho-hum. Sure, there were a few high points (Apple’s matte screen on the 17-inch Macbook Pro, Palm’s WebOS and Fisker’s luxury sport hybrid, Karma), but all in all I was just plain bored by what was announced and exhibited at this year’s CES, MacWorld and Detroit Auto Show.
We’ve already covered the biggest letdowns of CES in a previous article, so I’m sharing a different kind of naughty list: the lamest, most questionable, counterintuitive, what-were-they-thinking announcements of this past convention season—the stuff that just rubbed me the wrong way.
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