If there’s anything this year has taught us, it’s that we’re more divided than ever. Whether it’s fanboy arguments over Android versus iOS, Republicans versus Democrats, or shutdowns versus opening the economy, we seemingly can’t agree on anything. Well, except for one thing: 2020 is a dumpster fire that we all can’t wait to see in our rear view mirror.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 60 million people around the world and led to roughly 258,000 deaths in the US alone, forced an economic shutdown that eliminated more than 22 million jobs in March and April. It’s also forced a shift in how we live our lives, which we’re largely spending at home out of fear of either contracting or spreading the disease. That’s led to a particularly hard Thanksgiving holiday, with millions of people unable to spend time with their loved ones.
The Vega mission VV17 to launch Spain’s first Earth observation satellite, SeoSat-Ingenio, failed on Tuesday after the rocket transporting it deviated off its trajectory. The rocket was launched from the Guiana Space Station in Kourou in French Guiana at 2.52am (Spanish mainland time), but malfunctioned eight minutes after liftoff, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, said experts at the space station in a transmission broadcast by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Before the transmission ended, the experts said that they were waiting to obtain more data to find out what went wrong. The rocket was also transporting the French satellite TARANIS. The Vega is a rocket developed by the Italian Space Agency and ESA to put satellites into orbit. Its first
Late Monday night, a European rocket carrying two satellites failed during flight, leading to the loss of the payloads on board. It was the second major failure of this particular type of rocket within the last two years.
The rocket that failed is called Vega, one of the primary rockets developed by European launch provider Arianespace. The vehicle took off last night from Europe’s primary spaceport in French Guiana. On board the rocket was a Spanish Earth-imaging satellite called SEOSat-Ingenio, which would have been operated by the European Space Agency, and another imaging satellite from France called TARANIS.
At about eight minutes into the flight, the engine on Vega’s upper stage ignited. Right after that occurred, the rocket started to veer off course, and its altitude began dropping. After noticing the deviation, Arianespace tried to establish a signal with the rocket
Smartphone manufacturers are no stranger to questionable marketing tactics. Some of these practices are so iffy that we were able to make a list of ones to look out for earlier this year.
Nevertheless, there are questionable practices and then there are downright bad public relations blunders. We thought it would be a fun idea to round up some of the worst smartphone marketing fails ever. Do note that we’re looking at PR faux pas rather than failed products. That means no Fire Phone, Red Hydrogen One, or Galaxy Note 7.
Let’s get into some cringe.
Microsoft holds a funeral for the iPhone (2010)
It takes a special kind of brash to hold a funeral for your competitor’s mega-popular product. Even so, that’s exactly what Microsoft did to mark Windows Phone 7’s release to manufacturing. That’s right, phones shipping with the new mobile platform weren’t even out yet when Microsoft
Another cable has fallen onto the reflector dish at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, in yet another frustrating setback for this beloved facility.
The main support cable of the Arecibo Observatory failed and fell onto the dish below at 7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico time on Friday November 6, reports UCF Today. The extent of the damage is not yet known, but the dish was damaged further, as were some nearby cables. No one was hurt, but a safety zone has been set up around the facility as a precaution. With two failed support cables in three months, it’s imperative that response teams now find a way to stabilize the structure.
(Bloomberg) — Bayer AG failed to settle outstanding U.S. Roundup lawsuits by Monday, the deadline set by a judge who has said he’ll resume federal trials over claims the weedkiller caused consumers’ cancer.
Ahead of its release of an earnings statement Tuesday, Bayer disclosed in a court filing that 1,861 cases out of about 3,787 lawsuits aren’t controlled by agreements with plaintiffs’ lawyers. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco, who is overseeing all Roundup suits filed in federal courts, warned the
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Future Retail Ltd (FRL) will go into liquidation if its deal to sell assets to Reliance Industries fails, the group told a Singapore arbitrator while arguing against Amazon.com Inc’s bid to scupper the deal, a legal order seen by Reuters showed.
Amazon on Sunday won an injunction from a Singapore arbitrator to halt FRL’s deal to sell assets to Reliance. Amazon alleged FRL had breached certain contract provisions it entered into last year in a separate deal with the U.S. firm.
The dispute centres around FRL’s decision in August to sell its retail, wholesale, logistics and some other businesses to Reliance for $3.38 billion, including debt.
Amazon argues that a 2019 deal it had with a Future unit had clauses saying
Advertising and marketing have always been ripe for missteps and pop-culture absurdity, but the emergence of the internet, followed by the rise of social platforms, created seismic changes in how we consume and enjoy media, products, and even communicate with each other. That has made for some historically fertile ground for brand failure, and here’s our tour through the most notable failures since Fast Company‘s birth in 1995—with lessons that endure for those wise enough to heed them.
Calvin Klein ‘kiddie porn’ campaign (1995)
In a campaign shot by fashion photographer Steven Meisel, the young models, combined with the basement-amateur-porno vibes, sparked enough backlash that it forced the Justice Department to open an investigation. Ultimately, the brand to take out a full-page New York Times ad basically to declare it wasn’t child porn. Not exactly the image you want to sell jeans and underwear.