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Google has begun removing fake news from its search results. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

2016 was a bummer in a lot of ways, especially in tech


A woman was killed in a New Year's Day fireworks explosion in Hawaii

WATCH  | Here are five ways technology disappointed us in 2016.

OK, so maybe it wasn't this bad...

1. Galaxy phones blowing up

Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 was released this summer, and critics dubbed the stylus-equipped phablet the “best new Android phone.” But then the batteries inside the phones started exploding and Samsung had to recall all of them.

This is a sad story notwithstanding CeeLo Green's sick attempt to fool us into thinking he had a Note7 explode in his ear last week -- long after most Note7s in the United States had been returned for refunds.

(Shawn L. Minter via AP)

A Samsung Galaxy Note7, fried.

2. Online fake news muddies election season

A BuzzFeed report showed there was more engagement with “hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs” than real news articles on Facebook during election day 2016.

And despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's belief that it's "crazy" to think fake news could have swung the election, other influential tech leaders, like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, think fake news had a real impact.

One in a hundred voters voting one way or the other swings the election either way... There should just be no situation where fake news gets distributed.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai

3. Drones still grounded

2016 was another year of zero-sum advancements in commercial drone regulations in the United States.

One-off gimmicks like Google drones flying burritos to college students only showed us the kinds of delights we’re missing out on. Same goes for the pizza delivery drone Domino’s dispatched in New Zealand this year.

And though 2016 saw Amazon finally complete its first official Prime Air delivery -- that was in Britain, not the United States.

4. Self-driving car crashes

Google’s self-driving car caused its first traffic accident when it merged into a lane and collided with a bus in California. Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was also found to be the cause of several car accidents this year, including one highway collision that left a Model S owner dead.

But it's not all terrible: Even with some early accidents tallied, research shows self-driving cars are less likely to get into crashes than cars driven by humans.

Self-Driving Cars-Crash
(Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority via AP)

Fender-bender, brought to you by Google.

5. Apple fumbles removal of iPhone headphone port

To temper the unpopularity of releasing a phone without a headphone jack, Apple announced the iPhone 7 alongside Apple’s wireless AirPods. Good idea! Except the earbuds were not available for sale months after the phone was released.

With holiday shopping winding down, AirPods are finally available to buy and pair with your iPhone -- which is good, since you can no longer (without the help of a dongle) plug into it any of the other million sets of headphones you own.

Apple Event
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The AirPods were one of Apple's prized announcements at its September iPhone 7 event. But they were delayed months past their scheduled late-October release.

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