Worst Tech of 2020 – What The Tech Ep. 490

Posted on December 24, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, What The Tech with 6 Comments

Andrew and Paul discuss the worst tech of 2020, including Intel, 5G, TikTok, Quibi, electric vehicles, misinformation on social media, the Huawei crackdown, and much more.

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6 responses to “Worst Tech of 2020 – What The Tech Ep. 490”

  1. rmac

    off topic: what's happening/has happened - to the Maui release for devs, which I thought was promised year end? I ask because I seriously want to know how Blazor fits in with or relates to that stack.


    Paul - thank you for all your commentary 2020, it is appreciated. Have a great Christmas.


    Rod Mac (UK)

    • Paul Thurrott

      In reply to rmac:

      Thanks! MAUI won't ship until .NET 6.0 in November 2021. It's still in an early preview. MAUI is the next version of Xamarin Forms and so is aimed at mobile apps. Blazor is a way to create web apps.

      • rmac

        In reply to paul-thurrott: sorry for not making clear (hey, it's a hallmark!) - I'm sure Scott H promised an early preview before year end (mentioned at Build, I think). Am super hopeful Steve Sanderson is making MAUI run on webassembly, hence there's a potential overlap with Blazor (or Blazor is going to get burned?). One should never assume MS have a grand plan, or indeed any plan when it comes to UIX. I've been trying to fathom whether to invest time in Blazor or jump ship to Flutter. As you mentioned in a previous post, .NET 6 is a long way off. Anyway, very best.


  2. joferm

    I used to think that there would have to be an international agreement about Internet IDs despite the problems with dictatorships that would want to use them for surveillance, but there are bigger problems today. How can we get a stable society when national news can't agree about the truth about factual claims. I think one of the reasons so many people believe in conspiracy theories these days is that they have stopped trusting basic facts. It may be that these bubbles grew through social media and YouTube but now national news outlets are feeding the bubbles. I don't know where to start with that.

  3. joferm

    Regarding the development of Asian counties / companies : the big issue isn't if they put in surveillance stuff in their devices it's how they cought up which was in many cases by copying or even corporate espionage. This was done for decades without reaction from the west, but nobody knows how to address that so they made up something instead where it is impossible to prove a negative, so how can anyone disprove the accusation?

    • wright_is

      In reply to joferm:

      Except that they are now ahead of the game. Huawei has more 5G patents than anyone else. You can't get that by copying.

      As to copying, this is how the US caught up in the industrial revolution, they stole technology from the old world and ignored patent claims, until they were acually producing tech that wasn't copied any more, suddenly patents became important and copying was wrong. What goes around comes around.

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