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From Note 7 to AirPods: the biggest tech fails of 2016

Well, that was embarrassing. Just as the world seemed to be going into a death spiral, the realm of technology had just as many meltdowns of its own in 2016. And, in at least one case, that meltdown was a quite literal one.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, this autumn's flagship phone for people who like 'em (a) big and (b) not made by Apple, got in massive trouble when its battery packs started catching on fire.

But Samsung weren't the only ones guilty of epic fails this year: check out the video below for our summary of the biggest and worst tech fails of 2016.

Gerald Lynch

Gerald is the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.