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<p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p style="text-align: left;">The technology world is all about welcoming the newest, greatest and latest innovations, but a great idea doesn't always make for a successful tech run. From check deposit apps to 3-D smartphones, here’s a look at various technologies on the market that sound like true game changers but have been met with a slow start.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Check deposit apps</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Many banks have been quick to jump on the check deposit app bandwagon, including Chase, PNC Bank and Charles Schwab. Snapping a picture from a smartphone of a check allows users to make money deposits without running to the bank. Although this time saver is indeed a groundbreaking concept, it's been met with inconsistent reviews, with many complaining that the apps don’t actually work as well as they should. From repeated app load-time stalling to checks not going through, these programs still need to work out some of its kinks before they really start to take off.</p> <p></p>

<strong>QR codes</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Many analysts predicted that <a href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2011-predictions-technology-trends-1884/5">2011 would be the year of two-dimensional quick response</a>, or "QR," codes. These codes are becoming increasingly embedded into digital and print marketing campaigns, giving consumers access to related digital information on the Web. But consumers are still scratching their heads as to what to do with these codes and how to access the information embedded within them. QR codes have the potential to be a wildly popular way to communicate information, but until QR scanners and public education about how to better access them hits the mainstream, most of these codes will sit unscanned.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Bluetooth watches</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Syncing a watch to a phone sounds like a great idea, especially for avid runners that don't want to lug around a heavy device to listen to MP3s on a mobile device, but many people have yet to embrace the smart watch category. Some companies such as Sony Ericcson even pushed text message and voicemail notifications to its line of Bluetooth watches, but even still, consumers haven’t felt the need to get updates on their watch when they can easily do so from the smart device from their pocket.</p> <p></p>

<strong>3-D smartphones</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>3-D smartphones aren't entirely new – they have been out for a few months now – but what is new is smartphones with glasses-free 3-D displays, thanks to LG and its <a alt="((CONLINK|2295|LG%20Optimus%203D%20device))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2295-hands-on-review-lg-optimus-3d-android-smartphone-.html">LG Optimus 3D device</a> . Analysts are still debating whether or not this will change the way consumers use mobile devices or if it's just a gimmick. Powerful smartphones with 3-D capability are intriguing for the segment of the population that likes trying out new innovative tech, but at the end of the day, do you need to see incoming calls in three-dimensional form? Probably not.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Chrome netbooks</strong>

<p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br></strong></p> <p>Chrome netbooks <a alt="((CONLINK|2698|Google's%20Chromebook%20is%20essentially%20a%20big%20Web%20browser))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2698-samsung-google-chromebook-hands-on.html">Google's Chromebook is essentially a big Web browser</a> in the form of a netbook. Although this device may come in handy for accessing the Internet while on the road without carrying around a heavier, bigger laptop, it <a alt="((CONLINK|2683|requires%20a%20lot%20of%20trust%20in%20Google%20and%20its%20cloud%20service))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/2683-how-apples-icloud-stacks-up-against-competitors.html">requires a lot of trust in Google and its cloud service</a> – all personal data is filed in the cloud and not directly on the device, eliminating the need to have a large hard drive for storing pictures, documents and other information. The Chromebook also restricts user access to iTunes, Microsoft Word and other applications and only gives access to Web-based email and Web-based apps and games. It may be a simple, light and handy device to access the Web, but without Internet access, the device is essentially useless.</p> <p>Reach TechNewsDaily senior writer Samantha Murphy at [email protected] <em>Follow her on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/SamMurphy_TMN">@SamMurphy_TMN</a></em></p>

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