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The Most Cringeworthy Apps of 2014

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Uber made several cringeworthy mistakes this year.
Uber made several cringeworthy mistakes this year.AP images

The year 2014 saw plenty of amazing technological advances—high-resolution brain maps, for instance. But in other corners of the technology universe, like smartphone app releases aimed at urban dwellers, a number of things went awry. The apps we've gathered below lie somewhere on the spectrum from awkward to awful. Let these be a lesson to you going forward into 2015, app developers.

The app MonkeyParking basically creates a black market for prime public parking spots in San Francisco. It lets people auction off spots they're currently occupying to fellow users who were willing to pay top dollar. Through the app, people can also rent out their driveways as parking spots. Critics of San Francisco's tech culture decried the app as just another way for the rich to turn the city's public amenities into "a playground for the wealthy." (This also prompted TechCrunch's Josh Constine to coin the term "jerktech").