As 2017 waves goodbye at us, so does some of the technologies that have come across and made an impact or two in our lives. Many of them were almost forgotten, some would even be surprised that they still existed in 2017. While it’s been a great year for some tech companies and products, others have fared less well — succumbing to mismanagement or just plain sad old user indifference. Unless any one of these techs will have a re-launch next year, they’ll forever rest in peace.

So, check out some of the techs that finally said “Adios…” this year and reminisce how they made your life better when they were still here.

iPad Nano and Shuffle

 

Smartphones pretty much killed MP3 players, but Apple’s iPod was still kicking around—until this year. Apple said in July it would kill the last two standalone iPods in its lineup: the iPad Nano and Shuffle. While you can still buy them until the stock runs out, the screen-free shuffle and small-screen nano won’t be getting updates, ever again.

3D Television

 

The 3D Television was perhaps the first high profile tech date in 2017. Why? During January’s CES 2017, none of the major manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic introduced any new 3D TV model. People have written off 3D multiple times over the years, so we’re sure that the concept will have another go-around a few years down the line. For now, though, this is technology we’re not expecting to hear about too much in the new year.

Microsoft Kinect

 

Despite of the claims that Microsoft has no plan of abandoning it, the motion-sensing Kinect camera for its Xbox series of gaming consoles is now deceased as the company finally stopped its production. This was probably inevitable as the capabilities delivered by motion-sensing technology have moved into other Microsoft-platform-based devices, such as VR and mixed-reality headsets.

AOL Instant Messenger

 

Verizon finally announced last October that it is finally laying down AIM to its eternal rest on December 15. AIM is one of the most popular messaging applications back in the days when texting is not yet born. Unless CD-ROM-based free trials of the internet miraculously come back, we can’t see it making a return from the grave.

Hear One Earbuds

 

Doppler Labs’ had trouble turning its vision of hearable future into a profitable reality with its in-ear computing with AI. It made a significant splash last fall when the Hear One earbuds came out however, after only a year, the company unfortunately announced it was closing shop.

Windows Phones

 

Also last October, Microsoft finally called it quits due to losses and announced that Windows 10 Mobile isn’t market-worthy anymore. The phone’s new features and hardware were “no longer the focus” and “the volume of users is not enough for companies to invest on.” If you happen to have one already, don’t worry since the company will continue to support existing products with bug fixes and security updates. The company just couldn’t keep up with the competition Google Android and Apple iOS is providing to the consumers.

Vertu

 

Considered as the most ridiculously expensive “luxury” Android phone lines, Vertu sold these phones made with high-end materials like titanium, sapphire, and ostrich leather. Sadly, these phones priced at $9,000+ were not able to sustain the UK manufacturing operations, which eventually shut down last July this year.



This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 6:06:10 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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