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In the Memory of 13 Tech Products We Lost in 2016

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2016 has seen some significant progress in innovation but not all the tech products found this year to be good for them. With the year seeing the manufacturing of the last VCR this July

iPhone Headphone Jack

iphone head jack

With the introduction of iPhone 7 and 7 plus in September, the Apple Inc. killed the jack for the promotion of the wireless headphones. Most of the loyal Apple users were upset because of this move as they were forced to invest in the wireless headsets.

The users were also encouraged by the company to buy their AirPods which is a set of futuristic-looking earbuds for about $160.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

After 2.5 million of Note 7s were recalled because of the explosion complaints, the production of this Samsung product along with many others came to a halt. According to experts, the company suffered a $9.5 billion shrink in sales and a $5 billion in the profits.

This very year, Samsung also recalled 3 million washing machines due to the risk of explosion.

VCRs

vcr

In July, the last VCR was manufactured by the Japanese company Funai Electric. The company used to sell a record 15 million VCRs in a year but because of the introduction of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, the figures started declining. Despite all this, the company still managed to sell about 750,000 VCRs in 2016.

Hoverboards

hoverboard

The self-balancing scooters were launched quite recently in 2015 but couldn’t find their way through 2016.

After the reports of the scooters exploding, they were deemed unsafe by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission. Around 500,000 hoverboards were recalled after being lifted from retail stores and being banned by the transportation services to be carried on buses and trains.

The devices carried the same lithium-ion batteries which were found in Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and are the cause of the explosion.

Pebble

pebble smart watch

Being the pioneer in the smartwatch industry, long before Apple watch and Samsung gear made its appearance, Pebble recently sold the software division to Fitbit. The $40 million deal did not hold the company’s hardware but it won’t be coming up with anything new from now.

The news has angered a number of Pebble users because, without a software update, their devices will become obsolete. Fitbit will use the company’s software to move beyond fitness tracking and to enter the smartwatch universe.

Microsoft’s Sunrise App

sunrise app

The popular calendar app was taken over by Microsoft in October 2015 but soon afterward, it amalgamated it with its email service, Outlook. With this, map integration and setting up meetings through Skype has been introduced within Outlook.

Facebook’s Paper App

facebook paper app

The Paper app was an interesting approach designed by Facebook to let the users enjoy reading articles as well as starts updates in their news feed without switching between the apps. Initially, people used to call it the future of reading the news but unfortunately, the app failed to get a significant audience.

The app served as a testing ground for the tech giant to try out new features but was discontinued on 29th of July.

Apple’s Cinema Displays

apple cinema display

Apple got rid of its Thunderbolt Display which was the last standalone monitor in the company. People who have a thing for large displays definitely loved this one especially gamers and graphic designers.

The move didn’t come as much of shock as no update was introduced in it since 2011. However, the company has partnered with LG to introduce better but pricier 4K and 5K displays.

Google Picasa

picasa

With the introduction of Google Photos, the company got rid of Picassa because running two similar devices didn’t make any sense.

Over the years, Picassa had been attracting a very loyal fan base as it allowed the users to edit and organize their photos long before the introduction of smartphone cameras.

The service was recalled in March with the users given a much superior alternative in the form of Google Photos.

Motorola

motorola

The company was behind the introduction of the first walkie-talkie and consumer cell phone. Since 2012, the company has been bought and sold twice.

Initially, it was acquired by Google for $12.5 billion which launched the tech giant into the hardware business. Not being able to make a mark, the company was eventually sold by Google to Lenovo.

The company has now blended the two brands and named the lineup “Moto by Lenovo” which includes wearables, smartphones, and Bluetooth headsets.

Google’s Project Ara

google project era

The phone was supposed to be launched as early as fall but the company is not keen on bringing it to the market anymore.

Coming up with an innovative concept of letting the people design their own smartphones, three years were spent by the Google’s experimental ATAP team on it.

The pieces of the phone could be detached, attached, or rearranged like LEGOs by the customers. Supposedly, the project was too costly and faced a number of technical issues which brought the launch to a halt.

Blackberry Phones

The devices had a very loyal customer base including Kim Kardashian and president Obama and were known for its physical keyboards and trademark cellphones.

In September, the company announced to rely on its partners for the manufacturing of the phones and itself will entirely focus on developing software.

Vine

vine

Most of the Twitter fans were upset by the shutting down of the short-form video app called Vine. The parent company intends to rebrand the app and bring it back from the dead.

The new app will be known as Vine Camera which will enable the users to take photos and post them on Twitter. The new version of the app will not come with built-in chat, likes, or comments.

This app was acquired by Twitter for $30 million in 2012 but with the advent of live streaming apps and videos, it lost its charm amongst the masses.

Although losing these devices won’t cost the tech industry much but their loyal fans are surely going to miss them.

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  • Tech-products-killed-2016 2: google
  • iphoneearphone: apple
  • samsung-galaxy-note-7: extremetech
  • vcrs: google
  • hoverboard: google
  • pebble-smartwatch: google
  • sunrise-app: microsoft
  • facebook-app-paper: facebook
  • thunderbolt-display: apple
  • picasa: google
  • motorola: google
  • google project era: google
  • vine: vine

About Palwasha Qasim

Palwasha Qasim is a graduate of the University of the Punjab in communication studies and an alum of the Global UGRAD Pakistan. She loves to write about technology news.