2017 introduced various kind of smartphones and updated the existing one into new, the Nintendo Switch and more are the examples of it. However, it also killed off the iPod Nano, AOL Instant Messenger, and possibly, net neutrality. This tech-cycle of introducing innovative technology to replace the old is nothing new. Older devices and their inner working usually end up becoming costly to operate or slow. Upgraded products are intended to enhance a consumer’s experience and to replace its predecessor.
The products which are listed below were considered as technological marvels of their period. However, as the manufacturing and programming processes improve along the way, these were bound to end up in the scrap heap.
AOL Instant Messenger
During its period, the go-to program for an online chat was AOL Instant Messenger. As computer technology improved over the years, other instant messaging applications eclipsed the program. The number of users started to dwindle until it lost relevance and initially the program has no such competition in the market. but as time changes users have several instant messaging apps to choose from. Facebook Messenger, Skype, Snapchat, Google Hangouts, and iMessage are just some of the popular options for everyone. AOL Instant Messenger finally shut down on Dec. 15, 2017.
Previously, There was a time when almost all of the different TV brands flaunted their 3D capabilities with some of the other features. Salesmen would push their top-tier models and insist that it is 3D-ready with 3D glasses inclusive with the deal. Consumers can ideally select from stereoscopic or active shutter glasses depending on TV’s supported technology and most of the customers prefer brand. These days, consumers appear to be more interested in specifications like display resolution, audio quality, wireless connectivity, HDR, and its dimensions because it’s new and provide a different experience. LG recently released a lineup of wallpaper TVs that take advantage of their foldable-display technology.
In the initial days of Apple, when they released their first smartphone, consumers relied on the company’s iPod lineup for their portable music consumption. Just like the iPhone, their music players received several design changes. When it was launched, the iPod Nano was considered as one of the slimmest music player available. It was sold in different colors and storage capacities. A few months before, the Cupertino firm officially announced that production has been stopped. Surveys conducted by technology analysts have verified that users prefer to listen to music using their smartphones. Therefore, standalone digital music players are most likely on their way out.
When the technology company introduced the Kinect, gamers everywhere were keen to try out the new motion-tracking accessory. The technology used by its sensors accurately tracked the player’s movements and responded accordingly depending on the game to provide new experience to the gamers. The company insisted that it plans to support the Kinect sensor and also launched a new model together with the Xbox One. However, improvements and affordability of Virtual Reality technology quickly overtook its popularity and Microsoft confirmed that it has stopped all production of the Kinect accessory.
Experts quoted it as, the unregulated and free internet is about to be a thing of the past. Currently, the Federal Communication Commission confirmed that the net neutrality rules established during Obama’s time in office will be reversed. According to the Federal Communication Commission, broadband internet services should be reclassified as a telecom service. It was previously argued by Obama’s administration that it is an information service and should not be regulated by its service providers.