This year 2018 was a nice year for technology because we saw a lot of action in the tech world. A lot happened that go us excited, ranging from electric cars to autonomous self-driving cars. Also we saw a lot of scandals in the year from Facebook to Tesla and other tech giants. However, there are many tech stuff which could not survive the turbulence and they died this year never to be seen again.
More than 100 tech products died a horrible death this year but time won’t permit us to go into all of that. Rather we’ve selected the top 10 most notable ones and we’ll be talking about them. The reason some of these products died is poor management and lack of patronage. Honestly we wish some of them are still around but then, there’s nothing we can do about it. Life goes on.
SONY PS VITA
It came as a shock to every gamer when SONY announced it will no longer produce the PS Vita anymore from 2019. Tech experts around the world believe that the success of the Nintendo Switch is what caused SONY to kill the PS Vita. The company does not want to compete anymore with the Nintendo Switch so it’s pulling the plug on the PS Vita.
2015 MacBook Pro, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone X
Apple products are still viewed as the most luxurious products in terms of smartphones and tech products. However, the 2015 MacBook Pro, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone X have all been pulled out of the Apple store. This means Apple ha no plans to sell them anymore and wants to focus more on it’s newer products. The iPhone X maybe dead, but it’s legacy “the notch” lives on.
The car is no doubt one of the most iconic car brands ever and it’s sad the company has finally killed this model. This year, Volkswagen announced that it will make a final edition of the Beetles after which the car will cease to be produced. The major reason is low patronage as families now prefer larger cars and SUVs.
The company is not dead yet but it’s definitely on life support ! The much celebrated electric car maker with cutting edge technology is having serious financial challenges. The challenges comes from the Chinese investors who have been accused of trying to kill the company in order to obtain it’s patents. Next year we will know if the company is going to die or not.
Headphone jack and fingerprint scanners
It’s not completely dead but it’s definitely dying ! Top smartphone makers this year shocked everyone by removing the headphone jack. They also removed the rear mounted headphone scanners and placed it into the screen. They now call it in-display scanner. Companies like OnePlus, Huawe and few others are guilty of this and we expect more phone makers to join them next year.
Rise and fall of Bitcoin
To say that bitcoin is a mess will be an insult to messes. It has become a joke in the tech and finance industry. Everyone who invested in Bitcoin this year has lost money as the value keeps falling down. It doesn’t look like the value of Bitcoin will rise anytime soon but time will tell.
Uber Otto self driving trucks
Just the same way we have Google’s Waymo, that’s the same way Uber developed a self driving truck called Otto. Actually Otto was a startup that was co-founded by ex Google employees but it was bougt by Uber. The truck had advanced technology that could enable the truck deliver a shipment Budweiser beer for over 120 miles. However, when an Uber self driving car killed a 41 year old woman in US early this year, the the company dumped the idea.
It’s not as if this messenger is going to be missed because I know it won’t. Not with the presence of Whatsapp, Facebook messenger and the others. On July 17, Yahoo dropped the news that it is killing off the Yahoo messenger to “focus on developing new and, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.” I wish them good luck !
This firm Cambridge Analytica is the major reason Facebook landed in hot soup this year and up till now they’re still struggling to clean up it’s image. Cambridge analytical harvested tonnes of data from Facebook and used it to help Republican politician in the US target voters online with ads. When Facebook found out about it, they order Cambridge Analytica to delete all the data. They agreed but guess what, they didn’t delete it. This year the scandal blew up in everyone’s face causing the company to hut down permanently.
Vine is a short video sharing platform owned by Twitter. Despite the popularity of the platform, Twitter found it difficult to generate revenue from it. This forced Twitter to shut it down. The founder of Vine Dom Hofmann announced he was developing a new version of the app called “V2”. However he disappointed everyone by saying there’s no money to finance the new project.
A handful of Chevrolet and Cadillac cars
American car maker General Motors had a pretty rough year. They were struggling to sell their cars and the company was making losses. The company dropped a bombshell of a new restructuring plan that will see thousands of workers loose their jobs and 6 different car models dropped from production line. They said they want to invest in electric autonomous cars which is the future of automobile. Affected cars include Chevrolet Volt, Impala, Cruz, Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac XTS and CT6.
Google +, Google Allo, Google Inbox and Google URL shortener
If you know Google very well, you’ll know they have a bad habit of shutting things down. They’re shutting down Google Plus because it discovered a “bug.” They’re shutting down Google Inbox because the new Gmail update has new updates that has all the features of Inbox so there’s no need for it anymore. Google dumped Allo AI-powered chat app for reasons best known to them. The list goes on and on.