The technologies and products that were “killed” in 2019

Death will come to us all, even the once great Silicon Valley giants – the applications, devices, and websites that went off the road in 2019 but are finally in decline. Every year, we see popular apps, pay-per-view start-ups, and ideas that fail and quietly quit the stage without starting.

The following is a translation:

We’ve been alerted in advance to some factory closures in 2019: Google Plus, a social networking site posted by Google, Inbox (a messaging product published by Google) and Flickr (Yahoo’s image-sharing site) Of course, there are many other companies and products that have said goodbye to 2019.

Let’s review it.

1

January

Google Chromecast Audio

Google Chromecast Audio: Chromecast was first released in September 2015, allowing wireless transmission by inserting audio into the auxiliary input of speakers or sound systems through a 3.5mm audio jack. But google stopped using Chromecast Audio in January as demand for Chromecast Audio declined as more and more wireless speakers were released.

Norton Core: Norton Core is a funky router with security and parental controls that protect every device in your home, from a PERSONAL Computer to a smart refrigerator. But beauty won’t save the gadget; Symantec, a well-known US software company, confirmed earlier this year that it was “stopping the production of Norton’s core hardware”.

Norton Core

Westworld Mobile Game: In 2018, Bethesda Software sued Warner Bros. Think its Westworld mobile game copied The Fallout Shelter in terms of interaction and behavioral interaction. Later that year, the two sides reached an agreement to end Westworld’s game in March.

Wii Shop: The Nintendo Wii store, which dates back to 2006, says goodbye on January 30th as customers turn to eShop and 3DS consoles on Switch.

2

February

Amazon Dash Button

Facebook Moments, a photo-sharing app posted by Facebook, is a stand-alone service that groups photos on your phone based on when they were taken and who their friends were. Then you can have the app sync these photos with specific friends, and hopefully they will do the same. However, not enough people used Facebook’s circle of friends, which was subsequently shut down.

Razer Game Store: Game hardware maker Razer tried the software business in 2018 and launched the Razer Game Store, offering discounts on games that buyers can offer at Steam, Buy games on Uplay and Origin. But as Slashgear points out, store volumes have continued to decline over time, eventually being abandoned by players. Then the lightning snake woke up and shut down the game shop.

Samsung Blu-ray Players: Samsung confirmed in February 2019 that it will no longer release new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray players in the U.S. While Samsung has not announced why, Mashable points out that Samsung devices do not support Dolby Vision, let alone a decline in consumer interest in buying physical DVDs.

3

March

Apple Air Power: In the fall of 2017, Apple unveiled AirPower alongwith the iPhone X. “Apple’s new AirPower mat will be available in 2018 and will be able to charge both the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods,” the company said at the time. But after several delays, Apple tweeted in March that “AirPower is not up to our high standards… and canceled the project. “

Bragi Dash

Intel Compute Card: Intel announced back in 2017 that the card will be a new way to enter the smart device market. The products are small and thin and contain most of the elements of the entire computer – including CPU, memory, storage and wireless connectivity – and cost between $150 and $500. Although “we still believe that modular computing is a market with many innovation opportunities,” Intel decided in February not to develop new computing card products.

4

April

Adobe Shockwave Multimedia Player: This doesn’t seem to be a particularly surprising decision, as Adobe shut down Shockwave and moved the Shockwave player to Windows on April 9.

Anki Vector

Google Fiber in Louisville, Kentucky, USA: In 2010, cities across the country competed to become the first Google Fiber cities, and Desas City came out on top. Google has been bringing its gigabit Internet service to many U.S. cities for years, but offering ultra-high-speed fiber-optic Internet services isn’t cheap, and rivals quickly overtook the search giant. Google Fiber is still struggling to operate, but has pulled out of Louisville. In April 2019, Google Fiber was shut down because it couldn’t meet the challenge.

Microsoft EBook Store: In April 2019, Microsoft removed the book category from the Microsoft Store and in July removed the reading feature for e-books it had purchased.

Yotaphone

Stringify: After being acquired by Comcast in 2017, Stringify, which allows automated tasks, announced plans to close. “At Comcast, as our focus has shifted toward developing new connected home experiences, we have made a strategic decision not to develop the app,” Stringify said in an email to users. “

5

May

(BlackBerry) BBM Consumer: BlackBerry Messenger shuts down permanently on May 31st as part of the early history of mobile messaging. Emtek, a partner at the Indonesian company that partnered With BlackBerry in 2016, says it’s hard to attract new users. Emtek said: “We are fully committed to achieving this goal, and we are proud of what we have done so far. “However, the technology industry is very mobile, and despite our efforts, users have turned to other platforms, and the login experience for new users is not ideal. “

BlackBerry Messenger

Texture: Texture, known as “Netflix in the magazine” (online movie rental provider), was acquired by Apple in 2016. But when Apple launches its own subscription news service, Apple News, the stand-alone Texture app ends.

Custom Google Pixel Cases: Is it another product that accompanies the demise of I/O? It’s a personal custom program that prints its design on a Google Pixel phone case. Instead, all pixel phones can now choose from knitted fabric casings in different colors.

6

June

Amazon Restaurants: Amazon launched a restaurant takeaway service for Amazon Prime members in Seattle in 2015. The service was subsequently extended to more than 20 cities across the country, including New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., as well as overseas. But last year, the company closed its Amazon restaurant in the UK after reports that it was cutting jobs in its US business unit. In 2019, it will be completely shut down.

Google tablets: Google confirmed in the summer of 2019 that it will no longer produce stand-alone tablets, but will focus on laptops. Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of equipment, said at the time: “It’s true… Google’s hardware team will focus only on making laptops, but there is no doubt that the Android and Chrome OS teams are 100% committed to long-term collaboration with our partners in all segments of the tablet segment (consumer, business, education). “

7

July

Spotify Artist Upload Program: For about a year, Spotify has tested a feature that allows independent musicians to upload music directly to Spotify. But Spotify announced it would end the project in an effort not to anger the record companies and distributors it works with. “Over the past year, we have significantly improved our work with distribution partners to ensure the quality of source data, protect artists from infringement, provide customers with instant access to Spotify services for artists, and so on,” the company said. “

Microsoft Internet Games: Microsoft announced in July that users who are still using Windows XP, Windows ME and Windows 7 will no longer be able to run classic games on their operating systems, such as Chess, Checkers, Andes , Hearts, Inverted and MSN Go. “We and our hardware and software partners agreed to invest our resources in more advanced technology so we can continue to deliver great new experiences,” Microsoft said at the time. “Support for Windows XP and ME ends on July 31, 2019, and Windows 7 users can play a few more games by January 22, 2020.

8

August

Dessert-Themed Version of Android(Dessert-Themed Versions of Android): With the release of every major new version of Android, we’ve got a dessert-themed name to match the version number, from Android cupcakes to Android pie. For Android Q, however, there is no such thing as a good naming convention; Google has borrowed from Microsoft to name its latest mobile operating system Android 10.

Picture: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

9

September

Facebook Group Story: Facebook tried to save Group Stories, but to no avail. This year, it abandoned Group Stories, allowing administrators and page owners to add information that disappears after 24 hours, just like Snapchat.

Jeremy Renner’s App: Some people may not know who Jeremy Renner is, but even if you do, you probably don’t know that the actor has an app that he designed entirely for himself. Yes, he did. This year the app was shut down, but not because no one cared. In fact, on JR’s old app, things got a little too active, and “fans” figured out how to impersonate Rayner and post inappropriate content on his behalf. Reiner couldn’t control it, so he shut down the app completely.

MoviePass, an innovative online movie subscription: No one would be surprised that MoviePass can’t solve the problem. Before the closure on September 14th, the company experienced turmoil in 2018 and 2019. That’s a good idea – users pay a fixed fee to watch as many movies as possible in a month. That sounds hardto, and it is. MoviePass changed its service plan, blocked some popular movies, and tried other options to make up for the loss, but ended up running out of money.

MoviePass

YouTube Messages: Two years ago, Google added direct messages to YouTube. But the discussion on YouTube DMs was clearly as up-and-too the site’s comments section, so YouTube “decided to stop YouTube’s local direct messaging feature and focus on improving public conversations.” “

10

October

Dyson’s Electric Car: Sir James Dyson says his company’s car team has developed “a great car” but it’s not commercially viable at all, so Dyson shut down the project.

Google Clips ( a smart camera): Google Clips uses artificial intelligence technology to automatically capture things around you, but in reality, this small camera feels like a bad automated event-shooting machine, and google has sealed it in 2019.

Google Clips

Intel’s Kaby Lake-G processor: Intel quietly shut down the Kaby Lake-G processor, a rare collaboration between Intel and rival AMD. Intel told PCMag magazine that it would phase out the Kaby Lake-G line and replace it with the 10th generation Ice Lake Intel Core Processor. The production line will be officially discontinued on July 31, 2020.

Kindle Matchbook: Kindle Matchbook allows authors to offer Kindle versions of their work to customers who buy printed books at very low (even free) prices. Amazon did not elaborate on why Matchbook was shut down, but the project ended on October 31.

RED Hydrogen Phone

Yahoo Group: Another once-popular chat service is in decline in the age of social networking, and Yahoo Group has been shut down by parent verizon. The content will be deleted and the Yahoo group will exist only as a list of emails that people can use to send messages to each other. After the archivist complained that there wasn’t enough time to download the content, Verizon postponed the deletion date from December 15 to January 31, so you still have time to resume your previous chat history.

11

November

Amazon Free Samples: Earlier this year, Amazon began using machine learning to predict what consumers might want in the future and send them free samples of these items. The free stuff looks cool, but the process is a bit scary for some people, and Amazon finally decided to cancel it.

Cortana apps: Microsoft has previously announced that it will remove Cortana apps from the App Store and Google Play on January 31, 2020. However, not all countries immediately lose Cortana. The digital assistant tried to compete with Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android, but Cortana failed to get enough attention. It will now be transitioned to the built-in features of other Microsoft products.

Microsoft Cortana App

Google Cloud Print: The service allows you to print items to remote devices; for example, to send files to a printer on your way to work, or to print something on a printer at home while you’re at work. But by 31 December, it was no longer available. Google recommends native printing (CUPS), which says: “When you add a printer, it automatically appears in your user printer list, and they can start printing without further setup.” “

Insignia Connect: Until 2019, many hypermarkets are selling their popular electronics, and Best Buy has launched Insignia smart home devices. Sorry, after 2019, there will be no more wireless smart plugs and smart meters, wireless smart light switches, wireless cameras or wireless convertible refrigerators/refrigerators.

Juno App: The New York-listed Juno is billed as a replacement for Uber and Lyft, and is driver-friendly, but unfortunately it can’t win the grueling urban regulations.

12 

December

Coolest Cooler

Netflix on Old-School Media Streamers: From December 1, Netflix will no longer offer streaming services to some of its oldest Roku devices or Samsung and Vizio TVs because of Microsoft’s launch of a playable DRM. The technology protects streaming media from piracy. However, the oldest Roku devices (RoKu SD, RoKu HD, RoKu HD-xR, RoKu XD and RoKu XDS) and some older Samsung and Vizio TVs cannot use it. Instead, they rely on The Windows Media DRM that Netflix has supported to date.

Renting and buying video games through Redbox (Video Game Rentals and Purchases Via Redbox): For those who rely on the video game rental service provided by Redbox, the company confirmed to The Verge. They have stopped renting video games and stopped selling games by the end of the year to focus on movie services.

Steam Controller: To handle the stock of Steam controllers, Valve sold for 10% in Steam’s fall sales. Unfortunately, it sold too much and had to refund the hapless lates. As she claims, Valve no longer produces Steam controllers.

Original: https://media.com/pcmag-access/in-res-technology-that-died-in-2019-5d16a8b8a601

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