Top 10 Tech Products We Lost Last Year
HTC first was the first Android smartphone to come pre-loaded with Facebook's own interface layer - Facebook Home that unveiled in April 2013. Unfortunately due poor feedback of the application which was inbuilt had led down to low sales leading to pulling down the distribution. It deserves a place in the top tech products we lost last year.
#9. iPhone 5
In September 2013, Apple released not one, but two new iPhones - the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C; or at least that's what they'd like you to believe. The iPhone 5S was heralded as the new flagship model of the iPhone range, while the 5C is is essentially the iPhone 5 in a new colourful avatar. The iPhone 4S still continues to be in production, but remains an entry level model of the iPhone series. Thus the tech products we lost last year add iphone 5 to it.
After "whooping the llama's ass" for 16 years, Winamp, the popular desktop music player has been shut down. Those of us who come from the the Napster era, loved Winamp as our friendly jukebox, with its hassle free UI and its ability to play back CD's, MP3 files and loads of funky skins to customize its interface. Winamp certainly needs to be in the list of the 10 tech products we lost last year. Many new players have taken its place now.
#7. Classic MySpace
MySpace is a social networking service with strong emphasis on music which was launched in August 2003. It was purchased by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation for US$580 million. It was the most visited social site in the world from 2005 to 2008, until in April 2008, Facebook overtook MySpace and since then has seen a continuous loss in membership.
AltaVista was launched in December of 1995, three years before Google Inc, and was an instant hit. According to industry experts, AltaVista was the Google of its time. The daily traffic was recorded to be 300,000 hits for the first day, which later turn over to more than 80 million in the next two upcoming years. The tech products we lost last year would not have been complete without this product.
#5. Google Reader
One of the world's most popular RSS readers, Google Reader was shut down in July of 2013. It was mainly due to the people losing interest in this piece of technology. Within two days of Google announcing its plan, a massive online petition was started to save the people's Messiah, but despite reaching a significant number, it was all in vain. With Google Reader no more, it spelt doom for dozens of third party apps that were dependent on the service for subscription and sync information.
#4. Google Checkout
Google launched its own home grown online payment processing service, dubbed Google Checkout. All the credit and debit card details of the users of the services could be recorded in this digital account. The idea wasn't that successful despite of the brand name google. The search engine giant just could not figure out a way to succeed in the world of online transactions and to add insult to injury, in 2006, eBay, which owns PayPal, added Google Checkout to its banned payment list, prohibiting the use of Google Checkout to pay for transactions on eBay. This surely is one of the 10 tech products we lost last year.
#3. Ubuntu Edge
Ubuntu Edge was a project that had been funded by crowd that has been recorded as a largest funding till date. The creators hoped to raise over $32,000,000 in about a month's campaigning, something that even we'd consider to be overyly ambitious and surely was considered too much by the company. As expected, the edge fell short of its goal, raising only $12,809,906 and thus never seeing the light of a production line.
Turntable.fm was a social media website that allowed users to share music which was founded in may 2011. With this service, users could create rooms which other users could join in, and designated users, called DJ's, could choose songs to be played for everyone in that room. The service had already reached 140,000 active users in just one month when the service opened to the public in May 2011. This made the service of the company now available only to the users in the USA.
In June 2004, BlogTV started as a webcating company in Israel with an objective of providing anyone with internet access a way to showcase their talents and ideas to the world. It was officially launched in June 2007 globally, where users could create live shows, interact and invite their audiences. In march 2013, it was announced that Blog TV would be inclusion with live streaming company You now, effectively spelling the end to the company's independence. This has therefore; taken up the first spot in the top ten tech products we lost last year.
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