13 products and technologies, which we lost in 2016

| January 1, 2017

The current year has ended, not even a few days remain. Over the past twelve months the IT-industry has a lost both good and bad. Most often, when summarizing recollect the most successful debuts, the most striking innovations. However, CNN journalists went the other way and gathered thirteen of products and technologies, for which 2016 was the last year.

3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone

Announced in September iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus became the first smartphone by Apple, which did not have a 3.5mm audio jack – in their full-time headset connects to the Lightning port. If you complete the headphones are not satisfied, then the exit three: look for an alternative third-party manufacturers with the same connector, to use the familiar “ears” with a 3.5-mm plug via an adapter or buy wireless.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

PHABLET from the South Korean giant had become a bestseller, and has appeared failure of the year. About exploding Galaxy Note 7 will not hear except cut off from civilization, man. So much so that the passengers with the device stopped to let on board the aircraft, and Samsung announced a recall of all the units sold of this model, having lost in this billions of dollars.


Last VCR VHS format came down the assembly line, not ten or even five years ago, but only this summer . Hard to believe, but the Japanese company Funai Electric produced this type of technology until July 2016. Analog VHS cassette format was developed by JVC and is represented by the corporation in the Japanese market 40 years ago – in 1976.

Gyro Scooter

Gyro Scooter were a welcome gift in 2015, but in 2016 their reputation has eroded. After numerous cases of fires caused by steel lithium-ion batteries Safety Commission US Consumer Product Gyro Scooter called dangerous. As a result, many retailers have withdrawn them from sale, and transport companies have included them in the list of prohibited items for transportation on buses and trains. Manufacturers have withdrawn more than half a million Gyro Scooters.


Pebble The company pioneered the whole market of “smart” watches. But, “roll” on a Kickstarter, she could not stay afloat for more than three years, and was absorbed by Fitbit. The deal amounted to $ 40 million, much of this money went to refund users a Kickstarter, which during the last round of fund-raising have invested nearly $ 13 million, payments to investors and creditors.

Microsoft Sunrise

Application Star, whose name translates as “Sunrise”, rolled in 2016. However, the key functions of the mobile calendar Sunrise, acquired by Microsoft in 2015, does not sink into oblivion – they implemented the software giant in his email client Outlook.

Facebook Paper

Another mobile application for which 2016 was the last one, called Paper. His popular social network Facebook has introduced two years earlier, giving simultaneous display feature articles and status updates in the news section. Users could download articles on your phone and check posts to Facebook, without having to switch between applications. Paper, however, did not enjoy popularity, and Facebook decided to close it.

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Thunderbolt Display Monitor was introduced back in 2011 and since then has not been updated. He had a 27-inch diagonal and a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels, and Mac used to connect to computers, as the name implies, the Thunderbolt interface. In 2016, Apple announced the termination of its sales and has presented his alternative – 4k and 5K-displays LG.

Google Picasa

Once in Google last year launched a service Photos, contain two almost identical life did not make sense. In addition, Google Photos possessed more advanced functionality, which determined the fate of Picasa. In March 2016 the US Internet giant has stopped supporting this service.


The second decade of the XXI century dawned for Motorola’s mobile business not easy: first, it was bought by the Google, paying $ 12.5 billion deal, and then it became the owner of China’s Lenovo, which he has got for $ 2.9 billion In 2016, Lenovo announced that in the future. It will not use the Motorola brand and replace it on the brand Moto by Lenovo.

Google Project Ara

The modular Project Ara smartphone was supposed to see the light in 2017, but in 2016, Google Inc. announced the freezing of the project. Alas, the idea of ​​a smartphone, in which individual components can be replaced by the user as building blocks in the designer “Lego”, struck the Internet giant is too expensive.

BlackBerry Smartphones

At the time, BlackBerry communicators with a physical QWERTY-keyboard are not less popular than it is now iPhone. But in recent years Canadian manufacturer struggled with financial troubles and was eventually forced to withdraw first from developing its own operating system, and then the design of smart phones. However, because of the brand does not leave the market segment – the device for it will make the Chinese TCL.


In October, Twitter announced the imminent closure of the service of short looped videos Vine. At first it was assumed that the mobile app Vine will no longer be supported in general, but the developers have subsequently clarified that it will remain, but it will change its name to the Vine Camera. With it, you can shoot videos duration of 6.5 seconds and post them on Twitter. At the same features such as built-in chat, and the ability to put the Huskies and comments, there will not be.


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