The Technology That Died In the Year 2018

The year 2018 has drawn to a close and with it, we all bid goodbye to a number of products and services in the loved world of consumer technology. Let us take a look and some of the greats and not so greats of the year gone by, ones which went on to make history and others were off to hell. The first thing that comes up is the Social Media Fizzlers. Channels like Facebook and Twitter keep on dragging us slowly towards the state of surveillance. Klout managed to give up trying on 25th May 2018, when owner Lithium Technologies had shut down the site. Klout had made an attempt to add value to social media through ranking users with a numerical score, known as Klout Score. The score basically tried to represent each and everyone’s influence online. Then Yahoo Messenger went away in the month of July. It had outlasted its rivals, AOL’s AIM and MSN/Windows Live Messenger.

Next comes, Google getting rid of a number of things in the year 2018. There was the Google Goggles App, which used to let people search items by making use of images on their smartphones. That gave way to a much advanced Google Lens. Google had made an attempt to streamline the inbox of email but was put on hold till March 2019, just like Allo. Then, the social network channel, Google+ is bidding adieu in 2019 August. Moreover, there were shutdowns from Steam. The Steam Link got the axe in the month of November. It was quite evident after the hardware had got sold repeatedly for $5. One good thing is that Link streaming would be live on as software, not just for iOS. 2018 also saw Windows 8.1 making an exit from the mainstream support.

So, we can clearly see that there was a see-saw battle as far as the field of technology was concerned in the year 2018. Apart from the above-mentioned news, there was also news regarding NVidia ending their GeForce Partner Program in May. The concept was a kind of promise regarding authenticity for GPUs branded by GeForce. Finally, there is the Kaby Lake-X. It was launched back in 2017 at the same time as the processors of Sky lake-X. The quad-core CPUs from Kaby Lake-X were not really powerful compared to other Kaby Lake processors. There was only a small increase in clock speed.

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