2016 has been the last stand for many technologies which many of us twenty-something-year-olds grew up with. I can remember when the VCR was the DVD and DVD was Blu-ray, Now Digital HD and video streaming services are the norm, sweeping physical media under the rug. Times are a changing, and there Is nothing we can do.
Windows 98 was the craze, now Windows XP is dying, and Cloud-based computing software is killing standalone software programs. It’s hard to say what will happen in the next year in technological advancements but we can honor the fallen tech comrades we’ve lost this year.
Remember the years when Apple was releasing a new model of the iPod every year? Seems like more memory and bigger screens were the most advanced features ever. Now, all our digital music players are integrated into our smartphones.
In the past few years, Apple tried to breathe life into Apple Music, but as you can see it didn’t go quite as planned. I remember when the first iPod came out in 2001, and it was revolutionary due to the fact it was the first stand-alone digital music player that could hold a seemingly endless number of songs.
Since 2014, Apple’s revenue from iPods has declined rapidly, and the iPod has begun to phase out. Smartphones have dealt a severe blow because of integrated music players instead of stand-alone music players. This could be the end of the iPod as we know it.
Landline telephones may soon be a distant memory like cassette tapes, floppy disks, and VCR tapes. Studies have shown that landline phone usage has dropped dramatically in the past ten years. In 2005, 9 out of 10 US households had a hardwired telephone connection. Now, only 5 out of 10 households have a landline. Experts seem to think that landlines will be phased out within the next few years for wireless technology such as smartphones and other wireless communication devices. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control show that over 60 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 44 are living wirelessly. Check out this infographic by Forbes.
• 2004: Landline usage was at 100%, and cell phone usage was at 0%.
• 2010: Landline usage was at 70%, and cell phone usage was at 35%.
• 2016: Landline usage is at 30%, and cell phone usage is at 80%.
Physical Forms of Media
With the advent of cloud-based computing software, physical forms of data storage are becoming obsolete. With services like Apple Store esteem and Netflix, users are more likely to download or stream forms of digital media instead of buying them in stores.
In recent years, somewhat new technology such as USB drives is becoming less popular because users are storing their information in the cloud instead of physical forms of data storage.
If you have bought a movie in the past year, you have probably noticed a code for a digital download of your film. Companies like Amazon offer consumers the option of buying and streaming content directly from the internet. It looks like your movie collection may be going digital in the not so distant future.
Here is a list of several different forms of physical media being phased out due to web-based media platforms:
1. Blu-ray discs
2. DVD discs
3. Flash drives
4. Stand-alone computer software
Ugh, I don’t even know where to begin here. Hoverboards. These technological death traps have been dangerous, mainly because of battery explosions throughout the world. Experts haven’t found the real cause of these mishaps, but there are theories of bad parts, power surging, and overusing the product. Therefore, the United States has created laws to ban Hoverboards on sidewalks and streets. For example, in New York City, the NYPD has issued $200 fines for those caught on the streets with the contraption. With the price of Hoverboards being $300 to $500, you might as well take it to the auto pawn instead of being fined for that outrageous to $200. You won’t be losing any money then!
Blackberry were all the rage for successful businessmen and businesswomen in the early 2000’s. From sending emails to keeping a planner, the Blackberry had it all. Or so we thought… The CEO of Blackberry, John Chen, has considered discontinuing the development of the Blackberry software altogether in September 2016.
Reports have stated that Blackberry would have to sell around 10 million devices this year to break even, with many popular apps removing their Blackberry OS apps, it seems like this could be the end for the legendary blackberry. Blackberry has been considering selling the rights to manufacturing their hardware and focusing more on software development, probably a smart move on their part with cloud-based computing software being all the rage now. Time will tell if Blackberry can pull itself out of the abyss or if it will end up a distant memory.
It’s strange to see all these once traditional technologies that were once the latest and greatest flow away with the sands of time. I can remember when flip phones were the norm and blackberry and palm pilots were innovative and advanced. Now, it seems like new technological innovations are coming out of the woodworks every day. I’m not complaining, though; it’s very exciting to see how technology keeps improving to help improve the quality of our lives.