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RIP: Top 5 tech products that vanished in 2016

RIP: Top 5 tech products that vanished in 2016

2016 was a tough year for fans. We lost quite a number of famous people - David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, to name a few. Most of these farewells were sudden and unexpected, leaving their followers distraught and shaken.

But it's not just living and breathing celebrities we lost in 2016, there were losses in the tech world too. Gadgets, brands, and accessories also had to say the unexpected goodbye to its army of faithful fans.

Here are the top five tech products that vanished in 2016. You will be missed!

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 has been a nightmare for Samsung since its release in August. Over 2.5 million of the phones were recalled after a flaw started causing the battery to overheat and catch fire. Then, replacement Note 7s started having the same overheating issues and eventually, all Note 7s were banned from U.S. flights.

This prompted Samsung to kill off and completely stop production of the Galaxy Note 7 and urged owners of the smartphone to turn them off and return their handsets.

Adding insult to injury, major U.S. cellphone carriers have started pushing a software to Note 7s that will render them completely useless.

If there's one tech product that deserves the womp-womp sound for 2016, it has to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

The great Apple port purge of 2016


The release of the iPhone 7 and the new MacBooks was met with much excitement in 2016. People were lined up outside Apple Stores for days so they could be one of the first people to get their hands on these shiny new gadgets.

The biggest polarizing iPhone change was Apple's "courageous" decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack. To the dismay of headphone fans everywhere, the iPhone 7 uses the Lightning port for sound output.

This means you will have to either use an external dongle to use regular headphones or go with wireless headphones like Apple's own $159 AirPods.

Other casualties of the great Apple port purge of 2016 are the traditional USB ports, the SD card slot, and the MagSafe 2 connector on MacBook Pro laptops, replaced with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports.

For users dependent on older peripherals, this means they'll be forced to live through dongle hell if they opt to upgrade their MacBooks.

So farewell iPhone headphone jack and MacBook Pro old reliables, you will be missed! Thanks to you, 2016!



Before DVDs, Blu-Rays, DVRs and pocket video recorders, the video cassette recorder ruled the world. It doesn't matter if you're in the VHS or Beta camp, there's no denying that the VCR changed how we experienced home entertainment.

You may be surprised that it's actually still around but the VCR just died in 2016. The last VCR maker, Japanese electronic company Funai Electric rolled out its last unit in July and has pushed stop on all production of the erstwhile home staple.

It was a slow crawl to obsolescence but, among other things, we will also remember 2016 as the year the VCR died.

Click here to learn how to modernize your old videotapes.



Pebble, the smartwatch company, used to be the poster child of Kickstarter. However, tepid sales, increased competition and financial uncertainty in 2016 led to a stock decline and massive layoffs.

Fitbit Inc. swooped down and acquired Pebble's software assets for $40 million in December but left its hardware business in the cold. This means existing Pebble hardware will no longer get support nor software updates rendering the brand all but dead.

Too bad, Pebble was the smart wearable pioneer and was truly a crowd-funded project success story.

 Blackberry phones


We hope you shed a 2016 teardrop for this iconic phone brand.

Back in September, Blackberry announced that it will stop manufacturing its own hardware and will outsource its phone business to third-party partners.

What used to be the standard of smartphones, increased competition from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android phones caused the company to stall and eventually, Blackberry phones were quickly snubbed by consumers and enterprise users alike.

Even joining the Android bandwagon did not lift Blackberry's fortunes up as their Android-powered Priv and the DTEK50 smartphones flopped badly.

There's still hope, though. The company may be pinning their future plans on software for now but the Blackberry brand will still live on with these third-party "in-name-only" smartphones.

Who knows? The company may want to reclaim the name back in the future and reproduce the blackberry magic it has lost.

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