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Farewell to Tech Titans: A Look Back at the Discontinued Tech of 2023

2023 witnessed the discontinuation of several significant tech products and platforms, including Google Glass, AltspaceVR, and Netflix's DVD business, marking the end of an era and reflecting the transient nature of the tech industry.

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Quadri Adejumo
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Farewell to Tech Titans: A Look Back at the Discontinued Tech of 2023

In the hyper-kinetic realm of technology, the year 2023 witnessed the sunset of numerous noteworthy products and platforms. Among the most prominent was Google Glass, the augmented reality headset brainchild of Google. This marked the device's second demise, underlining a recurrent inability to secure a broad user base.

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The Fall of Giants

Microsoft, a titan in the tech world, reluctantly closed the curtains on AltspaceVR, its foray into the social virtual reality domain. Despite the promising potential of VR, AltspaceVR could not establish a permanent presence in the market. The year also saw various health and fitness products from eminent tech companies reach their end, a testament to the relentlessly competitive and rapidly advancing tech industry.

End of a Legacy

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In a move that symbolized the end of an epoch, Netflix put a stop to the shipment of DVDs. This cessation marked the official termination of the 'red envelope era', a time that had been instrumental in catapulting Netflix to its current success. The year further saw a significant rebranding of Twitter, which involved a name alteration and the removal of several features under the stewardship of its CEO, Elon Musk. This reshaping of Twitter epitomizes the dynamic and occasionally unpredictable oscillations that define the tech landscape.

Appreciating the Transient Life Cycle of Tech Innovations

As we bid adieu to these technologies, we are reminded to value the existing tech we possess. It serves as a recognition of the ephemeral life cycle of such innovations. The discontinuation of several products, including Twitter's rebranding by Elon Musk, the shutdown of Clubhouse, Spotify Live, Amazon's live radio DJ Amp app, Netflix's DVD business, and the Snapchat app that replaced faces with kittens, underlines this. These changes, alongside the cessation of AmazonSmile, a program that donated part of eligible purchases to charity, and Netflix's crackdown on password sharing, demonstrate the constant evolution of the technology industry.

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