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Top tech ‘deaths’ of 2022: 5 to recollect

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While 2022 saw the introduction of the iPhone 14, the rise of Artificial Intelligence for social media and far more, the yr also said farewell to some classics – and not-so-classics. 

While a few of these platforms and tech gadgets were relatively short-lived, others were around for many years.

But, as in the style industry, one minute you are wired and the subsequent you are drained. 

In memoriam, listed below are five tech “deaths” to be aware of: 

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1. Apple’s iPod

Introduced in 2001, the first-generation iPod could hold hundreds of songs to bounce to. Just six years later, it took a success with the discharge of the iPhone.

In May, Apple said that the iPod touch could be discontinued – the last remaining iPod available on the market.

“Music has all the time been a part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to a whole bunch of tens of millions of users in the way in which iPod did impact greater than just the music industry – it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vp of Worldwide Marketing. “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on.”

2. Web Explorer

Following greater than 25 years on the net, Web Explorer was officially retired on June 15. 

Microsoft wrote in an update that users are encouraged to maneuver over to Microsoft Edge, with Web Explorer progressively redirecting to the brand new browser, providing support for legacy and modern web sites and apps. 

Web Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge will probably be supported through no less than 2029. 

While the Long-Term Servicing Channel of Windows 10 will still include Web Explorer next yr, all consumer versions will end support of the browser, in keeping with The Verge. 

3. The BlackBerry 

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ANKARA, TURKIYE - DECEMBER 19: In this photo illustration, the logos of Internet Explorer and My Computer are seen on a screen in Ankara, Turkiye, on December 19, 2022. 

ANKARA, TURKIYE – DECEMBER 19: On this photo illustration, the logos of Web Explorer and My Computer are seen on a screen in Ankara, Turkiye, on December 19, 2022. 
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In January. Blackberry decommissioned the infrastructure and services utilized by its legacy software and phone operating systems, saying that it was focused on “providing intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments world wide.”

“On the time of termination of services, devices running BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier software, BlackBerry 10 software, and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will not reliably function … Applications (BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and BlackBerry Mix) may also have limited functionality,” the corporate said in a Dec. 2021 release. 

 “The independence, mobility, security and privacy that so a lot of us got here to associate with those ground-breaking BlackBerry devices stays alive and robust, as does the spirit of invention and innovation that got us here,” Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Limited John Chen wrote in a blog post on Jan. 4.

4. Meta’s Portal

Meta is halting development of Portal. 

The camera on a Meta Portal Plus video-calling device in Burlingame, California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 

The camera on a Meta Portal Plus video-calling device in Burlingame, California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 
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Portal, which was first released in 2018, was a wise display device with video calling capability and an AI-powered “smart camera.”

“It was just going to take so long, and take a lot investment to get into the enterprise segment, it felt just like the fallacious technique to invest your money and time,” CTO Andrew Bosworth told employees, in keeping with Mashable Southeast Asia.

Like other tech firms, Meta laid off employees in November.

5. The iPhone Mini

The iPhone 12 mini debuted in 2020. 

Nonetheless, two generations later, Apple opted to exchange the device with a latest iPhone 14 “Plus.” 

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The promoting touted the “big and larger” smartphones. 

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital. 

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