Roundup2017: Top well-known Tech Brands And Products That Died in 2017

We are approaching the end of the yet another year. Every year brings its Hardships and losses. In the Tech World, the Year 2017 said farewell to lots of well-known brand and Gadgets, some of them were forgotten by the masses long ago; it may surprise you they even still existed in 2017.

Here we have brought a list of Well-Known Tech tools, Gadgets and Interfaces. that is not going to Join us in 2018. Let's have a look:

AOL Instant Messenger, Alto Email:

AOL Instant Messenger, Alto Email 

The Verizon communication owned AOL(originally known as America Online) will be left without its once most popular services AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and Alto Email, after 2017. Almost operating for almost 20 years, Once the most popular Messaging service, AOL Instant Messenger shut down on 15th December 2017. In the last decade with the arrival of its rival services like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Snapchat, and a billion other messaging services, it becomes harder for AIM to survive and its user base dwindled. The eye-catching feature of this messaging app, that contributed to its popularity was a buddy list that could be organized to keep track of dozens, if not hundreds of contacts, a profile page and an away status message.

On the other-hand, ALO team also discontinued its support for Alto Email App this year. Almost after 5 years on December 10, AOL wipeout Alto Email Service. RIP...

CompuServe Forums:

CompuServe Forums 

The CompuServe Forums is another Verizon-owned Oath's service that went off on December 15. Launched almost two-decade, in the 1980s and early 1990s CompuServe Forum was the first major commercial online service provider in the U.S and was the first ever mainstream online forums before the internet came along, letting users connect to its central servers via old-school dial-up modems. It was having the various online chat group on subjects like investing, politics and religion.

Net Neutrality:

Net Neutrality 

Net Neutrality is dead. At least in the US, it is. The US Federal Communications Commission or FCC has voted to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open Internet for one and all, on the argument that Net Neutrality aims to solve a problem that does not exist. The term Net Neutrality was coined by Columbia University law professor Tim Wu back in 2003, but it starts making headlines only in 2007 when Comcast was accused of blocking P2P traffic. That led to an enforcement action under the GOP-led FCC, and the introduction of formal net neutrality rules under Obama in 2009.

The Net Neutrality rules were Passed in 2015 under the Obama administration, which prevented the Internet service providers(ISPs) from blocking, degrading or slowing Internet traffic selectively. These rules, in addition, also prevented ISPs from getting into any tie-ups that led to discriminatory treatment of Internet traffic. Every website, whether it is Facebook, YouTube or Reddit, enjoyed equal access and speed and no deep-pocketed company could suppress the growth of its upstart competitor. All these rules lay waste now. At least in the US.

iPod Nano and Shuffle:

iPod Nano and Shuffle 

After MP3 players, smartphones have finally killed the Apple's last two standalone iPods - iPod Nano and Shuffle. In July Apple announced that the last two standalone iPods in its lineup - the screen-free shuffle and small-screen nano won't be getting any updates, ever again. Although you can still buy them until the stock runs out.

Google Spaces:

Google Spaces 

On April 17, in under a year, Google shut down its experimental group messaging app - Google Spaces. Launched in 2016, Spaces was supposed to help small groups of people to organize their conversations around specific topics. It wasn’t so much a texting app as a small group forum app. You could set a topic, invite friends or coworkers, and then discuss. The key feature was its ability to automatically pull in Google searches, images, YouTube videos, and so on.

Wunderlist, Word Flow, and Groove Music:

Much Like Google its rival Microsoft too killed some of their services, this includes Wunderlist, Word Flow, and Groove Music.


Wunderlist was an excellent cloud-based task-management app. It was launched in 2013 and later occupied by Microsoft in 2015. In April 2017, Microsoft introduced To-Do, a new "intelligent task management app", which is currently in preview, but once it's up to snuff, Microsoft will retire Wunderlist.

Word Flow

The Word Flow was a mobile keyboard introduced by Microsoft for its Windows Phone and later ported to iOS. Earlier this year Microsoft killed the Word Flow and replaced it by the SwiftKey Keyboard App, which Microsoft acquired in 2016. Word Flow was best known for its very cool one-handed typing options, as well as GIFs and customized themes.

Groove Music

Groove Music is yet another Microsoft that will be not available after this year. The Microsoft's Groove Music Pass streaming service will shut down on December 31. With intended to take on rival services like Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify, Groove Music was launched in 2012 as Xbox Music. After Groove Music shut down, users can access their purchased Music on OneDrive, and users can get a 60-day free trial of Spotify to fill the void in their lives.

Facebook Ticker:

Facebook Ticker

In 2017, Facebook introduced the Ticker, the box that used to appear to the right of your News Feed to summarize what all your friends have been liking, commenting on, and generally doing on the social network. This month Facebook unceremoniously axed the feature. Officially It’s not clear why Facebook decided to axe the Ticker but the removal has come after several weeks of people reporting the feature suddenly disappearing for them. was an ad-free online social networking service and microblogging service which enabled its users to write messages of up to 256 characters. was introduced in 2012, as an ambitious project to build a better Twitter, by Dalton Caldwell, founder of music service 'Imeem'. Since May 2014, was in “maintenance mode” until March 2017, when it finally shut down.

Yik Yak:

Yik Yak 

Yik Yak was launched in 2013, as an anonymous social media network. It was highly popular amongst school and college students and was available for iOS and Android and it allowed people to create and view discussion threads within a 5-mile (8 km) radius. Once it was valued a $400 million brand, but anonymous cruelty isn't a great business plan, and the kids lost interest. In the end, Square bought Yik Yak's engineers for $1 million.



Jawbone was an American company that was highly known for its Bluetooth earpieces and wireless speakers. Jawbone was launched in 1999 as AliphCom to make communications equipment, initially focused on developing military-grade audio technology for soldiers in the field. Jawbone was an early pioneer in Bluetooth audio for cell phones, with unique looking headsets called the Jawbone, from which the company eventually took its final name. By 2010 it was making speakers (JamBox), and the UP brand of wearables debuted in 2011 for a $1.5 billion valuation in 2012. Jawbone was not always a company on the brink, but its shift to health and fitness-tracking products in 2011 turned out to be an inopportune move.



Vertu was a British manufacturer and retailer highly known for its "luxury" handmade mobile phones made with high-end materials like titanium, sapphire, and ostrich leather. It was established by Finnish mobile-phone manufacturer Nokia in 1998. They sold the $11,000+ phones, which prove not enough to sustain UK manufacturing operations, which shut down in July. Murat Hakan Uzan, who bought Vertu in March 2017, says he'll bring the brand back someday. We hope so, as it was always fun to include Vertu in roundups of over-priced tech or ridiculously niche smartphones.

Lily Flying Camera Drone:

Lily Flying Camera Drone 

When launched in 2015, Lily Flying Camera Drone was described as an "action cam with a brain" which supposed to follow you around and record your every move from on high; simply toss it in the air to get going. It was highly surprising that it attracted more than $34 million in preorder sales in just six weeks after it was released in May 2015, according to the lawsuit. (Lily initially sold for $499, but by 2016, the company was collecting $899 from customers hoping to receive one of its drones.) Lily never shipped a single drone it sold, yet continued to promise customers the flying robot they bought would soon come.

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