We wanted to bring together all the technologies and devices that for one reason or another passed away throughout 2020. Either because of a lack of success or because of their expiration date, we show you here are the technologies that we leave behind.
FarmVille triumphed on Facebook, and for years the social network acted as an addition to the game rather than something else, as it was based on building your own farm and growing your own crops.
The additive part of FarmVille made us aware throughout the day of numerous notifications, even reaching the obsession of many with keeping their virtual crops up to date.
During its greatest success, between June and October 2009, around 62 million people subscribed to the game according to The New York Times. But everything has come to an end and the company Facebook has announced that from December 31 we will say goodbye to this environment.
Google Play Music
It was the last year that we left behind when Google announced that its Google Play Music service users should migrate to the new YouTube Music. In August, Google blocked uploads and downloads of songs through Music Manager.
Already in September, the transmission of music from the cloud began to shut down worldwide and at the end of December all personal music collections were eliminated.
We have special item in which we show you some methods that you can use to continue using your music library with your Google Home and Chromecast devices.
After a little over 9 years of circulation and with around 76 million units sold, Nintendo has finally decided to end the marketing of its Nintendo 3DS handheld console in 2020.
The video game device was a revelation when it first hit the market in 2011, bringing a 3D experience without glasses when the world looked at nothing but the acronym 3D.
3DS was meant for games, sure, but it also allowed you to connect with friends, take photos, stream videos from various services, and record audio or browse the web. . For almost a decade it has fascinated millions of users and now we say goodbye.
After Microsoft acquired the company behind the development of Wunderlist, the popular to-do list app has been running since 2017 under Microsoft’s plans.
But for some time now, Microsoft has reportedly decided to put an end to this item which has become so popular for its functionality and efficiency in order to keep us all prepared on our lists for the completion of tasks.
Google Chrome Apps
In January, Google announced that it was ending Chrome apps. This is not the case with extensions, yes only independent web apps that run in their own windows like a desktop app, instead of using a browser tab.
This is the second time we’ve heard the death sentence for Chrome apps. Google announced in 2016 that it would be ditching Chrome apps for 2018. This is something that never happened, but this time around it looks like there will be no turning back.
Google stopped accepting new public Chrome apps from the Chrome Web Store last March. By June 2021, support for the Chrome app on Windows, Mac, and Linux will end. Chrome OS will continue to run Chrome apps until June 2022.
Google said it was abandoning Chrome apps because of “the significant advancements in the modern web and its ability to deliver first-class user experiences.”
Chrome apps make less sense when Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) provide a similar experience that isn’t necessarily Chrome related.
Facebook application for Windows
Oh, it turns out Facebook had an app in the Windows Store? Yes it’s true and no, because it never really made sense. When it was released in 2016, it was aimed not only at PCs, but Windows Phone tablets and phones as well.
The Facebook app had some advantages as it could use Windows 10’s built-in notifications and support Live Tiles. But it never made much sense on PC, as the website was Facebook’s focus for the desktop.
With the demise of Windows phones from the market and Windows tablets capable of using social networking via the web, we weren’t at all surprised to see how Facebook ended its app for Windows 10 last February, like indicated. MSPoweruser.
Microsoft’s dream of creating a Twitch competitor died on July 22, 2020. That was the day Mixer went out of business and Microsoft partnered up with Facebook Gaming. Mixer was a live video game streaming service like Twitch.
Microsoft first joined the company after acquiring the “interactive live streaming service” Beam in 2016. In 2017, it reinvented itself as the Mixer.
In an effort to increase the popularity of the service, Microsoft struck multi-million dollar deals in 2019 with streamers known as Ninja and Shroud. But it wasn’t enough to increase the viewer base.
Last August 2020, all alumni streamers de Mixer was free to move to other platforms with more success.
Virtual reality VR
Many expected virtual reality headsets to take over the world or follow the path of 3D televisions and mobile phone virtual reality. Over time, we have seen that nothing has happened like this.
VR continues to work with newer devices like Oculus Quest 2 that don’t require connection to an expensive PC with great potential for gaming performance.
In this way, Oculus has decided in 2020 to end its range of glasses Oculus Go in favor of promoting other less PC dependent solutions, such as the Oculus Rift S and the Oculus Quest 2.
In the mobile section, Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform for mobile phones also passed away. Google said in the fall that it would no longer be compatible with the software Daydream VR and that things like the Daydream VR app would not work properly on Android 11.
Prior to Google’s decision, Samsung phased out its XR virtual reality service on September 30, 2020. The end of the XR platform came after Samsung’s earlier decision to ditch its Gear VR headsets.
Adobe Flash Player
In the 1990s, Adobe Flash was not just a component used on the Web; it was practically the web. Flash was the way we played games on the web, since all of the major entertainment sites used Flash.
Flash was a great tool for the time, but it had security and power efficiency issues with laptops, among other drawbacks. As the modern web has developed, Flash has lost speed.
Flash actually held up much longer than expected, given that Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs first fired on Flash in 2010 with his famous open letter.
Its decline officially began in 2017, when Adobe announced that it would be removing support for Flash by the end of 2020. Browser makers also started restricting Flash and eventually blocked it completely.
Now, the time has come for the flash to disappear. As of December 31, Adobe discontinued support for Flash. The company reported that it has blocked content from playing in Flash Player since January 12, 2021.
The versions of Windows operating systems are used so overwhelmingly that Microsoft is forced to maintain the systems for years, along with their support.
However, the era of Windows 7 PCs has come to an end, bringing an end to retail sales, the end of feature support, and the end of Microsoft’s security updates.
Obviously, computers with Windows 7 will be able to continue to function, of course, and since they continued to make the most of Windows XP fans, but they will be subject to restrictions and lack of support in updates.
It’s definitely a fantastic operating system, but if you’re using a Windows 7 PC, now is the time to take action. Most Windows 7 PCs should be able to run Windows 10. If not, consider upgrading or purchasing.
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