Thursday, October 17, 2019

Technology is rapidly changing and we are barely keeping up with all the advances. New gadgets are constantly being developed — but some of the ones that were considered new and breakthroughs not that long ago are already on the scrap heap.

Not many people still use DVDs or buy digital cameras, for example. The mp3 will soon be history and in just a few more years, dozens of other items will join the ranks these eight gadgets list below. They were all made in the last 50 years and no longer exist or barely exist, as listed:

Walkmans. It is hard to believe that just a few decades ago, the Walkman was one of the most popular devices around. From teens on skateboards to businessmen riding the bus to work, almost everyone had the personal cassette player. Then in 2010, Sony stopped producing new Walkmans as MP3 players took over.

Pagers. A gadget popularized in the 1990s, no professional business look was complete without one of these devices clipped to the belt or pocket of working professionals. That was before the days of cellphones. Nowadays, pagers are sometimes still used by emergency services but other than that they have vanished.

Nintendo Game Boys. In 1989, Nintendo developed the Game Boy — a gaming device that went on to sell millions. It outsold its better competitors right up until the early 2000s, when it was discontinued.

Motorola RAZR flip phones. Before the iPhone there was the Motorola RAZR, the most popular flip phone. More than 130 million were sold within the four years of its 2004 release. However, the iPhone made this gadget obsolete.

Dial-up Internet. Back in the 1990s, the beeping sound of dial-up internet induced sheer excitement. The internet was a new concept that offered countless possibilities. It all began in 1989, when the first commercial provider of dial-up launched. Research shows that only 3% of Americans still use dial-up at home.

Typewriters. Before computers there were typewriters. Developed in 1867, the machine dramatically impacted communication at the time. From professional documents to letters and even newspapers, the typewriter paved the way for modern times. The computer has since taken over but there are still a handful of romantics who continue to make use of the typewriter.

Payphones. Not long ago it was still common to see payphones lining the streets. Then toward the end of the 2000s amid the rise of cellphones, they all but disappeared.
Answering machines. It is easy to take for granted the power of texting and of the missed call, but years back the frustration of missing an important phone call was very real. Enter the answering machine. Smartphones have since rendered these gadgets obsolete, but for a time they were an important part of life.

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