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Every year, promising new products are launched, start-ups make the occasional wave, and the consumers adopt new technologies.

We look at some iconic products and once popular services that won’t make it to 2015.

Apple iPod Classic

When Apple unveiled the new iPhones and talked about the forthcoming iWatch, the Cupertino giant retired the iPod Classic. Many people believe that this is the device which saved Apple from financial ruin. There was also the black and red, limited-edition iPod. The spinning hard drive, click-wheel navigation and slick menu bring back some memories.

This is in line with Apple’s design philosophy, and the shift to touch screen. The latest iPod Touch looks very similar to the iPhone. And while it makes business sense, there is no romance left.

Windows XP

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This year marked the end of support for Windows XP, which will not get any more updates. Windows 7 (released after Windows Vista) has taken over the mantle of the most appreciated OS, because a lot of people do not like the new interface experience in Windows 8.1, and are either not upgrading, or are choosing to downgrade at their own cost and effort.

Flappy Bird

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The entire saga is perplexing to say the least, but also indicative of the pressures success brings. And not everyone is in it just for the money.


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Despite Orkut’s success, Google decided to shut down the social network this September in an attempt to focus on its modern iteration, Google+. In numbers and popularity, Google+ is still lagging far behind Facebook. Google has just not been able to crack the social in networking, and the future doesn’t look very bright either.

MSN Messenger

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When Microsoft acquired the video-chat service, Skype, in 2011, the writing was pretty much on the wall. It shut down the messenger service in October.

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