Friends, followers, subscribers we're gathered together once again in this dark corner of the studio with some fake flowers to say goodbye to the gadgets and technology that we lost this year.
Sometimes tech just gets outdated and phased-out over time.
And sometimes it is just a hot mess failure that just have never been launched in the first place.
In either case, here is our memorial to the tech that died in 2018.
Let's start with Yahoo Messenger, which met its end in July at the hands of its new owner Verizon.
Don't forget, Verizon not only acquired Yahoo, but it also bought AOL a few years ago.
That means Verizon killed both Yahoo Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger, so Verizon basically killed my online childhood.
But in Verizon's quest to be a new hip media company, it made this new video app called Go90, which.
Totally failed and shutdown in July.
Verizon reportedly poured $1.2 billion to make go90 a destination for the Snapchat generation, a place to find original web series, and sports, and network shows, but it was overhyped with a dumb name.
Go90 has gone to the app graveyard.
Well, I thought it was dead long ago but surprise it officially passed October 1st.
This social network started in 2010 and got a lot of buzz for taking out Facebook with a different approach.
Users could only have 50 friends at a time so it's more private.
At one point, It was adding one million users every week and it was worth half a billion dollars.
It made stickers popular in chat, and as you would expect, Facebook copied all the things that made it unique, sending Path down a dead end.
It was a rough year for social media, even Nintendo had to own up to failure when it shut down Miitomo, it was Nintendo's first smart phone app with a social twist.
Where your Mii characters could interact with other Mii's in there own little game thing that won prizes and there really wasn't much substance to it, but it was cute.
It had a big launch in 2016 with more than 10 million people signed up in the first month.
But when the charm faded, Mitomo had to be put in the me tomb o.
There's no mourning the next one on the list.
It was a service that ranked you for how much influence you had on social media.
But the ranking system was completely meaningless, not to mention tacky.
Too bad it took ten years for the service to finally admit it didn't have enough clout to keep going.
But here's one that will break your heart.
Kuri the home robot has gone kaput.
You may remember this little fellow from CES 2017.
Made my Mayfield Robotics, a division of Bosch it was supposed to be this little smart assistant like an Amazon Echo speaker with a cute face.
And it wiggled around your floor and promised to be a security camera that mapped your house, and you could tell your dog to get off the couch when you weren't at home.
But is an Amazon Echo on wheels worth $700?
No it is not.
Also in the smart home category, Target couldn't make fetch happen.
It halted a line of products that would have automatically ordered refills for you.
The program was called fetch.
There was a smart soap dispenser and a smart toilet paper roll holder springy thing.
Target conducted a limited beta test of these blue tooth connected goods as a way to challenge amazon but Target announced in August that the program was no more.
Some deaths don't get much attention because the world just moves on with new technology demands.
Apple stopped making airport routers.
The iPhone 10, the iPhone SC, and the iPhone 6X Amazon stopped offering customers free storage to hold all their music MP threes.
Go Pro said it's getting out of the drone business to stop making karma.
And Snapchat is still around but it stopped offering a way to send money to friends with Snap Cash.
But the biggest death of the year was one of the biggest frauds in tech history, Theranos.
The blood-testing biotech company claimed and invented a way to do these comprehensive blood tests with just a single drop of blood.
Folks said this would change the world and Theranos was once valued at $9 billion with the CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, being called the next Steve Jobs.
But after a Wall Street Journal report, investigations began to reveal how the tech was flawed.
And it didn't do what it was promised.
The company didn't just make false claims about the tech, but also its financial performance.
The CEO agreed to settle fraud charges with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the company has been dissolved.
And if you're wondering what's next on the chopping block, well some deaths have already been announced for next year.
Very soon we're going to have to say goodbye to Google+ and GeoCities Sony is gonna stop making the PSVida, and the iconic Volkswagen is also being ended next year.
I'm Bridget Carey, and until next time, good luck surviving 2019.
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