Feeds

Retailer compiles ‘endangered tech’ list

The devices doomed to die in 2010. Apparently

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Mobile phone chargers, the mouse and the Wii Remote have topped a list that predicts which of today's technologies face extinction next year.

Self-titled gadget “experts” at online retailer Pixmania have assessed over 2500 gadgets to list the ten technologies which they believe face the greatest risk of “obsoletion” [sic] as we head into 2010.

DVD players top the list. According to Pixmania, DVD players face a huge threat from the rising dominance of Blu-ray, while the growth of movie streaming to consoles, PCs and mobile phones could also spell the format’s demise.

Register Hardware agrees with the list’s number one endangered tech, but we’re not so certain about some of its other predictions.

Mobile phone chargers, for example, come in at number five.

Although most of us have drawers full of old chargers, wireless charging systems – such as the Palm Pre’s Touchstone system – are still in their early days and the development of standardised chargers – which could see fewer new chargers produced – has only just got off the ground.

Only Nokia has been brave enough to ditch the charger altogether and even then only for its low-end N79 Eco phone. It uses a USB cable instead.

Register Hardware isn’t convinced that the computer mouse – which comes in at number nine on the list – will kick the bucket in 2010, either.

However, Pixmania believes that the arrival of Windows 7 and the growing dominance of touchscreen devices will see sales of the humble computer mouse fall throughout next year.

Microsoft’s Project Natal has hogged headlines since its official unveiling on 1 June. And Pixmania is confident that the Xbox 360 motion controller has the potential to see Nintendo’s Wii-mote become another endangered tech next year.

We’re not so sure, though, because Natal will only be available for the Xbox 360, existing global sales of which - roughly 31m - are well below the 56m Wiis already sold around the world.

Other gadgets that made it onto Pixmania’s list of endangered technologies include the 3G laptop dongle, the landline phone, analogue TV and that old 20th Century favourite: the fax machine. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER
'Supply chain sources' give up the goss on new iLappy
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.