Tag Archive: Killed


Looks like Millennials finally killed HQ Trivia for good

Thanks to the short attention span of smartphone users and lack of investments.

What you need to know HQ has shut its doors today, February 14, 2020, laying off all 25 employees. HQ Trivia and HQ Words apps are no longer supported. The decision comes after a failed acquisition dried up all available funds.

HQ Trivia, the popular smartphone game that was once dubbed “Millenial Jeopardy”, is being shut down for good after the developer went out  [Read More…]

Galaxy Z Flip hands-on preview: Samsung just killed the RAZR

In less than a year, we have a second generation of Samsung foldables.

Just as expected, Samsung went ahead and unveiled the new Galaxy Z Flip alongside the Galaxy S20 series at its February launch event. In fact, it actually led the presentation with the Z Flip, which shows just how much it cares to put the spotlight on the new foldable after the Galaxy Fold’s rocky launch in 2019.

I’ve had a solid hour with  [Read More…]

Huawei was making a Google Assistant speaker, but the Trump ban killed it

The speaker would have been unveiled at IFA 2019.

What you need to know Huawei and Google were working together to create a smart speaker. Shortly after the Trump ban, Huawei had to cancel the speaker. It was supposed to be unveiled at IFA 2019.

IFA 2019 will be here before you know it, and when the annual trade show rolls around, we’ll be met with all sorts of exciting gadget announcements. One thing that won’t be  [Read More…]

It looks like Google killed the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 4

The dawn of new tech means bidding farewell to old features.

Google’s strategy with the Pixel 4 leading up to its release has been one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen in this industry. In June, the company shared an official render of the phone months before its expected release. Then, on July 29, Google shared a teaser video confirming what’ll likely be the Pixel 4’s biggest selling point — Motion Sense.

Motion Sense is  [Read More…]

Google Play Music might be killed off this year in favor of YouTube Remix

Users are said to be forced off Play Music by the end of the year.

Right now, the state of Google’s music streaming services is a bit of a mess. Google Play Music is the company’s most notable player, but you can also listen to tunes and watch music videos via YouTube Red. If you’re on mobile, you can separately download the YouTube Music app that also comes with a Play Music/YouTube Red subscription. This jumble of services isn’t  [Read More…]

Google killed a lot of horrible ads in 2016

Google killed twice as many bad ads in 2016 as they did in 2015.

Google makes most of its money from hosting ads. They use services like Android and Gmail to help determine what we like and can use this data to get plenty of companies interested in buying time and space to show their wares through them. Targeted ads produce more clicks and more money for Google’s customers.

But ads also suck. Especially the really bad  [Read More…]

Fitbit close to buying Pebble, Time 2 and Pebble Core could be killed off

Fitbit could scoop up Pebble for under $ 40 million.

Fitbit is reportedly getting ready to acquire Pebble’s software assets. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg notes that the deal is valued at under $ 40 million, and will include hiring Pebble’s software engineers as well as the company’s IP — its watch operating system, watch apps, and cloud services:

The purchase price is less than $ 40 million, and Pebble’s debt and other  [Read More…]

NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against.

Google Buzz killed in the name of Google+ [RIP]

Let us take a moment to pour out a little liquor for our old friend Google Buzz. The original social network upstart from Google debuted in February 2010, but it stumbled out the gate and never found its footing against Facebook or Twitter. Now that Google has a much more promising future with Google Plus, the folks in Mountain View have opted to leave  [Read More…]