I'm curious what products/companies were out there that couldn't stay in business. If you know why they shut down, please let me know!
- Beautiful & clean. The swipe gestures were so good!The app which set the bar at the time. Clean and minimal, was a joy to use. Most of its groundbreaking features are in use now by any modern email client app, but still none compares in "cleanliness"
- This caused the fabulous concept of feeds user can control/choose to be, very sadly, almost dead.Google Reader was the best product for my daily reading list, instead of visiting each website you get everything at one place. Feedly is good alternative, using it since Google Reader shutdown.
- Rdio was the best. I was lost when they shut down. Still haven't found a replacement. Play Music is pretty good, but Rdio was fantastic.
- Got three Pebbles myself and supported them on Kickstarter twice, once with the original, then again with the Time. Still think they are the people who got the smartwatch thing right; low power consumption, small apps which complemented the smartphone, thriving developer community, the works. Broke my heart when they were forced to sell; wearable development went back 5 years with their demise...
- The best collaborative bookmarking tool! You could make collections, with searchable tags, that were either public or private. It was great for curating content from around the web that your whole team could work with. RIP Kifi. RIP Google Spaces.
- This is not something I had been personally sad about but I remember so many people being sad about Topsy being shut down. I think the reason why it happened was that they were acquired by Apple, but I don't know what happened to them after that.
- Really elegant reading app, showed a lot of promise. I was puzzled when Dropbox bought them and closed the project down; even tried to buy it so I could repurpose the app for my own project, but was advised by the ex-CEO to not bother as Dropbox wouldn't even want to discuss it...This had it all; stunning, crisp UI design; so-easy-your-mom-could-use-it ebook syncing features combined with a user community that was engaging but wasn't forced on you if you didn't want. I was gutted when the team was absorbed by Dropbox and the product shut down 4 years ago. I still miss it.