Friday in CE: After a 20 Year Run, We Bid Farewell to AIM
The days of chatrooms, away messages, and screen names comes to an end as AOL bids farewell to AOL Instant Messenger, a chat service that has ended just one year shy of the legal drinking age.
“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” wrote Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath (the Verizon behemoth that consumed AOL).
— AIM (@aim) October 6, 2017
AOL had revealed that they would be killing off everyone's favorite communication tool back in March, hinting at its eventual demise. But to fair, did AOL kill AIM or did the smart phone?
Either way, here's to the permanent away message.
A Preview of Microsoft's Secret Surface
Microsoft's popular flexible laptop-tablet-computer ultra-hybrid is looking at some seriously exciting upgrades if the can complete on everything outlined in a patent from earlier this year. Following that concept is a new patent that builds on the original idea, referencing a "hinged device" unlike the current line of Surfaces available.
Unfortunately, the patent doesn't talk about software, but the uses cases are endless. By putting two different screens together, the new surface would essentially act as one giant screen or one screen and a keyboard or a stand with a screen as well. Nightstands, paint surfaces, giant track pads - the world is your oyster and Microsoft Surface is your clam.
Obviously, a patent doesn't mean the device will ever hit the market. Tons of patents go unused every year but it is exciting to see the otherwise lagging tech giant come up with fresh ideas to differentiate themselves in a world of Mr.-Me-Too type products.
The Best of the Rest of the Net
- The big bad list of everything Apple messed up this year.
- One of the best consumer reviewers in the game gets his hands on the Google Home.
- Remember all that talk about the Google Launcher? Some people were truly not interested and even more upset that they got it.