Stay Tune And Alive

CD-ROMs and radios are the gadgets most likely to go extinct, as determined in a “Gadget Graveyard” voting contest. Meanwhile, cameras and desktop computers avoided the same forecast, despite consumers snapping up smartphones and tablets in 2013.

More than 1,700 people participated in person or online by voting “yes” or “no” on whether gadgets would end up in the Gadget Graveyard this year. (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which organized the Gadget Graveyard contest, recruited a ghostly Thomas Edison projection to publicize it at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas.)

The 30-year-old CD-ROM technology received 75 percent “yes” votes from participants. That came as little surprise, given how CD-ROMs have been facing the threat of extinction since the rise of more-portable USB flash drives.

But voters — a mix of IEEE members, engineers, engineering students and CES attendees — seemed more divided over the fate…

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