The LA Times published an article (see end of this response for link) about the 10 tech items you won't need anymore. Like the last one of these responses I did, let's take a look:
1. Flip Cam - I half-agree with this. Pocket cameras are still a lot cheaper than an iPod, cell phone, etc. The pocket cameras also tend to be a whole lot easier (in my experience) to pull the video from the device into one's computer for editing. On the other hand, nearly every other device you buy has a built-in video camera, so why bother carrying around another piece of equipment. See, half agree...
2. Portable DVD player - One day, this will be true. Not any time soon, however. Why not? because there are many families that bought as many DVDs for their kids as possible and, dang it, we are going to watch those in the car if it kills us! I am one of them. Of course, Shan's van has built-in DVD players, so we don't need a separate portable one. Okay, I'll give them this one.
3. Flash drives - BZZT! Wrong answer. People still need a way to access their files when the "cloud" is not available. The evolution of portable media dictates that SOMETHING will replace flash drives, but it will still be something people can carry on their person.
4. GPS for your car - BZZT! Wrong answer. I can use the GPS in my car in more places than my phone because of cellular data coverage, or more specifically the lack thereof. With my in-car GPS, I can find my location, get directions and route my course without worrying about dropped signals or getting a call while trying to navigate (which on many carriers will kick one out of the GPS app).
5. Small digital cameras - They are talking the small-form point-and-shoot. I have to agree. Cell phones now boast 8 megapixels, which is still more than most people would ever actually use anyway. The only thing holding me back here is that small point-and-shoots are coming with better and better optical zooms - something that our cell phones just can't handle. But, I certainly see the demise of those little cameras in the future. Now, pro-level or pro-sumer level cameras? Those will be around a long time, well, relatively speaking.
6. FAX Machine - BZZT! The fax still can be one of the most secure ways to send a document - encrypted, secluded, direct. Now, the machine itself may go, I suppose. With unified communication systems, we can have fax-to-desktop, thus eliminating the physical machine. I dunno, maybe I'm a half-and-half guy on this one after all.
7. Netbooks - Yeap. These are going, going, gone. Now that you get a case, a keyboard, a stylus, and maybe even a mouse for your tablet, who needs a netbook?
8. CD player - Yeap. Gone. Convert your CDs and (GASP!) records over to digital and kiss the physical CD players goodbye. Oh, never mind the deterioration of your MP3 files. That's just a normal part of data corruption. Besides, you can always download the songs again or convert them from CD.. wait, no more CD players? Oh. Nevermind. You're just outta luck.
9. Voice recorders - Are these even still around? Wow. I thought these were already dead and gone.
10. PDA - Palms? What? Like voice recorders, I thought PDA's were already a thing of the past. Well, they are now for sure.
The original article can be found here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/ten-unneeded-tech-items.html