Top 7 products that should still exist

The Pioneer Kuro still boasts the best black levels five years after its untimely demise.

(Credit: Pioneer)

Last week, Panasonic announced that it was considering cutting its plasma production after next year; this is especially troubling, as its 2013 lineup looks like the company’s best yet.

Panasonic TVs like the ZT60 and VT60 could (finally) give our reference TV the Pioneer Kuro a run for its money, and for a much more affordable price. We’re not conspiracy theorists, but for one reason or other sometimes the best products just aren’t the most successful. Watch out, Apple’s rumored TV!

Panasonic’s sad news got us thinking about the many other products that have gone before their time. Whether it’s a beloved smartphone or a must-have TV accessory, CNET’s pages are littered with products whose lights once shined brightly but have now gone out.

Got another product you wished still existed? Let us know in the comments. In the meantime, click through our top 7 products below!

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Scientists say Google Earth island in Pacific doesn’t exist

Sandy Island lies between Australia and New Caledonia, according to Google Earth. Reality is different.

(Credit: Google Earth)

If you thought Apple’s Maps app might steer you wrong, just watch out if you’re navigating the South Pacific with Google Maps.

It and Google Earth, as well as marine maps and charts, show a feature west of New Caledonia that Australian scientists say is a phantom island.

Sandy Island looks like a gaping hole in the Coral Sea. About 16 miles long, north to south, it could make the perfect beach nirvana.

But the University of Sydney scientists found only ocean 4,620 feet deep when they went to the site while on a research expedition. The depth would preclude the island sinking.

“We wanted to check it out because the navigation charts on-board the ship showed a water depth of 1,400 meters in that area — very deep,” geoscience postdoctoral fellow Maria Seton was quoted as saying by AFP news.

“It’s on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no island. We’re really puzzled. It’s quite bizarre.

“How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don’t know, but we plan to follow up and find out.”

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