Logitech started promoting the Harmony Link hub in 2011… and now the corporate has introduced that when you have one it’ll cease engaged on March 16, 2018.
The Harmony Link is a tool that allows you to use an iPhone, iPad, or Android gadget as a common distant. It can management TVs, cable packing containers, DVD gamers and different devices. But it’s an internet-connected gadget… and since Logitech is shutting down the cloud service that powers the Harmony Link, it’ll successfully cease working in just a few months.
Logitech is telling of us who personal a product that’s nonetheless beneath guarantee that they will improve to a more recent Harmony Hub at no cost. But for those who’e obtained an out-of-warranty gadget, the perfect Logitech is doing is providing a 35 p.c low cost on the brand new mannequin.
The firm is making no guarantees that it received’t remotely disable the Harmony Hub in just a few years although.
With a rising variety of family devices counting on cloud providers, it’s probably that we’ll see this type of factor occur increasingly typically. In some methods, I suppose remotely bricking a tool is perhaps extra accountable than simply ceasing to supply updates in any respect. It’s sort of sobering to consider all of the WiFi routers on this planet that may by no means be up to date to guard customers from the newest safety vulnerabilities (I don’t find out about you, however I do know lots of people who haven’t purchased a brand new router in 10+ years).
Still, I don’t blame aggravated clients who really feel like they have been simply “renting” tools from Logitech once they thought they have been shopping for it.