There’s a mud-slinging contest underway in the tech press again, and it’s all about Microsoft’s data gathering — again.
In particular, Yusuf Mehdi’s Windows Experience post, announcing that 200 million machines had used Win10 in the preceding month, includes details about Win10 usage — 44.5 billion minutes spent in Microsoft Edge, 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana, more Bing searches per device, 82 billion photos viewed in the built-in Photo app — that make some folks wonder how much of their own activity is now in Microsoft’s databases.
Windows 7 runs on 55% of all the computers on the planet, but according to news this week that is actually a bad and potentially dangerous thing. Says who? Actually Microsoft.
Speaking to Windows Weekly, Microsoft Marketing chief Chris Capossela explained that users who choose Windows 7 do so “at your own risk, at your own peril” and he revealed Microsoft has concerns about its future software and hardware compatibility, security and more.
Read Gordon Kelly’s article at Forbe’s Tech Site.
Yahoo last week followed the lead of rivals Facebook and Google by telling users it would warn them when it believes they are in the crosshairs of state-backed cyber attackers.
“Yahoo will now notify you if we strongly suspect that your account may have been targeted by a state-sponsored actor. We’ll provide these specific notifications so that our users can take appropriate measures to protect their accounts and devices in light of these sophisticated attacks,” wrote Bob Lord, Yahoo’s chief information officer, in a Dec. 21 post to a company blog.
Read more on this story at Computerworld‘s website.
Samsung’s upcoming lineup of Smart TVs, as well as its 2016 series of high-end, 4K-resolution LCD TVs (known as SUHD TVs) will be compatible with the company’s Internet of Things platform called SmartThings, the South Korean electronics giant said Tuesday.
Read the whole story on this CNET Article.
In the past, app developers have used the term ‘App Santa’ as a marketing term for large discounts on apps from smaller developers. The apps are tailored towards new customers who are just getting into the iOS ecosystem. This time around App Santa includes popular apps like Tweetbot for Mac, Pcalc, Screens, Deliveries, and a lot more. App Santa doesn’t last long though, so if you’re looking to get a deal on one of these apps you better get to it fast.
Today Google’s unveiling a few last minute holiday specials, with each focusing on a different section of the Google Play store. The most appealing is available exclusively to people who haven’t already subscribed to Google Play Music or YouTube Red. If you’re one of them (and live in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Brazil, or Mexico), you can sign up for three months of Google Play Music for $1 — and yes, that includes full YouTube Red access, so you can watch all videos without ads. Sorry, existing customers, sadly Google’s not letting you tack on an additional few months for cheap.
Google confirmed this morning it’s now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password. Instead, those who have been invited to try this new method of logging in authenticate by responding to a notification sent to their smartphone. The idea is similar to Yahoo’s recently launched “Account Key,” which also offers a password-free means of signing in involving a push notification sent to your phone that then opens an app where you approve the log-in.