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Google teaches Americans how to vote, how technology is affecting your sex life, Microsoft rolls out the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, Microsoft trolls Apple, and crafting a phone case out of flubber.

Google Helps You Vote For President

Google really wants you to vote in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election 6 Resources to Help You Track the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election 6 Resources to Help You Track the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election The people’s right to vote determines the outcome of an election. Be an informed voter and take this important task seriously with the help of these tools. Read More . So, in order to increase the percentage of the population turning out on the big day, the company is giving potential voters all of the information they need to actually make their vote count.

Having already made it dead simple to register to vote, Google is now getting into the details. This means that anyone searching for “How to Vote” or something similar will be shown a state-specific guide to voting. This includes all of the various requirements and deadlines.

Before you panic, Google isn’t telling anyone who to vote for, just informing them how to vote where they live. The ultimate aim being to make it “easier than ever for everyone to participate in the political process”. Which is probably more crucial in this election than any other.

The choice of Republican and Democratic candidates (Donald Trump Clicking Consequences: Why Donald Trump Is Your Fault Clicking Consequences: Why Donald Trump Is Your Fault Every time you click an article about Donald Trump, the media thinks that is what you want to read, and so it spends more time talking about Trump. Stop clicking! Read More and Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal: What You Need to Know Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal: What You Need to Know The Hillary Clinton email scandal is confusing, isn't it? What you need is an in-depth look at what facts are known about the case, to help you understand its significance. Read More , respectively) and the contentious way the two main campaigns have been fought thus far, HAS had an effect on the country though. Google is reporting a spike in the number of people searching for information on voting at the next election.

All I can say is, roll on November 8th!

Technology Is Bad For Your Sex Life

Millenials are having less sex with less people and waiting longer before losing their virginity. And these trends are being blamed on technology Is Smarter Technology Dumbing Down the Human Race? Is Smarter Technology Dumbing Down the Human Race? As a child, you memorized your friend's phone numbers; now you just add them to your phone. You used to memorize directions; now you just use your GPS. Are humans becoming stupid? Read More . This is all according to recent research in the Archives of Sexual Behavior which saw researchers analyzing data on adult sexual habits from the General Social Survey.

The research suggests that Millenials (people born in the 1980s or 1990s) are having their first sexual encounter at an older age, and then having fewer sexual partners than the previous two generations (Baby Boomers and Generation X). Which would seem to go against the notion that youngsters are constantly engaging in horizontal dancing.

Most sexperts are blaming technology in one way or another. Some are claiming online dating is putting too much emphasis on looks, while others are claiming online pornography is replacing the need for physical relationships. Whatever the truth, Millenials are, as a group, having less sex than other generations did at their age. Which could lead to a fall in birthrates.

Microsoft Remembers Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has remembered that Windows 10 Mobile is a thing, and begun rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to Windows 10 Mobile devices. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update started rolling out to PC users two weeks ago Windows 10 Gets Anniversary Update, Instagram Launches Stories... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Gets Anniversary Update, Instagram Launches Stories... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Instagram tells Stories, Time Warner buys into Hulu, Microsoft offers the HoloLens to everyone with money, and Grand Theft Auto IV cheat codes get mistaken for secret military... Read More , so it’s about time Microsoft shows Mobile users some love.

You can either wait for the Anniversary Update to hit your phone, or you can manually check for the update yourself. This is achieved by clicking Start > All Apps > Settings > Update & Security > Phone Update > Check for Updates.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee it will be available on your phone at this early stage, as Microsoft makes it clear that availability varies “by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, hardware limitations and other factors”.

Microsoft Trolls Apple Over iPad Pro

A couple of weeks ago, Apple made the audacious claim that the iPad Pro is a computer Read Xbox One S Reviews, Apple Thinks the iPad Pro Is a Computer... [Tech News Digest] Read Xbox One S Reviews, Apple Thinks the iPad Pro Is a Computer... [Tech News Digest] The first Xbox One S reviews hit the web, Apple sells the iPad Pro as a computer, Google sells 30 million Chromecasts, YouTube encrypts 97% of its traffic, and IKEA mocks people who photograph their... Read More , or at least a computer-like device capable of replacing your PC (or Mac). There may be some truth to this, with our own analysis suggesting the iPad Pro is a solid option Can the iPad Pro Replace Your Laptop? Can the iPad Pro Replace Your Laptop? The iPad Pro can do a lot, but can it do enough to completely replace the humble laptop? That depends. Read More . However, Microsoft disagrees, as this video shows.

This is Microsoft’s response to Apple’s claims, and it doesn’t hold back from mocking Apple for the shortcomings of the iPad Pro Powerful Things, Small Packages: iPad Pro 9.7" Review Powerful Things, Small Packages: iPad Pro 9.7" Review For some people, a 12.9" screen is the main draw of Apple's first iPad Pro. For others, size was the main barrier to entry. Read More . The ultimate message being that the addition of a keyboard isn’t enough to turn a tablet into a computer capable of powering your whole life. Troll on, Microsoft, troll on.

How Flubber Can Protect Your iPhone

And finally, surely everybody has dropped their smartphone on the floor at least once by now. Or twice. Or down the toilet. With that in mind, most of you will understand the need to surround your smartphone with a solid, dependable case. But have you ever considered using flubber as the material of choice?

We hadn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know flubber was a real thing. It turns out flubber is a mix of water, glue, and borax. When combined, these ingredients create a strange rubbery substance which, it turns out, is capable of protecting your smartphone 5 Smartphone Insurance Plans That Provide the Best Value 5 Smartphone Insurance Plans That Provide the Best Value When a device is as important and as expensive as your smartphone, it probably makes sense to insure it against catastrophes. Read More from shattering into a million pieces when dropped from a height. Today I Learned!

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you need Google to teach you how to vote? Have you noticed technology affecting your sex life? What are your thoughts on the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update? Should Microsoft be mocking Apple in such a flagrant manner? Did you know flubber was a real thing?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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