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New computers won’t support old versions of Windows, Apple hides iTunes Radio behind a paywall, Penthouse Magazine cannot compete with Internet porn, EA gives something away for free, and Kylo Ren is the latest Undercover Boss.

Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 Hard

Microsoft has changed its support policy in order to get even more of us using Windows 10. In layman’s terms, new processors will only work with Windows 10, meaning anyone buying a new PC will be forced to use Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More , whether they like it or not.

Essentially, if you buy a new PC powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, Qualcomm’s 8996 processor, or AMD’s Bristol Ridge processor, you’re stuck with Windows 10. If you tried to install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on that computer it would either not work properly or be woefully outdated.

Microsoft explained the change in a Windows Blog post, saying:

“Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming ‘Kaby Lake’ silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming ‘8996’ silicon, and AMD’s upcoming ‘Bristol Ridge’ silicon.”

It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean Microsoft is pulling support for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 earlier than previously stated. Instead, the company is only going to support these previous versions of its operating system as they exist on contemporaneous computers.

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So, if you’re already using Windows 7 you’re fine until 2020, and if you’re using Windows 8.1 you’re fine until 2023. Cue a collective sigh of relief from Windows 10 haters 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 It's not a secret that Windows 10 isn't perfect. Cortana borders on being intrusive, mandatory updates can cause issues, and much appears half-baked. We present our top 7 of most glaring Windows 10 annoyances. Read More everywhere.

Apple Kills Free iTunes Radio

Apple is killing its ad-supported iTunes Radio, with Beats 1 now being its only free music product. Anyone who wants to carry on creating iTunes Radio-style stations will need to subscribe to Apple Music Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More in order to do so. Unfortunately, Apple Music costs $9.99-per-month.

For the uninitiated, iTunes Music was a Pandora-like service supported by ads. Songs would be played pretty much at random, with users limited to just six skips every hour. If you wanted to hear a song again you would have to purchase it from the iTunes Store.

Existing iTunes Radio users have until January 28th to enjoy the service, at which point it will shut down. The feature will then live on behind the Apple Music paywall. It’s surely no coincidence that this coincides with the shutting down of Apple’s iAds division.

The Internet Killed Penthouse Magazine

The Internet has killed yet another print publication, and this time it’s Penthouse Magazine feeling the squeeze. Penthouse isn’t disappearing completely, but it will disappear from stores as it goes fully digital. Publisher FriendFinder Network told The Wall Street Journal:

“This will be a new way for its readers to experience the world’s best adult magazine. Re-imagined for the preferred consumption of content today by consumers, the digital version of Penthouse Magazine will combine and convert everything readers know and love about the print magazine experience to the power of a digital experience.”

Print publications have been hit hard by the ongoing shift to the Web, and soft-porn magazines have felt it even more than most thanks to the sheer amount of pornography available online Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More . Playboy previously transitioned into a lifestyle magazine Facebook Goes Shopping, Internet Porn Kills Playboy Nudes... [Tech News Digest] Facebook Goes Shopping, Internet Porn Kills Playboy Nudes... [Tech News Digest] Facebook feeds shopping sites, Playboy hates porn, Pepsi brands an Android, Google Street View virtual reality, Call of Duty admits it's all about the multiplayer, and Luke Skywalker gets crushed by an AT-AT. Read More with no nudes for the same reason.

EA’s Access Vault Is Free on Xbox One

If you own an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership 5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion] 5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion] It's difficult to remember a time when games consoles didn't connect to the Internet. I'm now so used to online features being an integral part of the gaming experience, that it's easy to forget that... Read More , then EA is offering you access to its Vault from tomorrow (Jan 19th) to Sunday (Jan 24th). The Vault, usually only open to EA Access members, currently holds 14 games, all of which can be played in full for the duration.

EA Access normally costs $4.99-per-month or $29.99 for a full year. Games in the Vault include Battlefield Hardline, FIFA 15, Madden NFL 25, Dragon Age: Inquisition, NHL 15, Titanfall, Need for Speed Rivals, NBA LIVE 15, and Peggle 2. EA Access recently launched on PC as Origin Access PC Sales Drop Yet Again, EA Offers Endless Gaming... [Tech News Digest] PC Sales Drop Yet Again, EA Offers Endless Gaming... [Tech News Digest] PC sales are still in decline, EA wants (even more of) your money, VLC gets ported to Apple TV, Amazon Prime users get discounts on games, and how Pixar borrows scenes from other movies. Read More .

Kylo Ren Goes Undercover

And finally, Kylo Ren, the main villain in the new Star Wars trilogy, may be a psychotic badass, but even he sees the value in connecting with his underlings. So, as all the cool chief executives do these days, he agreed to appear on Undercover Boss.

Things don’t go quite according to plan, as Kylo Ren struggles to hide his true identity. And people inevitably end up dead, just as they do in The Force Awakens. Still, at least it’s only a Saturday Night Live clip, eh, and not real life. Unlike Star Wars, obviously.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you disheartened by Microsoft’s decision to go all-in on Windows 10? Will you miss listening to iTunes Radio? Are you surprised Penthouse Magazine lasted this long? If you have an Xbox One, will you be visiting the EA Access Vault? Did you enjoy the new Star Wars movie?

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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  1. kpklukken
    January 21, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Windows has already done quite a bit to limit Linux on new systems by Secured UEFI boot. All they would have to do is make that mandatory and Linux would be at their complete mercy because Microsoft create and assigns the keys for it. This is why UEFI and Secured UEFI causes issues for so many "flavors" or distro's of Linux. Make it more difficult to get those keys and it makes it more difficult for Linux to work on the newest hardware. An update of the way UEFI works and Linux has to do handstands to be able to install on the system.

    • T
      September 4, 2016 at 2:56 am

      Micro$oft forcing Windows 10 upon people demonstrates their own internal beliefs that given choice the product is not desirable.

      I read this article on MUO after reading the Kaby Lake story on Forbes which had this wonderful irony:

      Forbes Quote of the Day:

      "If you keep your products superior and never diminish your quality, you will remain strong through obstacles."

      Martha Stewart

  2. Josh
    January 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    "Microsoft has changed its support policy in order to get even more of us using Windows 10. In layman’s terms, new processors will only work with Windows 10, meaning anyone buying a new PC will be forced to use Microsoft’s latest operating system, whether they like it or not."

    Pure click-bait and it's totally wrong as this applies to Enterprise customers only.

    • Josh
      January 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Just so there's no confusion, Enterprise customers will only be supported for 18 months while using an older version of Windows. They've got to use Windows 10 if they want full support.

      There are absolutely no hardware limitations that block the usage of older operating systems.

  3. cam
    January 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Just go to Linux. It's better

  4. mike
    January 19, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Well, that gives Linux a step up.

    I wonder if this shackling of PCs to Windows 10 will lock out Linux.

    Wonder if I can run Windows 7 etc. under Linux?

    Good questions that aren't answered by the article...hummmm.

    I guess I will have to see if I can buy a computer without these processor chips. I don't use Google because of its big data spying; and I like Windows 10 even less for the same reason so I use other products when I can.

    You know...if you really like Windows XP, 7 etc. Mint Linux works well and is easy to use.

  5. Bonnie Stewart
    January 19, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    mominator318

    I enjoyed the new Star Wars movie alot, it was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat. I feel it was just as good as the others even though it wasn't George Lucas doing it.

  6. Don
    January 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Aaah but what could have been a beautiful relationship...........until Microsoft decided to push spyware and their {no it is not a good feature} auto updates. Oh well after Windows 7 it seems I will be finally be pushed to making the leap to Linux, unless of course some coders come up with a way to bypass all this, come on Guys you've got four years to do it.

  7. Brad Jones
    January 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Windumb 10 is nothing more than Spyware designed for the NSA!

  8. Tim McAuliffe
    January 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Love Windows, Love Windows 10, also Love Linux. Get over it people, stop living in the past and don't be afraid to upgrade any OS.

  9. Zanes Zoo
    January 19, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Is "In layman’s terms, new processors will only work with Windows 10, meaning anyone buying a new PC will be forced to use Microsoft’s latest operating system, whether they like it or not." actually accurate?

    How has MS convinced three chip manufacturers to prevent their hardware from using any operating system other than Win10?

    Later the article quotes MS, "Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming ‘Kaby Lake’ silicon, Qualcomm’s upcoming ‘8996’ silicon, and AMD’s upcoming ‘Bristol Ridge’ silicon.”".

    So, it sounds like the chips will run any O/S (designed to run on them) but MS will only support machines with those chips if they are running Win10.

    On my first gen i7 desktop, I see no reason to "upgrade" to Win10 from 7. I have Win10 on a tablet but don't find it as easy or fluid as Android (or certainly WebOS). I don't think I will take the free upgrade for my desktop. If I build a new system in the future, I might stick with 7 or try Linux.

  10. winsloh
    January 19, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Msft will never proceed and will have to relinquish their desire to push win 10 out in this manner .......hangon for a great ride and watch win 8 7 and xp live on !

  11. JJ
    January 19, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Microsoft continues to go down the toilet. Windows gets worse with every release, Xbox live support is a joke,just like the Surface. I hope they go bankrupt and if Google docs ever gets to the point of being able to replace Office, it might actually be a possibility.

    • fcd76218
      January 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      " if Google docs ever gets to the point of being able to replace Office, it might actually be a possibility."
      Then Microsoft monopoly crap will be replaced by Google monopoly crap. We KNOW that MS does not have the users best interest in mind. Google presents itself as the "do no evil" alternative to MS. Unfortunately, while it is stroking the users with one hand, it insidiously is stabbing them in the back with the other. You'll be exchanging one monopoly for another.

  12. DaveO8888
    January 19, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Microsoft is doing a fantastic job to unify Windows. There is no need to keep supporting previous versions of Windows. I was reluctant at first to upgrade for free to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 7 Pro but after the upgrade I couldn't imagine ever downgrading back to Windows 7 Pro. First of all, Windows 10 has a great App store to find all sorts of useful apps. I was upset when Microsoft decided not to continue Windows Media Center (WMC) but after the upgrade it became obvious that there was no need for WMC anymore because the Windows App store has everything you need to enhance your media experience. Secondly, Windows 10 includes Cortana which is very useful for interactive voice commands. Third, Windows 10 has made my legacy laptop a much better laptop, it now boots faster, runs much more cooler, and has increased battery life, and the operating system kernel is very stable, I've never had a BSOD, and shutdowns are smooth and graceful. Fifth, Windows 10 is more secure with integrated protection from malware and viruses. Sixth, upgrading to Windows 10 Pro was completely free. Microsoft is definately on the right path with Windows 10. I also am impressed with Microsoft's Surface products with precision crafted and superbly designed hardware. Innovation at Microsoft is taking wide leaps forward.

    • Yeah right
      January 19, 2016 at 1:51 am

      WOW are they paying everyone for comments at windows or just you?

  13. Keith Smith
    January 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Micro$oft is showing just another reason to dump Windows for good,if the excessive spying on users wasn't bad enough.This move will backfire big time.I have already moved all my machines to Linux and I'll be damned if I use another Micro$oft product of any kind.

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