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Microsoft fails to hit Windows 10 target, no one believes what they read on social media, download Amazon videos to SD cards, choose new themes on Google Keyboard, and experience Instagram in real life.

Microsoft to Miss Windows 10 Target

In April 2015, when Microsoft pitched Windows 10 to developers, the company pledged to have Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018 Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Gets the Edge, 1 Billion Devices Running Windows 10, & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft has the Edge, Windows 10 is huge, Secret gets shut, embed MS-DOS games in tweets, make money from Silent Hills, and watch Michael Bay get shown up by an amateur filmmaker. Read More . Now, in the middle of 2016, it has reneged on that promise. The reason? The distinct lack of Windows 10 smartphones on the market.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft has conceded defeat on that initial promise, even though it still has two full years to deliver on it. Because while Windows 10 has got off to a flying start — thanks to the free upgrade offer from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 — it’s no longer on course to hit the magic 1 billion mark.

A Microsoft spokesperson said:

“Windows 10 is off to the hottest start in history with over 350M monthly active devices, with record customer satisfaction and engagement. We’re pleased with our progress to date, but due to the focusing of our phone hardware business, it will take longer than FY18 for us to reach our goal of 1 billion monthly active devices. In the year ahead, we are excited about usage growth coming from commercial deployments and new devices—and increasing customer delight with Windows.”

As the company makes clear in that statement, Windows Phone is the biggest cause of the pre-ordained failure to hit this milestone. Microsoft simply isn’t focusing on its smartphone business Microsoft Tricks Users Into Windows 10 Upgrades, Windows Phone Is Dead... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Tricks Users Into Windows 10 Upgrades, Windows Phone Is Dead... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft resorts to dirty tactics with Windows 10, Windows Phone is deader than a dead thing, Reddit introduces embeds on other sites, Edward Snowden says no to Allo, and the new Star Trek Beyond trailer... Read More at the moment, and that has significantly slowed adoption of the new operating system, which was, after all, designed to work across all of these devices seamlessly.

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The upshot? Microsoft will still hit the 1 billion milestone at some point in the future, but it will take a lot longer than the three years originally promised.

Social Media News Is Unreliable

Do you trust the news you get from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter? We’re guessing your answer is No, because a recent Pew Research study discovered that very few people find social networking sites reliable sources of information.

The stats show that just 34% of adults in the U.S. trust the information they get from social media, and just 4% trust it “a lot”. In comparison, 77% trust the information the get from family, friends, and acquaintances, 76% from national news organizations, and 82% from local news organizations.

This shows just how cynical people are about the information shared on social networking sites, because so much of it has been debunked or found to be inherently biased Facebook Denies Censoring Trends, Search Through the Panama Papers... [Tech News Digest] Facebook Denies Censoring Trends, Search Through the Panama Papers... [Tech News Digest] Facebook denies wrongdoing over Trending Topics, the Panama Papers are now online, Apple Music helps Spotify succeed, help Donald Trump build his wall, and every Top 10 list video ever recorded. Read More . However, the same family, friends, and acquaintances 77% of people trust or often the cause of this bogus baloney spreading across the internet in the first place. Which is ironic to say the least.

The onus is therefore on us as individuals to check the veracity and validity of news stories before we pass them onto other, more gullible, souls. May I suggest bookmarking Snopes.com as an absolute starter?

Download Amazon Video to SD Cards

Amazon has made a small-yet-significant change to its Amazon Video service. Amazon already allowed Prime subscribers to download videos for offline viewing How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline How to Download Amazon Prime Videos to Watch Offline Amazon has announced that Instant Video now allows offline viewing of movies and television shows on Android and iOS devices, and we have the full lowdown on how you can initiate this fantastic feature. Read More , but it was previously limited to the internal storage of your Android or iOS device. Now, you can download it to an SD card too.

This effectively means you can download everything you want before you head out on vacation Prepare for a Long Flight by Downloading Everything to Android Prepare for a Long Flight by Downloading Everything to Android If you're about to be without an Internet connection for an extended period of time, you'll want to know these tips for keeping yourself entertained. Read More , leaving you free to watch it without the need to be connected to the internet. It’s Android-only, because iOS devices don’t have SD card slots, and rolling out to the U.S., the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan from today.

Google Keyboard Gets New Themes

Google has updated Google Keyboard, giving users access to more themes. According to The Verge, Google has moved on from the “Material Light” and “Material Dark” options, adding a host of new colors, as well as the option to use an image from your camera roll.

This only applies to Google Keyboard 5.1 on Android, with iOS again playing gooseberry.

If Instagram Was Real Life

And finally, this video shows what life would be like if Instagram was the basis for all human interactions. Suffice to say, it would be an absolute nightmare, with vacuous people held in high regard, and the desire for attention trumping everything else.

The parody features Megan Mitchell, who seems to be big on Instagram purely because she has legs and lips. I also have legs and lips, and yet I’m not big on Instagram 10 Instagram Tricks You Didn't Know Existed 10 Instagram Tricks You Didn't Know Existed Instagram is constantly evolving and updating, and things change quickly. Let's find a few more cool hacks to rock the photo-based social network! Read More . Which is an injustice I won’t be spending any time or money trying to put right. [H/T Digital Trends]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

How do you feel about Microsoft’s aggressive attitude to Windows 10? Do you trust information relayed through social media? Will you be downloading Amazon Video movies to your SD card? Are you a fan of Google Keyboard? Which app do you think real-life should be like?

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. Steve Rathbun
    July 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I upgraded Win 8.1 to 10. It was pitiful! Painfully boring in layout-like a tech sheet for something. Confusing and hard to use. Total flop! Three days later,I reinstalled 8.1. Give it up,Microsoft!

  2. Jack Gold
    July 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I think it's hysterically naive that anyone relies on social media for accurate news. The idea that one has to then verify the accuracy of the information from that source should be more than enough to prevent that reliance.

    • Andrew Gulak
      July 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      VS mainstream media? I weep for the future.

      • Jack Gold
        July 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        Probably the most reliable media source is that from other countries. Here, your choice for "mainstream" media is always the most slanted toward your individual leanings. Except Fox news, which is far less reliable than even social media despite sharing the same "I wrote it so it's true" substantiation.

        As far as the future is concerned, I've been weeping since about mid-1993, when I received the first (but, by far, not the last) employment application on which the applicant misspelled their own street name. In the 20+ years since, I haven't seen much that has made me feel any better.

  3. DaveD
    July 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I'd have to describe myself as a power user. I have all kinds of open source software and VMs, in addition to games, Office and other things. Almost a year ago, I upgraded to Win 10 from Win 8.1. I had driver problems, flickering screen, problems running some programs, intermittent slow booting. Maybe I should try again, but I was annoyed daily and downgraded it before the month was up.

    I guess my overall reaction is: if it's so great, why do you have to force people? Do it with testimonials from all the happy customers (including tech sites). The deadline and the way they push the upgrade suggests they know there would be legitimate pushback.

    My two cents.

  4. Anthony Ferlazzo
    July 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I have liked win10 since last year when I bought a laptop with it installed. I'm seriously wanting the upgrade that puts Linx under the hood and on the terminal command line.

    • fcd76218
      July 20, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      "I’m seriously wanting the upgrade that puts Linx under the hood and on the terminal command line."
      Microsoft is only incorporating SOME features from Linux. If you want use Linux, you will have install a real Linux distro.

  5. fcd76218
    July 18, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    "Microsoft to Miss Windows 10 Target"
    WHAT ...A. ...PITY!

    "Windows Phone is the biggest cause of the pre-ordained failure to hit this milestone"
    Unfortunately for M$ and fortunately for the public at large, Microsoft cannot force anybody to purchase a Win Phone the way they are forcing users to "upgrade" to Win 10. Maybe M$ can spend some of their profits from Win 10 to buy enough Congresscritters to pass a law outlawing all phones other than Win Phones. Because that is the only way M$ will increase its market share of smarphones.

    "The number of new PCs being bought isn’t improving worldwide either"
    Worldwide purchases of new Win 10 PCs gives a truer picture of Win 10 popularity than numbers of forced, stealth upgrades.

    • Jeff C
      July 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      So, when will it be safe to update W7 and W8/8.1 again?

      Without being 'given' W10 as an 'update'?

      • fcd76218
        July 20, 2016 at 10:14 pm

        If Microsoft has its way, nobody will ever again be able to update W7 or 8.x.

        Microsoft wants to turn the clock back to mid 1990's when they owned most of personal computing.

      • Steve Rathbun
        July 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        You'll have to pay $100+ for the cd-rom.

      • daviesboy
        July 24, 2016 at 7:55 am

        Stopping 'the nag' to update to Win 10 has been possible for some time. The Windows update responsible is KB3035583. Uninstall it and you're free.
        This is for Win 7 - go into Windows Update in your control panel, click on 'view update history' at LH side. Then click the blue 'Installed updates' under the Review heading at the top. You should find KB3035583 listed. Do a right click on it and click 'uninstall' then do whatever is requested. After restart the nag will be gone.

  6. begar
    July 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Do they count people who upgraded to windows 10 and after a few days reinstalled win 7?

    • Duy K. Bui
      July 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Short answer: NO.

      Long answer: It's "monthly active", so these people do count only for the one month when they upgraded; next month onwards they aren't counted anymore. So when we're looking at the 350M number of June, it includes people who upgraded in June and perhaps downgraded in July, but it does not include people who had upgraded but then downgraded before June.

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