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Today in Tech News Digest, RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world.

Microsoft Ends Support For Windows XP

Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP, with the ancient operating system Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More no longer receiving updates after today (April 8, 2014). Despite Microsoft having given plenty of warning of the impending XPocalypse What The Windows XPocalypse Means For You What The Windows XPocalypse Means For You Microsoft is going to kill support for Windows XP in April 2014. This has serious consequences for both businesses and consumers. Here is what you should know if you are still running Windows XP. Read More , around 30 percent of computers are still running XP.

The ending of official support for XP means there will be no more security updates or bug fixes from Microsoft itself. Every XP vulnerability discovered after today will remain active and unpatched, leaving users at an increased risk of having their systems compromised 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More .

Windows XP is already targeted by cybercriminals and malware authors more than any other operating system, and that situation is only likely to get worse now that Microsoft has moved on. The problem is that a hefty dose of Windows users haven’t moved on Long Live Windows XP! [We Ask You Results] Long Live Windows XP! [We Ask You Results] We asked: Do You Agree That Windows XP Needs To Die? Turns out you don't. Read More and are refusing to do so despite Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 all having been released in the meantime.

We’re encouraging our readers to migrate away from Windows XP, whether upgrading to a more recent version of Windows Upgrade From Windows XP to a Modern OS in 7 Simple Steps Upgrade From Windows XP to a Modern OS in 7 Simple Steps It's time to say goodbye! Microsoft is ending official support for Windows XP on April 8 2014. Are you at risk? If you are still running this ancient operating system, it's time to upgrade. Read More or moving over to Linux. If you have a computer illiterate relative still using XP then please do inform them of the situation and explain the consequences of Microsoft ending support. It is your duty as a geek!

Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Kim Dotcom

Megaupload was taken offline and dismantled Why MegaUpload, And Who's Next? Why MegaUpload, And Who's Next? In the middle of some very aggressive anti-SOPA/PIPA protests, the feds managed to prove that they don't need to pass such a bill to pull the plug on a certain internet website. The casualty this... Read More in January 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood chasing down the people behind it. Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and Warner Bros. are amongst the studios seeking damages of up to $175 million for the copyright infringements they allege took place on the file-hosting service.

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The studios involved not only claim to be entitled to the maximum statutory damages of $150,000 per copyright infringement, but also all of the profits generated through the site. The defendants are Megaupload Ltd., its founder Kim Dotcom, the majority shareholder Mathias Ortmann, and the Chief Technical Officer Bram van der Kolk.

Virus Shield App Branded A Scam

A popular paid Android app called Virus Shield has been branded a scam and removed from Google Play. Virus Shield by Deviant Solutions racked up more than 10,000 downloads before being pulled, with people paying $3.99 believing Virus Shield “prevents harmful apps from being installed on your device,” “scans apps, settings, files, and media in real time,” and “protects your personal information.

It turns out Virus Shield does none of the above. In fact, according to Android Police, all the app does is prompt you to tap the screen, at which point an “X” turns into a tick. Thus fooling people into believing they’re protected. Shameful.

Xbox 360 Emulation Coming To Xbox One?

Microsoft is considering bringing Xbox 360 emulation to the Xbox One. At the Build 2014 conference last week, Kotaku asked lead partner developer Frank Savage if there were plans for 360 emulation. He confirmed there are plans afoot, but said “we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately.

In other words, Microsoft would love to bring Xbox 360 emulation to the Xbox One 5 Xbox One Myths Dispelled: Don't Brick Your Console! 5 Xbox One Myths Dispelled: Don't Brick Your Console! The web is full of myths and disinformation on the Xbox One. Not all of it is harmless though - some of the "helpful tips" you’ll find will actually end up irrecoverably bricking your console.... Read More , it just hasn’t yet figured out how to do so because it’s “hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff.” Which is a crying shame for those of us who haven’t got room for a multitude of different consoles under our TVs.

Goat Simulator Gets Free Multiplayer DLC

Fans of Goat Simulator will soon be able to enjoy double the fun, with free DLC adding support for local multiplayer. Goat Simulator Patch 1.1, due for release next month, will bring a new playable map, new goats, new achievements, and split-screen multiplayer. And it will be completely free.

Those of you currently sporting a confused look on your faces wondering what on earth Goat Simulator is should watch the video embedded above. It shows our own Dave LeClair enjoying playing Goat Simulator Goat Simulator Is Here and It's Everything You Dreamed It Would Be Goat Simulator Is Here and It's Everything You Dreamed It Would Be What happens when a joke video posted on the Internet generates so much hype that it actually becomes a real video game? Goat Simulator happens. Read More to an unhealthy degree.

Mario Escapes Into The Real World

And finally, Mario The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More is an absolute legend amongst video game characters 5 Video Game Characters I Wish I Could Hang Out With In Real Life [MUO Gaming] 5 Video Game Characters I Wish I Could Hang Out With In Real Life [MUO Gaming] Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet up with your favorite video game characters in real life? There are some really cool characters in the video game world, and some of... Read More . But you still wouldn’t want him to break out of his digital prison and join those of us living in the real world. No, really, you wouldn’t. This video shows us why. A real-life Mario is bad news.

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  1. moneytalks
    April 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

    dragonmouth has right. Most of the patch holes that exist for XP exist also in the "new" m$ operating system like windows 7 and 8. Lock down a product like they do with the DirectX 3D library or any other optional library they made, is like one goes to the ironmongers or wrench stores to buy a new screwdriver after he used the one which already had for some job!

    Anyway the topic is around private companies agreement who agrees to build faster computers and make them slow intentionally with software and discredits the old one by using mouthpieces and other paid "journalists" to tell lies to the public, to their self, and to their children about safety and speed. Anyone who can run Aquamark 3 in Windows XP SP3 and in Windows 7 SP1 would see the huge difference. Even nuclear submarines, banks, Point Of Sales cash registers and medicals had Windows XP.

  2. Mike
    April 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Apparently if you have enough bucks, Microsoft will offer a further year's support. The UK and Dutch governments are reported to be paying over $5 million dollars each for an additional year's contracted support, one of the contract conditions being that they must migrate all their PC's to a newer OS within 12 months.

    As a guide to what that involves, the UK National Health Service alone currently still has over half a million PCs running Windows XP, despite having known of the planned end date for support since 2007!

    Well done HM Government - said no-one, ever!

  3. Tom W
    April 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I've been advising people to move on from XP for the past few years because of the impending end to support. If anyone is still using it, I don't think they're going to stop now.

    I thought the MegaUpload stuff was in the past? I remember something about the case getting dropped because they willingly complied with all DMCA takedowns and information access requests.

    If Microsoft actually brings 360 emulation to the XBone, it will finally give them an edge over the PS4. Assuming that sony don't step up and match them.

  4. dragonmouth
    April 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    And who is Carmen Crincoli?!

    "The ending of official support for XP means there will be no more security updates or bug fixes from Microsoft itself. "
    As if "security updates" from M$ really helped in the past. While plugging one set of holes, the "updates" opened up another set of holes. It was third party anti-malware software that made XP semi-secure.

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