Microsoft offers free laptops for failed Windows 10 upgrades, Twitter invites us all to apply for verification, Netflix is making more Making a Murderer, Life Is Strange is free, and why your passwords are all useless.
Microsoft Will Upgrade Your PC For You
In a last-ditch attempt to persuade you to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is offering to do all the work for you. If you take a PC (in good working condition and running Windows 8 or newer) into your nearest Microsoft Store before 12 noon any day between now and July 29, Microsoft will attempt to upgrade it to Windows 10 by the close of business.
If your PC is found to be incompatible with Windows 10, you’ll receive $150 towards the purchase of a new computer. Unfortunately, your existing PC will be recycled, so be sure to back it up before taking Microsoft up on this offer. If Microsoft fails to upgrade your PC to Windows by the close of business you’ll get rewarded with a brand new Dell Inspiron 15 for free.
There are a host of caveats and conditions built into this offer, so be sure to read the terms and conditions attached to the Windows 10 Upgrade Challenge before blindly heading off to your nearest Microsoft Store. Still, even taking these caveats and conditions into consideration this is a fair offer. At the very least you’ll get someone else to upgrade your PC to Windows 10.
Twitter Opens Verification to Everyone
— Geoffrey Woo (@geoffreywoo) July 20, 2016
Twitter has opened up the account verification process to the general public, which means you, I, and anyone else who thinks they have a legitimate claim, can apply to have their account verified. If successful, you’ll get a nice blue tick beside your name, and bragging rights over your friends and family.
Twitter has offered verified accounts since 2009, but has until now kept the process in-house. Basically, although you could request to have your account verified, there was no guarantee Twitter would even consider your request. Now, anyone can apply to be verified by filling out a form online.
Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter’s Vice President of User Services, explained the company’s thinking behind the change, saying:
“We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification. We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience.”
We’re sure millions of people will apply to be verified on Twitter, but the vast majority are likely to be disappointed. Twitter still requires verified accounts “to be of public interest,” so unless you’re a celebrity or have a significant following already you’re unlikely to first in line for verification. Still, there’s no harm in trying.
Netflix Announces More Making a Murderer
Making a Murderer was an absolute smash hit when it landed on Netflix at the end of last year. The 10-part documentary, which was 10 years in the making, told the story of Steven Avery, a man currently in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach. The documentary strongly suggests the case against Avery is not as clear cut as prosecutors would have you believe.
Unsurprisingly, as Making a Murderer was one of Netflix’ best original shows, the company has announced a second season. Rather than focus on another possible miscarriage of justice, this will continue to focus on the battle to clear Avery’s name. Netflix hasn’t yet announced when Making a Murderer will return, simply tweeting, “It’s not over. #MakingAMurderer will return”.
Play Life Is Strange Episode 1 For Free
The first episode of Life Is Strange (subtitled “Chrysalis”) is now being offered for free across all platforms. Life Is Strange is an episodic interactive drama focused on a teenage girl called Max, who discovers she has the ability to rewind time. The story is played out over five episodes, all of which were originally released in 2015.
Square Enix is giving Episode 1 away for free in the hopes of hooking you in to the point you’ll purchase the remaining four episodes. Which isn’t a bad ploy with a game of this quality. Life Is Strange Episode 1 is available to download for free on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. We thoroughly recommend it for anyone who likes their games a little more cerebral than shooty.
How Easy Is It to Crack Passwords?
And finally, everyone reading this should be well aware by now of the need to choose strong passwords. However, with enough time, patience, and computing power, most passwords can be cracked surprisingly easy and quickly. As this video from the bods at Computerphile demonstrates.
It’s a long video, but it’s worth watching in its entirety. Because while you may know of the need to adopt good password habits, you may not know exactly why doing so is crucial. If you’re anything like me you’ll watch this video and then immediately set to work changing some of your crappy passwords. [H/T Computerphile]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
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