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Watch out for Windows 10 installing itself, Russia gives Google a kicking, Microsoft announces cross-platform gaming, Netflix tests Data Saver option, and online dating as a man dressed as a woman.

Windows 10 Can Now Install Itself

If you have so far resisted the allure of Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More , deciding instead to stick with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you may want to keep a closer eye on your PC. This is because several people have had their PCs upgraded to Windows 10 against their wishes How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 Microsoft ramps up its efforts to make users upgrade to Windows 10. Come 2016, many people will wake up to a new operating system, despite never having consented to the upgrade. Don't be one of... Read More . Almost as if Windows 10 has become sentient and started installing itself.

News of this latest wave of unwanted updates comes courtesy of a Reddit thread comprising almost 3,000 comments. Many are from people who have found their computers upgraded to Windows 10 despite them not actively initiating the upgrade. Many also made sure Windows Update wasn’t set to automatically download and install updates, killing that excuse dead.

In case you’re thinking this is a simple case of user error, at least two tech journalists — Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld and Patrick Klepek of Kotaku — encountered the same issue. Adding to the problem is that no two stories of unwanted upgrades are the same, so it doesn’t matter whether you have reserved your copy, clicked the wrong button, or simply left your PC unattended for 10 minutes. Either way, Windows 10 will get you, somehow. Resistance is futile.

Google Loses Antitrust Appeal In Russia

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Google has failed in its bid to overturn a decision stating that Android breaks Russian competition laws. The original ruling, by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) was made in a case brought by Google’s Russian rival Yandex.

Yandex claims it’s disadvantaged by Google’s insistence that phone manufacturers bundle key services and apps — such as YouTube, Maps, and Photos — into Android. A further appeal could follow, but, as it stands right now, Google faces paying a hefty fine and a requirement to reword its contracts with local manufacturers.

This ruling may only affect Russia, but it could play nicely into the hands of antitrust authorities What Is GAFA? Why The EU Doesn't Love Large American Internet Companies What Is GAFA? Why The EU Doesn't Love Large American Internet Companies GAFA is an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon — the 4 most powerful American technology companies. Expect to hear it more often. Read More in both Europe and the United States. Google is being investigated on both sides of the Atlantic Apple Branded a Cult, Android Branded a Monopoly... [Tech News Digest] Apple Branded a Cult, Android Branded a Monopoly... [Tech News Digest] Apple is a cult, Android may be a monopoly, Facebook cares about refugees, Netflix knows when you get hooked, Mighty No. 9 has a release date, and the 4K documentary shot on an iPhone 6s... Read More over claims it gives “priority to its own services on the Android platform, while restricting others”.

Microsoft Starts Cross-Platform Gaming

Microsoft is offering Xbox One gamers the chance to play against people using other platforms, starting, of course, with PC. Cross-platform gaming is a dream for gamers of all persuasions, who want the opportunity to play with friends regardless of whether they own a PC, an Xbox One, or a PlayStation 4. And Microsoft just enabled that to become a reality.

How far and wide this cross-platform functionality will stretch depends on other parties. Sony will need to OK it before PS4 gamers 8+ Great Gift Ideas for PlayStation 4 Owners 8+ Great Gift Ideas for PlayStation 4 Owners Whether you're looking to buy something for yourself, a friend, or a family member, the gifts on this list should elicit a smile on the occasion of your choosing. Read More get involved, and individual game developers will have to build it into their titles. Psyonix is kicking things off nicely by making Rocket League a cross-platform title, with PC and Xbox One gamers able to compete with each other.

Netflix Tests Data Saver Option

Netflix is currently testing a new feature called Mobile Data Saver. The feature, which has been spotted intermittently over the past few months, allows users to lower the streaming quality of their Netflix content when they’re not on WiFi, thereby using less mobile data How to Prevent Any App from Using Mobile Data on Android How to Prevent Any App from Using Mobile Data on Android Want to limit which apps are connecting to the Internet on your smartphone or tablet? That's easy. Let us show you how. Read More .

Android Police spotted the Mobile Data Saver feature when Netflix accidentally released a beta version of its app. The beta also added Google Play billing, but Netflix has closed the door to new signups. However, the Mobile Data Saver feature should be added to the Android app soon.

Online Dating: Men vs. Women

And finally, we get to see what online dating is like for men and for women, all through the eyes of one person. We have already looked at the differences between online dating as a man and online dating as a woman Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More , but this video reveals those differences in even starker detail.

Having failed to find love as a man, this guy dons a wig, gets caked in makeup, and tries online dating dressed as a woman instead. The results are startling, and he gets over 400 messages in three days. OK, most of the messages are trashy one-liners 10 Truly Effective Tinder Pick-Up Lines That Actually Worked 10 Truly Effective Tinder Pick-Up Lines That Actually Worked The real magic of Tinder is in your first impression, and these people are good examples of what a striking opener can do for you. Read More , but at least he’s getting noticed!

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you installed Windows 10 yet or are you still holding out? Should Google face the music over bundling apps in with Android? Are you excited at the prospect of cross-platform gaming? Would you make use of a Data Saver option for Netflix? Feel free to share your experiences online dating as a man or woman.

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. Greg Eames
    March 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I do not mind Google putting their apps in their operating system, after all I use the services behind those apps in lots of different places. I do mind the manufacturers putting their usless bloated software on the device that then attaches itself to my Google account and tries to install itself on all my future devices.

    If you do not like Android use Cynogen Mod, or Meego.

  2. A41202813GMAIL ..
    March 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I Love My Legacy Tech The More And More Each Passing Day.

    I Got Blitzkrieged Carpet Bombing Style After APRIL 8, 2014.

    I Finally Got A Guy Who Apologized To All Of Us Luddites For Being A Jerk About It, Because The Tables Have Turned On Him, Now.

    Stupid Jerks Always Forget That KARMA And PAYBACK Are The 2 Most Inseparable Sisters.

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  3. grantjamie
    March 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I'd love to imagine some of those dating guys watching this video:D And Microsoft cross-platform plans sound nice, but are terrible for PC gamers...

  4. Jaden Peterson
    March 15, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Bro I knew Microsoft would get this aggressive. Did you know they have the right (deep in the terms and conditions) to LEGALLY run any code they want on your hard drive. Although I mostly run Linux these days, and haven't booted the Windows side of my dual boot in months, I'm a Windows 7 fan. From the Aero theme/functionality to the time when Bill Gates was CEO and Microsoft wasn't as horrible and sneaky, I love Windows 7.

    • Jaden Peterson
      March 15, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      *machine*, not hard drive.

    • Mike
      March 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      I installed GWX Control Panel on my PC running Win7,and so far,I am not seeing any sneaky attempts to install Win10

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