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, 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. 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
The only bad thing about Android is how hard it is to move your place in a sentence
— glados?????????????? (@floweytheflower) March 15, 2016
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 in both Europe and the United States. Google is being investigated on both sides of the Atlantic 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 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
— The Real Chris Smith (@senspedia) March 14, 2016
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.
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, 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, 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.
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