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Windows 10 is IT, Skynet exists, Amazon drones on about patents, posting negative reviews online, Harry Potter author tackles trolls, and an honest game trailer for Mortal Kombat X.

Windows 10 Is the Last Windows

Windows 10 Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More is set to be the last version of Windows, at least according to Microsoft. This doesn’t mean Satya Nadella and co. are abandoning Windows, but it does signify a major change of mindset at Microsoft. And it means the end of Windows as we know it.

The revelation came courtesy of Microsoft employee and evangelist Jerry Nixon, who was speaking at Microsoft Ignite. He said, “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.”

Microsoft then clarified his statement, telling The Verge, “Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers.”

Essentially, what this means is that Windows 10 is the last major operating system Microsoft foresees releasing. Rather than being succeeded by Windows 11 and Windows 12, Windows 10 will receive regular updates which incrementally evolve it as time goes on. In other words, it’s OS X. Or Microsoft copying Apple. Again.

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Skynet Is Real, & Run by the NSA

It turns out Skynet is real, and run by the National Security Agency (NSA). However, as revealed by The Intercept, this Skynet uses phone metadata to identify and track suspected terrorists. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always target the right people, with Al Jazeera journalist Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan singled out after interviewing members of Al Qaeda.

Zaidan denied being a member of either Al Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood. He also criticized this method of identifying potential terrorists, saying, “To assert that myself, or any journalist, has any affiliation with any group on account of their contact book, phone call logs, or sources is an absurd distortion of the truth and a complete violation of the profession of journalism.”

Still, as unsettling as this real-life version of Skynet is, it isn’t as bad as the Skynet seen in the Terminator films. Which, if you aren’t aware, is a computerized defense system which almost destroys humanity with a series of nuclear strikes after becoming self-aware. Which is one up from Ultron The Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review for Geeks The Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review for Geeks The Avengers are back, this time doing battle against a murderous AI. But is The Avengers: Age of Ultron worth watching? Read our spoiler-free review below to find out. Read More .

Amazon Wins Patent for Drone Deliveries

Amazon has been granted a patent for delivering products using drones Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More , and the patent reveals new details about how Amazon Prime Air The Best Amazon Prime Air Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Best Amazon Prime Air Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we look at how the Internet reacted to the news that Amazon is building a fleet of delivery drones for Amazon Prime Air. The Internet had a field... Read More will work. Unfortunately for Amazon, being granted a patent is only half the battle, and the company still has to figure out how to persuade the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to let it fly drones across the country Apple Developing Electric Car, Amazon Prime Air Gets Grounded [Tech News Digest] Apple Developing Electric Car, Amazon Prime Air Gets Grounded [Tech News Digest] Apple's electric dreams, Amazon gets grounded, Google feels charitable, Google Helpouts stop helping, Apple iWork works for all, and an Android Chorus brings harmony to the world. Read More .

The patent reveals that Amazon will employ a range of different drones to carry packages of varying shapes and weights. These drones will communicate with each other about the weather and flying conditions, and use a range of cameras and sensors to both avoid crashing and to find suitable landing sites.

Customers will be able to direct the drones to various locales, including their home, their place of work, or even their boat. Because we all own boats, obviously.

The Right to Post Negative Reviews

Lawmakers in the United States are trying to ensure people have the right to post negative reviews about businesses online Leaving An Online Review? Word It Right To Avoid Legal Action Leaving An Online Review? Word It Right To Avoid Legal Action Companies are chasing down negative commenters and reviewers with threats of legal action. How serious is this problem, and what can you do to receive an unexpected letter from a lawyer? Read More without fear of retaliation. To this end, four members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced a piece of legislation called the Consumer Review Freedom Act.

According to CIO, the bill seeks to protect those posting negative reviews from then being billed from doing so, at least if it’s an honest and fair assessment. The representatives have acted after a spate of incidents involving businesses charging customers for leaving negative reviews A Hotel Charged $500 For Bad Reviews -- What To Learn From Their Mistake A Hotel Charged $500 For Bad Reviews -- What To Learn From Their Mistake Attempted censorship is the fastest path to bad publicity – a lesson Union Street Guest House wishes they learned earlier. It's also a lesson that other businesses can learn from. Read More , citing clauses in their terms of service.

Darrell Issa, one of the sponsors of the bill, said, “Some organizations have sought to stifle customers’ abilities to express their opinions online by threatening punitive action if a customer leaves a negative review. The mere threat of monetary penalties or fines for writing honest reviews would chill the free exchange of opinions we expect to find on the Internet.”

JK Rowling Takes Down Twitter Trolls

JK Rowling has recently been the victim of online abuse on Twitter. However, just as the titular character in her phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, Rowling has taken a stand. Except, rather than Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters, she is fighting back against twattish Twitter trolls Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Twitter's abuse problem is real. Here are some examples, along with expert opinion on how Twitter can solve this. Read More .

As reported by The Guardian, Rowling revealed she has been the victim of abuse for many months. This has mainly been as a result of her support for The Labour Party in the recent British General Election Decide Who to Vote for in the UK General Election Decide Who to Vote for in the UK General Election On May 7th, the British people will go to the polls and decide who will be governing the country for the next five years. Are you an undecided voter unsure where to put the cross? Read More , and her support for the campaign to prevent Scotland from gaining independence from the rest of the United Kingdom.

In a series of tweets, she revealed, “I feel no responsibility to hush up that kind of behavior to protect the image of any political party … It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.” She even took down individual trolls with targeted replies such as the brilliant one embedded above.

A Mortal Kombat X Honest Game Trailer

And finally, while we maintain Mortal Kombat X is well worth buying, it’s not without its flaws. As this video, an honest game trailer by Smosh, shows. It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong with Mortal Kombat X, but a bit of honesty regarding its limitations Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Mortal Kombat X Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Mortal Kombat X If you haven't played an MK game in a while, you might not know what's going on in the story, or what to expect from the game. Here's everything you need to know. Read More can only be a good thing. [H/T The Verge]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is Microsoft doing the right thing with Windows 10? Will Amazon ever actually make deliveries using drones? Is JK Rowling right to take on Twitter trolls?

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.

  1. Zrcalo
    November 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    well.. they tried to tell us that's what windows 8 was.... and then windows 8.1 happened, and then windows 10 happened....

    I wont take anything microsoft has to say seriously until we have windows 10 for over 5 years.

  2. Nihar Dalal
    May 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    How is microsoft copying apple with this? Apple calls it OSes different things like Mountain Lion and Yosemite. Apple Fanboys!

  3. Larry P
    May 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Microsoft copying Apple...seriously...it's a naming convention...I refer you to DOS 3.1, 3.2, 4.0...and so on. If I'm not mistaken there were other Apple labels for it's operating system in place before OS X ? You do understand that discussing one product doesn't require a comparison to another. It demeans the integrity and impact of your entire discussion.

  4. Peter Hood
    May 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    The British Ministry of Defence have been running Skynet since at least the early 1970s, believe it or not: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_(satellite)

    HTH.

  5. Old Codger
    May 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Reality; What works in IT survives, what doesn't goes away. Most of the big players are a mix of innovation and mimicking. In some cases, even bad ideas get mimicked (QWERTY key board) because they work.

  6. Michael Smith
    May 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    or, more like apple copying m.s....

  7. Tom
    May 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    "Or Microsoft copying Apple. Again."

    And Apple copied the semi-recent iPhone notification change from Android... and both Microsoft and Apple cloned their first GUIs from Xerox... what's your point?

    Comments like that only fuel the flame war fires.

    • scott macmillan
      May 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Agreed.

    • Lee Martin
      May 12, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Tom, It might be that sparking a flame war was the writers intention.
      Sad if it is true, but, possible.

    • Tinkicker
      May 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      In other words, it’s OS X. Or Microsoft copying Apple. Again.

      So...they should stop innovating? Ahhh! Of course! Become stagnant and allow Apple to take the lead.

    • Michael Smith
      May 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Tom,
      if you start in the middle you won't see the whole picture. I'm just being factual not trying to incite.

  8. dragonmouth
    May 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    "Windows 10 is set to be the last version of Windows, at least according to Microsoft. "
    You mean MS has finally seen the light and will no longer disseminate their flawed O/S? :P

    "Windows will be delivered as a service"
    Windows will only be available by subscription. No more retail sales. Saves them the cost of producing O/S DVDs. How long before the rest of Microsoft products will only be available by subscription?

    "Skynet Is Real, & Run by the NSA"
    One of the US Appeals Courts has ruled that NSA has overreached in its attempts to collect electronic data. According to the court, US laws do not provide any legal justification for such an extensive data collection. In the courts opinion, the NSA (and the government) have creatively misinterpreted the Patriot Act to justify its data grab.

    "The patent reveals that Amazon will employ a range of different drones to carry packages of varying shapes and weights."
    Another brilliant decision by the US Patent Office. NOT!
    Other than the choice of vehicle (drone), how does Amazon's delivery model differ from the existing one used all over the world?

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