Windows Ink lands on Windows 10, Google teases Android apps for Chrome OS, even Steve Wozniak thinks Apple should pay more tax, Spotify finds your Game of Thrones match, and follow the Olympic Torch on Twitter.
Windows Ink Arrives on Windows 10
You can now try Windows Ink on Windows 10, with the Ink Workspace arriving on the latest preview of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Windows Ink and the Ink Workspace are both available in Build 14382, and are primarily aimed at people using a stylus on a touchscreen.
As demonstrated in the video embedded above, Windows Ink lets you create sticky notes, doodle on a digital sketchpad, sketch all over your screen, and open Ink-compatible apps. The Cortana integration Microsoft showed off at Build 2016 hasn’t yet made it into Windows 10.
The Ink Workspace is enabled by default for stylus users, but even if you’re only using your fingers to do a little freestyle painting you can try it. Simply right-click on the Windows 10 taskbar and select, “Show Windows Ink Workspace button”.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14382 includes a number of other brilliant features being prepared for inclusion in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is due to be released this summer, probably at the end of July to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the launch of Windows 10… hence the name.
Google Is Bringing Android to Chrome OS
Chrome OS will run Android apps…
— Rohan Naravane (@r0han) April 25, 2016
Google is rumored to be bringing Android apps to Chrome OS in a big way, but then we have seen talk of this before, and not much has ever come of it. In November 2015 we even published an article mourning the impending combination of the two operating systems, but the last time we looked they’re still operating independent of each other.
The latest rumor suggests that Google Play will be integrated into Chrome OS in the not-too-distant future. This would allow Chrome OS users to install and run “over a million apps and games” which are currently only available to Android users.
The potential for future Google Play integration was spotted by a Redditor called “TheWiseYoda”. They were rooting around in the latest developer version of Chrome OS, and found an option to “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook”. While it’s not yet active, in the source code the message is called ARC OPT IN, the ARC referring to “App Runtime for Chrome”.
This strongly suggests the Android App Store is coming soon to Chrome OS, probably in place of the Chrome Web Store, which boasts a much smaller number of apps. Google hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, but Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, is being held in May, so we will probably find out more about its future plans for Chrome OS then.
Woz Thinks Apple Should Pay More Tax
Apple has been heavily criticized for many years over its tax affairs. Simply put, the company has been accused (by the U.S. Congress and others) of setting up offshore subsidiaries to avoid having to pay tax on billions of dollars of revenue.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, has defended the company in the past, maintaining that it “pay[s] more taxes in this country than anyone”. However, now, even Steve Wozniak, one of the three co-founders of Apple, has attacked the company’s tax record.
Wozniak, better known simply as Woz, told BBC Radio Five Live:
“I don’t like the idea that Apple might be unfair – not paying taxes the way I do as a person. I do a lot of work, I do a lot of travel and I pay over 50 per cent of anything I make in taxes and I believe that’s part of life and you should do it. Every company in the world should.”
Woz is right, of course, and every company should pay their fair share of tax. But very few, if any, actually do, instead using every means available to them to pay as little as possible. Is this right? No. But until the system changes to prevent this kind of thing from happening, companies the world over are going to take advantage of it.
Find Your Game of Thrones Music Match
Game of Thrones is back, with Season 6 having kicked off in spectacular fashion last night. During the week-long breaks between episodes, you could read about the historical events that inspired Game of Thrones or get your head around the best Game of Thrones fan theories. Or you could find your Game of Thrones musical match according to Spotify.
Spotify has launched a microsite which finds your Game of Thrones character based solely on your musical tastes. Each character has their own playlist containing songs lovingly selected to reflect their personality, and if you don’t agree with your match you can just click on the Game of Thrones user account to browse every single one.
The Olympic Torch Is on Twitter
After spending years in the darkness I can’t wait to see the light of day again. Almost time to return ??
— Olympic Flame (@OlympicFlame) April 21, 2016
And finally, the Olympic Torch has its own Twitter account, and it will be tweeting its progress from Greece to Brazil from now until the Rio 2016 opening ceremony in August. Which sounds really weird, but could actually work in upping interest in the next Olympic Games.
A total of 12,000 people will carry the Olympic Torch 12,500 miles over the next 100 days, which should give the Olympic Torch plenty to tweet about. The fun has already begun, with the first torchbearer, Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias, introducing himself in a short video.
You can follow the Olympic Torch @OlympicFlame.
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