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XP expires, Greece struggles to pay, Microsoft announces Minecraft for Windows 10, Amazon promises Prime Day, Lifetime launches online video, and a floppy version of The Star-Spangled Banner.

XP Users Jump Ship to Windows 7

Windows XP is almost dead, as, according to Net Applications, just 12 percent of computers are now powered by the aged operating system Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More . Windows 8.1 is now installed on more than 13 percent of computers, which means, for the first time ever, Windows 8.1 is more commonplace than XP.

However, Windows 8.1 isn’t the major beneficiary of the XP exodus, as most former XP users have switched to using Windows 7 instead. In April 2014, when Microsoft ended support Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Read More for its beloved OS, XP had a market share of 26%, Windows 8.1 had 6%, and Windows 7 had 49 percent. In June 2015, XP had 12%, Windows 8.1 had 13%, and Windows 7 had 61%.

This may seem odd given that Windows 8.1 is the latest version of Windows, but switching from XP to 7 makes more sense for most users. It also helps that Windows 10 is a free upgrade Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More for anyone with a genuine copy of Windows 7, making a temporary jump to Windows 8.1 absolutely unnecessary.

Now we just need to persuade that 12 percent of hangers-on to jump ship from XP and the world will be a much better place.

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Beware Greeks Bearing Credit Cards

At the time of writing, Greece is suffering a rather complicated financial crisis which threatens to plunge Europe into crisis. Other Europeans are trying to help by funding a bailout through an Indiegogo campaign Try Apple Music for Free, Indiegogo Attempts Greece Bailout, & More... [Tech News Digest] Try Apple Music for Free, Indiegogo Attempts Greece Bailout, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Music arrives, help bail out Greece, Gmail adds emoji, play Tiny Twitch, Oliver Stone teases Edward Snowden, and Siri divides zero by zero. Read More , but the country needs billions of dollars rather than mere millions. Suffice to say, things aren’t looking good.

One of the unforeseen consequences of Greece’s financial crisis is Greeks being barred from involvement with the online economy. This is due to the capital control laws recently enacted, which are designed to prevent people moving all of their money from Greek banks to overseas accounts.

The capital control laws also prevent Greeks from making credit card payments to other countries. Unfortunately, this means that Greeks who pay for services from Apple and other foreign companies have encountered problems, with monthly subscription fees blocked from going through.

Losing access to PayPal and the ability to buy music on iTunes obviously isn’t the biggest problem being faced by the average Greek citizen right now. However, it is annoying, both for the affected users and the companies involved. And the whole thing is further damaging Greece’s international reputation.

Windows 10 Gets New Version of Minecraft

Windows 10 is getting its own version of Minecraft, with Mojang announcing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. Minecraft for Windows 10 will be launched alongside the new operating system Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More , becoming available as a beta from July 29th.

This version of the insanely popular game is based on Minecraft: Pocket Edition, with gamers able to play offline on their own or online against others. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be free to existing owners of the PC game, and $10 for everybody else.

Amazon Prime Day Launches July 15th

Amazon is celebrating 20 years in business, with the online retailer launching on the World Wide Web in July 1995. To commemorate the occasion, Amazon is launching Prime Day, its own unique version of Black Friday. After all, what the world really needs is another day designed to make people buy stuff they don’t need with money they don’t have.

Prime Day will be held on July 15th, and, as the name suggests, it’s only open to Amazon Prime customers 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now Scratch the surface. Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don't realize exist. Read More . If you’re a Prime subscriber in the US, the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, or Austria, Amazon loves you. If you’re not a Prime subscriber, or live anywhere else in the world, Amazon really doesn’t care for your kind.

The event will mirror the company’s Black Friday efforts, with new deals being added every 10 minutes. This means you could grab a product you’ve been eyeing up at a bargain price, but it could also make you buy something you neither need or want just because it’s cheap. Which is good for Amazon and good for your credit card company, but bad for you and everybody else.

The Lifetime Movie Club Offers Nostalgia

Lifetime, an American TV network known for airing schmaltzy, made-for-television dramas, has launched The Lifetime Movie Club. This is a subscription-based video-on-demand service offering around 30 original flicks for a monthly fee of $3.99.

The Lifetime Movie Club is currently available on iOS devices, with an Android version being launched in the fall. Which gives me just enough time to give up all my other hobbies in preparation for watching endless melodramas every single day. /sarcasm.

The United States of Floppy Drives

And finally, this past weekend was very much the dream weekend for any proud American. On Saturday, it was Independence Day, and on Sunday, the U.S. team won the Women’s World Cup. The land of the brave and the home of the brave, and all that jingoistic jazz.

As many of our readers (and a fair proportion of our writers) are American, this video seems rather fitting for a Monday morning. Yes, it’s The Star-Spangled Banner being played on eight old floppy disc drives Making Music With Tech Hardware - 8 Great YouTube Videos Making Music With Tech Hardware - 8 Great YouTube Videos We've already seen a list of the best music videos featuring floppy disk drives, and now it's time to broaden our horizons a little and bring more tech hardware into the mix. It's amazing the... Read More , and it’s magnificent. [H/T Gizmodo]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you still using Windows XP? Are you excited about Minecraft for Windows 10? Will you be buying stuff you don’t need on Amazon Prime Day? Would you ever subscribe to The Lifetime Movie Club?

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. Susan Bellwood
    July 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I still have an old desktop running XP with 2 printers installed and about 6 different graphics programs, not to mention some of my favorite old XP only programs. The printers will not work with Windows 7 or 8.1. Also the graphics programs IE Corel Paint Shop Pro doesn't play nice with 64 bit 7 or 8.1. My old HP Pavilion Slimline has decent storage and I update security programs only and don't surf or email. Works like a charm. Try prying that from my cold stiff fingers.

  2. Siva Kumar
    July 7, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Don't think that the converted PCs are upgraded for good reasons. Due to a driver glitch, had to install Win7 but will be reverting back in 2 or 3 days back to XP. I'll never switch to Win7 until the auto-refresh feature in Explorer is taken off. Now i'm finding more and more problems like date command not working in local time by the Cygwin shell etc and want to quit Win7 as soon as possible.

  3. Robin Hahn
    July 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    So, at 12% XP is almost dead and at 13% Win8 is... what?
    On life support?

    One percent separates the two OSes, so if one is almost dead, the other isn't much better.
    Am I the only one seeing this? :-/

    The only reason that Win8 is 'enjoying' 13% at all is because most new PCs (laptops, etc as well) all come with Win8 pre-loaded... buying a non-Win8 preloaded PC in a conventional shop is nigh impossible.

    And how long has Win8 been out? it was first released in Aug 2012. Speaks volumes.

    • fcd76218
      July 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Win 8 did not get where it is by GAINING market share. It got there because XP finally LOST its market share. Wasn't Win 8 supposed to be the latest of Microsoft's Greatest Things Since Sliced Bread????

      Will Win 10 ever get to have a greater market share than XP?!

  4. Zoran
    July 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

    In our small company all PC's are "powered by XP". We don't have any plans (or reasons) to upgrade WinXP. Of course, when we buy new PC's we will have to change OS, but untill that point of time, we are very happy with WinXP 32-bit :)

  5. A41202813GMAIL ..
    July 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Keep Dreaming.

    Only Users That Do Not Know How To Take Advantage Of Custom Modern Hardware Will Downgrade Their OS.

    Even A Dual Core Machine With 4GB Of RAM Is More Than Good.

    Who Needs To Feed M$ ? - Not Me.

    XPOCALYPSE FOREVER !

  6. Bob Klahn
    July 7, 2015 at 3:18 am

    RE: Greece:

    Greece has been bankrupt 6 times in 150 years?

    So says Donald Trump? Well, he should know.

    A national government is, essentially, a non-profit corporation. Or at least the honest ones.

    So the Greeks are going to have to put their non-profit government corporation through bankruptcy? This the 6th time in 150 years, but maybe they should call on trump for assistance, after all, he has put 4 of his own private for profit corporations in bankruptcy in the last 25 years.

    On top of that, Trump is now a candidate for president, running as a Republican, the party of business. Maybe he's going to put the US through bankruptcy.

    What Greece needs is to disconnect from the Euro.

    It's funny that, with all the bad points you listed about Greece being bankrupt, you didn't bother starving children. Yes, malnutrition is growing in Greece. Read Greg Palast's commentary on this.

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/GREECE-D-We-Voted-No-to-by-Greg-Palast-Austerity_Euro_European-Union_European-Union-150706-62.html

    " Greeks watched their annual salaries plummet to half of a German's paycheck. Greece's supposedly generous pensions have been cut eight times during the crisis, while two-thirds of pensioners live below the poverty line. Everything from Greece's airports to harbors, the national lottery to prime publicly-owned real estatewas sold off, while schools and hospitals were shuttered. And, for the first time since World War II, widespread starvation had returned. 500,000 children in Greece are said to be malnourished. Students fainting from hunger in frigid schools which cannot afford heating oil is now a common phenomenon. This cruel "belt tightening," the Troika promised, would restore Greece's economy by 2012 (and then 2013, 2014, and 2015). In reality, unemployment went from a terrible 12.5% in 2010 to a horrendous 25.6% today."

    Paul Krugman has made the point that the Euro as the currency without a common economy, and even government, was a disaster just waiting to happen. It isn't waiting any more. And the few prosperous countries in the EU are not lifting a finger to help those in trouble. What kind of union is that.

    Time to secede. Fortunately for Greece they don't have a European constitution to stop them.

  7. Bob Klahn
    July 7, 2015 at 2:54 am

    RE: Windows XP:

    I am beginning to suspect MS is deliberately sabotaging XP.

    Jump ship to Win 7 or up? With the cost involved it's more cost effective to stay with XP. There is no reason is should cost much more than $100 to go from XP to Win 7. Esp for a family with 3 or 4 or more computers to upgrade. Many if not most are sticking to XP because they can't afford hundreds of dollars to make the switch.

    After all, it's not like Vista was a roaring success. Same happened with Win ME and Win 2K. Major league duds that didn't last long.

    There is absolutely no reason my old XP programs should not run on Win 7 or 8 or 10. That is a major cost factor for business, and one big reason they are slow to change, how do you think it is for families?

    I am still using Dos programs on XP, why not XP programs on 10?

  8. Charlita Mcp
    July 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I hear (somewhere) that the US Navy is still stuck using XP and were paying Microsoft millions to support their continued use of it. Seems like a HUGE waste of taxpayer dollars and why can't they just upgrade their systems (USN) (either hardware or software) to move to a non-ransom cost OS? Ridiculous.

  9. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    July 6, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Where's my "moderated" post ... Posts you'd rather not see :P

  10. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    July 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    The real key is that Greece needs not only dollars, but dollars that are worth something and haven't had all the value stolen from them which is what all governments do.

    They rob their citizens to buy votes.

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