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Beware of Tesla Autopilot, Microsoft Will Buy Your Old PCs… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 16-10-2015

Watch out for that passing Tesla, sell your PC to Microsoft, Intel asks PC Does What?, YouTube Gaming gets subscriptions, Amazon shuts Destinations, and Back to the Future II in real life.

Tesla Switches to Autopilot

Tesla is rolling out an Autopilot update to approximately 60,000 cars around the world. While this doesn’t yet allow drivers to sit back and have a nap, it’s the first step on the road to fully automated driving Tesla to Release Autonomous Car Features This Summer Tesla owners may get a peek at self-driving features sooner than expected. Tesla has its own autonomous car program, and they want to push some of their software to end users this summer. Read More . The problem is, for the time being at least, other drivers and pedestrians need to be a little wary of the Tesla driving past them.

The Autopilot feature allows the company’s cars to “automatically steer down the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic”. However, Tesla is very clear that drivers should keep their hands on the wheel at all times, because they’re still ultimately responsible for any accidents.

According to BBC News, Elon Musk stated, “It should not hit pedestrians, hopefully. It should handle them well. The driver cannot abdicate responsibility. That will come at some point in the future.” Which is both worrying and reassuring. Musk clearly cannot come out and say Autopilot will prevent accidents from occurring, but he wouldn’t be rolling it out if he thought it was putting people in extra danger. Would he?

Tesla is pushing the Autopilot update out in North America this week, with drivers in Europe and Asia receiving it next week. This is likely to be just the first of many updates which will eventually lead to Tesla cars being able to drive themselves from A to B. The problem Musk, and others, including Google How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program Being able to commute back and forth to work while sleeping, eating, or catching up on your favorite blogs is a concept that is equally appealing and seemingly far-off and too futuristic to actually happen. Read More , is getting the authorities on board with future self-driving plans How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Transportation Forever As we move into 2015, the question is no longer whether self-driving cars will replace manually driven cars, but how quickly they'll take over. Read More .

Microsoft Offers Cash for Old PCs

Microsoft really wants you 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 , and it’s willing to pay cold, hard cash to make that happen. This is thanks to a new promotion called Easy Trade Up, which is designed to bribe people into buying new PCs running Windows 10. Easy Trade Up is currently available in the U.S., the UK, Canada, India, Brazil, France, Germany, and Taiwan.

If you’re buying a qualifying PC from the Windows Store between now and October 20th you can trade in your old laptop 4 Things You MUST Do When Selling or Giving Away Your Old Computer, Phone or Tablet Here’s a fun thing I like to do: buy an old hard drive on eBay, then run recovery software on it. It’s a little data treasure hunt, and you’ll be amazed at what you can... Read More for some money off. As long as the new computer is priced at $599 or more, and your old computer is less than six years old and in fully working order, you can get $200 for a Windows machine, or, controversially, $300 for a MacBook. Result!

PC Does What? Ads Sell the Platform

A handful of PC firms has partnered to remind people of what PCs are capable of doing. Microsoft, Intel, HP, Dell, and Lenovo have teamed up for the PC Does What? advertising campaign, which revolves around simple reminders of the best features available on PC.

This campaign to raise the level of interest in PCs again comes at a good time, as sales of new computers are dropping No One Buys PCs Any More, Get Cortana on the Xbox One... [Tech News Digest] The PC loses out to mobile, how to get Cortana on the Xbox One, how to use the Google app, Overcast goes free on iOS, the new PlayStation 4 remote, and smashing 30 iPhones up... Read More despite the launch of Windows 10 Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More . The five companies involved need people to keep buying new computers or they will cease to be. Will it work? Not unless Chromebooks count.

You Can Now Pay for YouTube Gaming

Google has added two new features to YouTube Gaming.

The first feature is the addition of YouTube Gaming YouTube Gaming Goes Live, How to Get a Job at Google... [Tech News Digest] YouTube goes Gaming, Google recruits programmers, the invisible women of Ashley Madison, take the Free Reddit Check, and no one should want a virtual reality Facebook. Read More subscriptions, or “Sponsorships”. This allows regular viewers to pay $3.99-per-month to support their favorite streamers. Google will take a cut of the money, but promises that “the majority […] is given to the creator”.

The second feature is the option to broadcast from your Android device. The latest update to the YouTube Gaming app on Android lets you stream a game on YouTube while broadcasting your face in a small window in the corner of the feed. The YouTube Gaming app on iOS is expected to be updated soon.

Amazon Shutters Destinations

Amazon has pulled the plug on Destinations after just six months. Only ever available in a handful of U.S. cities, Destinations allowed customers to plan short breaks away from home. Unfortunately for Amazon, established competitors such as TripAdvisor and Expedia 10 Best Hotel Search Engines to Get the Best Deals When You Travel Are you a last minute hotel booker or one who plans out trips months in advance? If you are a business traveller, chances are that you are the former. If you aren't, then you are... Read More seem to have forced it to shutter the service sooner rather than later.

Doc and Marty Travel to the Real 2015

And finally, we surely all remember how, in Back to the Future II, Doc and Marty traveled to the future and found all manner of weird and wonderful innovations The Ultimate Guide to the Gadgets of Back to the Future II Join us as we take an in-depth look at a classic retro-futuristic movie that made us all dream. Welcome to the ultimate guide to the gadgets of Back to the Future II. Read More waiting for them. Well, that future is now, as they arrived on Oct. 21, 2015. Unfortunately, reality is a bit of a letdown.

At least it is according to College Humor, which put this animation together to show what kind of world Doc and Marty would have actually faced. It’s all rather depressing really, as we still don’t have working hoverboards Lexus Made a Real Hoverboard - But It's Not What You Think Following a month of speculation, Lexus has unveiled a fascinating project to the world: a working hoverboard. It's definitely awesome - but are they being totally honest about it? (No. No they are not.) Read More that are anything other than dumb marketing campaigns The Lexus Hoverboard Is Dumb, Epson Kills Ink Cartridges... [Tech News Digest] Another disappointing hoverboard, endless printer ink, Apple Music makes the charts, Netflix plans more launches, proof that you are terrible at driving, and Homestar Runner loves Flash. Read More . [H/T Sploid]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Would you trust your car to drive on Autopilot? Would you consider selling your old PC to Microsoft? Do you need reminding of what PC does? Will you pay for YouTube Gaming? Are you disappointed by Amazon shutting Destinations? Do you prefer the fictional 2015 to the real one?

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  1. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    "The problem is, for the time being at least, other drivers and pedestrians need to be a little wary of the Tesla driving past them."
    What else is new?! For years many non-Tesla drivers have seemingly been putting their cars on autopilot while on the road. They change lanes when and where they feel like. (Double yellow lines be damned) They drive where they feel like. They go at any speed they feel like. All without regards to other drivers that happen to be on the road at the same time.

  2. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Windows 10 is the first free OS ever from Microsoft.

    Microsoft has installed (and keeps on installing) nag notifications to upgrade to Windows 10 which are very difficult to disable, difficult to avoid activating, and which hide under the guise of security updates.

    And now Microsoft is offering cash for your hardware to persuade you to upgrade to Windows 10.

    What are the classic signs of a consumer product that's not as good as it's cracked up to be?...

    • Anonymous
      October 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      "Windows 10 is the first free OS ever from Microsoft. "
      Only for the users of select previous versions of Windows. All others have to pay.

      It will be a cold day in you know where before M$ offers an O/S that is truly free like Linux or BSD.