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How To Download Windows 10 Now
Windows 10 is now available to download, with Microsoft inviting people to join the Windows Insider Program and help test the new operating system. If you’re technically proficient with a PC then head to preview.windows.com to get started. However, as this is only the Windows 10 Technical Preview, a very early version of the OS, you should bear a few things in mind before signing up.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview is likely to be buggy, and prone to crashing your computer. Therefore, back everything up before downloading it. This includes your current Windows install, as rolling back to a previous version of Windows will not be easy. So, ensure you have an installation or recovery disk ready before going anywhere near Windows 10.
Windows 10 will undergo some major changes between now and release day (sometime in late 2015), so be prepared for masses of updates. You should also be prepared to give Microsoft feedback about Windows 10, as that is the whole point behind the preview version. To this end, Microsoft will be collecting information about your usage of Windows 10, so anyone concerned about their privacy should steer clear.
Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) September 17, 2014
Facebook has apologized to the LGBT community about its handling of the real-name policy controversy. Furthermore, the social network has promised to fix the system which led to hundreds of individuals having their accounts flagged for deletion. The blame for this controversy lies with an individual who “decided to report several hundred of these accounts as fake.” Failing to spot the pattern, Facebook flagged legitimate accounts.
Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox explained that the policy “has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name [but] that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life.” In other words, if you’re known in the real world by your drag queen name then you’re perfectly entitled to use that name on Facebook.
The big problem is with the company’s responses to reports of invalid accounts. Cox promises there is “lots of room for improvement in the reporting and enforcement mechanisms, tools for understanding who’s real and who’s not, and the customer service for anyone who’s affected.” Which is vague enough to give Facebook plenty of excuses if and when this happens again.
Pokémon Lands On iPad… Kinda
An official Pokémon game has finally been released on a mobile gaming platform not owned by Nintendo, but it isn’t the Pokémon game anyone really wanted. The Pokémon TCG Online (Trading Card Game Online) does exactly what it says on the tin, with players battling online, on their iPads, via the cards in their collection. It’s no Pokémon X and Y then, but it is free, and it is Pokémon on an iPad. Which is better than a slap in the face from Misty.
New MSN Launches, Fails To Suck
The new MSN.com has launched, and it’s actually quite good. As teased in the beta version, content from around the Web is displayed in user-friendly columns, with news, entertainment, sport, and other topics getting their own sections. There are also links to a range of Microsoft services, including Outlook, Office, OneDrive, and Skype. You probably already have your homepage locked in, but the new MSN may just be worth a second look.
Meet The SSD That Self-Destructs
Self-destruct SSD via text to me sounds like sticking your fingers in the lions mouth. It won’t be long before it gets shellshocked.
— Bright Dadson (@brightdadson) October 1, 2014
You can now buy a solid-state drive that will self-destruct when instructed to do so. The Autothysis128s and Autothysis128t from British company Secure Drives will destroy all data stored on them when an SMS message is sent to a particular number. Removing the drive from a PC, failing a set number of PIN prompts, and letting the battery level get too low can also trigger the self-destruct mechanism.
To ensure the data is unrecoverable, the flash chips and security controller inside the drive’s enclosure are physically broken. meaning this is perfect for the tin foil hat-wearing brigade. As long as they have at least $1500 to spend on the base model. Which they won’t, because they’re the type of people who wear tin foil hats.
New Twilight Films Are Coming To Facebook
A collection of short films based on Twilight is coming soon to Facebook. Meaning we haven’t quite seen the back of the franchise that only ever appealed to teenage girls. This is according to The New York Times, which reports on Lions Gate’s efforts to keep Twilight going via the social network.
The short film series, unconvincingly titled ‘The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,’ will see five aspiring female directors create flicks around five Twilight characters. And this could then kickstart the making of a sixth full-length Twilight movie. Please, don’t shoot the messenger.
An iDevice Love Story Music Video
And finally, while we have seen plenty of people using iDevices to create music, a group called Brunettes Shoot Blondes has now created a music video using a range of Apple devices. And it’s both terrifically sweet and amazingly innovative. Move over, OK Go, you have some competition.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
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