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Also, free Office 365 refunds, Shazam in movie theaters, Blizzard launches Overwatch, and Open Windows will scare Internet users.
Facebook Simplifies News Feed Settings
Judging by my Facebook friends I have a hard time saying no.
— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) November 7, 2014
Facebook has, for many years, labored under the pretension that it knows best when it comes to your News Feed. But with the rolling out of a new set of tools, Facebook is now offering “more ways for you to control and give feedback on your News Feed.”
You will now be able to unfollow a friend, a page, or a group whose updates you no longer want to see in your News Feed. If unfollowing someone feels a little extreme, you will instead be able to choose to see less from that person using the option listed above individual updates.
This should allow you to customize your News Feed to suit your own personal tastes, whether that means hiding endless pictures of food, removing countless updates about babies, or unfollowing people with a penchant for vaguebooking.
Apple Launches Online iMessage Tool
Some people who switch away from iPhone find that they no longer receive texts to their handset despite keeping the same phone number. This may be because that number is still registered with Apple’s iMessage service. Which is a rather easy mistake to make.
Thankfully, Apple has launched an online tool making it simple to deregister your phone from iMessage. This differs depending on whether or not you still have the iPhone in your possession, but it’s a simple enough process even if you have sold it on or dumped it in the garbage.
Now there is surely no excuse not to consider switching to Windows Phone!
Microsoft Offers Office 365 Refunds
I was pretty stoked to see this today! Microsoft Office for my iPhone and iPad. pic.twitter.com/QNp1Wk94wU
— Tristan Banning (@TristanBanning) November 8, 2014
Microsoft is offering refunds to Office 365 users who no longer need to subscribe to the service thanks to the release of free mobile Office apps for smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, this isn’t the easiest of processes, with refunds only being available to selected users.
Refunds are available for Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscriptions purchased after March 27, 2014 and activated before November 6, 2014. Anyone who cancels their Office 365 subscription will receive a prorated refund for the remaining term of their subscription, assuming they contact a Microsoft Accounts and Billing agent by January 31, 2015, and fulfill all of the requirements. Which are many and varied, so we wish you luck.
Shazam Lands In Movie Theaters
Doo doo do doo doo do doo dooooo. Name that tune. No, seriously, my Shazam isn’t working!
— Aden (@adey303) November 8, 2014
Shazam is coming soon to a movie theater near you. The music-identifying mobile app will now be part of the FirstLook pre-show that cinemagoers in the U.S. see before the movie they’ve paid to see on the big-screen begins. This is thanks to a partnership between Shazam and advertising network National CineMedia (NCM).
Some elements of the FirstLook pre-show will be compatible with Shazam, offering users extra content on their smartphones. As an extra incitement to download and install Shazam, one lucky cinemagoer will win “one movie ticket per month for 50 years.” That is assuming movie theaters still exist in 50 years from now.
Blizzard Launches Overwatch Shooter
Blizzard Entertainment has unveiled Overwatch, a shooter which represents its first new franchise in 17 years. Overwatch is a team-based shooter which sees players taking on the role of a superhero charged with protecting Earth. Overwatch evolved from Titan, a game Blizzard was previously reported to have cancelled.
Overwatch was launched at BlizzCon, with Blizzard President Mike Morhaime saying, “With every new Blizzard game, we look at our favorite aspects of a genre and put our own spin on things. Our goal with Overwatch is to create an awesome experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.”
Open Windows Exposes Internet Culture
And finally, the scariest element of new horror movie Open Windows may be its visual reminder we’re all sharing too much of ourselves on the Internet. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Open Windows is a modern take on the cat-and-mouse game seen in countless classic horror movies.
The unique thing about Open Windows is its use of technology, with most of the action taking place on a computer screen via countless pop-up video feeds. Having already revealed 42 geek movies you really should have seen by now, it’s gratifying to discover more geek movies are being made right now.
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