Today in Tech News Digest, geeky goodness for Valentine’s Day, Android licensing terms for OEMs, Windows 8 sales update, Facebook’s increased gender options, Pandora’s voting algorithm, and how to get yourself banned from the Internet.
A Valentine’s Day Roundup
Whether you have a special someone or not, remember Valentines Day is about celebrating LOVE itself. #ValentinesDay
— Julian Camarena (@juliancamarena) February 14, 2014
Today is Valentine’s Day, at least for those who celebrate the most romantic date in the calendar. It’s a day set aside to show your love for your significant other, or to simply revel in that incredible (yet impossible to define) thing we call love.
We here at MakeUseOf have a gift for you, the loyal readers who consume the content we put out every day. It’s a roundup of articles related to Valentine’s Day published over the last few years. This counts as news because, well, love trumps everything else.
If you have left it too late to get a real card for your Valentine then why not send them a free e-card? Instead of a card, why not a poem, either sourced from a website or generated automatically? Or how about Spotify playlists packed full of love songs?
Last but not least is this set of awesome Valentine’s cards that only true geeks will understand. Normal service will be resumed in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
Android’s Licensing Terms Leak Online
— J0nathan A1bright (@d1gi) February 14, 2014
Details of the licensing terms an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) has to agree to in order to use Android on their devices have leaked online. The Gingerbread-era terms show how each OEM has to jump through several hoops in order to comply with the ‘Mobile Application Distribution Agreement’ (MADA).
Highlights include a mandatory Google apps package, a ban on Android forks (which is what Microsoft could do with Nokia’s Android handset), and the reporting of monthly sales figures. All of which suggests Android isn’t quite as “open” as Google would have us believe.
Windows 8 Passes 200 Million Licenses
Windows 8 is 83% as successful as Windows 7’s first year. Or 224% as successful as Windows XP’s, or 200% as successful as Vista’s. <story>
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) February 13, 2014
Windows 8 is installed on at least 200 million devices, with Microsoft unofficially announcing license sales as having exceeded this figure. According to ZDNet, Microsoft’s Tami Reller, spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, stating, “We’ve surpassed 200 million licenses now on Windows 8, which is pretty stunning.”
The tech press doesn’t agree with her assessment of this fact as “stunning,” instead focusing on the sluggish adoption rate of Windows 8 compared to Windows 7. However, Windows 8 isn’t too far behind its predecessor, and it’s going to have been affected in part by the slowdown in PC sales in recent years. So, can Windows 8 really be considered a failure?
Facebook Adds More Gender Options
Facebook’s rolling out non-binary gender options, including a “choose your pronoun” box. About time. The UI’s lovely: http://t.co/SbfrsdKmst
— Tom Scott (@tomscott) February 13, 2014
Facebook has updated its gender options for users, adding 50 new definitions. The social network has, until now, only allowed users to select ‘Male’ or ‘Female’, but it has answered the call from the LGBT community and added options for people who don’t identify as either of these options. The change has initially happened in the U.S., with other countries sure to follow.
Pandora Knows Which Way You’ll Vote
— Scott Thurm (@ScottThurm) February 14, 2014
Online radio station Pandora knows your political leanings, and plans to use this information to grow its revenues through targeted advertising. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which details how your musical preferences can be used to build a profile of you. So, if you’re one of the 73 million people who use Pandora, expect an influx of political advertising soon. Oh, joy.
Banned From The Internet For Pranking
And finally, if you don’t want to be banned from the Internet then don’t pull a prank on anyone living nearby. Jason Willis did just this, placing a fake personal ad for a female neighbor on Craiglist which resulted in creepy men turning up at her door expecting a night of passion. Willis was sentenced to 30 months probation, during which time he’s banned from going online. Which is bad, but clearly better than prison.