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Geeky Valentine, Android Licensing, Facebook Gender, Pandora Voting [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 14-02-2014

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

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 The 6 Best Sites for Free Electronic Valentine Cards When you forget to get the love of your life a thoughtful card, don't panic. Send a free electronic card from these websites. Read More ? Instead of a card, why not a poem, either sourced from a website 7 Sites To Find Great Valentine Poems For Your Date Read More or generated automatically Give Cupid A Helping Hand: 4+ Poem Generators Perfect For Valentine's Day Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art, predating literacy thanks to its use in prehistoric society. Back then poems were used in order to help the story contained within them to be memorized... Read More ? Or how about Spotify playlists packed full of love songs Be My Valentine - 10 Love Playlists On Spotify Valentine's Day is upon us once more, as it is every Feb. 14. Some people don't recognize this particular celebration of all things love and romance at all, due to either their religious beliefs, country... Read More ?

If you and your partner give each other presents, we have last-minute gift ideas 10 Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas For The Geek You Love Read More , Valentine’s gifts for gamers The 10 Best Video Game-Themed Valentine's Day Gifts If you're in a relationship with a gamer, check out these great video game-themed Valentine's Day gifts. Read More , DIY gift ideas for your loved one 5 DIY Gifts You Should Make for Your Geek This Valentine's Day Presents you make yourself are a thousand times more meaningful than some store-bought rubbish. So here are 5 awesomely geeky projects to have a go at - even if you're not so talented at crafting. Read More , and places to buy geeky jewelry Diamonds Are Obsolete: How Technology Makes a Better Gift Diamond jewelry isn't very useful, and it's tough to find extra cash to spend on fancy rocks. Technology makes a better gift. Read More .

Last but not least is this set of awesome Valentine’s cards Will You Be My Geeky Valentine's? This Friday, ladies across the globe will feel a certain need to be seduced with chocolates and flowers. Read More that only true geeks will understand. Normal service will be resumed in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…


Android’s Licensing Terms Leak Online

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 Nokia Android, XP Help, Gates AMA, Netflix Cards [Tech News Digest] Nokia's Android handset, Microsoft wants Windows XP to die, Bill Gates Reddit AMA, Mark Zuckerberg is a generous philanthropist, becomes Twitch Interactive, Bing has the Oscars covered, and Netflix promotions. Read More ), 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 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 Dead PCs, Gmail Stalking, Bitcoin Overstock, Kindle Kiosk [Tech News Digest] Desktops are declared dead, Gmail stalkers love Google+, Overstock starts accepting Bitcoin, scanning irises for passwords, Snapchat apologizes, Amazon starts selling hardware from a vending machine, and two companies fight over the right to pin. Read More in recent years. So, can Windows 8 really be considered a failure?


Facebook Adds More Gender Options

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

Online radio station Pandora 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Pandora Music Radio Read More 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 Become a Boss on Craigslist With These Apps and Services Sellers on Craigslist usually want to sell as quickly as possible, meaning if you find an item before anyone else you're more likely to actually get it. Job searches, similarly, offer an advantage to the... Read More 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.

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Related topics: Facebook, Valentine's Day, Windows 8.

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  1. SSK
    February 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Is it a coincidence that Mobile Application Distribution is MAD!? :-)

    • Aibek E
      March 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm