Google Develops Android Cars, Instagram Culls Fake Users, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Internet Explorer is the only option, a new Minecraft game is in the works, Dying Light tests your survival skills, and Megatron hates selfies.
Android M Could Power Your Car
Well I seem to have come to the disturbing realisation that I love Android and don’t want to ever go back to iOS. Somehow I’m OK with this.
— Russell Ivanovic (@rustyshelf) December 16, 2014
Android M, the next major version of Android due to be released this time next year, could be directly integrated into cars. This would be a step up from Android Auto, launching in 2015, which requires a smartphone to be used as the user-interface in compatible cars.
According to Reuters, Google is keen to have Android integrated more fully into new cars. The operating system could then be used to power entertainment and navigation features, with Google collecting all the data it desires.
Google faces stiff competition from Apple, which already has CarPlay allowing drivers to access iOS while on the move. This all suggests the battle between the two tech giants is moving on from smartphones and tablets, and moving instead into new areas such as wearable technology and automobiles.
Instagram Goes On Instapurge
everyone who had tens of thousands of followers on instagram and now has a couple hundred after the purge
— jolly advil (@Advil) December 19, 2014
Instagram has embarked on a cull of fake and spam accounts so severe that users are referring to the incident as the Instapurge or the Instagram Rapture. According to Business Insider, Instagram had already deactivated these accounts, and this latest move is merely removing them from the service for good.
This fact hasn’t prevented users from complaining about the cull, with some truly vitriolic comments being made on the official Instagram account. Which, incidentally, was one of the worst hit by the purge, losing 19 million followers overnight. According to this list, other big losers are Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift… in more ways than one.
Windows Browser Choice Ends In EU
The EU Browser Ballot Choice ends. Have the EU overlords successfully protected consumers, or created an even bigger googzilla monster?
— Gabor Fari (@GaborFari) December 17, 2014
Windows users in Europe will no longer be presented with a choice of browsers when installing new copies of the operating system. The European Commission forced Microsoft to include a browser ballot screen for five years from 2009 after complaints that forcing people to use Internet Explorer was anti-competitive.
Since then, people installing Windows have been presented with a choice of up to a dozen different Web browsers, including Opera and Firefox. With the five-year obligation now at an end, Microsoft can once again offer Internet Explorer as the only Web browser available. Until they discover Google Chrome a few hours later.
Telltale Working On New Minecraft Game
Telltale Games is working on a new game based on Minecraft . As with Telltale’s other big games, Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, and, like Minecraft, will be available on “Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.”
Minecraft: Story Mode will explore the lore of the Minecraft universe, with an original story driven by the choices made by each individual player. Which should sound familiar to anyone who has previously played Telltale’s takes on The Walking Dead or Game Of Thrones television series.
Interactive Trailer Tests Your Survival Skills
If you were trying to sell your survival horror game to the masses, how would you go out doing so? Dead Island developer Techland has created an impressive interactive trailer in order to increase interest in Dying Light, due to be released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on Jan. 27.
You get to play through a portion of the game, choosing which actions to take at various moments. This not only sells the visuals, it demonstrates how many choices you have as you progress through the game dispatching shuffling members of the undead. Which is all rather satisfying.
Megatron Hates Selfies
And finally, while teenagers can’t seem to go more than a few minutes without taking a selfie , most people over the age of 30 cannot see what the fuss is all about. And neither, so it turns out, can Megatron. That’s Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons in the Transformers universe.
To be fair to ol’ Megatron, he makes some good points about the scourge of selfies, social networking addiction , and the annoying nature of some (but not all) Millennials. Your move, Optimus.
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