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Google Kills Chrome on XP and Vista, Sony Kills Betamax… [Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-11-2015

Google stops supporting legacy operating systems, Betamax is finally dead, Apple Music comes to Android, Twitter claims its Likes are a success, and Netflix lets you decide how to deal with Bobby.


Chrome Is Toast on XP and Vista

Google has announced that it will stop supporting Chrome on older operating systems in April 2016. The platforms in question are Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. While Google’s Web browser will continue to function on these operating systems, they will “no longer receive updates and security fixes.”

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Google had already warned XP users to upgrade to a newer platform if they want to continue using Chrome. In addition, most OS X users will have already taken advantage of Apple’s free upgrades OS X El Capitan is Here! Upgrade For A Smoother Mac Experience Mac OS X El Capitan is a subtle release: its biggest changes aren't visible — but you'll probably notice them anyway. Read More .

This leaves Vista as the only real shocker. Microsoft still supports Windows Vista, and will do until April 2017, a full year after Google abandons it. Which means this abandonment is a kick in the teeth for anyone still using what must surely count as a recent operating system. It’s almost as though Google is as keen as Microsoft is for everybody to upgrade to Windows 10 Should You Upgrade to Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming, but should you upgrade? Like almost every change it's mostly good, but also comes with drawbacks. We've summarized them for you, so you can make up your own mind. Read More .

Betamax Is Dead, Long Live VHS?

Sony is killing off Betamax, finally, decades after most people assumed it was already dead. Sony has announced it will stop producing Betamax cassette tapes in March 2016, which suggests the market has finally dried up after all these years. And about time too.

For those of you who are too young to remember the first format war, Betamax was Sony’s alternative to VHS video cassettes. Betamax was actually regarded as a superior recording format to VHS, but shorter recording times and more expensive hardware hammered nails in Betamax’s coffin.


However, it seems some people were still buying Betamax tapes up until recently, despite DVDs having taken over from video cassettes during the early noughties. Still, Sony got the last laugh by winning the most recent format war, with Blu-ray beating HD-DVD Blu-Ray Technology History and The DVD [Technology Explained] Read More in spectacular fashion.

Apple Music Comes to Android

Apple Music is now available on Android, with Apple having released the Apple Music app on Google Play. Currently labeled as being in beta, pretty much all of the same features present in the iOS version have made it across to the rival operating system.

This is arguably Apple’s first real Android app, unless you count the Move to iOS app Why are Fanboys Trashing Apple's First Android App? Apple's first Android app is for helping people switch to iOS, and fanboys are predictably ticked. But why do people take the time to leave scathing reviews? Read More which merely helps you switch away from Android. Apple Music has been available on iOS for several months, and has already racked up millions of users. However, Spotify is still king.

Whether on iOS or Android, Apple Music Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More requires an Apple ID, so this could be some people’s first foray into the Apple ecosystem Escaping the iCloud: Leaving Apple's Ecosystem Behind You have invested in iOS. Your data is tied up in iCloud, your email in your Apple email account. How are you going to escape the iCloud and make your data ecosystem-independent? Read More . Still, the Apple Music app is surprisingly good, and the company has even seen fit to make it look and feel more like it belongs on Android.


Twitter Reports Uptick in Likes

Twitter recently changed its Favorites into Likes Google Bashes Windows 10, Amazon Opens a Bookshop... [Digest] Google compares Windows 10 to XP, Amazon trolls physical bookshops, Twitter chooses Hearts over Stars, Gmail can now reply to your emails automatically, and the World of Warcraft teaser trailer. Read More (and Stars into Hearts), annoying many users in the process. The problem being that people were using Favorites for many different reasons Put Twitter's Most Underrated Feature to Good Use - Twitter Favourites Twitter 'Favourites' are probably the most underrated and most often forgotten feature that the social network has to offer. Like many of its features, however, it really leaves it up to you how you want... Read More , whereas Likes can only be used for one reason… Liking things, obviously.


However, while hardcore Twitter users 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More spent the next few days complaining about the change, everybody else just got on with things as usual. In fact, people started Liking things they would never have dreamed of marking as a Favorite.

According to TechCrunch, Kevin Weil, Twitter’s Senior Vice President of Product, has stated that the social network has seen “a 6% increase in Like activity in just the first week.” Because Likes are “easier to understand,” and the Heart is “a much more inclusive symbol.” In other words, stop Hating and start Liking.


Netflix Tackles Spoilers

And finally, we have a video made for those of you who often think about getting their own back on people who spoil TV shows such as Game of Thrones. You know the ones; they’re always an episode or a season ahead of you and so keen to share that fact they end up giving away an important plot point.

Netflix has created a short film showing one possible punishment to inflict on such people… lathering them in honey and pushing them into a mischief of rats. And the brilliant thing is that you get to decide what happens to Bobby, so choose carefully.

NB: The video contains a mild spoiler for season one of Orange Is the New Black. You have been warned. [H/T Geeks of Doom]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is Google right to stop supporting Chrome on older operating systems? Have you ever actually used a Betamax video cassette? Will you be using Apple Music on Android? Have you used Likes on Twitter yet? Did you decide to punish Bobby?


Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Leah
    November 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I have a hard enough time finding VHS tapes. I didn't know they still sold Betamax as well.

  2. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    With regard to Chrome on legacy OSes, this is a big deal. Vista is still out in the world. Vista machines are still powerful (Vista-era machines tend to be dual core and 1GB+ RAM) and perfectly usable; it's just not possible to justify the expense to update them to a newer OS for that hardware. The case for XP is more suspect, but it's still something more than 10% of the desktop OS market.

    XP never got a decent version of IE, stopping at 8. Vista stopped at IE9, one version before the barely-tolerable-but-acceptable releases that came out for Windows 7. With Chrome off the table, will users actually switch to Firefox or will they continue with increasingly dated and insecure browser versions? How will those users get the message that they need to change? The message from Google seems to be "change desktop OSes", as if that's a free and easy option for everyone.

    (Yes, I know Opera exists. I don't care. It's Chrome with an even crappier addon ecosystem.)

  3. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Twitter likes didn't increase because the like is better than the favourite, it increased because now there's a little firework animation when you click like. When the novelty wears off, the level of likes will drop back down.

  4. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    How does a Vista user upgrade to 10 for free, exactly? You need at least a Windows 7 Product key to activate the upgrade. Upgrading Vista to 7 isn't free.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Oh balls, you're absolutely right. I was confusing Windows Vista and Windows 7, with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Correcting the article now. Thanks for pointing out the mistake.