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What Google Knows About You, Windows 10 Powers Xbox One… [Digest]

Dave Parrack 12-11-2015

Fix your Google privacy problem, get Windows 10 on the Xbox One, stop LinkedIn from spamming you, learn to code with help from Star Wars, and watch a preview of the Candy Crush movie.


Google Launches About Me Page

Google has launched a new website detailing what personal information you’re sharing with the world via its online services. The company’s new About Me page gives a rundown of the information Google has on you, and details whether it’s Private or being shared with the Public.

If your About Me page looks familiar, that’s because this is essentially Google+ for those who haven’t signed up for the social network. With Google+ no longer required How Google+ is Rethinking Social Media You may remember a few years ago when Google+ attempted to compete with Facebook as a social website. Google has not yet met expectations. So, now what? Read More to use Google’s manifold products and services, the company needed an alternative. And, according to VentureBeat, this is it.


Your About Me page will list the information you have previously shared with Google, and inform you how much of it is being shown across Google services such as Drive, Photos, and YouTube. You can then remove most of the information (apart from your name and photo), or merely set it all to Private.

There is also the option of adding more personal information, such as your phone number, your address, and your work history, but we would advise against giving up any more information Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information? Sharing has always been a prominent part of what the Internet is and how it functions. And with social networks exploding in popularity in the past several years, sharing is probably the one aspect we... Read More than is absolutely necessary. Google hasn’t yet officially announced About Me, and the “View as Public” option isn’t yet working, but it’s still worth checking out.


Windows 10 Lands on Xbox One

Xbox One users should be waking up to find Windows 10 powering their games consoles, with Microsoft rolling out the update from 3am ET. The New Xbox One Experience brings some major improvements to the console, including backwards compatibility for over 100 Xbox 360 games No, You Don't Need an iPad Pro or a Tag Heuer Smartwatch... [Digest] Apple pushes the iPad Pro, Tag Heuer launches an expensive smartwatch, President Obama arrives on Facebook, the first Xbox 360 games you can play on an Xbox One, and Conan O'Brien is clueless about Fallout... Read More (and counting).

Assuming you have your Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More set up correctly, the New Xbox One Experience update should have been downloaded and installed automatically. The New Xbox One Experience is unlikely to work flawlessly from day one, despite it having been tested thoroughly over the last few months. It will also take some getting used to.

For starters, everything is faster, with ways to access important features more quickly than before. There is also a redesigned Store, a new way to share screenshots and gameplay clips, and social features centered around the Xbox Live community 5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion] It's difficult to remember a time when games consoles didn't connect to the Internet. I'm now so used to online features being an integral part of the gaming experience, that it's easy to forget that... Read More .

This is Windows 10 for Xbox One, which means Microsoft has taken another step towards bringing its whole ecosystem together Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More in a way it has never managed previously. If you’re an Xbox One owner, please let us know what you think of the New Xbox One Experience in the comments at the end of this article.


LinkedIn Stops Spamming You

LinkedIn is notorious for spamming its users with automated emails most people instantly send to the trash. However, the business-oriented social networking site has already successfully cut spam in half Windows 10 Reviews, Hide Unwanted Updates... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 has landed, Windows Updates begone, LinkedIn stops spamming, Twitch tackles trolling, Metal Captcha battles bots, and drone racing takes off. Read More , and has a new initiative designed to further reduce the annoying levels of emails and notifications it sends out to users.

Its secret weapon is a new internal system called Air Traffic Controller (ATC). This acts as a single platform across LinkedIn, using learning algorithms to improve both the quantity and quality of the communications being sent out to you. In other words, the less you log in and use LinkedIn 6 Reasons You Should Be Using LinkedIn: How It Helped Me You've seen the word "LinkedIn". What is this social network for professionals actually for? Could it be that you're missing out? Read More , the less spammy messages it will send out. Fingers crossed. Uses the Force

In case you haven’t noticed, Star Wars is everywhere right now. So much so that I’m starting to feel bad for the people who aren’t into science fiction 3 Examples of Amazing Science Fiction Tech That Became Reality Technology is difficult to predict, because it often develops in response to new needs or changing situations that are difficult to imagine. There are, however, a few sci-fi books that were particularly prophetic. Read More . I mean, they’re wrong, and they’re missing out on a fantastic franchise, but still, they must be hating this wall-to-wall coverage ahead of the release of The Force Awakens.

Even are getting in on the act, using Star Wars as the basis for a new programming tutorial. Star Wars: Building the Galaxy with Code isn’t the most complicated of programming challenges, but then it is meant for kids. However, the appearance of various Star Wars characters (including Rey and BB-8 Feline the Force: Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Review and Giveaway Is this droid you’ve been looking for all along? Read More ) means geeky adults will probably get involved as well.


Liam Neeson Tackles Candy Crush Movie

And finally, Stephen Colbert has announced that Liam Neeson is set to star in a movie based on Candy Crush. OK, so not really, but Neeson did dress up as Mr. Toffee for a sketch about the insanely popular mobile game that hooks people in and refuses to let go.

The sketch mocks the pointless nature of Candy Crush, and the way people get addicted to it. It’s no worse than Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto in that regard, but it’s still annoying when people get their phone out and start playing it MID-CONVERSATION. Or does that only happen to me?!

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What personal information are you happy to share with Google? How are you finding Windows 10 on Xbox One? Is LinkedIn more trouble than it’s worth? Does the Star Wars tie-in make you more likely to try coding? Would you watch an actual Candy Crush movie?

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. Steve
    November 13, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I NEVER give an aaccurate phone number,for one. I generally use 800-123-4567,and I use the gmail ddress I never use(havent checked it in yeatrts-its my garbage mail can),and keep the vacation setting turned on so trash emails(those from people I dont need hear from)never show up.(I dont think-like I said,I never check it). For addrress,I use 100 Main St.,East Bootstrap,Tx. or Mudflap,Miss. This usually works. Does with Google,anyway. They,re not the sharpest knife in the drawer anyway).

  2. PacoH
    November 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Changing settings is fine but the most egregious offense committed by Google is the fact that they require your highly personal, private phone number to verify a new account. That is outrageous and unacceptable. I notice that now the other major free email providers have followed suit. It is now impossible to get a new anonymous email account, that is readily acceptable, for forums, etc., without giving your number one identifying piece of information--your phone number. That means that this last remnant of internet privacy is dead.

  3. DoktorThomas™
    November 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Substantively lacking. ©2015