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Google Unveils New Logo, Wikipedia Bans Bad Editors… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 02-09-2015

Google brightens up its logo, Wikipedia breaks protection racket, Amazon Prime lets you download videos, Colbert voices Waze, CBS streams NFL, and Jimmy Kimmel makes enemies of gamers.


Google’s New Logo Splits Opinion

Google has unveiled a brand new logo which looks markedly different from the previous logo. The thin, stylized lettering is gone, replaced with a much simpler, brighter, and bolder alternative. The new Google logo could have been designed by a child with a marker pen, which, believe it or not, is a compliment.

The new Google logo isn’t just about those six letters though. For starter, the logo is scalable, meaning it remains legible no matter what size screen people see it on. Secondly, it’s animated, morphing into four dots boasting the four colors Google uses across its range of products and services.

I personally like the new logo, but it seems to have split opinion pretty much down the middle. John Gruber, who is an Apple fanboy to his core 8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention... Read More , stated, “Their old logo was goofy. This new one is simply garbage. Just right for a company with no taste”. Which, correct me if I’m wrong, means he’s not a fan of either the logo or the company behind it.

Wikipedia Discovers Dodgy Editors

Wikipedia has banned 381 editors alleged to have been taking part in “undisclosed paid advocacy”. What this essentially means is they were shilling for brands and publications, creating Wikipedia articles Everything You Need To Know About Wikipedia And More Wikipedia is one of the most famous sites on the Internet. It's informative, as well as controversial, and having a page on there is highly sought after. Let's get to know it better. Read More in order to promote said entities. For a hefty fee, of course.

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, these bogus editors would create articles in full, and offer to publish them in return for cash. What’s more, for $30-per-month, these same people would offer to “protect the article from vandalism and prevent its deletion.” Like a digital protection racket.


Wikipedia’s CheckUser team launched an investigation codenamed Orangemoody (after the first sockpuppet account ever discovered), and 381 editors have had their accounts banned and 210 articles have been deleted. There are bound to be more attempts at this kind of thing, but at least this particular scam has been scuppered.

Amazon Prime Offers Offline Viewing

Amazon has updated its Prime Video apps to allow offline viewing for selected content. Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria can now download certain content to watch later.

This includes Amazon Original Series such as Bosch and Transparent, popular shows such as 24 and Downton Abbey, and Anchorman 2, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Which, incidentally, are films Netflix is losing at the end of this month Chrome Blocks Flash Ads, Minecraft Makes You Sad... [Tech News Digest] Chrome battles Flash, Notch hates being rich, Netflix becomes less Epix, T-Mobile limits your data, and Star Stuff explores the early life of Carl Sagan. Read More .

The offline viewing option is available on Android and on iOS, with Amazon stating, “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection”.


Stephen Colbert Voices Waze Directions

You can now enjoy Stephen Colbert giving you turn-by-turn directions in community-based navigation app Waze. This is a purely promotional effort for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (which premieres on Sept. 8), but it’s still pretty awesome.

Colbert did exactly what you would expect him to do, which is mock the whole thing. He said, “For years, I navigated the roadways using a compass, a sextant and the guidance offered by the stars. But now I can just listen to my own dulcet tones instructing me on Waze”.

CBS Streams NFL Games for Free

CBS has announced it will be showing two regular season games for free on a range of different devices. It will also show four playoff games and the Super Bowl, again without the need for a subscription or any authentication.

The games in question are the New York Jets vs. the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 4, and the Carolina Panthers vs. the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 26. As previously announced Yahoo Streams NFL Game Online, Skype Update Fixes Bug, & More... [Tech News Digest] Yahoo streams the NFL, Skype fixes character bug, Bethesda trails Fallout 4, Apple recalls Beats, Hound battles Siri and Cortana, and Geralt of Rivia steals The Witcher 3. Read More , Yahoo will be streaming the Buffalo Bills vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars game for free on Oct. 25.


Gamers Fight Back Against Jimmy Kimmel

And finally, Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t understand why anyone would watch gamers play games The 5 Best Places to Watch Competitive Gaming Online Competitive gaming seems to be hitting its stride. Finding out where to watch professionals compete can still be a problem, however. For all their effort, a lot of the sites dedicated to pro gaming are... Read More . He can’t help it; he’s old and out of touch. However, gamers really didn’t like him mocking their hobby when he reported on the launch of YouTube Gaming YouTube Gaming Goes Live, How to Get a Job at Google... [Tech News Digest] YouTube goes Gaming, Google recruits programmers, the invisible women of Ashley Madison, take the Free Reddit Check, and no one should want a virtual reality Facebook. Read More . And many called him out on his ignorance.

Rather than apologize for offending people, Kimmel doubled down on his attack, reading out some of the responses in order to get some cheap laughs. So, not only has he attacked people for partaking in an activity which harms absolutely no-one, he’s now openly mocking them for disagreeing with him. Nice!

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What do you think of the new Google logo? Have you ever edited Wikipedia? Will you be downloading Amazon Prime Instant Video content? Who do you want to voice Waze directions? Will you be watching the free NFL games on CBS? If you’re a gamer, what do you think of Jimmy Kimmel?

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. Anonymous
    September 15, 2015 at 5:04 am

    the JK portion, hilarious!! agree 100% with him.

    not sure why people pay so much attention to a logo, 1st world problems? go get a life

  2. Anonymous
    September 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    "he’s now openly mocking them for disagreeing with him."
    Just as you are doing by calling Jimmy Kimmel "old and out of touch"