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Google Bashes Windows 10, Amazon Opens a Bookshop… [Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-11-2015

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.


Google Mocks Windows 10 Design

Google has mocked Windows 10, with one of its executives tweeting a couple of lighthearted but trollish barbs aimed squarely at Microsoft. Windows 10 The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More has been out for several months now, but it appears to have taken Google a while to actually catch up…

Matias Duarte, Google’s Vice President of Design, compared Windows 10 unfavorably with Windows XP Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon People cannot let go of Windows XP. In businesses and homes the world over, it will stick around. We spoke with three Windows XP users from different generations and backgrounds to find out why. Read More . He launched his attack on Windows 10 with the following tweet, which suggests he has been using out a Surface Pro 4 to test out the competition.

Duarte followed this up with another zinger, this time suggesting Windows 10 was a throwback to the past. This despite Windows 10 not looking anything like XP, and clearly taking cues from Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


This is all rather ironic seeing as Google has been accused of copying Microsoft. Chrome OS feels a little like Windows XP, just with a much simpler interface. As for the Pixel C Read El Capitan Reviews, Facebook Will Always Be Free... [Tech News Digest] El Capitan gets reviewed, a reminder that Facebook is free, Google launches its iPad Pro competitor, Twitter considers offering more than 140 characters, and the dangers of time travel are revealed. Read More … what’s that if it’s not a Surface Pro Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Read More with Google’s logo stamped on it?!

Amazon Opens a Physical Bookshop


In an odd turn up for the books (no pun intended), Amazon is opening a physical bookshop in Seattle. The bookshop will act as a “physical extension” of the online retailer’s business, stocking the most popular books at the same price as the website.

The Amazon bookshop will also sell Amazon hardware, including the Kindle and the Fire TV Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Game Controller Review & Giveaway Amazon launched the Fire TV, a media center device not unlike the Apple TV, but with gaming as perk. Read More . A total of 5,000 books will be stocked at any one time, with titles chosen on the strength of customer ratings, Goodreads reviews, high sales, and the opinions of those running the shop.


Traditional booksellers are none too happy with this move, and, on the surface at least, it does seem a rather odd one. However, with this shop, Amazon can increase sales of popular books, and ensnare people into its ecosystem 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More . And that’s just for starters. So perhaps it’s not that dumb of an idea after all.

Twitter Likes Being Mainstream

In an effort to appeal more to mainstream users, Twitter has killed Favorites and replaced them with Likes. The icon has changed too, with the Star that used to accompany a Favorite being replaced by a Heart to signify a Like. Despite a Heart signifying Love more than Like to anyone with even half a brain.

This change has gone down about as well as a fart in an elevator with existing Twitter users. The reason being that Favorites were being used in all manner of different ways, but mainly as a means of bookmarking a tweet for later. Changing Favorites to Likes has narrowed their use to just one thing.


However, there is method in Twitter’s madness. Twitter’s Favorites 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 were an ambiguous part of the user experience, which creates a stumbling block for new 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 when they first encounter them. Therefore, at a time when Twitter is struggling to find new users, removing a feature whose purpose is open to interpretation makes perfect sense.

Gmail Replies to Your Emails

Anyone using Inbox by Gmail Google Inbox Review: A Breath Of Fresh Air Gmail is a household name in the email department, but Google wasn't content with it. Meet Google Inbox, a new way of approaching email. Read More can now use Smart Reply to take some of the work out of managing their emails. Smart Reply offers up to three responses to any email, with you just needing to select one and send it with a single tap.

Smart Reply uses machine learning to identify patterns in incoming emails, and offer set responses to those emails. Options include, “I’m working on them,” and “I’ll send it to you,” both of which could be all that’s needed in a work environment.

Smart Reply will be added to Inbox by Gmail on Google Play [No Longer Available] and on iTunes [No Longer Available] later this week.


Watch the Warcraft Movie Teaser

And finally, we have the teaser trailer for Warcraft, Duncan Jones’ new movie based on the World of Warcraft games. It’s only 15 seconds long, and is there merely to direct people towards watching the full trailer when it drops this Friday (6th November). But still.

In the short teaser we get to see some of the epic CG scenes, with different races going to war. It conjures up memories of The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, both of which are beloved by fans of the fantasy genre. Warcraft is set to be released in theaters on June 10th, 2016.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Does Google have a point about the design of Windows 10? What is Amazon playing at by opening a physical bookshop? Are you at all bothered by Twitter changing Favorites to Likes? Will you be using Smart Reply within Inbox by Gmail? Are you excited by the World of Warcraft teaser trailer?

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
    November 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    The last time Windows changed appreciably was the release of Windows 2000, when NT finally got plug and play support and a fully functional control panel interface and Active Directory was added for management. Everything since has basically been minor changes. That 10 still looking like 7 and XP is in no way surprising. Windows looks like Windows. What else should it be?

  2. Anonymous
    November 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Can you order a book online and pick it up at the bookstore for no shipping fees (if you live in Seattle)?