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Google Extends XP Support, uTorrent Dumps Bitcoin Miner, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 17-04-2015

Google supports XP, uTorrent stops mining, Apple Watch is unavailable, switch from Spotify to Tidal, play the net neutrality game, and enjoy the new Star Wars trailer.


Google Extends Chrome Support on XP

Google has extended support for Chrome on Windows XP until the end of 2015. This means people using the Chrome Web browser on XP will continue receiving security updates until the start of 2016. Google had previously announced it would continue support until “at least” April 2015, a year after Microsoft stopped supporting Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Read More its own aged operating system.

Crucially, Google made it clear this shouldn’t be seen as a sign that continuing to use Windows XP is a good idea, stating they “strongly encourage everyone to update to a supported, secure operating system.” Still, this gives the 17 percent of desktop users still persevering with XP Windows XP Refuses To Die, Android Apps Are Everywhere, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows XP clings on, Arc Welder apps incoming, OnLive is now OnDead, killing Kinect for Windows, streaming music through Rithm, and watching how elders react to an emotional video game. Read More another eight months to get their act together. By which time Windows 10 will have arrived What's In Store For Windows 10 In 2015? 2015 will be Microsoft's last chance to win businesses and consumers back. Here's what happened with Windows 10 in 2014 and the milestones you can look forward to in 2015. Read More to save the day.

uTorrent Update Removes Epic Scale

Popular BitTorrent client uTorrent has issued an update in an effort to move on from the Epic Scale controversy uTorrent Mines Litecoin, Border Agents Demand Passwords [Tech News Digest] uTorrent mines Bitcoin variant, border password panic, one-day Pandora passes, get Syndicate for free, email is too complicated, and the world's longest selfie stick. Read More . In March, uTorrent was called out by users who discovered they were mining Bitcoin for charity without having agreed to do so. This was thanks to a program called Epic Scale being installed on users’ computers alongside uTorrent.

The affected version, 3.4.2, has now been replaced by a new version, 3.4.3, which removes Epic Scale from the equation. Users are advised to download uTorrent 3.4.3 from the official site, as third-party sites could still bundle Epic Scale in with the download. Unless you want to mine Bitcoin 5 Ways You Can Make And Mine Bitcoin Currency The revolutionary and controversial method of payment has been making headlines. There are plenty of reasons why you might want to start performing transactions using Bitcoins. But first, you have to earn some for yourself. Read More for someone other than yourself, update the uTorrent client as soon as possible.

Apple Watch Unavailable Until June

We already knew that the Apple Watch has proved to be insanely popular, with 1 million pre-orders being taken Game of Thrones Leaks Online, Old Spice Starts to Twitch, & More... [Tech News Digest] Game of Thrones leaks, Old Spice on Twitch, Apple Watch sells out, Google avoids spoilers, IBM Watson writes a cookbook, and Star Wars takes revenge on Los Angeles. Read More over the first weekend, but it turns out demand has outstripped supply by a major factor. So much so, in fact, that you won’t be able to walk into an Apple Store and buy an Apple Watch until June at the earliest. This isn’t mere speculation or rumor, but comes direct from the mouth of Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s current head of retail.


In a leaked memo to staff, Ahrendts said, “Many of you have been getting questions asking if we will have the watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I’ll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, but we expect this to continue through the month of May.”

The situation is so dire (for customers, not Apple) that the Apple Watch website has been updated so that the tagline “Available 4.24.15,” has been changed to, “The Watch is coming.” In other words, Apple is downplaying the launch of its latest product for fear that potential buyers will be left disappointed Read Early Apple Watch Reviews, Pay for Ad-Free YouTube, & More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Watch reviews, ad-free YouTube, Microsoft teases Redstone, Facebook Messenger on the Web, Popcorn Time on iOS, and The Legend of Zelda gets a Game of Thrones makeover. Read More .

Switching to Tidal Gets Simpler

It’s now a lot easier to switch from using Spotify to Tidal, the new premium music streaming service from Jay Z. This is thanks to a partnership between Tidal and Soundiiz, a website which automagically transfers your playlists from one service to the other.

According to The Verge, it isn’t perfect but it does just about work, which should save some people endless headaches. Soundiiz won’t, however, fill the gaps in Tidal’s catalog, so if a song you love isn’t on there you’ll lose access to it for the time being.


We have previously suggested you avoid switching because Tidal is doomed to fail Why Jay Z's Tidal Music Streaming Service is Doomed to Fail Jay Z recently relaunched Tidal, the music streaming service he acquired for $56 million. Tidal has 99 problems, and the pitch is one. Read More , but those who see the benefit to lossless audio and don’t mind making the richest musicians richer may find this useful.

Net Neutrality Becomes A Video Game

In case you haven’t noticed, net neutrality What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we're going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it. Read More has been a rather hot topic of late. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) finally preserved this cornerstone of the Internet How the Web Won on Net Neutrality: 5 Key Moments It does looks like net neutrality will reign, at least for a while. Let's take a look back at some of the most important moments in this battle. Read More , and the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have responded by issuing lawsuits left, right, and center Net Neutrality Is Still an Issue, Spotify Spams Twitter, & More... [Tech News Digest] Net Neutrality nonsense, Spotify spams Twitter, Amazon X-Ray Fire, Sprint Direct 2 You, online Ikea weddings, and proof that even chimpanzees hate drones. Read More . Which is fun. But not as fun as 404Sight, a new video game based on the idea of net neutrality.

Developed by students at the University of Utah, 404Sight is an endless runner with parkour elements that give a nod to Mirror’s Edge. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save the Internet, which you do by plotting a course through fast and slow lanes. You eventually get the chance to take down the evil ISP waiting at the end, which we’re sure Comcast et al will enjoy immensely.

404Sight is available for free on Steam.


A New Trailer for the New Star Wars

And finally, there is surely only one video worth watching on the Web right now: the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Revealed at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the new trailer reveals more action than the previous one, but still leaves us with more questions than answers.

Watch the video. Then watch it again. Then read this fantastic shot-by-shot breakdown by The Robot’s Pajamas. Then watch it one last time. Until tomorrow. The expectation is strong Will The Web's Unreasonable Expectations Ruin Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Read More with this one, so let’s just hope Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more Empire Strikes Back than Attack of the Clones.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Should Google extend Chrome support on Windows XP beyond the end of 2015? Did the Epic Scale Bitcoin miner put you off using uTorrent? Will you be switching from Spotify to Tidal?

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  1. A41202813GMAIL
    April 19, 2015 at 7:23 am



  2. DonGateley
    April 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Only people completely unaware of what uTorrent tried to do will remain with them. They fatally shot themselves in the foot, the utter fools.

  3. AceOfSpades
    April 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Even if Apple sold feces, people'd still buy them...

    • 97rockiesfan
      April 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

      No, just iFeces

  4. Rajib Ghosh
    April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    qBitTorrent has replaced uTorrent on my computer.

    Now uTorrent can swear never to do anything so stupid again, but we will never believe it. Will we?

  5. dragonmouth
    April 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    "Apple Watch Unavailable Until June"
    There's nothing like keeping the supply low to pump up the hype and create a demand frenzy. For the sake of those on the waiting list, I hope the wait would have been worth it. OTOH, for the Fruitco Faithful, anything with the bitten fruit logo is manna from heaven, whether it works as hyped or not.

  6. m-p{3}
    April 17, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Even with Epic Scale's removal, the damage is done. I am never returning back to µTorrent.