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Say Hello to Windows 10, Nintendo Embraces Smartphone Gaming [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 18-03-2015

Launching Windows 10, Nintendo goes mobile, reviewing Android apps, reporting Twitter harassment, paying friends through Facebook, and Pixels depicts video games invading Earth.


Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Plans

Microsoft has revealed more of its plans for Windows 10 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 , and the long, drawn out killing of the Internet Explorer brand.

Windows 10 will be launchedthis summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.” As previously revealed, Microsoft will offer anyone using Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 a free upgrade to Windows 10, and that includes “all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine.” This is seen as an attempt to reconnect with the users who have got used to pirated copies of Windows, which is a particular problem in China.

Microsoft also revealed details of Windows Hello, a new sign-in system for Windows 10 that replaces passwords and PINs with biometric scans The History of Biometric Security, and How It's Being Used Today Biometric security devices were long held ideals in science fiction movies that seemed plausible enough to actually happen, but a little too far-fetched for real world application. Read More of your fingerprint, face, or iris. The fingerprint scans will be the easiest to implement, but the facial and iris recognition will require “a combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is you.

Last and definitely least is the latest news on Internet Explorer. We already knew Microsoft was moving away from Internet Explorer in favor of a new Web browser currently codenamed Project Spartan Microsoft Develops New Web Browser, Hackers Target Your Fingerprints [Tech News Digest] Also, new Twitter ads upset William Shatner, 10 million people try Amazon Prime, Apple offers extended refunds, and old people play QWOP. Read More , and that has now been confirmed by Microsoft’s Chris Capossela. Within Windows 10, Internet Explorer will be a legacy browser, with the newcomer pushed as the standard Microsoft browser.

Nintendo Goes Mobile With DeNA

After years of denying it would ever embrace smartphone gaming, Nintendo has revealed plans to do just that. The Japanese gaming giant has signed a deal with mobile games publisher DeNA, the result of which will be Nintendo games coming to a smartphone near you soon.


Nintendo and DeNA are committed to creating “new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which [both companies] will develop specifically for smart devices.” Nintendo isn’t taking the easy option of porting old games to mobile devices, instead focusing on creating original games for Android and iOS. But not Windows Phone Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More .

As part of the same announcement, Nintendo also confirmed it is working on a completely new gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’. It’s not yet known whether this will be a new home console or handheld console, with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata stating, “It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.

Google Now Reviews Android Apps

Google is now manually reviewing all Android apps The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More before they’re made available to download through Google Play. Most apps submitted to Google will be given the all-clear by an automated system designed to weed out malware and other obvious no-nos, but a dedicated team of human testers is also on hand to get involved as and when necessary.

In a blog post detailing the change, Google stated, “Several months ago, we began reviewing apps before they are published on Google Play to better protect the community and improve the app catalog. This new process involves a team of experts who are responsible for identifying violations of our developer policies earlier in the app lifecycle.


This puts Google on a level playing field with Apple, which has taken a dictatorial approach to accepting or rejecting apps 8 Ridiculous & Inconsistent Apple App Store Guidelines [Opinion] Here’s a radical opinion - you should be able to run any apps you like on the devices you own. Apple doesn’t agree, and it’s twisted itself into pretzels creating arbitrary rules for what app... Read More . However, while iOS apps can take days, or even weeks, to get approved, Google is pushing Android apps through in mere hours. Leading the company to suggest there has been “no noticeable change for developers during the rollout.

Twitter Helps You Report Harassment

Twitter is making it easier to report harassment suffered on its service to the authorities. Anyone who is threatened with physical violence is asked to report the details to Twitter. During that process, Twitter will now offer to send a copy of the report to the victim’s email, which they can then take to their local law enforcement.

The report includes the offending tweet and URL, and the name of the Twitter user responsible. Twitter also holds additional information that can be released to the authorities if warranted. While this still leaves the responsibility for accelerating a claim of harassment Cyber Bullying Unmasked - The Tragic Case Of Cassidy Kids can be cruel. Almost as cruel as so-called grown-ups. That cruelty has found its way on to the web and into the lives of countless young people who thought they might be able to... Read More in the hands of the victim, it certainly makes it a lot easier for an individual to document any abuse.

Send Money via Facebook Messenger

You can now send money to your friends through Facebook Messenger. The process is extremely simple, but it does require both the sender and the recipient to add their debit card to your Facebook account, which won’t be to everyone’s tastes.


The ability to send payments through Facebook Messenger How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? You've probably been hearing a lot about Facebook's Messenger app. Let's quell the rumors and find out if the permissions are as bad as they claim. Read More is available on the Web, on iOS, and on Android, and will be rolled out across the United States in the coming months. Facebook promises the payments are secure, talking up its track record of processing payments for gamers and advertisers since 2007.

Pixels Brings Video Games to Life

And finally, the first trailer for Pixels has dropped, and it shows Adam Sandler and Kevin James battling video game characters 5 Video Game Characters That Should Not Exist Is there anything worse than a masterpiece of a video game that is unfortunately taken hostage by a single character that somehow manages to ruin the entire experience for you? Read More which are out to destroy Earth. And it’s all Ronald Reagan’s fault, apparently. Thanks, Obama.

This is a genius idea for a movie, and the trailer does a good job of setting up the story. The only misstep may be the casting, as Sandler’s recent flicks have been absolutely dire. Still, Pac-Man Pacmania: 4 Of The Best Pac-Man Clones Throughout History Would games even exist if Pacman had never existed? Maybe, maybe not, but it's impossible to deny that this game paved the way for arcade gaming and beyond. Read More could save the day, despite being the bad guy.

Pixels hits movie theaters on July 24, 2015.


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you looking forward to the impending launch of Windows 10? Is Nintendo right to embrace mobile gaming on smartphones at this point in time? Are you pleased to see Google reviewing Android apps before they go live?

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. Healthy Coffee
    March 25, 2015 at 2:04 am

    I'm not so sure how comfortable I feel in the security of Facebook Messenger in terms of them having access to my credit, sorry make that DEBIT card. I mean I purposely chose NOT to install Messenger on my mobile because their last update changed and added so many security features I decided I didn't want to take that risk.

    I'll stick with PayPal thanks.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Yeah, I have to agree. Facebook already knows so much about me, I'm not sure I want them to have access to my money too.

  2. John Williams
    March 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Anyone know if the Win 10 freebie is permanent, or time limited?
    Is it free trial for a while, then 200 dollars later?
    I've only ever run Win Pro versions. Is the Win 10 "giveaway" going to be a cut-down "home" version? For example, most of the wrath and venom aimed at Vista Home didn't really apply to Windows Vista Business. I don't want a Win 10 Home edition, free or not.
    It is a huge amount of revenue they are turning down. Windows OS pricing has usually been in the hundreds of dollars. What is MS going to sell to replace this revenue? Are they going to live on XP legacy support forever?
    All that said, as long as Classic Shell is available for Win 10, I'll probably take it just for the new security stuffs.

    • Will B
      March 20, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Free free. No strings attached. If they made a freemium OS, they would lose customers which is definitely not what they want.

  3. Alan
    March 19, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thats a slap in the face for all us that bought a licence for Windows. Microsoft is not encouraging people to do the right thing and buy licences are they.

    • dragonmouth
      March 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Microsoft only cares about as wide a use of their products as possible. They dearly love to get back to the early 1990s when 95+% of computers use Microsoft products.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      They're trying to get people back on their side rather than working against them. And they had to do something. I can see why you're annoyed at being treated the same as pirates after having stayed on the right side of the law for so many years.

  4. BC
    March 19, 2015 at 4:12 am

    If I upgrade to Windows 10 and don't like it, will I be able to change back?

    • ajdinyurnero
      March 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Yeah you will, but you need to backup your current OS on a USB Drive or an empty DVD or something like that.

  5. david g
    March 19, 2015 at 2:13 am

    thank you for this summary of tech news.

  6. 5lita5
    March 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    I'm not a movie critic, but I do know what I like and this trailer made me laugh hard (in places) so I think it's a must see for me.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Yeah, me too. I can see why people are turning their noses up, but if it's entertaining then I'm not going to complain about the mindlessness of it all.