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Microsoft Begs You to Upgrade, Android Users Are Tight… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 04-07-2016

Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10, iOS users beat Android users when it comes to spending money, Chrome 51 introduces Cast, watch people eat food on Twitch, and Facebook’s algorithm gets skewered.


Windows 10 Upgrades Go Full-Screen

It’s make-or-break time for Microsoft, at least as far as free Windows 10 upgrades How to Upgrade to Windows 10 & Take Settings and Apps with You Windows 10 is coming and you have a choice to make. Either you upgrade your existing Windows installation, or you can install Windows 10 from scratch. We show you how to migrate to Windows 10... Read More are concerned. Microsoft’s offer to upgrade all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to Windows 10 for free is about to run out, with July 29 being the cut-off point. So the company is making a final push to persuade everyone to upgrade for free while they still can.

The latest, and it has to be assumed last, prompt to upgrade is a full-screen pop-up window which makes it clear that time is running out. It reads, “Sorry to interrupt, but this is important. Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends Jul 29”. Users have the option to “Upgrade Now” or “Remind Me Later”. In smaller letters is the option to “Do Not Notify Me Again”.

Hundreds of millions of Windows users have already upgraded to Windows 10. However, there are plenty of people who haven’t yet done so, and they’re facing paying $119 or more for the privilege should they miss the free offer but decide to upgrade at some point in the future. So, if you’re one of those people, now is the time to decide whether Windows 10 is worth the hassle Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Microsoft really wants to you upgrade to Windows 10. But should you? To help you make up your mind, we argue both the pro and the contra, and offer careful advice. How will you decide? Read More .

iOS Users Spend More On Apps


Whether you love them or hate them, in-app purchases What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] "I can’t believe it!" my cousin said to me the other day, "someone’s just bought a $10 in-app purchase on my mother’s phone, and she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about!". Sounds familiar? How... Read More aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, they’re likely to grow even more prevalent as developers realize the potential to make serious money by employing them. Essentially, it’s a case of drawing people in with a free app, before hitting them where it hurts… in the pocket.

AppsFlyer recently published a breakdown of spending on in-app purchases across various metrics, and the results are extremely interesting. And it all starts with the finding that iOS users “spend two and half times more than Android users a month per app across verticals and regions”. This, Business Insider concludes, shows that “iOS users are less price-sensitive than Android users”.

The report also finds that Asian users spend more than any other group, an average of $0.70 per month per app. However, if North American users do commit to an in-app purchase they commit fully, spending an average of $43 compared to the $11 spent by the average Asian user. Latin American users, meanwhile, don’t spend much on average, but a small number of users (referred to as “whales”) are spending vast sums every month. So now you know.

Chrome 51 Lets You Cast to Your TV


Google Cast, which lets you cast content from Chrome to a Chromecast and other compatible devices, is being baked right into Chrome. Starting with Chrome 51, Cast will be a feature available from a dropdown menu. Cast will also be available in Chrome OS The Chrome OS Challenge: A New User's Day on a Chromebook What are Chromebooks like for someone who's used to a Windows or Mac setup? As a newcomer to Chrome OS, I'm here to tell you. Read More .

The new Cast feature will let you cast your browser to your TV 4 Chromecast Mistakes That Could Be Embarrassing or Worse The great thing about Chromecast is that it's simple, fast and easy to use. However, as you'll see, this is also its achilles heel when it comes to privacy... Read More without any extra extension needed. However, heavy users may want to carry on using the Google Cast extension as it affords you more options with regard to the quality of the video quality.

Twitch Lets You Watch People Eat

After turning the act of watching other people play video games into a legitimate form of entertainment, Twitch is trying to do the same for eating. Yep, watching people eat their dinner on camera is a thing now, apparently.

The idea of social eating, as Twitch calls it, isn’t new. Instead, it has made its way across from Korea, where it’s called “muk-bang”. While in Korea it’s usually men watching women eating huge quantities of food, the range of broadcasters on Twitch seems more diverse.


My first instinct here was to mock, as I cannot quite grasp the point (or lure) or watching people eat. However, I also couldn’t see the point of watching other people play video games 7 Twitch Streamers to Watch If Esports Aren't Your Thing If you don't like eSports and you've written off Twitch as "not for you," it's time to reconsider. These entertaining Twitch streamers aren't associated with eSports in any way. Read More when that first became a thing, and yet I now do it on a semi-regular basis.

Facebook Employs Mafia Tactics

And finally, College Humor — one of the funniest websites in existence The 20 Funniest Websites for the Best Humor on the Web If you're searching for the best humor on the web, here are the funniest websites you should visit. Read More — takes a wry look at Facebook’s News Feed algorithm, which decides which stories you see from those posted by family, friends, and the pages you follow. In the sketch, Facebook’s algorithm is painted as a trio of Mafioso bullying innocent Facebook users.

Anyone who has ever been annoyed/frustrated by the content they’re shown on Facebook — which is probably everyone reading this — will understand this clip. And if you happened to Like a particular type of article once, a long time ago, expect to see similar articles from now until you delete your account Why Is It So Hard to Delete Social Media Accounts? You can't just go to your account settings, click Delete and watch your profile vanish into a collection of ones and zeroes. The Internet is very good at remembering things. Read More . Which is looking like an increasingly attractive option.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have decided not to upgrade to Windows 10? If so, why? Do you regularly spend money on in-app purchases? If you own a Chromecast, how often do you use it? Can you ever see yourself watching people eating food as entertainment? What do you think of Facebook’s News Feed algorithm?


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  1. Anonymous
    July 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    "there are plenty of people who haven’t yet done so (upgrade to Win 10)"
    Is there any remote possibility that those people DO NOT WANT to switch to Win 10 ???

  2. Mike Marshall
    July 5, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Technical and privacy issues aside, Windows 10 does provide a better user experience, but with the failure of Windows phone and the Windows store, I can't help thinking that the operating system of choice in the future will not be a Microsoft product.

  3. BT
    July 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    People with older, slower systems SHOULD NOT upgrade to Win10. It's actually not recommended.

    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2016 at 1:56 am

      People SHOULD NOT downgrade to win 10. HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED