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Microsoft Removes Do Not Track Default, Don’t Push The Button, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 06-04-2015

Do Not Track Microsoft, do not press The Button, Apple Watch guided tours, Bendgate returns, PlayStation Home moves out, and robots in love with Rubik’s Cubes.


Microsoft Changes Tack with Do Not Track

Microsoft has announced that its Web browsers will no longer default to Do Not Track. This is a setting common amongst browsers, allowing individual users to opt out of being tracked for advertising purposes. At least when websites choose to honor the request.

This change applies to both Internet Explorer Is Internet Explorer Making A Big Return In 2015? Microsoft no longer has to offer EU Windows users a choice of browsers. Moreover, Microsoft is working on a new browser. Nevertheless, we'll show you how to install your favorite browser without touching IE. Read More and the new Spartan browser 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 set to launch alongside Windows 10. Microsoft has been forced to change tack by the latest draft on privacy from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

As quoted by Microsoft, the draft reads: “Key to that notion of expression is that the signal sent MUST reflect the user’s preference, not the choice of some vendor, institution, site, or network-imposed mechanism outside the user’s control; this applies equally to both the general preference and exceptions. The basic principle is that a tracking preference expression is only transmitted when it reflects a deliberate choice by the user. In the absence of user choice, there is no tracking preference expressed.

In layman’s terms this means when Microsoft enacts Do Not Track by default, websites could refuse to honor it based solely on the belief it doesn’t represent user choice. So rather than default to Do Not Track, Microsoft will inform users how to enable the request, and why they should consider doing so. Which seems sensible.

Reddit Bemuses with The Button


As usual, the Internet was absolutely awash with April Fools’ Day jokes The Best April Fools of 2015, Facebook Riffs with Friends, & More... [Tech News Digest] Celebrating April Fools' Day 2015, Facebook's Riff app, the ASUS Chromebit, Amazon's Dash buttons, HBO on Sling TV, and homeless people reading mean tweets. Read More on April 1, including our own special (bulls***) edition of Tech News Digest. But one particular April Fool looks set to run on and on for a long time after we have bid April a fond farewell.

It’s called simply The Button, and it’s Reddit’s attempt at, well, no one really knows what. The Button was introduced via a blog post which intentionally kept details to a bare minimum. All anyone knows is that pushing the button resets its timer to 60 seconds, and that every registered user can only push it once.

What happens if no one pushes the button before the timer counts down to zero? What happens when there are no users left to push the button? Speculation is rife, but the most likely explanation is that this is one epic troll from the funsters running Reddit How To Use Reddit Like an Old Pro There are plenty of online communities which can be found on the Internet - Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are easily the most popular and recognizable ones. However, there are plenty of other gems online... Read More . Answers on a postcard, please.

Take a Guided Tour of the Apple Watch

In an effort to increase interest in the Apple Watch iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More , Apple is offering Guided Tours of the new product with a series of videos recently posted to its website. Interested parties are first shown “Welcome to Apple Watch,” as embedded above, before being offered the chance to watch further videos titled, “Messages,” “Faces,” and “Digital Touch.


All of these Guided Tours videos feature demonstrations of the way Apple Watch works, thus showing potential buyers why they absolutely need this gadget to complete their collection. The Apple Watch Apple Reinvents The Watch, Unveils iPhone 6, Offers Free U2 Album, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, other technology news not related to Apple. Honest. Read More is available to pre-order online from Midnight PDT on April 10, and is sure to sell in huge quantities regardless of actual quality.

The Galaxy S6 Edge Bends Like the iPhone

It turns out that the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t the only smartphone that will bend when considerable pressure is applied to it. As demonstrated by SquareTrade, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge suffers the same fate, bending under 110 pounds of pressure, and breaking completely under 149 pounds of pressure. As a comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus bends at 110 and fails at 179.

Bendgate is, therefore, alive and well, but it’s now Apple’s biggest competitor that has questions to answer over the strength of its latest product. Fortunately for Samsung, it’s nowhere near as much fun ridiculing them as it is ridiculing Apple Trolling Apple: The 18 Best Reactions To The iPhone 6 Bending [Weird & Wonderful Web] Apple was trolled hard over the iPhone 6 Plus bending, and we have compiled the best reactions to BendGate just for you. Read More . So, carry on, there’s nothing to see here, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

PlayStation Home is Home No More

The virtual world that was PlayStation Home is no more, with Sony shutting its doors for good. PlayStation Home was Second Life for PS3 gamers, who could walk around its virtual streets, visit its virtual shopping malls, and even watch movie trailers in its virtual theaters.


PlayStation Home was launched in 2008 in beta, and underwent several transformations in the years that followed. Unfortunately, Home never quite lived up to expectations, leading Sony to end the experiment as its fans started to switch to the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More . It may have ultimately failed, but Home was an intriguing idea that lasted longer than most intriguing ideas.

Recounting Robot Love with Rubik’s Cubes

And finally, anyone who has ever tried and failed to solve a Rubik’s Cube will be blown away by this short stop-motion animation. It tells the tale of a robot leaving his planet to find love, but the real story is how it required someone to solve 1,296 Rubik’s Cubes 961 times apiece. Thus making me feel utterly useless. [H/T Gizmodo]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is Microsoft doing the right thing by changing the Do Not Track default? Will you be pressing The Button? Does Samsung deserve to be ridiculed over the S6 Edge bending? Will you miss PlayStation Home?

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. KT
    April 9, 2015 at 2:06 am

    So at this point, a browser is nothing more that an"internet advertisement provider". Quote from ATHF btw.

  2. Stoney
    April 7, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Is there a detectable difference (to the site) between a default Do Not Track and a user selected DNT?

  3. Matthew
    April 6, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Hopefully the websites that did refuse to honour a default "do not track" will reflect that change.

  4. Andrew Kelley
    April 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Unfortunately, Microsoft's inability to understand that it should have been the end-users choice from the start perhaps ruined it for all. If websites now see it the way you said "websites could refuse to honor it based solely on the belief it doesn’t represent user choice", my statement will hold true. To my knowledge FireFox (and the many spin-offs based on it in the Linux community) has never defaulted to "do not track" and for the past several years each install actually alerts the user to the way it handles that exact issue allowing the user to choose at that point what their preference is. It is another example as to why I have always sided with Open-Source software, the developers actually consider these issues much quicker than their proprietary counterparts.