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Microsoft Forces Windows 10 On You, Google Launches Android Pay… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-09-2015

Microsoft gets pushy about Windows 10, Google launches Android Pay to battle Apple Pay, Pokemon Go is a go, Miyamoto speaks the truth about Mario, and how a selfie stick almost decapitated a silly man.


Windows 10 Downloads Automatically

Microsoft may have downloaded Windows 10 to your computer without your knowledge or consent. According to BetaNews, this affects anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 who has opted to have updates downloaded automatically. As Microsoft has, in its infinite wisdom, decided to include Windows 10 in those automatic updates.

This effectively means that millions of people who have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More for free, but who haven’t yet reserved their copy, have the new operating system sitting on their hard drive just waiting to be installed. The Windows 10 upgrade residing in a hidden folder called “$Windows.~BT” and is anything up to 6GB in size.

Microsoft has confirmed this is the case, issuing a statement saying, “For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade. When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device.”

While Microsoft clearly believes it’s doing users a favor by preparing them for their Windows 10 upgrade How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait Have you been waiting patiently since July 29 for your Windows 10 upgrade? You should probably wait until you receive an official notification, but if you are determined, you can force the Windows 10 upgrade. Read More ahead of time, some victims of this unwanted download are none too happy. Especially those with strict data caps who have found their Internet crippled by this hefty download.

Android Pay Has Landed

Google has launched Android Pay in the U.S., with one million locations across the country now accepting payments from your Android phone. Existing Google Wallet users Leaving Cash Behind: Using a Digital Wallet For a Week It’s been just under two years since Google came out with Google Wallet, a revolutionary way to use your Android smartphone or tablet’s NFC capabilities to pay for stuff that you regularly buy. Since the... Read More can access Android Pay through an update to the app, while new users should be able to download Android Pay over the next few days.


Android Pay is compatible with all NFC-enabled Android devices that are running KitKat 4.4 or higher. It shouldn’t matter what mobile carrier you use, and credit and debit cards on American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa can all be used be used as the source of payment. Stores accepting Android Pay include Macy’s, Bloomingdales, GameStop, Staples, and Subway.

Google hopes Android Pay will compete with Apple Pay, which has been available since last October. Samsung has also launched Samsung Pay, designed specifically for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones, and it’s due to land in the U.S. on September 28. Thus giving people who want to pay through their phones several options to choose from Everything You Need to Know about Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay all have their advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a look at exactly how each of them works and who can use them. Read More .

Nintendo Teases Pokemon Go

There’s a new Pokemon game in the works, and this one is coming to a smartphone near you sometime in 2016. Pokemon Go is its name, and it’s an augmented reality title that lets you discover, battle, and catch Pokemon 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Give Up On Pokemon Games Even As An Adult [MUO Gaming] Welcome to another installment of MakeUseOf Gaming. This week I will be talking about Pokemon, and why the Pokemon games are not just child's play. People tend to think of Pokemon as being just for... Read More in the real world. Kinda.

Augmented reality lays computer graphics over real environments, so by looking at your phone you’ll be able to see Pokemon running around your local town. Nintendo is also releasing Pokemon Go Plus, a companion smartwatch device designed to helping you locate the pesky Pokemon.


Pokemon Go will be free to play on iOS and Android, with in-app purchases available for those who get hooked. The trailer for the game, developed by The Pokemon Company, Nintendo, and Niantic, offers a proof-of-concept, but we suspect the reality will be a little less thrilling.

The Truth About Mario, by Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Mario more than 30 years ago The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More , has cleared up some myths about the hero plumber. It turns out that Super Mario Bros. 3 was just a performance, but Bob-Ombs don’t turn into Boos when they die. If you played any Mario games as a kid, watch the video for the other fun revelations, or see this infographic Shigeru Miyamoto Spills the Beans on Mario in This Video and Infographic Read More for even more Mario goodness.

Selfie Sticks Can Be Lethal

And finally, using a selfie stick I Acted Like A Prick With a Selfie Stick, Here's How People Reacted Basically, no one reacted. No glares, shouted warnings, or lobbed projectiles. People just weren't that fussed. Read More is not a valid reason for taking your eyes off the road ahead. As someone should probably inform Alex Lopatnyuk, the guy seen almost being decapitated by a canoe in the video embedded above.

After a day of hunting alligators (which already implies limited brain power) Lopatnyuk decided to film himself driving his jeep. Unfortunately, it was at that moment that the guy driving ahead of him slammed on the brakes.


We have already argued why selfie sticks should be banned from music festivals Why Selfie Sticks Should Be Banned From Music Festivals This strange craze for taking selfies is going too far, with selfie sticks starting to ruin other people's experience of events like music festivals. Let's stop it before it's too late! Read More , but we’re starting to think selfie sticks Battle of the Selfie Sticks [Round-Up Review and Giveaway] A week can't go by without somewhere banning their elongated presence. Despite this, selfie sticks are as popular as ever. We thought it was worth having a look at what's out there. Read More should be banned altogether. For your safety as much as ours. [H/T Jalopnik]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you angry at Microsoft for forcing Windows 10 on people, whether they have opted in or not? Are you planning on using Android Pay? Will you be playing Pokemon Go? Are you surprised at any of the truths revealed about Mario? Do you own a selfie stick?

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
    September 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I've read numerous times in many different articles over the past few months that Windows 10 would be downloaded in pieces in the background up until the release date. Nobody knew this? The point of it was to spare a massive all-at-once download.

    And why would anyone on a data plan ever be on automatic updates (pre-Windows 10)? :/

    • Dave Parrack
      September 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      I think you may be confusing two different things. It was known that people reserving their copies of Windows 10 would have it downloaded in chunks ready to install on release day. But this is about people who have chosen not to reserve their copy. They're still finding Windows 10 has been downloaded to their machines, taking up 6GB of storage and potentially consuming their data allowance.

      • Anonymous
        September 16, 2015 at 1:18 am

        Yes, I was confusing the issue. I suppose the only people who this doesn't bother are the people who wanted Windows 10 to begin with.

        I still believe that anyone with data caps probably aren't on automatic downloads, so unless they just don't pay attention to the download size of the batches they're going to receive in each successive update check, they shouldn't have a problem skipping out on this.