Microsoft Forces Windows 10 On You, Google Launches Android Pay… [Tech News Digest]
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 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 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 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 .
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 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 , 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 for even more Mario goodness.
Selfie Sticks Can Be Lethal
And finally, using a selfie stick 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 , but we’re starting to think selfie sticks should be banned altogether. For your safety as much as ours. [H/T Jalopnik]
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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?
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