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Microsoft Kills Internet Explorer 8, Google Favors Secure Websites, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 08-08-2014

Also, Twitch begins silencing videos, Netflix overtakes HBO, Google adds university campuses to Street View, Microsoft reminds us how terrible things were in 1994, and Kanye West asks the question on everyone’s lips.


Microsoft Kills Internet Explorer Support

Microsoft is ending support for all older versions of Internet Explorer. From January 12, 2016, the company will no longer offer technical support or security updates for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer available for its various products.

This means people using Windows Vista will need to install IE 9, and people using either Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 will need to install IE 11. Every version of Internet Explorer up to and including IE 8 will now be dead in the eyes of Microsoft. This despite IE 8 being by far the most popular version of Internet Explorer.

If we have learned anything from the ending of support for Windows XP Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Read More , users will cling onto older products regardless of Microsoft’s desire to kill them. So we expect plenty of users to carry on using older versions of Internet Explorer beyond this date. More fool them.

Google Ranks Secure Sites Higher In Search

Google is set to start rewarding secure websites with higher placement in search results. In an effort to persuade more companies to adopt HTTPS What Is HTTPS & How To Enable Secure Connections Per Default Security concerns are spreading far and wide and have reached the forefront of most everybody's mind. Terms like antivirus or firewall are no longer strange vocabulary and are not only understood, but also used by... Read More , websites which offer encrypted connections will soon be pushed up in the rankings, condemning those who refuse to switch to a less search-friendly future.

This is an agenda most people will support, because making the Web more secure How To Change Your DNS Servers & Improve Internet Security Imagine this - you wake up one beautiful morning, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then sit down at your computer to get started with your work for the day. Before you actually get... Read More for everyone can only be a good thing. However, this latest measure shows how much power Google wields in pushing through the practices it wants to see adopted. Which is great on this occasion, but could come back to bite us all on the ass later when the agenda is less agreeable.


Twitch Starts Muting Copyrighted Music

Twitch has taken a leaf out of YouTube’s book by starting to mute videos which contain copyrighted audio. Twitch now scans for any unauthorized music featured in a video, and mutes a 30-minute block in which the offending song appears. This could be a sign Twitch is preparing for an acquisition by Google Apple & Google Call Truce, AT&T Buys DirecTV, 3D-Printed Braille Phone [Tech News Digest] Apple and Google call a truce, AT&T buys DirecTV, Apple gets sued, YouTube circles Twitch, the world's first Braille phone launches, and Heathrow's T5 is renamed Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5. Read More .

Thankfully, this ruling only applies to recorded video, meaning live streams 10 Tips for Building an Audience for Your Live Streaming Channel Building a live streaming audience can be tricky. Here are some live streaming tips to maximize your chance of success. Read More are safe (for now). The decision to mute a section of video rather than take it down completely should also win Twitch some brownie points. However, the effort has received a negative reaction from many Twitch users, including the inimitable Francis, as featured in the NSFW video embedded above.

Netflix Overtakes HBO In One Key Way

Netflix has overtaken HBO in terms of subscriber revenue for the last quarter. As revealed by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix brought in $1.146 billion, while HBO brought in $1.141 billion.

Hastings was quick to clarify how HBO is winning in other ways, admitting, “They still kick our ass in profits and Emmy’s, but we are making progress.” If only all CEOs were as honest and upfront about things as Hastings.


Google Adds 36 Universities To Street View

Google has added 36 university campuses to Street View, all from across North America. The places of learning added to Street View include Brown University, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and Cornell University. The effort should help prospective students check out their new surroundings before arriving at their college of choice.

Microsoft Revisits 1994, Finds Ugly Website


Microsoft launched its first website in 1994, a year when the Internet was still struggling 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More to find mainstream adoption. And you can now see that debut effort in all its horrific glory by virtue of Microsoft republishing it in order to celebrate its first 20 years online. Doesn’t it make you thankful we’ve moved on somewhat?

Kanye West Drones On About His Daughter

And finally, whatever you may think of Kanye West, this is a man who knows what’s important in life. Which is his one-year-old daughter (good!) and her ability to go for a relaxing swim without being electrocuted by a paparazzi drone (er, what now?!).


In his deposition defending himself against a paparazzo, West mused, “Wouldn’t you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her? Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn’t understand how to remote control the drone over their house?

I don’t know about you but that’s always been my biggest concern about the increasing popularity of drones. Doesn’t it just make you envy the world of celebrity, where swimming pools and paparazzi drones are everyday concerns? No, us neither.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you pleased to see Microsoft act to end the use of old versions of Internet Explorer? Is Google right to rank secure sites higher in search results? Has Kanye West completely lost the plot?

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. Rob H
    August 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    “If we have learned anything from the ending of support for Windows XP, users will cling onto older products regardless of Microsoft’s desire to kill them.”

    It's sad that so many people are sticking with antique software. Computers and internet have a history of very rapid change and improvements. We may laugh at the example MS Web page from 1994 but in the context of the technology of the time it was leading-edge (and the global total number of websites was fewer than 10,000). Around that time I remember using web-browsers that had little or no inbuilt support for inline images, instead you viewed images with a helper app or in a separate window. Javascript hadn't been invented nor had CSS.

    I'm not a great fan of MS, only today I had to tweak a website that's fine in Firefox, Chrome, Safari but misbehaved in MSIE10 (and I can't get MSIE11 to work at all on my Win 7 PC). I've got no idea what that site is like in MSIE8. Given the choice of those other browsers all of which are superior to MSIE (and free) I just don't understand why anyone would choose to stay with any version of MSIE, never mind a 5 year old version. In my view MS are doing the right thing - giving a couple of years notice of their intention to end support. That's better than many other types of product. Most consumer goods come with one or two years warranty whereas MS continued to support WinXP for 12 years after original release, 5 years after its replacement by Vista.

    It's common with software for the authors to provide support for the current version and the previous release but not further back, MS are still supporting Vista, Win7 as well as current Win8 and we are hoping the see Win 9 next year.
    They're maintaining MSIE8 'till 2016 despite it having been superseded by versions 9, 10, 11 and V12 is on the way. As with XP, it's only support they're withdrawing, if you choose to continue to use it you can, just don't expect any more patches and bug fixes.

    I guess one reason I'm not keen on MS is exactly because they do pour so much resource into supporting obsolete software rather than keeping up with or even getting ahead of their competitors.

  2. T
    August 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Maybe after the novelty of the return silent film fades. (Once bored users abandon en-mass.) Twitch will come to their senses and only block copyrighted content that doesn't qualify for fair use protections.

  3. Brady D
    August 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Is there really sheeple out there who worship M$ as a God? I would like to try Ubuntu or the likes but not sure how to switch and what is most popular. I could use some help switching to linux or Ubuntu. I will go to ANSWERS and ask.

  4. dragonmouth
    August 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    "If some people choose to continue with a certain product, that doesn’t make them less human than anyone else. Perhaps it means they haven’t found any advantage in switching."
    Or perhaps they are sheeple who've been brainwashed that there is nothing else to use.

  5. dragonmouth
    August 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    "If we have learned anything from the ending of support for Windows XP, users will cling onto older products regardless of Microsoft’s desire to kill them."
    No, what we've learned is that M$ will do whatever M$ wants and to hell with the users. Too bad many of the useers are sheeple who, instead of showing M$ the middle digit and going elsewhere, continue in their servitude.

    • michel
      August 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Most organizations and companies are like this. For instance, for years and years and years users have been urging OPen/LibreOffice for an updated interface and real compatibility, and are met with active hostility in return. Ubuntu insists everybody should want the task panel on the left side and won't hear any arguments. Most internet commentators are like this, refusing to be swayed by facts or reason and clinging to their own blinkered opinions. If some people choose to continue with a certain product, that doesn't make them less human than anyone else. Perhaps it means they haven't found any advantage in switching.

    • T
      August 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      michel, The examples given don't seem to be great. I am involved in online communities where Open/Libre Office is a prevalent tool and topic and I haven't heard the criticisms you mentioned at all. Let alone from mass users. Nor do I understand what your saying unless you mean that the default file format should be Microsoft's rather that the one adopted by standards organizations and that the UI should be copied off from the latest versions of Microsoft's Office. I have heard a few complaints about the level of customization for Ubuntu's dock in Unity but there are so many fixes for it. The very nature of free open source software is that if you want any changes badly enough to hire a programmer or write some code then it is never a situation where the users can be forced/have to accept.