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Microsoft Wants To Be Loved, Kim Dotcom Launches MegaChat [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 23-01-2015

Microsoft needs some loving, Kim Dotcom launches MegaChat, Apple Watches your battery die, Ello adds media embeds, Amazon becomes Transparent, and old people play GTA V.


Microsoft Wants You To Love Windows 10

Microsoft desperately wants to be loved. And it’s hoping Windows 10 Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More is the key to sending geeks hearts a-fluttering. That is the message Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered to the throng of tech journalists assembled to see the latest tricks the company has up its sleeve Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10, HoloLens, Cortana On PC & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft reveals the future, with Windows 10, HoloLens, Cortana, and Spartan, BlackBerry wants app neutrality, Twitter launches While You Were Away, The Elder Scrolls Online is set free, and LittleBigPlanet does Game Of Thrones. Read More .

Nadella, who took over from Steve Ballmer Nadella Named, Facebook Filmed, Foursquare Fueled, Korea Kinected [Tech News Digest] Satya Nadella named CEO of Microsoft, Facebook turns 10, Twitter eyes e-commerce, Foursquare data to Windows, Google Now on Chrome Beta, and Kinect is guarding the border between North Korea and South Korea. Read More in 2014, said, “We have bigger hopes, higher aspirations for Windows. We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows, to loving Windows. That is our bold goal.” And that certainly is a bold goal at a time when most people merely put up with Windows because there’s arguably no better alternative.

As The Verge points out, even the very act of admitting it needs to be loved suggests a change of mindset at Microsoft. One that could propel Microsoft from always playing catch-up to actually leading the way in terms of innovating. Is it too early to say, “Your move, Apple“, or not?

Kim Dotcom Launches Encrypted Chat

Kim Dotcom’s company Mega has launched MegaChat, its latest product promising privacy and anonymity. MegaChat is, as the name suggests, an encrypted chat service. MegaChat is designed to be an alternative to the likes of Skype and Facetime, and has launched with both audio and video chat options.

MegaChat is a Web app which allows registered users to chat to each other in a private and secure channel. Although it’s currently in beta, MegaChat appears to be handling the influx of users remarkably well.


Dotcom hopes MegaChat will help Mega grow from its current userbase of 15 million people to a whopping 150 million people. At which point British Prime Minister David Cameron will likely seek to ban it Why Snapchat & iMessage Could Really Be Banned In The UK Speaking to a room full of party activists in Nottingham, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that encryption for messaging would be banned should his party gain a majority at the next General Election. Read More .

The Apple Watch Battery Life Sucks

Rumors over the battery life of 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 have surfaced online, and they’ll likely leave a lot of potential buyers bitterly disappointed. Quoting “people with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development,9to5Mac suggests the Apple Watch will only last a few hours before needing to be recharged.

With heavy use of applications, the battery on the Apple Watch will last around 2.5 hours. With standard app use that increases to 3.5 hours, and with use of the fitness tracker Google Fit Review: Will This App Make You Healthier? Google's entry into the smartphone health craze is here: Google Fit. Let's take a look at what makes it unique and how it stacks up against the competition. Read More that increases to 4 hours. Apple is still trying to squeeze 19 hours of mixed usage out of the Apple Watch, but based on the current figures that looks highly unlikely.

Ello Adds Music & Video Sharing

Privacy-focused social network Ello has added the ability for users to share music and video clips in their news feeds. Unfortunately, this is likely to be a classic case of too little, too late for the insignificant pretender to Facebook’s giant crown.


Despite receiving hyperbolic press coverage Meet Ello: The Hip New Social Network You Need To Know About It has been said that when a social network makes a small change, it cause a schism, sending users fleeing elsewhere. They're heading to Read More at launch, Ello is currently a ghost-town. In fact, Ello makes Google+ look like it’s positively overflowing with activity It's Not Really Dead: 7 Reasons To Start Using Google+ Today I wake up in the morning, and check what's new on Google+. Yes, really. Google is putting a lot of brawn and brains behind the social network everyone loves to hate, and it shows. Read More . So, while music and video is always a nice addition to any site, we doubt it will change Ello’s ultimate fate.

Stream Transparent For Free This Weekend

Amazon is streaming all 10 episodes of Transparent for free this Saturday (Jan. 24). The Amazon exclusive series, which recently won two Golden Globes, will be available to watch in its entirety from 12:01am ET until 11:59pm PT on Saturday. Prepare to get binge-watching A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More !

Transparent, a dark comedy drama about a family man who comes out as transgender, is normally only available to Amazon Prime subscribers. As part of this promotion, Amazon is also reducing the price of an annual subscription to Prime to $72 (from its usual $99 Is Amazon Prime Worth Your Money? We Help You Decide! Amazon Prime is a big deal. But is it worth the money you pay for it? We answer your questions and concerns. Read More ) for the 24 hours.

Watch Old People Play Grand Theft Auto V

And finally, old people generally don’t understand the lure of video games, and even fewer understand the lure of Grand Theft Auto V 8 Reasons Why I'm Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming] Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don't know when it's... Read More . However, this video acts as proof that the only reason many of them don’t understand violent games is ignorance. That’s to say they have never actually played the games in question.


These elders were sat down in front of GTA V The Games, TV Shows, Movies, & Technology That Influenced GTA V As with every medium, video games are heavily influenced by other things, and there are plenty of examples of this in GTA V. Read More with only minor instructions. It was then up to them to figure out the controls and decide what to actually do in the game. They all ended up going on killing sprees before being wasted or busted. And the majority loved every minute of it.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Can you see yourself ever loving Windows? Do you plan on using MegaChat? Were you hoping for a longer battery life on the Apple Watch? Do you remember Ello?

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. sam
    January 28, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Windows 10 is last chance, hate tiles in 8-8.1 will move to linux

  2. Id
    January 26, 2015 at 1:06 am

    to hide word in the laptop I just bought and then ask me to pay for it, very questionable business practice, thanks to youtube for the tutorials

  3. Leah
    January 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I like Microsoft and I hear they're going to give Windows 10 for free to users of 7 and 8.1. I like that. So, no, not a stretch for me to love them.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      They are, at least for the first year. I'm guessing they want Apple-like levels of fanboyism though, and I'm not sure I see that happening.

  4. dragonmouth
    January 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    "Microsoft Wants You To Love Windows 10"
    Sorry, Microsoft. The days of "You WILL love Windows" are long gone. You want love, you have to earn it.

    "change of mindset at Microsoft. One that could propel Microsoft from always playing catch-up to actually leading the way in terms of innovating."
    A mindset change could propel MS into the lead, but it won't. One does not turn a supertanker on a dime. One does not change the mindset or culture of a company the size of MS overnight. The culture is too entrenched.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      I certainly think it'll take years for the mindset to change at Microsoft, but they have to start somewhere, and Nadella certainly seems to have different ideas to what Gates or Ballmer had.

    • dragonmouth
      January 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Nadella is just the hired help. He does not take a dump without Mr. Bill's blessing.

      As to the mindset, we'll both be wormfood before that changes much. Come to think of it, I wonder who is Mr. Bill's heir-apparent. Because that could cause a seismic shift at Microsoft.

  5. Anon
    January 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Micosoft would receive love if they would stop being user hostile. In thier war on piracy they have a tendancy to shoot first and verify if your a legitimate user or not later.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      That is true, or at least it has been. But the company seems to be relaxing on things such as ownership and free upgrades, so I suspect even this will change in time.