Microsoft asks for feedback, Facebook goes Live 24/7, Amazon starts penny-pinching, Spotify gets more generous, and how Uncharted 4 would look in real life.
What Do You Really Think of Windows 10?
Somehow my PC just auto updated to Windows 10…. Uhhh wtf?
— Destin Legarie (@DestinLegarie) May 23, 2016
Do you love Windows 10 with a passion and find it strange not everybody has taken advantage of the free upgrade (available until July 29)? Or do you hate Windows 10 and wish you had never even bothered trying it before reverting back to your previous operating system? Either way, Microsoft wants to hear your opinions.
The company is seeking views on Windows 10 via the Feedback Hub, an app that’s now available on the Windows Store. Feedback Hub, which was previously only available to members of the Windows Insider program, lets you offer feedback to the people responsible for Windows 10, and that feedback could help improve Microsoft latest OS moving forward into the future.
As Microsoft explains on the Feedback Hub Windows Store page:
“Help us make Windows better! Provide feedback about Windows and apps by sharing your suggestions or problems. If you want to be even more involved, then join the Windows Insider Programme and keep up with the latest alerts and announcements, rate the builds, participate in feedback Quests, and earn badges.”
Feedback Hub isn’t intended to be used as a personal tech support app, but instead as a repository to offer more general feedback, report bugs, and generally help Microsoft make Windows 10 better. Which, given how many people are suddenly finding themselves being upgraded against their will, is an absolute must.
Stream Live on Facebook 24/7
Facebook is upping the time limit for Facebook Live videos from 90 minutes to infinity. According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video API will let people broadcast live on Facebook continuously. The only caveat being these streams will not be stored on Facebook’s servers, so these streams will only exist in the moment.
Facebook’s head of video, Fidji Simo, said:
“We’ve already seen some interesting use cases — for example, it was used by explore.org to power nature cameras — and we’re looking forward to seeing what Live API developers come up with in the future. We expect developers and publishers to get creative with this new capability.”
As well as the ability to stream live 24/7, Facebook is also adding a feature called “geogating,” which allows broadcasters to limit who can watch a video based on their location. And for the shorter content, Facebook is adding a visual timeline tracking the reactions and comments, allowing new viewers to essentially skip to the good part.
All of which combines to demonstrate just how serious Facebook is taking its move into live video. If the social network gets Facebook Live right it could knock several other apps and services out of commission thanks to having a ready-made audience of 1.6 billion people.
Amazon Stops Price-Matching
Amazon has been estimated to alter its prices more than 2.5 million times daily.
— Facts In Your Face (@FactsInYourFace) May 17, 2016
Amazon has stopped price-matching on everything but televisions. Formerly, many people were given refunds if the price of an item they had bought dropped within seven days. I myself was awarded a refund, without ever requesting one, when I purchased Guitar Hero Live last year.
However, as first noticed by Reddit, Amazon is no longer honoring refund requests for any products other than televisions. The company told Recode these price-matching refunds were only ever offered as an “exception,” but they appear to have been handed out more often than not.
The blame for this change of policy is being pinned squarely on services such as Earny and Paribus, which track prices and automatically request refunds. Either way, this is likely to put people off from purchasing expensive items from Amazon without shopping around a little first.
Spotify Improves Its Family Plan
Spotify’s family plan is becoming a much more inviting prospect for potential subscribers. Previously, Spotify offered 50 percent off for every additional family member. So, the primary user would pay $9.99-per-month, but the second, and third, etc. would each pay $5-a-month.
Now, Spotify is allowing six family members to subscribe together for $14.99-per-month, which is better value for anyone other than a couple, who will pay exactly the same amount as they were doing previously. This offer is available everywhere except Canada, which is excluded for unexplained reasons.
This brings Spotify’s family plan in line with that of Apple Music, which we suspect is the whole reason for the change.
Watch Uncharted 4 In Real Life
And finally, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is now out, and is, by all accounts, an amazing game. Unfortunately, this is set to be the final game in the series, with Naughty Dog keen to move onto something new. But the fans aren’t going to let Nathan Drake and co. go quite so easily.
This short film offers a live-action version of Uncharted 4, with real people recreating the visual language of the game. It was all filmed in a single take using a drone, and the behind-the-scenes video shows just how much work went into it. Now all we need is a feature-length Uncharted movie. [H/T GamesRadar]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
What feedback will you be giving Microsoft regarding Windows 10? What do you want to watch 24/7 on Facebook Live? Is Amazon right to stop refunding the difference? Are you tempted by Spotify’s new family plan? Would you like to see the Uncharted series turned into a movie?
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