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Microsoft Trashes Google Chrome, The Feds Cover Their Webcams…

Dave Parrack 16-09-2016

Today’s technology news at a glance: Microsoft trashes Google, the Feds cover their webcams, kids sue over Facebook photos, Lenovo hates on the competition, and Conan identifies the problem with Apple AirPods.


Microsoft Fights Back Against Google Chrome

Microsoft and Google are continuing their war of words (and videos) over which company produces the best web browser. Google Chrome is the market leader by a huge margin, but Microsoft claims Edge has the edge in terms of performance.

This all kicked off in June when Microsoft claimed Chrome eats up battery life Google Diagnoses Your Symptoms, Microsoft Condemns Chrome... [Tech News Digest] Google helps you determine what's wrong with you, Microsoft condemns Chrome's battery life, Facebook pulls a sneaky Messenger trick, Google makes 2SV suck less, and the first trailer for Westworld. Read More like Pac-Man eats dots. Greedily and without pausing for breath. A full three months later, Google retaliated by defending Chrome Google Defends Chrome Killing Batteries, Skype Teams Copies Slack... [Tech News Digest] Google goes to war with Microsoft, Skype Teams is basically Slack, Yelp launches its first bug bounty, Instagram kills its popular Photo Map feature, and a more accurate Pokemon GO trailer. Read More , and showing just how much its own browser has improved over the last year.

Now, it’s time for Round 2, with Microsoft once again putting the boot in.

This time the company tested Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera on Surface Books streaming Netflix videos. And, lo and behold, Microsoft claims Edge outperformed all of its rivals. Edge lasted 8 hours and 47 minutes, Opera lasted 7 hours and 8 minutes, Chrome lasted 6 hours and 3 minutes, and Firefox lasted 5 hours and 11 minutes.

Of course, battery life isn’t everything, and some would argue it’s preferable to use Chrome for 6 hours than it is to use Edge for 8 hours. Our advice? Try all of the browsers available to you Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More and stick with the one you like the most. Simple.


The FBI Warns You to Cover Your Webcams

You probably know someone who covers their webcam when they’re not using it. You may in the past have asked them why they do it. And when they told you it was to stop people spying on them you probably thought they were just being a little bit paranoid. But it turns out they may be the sensible ones after all.

Why? Because even James Comey, the Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Intelligence), covers his webcams. And if the man in charge of the Feds is doing it, then you sure as hell should be doing it too.

According to The Hill, Comey was recently asked, “Do you still have a piece of tape over your cameras at home?” To which he replied, “Heck yeah, heck yeah. You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen,” he added. “They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing”.

Comey isn’t the only person to have admitted covering their webcam either, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outing himself Apple Ditches the Headphone Jack, Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Over Webcam... [Tech News Digest] Apple plans to kill the headphone jack, Mark Zuckerberg covers his webcam with tape, Twitter lets verified users Engage, Apple will fund your next eBook spending spree, and Jerry Seinfeld's apartment is Doomed. Read More as “one of those people” earlier this year. And it turns out there are plenty of reasons to cover your webcam right now Why You Should Disable or Cover Your Webcam Right Now If you aren't careful, hackers can easily gain access to your webcam and spy on you without your knowledge. So you have two options: disable the camera or cover it up. Read More . No, now. Do it!


Your Kids Could Sue Over Facebook Photos

New parents have a tendency to post photos of their children on Facebook. Lots and lots of photos of their children, in fact. Much to the annoyance of the rest of us 7 Types Of People Who Deserve An Immediate Facebook Unfriending A lot of people post nonsense on Facebook. Nonsense that really should get them unfriended, by you, immediately. Do your friends do these things? It might be time. Read More . But there is now a legitimate reason to stop doing this, beyond just the desire not to bore your friends and family with pictures of your odious offspring.

An 18-year-old woman from Austria is currently suing her parents over the embarrassing photos of her they shared on Facebook. She claims it’s an invasion of her privacy, especially as they didn’t seek her permission before posting them. Which, to be fair, is rather tricky when you’re talking about a toddler.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told The Local, “They knew no shame and no limit. They didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot — every stage was photographed and then made public. I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents”.

So, there’s something to think about the next time you’re poised to post endless pictures of your kids online without their prior knowledge.


Lenovo Wants You to Skip the Sevens

Faced with stiff competition in the smartphone department, Lenovo is coming out fighting. While Apple and Samsung make all the headlines, Lenovo reckons its handsets are actually better. But how to convince the general population that there’s life beyond the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7?

A campaign headlined “Skip the Sevens,” that’s how. There are full-page ads in newspapers, and a series of video ads showing just what the Moto Z has to offer over and above the “Sevens” currently on sale. Lenovo maintains the people in this focus group are real too. If you can believe it.

The Moto Z does indeed have a lot to offer. The Moto Mods, which are basically snap-on covers which upgrade the handset in some way, are especially cool. And pretty unique in light of Google killing Project Ara Samsung Recalls the Galaxy Note 7, Google Kills Project Ara... [Tech News Digest] Samsung recalls the Galaxy Note 7 over faulty batteries, Google shelves Project Ara, Apple is removing dysfunctional apps from iTunes, Instagram adds pinch-to-zoom, and why YouTubers are freaking out right now. Read More .

So, will this somewhat snarky campaign against the market leaders make an difference? We doubt it very much, especially as people are literally queuing around the block for the iPhone 7.


The Problem With Apple AirPods…

And finally, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus No headphone port, water and dust resistance, and Apple's best camera yet -- this is the iPhone 7. Read More are both now available, and there’s not a headphone jack in sight. Why? Because Apple wants to sell you some shiny new AirPods, the wireless equivalent of the EarPods. Apart from being fugly, there’s just one problem with the Apple AirPods. As Conan O’Brien wryly observes in this mocking take on the old iPod ads…

The fact is you are going to lose your new AirPods at some point. Whether down the loo, down a drain, or under people’s feet. Or maybe you’ll have them snatched out of your ears in a new style mugging. Regardless, Apple will be more than happy to sell you some replacements. And more replacements. And more replacements. Until you give up and buy an Android 5 Reasons to Choose Android Over iPhone If you’re looking at buying a smartphone, you’re probably going to buy an Android device or an iPhone (sorry, Microsoft). What’s the difference, and which should you choose? We recently gave the pro-iPhone side of... Read More .

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you prefer Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome? Do you cover your webcam? Have you posted embarrassing photos of your kids on Facebook? Will you be buying a Moto Z instead of an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7? Has Conan identified the biggest problem with the Apple AirPods?

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  1. Squalle
    September 18, 2016 at 5:39 am

    So the Micro$oft video shows "identical" computers. I don't think that's really a thing. There are way too many things about computers to make them identical. Maybe they should do the same test with each browser on each laptop and see what happens then.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

      That's not a bad idea actually. But then it could be argued any previous actions had slowed down the computer in some way for the subsequent tests, so Microsoft could never win that one!