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 like Pac-Man eats dots. Greedily and without pausing for breath. A full three months later, Google retaliated by defending Chrome, 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 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 as “one of those people” earlier this year. And it turns out there are plenty of reasons to cover your webcam right now. 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. 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.
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 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.
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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