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Microsoft resorts to dirty tactics with Windows 10, Windows Phone is deader than a dead thing, Reddit introduces embeds on other sites, Edward Snowden says no to Allo, and the new Star Trek Beyond trailer debuts.
Windows 10 Upgrades Are Hard to Avoid
— Brad Chacos (@BradChacos) May 22, 2016
Microsoft is getting increasingly desperate in its bid to persuade us all to upgrade to Windows 10. And its latest effort employs dirty tactics, essentially fooling people into upgrading to Windows 10 by changing how the nagscreen works.
Up to now, users who don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 could just keep Microsoft happy by closing the nagscreen whenever it popped up. But that’s no longer the case. Now, closing the nagscreen means you’re giving Microsoft permission to upgrade your computer to Windows 10.
This is because the nagscreen now tells you Windows 10 is a Recommended Update which will be scheduled for a date sometime in the future. Clicking X, as you have been doing for the last six months, is you agreeing to the upgrade. In order to cancel it, you need to click the tiny link instead.
It isn’t clear whether Microsoft changed this on purpose in order to catch people out. And anyone caught out by this can downgrade to their previous OS for a limited time. However, it’s annoyed a lot people, including a host of angry Redditors, and Brad Chacos from PC World.
If Microsoft wants people not only to adopt Windows 10, but to actually love it, tricking them into installing it in the first place is not the way to go about things. So, if you see this new nagscreen, don’t blindly click the X in the top right-hand corner, click the link under the date instead.
Windows Phone Is Deader Than Dead
Just in case you were holding out some hope for Windows Phone, its market share shows it’s deader than a very dead thing. In the first quarter of 2015, Windows Phone managed a 2.5 percent market share. In the first quarter of 2016, Windows Phone managed a 0.7 percent market share.
This is all according to Gartner, which estimates that around 2.4 million Windows Phone handsets were bought in the last quarter, compared to the 8.6 million bought over the same period 12 months ago. Microsoft sold the vast majority of these handsets, so other manufacturers are doing even worse.
Microsoft seems to be taking a break from the mobile side of things, with no new Lumia handsets on the horizon. There are rumors of a Surface-branded handset being launched in 2017, but the time being at least, Microsoft’s mobile business is a complete non-entity. Which is why we stopped covering Windows Phone quite a while ago.
Embed Reddit Posts on Other Sites
Career Advice to Son:
Do something you love.
Do something with meaning.
Don’t read the Reddit comments.
— Dave Pell (@davepell) May 19, 2016
You can now embed Reddit posts on other sites, with live Reddit threads now shareable in their entirety. Love it or loathe it, Reddit often lives up to its promise of being “the front page of the Internet,” with a sizable portion of content you’ll see online having originated on Reddit.
As Reddit’s Mark Luckie told TechCrunch:
“The great thing about Reddit content is that it’s usually longer, it’s more insightful, more in-depth than you’ll see on other social platforms. You’re going to get a more robust conversation.”
Embeds should save people like me from having to make do with a screenshot and/or link to the site. And people like you, who read articles containing content sourced from Reddit, can now click through to Reddit directly rather than be directed there in a roundabout manner.
Edward Snowden Isn’t a Fan of Allo
Google's decision to disable end-to-end encryption by default in its new #Allo chat app is dangerous, and makes it unsafe. Avoid it for now.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 19, 2016
One of the many cool things Google revealed at Google I/O 2016 was Allo, a new messaging app designed to be used alongside all of its other messaging apps. Unfortunately, while Allo does offer end-to-end encryption, it has to be manually switched on. Unlike WhatsApp, which offers it as standard.
This lack of default end-to-end encryption has been noted by various people, including Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower turned privacy expert. As you can see in the tweet embedded above, Snowden calls Allo “dangerous” and “unsafe” in its current state, and recommends we, “Avoid it for now”.
Watch the New Star Trek Beyond Trailer
And finally, Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Star Trek Beyond, and this one takes a much more measured approach to the whole thing. The first trailer had people worried, as it was all loud music and mindless action, which is not what Star Trek is, or should be, about.
This trailer for Star Trek Beyond, directed by Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fame, is more refined, more relaxed, and more about the interplay between the various characters. Sure, there are still gunfights, explosions, and motorbikes, but at least it has shades of the Star Trek of old.
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