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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10, Paypal Splits From eBay, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 01-10-2014

Also, Samsung faces GapGate controversy, Grooveshark guilty of copyright infringement, Spotify launches in Canada, and Jeff Goldblum sells LED lightbulbs.


Windows 10: One OS To Rule Them All

Microsoft has revealed its future plans for Windows, previewing the all-encompassing Windows 10. The biggest surprise is the name, with Windows 9 being skipped in favor of the more-momentous sounding Windows 10. The rest is pretty much as expected What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized In a few weeks, Microsoft will release its first official preview of Windows 9, code-named Threshold. Let's see whether this new Windows incarnation could meet your needs. Read More , with the various leaks in recent months giving away much of Microsoft’s strategy in making the world fall in love with Windows once again.

Windows 10 will run across multiple devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones and tablets. Even the Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More will, at some point in the future, be powered by Windows 10. Whilst the core components will be identical regardless of device, each form factor will feature a user interface tailored specifically for it. This could be a killer combination of universality and differentiation.

The Start menu is back, combining the list of apps as seen on older versions of Windows with the live tiles as seen on Windows 8. Other features include an improved Snap helping you pin apps side-by-side, multiple desktops for quickly switching between projects, and Continuum for users of two-in-one devices. All of the app stores will be consolidated into one, meaning an app released on Windows 10 will work on all compatible devices.

This feels like Microsoft looking to its past in order to secure its future. On first viewing it appears Windows 10 should appeal across the board, catering to XP advocates 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More , Windows 7 fans, and those who grew to appreciate Windows 8. This strategy of one Windows for all is a gamble, but one which could pay off in a big way. Assuming, of course, it actually works.

Windows 10 will be released sometime in 2015, but adventurous early-adopters can sign up for the Windows Insider Program from today (Oct. 1).


NB: With Windows Phone now marked for death, it turns out our decision to stop covering Microsoft’s mobile operating system MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More was rather prescient.

PayPal Splits From eBay

EBay is spinning PayPal off into its own public company, with the two existing side-by-side from sometime in late 2015. CEO John Donahoe will step down and join the boards of the two new companies. After the split, Devin Wenig will run eBay, and Dan Schulman will run PayPal. As part of the deal, shareholders will receive one share of each new company for each share of eBay 11 Critical Tips on How to Sell More on eBay eBay is one of the top online shopping sites. You may be a seasoned seller on eBay, or you may have just started with your eBay seller career, these tips can help boost your profits. Read More they currently own.

Samsung Suffers Galaxy Note 4 GapGate

First we had BendGate Trolling Apple: The 18 Best Reactions To The iPhone 6 Bending [Weird & Wonderful Web] Apple was trolled hard over the iPhone 6 Plus bending, and we have compiled the best reactions to BendGate just for you. Read More , and now we have GapGate. While BendGate was all about allegations the iPhone 6 bends too easily, GapGate is all about the space between the screen and the casing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

While some are describing this as a design flaw, Samsung maintains this is a “necessary manufacturing feature,” and that “friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.” We won’t know for sure how much of a problem this is until the Galaxy Note 4 launches in more territories during October.


Grooveshark Guilty Of Copyright Infringement

Grooveshark has been found guilty of copyright infringement, with a federal judge in New York granting summary judgment in favor of the major record labels in a case dating back to 2011.

According to The New York Times, the judge found Grooveshark liable for copyright infringement as its own employees had “uploaded a total of 5,977 of the labels’ songs without permission.” While songs uploaded by users are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act What Is the Digital Media Copyright Act? Read More (DMCA), songs uploaded by employees of the company are not.

Damages are to be set at a later date, and Grooveshark faces further lawsuits filed by the music industry. All of which puts the future of the company in doubt.

Spotify Available To Everyone In Canada

Spotify has officially launched in Canada almost three months after its arrival was teased with a period of beta testing. Everyone resident in Canada can now sign up to use the basic version of the music streaming service, with Spotify Premium priced at CAD$10 a month.


It may have taken three years for Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More to move north after launching in the U.S. but it’s better late than never, eh?

Jeff Goldblum Sells LED Lightbulbs

And finally, lightbulbs may not be the most exciting of gadgets, but that’s nothing a good ad can’t fix. As proven by this ad for GE Link smart lightbulbs Brighten Your Home With Smart Lamps: Here Are Your Options What exactly is a smart lamp, and what's out there? Read More , with actor Jeff Goldblum playing a camp, arrogant, self-obsessed version of himself. Perhaps this is the real Jeff Goldblum. We’ll never know for sure, but we do know a good ad when we see it.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is Microsoft on the right track with Windows 10? Do you think GapGate is potentially more serious than BendGate? Which country would you like to see Spotify launch in next?

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. averyvh
    October 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    gapgate? really? my moto G has the same gap, my nexus 7 has the same gap, my laptop has a gap along its edges. Do I care? NO. People are trashing Android fanboys for talking about BendGate but this is absurd. At least Android devices aren't bent.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

      There may be an element of tit-for-tat here, with Apple fans getting their own back on Android fans by ramping up this problem. But we'll know for sure once the Galaxy Note 4 is released outside of Korea.

  2. Chinmay S
    October 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    What happened to Windows 9 Developer Preview?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Well, it's no longer relevant. It's all about the Windows 10 Technical Preview now!

  3. Brian
    October 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I am encouraged by yesterday's presentation. I am okay with Windows 8 and found that much of what Windows users are familiar with actually exists within 8.1. The problem was that most users, especially business users, don't have the time or interest in learning a new UI ("I've got work to accomplish, I don't have time for this, it doesn't help"). Microsoft's mistake was that they overwhelmed the user base with too much to learn in a single version release. I look forward to seeing the return of some features from Win7, particularly the floating traditional windows and the task switcher. My laptop has a touch screen and there are apps and tasks where touch and gestures are the most efficient method of interaction. That said, I believe the integration of touch, traditional mouse and keyboard, and legacy "old school" funtionality will make for a killer OS that will anyone to create a personal and comfortable user experience.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

      I really hope Windows 10 proves to be a killer OS. I guess we won't know for sure until it's out in the wild, but, as you say, the elements all seem to be in place.

  4. likefunbutnot
    October 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Looking at the propposed feature set for Windows 10, there doesn't appear to be THAT much new or different for end users. That may actually be fine. Windows is mature technology. It doesn't have to set the world on fire so long as it's incrementally better than the current version. As somebody who actually likes Windows 8, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the preview of Windows 10.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I agree with that. Windows 10 looks to me at least like a good compromise between Windows 7 and Windows 8. Which is exactly what I was hoping for. The move to make apps work across all devices could be a masterstroke.