Microsoft Sells Windows 10 With Babies, AshleyMadison Gets Hacked, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Selling Windows 10 to babies, Hackers vs. Cheaters, HitchBOT goes on a road trip, Stephen Colbert gets text adventurous, and Doom gets its Inception moment.
Microsoft Markets Windows 10 to Babies
Windows 10 is being launched on July 29th, with Windows Insiders being the first recipients , followed by anyone sensible enough to have reserved their free Windows 10 upgrade . With the launch of Windows 10 being so close, it’s high time Microsoft produced some ads selling Windows 10 to the masses.
Lo and behold, the first set of Windows 10 ads have arrived, and they all feature… babies. This doesn’t mean Microsoft is marketing Windows 10 to babies, or even parents of young children. Instead, the babies are used to highlight two factors that differentiate Windows 10 from its predecessors.
First, Windows 10 is set to be the last version of Windows ever , with updates keeping the operating system fresh for many years to come. Therefore, these young children will grow up using Windows 10, or, more accurately, just “Windows”. Secondly, Microsoft sees Windows 10 as offering “a more human way” of working. So, passwords will become a thing of past, Cortana offers a personal assistant which learns as time goes by, and Edge allows more interaction with the Web .
These ads will air in the U.S. from today (July 20th) and elsewhere around the world from July 29th. The meaning behind them may not be instantly obvious, but it’s actually a rather clever campaign which takes a leaf out of Apple’s advertising playbook under Steve Jobs. Oh, how times have changed.
AshleyMadison Cheaters Get Hacked
AshleyMadison, a website which openly encourages married people to cheat on their partners, has been hacked. The site, which boasts the tagline, “Life Is Short. Have An Affair,” has 37 million members, all of whom supposedly want an easy way of finding fellow adulterers. This hack comes just two months after AdultFriendFinder was attacked .
Hackers calling themselves The Impact Team claim to have obtained masses of data from the site, including personal information and financial records. The hackers posted a sample of the data it has obtained from Avid Life Media, which owns AshleyMadison, Cougar Life, and Established Men, but that has since been taken down. However, the threat to release all of the stolen data is very much still alive.
According to Krebs on Security, the hackers claim the Full Delete feature, which charges users $19 to erase their profile, is the main reason for the attack, alleging, “Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie. Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed”.
HitchBOT Travels Across the USA
HitchBOT is currently making his way across the United States of America, and he needs your help to complete the journey. HitchBOT is a friendly dustbin-shaped robot from Port Credit, Ontario, Canada, whose sole aim is to get from A to B. While also subtly conducting a social experiment.
HitchBOT previously hitchhiked across Canada thanks to the generosity of strangers. And now he has embarked on an epic journey across the U.S., from Salem, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California. So, if you see HitchBot sat by the side of the road, pull over and offer him a lift. Please. For humanity.
Play the Stephen Colbert Text Adventure
Stephen Colbert is almost ready to take over The Late Show from David Letterman, who retired in May. But not quite. While he and his team of writers are working on the new show, you can get your Colbert fix by playing Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet.
This is a text adventure made using Twine, a browser-based tool which allows anyone to create interactive fiction. You start the game by exploring Colbert’s CBS offices, before discovering the titular man-sized cabinet. What you do from there is completely (within the confines of the pre-written plot) up to you.
Doom Inserted Into Doom
And finally, a modder called TheZombieKiller has inserted a playable version of Doom inside Doom. As can be seen in the video above, this means you can walk up to the Doom arcade machine while playing Doom, and carry on playing Doom in Doom. Yes, it’s Doomception, obviously.
This is part of a project called Classic Arcade, which aims to create “various ACS-based arcade machines in Doom”. As well as Doom, a semi-complete version of Wolfenstein 3D is available to play. More information on Classic Arcade is available on the ZDoom forums.
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