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Microsoft Kills Windows 7, HP Reveals MB Chronowing, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 03-11-2014

Also, locating veins made easier, Google Play Books starts skimming, playing the Internet Arcade collection, and Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.


Windows 7 Is Dead, Long Live Windows 7

Microsoft has stopped selling Windows 7 despite its continuing popularity. Licenses for Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate will no longer be sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), with Oct. 31, 2014 marking the “End of sales for PCs with Windows [7] preinstalled.” This is in line with the Windows lifecycle, and comes one year after Microsoft stopped selling retail copies of Windows 7.

Most manufacturers had already stopped installing Windows 7 Windows 7 Comeback, Yahoo On Top, iPhone 6 Phablet [Tech News Digest] Windows 7 makes a comeback, Yahoo beats Google, Apple plays hardball with Samsung, the iPhone 6 is rumored to be a phablet, Feedly throws new features at us, and the Jamaican bobsled team go crowdfunding. Read More on their machines, but this removes the option altogether. It means that people wanting to purchase a computer with Windows 7 preinstalled on it should do so as soon as possible before the remaining stock sells out.

Microsoft might be keen to move on from Windows 7, but it seems consumers are perfectly happy with the OS. The latest operating system market share figures from Net Applications show Windows 7 having grown in October 2014, adding 0.34 points to sit at 53.05 percent. Windows 8/8.1 also rose, adding 4.54 points to sit at 16.80 percent. The big loser in all this is Windows XP Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest] RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Read More , which dropped a whopping 6.69 points to hit 17.18 percent overall. And about time too.

HP Unveils MB Chronowing Smartwatch


Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its first smartwatch, but the MB Chronowing bears little resemblance to the Apple Watch iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More or Android Wear options Which Android Wear Smartwatch Is Best For You? In the market for an Android Wear smartwatch? Let's compare all the options available now and make the decision easy. Read More . The MB Chronowing is a smartwatch as built with tradition and fashion in mind instead of gadget geekiness, which means it should appeal to lovers of classic wristwatches.


The MB Chronowatch is the result of a collaboration between HP and fashion designer Michael Bastian (hence the MB in the name). It features a real dial telling the time, with a black-and-white LCD screen showing notifications of texts, emails, and other incoming updates. There is no microphone, no heart-rate monitor, and no step-counter.

This lack of unnecessary functions means the battery lasts for up to seven days, but it’s still not cheap. The basic model is priced at $349 with a choice of leather, rubber, or nylon straps, while a limited-edition sapphire glass crystal version will set you back $649. The MB Chronowing will be available to buy from from Nov. 7, 2014.

Australian Red Cross Locates Veins

The Australian Red Cross is trialing vein visualization technology that could make it much easier for nurses to find a vein when they need to take blood. The technique uses a near-infrared light that detects the hemoglobin in blood to create a detailed picture of where a person’s veins are located.

It’s currently being tested on blood donors at two Australian healthcare providers. The aim is to reduce anxiety in donors, making them more likely to come back and donate blood in the future. The video above shows how the technology works.


Google Play Books Updated For Skimming

Google has updated the Google Play Books eReader app to make it easier to read non-fiction books. While traditional fiction is read from start to finish, non-fiction such as textbooks and cookbooks require a more scattergun approach. Hence a number of features designed to make it easier to read non-fiction eBooks.

The updated Google Play Books app adds a ‘Skim’ mode allowing you to flip through a book at speed rather than from page-to-page, ‘Quick Bookmarks’ which would be the equivalent of folding down the corners of multiple pages, and the ability to view all of your notes on one page for easy access. Come on Amazon, Kindle needs this too.

Play Arcade Games At The Internet Archive


The Internet Archive now contains 900 arcade games that can be played for free in your Web browser. The Internet Arcade features classic titles from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, such as Pac-Man, OutRun, and Golden Axe. There was I thinking was the pinnacle of online arcade gaming Waste Away Your Life Playing All The Games On [Weird & Wonderful Web] There are so many games on you could easily waste away your life trying to play them all. Read More , but the Internet Archive has just upped the ante.


Grumpy Cat’s Worst Trailer Ever

And finally, we all know the Internet loves cats, but a new Lifetime movie could prove to be the straw the breaks the camel’s cat’s back. The video above shows the full trailer for Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which is certainly ‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Movie Ever’, and quite possibly ‘The Worst Movie Ever Made’. Wait, no, that’s Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. My mistake.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you going to miss Windows 7? Will you be buying the MB Chronowing from HP? Is the Grumpy Cat movie trailer the worst movie trailer you have ever seen?

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. zeroday1
    April 6, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I have to say that I am very displeased Microsoft has chosen to end full support for Windows 7. It was predicated on an entirely fresh and amazingly seamless new experience for desktop users---something that I'm sure many of us end-users will agree was a mile-stone that we feel Microsoft finally got right with the entire OS-Build as a whole-------and now they won't even offer extended support for it after 5 more years?!

    I'm sorry but IMHO Microsoft has chosen to drop Windows 7 way too soon!

    After all the hiccups and bugs that plagued the many builds prior to the release of Win7, when it was released it was the breath of fresh air that many pc-users the world over had long been waiting for and whom, the majority of, have now eagerly adopted with open-arms because of it finally being stable enough to facilitate a decent desktop experience.
    Windows 7 still has a multitude of potential with various business and educational applications alike and is still highly favored among pc-users in the Windows community.

    After all the heartaches we also put up with regarding Windows Media Player-------that too seems to be finally void of the hang-ups and crashes so prevalent in the builds prior to Win 7.

    With all that Windows 7 still brings to the table and considering the fact that it has been aggressively adopted as a trust-worthy desktop operating system by a large percentage of residential and business-users alike--------it baffles me completely that Microsoft would choose to get rid of something that essentially works great and still offers plenty of modern capabilities through a build that has proven its stability and stood the test of time thus far.
    The technology Windows 7 is built upon is far superior to that of all its predecessors---yet somehow Microsoft expects us to believe that it’s absolutely necessary to now get rid of it?!

    I don't like this one bit!

    Microsoft has a history of dropping the ball right when things seem to be working out for the better-------and now it wants to drop one of the best working desktop operating systems it has ever created to date-------all for the sake of a few technological advances, that aren't even garnering that much appeal for the everyday computer user that just needs a solid system that works?!

    Instead of steam-rolling the perfectly fine-working Windows 7 product and effectively dismantling it so soon after its huge success-------wouldn't it have done some good to keep Windows 7 around for a lot longer than any of its shoddy predecessors, simply due to its amazing success alone?!-------Never mind the fact that it really is a solid operating system that, again, still has loads of potential.

    I think Microsoft is being very, very, and dare I say it again, Very Unfair with regard to the length of time it has sought not to keep Windows 7 as a viable contender and sustainable software product!

    This comes down to a few things in my opinion:

    1) Maybe the NSA really has a choke-hold on Microsoft, despite any fronts the company itself might maintain for the public in front of the camera's...

    2) Maybe Microsoft is finally realizing how lazy it is because it no longer wants to spend the necessary time to develop and test solid updates that don't crash and burn users systems as has been so typical of them in recent years...

    3) They really don't care all that much about the consumer but instead care more about their profitability at our expense and thus could care less if they keep forcing us to buy a new product, even though the one we already possess works just fine the way it is...

    Whatever response Microsoft will give to this reply, there is nothing it can say to convince me to change my mind from the fact that they've decided to pull the plug on this one way too soon...

    What a low-down dirty shame, if you ask me!

    And now, since I seem to not have any choice but to morn over this soon to be huge loss, I've already started working on my sincerest condolences for the up and coming death of my beloved Windows 7 platform...

    "I'm so sorry were like my new best friend in the whole world...but now I'm afraid you've been diagnosed with a disease called Microsoft-aphylococcus and you will soon die. Please know you will always be remembered for the good times we had..."

    R.I.P. Windows 7 -- Rest In Peace : ( : ( : (

  2. gus
    November 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    A smaller version is in the market that our hospital uses to great advantage. Wonderful technology!

  3. gus
    November 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    This is in our rural hospital NOW!. Works wonderfully. My own veins are very hard to access. I need one for use @ other places, too. A real boon to the medics.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Wow, that's impressive. This is the first time I've heard of it, and judging by the coverage, it's the first time most other people have heard of it too.

  4. Shmoosh
    November 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I'm glad to see near-infrared technology is finding so many applications. I use a similar technique to visualize changes in blood flow in the human brain. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of it in the coming years.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I certainly hope so. It's pretty amazing we can see right through people's skin at this point.

  5. Shawn
    November 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I had an MRI about 6 months ago and BAM! A light showing all my veins popped out!
    It finally made sense why it was always difficult to get a needle in; my veins zig-zag back and forth overlapping one another.

    Thanks Dr McCoy

    • Dave Parrack
      November 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      This is cool tech I think we can all get behind. I hate having blood drawn for this very reason.

    • Tinkicker
      November 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

      I can't wait for this tech to become commonplace...I stopped going by the big blood drive buses that stop at local stores and businesses because one young lady had so much trouble locating a vein that she ending up punching right through one on the third try.
      THAT is freakin' painful!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Eeesh, that sounds extremely painful. Anything that encourages people to give blood has to be a good thing, so I hope this takes off.