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Microsoft Rejects Windows 10 Privacy Concerns, Project Spark Goes Free… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 29-09-2015

Microsoft counters Windows 10 criticism, Project Spark will soon be completely free, the iPhone 6s may actually be waterproof, Facebook suffers another major outage, Coca-Cola pays for emoji, and The X-Files is back.


Microsoft Explains Windows 10 Privacy

Within days of Microsoft launching Windows 10, users started raising concerns over the way the operating system collects and uses data. Some of these issues were overblown, but some have an element of truth to them. Either way, two months later, Microsoft has finally addressed these Windows 10 privacy concerns Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues While Windows 10 has some issues that users need to be aware of, many claims have been blown out of proportion. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10's privacy issues. Read More .

In a lengthy blog post, Windows chief Terry Myerson details the many ways Windows 10 collects and stores data. He tries to explain why Microsoft set things up this way, and allay fears that the company is nibbling away at users’ right to privacy.

The overarching message is, “Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you,” and “you are in control with the ability to determine what information is collected”. What’s more, Windows 10 “collects and uses a limited set of data” which allow you to “use additional features,” all of which are “optional”.

Myersen also addresses claims that Cortana How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More is some kind of keylogger. He explains, “To give you text suggestions and auto-corrections that actually help, we make your personalized dictionary by using a sample of your typed and handwritten words. We automatically take out things that could potentially be used to identify you, like IDs and IP addresses”.

Microsoft is clearly rejecting the very idea that Windows 10 is somehow spying on its users, and explaining its methods should help allay some fears. However, anyone who already mistrusts big companies, including Microsoft, to do the right thing, are unlikely to be swayed. In which case they should probably avoid upgrading to Windows 10 How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Now & Why You Should Wait Have you been waiting patiently since July 29 for your Windows 10 upgrade? You should probably wait until you receive an official notification, but if you are determined, you can force the Windows 10 upgrade. Read More in the first place.


Project Spark Will Soon Be Free

Project Spark will soon be available completely for free, with Microsoft switching the game from free-to-play to simply free. For the uninitiated, Project Spark is set of tools allowing you to design your own games, and hundreds of thousands of users have already produced their own games.

The change will occur on Oct. 5, with an update that opens all existing content packs and assets up to everyone for free. Anyone who paid for the game or content on or after July 28 will receive Microsoft Store credits. This may lead Microsoft to abandon Project Spark altogether, but for now, free equals good.

The iPhone 6s May Be Waterproof

Your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus Here Comes the iPhone 6S: What’s New & Should You Upgrade? The good news: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has just been announced. The bad news: your iPhone is now out of date, and you'll need to sell a kidney for the latest model. Read More could be waterproof, even though Apple isn’t selling this as a feature. We know simply because YouTuber Zach Straley drowned both devices in a bowl of water for an hour to see what would happen. A full 48 hours later and both have survived intact.

What does this mean? Well, we would recommend you endeavor to keep your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus as dry as possible at all times. However, if you were to accidentally drop it down the toilet or in the bath, it should at least survive the ordeal. And if it doesn’t, blame Apple, not us.


Facebook Goes Down Yet Again

Facebook went down again on Monday (Sept. 28), making it the second major outage for the social networking site in less than a week, and the third over the past month. The previous two outages lasted for 5-10 minutes, but this latest one lasted around 40 minutes. Which is pretty devastating for a site serving 1.5 billion users.

Facebook blamed “a configuration issue” for the latest outage, but has never explained the reason for the other two shorter outages. Facebook’s share price dropped 4% in the aftermath, showing there are real-world consequences attached to these minor incidents. And we’re still interested in finding out what you do when Facebook is down What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll] Facebook is one of the cornerstones of the Internet, and five minutes of downtime can cause mayhem. And panic. And mass hysteria. So, what do you do when Facebook goes down? Read More .

Coca-Cola Pays For Custom Emoji

Coca-Cola has become the first brand to pay Twitter for custom emoji. You may have noticed these promotional emoji popping up when you use certain hashtags, but Coca-Cola is the first company to have actually paid for the privilege. So, Disney got that trio of Star Wars emoji for free, but Coke is paying for #ShareaCoke.


This is a win-win for Coca-Cola and Twitter. Coca-Cola gets the iconic shape of its bottled drinks posted across the social network, and Twitter gets cold hard cash. Meanwhile, Twitter users 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More have to come to terms with the fact these custom emoji are likely to become less of a novelty and more of an annoyance from here on in.

The X-Files Is Back!

And finally, The X-Files is back, with a new six-part mini-series set to start airing on Fox in January 2016. Four months ahead of the return of this iconic sci-fi show comes the first proper teaser trailer, which gives eagle-eyed viewers plenty of clues as to what’s kicking off.

The trailer shows FBI agents Mulder and Scully back together again for the first time in over a decade. And it looks as though the relationship is still built on the same foundation, with Fox Mulder being the instigator, and Dana Scully reigning him in as the skeptical scientist.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you accept Microsoft’s reasoning for collecting data in Windows 10? Are you interested in playing Project Spark? Will you be risking drowning your iPhone 6s in a glass of water? What did you do during the great Facebook outage of September 28th? Will you be watching The X-Files mini-series?


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. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I tried to upgrade to windows 10 but wasn't able to - So i decided to use the ISO they have made available and made a boot - Upon install i got asked if i wanted to upgrade og clean install - Due to the errors I chose a clean install (would do that any given sunday - regardless)

    I entered the key from my old windows 7, When asked upon install but came out with errors that it was the wrong key...,- Thought it was odd, seeing that windows 10 is free

    After install I realize that my windows 10 is not activated and I do not have a key ...,- so I decided to give Microsoft a call - They explained to me that I could not get a windows 10 Key
    They only promised a free upgrade from 7 - 8 to 10 - So I had to:

    Uninstall Windows 10
    Re-install Windows 7
    Hope for the upgrade to make itself available
    Upgrade to Windows 10
    Uninstall Windows 10

    And then install windows 10 again (fresh install) as I did the first time

    This does not add up? Why do you insist on this upgrade from windows 7 & 8 to 10!

    So I ask the tech guy: "You explain in your merchandise that if you have a windows 7 or 8 you can upgrade for free to 10 - So What if - I gave you my product key you could verify it and then give me a windows 10 key ...,- Sorry sir I can't do that - we only promised an upgrade

    But isn't this the same and why do you at all need a product key to a free system -You dont see that on Ubuntu - Fedora etc.

    I understand sir - But we only promised af free upgrade!

    But why you make an ISO of windows 10 available with the ability to make a clean install if you forfeit your right to a free windows 10 by doing so

    Sorry sir - Admit that it properly could have been mentioned more clearly on the page with the ISO link

    It is not mentioned at all!

    It will be corrected he says

    So your telling me that this windows 10 - the best you have to offer can't handle a product key simply because I did not upgrade from existing system ...,- and you asking me that I - with the new amazing dynamic and flexible system - Have to:

    Uninstall Windows 10
    Re-install Windows 7
    Hope for the upgrade to make itself available
    Upgrade to Windows 10
    Uninstall Windows 10

    This does not make any sense! You need to explain to me why it is SO IMPORTANT that I upgrade from my previous system - If its a good reason I'll understand

    Dut Dut Duut - He hung up!

    So I have a windows 10 that is limited - Because I made a clean install and have to buy it in order to get my free Windows 10

    It makes no sence and I can't help to wonder that there is something about that upgrade that is important - Like apple everything is bound to your email - Is this the same?

    I may be wrong - But Want to know how much they are planning on tracking - I think you will find some answer in the "Upgrade" fro 7 & 8 to windows 10

    Note to self
    Why is the button "Do not allow 3rd party apps to read you sms" so well hidden -Why is it even made possible?

  2. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    "Microsoft is clearly rejecting the very idea that Windows 10 is somehow spying on its users"
    These denials would be much more believable if they could be verified. The statement "Win 10 is not spying on you" is as credible as "The check is in the mail" or "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you"

  3. Anonymous
    September 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I urge everyone who owns an iOS device to test its waterproofing properties, preferably by using the convenient vessel found at approximately knee height and located somewhere in the vicinity of their shower.