New Windows 10 Devices, How a Dancing Baby Changed The Internet… [Tech News Digest]
Microsoft teases new Windows 10 devices, the dancing baby wins, Apple claims the iPhone 6s is selling well, VLC and Plex apps are coming to the Apple TV, PewDiePie is on TV, and Cats vs. Zombies fight to the death.
New Windows 10 Hardware Is Incoming
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) September 14, 2015
Microsoft has announced it’s holding a huge event in New York on October 6. The announcement is, at this stage, just a tease, with Microsoft promising, “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices.” But that’s all Microsoft is willing to divulge at this point.
Thankfully, extra information has already leaked, with all signs pointing towards this event being used to launch a host of new Windows 10 devices . This includes the Surface Pro 4, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets, and a new Microsoft Band smartwatch and fitness tracker .
The Surface Pro 4 is, in terms of form factor, likely to be more of the same. However, we expect a new processor, improved battery life, and a refined keyboard at the very least. The Lumia handsets will both be high-end devices, with large screens, lots of RAM, and stunning cameras.
The Dancing Baby Finally Wins Its Case
In 2007, when YouTube was still in its infancy, Stephanie Lenz uploaded a video of her baby son dancing to Let’s Go Crazy by Prince. Universal Music Group, which owns the copyright to Let’s Go Crazy, immediately issued a takedown notice using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) .
Unlike most people, who simply accept such takedowns, Lenz fought back. She claimed the video should remain on YouTube under the “Fair Use” clause , and sued Universal for abusing the DMCA. The case has been ongoing for eight long years, but an appeals court has now sided with Lenz.
This means that copyright holders should consider whether a video is OK under fair use laws before sending a takedown notice. Which isn’t what happens at the moment, with the biggest rights-holders sending out takedown notices at the first hint of an infringement.
Apple Heralds Early iPhone 6s Sales
Apple wants you to know it’s doing very well, thanks for asking. Or, more accurately, it wants the stock market to regain some confidence in its product line.
To this end, the company issued a statement saying, “Customer response to iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus has been extremely positive and pre-orders this weekend were very strong around the world. We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale Sept. 25.”
This statement should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt. Because without releasing actual sales figures for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus , we cannot be sure how the numbers stack up. Still, as reported by CNBC, the stock market responded as Apple wanted it to, with the Apple share price climbing. Thus proving that it isn’t just the Apple faithful who are blinded by the hype , but investors too.
The New Apple TV Gets VLC & Plex Apps
Apple is finally catching up to the rest of the TV industry, and allowing developers to create apps for the new Apple TV. And, according to MacRumors, two of the most popular media streaming apps are already on their way to Apple TV. Namely, VLC and Plex .
The developers behind VLC revealed, “Some code to build VLCKit for the new tvOS was merged. It’s very early though, but we have video playback!”
Meanwhile, Plex co-founder Scott Olechowski said, “There is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform. There are multiple ways to go about it, based on the tvOS SDK we now have access to. We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options.”
PewDiePie Is Making a TV Show
It looks as though PewDiePie is ready to make the transition from YouTube to TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the YouTube star, real name Felix Kjellberg, is currently in Los Angeles filming a new television show. Unfortunately, it isn’t something he is yet ready (or able) to talk about.
PewDiePie is already hugely successful, having racked up almost 40 million subscribers on YouTube. This following earns him millions of dollars every year, and even won him a guest spot on a recent episode of South Park. However, someone in Hollywood thinks he deserves more than a mere cameo.
Cats Vs. Zombies: Who Will Win?!
And finally, while there have been countless movies and television shows depicting what would happen to humans in the event of a zombie apocalypse, no one has ever shown what would happen to domesticated animals. Until now. All that’s missing is a Nokia 3310 .
This short film shows how our feline friends wouldn’t simply lay down and die. Instead, they would take up arms, and fight back against the zombie hordes with all their might. Saving a few kittens in the process. They even use lessons learned from watching MacGyver.
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Are you looking forward to seeing new Windows 10 devices? Are you pleased the dancing baby won its copyright case? Have you pre-ordered an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus? Will you be buying the new Apple TV? Do you love or hate PewDiePie?
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