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The Problem With Android, iTunes Is Illegal… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 07-08-2015

Android is everywhere, anarchy in the UK, Windows 10 updates, Bing doesn’t do drugs, paying for Pornhub Premium, and Game of Thrones gets a retro gaming makeover.


Android Fragments Further

The biggest problem with Android is, and always has been, the level of fragmentation within its ecosystem. And it’s only getting worse as time goes on. As demonstrated by the latest Android fragmentation report published by OpenSignal.

The report isn’t perfect, as it’s based on people downloading OpenSignal’s app mapping wireless coverage, but it’s the most exhaustive overview we currently have. And the numbers make for scary reading.

There are now 24,093 distinct Android devices, up from 18,796 last year. There are 1,294 different brands selling Android devices, with Samsung being the clear leader thanks to a 37.8 percent market share. That’s a long way ahead of Sony, in second place with a 4.8 percent market share. And then there are the different versions of Android still being used, which range from Android 2.2 (Froyo) to Android 5.1 (Lollipop).

There is, of course, another side to all this; namely, that fragmentation is a source of strength rather than weakness. This is because Android can be offered on a range of devices from different manufacturers at both premium and budget prices. Which is good for consumers.

Still, the visual representation of Android fragmentation isn’t a pretty sight, and it would be preferable to have most people at least using the same version of Android How 95% of Android Phones Can Be Hacked with a Single Text A new Android vulnerability has the security world worried - and it leaves your smartphone extremely vulnerable. The StageFright bug allows malicious code to be sent by MMS. What can you do about this security... Read More .


iTunes Is Illegal In the UK

Using iTunes is now illegal in the UK, with the current copyright laws turning almost everyone into a criminal. Copying copyrighted content for personal use was actually illegal in the UK until 2014, when the government legalized an activity already undertaken by most people.

Unfortunately, several organizations looking after the welfare of musicians — including the Musicians’ Union and UK Music — weren’t happy with the change in the law, and applied for a judicial review. They got it, and the changes to the law have now been overturned.

This means that copying the music from a CD you have bought onto an MP3 player is now illegal. Which is a feature built into iTunes, Windows Media Player, and countless other pieces of software. All of which are now, by the letter of the law, assisting people in criminal behavior.


A government spokesperson told TorrentFreak, “It is now unlawful to make private copies of copyright works you own, without permission from the copyright holder – this includes format shifting from one medium to another.” So perhaps we should bombard music labels with such requests until they join us in the 21st century.

Windows 10 Updated Already

Microsoft has already delivered the first cumulative update for Windows 10, just over a week after it launched the latest (and possibly last The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More ) version of its operating system. Most people won’t even have noticed, as updates are automatically applied to Windows 10.

As to what’s included, Microsoft is being vague on the details, stating, “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10. Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously-released fixes … If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer.”

Windows 10 users should get used to these updates, as they’re likely to come thick and fast for the next few weeks, if not months. With so many people having taken advantage of the free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8 Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Are you also not seeing the Get Windows app on your Windows 7 or 8.1 devices? Let us show you how to enable the upgrade notification or cancel the upgrade in case you changed your... Read More , the company needs to ensure Windows 10 is as safe and secure as possible. Yep, it’s iron-out-the-bugs time.


Bing Tackles Fake Pharmacies

Microsoft is tackling the rise of fake pharmacies, with Bing warning users when they click on “a pharmaceutical site that has been cited by the FDA as a fake online pharmacy engaged in illegal activity.” Users will not be prevented from clicking on the links, but they will be advised against doing so.

Bing will be using the list of sites maintained by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), warning users against the risks of buying from these illegitimate sources of medicine. Bing already follows a similar procedure when someone clicks on a webpage suspected of containing malware 7 Common Sense Tips to Help You Avoid Catching Malware The Internet has made a lot possible. Accessing information and communicating with people from far away has become a breeze. At the same time, however, our curiosity can quickly lead us down dark virtual alleys... Read More .

Pornhub Goes Premium

Pornhub, the largest pornography portal on the Internet, is offering a premium subscription service aimed at connoisseurs of porn Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More . Pornhub Premium, which is priced at $9.99, removes the adverts, offers faster playback, and higher-quality videos. Pornhub Premium subscribers will also be the first to be offered virtual reality sex options How Virtual Reality Will Change Sex and Dating by 2020 (NSFW) Every generation has found ways to use new technology to shock their parents. VR is probably next. The technology is rapidly improving, and it's eventually going to touch the most intimate areas of life. Read More “at the beginning of 2016.”


Game of Thrones Goes Retro

And finally, if you watch Game of Thrones while perched on the edge of your seat, you can now relive the biggest and best moments of Season 5 GoT Spoiled? How to Avoid Game of Thrones Spoilers I managed to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers for the duration of Season 5. In doing so, I learned how to ensure the Internet doesn't ruin your favorite television show. Read More . This video may be only two minutes long, but the addition of sound effects from a slew of retro video games makes it worth watching.

This is a reminder of both how good Game of Thrones is, and how much more satisfying game soundtracks were back in the day. Who needs actors delivering pitch-perfect lines when you’ve got awesome 8-bit music Free 8-bit Chiptune & Video Game Music Downloads [Sound Sunday] When is your next video game party? Invite your friends, get some snacks, set up the consoles, and you're all set. Sound Sunday contributes free chiptune music downloads for your pre-gaming playlist. Read More , and dialog that makes Justin Bieber sound like Shakespeare. [H/T CNET]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is fragmentation really Android’s biggest failing? Are UK copyright laws as ridiculous as they sound? Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? Have you ever fallen victim to a fake pharmacy? What games do you recognize from the Game of Thrones video?

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
    August 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Mr. Moats:

    Something went wrong in your install. I have installed this OS from an ISO by copying to the desktop, right-click, and select mount. From there you will be shown the setup .exe. Run that file, select clean install and presto. I have repeated this task on seven of my personal machines. I have not had a single issue thus far. The product key from your Windows 7, 8, 8.1 will be accepted as your Windows 10 product key. If you still have trouble, contact MSoft as you are allowed to swap out hardware as you already have a licensed copy of the OS. MSoft cannot limit you from replacing hardware and reinstalling. Hope this helps you out.


  2. Anonymous
    August 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    RE: Windows 10 UPDATES...

    When the WIndows 10 Upgrade begins on your home computer, you have to be careful on which method you choose to install the update.

    If you install using the UPGRADE - which stores your personal files, programs, and settings in a separate partition - you should be fine.

    If you choose to install using a COMPLETE Format of yoru drive followed by installing a CLEAN copy of Windows 10 without partitioning yoru files (i.e. you have a complete backup of everything), you will run into the following problem:

    You cannot activate WIndows 10 with your Windows 7/8 Product ID code.
    A CLEAN INSTALL requires you to enter your Product ID from the previous edition of Windows.

    Some people are finding that - due to many different fine-print reasons - they will need to REINSTALL their OLD Windows, then re-register of the upgrade, and wait 2-3 WEEKS until you get the INSTALLER again...

    This applies specifically to those of us who upgraded any hardware (hard drive, CPU, or MotherBoard) on our computers and had to reinstall the older Windows at least once.

    Essentially, if you want to get Windows 10 CLEAN INSTALL, you need to PAY FOR IT. It is not free if you have repaired your PC in the past.