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Switching to Windows 10 Mobile, Google Joins the Dark Side… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 23-11-2015

Microsoft compares its apps with yours, Google loves Star Wars, the PS4 gets PS2 backwards compatibility, 10 Days of 10 Cent Deals, and how to land a part in War of the Planet of the Apes.


Switching from Android to Windows Phone

Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to persuade you that Windows 10 Mobile is worth a closer look Windows 10 Mobile Launch Details, Facebook Tests Reactions... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Mobile gets dated, Facebook likes Reactions, goes free, play the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, Lexus' cardboard electric car, Netflix Settle may save your relationship. Read More . Windows 10 Mobile being the new Windows Phone, and Microsoft’s latest attempt to gain a foothold in the smartphone market. While Windows Phone failed to do so, Microsoft has high hopes for Windows 10 Mobile.

Realizing that apps are absolutely crucial to the success or failure of a mobile operating system, Microsoft has released a new app on Google Play. Called AppComparison, the Android app analyzes your existing apps and informs you a) which of your apps is already available on Windows 10 Mobile, and b) about alternatives that aren’t available like-for-like.

AppComparison starts by asking, “Are you considering changing your Android device to Windows Phone?” Which we assume most people will simply answer “No” and carry on with their lives. This app also reveals the dearth of big apps currently available for Windows 10 Mobile, which is likely to only put more people off from switching Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More . Oops.

Google Promotes the New Star Wars Film

We think it’s fair to say that there’s a considerable amount of hype surrounding the release of the new Star Wars film. Even non-fans surely cannot escape the barrage of trailers, memes, think-pieces, and promotional efforts surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now we have Google getting involved too. Just in case you have managed to avoid the hype up to this point.

Google has teamed up with Lucasfilm and Disney to create Google Star Wars. This allows Google users the world over to choose between the Dark Side and the Light Side, with their favorite Google apps then changing to reflect their momentous decision. Google apps affected by this include Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps. Which are core apps for many people.


We’re actually starting to feel rather sorry for people who aren’t into Star Wars, as the Internet is absolutely awash with promotional efforts such as this. With the new film just a few weeks away from release it’s only going to get worse too. So you may as well join in the fun by watching some new (ish) movies that are better than Star Wars. Or not.

PS4 Gets Limited Backwards Compatibility

Sony is working on bringing limited backwards compatibility to the PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More , starting with some classic PS2 games 5+ PS2 Games Still Worth Playing [MUO Gaming] The PS2 is officially dead, with Sony ceasing production of the last-gen console on December 31, 2012. In Japan at least, when the existing stock of hardware runs out, Sony will not be offering any... Read More . Sony’s plans were outed by a console bundle that includes Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter as bonus games alongside the new Star Wars: Battlefront.

Some of these games aren’t ports of old code, but instead run on proprietary emulation software. Sony has since told Wired, “We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” adding, “We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.”

Sony has likely been working on this for some time, but has probably now upped its efforts as thanks to Microsoft adding Xbox 360 backwards compatibility to the Xbox One What Google Knows About You, Windows 10 Powers Xbox One... [Digest] Fix your Google privacy problem, get Windows 10 on the Xbox One, stop LinkedIn from spamming you, learn to code with help from Star Wars, and watch a preview of the Candy Crush movie. Read More . Unfortunately, this is still a half-hearted effort, and there’s no hint yet of PS3 backwards compatibility also being added to the PS4.


Microsoft Offers 10 Days of 10 Cent Deals

Microsoft is currently offering thousands of apps, games, movies, and songs for just 10 cents apiece. There’s just one catch: you need to be a Windows 10 user. This is Microsoft’s 10 Days of 10 Cent Deals, the company’s latest effort to prompt more people to upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More .

There are already 110 million devices running on Windows 10, but Microsoft wants more. And it’s prepared to virtually give stuff away to persuade you Windows 10 is worth the effort Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More . The deals change every day, and are shown to people visiting the Windows Store on a Windows 10 device.

Microsoft’s 10 Days of 10 Cent Deals started on Friday (Nov. 20th), and will continue until Sunday, November 29th.

Star in War for the Planet of the Apes

And finally, 20th Century Fox is offering one lucky human the chance to become an ape for a day. And, more importantly, star in a scene from the forthcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. Have you got what it takes to portray an ape on the big screen? Then Andy Serkis wants to meet you.


Serkis knows a thing or two about motion capture, having played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy before bringing Caesar to life in the new Planet of the Apes films. You can enter the contest by submitting a video of your most lifelike ape imitation on [H/T io9]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Would you ever switch from Android to Windows 10 Mobile? Will you be choosing the Dark Side or the Light Side? Which PS2 games would you like to play again on PS4? Have you picked up any great deals from Microsoft? Would you make a good ape in Planet of the Apes?

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. Matson
    November 23, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Some of Microsoft’s problems with previous thrusts into mobile computing came from disappointed customers who could not run their favorite Widows apps on their tablet or phone.

    If Windows 10 Mobile OS can now translate standard MS Windows calls into mobile processor machine language the same way it translates into Intel machine language, Google & Apple could have a fight on their hands. Microsoft could simply offer a utility to software publishers which recompiles their existing source code to Windows 10 Mobile.

    I have not seen any reports discussing this. However, with mobile processors and hardware becoming far more powerful over the last few years it seems more possible. If Microsoft has accomplished this, the advantage shifts back to them with the huge supply of Windows programs available.

    • MrMar
      November 25, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Better yet... MS can make the "Surface Phone" and use an Intel x86 processor which could inherently run just about any program built to run on a normal x86 machine and then developers do not even have to recompile their code!

  2. Max
    November 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Switching to windows 10 mobile (lumia 950 XL)......its Great! Strongly recommended :D

    • Rocky
      November 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Oh yeah
      me too
      found it amazing! Android n iOS ----check out!