T-Mobile Gives Away Free Shares, Petition Microsoft Over Windows 10… [Tech News Digest]
T-Mobile gives customers free shares in the company, people are petitioning against Windows 10 upgrades, Alexa has all the skills, Google sells Acer Chromebooks, and Minecraft in real life.
T-Mobile Customers Get Free Shares
T-Mobile is giving its customers a free stake in the company, with 10 million existing customers being offered a free share currently worth $43. These same customers can add more T-Mobile shares to their portfolio by referring new customers, with the maximum set at 100-per-year. New customers may also be eligible to receive one free share.
Once a customer (whether new or existing) receives their share, they can either retain it or sell it on. Those who hold onto them win the right to vote on various business matters by proxy. T-Mobile will not be issuing new shares to meet demand, instead buying existing shares on the open market.
T-Mobile has also launched T-Mobile Tuesdays, which offers customers free stuff via partnerships with other brands including Wendy’s Domino’s, and StubHub. It’s also giving all customers who have previously tried T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling feature one hour of Gogo Internet service free every time they fly.
These are all elements of T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier event, designed to offer new incentives to retain existing customers and attract new ones . Which is a must right now in the U.S. thanks to an over-saturation of the marketplace. With these stunts, T-Mobile is trying to differentiate itself from the competition.
Petitioning Against Windows 10 Upgrades
The inevitable has happened, with one brave soul standing up to the might of Microsoft. Todd Kleinpaste is petitioning the Electronics Frontier Foundation (EFF) to investigate Microsoft over the way it instituted (and is still instituting) Windows 10 upgrades.
If you need bringing up to speed, we have previously covered all the ways Microsoft has upgraded people to Windows 10 , often against their will. And Kleinpaste, for one, has had enough, and is trying to draw the EFF’s attention to the ongoing situation.
Kleinpaste has produced plenty of evidence of wrongdoing, most of which is based on users’ experiences of being upgraded to Windows 10 without warning. He also takes issues with the tracking technology which means Microsoft is listening in unless you take action .
Petitions generally don’t achieve much, because no matter how many signatures you collect, whether digitally or on a sheet of paper, they’re still just a bunch of signatures. However, this particular one could at least trigger an investigation, which wouldn’t be a bad thing.
Amazon Alexa Boasts 1,000 Skills
Alexa is Amazon’s answer to Siri and Cortana, a personal assistant able to answer questions and complete tasks. And Amazon has massively increased Alexa’s capabilities considerably since she debuted, giving her over 1,000 skills in a very short space of time.
You can now teach Alexa hundreds of new tricks, with developers adding support for Alexa to their voice-powered apps. This means Alexa now plays nicely with Uber, Domino’s, Fitbit, Capital One, and a host of others.
You can start using Alexa immediately if you own an Amazon Echo or one of the other compatible devices. Or you can test Alexa out in your browser if you’re not sure about investing. Developers can start using Alexa by accessing the free Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).
Google Starts Selling Acer Chromebooks
Google has added two new Acer Chromebooks to the Google Store, the Acer Chromebook 11 and the Acer Chromebook 14. These new Chromebooks are the first in a new line designed to run Android apps straight out of the box.
The Acer Chromebook 11 boasts an 11.6-inch display, a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron dual-core processor, a 16GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, and a battery life of 9 hours. The Acer Chromebook 12 boasts a 14-inch 1080p display, a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron quad-core processor, a 32GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a battery life of 15 hours.
The Chromebook 11 is priced at $180, with the Chromebook 14 priced at $300. Updates adding support for Android apps will be rolled out to other compatible Chromebooks by the end of 2016.
Playing Minecraft in Real Life
And finally, Minecraft is a phenomenon at this point in time, with Mojang having sold more than 70 million copies of the game to people of all ages. And all of these people will have started the game in the same way ; being dropped alone and frightened into a random part of the imaginary world.
But what if Minecraft wasn’t imaginary? What if it was real? This video shows how Minecraft might look and feel if it was our reality, with some guy forced to start mining and crafting before he’s set upon by the hostile creatures that inhabit the dark recesses. I prefer this reality, quite frankly. [H/T CNET]
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