Windows 10 isn’t free for much longer, Apple gets caught deleting music, Google moves all Blogspot domains to HTTPS, Reddit users like mentioning Hitler, and watching a GoPro fly into space will blow your mind.
Windows 10 Will Soon Cost $119
It’s decision time, as you now have less than three months to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Right now, it’s free to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. However, that offer is due to end on July 29, and a Windows 10 upgrade will then cost you $119.
The free upgrade offer was always scheduled to last for one year, but Microsoft has reiterated this point in a Windows Blog post. Opening with the news that Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices, Microsoft then stated, “The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don’t miss out”.
However, when ZDNet asked if this was set in stone, Microsoft said, “the free upgrade promotion is currently slated to end on July 29”. Which leaves the door open to a change of heart. Be that as it may, if you think the time has come to upgrade to Windows 10, you should do so sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.
Apple Deletes People’s Music
Apple has been accused of deleting music from people’s hard drives. Several people have complained about this issue, but it has come to a head thanks to a detailed blog post by composer James Pinkstone.
Writing on Velluma Atlanta, Pinkstone claims Apple deleted 122 GB of music off his laptop after he signed up to Apple Music. He wrote that after signing up for Apple Music, “iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple’s database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive.”
If true this is all rather troubling, as Apple is essentially messing with someone’s files without express permission. However, Serenity Caldwell of iMore has disputed Pinkstone’s version of events, suggesting that Apple Music only deletes files from your hard drive when you tell it to do so.
Regardless of what actually happened in this case it’s clear Apple Music is confusing people in the way it builds your iCloud Music Library. While enabling you to play tracks you own across various devices is a fantastic feature, the method it uses to accomplish this is causing misery for people who suddenly find themselves missing music they formerly owned.
Our advice? Back everything up, twice. Just in case.
Google Secures Blogspot Domains
Google has turned HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) on on all Blogspot domains. Having tested HTTPS on Blogspot domains by offering bloggers the chance to use it, Google is now making it the default option. Visitors can still reach the unsecured version of a site, but bloggers can, if they want, force them to redirect to the secured version instead.
The company warns that this could cause issues for anyone using “incompatible templates, gadgets, or post contents” but has released a tool designed to help affected users find and fix those issues. This is the latest in a long line of efforts aimed at getting HTTPS used everywhere across the Internet.
Why Reddit Loves Hitler
We now know that Godwin’s Law is an actual thing, and it’s all thanks to Reddit. Godwin’s Law, for the uninitiated, states that, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1”. It was penned by Mike Godwin in 1990, hence the name, and it turns out this is one of those Internet laws that is as true today as it was back then.
Proof comes in the form of a study looking at discussions on Reddit as compiled by Curious Gnu. The numbers show that the more comments there are the more chance there is of someone mentioning Hitler. The probability hits almost 100% at the 4,000 comments mark, but is as high as 70% from threads containing between 1,000 and 2,000 comments.
Perhaps 70 years after Hitler offed himself in a bunker we should stop using his name as an ad hominem attack, but I personally can’t see that happening anytime soon.
Watch A GoPro Journey Into Space
And finally, there are a lot of awesome GoPro videos available to watch on the Web. However, this one may just be the most impressive of them all. After all, travelling into space and then back again isn’t something most of us can ever hope to do. Unlike the little GoPro that could.
The launch took place at Spaceport America in New Mexico, with the rocket belonging to a company called UP Aerospace. Sure, it’s nowhere near the size and scale of a NASA Space Shuttle, but it’s still mightily impressive. Especially when travelling at Mach 5.5. [H/T TechCrunch]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
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