Your last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, Facebook is out of control, Tumblr lets users share in ad revenue, how lapsed gamers can lose their Gamertags, and if internet ads were aggressive salesmen.
Get Windows 10 for Free or Miss Out
Today (July 29) is the last day you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Come midnight tonight you’ll have to pay $119.99 for Windows 10, which Microsoft has implied is the final version of Windows ever. So, the time for stalling is over. If you want Windows 10, get it right now.
To be absolutely honest you probably shouldn’t have left it this late in the first place. The free Windows 10 upgrade has been available to anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 for the last 12 months, so leaving it until the last really is cutting it fine. The result? Your download and installation could take a while, as everyone else has the same idea.
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 by now you’re probably asking yourself whether it’s even worth doing so. That depends. Windows 10 isn’t perfect, and you may be perfectly happy with Windows 7 or Windows 8. If so, that’s absolutely fine, feel free to stick with what you have.
The problem is you will have to upgrade at some point in the future or you risk becoming the new XP holdouts, using an old, out-of-date, unsecured operating system. And if you buy a new Windows PC from now on they will come with Windows 10 pre-installed, so your choices are rather limited.
If you decide not to upgrade to Windows 10 today then that’s fine, you’ll just have to cough up the $119.99 asking price to obtain it at some point in the future. Which isn’t the end of the world for the majority of people. So, make a decision, and then stand by it. Whether that’s to take advantage of Microsoft’s generosity or to stick with what you know for the time being.
Facebook Is Huge and Very Rich
Facebook is still growing its userbase, and starting to make more money out of you and me. This is the big takeaway from Facebook’s latest financial report, which shows how the social network performed over the past three months. Suffice to say, things are looking rather rosy for Mark Zuckerberg and co.
During Q2 2016, which ran from April 1 to June 30, Facebook brought in $6.44 billion in revenue, making $2.05 billion in profit. That’s a 59% increase over the same period last year. What’s more, Facebook registered 1.71 billion monthly active users, and increase of 15% year-on-year. For the first time in its history Facebook also registered more than 1 billion mobile users every day.
This all stands in stark contrast to Twitter, which seems to be struggling to even maintain its current userbase, let alone grow it substantially. Which suggests that Facebook’s core functionality is much more solid than Twitter’s, which shouldn’t be that surprising given how many people still don’t understand how to use Twitter effectively.
Tumblr Rolls Out Ads Across Blogs
Tumblr is making big plans just days after Verizon acquired Yahoo for $4.83 billion. The bad news: Tumblr is rolling out ads across all of its blogs. The good news: Users will eventually be able to share in the revenue generated.
Ads are being rolled out to all Tumblr blogs this week. They’re displayed by default, but individual users can opt out by exploring their settings. Initially, Tumblr will be making all of the money, but has promised that some form of revenue split will be introduced later.
Tumblr founder David Karp said in a blog post:
“This was a long time coming, and will be one of the biggest projects we’ve ever launched at Tumblr. It’s been a busy summer — a new GIF maker, live video, new messaging stuff — and there’s a whole lot more on the way.”
Log Into Xbox Live Every 5 Years
If you have an Xbox Live account then you now need to make sure you log in to it at least once every years. If you fail to do so, you’ll lose that Gamertag you spent hours carefully crafting. Only Gamertags are affected, and Microsoft isn’t about to delete your account or remove access to anything purchased through it.
This is all due to Microsoft amending its services agreement, with the new rules coming into force on September 15, 2016. This rule is being applied retroactively as well, so anyone who hasn’t signed into Xbox Live since 2011 needs to do so before September 15 if they want to keep their Gamertag.
If Internet Ads Were Salesmen
And finally, nobody likes internet ads, even those of us who rely on them to pay our bills. They can be very annoying, following you around the web like a feral cat. Or to put it another way, as CollegeHumor has in this video, like an aggressive salesman refusing to take No for an answer.
Internet ads are, regardless of what you may think, a necessary evil at this moment in time. Without ads, the internet would be a ghost town, as content-creators don’t really like working for free. So, hate on them and mock them as much as you want, but remember they’re serving a function.
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