Windows 10 Release Date Revealed, Google Launches Mobilegeddon, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Windows 10 set for July, Google goes mobile-friendly, Nokia is coming back, how to download your Google Search history, help search for the Loch Ness Monster, and the best fake GoPro ad ever made.
AMD Reveals Windows 10 Release Date
We now know when Microsoft is releasing Windows 10, with electronics firm AMD accidentally revealing that the new operating system is set to be launched in July 2015. The slip-up occurred during the Q&A session at its most recent earnings call, when, in response to a question about the company’s channel inventory, CEO Lisa Su said:
“What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up.”
Microsoft has previously promised a summer launch for Windows 10, which means Windows 10 was always going to arrive sometime between July and September. But with July really not far into the future, either AMD has been fed duff information, or Microsoft is trolling us all with the current state of Windows 10.
This could be nothing more than speculation on the part of Su, or a schedule that is subject to change. Or it could be absolutely on the button, which would mean we’re a little over three months from Microsoft releasing Windows 10 . If the latter, then Microsoft has a lot of work to do between now and then, as the current build of Windows 10 is far from ready for launch.
Google Launches Mobile Friendly Push
— Jon Norris (@Jn_Norris) April 21, 2015
Google has changed its search algorithm to ensure mobile-friendly websites are ranked higher than those ignoring the rise of the smartphone. Some Web developers have labeled this event Mobilegeddon, as it could potentially result in huge falls in traffic for affected websites.
Google is secretive about most of the changes the company makes to its search algorithm. However, it has been surprisingly open about this one, launching the mobile-friendly moniker in November 2014, and officially announcing the changes were coming as long ago as February 2015.
In order to survive Mobilegeddon, Webmasters need to ensure their sites are mobile-friendly. This means avoiding software such as Flash, offering readable text and pages that resize according to the device being used, and placing links far enough apart from each other so they can be easily clicked. Which all sounds much simpler in theory than it actually is in practice.
Nokia Is Developing New Phones
Nokia is rumored to be planning on making a triumphant return to the consumer mobile market. According to Re/code, Nokia could make a comeback as early as next year, with Nokia Technologies leading the charge. This is one of the three divisions that remained behind after Microsoft acquired a major part of the company for $7.2 billion in 2013.
As part of the Microsoft deal, Nokia isn’t allowed to sell phones under the Nokia brand until the end of 2015, but it’s already developing the technology needed to move forward after that period ends. That technology is likely to be designs for products which the company will then license to other companies , which means your next smartphone could be a Nokia. Perhaps. Probably not.
Download Your Google Search History
The day Google makes your search history public, you gonna need a plastic surgeon to hide your face or a comfortable way to die.
— Professor (@BeerOholic) April 21, 2015
You can now download your Google search history, with the company having quietly added the option to do so. As discovered by the Google Operating System Blog, while signed into your Google account, simply visit your Web History, click the Cog, and Select “Download.” You will then receive a ZIP archive full of your search history organized by date.
Google is keen to warn you against doing this on a public computer or network, and suggests setting up 2-Factor Authentication to protect the potentially sensitive information contained within. This is just the latest step in Google’s ongoing mission to make data more freely available to individual users.
Explore Loch Ness With Google Street View
Google has added Loch Ness to Street View, making it easier than ever for conspiracy theorists and gullible fools to search for the Loch Ness Monster. Nessie has been part of popular culture for almost a century, and yet no one has been able to prove an ancient creature lives in that dark, foreboding water in all the years that have since passed.
Still, Google has captured some wonderful imagery of Loch Ness and its surrounding countryside, so Monster lover or not, lovers of nature should still enjoy the view.
Office Worker Creates Fake GoPro Ad
And finally, GoPro is known for advertising its products by using footage of extreme sports and other adrenaline-fueled activities. But GoPro cameras can be used in other ways , including by ordinary office workers doing their rather dull day jobs.
This guy filmed his day at work and then edited it in the style of a typical GoPro ad. With the addition of a pumping dance soundtrack underneath it all, this video keeps you watching until the end, even though the “action” is so unexciting it should really send you to sleep. [H/T Reddit]
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