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Windows 10 Release Date Revealed, Google Launches Mobilegeddon, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 21-04-2015

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 Say Hello to Windows 10, Nintendo Embraces Smartphone Gaming [Tech News Digest] Launching Windows 10, Nintendo goes mobile, reviewing Android apps, reporting Twitter harassment, paying friends through Facebook, and Pixels depicts video games invading Earth. Read More . If the latter, then Microsoft has a lot of work to do between now and then, as the current build of Windows 10 7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience Windows 10 is more than an upgrade to Windows 8, it's an evolution. We've covered many of the big changes, but lots of minor things changed, too. Maybe we can teach you a new trick. Read More is far from ready for launch.

Google Launches Mobile Friendly Push


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 Online Web Tool: An Online Suite of Tools for Webmasters Read More 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 Nokia Unveils N1 Tablet, Google Has The Right To Free Speech, & More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Twitter indexes all tweets, Netflix heads Down Under, Nokia Z Launcher opens up, and mocking dumb start-ups with Smart Pipe. Read More , which means your next smartphone could be a Nokia. Perhaps. Probably not.

Download Your Google Search History

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 What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More 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 How to Download & Back Up Your Gmail & Other Google Data We’re storing more and more data in the cloud these days. Email, contacts, documents, photos, calendar entries - you name it, it’s on Google’s servers. But what happens when the services we rely on go... Read More 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 8 Weirdest Conspiracy Theory Websites On The Planet Isn't it crazy how few skeptic, fact-checking sites there are out there, yet there is such an abundance of crazy, poorly-researched conspiracy garbage sites ? I've decided to share a few of my top selections... Read More 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 6 Ways To Use GoPro Cameras That Don't Involve Extreme Sports GoPro cameras can be used in plenty of ways other than shooting extreme sports, six of which we'll be exploring in this article. Read More , 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]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

How excited are you about Windows 10 now that you know it’ll be released in July? How do you personally expect to be affected by Google’s Mobilegeddon? Will you be downloading your Google search history?

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  1. Anonymous
    July 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I came for Windows 10 information and left laughing at the fake GoPro ad. Thank you for the laugh.

  2. dragonmouth
    April 21, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    "AMD accidentally revealing that the new operating system is set to be launched in July 2015"
    Accidentally on purpose. Win10 may be ready by July or it may not be. In either case M$ doesn't want potential purchasers to get some other O/S in the meantime.