Microsoft demos Windows 10 to entice holdouts, Amazon prices the Kindle Oasis too high, Google adds Goals to Google Calendar, ESPN airs drone racing for the first time, and we discover Siri watches Game of Thrones.
Microsoft Lets You Demo Windows 10
Microsoft really wants everybody to upgrade to Windows 10 at this point. But there are millions of people resisting doing so despite Windows 10 being available for free until (at least) the end of July. Why? Well, Windows 10 is far from perfect, and Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are perfectly fine.
With the one-year anniversary of the release of Windows 10 fast approaching, Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to persuade you to upgrade. The latest of these efforts is a page full of Windows 10 demos which, when taken as a whole, should give you a fair idea of what it’s like to use Windows 10.
This isn’t an emulator, despite what Microsoft has dubbed it in the URL. Instead, you choose what you want to see done on a Windows 10 PC, and the relevant demo will kick in. These demos include searching the Web quickly using Cortana, finding apps in the Windows Store, and playing games. All of which are accompanied by a banging soundtrack.
This isn’t quite as useful as an emulator letting you get an actual feel for the operating system Microsoft hopes will see it through to the next decade. However, it’s a solid option for mainstream users not confident enough to actually take the plunge and click the nagging “Upgrade” button. So, will you be upgrading to Windows 10 in the next three months?
Amazon Prices Kindle Oasis Too High
Well, it’s official, the new Amazon Kindle IS the Kindle Oasis, as we revealed on Tuesday (April 12). All of the details that leaked ahead of the official announcement proved to be accurate, leaving the price as the only thing we were left waiting to find out about. And, well, it’s fair to say the Kindle Oasis isn’t cheap.
The Kindle Oasis is priced at $289.99, a full $90 more expensive than the previous premium option, the Kindle Voyage, and a mind-boggling $210 more expensive than the entry-level Kindle. Sure, you get a leather charging cover included as standard, but then that’s essential if you want the battery to last for the advertised “months”.
Amazon is aiming the Kindle Oasis at big-time readers with deep pockets, but it’s hard to justify such a high price point. Especially as the more money you spend upfront on the hardware, the less money you’ll have left to actually buy books. Having said all of that, I want one, and I suspect most Kindle users will covet this device. It’s just too damn expensive.
Set Goals With Google Calendar
Google has added a new feature to Google Calendar, and it’s designed to help you make and achieve personally goals. Called Goals, naturally, the feature helps you organize your life to achieve personal goals you have set yourself.
The obvious example is exercise, with most of us keen to be more active but struggling to find the time to actually do so. Now, you can simply set a goal, decide how often and roughly when to do it, and Google Calendar will do the rest.
Cleverly, Google Calendar will reschedule when something else gets in the way, and you can also manually defer a goal-getting activity if you’re not feeling up to it. Unfortunately, this means you’ll still have to motivate yourself to actually achieve your goals, because Google Calendar cannot fix that vital ingredient.
ESPN Airs Drone Racing Championships
Drone racing is going mainstream, with ESPN showing the U.S. National Drone Racing Championships live on ESPN3 in August. ESPN3 is an online-only channel, but the whole three-day event will be edited down to one hour to be broadcast on ESPN itself. Which is huge for such a fledgling sport.
ESPN is talking drone racing up as a potential big-hitter for the future too, suggesting in the press release that it’s “currently seeing an unprecedented rise in popularity, and is poised to become the next behemoth racing sport alongside NASCAR and Formula 1.”
Even Siri Watches Game of Thrones
And finally, huge numbers of people, and probably some pets too, watch Game of Thrones avidly for 10 weeks every year. And it turns out Siri, Apple voice-activated personal assistant, also watches Game of Thrones. Don’t believe me? Then watch the video embedded above for proof.
Siri has an opinion on Jon Snow, although she’s not sure whether he’s alive or dead, and has her own overly long title in the same vein as Daenerys Targaryen. OK, so Siri merely reflects the views of the team of Apple engineers who program her responses to questions, but still.
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
Have Microsoft’s demos helped you decide whether to upgrade to Windows 10? Will you be dropping $290 on a Kindle Oasis? What Goals will you be adding to Google Calendar? Will you be watching the drone racing championships on ESPN? Is Jon Snow actually dead? Like, for reals?
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