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Windows 7 Comeback, Yahoo On Top, iPhone 6 Phablet [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 21-01-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Windows 7 makes a comeback, Yahoo beats Google, Apple plays hardball with Samsung, the iPhone 6 is rumored to be a phablet, Feedly throws new features at us, and the Jamaican bobsled team go crowdfunding.


Windows 7 Back By Popular Demand

HP is actively marketing new computers with Windows 7 as the default operating system. This is despite Windows 8 being the current version of Windows, and the one Microsoft wants you to use (even though Microsoft employees suspect Windows 8 of being the new Vista Wii U Fails, Google Chrome Fails, COS Fails, Windows 8 Fails [Tech News Digest] Nintendo admits Wii U failed, Chrome extensions loaded with adware, China Operating System is revealed, Paramount dumps 35mm film, Windows 8 condemned as the new Vista, and Amazon wants to become the Nostradamus of online... Read More ).

HP is not only advertising the Windows 7 PCs on its U.S. website, it has also sent an email out to customers telling them about the offer. The pitch includes the term, “Back by popular demand,” suggesting the company is responding to customers wishes.

While Microsoft hasn’t yet put a stop to OEMs pre-installing Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More on new computers, seeing HP pushing the older operating system in such an open way is rather shocking.

There is speculation that HP is acting now in order to persuade Windows XP users to buy a new machine ahead of Microsoft ending support for that operating system (on April 8). Whether this is the case or not, Microsoft cannot possibly be pleased with this turn of events.

Yahoo Beats Google

It’s hard to imagine Google being beaten in terms of usage, but that’s exactly what is happening at the moment. According to comScore, Yahoo gets more visitors than Google, at least in the U.S. and amongst desktop users.


December 2013 was the sixth month in a row that Yahoo enjoyed a greater number of unique visitors than Google, with the most recent numbers being 195 million over 192 million. Yahoo may be struggling as a company in many different ways, but it seems a lack of traffic isn’t an issue.

Apple Vs. Samsung: The Clone Wars

The fierce legal battle between Apple and Samsung is rolling on, but negotiations are taking place as both companies try to avoid another court date. The problem preventing a settlement occurring is Apple’s insistence that Samsung essentially stop copying Cupertino’s products.

As spotted by FOSS Patents, B.J. Watrous, Apple’s chief intellectual property counsel, recently stated in a court filing that “discussions with Samsung have consistently included limits to both the scope of any license and a prohibition against cloning Apple products.” Unsurprisingly, Samsung has so far refused to accept such a provision.

New iPhone 6 Rumors

The latest rumors regarding the iPhone 6 suggest it will arrive in June 2014 and have a larger screen size than previous models. Apple Insider is actually suggesting there will be two different models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a 5.7-inch screen. The latter can accurately be described as a phablet.


Interestingly, these new rumors mesh nicely with the previous rumors Xbox One Leaks, iPhone 6 Rumors, YouTube Haters [Tech News Digest] An Xbox One escapes into the wild, Intel acquires education startup Kno, Digg Video arrives to waste your time, curvier iPhones could be next for Apple, and the co-founder of YouTube attacks Google+ comments. Read More (from November 2013), suggesting there is at least some truth to them. Apple fanboys had better start saving their pennies now. And queuing outside their nearest Apple Store Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion] I personally cannot fathom the mindset of people who queue for the latest gadget on launch day. I've tried, I really have, but I think it's a bizarre choice to queue up for hours or... Read More .

Feedly Features Froth Forth


Feedly has been rather busy of late, announcing a slew of new updates and added features. First up, the company has launched a URL shortener Feedly Launches URL Shortener For Sharing What You Read With RSS Feedly has come out with a new URL shortening service that it hopes will foster more sharing and also promote its own RSS reader service. You can recognize it as Read More it hopes will up the rate of content sharing. Feedly has also released an update to its iOS app iOS Feedly App Gets Speed Reading, Night Theme & New iPad Design Feedly has just pushed out an update for its iOS app, which includes great new features such as speed reading, a night theme, and a whole new design for the iPad. Read More , with speed reading and a night theme being amongst the extras on offer. Is this all enough to counter its previous bad behavior Feedly Was Stealing Your Content -- Here's the Story, And Their Code Last week, Feedly rolled out a controversial new "feature" -- hijacking feed links. Here's the full story of why people are angry, and how one blogger helped to right the situation. Read More ?

Cool Runnings, Hot Crowdfunding

And finally, the Internet has raced to the rescue of the Jamaican bobsled team. The team recently qualified for the Winter Olympics in Sochi — cue talk of Cool Runnings and an unlikely success story — but realized they couldn’t afford to make the trip to Russia.


Thankfully, the Internet stepped in to ensure the Jamaicans could attend the Olympics. More than $100,000 has been raised on Crowdtilt, more than $30,000 has been raised on Indiegogo, and 26 million Dogecoins were donated in the space of just a couple of hours.

All that’s required now is for the Jamaican bobsled team to win the gold. Otherwise the Internet will ask for a refund.

Tech News Digest… Breaking News Into Bite-Sized Chunks.

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Related topics: Apple, Google, iPhone 6, Windows 7, Yahoo.

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  1. SSK
    January 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Does anybody use feedly anymore? They are wasting their time :)

  2. SSK
    January 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Dave,
    Did comScore take into account non-US, mobile users?

  3. shikhar
    January 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    nice article . your article provide extra detail on the subject. but i guess we have to wait for see what are real specs. of iphone and what they got for their fans n customers.i alos cover the same topic.check out.

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  4. Kyem G
    January 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I'm looking forward for the next iPhone... This year, I have invested to try the iOS and yes!! I won't leave it anymore... You are my darling, my iPad Mini with Retina (wifi only). Such quality apps and most useful for me is the Garageband and the iPhoto and iMovie, as a musician, Garageband is a delight!!! Well now my Sammy S3 is primarily used for whatsapp, GPS and downloading torrents on the go.. Well I should have invested a few thousand Rupees more to get the Cellular version to get an awesome GPS (well I need it a lot as I travel a lot).. Well I want to shift to iOS7 completely for my work, and want an iPhone and so looking forward to the next one!!

    • Dave P
      January 21, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      It sounds like the switch to iOS went well. Are you now an Apple fanboy?!

  5. Swetank R
    January 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Impressive Google is loosing the battle again. Its because Yahoo is giving much more than google. I would say Yahoo for girls and Google for boys. My mom is also using the yahoo lifestyle and news tools, she says its better than google (in a manner of visuals). Nerds and Geek (me) are sticking upto google. Who knows Yahoo is also planing for a social network for moms??

    • Ed
      January 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Yahoo for girls and Google for boys??? Interesting, but respectfully disagree. Though I no longer use yahoo mail, I like how Yahoo learns my news interests and shows me more tech and mixed martial arts news because those are my interests as I click on those types of news articles from their home page.

      Yes, I do use Google more for search, Android, Drive, etc..., but have other sites for news (of which Yahoo is one of many).

      Note: Not picking on you specifically (as half the internet is guilty of this) but it is "losing" not "loosing". "Losing" is the opposite of winning. "Loosing" is, well, nothing. Loose is the opposite of tight. Big pet peeve how this is rampant all over the internet. Same as the misuse of there, their, they're.
      OK, sorry, I'll stop. Again, not picking on you specifically :)
      I'm certainly not perfect either - please don't call me a Grammar Nazi :)
      I'm done :)

    • Dave P
      January 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Swetank, I'd say it's more like Yahoo for the mainstream n00b users, and Google for the geeks. Maybe. I haven't used Yahoo for years, and cannot personally see the appeal.

      Ed, did you spot any typos in the article itself? As a fellow grammar Nazi I'm always keen to hear when I miss one. :)