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Windows 10 Mobile Delayed, Apple Should Run the Country… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 18-12-2015

Waiting for Windows 10 Mobile, hoping for Apple to run the country, reviewing your year on Facebook, playing Threes in your Web browser, and making Netflix Socks for sleepyheads.


Windows 10 Mobile Delayed Until 2016

Windows 10 Mobile will not be rolled out to Windows Phone handsets until next year, with Microsoft stating the upgrades have been pushed back until “early 2016.” Microsoft has released Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586 to those on the Windows Insider Program, but that will be the last build released until January.

This means that while anyone buying a new Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL, or Lumia 550 can start using Windows 10 Mobile Switching to Windows 10 Mobile, Google Joins the Dark Side... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft compares its apps with yours, Google loves Star Wars, the PS4 gets PS2 backwards compatibility, 10 Days of 10 Cent Deals, and how to land a part in War of the Planet of the... Read More right away, anyone using a handset running Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 will have to wait a while longer. How much longer remains unclear, but Microsoft seems determined to get this upgrade right first time.

Windows Phone owners Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More who are growing impatient at the lack of upgrades can join the Windows Insider Program. However, Microsoft clearly thinks Windows Phone users aren’t quite ready for Windows 10 Mobile, so only the brave souls with a certain level of technical knowledge should take that risk.

Apple Should Run for President

Around 33 percent of Americans think Apple should be running the country. Kinda. Of the 1,000 people questioned for a survey by RBB Communications, a third suggested Apple would be the best company to take over the reins of government. Walt Disney came second on 28%, with American Express on 18%, Facebook on 11%, and Starbucks on 10%.

It should be noted that these results weren’t gathered from asking a particularly open question. Instead, as noted by CNET, RBB asked, “Which of the following companies would do the best job if they were to take over operations of the U.S. Government?” So, people not only had to choose a company, but one from a pre-determined list.


However, this is still a surprising result which would see Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple Fights Discrimination, Europe Fights Geo-Blocking, and More... [Tech News Digest] Apple chooses a side, Europe chooses freedom, banning selfie sticks, Ford slows drivers, Super Mario 64 in your browser, and Ricky Gervais advertises Netflix in Australia and New Zealand. Read More installed as President of the United States of America. As unlikely as that scenario may be, it’s no more unlikely than Donald Trump holding a position of power. Trump wants to close parts of the Internet What Google Searches For You, Avoid Star Wars Spoilers... [Tech News Digest] Take a look back over 2015, avoid The Force Awakens spoilers, bid farewell to Rdio, laugh at Donald Trump's ignorance, and survive winter by staring at a fiery Darth Vader for five hours. Read More , but the worst thing Cook would do is force us all to use iPhones and iPads to get online.

Facebook Reviews Your Year

As you may have already noticed, Facebook has rolled out its Your Year In Review feature for 2015. This presents each user with a set of 10 photos uploaded to the site over the past 12 months. The idea being that these represent 2015 as it was for you personally.

Your Year In Review only really works if you either upload or are tagged in a lot of photos 3 Things You Need To Know About Photo Tagging In Facebook When you are being tagged in a photo, the tag not only reveals that you are in the photo, it also links to your Facebook profile and, if done well, is positioned across your face.... Read More . And even if that is the case Facebook may still get it wrong. Users complained last year of photos of exes and deceased relatives being featured, depressing some sensitive souls.


This year, however, Facebook has made changes designed to prevent something similar occurring. According to TechCrunch, the social network has “applied a unique set of filters” to stop such photos from appearing. And if they still get through you can remove, edit, or replace any photos in Your Year In Review.

Play Threes for Free on the Web

You can now play Threes for free right from within your Web browser. The devilishly difficult yet awesomely addictive puzzle game has been available on mobile for a long time, and proved so popular it spawned clones such as 2048. And it’s now just a mouse click away.

Threes is a simple concept that will drive you to distraction and frustrate you on every turn. So much so, I’d recommend finishing work before even thinking about playing it. Because your productivity will take a massive hit How to Be Productive When Productivity Apps Don't Work for You You should noticed that the past few years have been about an obsession with productivity. But what if productivity apps don't do it for you? Then what do you do? Read More . And your stress levels will increase.


You score big by combining the multiples of three into larger numbers, doing so until you run out of moves. Having played the Web version for 20 minutes I managed a high score of 492. Which sucks. So, give it a go and see if you can do any better, and post your results in the comments.

Netflix Makes Binge-Watching Socks

And finally, of all the world’s problems, falling asleep while binge-watching Netflix A Short Guide To Binge-Watching [Weird & Wonderful Web] Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have turned binge-watching into a mainstay of the mainstream. Before you begin binge-watching TV you should arm yourself with some important information. This short guide helps. Read More may just be the biggest. Curing cancer and stopping terrorism surely pale into insignificance when compared to missing your favorite show because you fell asleep on the sofa. Right?

Wrong. However, it’s not Netflix’ job to cure cancer or stop terrorism. It’s Netflix’ job to keep its customers happy, and to that end the company has created socks that pause Netflix when you fall asleep. There is even a handy guide so you can make your own pair of Netflix Socks [No Longer Available].

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you sick of waiting for Windows 10 Mobile? Would Apple do a good job in government? Are you happy with Your Year In Review according to Facebook? What’s your best score on Threes? How often do you fall asleep watching Netflix?


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  1. Anonymous
    December 19, 2015 at 12:10 am

    "Apple Should Run for President"
    As usual the methodology skews a poll.