Windows 10 Mobile Launch Details, Facebook Tests Reactions… [Tech News Digest]
Windows 10 Mobile gets dated, Facebook likes Reactions, Jet.com goes free, play the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, Lexus’ cardboard electric car, Netflix Settle may save your relationship.
Windows 10 Mobile Due in December
Microsoft has finally announced when Windows 10 Mobile is going to be launched for devices already in the wild. Up to now, Microsoft has kept its time-frame very vague, only going as far as to promise Windows 10 would land on smartphones shortly after PCs and tablets. But WinBeta spotted the truth on the official Lumia Facebook page.
Now, after launching the new Lumia 950, 950 XL, and 550 (all of which will ship with Windows 10 installed), Redmond has revealed that Windows 10 Mobile will “begin rolling out in December”. This is the point at which “broad availability of Windows 10 on other devices, including mobile phones” will begin.
This means anyone currently using Windows Phone 8.1 will gain the option of upgrading to Windows 10. As with PCs, Microsoft is offering free Windows 10 upgrades for the first year. It’s important to note that December is just the starting point, and not all devices or carriers will offer the upgrades as soon as Microsoft issues them. Still, it’s on its way!
Facebook Goes Beyond the Like Button
Facebook is testing its effort to move beyond the Like button, with a new feature called Reactions. Reactions are essentially emoji by another name, with users gaining a range of different faces they can apply to status updates. According to Engadget, Facebook will start testing Reactions in Spain and Ireland tomorrow (Friday).
Like many other sites, we originally reported that a Dislike button was coming , but that’s not actually the case . Instead, these Reactions will all be offered under the original Like button. The other Reactions are Love, Laughter, Smiling, Shocked, Sadness, and Anger. More options will likely be added before this gets rolled out to all users.
Jet.com Drops Annual Membership Fees
— Jet (@Jet) October 7, 2015
Jet.com, which launched in July as a rival to Amazon Prime , has killed its $50 annual membership fee. Now, access to the online retailer will be free, but the possible savings will be reduced as a result. The change of business model was announced prior to the three-month free trials ending, which means no one has yet paid a dime for access to Jet.
According to Re/code, with the membership fee in place shoppers could expect “savings of at least 10 to 11 percent on most orders”. Now, with the membership fee gone, shoppers can expect savings starting at around 4-5 percent, with higher savings offered for larger orders. This makes Jet just another online shopping site, but competition is good.
Play the Star Wars: Battlefront Beta
The #StarWarsBattlefront Beta will open up on Oct 8th 10 AM PST.
— Sledgehammer70 (@sledgehammer70) October 8, 2015
EA is opening the Star Wars: Battlefront beta up to everyone. Having been running for a couple of days for a lucky few, the beta will now be expanded to anyone willing to download and install the beta. The full game isn’t due to be released until November 17, 2015.
The Star Wars: Battlefront beta will be available from 10am PST. The download weighs in at 11 GB on PC, and 8 GB on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The beta feature three game modes: a solo survival mission on Tattooine, a skirmish on Sullust, and the epic attack on Hoth.
Star Wars fans the world over have just enjoyed nerdgasms.
Lexus Built an Origami Electric Car
Fresh from building a useless hoverboard , Lexus has built a useless electric car made out of cardboard. This one-off, life-sized replica of the IS saloon was created as a “celebration of the skills of Lexus’s takumi craftsmen and women”. At least according to the press release.
This origami car is made from a mind-blowing 1,700 laser-cut cardboard sheets, with everything other than the electric motor and the lights made from the recyclable material. Why? Because if you create something cool people will take notice. Which equals free advertising. Result!
Netflix Settles Your Arguments
And finally, Netflix has unveiled a new feature designed to help couples decide what to watch together. Designed to be used when the choices are poles apart, and when neither party will back down, Netflix Settle removes the problem by playing something neither one wants to watch .
OK, so as you may have already guessed, Netflix Settle isn’t real. Instead, it’s the brainchild of Mashable, which saw a problem in need of solving. While this is a joke, it does make me long for a Shuffle button on Netflix, which plays content completely at random. Make it happen!
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
Are you considering switching from Android or iOS to Windows 10 Mobile? Will you start using Facebook Reactions? Are you more likely to use Jet.com now that it’s free? Will you be playing the Star Wars: Battlefront beta? Is an origami electric car the dumbest idea ever? Do you wish Netflix Settle was real?
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