Windows 10 Release Date Announced, Amazon Kindle for Kids, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Windows 10 release, Amazon Kindle Kids, The NSA stops spying, FIFA 16 female players, Enrique fingers drone, and Kung Fury brings back the 1980s.
Windows 10 Arrives At the End of July
It’s official, Windows 10 will be released on July 29. Microsoft announced the news after people started noticing a new icon in the system tray of their existing version of Windows. This allows eligible users to reserve their free Windows 10 upgrade ahead of release.
This means anyone who owns a PC or tablet running a legal copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free on July 29. New computers with Windows 10 pre-installed will also be available to buy from that day. Windows 10 will arrive on phones at a later date.
It turns out that the leak by AMD CEO Lisa Su was entirely accurate, as she revealed in April that Windows 10 would be launching at “the end of July”. Meanwhile, Newegg is listing Windows 10 as being available to buy new on August 31. Which is just a month after the free upgrades begin rolling out.
We said at the time that if the AMD leak was correct Microsoft had a lot of work to do in just three months. Now, we’re less than two months away from release, and Microsoft still has work to do finalizing features and ironing out all of the various bugs. Which begs the question: when will Windows 10.1 be released?
Amazon Wants Kids to Start Kindling
Kindle for Kids is a brilliant idea, but I hope they also (eventually) do a Fire variant. E-ink doesn't really work for young children.
— Andrew (@Optimaximal) June 1, 2015
Amazon has launched a Kindle for Kids Bundle, which, as TechCrunch reports, makes the Kindle experience a little more friendly for children. Aimed at parents of children who like to read, the Kindle for Kids Bundle comprises an ad-free Kindle e-reader, a child-friendly cover, and an extended 2-year warranty designed to protect the Kindle from accidental drops and spills.
The bundle is priced at $99, which is a saving of almost $40 if the three elements were bought separately. However, while this is good value for money, and could help get kids reading more books than usual, it’s not exactly a charitable endeavor. Amazon knows that with every child it gets using a Kindle, the more secure its future as the default digital bookseller becomes.
The NSA Temporarily Loses Power
Section 215 has expired! I can finally text rude words to my friends without worrying that someone at NSA knows a pastor at my Mom’s church!
— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) June 1, 2015
The National Security Agency (NSA) has lost the power to surveil the communications data of U.S. citizens in bulk. These powers have existed since the Patriot Act came into force in 2001, but the bulk collection of phone records wasn’t really know about until Edward Snowden revealed all in 2013.
According to Reuters, the legal authority for these activities expired on Sunday (May 31) after Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul blocked an extension. The Patriot Act is now likely to be replaced by The Freedom Act, which is backed by President Obama and the White House.
The Freedom Act changes things up by insisting the NSA and other agencies request data on specific individuals they suspect of having links to terrorism. Which is at least a step in the right direction . And a direct result of Snowden’s revelations before he fled to Russia.
EA Adds Female Players to FIFA 16
EA is including female footballers in FIFA 16, making this the first game in the series to include female players. In total, 12 international women’s teams will be featured, including the USA, England, Australia, Germany, France, and Italy.
The first FIFA game was released in 1993, meaning this has only taken 22 years to happen. Still, it’s better late than never, and with the Women’s World Cup kicking off in Canada on Saturday (June 6), the timing of the announcement is rather fitting.
Enrique Drones On About Hand Injury
Enrique Iglesias learned a valuable lesson while playing a gig in Tijuana, Mexico this past weekend. Which is never to put your fingers near the propellers of a flying drone. If you do, you’ll likely suffer the same fate as Enrique himself, who, according to CNN, cut his hand rather badly. The video embedded above shows the singer grabbing onto the drone, before trying to tip it forward.
While this normally goes off without a hitch, on this occasion the drone caught Enrique’s hand, causing it to bleed rather profusely. He carried on performing for some time before eventually receiving treatment backstage. He then completed his set with his hand bandaged up. It’s not quite up there with Michael Jackson setting fire to his hair while filming a Pepsi commercial, but still.
Kung Fury Brings the 1980s Back
And finally, Kung Fury has arrived to help us all remember how truly terrible the 1980s were. Kung Fury was made after a successful Kickstarter campaign persuaded 17,000 people to hand over $680,000 between them. And the result is a homage to the decade that most people have tried hard to forget.
Kung Fury is now available to watch on YouTube free. It may only be 30 minutes long, but it’s 30 minutes of such over the top sci-fi action and adventuring that we’re not sure the world could have handled a feature-length film.
Watching Kung Fury means you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cringe from embarrassment. You will also be glad the eighties are long gone . Or at least they were until these bright sparks brought them back to life.
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