Windows XP Lives, iPhone Catches Fire, Selfie Secures Sitcom [Tech News Digest]
Today in Tech News Digest, Windows XP refuses to die, Yahoo explores new search options, an iPhone catches fire and burns a teenage girl, indie developers fight back against King’s ‘Candy’ trademark, and ABC orders a TV pilot based solely on selfies.
Windows XP Refuses To Die
Bill Gates just broke into Microsoft offices and released Windows XP Service Pack 4 and extended support to 2016. #SeattleRiot
— Chris Bannon (@b4nn0n) February 3, 2014
Despite pleas from Microsoft for people to move onwards and upwards, Windows XP refuses to die. The latest figures from Net Applications (as reported by CNET) show that the market share Windows XP boasts amongst desktop operating systems actually rose between December 2013 and January 2014.
The rise, from 28.98 to 29.23 may have been small, but it’s still significant when we’re talking about a 12-year-old operating system. Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP from April, so the fact that almost one-third of PC owners are still reliant on the aged OS is a worry.
The figures also show Windows 7 dominant on 47.49 percent, with Windows 8 sitting on just over 10 percent. Windows XP is clearly sticking around for the time being, at least in the hearts and minds of consumers, though clearly not Microsoft. It’ll be interesting to see how the situation changes come April. If, indeed, it does.
Yahoo Wants Back In The Search Game
The most searched word in the yahoo search engine is ‘google’. That is a REAL kick in the teeth for yahoo. Yahoo feels used. X
— Sam Petersen (@mrsammyp) February 1, 2014
It’s looking likely that Yahoo will be making a concerted effort to end the search and advertising deal it forged with Microsoft in 2009. The deal, which came after Microsoft failed to buy Yahoo as a whole, means Bing powers Yahoo search, with the two companies splitting the revenues.
According to Re/code, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer is determined to get back in the search game. She has ordered two new projects, Fast Break and Curveball, which could potentially lead to a new search engine being launched; one focused on mobile rather than desktop. This could be Satya Nadella’s first crisis as the new CEO of Microsoft , assuming Redmond actually gets around to naming him anytime soon.
iPhone Catches Fire, Burns Teenage Girl
— Karol Brennan (@codemasterkarol) February 3, 2014
An iPhone has allegedly caught fire in the pocket of a teenage girl, leaving her with first- and second-degree burns. USA Today reports that the incident occurred when the 13-year-old sat down with her phone in her pocket. The mobile device made a popping sound, suggesting the battery had shorted out.
Apple has so far not commented on the incident, but it should be noted that there have been multiple reports over the last few years of smartphones catching fire. The problem isn’t limited to the iPhone, and has instead been suffered by a number of different makes and models. So, just another reason not to buy a smartphone , I guess.
Indie Devs Fight ‘Candy Crush Saga’
I am going to trademark the game “Candy Crush Crush” where I crush the phone or laptop of anyone who sends me Candy Crush invite on Facebook
— Ben Dickson (@Alien2human) February 1, 2014
King, makers of the insanely popular Candy Crush Saga, was recently granted a trademark for the term ‘Candy‘ in relation to mobile games. This didn’t go down well with certain sections of the Internet, which is now embarking on a campaign to “Fight Trademark Trolling.”
Candy Jam is a collective effort to see as many games as possible submitted to the App Store with the name ‘Candy‘ in the title. King’s bullying behavior on this issue isn’t winning it any friends, and does seem a little ridiculous when the protesters are claiming that many of the company’s games, including Candy Crush Saga, aren’t exactly original. We’ll let you make your own minds up.
ABC Orders A ‘Selfie’
ABC just ordered a show called “Selfie” because, uh, the kids all love takin’ selfies and ABC is out of ideas. http://t.co/fy89kGqxmT
— Jason Feifer (@heyfeifer) January 30, 2014
And finally, fans of good television should look away now… After becoming a major presence on social media sites, “selfie“ was named Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year for 2013. And now US television network ABC wants to make a whole show based on the vainglorious act of photographing oneself.
According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC has ordered a pilot of ‘Selfie’, a comedy in the vein of My Fair Lady. The plot follows “a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked … [who] enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.” It’s certainly in the zeitgeist, but is that enough to make it worthwhile?
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