Google likes to adjust the Play Store more or less continuously, changing things in big or small ways for a small subset of users before rolling things out (or not) to Android at large. The latest updates to the app seem to be appearing for only a few people, presumably via server-side changes.
Today marks a beginning, as well as an end, for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. On the one hand, the company has officially begun rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update for free to all users of the PC OS. On the other hand, the company’s official support for the 10-year old Windows Vista ends today as well.
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As noted by Microsoft in a blog post, today’s release of the Windows 10 Creators Update will bring a host of new features and improvements to the OS. That includes the new Paint 3D app that will allow anyone to quickly create or modify 3D models. It will also add Game Mode, which is designed to make any PC game run and perform faster by allocating more of a PC’s hardware resources to those titles. The update also includes a number of improvements to the Microsoft Edge web browser, a “night light” mode for reading on Windows 10 devices after dark and much more.
While Microsoft is celebrating the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update, it is silently ending support today for Windows Vista. Microsoft had issues with Vista, also known by its codename Longhorn, even before it officially launched in January 2007. The original plan to introduce a new file system in Vista was canceled, and caused the OS itself to be delayed. When it finally was released, users immediately ran into issues with its high system requirements, along with missing or incomplete drivers on many PCs and third-party hardware. Those issues caused many users and businesses to keep the older Windows XP installed on their PCs for far longer than what Microsoft planned.
Today’s milestone for Windows Vista means that Microsoft will no longer offer any security or software patches for the OS. That should not affect too many people. According to the most recent PC OS market share numbers from Net Applications, Vista is still installed and working on less than one percent of all PCs worldwide.
Facebook has just updated its messaging app. Starting today, Messenger will sort your conversations in tabs instead of having them in a confusing list. At the top of the homescreen, there is a tab called Messages where all one-to-one conversations are listed. The second tab is called Active and you can see if someone is online or when they were last online on Messenger, while the third tab is called Groups – this is the place for all the group chats. On the bottom of the app you will find tabs for the homescreen and calls, positioned left from the camera shutter for Stories….
Ford is updating a large number of 2016 model year cars equipped with SYNC 3 infotainment software, adding Android Auto and CarPlay to the vehicles with a free, over-the-air update via Wi-Fi, or using either USB or going through their dealer. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford car owners the chance to get big infotainment… Read More Mobile – TechCrunch
Taking a page out of Apple Music’s playbook, popular video music service Vevo will this week introduce a revamped tvOS app with curated and customizable playlists, new browsing features, a "peek-inside-playlist" user interface and more. AppleInsider – Frontpage News