Windows 10 Gets Anniversary Update, Instagram Launches Stories… [Tech News Digest]


Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Instagram tells Stories, Time Warner buys into Hulu, Microsoft offers the HoloLens to everyone with money, and Grand Theft Auto IV cheat codes get mistaken for secret military codes.

Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is now available, with Microsoft rolling out the major update to users around the world as we speak. This is the first major update to Windows 10 since launch, and it comes just over a year after Windows 10 was first offered for download.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update offers a range of new features, as well as improvements to some of the core components of Windows 10. These include Cortana getting smarter, Edge gaining extensions, Ink being improved, and lots of UI tweaks which make using Windows 10 more enjoyable.

While everyone running Windows 10 will eventually be upgraded to the Anniversary Update, you can get it manually by checking Windows Update or downloading the ISO file to your PC. Microsoft is also promising the “Windows 10 Anniversary Update will start rolling out to Windows 10 Mobile phones in the coming weeks”.

Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade to anyone using Windows 7 and Windows 8 up to and including July 29. But with that offer now having ended, anyone looking to upgrade will have to pay the asking price of $119.99. Unless you use this cheat to beat the system.

Instagram Stories Offers a Day In the Life

Instagram has launched Instagram Stories, an idea openly inspired by Snapchat Stories. Instagram Stories lets you create a timeline of your last 24 hours, with a slideshow of photos your followers can see in chronological order. You can also see the Stories of other users you follow.

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The photos and videos you share will disappear after 24 hours, offering your followers a glimpse into a day in your life. There are some simple text and drawing tools available, and comments on content come in the form of private messages sent through Instagram Direct.

Instagram Stories is virtually identical to Snapchat Stories, but, as the best imitators do, Instagram has refined everything to the nth degree. This is therefore Snapchat Stories done right, a fact which is sure to stick in the craw of the bods at Snapchat.

Instagram is rolling out Stories globally on Android and iOS over the next few weeks.

Time Warner Buys Stake In Hulu

Time Warner has bought a 10% stake in Hulu for $583 million. This brings Time Warner into the fold alongside founders Disney, 21st Century Fox, and NBCUniversal. However, unlike the latter three companies, Time Warner will not be contributing programming to the existing Hulu service. Which is a shame, as Hulu offers access to some truly unmissable TV shows.

Instead, Time Warner has bought into Hulu in order to be involved in the company’s live TV service expected to launch sometime next year. While details are currently thin on the ground, Hulu is expected to start offering a pay TV service for those willing to stump up the cash. And Time Warner is impressed enough by the idea it’s invested cold hard cash in the venture.

You Can Now Buy Microsoft HoloLens

Have you got $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Yes? Then Microsoft thinks you should spend it on the HoloLens, its augmented reality headset. Potential buyers previously had to apply for a chance to buy a HoloLens headset, but now anyone in the U.S. or Canada can, as long as they have a Microsoft account.

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Now, the Microsoft HoloLens is very impressive, but the majority of people don’t need it and won’t want it right now. This is still very much aimed at developers keen to develop apps for the platform, and the consumer edition — if and when it ever actually arrives — will be considerably cheaper.

Secret Military Codes or GTA IV Cheats?

And finally, if you’re a TV news reporter then you owe it to yourself and your viewers to check your source thoroughly before going on air. Which is something the reporter in this video clearly failed to do, as she mistakes a list of GTA IV cheat codes for secret military codes used in the recent attempted military coup in Turkey.

The piece of paper she holds up to the camera clearly contains cheat codes for Grand Theft Auto IV, but she implies these are secret codes used in the coup. We know violent video games are blamed for a lot of things, but fueling a failed military coup on Turkey is a new one on us. [H/T The Next Web]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What do you think of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? Should Instagram be embarassed about stealing Stories from Snapchat? Would you be interested in a paid Hulu TV service? Will you be buying a Microsoft HoloLens for $3,000? Should that Turkish TV reporter change careers?

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