Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. It will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. They've also announced that if you're in the free Windows Insider program, you will get a copy of Windows for free as well. You can still get into the program at insider.windows.com. The Windows Insider program is Microsoft's way of testing Windows 10 on the desktop and Windows Mobile 10 for the smartphone.
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Taylor Swift wrote a letter to Apple saying that she's pulling her newest album, 1989, off of Apple Music. The decision was made because of Apple not paying artists royalties during the three month trial period.
The US Government issued a subpoena to Reason.com for the information on six commenters on an article about the Silk Road. The article was about the judge's harsh ruling on Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. The government also issued a gag order that kept Reason.com from disclosing anything about the situation. Reason.com successfully had the gag order lifted with help from the US Attorney's Office.
Read the full story at Reason.com
President Obama visited Marc Maron's garage to the the guest on the WTF podcast this past Thursday. Marc Maron has had a show on IFC, and has a background in political talk radio. His podcast 'WTF,' is a comedy show where he typically interviews comedians.
Listen to the full episode of WTF with Marc Maron and President Obama at potus.wtfpod.com
This week, Leo's preferred password manager LastPass got hacked. Leo still recommends them though, because they can generate extremely long custom passwords, so all you have to remember is the one LastPass password. But that's where the achilles heal was.
The heat and AC at 19 public schools in Grand Rapids, MI is run off of a 30 year old Commodore Amiga, according to a story from WOOD TV 8. The computer was purchased with money from an energy bond in the 1980's, replacing a refrigerator sized computer at the time. The computer system turns the heat and air conditioners on and off for 19 buildings and monitors the temperature. A high schooler programmed it, and whenever the district has a problem, they go back to that same former student.
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, held a challenge over the weekend that put humanoid robots to task. The robots were expected to drive and park a vehicle, open a door and walk through it, turn a valve handle one full rotation, use a power drill to cut a hole in a sheetrock wall big enough for a person to fit through, climb over and through rubble, climb a metal staircase, and then perform a surprise task. The robots were able to complete most of these objectives, but had some minor issues along the way.
The computer network of the US Government Office of Personnel Management was hacked by what the FBI calls "Chinese hackers." OPM carries details on the records of every single government employee, including security levels and personal information. And there's millions at risk. Leo's not so sure that China is at fault here, although China does have a very active and robust cyber espionage group. What Leo sees here is blackmail material, based on the clearance database.
Apple Music was announced at the WWDC 2015 keynote this past week. It's a streaming music service that gives you access to the music available on the iTunes Music Store for $9.99 a month, or $15 a month for a family of up to six users. This is a rebranded version of the Beats Music service, which Apple acquired last year.