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This week in the world of technology: An american woman successfully sues Microsoft over an unwanted update and a new Apple patent halts gig photography!
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We’ve all heard at least one story about an inconvenient Windows 10 update. Whether it’s the meteorologist who was prompted to upgrade live on air or the pro gamer who was interrupted mid-stream, Windows 10 updates have been creating plenty of amusement and grief in equal measure.
You might be surprised to hear that a woman in the US has successfully sued Microsoft following an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade of her own. Teri Goldstein won herself $10,000 to cover loss of earnings and the cost of a new computer when the update seemingly slowed down her computer and prevented it from turning on for long periods of time. We’re not sure how likely a case like this will succeed again is, though!
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Can you remember the last time you went to a gig without seeing thousands of smartphones being held aloft? The era of social media has ushered in a new generation of music fans who are desperate to document concerts. After all, if you don’t have a bad quality video, where you even there?
What these amateur photographers might not realise is that they could well be flouting copyright law. An Apple patent in developing technology used to block or disable cameras where filming is prohibited could be putting a swift stop to the practice. By using infrared signals to disable camera applications, filming can be effectively halted in prohibited places. Maybe this seems a little harsh but I definitely look forward to gigs lacking phones being waved in the air!
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Facebook seems to have reversed on a trend that saw publisher and advertising content take up space in newsfeeds. Following complaints that users were missing out on content from friends in favour of stories from publishers, Facebook will now be prioritising updates from friends and family.
Shares and Comments will also now have greater influence over a post’s reach than likes, making it easier for content that builds meaningful engagement to reach a wide audience. In theory, you should now be able to see updates from close friends more immediately than before without having to wade through too much irrelevant branded content.
Which technology news stories have caught your eye this week?