Windows 7 Reigns Supreme For Now

Windows 7 is still the most popular OS out there according to numbers from NetMarketShare. Nearly 60% of computers use it, followed by about 17% using Windows 8 or 8.1.  Windows XP, despite being unsupported for more than a year in still on nearly 15% of computers, while poor Windows Vista in on just about 2%. Mac operating systems combined count for around 6% of computers in use while Linux holds steady at around 1.5% of users.

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Of course, these Windows numbers will probably change drastically at the end of the month when a free upgrade to Windows 10 is available to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1.

 Taylor Swift Takes On Apple And Wins

Singer Taylor Swift lived up to her name by swiftly getting Apple to change its payment policy for artists for the company’s new paid streaming service.  Originally, the company planned not to compensate artists for the music that was played by listeners during the service’s initial free 3-month trial period.

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That didn’t sit well with Swift who pulled her best-selling 1989 album from Apple Music saying that while the money earned wouldn’t matter much to her in the scheme of things, that struggling newer artists depend on their royalties and that’s it wasn’t fair to ask anyone to go without a paycheck for three months.

Apple responded quickly saying that they Apple Music would pay artists for streaming during the free trial period and even saying, “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”

 

Roku Bringing Interactive Ads To Select Channels

Watching your Roku Box is going to feel a lot more like surfing the Internet. The company is adding interactive ads that are specifically targeted to you based on your behaviors and your location.

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Users can interact with these ads for more information or to play games.  The channels include CBS News, CNET & CBS Sports. These ads can also interact with your mobile devices, sending reminders or information to your phone.

~ Cynthia