Tech Thoughts Net News â Friday Edition â August 7, 2015
Tech Thoughts Net News is a weekly podcast that covers the latest news and trends in the tech industry. In this episode, we discuss:
The new Windows 10 update that brings back the Start menu and adds new features like Cortana and Edge[^4^]
The hacking of Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extramarital affairs, and the ethical implications of exposing its users[^2^]
The launch of Apple Music, a streaming service that competes with Spotify and Pandora, and its impact on the music industry[^3^]
The failure success of Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that promises to revolutionize gaming and entertainment[^1^]
If you want to learn more about these topics and hear our opinions, tune in to Tech Thoughts Net News every Friday. You can find us on SoundCloud, iTunes, or your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!
Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft's operating system, released on July 29, 2015. It is designed to run on a variety of devices, from PCs and tablets to phones and Xbox. Windows 10 brings back the familiar Start menu that was missing in Windows 8, and introduces new features like Cortana, a personal assistant that can answer questions and perform tasks, and Edge, a new web browser that replaces Internet Explorer. Windows 10 also offers a seamless integration with Microsoft's cloud services, such as OneDrive and Office 365. Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users for the first year.
Ashley Madison is a website that caters to people who want to have discreet affairs outside their marriages. It claims to have over 37 million members worldwide, and uses the slogan \"Life is short. Have an affair.\" However, on July 15, 2015, a group of hackers called The Impact Team breached the website's security and stole its user data, including names, email addresses, credit card numbers, and sexual preferences. The hackers threatened to release the data unless the website was shut down. On August 18 and 20, the hackers leaked the data online, exposing millions of users and sparking a wave of scandals, lawsuits, and suicides. The hacking of Ashley Madison raises ethical questions about the morality of cheating, the privacy of online data, and the responsibility of website owners.
Apple Music is a music streaming service that was launched by Apple on June 30, 2015. It allows users to access over 30 million songs from the iTunes library, as well as listen to live radio stations and curated playlists. Apple Music also features a social network called Connect, where artists can share their music and interact with fans. Apple Music competes with other popular streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, which have millions of loyal users and offer free or cheaper options. Apple Music hopes to attract customers by offering exclusive content from artists like Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre, and by leveraging its integration with other Apple products like iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple Music costs $9.99 per month for individuals or $14.99 per month for families.
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that was developed by Oculus VR, a company that was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. Oculus Rift is designed to create an immersive experience that simulates being in another place or world. It uses a pair of lenses that display a high-resolution image for each eye, and sensors that track the user's head movements and adjust the image accordingly. Oculus Rift can be used for various applications, such as gaming, education, entertainment, and social networking. Oculus Rift was initially expected to fail due to technical challenges, high costs, and limited content. However, it has received positive reviews from critics and users who praised its realism and potential. Oculus Rift was released to consumers on March 28, 2016 for $599. ec8f644aee