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Windows 10, Twitch, Video, More: Short Monday Afternoon Buzz, August 8, 2016

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Ugh, what a terrible idea: Microsoft has reduced the Windows 10 rollback period from 30 days to 10. “With last week’s Anniversary Update, aka version 1607, the 30 days were reduced to 10. (Microsoft identifies its major upgrades using numerals representing year and month of the release.)” I think Leo Notenboom had it right with his system image method.

Interesting: Amazon is going to use Twitch to stream series pilots.

USEFUL STUFF

From Icecream Apps: How to Convert Videos with Google Drive for Free

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

From The New York Times: How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s. “Mr. [Clinton] Creason’s experience with the electric co-op puts him at the leading edge of a trend unfolding in hard-to-reach rural spots nationwide. For years, such communities have largely been left out of the digital revolution because they had only intermittent internet access, often through a patchwork of satellite, dial-up or wireless service. Telecom and cable companies shunned the areas because it was too expensive to bring equipment and service over long distances to so few people. Now high-speed internet is finally reaching these remote places, but not through the telecom and cable companies that have wired most of urban America.”

Facebook’s Free Internet initiative did not work in India. Will it work in Africa? “Facebook co-founder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg is inching closer to his goal of connecting the world to the Internet after signing up 22 African countries to its free Internet service.”

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Aaaaaaaannnnd the name of the latest mobile security nightmare IS… Quadrooter! “Four previously undisclosed security vulnerabilities found in Android phones and tablets that ship with Qualcomm chips could let a hacker take full control of an affected device. Almost a billion Android devices are affected by the ‘high’ risk privilege escalation vulnerabilities, dubbed ‘Quadrooter,’ say researchers at security firm Check Point.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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