Windows 10 has gotten a lot of attention for bringing back the Start Menu, adding the Edge web browser and Cortana digital assistant to desktop Windows users, and introducing Continuum technology to automatically transition from desktop to tablet mode and back again on 2-in-1 notebook/tablet convertibles.
But the operating system has also come under fire for the way it collects user data. Now Microsoft has issued a sort of response, in a blog post where the company says it collects anonymous data in order to quickly fix bugs, and personal data in order to offer personalized search results… but that the company does not collect data for advertising purposes.
Whether that makes you feel any better… is up to you.
- Microsoft says Windows 10 isn’t violating your privacy
The easiest way to keep Cortana from stockpiling information about you is to not to use Cortana… [Microsoft ]
- A (rather unscientific) estimate of the number of Ubuntu smartphones in the wild
Want to know how many smartphones running Ubuntu are out there? Canonical isn’t saying, and neither are smartphone makers BQ and Meizu, the only two companies making Ubuntu phones so far. But you can do a little detective work by looking at how many people have updated a core Ubuntu phone app — the calculator. These numbers might be wildly off, but if anything it’s more likely that they’re low than high. [Riccardo Padovani]
- Report: Next-gen Chromecast to support higher-res video, come in three colors, still cost $35
Google is unveiling new smartphones tomorrow… but that’s probably not all the company will announce. [Android Police]
- Report: Android 6.0 Marshmallow to roll out for the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2014), 9 and Player starting Oct 5th
Don’t want to buy a new phone? Don’t worry. New software may be coming to your existing hardware soon… and it’ll come soonest if you have a relatively recent Nexus device. [Android Police]
- Gogle Play Music Unlimited family plans coming soon
Android Police is pretty sure there’s at least one another Google announcement on the way: a family plan that lets up to 6 people share a subscription for $14.99 per month. [Android Police]
- AdaFruit Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 launches for $115 (and quickly sells out)
Want to run Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi 2? No problem. It’ll do that. Want all the gear to make the most of it? Adafruit has got you covered… if you can wait for the company to get more kits in stock. [Adafruit]