Thurrott Daily: May 1

Posted on May 1, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Games, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos, Windows, Windows 10, Xbox One with 0 Comments

Thurrott Daily: May 1

My Commodore 64C set up from 1986.

Happy weekend. Here are some tech tidbits from around the web.

5/1/2016 11:42:50 AM

Update on the great photo-scanning event of 2016

Last week I wrote about my latest attempt at digitizing the many, many photographs we have taking up space in the basement. Since then, I’ve spent the better part of two weekends scanning in photos, and I’ve now eliminated an entire year (1986) plus most of a second (1987). I don’t recall how many photo albums I’ve thrown out so far, since I’ve thrown them out. But I’ve scanned almost 1500 photos, and the resulting files take up about 6.6 GB of space. I’ve backed up them locally to the NAS, and to OneDrive and Google Photos.

How long can I maintain this pace? Will I eventually just drift off and stop scanning again? I don’t know, and we’ll see. But so far so good.

Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world’s most twee Start button

This is dumb, but people seem fascinated by this kind of thing. I’m more curious why no one got an old version of Mac OS running on the Apple Watch, but whatever. The Verge reports:

If you’re willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. It’s slow, to say the least. But it definitely appears to be more functional than you’d expect.

You can learn more in Lee’s blog post.

Bing for iOS now lets you search images by taking a photo

Venturebeat reports:

Microsoft updated its Bing app for iOS with some very useful functionality: image search using a new photo you take in the app or a photo you have hanging around on your device.

This feature is not yet available on Android or Windows Phone. It isn’t even available from the Google app for iOS or Android, or from Yahoo’s mobile apps, for that matter.

So this totally makes sense. Sort of.

DOOM single player preview is now available

Bethesda has uploaded a one-hour video highlighting DOOM’s upcoming single player campaign. This is kind of interesting because the original DOOM (as well as the DOOM 3 remake) were primarily single player games, and many are looking forward to this aspect of the new game too.

It looks great, of course, especially the Hell fracture bits. (Which remind me of the Painkiller games.) But it remains to be see whether a game this old-school will fly today.

Rovi is buying TiVo

TiVo was just sold for $1.1 bilion.

Rovi and TiVo today announced that Rovi will acquire TiVo for $10.70 per share in cash and stock for total consideration of approximately $1.1 billion. The new company combines two media and entertainment technology innovators with complementary products, services, and intellectual property assets and a common mission to write the next chapter of the consumer entertainment experience. The company will continue to be led by Tom Carson and upon closing of the transaction will adopt the iconic TiVo brand as the new company name.

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