This Week in Tech: 18th - 22nd March

Published on March 22nd, 2019. Written by .

In this week's roundup:

  • Xbox getting a disc-less version in May
  • Wikipedia turned off in Europe to protest Article 13
  • Microsoft warn Windows 7 users about the end of security updates
This Week in Tech: 18th - 22nd March

Credit: Windows Central

Xbox getting a disc-less version in May

Microsoft is rumoured to be releasing a new version of the Xbox One S which would be disc-less. With the DVD drive being ditched, it would mean all games and media would be streamed/downloaded from the internet.

Wikipedia turned off in Europe to protest Article 13

The owners of Wikipedia turned the site offline on Wednesday to protest new European law, Article 13 which is being drawn up. The article would severely change the copyright regulations in Europe. We've written an article on how it would affect you.

It's not just Wikipedia protesting the new regulations, Reddit shows a modal when you upload media telling you to contact your local EU representative to protest the rules.

This Week in Tech: 18th - 22nd March

The EU Parliament are expected to vote on the new regulations on Tuesday, the 26th March.

This Week in Tech: 18th - 22nd March

Microsoft warn Windows 7 users about the end of security updates

Microsoft have announced that they will start to push out notifications to users who still use the Windows 7 operating system from 2009 that from the 14th January 2020, they will no longer be covered by weekly security updates and patches.

The notifications will appear to users, starting on the 18th April.

This Week in Tech: 18th - 22nd March

Facebook announce that some user passwords were stored in plain text

Yesterday, Thursday 21st, Facebook issued a press release stating that some user passwords were stored in plain text.

However, the company said that there are no traces that the passwords were compromised by anyone outside of Facebook. They did advise users to change their passwords on a regular basis.

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