Windows 7 PCs with free OS upgrade are still available, for now

Many computer users have upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 as part of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer, which ends on Friday.

After Friday, holdovers who want to upgrade from Windows 7 will have to shell out from $119.99 to $199.99 for a Windows 10 license.

But for those who’d rather buy a new PC, Windows 7 laptops and desktops will still be available with the flexibility to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

PC makers HP, Lenovo and Dell have stopped selling PCs with home editions of Windows 7. However, they are still selling PCs, loaded with Windows 7 Professional, that can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free.

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Microsoft listens and learns, pulls a passing grade for Windows 10’s freshman year

The most important ingredient in Windows 10’s success during its first 12 months wasn’t even a product feature, analysts said today as the operating system completed its freshman year.

“It was the fact that Microsoft was willing to learn from its mistakes, then make course corrections,” Steve Kleynhans of Gartner said when asked to pinpoint Windows 10’s most significant accomplishment. “There was a lot more of that with Windows 10. Microsoft made subtle adjustments, like the pace of updating the OS for enterprises, and they eventually softened on some of the more aggressive techniques for [the] Get Windows 10 [upgrade campaign].”

Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, echoed Kleynhans. “I can answer that with one word: ‘listening,'” said Gottheil when asked the same question about 10’s first 12 months.

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Big batteries for every home and business: Energy storage to double this year

The global energy storage market is expected to double as homes and businesses adopt battery energy storage to supplement rooftop solar and other renewable energy systems, according to a new report by IHS.

According to IHS, over the next decade, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will become the mainstream energy-storage technology, with more than 80% of global energy storage installations including it by 2025.

This year alone, the global energy storage market is expected to double, from 1.4 gigawatt hours (GWh or billion watt hours) added in 2015 to 2.9GWh.

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SwiftKey’s typing predictions may have leaked users’ emails

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard app, has suspended a syncing feature that may have leaked users’ emails to strangers.

The problem has been popping up through the app’s prediction bar. A few users on Reddit have noticed that it’s been offering strange suggestions — including emails they’ve never seen and foreign language terms they’ve never used.

“And now, I’m getting someone else’s German predictions,” wrote one user, who recently rooted a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. “I have never typed German in my entire life.”

The problem might be related to how SwiftKey collects data on the words and phrases users type. That data is then analyzed and used to predict the customer’s typing habits, including what emails they tend to enter — only in this case those predictions are possibly being shared with others.  

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