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Dave Parrack 17-07-2015

Windows 10 on a stick, the great Reddit quarantine of 2015, Angry Birds 2, a free Wilco album for all, Jeb Bush talks tech, and a Jedi has fun with a GoPro.


Windows 10 Available on USB Drives

For the first time in its history, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 on USB flash drives. Previous versions of Windows have all been sold exclusively on DVD, but Windows 10 is being made available on a USB stick. Windows 10 Home is priced at $120, with Windows 10 Pro priced at $200.

It has been rumored for some time that Microsoft was looking to offer Windows 10 Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More on USB sticks, and that has now been confirmed by a listing on Amazon. Windows 10 on a USB flash drive will also be offered through other retailers, including the Microsoft Store.

A Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat, “Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch. The suggested retail prices for Windows 10 in the U.S. are the same as Windows 8.1.”

This seems like a no-brainer, as USB sticks are smaller and easier to carry around than DVDs, the installation process is faster, and it removes the need to own a computer with a DVD drive. Which makes us wonder why it took Microsoft so long to offer this option. Still, it’s better late than never, and it’s further proof that Microsoft is changing things up.

Reddit Starts Censoring Subs


Reddit has laid out its new policies aimed at balancing free speech and decency. The policies came courtesy of an AMA with new CEO Steve Huffman, the co-founder of Reddit who has taken charge after Ellen Pao resigned from the post. Pao left the company partly as a result of the backlash to some subreddits being banned Free Speech vs. Harassment: Why Did Reddit Ban Five Subreddits? Reddit officially announced the decision to ban five subreddits, due to ongoing harassment problems. Read More .

Once the new rules kick in, some subreddits will be banned outright for allegedly inciting illegal activity. This includes /r/rapingwomen, which Huffman claims is actively “encouraging people to rape”.

Other subreddits will be allowed to remain on the site, but hidden away from both the front page and search results. This includes /r/coontown, which is, as its name suggests, full of racism. Reddit is removing the ads from these subreddits in order to make no money from them, ensuring the company isn’t profiting from hate.

These rules aren’t perfect, and Reddit is still taking heat from both sides of the debate. Some want the freedom of speech to post whatever they want, while others want Reddit to become a positive place where hatred no longer exists The Kindest Communities on Reddit There are a lot of really great people on Reddit – here's where you can find them. Read More . Reddit deserves credit for trying to find a third way which keeps all of the various elements of its community relatively happy.


Rovio Announces Angry Birds 2

Rovio has announced Angry Birds 2, a sequel to the smash hit original that launched the mobile gaming craze 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive My name is Dave Parrack, I'm a 34-year-old freelance writer from England, and I have a problem. I'm addicted to playing Angry Birds. Being hooked on catapulting feathered weapons of mass destruction into smug pigs... Read More . Little is known about Angry Birds 2, except that it will star some of our feathered friends and their porcine mortal enemies. So far, so samey.

Angry Birds 2 is actually way overdue, with the original being released way back in 2009. However, there have been multiple spin-offs since then, including Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Transformers. Angry Birds 2 is set to hit the various app stores on July 30.

Wilco Releases Free Star Wars Album

Alternative rock band Wilco has released a new album called Star Wars. Even better, it’s currently free to download from in exchange for nothing more than an active email address.


The name is a mystery, as none of the songs seem to have any connection with George Lucas’ opus 10 Geeky Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day With Star Wars back in business, we felt now would be a good time to think of the wackiest ways geeks can celebrate Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you! Read More . However, we do know why Wilco released Star Wars for free, as frontman Jeff Tweedy suggested, “it felt like it would be fun”. He has a point.

Jeb Bush Talks Technology

Jeb Bush has (briefly) discussed technology, picking his favorite gadgets. It turns out that the Presidential hopeful, who is currently running for the Republican nomination for 2016, is an Apple fanboy. Hell, he’s even wearing an Apple Watch How The Apple Watch Won Me Over When Apple announced their latest gadget, I wasn't entirely impressed. I ignored the hype, disregarded the reviews, and didn't pre-order one for myself. Obviously, I caved. Read More in the video.

Does this mean fellow Apple fanboys and fangirls are more likely to vote for Bush? Possibly, because Apple fans are used to believing nonsense. All we need now is for Hillary Clinton to come out as an Android enthusiast, and the real battle can begin.

Watch a Jedi Play With a GoPro

And finally, Star Wars is back with a vengeance, as fans the world over get hyped up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new movie isn’t out until December, but the fan-made tributes to the series continue to come in thick and fast.


The Force is particularly strong with this video by Bill Parker, which shows a Jedi testing out his new GoPro 6 Ways To Use GoPro Cameras That Don't Involve Extreme Sports GoPro cameras can be used in plenty of ways other than shooting extreme sports, six of which we'll be exploring in this article. Read More . He encounters legions of Stormtroopers, a speeder bike, a TIE fighter, and an AT-AT, all of which are taken down without too much trouble.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be buying Windows 10 on a USB drive? Do you agree with Reddit’s new policies? Will you be downloading Angry Birds 2? What do you think of the new Wilco album? Do you agree with Jeb Bush? Do you wish you were a Jedi?!

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for your interpretation of the first amendment and thanks for further proving my point, which remains that reddit did nothing of any consequence, while publicly claiming the opposite.

    You said "... you are free to express any idea you want but Reddit or NBC TV or the MakeUseOf blog are not obliged by law to give you a forum to express it". Let's analyze that statement. Using your words as a guideline, as a “private entity," did reddit deny, revoke or remove any forum that expresses *any* ideology? No, it did not.

    Furthermore, unless I misunderstood the fundamentals of your statement, under its rights as a “private entity,” reddit would have been legally justified in its decision to remove such forums and block the future creation of any forums or topics or threads with which it does not agree. Maybe I missed it, but reddit did not do that either, did it?

    All reddit did was to merely remove the ability to search for forums and expressions of certain specific ideologies. Oh, and it removed revenue-generating ads from those pages. Obviously, you and I see things very differently but to me, that's doing next to nothing. That's my opinion. I don't know how you view their "action."

    But so my argument isn’t misconstrued, I'm not suggesting reddit *should* deny anyone their right to express their thoughts or ideas. Nor am I supporting any hate groups, lest you infer quite erroneously, that I am. Fact is, I feel just the opposite.

    I grew up in Mississippi in the 60s & 70s. I witnessed enough hatred, fear and bigotry from those "Good Christians" to last several lifetimes. My own family was targeted because we supported integration. Bottom line? I deplore such groups and ideologies. But, if I support the 1st Amendment, I have to accept that it applies to everyone. Even if I do not agree with them.

    My original point is still: I don't think reddit did anything substantial yet it tried to spin it to appear that it was. By your own definition, reddit did not exercise its 1st Amendment right to disallow any offensive thoughts, views or opinions, nor did it refuse to provide any forum in which to express them..

    Oh, and as far as NBC is concerned, I'm not commenting on an article on its site so I don't know NBC's policy on reader comments. MakeUseOf, however, actively solicits comments and thoughts from visitors, as do other blogs/news sites I visit regularly. Lest you forget, that's pretty much the medium by which you and I are having this exchange.

    But in one thing you are absolutely correct. Along with our freedom to say whatever we happen to think or believe without government restriction or interference, we also have the freedom to ignore the thoughts, beliefs, ideas and the expression thereof if we do not agree.

  2. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I'm a huge proponent of free speech. But by its all-encompassing nature, we have to take the bad that is spawned with such a freedom right along with the good. Doing anything different is saying, "You can talk about this but you can NOT talk about that." So much for freedom.

    What reddit is doing is putting a positive spin on essentially a non-action. "We're not gonna let you search for 'hate' topics within our site." "We're not going to accept advertising money on 'hate' topics'." Well, whoop-dee-doo! THAT ought to show them!

    Reddit is not limiting free speech. Great! It's illegal to do so by virtue of the First Amendment. Guess that puts the blame of making hate accessible on Google, Yahoo, Bing & all the other search mechanisms .

    So all you've really done is merely use a press stunt to make your organization appear to be taking a stand against hate while primarily attempting to limit your liability, just in case the next hate-driven execution plan is found to have been fleshed out on reddit.

    I have no idea who said it originally but, "Haters gon' hate." For better or worse, the ability to express hatred is guaranteed by our Constitution. But spinning an act of doing nothing into a positive? Yes, that's also guaranteed by Freedom of Expression," but it's pretty disgusting in its own right.

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2015 at 12:49 am

      Re:Jack Gold

      You're making a fundamental mistake in your understanding of the first amendment.

      It states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech...."

      Reddit is a private entity and can censor any form of speech it chooses. You, as a citizen or legal resident, are free to express any idea you want but Reddit or NBC TV or the MakeUseOf blog are not obliged by law to give you a forum to express it. And I, also as a citizen or legal resident, am not obliged to listen.