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 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: "We don't support hate!" *builds hate a new house, makes sure it's comfy, gives it free rent and unlimited cookies and milk forever
— Joel Watson (@hijinksensue) July 17, 2015
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.
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. 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. 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
— WILCO (@Wilco) July 16, 2015
Alternative rock band Wilco has released a new album called Star Wars. Even better, it’s currently free to download from wilcoworld.net 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. 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 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. 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.
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