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Microsoft helps you get rid of bloatware, Apple doesn’t approve of Donald Trump, PlayStation VR is coming to a city near you, check for free Ticketmaster tickets, and Lonelygirl15 makes a comeback.
How to Clean Install Windows 10
Microsoft is making it much easier for users to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 to their machine, without any of the bloatware most manufacturers bundle with their hardware. Unfortunately, the option is currently only available to Windows Insiders.
The tool installs the latest version of Windows 10, while removing any and all apps either pre-installed or installed since. This gives you a fresh and clean computer which should be lightning fast and free of any unwanted distractions. Until you ruin it with your own apps.
As this tool removes everything, including Microsoft apps (such as Office) and drivers, you need to make sure you back everything up and be prepared to manually reinstall any apps you do actually want. There are also various requirements in place you’ll need to be aware of.
Windows Insiders have the option to download and use the tool right now, acting as guinea pigs to a (hopefully) wider release. As this is only available to Windows Insiders, anyone using it will update their machine to the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview release build.
Apple Pulls Republican Funding
Trump swore he'd make Apple build products in the US. Why back someone who'd go out of his way to hurt your bottom line?
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) June 20, 2016
Apple is refusing to support Donald Trump, pulling its funding and any other support for the GOP convention after Trump secured the Presidential candidacy for the Republicans. According to sources talking to Politico, Apple has cited Trump’s controversial comments about Muslims, Mexicans, and women as reasons to distance itself from this year’s event.
Like many other companies, Apple usually offers financial support — as well as other products and services — to political parties in the hopes of engendering friendly relationships for the future. However, alongside Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Ford, UPS, and others, Apple has decided it cannot be seen to be supporting Trump.
Apple’s stance is in stark contrast to that of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, which are all still involved in the GOP convention in some capacity. But then Trump hasn’t been half as critical of the aformentioned companies. Unlike Apple, which Trump singled out for special attention over its overseas manufacturing and stance on encryption.
To be frank, Donald Trump isn’t the smartest cookie when it comes to technology, but this is still an interesting development. If Trump does go onto win the 2016 Presidential Election, Apple faces dealing with a man who openly detests the company and a lot of what it stands for.
How to Try PlayStation VR
Sony is going all-in with its virtual reality efforts, launching PlayStation VR around the world later this year. Howver, the problem with VR is the need to experience it to be persuaded of its power. Which is why Sony is placing PlayStation VR demos in 300 locations across North America.
Starting on June 24, you can try out PlayStation VR for yourself in any one of 300 locations across the United States and Canada. You can find your nearest location using Sony’s dedicated Experience PlayStation VR website.
Ticketmaster Hands Out Free Tickets
Ticketmaster: "Here are your free tickets!"
Internet: "Cool wow can you tell me how to use them?"
— erin mccann | subscribe to The Times (@mccanner) June 18, 2016
If you purchased any tickets from Ticketmaster between 1999 and 2013 then you could be in line for some free tickets or discount codes. This is due to the settlement of a class-action lawsuit which requires Ticketmaster to offer compensation to people who have used the service in the time period specified.
If you’re eligible for some freebies you should have received an email detailing what you’re entitled to. However, if you have changed your email address in the meantime just log in to Ticketmaster and click “Active Vouchers” to see a full list of the compensatory codes you now have available to spend.
Whatever Happened to Lonelygirl15?
And finally, Lonelygirl15 is back, with a new video appearing on her YouTube channel after seven years of silence. For the unitiated among you, Lonelygirl15 was one of the first vloggers to post online, but the whole thing was eventually found to be a hoax made to fool the internet.
Still, 10 years after the interactive web series began, Bree Avery is back. Unfortunately, you probably need to have seen at least some of the previous videos to understand what’s going on. You’ll also need to move away from YouTube, as Lonelygirl15 now has her own Facebook page.
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