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Microsoft Removes Bloatware From Windows 10, Apple Hates Trump… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 20-06-2016

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 Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Windows Insiders are the first to test new Windows 10 builds. They are also the first to suffer from bugs. Here we show you how to join or leave the program and how to share... Read More .

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 New Windows 10 Preview Build, Apple Lets You Remove Pre-installed Apps... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft releases a new Windows 10 preview build, Apple lets you remove pre-installed apps, Twitter launches a Periscope Live button, Pokémon Go release date announced, and Van Gogh painted on dark water. Read More .

Apple Pulls Republican Funding


Apple is refusing to support Donald Trump Clicking Consequences: Why Donald Trump Is Your Fault Every time you click an article about Donald Trump, the media thinks that is what you want to read, and so it spends more time talking about Trump. Stop clicking! Read More , 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 These Public Figures Have No Clue How Net Neutrality Works Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and other public figures don't seem to understand what net neutrality actually is. Read More , 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.

Just remember to take your wallet, as PlayStation VR will cost you $399 when it’s launched on Oct. 13 Apple Announces iOS 10, Sony PlayStation VR Due Imminently... [Tech News Digest] Read More . Other virtual reality headsets Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive vs. Playstation VR: Which Should You Buy? Virtual reality is right around the corner and there are three systems to choose from. Here's what you need to know to make an informed, smart decision. Read More are available.

Ticketmaster Hands Out Free Tickets


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 Charge Your iPhone With an Onion, And Other Elaborate YouTube Hoaxes Remember that eHarmony cat lady? Or the pig who rescued a goat? They were both hoaxes; here's a few more. Read More .

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.


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be using Microsoft clean install tool? Should Apple be making such a political statement? Are you interested in trying out PlayStation VR? Has Ticketmaster awarded you any free tickets? Do you remember Lonelygirl15?

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
    June 20, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    "American" companies, led by Apple, have over $2 TRILLION stashed in accounts overseas. That money could help American economy but won't. These companies, led by Apple, do not want to pay taxes so they stash as much of their profits offshore as they can. And Fruitco Faithful sheeple just keep handing over their hard earned money to this un-American company.

  2. TedCocinel
    June 20, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Apple hates Trump because he would change our trade agreements with China where 100% of apple products are made and assembled.

    Apple only cares for itself and not American Citizens.

    Apple should move entirely to China since it is really a Chinese Company after all.

    Jobs was a drug addict that worked himself and drugged himself to death at a young age and some actually call him a hero!!!

    Wow you Apple Geeks out there calling a druggy a hero is great for society and the U.S.

  3. Poop
    June 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I hate apple anyway so idc