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Microsoft Kills Windows 10 Nag Screen, Twitter Stops Spies Spying… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 09-05-2016

Microsoft promises to stop nagging you, Twitter refuses to help governments spy on you, Twitter rants just got easier, China bans videos of people eating bananas, and Battlefield 1 takes place during World War I.


Windows Will Soon Stop Nagging You

As we reported on Friday (May 6), you now have less than three months to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. After July 29, Windows 10 will cost you $119 It's Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Apple Deletes Your Music... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 isn't free for much longer, Apple gets caught deleting music, Google moves all Blogspot domains to HTTPS, Reddit users like mentioning Hitler, and watching a GoPro fly into space will blow your mind. Read More , unless Microsoft does a complete about-turn and extends the free offer. Either way, it looks like the nag-screen is finally going away.

If you’re not familiar with the Windows 10 nag-screen then you’re either not using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or you followed our guide to getting rid of it How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade. The Windows 7 & 8 popup reminder ensures that even the last person will be aware of this option. Here's how you can remove it. Read More and have banished it from your memory. The rest of us have suffered as our PCs have virtually begged us to upgrade to Windows 10 at any and every opportunity.

However, in a statement issued to WinBeta, Microsoft promised an end to the suffering, saying:

“Details are still being finalized, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down.”

To be honest I am probably going to upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More before the free offer to do so disappears. And you may feel the same way. However, it’s nice to know that even if we end up not upgrading, for whatever reason, we can finally wave goodbye to that annoying nag-screen.

Twitter Stops Spies From Spying


Twitter has blocked US spy agencies from spying on its users using Dataminr. Dataminr is a company which analyzes every public tweet posted to Twitter, sending out alerts about terrorist attacks, political uprisings, and the like. Dataminr sells this data to clients, but Twitter is adamant it shouldn’t sell this data to governmental authorities.

Twitter owns a 5 percent stake in Dataminr, and, as a result, allows the company to access its real-time stream of public tweets Twitter Search: 4 Ways To Find Results That Matter To You Twitter search has its limits. For one, you can only search back so far, with Twitter making public search results available only for a limited period of time. That said, there are a few tips... Read More . However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter has now used this leverage to stop Dataminr providing data to government agencies, thereby distancing itself from organizations the general public are increasingly uneasy about Avoiding Internet Surveillance: The Complete Guide Internet surveillance continues to be a hot topic so we've produced this comprehensive resource on why it's such a big deal, who's behind it, whether you can completely avoid it, and more. Read More .

This hasn’t been officially announced, with the WSJ instead relying on the ambiguous “people familiar with the matter”. Twitter issued a statement saying this “data is largely public and the U.S. government may review public accounts on its own, like any user could.” In other words, Twitter is saying, “You can do what you want, but we’re not going to help you do it”.

Tweetbot Makes Tweetstorms Easy


Tweetbot for iOS has been updated to Version 4.3, and this new version adds a feature called Topics. This new feature makes it much easier to engage in a Twitter rant, also known as a Tweetstorm, or live-tweet events. Because manually stringing together multiple 140-character tweets can be a chore.

Twitter has lots of things going for it 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More , but the adherence to the 140-character limit for individual tweets makes it difficult to use for anything serious. Most sensible people merely express their feelings on another medium, such as Medium Medium: An Alternative Blogging Platform From The Founders Of Twitter Twitter's co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone launched their own blogging platform, Medium, about a year ago. The founders say that the aim is to "re-imagine" publishing, by allowing users to choose the level of... Read More , and then link to that post on Twitter. But not everybody.

Some go on Tweetstorms, which comprise multiple tweets which need to be read together and in order to make any sense. Which means manually replying to yourself, or using the same hashtag time and time again. Now, Tweetbot 4 does all of the hard work for you, letting you concentrate on the actual words you’re writing.

China Bans Banana-Eating Videos

As part of its effort to crack down on “inappropriate and erotic” online content, China has banned citizens from live-streaming themselves eating bananas. Live-streaming sites The Hottest Live-Streaming Social Apps Worth Trying Here are the best live-streaming social apps, all of which will help you build a more engaged audience. Read More are increasingly popular in China, but the authorities fear that some of the content people are watching “harms social morality”.


While it’s entirely possible to eat a banana suggestively, it’s also possible to just eat a banana. And as one user on Weibo said, this ban is unlikely to work out, as, “They will all start eating cucumbers, and if that’s no good, yams”. According to BBC News, live-streamers are also banned from “wearing stockings and suspenders”.

Battlefield Tackles World War I

And finally, EA has released the trailer for Battlefield 1, the latest game in the Battlefield series. And it’s a truly magnificent trailer full of amazing visuals. However, the main talking point of Battlefield 1 is its setting… the battlefields of World War I, which took place between 1914 and 1918.

This is the first time the Battlefield series has tackled the Great War, and it stands in stark contrast to the new Call of Duty game, Infinite Warfare, which takes place in the future and (partly) in space. Which makes the decision of which big FPS title to buy this year a lot easier.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you glad to see the end of the Windows 10 nag-screen? Are you pleased to see Twitter stopping the government from spying on you? Have you ever gone on a Tweetstorm? Is China right to ban videos of people eating bananas? What do you think of the trailer for Battlefield 1?


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  1. Veronica
    May 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Is MS going to stop force upgrading to Windows 10 as well?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

      That's the idea, but I suspect we'll still see it happening against people's will after July 29th.

  2. David Patrick
    May 10, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I would actually love to upgrade to Windows 10, but for some reason, when I upgrade my computer to Windows 10, my File Explorer crashes every few seconds. None of the fixes or patches Windows has offered for this problem has ever fixed my issue, so I had to go back to Windows 7.

  3. Brian
    May 10, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Where is the information about the 10 Netflix streaming alternatives?

    • Dave Parrack
      May 10, 2016 at 9:54 am

      You must have clicked the wrong link in the newsletter... //

      • Gene
        May 11, 2016 at 3:03 am

        No offense Mr Parrack but did you say that Microsoft was going to stop trying to cram Windows 10 down our throats after it is no longer free. Isn't that like saying that we will stop trying to sell you a pair of a certain brand of shoes after we run out of them? I mean DUAA!

        • Dave Parrack
          May 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

          I'm only reporting what Microsoft is claiming will happen after July 29th... but you do make a valid point. I suspect the Windows 10 promotion will simply evolve into something new rather than disappear altogether.