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Windows 10 Reviews, Hide Unwanted Updates… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 29-07-2015

Windows 10 has landed, Windows updates begone, LinkedIn stops spamming, Twitch tackles trolling, Metal Captcha battles bots, and drone racing takes off.


Windows 10 Released & Reviewed

Windows 10 has been released, with Microsoft having begun the mammoth task of delivering upgrades to millions of users. Anyone with a legit copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is eligible for the free upgrade to the last version of Windows ever The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More .

Several prominent technology blogs have already delivered their verdicts on Windows 10 in the form of reviews. Windows 10 will keep evolving in the months and years ahead, but let’s take a look at just some of the judgments being made at this early stage:

The Verge is rather impressed with Windows 10, calling it “hugely exciting” and a “joy to use”. However, “Windows 10 is a work in progress, and it’s at the early part of its life right now,” which suggests you should “hold off until everything is a little more polished”.

Re/code describes Windows 10 as “a solid, evolutionary operating system that’s likely to be a good bet for people who like Windows.” Walt Mossberg, who is an Apple fanboy of some repute, likes some elements of the new Microsoft OS, but remains unimpressed by others. His final advice is, “don’t upgrade until more of the bugs have been worked out”.

Engadget calls Windows 10, “simply Windows, through and through” and suggests it “proves that Microsoft’s dream of delivering a single OS that can work across computers, tablets and phones might actually come true”. However, while Cortana and Edge make it worth upgrading, the lack of apps is a major disappointment.


Ars Technica describes Windows 10 as “the best version of Windows yet,” that is “once everything’s working”. To reiterate the point the site suggests that while “almost everyone upgrading from both Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be upgrading to a better operating system that is less annoying and more effective,” they should “wait a few weeks, maybe even a couple of months, before making the move”.

To summarize: Windows 10 is great, but it’s not quite ready for public consumption.

Hide Unwanted Windows Updates

Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs all available updates Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More , and this is not open to negotiation. While this enables Microsoft to keep everybody up-to-date and secure, it means you run the risk of encountering a dodgy driver update which nukes your computer.


You can uninstall a defective driver using the Device Manager, or uninstall an unwanted Windows update using View Installed Updates. However, to prevent these from simply being reinstalled, you need to use Microsoft’s dedicated troubleshooting tool, as discovered by ZDNet.

This lets you hide and/or block particular updates that you know are going to cause problems. At least until either Microsoft or the device manufacturer issues a fix. It’s not pretty, but it will do the job until Microsoft figures out a more user-friendly option.

LinkedIn Cuts Spam In Half

LinkedIn has long had a reputation for spamming its users with more emails than anyone either needs or wants. The social network for professionals Diving Into LinkedIn? 5 Tips To Get You Started LinkedIn can seem overwhelming. These 5 tips will get you from total newcomer to all-star networker in no time. Read More emails users every time someone views their profile, every time someone wants to connect, every time someone posts to a group, and sometimes just randomly suggesting potential connections. But no more.

Aatif Awan, senior director of product management at LinkedIn, admitted in a blog post, “Many of you have told us that you receive too many emails from LinkedIn. We get it. And we’ve recently begun to make changes so that the emails you receive are more infrequent and more relevant”. LinkedIn has cut its email spam What Everybody Ought to Know About Dealing With Email Spam It might be next to impossible to stop spam completely, but it's certainly possible to reduce its flow to a trickle. We outline some of the different measures you can take. Read More by 40 percent, with a promise that “this is just the beginning”. And about time too.


Twitch Tackles Trolling

Twitch is tackling trolling, or at least one (minor) form of it. Twitch streamers can now enable “Broadcaster Language Mode,” setting it to their native tongue, whether that’s English, Chinese, French, etc. Thus, on paper at least, only viewers who speak the same language as the streamer can chat.

Unfortunately, as pointed out by Engadget, viewers can easily sidestep this feature by indicating they can speak in the streamer’s native tongue, even if they can’t. Which, correct us if we’re wrong, makes the whole thing absolutely pointless. Because (shock! horror!) trolls lie Here's What Happens When You Confront An Internet Troll Face To Face When you're just typing words into a machine, it's easy to forget that there are real people reading those words. Unless those people get in touch. Read More .

Bots Battle Metal Bands


While having to prove you’re not a bot by completing a Captcha can be annoying, it’s just one of those elements of the Web we have come to accept. But why do Captchas Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About CAPTCHAs But Were Afraid To Ask [Technology Explained] Love them or hate them - CAPTCHAs have become ubiquitous on the Internet. What on earth is a CAPTCHA anyway, and where did it come from? Responsible for eye-strain the world over, the humble CAPTCHA... Read More have to be so damn boring? The answer? They don’t, as proven by MetalCaptcha, a free service from HeavyGifts.


MetalCaptcha works in the same way as any ol’ regular Captcha, except it uses the stylized names of metal bands to fool bots. Metal bands have a penchant for using Gothic fonts and names which contort into otherworldly shapes. Which make them perfect for this kind of work. Heavy.

Drone Racing Drama

And finally, drone racing is fast becoming a legitimate sport, with the 2015 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships having been held in California last week. This event saw 120 pilots racing their drones around a course littered with obstacles designed to test their skills.

Plenty of drones were harmed in the making of this video, but the event proved that there’s a real sport hiding behind the fun and frivolity of this hobby. Will drone racing ever make it into the Olympic Games? Probably not, but only because it’s far too much fun for that nonsense. [H/T The Next Web]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you got Windows 10 already? Have you ever needed to hide some Windows updates? Should LinkedIn stop spamming users completely? How should Twitch tackle the trolls? Would you pay to see drones racing around a track?

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
    November 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I'm still waiting for my Update/Upgrade in November, November 30th to be precise. I have EVERY single Update from Windows Update installed? I even NOW have it set to AUTOMATIC Updates.

  2. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Updated yesterday. The update experience itself was very tedious to say the least, not something you would expect when the announcements were made with such pomp.

    Just to add to the upgrade experience, it is a far cry from what MAC or OS X offers, maybe subsequent upgrades will address this issue or perhaps its going to be smooth hereafter.

    That done, it is a breeze to setup your system and your apps are downloaded incrementally.

    Cortana took some time to warm up, but thereafter it was a brilliant to use her on your personal laptop. I enjoy using her for everything and it just works. I am using a high end Dell Laptop, so the experience may significantly deviate from what I have just mentioned.

    But if all searches are going to be routed through Cortana on all Windows laptop currently, Google is in some serious trouble with regards to it web search market share. Well I was just being hyperbolic . But in truth , that is how good it is to use Cortana.

    Finally, if there was ever an full fledged Desktop Operating System that was to be used with a touch screen, windows 10 is that. I never used the touch on 8.1 , but on 10 I have consistently used the touch.

  3. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Got the update - it does take a while to install and after the installation things do look out of place. Color configuration, desktop setting and so on. I did some tweaking and got it to my liking, however, I have to explore further to really give it the thumbs up or down.

    Being a Windows user/tech back from the DOS/95/98 and so on days. Its like any other upgrade, its quirky and will hiccup for about the next 6 months to a year. Its a matter a figuring out ways around it and or getting the updates asap.

    Overall, I enjoy change so I like it so far....

  4. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Got the upgrade to Windows 10, It took about an hour and a half to download and another 40 minutes to install... All working ok so far

  5. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 2:12 am

    It took almost four hours to download and install Windows 10 upgrade. After a half hour, I went back to Windows 7. You could barely read the text on Windows 10. It was all broken up, and looked like text from a printer that was running out of ink. Plus, there is no sleep button. You can get your monitor to sleep but, not your computer. This is stupid.

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      I've had Windows 10 since the Technical Preview and I can confirm there is sleep. Since I'm using it only the laptop, I use Fn+F4 and have forgotten where it is located through the menus, either through the start menu or in the action center. The only problem I have with Windows 10 is that a good portion of games don't work such as Crysis and FATE. Not enough to revert, but enough to be annoyed because they crash on startup and the compatibility troubleshooter doesn't help. And another problem I'm having is when I check for updates it is stuck on searching for updates forever and never does anything so it looks like I'm stuck in Technical Preview...