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Your Windows 10 Time Is Running Out, IsoHunt Mirrors KickassTorrents… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 22-07-2016

The Windows 10 countdown has begun, KickassTorrents is still kicking ass after all, Spotify cozies up to advertisers, smartwatch sales are in decline, and the NES Classic Edition gets the ad it deserves.


Windows 10 Gets a Countdown Timer

The final countdown to you missing the Windows 10 boat has officially begun, with Microsoft literally counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until it pulls the free rug out from under your computer desk. Yes, Project Fear has entered its final stage How Microsoft Has Pushed Windows 10 and the Results Microsoft has been promoting Windows 10 aggressively for over a year. The goal was to get the new operating system running on one billion devices by 2018. We look at Microsoft's methods and the numbers. Read More .

Microsoft has spent the past year trying to tempt Windows loyalists to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to the all-new, shiny, sparkling Windows 10. And it has enjoyed some success, racking up a userbase of 350 million people. However, that’s a long way from its goal of 1 billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018, a target the company admits it can no longer hit Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Defeat, No One Trusts Social Media... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft fails to hit Windows 10 target, no one believes what they read on social media, download Amazon videos to SD cards, choose new themes on Google Keyboard, and experience Instagram in real life. Read More .

So, now, just one week away from the end of the offer to upgrade for free, Microsoft is ratcheting up the pressure. The result? A countdown timer popping up on the computers of all those who haven’t yet upgraded, as first spotted by InfoWorld. It’s scaremongering of the highest order, and it will probably work too.

However, it’s important to remember that nothing bad will happen if you don’t take Microsoft up on the offer to upgrade to Windows 10 Many People Refuse the Free Windows 10 Upgrade, Here's Why People like free stuff. Yet many refuse to upgrade to Windows 10. We have asked them why. Read More for free. You can still buy Windows 10 down the line if you change your mind If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen After July 29, Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade. Here's what that means for users of each version of Windows. Read More . And, contrary to what visions the countdown timer is likely to embed in your head, your PC won’t explode at midnight on July 29. At least we don’t think it will…


IsoHunt Fights For KickassTorrents

Yesterday we detailed how the U.S. authorities had taken KickassTorrents offline KickassTorrents Stops Kicking Ass, Firefox Disables Flash Content... [Tech News Digest] The biggest torrent site in the world goes down, Firefox tackles its Flash problem, iOS 10 knows when your hardware is getting wet, Amazon brings classic articles to Kindle, and video games as stop-motion animations. Read More , arresting the man alleged to be running the site, and seizing the domains. However, 24 hours later, and KickassTorrents is back kicking ass, with some help from isoHunt.

IsoHunt, another big player in the world of torrents, has launched an unofficial mirror of KickassTorrents. It looks like KickassTorrents, it feels like KickassTorrents, it even has a dedicated domain which we won’t be linking to. So, KickassTorrents is alive, yes? No.

This is just a simple mirror, and while it does contain everything hosted on KickassTorrents over the past 18 months, there are no forums and, subsequently, no community. There is, however, a “Manifesto” detailing the arrest of Artem Vaulin, and requesting people sign petitions and spread the word.


It remains to be seen how long isoHunt’s KickassTorrents mirror remains online, but it’s certainly an interesting twist in the tale so far. If you want to check the site out for yourself then follow the link from VentureBeat. However, we do not, and cannot, condone piracy 4 Reasons You Don't Need to Be a Pirate Anymore While some people are always going to pirate, for most, there is now less reason than ever to do so. Read More .

Spotify Starts Targeting Ads At You

The ads you hear on Spotify are about to get a little more personal, with the company now selling targeted advertising. Spotify calls this “programmatic buying,” and it has already launched on a global scale. This only affects Spotify Free, so maybe now is the time to consider upgrading to Spotify Premium Is Spotify Premium Worth Its Premium Price? Is Spotify Premium worth its premium price? Discover what Premium offers and whether you should upgrade from Spotify Free. Read More .

What it essentially means is buyers of the 15- and 30-second spots can “target audiences by age, gender, genres and playlists – all in real time”. Which sounds more dramatic than it actually is. In reality, it just means Spotify Free users are more likely to hear ads that actually interest them.

No One Buys Smartwatches Anymore

Were you one of those people arguing that smartwatches would be a brief craze that died out within months? If so then consider yourself at least partly on the road to redemption, as the latest sales figures from IDC suggest that smartwatches are already on their way out.


Shipments are down 32 percent year on year, with vendors only shifting 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide in Q2 2016 compared to the 5.1 million shipped in Q2 2015. Apple is still the market leader, but it also suffered the biggest drop, selling just 1.6 million units this quarter compared to the 3.6 million is sold this time last year.

Apple will bounce back, of course, enjoying another lift upon the release of the Apple Watch 2. However, such a sharp decline in interest in a market this young suggests smartwatches just aren’t going to take off in any big way while their form factor remains the same Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait? Everyone is talking about smartwatches and other wearables as "the next big thing." So, should you buy a smartwatch today, or wait for the smartwatches to come? Read More . Shame.

The NES Classic Edition Ad Is 80s Cheese

And finally, the world went a little crazy last week when Nintendo unveiled the NES Classic Edition. After all, here is a tiny replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System NES Games With Prices That Will Blow Your Mind [MUO Gaming] Old video games have reached the point of being collectibles What used to be a fun family activity has become a gold mine for collectors. Sure, there are plenty of NES games that you can... Read More , pre-loaded with 30 classic games, and all for $60! What more could any self-respecting gamer want in life?

And now we have the first ad for the NES Classic Edition, which is suitably cheesy to reflect its 1980s origins. It looks and feels like an ad from the 80s, with a garish color palette competing with naff special effects. And yet it somehow makes me want one of these even more.


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be upgrading to Windows 10 within the next week? How much longer will the KickassTorrents mirror remain online? Are you upset that Spotify is selling your listening habits to advertisers? What are the chances of you buying a smartwatch in the next 12 months? Have you pre-ordered an NES Classic Edition already?

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. Don
    July 27, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    My question is that since i have an HDD and an SSD, both with Win 8.1, would it be possible to upgrade the SSD to Win 10 and transfer the Win 8.1 system files from the HDD to the SSD as well?

    That way, and theoretically ideal for me, is that i would have both systems on the SSD as a dual boot, and the HDD as a non-system file storage disk.

  2. LM17.3
    July 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I have the Win10 iso, I might check it out in a VM sometime.

  3. Anonymous
    July 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I am very leery when someone is trying to force me to do something for "my own good". In this case it is Microsoft that is trying to force me and millions (billion?) of others to upgrade to Win 10. No matter what they say, it is definitely for altruistic reasons. I am waiting with apprehension for thew other shoe to drop.

    "You can still buy Windows 10 down the line if you change your mind"
    What makes MS think that people will willingly BUY something they did not want when it was free?

    "our PC won’t explode at midnight on July 29."
    Cross your heart and hope to die? :-)
    The PC may not explode but non-Win 10 versions of Windows may no longer receive the tender, loving attention they receive now, effectively exposing the to the cold, cruel world of malware.