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The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:11
Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 . Like, a lot. So much so that if you leave your PC to its own devices for too long, you might come back and find that Cortana has settled in and made itself at home. If you want to hang on your Windows 7 or 8 install without having to live in fear of an unexpected update ( like this unfortunate TV weather crew ), or if you want to prevent Windows 10 from spying on practically everything you do , we've put together the definitive guide. There's a couple options, but the best one is very simple: download a tiny utility called Never 10. It's a utility that changes your computer's settings to prevent operating system upgrades. Simply download the utility and run it, and it will make the necessary deep-level changes to prevent any upgrade to Windows 10. It's not a piece of software that sits running on your computer -- instead, it just edits system settings, so you only have to run it once to be set. It also has the handy option that if Windows has downloaded the 6.5GB of files for a Windows 10 upgrade, it will find their specific location and delete them. If you ever choose to reverse the changes and upgrade to 10 (not a bad option, and worth considering before 10 becomes a paid upgrade later in July), just re-download the utility and revert back to Windows 10-friendly settings. If you're not a fan of utilities from unknown devs messing with your PC, there's other options. The most simple: correctly ignore the Microsoft prompts to upgrade to 10. There's a danger here, though: at a certain point, Windows is going to automatically schedule an update for you. If you "x" out of the pop-up informing you of this, you're not cancelling the scheduled update -- you're just making the notification go away. So, the highest thing on your priority list should be to check if you've got a Windows 10 upgrade already scheduled. If you do, and you let that date creep up on you, the update is going to happen whether you like it or not . To check if there's something scheduled, click on the Windows 10 icon in your taskbar. You should get a window telling you of a scheduled update. You can change the timing of that to something more convenient, or just cancel it altogether. There is a native way to completely disable Windows 10 updates, but it's the opposite of user-friendly, since it involves editing the registry. It's detailed in a Microsoft support article, or this ZDNet article. It's not for amateurs, though, and a misstep could mess up your PC. The TL;DR is this: for most everyone who just wants to postpone any update indefinitely, the simplest solution is to download this utility , and set it to Disable Win10 Upgrade. If you just want to postpone the update to a more convenient time, use the built-in Get Windows 10 app to schedule a better time. If you're comfortable messing with the registry, you can use Microsoft's heinously unfriendly method detailed here .

This is your next jam: Flume, The Strokes, and more

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 11:00

This week’s batch of new tracks isn’t as rock-heavy as last week’s, but there are still some spots reserved for heavy-hitters like Dinosaur Jr. and The Strokes. Nao and Shura are readying long-awaited debut LPs in between the riffs, and Jessie Ware is making sure a new romantic comedy has at least one redeeming quality. It’s easy to get lost in all of the elliptical folk Cass McCombs has released over the last decade-plus.


Splish splash! What if your phone takes a bath?

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:55

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers some advice about drying out a wet phone. (Hint: It doesn't include rice.)


The Indistinguishable X-Men: the narrowing range of superhero emotions

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:00

Critics agree that X-Men: Apocalypse is a troubled film. Indiewire says it has an apocalypse problem. The Hollywood Reporter says it has “severe traffic control problems.” All these things are true — it’s overcrowded, the villain is generic and forgettable, and his plan to Destroy Everything Because Reasons has turned up in far too many recent superhero films.


9 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:19
It’s the end of May, which means that X-Men: Apocalypse is finally hitting theaters all over the world; following its international launch, the new X-Men movie is now finally playing in the US. If you’re going to ignore all the critics who slammed it and see the most terrifying X-Men villain yet, you should expect a bombardment of new trailers , including a few exciting new ones. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast already looks like it's going to be a huge hit for Disney. The teaser trailer below received more views in a 24 hour period than Star Wars: The Force Awakens  or  Captain America: Civil War . Read more about Beauty and the Beast at this link . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c38r-SAnTWM Finding Dory The Finding Nemo sequel focuses on the forgetful fish we’ve grown to love. The Pixar animation hits theaters in just a few weeks, and there’s a new trailer out now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNRYQJtyuO0 Free State of Jones Here’s an idea, what if someone made the The Patriot again, this time around replacing Mel Gibson with Matthew McConaughey? We’d somehow end up with Free State of Jones . The movie premieres on June 24th, with Keri Russell and Gugu Mbatha-Raw joining McConaughey. Oh, and it’s not a Patriot remake, but it's a story about the civil war that’s inspired by actual events. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UMnz2eDWgo Independence Day: Resurgence We just can’t get enough Independence Day: Resurgence clips , can we? After a slew of new videos were released last week, we have a brand new trailer for the sequel that’s been 20 years in the making. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCe_JshWOZ0 Morgan Morgan is a very special human who has some potentially dangerous powers. Kate Mara is sent to investigate an accident caused by this human, but the trailer for the Morgan movie doesn’t reveal any other details about this special person. The sci-fi thriller launches September 2nd, with Rose Leslie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti and Toby Jones also in the cast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwpH6_tdRZU Sing We talked about Sing before . It’s about a koala bear that wants to, well, host a singing competition at his theaters. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially considering the impressive cast voicing these animals. Here’s an idea of what to expect on December 21st when this one comes out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYHBD9RF2dk Star Trek Beyond One of the most important new trailers of the week covers Star Trek Beyond , the third new Star Trek film that will show us aliens tearing apart the Enterprise. The movie comes out on July 22nd, and I personally can’t wait to see it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvq3y8BhZ2s The Infiltrator In The Infiltrator , Bryan Cranston plays the role of an undercover agent who’s called upon to infiltrate the organization run by Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The movie hits the big screen on July 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNaqd9IVG-E The Space Between Us Forget about The Martian ! He was an adult who only had to live for about a year on the red planet. In The Space Between Us we have a boy who was born on Mars, where he lived until he turned sixteen. He had to be left behind or Earth would’ve killed him. But he decides to come back to Earth. And who wouldn’t? After all, Mars can be such a boring place. The movie will be released on August 19th, so get ready for one more story about Mars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x73-573aWfs

Has 'Apocalypse' messed up the first 'X-Men' movie? Yes and no

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:00

As we meet younger versions of Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey, we investigate whether "Apocalypse" hangs together with the chronology of "X-Men" and "X2". Spoilers!


What did one car say to the other car? If you make that turn I'll hit you!

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:00

From CNET Magazine: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication could be the biggest safety breakthrough since seat belts, air bags and antilock brakes. Are you ready?


Raspberry Pi: The smart person's guide

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 08:00

Everything you need to know about the tiny, ultra-cheap computer that has taken the world by storm.


Watch NASA's second attempt at inflating the first expandable habitat on the ISS

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 06:00

After failing its first attempt, NASA will try once again to deploy its first expandable habitat. The space agency will start inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on Saturday morning, starting at 9AM ET. You can watch the event live on NASA TV.


China to open e-commerce, other sectors to foreign investment: newspaper

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 04:37
China will lift restrictions to investments by foreign firms in a range of service industry sectors, including e-commerce, logistics, accounting and auditing, the China Securities News quoted commerce minister Gao Hucheng as saying. Gao said China would also promote the orderly opening of other service fields including finance, education, culture and health care, the report published on Saturday said without elaborating or giving a time-frame. China's trade in services would exceed $1 trillion by 2020, the minister predicted.

Apple Car hints and Tesla Autopilot misses (AutoComplete Podcast 20)

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 00:00

In this week's rundown of the biggest stories, Brian and Tim talk about the latest in what seems like a series of never-ending Takata recalls, but find some light at the end of the Dieselgate tunnel.


Jawbone is selling off pieces of its business, reports say

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 23:44
Jawbone has put its speaker business up for sale and has stopped production of its UP fitness trackers, two news sites say.

Zika makes Olympics too dangerous to hold now in Rio, scientists tell UN

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 23:38

More than 100 health experts and scientists call on the UN's World Health Organization to move or delay this year's summer Olympics.