Stop Windows 10 download? You only can prevent its installation | BGR

Microsoft will start forcing Windows 10 updates on machines that are eligible for the free upgrade as soon as this week. And you won’t be able to do much to stop it. Windows 10 is now a recommended update, which means it’ll download itself on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs and attempt to install.

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“As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge. “We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place.”

In theory, there’s really nothing wrong with moving to Windows 10. Sure, there are some privacy concerns, but they can be mitigated. And you can definitely roll your computer back to the previous Windows version if the latest Microsoft OS doesn’t meet your needs.

But the fact that Windows 10 will begin downloading automatically on computers later this week might be annoying to certain users. For example, the bulky Windows 10 install files will take up a huge chuck of your storage space. Not to mention that the background download might lead to data overages if parts of the download happen over cellular connections. If you connect via 3G or 4G very often, you’d better turn off the automatic update download features on your machine.

If those are not problems for you, then the recommended Windows 10 should have no other negative impact on your Windows experience. You’ll be able to opt-out from the prompts if you’d rather not update to Windows 10 and keep using your older version instead.

Source: Stop Windows 10 download? You only can prevent its installation | BGR

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Donald Trump: Apple will manufacture computers in the U.S. if I win | BGR

In light of Donald Trump’s utterly bizarre statements regarding his plan to “close off parts of the Internet” to terrorists, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Presidential hopeful has a rather weak grasp of technology related issues. But on the off-chance that you gave Trump the benefit of the doubt, the outspoken business tycoon proved once and for all just how little he understands about technology in particular, and in a broader sense, the economic realities that govern mass production of consumer electronics.While speaking at Liberty University on Monday, Trump said that he would make sure Apple “builds their damn computers in this country” if elected President. Apple of course, not to mention most major hardware companies in the U.S., outsource the vast majority of their manufacturing to factories in China. Apparently the idea of non-Americans assembling iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads doesn’t sit will with Trump’s grand vision to “make America great again.”

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Here’s Our Closest Look At Amazon’s Drone Delivery Service 

Amazon has been talking about using drones to deliver packages for a couple of years, and today it debuted the drone in a commercial starring Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, who explained how the company will get packages from their warehouses to your front yard.

Source: Here’s Our Closest Look At Amazon’s Drone Delivery Service 

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Teslasuit. Feel what you play. by Tesla Studios — Kickstarter

Teslasuit – the world’s first full-body haptic suit that lets you touch and feel the future of Virtual Reality and gaming.

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Popular antivirus extension from AVG puts millions of Chrome users in danger

One of the most popular browser-based solutions for Internet security might be more dangerous than not having any security at all. According to a bug report filed by a Google employee on December 15th, the AVG Web TuneUp extension is disabling web security on Chrome for over 9 million users. 

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As gHacks explains, AVG’s extension was always problematic. It changes startup settings that might negatively affect a given user’s experience with the Chrome browser, it’s nearly impossible to change any modified settings without disabling the extension altogether and its privacy policy states that AVG can collect and sell non-identifiable user data to third parties.

But that’s nothing compared to the complaint from Google:

“Apologies for my harsh tone, but I’m really not thrilled about this trash being installed for Chrome users. The extension is so badly broken that I’m not sure whether I should be reporting it to you as a vulnerability, or asking the extension abuse team to investigate if it’s a PuP.

Nevertheless, my concern is that your security software is disabling web security for 9 million Chrome users, apparently so that you can hijack search settings and the new tab page.

There are multiple obvious attacks possible, for example, here is a trivial universal xss in the “navigate” API that can allow any website to execute script in the context of any other domain. For example, attacker.com can read email from mail.google.com, or corp.avg.com, or whatever else.”

AVG released a fix shortly after this report was filed, but Google denied it. It didn’t fix the issue. AVG issued a second update on December 21st, and that one was accepted by Google, but the team has disabled inline installations just in case.

If you have the AVG Web TuneUp extension, you might want to consider another security solution.

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A sponge-filled syringe could save you from bleeding out

RevMedx’s sponge-filled syringe, the XSTAT 30, was approved for military use in treating gunshot wounds last year. Now, the FDA says paramedics and other first repsonders can use the device to treat civilian injuries as well. The syringe is filled with tiny sponges that are designed to control severe bleeding from wounds in places a tourniquet can’t be used. Each syringe contains 92 compressed sponges that expand to fill the wound to block blood flow for up to four hours.

While the FDA gave the go-ahead on the XSTAT 30, there are some stipulations. For example, it’s only to be used on patients at risk of life-threatening hemorrhagic shock when a hospital is more than a few minutes away. It also can’t be used in parts of the chest, abdomen, pelvis or tissue above the collarbone. Once in place, though, the dressing’s four-hour window gives paramedics more time to reach an emergency room or trauma center for surgery.

Source: A sponge-filled syringe could save you from bleeding out

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Watch YouTube’s Most Popular Videos of 2015

Have some time to kill? YouTube has just announced its most popular videos of 2015, which include everything from dance crazes to Justin Bieber doing karaoke in a car. You can watch them here.

It’s worth noting that YouTube has chosen the most popular clips not just on the absolute number of views, but by taking into account shares, comments, likes and other indicators of popularity to identify what it calls the ‘top trending’ videos.

Regardless, they still racked up a whole lot of views: YouTube claims that these ten videos alone accounted for 25 million hours of viewing this year. So watching them once more shouldn’t hurt.

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Source: Watch YouTube’s Most Popular Videos of 2015

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