Windows 10 notifications driving you mad? We have the cure
There are lots of reasons why you might not want Windows 10. You might be upset about sweeping privacy changes1, or perhaps your PC isn’t compatible and you’re going to come unstuck with a load of incompatibility errors2. Maybe you have legacy software that doesn’t work in Windows 10 or when you first upgraded to Windows 10 you found your games were running significantly slower than they had on the previous version of Windows, so you downgraded. Whatever your reason, we don’t judge. We’re here to show you how to get rid of those pesky, in-your-face notifications that Microsoft has been firing at its users since Windows 10 became a ‘recommended’ update.
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For this guide, we’re going to be using GWX Control Panel3, a simple and free piece of software available from Ultimate Outsider. GWX Control Panel makes registry changes that you could do yourself, but it also has some handy tools that significantly reduce the amount of effort you have to take to stop Windows 10 from suddenly being installed.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed GWX Control Panel, things are fairly self-explanatory although there are a few points worth exploring a bit further so you’re fully aware of the steps you’re taking.
Disable Windows 10 notifications, free up space and disable future upgrades
GWX Control Panel can do all of these things in three clicks. To disable all notifications, click the Disable ‘Get Windows 10 App’ button. The button underneath that deletes all downloaded files associated with Windows 10, which can save you several gigabytes of space. Finally, to disable the Windows 10 upgrade altogether, select the ‘Click to Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades’ button.
Make sure the upgrade don’t come back
The latest version of GWX Control Panel also comes with Monitor Mode. This looks for Windows updates that undo the changes you’ve made using GWX Control Panel, and changes them back again. The problem here is that Microsoft will probably keep on adding updates that make this harder and harder, so you’ll need to occasionally check to see if a newer version of GWX Control Panel has been launched, as this will likely have more antidotes to Microsoft’s Windows 10 obsession.
What if I want to upgrade in the future?
If you decide you’re ready for Windows 10, simply open GWX Control Panel and re-enable the Automatic Windows 10 Upgrades button and re-enable the notification, and Microsoft will take care of the rest.
Police are urging people to keep their mobiles safe after a number of phone thefts in Canterbury. Two iPhones and an LG Spirit phone have been stolen in recent days, each costing hundreds of pounds. Officers are now advising people to be aware.
iPhones have been stolen in Canterbury in recent days. Stock pic
Sgt Lee Thompson said: Thieves are usually opportunists who will take advantage of easy pickings and if phones are left unguarded they can easily become targets.
Fortunately there are ways in which people can make it harder for these opportunist thieves.
The best advice is not to keep phones in open bags or back pockets. The thefts include a brand new Apple iPhone 6S worth 619, which was stolen from the Post Office in St George s Street at 4.30pm on Saturday. The victim had left the phone in a carrier bag by his feet while he filled in a form.
“Smart phones can be high value but there is also the hassle factor of losing stored numbers, messages and pictures to consider…” – Sgt lee Thompson
A 500 Apple iPhone 5 was stolen from a club in the High Street in the early hours of Sunday. The victim had left the phone in an unattended handbag. And an LG Spirit phone worth 300 was stolen in Reed Avenue, Canterbury, at 10.10am on Monday. The phone had been left on the hood of her child s pram.
It is believed it was stolen after it slipped off the pram hood onto the floor. Sgt Thompson has now urged people to be aware of the potential for theft while using their mobiles out and about. He said: Our message is don t give someone the chance to steal your phone.
Make a note of the International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI) number, the unique reference number given to all phones.
We need this when you report it stolen. It also enables us to return your phone if we do find it.
The IMEI number is a 14 to 17 digit number which can usually be found on an identification sticker on the phone itself or by pressing *#06#. Mobile phone thefts should also be reported to network providers so they can block the SIM card and handset, making the phone useless to the thief. Sgt Thompson added: Smart phones can be high value but there is also the hassle factor of losing stored numbers, messages and pictures to consider.
But just by being a little more safety conscious people are less likely to fall prey to this type of crime.
A gangland killer ran a 4.6million drugs operation1 from his prison cell while serving a 20-year sentence for manslaughter, a court heard. Prosecutors claim Liam Duffy, aged 35, used mobile phones smuggled into jail to mastermind the heroin supply racket. The drugs operation was smashed after police found 2.2kgs of heroin worth up to 200,000 in a van stopped in Norwich.
Duffy was 200 miles away – behind bars in Category C Buckley Hall prison near Rochdale. But prosecutor William Carter claimed Duffy was using banned mobile phones in jail to organise drug shipments from Liverpool to East Anglia – even though he did not have physical contact with the drugs.
EAST ANGLIA NEWS SERVICE Liam Smith, 19, known as Smigger was killed
Mr Carter said: “He is the individual who is putting the two ends, Liverpool and Norwich, together. He was the common link. The Crown says he was organising matters.”
Duffy was jailed for 20 years in 2007 after being convicted of the manslaughter of gang leader Liam “Smigger” Smith, 19, who was shot dead in Liverpool in August 2006.
When Duffy was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court he made a gun gesture with his hand to the victim’s family as he was led away after being sentenced. His trial heard how there had been intense, violent rivalry between the gangs since 2004. On at least 17 occasions members fired guns at each other.
The haul of cash and heroin worth almost 250,000
A year after Smith’s death, schoolboy Rhys Jones,11, was shot dead in a pub car park in Croxteth Park after he wandered into the line of fire between the warring gangs. Duffy, from Liverpool, accepted being part of the drugs gang, but denied being the organiser, a sentencing hearing at Norwich crown court heard on Monday. Duffy and three other men – Tony Rimmer and Carl Fairfield, both of Liverpool, and Rocky Gamble, of Norwich ~ all admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
But prosecutor Mr Carter said the heroin seizure in Norwich led police to uncover mobile phone records suggesting Duffy was directing drug runs to Norfolk. Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, which led the investigation, suspect heroin worth 4.6m was trafficked by the gang, the court heard. The sentencing of Duffy – who appeared by video link from jail – was adjourned until after another hearing to decide his basis of plea.
The sentencing of Rimmer, 30, Fairfield, 39, and Gamble, 31, was also put off to a later date.
The haul of cash and heroin worth almost 250,000
Duffy was jailed for his role in killing Smith who was a prominent member of the Norris Green-based Strand gang in Liverpool. Smith was shot dead outside Altcourse prison in August 2006 as part of a feud between the Strand gang and the rival Croxteth Crew in the city. Croxteth Crew member Ryan Lloyd, then 20, was an inmate at the jail, and used a smuggled mobile phone to arrange the revenge hit after an altercation in the visitor hall.
Smith was blasted in the head at close range by a sawn-off shotgun within an hour.
Lloyd and his friend Thomas Forshaw, 18, both of Croxteth and a 16-year-old boy were all convicted of murder.
A pair of leaked images of the Samsung s new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have surfaced online, marking the first time the new devices have been seen properly ahead of their February 21st launch1. The standard Galaxy S7 appears to have a markedly less protruding camera lens at the rear this time around, which experts believe points towards the device s camera having fewer megapixels than last year s Galaxy S6. That’s in line with reports that the Galaxy S7 will feature a 12-megapixel shooter2, down from the 16 megapixels offered by its predecessor.
The phone’s curved rear is also said to house a larger battery, with rumours flying that Samsung may once again offer users the chance to open the back of the device and insert a new battery. The curved screen Galaxy S7 Edge looks very much like last year s S6 Edge3, with little discernible difference in design. Both handsets are believed to come with improved internal specs, as well as a pressure-sensitive touchscreen4, the latter a nod to Apple s 3D Touch function found on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
This enables users to access shortcuts depending on how hard they press the screen.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are due to be revealed at a special event on the eve of the annual Mobile World Congress event.
We’d previously heard that Lenovo will be phasing out the Motorola brand-name, but will continue to “Moto” brand for some of its new devices, and now the next-gen of Moto handsets has leaked online in a batch of photos. The images were posted to Motorola Facebook fanpage hellomotoHK1 and show a selection of Lenovo prototypes with the signature Moto design style – it’s believed the device selection includes a Moto X 2016 and a Moto G 2016. According to the source, the new phones will have some slight changes in their design despite an overall similarity to previous gen kit, particularly the higher end Moto X, which will reportedly be thinner.
The report also notes that the Motorola “M” logo is still on the rear of the device, but that’s not too surprising – Lenovo confirmed that it is phasing the Motorola name out gradually (so it isn’t going immediately), but also will retain the “M” logo for Moto devices.
It’s claimed the brightly coloured devices in the images are the cheaper Moto G, although bright colours all round shouldn’t be too surprising considering that the Moto Maker customisation functionality was expanded to include both the Moto X and Moto G in the previous generation. Will this continue with the next, or will we simply see a limited selection of colour choices or swappable backs? Time will tell.
Other things we can observe include a large camera port, which could suggest (though does not necessarily mean) Motorola has paid extra attention to improving the imaging capabilities; larger sensor sizes are becoming increasingly the norm on flagship phones. There’s also a dual-tone dual-LED flash, but that too is quite common now. We’d also expect to see a fingerprint scanner, 3GB of RAM, Android Marshmallow and a large QHD display upfront.
The image has emerged via Chinese leak site cnbeta2. Assuming this is all legit we expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Moto X (2016) in the coming weeks and months. Multiple reports and analysts have lambasted Qualcomm s Snapdragon 810 CPU throughout 2015, claiming it has held back nearly all top flight Android handsets, crippling them with sub-par performance compared to the company s 801 and 805 and ALL of this is before we get into the much documented over-heating issues. To be sure, the company s Snapdragon 820 has A LOT riding on it it needs to solve all the problems created by the Snapdragon 810 and add in a whole load of improvements.
Most meaning, 99.9% of flagship Android handsets released next year will run on Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 and we do not expect the Moto X 2016 to be an exception, despite Moto s penchant for using older silicon in its phones. Early indications about the 820 s performance and features are very good, though, and we ve had plenty of briefings throughout the year about the chipset, so we re confident the Big Q will come good in 2016. And we’ve now heard3, direct from Motorola itself, that Lenovo will be phasing out the Motorla brand. That’s the Motorola brand specifically, not the “Moto” phone brand. What does this mean fro the Moto X 2016 edition? Well simply that it will probably be branded as either the Lenovo Moto X, or simply the Moto X (similar to the Huawei-made Honor brand, which doesn’t actually carry any Huawei branding).
In a January 8 report by CNET, Rick Osterloh, Motorola’s chief operating officer, explained that the firm will “slowly phase out Motorola”. The report added that the “Moto” brand will be kept for high-end devices, whie Lenovo’s “Vibe” brand will be used on lower end hardware. Lenovo’s blue logo is expected to appear on both brands.
Essentially, Motorola is being merged fully into Lenovo.