If you are not ready for Windows 10, you better keep an eye on those automatic Microsoft updates

It’s no secret that Microsoft really, really wants all of its users to update to Windows 10.  Not only are they giving it away for free (in classic Apple style) but they have also made it easy to upgrade by installing a Windows 10 icon on the system tray.   It has also recently been confirmed by Microsoft that it is downloading Windows 10 installation files on to those computers whose users have opted into automatic updates.  Therefore many users have already downloaded all of the files necessary, 3-6 GB worth of them, to start installing Redmond’s latest and greatest operating system whether they wanted to or not.  Engadget has just reported that Microsoft has taken this a step further by now ticking the “Update to Windows 10” box in the Windows updater by default.  Both the Windows icon and installation files can be removed easily enough but turning back the clock on an entire operating system update requires a little more time and finesse.  Although Microsoft has told Ars Technica that making the OS install take place by default was an error on their part and that they will correct this, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on that next round of automatic updates so that you don’t get more than you bargained for.

BBC to shutdown it’s Global iPlayer service

For those of you who like to get their fill of BBC dramas and documentaries from the international version of the iPlayer, you may soon be out of luck.  BBC has just announced that it will be shutting down its international version which was available in 16 countries, including Canada.  According to the Engadget story, auto renewing series subscriptions will end between May 26th and June 26th.  British subjects need not worry as this closure only applies to the Global iPlayer and not the version available in the UK. 

Source: Engadget and BBC

New Raspberry Pi available

A new version of the credit card sized computer was announced today. Although the Raspberry Pi 2 looks exactly like its predecessors it packs some extra horsepower. The major change is the processor which is a now a 900 MHz quad core loaded with 1 GB of RAM, the previous models had a single core 700 MHz processor with 500 MB of RAM. It was also announced that Microsoft will be making a specialized version of Windows 10 for the pint sized computer. Rounding out the good news is that the price will remain the same at $35 US.

The new model is already up for sale on the Newark site and the Canadian site Buy a Pi is hoping to have it available by February 27.

Netflix to stream The Interview

According to Engadget Netflix will have the controversial film The Interview available for streaming in Canada and the US starting on Saturday January 24. This is just a month after its unconventional release on Christmas Day. Sony has reportedly already made $40 million from its online sales and will release it on Blu-Ray on February 17.

Adware Removal on Mac Computers

More and more people are being infected by Adware lately, especially since its creators have now expanded into the Apple universe. Adware is basically software that gets installed on your computer’s browser. In the best case scenario it causes endless popup menus to show up on every page that you open; in the worst case you are unable to browse the internet. This type of malware is often packaged together with other software installers. So if you notice that you are suddenly being bombarded with unwanted advertising and pop windows you were likely infected by software that you recently installed sometimes inadvertently.

Since Adware is not officially malware, most virus removal tools can’t detect and remove it. Luckily people have devised ways to remove it. I recently became infected with Downlite adware on a Macbook Pro and a Macbook Air and this is my story.

Apple to increase App prices in Canada (update)

As expected the price of apps in the Canadian Apple App Store have increased. Previous apps for 99 cents now cost $1.19 and apps that were $1.99 now cost $2.29.

According to reports on CBC and iPhone in Canada websites, Apple is set to increase prices of its Apps in Canada within the next day. According to Boy Genius Report this price increase will involve the Mac App Store as well. The increase is a result of the recent changes in the Canadian-American exchange rate. Changes are also expected in all EU countries as well as Russia. So get those 99 cent Apps while you can.