A new tool in Windows 10 will allow users to block certain updates. The tool will be available as an optional download.
As the Windows support page where the troubleshooter can be downloaded explains, Package KB3073930 is used to prevent troublesome drivers or updates from being reinstalled again.
"In rare cases, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed."
The tool is called Troubleshooter Package KB3073930. However, it isn't capable of disabling every undesired update, and also requires users to uninstall the unwanted update beforehand. Earlier in the month, Microsoft announced that updates for Windows 10 will be mandatory.
With the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, The Green Legend, being moved out of 2015, Netflix's August is looking a little lean. Still, there's The Hurt Locker, Lord of War, some Russell Brand specials, all the Fred movies, and some classic Reading Rainbow to sift through.
Plus, there's Peter Capaldi's first run as The Doctor on Doctor Who, the first season of Girl Meets World, Once Upon a Time's big Frozen-fest, Revenge's fourth (and final) season, and more.
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Nintendo is shutting down the TVii service on Wii U in North America.
On August 11, Nintendo TVii will stop working on the home console, according to the company. Nintendo says a system update will soon eliminate the icon from the Wii U menu and GamePad home screen.
As for the reasoning behind closing TVii, Nintendo said, "Every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our resources on other projects." However, the company does note other video on demand applications will continue functioning as normal, like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
Nintendo TVii was unveiled in September 2012, months ahead of the launch of Wii U. While the service has worked for almost three years in North America, TVii was never launched in Europe because of localization issues.
Vacation co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have confirmed their previously rumored involvement in Marvel and Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
"We can finally acknowledge that," Daley told NPR. "This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it."
With regard to what fans can expect from this new incarnation of the web-slinging hero, Daley shared a few details on how they're handling the portrayal of Tom Holland's Peter Parker, noting that his relatability as a geek will be an important part of the character.
Capcom has issued a formal apology for the problems with the Street Fighter V beta, which has been postponed to a later date.
“Capcom offers its sincerest apologies to everyone who participated in this first beta test. While the purpose of a beta is to work out these type of issues, it was very clear that the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for. After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data, we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players.”
With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
HBO has released the first trailer for Ferrell Takes the Field, a comedy special that sees Will Ferrell play all nine positions on the baseball field for 10 different teams in one day.
Back in March, Ferrell participated in five Major League Baseball spring training games, playing the entire field in the process. For example, he played first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks and ended his night pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
You can see the full trailer below:
Ferrell Takes the Field is dedicated to fighting cancer as well as MLB player Bert “Campy” Campaneris, who actually played nine positions in one game back in 1965. Funny or Die partnered with the MLB to make the HBO comedy special a reality.
Hot Toys has revealed no less than four new Iron Man figures set for release in 2016. These new releases will fill some of the last remaining holes in Hot Toys' massive Iron Man 3 lineup and offer a giant-sized take on Tony Stark's newest suit.
First up is the Iron Man Mark XL armor, code-named the Shotgun Armor. This suit was briefly seen in the climax of Iron Man 3 along with the various other "House Party" suits. This 1:6 scale figure measures about 12 inches tall and includes various battle-damaged pieces and a head with a detailed likeness of Robert Downey, Jr.
The Shotgun Armor is currently available for pre-order on Sideshow's website at a price of 284.99. Look for it to be released June and August 2016.
You'll be able to approach boss battles in the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided the way you want: combat, stealth, or even a conversation.
Choice was something missing from Deus Ex: Human Revolution's boss fights, director Patrick Fortier points out to OXM. Many players agreed, too; even if they customized their character for stealth, boss fights in Human Revolution leaned heavily towards more combat-oriented approaches.
Mankind Divided aims to put the choice back in the series. "It’s all about supporting all the different play aspects," says Fortier.
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Aside from the hype matches and the parade of traditional fighting games at Evo every year, there's always a game or two that carries the essence of fighting games over into another, seemingly unrelated format. At Evo 2015, that game was Spaera, a crafty mash-up of Tetris and Puzzle Fighter that sports an extra layer or two of tactical consideration. After the show, I got to sit down with Spaera's developer Blazing Orb to get in some matches, and chat with them about what makes Spaera so immediately engaging. Watch my full commentary video with them above, or read on to see why I couldn't stop playing.
The most obvious differentiation from other Tetris battle games is the selection of characters to choose from, and their unique sets of abilities. These aren't just simple add/subtract lines abilities, though there is a little of that. You can make your opponent's life hard in a lot of interesting ways in Spaera. The warrior Pone, for instance, can punch tons of random holes in his opponent's board, making it nearly impossible to form complete lines until they clear it up or build over it. Of course, the ghostly Harland could retaliate with his Phantom Paynes ability, which copies over all but the bottom three lines of his board to his opponent's. Now Pone has to deal with the same problems he just caused.
ABC is ramping up for the premiere of The Muppets, releasing five new posters for the mockumentary TV series.
Yahoo TV unveiled the one-sheets for The Muppets, which showcase the stars with tongue-in-cheek statements. For example, Kermit the Frog is bringing "full frontal nudity" to TV, while Miss Piggy is just another "egotistical pig" on the small screen.
You can see all five posters for The Muppets below:
The posters highlight the more adult take the new Muppets show is aiming for on ABC. The TV series will reportedly follow the work lives and personal lives of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and more — sort of a mix of The Office and 30 Rock.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
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Hey, hey, it's a Kairosoft day! The company's latest is called Fish Pond Park, and it tasks you with revitalizing a plot of unkempt land and turning it into a tourist's dream nature preserve. And there's fishing!
It's time to find out what's expiring on Netflix come August. So take a look at your daily planners and shuffle some things around so you can catch these movies and TV shows before they leave. Everything from actioners like John Woo's Face/Off and Antoine Fuqua's Shooter to M. Night Syamalan's excellent Unbreakable, Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, and James Cameron's Titanic.
Oh, and here's something we didn't even know. The old '80s animated series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is on Netflix (for a little while longer). SWARM IS OUR MASTER! WE WORK FOR SWARM!
A New Game Plus mode is being added to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt has announced.
The news was revealed in a post on Twitter, confirming that this will serve as the game's final piece of free DLC. Additionally, the studio noted that it won't be out this week, as additional time is needed to prepare it for launch.
NG+, the final FREE DLC, is on the way! Stay tuned. Won’t happen this week - we need a bit more time to finish it. pic.twitter.com/jheuPi94wc
— The Witcher (@witchergame) July 27, 2015
NASA has invented a new chip for mobiles that could soon save you a ton of battery power.
Popular Science reports that the chip, created by NASA's Adrian Tang and UCLA's M.C. Frank Chang, runs on 100 times less energy than the receivers we use in mobiles today. It works by reflecting the wi-fi signal from a special router rather than emitting its own signal. The router does nearly all the work, allowing the chip to run on a very small amount of energy.
What's more is that wi-fi speed is not significantly affected by the new chip. The researchers have been able to reach speeds of 40MB/s using the new technology.
Digital tabletop game Armello is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, and Linux on September 1, developer League of Geeks announced today.
The developer also revealed two new characters that will be playable in the final build: Zosha, the Whisperer and Barnaby, Screwloose. Zosha, a female member of the Rat Clan, is a stealth-based character with a strong attack and weak defense. Barnaby, meanwhile, hails from the Rabbit Clan and possesses a strong defense and the ability to swap items in and out from his inventory at any time.
The digital tabletop game is currently available to PC players through Steam Early Access for $25 USD until July 31.
The final build of Armello, which mixes board and card game elements with strategy and role-playing mechanics, will be playable for the first time next month at PAX Prime. For more, check out IGN's video preview below.
A line of BioShock Infinite Funko Pop! figures is on its way.
The toys include an adorable version of Elizabeth, as well as two versions of main character Booker DeWitt - one Booker comes with the Sky-Hook, while the other is equipped with Booker's signature gun. Rounding out the set is a Little Sister and a 6"-sized "Super Pop" Big Daddy.
The BioShock Infinite line is expected to see release in September.
Razer has purchased struggling microconsole company Ouya – specifically, its software assets – for an undisclosed amount of money.
Uhrman also hinted at her own departure from the company, stating, "OUYA was a once in a lifetime experience. Now I'm off to find the next... stay tuned!"
Along with Ouya's software assets, such as its online retail platform and catalog of content, Razer is also bringing over Ouya's technical and developer relations teams.
Dozens of high-profile scientists, businessmen, and other dignitaries, including the likes of Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, and Elon Musk, have signed an open letter appealing to the UN to ban AI-based weaponry.
The letter, published by The Future of Life Institute, states that AI-controlled weapons with capabilities of searching for and eliminating people autonomously will likely be available "within years, not decades," and describes autonomous weapons as a potential "third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms."
"If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development," the letter continues, "a global arms race is virtually inevitable... autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow." It warns that while these weapons may reduce human casualties, it will also lower the threshold for states to go to war, as the materials needed to create these machines are so cheap and readily available.