Archive for October 2012

Windows 8 is here

Oh hey, it’s 26 October 2012 already. That means Microsoft Windows 8 is here.

There are several ways for you to get Windows 8. The easiest way is to buy a new Desktop, Laptop or Tablet. Most PC makers have began selling their Windows 8 devices today.

If you purchased a Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP device before 1 June 2012, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro via Microsoft website at S$49.99.

If you purchased a Windows 7 device between 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2014, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro via Windows Upgrade Site at S$17.99

You can also upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 packaged DVD version to Windows 8 Pro at S$89.00. Available at all major IT stores and get a free Canon PIXMA MP237 Printer (worth S$79.00). While stocks last.

The Microsoft Surface

We are just 1 day away from the Windows 8 launch. One of the Windows 8 device that everyone is looking forward to is the Microsoft Surface. The Surface is Microsoft’s first tablet computer produced in-house.

The Microsoft Surface has a 10.6 inch (1366×768) display that supports 5 point multi-touch. Runs on a Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 2GB RAM. WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 720p camera (1 front, 1 back), USB 2.0 and micro HDMI port. It is made of a special material call VaporMg which according to some early reviews showed that it is able to take some knocks without any problems. All these weighing just 680grams.

Perhaps the interesting part is the Touch Cover with a built-in keyboard which can be magnetically attached to the Surface for increased productivity. The magnet is pretty strong and you can hold the Touch Cover without the Surface falling off. The Microsoft Surface also has a built in kickstand which is great for viewing movies. The Microsoft Surface will come in 2 version: Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro. The Windows 8 Pro is not available yet.

We don’t know exactly when will the Surface with Windows RT be available in Singapore. It will begin shipping in the US on 26 Oct 2012. The 32GB Microsoft Surface with Windows RT will retail at US$499. 32GB version with Black Touch Cover and 64GB version with Black Touch Cover will retail at US$599 and US$699 respectively.

PS: Don’t be confused by this Microsoft Surface with the other Microsoft Surface. Microsoft have renamed the 40 inch table computer to Microsoft PixelSense.

The new Samsung Chromebook

We all know that Microsoft is launching Windows 8 this coming Friday and we can expect to see tons of Windows 8 devices. But Google refuse to let Microsoft dominate the new and decided to announce the new 3rd Generation Chromebook by Samsung.

The Chromebook runs on Google’s Chrome OS. 11.6 inch screen, 1.1kg, 1 USB3.0, 1 USB2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and a HDMI port. It runs on Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor and has 6.5 hour battery life.

The Chromebook comes with 16GB of internal storage but Google is giving 100GB of Google Drive free for two years (Worth $120). Since the Chromebook is running Chrome OS, you don’t really need much local storage. Everything, including your data and apps, live in the cloud. Just login your Google ID on any Chromebook and it will looks as if it is yours.

But I guess the most attractive “feature” of the Chromebook is the price point. At just US$249 for WIFI version and US$330 for 3G version, I don’t mind getting one as my secondary laptop when I want to travel light. Unfortunately, the Chromebook is currently only available in US and UK. Let’s hope Google will bring it to the rest of the world soon.

Apple going to Live Stream “iPad Mini” keynote

There used to be a time when Apple Live Stream their Keynote. But they haven’t been doing that for several years and all we tech enthusiast and Apple fanboy have to rely on the live blogging.

Well, good news. Apple is going to Live Stream the 23 October Keynote. A new “Apple Events” channel also appeared on the Apple TV.

It is rumoured that Apple will announce a 7ish inch iPad and maybe a 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina Display. We’ll find out about it in a few hours time.

It is great to see Apple Live Streaming their event again. Let’s hope their server is able to handle the load. But if the server can’t handle the load, there is always Live Blogging sites to keep you up to date.

The Apple Keynote will happen on 23 October 2012, 10:00 a.m. PDT (24 Oct, 1am Singapore time)

Western Digital My Book 4TB external harddisk

Harddisk maker Western Digital just announced a 4TB external harddisk recently.

My Book 4TB supports USB 3.0 for fast transfer on new desktop and notebook with USB 3.0. But don’t worry, it is still compatible with desktop and notebooks that still uses USB 2.0. The My Book 4TB drive also include automatic, continuous backup of all content generated on the computer and offers password protection and hardware encryption to provide additional security against unauthorized access to files and other data

Western Digital My Book 4TB external harddisk is now available at a suggested retail price of S$299.