Archive for June 2015

Windows 10 available as a free upgrade on 29 July 2015

Microsoft just announced that Windows 10 will be available beginning 29 July 2015 in 190 markets globally as a free upgrade to devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Users will have one year from 29 July 2015 to take advantage of the free upgrade. Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device—at no cost.

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Microsoft is now asking Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to reserve a copy of Windows 10 via a prompt that looks like a Start button icon in the notification area on your taskbar. Once you reserved a copy, the system will download Windows 10 when it is available and notify you when it is ready to install.

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Note that the free upgrade applies only to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. Those running Windows RT or RT 8.1 will not be getting the upgrade.

Android M to support USB Type-C

Just when we thought Micro-USB will be the standard for all Non-Apple phones, Google just annouced that the new Android M will be supporting USB Type-C. In fact, the next Nexus phone will come with a USB Type-C port instead of the usual Micro-USB port.

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But hey, this isn’t that bad. Although USB Type-C isn’t widely supported at the moment, it is expected to be widespread within the next few years. The Type-C does have lots of advantage over the Micro-USB port. It allows you to charge up to three to five times faster. And it also allows your smartphone to charge other device.

And like the Lightning cable, the USB Type-C port works both direction.

Expect to see Micro-USB slowly retire and USB Type-C take over its place. Unfortunately, I don’t think Apple will ever abandon its Lightning port on iPhone and iPad.

SG50 Gundam Model Kit to be launched exclusively at Gundam Docks at Singapore

Singapore will be getting its very own SG50 limited edition Gundam model kits. Available exclusively during Gundam Docks at Singapore, the HG RX-78-2 GUNDAM Ver. SG50 model kit is designed by the legendary mechanic designer Kunio Okawara.

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Sales of the SG50 Gundam model kit starts on 4 June, as part of the the Gundam Docks at Singapore exhibition which runs from 4 – 28 June. Fans who purchase the SG50 GUNDAM Model Kit will stand a chance to get an autograph from Kunio Okawara himself at an autograph session on 6 June 3pm at Takashimaya.

In addition to the model kit, related SG50 Gundam merchandise will be available during the exhibition. Pricing will be announced closer to date.