Windows 8 RTM

Windows 8 RTM
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Windows 8 has reached the released to manufacturing (RTM) status and it will be available to the general public on Friday, 26th October 2012. The final build number of Windows 8 is 9200.

If you are going to buy a Windows 7 PC from today (2nd August 2012), you are eligibility to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for S$17.99 (including GST) on the day of Windows 8 launch.

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Review

Adobe Illustrator CS6 Review
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Adobe Illustrator CS6 is included in all the Adobe CS6 suites and is available in Singapore since the end of April 2012. Prices are as follows (excluding taxes)

Interesting price comparison with Photoshop CS6. The upgrade version of Illustrator CS6 is more expensive than Photoshop CS6 while the full version of Illustrator CS6 is cheaper than Photoshop CS6.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Review

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Review
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Adobe Photoshop CS6 is included in all the Adobe CS6 suites and is available in Singapore since the end of April 2012. Prices are as follows (excluding taxes)

Interface Color
There is a major change in Photoshop CS6’s user interface color: 4 different shades of grey schemes are implemented. This is individual preference. The color will not affect how your works look like across different schemes.

Google Chrome and Google Drive now on iOS

Google Chrome and Google Drive now on iOS
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Google Chrome on iOS
Been waiting for this day! Google Chrome is finally here for iOS and it is an universal app! Played with it on both iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and it works beautifully, it has replaced Safari on my iOS devices!

The sync (bookmarks, history, tabs, preferences and devices) works great out of the box after entering my Google credentials!

Apple Launches iTunes Store In Singapore

Apple Launches iTunes Store In Singapore
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The day has come! Apple launches iTunes Store in Singapore alongside with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. iTunes Match will be available as well for S$31.98 per year! The iTunes store is live on my Mac, but it seems it has not yet been made available on my iTunes app on my iPhone.

Music pricing starts from S$1.28 for a single track and typical price for an album is S$9.98.

Apple Singapore App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$)

Apple Singapore App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$)
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Finally! Prices in both the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in Singapore are now displayed in Singapore Dollars (S$ or S$) instead of United Stats Dollars (US$). This means that the price of an app will not fluctuate because of the horrible currency exchange rate between Singapore and United States given by banks.

Last month, when I bought a US$0.99 app, my credit card bill will reflect S$1.30, but now the app just cost S$1.28. Apple uses very reasonable exchange rates, according to Google the exchange rate today (13:45 on Friday, 22nd June 2012) is:

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8
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Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 at the Windows Phone Developer Summit. Before I start, existing Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) users will not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 due to hardware differences and hence they will be getting a minor update dub Windows Phone 7.8 in a few weeks time that bring some changes to the start screen for existing users.

My summary of Windows Phone 8 from the summit:
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