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Windows 8 RTM

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.

Microsoft Windows 8 Logo
Microsoft Windows 8 Logo

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Apple Releases OS X Mountain Lion

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) to the Mac App Store yesterday, 25th July 2012, at about 20:30 (GMT +8). It is priced at S$25.98.

Some new features:

Mac App Store - OS X Mountain Lion
Mac App Store – OS X Mountain Lion

Installed OS X Mountain Lion on my MacBook Air (Mid 2011) last night, downloaded at 7MB/s (love my fiber Internet), installation took about 30 minutes.

You might be interesting to know how to create a OS X Mountain Lion installer using SD Card or USB Flash Drive. Also check out OS X Mountain Lion’s Best 10 Tricks: The How-To Video Guide. If you want a more detailed review of OS X Mountain Lion, check out MacStories review on OS X Mountain Lion.

Mac App Store: OS X Mountain Lion (S$25.98)

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Adobe Illustrator CS6 Review

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.

Interface Color Schemes
Interface Color Schemes

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Review

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.

Interface Color Schemes
Interface Color Schemes

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Google Chrome And Google Drive Now On iOS

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!

Google Chrome iOS in App StoreGoogle Chrome iOS (iPhone) - Web
Google Chrome iOS (iPhone)

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Google Nexus 7, Nexus Q & Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google launches quite a few things at this morning Google I/O 2012.

New gadgets like Google Nexus 7 (US$199) (Play Store Link – US Only), Google Nexus Q (US$299) (Play Store Link – US Only) and Google Triad Bookshelf Speakers (US$399) (Play Store Link – US Only).

Nexus 7
Nexus 7

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Apple Launches iTunes Store In Singapore

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 iTunes Store - Singapore (Home)
Apple iTunes Store – Singapore (Home)

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

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:

iOS App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$) - iPhone
iOS App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$) – iPhone

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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

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:
Hardware

Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Start Screen

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