Twenty First Tech is in pseudo-hiatus

Wonder why we’re not posting as often as we used to? That’s because we’re in pseudo-hiatus. As much as we’d love to abandon our schoolwork, drop out of junior college and be full-time journalists, this is Singapore, not the United States, and we have our A Levels coming up this year. We’re not completely putting TFT on hold; we’re just posting when we can, which is not very often. This isn’t something that’s just happening now. We’ve been in this state since the start of the year, but we thought we should leave an article here just to let you guys know.

So bear with us as we try to bear the burden of schoolwork; you’ll be hearing more from us after the A’s are over.

The Twenty First Tech Team

Windows 10 Preview Users will get a free upgrade

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it’ll be rolling out Windows 10 on the 29th of July. And to the delight of many, it also announced that all existing Windows 7 and 8 users will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it rolls out.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing WIndows 7 and 8 users.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing WIndows 7 and 8 users.

But what if you are not on Windows 7 or 8? Well, if you are testing the Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, you can connect it to your Microsoft Account and get a free upgrade to the final version of Windows 10 when it comes out.

Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build. Once you have successfully installed this build, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh.

So good news is, if you are running an older version of Windows before 7 and 8, you can get the final version for free by getting the Windows 10 Insider Preview and registering with a Microsoft Account.

If you’ve done a clean install of the preview and no longer have Windows 7 and 8 installed, you’ll get notifications to register with MSA so that you’ll get the free upgrade after 29th July.

So essentially, a lot of users are going to get Windows 10 for free. We’ll see how it goes and update you.

Sony Xperia™ Z3+ now available for pre-order!

(From Sony Mobile SGThe Xperia™ Z3+ is now available for pre-order at S$998. Head down to any Sony Stores from now till 28th June 2015 and get a DK52 charging dock worth S$58 as part of the pre-order package. Also included with every Xperia™ Z3+ is a Sony Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-DNC31 (worth S$78) and a Sony Quick Charger UCH10 (worth S$48).

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Apple WWDC 2015 is coming, here’s what to expect

Well, it’s summertime (in the US at least), and it’s time for “change”. Technology enthusiasts all over the world – Apple fanboys or not – are looking forward to see what’s coming out of Apple in this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The annual conference serves primarily as a platform for Apple to announce its new software releases, both for consumers to drool over and for developers to adapt to. Here’s what we can expect to see from WWDC 2015 at Moscone West from June 8 to June 12.
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Siege Glastimate Full-Coverage Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 6 Review


Siege is no stranger to providing premium quality glass screen protectors for high-end smartphones, and we are no strangers to Siege. Our editors Shiv and Timothy have previously reviewed Siege’s Glastimate screen protectors for the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 respectively and they seemed pretty happy with the experience. So when Siege requested for us to take a look at their latest offering for the iPhone 6, I was happy to oblige. Here’s my take on the full-coverage glass screen protector for the iPhone 6, as well as some thoughts on glass screen protectors in general – are they really worth the extra money?

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UAG Case for iPhone 6 Plus Review

Remember the time when you had no problems with a bulky casing (think of the likes of Griffin cases) to provide all-round protection to your phones, because your phone was so small for it to be of a concern? However, as phones have grown in size over the past few years, it may now be a little problematic if you wanted to use a similar casing – your big phone will become even bulkier. Will there even be space for it in your pockets? This is why I believe that as phones grow bigger, manufacturers will have to look at striking a balance between protection and portability. Here, we review the UAG Case for the iPhone 6 Plus, which I believe has indeed struck this balance I have been talking about.  Continue reading UAG Case for iPhone 6 Plus Review

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