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Now is a good time to upgrade to Windows 10, if you haven’t already

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If you’re still running Windows 7 or 8 on any of your computers, now is a good time to take Microsoft up on its temporary upgrade offer. You know, before it expires.

Microsoft today announced that its Windows 10 update will cease to be free from July 29, exactly a year after its release. After the honeymoon period, Windows 10 will cost $120 to purchase the Home version, $140 to get the Pro upgrade. Those prices aren’t anything to dismiss, especially when you can get the updates for free now through the end of July.

Besides, you can always downgrade to your previous Windows installation if Windows 10 isn’t working the way it should or you simply don’t like the new and streamlined interface.

In a blog post, Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said Windows 10 is now on 300 million devices around the world, marking the fastest Windows adoption rate in history.

The latest Windows operating system for PC also has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any Windows software.

Of course, Microsoft could have a change of heart and extend the upgrade window indefinitely, but why would it? Reports show growth rates for Windows 10 installs continue to fall significantly. As of April, around 15 percent of PCs already run Windows 10.

And surely, Microsoft’s hardware partners wouldn’t want to see the offer extended, with analysts attributing the PC’s decline to the free Windows 10 update.

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AMD unveils powerful 32-core Threadripper 2

More cores for more powerful performance

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AMD announced the arrival of its new CPU at Computex 2018, and it promises to bring more power to modern computers out there. We’re talking about Threadripper 2, a more powerful update than its predecessor — bringing with it 32 CPU cores. That’s more than enough for multitasking, photo and video editing, and gaming, too!

Threadripper 2 features the latest 12mm Zen+ architecture from AMD, the same architecture found in the latest Ryzen CPUs. Desktops running Threadripper 2 are expected to consume less power when running a ton of applications all at once. The Zen+ architecture also allows for better security and compatibility with the latest hardware available.

AMD says that Threadripper 2 will work on motherboards with an X399 architecture with its 250W power requirement, much more than its predecessor at 180W. However, older X399 motherboards might not be able to meet the power requirement for the new CPU, especially if you plan to maximize the CPU through overclocking. AMD’s partners are expected to launch newer X399 motherboards to accommodate the greater demands of the Threadripper 2.

AMD says that the new Threadripper 2 will clock in at 3.0GHz, less than the 3.4GHz the original Threadripper had. These are still subject to changes as more tests and benchmarks will be done before its official launch. At this speed, however, AMD caters to users who want to maximize the CPU for heavy workloads.

Threadripper 2 will be available in both a 24-core CPU and its flagship 32-core CPU for heavier workloads. Although AMD has not yet announced prices for the new CPU, the company expects its launch to be in the third quarter of 2018.

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Intel reveals Core i7-8086K Limited Edition for its anniversary

And you can win one for yourself!

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When you celebrate your anniversary, you gotta go all out. If you’re a major brand, you need to release something that loyal fans want — even better if it’s given away for free!

That’s exactly what Intel is doing. Today at Computex 2018, the chipset maker unveiled its limited edition Core i7-8086K processor for desktop computers. Sure, it may not be a higher-end Core i9 model, but this one is fast, fast, fast.

On top of its base frequency of 4GHz, it can be boosted up to 5GHz. And since it’s a desktop chipset, it owns six cores with hyper-threading, providing you with 12 logical cores on the system.

This announcement comes at a perfect time: 40 years after the original Intel 8086 chip was released. It was the first processor with the x86 architecture, which is still being used today. This is also Intel 50th year in existence.

Because this is a “K” model, you can overclock it for even crazier clock speeds. Expect PC enthusiasts to try this as soon as the product goes on sale on June 8.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but there’s better news: Intel will be giving away 8,086 units of its limited edition processor! This is a real promotion, and you can join the sweepstakes right here.

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Fast Forward: A new iPhone is coming, ASUS is gearing up for a gaming phone

Still looking for the ‘perfect’ phone? More are coming this June!

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Curious about what to expect in the tech world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening next month!

1. WWDC 2018: iPhone SE 2, iOS 12, MacOS 10.14, and more

Apple’s annual developer’s conference will kick off the month starting on June 4. Happening in California, the 29th Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be a grand showcase of Apple’s new software products, and the company is expected to unveil the next versions of iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS.

Rumors have been suggesting that we might also see a new lower-cost MacBook Air (or something similar) and iPad Pro models with Face ID. The much-awaited iPhone SE 2 will probably be unveiled and could be the highlight of the conference. These are just rumors though, but we’d like to see a cheaper iPhone.

2. Computex 2018: ASUS will unveil ROG gaming phone

Right after WWDC in the US, Computex 2018 will commence in Taiwan. The annual computer show will take place in Taipei once again and the GadgetMatch team will be on the showroom floor to bring you everything there is to see. One of the expected announcements is the long-rumored ROG gaming smartphone from ASUS. It’ll be much like the Razer Phone with flagship specs and a fluid display, but rumors are also pointing out to an RGB-enabled body to match other ROG devices.

Acer will also be present at Computex and they’ll be showcasing their new laptops and desktop computers first seen in New York. Chip makers like Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm are expected to lay out their plans for new processors while graphics-maker NVIDIA might unveil new mobile GPUs and VR components. Other PC manufacturers like MSI, Gigabyte, and Samsung are listed to be exhibitors in the convention, as well.

3. BlackBerry, Motorola, OPPO, and Vivo will announce new phones!

New Android smartphones get released almost every week. June will be no different and we’re expecting at least four from major manufacturers.

Let’s start with Motorola and their Moto Z3 Play. The Z3 Play is part of the third-generation Moto Z phones (we’re expecting other variants, too) that are compatible with Moto Mods. It could also be the last model to support existing Moto Mods. Then there’s BlackBerry (which is still alive and kicking) with the KEY2 launch happening in New York.

Chinese phone brands go global once again as OPPO and Vivo plan to unveil new smartphones for the international market. Vivo is already teasing their presence in the FIFA World Cup alongside the launch of the retail version of the Vivo APEX concept phone. OPPO, on the other hand, is rumored to enter Europe for a new smartphone launch. Not many details are known, but we’re suspecting that their 5x optical zoom concept phone will finally be available to the public or maybe something new.


Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.

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