How to Get $ 5 Free Gift From Windows Store (but conditions apply)

I’m not a huge fan of Windows Store, despite I use Windows 10 as my primary operating system.  When it comes to digital downloads, I use audible.com to purchase audiobooks, kobo.com to purchase e-books and I’m looking forward for purchasing goodies on Apple Store and Steam to get apps + games.

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Microsoft right now is offering a $ 5 gifts you can spend on Windows Store. Just buy a cheapest book out there. Let’s say a one-dollar book and you are good to go for the 4 remaining bucks.

But there are some caveats:

1- You must own a Windows 10 devices. So forget about reading e-books on Androids, Kindle or Kobo readers.

2- You must have the latest version of Windows 10. The Creator Update.  Microsoft Edge gains e-book capabilities in this Creator Build.

3- You must live in the USA.  And not elsewhere.

4- Redeem the code quickly.  Unlike Audible which uses subscription-based or credits, you have to redeem the code before 30 of June.

5- It’s a limited offer. So hurry up.

Sofiane MEROUANI

iPhone 5 and 5C won’t support iOS 11. Put the blame on the 64-bit architecture (Sofiane’s Editorial)

I’m speaking about the iOS 11.

When the next iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system from Apple will hit the market, along the side iPhone 8,  this fall, many of the older iDevices won’t support it.

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I’m speaking about the iPhone 5 and 5C and the iPad 4. The reason is about the architecture.  When iPhone 5 was released in 2012, and the 5C in 2013, the core application ran on the 32 bit architecture. Which was quite fine. But moving to A7 processors, Apple finally made the jump into the 64 bit architecture.

Two different worlds will collide. As a result, because the iOS 11 is the most advanced operating system, it seems natural that older devices that dated all way back early 2010s won’t work.

However, good news for the owners of iPhone 5 and 5C and iPad 4, you can still appropriate the goodies of iOS 10 as the OS runs smoothly on these iDevices.

Sofiane MEROUANI

Puung, Love is…(an illustrated artbook)

We all agree that love is an universal theme. We find it in songs, movies, books and many other media outlets. And the The Korean artist Puung captures this sweet feeling in her ever popular illumination in which love is present in everyday’s life.

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“…I entered university as an animation major but I was not one of the best artists. So, I worked hard. And then I realized one day that I should at least draw one drawing that was just for me. I started to ask the question “Maybe I’m working too hard. Am I really happy?” I decided to draw at least one drawing for myself every day. I started to draw things I like, such as architecture and people around me, which inspired the idea for my current “Love is…” series.”

Puug currently holds a fundraising website where you can donate money for her works.

 

Sofiane MEROUANI

Xbox One X. it’s the One you’ve been waiting for (Sofiane’s Editorial)

The technology, craftsmanship and attention to detail throughout the new device is simply first class —

Two days ago, I announced that Microsoft finally unveiled its long awaited update to Xbox One hardware during the E3 2017 press conference at Los Angeles. Formally code-named “Scorpio”, The new Xbox One X ( Xbox One with enhanced performances depending to whom you talk) is touted  as the world’s most powerful console.

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Microsoft got it right. Continue reading “Xbox One X. it’s the One you’ve been waiting for (Sofiane’s Editorial)”

Microsoft unveils Xbox One X. Release slated for Nov 7 for $499

The wait is officially over. After months of speculations Microsoft revealed the next updated version of Xbox One, called the Xbox One X. Set to compete with the current 4K generation of its rival The PlayStation 4 Pro, The Xbox One X promises the best in the gaming entertainment. True 4K gaming with its ultra Blu-ray Player and backward compatibility with Xbox 360 and current Xbox One S with boosted performances and enhanced gameplay.

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As you may know, the PlayStation 4 Pro currently sells for $399, about $100 less than the Xbox One X. But Xbox One X is far more powerful than the PS4 Pro. And from what I’ve seen today, I think it justifies the price.

Just as the PlayStation 4 Pro, which is useless if you have a non 4K TV Set, you can either keep your current Xbox One S and play games.  If you already own a 4K TV set,  the one hundred bucks can justify the purchase.

Microsoft will release Xbox One X on November 7.

Sofiane MEROUANI

Gone Too Young! Remembering Christina Grimmie. One Year Later

It has been a year now. On June 10th 2016, the young talented singer Christina Grimmie from “The Voice” fame was shot to death by a gunman while signing the autographs for her fans. The young woman was only 22 years old.

On this day, she would have turned 23.

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For those who don’t remember Christina, she was an American singer, and YouTuber who rose to prominence after her participation to NBC’s The Voice.  In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me. Her studio album With Love was released in 2013. A second EP, Side A, was released in 2016. A posthumous release, Side B, was also made available on iTunes and Spotify. Her posthumous album, titled All Is Vanity, was due on June 2, 2017, but has  been postponed to June 9, 2017.

Sadly, Christina passed away a year ago while on an autograph tour. The perpetrator was a 27 year-old from St. Petersburg, Florida named Kevin Loibl. The gunman had no prior psychiatric record and his family was not aware of his attention to murder the young Grimmie. The man committed suicide with the same gun he used to murder the singer.

On that night, Grimmie’s Twitter account mentioned the words “The End”, alluding her sudden death and the end of her promising career.

May she rest in Peace.

Sofiane MEROUANI

Have a look to the original 1992 Mighty Morphin’ POWER RANGERS!

I have been a great fan of Power Rangers since its inception all way back in 1993. The pilot episode that started all and what would become a multi-million franchise, was first aired on my 8th birthday. It was on August 28th 1993. My brother was only one month and half year old.

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However before Power Rangers become the Power Rangers as we know it and love it, the producer Haim Saban provided a pitch video of Power Rangers all way back in 1992. It was originally called Galaxy Rangers and it featured different cast. the original Rangers included a martial arts expert (Red Ranger), a detective with an unusual style (Black Ranger), a clumsy aerobics instructor (Pink Ranger), an athletic heartthrob (Blue Ranger), and a struggling novelist (Yellow Ranger). They definitely weren’t high school teens. It’s really fascinating to see what the original vision of this series was.

This was released awhile ago, but I hadn’t seen it until now. I’m sure some of you may have already watched this. The pitch was  pretty hilarious. Who would have thought that this would have turned out to be the huge multi-million dollar hit that it became?!

 

Sofiane MEROUANI