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A weekly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, hardware, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android

A weekly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, hardware, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android

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  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! March 2nd, 2011 VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Apple slash first-generationiPad prices So what will Apple be surpising us in this special mediaSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-slash-first-generation-ipad- event? Well, we have took the liberty of summerising what hasprices/11433.html happened at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco for yourMarch 2nd, 2011 reading pleasure.Apple has slash their prices of their previous generation tabletsince the introduction of iPad 2 and prices of iPad havedropped by more than S$200 for some models. The event kicked off at 10am Pacific Time (2am Singapore Time) and the first major surprise we got was the arrival of Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, on stage for the presentation. Many didnt expect him to turn up due to his deteriorating health, but he did. “We’ve been working on this product for a while and I didn’t want to miss today,” said Jobs, garnering a standing ovation from the audience. iBooks & milestonesOnce the Apple Online Store came back, we noticed that Applehas dropped their prices for the original iPad by a substancialammount. This is not surprising since the new iPad 2 will holdthe same prices as the original iPads launch price.Apples March 2nd mediaevent RoundupSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-march-2nd-media-event-roundup/11431.html 1
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBesides having over 2500 publishers in iBookstore, Random Apple has announced its iPad 2 and overall its upgradesHouse will joining the iBookstore today, bringing another all around with a new dual core A5 processors, much faster17,000 books to the iBookstore catalog. 100,000,000 books graphics, lower weight, slimmer profile and of course thehave been downloaded so far from Apples iBookstore. much wanted cameras. Thats pretty much what everyone was hoping for and Apple has left out surprisingly little for an iPad 3 upgrade, but were sure theyll figure something out to attract peoples attention next year. Apple has announced its iPad 2 and overall its upgrades all around with a new dual core A5 processors, much faster graphics, lower weight, slimmer profile and of course the much wanted cameras. Thats pretty much what everyone was hoping for and Apple has left out surprisingly little for an iPad 3 upgrade, but were sure theyll figure something out to attract peoples attention next year. The A5 processor is still ticking away at 1GHz, but it now has two cores and the graphics core is said to offer up to nineAccording to Jobs, Apple should have the "most accounts with times the performance compared to the original iPad. The rearcredit cards anywhere on the internet". camera will shoot 720p video at 30fps, while the front camera is stuck at VGA quality at 30fps. To go with the cameras Apple is adding FaceTime to its next release of iOS and well also see a new app called Photo Booth alongside a US$4.99 version of iMovie for the iPad 2.Apple has also reportedly paid out US$2 billion to app Amazingly Apple has managed to slim down the iPad 2 to adevelopers on their App Store. mere 8.8mm which is 0.5mm thinner than the iPhone 4 and the Wi-Fi model weighs in at 601g while the 3G model adds another 12g. Even so, were looking at the same 10h battery life for the Wi-Fi models, or in the case of the 3G models, 9h. The screen remains the same as on the old model, in other words were still looking at a 9.7-inch unit with 1024x768 resolution. Some features that have been carried over includes 802.11a/ b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and in the case of the 3G model, support for HSDPA/HSUPA on the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, although Apple has also made a CDMA EV- DO version for Verizon in the US which is another first.Apple has also recently shipped out their 100 millionth iPhone.Apple launches the iPad 2Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-launches-the-ipad-2/11432.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011 One other new feature is the optional US$39 HDMI out dongle which connects to the docking port and adds an HDMI port as well as a docking port so the iPad 2 can be charged at the 2
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesame time as its connected to an HDMI screen or projector. According to leaked NVIDIA slides, the reference GeForceIt supports 1080p video mirroring, but oddly enough Apple GTX 550 Ti will be clocked at 900MHz and 1025MHz for thestates that itll only play back H.264 video with resolutions of core and memory respectively.up to 720p at 30fps. The dongle doesnt look like the most A kind reader has dropped us some scores which do look insolid piece of equipment to ever come out of Apple and its line with all the current GTX 550 Ti specifications bits piecedreally quite an awkward way to connect the iPad to an HDMI together.equipped display device.Apple also designed a new “Smart Cover” for the iPad 2 whichattaches by magnets and features a hinge. The cover folds up in 3DMark 11three and can be used as a stand. Apple offers the cover in two GeForce GTS 450 GeForce Radeon HD 5770different materials, polyurethane and leather, each available GTX 550 Tiin five colours for a price of US$39 and US$69. P2100 P2400 P2600 Lost Planet 2 GeForce GTS 450 GeForce Radeon HD 5770 GTX 550 Ti ~22 ~27 ~22 It appears that the new card isnt as fast as expected, with a performance gain of about 25% over AMDs offering in just certain games. Things look pretty ugly in 3DMark 11 though.Most of the rumours about the iPad 2 didnt come true, as wedidnt get a higher resolution screen, no built in SD card reader Overclockability-wise, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti will continueand most definitely no Thunderbolt support, but even so, it the legacy of the GeForce GTS 450 by offering excellentlooks like Apple has managed to a pretty good job in updating headroom. Clock speeds in excess of 1050MHz are said to beits tablet. attainable and that will send the 3DMark 11 score past P3000 on a well-overclocked Sandy Bridge system.As far as pricing goes, the Wi-Fi models cost US$499 for 16GB,US$599 for the 32GB model and finally US$699 for the 64GB If the performance figures are true, then perhaps the GF116model. Apple will be offering them in both white and black should be branded as a GTS, and not a GTX?from day one, which is another first for the iPad 2. In theUS the 16GB 3G model is priced at US$629 with the 32GBmodel at US$729 and finally the 64GB model at US$829, butso far pricing for other countries havent been announced.Availability in the US is March 11th followed by Europe, Japan, ASUS unveils new ROG gamingMexico, Australia and New Zealand on the 25 of March. th products at CeBIT 2011Apple didnt announce availability dates for other markets. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-unveils-new-rog-gaming- products-at-cebit-2011/11422.htmlNVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti March 2nd, 2011benchmark leak?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-550-ti-benchmark-leak-/11420.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011 ASUS has unveiled a number of new ROG gaming products at CeBIT 2011. These include the G74Sx gaming laptop, the Rampage III Black Edition motherboard and MATRIX GTX 580 graphics cards for enthusiasts, VG278H 3D monitor, RT- N66U high performance dual-band wireless router, and theWeve gotten some rough performance numbers of the Vulcan-ANC gaming headset.upcoming GeForce GTX 550 Ti in Futuremarks 3DMark 11 ASUS has unveiled a number of new gaming products at CeBITand Lost Planet 2. Is it as fast as it is rumored to be? in March this year, including Republic of Gamers (ROG) notebook PCs, high-performance motherboards, graphics cards, 3D monitors, a router and a headset. With an expanded 3
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneproduct portfolio, ASUS hopes to fulfill its promise of enthusiasts to monitor and optimize clock speed, voltage andproviding choices for everyone. fan speed to achieve extreme levels of performance.ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard deliversextreme gaming performanceThe ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard is anevolution of the award-winning Rampage III Extreme, whichset new world records in overclocking. Everything that madethe Rampage III Extreme so great is back, but with a stylishblack-themed design, plus many hardware and softwareimprovements. The ROG MATRIX GTX 580 also runs cool, thanks to the exclusive DirectCU II design that places copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU for improved thermal efficiency. Twin custom-made fans circulate up to 600% more air for a 20% cooler operation too, while the 16-phase Super Alloy Power components ensure greater operational stability and a longer product lifespan. Apple Online Store downMost notable is the supplied ROG ThunderBolt expansion ahead of iPad media event Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-online-store-down-ahead-of-card that enhances both LAN and audio performance. This ipad-media-event/11429.htmlincorporates an award-winning Bigfoot Networks Killer™ March 2nd, 2011E2100 networking platform that automatically classifies andaccelerates online game traffic for maximum networkingperformance. Class-leading XONAR™ audio technology alsoprovides increased sound quality and a built-in headphone With just a few hours to go to Apples media event, theamplifier with adjustable impedance settings - perfect for Cupertino-based tech giant has taken its online stores aroundgetting the drop on the competition when gaming. the world offline, including here in Singapore.Combined, these two technologies provide gamers with asuperior online gaming experience that will overwhelm thecompetition. Better yet, the ROG Rampage III Black Editionalso comes with the ASUS GPU TweakIt utility that isupgraded feature combined in ROG Connect and allowsgamers to modify the graphics card settings for greatest visualimpact. It is a standard operating procedure for the iPhone and iPad makers to bring their online stores down ahead of major events and new product releases. So we can safely say that this is Apples way of telling us that they are going to introduceROG MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card makes overclocking something new to their online store.easier than ever The next-generation iPad is expected to announce withinThe new ROG MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card ships with a the next few hours. Stay with us as we bring you the latestnumber of proprietary ASUS iROG technologies for superior developement from Apples special media event.gaming performance, including TweakIt for real-time GPUvoltage adjustment, ProbeIt for instant voltage readings anda Safe Mode reboot button for a foolproof overclockingexperience. The all-new ASUS GPU Tweak utility also allows 4
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAsus and MSI displays mini-ITX H61 boards at CeBITSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-and-msi-displays-mini-itx-h61-boards-at-cebit/11428.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011We should soon be seeing some much more affordable mini-ITX boards for Intels second generation of Core i processorsand both Asus and MSI has shown off new models based onthe new H61 budget chipset for the platform. The two boards ASRock also shows off Z68 board at CeBITare quite different in terms of what they offer though and werepretty sure that these are only two of the first boards of manyto come. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-also-shows-off-z68-board-at- cebit/11427.html March 2nd, 2011We should soon be seeing some much more affordable mini-ITX boards for Intels second generation of Core i processorsand both Asus and MSI has shown off new models based onthe new H61 budget chipset for the platform. The two boardsare quite different in terms of what they offer though and werepretty sure that these are only two of the first boards of many ASRock decided to show off its Z68 board as CeBIT too andto come. it actually looks like one of the better boards that have beenAsus has gone for a full-on HTPC design for its P8H61-I with a shown so far. Were not entirely sold on the colour scheme, butx16 PCI Express slot, four SATA 3Gbps ports and two headers thats really a minor issue considering that ASRock appearsfor an additional four USB 2.0 ports. Around the back the to have loaded up the Z68 Extreme4 with pretty much everyboard has a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a feature you could need or want.Gigabit Ethernet port, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port and threeaudio jacks for 5.1-channel audio. Bear in mind that this is abudget board and it wont compete with the H67 boards in ASRock decided to show off its Z68 board as CeBIT too andterms of features. it actually looks like one of the better boards that have been shown so far. Were not entirely sold on the colour scheme, but thats really a minor issue considering that ASRock appears to have loaded up the Z68 Extreme4 with pretty much every feature you could need or want. Slot wise the board has three x16 PCI Express slots, of which of course the second one is of the switchable x8 type while the third slot only has four lanes worth of bandwidth. The board also has two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. ASRock has also fitted a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports for a total of four, as well as four SATA 3Gbps ports. There are also headers for two USB 3.0 ports (using an Etron controller), four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and even a parallel port.MSI on the other hand decided to go really basic with its H61I-E35 and only included a x1 PCI Express slot, although you stillget four SATA 3Gbps ports and two headers for four USB 2.0ports. Around the back the MSI board appears to have a PS/2port, six USB 2.0 ports, a D-sub and HDMI port and threeaudio jacks for 5.1-channel audio. This board should be veryaffordable and a great match with the upcoming Sandy BridgePentium and Celeron processors expected later this year. 5
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone question will be does it perform? Read on to find out if the performance matches the looks! New, more effective optical fibers have semiconductive core Description: Fiber optic cables can transmit over a terabyte of information per second – but that doesnt mean there still isnt room for improvement. One of those improvements, which was officially announced today, involves replacing the silica glass core of fiber optic strands with semiconductive zinc selenide. This new class of fiber optics, invented and created at Penn State University, is said to "allow for a more effective and liberal manipulation of light." The technology could have applications in the fields of medicine, defense, and environmental monitoring.Around the back the board has a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller Review @two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, an eSATA port, a Gigabit XtremeComputingEthernet port, a DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and D-sub connector Description: Sunbeamtech have been around for as long as Iand finally 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDFI out. Theres can remember, however due to their limited product range,also a CMOS reset button around the back and the board also they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. This latestappears to have power and reset buttons and a POST80 debug fan controller will hopefully continue their high-quality, high-LED display. We also noted a PLX bridge chip on the board value reputation. Personally I own a Scythe Kaze Master, so Ithat were not quite certain what the purpose of it is. know what a quality fan-controller should do.Overall the Z68 Extreme4 is what wed expect from a high-end Coolit Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler @ Benchmark ReviewsZ68 board, but this might not be the top of the range model Description: Sealed, all-in-one water coolers seem to be thefrom ASRock, as the company offers higher-end P67 models, fastest-growing segment of the CPU cooler market today. Airso we might get to see something even more feature packed by coolers are reaching their physical limits: given the roomthe time the platform launches. inside existing cases, and the (frequently ignored) weight limits defined for CPU coolers, something like a ProlimatechThe Daily VR-Zone News Megahalems is about as big as you can get without running into problems. Water cooling systems work around these problemsSummary - 02 Mar 2011 by moving the heat exchanger off of the CPU socket, and usingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--02- a fluid to transfer heat from the CPU to the heat exchanger.mar-2011/11425.html Coolit Systems has been making retail and bespoke liquidMarch 2nd, 2011 cooling systems for some years now, and the Coolit Vantage A.L.C. cooler brings new features and performance to the fray. Benchmark Reviews pits this new entry against existing air and water coolers in a performance showdown. Be Quiet Silent Wings USC 12cm Review @ XSReviews Description: It cant always be about the graphics cards, the gaming mice, the motherboards and the high poweredIn todays daily news roundup: Bigfoot Networks announces speakers, right? Well no indeed, sometimes us reviewers haveits new high-performance Killer WiFi cards for notebooks; to look at something a little less exciting. Ladies and gents, mayIntel releases a new dual-core Atom processor for netbooks; I present to you the BeQuiet Silent Wings USB 12cm fan. LetsTP-Link showcases new energy-efficient powerline adapters at check it out. Hurray!CeBIT; Razers Naga Epic MMO gaming mouse gets reviewed;Sony is reportedly thinking of exploiting a loophole to get Chip Shot: Intel Delivers New Dual-Core Intel® Atom™around the import ban on PlayStation 3 consoles in the EU, Processor for Netbooksand Dawn of War 2 : Retribution gets a new launch trailer. Description: Today, Intel announced the dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor N570, providing netbook users InternetHardware News: access on the go and a more responsive experience in theGIGABYTE P67A-UD4 Motherboard Performance Review @ same compact form factor and great battery life as single-coreLegit Reviews Intel Atom processors. Running at 1.66 GHz, these processorsDescription: GIGABYTE Motherboards have always employed support four threads, with 1 MB of L2 cache, 8.5W TDP anda wide variety of colors on them. At least until now. The DDR3 667, helping spur further innovation around netbooksGIGABYTE P67A-UD4 motherboard features the all new and other devices requiring the low power goodness of Intelblacked out color scheme! First impressions, they look great! Atom architecture.Unfortunately, looks wont do anything for performance. NAND flash contract prices stableToday we are going to take the newly designed GIGABYTE Description: Contract prices for 16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb MLCP67A-UD4 out for a test drive. While it looks great, the NAND flash chips dropped slightly in the second half of February, while 8Gb parts went flat, according to latest data 6
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneposted by DRAMeXchange. Meanwhile, the price of 32Gb 3- in the iTunes App Store, now supports multiple attachmentsbit per cell MLC products was similar to the level in the first and up to 90 minutes of audio recording per note. A newhalf of the month. resources button helps to find information based on context, and users can find notes on a map, based on the location whereKiller NICs Comes to Laptops for Latency Freaks the data was entered, or browse by images or attachments.Description: Bigfoot Networks, the technology companybehind the Killer line of networking products for online games, Android Users Get An Official Taste Of Foodspotting Just Intoday introduced its new Killer Wireless-N family of high- Time For SXSWperformance Wi-Fi adapters for laptops. Description: Back in December of last year, I noted the existence of the first Foodspotting build for Android justConsumer Electronics and Software News: in time for the holidays. Turns out, the app was a littleSmartfish Whirl Laser Mouse w/ Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot undercooked — still in beta — and the team didn’t really wantReview @ TestFreak me giving out the link to download it. Whoops.Description: The mouse is the one thing that most of use take Gaming News:for granted, not for how it’s used but for what can happen toyou with long terms usage. For those of us that use a mouse Sony can get around LG patent shipment baneveryday for hours on end we can be susceptible to RSI or Description: Sony could still get around the PS3 shipment banrepetitive stress injury. Sure there are companies out there thanks to a loop in the patent enforcement code...that have come out with ergonomic mice, but only one claims Dawn of War 2: Retribution Gets Launch Trailerto be the world’s first truly ergonomic mouse and that’s the Description: Retribution is setting in at Dawn of War 2 as theWhirl from Smartfish. The mouse is wireless and it sits on 2nd expansion of the original game goes on retail today. Thetop of pivoting platform so you hand moves more naturally game offers various campaigns from different races’ viewpointwhen you’re using thus possibly reducing the risk of RSI to the in the sub-sector of Aurelia, new map for The Last Stand anduser. The Whirl has been designed in collaboration with the of course, new units in multi-player.#1 orthopedic hospital in the states, so they might know whatthey’re talking about. Japanese developers comment on NGP Description: With the introduction of the Sony NGP, itsGoogle’s Schmidt States Mobile Growing Faster than All inevitable that the people who will be working on the systemsPredictions software, the game developers and publishers, will be puttingDescription: Google representatives, especially those high in their two cents on the handheld device.up on the ladder, are no stranger to major events. This isespecially true for Eric Schmidt who, over the years, has givenkeynote addresses at almost every top technology and business How to turn your iPhone 4event even slightly related to his industry. It’s no surprise,then, that he would be selected for the opening keynote at the transparentIAB Leadership Conference... Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-to-turn-your-iphone-4- transparent/11412.htmlAn Exciting Keynote for Skype at Enterprise Connect and March 2nd, 2011News with CitrixDescription: Skype today announced a partnership with CitrixSystems that will expand Skype’s web and audio conferencingcapabilities. Based on Citrix’s successful GoToMeetingproduct, Skype’s new Web conferencing and audio features areexpected to become available towards the end of the year.TP-LINK showcases new energy-saving powerline adapters at Still remember a while back we ran an article on how a guyCeBIT 2011 in Hong Kong managed to strip his iPhone 4s front andDescription: TP-LINK, a global provider of SOHO and SMB back panel and made them transparent? Well, theres now anetworking products, today announced a new range of simpler (yet somewhat complicated) way of achieving that jaw-powerline adapters which will be on display at CeBIT 2011. dropping transparent panel.The adapters, which offer energy savings of up to 75%, featurea range of benefits from AC pass-through to speeds of up to500Mbps, making them ideal for high demand usage.Razer Naga Epic gaming mouse review at ExaminerDescription: The Razer Naga Epic MMO gaming mouse ismore than just a wireless version of the Razer Naga—it alsosports some design enhancements to ‘level up’ the Naga evenmore.Too Much Data? New Evernote Should HelpDescription: Evernote launched a redesigned version of itsiPhone software Tuesday, adding new views and features thatfurther help organize thoughts on the go. Evernote 4, available 7
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn the original story of the transparent iPhone 4, what theHong Kong enthusiast did was to disassemble and remove thefront and back panel of the phone. He then used paint thinnerand carefully remove the paint from the panels and assemblethe iPhone back again once the panels are clear.While that sounds painstakingly risky and requires some time,theres now a somewhat easier way of achieving the sameeffect. And this method is reversible.The folks over at M.I.C gadgets has brought in a transparentback panel iPhone 4 DIY kit. It comes with a clear back paneland the required set of screw drivers so you can start pimping Not much is known about the device, although its OEMyour iPhone 4 right away. As Ive mentioned, since you are TazTag, has claimed that the TazPad will feature a seven-accuiring an additional back panel, you can keep your own inch color display capable of recognizing multitouch input.original back panel and do a swap if you fancy. In addition, the tablet will also come standard with common hardware such as a built-in camera, GPS module and anAvailable in 3 frame colours, you can get yours from their accelerometer.website for a measily US$23.90. However, the real draw of the TazPad stems from the fact that the TazPad is touted by TazTag to be the worlds first device which fully supports the NFC communication stack. Not toTazTag to unveil new Android mention that TazTag has apparently come up with a rather novel way of utilizing the TazPads NFCs capabilities: by usingtablet at CeBIT? it as a means of delivering HD content via HDMI-out. Now thatSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/taztag-to-unveil-new-android-tablet-at- is not something you often get to see in a tablet.cebit-/11421.html Last but definitely not least, the TazPad will also featureMarch 2nd, 2011 support for other wireless communication protocols such as WiFi, Bluetooth and ZigBee, as well as an option for biometric authentication. No pricing or release date has been announced for the TazPad though, although various sources claim that the tablet is dueWith the whole world going goo-goo-ga-ga over tablets, to ship sometime in Q2 this year. And while there is no denyingsmartphones and the operating systems used to power them, that the TazPad might have the potential to change the way weit should probably not be surprising to see unheard-of OEMs all look at our tablets, the key question remains: will the NFCattempting to capitalize on the mobile bandwagon by offering infrastructure be ready by the time the tablet starts shipping?a product which runs off the ever-popular Android OS. And We shall see.it seems that there is one such OEM right there at CeBIT aswe speak: TazTag is reportedly announcing a new Android-powered tablet that will boast certain connectivity features not ASUS unveils new Blu-rayfound in todays devices.Near-field communications or NFC is definitely one of the player and voice-cancellingneater features to exist in the market, and it is understandable headphones at CeBITas to why technologists are keen on integrating this technology Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-unveils-new-blu-ray-player-and-into the highly advanced smartphones and tablets of today. voice-cancelling-headphones-at-cebit/11419.htmlAfter all, the idea that one could simply a tablet at a reader March 2nd, 2011to perform certain tasks such as electronic transactions andscanning mobile RFID tags sounds like something that hasthe potential to be a both a major time-saver and source ofconvenience. Today might be only the second day of CeBIT, but it seems thatUnfortunately, it would seem that the adoption of NFC has ASUS is not about to sit down and take it easy in this particularbeen rather slow, despite the fact that it was introduced to the exhibition. Unveiled today at ASUSs booth in the exhibit aremarket way back in 2003. However, the first major break for three new consumer electronics device, and they come in theNFC might just come in the form of an Android-powered tablet form of a new Blu-ray player, a Blu-ray writer and an activethat will supposedly be unveiled in CeBIT this year. Ladies and noise-cancelling headphones.gentlemen, we present to you...the TazPad. ASUS may be a well-known brand when it comes to PCs, notebooks, hardware components and media players, but it would seem that the company is now attempting to diversify its portfolio by attempting to compete in other areas that do not necessarily make up part of the PC ecosystem. And that cannot have been more clearly demonstrated at this years 8
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCeBIT exhibition held in Germany, where the Taiwanese OEM though it was recently launched, the device has purportedlyhas rolled out what appears to be its first foray into the home been cracked to run copied DS games easily.theatre market with three new offerings: a Blu-ray player, anexternal Blu-ray writer for PCs and a pair of active noise-cancelling headphones.ASUS O!Play BDS-700The new ASUS O!Play BDS-700 Blu-ray player uses Qdeovideo post-processing to deliver clear, vivid images in nativehigh definition and upscaling of 480p DVD content. On topof that, ASUS claims that the O!Play BDS-700 also supportsBlu-ray 3D playback on compatible screens, and is capable Nintendos latest generation of handheld consoles wereof delivering 7.1-channel surround sound mastered in Dolby recently launched in Japan to a great start, with the consoleTrueHD and DTS-HD. maker reporting an initial shipment numbering 400,000 units. Due to be released in the West on 27 March, theIn addition, the O!Play BDS-700 comes with built-in support company expects worldwide sales to hit four million by the endfor a wide range of video, audio, image and subtitle formats of this fiscal year.to ensure maximum compatibility with most existing mediaformats today, while content can also be played directly Estimates by Enterbrain (a Japanese magazine publisher)from external storage devices via the included USB port, or indicates that only 371,326 units were sold. Reuters has alsostreamed through a network via Ethernet or WiFi. Last but reported a slump in Nintendos stock over the sales figures,definitely not least, ASUS claims that the O!Plau BDS-700 will which may indicate investors feeling unimpressed by thefeature support for remote control via any existing iPhone, launch.Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry and Symbian device. And yet despite the huge popularity of the 3DS, complaintsS pecifications are arising from significant numbers of users about eyestrain within five minutes of usage. This is despite the companys ownO!Play BDS-700 3D Blu-ray official health advisory of a ten to fifteen minute break everyplayer hour for non-3D usage, and for the touted 3D mode, thirtyBlu-ray 3D Supported minutes is necessary to warrant a break.Video noise reduction Supported Needless to say, Nintendo supporters are hoping that theseSeparated A/V HDMI output Supported users are only the vocal minority. Otherwise, it could suggest aWi-Fi 802.11n wireless Built-in intrinsic fatal flaw to the 3DS, which would have SonyDimensions 430mm x 50mm x 252mm supporters celebrating.Weight 3kg Whether or not the 3DS faces a bleak future in sales, despite being merely available for days, the device has purportedly been cracked to run copied DS games without fuss, with videoNintendo 3DS launched in evidence embedded below. (Note : The 3DS is backwards compatible with legit DS game cards.)Japan, with user complaints 3DS with Ninjapass, a device that enables users to play storedand purportedly already DS games.3DS with Codefreak, a device that enables cheats, running a GBA game.3DS with Codefreak, this time runningcracked a DS game.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-3ds-launched-in-japan-with- Olympus unveils TG-810,user-complaints-and-purportedly-already-cracked/10971.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011 SZ-30MR and SZ-20 digitalNintendos latest generation of handheld consoles were camerasrecently launched in Japan to a great start, with the company Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/olympus-unveils-tg-810-sz-30mr-and-reporting an initial shipment of 400,000 and Enterbrain sz-20-digital-cameras/11418.htmlannoucing an estimate of 371,326 sold. Despite the popularityof the 3DS, complaints are arising with regards to eyestrainin just five minutes of usage in 3D mode. Additionally, even 9
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 2nd, 2011 Comes in black or silver, theres no news as to when the Olympus SZ-30MR will be available, or its pricing.Olympus has unveiled the new additions to their line of digitalcameras, namely TG-810, SZ-30MR and SZ-20. The TG-810will be available this month, though no availability datesconfirmed for the SZ-30MR and SZ-20. The 16-megapixel OLYMPUS SZ-20 sports a stylish body, supports high-sensitivity shooting and features super-wide 12.5x optical zoom from its 24mm wide-angle lens, DUAL IS, and full high definition movie recording. Like the TG-810 and SZ-30MR, this one also offers eight Magic Filters for various effects, 3D photo shooting and is Eye-Fi card compatible. The SZ-20 will be available in black and silver. No word as to when it will be on retail shelf, or its pricing.The OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-810 digital camera claims tobe waterproof to a depth of 10 meters, shockproof against falls England attempts to hit thefrom as high as two meters, freezeproof at temperatures as lowas -10°C and crushproof loads up to 100kgf. Available in black, Del button on Facebookblue, red and silver, the 14-megapixel compact camera is also cyberbullyingequipped with GPS functions and an electronic compass that Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/england-attempts-to-hit-the-del-record location data. Other features include high definition button-on-facebook-cyberbullying/11416.htmlmovie (1280x720) recording, eight Magic Filters for various March 2nd, 2011effects, 3D photo shooting and Eye-Fi card compatible.The TG-810 is scheduled to go on sale in Singapore in March,2011. Pricing to be announced. Think that you are well protected by a veil of anonymity when you post messages online to various message boards and social networking sites? Well, think again: law enforcement agencies are hard at work in ensuring that users who frequently intimidate other web users online face the consequences of their actions under the legal system. And what better way to ensure a more civil Web by hitting users where it hurts the most: at the popular online social networking service known as Facebook?Designed for travel, sports, athletic meet or other events,the Olympus SZ-30MR is an easy-to-use "all-in-one" camerathat lets users enjoy advanced photography and movies.It features a 16-megapixel Backlit CMOS sensor and dualimage processing engines for multi-recording, simultaneous This should be a common scenario for certain Facebook users:recording of photo and movie, and full HD movies. With its someone who just has a bone to pick with you will not stop24x optical zoom lens, you can go up-close to the subject and harrassing you and your virtual account for days, or evencapture almost every details conveniently. On top of that, the weeks on end. And more often than not, the victim is oftenDUAL IS uses a CMOS-shift image stabilization mechanism helpless in such situations, as the veil of anonymity offeredand high-sensitivity image capturing to reduce picture blur. by humankinds invention known as the Internet all that is 10
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneneeded to bring out some of the more undesirable facets ofhuman behaviour.Still, it does not mean that other more sensible humans havenot been hard at work in attempting to make sure that suchsituations cease to be common occurrences. And the goodnews is that law enforcement agencies are starting to clampdown on acts of online bullying, with the latest action beingcentred around the popular online social networking serviceknown as Facebook.Details are somewhat sparse, but according to a report postedby The Telegraph, detectives now have the authority to sendwarning messages to cyber bullies informing them that theiractions are running afoul of the law and could face prosecutionif they do not desist. In addition, to strike the fear ofhaving that very veil of anonymity stripped away into the It seems like the numbers for browser market share are fillyaforementioned bullies, the offenders parents will also be out for public viewing, and that is always good news for mostnotified by law enforcement agencies via a letter describing browser fans and pundits. After all, there is no better proofthe offences committed by the child and what are the possible than a bunch of statistics to justify ones claim of whichconsequences of not ceasing such activities. browser is the next thing to look out for, especially when the browser market is chock full of competitors today from theThis scheme is the brainchild of a police constable in England likes of heavyweight software vendors such as Apple, Google,known as Dave Thomas, who described it as a move designed Microsoft and Mozilla.to "nip the problem in the bud". So, the question most of you will probably be having right"By alerting their parents to the problem, we are aiming to nip now will probably go along the lines of How much marketthe problem in the bud and prevent it becoming something share did Microsoft lose in February or How much didmore serious.," he said, adding that Internet users typically do Firefox/Chrome/Safari gain. However, it would seem thatnot think twice about what they write online. the numbers for February seem to buck the trend we have"If we have to investigate Facebook messages as harassment all been accustomed to: instead of continuing to lose marketor public order offences and the young person gets charged, share like it had always been, Internet Explorer actually sawit could seriously affect their future. While we want them to a gain of 0.77% in browser share for the month of February.realise how serious the matter is, we also want to avoid that On the other hand, Firefox was the unexpected casualty time,and keep young people out of the criminal justice system if dropping 0.99% from its January results, as shown in thepossible," he explained. charts below.Internet Explorer sees modestgains in market share forFebruarySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/internet-explorer-sees-modest-gains-in-market-share-for-february/11415.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011It seems like February may have been a very good monthfor Microsoft and its Internet Explorer team in particular.According to the latest statistics released by Netmarketshare,Microsofts web browser gained more than 0.5% in marketshare, all at Firefoxs expense. Does this mean that Microsofthas finally gotten things right with Internet Explorer? 11
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHowever, fans of Microsoft and Internet Explorer might want single message and folder in their Gmail account has beento hold their horses instead of celebrating their newfound gain cleaned off without their knowledge? Were sure you did: afterin browser market share. This is due to the fact that the analyst all, email conversations are serious business, and having allfirm responsible for churning out the results have claimed in your messages wiped out in an instant without warning isan announcement that the spike in IEs share was the cause of definitely the best way to ruin anyones day.switching to a new counting algorithm released by the C.I.A. Well, the good news about this little issue is that Google hasUnfortunately, the lack of further details from Netmarketshare confirmed what most people were probably anxiously waitingmeans that it is not possible to determine whether Internet for. According to a message posted on Googles official GmailExplorers sudden spike in popularity is truly caused by more blog, the loss of emails was caused by a botched storageusers moving back to Internet Explorer (especially when IE9s software update: this update apparently contained a bugRelease Candidate was only released recently), or whether it is severe enough to affect several copies of backup content storedmerely the result of a simple adjustment to the way browser across multiple data centres.market share is calculated. However, uses can rest assured that their data is still safe from complete erasure. This is because the search giant claims that it has kept additional backups on tape drives which are not hooked up to online-capable machines, and has thus survivied the failed update. The only issue is that it will take time for the search giant to restore said data from the tape drives, as the recovery process appears to be much more complex than simply sending a request to another data centre. Still, users can take consolation in the fact that Google hasStill, it does not change the fact that the numbers reflect been working hard to ensure that all recovered content is beingpositively on Microsoft and Internet Explorer for the month processed and sent out to affected users as soon as possible.of February. After all, a gain is still a gain, and with Microsoft According to the latest update from the search giant, all backuphaving demonstrated that it can produce a standards- content has already been successfully processed and are nowcompliant browser with IE9, it may not be that surprising to currently on their way back to their respective users mailfind out if the Redmond giant is really starting to win more folders, where they rightfully belong.Internet users back to its fold. With any luck, affected users should have their Gmail messages fully restored by the end of today.Google fixes Gmail issues,provides explanation for the IT Show 2011 Promotions:freak incident SonySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-fixes-gmail-issues-provides- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions-explanation-for-the-freak-incident/11414.html sony/11400.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011 March 2nd, 2011Remember the little freak accident caused by Google by someusers woke up on Monday only to find their Gmail accounts Sony will be at the IT Show 2011, which is happening fromemptied of all their messages? Well, it seems that Google 10 to 13 March at the Suntec City Convention Centre. Here arehas managed to identify the culprit responsible for the little some of their promotions at the Show.incident, and has issued a statement describing what actuallyhappened that day. On the plus side, the search giant has alsoassured users that no data was permanently wiped off the faceof the virtual world. Read on to find out more.Do you remember the article we posted two days back aboutsome users logging into Gmail, only to find out that every 12
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone *Varies depending on each application Intel Solid State Drive 320 Series to launch mid-April Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-solid-state-drive-320-series-to- launch-mid-april/11407.html March 2nd, 2011Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announced their latest USBcharger, which boasts 4,000 mAh capacity. Sporting twoUSB ports, it allows users to power up two mobile devicessimultaneously and was designed to for mobile professionals. The Intel Solid State Drive 320 Series, codenamed PostvilleThe Sony USB Charger is also equipped with USB Refresh, is the long-awaited successor to the presentAuthentication software, allowing instant charging with most mainstream X25-M. The new SSDs are set to launch in mid-USB powered devices such as smart phones, mobile phones, April.Walkman, iPod, iPad, portable game consoles as well asupcoming models of Cybershot and Handycam with USBpower supply function.It features a conventional AC input for fast charging andcomes with a detachable USB output module with embeddedLi-ion rechargeable battery for portable power supply. Usescan detach and carry just the USB output module when theyneed extra power on-the-go for their mobile devices.The USB Portable Power Supply CP-A2L will be launchedduring IT Show 2011 at a suggested retail price of S$49.90inclusive of GST.Input Source AC 100-240 VInput Module Dimension 58 x 56 x 21.5(WxHxD mm)Weight 45gNo. of USB output ports 2 The 320 Series will be pushed as the fast hard drive alternative with performance and data reliability as two keyOutput Source Standard USB 5V 0.5A per focus areas. port for 2 ports or USB 5V 1.0A for high Final performance figures and drive lifespan are not available power output for 1 port only yet, but we do expect them to be pretty much the same asOutput Module Li-ion rechargeable battery rumored specifications so far: with USB Standard OutputOutput Module Dimension(WxHxD mm) 58 x 84.5 x 26.4 Apple iPad 2 Rumour Roundup Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-2-rumour-Weight 145g roundup/11413.htmlUSB Authentication Yes March 2nd, 2011Detachable Yes(Input/Output)Batteries Capacity Li-ion 4,000 mAhCharging Source ACCharging Time Approx. 5 hoursCycle Time 500 The moment we have been waiting for; in less than 24 hours to Apples announcement of the highly-anticipated iPad, letsOutput Time (5V/1.0A 120 min take a moment and look at what are some of the things we mayconstant) expect of the upcoming iPad 2. 13
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Storage It is sort of Apples tradition to bump up their products internal storage. But judging from the sizes of current iPad and flash RAM prices, it would be unlikely. We go with the guess that Apple would stick to their offering of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Internal storage size will be somewhat irrevelant if Apple really launch their cloud-based iTunes and MobileMe. Holes With closer analysis of the holes of the leaked iPad 2 cases, it can be said that Apple will still retain its 30-pin iPod connector. Some might argue that Apple is scrapping that due to recent EU rulings. But we expect Apple to just go aroundLiterally months and months of rumours have come about that issue with a 30-pin to micro-USB adaptor.when it comes to the upcoming iPad 2. While there are many The large hole at the bottom left of the iPad is expected toclaims, only a few of them we feel that are plausible and we be a much superior speaker. But the hole that raises morehave taken the liberty to feature them here. questions is the "new" hole on the top of the iPad 2 cases. SomeiPad 2 body: thinner and lighter? say it is a mini DisplayPort, for easier connectivity to HDTV screens. But it might be a hybrid port featuring the recentlyThrough many leaked cases made for the upcoming iPad 2, as released Thunderbolt. It is unlikely to be a USB port.well as mockups seen at Macworld, we can conclude that thesuccessor will feature a thinner shell than the first born. On top In a nutshell...of shedding weight in that slimmer shell, it should feature a flat There are other rumours that circles around the next iPad, butback with sides tappering in. While the general consensus is these are the ones which we feel might actually come true forthat it will be made of aluminium, there is a rumour out there iPad 2. To find out the truth, remember to stay tuned to ourthat the device will be covered in carbon fiber to reduce the coverage of Apples media event tomorrow.weight and offers scratch resistant.One of the most recent rumour is that the tablet may feature awhite face as seen in the leaked front bezel found in China. If The Daily VR-Zone NewsApple do drop the whitey on us, it would not be surpising for Summary - 01 Mar 2011Apple to launch it alongside a black version. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--01-No Retina but better screen? mar-2011/11408.html March 2nd, 2011Since the introduction of the Retina screen on the iPhone4, many have expected Apple to incorporate that into thenext iPad. But this myth was debunked by analysts andmanufacturers as it would require more juice and raw powerto drive the tablet. Instead, we believe that screen will havethe same size and resolution, but thinner design (which givesthe iPad 2 a thinner shell too). Quality of the screen could be In todays news roundup: Intels unlocked i7-2600K processorimproved too. gets reviewed; AMD claims that Intels Thunderbolt is just another proprietary interface, Samsung is reportedlyThe insides planning a Galaxy Tab 2 launch on March 22; Images ofWhats the point of including the same power graphics, CPU Apples iPad 2 appears to have been leaked out before itsand RAM in the newer version? Thats why many speculated official launch; Our sister site SGCafe has a quick hands onthat Apple will be using a faster ARM Cortex A9-based unit with the new Crysis 2 demo, and Thousands of PlayStationwith dual cores. Some have called that A5, and some A8. Guess 3 consoles have been seized in the EU, ostensibly due to anwe will only find out when it is officially out. ongoing dispute between LG and Sony over Blu-ray copyright infringement claimsCameras Hardware News:Many other tablet makers have included cameras in theirown versions and Apple has been criticised for not including Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Legitany. With reference to FaceTime in the iOS 4.3 betas for ReviewsiPad, and leaked iPad 2 cases with camera holes on the back, Description: The sound level rating that Arctic Cooling usedwe are extremely certain that Apple will include a front and for the Freezer 13 Pro is the Sone. The Sone is a perceivedrear camera for video-taking, photography and FaceTime (for level of sound; it is not like dB ratings. Since there is novideo conferencing). The front camera is said to be of the same direct conversion, in a roundabout way, 0.4 Sone is roughlyresolution to those found on the iPhone 4 (VGA-resolution). equivalent to 24 dBA. Now the Scythe fans I use in the testThe back, on the other hand, should feature a 3.2-megapixel bench for top exhaust are rated 1200RPM and push 68.5 CFMcamera that is capable of recording HD videos. at 24dBA. In my testing I found the Freezer 13 Pro’s fans to 14
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesound the same or quieter as the Scythe fans; I know I could Consumer Electronics and Software News:not hear the Freezer 13 Pro over the Scythe fans... Samsung To Launch 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab on March 22?Increasing processor efficiency by matching power with Description: Samsung has announced a special March 22demand event where it’s very likely to unveil a new, 8.9-inch version ofDescription: As more and more devices go mobile and these its Galaxy Tab tablet.devices become more and more powerful, chipmakers must Fujitsu shows off wireless PC display at CeBITalso take the energy efficiency into account. Harvard graduate Description: Many of us can now wirelessly stream imagesstudent Wonyoung Kim has developed and demonstrated an from a computer to a screen over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi withouton-chip, multi-core voltage regulator (MCVR) that he says too much trouble, but the display is still inevitably poweredcould allow the creation of "smarter" smartphones, slimmer by cables. At CeBIT 2011, Fujitsu is showing off a workinglaptops and more energy efficient data centers by more closely prototype of a 22-inch computer display that receives bothmatching the power supply to the demand of the chip. images and power wirelessly. The power transfer is madeIntel I7-2600K Sandybridge Processor Review @ Tweaknews possible by magnetic induction technology – similar toDescription: After several weeks testing and trying out Intels Powermat chargers – thats concentrated into hotspots builtCore i7-2600k Sandybridge processor, there isnt a whole lot into office furniture or conference tables.to say other than its relatively cheap, its fast and its extremely OKI Adds a Flair of Colour to its Dot Matrix Printer Rangeoverclockable. When a processor comes in just over US$300 Description: Blisteringly fast, printing up to 700cpsand is this fast, NO ONE can complain (characters per second) the ML5700eco Series is a range ofApevia X-Fit-100 Mini-ITX Case Review @Hi Tech Legion reliable, high performance desktop dot matrix printers all withDescription: One lucky case in the Mini-ITX market is the truly versatile paper handling and low energy consumption. AApevia X-Fit-100 Mini-ITX Case. The X-Fit-100 offers a slim first for OKI, the ML5700eco Series incorporates a convenientprofile and sleek look that will work with any mini-ITX front paper feed to complement rear, bottom and top paperapplication. There is enough space to fit a 2.5" hard drive, inputs for maximum flexibility. Included as standard is aslim optical drive, and a low profile PCI card. The X-Fit-100 multi-position tractor feed unit to make feeding continuouscomes equipped with a Apevia Flex ATX 250W power supply, paper, single or multi-part, easy and straightforward.which is more than enough for a mini-ITX system. There are Tobii unveils the world’s first eye-controlled laptopvents on the top and sides that help expel heat and keep the Description: Tobii Technology today unveiled the world’s firstcase quiet. The X-Fit-100 also has a sturdy build, constructed laptop with integrated eye control. The prototype laptop hasfrom 0.7mm metal SECC. The style and finish is black, which been developed in collaboration with computer manufacturermatches perfect with most peoples decor. Lenovo and will be shown publicly for the first time at CeBITARM strikes microcontroller licensing deals in Hannover, March 1-5.Description: ARM has announced two strategic partnerships Antec SoundScience Rockus 3D Speaker System @in the microcontroller (MCU) market with an aim to Benchmark Reviewsstrengthening ties and developing on the technologies. Description: Antec has dominated the computer chassisEnermax ErPRO 80+ -350W PSU Review on Technic3D market for more than a decade, and with many of their(German) customers slowly converting to portable platforms it makesDescription: (Machine Translation) The Enermax ErPRO 80+ good business sense to diversify the product portfolio. Enter-350W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following soundscience, a subsidiary of Antec, that is dedicated toReview from Technic3D the next PSU with two +12V rails audiophile-level products for use on multiple platforms.(17A), 120mm Twister Fan, 6x SATA hard disk connectors and The soundscience rockus 2.1 speaker system features 3Dsst1x PCI-e 6+2-Pin. sound technology, which makes use of 3D-audio optimized solid aluminum satellite drivers and an active subwooferSeventeam V-Force 650w Preview - XSReviews with passive radiator to create an extended low frequencyDescription: While we may have reviewed this unit before and response. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Antecwe may not be doing full PSU reviews unless we have access SoundScience Rockus 3D speaker system against the Logitechto the proper equipment, that doesnt stop us doing a quick Speaker System Z623 and see how well it works for gamingunboxing and feature analysis preview right? So here we have consoles.the Seventeam V-Force 650w ST-650Z-AF. Lets, you know,open the box and look at it; and stuff. " Did The iPad 2 Just Leak Out? Description: Is this the iPad 2? Nearly everything lines up withAMD Does Not Believe in Intels Thunderbolt. the leaked info: flat back with tapered edges, speaker in theDescription: Advanced Micro Devices, the second largest bottom corner, camera up top. It even matches-up with mostsupplier of x86 microprocessors on the globe and the designer of the leaked cases. If it’s not the real thing, it’s a damn goodof half of the worlds discrete graphics adapters, said that render. I’m sold.Intel Corp.s recently introduced Thunderbolt input/outputtechnology will become just another proprietary standard Gaming News:with not a lot of chances to be adopted widely. The chip PS3 shipments halted in Europe as Sony, LG fight over Blu-designer also doubted that the TB actually brings any tangible ray patentimprovements. 15
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Sonys court troubles currently involve more than instantly". You probably noticed the above screenshot statingjust tracking down hackers. According to a report from the "The Next Generation in Game Advertising". Well, that is alsoGuardian, shipments of PlayStation 3s are being confiscated part of what Gaikai do since it provides a new video gameby European customs officers as Sony fights a patent battle advertising network for publishers, developers, retailers andwith LG over Blu-ray. affiliates via online game demos and software apps. Well, there is no free lunch in this world - the company will need toQuick Look: Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo sustain itself while providing users like us with great gamingDescription: It is time to put on your nanosuit and have a feel experiences.of Crysis 2 PC demo. The PC multiplayer download is nowavailable on the official site, that offers 2 maps available for At the moment, Gaikai is currently in closed beta though youonline play. Pier 17 and Skyline. can sign up for a beta invite and hopefully be chosen to try out Gaikai.Valve is Bringing Steam to the Living Room with Big PictureModeDescription: PC gamers that prefer playing video games on thebig screen will soon be able to take Steam from their monitors Gigabyte shows off early Z68to their televisions. Valve announced its "big picture" plan for board at CeBITSteam today, responding to consumer requests to make the Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-shows-off-early-z68-board-at-online gaming platform available in more places. Read More » cebit/11411.html March 2nd, 2011Cloud-based gamingtechnology Gaikai goes liveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cloud-based-gaming-technology-gaikai-goes-live/11410.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011 Not to be out done by its competitors, Gigabyte was also showing off an early Z68 board prototype at CeBIT, although in this case it appears to be a much earlier sample than its competitors were displaying, at least judging by the blue PCB, black slots and grey heatsinks. Also on display was Gigabytes P67X-UD4 board which is part of what appears to be a newGaikai has gone live. For those who dont know what Gaikai sub family of boards from Gigabyte, as the P67A-UD4 is stillis, it is a cloud-based gaming technology that is similar (and around and was just re-launched with the B3 stepping chipset.probably a competitor) to Onlive. Yes, you dont need todownload or install any software to play games like Call of Dutyor Mass Effect 2; simply play the game via your web browser. Not to be out done by its competitors, Gigabyte was also showing off an early Z68 board prototype at CeBIT, although in this case it appears to be a much earlier sample than its competitors were displaying, at least judging by the blue PCB, black slots and grey heatsinks. Also on display was Gigabytes P67X-UD4 board which is part of what appears to be a new sub family of boards from Gigabyte, as the P67A-UD4 is still around and was just re-launched with the B3 stepping chipset. The Z68X-UD4H as the Z68 chipset based board is called doesnt look overly impressive, at least not compared to other UD4 models in Gigabytes line-up. For starters, the power regulation on the model on display only appears to consist is a 6+1 phase design, although its clear that it uses driver MOSFETs. In terms of slot configuration were looking at a fairly standard setup with two x16 PCI Express slots where theCloud-computing applications are not only limited to second slot is activated by switching to dual x8 in the BIOS.Facebook, email, Microsoft Office Live Workspace, Google The board also sports three x1 PCI Express slots and two PCIDocs or Dropbox; it has also extended to the gaming space. slots.Imagine playing your favorite first-person shooter game likeCrysis using your web browser, without the need of high-endgraphics card, CPU, or even download and install software.Yes, that could be possible in the near future.Gaikai is the latest cloud-based gaming technology that hasgone live recently, which allows users "to play major PCand console games like Call Of Duty or World Of Warcraft 16
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOther onboard features include four SATA 6Gbps ports (two You also get pin headers for two USB 3.0 ports (again usingvia an external controller), three SATA 3Gbps ports, pin an Etron controller) six USB 2.0 ports and a single FireWireheaders for eight USB 2.0 ports and a single FireWire port port. Around the back things are looking like a rainbowas well as a pin header for two USB 3.0 ports via an Etron exploded, although presumably this wont be the case on thecontroller, a first for Gigabyte. Around the back we find a PS/2 final production boards. Here we have a PS/2 port, sevenport, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports – again via an USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one powered eSATA/USBEtron controller – a FireWire port, an eSATA 3Gbps port, 2.0 combo port, one eSATA port, one FireWire port, GigabitDisplayPort (full size), HDMI, DVI and D-sub connectors, Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF PDIF out. Overall an interesting board and what looks set toout. Thats a pretty loaded layout, although by now we wouldnt be a good successor of the P67A-UD4 if thats the plan, as wemiss the D-sub connector or even to a degree the DVI cant see anyone not picking this over the old model, or evenconnector terribly. the P67A-UD5. HTC Incredible S lands in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-incredible-s-lands-in- singapore/11409.html March 2nd, 2011As for the P67X-UD4, well it actually looks like the better HTC has announced the Incredible S smartphone inchoice over Gigabytes own P67A-UD5 model, as it offers some Singapore, which will be available this coming weekend.additional advantages of the pricier model. For starters, it has The Android phone features the companys HTC Sensea crazily stretched out PWM design which appears to be a 16+2 user interface and 8-megapixel camera with dual flash. Moredesign which is as long as the rear I/O, a rather unusual design details inside.if nothing else. The board has a pair of x16 PCI Express slots,again with the second slot only operating in x8 mode whenenabled and there are also two x1 PCI Express slots and twoPCI slots. Its good to see that Gigabyte has added an additionalpair of SATA 6Gbps ports to this board for a total of four,alongside four SATA 3Gbps ports. HTC has unveiled their latest Incredible S Android smartphone that offers distinct design, great performance and 17
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonevalue. It also incorporates the companys unique HTC Sense Busy professionals have it good when it comes to carting thatuser interface that makes usability more simple and natural. all-important notebook of theirs from one place to another, right? After all, most of the aforementioned professionalsThe Incredible S smartphone features a contoured body and tend to use small suitcases as their apparel of choice forlets you capture and view video in crystal clear high-definition storing various documents, and most are easily large enoughon its 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display. With the stereo to accommodate a laptop if the situation calls for it.surround sound, it brings cinematic experience to the palm ofyour hand. You can take high quality pictures with the build- However, there are times where a typical suitcase might lackin 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and shares videos, the real estate needed to shove a laptop into them for storagephotos and music from the handset direct to a TV using DLNA purposes, especially when most of the available space in onetechnology. has already be occupied by all manner of documents and whatnot. And it would seem that this is the very kind ofAvailability problem that a Chinese OEM has attempted to solve with itsThe HTC Incredible S will be available in Singapore through new, one-of-a-kind business suitcase. After all, why strugglemobile operators and authorized resellers from this weekend over putting the PC into a suitcase, when one can put theonwards at a suggested retail price of S$758. suitcase right into the computer? It starts off a a very innocent-looking suitcase...VR-Zone Giveaway #4 -Steelseries 4XB, 5XB and 4HheadsetsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-giveaway-4--steelseries-4xb-5xb-and-4h-headsets/11406.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011Follow 4 easy steps and stand a chance to win differentprizes every week. This week..we are giving away: SteelSeries4XB, 5XB and 4H headsets Check out http://launch.vr-zone.com and find out how you can win these prizes ...that has a mini briefcase built into it.Now this is we would call areal suitcase PCSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/now-this-is-we-would-call-a-real-suitcase-pc-/11405.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011Have you ever experienced a need to pack your notebook intoa suitcase, only to find out that it will not fit because of the lackof real estate needed to do so? Well, leave it to the Chinese tosolve the little problem in what has got to be the most novel ofways. Now this is certainly a good example of thinking withinthe box, no? 18
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOpening the briefcase reveals the prize: a tablet PC built rightinto the briefcase, complete with a full-sized keyboard. Singapore Airlines customers in the US, Singapore and five other Asia Pacific countries and territories can now pay for their flights with PayPal on singaporeair.com. This service will be made available to the Airline’s customers in up to 17Amazing, is it not? Unfortunately, this is where the classic countries, which claims to be the largest collaboration betweengood news bad news situation comes into play. Apparently, PayPal and an Asian carrier to date.in an attempt to squeeze the PC into the confines of atiny suitcase, the OEM was forced to make some significant After booking Singapore Airlines flights online, travellers cancompromises with the machines performance levels. While now pay for tickets using their PayPal account in as few asthe suitcase PC will come preloaded with Windows XP to three clicks and without the need to re-type their credit cardensure maximum compatibility with the existing Windows or financial details.ecosystem, the hardware used to power the device is anything A year-long global marketing campaign will be launched tobut impressive. celebrate the collaboration between Singapore Airlines andAccording to a report made by Chinese IT website 1Pad.cn, the PayPal. The first marketing promotion allows travellers in thedevice uses a RDC3306 x86-compatible processor clocked at initial launch markets who pay for their Singapore Airlines1.2GHz, while the system will sport a mere 512MB of memory. flight with PayPal the chance to win back the price of theirAs there does not appear to be any room for a dedicated flight (up to S$2,000). One lucky winner will be selected dailyhard disk, storage is accomplished by loading the device with from 7 March 2011 to 6 April 2011.8GB worth of NAND flash memory chips, while the 10-inch Besides using their online balance, PayPal users can pay fortouchscreen utilizes resistive technology and sports a rather their Singapore Airlines flights from their bank accounts,low resolution of 1024 x 600. credit cards or debit cards that are linked to their PayPalGranted, the hardware specifications sound mediocre at best, account.but 1Pad.cn claims that the device was intended to be sold asa corporate gift for businesses. As such, it would make sensethat such a computer does not need to possess the computing Adobe kicks off Acrobat Xpower found in todays PCs. Still, would you not agree that Wizard quizthis PC would make for a rather practical gift, considering its Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-kicks-off-acrobat-x-wizard-relatively small price tag of approximately 2,000 yuan (US quiz/11401.html$305)? March 2nd, 2011You can now pay your SIAflight tickets with PaypalSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/you-can-now-pay-your-sia-flight-tickets-with-paypal/11402.htmlMarch 2nd, 2011 Adobes software is highly regarded by many professionals to be the de facto standard set of tools for churning out creative works in the media industry. Unfortunately, having the power of professional software at ones fingertips usually comes at a heavy price, literally. But if you want a chance to get your hand on some of Adobes software without having to foot a singleFrom today, Singapore Airline customers from seven countries cent, why not give this little quiz of sorts from Adobe a go andincluding Singapore and USA are able to purchase their flight see what prizes await you?tickets using Paypal. The service will also extend to 17countries. Read on for the details. 19
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Heres a caveat though: users are only allowed one attempt at the quiz, and the scores gained in the process of doing so is definitely not enough to net some of the better prizes Adobe is giving away. This is where having a huge network of virtual friends becomes a huge asset. Indeed, Adobe hasDo you fancy getting your hands on a copy of Adobes latest confirmed that there are other ways of chalking up points, andoffice productivity and creative tools? If so, then you are in that involves being an active member on Adobes PDF Guildsluck: Adobe has got a few of these products to give away as Facebook page and recommending more friends to take up theprizes. All you have to do is take part in a simple quiz or quest Guild quiz.known as the Adobe PDF Guild Quest, answer some questions,recommend a few friends to take the quiz and you might be oneof the lucky few to walk away with a copy of Adobe PhotoshopElements 9.To take part, users have to visit Adobes PDF Guild websiteat http://www.adobepdfguild.com/and sign in with theirFacebook account, as shown in the screenshot below. Doing sowill make you a member of the Guild. Of course, you can also expect some form of rewards for your efforts.Do take note that you will need to have an actual workingcopy of Adobe Acrobat X (either 30-day trial or full version) inorder to proceed with the quiz, as users are required to use thesoftware as a tool for fulfilling certain tasks such as creatingcertain PDF files which must then be uploaded to Adobesservers. The goal is to attain a Wizard ranking at the end of thequiz to prove your mastery of Adobes Acrobat X productivitytool. Asus and MSIs Z68 boards unveiled at CeBIT Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-and-msi-s-z68-boards-unveiled- at-cebit/11403.html 20
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 2nd, 2011 two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. However, MSI has added a third SATA 6Gbps port via a third party controller for a total of three SATA 6Gbps ports and four SATA 3Gbps ports. The very first Z68 motherboards are starting to trickle out atCeBIT and the first two boards are from Asus and MSI. Themodels are the Asus P8PZ68-V Pro and the MSI Z68A-GD80,of which the MSI board appears to be the higher-end model.The selling point of both boards is that they overclock, butyou can still make use of Intels integrated graphics, somethingthat might become appealing with a sprinkle of LucidLogixVirtu software.The very first Z68 motherboards are starting to trickle out atCeBIT and the first two boards are from Asus and MSI. The MSI has also added headers for two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0models are the Asus P8PZ68-V Pro and the MSI Z68A-GD80, ports and one FireWire port. This board also features a Voltageof which the MSI board appears to be the higher-end model. readout block just in front of the power connector, just likeThe selling point of both boards is that they overclock, but the P67A-GD80. Around the back MSI has fitted four USB 2.0you can still make use of Intels integrated graphics, something ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a PS/2 port, an eSATA 6Gbps port,that might become appealing with a sprinkle of LucidLogix a FireWire port, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a DVI and HDMI portVirtu software. and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out.The Asus P8Z68-V Pro actually looks a lot like Asus P8P67 Of the two boards wed say the MSI looks like the winner, atPro, but with a different rear I/O layout. This might not be least in terms of features, but its also likely to be the morethe final layout, so expect the possibility of some features to expensive model of the two. Both companies have worked withchange before it launches. The board has three x16 PCI Express LucidLogix in the past, so wed expect that its Virtu softwareslots, although the second one only works when two graphics will be bundled with both boards when they ship. Withoutcards are inserted in dual x8 mode and the third slot only has it, the Z68 chipset is still something of a winner, althoughfour lanes worth of bandwidth. The board also has two x1 PCI be aware that its not likely that youll be able to use IntelsExpress slots and two PCI slots. QuickSync technology without it, at least not if the Z68 chipset works anything like the H67 chipset when you insert a discrete graphics card. MAINGEAR unleashes TITAN 17 gaming laptop Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/maingear-unleashes-titan-17-gaming- laptop/11378.html March 2nd, 2011Other onboard connectors include two SATA 6Gbps ports, fourSATA 3Gbps ports and three pin headers for up to six USB2.0 ports. Around the back we spotted six USB 2.0 ports, two MAINGEAR, a popular PC manufacturer in USA, hasUSB 3.0 ports (via a Renesas controller), an eSATA port, a announced their most powerful laptop. Dubbed the TITANGigabit Ethernet jack, a DVI, HDMI and D-sub connector, 7.1- 17, this desktop replacement packs the high-end hardwarechannel audio with optical S/PDIF out and a Bluetooth dongle. components that offer superb performance to gamers andAll pretty much par for the course, of course with the addition creative professionals.of the display interfaces, something that so far hasnt been afeature found on high-end motherboards.MSI has gone even higher up the scale with its Z68A-GD80, atleast if the model name follows that of MSIs standard namingscheme. The slot layout is actually identical to Asus P8PZ68-Vwith three x16 PCI Express slots with the same configuration, 21
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone - Media Card Reader: Built in 3-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/ SDXC) - Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit - Battery: Removable Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack (8 cell) - I/O Ports: 1-HDMI out, 1-DVI-I out, 2-USB 3.0, 3-USB 2.0, 1 IEEE-1394 Fire Wire, 1-S/PDIF out, 1 RJ-45 LAN, 1 RJ-11 , 1-eSATA PortMAINGEAR has added the TITAN 17 high performance - Security: Kensington Lock and fingerprint readerdesktop replacement to their product line, designed for PCgamers who want desktop-like performance wherever they - Dimensions: (W)16.5" x (H)2.2" x (D)11.3", 12.13 LBs withgo, and creative professionals who can work on site without battery packlosing productivity. Price starts at US$2,799The TITAN 17 features the fastest processor - the Intel Core i7990X Extreme Edition - and with fast, intelligent multi-coretechnology, it claims to be capable of delivering an incredible NVIDIA to make parallelbreakthrough in gaming performance. programming easier withEquipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M, the TITAN CUDA 4.0 Toolkit17 combines the power of DirectX 11 and NVIDIA PhysX Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-to-make-parallel-programming-technologies to achieve the fastest performance and visually- easier-with-cuda-4.0-toolkit/11399.htmlstunning graphics on its 17.3-inch full 1080P HD LED-backlit March 2nd, 2011display. The GTX 485M can also be configured in SLI tooffer up to 2x performances scaling on today’s latest games.You can even connect your notebook to an NVIDIA 3D Vision-ready display for an immersive gaming experience. NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA® CUDA® Toolkit for developing parallel applications usingThis powerhouse notebook comes with up to 12GB DDR3 NVIDIA GPUs. The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designedmemory, two hardwired USB 3.0 ports, up to three SSD or to make parallel programming easier, and enable moreSATA HDD’s with hardware RAID support, and even when developers to port their applications to GPUs.fully loaded it keeps the option for an optical drive.Technical Specification:- Video Card: up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M SLI with 2GB Unified Virtual Addressing, GPU-to-GPU CommunicationGDDR5 and Enhanced C++ Template Libraries Enable More Developers to Take Advantage of GPU Computing- Display: 17.3-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 - (1080p)Widescreen (16:9 Aspect Ratio) LED Backlit with Super ClearAnti-Glare Type Screen SINGAPORE - March 1, 2011 - NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA® CUDA® Toolkit for developing- Processor: Up to Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Desktop parallel applications using NVIDIA GPUs.Processor The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designed to make parallel programming easier, and enable more developers to port their- Memory: Up to 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 - 1333Mhz applications to GPUs. This has resulted in three main features:- Optical Drive: Up to 2X Blu-ray reader/8x Multi Combo (BD- • NVIDIA GPUDirect™ 2.0 Technology - Offers supportR, DVD+-RW, CD-RW) for peer-to-peer communication among GPUs within a single server or workstation. This enables easier- Hard Drive: Up to 3x 485GB Solid State Drive or 750GB and faster multi-GPU programming and application7200RPM SATA 2.5 performance.- Network Adapter: Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1102 • Unified Virtual Addressing (UVA) - Provides a singlesupports 802.11a/b/g/n merged-memory address space for the main system memory and the GPU memories, enabling quicker and- Audio: Built-in High-Definition Audio easier parallel programming. 22
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Thrust C++ Template Performance Primitives Libraries - Provides a collection of powerful open source C+ • New GPU binary disassembler + parallel algorithms and data structures that ease of programming for C++ developers. With Thrust, routines such as parallel sorting are 5X to 100X faster than with Standard Template Library (STL) and Threading A release candidate of CUDA Toolkit 4.0 will be Building Blocks (TBB). available free of charge beginning March 4, 2011, by enrolling in the CUDA Registered Developer Programme at: www.nvidia.com/paralleldeveloper. The CUDA Registered Developer Programme provides a wealth of tools, resources,"Unified virtual addressing and faster GPU-to-GPU and information for parallel application developers tocommunication makes it easier for developers to take maximise the potential of CUDA.advantage of the parallel computing capability of GPUs,"said John Stone, Senior research programmer, University of For more information on the features and capabilities ofIllinois, Urbana-Champaign. the CUDA Toolkit and on GPGPU applications, please visit: www.nvidia.com/cuda."Having access to GPU computing through the standardtemplate interface greatly increases productivity for a widerange of tasks, from simple cashflow generation to complex Source: NVIDIA Press Releasecomputations with Libor market models, variable annuitiesor CVA adjustments," said Peter Decrem, director of RatesProducts at Quantifi. "The Thrust C++ library has loweredthe barrier of entry significantly by taking care of low-levelfunctionality like memory access and allocation, allowing the Crysis 2 PC Multiplayerfinancial engineer to focus on algorithm development in a Demo Pictorial Review (56k warning!)GPU-enhanced environment." Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crysis-2-pc-multiplayer-demo-The CUDA 4.0 architecture release includes a number of other pictorial-review-56k-warning-/11398.htmlkey features and capabilities, including: March 2nd, 2011 System Specs used in this review: • MPI Integration with CUDA Applications - Modified MPI implementations like OpenMPI automatically move data Intel C2Q @ 4.2ghz from and to the GPU memory over Infiniband when an ATI Radeon 6950 flashed to 6970 @ 935/1450 application does an MPI send or receive call. Windows 7 64bit SP1 • Multi-thread Sharing of GPUs - Multiple CPU host ATI Catalyst 11.2 with CAP 11.2 (Tesellation forced to off) threads can share contexts on a single GPU, making it easier to share a single GPU by multi-threaded applications. • Multi-GPU Sharing by Single CPU Thread - A single CPU host thread can access all GPUs in a system. Developers can easily coordinate work across multiple GPUs for tasks such as "halo" exchange in applications. • New NPP Image and Computer Vision Library - A rich set of image transformation operations that enable rapid development of imaging and computer vision applications. • New and Improved Capabilities • Auto performance analysis in the Visual Profiler • New features in cuda-gdb and added support for MacOS • Added support for C++ features like new/delete and virtual functions 23
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone AMD Radeon HD 6990 Launch on 8th March Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-6990-launch-on-8th- march/11397.html March 2nd, 2011 Donaminhaber has leaked out the presentation slides on the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card which is slated to launch on March 8th. AMD is touting it as the worlds fastest graphics card as least till NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 comes along. The Antilles card comes with dual Cayman XT GPUs at 40nm process, 2 x 389mm2 die size, 2 x 2.64B transistors, 3072 ALU, 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 4GB of GDDR5 memory at 256-bit width and 5.0 Gbps data rate. Donaminhaber has leaked out the presentation slides on the upcoming AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card which is slated to launch on March 8th. AMD is touting it as the worlds fastest graphics card as least till NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 comes along. The Antilles card comes with dual Cayman XT GPUs at 40nm process, 2 x 389mm2 die size, 2 x 2.64B transistors, 3072 ALU, 192 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 4GB of GDDR5 memory at 256-bit width and 5.0 Gbps data rate. 24
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone everything else is secondary it if you are going for the scores. Pricing is unknown for now. Android 2.3 Gingerbread coming to Samsung Galaxy S Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-2.3-gingerbread-coming-to- samsung-galaxy-s/11396.html March 2nd, 2011 Good news to those who are still using the Samsung Galaxy S. Even though the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II Android smartphone was announced in February, the Korea manufacturer has not forgotten the loyal fans who are still using their flagship Galaxy S. And the company is bringing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to them. Samsung has performed well in the Android smartphone market in 2010, with the introduction of their Galaxy S (model: GT-I9000) which has since sold more than 10 million units. According to reports, the Samsung Galaxy S will soon have an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A Samsung Germany official has expressed that the Galaxy S I9000 will receive the update in March, though no specific date or details were given. If the news is believed to be true, this surely benefits the Galaxy S owners and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will no doubt provide better features, performance and experience.Looking at the slides, there is a dual BIOS switch on thecard that allows to overclock the card on the fly. The defaultshipping clocks for the card is 830MHz core and 1250MHzmemory and by switching to OC mode, the core clock becomes880MHz but memory clock remains unchanged. However,the VGPU is increased from 1.17V to 1.175V and the TDP isincreased from 375W to 450W. Do your own maths if thatfew percent improvement in gaming performance is worth theadditional heat generated if you are a gamer but definitely, 25
  • March 2nd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone by HTCs announcement. This is due to the fact that the DesireHTC confirms Gingerbread is one of the oldest phones in HTCs current lineup, and it isupdate for Incredible S and understandable that many were worried if HTC would decide to drop the phone from future updates, considering that theentire Desire smartphone Desire has already been given one such update to bring itslineup firmware version up from Eclair to Froyo.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-confirms-gingerbread-update-for- Still, we would encourage that owners of the aforementionedincredible-s-and-entire-desire-smartphone-lineup/11373.html smartphone models avoid sweating the small stuff and justMarch 2nd, 2011 enjoy what HTC is bringing to their mobile phones. After all, a firmware upgrade is always a good thing, right?Do you happen to own a HTC-branded smartphone that runsoff Googles Android operating system? Well, if your answer tothat questions is yes, this might be just the news needed tokick off your Tuesday morning to a good start: the OEM hasconfirmed that at least four products in its Android lineup havebeen given the green light for getting Gingerbread by Q2.Firmware upgrades. Dont we all love them? After all, nothingcan be more exciting than pressing the Software Updatebutton on an Android-based smartphone and learning thatthere is a free update in store for your device. And this isespecially so since each subsequent update of the Androidoperating system is supposed to provide additional benefitsover the previous version, such as the introduction of variousnew features or more efficient battery usage.And if you happen to be utilizing a HTC-branded device as yourmobile phone of choice, it would seem that there is much tolook forward to where such firmware updates are concerned.According to a recent announcement made by the Taiwanesesmartphone OEM, the company plans to update at least four ofits smartphones to version 2.3 of the Android operating system(aka Gingerbread) by Q2 this year, and the lucky models are: • HTC Desire • HTC Desire Z • HTC Desire HD, and • HTC Incredible SWhile it is expected that the Desire Z, Desire HD andIncredible S would eventually receive the Gingerbreadtreatment due to them being fairly recent introductions to theAndroid ecosystem, Desire owners would probably be elated 26