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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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    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! and backup solutions, it also offers print and media server VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication capabilities, website hosting, PC-free downloading, and much covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. more at a price that is easy on the wallet. OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drive Tests @ Benchmark ReviewsThe Daily VR-Zone News Description: The OCZ Vertex 3 SSD is based on the second- generation SandForces SF-2281 SATA 6Gb/s controller andSummary - 5 April 2011 maintains all of the original core technology introduced in theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--5- original SF-1200 series, but now improves SSD performanceapril-2011/11454.html with 20% faster IOPS and 40% faster sequential read/writeApril 5th, 2011 throughput. OCZ promises 60,000 IOPS at up to 550 MB/ s transfer speeds with the Vertex 3 SSD, and Benchmark Reviews confirms that theyre keeping this promise with tests of the new storage device on a B3-stepping Sandy Bridge platform against the Crucial RealSSD C400. Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card Review Description: If all those NDAs last month werent alreadyIn todays news roundup: Reviews of AMDs Radeon HD6790 enough for everyone, we start the NDA run for April nice andgraphics card have started making their presence known on early. With AMD having taken care of the high end segmentthe Internet; Thermaltakes Level 10 GT chassis gets reviewed; with cards like the HD 6970 and HD 6990, while also takingA group of Windows Phone 7 hackers have released an update care of that mid-range - high end segment with cards from thethat allows existing WP7 users to get the latest Microsoft HD 6800 series, it was only a matter of time till we saw someNoDo patches for their smartphones without having to wait more mid-range, cheaper cards hit the market. Consideringfor carriers to officially roll out the update; More information NVIDIA released the GTX 550 Ti last month and more mid-about Dells elusive Alienware M14x notebook gets revealed; range models are rumored, it comes as no surprise that AMDJapan is attempting to proceed on with life as usual by are starting to release their line-up. The first comes in the formannouncing that the Tokyo Game Show 2011 event will take of the HD 6790. Its clear that the xx30 naming scheme didntplace as planned, and EA has launched their new online-only, work for them in the past, so it seems theyve decided to lookfree-to-play version of Battlefield. at a 50, 70 and 90 line-up now.Hardware news Thermaltake Armor A30 SFF Chassis ReviewThermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review Description: Now, when most people think SFF, theyDescription: Taking some cues from the original Level 10, immediately gravitate to Lian Li or Silverstone, but dreams ofThermaltake hopes to be able to capitalize on it by offering a building a portable gamer on a budget usually get dashed bymore down to earth GT version. Not only is the Level 10 GT the cost of a full aluminum chassis, or maybe the configurationmore affordable, its also smaller and lighter, but has it lost all and airflow arent up to par to handle the powerhouse you planthat made the original such a work of art? to put in the smallest package possible to impress your friends and foes at the next LAN event. Thermaltake jumped in withMach Xtreme Technology MX-GX 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive both feet and threw the A60 in the dryer for a while until it wasReview @ Madshrimps just the right size. Not in reality, just conceptually.Description: The Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 Flash Drivesoffer incredible read speeds and come in 4 different flavours: AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB; they are also priced competitively, Reviewsthe 16GB model being found at CaseKing.de for about 29.90 Description: AMD wanted a video card to fill in the priceEuros. and performance gap between the Radeon HD 6850 and the Radeon HD 5770. The release of the Radeon HD 6790 graphicsSynology DS-211J Diskstation Two-Bay NAS Review @ card at the $149.99 price point should fill that gap and giveTweaknews the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti a run for its money. ReadDescription: Synologys DS211j is a great addition to an on to see how the AMD Radeon HD 6790 compares to dozensexpanding home network. Not only does it provide storage 1
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof other cards and yes, we also overclock it and show you the update their phone to the latest version of Windows Phone 7.thermals and power numbers! The update works on any WP7 phone (that use the supported languages: English US, English UK, French, Italian, SpanishRadeon HD 6790: Ace Up The Sleeve @ InsideHW and German) and has the pre-NoDo update, NoDo update 1Description: Last month, NVIDIA nicely summed up this & 2 all in one process. As usual, this is an unofficial methodyear’s first quarter with GTX 550, which seemed like a great to update your phone, so make sure you know what you’recompetitor against Radeon HD 5770. Everything would have doing before attempting anything, but from reports so far; thebeen perfect for the Americans if AMD hadn’t already planned update seems to work great. Head here for more details andthe counterattack for the very beginning of the second quarter, let us know if you decide to use the update.or to be precise, 5th April. The new Radeon is named HD 6790and is somewhat of a modification, or a weakened version More shots, specs of Alienware M14x surfaceof, Radeons HD 6850/6870, based on the Barts GPU. As Description: Thanks to Chinese tech site Zol, the previouslysuch, this model is based on the VLIW5 architecture, which leaked M14x gaming notebook from Alienware has been moreis somewhat old and doesn’t belong to the truly high-class fully uncovered. The specs also have been made more concrete,Radeons; all chips from the Cayman family are based on with a quad-core, 2.3GHz Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIAVLIW4 (Very Long Instruction Word). Besides, the Barts chip GeForce GT 555M both being present to give it relatively fastlocated in HD 6970 has been weakened in order to replace the gaming. The notebook will also get Klipsch speakers and aalready obsolete HD 5770... stainless steel nameplate that can be engraved.Consumer Electronics and Software news Next-gen iPod Nano to Also be a Tiny Camera? Description: The previous generation of iPod nano had moreSee your location history dashboard and more with Google features than the current one. The older model packed a biggerMaps 5.3 for Android display as well as a video camera to capture 720p video. WhileDescription: Today, we’re happy to announce Google Maps 5.3 the quality wasnt great, it gave a very popular music player afor Android, which lets you see your Google Location History camera that worked for casual capture uses.dashboard, check in at “home,” and add your own aspects forplaces when rating them. Gaming newsBing Becomes a Default Search Option for Firefox Tokyo Game Show 2011 To Proceed As PlannedDescription: Companies like Microsoft and Google have a Description: Following Japan’s recent 9.0 earthquake lastmajor advantage due to their sheer size; they can optimize month, many events and services were delayed or shafted,their extra products (such as IE9 and Chrome) for their people were concerned if it affects the Tokyo Game Show thisexisting services (such as Bing and Google search). As such, the year. Fortunately, the organiser CESA has confirmed that thefact that Microsoft is losing ground with Internet Explorer is event will proceed as planned from September 15 to Septembersignificant for all their additional products. Internet Explorer 18 at the Makuhari Messe just outside of Tokyo.9, with its more minimalist structure, better hardware EA Launches Battlefield Play4Freeacceleration, improved security, and faster overall load times, Description: EAs free online battlefield has gone live.is an attempt to re-capture that ground – and it’s little Battlefield Play4Free opened to the public this morning,surprise that IE9 is also fully integrated with Bing. What may combining the most popular maps from Battlefield 2 withbe somewhat surprising, though, is that Microsoft has been the classes and weapons of Bad Company 2 for 32-playerworking to integrate Bing with Firefox – their top browsing shootouts.competitor. NGP could be delayed by Japanese earthquakeApple followers have difficulty coping with Androids fame Description: Sony Computer Entertainment AmericaDescription: Fanzine Apple Insider appears to be having a president Jack Tretton says supply-chain disruptions causedlittle difficulty when it comes to the fact that Apple is slowly by disaster may delay the forthcoming portable in somelosing the mobile operating system wars to Android. Faced regions.with web analytics statistics that say that Android is kickingthe Apple OSs bottom, Apple Insider elected to say thecomplete opposite to keep the reality distortion field going. NVIDIA announces QuadroRaptor Gaming M3X gaming mouse: 4800DPI of failDescription: The newly released M3X gaming mouse is the 400, empowers designers andlatest gaming mouse from German gaming peripheral maker engineers with 10x betterRaptor Gaming (being distributed by CompuExpert here inthe United States). The M3X has a good feature set and performance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-announces-its certainly comfortable, but a critical, physical design flaw quadro-400-empowers-designers-and-engineers-with-10x-better-quickly makes it irritating and annoying to use. performance/11805.htmlGet Windows Phone 7 NoDo on your phone nowDescription: For those of you who can’t bear to wait aroundfor your carrier or Microsoft to push out the NoDo updateto your Windows Phone 7 device, great news. Chris Walshieof Team ChevronWP7 (the folks behind the WP7 “jailbreak”)released a tool on his blog that allows all WP7 device owners to 2
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 5th, 2011 software drivers, and simplifies upgrading to a new solution. • Hardware 3D Window Clipping - Accelerated clip regions enable faster data transfer between a window and the frame buffer to improve overall graphics performance.NVIDIA announced today the Quadro 400 graphicsprocessing unit (GPU), a new professional graphics solutionthat puts the power of the GPU in the hands of designers and • High-Quality Display Connectivity - Drives ultra-high-engineers. Built for use with professional applications, such as resolution panels, producing phenomenal image quality,Autodesk AutoCAD, the NVIDIA Quadro 400 GPU provides supporting two active connectors, including dual-linkup to 5x faster performance over high-end consumer gaming DVI with up to 3840 x 2400 resolution @ 24Hz on eachcards. It also gives up to 10x improvement when running panel, and DisplayPort (DP) with up to 2560 x 1600industry leading CAD / CAM applications. resolution. • NVIDIA® Mosaic™ Technology - Enhances workspace across up to eight displays (using one card per two displays), enabling seamless taskbar spanning, as well as transparent scaling of any application. Works over multiple displays or a single high-resolution display, and with NVIDIA nView® desktop management software. The NVIDIA Quadro 400 processor also supports NVIDIA 3D Vision™ and 3D Vision Pro active shutter glasses 3D technology that delivers crystal-clear, stereoscopic 3D visualisation for the most immersive 3D experience, rangingSINGAPORE - April 5, 2011 - NVIDIA announced today the from desktop workstations to collaborative work spaces.NVIDIA Quadro® 400 graphics processing unit (GPU), a newprofessional graphics solution that puts the power of the GPUin the hands of designers and engineers. Designed, Built and Engineered by NVIDIA to the Highest Standards of QualityBuilt for use with professional applications, such as AutodeskAutoCAD, the NVIDIA Quadro 400 GPU provides up to 5x As with all Quadro professional graphics cards, the Quadrofaster performance over high-end consumer gaming cards. 400 is designed, built and warranted by NVIDIA to provideIt also gives up to 10x improvement when running industry industry-leading performance and reliability when runningleading CAD / CAM applications. professional applications. Companies consistently certify Quadro professional graphics solutions for their users whosePriced at just US$169, the Quadro 400 GPU also offers livelihoods depend on them.excellent power efficiency, consuming less than 35 watts, andits low-profile footprint means it offers the flexibility to fit intoany workstation, including small form-factor systems. Availability and PricingWith 512 MB of DDR3 memory, the Quadro 400 processor The Quadro 400 (US$169 MSRP) is available immediatelyenables professionals to interact with a wide range of design for the HP Z800, Z600, and Z400 Workstations, and formodels. It also provides high visual fidelity, featuring a 30- all Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations. It will be available laterbit (10-bits per colour) colour engine with a dynamic range this month and next on select Lenovo ThinkStation D20,of over one billion colour variations. Quadro 400 drivers are C20, S20 and E30 models. Its also available from NVIDIAoptimised and certified on leading professional applications. Quadro channel partners including PNY Technologies in"Designers and engineers, whether designing the largest North America and Europe, ELSA in Japan, and Leadtek inassemblies or smallest components, rely on Quadro," said Asia Pacific.Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group,NVIDIA. "The Quadro 400 is the right tool to help ensurethat job gets done the right way, especially when it comes torunning professional apps like Autodesk AutoCAD." Source: NVIDIA Press ReleaseAdditional features of the new Quadro 400 GPU include: • Unified Driver Architecture - Guarantees forward and backward compatibility with professional application 3
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to the latest statistics, the number of COMPUTEXCOMPUTEX 2011 Spotlight : TAIPEI 2011 exhibitors reached 1,800 and would be usingSmart Handheld Devices and more than 5,200 booths, up by 8% from 2010. It is estimated that the number of overseas buyers will top 36,000Internet of Things and expected to create US$25 billions worth of businessSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-2011-spotlight--smart- opportunity.handheld-devices-and-internet-of-things/11804.htmlApril 5th, 2011 During the Pre-show Press Conference held in March 30 at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), Mr. Walter Yeh, the executive vice president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) pointed out that COMPUTEX TAIPEI is one of the international exhibitions for large enterprises to launch their latest products, foreign enterprises The Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the organizer include AMD, Hitachi, Intel, Microsoft and etc., while localof COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011 has expressed that the change companies led by Acer, Asus, Foxconn (Hon Hai) and others;in computer usage of the consumers and the applications which will showcase their latest products such as Tablets, e-of Internet of Things (IOT) is increasing gradually, boosting Book readers, Smart phones, 3D Display and products relatedTaiwan ICT industry toward the development of supply chain to cloud computing at COMPUTEX, brightly shining into thefor Smart Handheld Devices and IOT, which relevant products sight of thousands overseas buyers.and devices will exhibit during COMPUTEX. Smart HandheldDevices and Internet of Things (IOT) are the hottest wordsin the ICT industry in 2010, including Tablets, Smartphone, Mr. Zhang Li, the deputy secretary general of TCA alsoInternet TV, Smart TV, 3D display products become the mentioned that in the midst of Smart Handheld Devices,spotlight of the global market, clearly show the wireless Tablet PC will have a tremendous force and becomes the focalbroadband infrastructure of the new information society is point during COMPUTEX 2011, estimating around 50~100taking shape. new Tablet PCs to be displayed. Not only have the Taiwanese ICT manufacturers to show its strength in development of the Tablet PC, but also to seize a big piece of market shared from the grip of iPad. During the speech, Mr. Stephen Su, general director of Industrial Economics and Knowledge (IEK) under the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said the average annual sales rate of netbook and e-book reader will not go over 4% from the period of 2011~2014. As for notebook will experience some effects, Su thinks that the average annual sales rate of notebook will stay above 16% from 2011~2014. Complete research report named "How Tablet will Transform the Landscape of ICT Industry" is available for download under this link http://www.computex.biz/photo/ images/computexshow/list/file_20110330135542.pdf.The mobile life becomes a trend after wireless broadbandis available, which driving the ICT manufacturers todevelop information technology products and equipments Smart Handheld Devices integrate with wireless broadbandfor smart life. The Taipei Computer Association (TCA), makes a new information societythe organizer of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011, the worlds Li expressed that the Smart Handheld Devices and Internetmost complete communication supply chain industry, has of Things (IOT) are the hottest words in the ICT industry inexpressed that the change in computer usage of the 2010, including Tablets, Smartphone, Internet TV, Smart TV,consumers and the applications of Internet of Things (IOT) is 3D display products become the spotlight of the global market,increasing gradually, boosting Taiwan ICT industry toward the clearly show the wireless broadband infrastructure of the newdevelopment of supply chain for Smart Handheld Devices and information society is taking shape.IOT, which relevant products and devices will exhibit duringCOMPUTEX, witnessing Taiwan ICT industry in steps with thehottest trend that never stop growing! Starting from Q4 of 2010, TCA is conducting quarterly economic prosperity survey where the audiences are the local exhibitors, the result of each quarter refer as COMPUTEXGathering of large enterprises in COMPUTEX bolsters Exhibitor Index (CEI). The result of Q2, CEI is 1.64 thatexplosive force on the Tablets means in the Above Average area, while 43% of interviewed enterprises viewed between Good and Above Average. On the 4
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestatistical, the exhibitors whom are dealing with Tablet PC, The game is a direct sequel to the original Shift launchedSmartphone, Internet TV, Smart TV and products related PC back in 2009 and puts the basics in perspective by addingsystems including photo-electronics products are optimistic a rewarding experience system for everything you do in theand gave Good rating on Q2. Consequently, TCA thinks that game, online or not. Together with games economy which youthis coming June, many relevant products will be displayed earn by getting several achievements or winning a place, youduring COMPUTEX, which is worthy of expectation. are able to give your car some lovely cosmetics and engine customizations. The sequel offers more than 140 vehicles from 37 manufacturers, a huge boost from the originals 60+ cars.In order to realize the market potential of Smart HandheldDevices, TCA and Ministry of Economics Affairs (MOEA)established a Smart Handheld Device working group, hopingTaiwan to generate production output value worth US$50billions by 2014, which develops Taiwan to become theinnovation and manufacturing center of Smart HandheldDevices in the world. On the other hand, TCA establishedTaiwan Internet of Things Alliance (TIOTA) recently; in whichCOMPUTEX will be hosting IOT Area at TWTC Hall 2 that willbe one of many new highlights in this years COMPUTEX.Not only limited to PC and peripheral products, TCA believesunder the efforts in many aspects, the COMPUTEX TAIPEI As easy as it may look but the game be a tough nut to crack aswill become the worlds purchasing platform for Smart extra experience are earned by fulfiling the right requirementsHandheld Devices and IOT products. or sticking to the green racing line marker on the track. All these actions fill up the experience gauge which unlocks other tracks, customizations and advancing of the story.Shift 2: Unleashed Review Driving your vehicle is not just breeze but it can be rather a terrifying experience. Shift 2 Unleashed takes a step furtherSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shift-2-unleashed-review/11799.html to get close with racing simulation genre, an attempt to placeApril 5th, 2011 itself with the likes of other simulation titles such as Gran Turismo 5 or Forza Motorsport. So think twice before cranking up the speeds to the maximum and trying to achieve some impossible drifting at a sharp corner. To make this realism on a higher notch, Shift 2: UnleashedFor the racing fanatics, here is one game you might want to try adds a helmet cam view that puts the player in the driving- Shift 2: Unleashed And in this review, we bring Electronic seat. As suggested by the name, you will see the the dynamicArts latest racing title for a spin down the racing track. and see view as what a real driver would and feel its effects: A blurringhow it fares. More after the jump. view of the sides as speed hits insanity levels or nasty bumps and gray-outs with shedding doors, broken glass and bonnets after a nasty crash. It is a nifty addition but gives an immersive experience on the overall gameplay.The screeching of tyres on the track is no stranger to anyracing game and games involving vehicles of such genre. Thefundamentals of winning is simple: get down the racing trackand win.Electronic Arts Need for Speed franchise has been around for ouch!more than 15 years and with Shift 2: Unleashed, this is the 17th Being preferential towards arcade racers, Shift 2 took me ainstallment in the series, developed by Slightly Mad Studios while to get used to its driving mechanics. Regardless of whatand published by EA. car I choose, I will just crash and find myself in the last place 5
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebut there are intriguing factors in the game which keeps megoing for a reason. AMD: Llano APU is Shipping Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-llano-apu-is-shipping/11803.htmlShift 2 Unleashed Noteworthy Features April 5th, 2011Social at its bestAutolog, a social feature that began in Hot Pursuit returns asthe core of the game, putting together your friends and thoseglorifying statstics in a leaderboard-like system. More often Recent rumours of AMD shipping Llano in April were met withthan not, you will be racing your friends and compare fastest some skepticism. However, the rumours have turned out totimes and stats with one other. be true, as AMD is shipping Llano A-series APUs to OEMs, as of 4th April 2011, for revenue. In a webcast, CFO and Interim CEO Thomas Seifert announced, “Customers are very excited about Llano coming to market and we will look forward to seeing our “Llano”-based systems in the market this quarter — the second quarter.”Career ModeThis is where the main bulk of the game lies - Career mode. Inthe single-player campaign, your Shift 2 racing career beginswith a quick test on the track using a Nissan GT-R. Dont befooled as the results of the race will determine your skill leveland the recommended enhancements such as anti-lock brakes, In fact, Llano (as part of the Sabine platform) has beentraction assistance and a racing guide line. shipping since late March, as suggested by the above picture - a celebration at AMDs Singapore branch.All of this is to prepare you for the open seasons to the grandFIA GT1 series finale. A different range of events await from While AMD remains silent about when we can expect thestandard races and time attacks, to eliminations and drift OEMs to ship systems with A-series APUs, rumours suggestchallenges. With approximately 40 tracks, the game should we can see Sabine based laptops as early as May. Of course, wesatisfy an average racer looking for terrain differences. can certainly expect the notebook and desktop worlds, OEM and retail, to be flooded with A-series Fusion APUs within this quarter, by June. Rumours suggest AMD has notched up an impressive number of design wins for its A-series APUs. Despite being so close to release, we dont know much about Llano and its Sabine platform and Socket FM1, beyond a tentative line-up and some performance demos by AMD. AMDs Llano release is now expected to be closely followed by its next-gen CPU release, FX-Series (Bulldozer) in what is a crucial few months for AMD. Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera AnnouncedRealism Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-d5100-digital-slr-camera-For easy crashers like me, I will enjoy the total destruction announced/11802.htmlof my vehicle. Damage is not visual-only and by changing an April 5th, 2011option, damage to your vehicle affects the car performance;even an engine blowout with tyres rolling onto the tracks.Forget about other camera angles, go for the driver seat viewand experience the way the game is meant to be played. 6
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone After much anticipated wait, Nikon D5100 is real and official.Product availability and prices will be announced at a laterdate but let us look at the official specs. Additional Features and Functions - High-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 4 fpsNikon announces the D5100 Digital SLR camera, introducing and a very precise andnew features and upgraded specifications as compared to itspredecessor. durable shutter unit that has passed testing for 100,000 cyclesThe D5100 will come with Nikon’s latest CMOS image sensorand the new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine. The updated - Equipped with Quiet shutter-release mode for shooting insensor will bump the effective megapixel count to 16.1, the situations in which quieter shuttersame that was found in Nikon D7000. The camera adds anew High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature that captures two operation is desired. Infrared receivers for remote controlshots of varying exposure each time the shutter-release button operation on the front and back of the camera enable wirelessis pressed, and then combines the two shots into a single image control over the shutter from both in front of and behind thewith a broad dynamic range. camera (optional ML-L3 wireless remote control supported).The D5100 another new feature known as the "Effects mode"found on the Mode selection dial which is essentially special - Equipped with 16 scene modes that enable the simple captureeffects applied on images and videos. A total of seven of beautiful photos of thespecial effects, including Selective Color and Color Sketch are desired scene with automatic optimization of camera settingsincluded. - Built-in HDMI-CEC compatibility enables control overNight Vision is another feature which ramps up the ISO to playback of still images and movies102400 which enables shooting under conditions of darknesswhile verifying the subject and composition in the monitor using the televisions remote control when the camera is(this feature shoots in JPEG format and in black and white. connected to a high-definition TVRAW recording is not possible) via the HDMI connector.Visibility has been increased with the large 3-inch display - HD movie recording and editingfound on the D5100 that has approximately 921k-dot high-resolution that supports viewing on various angles. 1Manual focus, M or S mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default valuesNikon adopts a side hinge for the vari-angle monitor thatprevents the monitor from hitting the tripod when it is openedwhile the camera is mounted on a tripod.The vari-angle monitor opens from 0 to180° to the side, and Specification Chartcan be rotated up to 90°clockwise and up to 180° counter-clockwise when it is open. Say yes to self-portraits. Type Single-lens reflex digital camera Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts) Effective pixels 16.2 million 7
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneImage sensor 23.6 X 15.6 mm CMOS sensor Dimensions (approx.) 128 X 97 X 79 mmmage size (pixels) • 4,928 X 3,264 (L) (W×H × D) Weight (approx.) 510 g without battery, • 3,696 X 2,448 (M) memory card, or body cap • 2,464 X 1,632 (S) 560 g with battery andFile format 1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, memory card but without 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEG body capMedia SD (Secure Digital) memory Major supplied accessories EN-EL14 rechargeable Li- cards *1 ion battery, MH-24 battery SDHC, and SDXC memory charger, AN-DC3 strap, EG- cards CP14 audio/video cable, UC-Frame advance rate Up to 4 fps *2 E6 USB cable, DK-5 eyepieceISO sensitivity ISO 100 – 6400 in steps cap, BS-1 accessory shoe of 1/3 EV. Can also be set cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) CD-ROM above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available • *1Not applied to Multi Media CardMovie Frame size (pixels) and frame • *2Manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or rate : faster, and other settings at default values • 1,920 X 1,080, 30 p/25 • Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera p/24 p, high/normal with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20° C (68° F). • 1,280 X 720, 30 p/25 p/24 p, high/normal • 640 X 424, 30 p/25 p, high/normal A frame rate of 30 p (actual 7-inch Android tablet with IPS frame rate 29.97 fps) is available when NTSC is selected for video mode. panel display spotted in China 25 p is available when PAL Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/7-inch-android-tablet-with-ips-panel- is selected for video mode. display-spotted-in-china/11801.html Actual frame rate when 24 p April 5th, 2011 is selected is 23.976 fps. File format/Video compression: MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding In-Plane Switching technology (IPS) has been around for a long time, being made available for high-resolution Audio recording device: displays including Apples first generation iPad. And recently, another manufacturer is making a tablet that is using the IPS Built-in monaural or external panel for its display. stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustableMonitor 3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle low- temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustmentPower source Battery : One rechargeable Li- ion EN-EL14 battery AC adapter : EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately) 8
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Apple iPad incorporated In-Plane Switching (IPS)technology for its screen, which may explain why images The Daily VR-Zone Newslooked sharp and vivid on the tablet. It has taken many months Summary - 4 April 2011before IPS panels become affordable for manufacturers to Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--4-adopt them. april-2011/11456.htmlAnd it seems like a Chinese company is coming up with a 7- April 5th, 2011inch tablet device running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread andequipped with IPS screen. A picture of the prototype is outon the web (shown above). The tablet will also come withA9 AMlogic CPU which has the performance to stream eitherFlash or HTML5 video with no buffering. HDMI out, SD card In todays news roundup: Three USB3.0-capable flash drivesreader, 3G sim and USB. with capacities of 64GB get put to the test to see which product offers users better performances; Thermalrights TR-360 replacement cooler for the Xbox 360 video game console getsPricing will be approximately 1900 yuan (US$290) reviewed; A future version of iOS might receive OS Xs Spacesand available from 10 April. feature; Panasonic is reportedly starting to ship BDXL optical discs which boast up to 100GB of storage space; DynastyASUS P8H67-I DELUXE (Intel Warriors 7 is set to receieve a DLC which restores the games original Japanese voices, and Anonymous has declared war onH67 Express) Review Sony in support for George HotzSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8h67-i-deluxe-intel-h67-express- Hardware newsreview/11734.htmlApril 5th, 2011 USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Round-up Description: In the last year we have reviewed a handful of USB 3.0 devices and today several memory manufacturers offer flash drives claiming to utilize the extra performance offered by the revamped interface. Today we are looking at three 64GB flash drives: the AData Nobility Series N005, Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 and Patriot SuperSonic.While Mini-ITX solutions are often looked down upon as ASUS Routers: Wireless Elegance @ InsideHWslow and somewhat cheap, not all of them are destined Description: In order to create a good SOHO wireless networkfor use as low-power media centres or 8-hours-a-day office environment, one always has to provide reliable equipment.machines. Enter the latest Mini-ITX motherboard from ASUS, In order to avoid the regret of not having chosen equipmentthe P8H67-I DELUXE which is based on the Intel H67 Express more wisely when first setting up the network (unlike somechipset, and supports all second-generation Intel Core Sandy of us), make sure you look comprehensively at the currentBridge processors. How will this mighty midget perform? We market situation. If you don’t have a personal contact thatfind out. would provide adequate advice, cruise the internet a little and take a look at what others are recommending. It’s likely in bothIntels second-generation Core Sandy Bridge processors can cases that you’ll end up in the default product gamma of abe mated to a few 6 Series chipsets, including the P67 large manufacturer, but at times, you may be surprised by theExpress and H67 Express which are often used in consumer quality of the solutions offered by other familiar names in theand enthusiast builds. The core frequency of Intel Unlocked IT field. This is one such occasion, and we’ve had the chance toK processors can be overclocked only on the P67 Express thoroughly examine two of ASUS’ wireless solutions, namelychipset, while the H67 Express trades that for integrated Intel DSL-N10 (modem/router) and a dual-band router RT-N56U...HD Graphics overclocking capabilities. The ASUS P8P67-IDELUXE that we will be looking at today, is powered by the Thermalright TR-360 Xbox 360 GPU Cooler ReplacementH67 Express - you have no access to a K processors unlocked Review @ Madshrimpsmultipliers. Description: Designed for the XBOX 360 GPU, to provide better cooling and heat dissipation, reduces the chances ofObviously, this particular motherboard is not really aimed at break down and prolong the XBOX 360 life.enthusiasts, but its small form factor is definitely excellent forSOHO implementations. Although small in size, that does Lian Li Lancool PC-K57 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknewsnot necessarily mean it has limited computing power. In this Description: Lian Li LanCools PC-K57 chassis has a lot goingarticle, we test the P8H67-I DELUXE with an Intel Core for it, and the potential for much more. The bold look andi5-2500K Processor. Read on to find out more! solid construction are quite welcome, but there is a lot more to recommend it. With a roomy interior, solid tool-free features and outstanding cable management, including the innovative cable channel, the PC-K57 was a joy to work in and the dust filters are easily serviced to help the user keep the case in good shape. 9
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOCZ ZX 850 Series 850 Watt Power Supply Review out and the LED backlight highlights dark scenes extremelyDescription: The ZX series of power supplies is aimed at well. Not to be outdone by any 3D TV on the market, thepowering gaming and enthusiast systems alike and is available UN55C9000 comes fully equipped with 3D playback as well asin 850W, 1000W, and 1250W flavors. This range of power wireless LAN for media streaming and Internet browsing.supplies offers plenty of power for those seeking to power A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD Mini 2 Full HD Media Streamer Reviewsystems with a single GPU all the way up to a triple GPU system Description: The space and user friendly PlayON!HD Mini 2with dual processors. The ZX series of power supplies boast may not be perfect in every possible aspect but it is without80Plus Gold certification, fully modular cables, and a single doubt amongst the best standalone Media Players A.C.Ryan12V rail. Today we take a look at the ZX 850, the smallest of has designed and manufactured to date.the three ZX series power supplies. Sony CEO tips Apple built-in camera plans, iPhone 5 delayASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion possible?Description: This year ASUS introduced the Sabertooth P67 Description: In an on-stage interview at Carnegie Hall withmotherboard. The Sabertooth P67 is the next generation in Walt Mossberg, Sony CEO Howard Stringer appears to havedurability and reliability. The Sabertooth P67 has enough confirmed an earlier rumor that an upcoming iPhone 5 willfeatures to hit every market of user, from the server computer, have an 8MP digital camera with a sensor made by Sony.to the enthusiast gamer. This P67 motherboard supports the Stringer made a number of somewhat cryptic comments tonewer Intel 1155 socket CPUs and up to 1866 DDR3 memory. Mossberg about Apple, at one point commenting on the ironyThe main specific features to note with the Sabertooth P67 are of Sony making "the best camera" for Apple devices.the TUF thermal armor, TUF thermal radar, TUF components,Digi+ VRM, and E.S.P. The TUF thermal armor is a shunt K-Touch W700 Anroid phone looks pretty sweetdesigned panel that covers all of the critical components. Description: While the Chinese have been known for creating poor copies of existing phones and slapping on a different OSZalman ZM-F4 135mm Multipurpose Fan Review and brand name on their devices, phone manufacturers, K-Description: Weve visited similar offerings from Zalmans Touch, has introduced a phone worthy of not being branded asComputer Noise Prevention System (CNPS) products with the some cheap knock off. Called the W700, this Android phoneZalman ZM-F3-FDB & ZM-SF3, along with the CNPS 9900 has got some pretty nice specs to boot. It packs a dual-coreMAX. We at Legit Reviews have come to respect the Zalman NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, it runs Android 2.2, has 512MB ofproducts we have seen since they perform admirably and live RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 3.8″ display (480 x 800), aup to their claims. Today was no different. Zalmans ZM- 5 megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera,F4 Multipurpose Fan was probably one of the best fans I WiFil, Bluetooth, GPS, FM tuner, and microSD card slot. Ithave ever run into. Its sound was as smooth as butter. It will be released in China mid-April via China Unicom for 3500outperformed most offerings on the market. It also did so Chinese Yuan ($535). No word on whether it’ll hit our storeswhile still remaining quiet and affordable... but we wouldn’t mind seeing phones like these on sale at lowPatriot G2 (GAMER 2) 1600MHz CL9 8GB Review @ Vortez prices.Description: It was at the very end of last year that Patriot Panasonic to ship first-ever 100GB BDXL recordable discMemory announced the commencement of a new series Description: Panasonic claimed the distinction on Monday ofnamed Gamer 2 (G2 for short). This new series of memory, being the first company to ship a BDXL rewritable disc. Theagain, like many of our recent memory product reviews is three-layer, 100GB disc gives users as much as eight hours andfocussed on the new Sandy Bridge platform. Apart from 40 minutes of full-quality, 24Mbps 1080p video they can writetheir attractive price-tag they also have a number of pleasing many times. It should theoretically be tougher than most discscharacteristics - they are extremely low profile, so much so with a coating to guard against fingerprints and scratches.that the heatspreaders are in fact shorter than the modulesthey cover. They are also said to give impressive performance Windows 8 to use Ribbon, Phone 7 design?figures too. Description: Screenshots from early builds of the next version of Windows suggest Microsoft is favouring its Ribbon inteface.Consumer Electronics and Software news Early versions of Windows 8 have popped up online over thePatent Describes OS X Spaces on iPad past few weeks, with the pre-beta code apparently leaked asDescription: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Microsoft sends it to partners.a new patent that describes a system by which Spaces, Apple’s Gaming newssystem for operating multiple independent desktops on onecomputer, might be brought to the iPad. Could this be a WC 11: Clone Wars Season 4 - Grievous vs. Gungans!preview of the merger of iOS and OS X? Description: A teaser for Clone Wars Season 4 shows some cool clips glimpses at whats to come, including a Jedi so badSamsung UN55C9000 55 inch 3D LED TV Review at ass, he has two double-sided lightsabers.Overclockers OnlineDescription: Flip through any magazine and you’ll see that sex Anonymous Declares War on Sonysells and an ultra thin 55″ 3D LED TV is just downright sexy Description: Gulp! Thats the collective reaction Sony likelyin any room! Mouths drop in awe when friends come over and had this morning after receiving a slap to the face fromsee what I have in the living room. Picture quality is just as the hacker activist group famous for taking on the Churchimportant to how a TV looks and the UN55C9000 has one of of Scientology, Anonymous. For its recent actions againstthe best displays Samsung has ever made. The colors stand 10
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePlayStation 3 hackers, including George "Geohot" Hotz,Anonymous has declared war on Sony.Dynasty Warriors 7 To Get Japanese Voices In Free DLCDescription: The US release of Dynasty Warriors 7 will begetting Japanese voices for free in the form of a DLC. The DLCwill be made available via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.The free DLC update will also include additional costumes.No release date was mentioned but the developers mentionanother paid DLC is also on its way.Apples 7th generation iPodnano may come with built-incamera Go-Rock SRS 3D surroundSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-7th-generation-ipod-nano-may-come-with-built-in-camera/11797.html Bluetooth mini-speakersApril 5th, 2011 coming to Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/go-rock-srs-3d-surround-bluetooth- mini-speakers-coming-to-singapore/11795.html April 5th, 2011A leaked photo from a Taiwanese Apple-related blog,Apple.pro, shows an iPod Nano with a camera hole. If that isbelieved to be true, this means that the portable digital mediaplayer could also take videos (and even images) like its 5th Taiwanese manufacturer Go-Rock is known for their rangegeneration sibling. of products including cables, power adapters and audio accessories for computers, mobile phones and MP3 players. And the latest product comes in the form of Bluetooth mini- speakers which are coming to Singapore.The picture you see above is taken on Saturday from TaiwaneseApple-related blog, Apple.pro, which is well-known for leakingApples hardware. However, the author could not verify if thisis genuine. It was only a day after Aprils Fool, though it isunlikely this is a joke, seeing how the blog has correctly leaked The Go-Rock SRS 3D surround Bluetooth mini-speakerseach of the previous six generations of the iPod nano past features PumpBass Technology which claims to maximizeyears. the sound bass within limited and constrained space. The speakers may have a small footprint, but feature stereo 3DThe 5th generation iPod nano has received a built-in camera surround audio experience for the audiophiles.from the 4th generation, but the 6th generation which comesin a smaller, squarish form factor has the camera removed. The Go-Rock can connect wirelessly to your iPad, iPhone,Perhaps Apple would bring the camera back to the upcoming tablet PC, notebook PC, mobile phone, PSP or any devices7th generation after much feedback from consumers. that support A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles. On top of that, the speakers also come with two-way power supply, retractable built-In cables, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and a charging USB cable. 11
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 775/ 1156/ 1366 and AMD AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 processors, theSony Alpha 33 DSLR M608 Pro can be found in stores in Europe at a MSRP ofProduction Halted in Japan €48.90.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-alpha-33-dslr-production-halted-in-japan/11794.html News via [Xilence]April 5th, 2011 Sharkoon Unveils AL2 and AL4 PC Chassis Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharkoon-unveils-al2-and-al4-pc- chassis/11792.html April 5th, 2011 German-based Sharkoon Technologies has expanded its line- up of PC chassis with the addition of the AL2 and AL4. SimiliarThe Alpha 33 DSLR camera is Sonys first to feature a in designs, the AL2 (395 x 375 x 180mm) supports all mini-translucent mirror technology though it is not known why the ITX and micro ATX motherboards while the bigger AL4 (480camera was canned in less than a year. x 192 x 430mm) can fit full-sized ATX boards.Xilence Debuts M608 ProcoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xilence-debuts-m608-pro-cooler/11793.htmlApril 5th, 2011Taipei-based Xilence Technology has announced the M608 AL4Pro, adding on to its line-up of CPU coolers for PC. Measuring143 x 136 x 129mm, the cooler boasts four copper heat pipes, German-based Sharkoon Technologies has expanded its line-a copper base, and is equipped with a 120mm PWM fan that up of PC chassis with the addition of the AL2 and AL4. Similiaroperates at 500 RPM to 1,500 RPM. in designs, the AL2 (395 x 375 x 180mm) supports all mini- ITX and micro ATX motherboards while the bigger AL4 (480 x 192 x 430mm) can fit full-sized ATX boards.Taipei-based Xilence Technology has announced the M608Pro, adding on to its line-up of CPU coolers for PC. Measuring143 x 136 x 129mm, the cooler boasts four copper heat pipes, AL4a copper base, and is equipped with a 120mm PWM fan thatoperates at 500 RPM to 1,500 RPM. Compatible with all Intel 12
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Available in silver or titanium colors, they feature external 5.25" drive bays (AL4 - four, AL2 - two), one exposed 3.5" bay, PCIe slots (seven on AL4, four on AL2), pre-installed blue LED fans (front), and and front-side I/O panels with two USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. The AL2 and AL4 can be purchased from major retailers and e-tailers at MSRPs of €44.90 and €49 respectively. News via [Softpedia] I-O Data Readies New External Blu-ray writer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/i-o-data-readies-new-external-blu-ray-AL4 writer/11791.html April 5th, 2011 I-O Data has announced the BRP-U6X, an external Blu-ray writer with support for the BDXL standard. Measuring just 20mm thick and weighing 320g, the slim writer sports a USB 2.0 interface and supports write speeds up to "6x for BD-R (single- and dual-layer), 4x for 34-layer BD-R, 2x for BD-RE, 8x for DVD-R+R and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-R+R DL and DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-R and 16x for CD- RW".AL2 I-O Data has announced the BRP-U6X, an external Blu-ray writer with support for the BDXL standard. Measuring just 20mm thick and weighing 320g, the slim writer sports a USB 2.0 interface and supports write speeds up to "6x for BD-R (single- and dual-layer), 4x for 34-layer BD-R, 2x for BD-RE, 8x for DVD-R+R and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-R+R DL and DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-R and 16x for CD-AL2 RW". Covered by a one year warranty, it comes bundled with WinDVD BD and Nero Express Essentials. The BRP-U6X is expected to hit store shelves in Japan in April at a MSRP ofUS $270. News via [Techconnect] Silverstone Announces DC01 NAS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silverstone-announces-dc01- nas/11790.html April 5th, 2011AL2 13
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SilverStone Technology, well-known for its high performancePC cases and thermal solutions, has released the DC01, a The Daily VR-Zone Newscompact aluminum NAS device. Summary - 1 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--1- april-2011/11457.html April 5th, 2011 In todays news roundup: NVIDIA talks about its plans and hopes for both its mobile Tegra platform and its workstation- oriented Project Denver CPU based off the ARM architecture;SilverStone Technology, well-known for its high performance Tier-1 notebook ODMs are reportedly thinking to cutting outPC cases and thermal solutions, has released the DC01, a the ExpressCard expansion slot from all future designs incompact aluminum NAS device. an attempt to conserve space and cut costs; Images of a mirrorless Pentax camera featuring interchangeable lenses and a retro, rangefinder-esque look has started leaking onto the Internet; Nokia has released the entire source code for the latest (and final) version of Symbian in a bid to keep the mobile operating system alive in the developer community; The recently-released Angry Birds Rio game for smartphones get reviewed, and our sister site SGCafe has published its review on the latest game that has taken the world by storm: Crysis 2. Hardware news Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Description: It has been a few years since Sapphire has put out a new motherboard. Here we are though, getting ready for a look at their first Intel motherboard since the days of the Intel Pentium 4! The Sapphire Pure Black X58 supports USB 3.0, SATA 6, and CrossfireX for starters! Is the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard going to be the right board for you? Read on to find out! Kingston HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com Description: The aesthetics may be slightly different from what we expect from Kingston, but the under the hood of the HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 kit the performance is the same. Testing on a Sandy Bridge system showed that this kit has the ability to offer high speed performance with minimal effort thanks to the plug and play nature of XMP profiles. Corsair TX850V2 850 Watt Power Supply Review Description: Fast forward to today and we now have the Corsair TX Version 2. The specific power supply on theMeasuring 123 x 123 x 33mm, the enclosure runs on a bench right now is the Corsair TX850V2. On the surface,dual-core ARM11 processor, has one 2.5" drive bay, Gigabit the TX850V2 differs little from its predecessor. ConnectorEthernet connectivity, one eSATA and two USB 2.0 ports. It availability remains the same and if it wasnt for the stickeralso supports VPN/ Bit-Torrent clients, and doubles-up as an denoting it as a TX850V2 instead of a TX850W, you probablyiTunes/ DLNA/ print-server. The DC01 is covered by a one wouldnt know they were different. Corsair took a good lookyear warranty and can be found in stores at a cost of US at the internals and decided to make some changes there,$149.99. bringing with it improved efficiency and higher quality DC output. Read on as we take an in depth look at the CorsairNews via [Techpowerup] TX850V2. 14
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAsus P8P67 LE Motherboard Review @ ITShootOut.com input peripherals, so that they operate without so much as aDescription: The P8P67 LE is the baby of Asus’ extensive full- squeak.ATX Sandy Bridge motherboard range. The variant we are Your mobile phone is watching you ... closelylooking at today is one of the B3 editions, meaning it doesn’t Description: While most of us know it is theoretically possiblesuffer from the potential SATA issue that plagued the first for our movements to be tracked by detecting which tower ourgeneration of all P67 motherboards. mobile phone is connected too, it might come as a shock to seeLaptop makers to stop using ExpressCard slots? just how much of a digital footprint we leave as we go aboutDescription: There are reports that some Tier-1 laptop our daily livesmanufacturers are considering dropping ExpressCard ports SteelSeries Scope Pro Gaming Glasses Reviewon all laptops - to reduce size and costs. ExpressCards havent Description: The Scope Pro Gaming glasses by SteelSeries andbeen successful and almost all laptops now include Wi-Fi, Gunnar help reduce eye strain and fatigue while at the sameBluetooth and enough USB ports to make these modules quite time they can improve your gaming performance by reducingunnecessary. glare, improving contrast and enhancing detail.NVIDIA Interview: Tegra 2 and Project Denver - March 31, Internet Explorer 9: Better Than Ever @ InsideHW2011 @Hi Tech Legion Description: On 14th March, a new chapter in the never-Description: Paul at HiTech Legion chats with Nick Stam, ending browser war began. In the blue, Microsoft corner,NVIDIA technical marketing director and Bruce Chan, senior the long-awaited Internet Explorer 9 finally made its officialPR manager of Tegra 2 to discuss the past, present and future appearance. After several months of open testing of betaof Tegra. With the announced Tegra roadmap outlining the versions, we got the finished product, promising highcreation of powerful ARM-based, multi-core, ultra low-power performance and a simple interface, ready to ease your workprocessors that are significantly faster than anything the tech and entertainment on the web…industry could have imagined, how much will the lines beblurred between desktop and mobile computers in the future? Google’s Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From TheHow far is NVIDIA willing to push the performance envelope Webof sub-1W computing? Description: A tipster pointed out the disappearance of the old Google Music Search landing page to us, which doesn’tProlimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez necessarily mean it vanished recently, but I’ve searchedDescription: Prolimatech first came into the market with their everywhere for mentions of Google officially or unofficiallyMegahalem using a very original dual tower that came in a retiring the service and have been unable to find any reportspackage the same size as other traditional tower heatsinks about it. I wonder if simply nobody noticed it was gone, or thatsuch as the Thermalright Ultra Extreme. It proved to be highly my search skills or simply not what they used to be.successful amongst enthusiasts but from our own results itfailed to keep up with Thermalrights offering, its closest Symbian source code released by Nokiacompetitor. Moving on three years from then, Prolimatech Description: Just to confirm with people that they’re finallyhave made tweaks to their design and are ready to take on the done with the aging operating system, Nokia has released thetop coolers once again with their new ultimate Super Mega source code to the latest version of Symbian to the public.iteration, this time facing the Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Originally a job for the Symbian Foundation, Nokia took overSilver Arrow and Venomous X. when the foundation closed its doors late last year. Now the code for the Symbian platform is out in the wild, as wellHIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X TurboX Video Card Review as the SDK and build tools. Now other developers can takeDescription: Today weve got a fancy HD 6870 from HIS; the Symbian and pick up where Nokia left off, and hopefully they’llIceQ X TurboX. Its a bit of a tongue twister, but were fairly be creating something new in the process – maybe a heavilysure were going to love it as it carries that IceQ tag along with modified, homebrew version of Symbian that would makethe Turbo tag, our two favorite from HIS. Before we look closer even Android and iOS users want to use? (Although highlyat the actual card, though, lets check out the package that HIS unlikely) What we do know is that Nokia is finally sayinghas got gone on. Then well see the IceQ cooler theyre using goodbye to Symbian as it prepares itself for the arrival ofbefore looking at the specifications. Well then finally get into Windows Phone on their hardware. Bad news for the Symbianthe performance thats on offer. devices coming out later this year though – when people findConsumer Electronics and Software news out there’s no more love for the operating system from the parent company, will they even be bothered to give those newNexus takes the click out of the computer mouse Symbian phones a shot?Description: The clicking sound we hear when we press amouse button is part of the devices switching mechanism, Pentax NC mirrorless camera spotted with vintage designthat has also become a kind of audible comfort cushion for Description: Corroborating earlier rumors surrounding acomputer users. However, Dutch component manufacturer mirrorless Pentax camera, several press photos have finallyNexus believes that in these days of notebook trackpads surfaced. The images are tied to the model NC-1, which is saidand tablet touchscreens, we no longer need the audible to represent one of the smallest mirrorless cameras to arriveconfirmation that a requested action has been performed – we on the market, while the company is also alleged to be workingcan see it onscreen. The company has now discovered some on a second mirrorless system with a larger build.silent switching technology and installed into a couple of its Gaming news 15
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAngry Birds Rio for Android @ TestFreaksDescription: The birds are back! This time our fine featheredfriends are traveling to Rio to rescue their fellow birds who arebeing held captive by smugglers. Today the Amazon Appstorefor Android was unveiled and with it the release of the newestversion of everyone’s favorite way to pass the time called AngryBirds Rio. I figured I would take a quick look at it for you, it’scertainly worth getting I think.Nintendo 3DS vs Smartphone Gaming: Which Wins?Description: Nintendo has released the 3DS, the nextgeneration of its mobile gaming console and successor tothe immensely popular DS, at an interesting time for mobilegaming, adding 3-D capability, better graphics and a 3-Dcamera to the proven dual-screen format of the Nintendo DS. In addition to those changes, Gigabyte has also added aCrysis 2 Review for PC Marvell 88SE9172 SATA 6Gbps RAID controller which wereDescription: Crysis. The game that made mainstream rigs not familiar with and that doesnt appear on Marvells website.come to a cripple back in 2007. Its lush graphics and physics On top of that we gave a pair of Etron EJ168 USB 3.0 hostthat boast “realism” remains as a visual and performance controllers which means you get two rear ports as well asbenchmark for today’s games and hardware. We find out if two front ports via an internal USB 3.0 header. Finally a VIACrysis 2 is worth the bang for the buck for the hardcore gamer FireWire controller has been added, a feature missing on thein you. P67A-UD3Gigabyte quietly launches theP67X series of motherboardsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-quietly-launches-the-p67x-series-of-motherboards/11789.htmlApril 5th, 2011 The PWM heatsink appears to have shrunk a little bit though and gone is the blue streak of colour found on the P67A-UD3. Finally the colour of most of the rear ports has changed from black to red for some reason and we cant really figure out why. Still, it might make them easier to see under a dark desk, but its the only thing we can think of that would make any sense.Although Gigabyte showed off one of its P67X motherboards As for the P67X-UD3R were looking at Gigabytes new blackat CeBIT in the beginning of March, that board has as yet to PCB and all of the changes done to the P67X-UD3 are carriedturn up, but the company has quietly added a couple of other over here too. In fact, the only difference we can see betweenboards from its P67X series to its website. The two models are the two boards is a different PWM design for the P67X-UD3Rthe P67X-UD3 and P76X-UD3R, both of course using the B3 going up from six to 10 phases and its apparently using Driverstepping chipset. MOSFETs, something the P67-UD3 appears to be lacking. Again were missing the blue colour highlights on the heatsinks of the P67A-UD3R and it also appears like Gigabyte went withAlthough Gigabyte showed off one of its P67X motherboards a pair of smaller PWM heatsinks on the P67X-UD3R.at CeBIT in the beginning of March, that board has as yet toturn up, but the company has quietly added a couple of otherboards from its P67X series to its website. The two models arethe P67X-UD3 and P76X-UD3R, both of course using the B3stepping chipset.So what makes these boards different from the P67A series?Well, from what we can tell there are some small but importantchanges as well as one rather odd one. Comparing the P67X-UD3 to the P67A-UD3 the most visual change is a much largerheatsink on the chipset and also a relocation of the chipsetposition on the motherboard away from the PCI Express x16slots. This has also lead to the SATA ports being moved to thefront of the PCB and theyre now angled at 90 degrees. We cant really see anyone not picking a P67X over a P67A board; unless the P67X are a lot more expensive, but we have a feeling it wont be the case despite the extra features. What 16
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewe dont understand is why Gigabyte is offering two very is that MSI has gone for a different rear port layout that thesimilar SKUs that will compete directly with each other. Were Sapphire card of which pictures appeared earlier this week.still waiting for the P67X-UD4 which showed up at CeBIT,but were sure itll arrive soon enough and it might even getaccompanied by more X series boards from Gigabyte.Is Google making an app thatwould identify peoples faces?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-google-making-an-app-that-would-identify-people-s-faces-/11787.htmlApril 5th, 2011 We presume MSI will offer a couple of different versions and the pictures we have are of the most basic model whichTodays news story comes from CNN, which released a story we believe will be called the R6790-2PM2D1GD5 going byclaiming that Google is developing an application able to MSIs standard naming scheme. Wed also expect to see an OCidentify peoples faces. It is only natural that Google... version at some stage and maybe even a Cyclone or Twin Frozr...has the technical capability to perform such a feat but most II version. MSI has gone for a high-end rear I/O layout withpeople remain sceptical and rightfully fear for their privacy. a pair of DVI ports, a pair of mini DisplayPorts and an HDMI port. The cooler features three heatpipes and is of the sameCNN reports that "Google is working on a mobile application design as MSI uses on a couple of its Radeon HD 6850 cards.that would allow users to snap pictures of peoples faces inorder to access their personal information, a director for theproject said this week." and of course Google claims that "Werecognize that Google has to be extra careful when it comes tothese [privacy] issues. Face recognition we will bring out oncewe have acceptable privacy models in place."We fear to think what kind of new "trend" Googles "FacesApp" might become; people taking pictures of your face at anyrandom encounter and then "Googling" for your personal data(which include your e-mail and phone number) could prove to Youll of course get a copy of MSIs afterburner overclockingbe dangerous, especially for younger people and females. software bundled with the card, but what we cant quite make out from the rendered box shot is what the free bundle is, but it appears to be some kind of adapter or something, possibly a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter. The card is "limited"Exclusive pictures of MSIs to driving four displays at once, but this is unlikely to be an issue for anyone considering this card.Radeon HD 6790Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-pictures-of-msi-s-radeon-hd-6790/11786.htmlApril 5th, 2011 Details of AMDs upcoming Radeon HD 6790 cards havebeen leaking all week and now VR-Zone can offer you the firstpictures of MSIs upcoming card based on the new GPU. Wedont have too many details on hand, but what we do know As for the specifications, well, were expect this to be a stockis that MSI has gone for a different rear port layout that the card so expect the GPU to be clocked at 840MHz, the memorySapphire card of which pictures appeared earlier this week. at 4.2GHz effectively, 800 shaders, 40 texture units, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory interface. AMD is said to be launching the Radeon HD 6790 series on the 5th of April for a price ofDetails of AMDs upcoming Radeon HD 6790 cards have been between S$220-260. For more detailed specifications, headleaking all week and now VR-Zone can offer you the firstpictures of MSIs upcoming card based on the new GPU. Wedont have too many details on hand, but what we do know 17
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneover to Nordic Hardware for a full breakdown as well as Sony Ericsson Xperia Arcpictures of Sapphires card. CPU Qualcomm MSM 8255 1 GHz ScorpionSony Ericsson Xperia Memory Internal phone: 320MB Screen 4.2-inches (FWVGA)Arc Review: Super slim Graphics 854 x 480smartphone with great Display Resolution 8.1-MP camera w/ auto focus, LED flashmultimedia experience Connectivity 3.5mm audio, microUSB,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-review-super- 802.11b/g/nslim-smartphone-with-great-multimedia-experience/11775.html Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, aGPS.April 5th, 2011 HDMI Expansion Slot microSD up to 32GB Battery life 1500mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion Talk time Up to 400 hour standby time;It was only last week when we attended the Sony Ericsson Up to 420 min talk timemedia event whereby the company showcased the Xperia Arc, Platform Android 2.3 GingerbreadXperia Neo and Xperia Play Android smartphones. And today, Dimensions 125 x 63 x 8.7mmthe Xperia Arc is officially retailing in stores. So how good Weight 117gis the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? Read on. Latest OS X Lion developer preview features new About This Mac windows Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/latest-os-x-lion-developer-preview- features-new-about-this-mac-windows/11783.html April 5th, 2011 With OS X Lion well on schedule for its eventual release, itSony Ericsson is perhaps one of the few phone manufacturers will be of little surprise that the occasional screenshot leakwho is offering their products on a single platform (Google of Apples upcoming operating system will eventually startAndroid), seeing the company has chosen to drop Symbian making its rounds around the depths on cyverspace. Indeed,OS late last year. In 2010, the company introduced their the latest leaks seem to indicate that certain features in Lionflagship Xperia X10 smartphone which was widely received in will now be presented in what we would possibly call a newcountries including Japan, though one complaint was that the look.phone was preinstalled with a not-so-new Android 1.6 whenother smartphones that were launched were getting Android2.1. (In case you didnt know, a lot of apps including AngryBirds can only run on Android 2.1 and above). Although theAndroid 2.1 update came later, it looks like the company wasplaying catch-up than being one of the leaders to offer theproducts with the latest Android OS. When it comes to creating user interface, it is probably aBut this year, the manufacturer has caught up with the pack safe bet to say that no one makes them like Apple does, andas it is one of the first companies to offer their new range of for good reason. After all, it is hard to for most people toXperia phones with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile fathom how hiding features and options is supposed to resultoperating system. For this review, Sony Ericsson sent us the in a more user-friendly interface that empowers the user intoXperia Arc which claims to be the ultimate smartphone with making well-informed decisions when navigating around theirsuper-slim design and uses Sonys state-of-the-art technology. computers, and yet Apple has somehow managed to pull it off.Before we go on, heres a look at the specifications of the Xperia Of course, this trend is all set to carry on in Apples nextArc. iteration of the OS X operating system, and early developer builds, along with mockup screenshots seems to reinforce 18
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat fact. And with the latest developer build now reportedly April 5th, 2011being made available, it seems that Apples obsession forflashy, graphics-heavy user interfaces is even being extendedto windows as mundane as the About This Mac informationwindow. Gone are the days of staring at a tiny window thatinforms users about their Macs processor, OS version and Today is clearly a bad time for any companies to release anyserial numbers: that information has been given a makeover. legit press releases or information as they could easily be taken as April Fools Day jokes, pranks or hoaxes. Anyway, here are some of the tech pranks we roundup for some good laughs we hope. *Constantly updated* Probably this April Fools Day prank from Razer will take the top spot for now. Razer released a high precision biomechatrioc exoskeleton called the "Talon" that boost your actions-per-minute (APM) from a 100 for a typical gamer to 3000! According to Razer, this thing will learn your primary mouse and keyboard actions and will take over and begin to execute your actions at a lighting fast pace. No wallhacks or any cheating software is needed anymore. Thats what i call the ultimate unfair advantage over your opponents especially in FPS and RPG games. Last but not least, it comes with complimentary Razer Snake Oil that lubricates intense friction coming out of those insane speed. It doubles up as sunscreenGranted, the new About This Mac window definitely looks and pheromone enhancer too. Check out more here.way more prettier than the way its information was presentedto users in pre-Lion versions of OS X, but we could nothelp but feel that this change is only going to appeal to theaverage Joe and not your typical tech enthusiast or IT supportpersonnel, both of whom are more inclined towards seeingthat information presented in simple text entries.Furthermore, considering that the information listed onthe windows shown above are anything but end-usercomprehensible (most people wont even know that DDR3memory sticks come in different speeds, nor do they needto), it seems that these changes are only there to let OSX users enjoy the fact that their system specifications arepresented in nicer looking windows than their Windows-usingcounterparts.Source and images: Ars TechnicaApril Fools Day Tech PranksRoundupSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/april-fools-day-tech-pranks-roundup/11785.html 19
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone teamed up closely with SandForce and has run G.Skill Phoenix EVO through a wide range of rigorous tests with the latest firmware. All Phoenix EVO drives only use strictly selected original flash chips from key suppliers to guarantee the top reliability and stability.G.Skill Unveils Phoenix EVO115GB SSDSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-unveils-phoenix-evo-115gb-ssd/11784.htmlApril 5th, 2011 Although 2xnm based Phoenix EVO requires more over- provisioning space and less performance comparing with G.Skill current 3xnm based Phoenix Pro drive, it certainly is a great choice for cost effectiveness and delivers a positive G.Skill today announces its new Phoenix EVO SSD using impact on affordability for the customer. On the other hand,SandForce SF-1222 controller and 2xnm NAND flash chips. all G.Skill Phoenix Pro drives still use only 3xnm flash ICs toThe Phoenix EVO drive contains 115GB with rated speed of guarantee the consistency of rated performance and capacity.read/write 280/270 MB/sec, and will be available via G.Skillauthorized distribution partners in early April. “The performance benchmark of G.Skill Phoenix EVO is listed on G.Skill official website. With the information transparency, consumers can easily choose the right product according to their desire and budget” said Wales Tsai, the G.Skill SSD product manager. G.Skill Phoenix EVO SSD comes with 3 years warranty and the G.Skill technical team is always ready to provide consumers with complete technical support via online forums, telephone and email. AFOX leaks news of unreleased NVIDIA GT530Taipei, Taiwan 1st April 2011 - G.Skill International Co. graphics cardLtd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/afox-leaks-news-of-unreleased-nvidia-solid-state storage with solid quality, today announces its gt530-graphics-card/11782.htmlnew Phoenix EVO SSD, utilizing the performance leading April 5th, 2011controller SandForce SF-1222 and high quality 2xnm NANDflash chips. The Phoenix EVO drive contains 115GB with ratedspeed of read/write 280/270 MB/sec, and will be available viaG.Skill authorized distribution partners in early April.Keeping pace with the flash manufacturers’ transition from If this was an early April Fools joke, chances are that NVIDIA3xnm to 2xnm, G.Skill has utilized 2xnm flash chips for is not going to be very amused about it. And if it were theits award winning SSD, Phoenix family. To ensure the best real deal, we can see even more reason for NVIDIA to initiateperformance and reliability during the transition, G.Skill has panic mode and attempting to cover up the news soon. 20
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApparently, a Hong Kong manufacturer of enthusiast-gradehardware known as AFOX has leaked in spectacular fashioninformation about an unheard-of GT530 graphics card. Truthor hoax? You decide.Poor NVIDIA just cannt seem to break away from its recentstring of bad luck lately. Barely a few days after news brokeabout the companys recently launched GTX590 graphics cardcatching fire and going up in a puff of smoke when usingpress drivers, up comes another issue for the GPU processormanufacturers PR team to deal with. To further rub salt to NVIDIAs wounds, AFOX has alsoApparently, a Hong Kong-based AIC known as AFOX released a detailed list of the GT530s specifications, as shownwhich specializes in enthusiast-grade hardware such as below:motherboards and graphics cards has gained a large amountof global attention over details of a certain NVIDIA GT530graphics card posted on its website. Now, this would not havebeen a problem until one takes into consideration the fact thatthe GT530 is an unheard-of GPU...until now, that is. Needless to say, news of this supposed leak on AFOXs part has gotten the enthusiast community all excited about a potential entry-level GPU from NVIDIA. However, as NVIDIA has not released any official statements confirming or rejecting the existence of such a card, along with the fact that hackers have yet to find any reference to such a card in NVIDIAs driver strings, wed advise readers to take this information with a pinch of salt until more information is forthcoming. Microsoft Windows 8 to come with backup feature similar to OS Xs Time Machine? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-windows-8-to-come-with- backup-feature-similar-to-os-x-s-time-machine-/11781.html April 5th, 2011 When it comes to restoring ones PC to an earlier state, there are usually two main methods of going about it, with each method being specific to the kind of operating system 21
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebeing used on the machine. However, leave it to Microsoft Last but definitely not least, leaked screenshots of the testto improve on its restoration solutions for the upcoming builds of Windows 8 have already surfaced online, courtesy ofWindows 8: rumour has it that the Redmond giant is planning Russian website Winreview.ru:to take system restoration to a more user friendly level...bymaking it similar to Apples Time Machine.Once in a while, we get so carried away with our PCs thatwe accidently do something to it that necessitates a completesystem restoration, either to an earlier restore point or to acompletely clean factory image. And for the most part, thereare usually two known methods for doing so, each specific tothe users operating system. Windows users will undoubtedlybe aware of the OSs built-in System Restore feature, while OSX users will swear by Time Machine.While most people will be quite hard pressed to deny thatWindows System Restore function is usually capable offufilling its intended tasks, the same cannot be said aboutits usability. After all, System Restore does not have its owndedicated user interface to make backups and restorationeasier; as such, non tech-savvy users are more inclined toignore the feature altogether rather than spend time learninghow to master it. And it is this situation which Microsoft isseemingly aiming to nip with the new Windows 8, for therumour mill has churned out news that the upcoming versionof Windows will sport a backup and restoration feature similarto that of OS Xs Time Machine.Of course, with the information about the new Time Machine-esque feature being nothing more than a rumour right now,there are virtually no details about what this feature will benamed in the final build of Windows 8. However, ITmedia isspeculating that the new feature will allow for the automaticbackup of a users content on a regular basis, as such, this willallow for the restoration of both the system state and the userspersonal content, of which the latter is not available in thetypical System Restore feature.In other news, Microsoft has reportedly started offering testversions of Windows 8 to developers, but adventurous userswould do well to avoid downloading these builds due to thefact that these copies can only be activated with a single-usecode. In theory, this measure will prevent such test builds fromleaking onto BitTorrent, as most downloaders will be unableto activate the operating system. 22
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone in its report that it has contacted PopCap Games, withChinese company rips off the latter claiming that it has never granted ShunXiangPopCaps Plants vs Zombies Technology any permission to use the games title, characters or artwork.gameSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-company-rips-off-popcap-s-plants-vs-zombies-game/11780.htmlApril 5th, 2011Is there anything that the Chinese cannot clone? Well,apparently not, especially when you are talking about acountry which has been known to rip off just about anythingthey can get their hands on. And in the latest instance ofblatant disregard for copyrights, a Chinese company hasseemingly raised the bar by performing a near-complete rip offof PopCaps popular Plants vs Zombies game.Plants vs Zombies. Most of us would have played that gameat least once during the past few years since it was launched,right? After all, simple as it may be, the game always seems tohave some weird appeal that keep s drawing people back to itevery once a while, especially when said gamers feel the needto take down some zombies without having to deal with theblood and gore found in most zombie-themed games.Unfortunately, it seems that PopCap Games is also startingto realize that the popularity of its titles also means that thegames it publishes are prime targets for theft and clones, andwhat a particular company in China did recently probablyhas to take the cake where theft of copyrighted materials areconcerned. Apparently, this company, known as ShunXiangTechnology, has released an arcade version of Plants vsZombies, which, at first glance, appears to be nothing morethan a complete rip off of the original PopCap title.Just like the original title, this version of Plants vs Zombiesplays exactly like PopCap Games version, although it comeswith a few minor differences. While the original title was asingle-player game, the arcade version allows for up to fourplayers taking part in some friendly zombie carnage, and thecharacter artwork appears to slightly different.However, these minor differences are not going to change thefact that ShunXiang Technologys version is an unauthorizedderivative of the original. Indeed, Game163.com has claimed 23