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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #20


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

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  • 1. April 12th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! in that time weve seen the Black Edition series created from VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the company; a series that has had some of the best looking covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. cards around. I say best looking as I havent had the chance to look at one until today. Today we see if the Black Edition is all bark and no bite, or if its bark is just the entrée to a menacingThe Daily VR-Zone News bite for mainSummary - 12 April 2011 Antec Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid Cooler @ Benchmark ReviewsSource: Description: Since Corsair popularized their version ofapril-2011/11859.html Asetecs "LCLC" (low cost liquid cooling) system back in 2009,April 12th, 2011 it seems that every time you look, another variation on the theme appears. Other manufacturers have leapt into the fray, and Antecs initial entry into the market, the Kühler 620, impressed us with its amazing performance. Now Antecs introduced a new product, the Kühler 920. At first glance it seems very similar to Corsairs Hydro H70 product, but AntecIn todays news roundup: Intel is attempting to close the distinguishes their offering with exceptional performance andgap with ARM with tablets powered by its Oak Trail and features.Cedar Trail processors; XFXs Radeon HD 6870 1GB Black Cubitek HPTX Tank Review @ VortezEdition graphics card gets reviewed; Microsofts Bing has Description: The Tank series features 3 different designs, wereportedly secured 30% of the search engine pie, all of it at will be taking a look at the biggest of the 3 today - HPTXthe expense of Google; Cisco has killed off its Flip business Tank. As with all the cases in this series, the HPTX Tank isunit to focus on its enterprise-centric networking offerings; fully aluminium. It is wide, allowing up to 190mm tall CPUAIKA SEA officially goes live today, and Microsofts Xbox 360 coolers to be installed and can house XL-ATX motherboardsconsole will reportedly start hosting free-to-play games on its such as GIGABYTEs G1 Assassin and EVGAs SR-2. Being ableXbox Live service. to house such big hardware also means long graphics cards canHardware news also be installed within the HPTX Tank, in fact up to 340mm of clearance is available! With lots of cooling, lots of space andAntec Kuhler H20 920 CPU Water Cooler Review @ Legit lots of features Im expecting some good results from this case,Reviews Lian Li ought to be very afraid.Description: Of the self contained kits we have tested theCorsair Hydro H70 is what we would consider the Antec Intel seeks "relevancy" with Oak Trail tablets, talks up CedarKuhler H2O 920 water coolers closest competition. The Trail insteadCorsair Hydro H70 is the second generation self-contained Description: Intel has admitted that it has significant groundwater cooling kit that was designed in part by Asetek. The to catch up in its aim to become “relevant” in the tablet marketAntec Kuhler H2O 920 is the third generation self-contained this year, with hopes pinned on the release of its Oak Trailwater cooling kit that was also just happens to designed by platform, for now, at least.Asetek. Due to the fact that Asetek helped design both CPU Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 4000 Sandy Bridge Systemcoolers it makes sense that their newer product cools better Review @ Legit Reviewsthan the previous model. The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 on the Description: What can be said about a full system that doesextreme setting out performed the Corsair Hydro H70 at every exactly what we expected it to do? More specifically, what cantclock frequency that we ran the Intel Core i7 930 processor at... we say! In short, this system pretty much rocked the socks offXFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Black Edition Video Card Review of everything I am currently using in my main system. Time forDescription: Who wouldve thought wed ever be looking at an upgrade. Well, first Ill have to convince the wife that a shinyXFX cards based on an AMD GPU? Its been a long time new CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 is worth skipping asince weve looked at something from XFX. Going through our few meals. Im not saying that the CyberPower Gamer Xtremecontent archive, it was August of 2007 and the victim was the 4000 is expensive; quite the contrary. If you were to purchase9800 GTX+. So much has happened since then, though, and 1
  • 2. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneall of the parts to build a comparable system at, Since it’s meant to be taken outdoors for serious running ityou may just be surprised... won’t be just any touchscreen but a waterproof one. It is also responsive enough so that it can be operated with runningPatriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Review @ gloves on. With features such as a pace, distance and timeDescription: Supersonic is the name and… probably, going fast meter, a heart rate monitor, and the ability to race with friendsand stuff, its it’s… Anyway, here’s a review of another Patriot who aren’t even in the same country, the Forerunner 610 isflash drive. It’s got a 32GB capacity, USB 3.0 functionality and designed for the serious runner.its Quad Channel. Read on to find out how it performs.Memory module firms enjoy rebound in March revenues Cisco kills Flip camera business to refocus on networks Description: Cisco today axed its Flip camera division in aDescription: Taiwan-based memory module houses bid to bring the company back into shape. The companyTranscend Information, Power Quotient International (PQI) provided few details but said its new "network-centricand Apacer Technology have reported sequential growth platform strategy" meant the former Pure Digital group had toin revenues for March 2011 of 54.1%, 43.2% and 33.9%, be closed. Those on the FlipShare service would be supportedrespectively, joining fellow company Adata Technology that through a "transition plan," though Cisco didnt say what thatalso enjoyed a substantial rebound in March sales compared the prior months levels. Google acquisition of PushLife could teach Android to singConsumer Electronics and Software news: Description: Google has acquired media synchronizationMicrosoft Bing Controls 30% Of Search Market, Google Slowly software developer PushLife in a deal that reportedly cost theSinking search giant $25 million. Its likely that PushLifes technologyDescription: Microsoft has secured 30% of the search market, will be used in Googles upcoming music service for Android.largely at Google’s expense, according to data from Experian Gaming newsHitwise. AIKA SEA Goes Live TodayMophie iPhone 4 Juice Pack Plus Review @ Description: Following the closed beta test a fortnight ago,Description: We had the opportunity to review the Mophie Asiasoft is finally putting the official tag on AIKA SEA. That’sJuice Pack Air for the iPhone 3GS back in 2009. The model we right, the game is launching today, in fact now. AIKASEA willwill be looking at today is the Juice Pack Plus, but they also also be featured at the upcoming Asiasoft Games Festival 2011offer a slightly cheaper Air version. The difference being the (ASGF 2011) to be held in conjunction with Licence 2 PlayPlus model has a 2000 mAh battery capacity vs. the 1500 mAh 2011, Suntec City Hall 401 from May 27-29.of the Juice Pack Air. The Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 3GSsported a 1200 mAh batter capacity. This additional capacity Free-to-Play Games Headed to Xbox 360does increase the overall size slightly, though it seems to be Description: Free-to-play games are already a very successfulfairly minimal. business model on PC (particularly in Asia) and soon they might become even more successful by expanding to XboxStudy: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Live. IGN reports that free-to-play games are headed to XboxYear On Unnecessary Contracts 360 next year, opening the door for games like FarmVille andDescription: A new study says that smartphone users are Battlefield Heroes to come to Xbox Live.overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars eachand every year. The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes Ocarina of Time 3Ds Release Date Revealedthat people are overspending primarily because they’re on Description: Its the news that so many have been waiting for.contracts that wildly overshoot their needs. People have Nestled gently just inside a press release sent out by Nintendoa habit of signing up for contracts with far more voice of America this morning was the official release date for Theminutes than they use, and it’s primarily for this reason that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the highly anticipatedsmartphone users are paying much more than they need to. In portable remake of Links first polygonal adventure.other words, double-check your statement to make sure you’reon the right contract.GIGABYTE T1125N 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook Eyes on Asus new IPS and 3DUnboxing displaysDescription: The GIGABYTE T1125N is an 11.6" convertible Source: with a docking station. It comes in two varieties displays/11862.html- a Core i3 U380 with the CF1 designation at $1,099 April 12th, 2011and the CF2 with the i5 U470 for $1,249. Both sportdiscreet graphics featuring NVIDIAs GeForce 310M DDRIII512MB with support for NVIDIA Optimus Technology. Wevemanaged to get our hands on the Core i5 version for anunboxing which features a nice added extra - a very highquality neoprene sleeve and of course the docking station.Garmin Forerunner GPS watch gets a touchscreen Earlier today we attended Asus unveiling of its new range ofDescription: Garmin has just announced the launch of a new IPS panel based LCD displays, of which three are consumerGPS watch – the Forerunner 610, and it sports a touchscreen. models and one is a new professional model which should suit those with a slightly more constrained budget. Finally Asus 2
  • 3. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealso showed off a new 3D display with a built in IR transmitter while you end up paying NT$8990 (S$388) for the IPS basedwhich should have a certain appeal to those interested in ML239H which is a small price to pay if youre at all concernedgetting a 3D Vision display. about the colour reproduction of your display.Earlier today we attended Asus unveiling of its new range ofIPS panel based LCD displays, of which three are consumermodels and one is a new professional model which should suitthose with a slightly more constrained budget. Finally Asusalso showed off a new 3D display with a built in IR transmitterwhich should have a certain appeal to those interested ingetting a 3D Vision display. AMD and Fresco Logic gains USB 3.0 certification Source: certification/11860.html April 12th, 2011First up, lets take a closer look at the new consumer leveldisplays in the new ML series. The actual physical design ofthe new displays is identical to that of the current ML seriesof monitors which has won the company a good design award.In fact, pretty much every single feature apart from the panel Its been a slow progress, but were finally starting to get someis the same, so what were looking at are 22, 23 and 24-inch alternatives to Renesas USB 3.0 chips and today the USB-IFmodels with LED backlight, HDMI and D-sub connectivity and also announced the first USB 3.0 certified chipsets courtesy ofa 3.5mm audio jack for sound output from audio carried over AMD. Fresco Logic also got its FL1009 USB 3.0 host controllerthe HDMI connection. The three new models announced today certified today which is a viable alternative to Renesas two portare the ML229H, ML239H and ML249H, all with 1920x1080 solution and it will allegedly bring better performance at lowerresolution and a 5ms grey to grey response time. cost, all of which sounds like good news to us. Its been a slow progress, but were finally starting to get some alternatives to Renesas USB 3.0 chips and today the USB-IF also announced the first USB 3.0 certified chipsets courtesy of AMD. Fresco Logic also got its FL1009 USB 3.0 host controller certified today which is a viable alternative to Renesas two port solution and it will allegedly bring better performance at lower cost, all of which sounds like good news to us. The USB-IF has certified the USB 3.0 host controller built into AMDs upcoming A75 (desktop) and A70M (mobile) Fusion Controller Hubs (FCH) and the long of the short is that AMD now has not only the first, but also the second USB 3.0 certifiedThe key differentiator between the TN and the IPS models is chipsets, although neither has been officially announced bythat the TN models have model numbers that ends with an 8, AMD as yet. The press release doesnt really give away muchML248H for example, whereas the IPS models ends with a 9 in terms of details, but we already know that AMDs high-endas in ML249H as an example. We wish Asus couldve made FCHs will support four USB 3.0 ports.this a little bit more obvious, as its not going to be easy to tellthe difference without knowing the specifics. The IPS sporting As for Fresco Logic, well, the company is now going tomodels have a wider dynamic contrast range of 50,000,000:1 have to find some key partners to work with, especially in(dont read too much into that figure) than the TN models the motherboard and notebook industry. The company haswhich “only” manages a contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1. Price already had some success in the notebook market spacewise the difference is much smaller than we expect and we with its older FL1000 single port PCI Express 1.0 USB 3.0managed to track down some local retail pricing in Taiwan implementation, although its new FL1009 PCI Express 2.0where the ML238H with a TN panel goes for NT$7390 (S$319) dual port host controller should prove a lot more appealing. 3
  • 4. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThis is also the first xHCI 1.0 USB 3.0 host controller topass USB-IF certification and if demos weve seen in the past The Nokia X7 is an entertainment-focused smartphone withare anything to go by, we should see a decent performance a large 4-inch display ideal for gaming, and an 8-megapixelincrease over whats currently on offer. camera for capturing pictures and high definition-quality video. The Nokia X7 is feels solid and comes preloaded withIn related news, Fresco Logic has also demoed its USB 3.0 the popular Galaxyon Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD controller at IDF Beijing which supports real-timestreaming of uncompressed 1080p video at 30fps. Its not clearas to which products well see this in, or when it will actuallylaunch, but hopefully we should be able to get some hands on Adobe announces Creativetime with it at a later stage to see what benefits it offers over a Suite 5.5: not a "Service Pack"USB 2.0 1080 capable webcam. Source: not-a-service-pack-/11857.htmlNokia unveils E6 and X7 April 12th, 2011smartphones for businessusers and mobile gamersSource: 12th, 2011 Point-updates for certain popular applications and programs are sometimes considered as the software equivalent of Service Pack updates for Microsofts Windows operating system. However, Adobe wants to make it clear that the new development schedule which it has embarked upon for its industry-standard creative suite of software has little to do with the Service Pack method, and that the new CreativeIt will be some time till we see the Windows Phone Suite 5.5 which it announced today at a media event held at7 devices from Nokia. Meanwhile, the Finnish company The Screening Room is every bit a full-fledged release as itshas unveiled two new smartphones today, the Nokia E6 and predecessor was. VR-Zone brings you the coverage.X7, aimed at business users and entertainment enthusiastsrespectively. When it comes to dealing with software, it is almost impossible to leave the topic of software updates out of the conversation.Nokia today announced the E6 and X7 smartphones designed After all, users would do well to remember the number one rulefor business professionals and entertainment enthusiasts of software; there is no such thing as purchasing the latest andrespectively. The two devices are the first Nokia smartphones greatest copies of a application, as major updates will alwaysto be equipped with the updated Symbian software, with new find their way into the equation. And we do not have to searchicons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, far for examples of how this culture has affected our computinga faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps. life: just look at Microsoft Windows and its Service Packs if youFollowing on from Nokia’s highly successful E71 and E72 will.devices, the Nokia E6 is a sleek business smartphone with a full Of course, this also applies for smaller-scale, not-so-critical-QWERTY keypad and a high-resolution touchscreen display. but-still-essential software, where point-updates are oftenDesigned using premium materials such as glass and stainless considered as the software equivalent of Service Pack updatessteel, the device offers exceptional battery life and the best out- for Microsofts Windows operating system, simply becauseof-the-box Microsoft messaging experience, including access point-updates sometimes come with added functionality andto Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and features to enhance user productivity and experience. AndMicrosoft SharePoint. this is precisely what Adobe has done for its software with 4
  • 5. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneits announcement of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 for creativeprofessionals. Sony announces Memory StickAccording to Vicky Skipp, Adobes regional manager for PRO-HG Duo HX with HighSouth East Asia, the introduction of CS 5.5 highlights boththe companys shift in business model and product release Speed Data Transfer Source: with the adoption of mid-cycle releases for Creative duo-hx-with-high-speed-data-transfer/11856.htmlSuite. April 12th, 2011 Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announced their new Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX that boasts high speed data transfers of up to 50MB/s. which is ideal for users who want to capture full high definition or 3D videos. The Memory Stick will be available by end of April."Adobes mission is to change the world through digitalexperience...Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 is all about allowingcontent providers to create their content once, and thendelivering it across multiple platforms and devices," she said,while adding that post-PC era devices such as smartphonesand tablets will feature heavily into the enhanced workflow inAdobe Creative Suite 5.5. This will allow content producers tospend lesser time on tweaking their content for consumptionon non-PC devices, as CS 5.5 can automatically optimizecontent for display and consumption on various popularmobile platforms."Traditionally, Adobe has a technology refresh cycle of around Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announced the new Memory18 months. With the introduction of CS 5.5, that cycle will Stick PRO-HG Duo HX that offers fast data transfer speeds atbe extended to 24 months, which means that we are going an affordable price. It features high performance with speedyto have a lot more dot releases so that we can keep up with data transfers of up to 50MB/s, making it ideal for taking burstour customers evolution and changing needs," she added, shots with an Alpha DSLR or shooting full high definition andwhile explaining that the new cycle for CS 5.5 allows Adobe to 3D movies and photos with Sony’s new range of Cyber-shot"introduce newer technologies more frequently". cameras and Handycam camcorders.However, Skipp was quick to point out that despite its The Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX features a new andadoption of a longer development cycle and dot-release intelligent flash memory controller called the “HX Engine”schedules, users should not see point-release versions of which maximizes the capability of high-performance flashCreative Suite as the Adobe equivalent of Microsoft Windows memory and enhances data-transfer efficiency by increasingService Packs and wait only for the latest point-release . the internal clock that handles data processing.This is due to the fact that, unlike Windows, the needs of thecreative world are always evolving with the introduction of With its improved transfer speed, the Memory Stick PRO-HGnew platforms, and that each point-release is meant to address Duo HX is perfect for high resolution action photography invarious new requirements that may crop up in the midst of the continuous burst shooting modes, with the ability to capturecompanys 24-month release cycle. up to 190 shots with NEX-5 in a minute. Furthermore, it handles the speed and capacity requirements for not just the"The rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones has taught us Handycam, but also the new demands of AVCHD video and 3Dthat Adobe needs to be quicker in responding to the industrys capture capabilities for the new Alpha and Cyber-shot models.needs. If we wait 18 months for the next release, it is verypossible that Adobe might be out of the game in various The Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX also comes with AVCHDsegments by the time it happens," she explained. Memory Card File Rescue software. Available as a free download, the software enables the retrieval of photos, music and movies that were deleted by mistake for greater peace of mind. Users of the Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX can also download x-Pict Story for free. This fun and easy-to-use 5
  • 6. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesoftware allows users to create unique slideshows of theirfavourite pictures, synced to effects and music and shared withfriends and loved ones.The new Memory Stick HX will be available in Asia Pacificfrom end April 2011, in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities.Pricing information not released at press time.HTC Flyer scheduled to retailin May, pre-order price of £600 - VR-Zone.comSource: 12th, 2011 Logitech launches Wireless Mouse M325 Source: m325/11854.html April 12th, 2011The HTC Flyer is the companys latest 7-inch Android tabletdevice which was showcased at Mobile World Congress inFebruary this year. According to news sources, the tablet isscheduled to retail in May and available for pre-order now. The Wireless Mouse M325 is the latest addition to Logitechs line of mice peripherals and features a precision scroll wheel and contoured shape that provides comfortable use. It will be retailing in Singapore at the end of this month.The HTC Flyer looks to be a slightly different breed of tabletdevices on the market - it isnt using Android 3.0 or has a 10-inch display.UK reseller Clove Technology has started accepting pre-ordersof the HTC Flyer tablet and the price tag is 600 UK pounds,which is slightly higher than most tablet devices. CloveTechnology has expressed that the HTC Flyer will be retailingmid April while another reseller, Carphone Warehouse hassaid that the tablet will be selling in May. At press time, therehas not been any official word on when exactly the HTC Flyerwill be on shelves. Today, Logitech announced the Wireless Mouse M325 thatThe HTC Flyer sports a 7-inch display (1024x600), which features a precision scroll wheel with up to four timesis similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Instead of dual-core as many ratchets as a standard scroll wheel for smootherprocessors, it is equipped with 1.5GHz single-core processor. scrolling. Based on the contoured shape of the best-One unique feature of the HTC Flyer is it comes with selling Logitech Wireless Mouse M305, the Wireless Mousean optional "magic pen" that lets users draw, paint, write, M325 lets you scroll down a page quickly.highlight and even retouch pictures. The precision scroll wheel contains 72 tiny, rugged ratchets that let you have the precise control whether you are viewing websites, spreadsheets, slideshows and other presentations. The Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 also includes Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking, so you can forget about your laptops touchpad. Plus, with up to 18 months of battery life and a three-year limited hardware warranty, you can virtually forget about replacing batteries. The tiny leave-in plug-and- 6
  • 7. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneforget Logitech Unifying receiver allows you to connect up to Faster than ever HD content transfer speed with 3.5” hardsix devices. drive supportThe Wireless Mouse M325 works with Windows XP, Windows The O!Play Gallery can be upgraded to house a 3.5” hard driveVista and Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X 10.5 or later and with a fast SATA 6Gb/s connection, also becoming a large-Linux kernel 2.6. capacity storage device. Users can transfer media content via USB 3.0 from PCs to the O!Play Gallery, up to ten times fasterPricing and Availability compared to USB 2.0. They offer the faster speeds needed toThe Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 will be available in endApril for a suggested retail price of S$39. handle high definition content, resulting in a smoother, more enjoyable experience. The O!Play Gallery also includes the MyLife calendar function which can quickly organize photosASUS launches O!Play Gallery to create photo diaries and share with other people easily.HD Media Player Rich online entertainment services with Netflix, YouTube and GracenoteSource: The O!Play Gallery is built around abundant onlineApril 12th, 2011 entertainment services such as Netflix (US only), YouTube, thousands of online TV stations and radio streams, Flickr, Picasa and much more. The O!Play Gallery also includes a Gracenote software* interface which turns the media player into a powerful audio library manager by providing access to the online Gracenote database so users can access metadataASUS has launched their latest addition to its O!Play line of of their music library. Extensive metadata support meansmedia players for home entertainment enthusiasts. Known as album covers, artwork, information and even genres becomethe O!Play Gallery HD Media Player, it promises to take "all- available and viewable on the big screen.around high-definition enjoyment" to ones television set with Full HD 1080p and Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel supportthe help of a variety of features. The O!Play Gallery supports the most popular formats, evenMedia players are by far one of the few devices which allow for ISO format, in HD quality. Audio is projected in spectaculareasy plug-and-play home entertainment, and ASUSs new O! 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD surround, which easily integratesPlay Gallery media player is no exception. Recently launched with home surround sound setups and brings out the full audioby the Taiwanese electronics giant, the O!Play Gallery boasts experience with no compromise or loss of fidelity. Users arecapabilities to bring HD-quality home entertainment to ones guaranteed an impeccable performance in every aspect of theirtelevision set, thanks to a variety features found in it. multimedia. *Installed 3.5” hard drive is required to use the Gracenote service. No information about the O!Play Gallerys pricing or official release date has been announced yet, so do check back for updates. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 11 April 2011 Source: april-2011/11850.html April 12th, 2011Enjoy your iPod and iPhone content on large HDTVs withintuitive controlsEntertainment on demand! The O!Play Gallery allows usersto plug and play media content from an iPod and iPhone infull HD on the living room TV, with no additional softwareneeded. The intuitive remote control with a built-in rotarywheel bundled with the O!Play Gallery helps users make their In todays news roundup: ASUSs GeForce GTX580 DirectCUmultimedia experience fun and easy to use. II graphics card gets reviewed; Intel is once again attemptingO!Direct – the most direct way to multimedia enjoyment to compete with ARM by launching the new Intel Atom Z670 processor meant for use in tablet devices; Asrocks 3D-capableThe ASUS exclusive O!Direct function offers consumers fast Vision 3D HTPC gets reviewed; Windows 8 will reportedlyand reliable one-click streaming of content from PC to TV. feature both a built-in PDF reader and access to a WindowsHassle-free streaming brings broader enjoyment in the living App Store; The Xbox 360 version of the latest Need Forroom in both wired and wireless modes, without the need for Speed game, Shift 2 Unleashed, gets reviewed, and CapcomUSB storage devices and their storage restrictions. 7
  • 8. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehas announced that the company does not have any plans to Description: The Thermolab Trinity may be a step down fromlocalize Ace Attorney Investigations 2 at this point of time. their excellent Baram 2010 but it comes bundled with a pre- installed high-speed 130mm PWM fan and at the same time itHardware news does perform quite well, not to mention it also costs less.ASUS GeForce GTX580 DirectCU II: The Ultimate Choice @InsideHW Intel launches Atom Z670 for tablet devices Description: Intel has enjoyed significant success with itsDescription: ASUS is a company reputed for going all the way Atom processor in netbooks, however as tablets becomes thethrough with its ideas; once they’ve decided to create a specialproduct (or product series, for that matter) and present it to next big cash cow the firm is in danger of sitting back and doing nothing while ARM takes all the glory. Therefore Chipzillasthe market, they achieve what they had in mind. This is the Atom Z670 processor is likely to be one of the firms mostcase with their own rendition of GeForce GTX580 DirectCU important chips in a long time.II, which has been redesigned in every way, all with the goalof separating the card from competitors in mind, with both Consumer Electronics and Software newslow temperatures and overclock capabilities. Even the world- QPad 5K Gaming-Mouse and HeatoN Mousepad Review onfamous overclocker Shamino managed to set a record on this Technic3D (German)card; you can read more about this in a separate box. This Description: (Machine translation) The QPad "5K" Gaming-card is aimed at users who don’t restrain from paying good Mouse und "HeatoN" Mousepad arrived Technic3D. We willmoney for quality and now exactly what quality means. ASUS check the QPad Laser Mouse with up to 5040 cpi and 7 Buttonshas done their part of the job flawlessly and we really can’t say in the following Review on Technic3D.that we have anything to reproach to this card... Thermaltake TTeSports CONKOR and DASHER Mouse PadsSeagate Constellation.2 2.5” 1TB SATA / SAS 6Gb/s HDD Review @ MadshrimpsReview @ Real World Labs Description: Both TTeSports Conkor and Dasher mouse padsDescription: In today’s review/comparison we put the latest from Thermaltake come with simple but modern designs,Seagate Constellation.2 1TB Serial ATA drive up against and are built from high quality materials. The included carryits Serial Attached SCSI brother for the sole purpose of pouches are a plus for people that go frequently at LAN Parties,determining which type of interface is faster, more reliable and but also protect them from dust accumulation.most suited for your needs. Asrock Vision 3D HTPC @Hi Tech LegionMSI GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Lightning Overclocked Video Description: The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC was designed toCard Review deliver cutting edge home theater technology in a compactDescription: Kicking it up a notch in price and performance, form factor. The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC uses an Intelthe MSI GTX 580 Lightning could well be the card for you, “Arrandale” mobile processor, paired with an NVIDIA GTbeing of course based on the high end GTX 580 GPU. The 425M GPU, instead of the typical Intel Atom processor foundLightning series is all about overclocking, though, so we want in most pre-built HTPCs. The components of the Asrock Visionto find out just what this series can do for the GTX 580. 3D HTPC are compactly housed inside a thick, heavy, anodizedCooler Master USNA 95 Review @ ocaholic aluminum enclosure. A slot-loading Blu-ray or DVD drive canDescription: With the USNA 95 Cooler Master has a very small also be found inside, with a 2.5” 7200rpm HDD for storagemulty purpose notebook power supply in its portfolio. When and 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, upgradeable to 8GB.plugging in different tip it is possible to make the USNA 95 The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC is not only capable of 3D mediacompatible to a very wide range of notbooks. Unfortunately it playback with 7.1 HD audio support over HDMI 1.4a, butdoenst support Apples Mag-Safe mechanism as well as some users can also enjoy media encoding and even 3D Vision videoDell notebooks. gameplay.Sentey GS-6400R Arvina PC Case Review @ Windows 8 to Have Built-in PDF ReaderDragonSteelMods Description: WinSuperSite and Within Windows have anotherDescription: Today for review I’ve got a PC case from a new Windows 8 feature to share. Soon, you may no longer needcompany called Sentey, it’s the GS-6400R Arvina and it’s a big to install any extra software to view that ever popular PDFcase with a ton of room in it. The case has a built-in card reader format, thanks to an integrated PDF reader called Modernand an SATA port on the top that works with the included Reader that will ship with Windows 8SATA data and power cables that come with the case. The Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones @ TestFreaksArvina has more than enough room for the largest of video Description: A few years ago, almost three to be exact, Icards, along with space for five hard drives. reviewed the Future Sonics Atrio M5 earphones and I foundThermaltake Armor A30 MATX Case Review @ Vortez them to be an excellent product. To this day my opinion hasn’tDescription: Aimed primarily at LAN gamers the A30 aims to changed of them, I still grab them first even though I’ve gotcombine compact dimensions with high performance installs. many others to pick from. Future Sonics though isn’t he typeA rugged and aggressive looking design is the name of the of company to leave well enough alone and they just had togame here and will hopefully attract users of all kinds looking go an improve upon on one of the best sounding earphonesfor the performance edge! on the market. Aesthetically they haven’t changed, the internal workings have been improved with a new version of theirThermolab Trinity CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs proprietary drivers that offer a wider range of frequencies and just all around better specs. The set or kit I have today is the 8
  • 9. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonespecial edition that is green, this kit features packaging made April 12th, 2011from recycled materials and a carrying case made from usedrubber inner tubes.Nokia C7: Beautiful = Forgivable @ InsideHWDescription: The C-series has always been treated by Nokiaas the “entrance” category, the initial step into the phoneworld. Roughly translated into numbers from the previous Its been a long time coming, but Intels tablet and fanlessera, the C-series would cover models marked 1xxx to 5xxx. netbook specific version of its Oak Trail platform has finallyThere’s even a division within the C-series itself, with models launched and is now known as the Atom Z670 CPU and thefrom C5 upwards being smartphones with the Symbian SM35 chipset. Were looking at quite a few changes here, evenoperating system. The currently leading model from the C- compared to Intels previous Z-series Atom processors and theseries, namely C7, is supposedly Nokia’s last model based on SM35 chipset is interesting all on its own. For those waitingthe S³ platform… for smartphone solutions from Intel, well, youll have to keepWindows App Store shots allegedly leak out, already disputed waiting, as thats what Intels 32nm Cedar Trail will bring laterDescription: Talk of an app store in Windows 8 was this year.rekindled Monday after a post showing whats supposedlyearly screenshots of the portal. So far titled the Windows App Its been a long time coming, but Intels tablet and fanlessStore, it would have its own dedicated portal app to browse netbook specific version of its Oak Trail platform has finallycategories and charts. Cnbetas copy had a sidebar that would launched and is now known as the Atom Z670 CPU and theboth show the installed apps as well as a way to manage the SM35 chipset. Were looking at quite a few changes here, evendownload queue. compared to Intels previous Z-series Atom processors and theGaming news SM35 chipset is interesting all on its own. For those waitingNeed For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Xbox 360 Review for smartphone solutions from Intel, well, youll have to keepDescription: Just like the Shift game from two years ago, the waiting, as thats what Intels 32nm Cedar Trail will bring lateraim of this title is to take the Need for Speed series in a this year.more realistic direction. High speed police chases are replaced The Atom Z670 CPU will be joined by the Z650 CPU andby wheel to wheel racing in proper racing cars rather than the only difference here is clock speeds where the Z670 ishigh powered exotics. You really do need to leave the old clocked at 1.5GHz and the Z650 at 1.2GHz. Both models areNeed for Speed behind before taking Shift 2 on, as its such a single core with Hyper-Threading support and 512KB of L2quantum shift and a few decisions that were made during its cache. Both models are 32-bit CPUs and have a limit of 2GBdevelopment have kept it from being a must play game. of single channel DDR2 800MHz memory. The TDP is a mereWill There Be Only One Console in the Future? 3W, although this is still far from the best Atom processorsDescription: When Denis Dyack argued in favor of a "One and even last years Atom Z625 which is also clocked atConsole Future" during the 2007 Games Convention in 1.5GHz comes in at 2.2W, although the two new additionsLeipzig, Germany, it was the first time many gamers had heard measures the same 13.8x13.8 as the earlier Z600-series Atomof the term. The public reaction was less than welcoming, with processors.cries of monopoly and stagnant evolution at the forefront ofcounter-arguments. Nearly four years later, consoles are asdivided as ever, but were seeing some strides that suggestDyack may have actually been right all along.Capcom: No plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2 atthis timeDescription: If youre eager to find out about the ongoingadventures of Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, and KayFaraday (like we are), we have some possibly distressing newsto report. Capcom is currently denying any plans to localizeAce Attorney Investigations 2. During a recent "Ask Capcom"video, VP of strategic planning and business developmentChristian Svensson answered a question about the game prettyflatly: "The answer is no. Sorry about that." Intel claims that the new Atom processors will handle 1080p video playback thanks to an integrated hardware accelerated video decoder which is part of the Intel GMA 600 which isIntels Atom Z670 CPU lands part of the Z600-series Atom processors. We should also seealongside the SM35 chipset improved battery life thanks improved SpeedStep support and more advanced Deeper Sleep power states. The new CPUsSource: as well as the SM35 chipset are all based on Intels 45nmalongside-the-sm35-chipset/11852.html fabrication process. 9
  • 10. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe SM35 chipset brings with it lower power usage and asmaller package at 14x14mm compared to 17x17mm for theprevious generation chipset. Intel has stripped out a lot offeatures here though, such as PCI Express which is nowhereto be found. On the other hand the SM35 still offers SATAsupport which makes it an ideal candidate for a wide range ofSSD solutions. Its also offers up to four USB 2.0 ports, IntelHD audio support, HDMI 1.3a support as well as SDIO 2.0 andeMMC 4.3 support.We should hopefully be getting details of the first devices basedon the new platform very shortly, as IDF Beijing kicks off latertoday and wed expect at least some of Intels partners to showoff their new products there. Intel has already announced thatEvolve III, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Motion Computer, Razer and Viliv The board is somewhat limited when it comes to expansionhave a range of products which will start to arrive from next options; although as with all H61 boards it has four SATAmonth based on the Oak Trail platform. The question is if 3Gbps ports. It also has two full-size DIMMs unlike somethe Oak Trail platform will be enough for now to counter the models that rely on SO-DIMMs. The single expansion slot inonslaught of ARM based tablets that has started to arrive in the this case is a PCI Express x1 slot, so dont expect to be ablemarket, although Intels recent support for Googles Android to upgrade the graphics on this board. The only other usefulplatform might tip the scale to Intels advantage, at least more feature on the board is a pair of USB 2.0 headers for a total ofso than Windows 7 and MeeGo, simply based on the wide four ports.uptake of Android and general consumer acceptance.MSI launches its H61I-E35mini-ITX boardSource: 12th, 2011 Around the back youll find a pair of PS/2 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a D-sub and HDMI port and finally three audio jacks. We feel like MSI could at least If youve been waiting for an affordable mini-ITX board for have added another pair of USB 2.0 ports around the back,Intels Sandy Bridge processors, then MSI might have what low cost board or not. Something we noticed in passing is thatyouve been waiting for in the shape of the H61I-E35 which MSI seems to have replaced its H67 mini-ITX board whichis its latest LGA-1155 motherboard. It might not be the most was shown back at IDF last year with the H61I-E35 as the twofeature rich board out there, but this should also allow MSI to carries the same MSI model number. This is a shame, as thekeep costs down to that of a very reasonable level. H67 model featured angled SATA ports as well as a mini PCI Express slot at the bottom of the PCB which wouldve made it a more suitable home server solution.If youve been waiting for an affordable mini-ITX board forIntels Sandy Bridge processors, then MSI might have whatyouve been waiting for in the shape of the H61I-E35 whichis its latest LGA-1155 motherboard. It might not be the mostfeature rich board out there, but this should also allow MSI tokeep costs down to that of a very reasonable level.As the model name gives away, the H61I-E35 is based on theIntel H61 chipset which by default makes it a budget solution That said, Intels 1k pricing puts the H61 at US$13 less thanas far as Sandy Bridge motherboards are concerned. That said, the H67 chipset which is a huge difference not only for thenot everyone needs a board with everything but the kitchen motherboard maker, but also for the retail price. The H61I-E35sink and MSI has come up with a board that should appeal to is listed for about €66 (S$120) which makes it the cheapestthose building a home media server for example. LGA-1155 mini-ITX board weve seen so far, but only by a small margin of about S$5.50 compared to Intels own DH61DL board which offers USB 3.0 connectivity and a mini PCI Express slot as an added bonus, although it only has three SATA ports and a DVI port instead of HDMI. 10
  • 11. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone the F-12C except for the fact that it will dual-boot betweenRumour: Fujitsu to launch Symbian and Android v2.3.dual-booting Symbiansmartphones?Source: 12th, 2011We have heard of various out-of-this-world claims made bythe rumour mill when it comes to popular consumer electronicdevices such as smartphones and tablets, but this particularone which has just come to our attention today is probably in aclass of their own with regards to their credibility. That beingsaid, does anybody fancy a Fujitsu smartphone....and powered Now, we are not going to doubt the fact that Symbian is capableby Symbian? of running on an x86 processor, as working x86 ports of the OS have already been made way back in 2009. And we are also not going to contest that an Atom processor is capable of handling both operating systems: after all, Windows 7 was supposedly developed with netbooks in mind, and this means that the processor used in the F-07C should be sufficiently powerful to run the desktop-grade operating system from Microsoft. Rather, our suspicions stem from the fact that the user-For the most part, users typically understand that there is little interface presented in the image above looks decidedly fake: ithope that an existing, non-open source operating system will is almost as if someone cut out an image of the Unity interfacecontinue to be developed after the corporation which holds the from Ubuntu, changed the wallpaper and added a chunk ofcopyrights (and the underlying source code to it) has thrown Windows icons to pass it off as the real thing. But then again,in the towel. And for those who are unaware, this is exactly we have been caught with wrong predictions when it comeswhat has happened to the Symbian operating system that once to rumours such as this, so suffice to say we will definitely beheld more than 70% of the worlds smartphone OS market keeping tabs on this one.share. While Nokia has promised to keep Symbian alive, evento the extent of announcing an update for the OS that is dueon April 12, most OEMs would be wary about hopping onto a Samsung to launch threeplatform that is seemingly being soundly beaten by the likes ofBlackBerry OS, Android and iOS. Bada-powered smartphonesWith that in mind, it seems that the rumour mill has not this year? Source: its fair share of Symbian-related news yet, and the latest powered-smartphones-this-year-/11848.htmlinformation we have received seems to confirm that fact. April 12th, 2011In what is probably the most unexpected news ever, therumour claims a partnership between the likes of Fujitsu andNTT DOCOMO that will see the former hopping onto thealmost-dead Symbian platform with two smartphones thatwill feature the ability to dual-boot to an alternative operatingsystem. Sure, the whole world has gone goo-goo-gah-gah overAccording to a blog posting made by, the two devices Android, iOS and to a slightly lesser extent, Windows Phone 7will have the model names F-07C and F-12C. That being when it comes to selecting a mobile OS of their choice for theirsaid, it is the F-07C that boasts the more outlandish claim: new, shiny smartphone, and for good reason. However, thereapparently, the F-07C will feature an Intel Atom processor are also alternative mobile OSes out there to choose from, andand a 32GB SSD for storage. And everyone knows what it Samsungs Bada is one of them. Or rather, make it three ofmeans when an OEM crams an x86 processor complete with them: a leaked flyer has seemingly revealed that the Koreansuch a large SSD into an embedded device;that the F-07C will electronics giant intends to launch at least three Bada-basedbe made to dual-boot between the likes of Windows 7 and mobile phones this year.Symbian. On the other hand, almost no information exists for 11
  • 12. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo the mobile operating system scene is being dominatedby three very powerful players: Google with its Android AMD posts job listing foroperating system, Apple with its iOS and lastly, Microsoft with Android driver developers: aboth Windows Phone 7 and to a lesser extent, Windows 7.That is great and all, for choices are always good for both sign of impending changes toconsumers and developers; users are not forced to committo one particular platform, while competition ensures that fglrx? Source: are kept on their toes in delivering quality products driver-developers-a-sign-of-impending-changes-to-fglrx-/11846.htmland user experiences. April 12th, 2011However, this does not mean that there are only threeoperating systems available for mobile users to choose from.While it is true that the aforementioned platforms are the mostdominant in the market today, there are also other smaller- Well, look at what we have got here. Apparently, AMD isscale operating systems that fill various niches, and Samsungs starting to feel a little left out of the entire smartphone andBada is one of them. And it seems that Samsung is going ahead tablet game, and has since taken steps to ensure that it doesto pull out all the stops to ensure that Bada does not fade away not lose out on too much of the rapidly shrinking pie while itsfrom the competition like a distant memory: a recent leak has rivals are busy churning out mobile-friendly products. Afterindicated that the Korean electronics giant has at least three all, that can be the only reason AMD is putting up job offeringsBada-powered phones planned for launch this year. for Android developers, no? It is common knowledge to most people that situated at the heart of the Android operating system for tablets and smartphones is the Linux kernel. And most people who are familiar with the implementations of open-source software and the Linux kernel know what it means when developers from all over the world make contributions or improvements to any operating system which utilizes the Linux kernel. SImply put, there is a chance that some of these contributions will eventually find their way back to the main kernelAccording to a report from, the first of three tree, where they will be merged with the upstream sourcesphones to launch in 2011 will be known as the Samsung to provide a more complete out-of-the-box solution forWave 578 and it will come pre-loaded with a slightly dated developers who which to utilize the kernel for various uses.version of the Bada OS, namely version 1.1 as opposed tothe current version, which is 1.2. In addition, the Samsung And apparently, it seems that the latest announcementWave 578 will feature a 3.2-inch display capable of WQVGA from AMD is about to bring driver support in the Linuxresolutions, a three megapixel camera and standard wireless kernel to newer heights, especially where AMD-based GPUscommunication options such as Bluetooth and WiFi. are concerned. This is because the company has posted a job listing on its website in which it specifically calls forOf greater interest though, are the two mobile phones which experienced Android and Linux developers to apply for theare slated for launch much later in 2011 (September and position of a Linux Driver Development Engineer.November respectively). Based on the image shown above,the model which will be launching in September appearsto be a slightly higher-end model, as shown in the 3.65-inch displaycapable of HVGA resolutions and what appearsto be dual cameras. This is in direct contrast to the modelslated for a November launch, which features a much lower-res QVGA display and a three megapixel camera. That beingsaid, it is interesting to note that all three mobile phoneswill feature NFC technology, a trait which has yet to findmainstream acceptance on most existing smartphones on the According to the listing, the prospective engineer will bemarket today. working with the Linux Base Graphics team, to deliver anLast but definitely not least, no information about pricing and updated video driver stack that can be used on the Androidspecific release dates have been leaked out yet, so do check operating system while keeping "in line with the currentback for updates. development trends in the Android ecosystem". The posting also goes on to say that the applicant will need to be proficient in various programming languages such as C/C++, although it was the requirement about needing at least three years in 12
  • 13. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonekernel-mode driver development which caught our eye, andfor good reason.Most Linux users with AMD graphics cards will be fully awarethat there exists two drivers for use with their hardware: the Launched on 9 March 2011, claims to be theopen-source radeon (or radeonhd) and AMDs proprietary first portal in Asia to utilize Video Resumes – Visumés - in anfglrx. While it is widely known that the open-source radeon interactive manner between employers and jobseekers.driver is completely left behind in the dust when compared The portal creates a professional platform that allows jobto the proprietary fglrx driver module provided by AMD in seekers to differentiate themselves not merely on paper, butterms of supported hardware and performance, radeon also in a more insightful and expressive manner on video, allowingboasts a key advantage that fglrx has failed to match for years: them to get talent spotted by their employers locally andthe ability to run in kernel-mode (aka KMS). And since AMD abroad.has already committed itself to fglrx, it is highly possible thatthe entire Linux Base Graphics team may be working to bring Employers can save time, money and hassle by pre-screeningKMS capabilities to fglrx in order to make it more portable potential candidates, before investing in a face-to-facearound various Linux-based OS. At the least, this will be more interview.efficient than producing a completely new driver stack for As with any new venture, knowing the right information iswhat is essentially another distribution of Linux. integral for success. At Prevview, every registered employer isAnd because newer, more visually-appealing display given an online video branding platform – never before seen inmanagers such as the much-talked about Wayland mandate the market. This comes fully equipped with a short corporatethe use of KMS drivers, being able to make the entire fglrx video(s) and tidbits about the company, including “gettingdriver stack kernel-mode compatible will not only make the hired” tips. Giving out information about the company and itsdriver more portable, but more futureproof as well. In the hiring criteria allows them to attract suitable job candidatesunlikely event that desktop Linux distributions eventually and desired talents to the company.decide to drop the X Window system in favor of something Being an integrated communication platform, Prevview giveselse like Wayland, a KMS-capable fglrx driver stack will allow its users an avenue to share information and directly engageusers to transition from one display manager to another with employers in conversation via Reviews (on schools, industries,minimal hiccup to their productivity. employers and internships), Interview Questions and even “InOf course, this is nothing more than just speculation on the the Shoes of” blogs from working professionals. All of whichoutcome of fglrx now that AMD has decided to evolve its driver provides insider information to job seekers that would helpstack in order to allow the company to get into the whole them integrate into the working world easily.Android game, and it could be possible that we are just reading Much like Facebook, Prevview understands that privacy istoo much into the job requirements. Well, one can only wait crucial to all users. As such, the portal is equipped with securityand see. measures to ensure confidentiality of the user’s information. Jobseeker profiles can only be searchable by employers is Asias first they are given the choice to allow their profile to be LIVE. Those with searchable profiles can also choose to blockinteractive job portal to unwanted viewing.feature video resumes What can jobseekers expect?Source: Dedicated Profile Pageinteractive-job-portal-to-feature-video-resumes/11847.html Jobseekers are given a profile page to upload their visumé,April 12th, 2011 cover letter, resume, portfolio, and reference letters, which showcases their personalities and soft skills inexpressible on paper. In-Depth Information about Employers Jobseekers can learn more about Prevview’s Employers byWhile there are many job recruitment websites for job hunters watching their HR Video and other information.and employers alike, none of them are offering video resumes Updated Job Postingsyet, considering we are going beyond the age of text and With a comprehensive search function, Jobseekers will be theimages. Well, claims to be the first job portal in first to hear about available jobs and apply for them.Asia to offer video resumes. 360 Degree View of Candidates 13
  • 14. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEmployers are given a holistic view of their potential Seems like the good folks over at Mozilla are not going tocandidates through downloadable personal details and quick be taking their time with new browser releases now the theand secure streaming of candidates’ visumés. browser wars are starting to heat up yet again. According to some development notes left in the browsers GIT repositories,Visumé Guide users might be able to see a brand new version of Firefox makeJobseekers will be provided with a comprehensive video guide its way out of Mozillas development labs by as early as Juneas well as Visumé tips and articles. this year, or only a mere three months after Firefox 4 wasCommunication Bridge launched back last month.Jobseekers can participate in exciting and thought-provokingEmployer Reviews, discussions and Interview Questionportion where they will be privy to some of the frequentlyasked interview questions.Important and Interesting TipsPrevview uses a lifestyle and interactive approach to educateits users on crafting visumés, cover letter writing, andinterview dress code.What can Employers expect?Streamline Their Recruitment ProcessVisumés enable pre-screening and shortlisting of potentialcandidates which cuts down the initial interview process. Witha professional search and viewing platform, employers cansearch for potential candidates anytime, anywhere.360 Degree View of Candidates Getting used to the various new features introduced to a webEmployers are given a holistic view of their potential browser that was only recently updated will probably mostcandidates through downloadable personal details and quick average users some time to pull off. After all, most browserand secure streaming of candidates’ visumés. updates usually introduces some minor changes to the user interface, and that alone will require some time for users toCompany Branding familiarize themselves with. And that does not include otherWith a dedicated branding platform – never before provided under-the-hood changes which users need to get acquaintedin the market – registered employers can showcase their HR with as well, such as new privacy features and more extensivevideo and profile (which includes a Q&A section and “Getting user-customizable settings, among many others.Hired” tips) to attract the most suitable talents. However, it seems that all of that will no longer be a factorImmediate Job Postings & Search Functions when it comes to Mozillas new release schedule for its FirefoxEmployers can post job advertisements and search for web browser. According to development notes hosted on itscandidates via a Content Management System where they can GIT repositories, version 5 of the Firefox web browser willsearch for candidates, post, edit and refresh job postings. feature a much shorter development phase: this is due toValue-Added Services the fact that Firefox 5 lacks what the Mozilla team calls1) Professional and personalised visumés for jobseekers, either development overlap with Firefox Prevview’s studio or at a preferred location.2) Professional HR Video production for organizations.In-Depth Information about EmployersJobseekers can learn more about Prevview’s Employers bywatching their HR Video and other information.Firefox 5 to be officiallyreleased in June this year?Source: 12th, 2011 However, it should be pointed out that this accelerated development schedule only applies to Firefox 5, and that Firefox 6 will revert back to the old schedule, where each phase of the cycle will undergo six weeks of development: 14
  • 15. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone moaning and groaning about how these superior clones which cost only a fraction of the real deal never make it out of the great walls of China. And unfortunately for fans of such Chinese clones, it seems that the latest consumer electronic device to leave the factory will be something worth groaning about where its global availability is concerned. Apparently, a new tablet sporting the Think moniker has emerged, and is said to be designed with the business user in mind, just like how the original Think- branded products produced by a certain OEM are.Last but not least, the nightly builds for Firefox 5 havereportedly been made available for public testing already.While the builds have been signed off as being nothing morethan alpha releases of Firefox 4.2, we have got word fromTechCaverns report that these builds are actually the pre-release versions of what will eventually be known as Firefox5. Of course, these builds are also highly unstable due to thefact that they have not been tested, so download at your ownrisk; we cannot be held responsible for computers and the dataresiding within its hardware going up in smoke at the click ofa mouse button. According to a report by Giz-China, the Thinkbook is a business-centric tablet powered by the Android operating system and will be made available for sale in two different sizes. The smaller of the two features a seven inch screen and uses a Rockchip 2818 CPU for its processing needs, however we cannot help but feel baffled about GizChinas claims that the tablet only features a measly 25MB of RAM. Of course, there is a chance that this could merely be a typo on GizChinas part, and that the tablet will actually come with 256MB of memory instead. The device is also relatively thin, with a height that measures a mere 11.6mm. On the other hand, little detail has been announced about the larger version of the Thinkbook, although GizChina claims that"Thinkbook" tablets show up it will feature a 10-inch screen and will utilize a slightly more powerful processor based off the ARM A8 China Last but definitely not least, both models will be sold in aSource: variety of colour choices, namely white, black, dark red andchina/11844.html blue.April 12th, 2011Any computing device with the Think branding stampedon it is expected to feature the reliability and robustness inenterprise conditions that users have come to take for grantedfrom a certain OEM, right? Well, heres a piece of advice fromus: you might want to hold back those expectations a littlejust to be on the safe side, especially if the manufacturer ofthese "Thinkbook" business tablets ever plans to release themoutside of its Chinese domestic market.Keeping track of the large variety of cloned consumer That being said, we should point out that this Thinkbook is notelectronics devices churned out by the factories in China can your typical Think-branded device which hails from the likesbe a very interesting affair. Every once a while, new devices of Lenovo. Rather, GizChina claims that the manufacturer ofwhich appear to be superior than the original in either design the Thinkbook, Tin Chung Digital, has got little to no relationsor hardware specifications (or maybe even both) will magically with Lenovo; this means that the Think branding on thepop out of the factories production line, and we all start tablet is definitely a clear example of unauthorized use, and 15
  • 16. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat the quality and reliability that we have come to expect trip to Jönköping, Sweden to compete in the Season Oneof the genuine Think-branded devices do not apply to the Grand Finals at DreamHack Summer 2011, the world’s largestThinkbook. digital festival from 18 to 21 June. On top of that is the total cash prize of S$2,000.Finally, no details about the Thinkbooks release date andprice have been revealed yet: this is because the tablets The number of participating teams is expected to range fromGizChina were able to play around with were little more than 32 to 64 and will include both Singaporean and Malaysianengineering dummies. So do check back for updates, while players. Registration for the Season One Qualifiers was openedremembering to curry some favor with a Chinese friend in the on 21 March.hopes that he might be able to ship one over to you. AMD A-Series (Llano), SocketLeague Of Legends qualifiers FM1 Picturedannounced Source: pictured/11842.htmlannounced/11843.html April 12th, 2011April 12th, 2011 Chinese website have revealed pictures of anThink youre good at League of Legends? Well, the qualifiers Engineering Sample of Llano, along with the first pictures offor this online multiplayer session-based game has already the FM1 Socket Llano fits into. A CPU-Z screenshot has alsobegun on the Singapore/Malaysia servers since 4 April, and been posted, which refers to a quad core AMD Engineeringthe top two teams will face off on 30 April. Read on for more Sample running at 2.4 GHz, and featuring 1MB L2 cache anddetails. no L3 cache - in tune with what would be expected from a Llano sample.Garena, online game service provider and Southeast Asia’sexclusive publisher of League of Legends, has announced thedates for the qualifiers of its acclaimed online multiplayersession-based game.League Of Legends is a session-based, multiplayer onlinegame where teams of players compete for victory. Built bya veteran development team and the original creators of For the first time, we have clear pictures of the elusive Socket Defense Of The Ancients, one of the world’s most popular FM1.player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elementsof the role-playing and strategy with addictive competitiveaction.The qualifying tournament for the Season One Grand Finals,in partnership with Dells Alienware, will take place on theSingapore/Malaysia server, where gamers will compete onlinefrom 4th to 30th April.The top two teams will then face-off in the finals at theAlienware Launch in Suntec City, Singapore on 30 April tocompete for the grand prize which includes a fully sponsored 16
  • 17. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone of the (Bulldozer) AM3+ processors without spending a single cent. The new Socket AM3+ processors will bring more cores than what the AMD Phenom II line offers, as well as a larger L3 cache and support for more memory. Fabricated using the 32nm processor, these new processors will offer better electrical and thermal specifications than its predecessors. Apart from upgrading BIOSes on existing Socket AM3 products, MSI will publish Socket AM3+-ready BIOS versions (of supporting motherboards) on their website so that end- users can prepare their machines for the new processors.Along with the matching pin structure of the Llano die: The following is a list of motherboards (and BIOSes, if ready) that will support the new AMD Socket AM3+ processors. Motherboard Chipset BIOS model 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX A7640AMS.190 890FXA-GD65 AMD 890FX A7640AMS.I20 890FXM-G65 AMD 890GX A7640AMS.1A0 880GMA-E55 AMD 880G 880GMA-E45 AMD 880G 880GMA-E35 AMD 880G 880GMS-E35 AMD 880G 870A-G54 AMD 870 870S-G54 AMD 870The Llano APU is already shipping out to OEMs, and we can 870A-G46 AMD 870expect desktop and laptop systems based on Llano as early asMay/June. 870S-G46 AMD 870 870-C45 AMD 770For more pictures, you can visit the gallery at ZOL. 760GM-E51 AMD 760G 760GM-P33 AMD 760GMSI announces motherboardswith full AMD Socket AM3+ * BIOSes for the other boards will be released in the near future.compatibilitySource: Reference: MSI Press ReleaseApril 12th, 2011 Exclusive pictures of MSIs GeForce GT 520 card Source: gt-520-card/11839.htmlMSI has announced a list of its current Socket AM3- April 12th, 2011based motherboards that will be fully compatible withAMDs upcoming Socket AM3+ multi-core processors. Byupgrading the BIOS, users will be able to experience thefull performance of the (Bulldozer) AM3+ processors withoutspending a single cent. A table of compatible motherboardsand corresponding BIOS versions after the break. Budget graphics cards might not be the most exciting ofMSI has announced a list of its current Socket AM3-based products, but Nvidia is looking at refreshing its entry levelmotherboards that will be fully compatible with AMDs cards with the GeForce GT 520 in the very near future. Detailsupcoming Socket AM3+ multi-core processors. By upgrading of the new GPU have been leaking via Chinese websites for athe BIOS, users will be able to experience the full performance 17
  • 18. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefew days now and VR-Zone can as first publication bring youexclusive pictures of MSIs N520GT card. Computex Show Girls Come Early? Source: graphics cards might not be the most exciting of early-/11837.htmlproducts, but Nvidia is looking at refreshing its entry level April 12th, 2011cards with the GeForce GT 520 in the very near future. Detailsof the new GPU have been leaking via Chinese websites for afew days now and VR-Zone can as first publication bring youexclusive pictures of MSIs N520GT card. It is not quite Computex yet but we are given a sneak peek of the show girls at their local PC exhibition. We are pretty sure some of them will be present at the main Computex Taipei show in June 2011 and we can expect alot more so stay tune for our Computex Show Girls coverage.In all fairness, the card itself doesnt look like much, althoughwere disappointed to see that MSI has chosen to go with anactive cooling solution on what is likely to be Nvidias newentry level card. The half-height card sports a DVI, HDMI andD-sub connector, so nothing out of the ordinary here. MSIhas gone with 1GB of DDR3 memory which again is a sign ofthis being a low-cost card, but it appears to be using very fewmemory chips to achieve this judging by the fact that none ofthe memory chips are visible.The GT 520 GPU is also known as the GF119 and as with justabout every other entry level card for the past decade werelooking at a 64-bit memory interface. The GPU is reportedto be running at 810MHz with the shaders at 1610MHz andmemory at 1794MHz (effectively), although this is based onleaks from and might not be the actual clock speedsof all cards. Were also looking at 8 ROPs and 48 shaders, againtypical for an entry level Nvidia card. As to when the actuallaunch is, well, wed expect it to be in the next week or two, butwell just have to wait and see. 18
  • 19. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAndroid 3.0 HoneycombTablets Hit Taiwan MarketSource: 12th, 2011Taiwan is blessed with the latest Android 3.0 Honeycombtablets from ASUS and Acer as they are now selling in alocal PC exhibition taking place this week. These proved to beselling pretty well as the lack of Apple iPad 2 in their marketspurs consumers to turn to other (better) alternatives. ASUSsEee Pad Transformer and Acers Iconia Tab A500 are bothpowered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)and sport a 10.1" screen. The 32GB version costs NT$16900(US$583) for the Eee Pad Transformer and NT$18200 (US$628) for the Iconia Tab. If you intend to get the Eee keyboarddock, you can buy it separately for NT$3000 (US$103). Taiwan is blessed with the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets from ASUS and Acer as they are now selling in a local PC exhibition taking place this week. These proved to be selling pretty well as the lack of Apple iPad 2 in their market spurs consumers to turn to other (better) alternatives. ASUSs Eee Pad Transformer and Acers Iconia Tab A500 are both powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Android 3.0 19
  • 20. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone(Honeycomb) and sport a 10.1" screen. The 32GB version costsNT$16900 (US$583) for the Eee Pad Transformer and NT$18200 (US$628) for the Iconia Tab. If you intend to get theEee keyboard dock, you can buy it separately for NT$3000 (US$103).There are still quite a number of other tablets on sale aroundthe show and one particular tablet stands out from the rest isthe Viewsonic ViewPad 10s which is powered by Tegra 2 andsports a 10.1" screen but on an older Android 2.2 Froyo. Itis one of the cheapest 10.1" tablets around at NT$12900 (US$445). The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 8 April 2011 Source: april-2011/11450.html April 12th, 2011 In todays news roundup: Researchers at IBM have reportedly been able to develop a 155 Ghz graphene transistor by using a diamond-like carbon substrate; Elpida has developed a 4- gigabit (4Gb) DDR2 mobile RAM, which employs a 30nm process technology; Microsofts Bing app has gone live for the iPad; Nokia does an about-turn with Symbian by taking down its online distributions of the mobile OS under the justification that the code is still closed-source; The Arcade version of Super Street Figher IV will reportedly be making its way to consoles in the form of a DLC, and BioWare has inked a deal with Funimation to create an anime Mass Effect feature film. Hardware news Crucial M4 / Micron C400 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews Description: Crucial, best known for their memory products, was the first to put an SSD on the market with a 6Gbps interface way back in early 2010 with the C300 drive. Back then, we ran some tests and found it to be impressive when compared with what was on the market at the time. Since then, a lot has changed and there are a number of 6Gbps interface drives on the market now so competition is definitely stiffer this time around. Will it hit them mark using the same controller with firmware and NAND updates? Read on and see. MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB Lightning Overclocked Video Card Review Description: While most companies have a good stand-out series, MSI have an arsenal of them. The Cyclone is great for these lower end mid-range cards; the cooler is quiet and performs very well. You can kick it up a notch and start looking at the Twin Frozr series which tends to be reserved for the higher end cards. Its also quiet, performs well and is essentially a higher end version of the Cyclone series. 20
  • 21. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIBM researchers develop a 155 Ghz graphene transistor using Description: Well here’s an alternative to the HTPC and loungea diamond-like carbon substrate media center, possibly the smallest full scale PC around: theDescription: Researchers from IBM developed a graphene Sapphire Edge Mini PC. It’s about the size of a DVD case andtransistor with a record cut-off frequency of 155 Ghz and the comes packing HDMI out, dual core atom CPU, a 512 MBshortest gate length ever (just 40nm). They used a diamond- nVidia ION 2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 250GB of storage and gigabitlike carbon as the top layer of the substrate on which the ethernet. Should make for an interesting combination. Let’sGraphene is deposited. This material is a great substrate for see how it performs.Graphene. Its a& non-polar dielectric material - so it does not Bing’s Flair For Visual Search Comes To The iPadtrap or scatter charges, doesnt absorb a lot of wayer and has Description: Bing’s iPad app goes live in the Apple App Storeexcellent thermal conductivity. Its also cheap to make and this morning, with Bing’s signature focus on visual search inwidely used today in the semiconductor industry. full force. The new app will feature a different high-resolutionLian Li PC-A04 Review @ ocaholic homepage every morning, with more details about the imageDescription: With the PC-A04 Lian Li has a mATX case in its revealed through image hotspots.portfolio which offers a lot of space for hardware for such a LCD prices set to soarcompact enclosure. Especially regarding the hard drives Lian Description: Major LCD TV brands are expected to increaseLi seems to have made its homework. Of course, like with production during the second quarter of this year, withall Lian Li cases the timeless design alone would be reason monthly production growing by 15 percent from February toenough to wirte an entire review. Furthermore this case can used for a wide area of applications which ranges from astandard office PC to a very well performing gaming PC. Sony accelerates Memory Sticks rate of obsolescence to 50MBpsEurocom launches MXM 3.0b AMD Radeon HD6970M VGA Description: Only Sony -- the company behind the "Musicmodule for High Performance Embedded Systems Unlimited powered by Qriocity" streaming service -- wouldDescription: Eurocom Corporation (, the consider naming its latest flash memory card the "Memoryleading mobile technology developer launches the AMD Stick PRO-HG Duo HX." But once you get past its monumentalHD6970M MXM 3.0b graphics module for embedded systems moniker youll notice that the 32GB (¥17,000 about $200),use. MXM Modules are available from Eurocoms MXM 16GB (¥9,000 or $106), and 8GB (¥5,000 / $59) MS-HXBGroup. series memory cards boast an impressive 50MB per secondVisionTek Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo Card Review @ Real transfer rate as tested by Sony.World Labs Finally, a Decent Honeycomb Tablet For Less Than the iPad 2Description: However fascinating the entire concept behind Description: Okay, maybe its a little too early to say for surethe Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo by Visiontek and Bigfoot just how good the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 is, but theNetworks might be the cards mid-level performance, although specs—1GHz Tegra guts, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage 1280x800enough for casual gamers and HTPC owners just wont cut it LCD screen, 2MP and 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, etc.for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. —put it up there with the elite guard of Android tablets. AndAMD Radeon HD 6450 Launch Review @ its price tag of $450 makes it the first serious cost competitorDescription: AMDs Caicos GPU has arrived ... again, after to Apples ace.being launch as OEM only early this year. Check out the Nokia says Symbian now closed-sourcefeatures and performance of the AMD Radeon HD 6450, and Description: Nokia this week confirmed that its decisionhow the same architecture tweaks seen in the HD 6800 series to take down online distributions of Symbian was actuallydeliver real next generation performance in the $60 price the effective end to Symbian as an open-source platform.point Although it republished the code this month, it has since saidElpida develops 30nm, 4Gb DDR2 mobile RAM it the code was only under a closed-source license and couldntDescription: Elpida Memory on April 7 announced that it be legally used for any purpose without a commercial deal. Thehas developed a 4-gigabit (4Gb) DDR2 mobile RAM, which code was only online to help Japanese phone makers still usingemploys the companys 30nm process technology. The new Symbian and to help existing platform partners, H Online wasdevice features a low operating voltage of 1.2V, achieves a transfer rate of up to 1066Mbps, and uses roughly 30% Gaming newsless operating current compared with stacking two of Elpidas40nm 2Gb products. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Is Coming For Consoles as DLC Description: It looks like an official announcement is comingConsumer Electronics and Software news soon as trailers of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade EditionROCCAT Kulo Stereo Gaming Headset Review @ Madshrimps coming to the console as a DLC is popping out in YoutubeDescription: The latest Stereo Gaming Headset from ROCCAT although Capcom has been fast in taking them named Kulo, is very light (suitable for LAN Parties), and ConsoleTECH have managed to get their hands on a trailercomes with an unique feature: the Automatic Mic-Mute; also, from an anonymous source.the in-line volume control is very handy. Even if it is an on-ear BioWare, Funimation Announce Mass Effect Anime Moviemodel, its confortable even after many hours of use. Description: Legendary Pictures acquired the film rights toSapphire Edge Mini PC Review @ the Mass Effect franchise last year, but before fans see a live- 21
  • 22. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneaction Commander Shephard, theyll see a cartoon version ofthe protagonist. BioWare has inked a deal with Funimation tocreate an anime Mass Effect feature film.NGP Launch Not Impacted by Quake, Sony Now ClaimsDescription: Contrary to what has been implied by thepresident of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sonyclaims that last months earthquake in Japan has had no effecton plans for the NGPs launch.Intel set to expand SandyBridge processor familySource: As for the upcoming Celerons that are set to launch in Q3, soprocessor-family/11835.html far we only know the model names, G440, G530 and G540.April 12th, 2011 Presumably there will be a performance gap between the G440 and the G530, just like there is between the Pentium G620 and G840. Wed hazard a guess that these CPUs will have 2MB L3 cache and were fairly confident that neither model will feature Intel HD 2000/3000 graphics, as the mobile Celerons that have already been launched have a more basic graphics core which drops features such as Clear Video and Quick Sync.According to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look Conversationally Intel only launched a single LGA-1156forward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as Celeron processor, the little known G1101 which never reallyin Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next made it into the consumer space. This means that weresix months or so with a range of new models. In the near future now looking at a serious generation jump from the LGA-775we can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a Wolfdale based Celerons all the way to Sandy Bridge whichlittle bit more long term were looking at a set of new Celeron implies a fairly serious performance improvement, even atprocessors. what is an entry level CPU. Secretly we were actually hoping that Intel would finally lay its Celeron brand to rest, asAccording to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look the company already have enough CPU SKUs and with theforward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as Pentium G620 expected to cost $64 in quantities of 1,000, soin Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next the new Celerons are somehow going to have to fit in at belowsix months or so with a range of new models. In the near future $60 which seems to suggest a very low profit margin on thewe can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a three upcoming Celerons.little bit more long term were looking at a set of new Celeronprocessors. MSI R6870 HAWK breaksBetween now and the end of May we should see theintroduction of the first Pentium based Sandy Bridge world records in 3DMark05processors and four different models are expected, the G620T, and 3DMark06the G620, the G840 and the G850. These models have been Source: the rounds now for a little while, but were finally records-in-3dmark05-and-3dmark06/11834.htmlgetting really close to the launch. The Pentium processors are April 12th, 2011very similar to the Core i3s and the major differentiator is lackof Hyper Threading, although for the time being, Intel appearsto be keeping the Pentiums at clock speeds below 3GHz as well.For those using Intels integrated graphics the bad news hereis lack of support for Clear Video and we dont know if well seesupport for Quick Sync or not in these models.Intel is also expected to launch the Core i3-2105 which to MSIs new HAWK series of graphics cards has receivedall intents and purposes are identical to the Core i3-2100, universal acclaim from both the media and overclockingwith one major exception, it has Intel HD 3000 graphics aficionados. The HAWK series not only has top-notchmaking it the first non-K series desktop processor to get specifications but also comes with a number of MSI-exclusiveHD 3000 graphics. This should make the Core i3-2105 an performance-enhancing features. Using the latest MSI R6870interesting consumer alternative for those that are looking for HAWK, overclocking guru THC from the Danish ODOC teaman affordable system that needs a little bit better graphics achieved a jaw-dropping GPU frequency of 1325MHz last weekperformance than what most of Intels current mid-range with the help of LN2 cooling at -180 degrees. The team wasCPUs can offer. also able to break the highest AMD Radeon HD 6870 GPU 22
  • 23. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonescores for 3DMark 05 and 3DMark 06 with 44563 and 34471 MSI cards as their choice for both performance and qualityrespectively. components. Reference: MSI Press Release ASUS releases new external BW-12D1S-U Blu-ray writer and Xonar U3 Mobile USB mobile(TAIPEI, TAIWAN) - MSIs new HAWK series of graphics soundcardcards has received universal acclaim from both the media Source: overclocking aficionados. The HAWK series not only u-blu-ray-writer-and-xonar-u3-mobile-usb-mobile-soundcard/11833.htmlhas top-notch specifications but also comes with a number April 12th, 2011of MSI-exclusive performance-enhancing features. Using thelatest MSI R6870 HAWK, overclocking guru THC from theDanish ODOC team achieved a jaw-dropping GPU frequencyof 1325MHz last week with the help of LN2 cooling at -180degrees. The team was also able to break the highest AMDRadeon HD 6870 GPU scores for 3DMark 05 and 3DMark 06with 44563 and 34471 respectively. If you are in the mood to expand your desktop or notebook PCs functionality with a few new peripherals, ASUSs latest product launches for the day would probably be of great interest to you. This is because the Taiwanese OEM has just announced two new accessories to enhance a PC users multimedia experience: an external Blu-ray writer known as the BW-12D1S-U, and a new Xonar U3 Mobile USB mobile soundcard. ASUS Demonstrates 3D Blu-ray Leadership with the BW-12D1S-U External Writer New device joins a complete range of Blu-ray products that offers consumers the fastest speeds, exciting 3D entertainment and stylish diamond-inspired designDanish overclocker THC noted that "the MSI R6870 Hawk ASUS has just launched the new BW-12D1S-U, the world’shas increased the phase of the power supply to 8+2 phase, fastest external 3D Blu-ray writer. It enables an easy transitionallowing me to operate extreme overclocking on the GPU with from DVD, the fastest and most reliable Blu-ray burningthe huge amount of current required. With MSIs Afterburner performance, and a unique artistic approach to optical media.triple super-overclocking software, I was able to avoid the riskof damaging the graphics card when making modifications,thus enabling me to effortlessly increase the GPU/memory/VDDCI voltage and break the HD 6870 records for 3DMark05and 06!"The R6870 Hawk boasts MSIs exclusive Propeller Blade fantechnology, which increases airflow by 20%. The 8+2-phasepower supply provides twice the amount of current comparedto the reference design, increasing stability while overclocking.Combined with the triple over-voltage technology, VMEMand VDDCI can be boosted along with VGPU, furtherlifting overclocking headroom. With overclocking-friendlyimplementations, MSI claims its R6870 Hawk has become the All-new BW-12D1S-U Blu-ray external writerhottest Radeon HD 6870 product on the market. With burning speeds up to 12X via USB 3.0, Optical TuningWith THC achieving a record-breaking feat using the HAWK Strategy (OTS) technology for the best writing quality availableseries, MSI hopes that more overclocking enthusiasts will pick and high definition 3D playback, the BW-12D1S-U further highlights the attention ASUS pays to design, arriving in a 23
  • 24. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneform inspired by diamond shapes. It also includes a unique 12X BD-R, 8X BD-R(DL), 6Xblue power indicator for an artistic touch, and features a Write speed BD-R(LTH), 2X BD-RE(DL)matching stand that allows for practical two-way horizontal 8X BD-R(DL), 8X BD-RE, 6Xand vertical placement to help users save space with increased BD-R(LTH), 2X BD-RE(DL),versatility. 8X BD-ROM(DL), 6X BD-Attractive technology encourages transition to Blu-ray Read speed RE(DL) Interface USB 3.0ASUS Blu-ray devices now support 3D playback across therange, offering 2D to 3D conversion and full 1080p HD withno quality compromise. In order to afford an easier and fastertransition from DVD to Blu-ray for consumers, ASUS hasimplemented powerful upscaling of non-HD DVD content to Skype 2.2 comes to Linux...butHD standards. By doing so, ASUS effectively protects the only as a betainvestment by consumers in large DVD libraries over the last Source: and longer. as-a-beta/11832.htmlAudio performance for all Blu-ray content supports both April 12th, 2011Dolby EX and 5.1-channel DTS-HD, offering high definitionsound as part of modern home entertainment setups. Sounddecoding ensures no degradation of original audio sourcesoccurs, so users are guaranteed faithful reproduction and crispsound in every application. One of the toughest things about making the jump to an alternative operating system that is neither Windows nor MacEnhanced Blu-ray writing performance is that there is no drop-in alternative of popular softwareASUS incorporates the finest components and latest applications that WIndows and Mac users always take fortechnologies in its optical drives, leading to output well above granted, and Skype is no exception. After all, while Windowsindustry standards. The current Blu-ray writer lineup offers users are already on version 5 of the Skype client, Linux usersthe world’s fastest Blu-ray burning speeds, with devices now will have to be content with the recently-released version 2.2performing at up to 12X. Additionally, OTS technology ensures of the client for their internet telephony needs. And a betaoptimized burn strategies for each job. ASUS drives go beyond too, at that. Read on for more information about the recently-speed to guarantee fidelity, so burns take less time while released beta for Skype 2.2 for the Linux operating system.always maintaining reliability and complete success rates. Everybody loves to make internet phone calls via Skype, but for Linux users, the ability to do so is often more of a luxury than a tool, and for good reason. After all, most popular software applications available for download today lack a native Linux port, and those that do have Linux ports are usually well behind the Windows and Mac versions.Technology driven by aesthetics Unfortunately for Linux users, Skype is no exception to the rule, and the recently released update to the Linux versionASUS Blu-ray devices take a different approach to component of the Skype client is the best proof of that. While Windowsdesign. Unlike generic optical drives, they bring to the fore and Mac users are happily Skype-ing away on version 5 of theexciting presentation. Drawing inspiration from natural and client, Linux users have to contend with a beta of version 2.2architectural forms, ASUS designers have crafted the most of the Skype client, which was released only just recently.unique Blu-ray drives available for PC while accommodatingnew technology. ASUS optical drives have won several awards, According to a blog posting made by Marco of Skypes Linuxincluding International Forum (iF) design awards in both team, the new beta of Skype for Linux brings a new feature2010 and 2011 and the Taiwan Excellence Award 2011 for the known as Skype Access to Linux users. This feature willnew BW-12D1S-U. reportedly allow Linux users to make use of their Skype credits to connect to up to 500,000 paid WiFi networks globally.SpecificationsBW-12D1S-U external 3DBlu-ray writer 24
  • 25. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAdditional improvements made to the Linux client includesfixes to enhance audio and video quality, along with variousdistro-specific bugfixes such as PulseAudio issues in Ubuntu Yep, that time of the month is about to come again. As mostand visual corruption when attempting to use Skype under people would already be aware, Microsoft follows a strictKDE. schedule when it comes to delivering security patches, andIt is also worth pointing out that while the various packages that strict schedule means that every single patch that theoffered for download are likely to work for most Linux Redmond giant is capable of churning out will be released indistributions available today. This is because we have received one go on a specific day every month, hence the name Patchword that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not supported out-of- Tuesday.the-box due to the fact that Skype requires GLIBCXX_3.4.9 to And if you are already preparing your Windows PC to receiverun, while the latest version available on RHEL is that of 3.4.8. the next wave of security updates from Microsoft when the dayLast but definitely not least, there is still no native x64 client comes, chances are you may be interested to find out morefor RPM-based distributions, although an x64 .deb package is about the patches and the kind of problems they are supposedavailable for Ubuntu and Debian. to fix before actually deploying them. Which is exactly what Microsoft has done with its Security Bulletin Advance Notifications, which has been updated with information about this months Patch Tuesday. In a nutshell, there will be a total of 17 patches for next Tuesdays update which will be used to fix a whopping 64 security vulnerabilities across a wide variety of Microsoft software products. And the bad news is that a good number of these bulletins have been marked as critical, for they are designed to plug various holes in the operating system that could potentially allow for remote code execution. Of note, however, is Security Bulletin #1, which is designed to plug a hole in Internet Explorer from version six to eight.More information about the betas system requirements can Bulletin ID Maximum Restart Affectedbe found in the clients release notes. Severity Requirement Software Rating andMicrosoft to release 17 Vulnerability Impactsecurity bulletins for Aprils Bulletin 1 Critical Requires MicrosoftPatch Tuesday Remote Code restart Windows,Source: Execution Internetbulletins-for-april-s-patch-tuesday/11831.html ExplorerApril 12th, 2011 Bulletin 2 Critical Requires Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows Execution Bulletin 3 Critical Requires Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows Execution Bulletin 4 Critical May require MicrosoftThe second Tuesday of the month is soon upon us, and just Remote Code restart Windowsas we had expected, Microsoft has published an advance Executionnotification of the security bulletins users can expect to receive Bulletin 5 Critical May require Microsoftfor their operating systems when the time comes. And we got Remote Code restart Windowssome news for you: this months Patch Tuesday is not going to Executionbe the lightest of updates. 25
  • 26. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBulletin ID Maximum Restart Affected January, it has been given an Important rating instead of the Severity Requirement Software typical Critical. Rating and Voss has also confirmed that the various bulletins will be made Vulnerability available for download via Windows Update on April 12 at Impact approximately 10pm PDT.Bulletin 6 Critical May require Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows, Execution Microsoft AMD to release Radeon HDBulletin 7 Critical Requires Office Microsoft 6450 for retail? Source: Remote Code restart Windows retail-/11830.html Execution April 12th, 2011Bulletin 8 Critical May require Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows Execution The last time we spoke about the Radeon HD 6450 graphicsBulletin 9 Critical Requires Microsoft card, AMD had stated that this particular card will be exclusive Remote Code restart Windows to OEMs only, which meant that the average DIY-er desiring Execution an entry-level, low-cost 6xxx-series graphics card from theBulletin 10 Important May require Microsoft likes of AMD were essentially cut out of the loop. However, Remote Code restart Office word has it that AMD has since reversed its decision, and it Execution seems like the Radeon HD 6450 will indeed be making its entryBulletin 11 Important May require Microsoft on retail shelves soon. Remote Code restart Office, Execution Microsoft Server SoftwareBulletin 12 Important May require Microsoft Remote Code restart Office Execution For most DIY-ers and hardware enthusiasts, the act of askingBulletin 13 Important May require Microsoft them build a PC with an entry-level graphics card is usually Remote Code restart Windows met with a great deal of incredulity, and for good reason. Execution After all, it would be more economical for users who do not need the power of a dedicated graphics card to stick withBulletin 14 Important May require Microsoft the motherboards or processors onboard graphics, especially Remote Code restart Developer if the user does not intend to make use of his or a PC as Execution Tools and a multimedia entertainment device. And even if they do, Software the state of integrated graphics solutions offered by Intel,Bulletin 15 Important Requires Microsoft AMD and NVIDIA have improved to a point where it is now Information restart Windows possible to enjoy decent-quality content without significant Disclosure slowdowns.Bulletin 16 Important May require Microsoft However, it appears that AMD keen on capturing the segment Remote Code restart Windows of users who want something a little more powerful than the Execution generic onboard graphics solution without having to break theBulletin 17 Important Requires Microsoft piggy bank on a mainstream card that they will never fully Elevation of restart Windows utilize. The solution to that issue came in the form of AMDs Privilege low-profile Radeon HD 6450 graphics card, which features a new Caicos GPU along with many of the features found in theAccording to a blog post by Peter Voss, a senior higher-end 6xxx-series cards, but substantially toned down toresponse communication manager for Microsoft Trustworthy reduce power draw and cost. Still, one tiny problem remainedComputing, the aforementioned bulletin will patch both the with the card: it was only available for OEMs.S.M.B Browser issue which was first publicly announcedway back in February this year, along with the MHTMLvulnerability that was first raised in January. While theS.M.B hole is rated at critical, Voss claims that there hasbeen no known attacks made against Windows and InternetExplorer made through this vulnerability, and that it isthe MHTML vulnerability that has seen limited, small-scaleattacks. However, as the MTHML vulnerability was previouslyclosed in the form of a security advisory released in late 26
  • 27. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone production demands and timeline challenges with the help of NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics solutions. Approximately 450 ILM artists located in San Francisco and Singapore worked on Rango, each on a workstation equipped with NVIDIA Quadro solutions. The artists benefited from the speed of the graphics processing unit (GPU) when using animation tools such as Autodesk Maya, along with a range of ILMs in-house applications. "Whenever youre approaching a film of this scale you need to make your production pipeline operate as efficiently as possible -- especially when it comes to character animation work," said Tim Alexander, VFX supervisor for Rango. "By using NVIDIA Quadro processors and building GPU- accelerated processes into our workflow, we saved a hugeThat being said, AMD has seemingly changed its mind about amount of rendering time."the OEM-only aspect of the card, for various reports have ILMs proprietary GPU-accelerated fluid solver / rendererclaimed that the company has quietly released two variants "Plume" has been used on several films, including Harry Potterof the Radeon HD 6450 for retail. Like the original OEM- and the Half-Blood Prince and The Last Airbender. For Rango,only version, the HD 6450 will feature 160 stream processing new shadow and lighting features were built into Plume tounits, eight texture units, 16 Z/Stencil ROP units, four colour make dust and fire simulations more realistic, contributing toROP units, and will feature either GDDR5 or DDR3 memory. the unique look of the environments envisioned for the film.The GDDR5 version will sport 1GB of memory at speeds of800-900MHz and a slightly faster GPU which is clocked at750MHz, while the slower DDR3 version will feature 512MBof memory clocked at 533-800MHz and a GPU clocked at625MHz. Alexander explains, "If we have a character standing in the key light, hell actually cast a shadow into the dust, smoke or fire.No word about pricing and availability has been made public In the past we would fake those biometric ray-type effects oryet, although various websites have confirmed that both any sort of shading in the composite phase. By using the GPUvariants of the Radeon HD 6450 will retail at sub-US$60 to bake shadows and lighting into the simulation, we savedlevels. a tremendous amount of time and achieved a more realisticFull system specifications for the AMD Radeon HD 6450 effect by having all of the detail of the object thats casting thegraphics card can be obtained at AMDs product page here. shadow actually in the shadow itself." Plume was also used to simulate fire; in one scene, theRango and Quadro: NVIDIAs main character Rango belches flames, setting a saloon patron ablaze. "With NVIDIA GPU acceleration in Plume, wereprofessional GPUs slice render getting real-time feedback on dust and fire. Previously it would have taken one or two days to simulate the same scene,"times substantially continued Alexander.Source: Rangos crowd scenes feature up to 120 variations of 75 keyApril 12th, 2011 characters -- each one with either hair, fur or feathers on their body. In order to accommodate the massive amounts of rendering required to generate the frames, ILM developed a GPU-accelerated process to calculate lighting occlusion. The occlusion data provided a preview of hair or feathers, andIn Rango, the new Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon was fed into Pixars RenderMan renderer for a final pass. Theanimated film directed by Gore Verbinski, visual effects pipeline shortcut resulted in speed increases of up to 100facility Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was able to overcome times, depending on how complicated the hair or feathers wereproduction demands and timeline challenges with the help within a given sequence.of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. Approximately 450 Furthermore, the hundreds of GPU cores in each artistsILM artists located in San Francisco and Singapore worked on workstation also boosted the performance of ILMs GPURango, each on a workstation equipped with NVIDIA Quadro render farm during off-business hours. With "ObaQ", ILMssolutions. Academy Award-winning render queue system, NVIDIA processors were automatically utilized by the render system when an artist logged out at the end of the workday.In Rango, the new Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeonanimated film directed by Gore Verbinski, visual effects "Our ongoing work with ILM to drive GPU optimizationfacility Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was able to overcome for visual effects and CG creation has led to incredible results," said Dominick Spina, technology manager, Digital Film Group, NVIDIA. "ILMs growing GPU integration and 27
  • 28. April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe dramatic impact it has made on their workflow ultimatelybenefits filmgoers, who continue to be delighted by ILMsinnovative visual effects."Source: NVIDIA Press Release 28