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

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

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  • 1. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Scythe Ships Susano CPUCoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/scythe-ships-susano-cpu-cooler/11950.htmlApril 23rd, 2011Scythe has finally released the Susano in Europe, a massiveCPU cooler aimed at overclocking enthusiasts. Measuring 210 x 210 x 160mm and weighing 1,565g, the nickel-plated cooler has a copper base, two aluminum heatsink blocks, twelve copper heat-pipes, and is equipped with four 100mm Slip Stream fans that are capable of speeds up to 2,000 RPM at 37.69 dBA. The Susano, compatible with all Intel LGA 775/ 1155/ 1156/ 1366 and AMD AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 processor, 1
  • 2. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneis bundled with a fan controller and can be found in stores at April 23rd, 2011a MSRP of €89.90. Korean cooling specialist Zalman has unveiled the CNPS7X LED CPU cooler , expanding its portfolio of performance CPUNews via [Techconnect] coolers. Measuring 90 x 127 x 135mm and weighing 345g, the tower cooler has "two V-shaped aluminum heatsinks", threeNVIDIA To Launch Desktop direct contact copper heat-pipes, and is cooled by a 92mm blue LED fan that operates at 1,250 RPM to 1,950 RPM.Optimus / Synergy at The CNPS7X, compatible most Intel and AMD processors, isComputex bundled with a tube of ZM-STG2 thermal grease. Pricing and availability has not been announced yet so stay tuned for moreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-to-launch-desktop-optimus- updates.synergy-at-computex/11946.htmlApril 23rd, 2011 News via [Techconnect] Zowie Unleashes MiCO Gaming Mouse Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zowie-unleashes-mico-gaming- mouse/11944.htmlNVIDIA plans to launch their Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergy April 23rd, 2011at COMPUTEX Taipei this coming June and the best thing isthat it is available freely and no license agreement is needed.This technology works pretty much similar to LucidLogixsVirtu where it allows dynamically swap between iGPU anddGPU based on nature of application and also uses Intel SandyBridge Quick Sync technology while doing video transcodingjobs. Zowie Gear, innovative manufacturer of competitive gaming gear, has unveiled the MiCO, a gaming mouse aimed at both left- and right-handed RTS gamers. Measuring 65 x 40 x 120mm and weighing 68g, the compact mouse features three buttons, an adjustable 400/ 800/ 1600 dpi optical engine, a 2mm lift-off distance, and connects to the PC via a 1.8m cable. The MiCO is expected to ship in June at a cost of EUR 34.90/ US$34.90. ZOWIE PRESS RELEASENVIDIA plans to launch their Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergyat COMPUTEX Taipei this coming June and the best thing isthat it is available freely and no license agreement is needed.This technology works pretty much similar to LucidLogixsVirtu where it allows dynamically swap between iGPU anddGPU based on nature of application and also uses Intel SandyBridge Quick Sync technology while doing video transcodingjobs. Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergy seems to work with anyNVIDIA discrete graphics cards on H67/H61 and Z68 boardswith updated BIOSes and graphics drivers. It is not knownwhos implementation is actually better but NVIDIA solution Zowie Announces New MiCO Gaming Mouse for RTS Playersis available for free while LucidLogixs solution requires There is no one-size fits all for computer gaming peripherals.licensing fee. All gamers are different and we recognize that each and every one of you has different needs and preferences. Therefore it was only a matter of time until we would put our effortsZalman Announces CNPS7X into developing a mouse for competitive RTS gaming. TheLED CPU cooler ZOWIE MiCO is developed for those of you who won’t settle for second best – you want the best from your equipment and seekSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-announces-cnps7x-led-cpu- stability in a high quality mouse that you can trust to alwayscooler/11948.html perform flawlessly. 2
  • 3. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone so we postponed the release to give ourselves time to complete the development process and create a product we can be proudDeveloped together with the Korean powerhouse StarTale, of.ZOWIE MiCO is a reflection of the experience and expertiseof some of the best and most recognized StarCraft 2 players inthe world. During the development of the ZOWIE MiCO, we StarTales gamers are used to playing with 400 and 800 DPIfaced three major challenges we had to overcome. rates, so this was a key point for the development of the ZOWIE MiCO. Where HeatoN put more importance on the lift-off distance rather than the DPI-rates, StarTale felt that having the exact DPI that they are used to is more important to them as RTS-gamers than the lift-off distance. After several months of testing and trashing, we are confident that we have finally succeeded in finding a sensor that lives up to our requirements of quality and functionality, performing flawlessly on all types of surfaces, except for paper and glass. With the ZOWIE custom lens we were also able to achieve a lift-off distance of 2,0 mm.First challenge; the perfect shape for claw-grip usageFinding the perfect shape wasn’t easy, but we are very proudof the result and consider the shape of ZOWIE MiCO as a truepiece of art. It is the result of a very extensive development,where we filmed and photographed the hands of players Ace,Rainbow, Bomber, Squirtle and July while they played, inorder to create a mockup of a mouse that was the ideal averageof the five players. With the mockup in their hands, we wereable to perfect it by making slight changes based on the overallfeedback they provided.Second challenge; the perfect clickOne thing that quickly became clear to us was that the feeling Generalof every mouseclick is very important to a professional RTS The ZOWIE MiCO is a small, lightweight ambidextrous mouse,gamer. StarTale expressed the feeling of the perfect mouseclick which is perfect for gamers who demand ultimate performanceto be like this: from their mice and prefer the claw-grip playing style. • Responsive to easy clicking/light pressure • Upon clicking, button should only travel a short There’s no software for the ZOWIE MiCO. You just plug it into distance before responding your computer and you will automatically be playing with 500 • Provide a clear, firm clicking, so you can feel all of your Hz and your desired DPI-setting between 400/800/1600 DPI. clicksWe realized that we had to develop our own switches in order As we have said before, we are not afraid to try out new things.to achieve the performance we wanted. We had samples of ZOWIE’s R&D team has a lot of ideas on how to improvevarious custom switches developed and gave them to StarTale products by implementing new features and functions to ourto test. We adjusted the leverage of the buttons bit by bit based products. The latest example of this was the new rubberbaseon their feedback, finally achieving what they defined as the which was developed for the G-TF speed, providing a firmperfect click, which is what you will be able to feel in the suction to the table, so the mousepad doesn’t budge unless youZOWIE MiCO today. want it to.Third challenge; the best sensor for StarTaleThe ZOWIE MiCO was originally planned for release late Features:October 2010 so we could reach the Christmas sales, butit was a challenge finding a sensor which lived up to our • Ambidextrous competitive gaming mouse, usable withrequirements of high quality and performance. We felt that we both handscouldn’t release a product that we are not 110% committed to, • Perfect for claw-grip and gamers with small hands 3
  • 4. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • ZOWIE custom lens; 2mm lift-off distance - works on The report goes on saying that as the tablet devices boast all surfaces features similar to netbook PCs, such as small form factor, quick boot, long standby time, e-mail and web surfing, and • Co-developed with professional StarCraft & StarCraft multimedia entertainment, the tablet devices have gradually 2 players from Korea replaced netbook PCs as the consumers primary choice in • Lightweight, fast and accurate optical gaming mouse this product segment. Consumers will definitely be spoilt for • No drivers or software! Just plug and play choice as a slew of tablets from big brands will be showcased during Computex. • Adjustable DPI: 400/ 800/ 1600 NVIDIA Tegra is clearly the leading platform for tabletSpecifications: currently with many design wins such as Acer Iconia Tab, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom etc. However, • Dots Per Inch: 400/ 800/ 1600 Intel plans to challenge its reign with its Oak Trail Platform • Max. Acceleration: up to 30G and a recent DigiTimes report stated that major brands such as Lenovo, Fujitsu and Samsung will be showcasing tablets • Max. Speed: up to 50 inches/second based on that platform. AMD too will enter the tablet market • USB report rate: 500Hz with their Brazos platform and it is reported that MSI will be adopting that platform. • Length of cable: 1.8m / 5.8 ft • Weight: 68g (ex. cable) • Connector: USB • Buttons: 3Availability and MSRPThe ZOWIE MiCO will be available to end-users on the 1st ofJune 2011.MSRP: • DKK 299 • EUR 34.90 Intels Oak Trail platform is made up of Atom Processor Z670 • USD 34.90 (formerly Lincroft Processor) with SGX535 PowerVRCore graphics core integrated and Intel SM35 Express Chipset (formerly Whitney Point PCH). The processor is clocked atCOMPUTEX 2011: Tablets, 1.5GHz, single core but supports HyperThreading. Oak TrailTablets and more Tablets sports a much smaller PCB footprint over Menlow whichSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-2011-tablets-tablets-and- allows smaller form factor, a longer battery life (up to 12 hrsmore-tablets/11943.html of internet browsing), 2X graphics performance improvementApril 23rd, 2011 over Menlow, as well as HDMI, SATA and HD Audio support. However, it doesnt have video encode capability. Oak Trail seems a little weak in the graphics department compared to Tegra 2 and might face more challenges ahead when Tegra 3 comes along. Anyway, long battery life is still the most crucial aspectA recent market research from Taiwan expects that tablet for tablet and Oak Trail is fairly pretty well here. Thedevices will be all the rage at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI OS choices for Oak Trail based tablets are aplenty and it2011. Consumers will definitely be spoilt for choice as a is able to support Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Android 2.3slew of tablets from big brands will be showcased during (Gingerbread), Windows 7, Windows Embedded StandardComputex. Intel plans to challenge NVIDIA with its Oak 2011 (WES 2011) and MeeGo Linux. You should be able to seeTrail Platform and a recent DigiTimes report stated that at least one major brand showing Oak Trail based tablet onmajor brands such as Lenovo, Fujitsu and Samsung will be MeeGo Linux during Computex.showcasing tablets based on that platform. AMD too will enterthe tablet market with their Brazos platform and it is reportedthat MSI will be adopting that platform. You should be able to PC SHOW 2011 Suntecsee at least one major brand showing Oak Trail based tablet on Singapore (June 9th to 12th)MeeGo Linux during Computex. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2011-suntec-singapore-A recent market research from Taiwan expects that tablet june-9th-to-12th-/11941.htmldevices will be all the rage at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011. 4
  • 5. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 23rd, 2011 In a competitive marketplace, your brand and products can’t afford not to be seen at the most sales-focused IT event. • a track record second to none, spanning 20 years • presence of well-known brand names aggressively vying The 21st International Showcase of the Latest Computer for buyers’ dollarsHardware & Software, The PC SHOW 2011 is comingthis June at Suntec Singapore from June 9th to 12th, • exciting bargains that attract consumers to make on-the-12-9pm. Major Brands at The PC Show 2011 include: Acer, spot buying decisionsApple, ASUS, Canon, Creative by C2O Corporation, Dell, • the best time to catch the families and the holiday crowdFujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Oki Data, Samsung, Sony, in JuneToshiba, Western Digital, etc… • high brand recall among consumers • extensive event publicity through advertising, promotions and public relations • Generate sales, build stronger branding exposure and maximize your profits at The PC Show 2011. VENUE Levels 1, 3, 4 & 6 Suntec Singapore 1 Raffles BoulevardThe 21st International Showcase of the Latest Computer Singapore 039593Hardware & Software. Profit from Singapore’s Longest-Running IT and Consumer Electronics Show. The PC Show isThe Ultimate Sales Platform for Industry Players. DATEWith a track record spanning 20 years, it has been THE June 09 to 12, 2011 (Thursday to Sunday)place where buyers and sellers meet and where highvolume of sales is transacted. Increasingly the event is alsoattracting international players to explore exciting business OPENING HOURSopportunities, generate new sales leads, strengthen business 12:00 hours to 21:00 hourspartnership with existing clients and build stronger brandingexposure. LUCKY DRAWThe Best Performing IT Event Lucky Purchaser’s Draw for visitors who purchase or order more than S$50.00 worth of products2010 Show Review during the exhibition. For every S$50.00 purchase, the buyer • More than 600 exhibitors is entitled to a lucky purchaser’s • Over 950,000 bargain hunters draw ticket to be drawn on June 12, 2011. • Over $51.6 million in sales • Who’s Who at the Exhibition DIGITAL IMAGING 2011Major Brands at The PC Show 2011 include:Acer, Apple, ASUS, Canon, Creative by C2O Corporation, Dell,Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Oki Data, Samsung, Sony,Toshiba, Western Digital, etc… The International Showcase of the Latest Digital Imaging SolutionsEnjoy the PC Show Advantage The digital age has spawned a host of innovations that enhance the lives of consumers today. Digital Imaging will bring a 5
  • 6. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewide array of solutions, products, equipment, materials and • GameCubeperipherals for still and video photography buffs. • Game Boy Advance • Game ControllersExhibit Profile • Game Developers/Manufacturers • Digital & Classic Cameras • Hardware for Gamers • Digital Printers & Accessories • Handheld • Power & Lighting • Java Games • Photographic Equipment & Accessories • Mobile Gaming • Camcorders • N-Gage • Darkroom Equipments & Supplies • Nintendo DS • Audio Visual Products & Lenses • On-line Games • Lighting Stands, Supports & Accessories • PC Games • Photo & Video Books & Tapes • Playstation • Film & Processing Equipment • Plastic Modeling • Chemistry • Posters • Scanners Ancillary Equipment • Publications • Colouring & Retouching Supplies • Sega Dreamcast • Frame, Slide Mounts, etc • Video Games • Photographic Services & Supplies • Wireless Adapter • Imaging Processing Softwares • Xbox • Photography Institutions & Courses • Accessories • Publications • Others • Video Imaging (digital/video printer, video frame grabber, video visualizer, film video processors) CONSUMER ELECTRONICS 2011GAME 2011 The International Showcase of the Latest ConsumerThe International Showcase of the Latest Gaming, Animation Electronics& Multimedia Exhibition Consumer Electronics will present the latest offering toComplementary Showcases consumer. Whether it be for personal use, office or home, visitors will be spoilt for choice if they are sourcing for AV and communications products.Adding excitement to The PC Show is GAME, it will ride onthe popularity of computer games among the young and old.The multitude of games has players spoilt for choice. From Exhibit Profilehardware to software, and an exhilarating competition forenthusiasts, computer games is where the action will be. • Audio Visual and Communications Products • Cell Phones & AccessoriesExhibit Profile • Connectors • Digital Voice Recorders • Animation • DVD Recorders/Players • Comics • Home Audio • DVD/VCD/MP3/AV • Home Video & TV’s • Forum • Home Theatre Systems 6
  • 7. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Headphones and networking platform, and a purveyor of the latest trends and technology. • Intelligent home • LCD CTV Lines Exposition is constantly working to improve its shows • Movies and develop new profiles to cater to different industries. In • Mini Disc Players doing so, Lines aims to provide the platform for successful • MP3 Players business transactions all over the world . • Plasma TVs • Personal Audio Rumour: AMD to release • Projector/Projection TV Radeon HD 6750/6770 on April • Remote Security Systems 28th • Speaker Systems Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-amd-to-release-radeon- hd-67506770-on-april-28th/11940.html • Surveillance systems April 23rd, 2011 • Switches • TV-VCR Combo • TV Mounts & Stand • Video Games • View Cam AMD is planning to round off its Radeon HD 6000 series • Wall Mounts with the release of HD 6750 and HD 6770. These cards are already available for OEMs and offer nothing new - they are • Wireless Applications simply rebrands of the 18 month old HD 5700 cards - with the • Others addition of HD3D and HDMI 1.4a. The immense gap between highest end Turks (6670) and lowest end Barts (6790) had left a hole in the HD 6000 line-up which AMD can only fill in withThe Organiser the rebrand. The availability of the HD 6670 remains questionable, as does its price. HD 5750s are tending to the $100 mark and the HD 5770s are available in the $120 range. The HD 6790 isOver the years, Lines Exposition has a track record of staging somewhat overpriced as well, at $150, considering HD 6850ssuccessful trade and consumer exhibitions and it has seen can be had for as low as $165. Simply put, AMD will needLines grow from strength to strength with each profile. Led to drop prices of the HD 6790 and HD 6670, to accomodateby a management with more than 30 years experience, it has the "new" HD 6700 at slightly lower prices than its HD 5700always been creating and organizing shows that meets the predecessors.needs and directions of the industries. AMD has been in a hurry to complete the Radeon HD 6000 - with no less than 6 cards across 4 series releasing in April. TheIts flag ship profile, The PC Show is Singapores longest rumour mill is pushing hard for a Radeon HD 7000 series asrunning and most successful IT and consumer electronics early as Q3. Lets hope a true successor to the HD 5700 seriesexhibition, which draws huge crowds every year. The PC is just around the corner.Show serves as the exhibitors ultimate sales platform and theconsumers favourite one-stop shop for the latest trends andbest bargains. G.Skill RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB DDR3 Kit Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-ripjawsx-1600mhz-cl7-4gb-BeautyAsia is Lines Expositions most prominent trade ddr3-kit-review/11890.htmlexhibition for the beauty, spa and health industries to be held April 23rd, 2011in Singapore. BeautyAsia is well received and has enjoyedconsistent growth over the years. This international exhibitionis a good barometer for the beauty service industry.Incorporating SpaAsia, HealthAsia and NaturalAsia,BeautyAsias comprehensive four-in-one annual event is Having just a fast processor isnt really enough these days; arecognised as an exciting buyer-seller meet, an educational high-speed memory kit can provide quite a bit of performance boost to your bandwidth-hungry Intel Sandy Bridge 7
  • 8. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneplatform gaming rig. VR-Zone.com finds out how much an Designed for Intel P67improvement there can be with the F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)kit from G.Skill. Overclocking included. Speed PC3-12800 (1600MHz)G.Skill, a leading manufacturer of high performance memory, Latency CL7-8-7-24-2Nwas one of the first to introduce new memory kits designed for Voltage 1.5Vthe Sandy Bridge platform. Known as the RipjawsX, there are Registered / Unbuffered Unbufferedover twenty different configurations available for enthusiastsand gamers to choose from for their new rig. Error checking Non-ECC Warranty LifetimeThis weekend, VR-Zone.com tries out theF3-12800CL7D-4GBXM. Well, that is the SKU code, andwe shall call it the RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB DDR3 kitfor simplicitys sake. This particular kit is a matched pair Awind McTiVia Reviewof two 2GB double-sided memory modules, programmed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/awind-mctivia-review/11935.htmland tested for 1.5V operation at 1600MHz CL7-8-7-24-2N. April 23rd, 2011Offering impressive specifications and excellent pricing as itspredecessors, it would be interesting to see if this new kit canperform in the overclocking department. Ever wanted to watch this interesting video online or show off your game scores you have on your desktop on the flatscreen in your living room? Well, you can drag your system out from your room and connect it to your flatscreen display in the living room. Or just get McTiVia. Today, we lay our hands on a unit and test out to see if it deserves its recently awarded "Best of Show Macworld 2011" by both Macworld and Notebooks.com.The G.Skill kit comes in an easy-to-open blister pack and thememory modules can be comfortably popped away from thepackaging. There are many ways that you can display your computers screen to a bigger screen such as your living room flatscreen television. And of course, for various different reasons such as watching online websodes, high-definition video clips from YouTube, or even gaming. The traditional method would be to simply connect your laptop to the screen with a VGA cable, or HDMI cable for newer laptops. But what about desktops? Or what if you want to go cable-free? McTiVia might be your solution to your problems. Not to be confused with a certain dairy product, it is essentially a device that mirrors your computers screen to your HDTV wirelessly. Which means you can view your exact desktop on your HDTVNothing much to see on the other side; we have a short in the comfort of your living room while your computer is inintroduction about the RipjawsX series and a label affixed at another room. Sounds good? Well, it gets better. Besides justthe bottom right corner for you to make sure the right memory being able to mirror your desktop, it also acts as a wirelesskit is in there. access point for your home network and you can control your desktop by connecting a mouse and / or a keyboard with the USB on the back of the device.Here is a quick run through of the G.Skill kits specificationsbefore we proceed further. Even though it looks like a product made for Macs, you might be pleased to know that it works well for PC and you are ableType 240-pin DDR3 to connect up to eight different computers. 8
  • 9. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo it sounds all good so far, but is it really practical and worththe hefty pricetag? Well find out more in the following pagesbut first, a quick look at the specification of McTiVia. Verbatim Introduces SlimTaken right off McTiVias website: External SSD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verbatim-introduces-slim-external- ssd/11939.htmlHardware Specification April 23rd, 2011Processor ARM9 300 MHzDRAM 128 MB DDRFLASH 8 MBWiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2T2RFront Panel Verbatim, manufacturer of various storage media and flash memory products, has unveiled three new ultra-portableLED Indication Power LED and slim external SSDs, expanding its Store n Go productPower switch Power On/Off Button portfolio.Real PanelAntenna 2 external dipole antennasPower Adaptor 5V DC, 2.5AUSB Port Type A USB port *1Ethernet 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet RJ45 Port *1 Auto MDI/MDIXA/V Output HDMI 1.2Mac PC RequirementsCPU Grade Intel Dual Core 1.4 GHz or better (PowerPC not supported) Verbatim, manufacturer of various storage media and flashGraphics nVIDIA or ATI graphic card memory products, has unveiled three new ultra-portable with 64MB VRAM or above and slim external SSDs, expanding its Store n Go productOperating System Mac OS X 10.5+ portfolio.Recommended Models MacBook after 2009-01-21 All series of MacBook Pro MacBook Air after 2010-06-08 iMac or Mac Pro which meets the requirements aboveWindows PC RequirementsCPU Grade Dual Core 1.8 GHz or better (excluding atom processor)Display Adaptor nVIDIA or ATI graphic card with 64MB VRAM or aboveOperating System Windows Vista, Windows 7WiFi 802.11n Available in 32Gb, 64Gb and 128Gb capacities, they are encased in stylish aluminum enclosures and feature a USBPhysical Specification 3.0 interface, delivering data transfer rates up to 190Mb/sDimensions 120mm x 55mm (read) and 175Mb/s (write) (for 128Gb model). They are now 130mm x 65.3mm x 22mm available from major retailers and e-tailers at MSRPs of €99Weight (g) 251g (32Gb), €159 (64Gb) and €279 (128Gb). 9
  • 10. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNews via [Softpedia] Color Up your Flash Drive In addition to the USB 3.0 features, Blaze B10 is especially designed for expressive individuals who are playful and bold with their portable storage devices. Smooth curves at twoSilicon Power Releases Blaze ends of its body get B10 a chic look while its surface isSeries USB 3.0 Flash Drives given a special finish for scratchproof and fingerprint-free purpose. Its front is designed with futuristic geometric patternSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silicon-power-releases-blaze-series- using heat-sensitive ink; color of the pattern will graduallyusb-3.0-flash-drives/11938.html change from Turkish blue to blazing red according to operatingApril 23rd, 2011 temperature of the drive, adding personality, style and fun to data transferring. Furthermore, Silicon Power includes a heat- sensitive sticker on B10 retail packaging for users to test out the cool color-changing effect of Blaze B10. Secure Your Data with SP WidgetSilicon Power, leading manufacturer of flash memory cards, Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, Blaze B10, like allUSB flash drives, card readers, DRAM modules, SSDs, and Silicon Power’s USB flash drive products, is backed by lifetimeportable HDDs, has unveiled the Blaze B10, the worlds first warranty and comprehensive after-sales services. SP Widgetchameleon USB flash drive. Measuring 72.4 x 17.4 x 10.0mm Software, which features seven powerful backup and securityand weighing a mere 9.5g, the ultra-light drive boasts a USB functions and the NIS (Norton Internet Security) antivirus3.0 interface, a unique color changing coating (varies with software (60-day trial), is available free for users to downloadoperating temperature), and delivers data transfer speeds up with any Silicon Power purchase. With these value-addedto 70Mb/s (read). Available in capacities of 32Gb, 16Gb and managing tools, users may enjoy a data storing experience8Gb, the "Turkey Blue" Blaze B10 comes bundled with a SP with security and convenience. For more information, pleaseWidget Software and is covered by a lifetime warranty. visit Silicon Power official website. Aerocool Preps X-Warrior Chassis for Release Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/aerocool-preps-x-warrior-chassis-for- release/11937.html April 23rd, 2011Silicon Power Intros Blaze Series USB 3.0 Drives that ChangeColors with TemperatureTop leading flash memory manufacturer and brand SiliconPower realizes how individuals can’t help to speak forthemselves; thus, for those who dare to show their capriciouspersonality, Blaze B10, the market’s first USB 3.0 flash drivewith color-changing pattern according to temperature, is born. Aerocool Advanced Technologies has expanded its line-up of gamercentric PC chassis with the addition of the X-Warrior.With USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, Blaze B10 boastsa remarkable read speed up to 70 MBs. Compared toconventional USB 2.0 with 480MBps, USB 3.0 carries thebandwidth of up to 5Gbps. Based on real-world test results,transfer time of high definition data files such as videos,photos, music, etc is significantly reduced, making instantcarrying and sharing rich digital contents quicker and easier. 10
  • 11. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone April 23rd, 2011 Verbatim has expanded its series of flash devices with the announcement of the USB 3.0 Store n Go flash drives. Available in 16Gb, 32Gb, and 64Gb storage capacities, they feature a USB 3.0 interface, capless (push and pull) design, and deliever data transfer rates up to 120Mb/s (read) and 70Mb/ s (write) on USB 3.0 PCs. The Store n Go is expected to hitMeasuring 488 x 187 x 520mm, the tool-free mid-tower store shelves come end April.chassis has three 5.25" bays, four 3.5" bays, one 2.5" Tapping into the high performance potential of the USB 3.0bays, seven expansion slots, two rear pre-drilled holes for interface with the convenient form factor of a standard flashwater-cooling tubes, a mesh side-panel, support for graphic drive, the Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive offersaccelerators up to 400mm in length, and a top-side I/O panel extreme speed, large capacity and plug-and-play operation.with two USB 2.0 ports and audio connectors. The unit supports transfer rates of up to 70MB/sec Write and 120MB/sec Read on USB 3.0 host systems. Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It is available in stores in April 2011. - 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage capacity - Transfer rates up to 120MB/sec on USB 3.0 host systems - Push and pull design protects connector - Compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports - Works with PC, Mac and Linux operating systems Easy to use high-end performance The Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive comes with a push and pull design that does not only protect the connector but also makes an extra protective cap unnecessary. Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, the drive also works with USB 2.0/1.1 ports. "USB 3.0 drives make a lot of sense because they are 100 percent compatible with USB 2.0 and offer far superiorThe X-Warrior, pre-installed with two 120mm sleeve bearing speeds to devices that have USB 3.0 ports," said Hansfans (one rear and front), can be purchased from major Christoph Kaiser, Business Development Manager Flashretailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of €50. Verbatim EUMEA. "We are expecting the bulk of the premium USB flash storage market to migrate to USB3.0 within the nextNews via [Techconnect] 18 months."Verbatim Announces USB 3.0 The Daily VR-Zone NewsStore n Go Flash Drives Summary - 21 April 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verbatim-announces-usb-3.0-store-n- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--21-go-flash-drives/11936.html april-2011/11932.html 11
  • 12. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 23rd, 2011 Meanwhile standard for the Austrian is the very good delivery which for example contains resistors as well as mounting kits for all Intel and AMD sockets. Consumer Electronics and Software news Roccat Kova+ Max Performance Gaming Mouse Review @In todays news roundup: ASRockls Fatal1ty P67 Professional Real World LabsMotherboard gets reviewed; Western Digitals latest external Description: Featuring an increased speed from 40IPS tohard disk, the 1TB-totting WD My Passport Essential SE, gets 130IPS, increased acceleration from 30G to 40G, Soft Touchreviewed; Verizon claims that Apples upcoming iPhone 5 will rubber coating for improved grip, EasyShift feature for upbe a world phone, which should be good news for frequent to 8 more button functions and a fully customizable controltravellers who have to deal with handsets that are either SIM- software suite the Kova+ mouse by Roccat is far more than justlocked or lack the neccessary hardware needed to function on a worthy successor to the original Kova.a certain frequency band; Ubisofts latest guitar-based game, Bnter Brings Conversation Sharing App To Android Phones,Rocksmith, gets an early preview, and The popular Japanese Launches Bookmarklet2D fighting game Ougon Musoukyoku has been confirmed to Description: We’re big fans of Bnter, an app that allows youreceieve an Xbox 360 port, complete with new characters to share your conversations with others publicly. The sameHardware News way you share photos via the web or your mobile phone, BnterASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboar?d Review @ allows you to share snippets of conversations you have withMadshrimps friends on the web. While the startup initially focused on SMS,Description: The P67 Professional Motherboard from ASRock Bnter recently broadened its scope to allow users to share anyis the Fatal1ty branded product from the series and comes with sort of conversation, including GChat, in-person chat, emaila lot of features like Digital PWM, XFast USB Technology, and more. Today, Bnter is launching a free Android app (whichV16+2 CPU Power Phases, no less than 6 USB 3.0 ports and joins an existing iPhone app) and is launching a bookmarklet,6 SATA3, C.C.O., THX TruStudio Pro, and the unique Fatal1ty and in-depth Twitter integrationMouse Port, which allows us to set the desired mouse polling Lenovos S-800 phone uses a transparen?t PMOLED,rate, up to 1000Hz. probably made by TDK, unknown release date...Thecus N4200 Pro Four Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews Description: Back in November 2010 we reported about aDescription: With the N4200 Pro, Thecus has further new phone by Lenovo which uses a transparent display calledimproved upon an already stable, high-performance four bay the S-800. We thought it might be a transparent OLED, butNAS. The upgraded hardware over the original N4200 make it we werent sure. Today Dialog Semiconductor reveals thata solid choice for a multiple user environment, and the mini- they supplied the driver IC to that phone, and indeed itsUPS and dual DOM features help avoid data loss in the event a transparent PMOLED. Hopefully the S-800 will actuallyof a power outage or firmware corruption." launch soon, unlike the Samsung IceTouch MP3 player. The display itself is probably made by TDK - which has beenWestern Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 HDD showing transparent PMOLEDs back in October 2010 - readyReview to be mass produced and driven by Dialogs ICs...Description: The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE isthe latest addition to the Series and brings a colourful entry Verizon says iPhone 5 will be a world phoneto the normally boring world of portable storage. With four Description: Folks who travel all over the world frequentlycolour options available; blue, red, silver and black, you can but are annoyed that they have to bring a secondary phonechoose what goes best with that new purse. The choices dont in addition to their iPhone because their devices are SIMstop there; the My Passport Essential SE is also available in locked or don’t support foreign radio frequencies will love1TB or 750GB capacity sizes. this news. At Verizon’s discussions about their Q1 results, CFO Fran Shammo was recently quoted as saying: “TheCorsair TX850 V2 PSU Review @ Vortez fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from AppleDescription: Corsairs TX series was extremely popular, is launched..."winning multiple awards. Building on the successes of theTX series, Corsair have launched a new V2 range with a LG Optimus 3D set to reach the UK on June 6bigger - 140mm fan and better components such as Japanese Description: The LG Optimus 3D will arrive in the UK on Junecapacitors rated at 105C. Rated at 80 Plus Bronze, the TX V2 6, at least at retailer Clove. It will cost £379 (about $627)has increased efficiency over its predecessor and comes with contract-free. The phone will be the first to sport a glasses-freean impressive 5 year warranty - a firm stamp of confidence. 3D display and dual cameras that can record 3D content asThe variant we will be taking a look at today is the 850W well.delivering a burly 70A for the +12v rail, delivering the Microsoft’s Windows XP Death Watch Counter Doesn’t Workperformance capabilities for those seeking to SLI or Crossfire. With Windows XPNoctua NH-C14 Review @ ocaholic Description: Microsoft wants all of its Windows XP users toDescription: With the NH-C14 Noctua has a new flagship in know exactly how much time theyve got before XP is takenits portfolio regarding down draft coolers. The NH-C14 is out to the back shed and mercy-killed with a shot to the nape.equipped with two fans that measure 140 mm in diameter. Which is why the "Windows XP End of Support Countdown 12
  • 13. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGadget," available now from Microsoft, would be so, so handy powered by Sixense, built to draw you deeper into your PC—if it were compatible with XP devices. games.Gaming newsOugon Musoukyoku X Announced, Gets New Characters, Razer worked closely with Valve and Sixense to createXbox 360 Only exclusive Portal 2 content to showcase the power of the RazerDescription: If you are wondering when will 07th expansion be Hydra in enhancing game immersion. Portal 2 is the highlyadding new characters to their 2D PC fighting game – Ougon anticipated sequel to 2007s game of the year. The full versionMusoukyokyu. That question has been answered but not for of the game plus the exclusive Portal 2 content will be availablethe PC. in a special edition bundle with the Razer Hydra.Rocksmith Preview @ Computing on DemandDescription: For all of the guitar players out there who share “The Razer Hydra is a significant step forward for the PCmy frustration with current guitar games, Ubisoft is promising gaming industry because it not only affords an almost-physicalto help us out. Anyone who plays guitar, for obvious reasons, experience for gamers, but also presents developers anseems to struggle a bit with Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero. opportunity to innovate and significantly push the boundariesThe problem being, one of the biggest parts of actually playing on new forms of gameplay and entertainment,” said Gabeguitar is the feel of the guitar. Holding a little piece of plastic Newell, co-founder and president of Valve.and tapping away mercilessly at buttons can get a little boring.Razer Hydra Motion Sensing The Razer Hydra lets you extend your natural body motion directly into your PC games. With Portal 2, this meansControllers for Portal 2 a breathtaking new way to play when you can intuitivelySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-hydra-motion-sensing- reach out, interact with physics puzzles, shoot portals andcontrollers-for-portal-2/11934.html leap across wide chasms in complete three dimensions. WithApril 23rd, 2011 Razer’s trademark ultra-low latency and highly precise one- to-one tracking to the exact millimeter and degree, experience maximum portal testing immersion. “We are excited to finally bring full motion control to the PC,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. Razer announces the Razer Hydra, the world’s first gaming- “Gamers will be blown away by the pinpoint tracking precisiongrade motion sensing controllers powered by Sixense. Razer that mirrors every move in-game. They’ll also enjoy theworked closely with Valve and Sixense to create exclusive exclusive new Portal 2 content created specifically for thePortal 2 content to showcase the power of the Razer Hydra Razer Hydra, giving them more bang for their buck.”in enhancing game immersion. On top of Portal 2, the RazerHydra is optimized with over 125 popular PC games out ofthe box, including titles like Left 4 Dead 2 and World of On top of Portal 2, the Razer Hydra is optimized with over 125Goo. Price: US$139.99 / EU€139.99. Availability: Pre-orders popular PC games out of the box, including titles like Left 4start May 2011. Ships in June 2011. Dead 2 and World of Goo. Gamers no longer have to wait for scarce motion-compatible games. With the future possibility for more downloadable game configurations and the ability to self-configure motion mapping to your specifications, the Razer Hydra plays virtually every game. “By working with Razer and Valve, we have established the PC as the best platform for motion gaming,” says Amir Rubin, CEO, Sixense. “We developed and optimized 6 Sixense TrueMotion levels for Portal 2 to allow gamers to fully experience the possibilities of motion gaming. Definitely an exciting time to be a PC gamer.” About the Razer Hydra Motion Sensing Controllers The Razer Hydra is the first gaming-grade motion sensing controllers to bring a whole new dimension of gameplay andCarlsbad, Calif. – April 21st, 2011 – Razer, the world’s leading immersion to the PC. With compatibility for over 125 gameshigh-end precision gaming brand announces the Razer Hydra, out of the box, and future support for gamers to self-configurethe world’s first gaming-grade motion sensing controllers controls for any PC game, the entertainment possibilities 13
  • 14. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneare virtually endless. Built to deliver location-orientation • Thumb-ergonomic analog stick for fluid controltracking exact to the millimeter and degree, along with Razer’s • 4 Hyperesponse action buttonstrademark ultra-low latency, the precision and speed of theRazer Hydra is unrivalled among its kind. • Rapid-fire trigger and bumper for faster in-game response • Non-slip satin grip surfaceAbout the Razer Hydra and Portal 2 Bundle • True six degree-of-freedom magnetic motion trackingThe Razer Hydra is the first gaming-grade motion sensingcontrollers to bring a whole new dimension of gameplay and • Lightweight, anti-tangle braided cableimmersion to Portal 2. Shoot portals, throw the WeightedCompanion Cube, and avoid death traps as easily and (Base station)intuitively as eating cake. The Razer Hydra is bundled • Low-power magnetic field, low power consumptionexclusively with the game and comes with six additional levelsspecifically designed for more portal testing fun with motion • Ultra precise sensor for 1mm and 1 degree trackscontrol. • No line of sight to controllers required • Low latency feedbackPrice:Razer Hydra and Portal 2 bundle: US$139.99 / EU€139.99 SanDisk and ToshibaAvailability: announces 19nm 64Gbit NANDRazerzone.com, North America, South America, Europe and Flash memorymost countries in Asia. Steam support required for Portal 2. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandisk-and-toshiba- announces-19nm-64gbit-nand-flash-memory/11933.htmlPre-orders start May 2011. April 23rd, 2011Razer Hydra to ship in June 2011. Ah, the joys of healthy competition in the market. Last week 20nm NAND Flash was cutting edge and now its so, well, uhm, last week. Both SanDisk and Toshiba have separately announced that theyll be offering retail 19nm NAND Flash memory later this year. Reading the press releases it appears to be the same tech, but we cant be certain of it, but both companies announced two bits per cell NAND Flash with three bits per cell coming at a later stage. Ah, the joys of healthy competition in the market. Last week 20nm NAND Flash was cutting edge and now its so, well, uhm, last week. Both SanDisk and Toshiba have separately announced that theyll be offering retail 19nm NAND Flash memory later this year. Reading the press releases it appears to be the same tech, but we cant be certain of it, but both companies announced two bits per cell NAND Flash with three bits per cell coming at a later stage. Both SanDisk and Toshiba have announce 64Gbit chips, thats 8GB in more useful terms and it should mean that well be seeing cheaper flash memory cards towards the end of the year, especially at higher capacity. Toshiba is also promising 128GB stacked chips for Smartphones and tablets using Toggle DDR2 technology for improved performance. This is all great news for consumers, but there are concerns that these new dieProduct features: shrunk NAND Flash memory chips wont last as long as what were used to, although SanDisk claims that theres no need to(Per controller, 2 included in each Hydra set) 14
  • 15. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneworry as its new memory chips are just as reliable as its old Follow four easy steps and stand a chance to win differentones. prizes every week. This week..we are giving away: 1 x Silverstone Strider Plus ST60F-P 600W power supply CheckBoth companies are sampling now with SanDisk saying second out http://launch.vr-zone.com and find out how you can winhalf and Toshiba third quarter for volume production. As to these prizes!when the three bit per cell chips will arrive in the market isntmade clear by either companys press release, so well just haveto wait and see. Despite a lot of concerns about the longevity ofsmaller NAND Flash memory chips, it seems like the 19-20nmparts arent significantly different from the current 2xnm partswhich is at least some good news.PC SHOW 2011 Floor PlansSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2011-floor-plans/11931.htmlApril 23rd, 2011PC SHOW 2011 Floor Plans Road to EVO 2K11: SingaporeLevel 4: EVO Qualifiers this Sunday, 24 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/road-to-evo-2k11-singapore-evo- qualifiers-this-sunday-24-april-2011/11929.html April 23rd, 2011 SGFIGHTER, in conjunction with Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) and FRIENDS OF CLEMENTI, have jointly organised the EVO Qualifiers for Super Street Fighter IV as part of the Clementi Game Festival 2011 that is going to be held this Sunday, 24th April 2011.Level 6: Prizes include an expense paid trip to Las Vegas to participate in EVO 2K11, as well as an Apple iPad 32GB tablet. Read more.VR-Zone Giveaway #9 - From what we have heard, the organisers have gone to greatSilverstone Strider Plus lengths to ensure that participants get ample opportunities to enjoy themselves there. They have not just one chance to winST60F-P 600W power supply prizes, but three chances to win over S$5,000 worth of prizes,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-giveaway-9--silverstone- some of which include an IPad 32gb, and an expense paidstrider-plus-st60f-p-600w-power-supply/11930.html trip to Las Vegas to participate in the Evolution ChampionshipApril 23rd, 2011 Series 2011. There are two competitive tournaments, Super Street Fighter IV and FIFA 11, where fantastic prizes can be won. Participation in the Competitive Tournaments require a fee of S$10. 15
  • 16. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneParticipants are encouraged to register for the tournamentseither in person at Clementi Community Club or via email.Spectators also get a chance to win the iPad 32GB byparticipating in the Free Play Zone.For those who cannot make it for the event, SGFIGHTER willalso organise a live stream via their channel - http://www.justin.tv/sgfighterLive streaming starts from 1300hrs (+0800 GMT) on 24thApril 2011. Game Festival Event starts from 1000hrs.PRIZESSuper Street Fighter 4 Sony Ericsson today adds the W8 Walkman phone that boasts great entertainment that extends the appeal of the Walkman01 Winner(s) get a sponsorship to represent Singapore in EVO, collection.Las Vegas for 2011 The W8 features a user interface that can be customised for one-touch access to users’ favourite applications – a feature found on the Xperia mini range of products. The Sony EricssonIn addition to the above, the following prizes will also be W8 Walkman phone allows for quick and easy access toawarded playlists and the Walkman player. It also comes complete with the MH 410 stereo headset.1st - Razer Gaming Set Worth more than S$2502nd - Razer Gaming set Worth more than S$150 The Sony Ericsson W8 comes with a 3-inch screen that is great3rd - Razer Gaming Mouse for gaming, view the latest videos on YouTube or browse the web. Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera, video4th - Razer Gaming Mouse recording functionality and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Key features:5th to 6th S$50 voucher from Challenger - Corner user interface for easy one hand use and one touchFIFA 11 access to applications1st - Nintendo Wii - Customise the corners for instant access to your favourite widgets and apps on your home page2nd - Nintendo DS Lite - Enjoy games, video, internet and more on the 3-inch screen3rd - 1TB External Hard Disk Drive - Timescape shows all your communication in one place for ultimate simplicity - Android Market – More than 150,000 of applications to keepLucky Draw you entertained1st - iPad 3G Wi-Fi 16GB - 3.2 megapixel camera – snap away and upload instantly to2nd - PSP-3006 Facebook - Fast Internet access via 3G and Wi-Fi3rd - SonicGear Spectra 3000 5.1 Speaker System - Walkman designed hardware and UI - Walkman widget on home screenSony Ericsson announces W8 - Android platform (version 2.1)Walkman Android phone The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman phone will be available inSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-announces-w8- China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines,walkman-android-phone/11928.html Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam from Q2 2011 inApril 23rd, 2011 the colours Azur (blue), Metallic Red and the iconic Walkman Orange.Sony Ericsson has announced the new W8 Walkman phonedesigned to offer entertainment and ease of use to consumers.It runs Android 2.1 and will be available in Asia Pacific in Q2. 16
  • 17. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneToshiba AT300 Android 3.0 April 23rd, 2011dual-core tablet to launch inJuneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-at300-android-3.0-dual-core-tablet-to-launch-in-june/11927.htmlApril 23rd, 2011 The Sony PSP Go was introduced in 2009, and less than two years, the company has decided to stop the production of the handheld game console, The PSP-3000 will still be selling though.Aside from the AS100 that was unveiled last year, Toshibaaims to launch their new AT300 tablet based on Android 3.0and runs dual-core processor in June. According to onlinesources, the AT300 will be categorized under the Regza series.No word as to whether it will be available here though. Sony introduced the PSP Go in 2009 which comes with a slide- out control pad and 16GB internal storage. There is also no UMD drive unlike its older siblings which means that if you already owned a PSP that has a UMD drive, you wont be able to play the games on the PSP Go. Fast-forward to today, the company has announced that it has decided to stop production of the handheld game console to focus on other system such as the Next Generation PortableDual-core processors looks to be the main differentiation in (NGP), according to Japans Watch Impress. The currentthe current tablet wars. And Toshiba has showcased their ANT PSP-3000 will still continue to be produced and sold astablet at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. The company has normal.expressed that it will launch the 16GB version of the tablet inJune, which is now known as AT300.The Toshiba AT300 will be under the Regza family and The Daily VR-Zone Newsprobably be retailed by NTT DoCoMo in Japan. The AT300runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb and is equipped with Nvidia Summary - 20 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--20-Tegra 2 dual-core processors. It sports a 10.1-inch display april-2011/11922.htmlthat supports 1280x800 pixel resolution, features front and April 23rd, 2011rear cameras, HDMI, USB, mini-USB, SD card slot andsupports Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and SRS Labs surround soundtechnology.Scheduled to launch in Japan in June, the Toshiba AT300 willbe retailing at 60,000 yen (approximately US$730).Sony ends production of PSP In todays news roundup: A critical desaign flaw recently discovered in Western Digitals Caviar Green hard disks couldGo handheld game console result in the storage unit suffering from premature failuresSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ends-production-of-psp-go- of its seeking heads; Crucials new Ballistix Smart tracerhandheld-game-console/11926.html DDR3-1600 modules get reviewed; Intel promises to serve up Googles Gingerbread in the form of a native x86 port now that the chip giant has managed to obtain a copy of the Android code from Google; Google has announced at all videos that are uploaded to YouTube will now be transcoded in the free and open video format known as WebM; Sony has officially declared that the PSP Go is now a dead product and will no 17
  • 18. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonelonger be produced, and Rockstar Games has been rumoured Express platform and discover how they work against voltage,to be offering support to Nintendos upcoming Wii sucessor in heat and power consumption.the form of new titles for the console. Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Exclusive ReviewHardware news Description: The Elysium is that rare product that has a valueCritical Design Flaw Found in WD Caviar Green HDDs @ that far outperforms its price. With a 200 USD MSRP, this review could be published with the price, a specifications /NGOHQ.com features list and a handful of pictures and no one wouldDescription: It has come to our attention that WesternDigitals Caviar Green HDDs suffer from a critical design flaw complain (other than the competition). Its going to be fairly difficult to keep this article on the Elysiums features and notcaused by an aggressive power-saving feature. Western Digital dedicate eight pages to the price point that is insanely lowhas developed a new technology called Intellipark (aka Idle 3 for what you are getting. While doing my final check in withmode) and it is designed to reduce power consumption, in part Xigmatek, I asked them to raise the price to 300 USD and sendby positioning the HDDs heads in a park position and turning me the extra 100 Dollars, because I know you would spend thatoff unnecessary electronics after 8 seconds of inactivity. kind of money on what I have to show you today.According to an in-house investigation and user reports, somesoftware and operating systems are incompatible with the Antec HCG-750 High Current Gamer Series Power SupplyIntellipark feature causing endless head parking movement Review @Hi Tech Legionas the HDD continuously goes in/out of idle mode. This Description: The Antec HCG-750 Power Supply is but oneabnormal behavior creates stress on the HDD and that could in the new line of High Current Gamer Series PSUs. Thelead to issues. HCG-750 advertises a delivery of 750 Watts of continuous power. The HCG-750 comes with many features, the first beingRaidSonic ICY BOX IB-326StUSE2 3.5 HDD Enclosure four high current +12V rails. These rails have a high overReview @ Real World Labs current protection set point for high end GPU compatibility.Description: With excellent performance, plenty of interfaces, The HCG-750 is constructed of all Japanese-brand capacitorsgreat build quality and SmartGuider HDD tray which allows for excellent reliability. There is a 135mm double ball bearingfor swift HDD swapping you just cant go wrong with the fan for quiet operation and high air flow. The 750 is 80 PlusIcy Box IB-326StUSE2 3.5’’ External HDD enclosure by Bronze certified and boasts up to 88% efficiency. There areRaidsonic. 4 gold plated 8-pin (6+2) PCI-E connectors and gold-platedCrucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3-1600 4GB Kit High Current terminals.BL2KIT25664ST1608RG Review Intel picks up a second foundry customer, TabulaDescription: This time the new Crucial Ballistix Smart tracer Description: It looks like Intel (INTC) is getting in to theDDR3-1600 modules are tested, which offers fast timings, high foundry business, SemiAccurate has just found out that theyfrequencies and a special highlight, in the truest sense of the are making chips for a second startup. Just like Achronix lateword. We already know activity LEDs in different colors on last year, Intel will be fabbing FPGAs for Tabula as well.the top of the modules and near the pins from several CrucialBallistix Tracer reviews. But these new Smart Tracer RAM Consumer Electronics and Software newsLEDs can be programmed with a special BallistixUtility and Apple to Start Shipping the Next iPhone in Septemberadditionally the software can show the temperature of the Description: After the rumor that Apple won’t announce theDDR3 memory modules and write it into a log file. next-generation of iPhone in June or July (which was the caseCoolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Review @ Madshrimps with all previous iPhone announcements), comes a report thatDescription: Time to throw another case into the mix. Today the new iPhone is actually coming in the fall. While Apple’swe are introducing an evolution of one of coolermasters suppliers will begin production in July this year, the finishedbiggest sellers of the last years. The Coolermaster CM product is likely to begin shipping in September, Reuters690 II Advanced. By listening to the end users input, the reports citing sources familiar with the matter.CM engineers have refined the 690 series case. Adding a RockMelt Goes Mobile with iPhone Offeringremovable HD bay (to support up to 3GPUs easily), a hot Description: RockMelt is set to launch a mobile version of itsswappable HD docking station, baptised X-docking station, browser, which integrates social media tools. RockMelt’s moveare just a few of the new features or updates as you want. The into mobile this week comes just one month after the public690 II advanced is available in a window and non windowed debut of its desktop browser.version. Lets see what this beauty has got in store for you. Coolermaster Storm SF-19 Strike Force battles high notebookIntel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide @ Benchmark Reviews temperatures @ MadshrimpsDescription: With the launch of the new Sandy Bridge Description: If youre even half the nerd that I am you mightprocessors we feel the necessity to prepare an Overclocking eventually have wondered whats inside your notebook, whereanalysis mainly because Intel completely changed the rules. the irritating noise of a fan suddenly came from when watchingOverclocking is now 99% limited to unlocked processors, and Youtube vids, and very maybe you might have wonderedto mid-high platforms, while low-mid platforms and non- why your notebook sometimes gets so hot! Im a bit beingunlocked processors cant simply be overclocked more than sarcastic here as I perfectly know most of our readers indeedsome extra MHz. Follow us while we p! ut into test both the do understand whats going on inside the metal or plasticCore i5 2500K and the Core i7 2600K paired with the P67 housing, yet still whats there to do when temps keep on rising? Notebook coolers to the rescue! Todays well be having a look 18
  • 19. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneat one of the more performant notebook coolers youll stumbleagainst upon your search for the perfect solution, or did we just Ivy Bridge chipset modelfind it four you? Read on! names revealed alongsideArctic NC Laptop Cooler Review at Overclockers OnlineDescription: The Arctic NC is no doubt a nice product as more Sandy Bridge-E details Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-chipset-model-names-you’d expect from Arctic. It does a decent job at cooling revealed-alongside-more-sandy-bridge-e-details/11925.htmldown a hot laptop. Its lightweight construction allows it to be April 23rd, 2011portable which is always a plus. However, I am not a fan of theergonomics of how it works. The need to rest just part of yourlaptop on it makes for a very unstable set-up; it has to be usedon a flat surface and with care to prevent disaster.Intel promises Android 3.0 on x86 for this yearDescription: Intel chief Paul Otellini has revealed that Intelis developing a port of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) designed If youre interested in what Intel has up it sleeves for theto run on its x86 architecture. "Weve received the Android next eight months or so, then youll be interested in readingcode – the Honeycomb version of Android source code – from this, as the models names of Intels future chipsets for its IvyGoogle, and were actively doing the port on that," Otellini said Bridge platform set to launch early next year has tipped upduring Intels conference call on Tuesday. alongside new details of Intels new LGA-2011 Sandy Bridge- E processors. Not all of the news are good news though,YouTube videos now served in WebM as it looks like Intel has decided to continue to lock outDescription: All new videos uploaded to YouTube are now overclockers.transcoded into WebM. WebM is an open media file formatfor video and audio on the web. Its openness allows anyone toimprove the format and its integrations, resulting in a better If youre interested in what Intel has up it sleeves for theexperience for you in the long-term. As we work to transcode next eight months or so, then youll be interested in readingmore videos into WebM, we hope to reduce the technical this, as the models names of Intels future chipsets for its Ivyincompatibilities that prevent you from accessing video while Bridge platform set to launch early next year has tipped upimproving the overall online video landscape. alongside new details of Intels new LGA-2011 Sandy Bridge-Acer Aspire One 722 being prepped for release E processors. Not all of the news are good news though,Description: Acer Aspire One 722 will ship with an 11.6″ 1366 as it looks like Intel has decided to continue to lock outx 768 pixel resolution display and a 1GHz AMD C-50 dual overclockers.core processor, accompanied by an AMD Radeon HD 6250 Lets start with the Ivy Bridge chipsets, which according to thegraphics chipset. Stereo speakers are there for you to blast your latest roadmap leaks will be called the Z77, Z75 and H77 as farfavorite tunes (or rather, torture those around you with boy as Intels consumer platform is concerned, although this onlyband pop music) while a higher capacity battery compared ot covers the performance and mainstream sections so we mightthe Aspire One 522 ought to give is slightly more legs in the end up with a H61 replacement at some stage as well. On theopen and away from a power outlet. business end of things were looking at the Q77, Q75 and B75.Gaming newsMichael Jackson: The Experience @ Computing on DemandDescription: It’s finally here; Michael Jackson: The Experiencehas been released for the Xbox 360’s Kinect, and it does notdisappoint. Grab your fedora and your sequined glove, and getready as we bring you a first glance at this title.PSP Go is DeadDescription: Sony Japan confirmed it has ceased productionof the PSP Go and that all future sales will be limited to currentstock.GTA Developer Rumored to be on Board with Wii SuccessorDescription: Following last weeks rumors about Nintendosalleged new console, a new report suggests that Rockstar Interestingly it looks like Intel has decided to give up on itsGames will be developing titles for the system. graphics free P series of chipsets and replace it with two Z SKUs. Were not certain what the difference between the Z75 and Z77 will be, although presumably the H77 will no feature any kind of overclocking support, much like the current H67 chipset. There are no apparent feature differences from what we can see based on the Panther Point chipset details that Intel has revealed so far, unless Intel decides to limit the USB 3.0 port support on some chipsets, but this doesnt make much 19
  • 20. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesense. Its possible that well see some kind of CPU feature of us have become used to so they can charge us extra forlimitation if you go with a more basic chipset, but were just specific CPU SKUs that still features very limited overclockinggoing to have to wait and see what Intel comes up with in future potential.roadmaps. LG Optimus Black and ME launches in Taiwan Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-optimus-black-and-me-launches-in- taiwan/11923.html April 23rd, 2011 Earlier today we attended the LG Optimus Black and OptimusAs for the Sandy Bridge-E processors which are set to arrive ME launch event in Taipei, Taiwan and we know for certainsometime in Q4, unless Intel has a change of heart when AMD that the Optimus Black will arrive in Singapore shortly,launches Bulldozer, things just got a lot more interesting. The supposedly before the end of this month. Neither handset is afirst CPU specs are out and the disappointing news here is high-end model, although the Optimus Black is definitely anthat the quad core CPUs are as Intel puts it “limited unlocked” upper tier handset whereas the Optimus ME is a budget model.so in other words, it looks like bus speed overclocking mightvery well be a dream of the past. The six core CPUs are fullyunlocked and the only slight light in the darkness here is the First up we have the Optimus Black which is sadly runningfact that not all LGA-2011 CPUs will be XE models. last years high-end processor with a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 at its core and although this is a commonly used SoC in many Smartphones in the market today, its getting a little bit long in the tooth. Its by no means bad by todays standards, but it will be far from cutting edge in six months time, let alone a year from now. At least Optimus Black has 2GB of built in eMMC storage memory as well as 512MB of RAM which should keep it going for a while.In fact, Intel seems to have quite a wide spread of CPUs,although the most basic quad core Sandy Bridge-E CPU willbe positioned to replace the Core i7 960 and will sit just abovethe Core i7 2600K in Intels line-up. The quad cores will startat 3.6GHz and features 10MB of L3 cache whereas the sixcore CPUs start at 3.2GHz with 12MB L3 cache. The initial XEversion will be clocked at 3.3GHz and sport 15MB L3 cachewhich looks like a decent step up from the current Core i7 The big selling point of the Optimus Black is its 4-inch990X. 800x480 WVGA Nova IPS LCD screen which LG claims has a brightness of 700 nits which compares very well compared toWe have a feeling that if Intel has in fact removed bus speed every other phone in the market. For example the iPhone 4 hasoverclocking the company has killed competitive overclocking a screen brightness of 518 nits while Googles Nexus One onlycompetitions in one fell swoop and this is not only bad news musters 229 nits. A brighter screen usually means a higherfor the overclocking community, but also for the motherboard drain on the battery, but LG claims that its Nova IPS screensmanufacturers. In the latter case a lot of money and effort is actually use less power than any other similar mobile devicebeing put into creating overclockable products, especially at screen in the market today and as such promises longer batterythe high-end, as this helps drive sales of lower-end models life than its competitors. The screen is also said to have muchthanks to the halo effect. Now the hope really lies with AMD better viewing angles and should be easier to read in brightand that the company can offer something really competitive sunlight.to take on Intel, least not for Intel to change its current, verysilly strategy of removing all the overclocking features many 20
  • 21. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone having a TDP rating of just 18W; this could be the next upgrade for your mini file server or living room media centre PC. Today we’ll be looking at another AMD fusion board by ASUS. To be more specified, it will be under the “Brazos” platform. For those of you who havent heard of this newly launched platform by AMD, it is actually an AMD’s very first ever APUAnother noteworthy feature is Wi-Fi Direct support and for (Accelerated Processing Unit) which combine Northbridge +those of you that arent familiar with it, Wi-Fi Direct enables Processor + Graphic processor. 3 of the major component isyou to connect to other Wi-Fi Direct devices in peer to peer squeezed forming the AMD E-350 “Zacate” which has a TDPnetworks without the need of a Wi-Fi access point or router. rating of as low as 18 watts and manufactured using the 40nmThis means that you can transfer files and data at rates of up technology.to as fast as your Wi-Fi connection allows you and some Wi-Ficards in notebooks and desktop already supports Wi-Fi Directvia a simple driver upgrade. To put things simply, Wi-Fi Directis a Bluetooth 3.0 killer. With all those high end chipset going all around, AMD has alsoOther features include a rear mounted 5 Megapixel camera plans to expand their field on mobile computing and mini formwhich will shoot video at 720p, a front mounted 2 Megapixel factor. Which can basically be categorized as a versatile systemcamera, DLNA support via LGs SmartShare, native DivX, on the go to satisfy the need of different level of consumer, be itXvid video playback, a microSD card slot, 7.2Mbit/s HSDPA businessman to housewives. In this review, we’ll be looking atand 5.76Mbit/s HSUPA (on the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz how this new platform perform under some load intensifyingbands), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, aGPS, FM programmes. How well can the AMD one die cpu “Zacate”radio with RDS, a micro USB 2.0 port, Dolby Mobile audio, a manufactured by ASUS performs? Is this the perfect choice of1,500mAh battery and sadly Android 2.2, although its meant platform for you? Find out on the next few pages, when weto get upgraded to 2.3 at a later point in time. The Optimus crank this baby up.Black measures 122z64x9.2mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at109. It will be available with a black, pink or a white back (asper our pictures) and it will retail for NT$15,990 (S$682) inTaiwan without a contract.ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE ReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-e35m1-i-deluxe-review/11481.htmlApril 23rd, 2011 Brother brings the "biggerToday we will be looking at an AMD Brazos solution fromASUS. The E35M1-I DELUXE is equipped with AMDs E-350 picture" to users with new lineZacate APU, which combines the processor, northbridge and of printersgraphics all into a single die. The Fusion platform offers better Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/brother-brings-the-bigger-picture-to-overall performance compared to an Atom-based system and users-with-new-line-of-printers/11918.html 21
  • 22. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 23rd, 2011 research, improvements and innovation, Brother is proud to launch the successors to its line of full-colour A3 multifunction inkjet printers. These new printers will cater to the needs of professionals, especially for those working in the engineering and creative industries," he added. Also available at the event was Brother InternationalSure, most people do not exactly relish the idea of having a Singapores director and general manager, Tomoyukibig brother watching their every move and waiting to pounce Fujimoto, who proceeded to describe some of the featureson the slightest sign of discontent, but rest assured that not avaiable for users to take advantage of in order to improveall brothers are like that. In fact, we can think of at least one their workflow, such as automatic double-sided printing,other brother who seemingly has the interest of his charges at lower power consumption, faster print speeds and support forheart, especially when it comes to dealilng with a very common mobile printing via smartphones and tablet devices.need found in the lifestyles of most end-user and enterprises;printing. And true enough, this Brother is back once againto help us locals "see the bigger picture" with its new line ofmonochrome and colour printers that it has launched in amedia event held at the Chalk Restaurant today.In his opening address, Brother International Singaporesmanaging director, Takeo Shimazu, neatly sums up the goalof todays product launch by describing it as "bringing thebest of both worlds in printing solutions for both SOHO andbusiness users", and that includes helping them to see "thebigger picture". Dont want to deal with a PC for administering printing and scanning tasks? No problem, your iDevice can get the job done as well"Brother is very excited to showcase the latest additionsto its family of multifunction printers. These new printersare capable of expanding business possibilities for SMBsand SOHOs with their all-rounded capabilities," he said, inreference to the new A4 monochrome multifunction printersand A3 colour inkjet multifunction printers that Brother islaunching today."The new monochrome MFCs stand out from the competitionwith their quality black-and-white prints, minimal costsand excellent value for money...and today, after continous 22
  • 23. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGalaxy Shows Off MultiDisplay Supported GraphicsCardsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/galaxy-shows-off-multi-display-supported-graphics-cards/11919.htmlApril 23rd, 2011 Galaxy, today demonstrates two graphics cards supportingmultiple display outputs. The first multi display card from The first multi display card from Galaxy is the GTX 560Galaxy is the GTX 560 Display5 which supports a total of 5 Display5 which uses the same PCB design as the GTX 460monitor outputs simultaneously (4 Mini-HDMI plus one DVI WHDI and GTX 460 Razor. In addition to the DVI and DPor DP). The second multi display card features a GeForce output, the card sports 4 additional Mini-HDMI output on210 GPU which provide quad display output. Galaxy is set to the upper bracket. The card supports a total of 5 monitorlaunch the new multiple display families of graphics cards in outputs simultaneously (4 Mini-HDMI plus one DVI or DP).May, price and availability is still unknown. User has the flexibility to use 3 or 4 of the Mini-HDMI ports to combine into a single monitor span in windows, creating a surround gaming environment. The card supportsGalaxy, today demonstrates two graphics cards supporting 5040x1050@60Hz (1680x1050 on each monitor) combinedmultiple display outputs. Most of the NVIDIA graphics cards resolution in 3 monitor mode, or 5760x900@60Hz (1440x900are limited to a dual monitor configuration. Galaxy has been on each monitor) in 4 monitor mode.able to overcome this limit by using third party controllersfrom IDT. 23
  • 24. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Philips In-Ear Headsets SHE2675 and SHE3575 SeriesThe second multi display card features a GeForce 210 GPU are available in distinctive, bold colors. With a neodymiumpassive cooled. The card has borrowed its look from the magnet which helps to enhance bass performance andNVIDIA Quadro series, featuring two proprietary DMS59 specially-designed vents to balance the high sounds and bassconnectors. Using the supplied cable, each DMS59 supports tones in these headsets, you will have a smoother and more2 DVI monitors at up to 1920x1080p resolution, of up to 4 enjoyable listening experience. And it’s not only about color ormonitors in total. The card uses two VMM1402 chipsets from sound quality – trendy music lovers will be pleased to knowIDT in order to provide quad display output. that the Philips In-Ear Headset SHE2675 Series also comes with a built-in microphone that allows you to enjoy hands- free conversations on your iPhone or Blackberry, easily andTo allow users to easily manage windows between different fashionably. They are also equipped with specially designedmonitors, Galaxy has also teamed up with WinSplit Revolution ear cushions for optimal comfort and fit.to bundle their desktop utility into their graphics cards. Galaxy If you like having the option of customizing the fit and positionis set to launch the new multiple display families of graphics of yourheadsets, then the Philips In-Ear Headset SHE3575cards in May, price and availability is still unknown. Series is perfect for you. Equipped with built-in microphone, these headsets also come with three different ear cap sizes for an optimal fit. With small yet powerful speaker drivers that fit snugly inside your ears, unwanted external noise is filtered outPhilips launches SHE2675 for a more intense and pleasurable listening experience.and SHE3575 series in-ear Price and Availabilityheadsets The Philips In-Ear Headsets SHE2675 and SHE3575 series also come in normal headphones versions (SHE2670 andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/philips-launches-she2675-and- SHE3570 series) and have a recommended retail price rangeshe3575-series-in-ear-headsets/11917.html of S$17.90 to S$29.90. They will be available at all majorApril 23rd, 2011 electronics retailers island-wide by end May 2011. Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi tablet lands in Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-xoom-wi-fi-tablet-lands-in-Philips has launched their bold new range of in-ear headsets, singapore/11916.htmlSHE2675 and SHE3575 series. Available in distinct colors, the April 23rd, 2011headsets will be retailing in stores by the end of May. Motorola has finally brought their XOOM Android tablet to Singapore, when it was launched in US on 24 February. You can get your hands on the tablet this "Good Friday" holiday. Details inside. 24
  • 25. April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMotorola Mobility has announced that the Motorola XOOMWi-Fi tablet will launch in Singapore on 22 April this week. TheMotorola XOOM Wi-Fi runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)platform designed specifically for tablets. Singapore becomesthe first market in Southeast Asia to launch the tablet.Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi features a 1GHz dual-core processor,1GB memory and 32GB storage, front and rear-facingcameras, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inchwidescreen high definition (HD) display.The tablet claims to deliver fast performance and showcasesthe innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – includingwidgets, true multi-tasking, tabbed browsing, notificationsand customization. It also has support for HDMI whichenables viewing of videos on larger screens, such as HDTVs. A5-megapixel rear camera can also capture videos in HD, whilethe 2-megapixle front camera enables clear video chats usingGoogle Talk.The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps5.0 with 3D interaction and access to more than 150,000apps from the Android Market. Motorola XOOM Wi-Fialso supports a beta version of Adobe Flash Player 10.2downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery ofrich Flash-based web content including videos, games andrich Internet applications. The tablet also features a built-ingyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptivelighting. It supports up to 10 hours of video playback, andcharges in half the time of competitive tablets on the market.Motorola Smart Accessories- A Standard Dock for watching video content or listening tomusic through external speakers as the device charges- A Speaker HD Dock for sending HD content directly to aTV or clearly listening to music through two built-in speakerswithout attaching external speakers- A custom Bluetooth wireless keyboard with special Androidshortcut keys.Pricing and AvailabilityMotorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be available at Challenger, Courts,Newstead, Best Denki, Harvey Norman and Mustafa from 22April at a recommended retail price of S$888. 25