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  1. 1. August 4th, 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.Interesting mSATA adapterlaunches in JapanSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/interesting-msata-adapter-launches-in-japan/13213.htmlAugust 4th, 2011Want to use an mSATA SSD for some SSD caching action,but dont have the right motherboard? Well, even if you just Kuroutoshikous card has an mSATA slot for the SSD and awant to use an SSD for caching and dont have the right SATA 6Gbps connector to which the hard drive is attached.motherboard, this can be a hassle. An adaptor has appeared in For most users this is just an extravagant way of setting upJapan that allows for an easy solution for those inclined to get SSD caching, as using a 2.5-inch SSD would most likely costSSD caching on their system and its a rather peculiar looking less. However, if you have a compact case, or a low profilesetup. case with limited drive space, then this card would very well come in handy. At 3,980 Yen (S$61) its not the cheapest route to go either, but its at least reasonably competitively pricedWant to use an mSATA SSD for some SSD caching action, compared to a similar RAID card.but dont have the right motherboard? Well, even if you justwant to use an SSD for caching and dont have the rightmotherboard, this can be a hassle. An adaptor has appeared in Gigabytes G1.Sniper2Japan that allows for an easy solution for those inclined to get features PCI Express Gen 3SSD caching on their system and its a rather peculiar lookingsetup. support Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-g1.sniper2-features-pci-The company behind the adaptor is called Kuroutoshikou and express-gen-3-support/13212.htmlits a company that tend to come up with all sorts of unusual August 4th, 2011bits of hardware. In this case were looking at a fairly standardsize PCI Express x1 card with a Marvell 9130 SATA 6Gbpscontroller on it. It features what Marvell calls HyperDuotechnology which allows for easy setup of SSD caching. Thischip is already available on a few RAID cards, but this is wherethings get interesting. One feature that so far has been a bit of a secret with regards to Gigabytes just launched G1.Sniper2 motherboard is that it features PCI Express Gen 3 support, or rather, it has a set of digital switches that should support PCI Express 3.0 unless something is drastically changing by now and the introduction of Intels Ivy Bridge processors. We also scored some exclusive hands on pictures of the board, so click on through for those. One feature that so far has been a bit of a secret with regards to Gigabytes just launched G1.Sniper2 motherboard is that it 1
  2. 2. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefeatures PCI Express Gen 3 support, or rather, it has a set ofdigital switches that should support PCI Express 3.0 unlesssomething is drastically changing by now and the introductionof Intels Ivy Bridge processors. We also scored some exclusivehands on pictures of the board, so click on through for those. Nothing has really changed since the board first made an appearance, but its officially up on Gigabytes website as of today. One feature we like is the bundled front panel that not only adds a pair of USB 3.0 ports to the front of your case, but also a powered eSATA port and the somewhat slightly less useful Quck Boost button that automagically overclocks the system. Another feature we werent aware of and that has beenThe G1.Sniper2 is only the first of many motherboards to long coming is the fact that all of the fan headers on the boardcome from Gigabyte that will feature digital switches with PCI are of the 4-pin type, or in other words, all the fan headersExpress Gen 3 support. Over time the company will transition support PWM fans.all of its dual x8 PCI Express slot motherboards to theseswitches. So in other words, expect new revisions of yourfavourite Gigabyte motherboards in the next few months. As a side note with regards to PCI Express 3.0 support, in theory every 6-series chipset motherboard should support PCI Express 3.0 if the board in question only has a single slot connected straight to the CPU. That said, even boards with PCI Express 2.0 switches will allow the top slot to operate at Gen 3 speeds, although at reduced bandwidth. Then again, none of this is any good until Intel launches Ivy Bridge in March or April next year and thats when well find out how compatible things really are, as currently no-one can say if itll all work asSo what about the G1.Sniper2? Well, weve already reported intended.about it and even posted a few pictures of the board andnow we have a few hands on pictures as well as one of thepackaging. The board comes in a fancy display box, as it rightlyshould as this is a premium product. 2
  3. 3. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLG unveils Optimus 3D andwhite Optimus 2X in TaiwanSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-unveils-optimus-3d-and-white-optimus-2x-in-taiwan/13210.htmlAugust 4th, 2011LG Electronics has announced the availability of twonew additions to its Optimus line of Android-poweredsmartphones in Taiwan today, the Optimus 3D and a whitevariant of the Optimus 2X smartphone which was recentlyintroduced to the market this year. According to the company,the new Optimus 3D smartphone is capable of bringing the LG has also claimed that the Optimus 3D smartphone will3D cinema experience to users, a feat made possible by the feature dual-rear-facing cameras which can be used to capturetechnology used to power it. More details after the break... videos or still images in either stereoscopic 3D or conventional 2D, while the captured content can then be outputted to a larger external display such as television sets via the built- in HDMI-out port, or by streaming the content via a local network, an option made possible due to the Optimus 3D boasting support for DLNA.LG Electronics has announced the availability of twonew additions to its Optimus line of Android-poweredsmartphones in Taiwan today, the Optimus 3D and a whitevariant of the Optimus 2X smartphone which was recentlyintroduced to the market this year.Touted as the worlds first smartphone to make use of whatit calls its "naked eye 3D technology", LG claims that theOptimus 3D smartphone does away with the need to makeuse of specialized 3D glasses, thus allowing for the "immediateappreciation" and sharing of 3D content, such as video filesor still images. This is made possible by the smartphones useof a 4.3-inch glassless 3D display that is capable of displayingcontent at WVGA resolutions (800 x 480). 3
  4. 4. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOh, and one more thing; the smartphone is reportedly capablewith Googles 3D YouTube video streaming service as well. Here are a few more pictures of the press event that took place in Taipei today:The Optimus 3D will initially ship with version 2.2.2. of theAndroid operating system preloaded into it, although LG hasannounced that it intends to provide users with an upgradepath to Gingerbread some time in the future. The phone willalso reportedly be pre-loaded with three 3D games, namelyNOVA, Asphalt 6 and Lets Golf 2, while up to seven more 3Dtitles will be made available for download at no charge.The hardware specifications for the LG Optimus 3Dsmartphone are as follow:Last but definitely not least, LG also unveiled a white variantof its Optimus 2X smartphone in Taipei: 4
  5. 5. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone August 4th, 2011 Sapphire has released the HD 6950 TOXIC Edition, which at 880MHz core clock is supposedly the fastest factory overclocked HD 6950 in the world. Sapphire has released the HD 6950 TOXIC Edition, which it claims to be the worlds fastest HD 6950. As far as we can tell, this claim is true at the moment. The core clock on this card has been pushed all the way to 880MHz, which is on par with reference HD 6970 speed. Memory clock is a decent, if not outstanding, 1300MHz. AMD Radeon HD Sapphire HD 6950 6950 TOXIC Edition Core Clock 800MHz 880MHz Memory Clock 1250MHz 1300MHz The HD 6950 TOXIC Editions heatsink looks rather similar to the reference AMD design, which also uses a vapor chamber and a blower fan. Sapphire has also retained the dual BIOS feature, which is good news for BIOS modders. This feature was implemented in the reference design but taken out by some other vendors, presumably to cut costs. Sapphire also includes a custom overclocking utility.No information about pricing and global availability has beenannounced for either smartphone.Sapphire Releases WorldsFastest HD 6950Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-releases-world-s-fastest- View the original press release below:hd-6950/13209.html SAPPHIRE TOXIC model is fastest HD 6950 yet! SAPPHIRE Technology - the world leading supplier of graphics solutions, mainboards and other PC 5
  6. 6. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone products - has just announced the SAPPHIRE HD Good news for Skype users on Android waiting patently for 6950 TOXIC Edition, the fastest production card in video call support. An additional 17 devices were supported on its class. The SAPPHIRE HD 6950 TOXIC Edition their latest Skype 2.1 for Android. ships with clock speeds of 880MHz for the core and 1300Mhz (5.2 Gb/sec effective) for the memory making it the fastest production HD 6950 on the market. This has been achieved by building the card on a high specification PCB with digital VRMs for excellent power regulation and 8 + 6 pin power connectors. It has a high performance cooler featuring a Vapor Chamber, blower fan and a new perforated backplate to increase airflow out of the system case. Like the standard HD 6950, the SAPPHIRE HD 6950 TOXIC Edition boasts true DX 11 capability and the powerful configuration of 1408 stream processors and 88 texture processing units. A Dual BIOS feature allows enthusiasts to experiment with alternative BIOS profiles and settings. Performance can be further enhanced with SAPPHIRE TriXX - the companys dedicated overclocking tool which allows memory and core clock speeds and voltages to be modified and monitored and is available free to download. With its two DVI, one HDMI and two mini- DisplayPort outputs, the SAPPHIRE HD 6950 TOXIC Edition supports a wide range of monitor configurations, including AMD Eyefinity with up to four screens. The SAPPHIRE HD 6950 TOXIC Edition has the latest Gen3 on-board hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder), considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray(tm) and other video content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files. The UVD can decode two 1080p HD video streams simultaneously and display HD video in high quality with Windows Aero mode enabled. The card has HDMI 1.4a which also Good news for Skype users on Android waiting patently for supports Stereoscopic 3D output. The SAPPHIRE HD video call support on their mobile device. An additional 17 6950 family is supported by AMDs DirectX 11 WHQL devices were supported on their latest Skype 2.1 for Android. certified graphics driver which delivers support for all of the key DirectX 11 level features required for For folks who are using Android devices not listed above new gaming experiences and acceleration of the latest but you are on Android 2.2, you could try some luck with generation of browsers, transcoding and other high enabling video calling in your Skype settings by going to performance applications (AMD APP acceleration). "Skype settings" after launching the app and select "enable For more details please visit www.sapphiretech.com video calling". Of course, if you do not see the settings, you are out of luck and do not meet the minimum requirements set by SkypeSkype 2.1 for Android givesvideo call for more Android Next generation Apple iPhonedevices is said to be 4G-capableSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/skype-2.1-for-android-gives-video-call- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/next-generation-apple-iphone-is-said-for-more-android-devices/13207.html to-be-4g-capable/13206.htmlAugust 4th, 2011 August 4th, 2011 6
  7. 7. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLooks like the next generation iPhone is surely arriving, withmany rumors about the phone brewing almost every week.Well, this time, it seems that China Mobile has "confirmed" thenew iPhone is going to be 4G-capable. Now, the question is,will the new phone be an entirely new iPhone 5, or an improvediPhone 4 (such as iPhone 4S or 4G)? Avatar Kinect is a new social entertainment experience that brings your avatar to life. Avatar Kinect can capture your facial expressions and voice so that when you smile, nod or speak, your avatar will do the same. You can invite up to seven friends to join you in 24 imaginative virtual stages – discuss the latest celebrity gossip or news on the Talk Show Stage, try out your hysterical comedy routine on the Performance Stage, or wager who will win the big game in the Sports Party Stage. On top of that, you can share the fun by capturingAccording to GizChina, China Mobile was reported to have animated videos you can post online for your family, friends orreached an agreement with Apple to bring its 4th generation fans to enjoy. The Kinect sensor can record your session with aTD-LTE mobile data connection to the next generation iPhone. producer’s editorial eye, following your performance, zoomingAlthough the news isnt exactly new, it could hint that the and panning, just like a real TV production. Share your videonext generation iPhone would be an iPhone 4S type device, recording with friends by uploading it to KinectShare.com andwith 4G capabilities, rather than a brand new iPhone 5 design. downloading it to your computer. You can also post it to yourThis would make sense with some of the rumors that the favorite social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter andnext generation iPhone, which could be the iPhone 5, iPhone YouTube. Avatar Kinect is available for free to all Xbox LIVE4S, (or iPhone 4G) has actually started carry network testing. Gold members, but to celebrate its release, Avatar Kinect hasRegardless of whether it would be a new designed iPhone 5 or been unlocked for all Xbox LIVE members (Free or Gold) tojust a rehashed, improved version of the iPhone 4, many users enjoy from 25 July to 8 September.are waiting for the phones arrival.Avatar Kinect and KinectSparkler promise more fun onXbox KinectSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/avatar-kinect-and-kinect-sparkler-promise-more-fun-on-xbox-kinect/13205.htmlAugust 4th, 2011Aside from dancing and motion-gaming on the Xbox Kinect,you can have more fun with the new additions of AvatarKinect and Kinect Sparkler in Kinect Fun Labs. Avatar Kinect Kinect Sparkler was launched in Kinect Fun Labs on 28captures your facial expression so that your avatar will do the July and it transforms simple finger painting into an aerialsame, and you can have talk shows with friends with your light show, using brand new Kinect tech such as backgroundavatar. Kinect Sparkler lets you do finger drawing onscreen removal and detailed finger tracking. Use your body as awith sparkler, and you can even draw in 3-D. stencil and your fingers to paint with light or write with sparklers, turning your room into a canvas. You can also draw in 3-D, moving the sparklers in front of and behind your foreground image, and then view your creation from multiple angels by moving your head. Share your masterpiece with friends and family by uploading it to KinectShare.com. Kinect 7
  8. 8. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSparkler will be available in Kinect Fun Labs for 240 Microsoft Since our last update, many of you have asked how thePoints. bootloader unlocking process will actually work, and in particular why HTCs most recently released devices still have a locked bootloader. Rest assured were making progressRandi Zuckerberg Leaves toward our goal to roll out the first software updates inFacebook August to support unlocking for the global HTC Sensation, followed soon by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/randi-zuckerberg-leaves- HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. Because unlocking the bootloaderfacebook/13204.html provides extensive control over the device and modificationsAugust 4th, 2011 may cause operation, security and experience issues, new devices will continue to ship locked but will support user- initiated unlocking using a new Web-based tool. So how will this work? The Web tool, which will launch this month, requires that you register an account with a valid e- mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty. Then plug in your phone to a computer with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token, which you can then enter into the Web tool toRandi Zuckerberg, the sister of founder Mark Zuckerberg, has receive a unique unlock key via e-mail. Finally, apply the keydecided to leave Facebook to start her own company. In an to your device and unlocking will be initiated on your phone.interview with Mashable, Randi quoted that her resignation isa “natural extension” and had been considering the move “fora really long time" Were excited to bring bootloader unlocking to developersNo news on who will be succeeding her position but Randi was and enthusiasts, and we feel this new Web tool will meetthe director of marketing in Facebook, a major role in this top your needs and continue to provide customers with the bestsocial media company. Her new company, RtoZ Media, will be experience. Thanks to the community for supporting thesefocusing as the role to help companies to become more "social" efforts!HTC to unlock bootloaders Thats right, HTC will be giving you the freedom to unlock your bootloader, only after you accept a disclaimer notifying thatwith a trade-off "all or parts" of your warranty may be null and void. FreedomSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-to-unlock-bootloaders-with-a- comes at a price, what do you think of this HTCs take ontrade-off/13203.html unlocked bootloaders ?August 4th, 2011 Ultrabooks too expensive according to Taiwan notebookRemember how HTCs locked bootloaders could be such a makerspain? Everyone was pleased when HTC announced that they Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ultrabooks-too-expensive-according-are going to unlock bootloaders on their mobile devices. Well to-taiwan-notebook-makers/13201.htmlhere is a update from the company on their facebook. August 4th, 2011 Apples recently launched MacBook Air starts at US$999 and the Taiwanese notebook makers are very concerned about Apples pricing and claim that unless Intel lowers its CPU prices for its ULV models, Ultrabooks will end up way past Intels suggested US$1,000 starting price point. Were having a feeling of déjà vu here with the failed CULV platform whichRemember how HTCs locked bootloaders could be such a wasnt quite as big as a failure as its been made up to be, butpain? Everyone was pleased when HTC announced that they it was another platform that was simply too expensive.are going to unlock bootloaders on their mobile devices.Well here is a update from the company on their facebook. 8
  9. 9. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApples recently launched MacBook Air starts at US$999 and August 4th, 2011the Taiwanese notebook makers are very concerned aboutApples pricing and claim that unless Intel lowers its CPUprices for its ULV models, Ultrabooks will end up way pastIntels suggested US$1,000 starting price point. Were havinga feeling of déjà vu here with the failed CULV platform whichwasnt quite as big as a failure as its been made up to be, butit was another platform that was simply too expensive. VR-Zone was one of the regional media invited to Bangkok,Its easy to point fingers at Apple, but in this case we cant Thailand to witness the launch of Philips new consumerbut wonder if some of the notebook manufacturers have over- C, E and V-Line, and the business P, B and S-Linereached in terms of what they thought they could produce at monitors by MMD. At the event, MMD also showcaseda certain price point. The notebook makers are now putting Philips new ErgoSensor technology that claims to help correctpressure on Intel to lower its CPU prices for them to be able to a users posture, as well as their 27-inch 3D monitor.hit the target pricing for Ultrabooks. For those who do not know, MMD (Multimedia Displays) is aPart of the problem is said to be changes in the production wholly-owned company of TPV which claims to be the largestprocess as most, if not all components will be soldered onto manufacturer of PC monitors and LCD TVs in the world.the main PCB of the Ultrabooks to help reduce weight and And MMD markets Philips monitors under the global brandthickness. SSDs are also required to meet the slim profile license agreement with Philips. Today, MMD announces thealongside li-polymer batteries and several other changes. Even launch of their new C-Line (which is the premium range), E-so, Intels CPUs are said to bear about one third of the total Line (Essential range) and V-Line (Value range) consumercost of an Ultrabook, which sounds a bit steep. monitors; B-Line (Business), S-Line (Standard or Small Business) and P-Line (Professional) business monitors. The P-Intel has a fairly limited range of ULV processors, but even so Line, B-Line and S-Line business monitors are available nowIntels ULV Core i5 models have a list price of US$250 which at all MMD distributors.is only a quarter of the US$1,000 price point. In all fairnessIntel is hoping to get machines in the market for less than this,but theres the OEM Core i3-2357M which we sadly dont knowwhat Intel is charging for, but itll be substantially less thanUS$250 and if wed make an educated guess this CPU shouldend up somewhere around the US$200 mark. Intel also hasa couple of budget friendly dual core ULV Celeron models atUS$134 and although theyre not very attractive in terms ofperformance, the cost is comparatively low.The question is if the notebook makers are willing to makethis kind of a trade-off, especially after the low-end CULVnotebooks failing to gather any kind of momentum and in theend even the high-end models ended up being sold at closeto cost. A repeat of this situation would be a disaster for thenotebook makers and this seems to be the main reason whytheyre being so cautious about the Ultrabook market segment.That said, some innovation would go a long way to convinceconsumers to go for an Ultrabook over a regular notebook,despite the slightly higher price. We have a feeling that onereason why Apples 13.3-inch MacBook Air is so popular isbecause of the higher resolution screen, an option thats rareto see on Windows notebooks and its not exactly a superinnovative feature.Philips launches newconsumer and businessmonitorsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/philips-launches-new-consumer-and-business-monitors/13194.html 9
  10. 10. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Philips Moda is a 23.6-inch LCD monitor, under the C-Line of premium consumer monitors, has a two-tone elegantfinish with a die-cast pure aluminium stand. The Moda hasbacklit controls with two HDMI input and a VGA connector.According to the company, there is no DVI input as it isphasing out and did not catch on consumers. Also showcased at the event was the prototype Philips ErgoSensor technology which MMD claims to be the firstMMD also introduced a pure white version of the Philips in the world to offer a true optimized ergonomic viewingModa (right picture) as well as one with the proprietary experience on their display. With an integrated camera aboveLightframe technology. The Philips Moda is scheduled to the display, the monitor uses advanced detection technologybe available next week; the white version in October to measure a users interpupillary distance; whether their headand the one with Lightframe in December (just before is in an inclined position; detects how long the user has beenChristmas). At press time, the 23.6-inch Philips Moda (model: sitting in front of the display etc, and gives appropriate advice248C3LHSB) will be retailing at an S$349; the 21.5-inch E- to the user. At the rear of the monitor are USB, DVI and VGAline (model: 227E3LPHSU) at S$229, and the 27-inch (model: connectors.273E3LHSB) at S$489.Philips ErgoSensor monitor The ErgoSensor can only detect a single user at any one time, and thus if there are few users crowding in front of the monitor, the display will not be able to provide accurate advice. According to a MMD executive, the ErgoSensor monitor takes approximately less than two minutes to detect and monitor the user and an attention prompt will popup at the bottom right of the screen to inform the user. The Philips ErgoSensor monitor is scheduled to launch from December this year. No pricing information is available at press time. More to come.. Motorola publishes specifications of upcoming DROID Bionic smartphone on website Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-publishes-specifications-of- upcoming-droid-bionic-smartphone-on-website/13200.html 10
  11. 11. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAugust 4th, 2011 has pointed out that the original Bionic only had 512MB of memory and utilized a Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC) for its processing needs, whereas the phone that was listed on Motorolas developer homepage boasted a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor and 1GB of memory.Now this has got to be one of those classic "Oh no they didnt!" In addition, the leaked specifications from Motorola has alsocases in action, although most people would probably have revealed that the upcoming Bionic will be a CDMA-only mobilenot expected Motorola, of all companies, to have made such phone which boasts built-in support for 4G mobile broadbandas slip-up. Apparently, the company has somehow managed connectivity via LTE, HDMI 1.4, along with 4GB of secureto leak some precious information about an upcoming DROID storage and 9GB of non-removable shared storage. Lastly, theBionic smartphone on its own website. Needless to say, the smartphone will also feature a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreenmistake was discovered and the websites content modified display that sports a native resolution of 960 x 540 (qHD),to appear as if the information never existed, but not before an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA camera for theits screenshots have started circulating around the depths of front and most importantly, will be preloaded with versioncyberspace. 2.3.4 of the Android operating system. Now, all we need is forHave you been lusting for more information about Motorola to conveniently "leak" out some information aboutMotorolas upcoming Bionic smartphone? Well, the good news an expected release date, along with pricing details, for theis that users do not have to wait any longer in order to find upcoming Bionic smartphone and everything will be just right.out what kind of specifications Motorolas upcoming DROID Oh, and just one more thing; Motorola has already pulledBionic smartphone will sport when it is finally released, for the information about the DROID Bionic smartphone fromit seems that Motorola has somehow managed to accidently its developer page, as we would have expected. But thanks topost up the complete specifications for the aforementioned the power of screenshots and the Internet, a copy of the fullsmartphone on its developer page, well ahead of schedule. specifications sheet has been published by Droid-Life, whichNice. you can access from this link if you are interested in finding out more about the upcoming smartphone. Strontium Gamma 115GB & Matrix 120GB SSD Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/strontium-gamma-115gb-- matrix-120gb-ssd-review/12848.html August 4th, 2011 Just about every memory manufacturer has jumped on the solid state drive bandwagon - and Singapore-based Strontium is no exception. We take a look at two SSDs from Strontiums Matrix and Gamma product lines. Singapore-based memory manufacturer Strontium is one of the more recent entrants to the consumer SSD market. They currently have two SSD product lines: the Gamma series, which uses the SandForce SF-1222 controller, and the Matrix series, which uses the Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 controller. Today, well be looking at the Strontium Gamma 115GB and Strontium Matrix 120GB. Both drives are backed by a three year warranty.According to a report published by Droid-Life, the modelnumber for the Bionic that was listed on Motorolasspecification page may be referencing the older XT865 whichis already available for sale on the market, but that is moreof a typographical error on Motorolas part, as the XT865sports specifications which are vastly different from thosethat were listed out on the site. For example, Droid-Life 11
  12. 12. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Random 4K write Random 4K write performance of performance of 50,000 IOPS (4K 50,000 IOPS (4K aligned) aligned) Power Active < 2.0W Active < 150mW Consumption Idle < 0.5W Warranty 3 years 3 years Temperature Operating Operating Temperature: 0°C~ Temperature: 0°C~ +70°C +70°C Storage Storage Temperature: Temperature: Strontium Strontium -20°C ~+85°C -20°C ~+85°C Gamma 115GB Matrix 120GB Humidity 0°C~55°C / 95%Controller SandForce SF-1222 Marvell 88SS9174- RH, 10cycles BLD2 Operating Shock 1,500G, duration 1,500G, durationInterface Supports Supports 0.5ms, half sine 0.5ms, half sine 1.5/3.0Gbps SATA 6/3.0Gbps SATA wave wave I/II interface III/II interface Supports SATA Fully Compliant Vibration 20G peak, 2 –500 Hz at 3.1G 3.0Gb/s NCQ and with ATA/ATAPI-7 10~2KHz with AHCI commands Standard 3axis MTBF >1,000,000 Hours >1,200,000 Hours Fully Compliant Supports SMART Form Factor 2.5" 2.5" with ATA/ATAPI-7 (Self-Monitor Compliance Fully Compliant Fully Compliant Standard Analysis and with RoHS with RoHS Reporting directive directive Supports SMART Technology) CE and FCC CE and FCC (Self-Monitor compatibility compatibility Analysis and TRIM support (O/S Reporting support required) Technology) LG unveils two new Cinema 3D Supports Secure TRIM support (O/S Erase and Write TVs in Korea support required) Protect function Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-unveils-two-new-cinema-3d-tvs-in- korea/13199.html Supports Secure Supports Dynamic August 4th, 2011 Erase and Write and Static Wear Protect function Levelling Supports Dynamic Data integrity and Static Wear under power- Levelling cycling ( > 6,000 times) LG Electronics has announced the availability of its new Data integrity Cinema 3D-capable, LED-backlit high-definition television under power- sets (HDTVs), the 47-inch 47LW9800 and 55-inch cycling ( > 6,000 55LW9800. Touted as the "crown-jewel" of 3D-capable times) television sets, the Korean electronics company has claimed that the new LW9800 series of HDTVs boast the most Supports F/W advanced technologies and features ever developed by it. More upgrade function details after the break...Flash 25nm MLC 25nm MLC LG has announced the availability of its new Cinema 3D-Performance Maximum Maximum capable, LED-backlit high-definition television sets (HDTVs), sequential read sequential read the 47-inch 47LW9800 and 55-inch 55LW9800. The new speed 280 Mbps speed 415 Mbps HTDVs have been claimed by LG to be the "crown-jewels" Maximum Maximum of 3D-capable television sets, and that they both feature the sequential write sequential write most advanced technologies and features ever developed by speed 270 Mbps speed 175 Mbps the company. 12
  13. 13. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone August 4th, 2011 The Logitech Revue may have made the headlines recently over its drastic price drop from US$249 to US$99 , but that does not mean that all is not going well for the Google TV set-top box, at least where end-users and the hacker comunity are concerned. Apparently, some enterprising developers have managed to successfully flash the Revue with version 3.1 of the Android operating system (Honeycomb), well before Logitech plans to roll out its own official Android 3.1 firmware updateAccording to the official press release issued by LG, the come summer this year.new 47-inch 47LW9800 and 55-inch 55LW9800 3D-capableLCD TVs sport what the company calls its NANO FULLLED and TruMotion 480Hz technology. LG claims that itsNANO FULL LED lighting technogy makes use of an extremelythin film printed with minuscule dots to disperse light moreevenly across the screen, with the result being brighter, clearerand smoother pictures, while TruMotion 400Hz ensures that images displayed by the telvision "stay silky smooth, nomatter how fast the action". So Logitech has slashed the price of its Revue Google TVIn addition, LG has also claimed that the 47LW9800 set-top box by almost 60% from US$249 to US$99. Whileand 55LW9800 will make use of the companys passive that might sound like a typical response for any company"Cinema 3D" display technology which is reportedly capable whose product is not doing very well on the market, it wouldof eliminating common symptoms of discomfort experienced seem that the latest bit of news regarding the Revue mightby users who own television sets which make use of the be just the kind of information that could potentially helpconventional active 3D technology, such as dizziness or renew consumer interest in Logitechs Google TV set-top box.disorientation. This has made it possible for the Korean Apparently, a group of enterprising hackers have somehowelectronics company to deliver affordable and comfortable 3D managed to flash the Revue with a custom Android 3.1 ROMglasses which are affordable, lightweight and battery free, thus (aka Honeycomb), and details on how to do so have somehowensuring that user comfort is not affected. managed to leak onto the Internet, complete with pictorialLast but definitely not least, LG has added that the new 47-inch evidence.47LW9800 and 55-inch 55LW9800 3D-capable LCD TVs will And yes, this custom ROM apparently comes preloaded withcome bundled with various Smart TV features, such as support the Android Market app.for online connectivity, multi-screen display and the inclusionof a built-in web browser to allow it to access the Internet,along with a Smart Motion Remote Control for operating theTV set.No information about pricing and global availability for theaforementioned television sets has been released at this pointof time, although LG claims that the products were firstlaunched in Korea two days ago.Hackers successfullyflash Logitech Revue withHoneycomb 3.1Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hackers-successfully-flash-logitech-revue-with-honeycomb-3.1/13198.html If you will remember our earlier article, we mentioned that Logitech has already planned to roll out a software update that will see existing Revue set-top boxes gain access to both the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system and the Android 13
  14. 14. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarket at once. However, with the Revue now going for aslow as US$99, we really would not be surprised to hear ofconsumers actually purchasing one of those Revues just tosatisfy their curiosity by trying to see if they can flash thedevices stock firmware with a custom build of the Honeycomboperating systemToshiba unveils new standard-height, 1TB hard disks fornotebooksSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-unveils-new-standard-height-1tb-hard-disks-for-notebooks/13197.htmlAugust 4th, 2011Well, that sure didnt take very long. In less than two weeks According to Toshiba, the new MQ01ABD100 hard diskafter we published the news of Western Digitals success in sports an areal density of 744Gb/in2 and boasts a powerrolling out what was probably the worlds first standard- consumption of no more than 0.55 watts when idle, alongheight, 1TB-touting mobile hard disks for notebooks, out with a 25% improvement in energy efficiency over its more-comes Toshiba with its own variant of such a hard disk, conventional hard disk models such as the MK7559GSXP. Inthe MQ01ABD100, which the Japanese company has claimed addition, Toshiba claims that the new MQ01ABD100 hard diskis specially designed for devices such as high-performance produces lesser noise as well, peaking at 24dB during seeknotebooks and hard disk-based media recorders. operations, and features standard specifications such as 8MB of cache, a platter speed of 5,400rpm, support for version 2.6 Remember the news we posted some time back about Western of the SATA specification and a maximum shock tolerance ofDigital unveiling what was probably the worlds first standard- up to 8,820 m / s2 when non-operational (3,920 m / s2 whenheight mobile hard disk that boasted as astronomical storage operational).capacity of 1TB? Well, the good news is that users who arein need of a new high-capacity hard disk but want moreoptions to choose from will probably have much to lookforward to. This is because Western Digitals Scorpio Bluehard disk has found itself a new competitor in the marketfor standard-height mobile hard disks boasting 1TB of storagespace, and it comes in the form of Toshibas latest product, theMQ01ABD100. 14
  15. 15. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNo details about pricing and availability for the new The specifications of the mouse have remained mostlyMQ01ABD100 hard disk has been announced by Toshiba at unchanged since its initial debut way back at CES this year;this point of time, although Akihabara News is claiming that it makes use of Microsofts signature BlueTrack technology,the device is expected to debut in Japan come mid-August this which is reportedly capable of allowing users to utilize theyear. Touch Mouse on virtually any surface, while a nano receiver serves as the link which connects the mouse to ones PC. In addition, the touch sensors on the Microsoft Touch Mouse areJapan to start selling also said to be capable of recognizing different finger sizes, aMicrosofts new Touch Mouse trait which could potentially allows users to map various flicks and gestures to different fingers.next month Last but definitely not least, ITmedia has claimed that theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-to-start-selling-microsoft-s-new- Microsoft Touch Mouse draws power from two AA batteriestouch-mouse-next-month/13196.html and is reportedly capable of providing up to three months ofAugust 4th, 2011 uptime on a fresh set of batteries. Oh, and it is available in any colour you want, as long as it is black. Old Twitter users to be upgraded to New Twitter thisRemember the Microsoft Touch Mouse that was first unveiledat CES this year? You know, the one that reportedly supports weekthree-finger gestures, is supposed to be available for sale only Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/old-twitter-users-to-be-upgraded-to-in the second half of the year and is said to be the direct new-twitter-this-week/13195.htmlcompetitor to Apples Magic Mouse? Well, it seems like the August 4th, 2011wait for the mouse to finally reach our shores may soon be atan end, now that Microsoft has announced the availability ofthe new Touch Mouse in Japan. Are you still using the old Twitter interface which has now beenApproximately seven months ago, we ran a story describing dubbed by many as Old Twitter? Well, if you are, you mightwhat was essentially Microsofts answer to Apples multitouch- want to actually start getting used to the new interface whichcapable Magic Mouse, the Microsoft Touch Mouse, which the popular microblogging service has rolled out way back lastfirst debuted at CES, and was touted to be capable of year; the company has confirmed that it plans to upgrade allsupporting gestures made by up to a maximum of three existing Old Twiiter users to the new interface by this week.fingers. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not release any concrete Well, change is never easy, right?details about the mouses release date at that point of time, Well, looks like Twitter has finally decided to get serious aboutpreferring to simply claim that consumers could expect to see its plans for upgrading the user interface for its popular onlinethe device hit retail shelves starting from the second half of the social networking and microblogging service. Apparently, weyear. have just received word from the company itself that the new Twitter user interface, which was first unveiled to users way back in September last year, will soon take over as the default interface when users access Twitter, and that the Old Twitter interface will be going the way of the dinosaur when that happens "this week". And if you thought we were making this up, this official tweet from the company itself that was seemingly made only a should dispel all remaining doubt that the UI change due to take place within this week, although Twitter has seemingly decided to not provide an exact date for the global rollout of the New Twitter interface.Fast forward to the present, and it seems that the longwait for Microsofts new Touch Mouse might soon be at anend, especially if this latest announcement made by the theRedmond giants Japan office is of any indication. Apparently,the Touch Mouse is expected to be made available for sale inJapan come September this year, and that it will reportedly beretailing at the price of 7980 yen, or approximately US$103. 15
  16. 16. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone August 4th, 2011That being said, Twitters latest move will probably irk manyusers who have grown accustomed to the Old Twitter interface,although one really cannot fault the popular microbloggingplatform for forcing the New Twitter interface down on itsuser base. For one, Twitter has been taking pains to remindpeople since June this year that the switch to the new interfacewas imminent by adding a browser-top alert informing themthat the upgrade to New Twitter was expected to take place"very, very soon".Well, at the very least, Twitter had the decency to make theeventual switch as gradual and low-key as possible by allowingusers to hold on to Old Twitter up till now, even thoughNew Twitter was officially unveiled way back in Septemberlast year. This, along with the use of constant browser-topreminders informing users that New Twitter will eventuallytake its place as the default user interface for the popularmicroblogging platform means that critics cannot blameTwitter for pulling a "Facebook" on its user base and suddenlymaking an abrupt UI change without any notification.More images of ASUS MARS IIDual-GTX 580 Graphics CardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-images-of-asus-mars-ii-dual-gtx-580-graphics-card/13192.html 16
  17. 17. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone OEMs today and a good percentage of the high performance power supplies currently available are based on their designs and manufactured by them. Some weeks ago we had a look at one of their very high output products, the Direct12 BR 1kW power supply; today we are going to test and review the Performance Pro series 750W unit and see how well High Power can deliver in the mainstream market. • 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - Offer 85% minimum efficiency at 50% load • Single +12V Output Rail - Offers maximum compatibility with latest components. • Dual Case Fan Connectors - Two Additional connectors dedicated for 8cm, 9cm, 12cm, or 14cm fans. AI Temperature control unit manage fan speed accordingly to keep temperature and acoustic level at optimal. • Golf-Surfaced Fan - Whisper quiet 13.5cm golf- surfaced fan brings more airflow volume with less noise than convention. • Japan- made Main Capacitors - Longer lifespan than electrolytic capacitors • Honey Comb Structure with the Best Ventilation - Optimum design structure made to maximize air flow to minimize thermal increase, air resistance, and noise level. • 24 Pin connector with Nylon Sleeve - The cable is sleevedThe ASUS MARS II is a dual-GTX 580 graphics card. It will for an improved airflow and help create a neat and easyfeature a core frequency of 816MHz, shader frequency of installation.1632MHz, a memory frequency of 4008MHz, 3GB of GDDR5 • PCI-Express Power Connectors - Provide dedicated +12Vmemory and 1024 CUDA cores. The ASUS MARS II graphics for high end dual graphic SLI or Crossfire Connection.card is reported to have a limited quantity of 1000 units witha price tag of €1,000 (S$1,714) each. • Patented Easy Swap Connector - Quick and Easy installation.High Power Performance Pro • EuP 2010 Lot 6 Compliant (System Idle power usage less than 1W)750W PSU review • RoHS Compliant - made with hazardous - freeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/high-power-performance-pro-750w- components RoHS is the Restriction Of the use ofpsu-review/13193.html certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronicAugust 4th, 2011 equipment. This has been a standard in Europe and is now becoming a standard in the world. Not only lead, but cadium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants are limited as well. Today we bring you the review of another high quality power • What you see is what you get. NO Tweaks! - Truesupply from High Power, the subsidiary company of Sirfa. For Wattage Rating is the industrys way of designating athose unaware of it, Sirfa is one of the most reputable PSU power supply models wattage capacity. It is based onOEMs today and a good percentage of the high performance the total DC output wattages that a power supply canpower supplies currently available are based on their designs continuously provide.and manufactured by them. Some weeks ago we had a lookat one of their very high output products, the Direct12 BR1kW power supply; today we are going to test and review thePerformance Pro series 750W unit and see how well High Kingston To Ship HyperX SSD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-to-ship-hyperx-Power can deliver in the mainstream market. ssd/13190.htmlToday we bring you the review of another high quality powersupply from High Power, the subsidiary company of Sirfa. Forthose unaware of it, Sirfa is one of the most reputable PSU 17
  18. 18. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAugust 4th, 2011 Considering that DisplayPort isnt directly compatible with DVI and HDMI (both of which are very similar to each other), adapters like these will be needed. There are already plenty of adapters available in the market, but none quite like these.Kingston is shipping their HyperX SSD which will feature theSandForce SD-2281 controller, SATA 3 interface allowing aread speed of 555MB/s and write speed of 510MB/s. It alsohas a random 4k read of 95,000 IOPs and a random 4k writeof 70,000 IOPs. The HyperX SSD will be available in 120GB, Each of the new adaptors plug into either a mini DisplayPort240GB capacities which will retail for US$270 (S$325) and US or a standard size DisplayPort connector and then give you a$520 (S$626) respectively. pair of HDMI ports in the other end. This in itself might not sound all that special, until you realise that you can run a pair of HDMI screens of a single DisplayPort connector. This isZotac launches DisplayPort to potentially very useful for someone with a motherboard withdual HDMI adapters integrated graphics that wants to run three screens, something that isnt possible without adding a graphics card in mostSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zotac-launches-displayport-to-dual- cases. Plug in one of Zotacs new adapters and you can, at leasthdmi-adapters/13191.html as long as your motherboard has one DisplayPort and at leastAugust 4th, 2011 one other display interface.If theres one market where things moves slowly, as in slowerthan paint drying, then its the display interface industry as itsthe year 2011 and were still using a display connector that firstcame out in 1987, namely the good old D-sub. This was meantto be replaced by the DVI port and more recently both portswere said to be replaced by the DisplayPort connector by 2015or there abouts. So what does this have to do with anything?Well, Zotac has come up with a pair of nifty adapters foranyone that happens to own a pair of HDMI equipped displaysand a graphics card with only a DisplayPort connector. There is a drawback though, Zotacs adapters are limited to 1920x1080 resolution per screen, but at least theres supportIf theres one market where things moves slowly, as in slower for spanning so 3840x1080 is doable. The adapters also workthan paint drying, then its the display interface industry as its with notebooks and we can see quite a few notebook usersthe year 2011 and were still using a display connector that first being interested in these, as you dont tend to have a wealth ofcame out in 1987, namely the good old D-sub. This was meant display interfaces on notebooks and this makes it tricky to runto be replaced by the DVI port and more recently both ports more than one display. It might not be the perfect solution, butwere said to be replaced by the DisplayPort connector by 2015 its still a much better one than whats currently available. Noor there abouts. So what does this have to do with anything? word on pricing as yet, but wed expect the new adapters to beWell, Zotac has come up with a pair of nifty adapters for more expensive than current single port adapters.anyone that happens to own a pair of HDMI equipped displays Update: The price for either adapter is US$50 which seems aand a graphics card with only a DisplayPort connector. bit on the steep side.So ok, its hugely unlikely that this will ever be the case, butits good to see a company thats willing to move forward. 18
  19. 19. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone It appears that we have a lot to look forward to from SonysOCZ to launch Z-Drive R4 SSD digital camera division later this month, as the company iswith capacity of over 3TB expected to launch no less than four new cameras of which twoSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-to-launch-z-drive-r4-ssd-with- are Alpha models and two are NEX models. Pictures of bothcapacity-of-over-3tb/13187.html of the NEX models have now appeared, alongside pictures ofAugust 4th, 2011 several new lenses and details of some new accessories. The announcement is expected to take place around the 23 or 24 of August, but the new cameras are said to not be available until October at the earliest with Asia apparently getting first dibs. The big news in todays leak is the first, if albeit tiny picture of Sonys upcoming NEX-5N and although it looks veryOCZ is going to launch its Z-Drive R4 SSD soon which was similar to the current NEX-5 it has a slight angle on the topfirst seen at the Computex 2011. The SSD will be available in and the pixel count has gone up from 14.2 Megapixels to 16.1various capacities from 480GB to 3.84TB. Megapixels. The other big news is a front view of the NEX-7 which is a larger camera than the NEX-5N by a fair amount which can easily be seen by the large amount of camera that is still surrounding the lens. In all fairness its not going to be a huge camera, but we can see Sony swinging things around and calling this the “worlds smallest” exchangeable lens camera with a built in viewfinder.OCZ will be launching its latest PCIe SSD, Z-Drive R4, whichallows up to 2,900MB/s read speed, 2700MB/s write speedand 350,000 IOPS for 4K random write. In one of thedemonstration shown at the Computex 2011, multiple Z-DriveR4 in Raid 0 configuration was able to churn out more thanone million IOPS for the Iometer 4KB random read test.The OCZ Z-Drive R4 uses eight SandForce SF-2281 controllerswhich are internally configured for Raid 0, runs on a PCIe x8 Several new lenses are also expected for the NEX compatiblecard and will be available in two variants, the C series (480GB E-mount. Were fairly certain a lot of consumers have beento 3.84TB) and R series (800GB to 3.2TB). waiting for a zoom lens for the NEX range and Sony is set to deliver this with a new 55-210mm f/4-6.3 lens with OSS. Then we have a 50mm f/1.8 lens again with OSS and finally a ZeissSonys next gen NEX cameras branded 24mm f/1.8 lens. The NEX-5N is also said to get anand more unveiled ahead of external XGA resolution OLED viewfinder which is sadly not backwards compatible with the older NEX models.the launch Another interesting development is something called the LA-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-s-next-gen-nex-cameras-and- EA2 which is a translucent mirror adapter for some of the NEXmore-unveiled-ahead-of-the-launch/13188.html cameras that accepts Alpha mount lenses and pretty muchAugust 4th, 2011 turns the NEX cameras into one of Sonys SLT cameras. Its said to add much faster auto focus, although at the cost of battery life. As for Sonys Alpha models, the A77 is expected to sport 24 Megapixels, very fast auto focus and 11 cross type AFIt appears that we have a lot to look forward to from Sonys points. The new electronic viewfinder is meant to be a hugedigital camera division later this month, as the company is improvement over the current SLT cameras from Sony and theexpected to launch no less than four new cameras of which two A77 is said to be offered bundled with a new 16-50mm f/2.8are Alpha models and two are NEX models. Pictures of both SSM lens. The more affordable A65 model is said to featureof the NEX models have now appeared, alongside pictures of the same sensor as the A77, but it wont have the same highseveral new lenses and details of some new accessories. speed frame capture capability. The A77 is expected to cost 19
  20. 20. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonearound US$1200-1300 without the kit lens which adds about To top off the package, ViewSonic has also claimed that theUS$200-300 to the price tag. V3D243s built-un support for NVIDIA 3D Vision technology allows users "to play more than 550 3D games in full 1080p, 60 fps resolution, view 3D videos and photos, and stream 3DViewSonic announces web content" when the monitor is hooked up to a PC whichavailability of 24-inch, 3D- utilizes a supported GeForce graphics card. Alternatively, users can also make use of the built-in HDMI-in port tocapable V3D245 monitor in the connect various media devices such as the "latest Blu-ray 3DUS players" or video game consoles. Last but definitely not least, the company has confirmed that the monitor will also featureSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/viewsonic-announces-availability- an "integrated two-watt SRS Premium Sound audio speakersof-24-inch-3d-capable-v3d245-monitor-in-the-us/13183.html provides consumers the ultimate multimedia entertainmentAugust 4th, 2011 display". No information about global availability has been announced at this point of time, although ViewSonic has confirmed that the V3D245 3D monitor, along with the bundled pair of NVIDIA 3D Vision active stereo 3D glasses, will be available for sale in North America come mid-to-late August at the ViewSonic has announced the availability of its new 24-inch, estimated retail price of US$499.3D-capable V3D245 monitors in the US. The monitors, which More Symbian "Belle"boast support for NVIDIAs 3D Vision technology, have beentouted by the company to be capable of delivering "great coloraccuracy and picture detail for unsurpassed 3D image quality" screenshots surface onlineand is designed to appeal to "gamers, movie buffs and photo Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-symbian-belle-screenshots-enthusiasts". surface-online/13180.htmlViewSonic has announced the availability of the new LED- August 4th, 2011backlit V3D245 monitor which boasts a 24-inch display, alongwith support for 3D display via the use of NVIDIAs 3D Visiontechnology. Nokia may have already committed itself to transitioning towards Microsofts Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, but if you thought that the Finnish communication corporations desicion would result in the quick and decisive death of its existing Symbian operating system, well, you could not have been further from the truth. Apparently, word has it that Nokia is already hard at work on the next iteration of the Symbian OS, which has been dubbed as Symbian Belle, and the latest leaked screenshots of the operating system are suggesting that "Belle" might offer a much more flexible user experience over "Anna". Have you heard about Symbian "Belle"? Well, for thoseAccording to the official press release issued by the who are not aware, "Belle" is reportedly the codename forcompany, the new V3D243 3D-capable monitor makes use Nokias upcoming successor to the Symbian operating system,of a combination of "world-leading LED technology with of which "Anna" is the version that is currently in useextraordinary power-saving performance" and is capable of on many of the Finnish telecommunications corporationsoffering a refresh rate of 120Hz, along with an "ultra-fast flagship smartphone models. And from the looks of it, it would2ms video response time", thus "making it ideal for delivering seem that Symbian "Belle" is Nokias best attempt to restorea truly immersive 2D and 3D entertainment and gaming the Symbian operating system to relevancy in todays highlyexperience". In addition, ViewSonic claims that video-input is competitive mobile operating system market, especially if theachieved via a HDMI port which supports version 1.4 of the various leaked screenshots of "Belle" that have started showingHDMI standard, while the 1920x1080 full HD display panel up online are of any indication.used in the assembly of the V3D243 is capable of achieveinga 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and up to 300 nitsof brightness for "great color accuracy and picture detail forunsurpassed 3D image quality". 20
  21. 21. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccording to a report published by My Nokia Blog, the leaked In addition, a screenshot of what appears to be the multitabscreenshots that made it out onto the Internet this time were view for Symbian "Belle"s built-in web browser was also foundcentered around the operating systems user inteface. For on The Nokia Blog, with the wesite claiming that Nokiasexample, My Nokia Blog has pointed out that Symbian "Belle" implementation of the feature in Symbian "Belle" seems tonow sports what appears to be the introduction of a universal bear some similarities to a similar feature that is alreadytoolbar which is permanently positioned at the bottom of present in Microsofts Windows Phone 7 operating system.the screen. More importantly, the icons and options presenton the aforementioned toolbar seem to change dynamicallywhenever a different app is launched; this is very similar tohow the toolbar in Apples Mac OS X operating system works. 21
  22. 22. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The patent dispute between Apple and Samsung rages on, and it looks like the Cupertino company has brought the Korean to the Federal Court of Australia. Well, Apple has won an agreement and this means that Samsung is not allowed to sell their new Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. At least not until the dispute has been resolved. Since April, Apple has issued a lawsuit against Korean manufacturer Samsung for copying the looks and feel of its iPhone, iPod Touch and even the iPad tablet device. And Apple has seek an injunction on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in countries including USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Australia, and it has won the agreement that stops Samsung from selling the tablet device in Australia. Well, that is until the dispute between both companies have been resolved.That being said, no details about a possible release date forSymbian "Belle" has been leaked out to the wild yet, so it is Samsung has agreed to stop advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 invery possible that the various screenshots that are currently Australia, and that the tablet will not be sold in the country,making their rounds in cyberspace could be nothing more while Apple has agreed to compensate the Korean company forthan just a bunch of pre-release UI designs that are likely to the lost sales if it loses the case. According to reports, Samsungundergo significant changes as Nokia progresses further with has offered three Australian models of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tothe development of their new operating system. However, we Apple for examination.cannot help but admit that these screenshots have definitelycaptured our attention, if only because they seem to hintthat Nokia might finally be getting its mojo back where user- Are you waiting for the newinterface design is concerned. After all, one must never forget iPhone 5?that this is the company which was once highly regarded by Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/are-you-waiting-for-the-new-many for its knack in delivering mobile phones that sported iphone-5-/13177.htmluser interfaces which were both attractive and extremely easy August 4th, 2011to use.Samsung not allowed to sellGalaxy Tab 10.1 in AustraliaSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-not-allowed-to-sell-galaxy-tab-10.1-in-australia/13179.html With rumors of the upcoming iPhone 5 launching inAugust 4th, 2011 September or October, it is interesting to know that there are many consumers who are waiting for the Apple smartphone. According to analyst from Piper Jaffray, it looks like 74% of Verizon users whom were polled, are waiting for the iPhone 5. 22

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