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VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Aug 2011 Issue


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VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover …

VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries. Our inquisitive team of journalists cover key international events like CES, CeBIT, MWC, Computex and local exhibitions like CommunicAsia, IT SHOW, PC SHOW, COMEX and SITEX.

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  • 1. August 4th, 2011 Published by: | 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: 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: 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. 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. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLG unveils Optimus 3D andwhite Optimus 2X in TaiwanSource: 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. 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. 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: 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. 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 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: Source: to-be-4g-capable/13206.htmlAugust 4th, 2011 August 4th, 2011 6
  • 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 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: 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 Kinect 7
  • 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: 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: 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: 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. 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 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: 9
  • 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: upcoming-droid-bionic-smartphone-on-website/13200.html 10
  • 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: 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. 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: 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. 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 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: 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. 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: 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. 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 month Last but definitely not least, ITmedia has claimed that theSource: 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: 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. 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: 16
  • 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: 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: 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. 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: 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. 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: 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: 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. 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: 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:". 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. 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. 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: 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: 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
  • 23. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone August 4th, 2011 Do you remember the stories we have published on VR-Zone regarding the status of an upcoming Gingrebread update for HTCs old but still popular Desire smartphone? Well, it seems that this is where we got the classic "good news bad news" situation going right now, with the good news being that HTC has just pushed out an official Gingerbread ROM for the Desire. And the bad news? Well, lets just say that this official ROM is definitely going to cause a lot of issues on your Desire if you attempt to install it.With speculations of the fifth generation Apple iPhone comingin either September or October this year, it is no wonder manyconsumers are waiting patiently to see if the new phone isworth getting. And according to analyst Gene Munster of PiperJaffray, who have polled 216 mobile phone users about theirphones, the results showed that 74% of users who are Verizonsubscribers and do not have an iPhone, are waiting for thenew iPhone 5. The percentage is a lot higer compared to 53%of AT&T customers who plan to buy an iPhone said they arewaiting for the new phone. Looks like Apples share of thesmartphone market will grow steadily once the iPhone 5 hasbeen launched. So you are a proud owner of the old but reliable HTC Desire smartphone and have been patiently waiting for the day where you will be able to finally download and install an official Gingerbread ROM from the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, right? Well, you might want to hold your horses, especially if the latest announcement from HTC regarding this particular issue is of any indication. Apparently, this is yet another of those classic "good news bad news" situations in action, with the good news being that, after months of waiting, users finally have access to an official Gingerbread ROM which they can use to update the Desire with. So whats so bad about this? Well, the unfortunate truth is that you are almost guaranteed to run into issues with your Desire upon installation of HTCs new ROM, as the company has announced on its Facebook page that the particular ROM that has been made available for download is nothing more than a development version. Yes, you read that right: it seems that there is still no finalized version of the Gingerbread ROM that has deemed stable enough by HTC to be released for mass deployment.HTC releases developerGingerbread ROM for DesireSource: 23
  • 24. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHowever, if that disclaimer is not about to deter you fromgetting a copy of of the development Gingerbread ROM andinstalling it into your Desire, HTC has also pointed out thatyou can expect to see all your customizations, messages, emailsand contacts being erased from the phone during the upgradeprocess, so performing a backup prior to flashing the Desiresfirmware is definitely a must.In addition, HTC has also claimed that, due to the lack ofmemory in the Desire, users can expect to lose access to avariety of features that typically come preloaded on a HTC-branded smartphone, such as Facebook. Rather, these appswill now be made available for download either off HTCs StarHub has unveiled their new FooD.I.Y Apple iPaddeveloper website, or through the Android Market. application that features a huge library of recipes, in both text and demo video formats, from well-known international chefs on StarHub TV’s food channels and well-known local culinary school, enhanced with customised user-friendly functions adapted for Singapore users. The FooD.I.Y application is an initiative presented by Hubalicious – StarHub’s experiential food and lifestyle platform - and is currently available on the Apple iPhone. It claims to be the first locally-produced application that integrates an extensive database of recipes from popular chefs and TV hosts, culled from programmes on StarHub’s popular food channels such as BBC Lifestyle, Food Network Asia and TLC, as well as Palate Sensations culinary studio. Some of the key features:-In other words, this is a "download at your own risk"Gingerbread release which is clearly not ready for general Wide selection of recipes - FooD.I.Y includes recipes frompublic use. Still, if you are dead set on going ahead with celebrity chefs such as Bobby Chinn, Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver,the update, the developer ROM can be obtained from HTCs Paula Deen, Rachel Allen, Rachael Ray and more. New recipesdeveloper site at will be updated monthly. Selected video tutorials - Step-by-step video tutorials areStarHub introduces FooD.I.Y demonstrated by the celebrity chefs for selected recipes. Detailed ingredients and tools glossary - This highly-iPad application for those who informative and educational feature is excellent for buddinglove cooking home chefs as there is a description and picture of every ingredient listed, as well as recommended substitutionsSource: for less commonly-available items. Suggestions on whereapplication-for-those-who-love-cooking/13174.html ingredients and tools can be purchased in Singapore are alsoAugust 4th, 2011 provided. Easy-to-navigate platform - FooD.I.Y for iPad offers hassle- free browsing of its recipes of myriad cuisines via multiple ‘search’ options, be it by a chef’s name, meal category (starter, main course or dessert) and even by occasion. Handy shopping list - This feature allows users toIf you enjoy cooking and owns an Apple iPad, you must consolidate ingredient requirements from different recipes.get this app for your tablet. Telco operator StarHub has The completed shopping list can then be emailed for easyrecently introduced FooD.I.Y, iPad application with an easily reference.accessible library of recipes from international chefs featuredon StarHubs food channels and well-known local culinary Conversion chart - This function provides quick and easyschool. conversion across all recipes. 24
  • 25. August 4th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePromotions - New and exclusive promotions with special dealsand discounts with F&B outlets and food purveyors will beoffered each month. Specially for Singapore.My favourites - Add recipes to a list of favourites for easyreference.Share - Share enables emailing of favourite recipes to contactsand also sharing with friends on FaceBook.FooD.I.Y is available free from the App Store and is compatiblewith iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. FooD.I.Y is now available on StarHub’s eTV (enhanced TV).StarHub viewers can enjoy selected content from the FooD.I.YiPad and iPhone application during specific programmeson food channels BBC Lifestyle, Food Network Asia andTLC. This includes recipes, chef profiles and a recipe searchfunction by names of chefs and dish types. Interactivity isalso encouraged through a viewer voting exercise for favouriterecipes and weekly rankings will be showcased. Viewers canaccess FooD.I.Y on eTV by pressing the green button on theirremote control when the green spot shows at the top rightcorner of their television screens during relevant programs. The Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 portable HDD gets refreshed with two new colors, pink and blue. The portable HDD packs a 500GB capacity, USB 3.0 interface which is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, softwares to backup data and a seven years warranty. It is set to retail at US$100 (S $120).Verbatim USB 3.0 PortableHDD Available in Black, Pinkand BlueSource: 4th, 2011 The Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 portable HDD is nowavailable in pink and blue aside from the black version. 25
  • 26. August 8th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! The WoW MMO Mouse Legendary Edition seems to share its VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication basic design philosophy with the SteelSeries Ikari , but its covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. clear its not the same mouse with a new paint job. Were looking at 11 buttons that apparently have a 130 pre-set game commands, a CPI of 800 to 3,200 by the means of anSteelSeries announces its optical sensor, adjustable polling rate and a rather large backlitthird WoW mouse WoW logo with 16.8 million colour options with four level of pulsation.Source: 8th, 2011Apparently the way forward for many of the PC peripheralmakers are game tie-in products and SteelSeries has Apparently the WoW MMO Mouse Legendary Edition wasannounced its third World of Warcraft mouse, the MMO developed with input from Blizzard and it was designed to beMouse Legendary Edition. This time around were looking at a "smaller, less complex gaming mouse that delivers the samesomething a little bit less gaudy compared to the previous two impressive functionality found in the original and Cataclysmmodels, even though its far from bling free. versions." With an MSRP of US79.99 (S$97) its still a fairly expensive mouse, but on part with other gaming mice. It should hit retail sometime in September and it works with bothApparently the way forward for many of the PC peripheral PCs and Macs.makers are game tie-in products and SteelSeries hasannounced its third World of Warcraft mouse, the MMOMouse Legendary Edition. This time around were looking at TRENDnet TEW-692GRsomething a little bit less gaudy compared to the previous twomodels, even though its far from bling free. 450Mbps Dual-Band Wireless Router Review Source: band-wireless-router-review/13226.html August 8th, 2011 The TEW-692GW is the first router to support 450Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This routers raw horsepower redefines wireless networking as we know it, to easily stream HD videos throughout your home and much more. 1
  • 27. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEarlier on, TRENDnet announced that their 3-stream dual- The power jack, reset button, color-coded RJ45 jacks (1xband wireless-N routers will be making their way to stores WAN , 4x LAN) are found at the back of the router. Thesome time this year. The TEW-692GR was on-track, shipping TEW-691 also features a physical power switch providing easyout to retailers in mid-summer. TRENDnets 450Mbps access to power cycle the router.concurrent dual-band wireless-N Router is the first router tosupport 450Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandssimultaneously.The TEW-692, like its predecessors comes in the usual plastic AMD launches Radeon Memoryenclosure with a piano black finish. Its antennas however, arelocated on the sides instead of the rear, giving the router a for Systems Source: squarish look. On the top right corner of the router is systems/13249.htmlthe Greennet label. Greennet energy saving is a feature that is August 8th, 2011provides up to 70 percent energy efficiency compared to thosewithout. This is a peculiar one, AMD has started selling desktop PC memory under its Radeon brand and although that in itself is strange, we cant but wonder about the timing, as its not exactly as if memory costs much these days. AMD is offering three types of memory as well, targeting entertainment, ultra pro gaming and enterprise market segments. This is a peculiar one, AMD has started selling desktop PC memory under its Radeon brand and although that in itself is strange, we cant but wonder about the timing, as its not exactly as if memory costs much these days. AMD is offering three types of memory as well, targeting entertainment, ultra pro gaming and enterprise market segments.The WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) button is located on top of the So far the memory appears to have gone on sale only inrouter. WPS allows devices to connect to the router securely Japan and were not talking about stuff thatll blow your sockswith ease. On the right side, there are three 3dBi 5GHz fixed off either. AMD appears to only offer 1.5V 2GB single packantennas. DIMMs for one, although theyre at least single rank modules (single sided), so there should be zero compatibility issues. The entertainment modules are clocked at 1333MHz with a latency of 9-9-9 whereas the ultra pro gaming modules are clocked at 1600MHz with a comparably slow latency of 11-11-11. The enterprise module has as yet not received any speed ratings on AMDs website. 2
  • 28. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone What were looking at is a new standard that will cater for both Bluetooth and IR glasses and apparently the four companies are taking into account current standards that all four are using. Apparently one the bonuses will be that you can bring your home glasses to the cinema as well, or at least as long as your local cinema uses Xpand 3D technology. With any luck the new standard will also be backwardsWere also not quite sure why AMD has gone through the compatible with current solutions, or at least whats alreadytrouble to have the memory chips branded with an AMD logo, on offer from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. Panasonic andbut I guess they dont want to reveal who their partner is. We Xpand 3D are already working together and have created adont know what the ultra pro gamer modules look like, but joint standard, but with Samsung and Sony on board we mightthe entertainment ones are fairly plain with a typical AMD actually have a chance to get an industry wide standard for 3DRadeon sticker on side, albeit instead of having a graphics glasses. This should surely make life easier for anyone eithercard model name, it simply says memory instead. In Japan upgrading their 3D TV after a couple of years or more so fora 2GB stick of the entertainment grade memory will set you those wanting to have a few friends over for a movie night.back 1,570 Yen (S$25) which isnt terrible considering thatcomputer components are usually more expensive in Japanthan elsewhere. Sony unveils commercialPicture source: Akiba PC Hotline ESSP-2000 industrial battery with 10-year shelf lifeFull HD 3D Glasses Initiative Source: bring unified 3D glasses industrial-battery-with-10-year-shelf-life/13245.html August 8th, 2011standardSource: 8th, 2011 Sony has unveiled its new commercial-grade ESSP-2000 industrial battery, which boasts the capability to provide business users with up to at least 10 years of reliable powerOne of the most frustrating things with 3D video is that theres output without experiencing significant cell standard for the glasses, well, or at least there wasnt until According to the Japanese electronics giant, the ESSP-2000 isnow. Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Xpand 3D have teamed designed to meet the energy needs of data centres and serverup work on whats currently known as the "Full HD 3D Glasses farms in unlikely event that a massive power outage takesInitiative" which is set to create a standard for 3D glasses. In place. More details after the break.fact, the four companies seem to be in a really hurry, as theyretargeting to being work on the new standard itself next month,although products arent expected until next year.One of the most frustrating things with 3D video is that theresno standard for the glasses, well, or at least there wasnt untilnow. Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Xpand 3D have teamedup work on whats currently known as the "Full HD 3D GlassesInitiative" which is set to create a standard for 3D glasses. Infact, the four companies seem to be in a really hurry, as theyretargeting to being work on the new standard itself next month,although products arent expected until next year. 3
  • 29. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony has unveiled the ESSP-2000, an industrial battery which Research in Motion has announced the new BlackBerry Apphas been claimed to be capable of providing commercial World 3.0 which claims to offer improved BlackBerry appusers with up to at least 10 years of reliable power output. experience for the users. The App World 3.0 is now available inDesigned to meet the needs of data centres and server farms, the BlackBerry Beta Zone for all BlackBerry smartphone users.the ESSP-2000 reportedly makes use of lithium-ion ironphosphate cells to achieve its long shelf life and high poweroutput.According to Sony, the ESSP-2000 can be used in threedifferent modes, namely UPS mode, Discharge Timer modeand Backup mode. UPS mode allows users to charge thebattery while it provides electrical power to connectedequipment, much like how one would charge a notebook ormobile phone while its bundled battery pack is still activelysupplying power to the device.Discharge Timer mode, on the other hand, supposedly allowsusers to set specific times for the ESSP-2000 to charge anddischarge itself, while Backup mode is designed so that theESSP-2000 will automatically trigger itself in the event apower failure takes place. Sony claims that the ESSP-2000 iscapable of making the switch from main to backup power in amere 20 miliseconds to minimize the likelihood of connecteddevices unexpectedly shutting down from the sudden power The newly announced BlackBerry App World 3.0 offers aloss. new user interface and store front that make discovering and downloading apps, games, and themes easier than before.No mention about the ESSP-2000s pricing has been revealed BlackBerry users can now personalize their smartphones, findby Sony at this point of time, although the company has the latest games and entertainment and get apps to stayclaimed that the device should be made available for sale in connected with their friends and family.Japan come September this year. The new features include:-Official specifications for the ESSP-2000 industrial battery areas follow: Sleek new design – The BlackBerry App World experience has been enhanced to help users discover the latest and greatest apps and content. At the right on the BlackBerry App World home screen are rotating spotlight banners that show off the latest and exciting apps. New channels – Whether it is apps, games or themes, each of them have their own channel such that users can easily access and get what they want faster. My Account - My Account is a new addition to the BlackBerry App World 3.0 which makes managing BlackBerry ID and payment options easy with direct access to all account information from the home screen. My World - My World provides users with a streamlined view of their apps and status in a glance. On top of that, users can also see which apps are installed and uninstalled, as well asBlackBerry App World 3.0 now manage subscription content and services. When new updates or subscription renewals are available for apps, users will beavailable on BlackBerry Beta notified using push technology.Zone App social sharing – When a user finds an app that he or she enjoys a lot, the user can share it directly from the appSource: details screen through BBM, Facebook, Twitter, email andavailable-on-blackberry-beta-zone/13243.html SMS.August 8th, 2011 Evolved app details screen – Users can get a quick summary, check out reviews and star ratings, take a look at screenshots and more. More search options – You can quickly find apps with a Search Bar that appeas on the storefront home screen and with search results presented across channels as well as My World. The Search Bars are also within each channel and users can choose 4
  • 30. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto filter by app name, price, rating, newest, best match, orpopularity.OCZ Agility 3 240GB ReviewSource: 8th, 2011Enter the Agility 3 - the low-cost offshoot of OCZs Vertex 3.With the same SandForce controller but slower NAND flash,is the Agility 3 a good deal for those seeking an economical Under the Hood6Gbps SSD? Our particular drives uses Micron 25nm asynchronous NANDTop-notch solid state drives make for interesting stories - the compliant to ONFI 1.0. This looks to be a double whammy forquestion is, do you really need that much performance? The performance: firstly, asynchronous NAND is slower than thejump from a hard drive to an SSD is immediately noticeable. synchronous NAND found on the Vertex 3. Secondly, ONFI 1.0However, the difference between a good SSD and an excellent is only specified for 50MB/s per die, compared to 133MB/s forone can be hard to tell in actual usage. If you are working the ONFI 2.0 flash used in the Vertex 3.within a tight budget, or would rather trade off performancefor greater capacity, it would be prudent to look for a moreeconomical model.OCZ has launched the Agility 3 and Solid 3 series, targeted atthe mainstream and value market respectively. Both drives usethe same SandForce SF-2281 6Gbps controller as the flagshipVertex 3, but OCZ has managed to lower prices by usingcheaper flash memory. This can lead to significantly lowerprices as the biggest share of a SSDs cost comes from the flashmemory, even though performance is in large part determinedby the controller.OCZ has sent us their Agility 3 240GB. While we would preferto test the far more affordable 120GB part, this drive shouldsuffice as a barometer for the difference between the twoseries. Specifications OCZs specifications, however, are far more optimistic. Across the board, there is not much difference between the Vertex 3 and Agility 3. OCZ OCZ OCZ OCZ OCZ OCZ Agility Vertex Agility Vertex Agility Vertex 3 3 3 3 3 60GB 3 60GB 240GB 240GB 120GB 120GB Max 525MB/ 550MB/ 525MB/ 550MB/ 525MB/ 535MB/ Read s s s s s s Max 500MB/ 520MB/ 500MB/ 500MB/ 475Mb/ 480MB/ Write s s s s s s Random 45,000 60,000 50,000 60,000 50,000 60,000 Write IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS 4KBInside the box we have a 3.5" tray adapter, an installation Maximum85,000 85,000 85,000 85,000 80,000 80,000guide, a sticker and mounting screws for the adapter. 4K IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS Random Write 5
  • 31. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Agility 3 is available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GBcapacities. FBI launches Child ID app forUsable Capacity iPhones Source: Agility 3 240GB uses 16 x 128Gbit NAND dies for a total of iphones/13244.html256GB raw capacity. As SandForce controllers reserve a single August 8th, 2011dies worth of area for error correction data and OCZ furtherallocates some area for overprovisioning, the usable capacityin Windows is only 223.6GB. Advertised Capacity Usable Capacity (before formatting)OCZ Agility 3 240GB 223.6GBIntel SSD 510 250GB 232.9GB If there is something weird in your neighbourhood and youTest Setup do not know what it is, you give the ghostbusters a call, right? So what happens when your kids go missing and you dontMotherboard Intel DH67BL know what to do? Why, you download the Federal Bureau ofProcessor Intel Core i3-2100 Investigations (FBI) recently-launched Child ID app, input (SpeedStep, C-State disabled) the personal particulars of your missing kids into the app andMemory 2 x 4GB DDR3-1333 send that information to the authorities, of course. Oh, andGraphics Intel HD Graphics 2000 dont forget to call the cops, too.Storage Western Digital WD3200AAKSPower Supply Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000WOperating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bitDrivers Intel Chipset Drivers Intel Rapid Storage Technology following solid state drives were tested: • Corsair X128 128GB (Indilinx Barefoot, Samsung 50nm The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced the MLC) availability of a new iPhone app which “allows parents to • Kingston SSDNow V+ 96GB (Toshiba T6UG1XBG, be able to electronically store photos and vital information Toshiba about their children” so that they have ready access to this • OCZ Vertex 3 240GB (SandForce SF-2281, Intel 25nm information in the event that it is required. According to the MLC) FBI, this app has been designed specifically to assist parents in alerting the authorities in the event that they lose sight of • OCZ Agility 3 240GB (SandForce SF-2281, Micron 25nm their children. MLC) So how does it work? Well, according to the announcement • OCZ Vertex 2 120GB (SandForce SF-1222, Intel 34nm made by the FBI, the Child ID app allows users to document MLC) important details about their children. Such details include • Intel SSD 320 300GB (Intel PC29AS21BA0, Intel 25nm photographs, as well as more private details such as their MLC) ethnicity, name, address and even their date of birth, ostensibly to assist parents in ensuring that they give the • Intel SSD 320 120GB (Intel PC29AS21BA0, Intel 25nm relevant authorities a comprehensive list of information to MLC) help accelerate the search for their missing children. • Intel SSD 510 250GB (Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2, Intel 34nm MLC) • Strontium Matrix 120GB (Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2, Micron 25nm MLC) • Strontium Gamma 115GB (SandForce SF-1222, Micron 25nm MLC) 6
  • 32. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn the unlikely event where a parents child does indeed go its Facebook app. When that is done, you will have to headmissing, the app will allow users to email the information back to your Android smartphone, log in, and check thestored within to the authorities, such as the FBI. However, “Notifications” box. And watch in joy as the notifications startherein lies the catch; the Child ID app does not come preloaded coming in as soon as they are published on Facebook. Howwith any email addresses, so the onus is on parents to actually neat can that be?populate the app with a list of important email addresseswell before the unthinkable happens. Of course, this is nosubstitute for actually calling to the authorities to make an OS X Lion upgrade breaksofficial report, a fact which the FBI has clearly taken painsto point out by including a “Call 911” button into the app, as graphics drivers for 2010shown in the image above. Macbook Pros Source: but definitely not least, the FBI has confirmed that neither drivers-for-2010-macbook-pros/13241.htmlit nor iTunes will collect any information that has been stored August 8th, 2011on the Child ID apps. And while the app is currently onlyavailable for the iPhone, the FBI has also claimed that it hasplans to port the app to other platforms as well.Facebook for Android getspush notifications, thanks to A Mac just works as soon as you flick the power switch right?BlackBerry Apparently, this does not apply if you happen to be a userSource: of a 2010-model Macbook Pro which features an NVIDIAnotifications-thanks-to-blackberry/13242.html graphics card and have recently made the switch to OS XAugust 8th, 2011 Lion on such a machine. This is because we have gotten word that users are reporting issues with blank screens and kernel panics on their new OS shortly after making the upgrade, with broken graphics drivers being said to be the main cause of such problems.Now this has got to be an interesting little “feature” of sorts forFacebook, if there ever was one. Apparently, it is now possiblefor Android users to receive push notifications from Facebookon their smartphones even though the feature has yet to makeits way down to the official Facebook app for Android. And thetrick to get it working? Well, here is a hint: it has got somethingto do with Research In Motions BlackBerry OS.Push notifications for Facebook is a feature which everyAndroid Facebook user has been lusting for ever since Googles Apple might love to claim that its computers and OS Xmobile operating system first saw the light of day on the operating system are stable, robust and pack enough featuresmarket, right? Well, the good news is that the wait for such to “just work”, but it seems that the Cupertino giant mighta feature to eventually make its way down into the official soon want to think of another tagline to promote its products,Facebook app for Android might now be at an end, thanks to an especially if this latest issue is of any indication. Apparently,unexpected discovery made by a certain girl who was a former word has it that certain users of the 2010 Macbook Pro modelsBlackBerryOS user. are suffering from various graphics related issues in OS X LionAccording to the report published by AndroidCentral, one of that causes the OS to trigger kernel panics and blank out theits forum members, who goes by the handle ccw1134, found out display completely, even when not under heavy processingabout the undocumented feature in the Facebook app when his loads.daughter, who recently switched from a BlackBerry Curve to a According to reports posted by both Ars Technica andMotorola XPRT smartphone, was able to consistently receive Slashdot, Lion was shipped with faulty drivers for the NVIDIApush notifications on her Android phone without any issues. graphics cards that are being used by the 2010-modelApparently, this led ccw1134 to compare settings between both Macbook Pros, and that these faulty drivers are the cause ofhis and his daughters Facebook accounts, and they found out countless complains that have been posted on Apples supportthat the daughters account in Facebook had an additional forums. Specifically, it seems that models which make use ofentry in the form of a “Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones” the NVIDIA GT330M graphics card that is bundled in the 15-appearing under Facebooks list of authorized apps. inch and 17-inch Macbook Pros are the most susceptible to thisSo what does this mean? Well, if you are really desperate gain push notification functionality on your Androidsmartphone, you will first have to get your hands on aworking BlackBerry smartphone and log into Facebook using 7
  • 33. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone machine to prevent such issues from occurring for the time being. The catch? Well, users who often find themselves connecting their Macbook Pros to external displays will have to perform this fix on a regular basis, as the aforementioned files are reportedly recreated upon doing so. LG Optimus Pad gets Android 3.1 update in Japan Source: update-in-japan/13240.html August 8th, 2011In addition, Slashdot has claimed in its report that NVIDIAis unable to offer technical support for users who are affectedby this issue, as the OS X drivers for its graphics card arereportedly written by Apple themselves, and as such are the When the LG Optimus Pad was launched in Japan,latters responsibility. This might hold some truth, considering it incorporated Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb mobilehow NVIDIA does not have any drivers for the Lion version of operating system. Well, for the owners of the Android tabletits GT550M graphics card available for download on its driver (on NTT DoCoMo) in the land of the rising sun, the Androidpage. 3.1 update will be available soon on 10 August.Ars also claims that some users have reported limited successin working around the broken drivers by making use of anopen-source tool known as gfxCardStatus to forcibly run theirnotebooks using the integrated Intel graphics processing core, NTT DoCoMo will be offering software upgrade for the LGalthough ones mileage with the tool may vary, to say the least. Optimus Pad L-06C from August 10. When the 8.9-inchFurthermore, both Ars Technica and Slashdot have claimed Android tablet was first launched in Japan, it adopted thethat this issue was reportedly present in the beta builds of OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb mobile operating system. And in twoX Lion. This has caused some degree of frustration among Mac days time, owners can upgrade their software to Android 3.1.users, considering how the same bug was able to show up in The upgrade claims to offer improvements for the widgetsthe retail version of Lion without being fixed. which allow users to freely change the size, as well as scroll through your recently opened applications. On top of that, youThat being said, while there is no permanent fix in sight can connect a USB keyboard, mouse, joystick or even a camerafor the problem at this point of time, it would seem that to transfer images. Applications including Rakuten Auction,Apple has offered users a solution which is reportedly capable Twonky Mobile Special, Adobe Flash Player 10.3, Catalystof resolving the problem temporarily, at least until Apple Mobiler Reader, Movie Studio and LG World will also be addedmanages to deliver a working driver for affected systems. with the software upgrade.Apparently, Ars has claimed that users need to access thehidden ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost folder in Lion, delete The software update can be performed over a wireless LANany files that reference a “windowserver” and reboot the and you can go to the tablets settings menu and select 8
  • 34. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"System Update". Unfortunately, no word as to whether theLG Optimus Pad will made available in Singapore.Motorolas DROID Bionic getsa GSM radio, is now a worldphoneSource: 8th, 2011So you have read our story of Motorola accidentally leakinginformation about its upcoming DROID Bionic smartphoneon its developer page, only to quickly pull the informationas soon as the mistake was realized, right? Well, the goodnews is that all that secrecy over that smartphone is at In addition, a website known as WirelessGoodness hasan end, for the good guys over at the FCC have officially managed to identify various hardware components that havereleased documentation and pictures about the DROID Bionic, been used in the assembly of the DROID Bionic smartphone.complete with information about the hardware that have been According to the websites report, the Bionic will reportedlyused in its assembly. make use off memory from companies such as Elpida, SanDisk, Hynix and Toshiba, while the smartphones built-When we first brought you information about Motorolas in modem is supplied by Qualcomms MDM5500. However,upcoming DROID Bionic smartphone, first impressions about the report also mentions that there is no sign of the Texasthe phone might not have been favorable for some, if only Instruments 1GHz OMAP 4300 processor that Motorolabecause we mentioned that the Bionic only sports a single claims will provide the Bionic with its processing which is designed to work with the CDMA network.This meant that, regardless of its hardware specifications anddesign, most people in countries that make use of the moreconventional GSM network will never be able to get theirhands on the Bionic because of such a network incompatibility.However, it seems that Motorola might have had a suddenchange of heart after all, for the latest information that thegood guys over that the FCC have released now reveal that thethe DROID Bionic will sport radios for LTE, CDMA, UTMS andGSM as well. This makes the upcoming DROID Bionic a worldphone which will be supported by more than 220 countries allover the world. And we all know what this means; there nowexists a possibility that this particular smartphone might justeventually find its way over to our shores some time in the nearfuture. Last but definitely not least, reports from both Engadget and WirelessGoodness have confirmed that the DROID Bionic sports what appears to be an inductive charging back fixed onto the smartphone, although it appears that such a charger will not be bundled into the standard retail SKU, but will be sold instead as a separate accessory. Oh well. 9
  • 35. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to the official press release issued by Huawei, the new Vision smartphone sports a uni-body design which isHuawei announces availability crafted out of an aluminum alloy, and will be available in three different colours for consumers to choose from, namely “roseof new Vision smartphone gold, silver or charcoal”. The smartphone will also reportedlySource: boast a thickness of only 9.9mm (from its thinnest point) andvision-smartphone/13238.html weights approximately 121 grams. Which, in Huaweis words,August 8th, 2011 is lighter than a bottle of perfume or aftershave. That being said, the Vision is anything but lacking on the hardware side of things. According to the company, the Vision sports a five-megapixel camera which is capable of recording videos at 720p resolutions, while a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255-1 system-on-a-chip featuring a CPU core clocked atHuawei has announced the availability of its new Android- 1GHz provides the Vision with its data crunching capabilities.powered Vision smartphone for consumers. Sporting what the Also provided in the package are built-in support for wirelesscompany calls a new “3D carousel user-interface, the Vision is connectivity via Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi.touted as a smartphone which is capable of offering consumersthe “perfect combination of technology and style” in a single Last but definitely not least, Huawei has claimed that thepackage. More details, after the break... Vision makes use of a unique 3D interface which makess iit easier for users to navigate through their apps, and that a variety of popular games such as Angry Birds, Asphalt 6, Adrenaline, Order & Chaos Online and Guerrilla Bob HD will be preloaded onto the device. No specific details about the Visions pricing and availability has been released by Huawei, although the company has confirmed that the smartphone will be rolled out to selected markets come September this year. Specifications for the Huawei Vision are as follow:Are you thinking of replacing your current mobile phonewith a new Android-powered smartphone to keep yourselfup to date with the Android ecosystem, but are also feelingadventurous enough to try out a product that is not producedby the likes of typical big-name players such as Samsung, LGor Sony Ericsson? If so, you might probably be interestedwith Huaweis upcoming Vision smartphone, which has beentouted to be capable of providing consumers the “perfectcombination of technology and style” in a single package. i-Connect ViewX Laser Pico Projector Review Source: review/13237.html 10
  • 36. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAugust 8th, 2011 • Battery Life: 90 minutes Connectivity Options: • VGA Dock - PC, Notebooks. • Apple Connectivity Cable - iPod, iPhone, iPad. • Composite Cable - Mobile Phone, Camera. Ever wanted to harness the power of a projector and beable to display your snaps and flicks anywhere you are, but Zotac Introduces GeForcewithout the hassle of the weight, power and price issues thatconventional projector has? In this feature, well take a look ata projector that is designed with the aforementioned in mind. GTX 580 Infinity EditionSporting the same size as your smartphone, how practical is Source: portable projector? Read on to find out. infinity-edition/13236.html August 8th, 2011The trend in the mobile technology universe a while backseemed to be placing camera lens that is able to record videosand snap photographs on almost everything; handphones,MP3 players, tablets etc. However, the up-and-coming trendappear to be infusing a mini-projector in your gadget, andSamsung and LG have a few phones with such option. But forthose of us who do not have a smartphone that has this mobilebuilt-in function, what can we do?i-Connect ViewX might just be the answer for you. The i-Connect ViewX touts itself as one of the worlds first toincorporate PicoP technology from Microvision which usesblue, green and red lasers to project and recreate images,instead of conventional LED bulbs. The result is sharperimages and suprisingly, without the need to focus and refocusthe unit; just simple plug-and-play.You must be thinking, there must be something wrong, right?Everything just sound too good to be true from a productmatching the size of your smartphone. Well, youre right. Butbefore we go any further, here are the technical specification:- • Resolution: WVGA (848×480) • Brightness: 15 Lumens • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen • Contrast Ratio: >5000: 1 • Throw Ratio: 1:1 • Image Size: 150mm-2500mm The Zotac GeForce GTX 580 Infiinity Edition uses a watercooling kit from CooIT which allows up to 25% decrease • Charging port: microUSB in temperature. The Infinity Edition GTX 580 has an 11
  • 37. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneoverclocked core frequency of 815MHz and memory frequency See more specifications at the Silicon Power website.of 4100MHz. Other features include 512 stream processors,1.5GB memory size, 384-bit memory interface, 1 x mini HDMIoutput and 2 x DVI outputs. Super Talent to ship USB 3.0See more specifications at the Zotac website. Flash Drive Source: Power Releases Touch drive/13234.html August 8th, 2011835 Flash DriveSource: 8th, 2011 Super Talent has introduced their USB 3.0 ST2 flash drive which offers read speed of up to 67MB/s and write speed of 24MB/s.Silicon Power releases the Touch 835 Flash Drive which willbe available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. The Super Talent ST2 USB 3.0 flash drive is able to achieve a read speed of 67MB/s, write speed of 24MB/s and will be available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB capacities. The ST2 measures 70 x 18 x 8mm, uses an aluminium enclosure and comes with a lifetime warranty. The 8GB ST2 flash drive will be retailing forUS$20 (S$24). See more specifications of the ST2 flash drive at the Super Talent website. Apacer Revealed Pro II AS203 SSD Source: ssd/13231.html August 8th, 2011 Apacer has come out with the Pro II AS203 SSD which uses the SATA 3.0Gbps interface and is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.The Touch 835 flash drive measures 35.5 x 12.3 x 4.5mm,weighs 4.5g and is capable of lasting up to 10,000 insertionsto a USB port. Other features include COB (chip on board)packaging technology allowing the flash drive to be waterproof, shock proof and dust proof. 12
  • 38. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApacers Pro II AS203 SSD uses the SATA 3.0Gbps interfaceand has a read speed of 250MB/s for the 256GB, 128GBand 64GB models, read speed of 200MB/s for the 32GBmodel. The write speed reaches 230MB/s for the 256GB and128GB variants, 180MB/s for the 64GB model and 100MB/ Similar to the Xtreem S2 SSD, Xtreem S3 also offers as for the 32GB mdoel. Other features include a mean time maximum read speed of 550MB/s and maximum writebetween failure (MTBF) of 1 million hours, 128MB cache, speed of 480MB/s for the 60GB model, 500MB/s for theTRIM support, two years warranty and 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch 120GB model and 520MB/s for the 240GB model. However,adapter. compared to the S2, Xtreem S3 SSD offers a higher IOPS for the 120GB and 240GB variants. In the maximum 4k random write, the 120GB model offers 80,000 IOPS while the 240GBTeam Group Releases Xtreem offers 90,000 IOPS.S3 SSD The Xtreem S3 SSD is also available in the 480GB capacitySource: but specifications were not stated. Other features include assd/13230.html standard three years warranty and a MTBF of 1.5 millionAugust 8th, 2011 hours. See more specifications at the Team Group website. Team Group Releases Xtreem S2 SSD Source: addition to the release of Xtreem S2 SSD, Team Group has ssd/13229.htmlalso launched the Xtreem S3 SSD targeted at users looking for August 8th, 2011more performance. 13
  • 39. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Team Group Xtreem S2 SSD comes in 60GB, 120GB and240GB capacities. It uses the SATA 6Gbps interface, allowinga read speed of 550MB/s. 50,000 IOPS for 4k random writeand write speed of 480MB/s for the 60GB SSD, 500MB/s forthe 120GB SSD, 520MB/s for the 240GB SSD. Other featuresinclude a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 1.5 millionhours and three years warranty. To provide extremely clean power to the processor, the EVGASee more specifications at the Team Group website. Z68 FTW flagship features a processor socket with 300% more gold content, a 12-phase voltage regulation module (VRM)EVGA releases Z68 FTW, Z68 and even a low-ESR, high current capacity Prodalizer film capacitor. There are two upright 8-pin ATX12V connectorsSLI and Z68 SLI Micro for CPU power and an angled ATX 24-pin connector, possiblySource: done so for the sake of better cable management.sli-micro/13227.html While all three Z68 boards are capable of NVIDIA SLI andAugust 8th, 2011 AMD CrossFireX, NVIDIAs NF200 PCI Express switch chip on the Z68 FTW enables support for 3-way NVIDIA SLI plus PhysX. The internal SATA 6Gbps (two) and SATA 3Gbps (four) storage ports are all routed to the Intel Z68 Express chipset, while the two eSATA ports at the rear are handled by Marvells 88SE6121. The dual Gigabit Ethernet ports are also handled by another Marvell controller, the 88E8057. There isEVGA has released three new motherboards based on the no lack of connectivity options on this board, with a total of tenIntel Z68 Express chipset, namely the Z68 FTW, Z68 SLI USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports and Firewire. The VRM andand Z68 SLI Micro. The flagship Z68 FTW features processor chipset heatsinks are huge, which should provide more thansocket pins with higher gold content, a 12-phase power design, adequate cooling.NVIDIA NF200, voltage read points, multiple BIOS backupand more.Common to all of EVGAs Z68 boards is the red and black colorscheme, support for Intels Socket LGA 1155 processors, SATA6Gbps, USB 3.0, voltage read points and even dual coolermounting holes to fit both todays LGA 1155 / 1156 heat sinksand the older LGA 775 ones. 14
  • 40. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The EVGA Z68 FTW retails for US$264.99. Adding the EVGauge and ECP V4 overclocking tools to the FTW will set you back another US$35. The EVGA Z68 SLI retails for US $209.99, and the Z68 SLI Micro for US$159.99. Patriot To Release Pyro-Series SSD Source: ssd/13224.html August 8th, 2011The slightly watered-down EVGA Z68 SLI features an 8-phaseVRM and three PCI Express x16 slots. The board drops theNF200 chip, thus suporting only 2-way SLI plus PhysX. Thereare five internal SATA ports (two SATA 6Gbps and three SATA The Pyro-series SSD will feature the SandForce SF-22813Gbps) and the last SATA 3Gbps going to the rear panel as controller, multi level cell NAND flash memory and SATAeSATA. Two less USB 3.0 ports on the Z68 SLI as well. 6Gbps interface. The SSD will be available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB capacities. The 120GB and 240GB models will allow a maximum sequential read speed of 550MB/s, write speed of 515MB/s and 85,000 IOPS. The 60GB SSD will only offer a maximum sequential read speed of 520MB/s, write speed of 490MB/s and 80,000 IOPS. CTL launches LED backlit monitors Source: monitors/13223.htmlBeing smaller doesnt mean cost-cutting; the microATX formfactor EVGA Z68 SLI Micro retains most of the features foundon its older SLI sibling, such as dual BIOS support, USB 3.0and Firewire. 15
  • 41. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAugust 8th, 2011CTL has three LED backlit models in place, the LP2151 whichhas a screen size of 21.5", LP2361 - 23.6" and LP2701 - 27".They have a resolution of 1920 x 1080, contrast ratio of5,000,000 to 1, brightness of 300 cd/m2, 2ms response time,VGA input, DVI input, HDMI input and built in speakers.ZAWARD Introduces Golf FanG3Source: 8th, 2011ZAWARD introduced its latest addition, the Golf Fan G3,which uses the patented dimple surface design on the impeller. The patented dimple surface design refers to the numerousMore details inside. hexagonal dimples on the blades of the fan. The Golf Fan G3 allows 10% more airflow, 22% more static pressure and 8% less noise when compared to other case fan. The Golf Fan G3 will be available in 80mm, 120mm and 140mm sizes. AMD 2012 Notebook Roadmap Leaked Source: leaked/13225.html August 8th, 2011 16
  • 42. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFollowing shortly after leaks for AMDs 2012 desktoproadmap, DonanimHaber has revealed AMDs Notebook Xigmatek Elysium Caseroadmap for 2012. 2012 will bring AMDs 2nd generation ReviewFusion APUs. Llano/A-Series will give way to Trinity based Source: while E-Series will be updated to Wichita, and C-Series review/13222.htmlto Krishna. August 8th, 2011 Air-cooling Front Fan : Pre-installed 120mm white LED with black blades x2 (On the 4 in 3 HDD cages.) Rear Fan : Pre-installed 140mm white LED with black blades x1 (120mm fan is available) Side Fan : Pre-installed 200mm white LED with black blades x1 CPU Fan : 80/120mm fan x 1 available Bottom Fan : *If PSU was installed on bottom space: 120/140mm fan x2 or 200mm fan x 1n **If PSU was installed on top space: 120/140mm fan x3 or 200mm fan x 2nNew to the 2012 product segmentation will be a high Top Fan :performance quad-core 60W Trinity APU. Trinity will update *If PSU was installed on bottom space: 120/140mm fan x3 orthe currently archaic CPU part of Fusion with latest 200mm fan x 2nBulldozer/Piledriver cores and the GPU part with the VLIW-4 **If PSU was installed on top space: 120/140mm fan x2 orarchitecture currently only used in Radeon HD 6900 series. 200mm fan x 1nWhile 60W may sound like an extreme TDP for a notebookprocessor, it is only 5W more than Intels current flagship- Core i7 2920XM. Of course, Trinity is also expected to Exclusive: Intel SSD 710 Getsintegrate a far more powerful GPU than Intels 2012 contender Priced, to Land in Mid-August- Ivy Bridge. Source: rest of the A-Series line-up will be direct updates to the land-in-mid-august/13211.htmlcurrent product segmentation of A8, A6 and A4 series. All August 8th, 2011three classes will feature 35W and 45W SKUs. The first A8tier will feature 4-core Trinity APU with the top GPU line. TheA6 tier will be 4-core Weatherford APU - presumably Trinitywith cut down GPU parts and lower clock speed. Finally, theA4 tier will be dual-core Richland APU, presumably a dual-core version of Trinity. Unlike the current E2 Series, the next-gen replacement will not be based on the mainstream Fusion A little bird has all but confirmed that Intels enterprise-classpart (Trinity in 2012). Instead, it will be based on the Bobcat SSD 710 (Lyndonville) will launch in mid-August. The 100GBreplacement - Wichita. The E2 tier will be covered by a 20W model will be priced in the region of ~US$650, which is nearlyquad-core APU, while the 18W E-Series APUs will be replaced half of the X25-Es per-gigabyte a dual-core Wichita APU. Finally, the C-Series will updated A little bird has all but confirmed that Intels enterprise-with a 8W dual-core Krishna APU, most probably a lower class SSD 710 (Lyndonville) will launch in mid-August. Theclocked version of Wichita 2-core. 100GB model will be priced in the region of ~US$650, whichIt is possible that the current branding A, C and E series will is nearly half of the X25-Es per-gigabyte cost. 200GB andmove forward to the next-generation, with A-series moving 300GB flavours are also available and priced Ax-4000. Indeed, the product segmentation is remarkably Estimated Price and Price/GBsimilar, with the addition of a 60W flagship SKU. Price Price/GB2012 is still a long way away and a very ambiguous timelinefor release. With such leaks, it is standard procedure to take Intel X25-E 32GB US$370 (retail) 11.6everything with a bag of salt. Intel X25-E 64GB US$730 (retail) 11.4 Intel SSD 710 ~US$650 ~6.5 100GB Intel SSD 710 ~US$1250 ~6.3 200GB 17
  • 43. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIntel SSD 710 ~US$1900 ~6.3 Warranty 3 years 3 years ? varies varies300GB or whenPerformance is not top priority for the SSD 710. Instead, wearIntel is aiming to provide SLC-level endurance at a reasonable levelprice by using cheaper eMLC HET NAND. The SSD 710 also indicatorsupports user-configurable overprovisioning (20%), which E9 hits 1,increases drive endurance significantly. whicheverThe SSD 710s warranty is 3 years or until a wear indicator comesreaches a certain level, whichever comes first. This is the firstfirst time weve seen SSD warranty limited in this manner. The performance-oriented SSD 720 (Ramsdale) is expectedOddly enough, the consumer-level SSD 320 has a longer 5-year to launch not long after, followed by Cherryville (successor towarranty without any such limitations. SSD 510) and Paint Creek (successor to SSD 310) in Q4.Weve compiled a specifications table for those of youinterested in the nitty-gritty: Intel Intel SSD Intel SSD SandForceIndilinx X25-E 710 720 SF-2500/2600 EverestCapacities32/64GB 100/200/300GB Up to 200/400GB Up to 512GB 1TBInterface SATA SATA PCIe SATA SATA 3Gbps 3Gbps 6Gbps 6GbpsFlash 50nm 25nm 34nm (e)MLC/ (e)MLC/Type SLC eMLC SLC SLC SLC HETCache 16MB 64MB 512MB - Up to 512MB DDR3Sustained 250MB/s 270MB/s 2200MB/ 500MB/s 520MB/sRead sSustained 170MB/s 210MB/s 1800MB/ 500MB/s 410MB/s Picture Source: EngadgetWrite s4KB 35,000 38,500 180,000 60,000 ?Random IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS PLAY AND WIN! - $1000 ofRead4KB 3,300 2,400 56,000 60,000 20,000 Razer Gaming Peripherals onRandom IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS IOPS Game Servers!Write Source: 32GB: 100GB: 200GB: ? ? 1.0PB 500TB 18PB August 8th, 201120% 64GB: (900TB) 400GB: 2.0PB 200GB: 36PBover- 1.0PBprovisioning) (1.5PB) 300GB: In the first of many contests to reward gamers on our servers, 1.1PB will be giving away $1000 worth of Razer (1.5PB) gaming peripherals (Keyboards, Mice, Headsets, Mousepads)!MTBF 2 million 2 million ? 10 ? is the re-launched gaming project from VR- hours hours million Zone, targeting the casual gamer in the South East Asia hours region. Over the last 2 weeks, we have built many powerfulForm 2.5" 2.5" PCIe varies varies machines and installed branded public onlineFactor game servers in popular games like Battlefield Bad CompanyPower 0.06W/2.6W 0.095W/4W 8W/25W varies ? 2, Counter-Strike 1.6/Source, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty(idle/ 4, (future hot titles with "3" in them) and a STEAM contentactive) server. We will also be bringing our readers a properSecurity ATA AES-128 AES-256 AES-256, ? gaming news portal (no more obscure MMORPG rubbish) password TCG and doing objective reviews on interesting upcoming games and equipment. 18
  • 44. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 3. Upload the screenshots and post them in this forum thread ( haven/1606365-play-win-1000-razer-gaming-peripherals- gamers-com-sg-game-servers.html)1. Add servers (at least 10, ip addresses in the 4. Join the VRZ Steam Group ( below) to your STEAM/bfbc2 favourites list and groups/VRZ?action=join)take a screenshot The contest will run from 5th August to 19th August 2011. 8 Lucky Winners will be notified by Forums Private Message to come to VR-Zone Office (Singapore) to collect the prizes Sony Ericsson launches Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro in Singapore, throws in Smurf plushie for good measure Source: and-xperia-mini-pro-in-singapore-throws-in-smurf-plushie-for-good- measure/13218.html August 8th, 20112. Go into 1 of the bfbc2/tf2/css servers andtake a screenshot of the scoreboard Sony Ericsson has announced the availability of two new additions to its Xperia family of Android-powered smartphones, the Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro. According to the comapny, both the Xperia mini and the Xperia mini pro have been designed to offer consumes a full multimedia entertainment experience, and are available in twocolours, namely black or white, with an additional back cover. More details coming up after the break... Sony Ericsson has announced the availability of two new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones, the Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro, for sale in Singapore. According to the company, both the Xperia pro and the Xperia mini pro, which are reportedly designed to offer users a "full multimedia entertainment experience", are backed up by a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-a-chip (SoC) which features a CPU clocked at 1GHz for providing their data 19
  • 45. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecrunching prowess, and have been preloaded with version 2.3of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread).In addition, Sony Ericsson has confirmed that both the Xperiamini and Xperia mini pro will feature the use of a three-inch "scratch-resistant, multi-touch glass screen" that boasts anative resolution of 320 x 480, and will support the companysReality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology, a newuser interface that reportedly allows for up to 16 apps to bedisplayed on the home screen, and integration with Facebookvia the new Facebook Inside Xperia feature.That being said, the new Xperia mini pro boasts featureswhich are not present on the Xperia mini, such as theinclusion of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Type & Sendfunctionality which is reportedly capable of eliminating theneed to open a dedicated app for each type of message, alongwith Smart Keyboard, which triggers predictive messagingactions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard.In addition, Sony Ericsson has also confirmed that the Xperiamini pro will be pre-loaded with Office Suite and McAfeeantivirus to let consumers "manage documents and e-mailsinstantly and securely while on the move".The Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro will be available locallyfrom August 5 (which is today) at the recommended retailprice of S$458, while its larger counterpart will only hit retailshelves come August 19 at the recommended retail price of S$398.Last but definitely not least, Sony Ericsson has announcedthat a special promotion will be held at the Sony Ericssonconcept stores from August 19, where consumers whopurchase an Xperia mini or Xperia mini pro will begiven a free12-inch Smurf plushie. 20
  • 46. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Motorola unveils new entry- level smartphone for the masses Source: smartphone-for-the-masses/13217.html August 8th, 2011 Smartphones are products that only the rich can afford, right? Well, not if Motorola has got anything to say about it, for word has it that the American-based telecommunications company has just announced the availability for an entry-level ANdroid- powered smartphone that has been reportedly designed to appeal to budget-conscious users who favor a smartphone that sports a compact build and decent specifications. More details coming right up. Have you ever found yourself staring longingly at the vast array of smartphones that have been put up on display at various mobile phone stores, only to walk away sadly because the price tags attached to those mobile phones have enough digits to break your bank book? Well, it seems that Motorola is keen to break the perception that smartphones are expensive products meant to be used only by consumers with huge spending power, and that the company plans to do so with the introduction of an entry-level Android smartphone which it calls the XT531. According to Motorola, the new XT531 smartphone will be preloaded with version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread), and boasts a "perfect balance of sleek design, affordability and intuitive functionality". The smartphone will also make use of Motorolas Moto Switch interface, which allows users to switch the XT531s user 21
  • 47. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneinterface into one that is optimized for either productivity orentertainment on the fly to ensure that users have the best UIavailable to suit their varying needs.The official press release has also revealed at the XT531 isno slouch where hardware spcifications are concerned, a traitwhich is not very common on most so-called "entry-level"smartphones. Backing up the XT531s data crunching poweris an 800MHz processor, along with a 3.5-inch capacitivetouchscreen display that is capable of displaying content atHVGA resolutions. In addition, Motorola has confirmed thatthe XT531 will ship with support for HSDPA and EDGE, alongwith a variety of other standard features such as supportfor microSD cards with capacities of up to 32GB, 512MB ofinternal flash memory, rear and front-facing cameras capable According to the official press release from Ricoh Japan, theof capturing 5-megapixels and VGA resolutions respectively, new GXR MOUNT A12 module bears the distinction of beingradios for GPS and WiFi connectivity, as well as a 1540mAh the GXRs first module which features an interchangeable lensbattery which is reportedly capable of providing "up to 8 hours mount. Few details about the GXR MOUNT A12s hardwareof talk time and 28 days in standby in 3G mode". specifications have been announced, although users hoping to receieve the same full-frame sensor used by Leicas own M-No mention about pricing has been made by Motorola, but the series digital cameras will probably be disappointed, as Ricohcompany claims that the XT531 will be made available in either has confirmed that the the GXR MOUNT A12 will make use ofsingle-SIM or dual-SIM configurations, and that it will be first an APS-C CMOS sensor instead.available in China come early August this year (which is now).Hong Kong, Taiwan and select countries in Europe and Latin Still, if it is of any consolation, the ability to fit those M mount-America will get their own versions of the XT531 this Fall. compatible lenses onto the Ricoh GXR upon installation of the GXR MOUNT A12 camera module probably more than makes up for the lack of a full-frame image sensor. Just remember toRicoh announces availability take note of the change in crop factor if you decide to do so,of Leica M mount module for though. Oh, and one more thing; no pricing for the M mount-the GXR compatible GXR MOUNT A12 camera module has beenSource: announced by Ricoh yet, although the company has confirmedm-mount-module-for-the-gxr/13216.html that the module should be made available for sale in JapanAugust 8th, 2011 come September 9 this year.Ricoh has announced the availability of a new interchangeablemodule for its GXR line of compact digital cameras. Known asthe GXR MOUNT A12, it claims to be compatible with a widevariety of lenses that have been made to conform to Leicas M Apple to issue free OS Xmount specifications. Lion USB sticks to certainDo you remember Ricohs unique GXR compact camera? Youknow, the one that actually makes use of interchangeable consumersmodules complete with different sensor sizes, instead of just Source: like those found in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras sticks-to-certain-consumers/13215.htmlfeaturing interchangeable lenses? Well, the good news is August 8th, 2011that the GXR has just received yet another new module forphotography enthusaists to play with, and it comes in the formof the new GXR MOUNT A12 which is reportedly compatiblewith lenses made for...Leicas M mount. Yes, you read thatright. Has your shiny Mac that was only recently upgraded to OS X Lion suffered from a hard disk failure, thus making it impossible for the machine to access the recovery partition in the hard disk for use in restoring Lion to its factory state? If so, we got some good news for you. Apparently, the Cupertino 22
  • 48. August 8th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonegiant is all ready to issue USB sticks that have been preloaded Have the initial reports of Nokias upcoming N9 smartphonewith a rescue image for OS X Lion to such users at no cost, as reignited your interest in obtaining a MeeGo-poweredlong as they meet certain requirements set out by the company. smartphone from the Finnish telecommunications company? If your answer to that question is a "yes", this might justAs most people would have probably found out by now, Apples be a good time to start saving, for Nokia has just publishednew digital distribution method for OS X Lion now allows a countdown page of sorts for what is allegedly the N9susers to download a copy of the installer onto their Macs for a upcoming launch date. More details, after the break.nominal fee, and that the installer automatically deletes itselfas soon as the operating system is successfully installed. This Nokias smartphones and its Symbian operating system havehas resulted in many users attempting to hold on to their have been steadily losing its favor by most consumersdownloaded installers by making use of OS X s built-in tools today, but it seems that the recent reports that have beento create a bootable DVD or flash disk of OS X Lion, thus published by various online media about its upcoming Meego-ensuring that they have something to fall back on if their Macs powered N9 smartphone might have just given the Finnishsuddenly suffer a catastrophic hard disk failure, thus making it telecommunication company the much needed boost it needsimpossible for them to access the recovery partition that Lion in consumer interest.creates during the installation process. And apparently, Nokia is also fully aware of the fact that itBut what if you are unlucky enough to suffer from such a hard might just have a potential candidate on its hands to seizedisk failure and have no usable backup copies of Lion to make back some of the market share which it has lost to the likes ofuse of for the reinstallation of your operating system? Well, competitiors such as Apple and Google, for the company hasthe good news is that help may be at hand, for word has it seen it fit to tease consumers with the publication of a newthat Apple has got plans to issue such users with a free USB site which has a counter that has started ticking down to whatrecovery stick containing the rescue partition for OS X Lion, is supposedly the N9s launch date that is slated to take placebut only if they meet certain requirements, as shown in an some 48 days later.internal Apple memo which 9to5mac has somehow managedto get its hands on. Doing some simple mathematics has left us with theAccording to 9to5mac, a Mac user is only eligible to receive conclusion that the Nokia N9 Meego-powered smartphonethe USB recovery media for free after he or she has failed to might just see the light of day on Swedish soil come Septembermake use of Lions built-in recovery tools (especially Internet 23 this year. Unfortunately, the countdown page does notRecovery) to restore the operating system. And even then, the provide any information about global availability or pricing,request must be cleared by a Tier 2 tech support personnel so if you simply have to get yourself on of those new N9s onbefore Apple will agree to ship a USB recovery flash drive to the very day they are launched, now would probably be a goodthe affected consumer. Otherwise, they will still have to pay time to start booking those air tickets.the handsome sum of US$69 for the recovery media, whichis more than double the price Apple is charging for a freshdownload of Mac OS X Lion (US$29) off the Mac App Store.Nokia publishes countdownpage for N9 smartphoneSource: 8th, 2011 23
  • 49. August 11th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Intel Capital puts US$300million into Ultrabook fundSource: 11th, 2011At a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Intel Capitalannounced that they’ve put aside US$300 million for anUltrabook fund that was set up to help drive innovation forIntel’s new category of notebooks. It might seem like a lot ofmoney at first, but considering that Intel Capital hasn’t reallyput any limitations in place, some companies applying formoney from the fund might get more than others. Also at the press conference was David P. Flanagan, MD of Intel Capital’s Mobile Communications and InfrastructureAt a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Intel Capital Group which is heading up the new fund. He mentioned thatannounced that they’ve put aside US$300 million for an any size company can apply and if their ideas and projects areUltrabook fund that was set up to help drive innovation for approved, they can get a slice of the action. It’s worth pointingIntel’s new category of notebooks. It might seem like a lot of out that none of this money will go towards promotingmoney at first, but considering that Intel Capital hasn’t really the platform itself, as it’s intended solely for the purposeput any limitations in place, some companies applying for of bringing to market new technologies for the Ultrabookmoney from the fund might get more than others. platform.The money is to be used towards development of newtechnologies for the platform, from basic things like improvingbattery life or creating a new type of low weight chassis.However, at the press conference Erik Reid, GM of MobileClient Platforms at Intel also mentioned that Intel is hopingto see new develops going into the platform and he wasspecifically mentioning various type of sensors, much like thekind you find a smartphones these days. 1
  • 50. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The accompanying press release also talks about USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt finding a home in the new platform, although as always when it comes to Intel, it’s down to its partners to implement whatever technology they see fit. Intel is also looking at getting the Ultrabooks into the enterprise market space, but the company didn’t expect this to take place until next year at the earliest. As for pricing, Intel wouldn’t mention anything beyond the sub US$1,000 price point, but the company expects the cost to come down with economies of scale, so even though the very first Ultrabooks won’t be low cost machines, we might be seeing some more affordable options during next year. The platform is expected to launch next month and we’d expect IDF to be the time and place. Research in Motion introduces Music Store app for BlackBerry PlayBook Source: store-app-for-blackberry-playbook/13286.html August 11th, 2011During the Q&A session a few questions about Intel’s previousattempt at a thin and light notebook – Intel’s CULV platform– came up and Erik Reid suggested that the Ultrabooksshouldn’t suffer the same fate due to a wide range of hardware Research in Motion, maker of the popular BlackBerry devices,improvements. He was also keen to promote Intel’s Rapid has announced a new music store app for the BlackBerryStorage technology as well as the addition of anti-theft PlayBook. The company has collaborated with 7digitalto bringand identity protection technology that’s been added to the over nine million tracks to BlackBerry PlayBook users inplatform. Singapore.There wasn’t too much talk about the platform itself, althoughit was mentioned that 13-inch notebooks should end up being18mm or thinner while larger size screens will bring this upto about 21mm. It’s also very clear that Intel is very keen onpushing SSD’s into this market space, be it via Rapid Storageor just by replacing the mechanical drive altogether, as therewas a lot of talk about the responsiveness of the platform andthis is what an SSD brings. As for battery life we can expect 5hor there abouts from the slimmer machines with 8h plus fromlarger machines. Research In Motion (RIM) have announced its collaboration with 7digital to bring over nine million tracks to BlackBerry PlayBook users in Singapore through a new Music Store app. The app is part of the latest software update for the BlackBerry Tablet OS (v 1.0.7) and it allows music fans to search for songs, albums and artists as well as preview tracks before making a purchase. According to RIM, the price could range from S$8 to S$12 per music album, depending on the album. However, at the evening, we did not manage to find Lady Gaga original albums from the Music Store app. Customers can also discover and download new music through 7digital’s recommendation feature that highlights tracks from the eclectic catalogue of high-quality (320kbps) MP3s. The new Music Store app for the BlackBerry PlayBook is part of the 2
  • 51. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefree software update that is now available for all BlackBerry memory) architecture. The LG Optimus 3D claims to offer aPlayBook users in Singapore to download. full 3D experience without the need for special 3D glasses. Its Tri-Dual configuration provides improved performance forTo update the OS, simply select ‘Check for Updates’ from the multi-tasking, viewing graphics-intensive websites, movieSoftware Updates screen on their BlackBerry PlayBook and playback or playing 3D games. Besides viewing content in 3D,follow the instructions. you can also capture videos and images in 3D with the LG smartphone. The LG Optimus 3D will be available in Singapore at the end of August at a recommended retail price of S$938 inclusive of GST. Future HTC products to ship with Beats audio technology? Source: beats-audio-technology-/13284.html August 11th, 2011LG Singapore launchesOptimus 3D smartphone that It is a known fact that HPs Beats audio technology whichoffers full 3D experience is found on the companys range of notebooks, desktop PCsSource: and tablets can potentially work wonders in restoring detailsmartphone-that-offers-full-3d-experience/13285.html that is inevitably lost when digital audio files are compressedAugust 11th, 2011 into lossy, more portable formats for everyday use. But can that technology be successfully ported to smartphones? Apparently, HTC seems to think so, especially if a recent statement made by HTCs chief is of any indication. Have you heard of Beats Audio ? Well, to put it simply,Today, LG Singapore has announced the new Optimus 3D Beats Audio is both a headphone lineup and a piece ofAndroid smartphone which claims to incorporate "Tri-Dual" technology which are designed to deliver enhanced, high-architecture and offers superb full 3D experience. The best end audio quality to consumers, and is especially useful forthing is, you do not need to rely on 3D glasses to view 3D. The allegedly restoring the finer details in an audio file that haveLG Optimus 3D is scheduled to be available at end of August, been inevitably lost due to compression when it is convertedthis month. into more portable but lossy formats such as MP3. And if you own a HP-branded notebook or desktop PC, chances are you would have already gotten your first experience with both the Beats line of headphones and the software techology that is bundled into HPs computers. While that is good and all, most people also tend to forget that most of their everyday music playback is not done on desktop or notebook PCs (unless you are a career musician, that is). Rather, it is the humble smartphone which tends to see much heavier audio playback action, simply because most smartphones can effectively double up as a portable media player. And from the looks of it, it seems that HTC is aiming to bring Beats-quality audio to its line of smartphones, especially if an interview conducted by AllThingD with HTCs chief Peter Chou is of any indicatiion. According to AllThingsD, Chou has confirmed that HTC has invested US$300 million to secure a majority stake in Beats Electronics, and is currently working on incorporatingLG has launched the Optimus 3d Android smartphone the companys Beats Audio technology into its smartphonethat is powered by second-generation dual core technology lineup. This was reportedly done because of HTCs beliefand advanced “Tri-Dual” (dual-core, dual-channel and dual- that the introduction of mobile devices has made music more 3
  • 52. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneaccessible, but much of its advantages are lot on sub-standard or MLC NAND flash technology, and will also sport its ownaudio quality. dedicated controller. In addition, Samsung has also touted the new SSD as being capable of achieving read speeds of up toAllThingsD has also claimed in its interview that Chou had 500MB/s, while write speeds are a little slower at 350MB/s.revealed his intentions to release a product that has beenfurnished with Beats Audio technology some time in the Samsung has not released any pricing details for the new SSD,later part of the year, while adding that the HTC chief although wed wager that it would be fair to expect that users"declined to offer any details" about the upcoming product. can expect to find themselves breaking both their wallets andThe website was also reportedly able to score an interview bank books if they intend to get their hands on one of these onwith Beats Electronicss CEO Jimmy Iovine, who described the launch day.partnership with HTC as "the latest piece of his crusade toimprove the sound in modern electronics", while adding thatthe so-called MP3 revolution has led to "an entire generation Hitachi unleashes six newlost to bad-sounding music”. HDTVs under the WOOO branding in JapanSamsung unveils high-capacity Source: 3 SSD with 512GB of under-the-wooo-branding-in-japan/13282.html August 11th, 2011storageSource: 11th, 2011 Do the technology used in todays generation of high- definition television sets make you want to go all WOOO~ in envy? Well, now there is a better reason for you to do so, especially if you are currently living in Japan; Hitachi has just announced the availability of six new high-definition television sets under its WOOO banner, with three of them making use of LCD technology, while the other three will sport plasma display technology. More details coming right up.Solid-state drives or SSDs are favoured by enthusiasts becauseof the massive boosts in data read/write performance they arecapable of offering over their mechanical-based counterparts, Hitachi has announced the availability of six new high-but the biggest issue most people usually have with SSDs definition television sets which will be marketed under theis that their maximum storage capacities are much more WOOO branding. Consisting of 3 new additions to both thelimitted than those of the conventional hard disk. That is GP-08 and XP-08 series of high-definition television sets,about to change though, for Samsung has just announced the Hitachi claims that the new products have been designed toavailability of its new high-capacitiy SATA3 SSD which boasts meet the needs of consumers who desire a more integrateda maximum storage capacity of 512GB. solution for their television viewing needs, especially now that Japan has already dropped the use of analog broadcasting domestically.Samsung has announced the availability of its new high-capacity SATA 3 SSD which boasts a maximum storagecapacity of 512GB. According to the Korean electronics giant,it has already commenced mass production of the new SSDs,and that the devices are expected to make their way intohigh-performance notebooks by the end of the year, althoughSamsung did not provide a more specific release schedule for According to Hitachi, the new television sets will sportthe SSD. a variety of features common along them, such as the inclusion of a 500GB hard disk for use in recording television programs, as well as support for remote operation of the units via mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. However, the Japanese electronics company did not provide any information as to whether this feature is limited to specific mobile platforms, or if it is compatible with a wide range of competing mobile platforms. That being said, Hitachi has claimed that the plasma-based GP-08 series of high-definition television sets will boast support for sequential 3D display via the use of its "Pixel Manager ED" technology, In addition, the GP-08 series ofThat being said, Samsung did confirm (via a machine plasma television sets will also ship with occupancy sensorstranslation) that its new SSD will make use of Multi-Level Cell 4
  • 53. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhich are reportedly smart enough to automatically turn off era of handsets powered by quad-core processors has arrived,the TVs display as soon as it detects the lack of an audience. and for good reason. Apparently, word has it that Meizus very own CEO, Jack Wong, has leaked out some key details aboutOn the other hand, the LCD-based XP-08 series of high- his companys upcoming MX, and that one of his posts in thedefinition television sets will ship with IPS display panels that companys public online bulletin board (otherwise known asare illiminated by LEDs in order to provide viewers with a BBS) made explicit mention of a quad-core processor beingmuch wider viewing angle as opposed to displays that use used as the main muscle for a particular MX variant.TN panels. Furthermore, Hitachi has also confirmed in itsannouncement that the XP-08 series of television sets willfeature an "auto sensor" which will automaticaly reduce thebacklights intensity when bright images are displayed, thusresulting in a lower energy consumption. According to Jack Wong, the Meizu MX smartphone will be available in two different configurations, with one sporting 16GB of internal flash storage, and the other boasting double that amount. Wong also claimed in his BBS posts that the Meizu MX will feature interchangeable rear covers, and has been designed to "look very beautiful", although he providedThe GP-08 series of plasma television sets are expected to be no details about any specific design elements the MX mightreleased for sale in Japan come August 27 this year, while the sport. As for the quad-core processor...well, Wong did confirmLCD-based XP-08 series are only expected to hit retail within that the MX will feature such a processor, although this ismid September. No prices, along with information for global exclusive only to the 32GB variant. The 16GB version, onavailability (if at all) for any of the six television sets have been the other hand, will make use of a more conventional dual-released by Hitachi at this point of time, core processor. And just as we had expected, Wong did not disclose any information about the nature of the "quad-coreMeizu MX to get quad-core processor" that will be used to power the 32GB version of the MX, although some posters have speculated that Meizu wouldprocessor? opt for either NVIDIAs Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip or an ARMSource: Cortex A9-based processor.processor-/13280.htmlAugust 11th, 2011Do you still remember Meizus smartphones? You know, theones that first started off as nothing more than elaborateclones of Apples iPhone, only to slowly gain its own distinctivedesign and features in time? Well, if you happen to be afan of Meizus smartphones, this latest bit of informationis definitely for you. Apparently, the Chinese companysupcoming smartphone, the Meizu MX, will reportedly be theworlds first smartphone to sport a quad-core processor whenit is released for sale.If Meizus upcoming MX smartphone was able to talk, wedwager that the first thing it would say would probably besomething along the lines of how smartphones featuringancient dual-core technology are now dinoasurs, and that the 5
  • 54. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone information from their source about Googles Ice Cream Sandwich plans, and that Ice Cream Sandwich devices would appear in the market as early as October.Currently, many Android device manufacturers are preparing for the October timeline to launch the devices with the new OS, especially when Apple iPhone 5 is also said to be launched around the same time. Whether iPhone 5 will remain undefeated would depend on the experience Android Ice Cream Sandwich brings to the users. Some of the improvements about the Android Ice Cream Sandwich is that it will work across all Google devices, including tablets and smartphones, API level promoted to 13, supports SD memory cards and improved compatibility for USB and TV output.If you ask us, wed say that the ARM Cortex A9 processorlooks like the most possible solution Meizu will go with, if only Sony unveils new three-inchbecause Wong has confirmed that the Meizu MX will be madeavailable for sale come end August this year, and NVIDIAs "WhiteMagic" LCD panel withTegra 3 system-on-a-chip is only slated to be available for useon smartphones by the first quarter of 2012. RGBW pixels Source: whitemagic-lcd-panel-with-rgbw-pixels/13279.htmlGoogle Android "Ice Cream August 11th, 2011Sandwich" Arriving inOctober?Source: With the demand for LCD panels reaching fever pitch andAugust 11th, 2011 the call for small displays to further reduce their energy consumption and increase their maximum native resolution without adversely affecting image quality, one might be tempted to think that consumers today are an unreasonable bunch of people. However, leave it to Sony to come up with a novel solution to such demands with the introduction of its new “WhiteMagic”LCD panel which is reportedly capable ofAndroid users rejoice. If recent news are true, it may not be delivering on those requests, and then some.long that we would see the release of the upcoming and highly If you have attempted to use your smartphone or compactanticipated Android operating system (codenamed Ice Cream camera while outdoors at midday, you should be fully awareSandwich). And that could day would be in October this year. of how the suns sheer brightness at that time renders most LCD displays unviewable, even if the displays brightness has already been cranked to the max. This has naturally led to requests for LCD panels which are capable of greater brightness levels, while still retaining a low power consumption rating, Sounds impossible to achieve? Well, not if you happen to be part of the staff working over at Sony. Apparently, the Japanese electronics giant has announced its success in commercializing its new “WhiteMagic” LCD display which is reportedly capable of fulfilling the aforementioned needs, thanks to its use of RGBW pixels.After a long wait, we finally heard some news aboutGoogles upcoming Android OS, under the codename "IceCream Sandwich". BGR has reported that they have gotten 6
  • 55. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone will be sold to OEMs at the price of 5,000 yen or approximately US$64. Sprint resumes rollout of Gingerbread update for Kyocera Echo Source: update-for-kyocera-echo/13278.html August 11th, 2011According to Sony, the addition of a white (W) subpixel intoan LCD panel has allowed it to achieve approximately “doublethe brightness” of conventional LCD panels which make useof RGB pixels, while still being able to lower the powerconsumption of the panels backlighting by “around 50%”. Inaddition, to ensure that the additional white subpixel does notresult in the deterioration of image quality, Sony claims that “If you dont succeed at first, try and try again” is the kind ofit has furnished its “WhiteMagic” LCD panel to make use of saying most people often live by when it comes to pursuinga new processing algorithm which “analyzes the input picture a goal, and it seems that even a huge telecommunicationsdata and performs suitable signal processing” to produce a operator like Sprint is no exception to the rule. In justdeterioration-free display. nine days after the company pulled its faulty Android 2.3.4 update for Kyoceras dual-screen Echo smartphone, Sprint hasSpecs-wise, Sony has confirmed that the “WhiteMagic” LCD resumed rolling out the update after working with Kyocera topanel will sport a three-inch 1.23M-dot full VGA resolution, address the issue. And guess what? It actually works this time.and will make use of transmissive technology. The displayalso boasts a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a viewing angle of160 degress (horizontal and vertical), along with the ability toreproduce up to 60% of the NTSC colour gamut. Nine days ago, Sprint found itself in quite an unfortunate situation when it officially rolled out a highly anticipated update to users of Kyoceras dual-screen Echo smartphone. According to Sprint, the upgrade was supposed to provide suchLastly, Sony has announced that its new “WhiteMagic” LCD users with access to version 2.3.4 of the Android operatingpanel will boast at least two different operating modes. The system, which boasts a whole bunch of performance andfirst one, which is known as “low power mode” , which power-related enhancements.allows for users to take advantage of the companys claims Unfortunately, it seemed that Murpheys Law suddenly cameof being able to reduce the power consumption of the into play, and the result was that users who were expected topanels backlighting by half. The other mode, which Sony has score a free performance boost walked away with a dual-screendubbed “outdoors mode”, is centered on boosting the panels brick of a smartphone, thus forcing Sprint to pull the upgradebrightness levels by approximately double to make it easy until further notice. Well, the good news is that Sprint hasfor users to view the contents displayed on it under bright apparently gotten its act together this time, for the companysunlight. has claimed that it has worked with Kyocera to resolve an issueSample shipments for the “WhiteMagic” LCD panel will which was reportedly causing the update to turn the Echos intocommence in the early parts of October this year, where they digital breaks, as can be seen from the latest updates made on Sprints community forum. And the good news is that it actually works this time: 7
  • 56. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics have announced the latest GALAXY R smartphone which features a 4.19-inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system. It claims to allow consumers to enjoy superb multimedia experiences, including fast Web browsing with hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash Player support, full high definition (HD) video and console-quality gaming. Users can also access Tegra-optimised games through the Tegra Zone app on Android Market. The GALAXY R is available in Sweden, and is coming to other regions, including north and eastern Europe, south east andThat being said, Engadget has suggested that Sprint might west Asia, Middle East Asia, and attempting to tread a little more carefully this time itsdisastrous experience with the first Gingerbread rollout for theKyocera Echo. According to the popular gadget site, it is likely BitFenix launches the Mercthat Sprint will initially limit the rollout to “a small number Alpha and Betaof handsets”, ostensibly to ensure that the update is indeed Source: properly before initiating a full-scale deployment of beta/13276.htmlthe update. Well, better late than never, right? August 11th, 2011Samsung and Nvidiaannounced GALAXY RsmartphoneSource: BitFenix started at the top and has worked its way down thegalaxy-r-smartphone/13277.html ladder so to say and its latest model, the Merc is somethingAugust 11th, 2011 close to a real budget case, albeit without cutting too many corners or going for a really cheap look. In fact, the Merc looks rather pleasant for a budget case and its even available in two slightly different versions, the Alpha and the Beta. BitFenix started at the top and has worked its way down theSamsung and Nvidia have jointly announced the new member ladder so to say and its latest model, the Merc is somethingof the GALAXY line of smartphones, the Galaxy R. The Galaxy close to a real budget case, albeit without cutting too manyR sports a 4.19-inch touchscreen display, incorporates Nvidia corners or going for a really cheap look. In fact, the Merc looksTegra 2 mobile dual-core processor and runs Google Android rather pleasant for a budget case and its even available in two2.3 Gingerbread operating system. slightly different versions, the Alpha and the Beta. 8
  • 57. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone At the top of the plastic front youll find the power and reset buttons as well as a pair of audio jacks and four USB 2.0 ports. Other things worth of note include holes for water cooling pipes, albeit without rubber grommets, what appears to be ample space for cables behind the motherboard plate, a fairly large opening for rear access to the CPU cooler and although its not a screw-less case, BitFenix includes thumb screws for all the drive bays.Being a budget case the Merc is not unsurprisingly madeout of steel and plastic, although its at least painted blackinside out. The Merc measures 439x190x490 (HxWxD) andit sports three 5.25-inch drive bays as well as even 3.5-inchbays of which one is front accessible and one 2.5-inch drivebay. Theres a standard seven rear slots and theres space forfive 120mm fans in the Beta, whereas the Alpha has space fora total of seven 120mm as it adds an additional two at thetop. Only a single rear 120mm fan is included for both modelsthough. 9
  • 58. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith an MSRP of US$39 (S$48) its really hard to knock theMerc, although it doesnt really stand out in terms of features,its at least good value for money. According to the pressrelease the Merc Alpha and Beta should be available later thismonth.Gigabyte quietly launches itsH61 mini-ITX motherboardSource: 11th, 2011If youre on the hunt for a cheap mini-ITX board for IntelsSandy Bridge processors then it looks like Gigabyte mighthave the solution for you with its new GA-H61N-USB3motherboard. Its the more affordable version of GigabytesH67N-USB3 and even though its using Intels budget chipset,its far from a budget board when it comes to features. The PCB layout is more or less identical to the H67N-USB3, with a few minor changes. The most disappointing one is thatIf youre on the hunt for a cheap mini-ITX board for Intels there are only two SATA ports, as the H61 chipset is limitedSandy Bridge processors then it looks like Gigabyte might to only four SATA ports and one of the four ports has beenhave the solution for you with its new GA-H61N-USB3 given eSATA duty. In lieu of the missing two SATA connectorsmotherboard. Its the more affordable version of Gigabytes is a pretty pointless TPM connector. Wed much rather hadH67N-USB3 and even though its using Intels budget chipset, another fan header, or even that third SATA port. This is alsoits far from a budget board when it comes to features. one of only three mini-ITX boards which has a x16 PCI ExpressGigabyte isnt the first company to make a mini-ITX H61 slot which might just come in handy.motherboard though, in fact, Gigabyte is the last of the big The PCB itself has also changed as the H61N-USB3 is partboard makers to launch a H61 mini-ITX board. The good news of Gigabytes Super4 series of motherboards, which despiteis that its a pretty compromise free motherboard, although the name is a category below the Ultra Durable 3 series intheres one or two little niggles, but then again this seems to be which the H67N-USB3 belongs. Another minor change is ina common theme among all of the H61 mini-ITX boards. Most the USB 3.0 host controller and although we expected a moveof this is likely down to the board makers not wanting them to away from NEC/Renesas, we didnt expect to see a Frescocompete with their more expensive H67/Z68 boards. Logic FL1009 chip, as Gigabyte has so far been in favour of Etron. That said, the Etron chips are quite big and this is a tiny motherboard, so its possible that Gigabyte went for Fresco Logic because of the smaller chip size. Around the back things have only changed slightly and to some the changes might even be an improvement over the H67N- USB3. What were looking at is a set of four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 5.1- channel analogue audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and finally a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port. As such the changes include swapping one of the two HDMI ports of the H67N- USB3 for a DVI port on the H61N-USB3 and losing three of the analogue audio jacks. 10
  • 59. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe H61N-USB3 is already on sale in Taiwan for NT$3090 power source that it needs xV and yA and the power source will(S$130) which compares quite favourable to the H67N-USB3 then respond either by delivering the requested power, or if itwhich retails for NT$4300 (S$180) and if you dont need RAID canät deliver the requested power it should still be possible forsupport or care about SATA 6Gbps speeds, then this looks like the device to trickle charge.a pretty decent alternative for an affordable HTPC or any other Intel was penning on something similar during IDF lastkind of tiny PC. year, but at the time Intel suggested a 35W specification at 42V/1.8A, with the possibility of reaching 200-300W in theThe USB-IF is working future by using new connectors and cables. That said, the USB- IF standard seems more sensible even if itäs dangerously closeon a new power delivery to the cable specifications and this really has to be pointed out,specification as if youäre using sub-par cables and start putting too much power through them, they will literally melt because they canätSource: handle the 11th, 2011 Weäll have to see how things play out, but itäs an interesting development, especially as USB has already become a predominant standard for charging a wealth of gadgets from. The standard should be reviewed in Q4 this year by the industry in general and the USB-IF is expecting it to be ratified by early 2012, although donät expect to see any products untilBeyond being a data interface, one of the best and possibly much later next year.most well used features of the USB interface these days isas a charging standard for a wide range of devices, least not Source: USB-IF (PDF link)for phones. The USB-IF has already provisioned a coupleof USB charging standards under the USB Battery Chargingspecification which is currently at versions 1.2, but is now ASUS Mars II Sneak Preview Source: at providing something a with a little bit more power. preview/13268.html August 11th, 2011Beyond being a data interface, one of the best and possiblymost well used features of the USB interface these days isas a charging standard for a wide range of devices, least notfor phones. The USB-IF has already provisioned a coupleof USB charging standards under the USB Battery Chargingspecification which is currently at versions 1.2, but is nowlooking at providing something a with a little bit more power. Weve gotten our hands on ASUS godzilla of a graphics card, the dual-GTX 580 Mars II. Check inside for a photo tour andWeäre not quite sure how the new "power delivery standard" some numbers!is going to be implemented and as yet it doesnät have a name.Itäs said to be able to co-exist with the current USB Battery ASUS is known for taking the fastest graphics cards andCharging standards for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, although making them even bigger and badder. Their last headline-weäre no longer looking at a mere 2.5 to 4.5W, instead weäre grabbing attempt with a Nvidia GPU was back in 2009, whentalking 100W. Thatäs quite a jump, especially considering that they released the dual-GTX 285 Mars.the USB-IF is saying that the new standard will be compatiblewith all current cables and connectors.If you have any kind of background in electronics orelectrical engineering youäll most likely have noticed thatthere are some issues here. Cables normally have various AWG(American Wire Gauge) ratings on them which contain thespecifications of the cable itself. The best AWG rating we foundon some USB cables we had lying around was AWG24 whichis fairly thin cables and they are limited to about 3.5A. On topof that the cables are rated at 30V and adding things up weend up with 105W. The USB-IF obviously cutting things veryclose here with a 100W standard as the cables in question werehigh-quality USB cables and not necessarily representative ifthe kind of cables everyoneäs using.One of the nice features of the new power delivery standard isthat the Voltage and current draw of the connected device willbe auto negotiated. What this means is that whatever deviceyou plug in thatäs compatible with the standard will tell the 11
  • 60. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Three 8-pin PCIe connectors are required, and ASUS has also thrown in a 100% fan speed button. If you have too much money, you can even buy two of these and run them in quad- SLI.This time round, ASUS has shoehorned two GTX 580s ontoa single PCB to create the Mars II. Each GPU is clocked at782MHz, making the Mars II even faster than the (alreadydiscontinued) GTX 590. GTX 580 GTX 590 Mars IICore Clock 772MHz 607MHz 782MHzShader Clock 1544MHz 1215MHz 1564MHzMemory Clock 1002MHz 854MHz 1002MHz(effective) (4008MHz) (3416MHz) (4008MHz)Memory 1.5GB 2 x 1.5GB 2 x 1.5GBASUS has spared no expense here: the Mars II sports a sturdymetal shroud with two 120mm fans, and a metal backplatecovers the entire rear. One NEC Proadlizer is used for each GPU.However, the Mars II is considerably wider than usual, inaddition to taking up three slots. Its dimensions are 13" x 6.2"x 2.5", so chances are that it will only fit into the very largestcasings out there. Each GPU gets an 8-phase power delivery system, and each set of memory 2 phases, making for a total of 20 phases on a single PCB. 12
  • 61. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTo help cool this beast, each heatsink has four copperheatpipes. Unlike conventional mice with prominent left and right buttons and the obligatory scroll wheel, the new Microsoft Touch Mouse looks extremely sleek. In fact, the manufacturer claims that the mouse has multi-touch gesture features which allow users to click, flick, scroll and swipe. You can use one finger to manage documents or web pages by flicking to scroll, pan and tilt, one thumb to move back or forward through a web browser; two fingers to maximize, minimize, snap and restore your programs and applications; three-finger to navigate to your desktop etc. However, the Touch Mouse is designed exclusively only for Windows 7 operating system, so if you are using Windows Vista or Windows XP, you can only use it like a normal mouse, but without the multi-touch functionality.Word has it that the Mars II will retail for a wallet-blowing S$2499 starting from late August. This is a limited edition cardso only 999 units will be sold worldwide.Stay tuned for our full review of the ASUS Mars II !Microsoft Singaporeintroduces new Touch Mouseand Explorer Touch MouseSource: 11th, 2011Microsoft Singapore today announced the latest additions to Like the Touch Mouse, the Explorer Touch Mouse also doestheir line of Touch mice - Touch Mouse and Explorer Touch not have the scroll wheel. Instead, in its place is the advancedMouse. Both the Touch and Explorer Touch are equipped with scroll strip which lets you do vertical and horizontal navigationBlueTrack technology that allow users to use it on virtually on your PC or Mac, as well as side-to-side swipes and fiveany surface, and come with a Nano transceiver which can be customizable buttons on five different parts of the strip.plugged to your PC easily. 13
  • 62. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone story and it looks like it will be an industry wide move as the new SATA Express standard will require it for optimal performance. Click on through for a detailed look at what to expect from this new standard. SATA Express is part of the SATA 3.2 specification and its backwards compatible with standard SATA 6Gbps. In fact, the physical connector has been designed to cater for a pair of SATA ports. The new connector is currently available in two versions, although the final design hasnt been decided upon as yet, but theres currently one version thats exclusively for PCI Express. The new connector caters for both one and two lanes of PCI Express bandwidth, but its not clear if itll carry power or not.The Microsoft Touch Mouse will be available at a suggestedretail price of S$99, while the Explorer Touch Mouse thatcomes in Rust Red, Sangria Red, Storm Grey and Black flavors,will be selling at S$59. The Touch Mouse and Explorer TouchMouse will be available at end August, and at the upcomingCOMEX Show 2011. To go with the new board level connector is of course a new cable and matching connector. As the interface can transmit both PCI Express and SATA signals the SATA-IO has come up with a connector that can handle both. The downside is a wider cable than for SATA, but considering that the bandwidth has been boosted from 6Gbit/s to 8 or 16Gbit/s, this is something well simply have to live with. So far the SATA-IO is still working on options on the deviceIan Tan, marketing manager for Microsoft Hardware, was at end, but wed expect to see a similar connector to the boardthe event and introduced the new mice products. Tan also level one on at least SSDs. Another benefit of SATA Expressdemonstrated the multi-touch gesture of the Touch Mouse is less cable clutter when using a backplane, although this canwhich allows user to scroll, minimize, dock their applications be easily solved using a mini-SAS connector today. That said,easily. On top of that, the marketing manager also mentioned SAS connectors arent commonly found on consumer levelthat the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse which was available early hardware and SATA Express is at least in part targeting thethis year had taken the world by storm and is currently the consumer market in the market.SATA-IO announces SATAExpressSource: 11th, 2011Remember that story we wrote a couple of weeks agoabout Intel considering doing a PCI Express x2 interface? Its pretty clear that SATA Express was designed to allow theWell, todays announcement by the SATA-IO confirms this SATA standard to take advantage of the performance on offer 14
  • 63. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneby the latest SSDs as were quickly approaching the point in The HTC EVO 3D features qHD 3D 4.3-inch display, 1.2GHztime where the SATA interface just doesnt cut it anymore. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB RAM,still very early days though and the specification isnt expected microSD slot to support up to 32GB memory card, 802.11b/to be ready until the end of this year which means that we wont g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, stereo Bluetooth, integrated GPS andsee implementations until sometime in 2012. Its pretty clear runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system withthat we need a faster interface than SATA 6Gbps and this is the latest HTC Sense 3.0 user interface. It can capture videos andinterim solution were left with as SATA 4.0 is still a long way images in 3D, as well as support 3D gaming and video viewing,from being ratified, although if it goes down the same route as though that depends on the videos and the games. Like theSAS, we can expect speeds of 12Gbit/s per port. Spiderman game, the game itself is developed in 3D. You can find some of these games on the Android Market, though there is no option for 2D-to-3D up-conversion though.HTC unleashes EVO 3DAndroid smartphone inSingaporeSource: 11th, 2011This morning, HTC unveiled their latest Android smartphone,the EVO 3D, which promises 3D multimedia features andexperience for users, without the need of 3D glasses. The EVO3D sports a 4.3-inch display, uses 1.2GHz dual-core processorand is preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. On the right of the EVO 3D are the camera shutter button, 3D and 2D camera mode switch and the volume controls (which also doubles up as the zoom buttons). The power button and 3.5mm audio jack are on the top, while the dual 5-megapixel cameras with dual LED flash are on the rear can capture high quality 3D images and videos. There is also a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video chat. 15
  • 64. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone August 11th, 2011 Fancy getting your hands on an ultrathin notebook? LG might have just the notebook you are looking for: the Korean electronics company has just announced the availability of its new Xnote P220 series of ultrathin notebooks, which will reportedly be released for sale in Korea starting today. Do you remember LGx Xnote P220 ultrathin notebook? You know, the one that was first shown off during the Computex 2011 exhibition that took place in early June this year? Well, it turns out that LG is now finally ready to release the aforementioned notebook for sale, with the Korean electronics company officially announcing the availabiliy of the XnotePutting the LG Optimus 3D side-by-side with the HTC EVO P220 for its domestic market.3D, you can see that the latter may be slightly smaller than theOptimus 3D in terms of form factor, but both have the same4.3-inch screen size and roughly the same thickness. Not much detail about the Xnote P220 has been publicly revealed by LG, although the Korean electronics company has claimed in its press release that notebook, which is reportedly designed to be the successor to the Xnote P210 series of ultrathin notebooks, will make use of a 12.5-inch LED-illuminated IPS LCD display, although it did not provide any details about the displays native resolution.Wayne Tang, product manager of HTC Singapore, talks about In addition, the machine translation of LGs press releasethe world being in 3D and that we should all capture the has indicated that the Xnote P220 will be bundled withthings around us in 3D, though it is impossible to do that Intels second generation Intel Core i5 processor, and thatwith current breed of smartphones. Tang also introduces the notebooks graphics crunching muscle will be providedthe various features of the HTC EVO 3D and said that the by the Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU that is built into Intelssmartphone will come bundled with 3D content including The processor. Once again, LG has apparently not released anyGreen Hornet 3D movie, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD, details about the processor, such as its clock speed and modelNeed for Speed SHIFT and The Sims 3. For 3D video capture, number, that was used in the assembly of the Xnote P220the files are saved in either JPS or MPO file format; according ultrathin notebook, although it has stated that the notebookto Tang, you can select the file format to record in. will make use of a 128GB solid-state drive in order to achieveThe HTC EVO 3D is scheduled to go on retail by end of August faster data read/write speeds, and will sport various standardat all mobile operators and authrozied retailers at a suggested features such as a HDMI port and a dedicated USB chargingretail price of S$895. port.LG to release new Xnote P220ultrathin notebooks in KoreatodaySource: 16
  • 65. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to what we have read, the injunction against Samsung is effectively immediately. However, if it is of any consolation for Samsung, it seems that Apple will still have toLast but defintely not least, LG has claimed that it was able to go through the neccessary paperwork in order to ensure thatfurther reduce the notebooks display bezel to a width of no the injunction is acted upon and enforced in the Europeanmore than 9.5mm, while its maximum thickness and weight Unions member countries. This should give Samsung enoughhave been trimmed down to 20.9mm and 1.3kg respectively. time to get some units of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device out onNo information about the Xnote P220s pricing has been sale before the it is forced to cease all sales of the Galaxyreleased by LG yet. Tab 10.1 until the whole catfight between Apple and Samsung is concluded by the courts. In addition, it seems that the Netherlands is bound by a different set of laws, so Samsung isSamsung barred from selling apparently free to continue selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 there, for Apple will have to file a seperate case if it wants to applyGalaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe for an injunction there as well.Source: In addition, ThisIsMyNext has reported that Apple has alsoAugust 11th, 2011 filed for an injunction against Samsung in the US, but this particular case will be fought on an entirely different level. This is because Apple has demanded for a ban on sales of Samsungs entire product lineup, and not just the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the case is reportedly scheduled to be heard in October this year. That being said, we are speculating that Apples outragrous demands for an injunction on Samsungs entire product lineupSeems like Samsungs woes over the whole trademark catfight does not have much of a chance on holding up in court, butbetween itself and Apple has just taken yet another turn for the that is just us.worse, with the Korean electronics giant suffering yet another Needless to say, Samsung is not very pleased with the results,blow in the form of a court-ordered injunction against the especially if the response it has sent out to ThisIsMyNext is ofsales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device. This time, it is a any indication:German district court which handed down the injunction, thuseffectively banning the sale of the Tab 10.1 in most of the Samsung is disappointed with the court’s decisioncountries that make up the European Union. Needless to say, and we intend to act immediately to defend ourSamsung is not very pleased with the decision. intellectual property rights through the ongoing legal proceedings in Germany and will continue to actively defend these rights throughout the world.Seems like things are definitely not going very well for The request for injunction was filed with no noticeSamsung recently, especially where the whole trademark to Samsung, and the order was issued without anyhoo-ha it has gotten itself caught up with against Apple hearing or presentation of evidence from concerned. Apparently, we have received word from all We will take all necessary measures to ensureover the web that a German distract court has handed the Samsung’s innovative mobile communicationsKorean electronics giant an injuction which effectively bans devices are available to customers in Europe andthe company from selling its Galaxy Tab 10,1 tablet device in around the world.most of Europe. This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere. 17
  • 66. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone a smartphone, but to also set certain options to ensure thatNew LG microwave oven food gets heated up and cooked properly with minimal loss ofallows for remote control via nutrients.smartphones Sounds good? Well, the bad news LG has not released any details about the ovens global availability, if at all. However,Source: if it is of any consolation, the oven can be bought in Korea atremote-control-via-smartphones/13265.html the price of 599,000 won, or approximately US$553.August 11th, 2011 Sony Ericssons Xperia ray shows up in Japan Source: in-japan/13264.htmlHave you ever found yourself wishing that there was a way August 11th, 2011to operate a microwave oven remotely, so that you can easilywarm up your food and drinks without having to wasteprecious time walking over to the kitchen to do so? Well, thegood news is that such a wish is now one step closer to reality,for LG has announced the availability of a new microwave Seems like Sony Ericsson has certainly been rolling outoven which allows you to...wait for it...control it remotely via all those drool-worthy smartphones recently. If you woulda smartphone. No, really. remember, it was just five days since we last posted the information about Sony Ericsson launching its Xperia miniPicture this situation; you are rushing a deadline for work (or and Xperia mini pro smartphones here in Singapore, and theschool), and there is some frozen, processed food sitting in the company is once again making headlines. Except that thismicrowave oven waiting to thaw out so that you can heat it time, it has got something to do with the release of the Xperiaup. But therein lies the problem; you are so busy that you do ray, a thin and lightweight Android-powered smartphone, fornot even have time to visit the restroom, much less make the Japan. More details about this smartphone coming right up.trip to the kitchen to push some buttons needed to operate themicrowave oven. As a result, the food never gets warmed up, Does Sony Ericssons Xperia ray smartphone ring a bell? Weand you pass the rest of the day with an empty stomach and really will not be surprised if it does; after all, informationa grouchy mood. about this particular smartphone was first announced by the company way back in June this year, although details aboutSounds familiar? Well, leave it to LG to solve that problem its eventual release date, operating system and specificationswith its novel solution of allowing one to remotely operate were kept tightly guarded. That is all set to change though, forthe microwave oven. Not with a remote control, though, but Japans NTT DOCOMO has just announced the launch of therather, with that very smartphone that you have in your pocket Xperia ray in Japan, where it is expected to hit the countrysright now. retail shelves come August 27. According to NTT DOCOMO, the new Xperia ray smartphone sports a thin and lightweight aluminum body, a trait which we believe will greatly appeal to fashion-conscious consumers. In addition, NTT DOCOMO has confirmed that the Xperia ray will be shipped with version 2.3 of the Android operating system preloaded into it, while its main processing muscleAccording to LG, the new microwave oven, which is slated to will be provided by a “fast 1GHz CPU”, although the companybe released some time in the later part of August, will make has conveniently chosen not to provide any details about theuse of WiFi technology to allow for such remote operation aforementioned processor.between itself and an Android-powered smartphone. Details Additional information about the Xperia ray provided byabout how the Korean company intends to do this is scarce, but NTT DOCOMO reveals that that the smartphone willthe machine translation seems to suggest that LG will release incorporate several well-known Sony technologies, such asa smartphone app known as “LG Lightwave Oven Studios” to the implementation of xLOUD audio technology for enhancedfacilitate the remote access between an Android smartphone sound quality and an EXMOR R camera capable of capturingand the aforementioned microwave oven. In addition, the app still images at a maximum resolution of 8.1 megapixels. Lastwill reportedly allow users to not only operate the oven via but definitely not least, NTT DOCOMO has also confirmed 18
  • 67. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat the Xperia ray will sport a “high-resolution, 3.3-inchtouchscreen Reality Display utilizing the Mobile BRAVIAengine”, as well as Sonys POBox Touch 4.3 predictive text-input system which reportedly allows for quicker and easiertext input in either English or Japanese.And contrary to earlier rumours, it seems that the Xperia ray isnot designed to be waterproof, so users might want to ensurethat they do not accidentally give their new smartphone ashower of sorts under any circumstances.No information about the Xperia rays pricing or contractplans has been revealed by NTT DOCOMO, although the According to Panasonic, the BZT9000 and BZT910 DIGI 3Dcompany has claimed that it will be accepting preorders for Blu-ray recorders make up the companys flagship offeringsthe phone from as early as August 12, 15 days before the and are reportedly capable of delivering extremely high imagesmartphone officially goes up on sale in Japan. and sound quality. The company claims that this was made possible by assembling the BZT9000 and BZT910 in such a way that the recorders boast an extremely low center of gravity and a rigid body which is capable of resisting resonance. In addition, the BZT9000 and BZT910 will also sport an internal 3TB and 2TB hard disk respectively for storage purposes, as well as improved codecs for video and audio playback, and support for DLNA and video recording via USB.Panasonic unveils six new 3D The BZT810, BZT710, BWT510 and BRT210, on the other hand, will feature an internal hard disk with storage capacitiesBlu-ray recorders in Japan of 1TB (BZT810 only) and 500GB, as well as a new ECO PowerSource: Management mode which is reportedly capable of reducingrecorders-in-japan/13263.html power consumption down to as low as 0.03W when theAugust 11th, 2011 recorders are operating in standby mode. Last but definitely not least, all six 3D Blu-ray recorders will reportedly ship with support for Skype, thus allowing users to engage in conversations via the aforementioned recorders, as well as multi-show simultaneous recording, which allows for up toPanasonic has announced the availability of six new 3D Blu- four shows to be recorded concurrently.ray recorders under the DIGA brand in Japan. The newrecorders, which bear the model numbers BZT9000, BZT910.BZT810, BZT710, BWT510 and BRT210, will sport variousunique features such as multi-show simultaneous recordingand wireless connectivity, among many others.Panasonic has announced the availability of six new 3D Blu-ray recorders under the DIGA brand in Japan. The newrecorders, which bear the model numbers BZT9000, BZT910.BZT810, BZT710, BWT510 and BRT210, will sport variousunique features such as multi-show simultaneous recordingand wireless connectivity, among many others. 19
  • 68. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNo details about pricing and availability for the lists. All users have to do is to simply enter the recipients nameaforementioned devices have been released by Panasonic at into the app and it will return a list of possible contacts, asthis point of time. shown in the screenshot below.Facebook introducesMessenger app for Androidand iOSSource: 11th, 2011Are you a heavy user of the SMS feature on your mobile phone? In addition, Zhang added that the Messenger app canIf so, Facebooks recent announcement might be just the thing also be used to initiate group conversations to allow foryou need to keep those fingers of yours even busier while easier coordination between a bunch of people, and thaton the move. Apparently, the worlds most popular online Messenger also supports the attachment of digital contentsocial networking service has just unveiled its new Messenger such as photos and location information. Lastly, Zhang hasstandalone app which claims to be capable of allowing users to also confirmed that Messenger is basically an extension ofkeep in touch with all their buddies in a much easier way. Facebook messages; this means that all the conversationsThe mobile phone may have been originally conceived as a made through Messenger, be it text messages, chat logs ormeans to allow people the luxury of making and receiving emails, will be stored in a central location which a user canphone calls while on the move, but thanks to the power of access as long as there are online, regardless of the device theytechnology, it seems that its main use today is more on sending are using.text messages, emails and posting updates on popular onlinesocial networking services. And if you happen to be one ofthose cellphone users whose fingers see more action on analphanumeric or QWERTY keyboard rather than the Callbutton, you will probably have much to like about Facebookslatest announcement. The popular online social networkingservice has just announced the availability of Messenger, a newmobile app for smartphones which is reportedly capable ofsimplifying the way users send messages to others on theirsmartphone.According to a posting made by Facebook engineer LucyZhang on the official Facebook blog, the new Messenger appis designed to allow users the capability of sending messagesto their friends on Facebook on or their mobile phone contact 20
  • 69. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Messenger app is already available for download at the August 11th, 2011respective app repositories for both iOS and Android, althoughZhang has not released any details as to whether Facebookplans to port the app to other popular mobile platforms suchas Symbian, Windows Phone or Meego.Transcend Introduces Delkin has released a high performance extended temperatureJetFlash T3S USB Flash Drive CompactFlash which is capable of operating at a temperatureSource: range of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius.flash-drive/13202.htmlAugust 11th, 2011 Delkin high performance extended temperature CompactFlash features single level cell (SLC) NAND flash, read speed of up to 105MB/s, write speed of 95MB/s and a stated operating temperature of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. It comes with a seven years warranty and will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The 32GB model is reported to retail at US$550 (S$670). Samsung Hercules Pictured Source: pictured/13258.html August 11th, 2011Transcend JetFlash T3S uses the USB 2.0 interface allowing aread speed of 15-18MB/s and a write speed of 4-5MB/s. Otherfeatures include the COB (chip on board), capless zinc alloybody and measures 29.35 x 12.3 x 3.05mm. The 4GB, 8GB,16GB models will be retailing at €9.90 (S$12), €14.90 (S$18)and €24.90 (S$30) respectively.Delkin Releases HighPerformance CompactFlashSource: Samsung Hercules is expected to substitute as a Galaxy S II variant. It runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, equipped with a 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal 21
  • 70. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestorage capacity. Other features include a 4.5-inch 800 x 480touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera and is scheduled to launch Its been very quiet from Acers mobile division for quite someon 26th of September. time now, but it looks like the company is finally getting ready to launch its Iconia Smart next month. If youve forgottenHitachi launches Ultrastar about it, the Icona Smart is Acers crazy 21:9 aspect ratio 4.8- inch screen touting smartphone with 1024x480 resolution.SSD400M MLC SSD The massive handset is set to go on sale in Europe next monthSource: according to a press release sent to German media, althoughmlc-ssd/13256.html its still unclear when Acer will launch the Iconia Smart inAugust 11th, 2011 other parts of the world. Sadly this isnt as an impressive device as it was back in January when it was first unveiled at CES, mostly because the hardware is already at close to mainstream level.Hitachi has launched its enterprise MLC SSD, UltrastarSSD400M. It uses Intels 25nm NAND and SSD technology.More details inside. That said the massive screen is likely to appeal to those wanting something a bit more pocketable than a tablet, especially as it offers near tablet resolution in a device measuring 141.7x64.5x13.6mm (HxWxD) and weighing in at a reasonably pocket friendly 185g. So ok, it might not fit in a pair of skinny jeans, but its unlikely that Acer had this in mind when designing it. Whats going to hold the Iconia Smart back is the 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC as not only is this a single core chip,Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400M SSD make use of the SAS 6Gbps but only recently Sony Ericsson put this same processor ininterface allowing up to 495MB/s read speed (sequential one of its affordable handsets, the Xperia mini. 512MB RAM64k) and 385MB/s write speed (sequential 64k). Other and ROM isnt going to impress either, as this is pretty muchfeatures include 56,000 IOPS (random 4k read), 24,000 IOPS standard on any Android handset today, but the extra 8GB(random 4k write), 2 million hours in mean time between of built in storage is at least a bonus. Even the 8 Megapixelfailure (MTBF) and 5.5W in typical power consumption. The camera with 720p video recording, auto focus and an LEDHitachi Ultrastar SSD400M SSD measures 100.6 x 70.1 x flash is standard fare.15mm, weighs 187g and will be available in 200GB and 400GBcapacities.Acers Iconia Smart to launchin SeptemberSource: 11th, 2011Its been very quiet from Acers mobile division for quite sometime now, but it looks like the company is finally getting readyto launch its Iconia Smart next month. If youve forgottenabout it, the Icona Smart is Acers crazy 21:9 aspect ratio 4.8-inch screen touting smartphone with 1024x480 resolution. 22
  • 71. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone As we approach the month where the next generation iPhone (iPhone 4S or iPhone 5) is supposed to be launched, there are increasing number of rumours flooding the internet. More details inside.In terms of data connectivity the Iconia Smart does atleast offer support for 14.4Mbit/s HSDPA which is at leastcompetitive, albeit not cutting edge. HSUPA speeds are ratedat the by now standard 5.76Mbit/s. Acer has also thrown insupport for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, UPnP and DLNA as well as The iPhone 5 website appears to be leaked in one of theBluetooth 2.1 with EDR. Other bits of interest includes A-GPS, YouTube videos uploaded by user "iPhone5Website" on 8th ofa micro HDMI port, a micro SD card slot and Dolby mobile August 2011. Features such as Dual-Core A5 chip, 8-megapixelaudio. On the software side were looking at Acer camera, iOS5, 4.2" touchscreen 960 x 640 display, 6.2mmsupport, Flash 10.1 and some pre-loaded games including thickness and weight of 112g were shown in the video. SeveralAsphalt, Spiderman and Nova. images were also spotted in the iPhone 5s gallery. The websitePrice wise you can expect to pony up €499 if you live in Europe, does look quite convincing but with so much rumours goingor the equivalent of about S$720 in round figures. Thats more on, it is best to take them as a pinch of salt and awaits patientlythan a Samsung Galaxy S II goes for at the moment which is for the launch day.going to make the Iconia Smart a though sell for Acer despite Excited fans might want to look out for this (quoted fromthe impressive screen. InfoWorld), "One clue you can use reliably is to watch the inventory levels at the Apple Store. When a products availability starts to move from 24 hours or a few daysImages of Apple iPhone 5 to several weeks, thats a safe bet that Apple is letting itsleaked? inventory run out to make room for a new model. In fact, this is the only repeatably accurate signal of a new versionsSource: imminent release."August 11th, 2011 YouTube video link: v=jxYnuHX3LCI *Updated 10th August 2011, 4am* LG Nilsson has pointed out that this video is a fake. At time 0:00 "file:///users/peter/ 23
  • 72. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedesktop/iphonek205/websitek20pictures/home.html" was • Adds support for new 3D Vision projectors: Acer X1111,seen in the browser. BenQ W710ST, and NEC NP-V300W • Added the following 3D Vision game profiles:NVIDIA releases GeForce o Alice Madness Returns280.26 driver o Back to the Future (Episodes 1-5)Source: o Call of Juarez: The Carteldriver/13255.htmlAugust 11th, 2011 o Chuang Shi Xi You o Dao Jian 2 o The Darkness 2 o Dead Island o Deep Black o Dou Zhan ShenGeForce 280.26 WHQL driver is now available for downloadand will support GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and o Dragon Ball Online500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs. o Dungeons and Dragons: Online o Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising o Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 o L.A. Noire o League of Legends o LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean o Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar o The Lord of the Rings: War in the North o Mars o Might & Magic Heroes VIThe NVIDIA GeForce 280.26 is the first WHQL-certified o Mount & Blade: Warbanddriver to be released for the 280 family of drivers. Features areas follow: o Mount & Blade: With Fire and BladeNew in Release 280.26 o PROUNNVIDIA SLI o RAGE o Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad • Enables SLI technology on SLI-certified motherboards with AMD chipsets: 990FX, 990X, and 970. o Rise of the Immortals o Rusty HeartsNVIDIA 3D Vision o Serious Sam 3: BFE • With Release 280 drivers, the 3D Vision Controller o Virtua Tennis 4 driver is now included with all GPU driver installations. Users are no longer required to install a separate o Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 3D Vision Controller driver or CD driver. This driver • Update the following 3D Vision game profiles includes the 280.19 3D Vision Controller driver. For more information, please view this knowledgebase o Crysis 2 – rating changed to Excellent. NVIDIA article for more information. recommends using the v1.9 game patch. • Adds support for viewing and o Deep Black – rating change to 3D Vision Ready YouTube 3D with NVIDIA SLI PCs. Please view this o Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition – knowledgebase article for more information on 3D convergence changes and rating changed to 3D Vision Window Mode. Vision Ready • Adds support for Window mode for 3D Vision Video Other Player. This requires v1.7.2 or higher of the player. • Adds support for new 3D Vision monitors: ViewSonic • Installs HD Audio driver version V3D245 • Installs PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514 24
  • 73. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Supports playing back Blu-ray 3D discs when connecting the C-60 processor core and variable graphics clock for both your GPU to an HDMI 1.4 3D TV. Playback requires models. compatible software application from CyberLink, The E-450 has received a 50MHz CPU core clock boost over ArcSoft, Roxio, or Corel. For GPU and system the E-350 from 1.6 to 1.65GHz by a simple half multiplier requirements, visit the NVIDIA Blu-ray 3D website. increase. The biggest change is the graphics core which • Supports the new GPU-accelerated features in Adobe is now known as the Radeon HD 6320 and although it Creative Suite 5 including Photoshop CS5. remains the same low shader count, the clock speed has increased to a minim clock of 508MHz, although this can • Supports GPU-acceleration for smoother online HD be dynamically overclocked to 600MHz. Another new feature videos with Adobe Flash. is native support for DDR3 1333MHz memory which should • Supports OpenGL 3.3 for GeForce 8-series and later further help improve the graphics performance. The TDP GPUs. remains the same at 18W. • Supports OpenGL 4.1 on GeForce 400 series and later GPUs. • Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI- certified Intel X58-based motherboards. • Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software. • Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver here. The C-60 is actually the more interesting part of the two as although it remains at the same 1GHz core clock speed asDownload the GeForce 280.26 WHQL Driver (64-bit the C-50, it now features a turbo mode which will take it toWindows 7/Vista) now. 1.33GHz when needed. It too has received a bump in graphicsDownload the GeForce 280.26 WHQL Driver (32-bit Windows performance and AMD decided to go with Radeon HD 62907/Vista) now. in this case. Although the base graphics clock is once again anything but news, were looking at a dynamic overclocking setup here too so although the base clock is a mere 276MHz, it will go all the way to 400MHz when needed.Dell first with AMDs E-450 and Dells C-60 version of the Inspiron M102z comes with aC-60 APUs single 2GB DIMM, a 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive and DellsSource: own 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi solution with Bluetooth 3.0+HS asapus/13257.html standard. The E-450 version comes with a single 4GB DIMMAugust 11th, 2011 and a 500GB hard drive on top of that. Both models have an 11.6-inch screen with 1366x768 resolution and a 56Whr 6- cell battery pack. Dell Singapore wants S$629 for the C-60 model and S$699 for the E-450 model and the only hardware customization options include four different colours on the lid and a larger 90Whr 9-cell battery option.Look at that, Dell has updated its Inspiron M102z notebookwith AMDs yet to be announced E-450 and C-60 APUswhich comes with a small performance bump compared to Images of Acers Ultrabookthe E-350 and C-50 APUs. These are of course AMDs entrylevel APUs, but this time around it seems like AMD has paid leak Source: attention to the mobility aspect with a Turbo mode for leak/13253.htmlthe C-60 processor core and variable graphics clock for both August 11th, 2011models.Look at that, Dell has updated its Inspiron M102z notebookwith AMDs yet to be announced E-450 and C-60 APUswhich comes with a small performance bump compared tothe E-350 and C-50 APUs. These are of course AMDs entry Although were still a couple of months away from the expectlevel APUs, but this time around it seems like AMD has paid launch of Intels so called Ultrabook platform, weve alreadymore attention to the mobility aspect with a Turbo mode for seen Asus take back at Computex and now the first pictures 25
  • 74. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof what should be Acers first entry into the Ultrabook marketspace have made an appearance. Apparently Acers Ultrabookwill be called the Aspire 3951, although were really hoping thatAcer will come up with a slightly more interesting brand namebefore the launch, as it really says nothing about what at leaston paper looks like a really neat little machine.Although were still a couple of months away from the expectlaunch of Intels so called Ultrabook platform, weve alreadyseen Asus take back at Computex and now the first picturesof what should be Acers first entry into the Ultrabook marketspace have made an appearance. Apparently Acers Ultrabookwill be called the Aspire 3951, although were really hoping thatAcer will come up with a slightly more interesting brand name The keyboard is similar in design to that used in Acers mostbefore the launch, as it really says nothing about what at least recent TimeLineX models, although the touch pad has grownon paper looks like a really neat little machine. significantly and it doesnt appear to have any buttons. AcerThe Aspire 3951 is said to be a mere 13mm thin and weighing in is also said to have implemented a feature which allows theat 1.4kg which isnt half bad for a 13-inch notebook. The design notebook to resume from sleep in a mere 1.7 seconds, althoughis borrow quite a bit from Apples MacBook Air, although its we presume this is part of what Intel has done to makeby no means a blatant copy. The core specifications are still the Ultrabook platform appealing. The Aspire 3951 is saidmissing, but it will without a doubt sport one of Intels ULV to offer 6h battery life with an interesting 30 days worth ofCore i processors and matching small form factor chipset, the standby power, something unheard of so far when it comes toQS67 which measures 22x22mm compared to 25x25mm for notebooks.Intels standard mobile chipsets. If this is a sign of whats to come, then we cant wait to see whatWhat struck us as a bit odd is that the source points out that Acers competitors will be showing off. Compared to IntelsSSD is optional and that it will come with a standard hard unsuccessful CULV platform it looks like weve finally reacheddrive instead, although the choice will be between a 250 and a point in time where a thin and light Windows powered500GB drive. Currently there are no 500GB 1.8-inch drives to notebook with decent battery life and performance is about toour knowledge, so judging by that Acer has managed to find become reality. Head over to the source link for plenty moreroom for a 2.5-inch drive inside the Aspire 3951, even though pictures.its likely to be a 7mm tall drive. As far as SSD options areconcerned, theres only one and thats a 160GB model. ASUS ET2410INTS AIO review:The only side mounted ports appear to be a memory card slotand a single 3.5mm audio jack while the remaining ports are all about Inspiring, Innovation,all located around the back. From what we can tell from thepictures were looking at a DisplayPort, or more like an HDMI Persistent and Perfection? Source: and a pair if USB 3.0 ports, hopefully of the 3.0 variety inspiring-innovation-persistent-and-perfection-/13125.htmland thats it. The only other known inclusion is low-power August 11th, 2011Bluetooth 4.0 support, but good luck finding any compatibleperipherals at the moment. 26
  • 75. August 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"Inspiring, Innovation, Persistent and Perfection". Those Graphics Card 1GB NVIDIA GeForcewere the four words which ASUS has used to describe its GT540Mlatest all-in-one (AIO) desktop PC, the touchscreen-totting Operating System Windows 7 Premium (x64ET2410INTS that has been reportedly designed to serve as version)a "multimedia enjoyment PC" for the masses. And while we Display 23.6-inch (59.9cm) Full HDcertainly can appreciate how "Persistent" perfectly describes (1920x1080) LED-backlitthe tenacity of the desktop PC market now that "post PC" multitouch-capable LCDdevices are the rage, we could not help but feel compelled to displayput the other three words to the test in this review. Memory 6GB DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4GB + 1 x 2GB SODIMM) Hard Disk capacity 1TB Wireless Connectivity AzureWave AW-NE785H Weight 10.8kg"The desktop is dead! Long live the desktop!" sounds like thekind of victory cry fans of highly portable computing devicessuch as smartphones and tablets would love to yell in todaysday and age, and for good reason. After all, with most peoplesconcept of a PC being simply nothing more than a tool to getthem connected to the wonderful world of cyberspace, it wouldmake sense that the humble desktop which had always been a"must have" item for every household is quickly being replacedby smaller and more portable devices which boast just enoughprocessing power to deliver upon such needs.However, most people also tend to forget that general purposecomputing is much more than just about viewing onlinecontent. And the last time we checked, it is still not exactlypossible to churn out a full 10-page report, watch a highdefinition movie, or indulge in some serious resource-intensive task on a "post-PC" device without sacrificing muchin terms of performance or personal comfort. That is whydesktops, be it a typical tower PC, or even the more modernAll-In-One PCs by extension, which boast a proper keyboardand a huge display sporting dimensions greater than 21 inchesare considered to be the best tools for such purposes...right?Well, that is what we are about to find out with ASUSs new all-in-one desktop PC, the ET2410INTS.ASUSET2410INTS TouchscreenAll-In-One PCSpecificationsProcessor Intel Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)Chipset Intel H61 Chipset 27
  • 76. August 16th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.VLI finally gains USB-IFcertificationSource: 16th, 2011 This one has been a long time coming, but VLI (VIA LabsInc.) has finally gained the much needed certification from theUSB-IF for its VL800 and VL801 USB 3.0 host controllers. Thegood news for consumers are that finally you can buy any USB As for VLI, the company can finally start hitting the market,3.0 host controller and know that it has received the stamp of although in all fairness there are already quite a few productsapproval from the USB-IF, although what does that mean? already sold featuring VIAs VL800 4-port host controller, as so far its the only commercially available 4-port solution. On the other hand, several companies have held off using VLIsThis one has been a long time coming, but VLI (VIA Labs Inc.) solution due to lack of USB-IF certification, so overall thishas finally gained the much needed certification from the USB- should be great news for the company.IF for its VL800 and VL801 USB 3.0 host controllers. Thegood news for consumers are that finally you can buy any USB VLI is the last of the Taiwanese host controller makers to3.0 host controller and know that it has received the stamp of gain USB-IF certification, although this is far the last USB 3.0approval from the USB-IF, although what does that mean? host controller. Despite Intel putting USB 3.0 support into its chipsets by next year and AMD adding native support toWell, it means that the host controller has passed a bunch of more of its chipsets, well still be seeing new host controllers.compliance test that means that it meets all sorts of electrical, Of course, one interesting development is when the x2 PCIinteroperable and backwards compatibility tests. However, Express interface is introduced, as this should help boost thewhat it doesnt mean is that the host controller will perform performance of USB 3.0 host controllers among many otherto a certain level. Well come back to this hopefully later this peripheral chipsets such as SATA 6Gbps controllers.week, as were in the middle of finishing off a major USB 3.0host controller group test. Limited edition Minecraft- inspired Xperia Play smartphone shows up on eBay Source: xperia-play-smartphone-shows-up-on-ebay/13315.html August 16th, 2011 1
  • 77. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDo you love Minecraft? If you, this will probably be the kind of Netherlands), youd think the Cupertino giants legal team aresmartphone that you would love to own to complement your now chilling out in La-la land over drinks, right? Well, thatobsession over the game. Apparently, Mojang, the company might not be the case for long, especially if the recent reportbehind the game, has released a special, limited edition version we have seen which alleges that Apple had resorted to theof Sony Ericssons Xperia Play smartphone that comes with a tampering of evidence to win its injunction is of any indication.custom skin for the body that comprises of the games logo and Not too long ago, we posted news about the result of Applesgraphics. And it is now available for sale on eBay. complain against Samsung and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet,Minecraft fans, now will probably be a very good time to start where the latter was ordered by the courts to cease the salesmashing those piggy banks and digging out whatever spare of its tablets in Europe. Apparently, the ruling was made oncash you can squeeze out for your latest Minecraft-related the grounds that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 borrows a little tooacquisition. This is because Mojang, the company behind the heavily from Apples designs for it to be considered as a unique,popular game, has announced the availability of a special seperate product in its own edition run of Sony Ericssons Xperia Play smartphone However, rumours have since surfaced that Apple might havewhich comes decked out with a custom skin that features the actually resorted to the digital manipulation of its comparisonMinecraft logo and game graphics. shots in order to strengthen its case against the Korean electronics giant. This alleged act was first unearthed by a website known as Webwereld (and subsequently republished by Engadget), which was somehow able to get a hold of Apples court filing in Europe. Apparently, one of the comparison shots in the filing shows both Apples iPad and Samsungs Galaxy Tab 10.1 stacked side-by-side, where, at first glance, the latter appears cosmetically identical to the iPad where size and thickness is concerned.Specifications-wise, this limited edition, Minecraft-inspiredsmartphone is essentially identical to the current versions ofthe Xperia Play which are being sold on the market rightnow. This means that users who purchase the limited editionversion from Mojang will immediately gain access to a samefeatures they would find on a typical Xperia Play. As for whyMojang is deciding to put the phone up on sale on eBay...well,the official response from the company is that it intends to beatits fan to the chase, after finding out that many of the variousMinecraft collectibles they had given away in the past usuallyended up there. Nice.The current bid for the limited edition Minecraft-inspiredXperia Play is standing at US$1,325, although this number is This is where things start to get interesting. While it is a well-expected to rise in the coming days when the auction officially known fact that the iPad uses a display with an aspect ratio ofcloses on August 21. 4:3, Engadget claims that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 actually utilizes a 16:10 display, thus making up the first such discrepancy inRumour: did Apple tamper Apples filing. In addition, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is also thinner than Apples iPad, and not of the same thickness as impliedwith evidence to win by Apples court filling. To back up its claims, Engadget hasinjunction against Samsungs released its own comparison shot of the iPad and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which clearly shows the latter sporting some obviousGalaxy Tab? differences against the iPad in dimensions.Source: 16th, 2011Now that Apple has successfully blocked the sale of SamsungsGalaxy Tab 10.1 tablet device in Europe (save for the 2
  • 78. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone yesterday in its domestic market will be thumbing its nose at Apple in responses to the Cupertino giants demands to have the companys entire telecommunications lineup blocked in the US. This is because Samsung has just announced the availability of a white variant of its bestselling Galaxy SII smartphone in Korea, thus officially confirming the rumours about such a smartphone that have been circulating around online in recent months.So what does this mean? Did Apple really resort to thealteration of its images to strengthen its case against Samsung?Well, the truth of it is that no one really knows the answerexcept for Apple themselves. In all fairness, it is entirelypossible that Apples image could merely be some form ofexhibit to showcase the similarities between both tablets whenshrunken down to similar dimensions, and that we are allmaking a huge issue out of something innocuous. Either way,it will be extremely interesting to see how this turns out. According to Samsung, the white Galaxy SII is designed to place emphasis on a smartphones “sophistication andSamsung officially unveils beauty”; thus resulting in the decision to encase the smartphone in a completely white body with a white screenwhite Galaxy SII smartphone bezel. As it is essentially still the same Galaxy SII smartphoneSource: under the hood, users who purchase a white Galaxy SII willgalaxy-sii-smartphone/13313.html immediately gain access to every single feature that is alreadyAugust 16th, 2011 present on the current black Galaxy SII, such as its use of AMOLED screens and high performance processors. No information about the white Galaxy SIIs global availability or pricing has been announced by Samsung at this point of time, although the Korean electronics giant has mentioned that the smartphone should start popping up on its domesticApple may have set the stage for a showdown with its retail shelves today.successful demand for an injunction on the Korean electronicsgiants Galaxy Tab 10.1 and an ongoing demand for a ban onall of Samsungs telecommunications lineup in the US, but Another 7-inch, dual-coreit is clear that the company is not about to let the obstacle tablet shows up in Chinathat is Apple stand in the way of new product releases. And Source:, the rumours of a white Galaxy SII smartphone up-in-china/13312.htmlwere indeed true, for Samsung has unveiled the existence of August 16th, 2011such a phone in Korea yesterday, proclaiming it as the resultof its goal in striving to meet the needs of consumers. Getting a tablet computing device which boasts the use of dual- core processors is often one of the fastest way to breaking ones piggy bank, but when you are in China, such luxuries are often available to just about anybody thanks the wide variety of low- cost tablets which actually boast rather decent performance for their price. And the latest such tablet to show up in China comes in the form of the seven-inch LY-F526, which is produced by an OEM known as Shenzhen Lingyunxianfeng.If Samsungs phones could act like humans, wed wager thatthe Korean electronics giants latest smartphone to be released 3
  • 79. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo you have been bitten by the tablet bug and are now lookingfor a reasonably-sized device which boasts a decent dual-core processor to assist you in your mobile computing needs.That is great and all, except that you are on a tight budget,and getting a dual-core tablet from any big name OEM isdefinitely going to break the piggy bank. Unless you happento be in China, where dual-core tablets such as ShenzhenLingyunxianfengs LY-F526 are readily available to the massesat extremely low prices.According to the specifications sheet we were able to pulloff the popular Chinese e-commerce site, theLY-F526 reportedly makes use of a dual-core ARM CortexA9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, although this is somewhatmismatched with a paltry 512MB of onboard memory onthe LY-F526. The seven-inch screen is also anything butimpressive, being capable of a relatively low maximum However, if it is of any consolation, the LY-F526 makes upresolution of 800 x 480, while the onboard camera is probably for that by boasting up to 4GB of internal flash storage, alongthe least attractive of the package with its 1.3 megapixel with support for a variety of standard features such as wirelessresolution. Internet connectivity via WiFi and 3G along with 720p video playback. In addition, the tablet will also sport what appears to be a HDMI-out port, and is reportedly bundled with a 4500mAh battery pack which is provides up to nine hours of uptime on a single charge. Oh, and it will also be bundled with the relatively ancient v2.2 Android operating system, but this is to be expected, considering how the LY-F526 is selling for a mere US$140-150 apiece. 4
  • 80. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHuawei to sell Blaze Details about the Huawei Blaze smartphone are scarce, butsmartphone under own brand according to a report published by CNET UK, the smartphone,in UK which will be aimed at budget-conscious consumers, will most likely sport a £100 pricetag. This makes sense, consideringSource: how Huawei is usually known for producing low-cost, entry-under-own-brand-in-uk/13311.html level smartphones, such as its Ideos line of handsets whichAugust 16th, 2011 were released some time last year. In addition, CNET UK has also claimed that the Huawei Blaze will be preloaded with version 2.3 of the Android operating system (aka Gingerbread) and will sport a 3.2inch display, although no information about the screens resolution or hardware specifications such as processor speed, memory and flash storage capacity were published.Huawei is known for making mid-range and entry-level And from the looks of it, it seems that Huawei is going to havesmartphones for carriers to rebrand, but it seems that the its work cut out for them, especially if one takes into accountChinese smartphone OEMs ambitions for its products has how the market for Android-powered smartphones is alreadygone beyond that of merely supplying phones to its partners. as saturated as it can get. For one, Huawei will have to dealApparently, word has it that Huawei plans to release a new with big-name players such as Samsung, LG, Sony Ericssonbudget Android smartphone under its own brand in the UK and Motorola (which itself was acquired by Google less thansoon, where it will be called the Huawei Blaze. More details 24 hours ago). If that was not enough, the fact that othercoming right up. familiar Chinese OEMs such as ZTE and Meizu are also keenIf you are looking for a budget, entry-level Android to enter the fray in Europe with their own lineup of low-cost,smartphone to pamper yourself with in the next few months, entry-level smartphones means that the the odds are stackeddont be surprised to see a Huawei-branded smartphone very heavily against Huawei in its attempt to break into thepopping up on retail shelves on the day you decided to go European markets under its own banner. As Huaweis UKshopping for one. This is because the Chinese smartphone executive vice president, Mark Mitchinson, aptly puts it, themanufacturer has announced that it plans to start selling company is essentially competing with “anyone involved inits mobile phones under its own brand in the UK, and the Android”.upcoming Huawei Blaze, which is slated to hit retail some timein September, will reportedly be the companys first such own-brand smartphone to be sold in Europe. Intel expands its software upgradable OEM CPU lineup Source: oem-cpu-lineup/13310.html August 16th, 2011 We cant say that were big fans of where Intel is heading with its software upgradable CPUs, although currently only available for its OEM partners, its clearly a sign of things to come. It almost seems like Intel is run by its accountants these days, as the company is clearly looking at ways of charging for its CPUs more than once. 5
  • 81. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone thing across its entire range of CPUs sooner or later, with a selection of options for you to unlock depending on your needs.We cant say that were big fans of where Intel is headingwith its software upgradable CPUs, although currently only Imagine a scratch card for extra cache, one for better graphics,available for its OEM partners, its clearly a sign of things to another one for unlocked multipliers and so on. Its a scarycome. It almost seems like Intel is run by its accountants these thought, but its something Intel could make a reality. As fordays, as the company is clearly looking at ways of charging for the current models, well, theyre intended for systems from theits CPUs more than once. big box shifters and as far as upsides to this setup is concerned, well, its an easy way to get some extra performance out of yourAt the moment Intel is only enabling the software upgrades CPU with any of the hassle otherwise involved. We just wishfor three fairly entry level CPUs, two desktop models and one Intel would see the error in its way and stop chipping away atmobile, but imagine where things could go. Late last year the the features, as there are many of us out there that are sick andfirst model appeared in the shape of the Pentium G6951 which tired of getting a CPU thats missing one or two features, justgained Hyper Threading and 1MB of extra cache as it morphed because.into the Pentium G6952, a seemingly small change, but thistime around Intel has taken things to the next level.First up we have the Pentium G622 which is a dual core Thermaltake Commander MS-I2.6GHz part with 3MB of L3 cache, throw in a scratch cardand you have a Pentium G693 which is a 3.2GHz CPU. case review Source: a pretty hefty performance boost and Intel claims review/13308.htmlan improvement of between 15 to 23 percent depending August 16th, 2011on the benchmark metric. The Pentium G622 is priced ataround US$65 (similar the Pentium G620 pricing) accordingto Anandtech and if the price for the scratch card remains thesame as for the good old Pentium G6951, then youre looking atUS$50, but we have a feeling that Intel mightve considered atiered cost for the new scratch cards to keep things interesting.That said, the Pentium G693 looks set to outperform the Thermaltake is probably the manufacturer with the largestPentium G800 models with the most expensive model coming selection of computer cases available at the time of this at US$86, so we have a feeling that the scratch card will be Not a week ago we reviewed the unique and pricey Level 10 GTreassuringly expensive. case. Today we are going to examine a much different product, the Commander MS-I case. The Commander MS-I is the exact opposite of the Level 10 GT we have reviewed before; it is a very aggressively priced product aiming at the lowest segments of the market. We will find out what the Commander MS-I can do for gamers and enthusiasts on a budget in this review.Next up we have the Core i3-2102, a 3.1GHz dual core modelwith Hyper Threading and 3MB L3 cache. Once again we Thermaltake is probably the manufacturer with the largestsee a significant clock speed increase to 3.6GHz when its selection of computer cases available at the time of this review.unlocked to become the Core i3-2153. This time around were Not a week ago we reviewed the unique and pricey Level 10 GTapparently only looking at a 12 to 15 percent performance case. Today we are going to examine a much different product,increase, according to Intels own tests. With the Core i3-2100 the Commander MS-I case. The Commander MS-I is the exactbeing priced at US$117, the pricing for the Core i3-2102 should opposite of the Level 10 GT we have reviewed before; it is a veryend up in about the same region. aggressively priced product aiming at the lowest segments ofFinally we have something new, an upgradable notebook CPU the market. We will find out what the Commander MS-I canin the shape of the Core i3-2312M, another dual core 2.1GHz do for gamers and enthusiasts on a budget in this review.CPU with 3MB of L3 cache and Hyper Threading. This time Manufacturer’s features and specificationsaround the Mega Hertz increase is smaller; as its transformedinto the Core i3-2393 it only gains 400MHz. However, this • Full black coating with metal mesh appearancemodel has another trick up its sleeve, just like the good oldPentium G6951, the Core i3-2312M gains an extra 1MB of L3 • eSPORTS look front bezelcache. As such were looking at a 10 to 19 percent performance • Bottom-placed PSU design for easy installationincrease according to Intel. • Supports high-end graphic cards up to 12.5”/32cmThis is an interesting way for Intel to get paid twice for eachof its CPUs, especially as were talking fairly low cost models • Rear 120mm silent fan with blue LEDhere. Of course, until we know how much the scratch cards will • Built-in latest USB3.0 SuperSpeed connector (forcost this time around, its a little bit too early to have a go at VN400A1W2N only)Intel for charging consumers over the top for a fairly minorupgrade. We cant but wonder if Intel will expand this sort of P/N VN40001W2N / VN400A1W2N 6
  • 82. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCase Type Middle Tower division, this is fantastic news as the shares have jumped bySide Panel Transparent Window over 55 percent, although Googles shares are actually down soNet Weight 4.5 kg / 9.9 lb far, albeit by a mere percent or so.Dimension 484.0 x 202.0 x 426.0 mm The shareholders of both companies have voted in favour for (19.1 x 8.0 x 16.8 inch) acquisition, although it still needs to pass the scrutiny of theCooling System Front (Intake) : 120 x 120 x SEC and some other instances. Its an interesting move by 25 mm (optional) Google, especially as the company still has several other major Rear (Exhaust) : 120 x 120 handset vendors that may or may not turn elsewhere for their x 25 mm Blue LED fan, device OS needs in the future, all depending on how Google 1000rpm, 16dBA handles things. We should be quick to point out that Motorola Mobility will Top (Exhaust) : 120 x 120 x remain a separate entity from Google and it wont be part 25 mm (optional) of the Google branded companies. However, we cant but wonder what benefits Motorola Mobile will see from this Bottom (Intake) : 120 x 120 x close relationship with Google and if Google wants to keep 25 mm (optional) its other Android partners happy, its going to have to makeDrive Bays - Accessible: 3 x 5.25’’, 1 x 3.5’’ sure that Motorola Mobility doesnt get any special treatment, - Hidden: 5 x 3.5’’, 1 x 2.5 something that doesnt sound very likely.Material SECC On the other hand, there are only so many options whenColor Exterior & Interior: Black it comes to alternative smartphone operating systems thatExpansion Slots 7 consumers would deem acceptable over Android. Its clear thatMotherboards Support Micro ATX , both Microsoft and HP have an opportunity here and as far Standard ATX as Samsung goes, the company already has its own platform in the shape of Bada. It will be interesting to follow howI/O Ports USB2.0 x 2, MIC & Speaker things unfold, but at the moment HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony (support AC’97 & HD Audio) Ericsson are all still behind Android and have commented thatPSU Standard PS2 PSU (optional) Googles purchase of Motorola Mobility is a positive thing forOther CPU cooler height limitation: Android in general. 170mm VGA length limitation: One of the key reasons for Google to buy Motorola Mobility 320mm is the stack of patents the company has, as Motorola was one of the companies behind the very first cell phones and much of that technology is what todays handsets are building upon. Its also important to remember that Motorola Mobility makesGoogle spends a cool US$12.5 a range of other products such as optical networking solutions for digital cable TV and internet, something else which tiesbillion on Motorola Mobility in nicely with Googles overall businesses. Its no doubt thatSource: this will have some interesting developments for consumerson-motorola-mobility/13307.html as well and if nothing else, well hopefully be seeing betterAugust 16th, 2011 support for Motorolas Android handsets when it comes to version upgrades of Android. [] Get Slosht for cheap drinksGoogle mightve lost out on the US$4.5 billion bid on Nortels Source:, but the company has gone out and got itself a drinks/13305.htmlconsolation prize for a mere US$12.5 billion, a prize known August 16th, 2011as Motorola Mobility. For those sitting on shares in MotorolaMobility Holdings Inc, the official name for Motorolas phonedivision, this is fantastic news as the shares have jumped byover 55 percent, although Googles shares are actually down sofar, albeit by a mere percent or so. Group-buying deal sites may come by the dozen in the Asian region, but instead of offering the usual spa/manicure/ restaurant deals, Malaysia-based startup Slosht is aiming toGoogle mightve lost out on the US$4.5 billion bid on Nortels focus on one aspect: deep discounts for alcoholic beverages.patents, but the company has gone out and got itself a The site, which was launched in early August, works like anyconsolation prize for a mere US$12.5 billion, a prize known other group-buying deal…as Motorola Mobility. For those sitting on shares in MotorolaMobility Holdings Inc, the official name for Motorolas phone 7
  • 83. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGroup-buying deal sites may come by the dozen in the We’re limiting the number of deals for now simply becauseAsian region, but instead of offering the usual spa/manicure/ we’re at an experimental stage. Before we go and sell a wholerestaurant deals, Malaysia-based startup Slosht is aiming to bunch of deals, we want to know what works and what doesn’t.focus on one aspect: deep discounts for alcoholic beverages. You can ask some outlets, we’ve actually told them to hold off till after Septermber, where we expect four to five deals, allThe site, which was launched in early August, works like any trying different things to see what appeals most to consumers.other group-buying deal site: you sign up, bid on a deal, andif enough people buy into it, boom – you’ll be getting yourdrink on like a rap star with a maxed out credit limit. Rightnow, there’s only one deal on offer – a bottle of Glen Grant ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Edition16 year old Single Malt Whiskey at half off for the beta launch review: Not perfect, butparty on August 18. Another twist are that the deals offered areone-night deals, where buyers have to redeem their deals on almost "Incredible" Source: particular date, so you’ll be in the company of other Slosht not-perfect-but-almost-incredible-/13247.htmlusers on the night. August 16th, 2011Top spenders of certain outlets or beverages would also getsome extra privileges to the deal such as free parking, limitededition bottles, and other premiums thrown in. Slosht is runby Lau Chak Onn, who is also the founder of online greetingcard service Foldees. We e-mailed Chak to get his thoughts onwhere we could see Slosht headed to in the near future.How many users have signed up for Slosht? In late June, ASUS and Taiwanese celebrity Jay ChouWe’re just at a few hundred users at the moment, which was announced the new N-series laptop, N43SL, which claimsa bit higher than our targeted group of friends and family. to incorporate the latest second generation Intel processor(Heheh.). The response has been pretty crazy so far since we’ve as well as SonicMaster audio technology to offer superbsold more than 50 bottles of single malt whisky, amounting multimedia performance for the users. VR-Zone managed toto some RM15,000 in savings. Of course, the proof is in the get our hands on the special edition notebook PC and see howpunch, which is what happens after we expand beyond our "incredible" it is.loving and supportive friends and family.Is Slosht going to expand outside Malaysia? If so, are you goingto ramp up the sales staff to canvas separate markets?Yes and yes! The concept is the only one of its kind in the world,in particular with the one-night concept. Malaysia’s a testingground for us, and we definitely plan to fly it to many othercountries in the near future once we’ve gotten Malaysia up andrunning.So what does Slosht get out of the deal here? Does it involvetaking a percentage cut, as with other group deal-buying sites?At the moment, we’re taking a lower commission to reduceprices even more, but will eventually target around thesame commission as other group-buying sites. Everything isnegotiable at this point because we also want the outlet toput in budgets to make these events good; there’s no point ofjust taking all the money and leaving the outlet and our usershigh and dry (literally). For instance, in the pipeline, we’ve gotabsinthe flea markets and stout pong lined up. Our sell is that Celebrity-endorsed products arent new; like the Monsterpeople enjoy themselves and associate that with outlets and Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones, Korean girl groupbooze brands. SSND (also known as Girls Generation) for Intel processor, and Ken Watanabe for Canon cameras etc. And it isntYou also mentioned about plans to make Slosht a more surprising when ASUS and popular Taiwanese celebrity, Jaysocial experience compared to conventional group-buying Chou, jointly launched the ASUS N43SL Jay Chou specialsites, where it’s just about discounts. Would that mean more edition laptop in late June this year. Well, the interesting thingparties and drinking get-togethers? about the collaboration is that it is unlike other celebrity-Everything will be an on-the-ground party and drinking get endorsed products whereby (we assumed) you just need totogether. And yes, we want it to become a community. We want have the celebrity put his or her name on the product and poseyou guys to talk to each other, outdrink each other, or pat each with it in the advertisements. In fact, Chou was actuallyother on the back when one of you just got awarded Golden "employed" as a chief designer since beginning this year andElf status for consuming 1000 pints of Irish stout. Aside from was involved in the design of the laptop with the ASUS designthat, let’s just keep it hush for now. team. So one cannot say that this ASUS N43SL is just like anyWhen will we start seeing some new deals coming along? other celebrity-endorsed product. 8
  • 84. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo how good is the ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition For years, the cute little cat known as Hello Kitty have charmedlaptop? Before we proceed, lets take a look at its hardware both children and adults alive with her antics, and the sheerspecifications:- number of Hello Kitty merchandise that have been made available for sale throughout these years only serve as an indicator of her growing popularity both within and outside of ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Japan. And if you happen to be one such Hello Kitty fan, heres Special Edition hoping that you have some good friends over in Japan who areCPU 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M willing to help you out with a request at a moments notice, forChipset Intel HM65 Express Chipset word has it that a limited-edition Hello Kitty Baby-G watch isMemory 4GB DDR3 RAM (Up to currently up for grabs in the Land of the Rising Sun. 8192MB)Hard disk 640GB SATAGraphics Nvidia GeForce GT540MScreen 14-inch 16:9 HD LED backlightDisplay resolution 1366x768Camera 2-megapixel fixed web cameraAudio Built-in speakers and microphone Bang & Olufsen ICEpowerConnectivity Integrated 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3x USB2.0, 1x USB3.0, HDMI out, VGA out LAN, mic-in, headphone outCard Reader 3-in-1 card reader (SD/MS/ MMC)OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bitBattery 6-cell : 5200mAh 56Whrs According to a report published by Japanese websiteDimension 35.0 x 24.3 x 3.3 ~3.7 cm Charamono, the limited edition Hello Kitty Baby-G watchWeight 2.4kg (with 6-cell battery) will be based off the G-5600 model, while its strap will be decorated with an array of pink hearts, ostensibly to tell the world that you are just as lovable as the cute little cat who isHello Kitty-touting Baby-G currently endorsing your timepiece of shows up for sale inJapanSource: 16th, 2011Love that cute little anthropomorphic cat without a mouththat is known by many all around the world as Hello Kitty?If so, today will probably be a good day to ask for help fromsome friends who are currently taking up residence in Japan.Apparently, Casio has entered into a partnership of sorts withthe SoftBank Hawks baseball team and Sanrio that will seea limited edition Hello Kitty Baby-G watch go up for sale inJapan. 9
  • 85. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Remember our coverage about ASUSs upcoming smartphone-tablet hybrid mobile computing device that was eventually revealed to be the Padfone in Computex this year? Well, if you happen to be interested in getting yourIn addition, activating the watchs electronic illuminator will hands on one of these Padfones on launch day, wee haveresult in Hello Kittys head, complete with a SoftBanks Hawks got an additional bit of good news for youu. Apparently,baseball cap, appearing on its liquid crystal display. And to the Taiwanese OEM has announced that it plans to shiptop off the package, the same design can also be found of the the Padfone with Googles upcoming version of the Androidwatchs battery cover, as shown in the picture above. operating system, which has been dubbed "Ice Cream Sandwich", preloaded into the device.Interested? Well, you might want to move fast, for it seemsthat only 300 units of these Hello Kitty Baby-G watches will As most people will undoubtedly know by now, hopes andbe produced by Casio (well, its called a limited edition run expectations forr Ice Cream Sandwich are high, as it isfor a reason), and that they will cost you 14,700 yen apiece, or with this particular version of the Android operating systemapproximately US$191. that Google is aiming to merge both the smartphone-centric and the tablet-optimized branches of Android back into a single unified release. This makes sense, considering how theASUS will ship Padfone Padfones biggest selling point is its ability to switch between smartphone mode and tablet mode in an instant as soon aswith Ice Cream Sandwich the smartphone component of the Padfone is locked into itspreloaded tablet-sized cradle. As such, a unified version of Android which is capable of working well on both form factors is integralSource: to the Padfones success; this might explain why ASUS hassandwich-preloaded/13303.html chosen to hold out on the Padfones official launch until suchAugust 16th, 2011 an operating system is made available for it to run off on. Lastly, there has also been some whispers of what appears to be a Padfone successor currently in the works over at ASUSs labs, along with some unverfied claims that the next-gen Padfone might certain additional technologies such as support for mobile broadband connectivity via 4G andIt is widely accepted by many that ASUSs upcoming Padfone, glassless 3D display. However, considering how the first-which we first covered in Computex 2011 some months back, generation Padfone has yet to even see the light of day on retailhas the potential to take tablet and smartphone computing in shelves, lets just say that we will cross that particular bridgea direction which no other OEM has ever attempted to do so, when we actually come to for Motorola and its Atrix smartphone. And like the giftthat keeps on giving, it seems that users who are keen to keepthemselves on the bleeding edge of mobile technology will Details of HTCs new Ruby andprobably have something extra to look forward to, for ASUS Holiday smartphones leakedhas reportedly announced that the Padfone will ship with IceCream Sandwich preloaded in it. online? Source: smartphones-leaked-online-/13302.html 10
  • 86. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAugust 16th, 2011Another day, another piece of news about information andimages of unreleased smartphones getting leaked out into thedepths of cyberspance. And unsurprisingly, todays highlighthails once again from the likes of well-known Taiwanesemobile phone manufacturer HTC, where details of two of itsunreleased mobile phones have somehow managed to findtheir way into the hands of eager individuals who are only tookeen to share their findings online with the rest of the world.Well well well, check out what the rumour mill has managed tochurn out over the weekend. Apparently, HTC has been doingquite a poor job of keeping its prototype units for its upcomingsmartphones tightly under lock and key, for it seems thatphotographs and information about two upcoming models,namely the HTC Ruby and the HTC Holiday, have been spottedfloating around the depths of cyberspace recently.That being said, most of our attention is on the HTC Holiday,if only because the circumstances that led to the relevationof its details online seem a little too close to the little pre-release fiasco Apple experienced with its iPhone 4 for comfort.According to a report published by Engadget, the person whowas responsible for the publication of all the photographs anddetails about the HTC Holiday first noticed that the prototypedevice was being put up on sale at Craiglist. Needless to say,this mystery person immediately purchased the phone andproceeded to upload all the images about it as evidence of his Specs-wise, it would seem that HTC is planning to position thenewfound acquisition. Holiday as a premium phone, for Engadget has claimed that the smartphone will make use of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor to provide its data crunching muscle, along with a healthy 1GB of RAM. In addition, the report also claims that the HTC Holiday sports a 4.5-inch qHD screen which is capable of a native resolution of 960 x 540, and will sport dual facing cameras, with the rear camera capable of capturing stills at the resolution of up to eight megapixels, while the front-facing camera boasts a maximum resolution of 1.3 megapixels. 11
  • 87. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Last but definitely not least, the HTC Ruby will also feature dual-facing cameras, with the rear camera unit being capable of the same eight-megapixel resolution found on the aforementioned Holiday, although its front-facing camera will boast a maximum resolution of two megapixels instead of the Holidays 1.3-megapixel resolution.Lastly, the leaked photographs have also confirmed that theHoliday will be preloaded with version 2.3.4 of the Android Chromebooks can now runoperating system, which suggests that HTC might plan torelease the Holiday well before Google is ready with Ice Cream Windows...sort of Source: windows...sort-of/13301.htmlOn the other hand, details about HTCs other upcoming August 16th, 2011smartphone, the HTC Ruby, are more scarce. However, whatwe do know is that the Ruby will reportedly feature set ofhardware specifications that are slightly superior to the HTCHoliday, for a report published by TmoNews has indicatedthat the Ruby will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor as its Google may have explicitly declared that their Chromebooksmain computing muscle, although it still packs the same 1GB will not allow a user to install anything to the local storage,of RAM and 4.5-inch qHD display that is present on the HTC much less replace the stock Chrome OS operating system withHoliday. an alternative OS such as Windows 7 or a Linux distribution. However, the good news is that Chromebook owners who simply cannot do without Windows for their daily computing needs now have a workaround of sorts to get Windows on their machines, and it comes in the form of Citrixs new technical preview for its Receiver virtualization tool. When Google first released its Chromebooks, there was excitement all around over what was potentially a serious competitor to Windows and OS X. Unfortunately, much of that excitement died when it was revealed that the notebooks were shipped with an extremely locked-down BIOS which disables access to most of the machines hardware, making it impossible for a user to install anything onto a Chromebook, much less a new operating system such as Windows 7 or a 12
  • 88. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLinux distro. However, if you simply need to run Windows Of course, we are assuming that you still have a job to go toon a Chromebook, the good news is that there now exists tomorrow if you attempt to pull this one off.a workaround of sorts to do so, thanks to the introductionof Citrixs new technical preview for its Citrix Receivervirtualization tool. More "official" online Apple stores pop up in China Source: up-in-china/13300.html August 16th, 2011 If you thought that the recent headlines about Chinese businessmen copying the designs, look and style of productsAccording to a blog post made by Chromes technical program and retail stores are the best examples of how enterprisingmanager Alberto Martin, businesses who already have access the Chinese can be when it comes to selling their wares, youto a working Cytrix infrastructure can now make use of the really have not seen everything yet. Apparently not satisfiedtechnical preview of Citrix Receiver for Chrome OS to “access with imitating Apples consumer electronic products and retaildesktop software such as Adobe Photoshop” directly from the store, it seems that some sellers are now going hi-tech byChromebook itself, as shown in the screenshot below. Citrix cloning Apples online store as passing it off as the real deal.has also pointed out that the Receiver app for Chrome OS will The next time you happen to find yourself in China and arenot only allow users to access their Windows-based desktop thinking of purchasing an Apple-branded products online toand applications, but also to keep their information stored on avoid getting tricked into either walking into an elaboratetheir providers secure servers, and to move seamlessly from imitation Apple store or buying a low-cost clone, you mightdesktop to tablet smartphones. want to take our advice and squint really hard at your web browser window. And while you are at it, be doubly sure to ascertain that it is the official online Apple store that you are really visiting. Why, you may ask? Well, weve got news for you; apparently, some enterprising Chinese are now moving to take the whole clone Apple business up another level by leveraging the power of the Internet to create their own “official” Apple stores. Which, at first glance, might look good enough to fool an unsuspecting customer, if the screenshots of such an online store captured below is of any indication.Needless to say, Citrixs new app for Chrome OS will have ahuge impact in making Googles online operating system moreattractive to certain business users, if only because Receiverwill help to ensure that the IT department does not haveto worry about answering phone calls on how to get theirWindows apps working on a Chromebook. This also meansthat the excuse of not being able to get any serious work doneon a Chromebook due to the inability to access Photoshopor Microsoft Office is no longer valid. However, there is amajor loophole for you to exploit if you are really feeling lazy;Receiver relies very heaviliy on network connectivity, so all youhave to do is to get yourself to an area that is completely void ofany form of Internet connectivity, and your excuse might stillwork. 13
  • 89. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone with your account, This is because Facebook have somehow managed to publish a whole chunk of its subscribers mobile phone numbers onto its online platform, a move which has had many users understandably irked.While most of us discerning viewers may be able to have agood laugh at how the “official Apple store” looks nothing likeApples, we cannot help but point out that the introduction According to various reports that have been posted online,of such imitation online stores can potentially hide a more the latest privacy breach allegedly occurred some time lastsinister purpose. At the very least, with a traditional brick- weekend, where many users were understandably shockedand-mortar retail store, users have the opportunity to actually to see contact details such as their full names and mobilephysically inspect the goods before they decide to commit phone numbers appear on Facebooks online platform. Thisthemselves to any purchase. This is not possible in an online has resulted in many taking the initiative to warn friends aboutstore, thus there is a possibility that unscrupulous sellers the latest privacy breach by urging users to log in to theirmay abuse this aspect of online purchasing to con people into accounts and change their privacy settings as soon as possible.paying the full Apple price for a low-quality knockoff thatmight look and feel like the real deal, but performs nothing like Apparently, the hoo-ha over the alleged privacy breach wasit. so intense that Facebook had to issue an official response of sorts on its fan page, where it claimed that the rumoursThat being said, it will be interesting to see how China about phone contacts being published on its online platformis going to even attempt to crack down on such “official were false. Facebook has also gone on to claim that thisApple online stores”, considering how the act of policing the feature has been present in its online platform for the longestInternet is never an easy task for even the most reputable law time already, and that such contact details are only visibleenforcement agencies. to users who have made use of its mobile sync service to synchronize those numbers. However, it would seem thatFacebook publishes Facebooks response has done little to stem the outpouring of negative feedback, especially how some users are claiming thatsubscribers mobile phone their numbers were still showing up on Facebook even afternumbers for all to see? explicitly disabling mobile sync.Source: 16th, 2011If you have not been keeping up with the controversies thathave been surrounding Facebook over the past few days, todaymight just be a good time to log in to your account to seeif you have been the victim of yet another alleged privacy Intels Sandy Bridge-E priced,breach. Apparently, it seems that the popular online socialnetworking service has managed to publish its subscribers and dont expect any surprisestheir friends mobile phone numbers on its platform for all to Source:, and needless to say many are not exactly pleased with the expect-any-surprises/13298.htmlservices latest move. August 16th, 2011If you are the kind of person who values privacy on Facebookand do not want people to gain access to more intimatedetails about you and your friends, such as their cell phonenumbers, you might want to log in to the popular online socialnetworking service pronto to check if everything is still fine 14
  • 90. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWhen it comes to pricing, Intel is a very predictable company surprised, but considering the target market it makes a lot ofand although were not quite sure why the company is sticking the exact same prices over and over again, its just how itis. One of our very reliable sources have come through withthe pricing for Intels upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processor and How many of you rely on aftermarket coolers for your CPU?although there were whispers of a price point over US$1,000, We dont know anyone that thinks Intels stock coolers arewell, lets just say that there arent any big surprises in store. great and when details reached us of Intel not shipping coolers with its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors we were at first surprised, but considering the target market it makes a lot ofWhen it comes to pricing, Intel is a very predictable company sense.and although were not quite sure why the company is sticking The upcoming Core i7 processor from Intel, the 3820, 3930Kto the exact same prices over and over again, its just how it and the 3960X will all ship without a cooler in the box. Thatis. One of our very reliable sources have come through with said, Intel has decided to offer own brand coolers for thethe pricing for Intels upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processor and platform, its just that they wont come in the box with the CPU.although there were whispers of a price point over US$1,000, We cant really see why anyone would buy an Intel cooler over awell, lets just say that there arent any big surprises in store. third party cooler as not even Intels high-end heatpipe coolerIn fact, Intel has stuck with its regular tiered pricing, so in for its current and past Extreme Edition models were all thatother words, the Core i7-3960X will be priced at US$999, just great. Some of the third party cooler makers will have productsas pretty much every other Extreme Edition desktop CPU since ready at launch, but worst case scenario, we might be lookingback in the Pentium 4 days. That said, as youre not getting a at a cooler shortage at launch.CPU cooler thrown in this time around, youre actually paying On top of this, were hearing that although the rated TDPa bit more than you do for the current Core i7-990X, at least is 130W these beasts are consuming closer to 180W andif you use the stock cooler. thats without even overclocking them. In fact, according toThe Core i7-3930K will end up replacing the Core i7-980 and PSU design guidance weve seen, Intel is telling power supplyitll also end up with the same price, US$583. Finally the Core makers to make sure their Sandy Bridge-E PSUs can cope withi7-3820 should be replacing the lower-end Core i7s and as a peak current of 23A on the 12V2 rail and based on an 80such were looking at US$294 price point. As such the Core percent or better efficiency rating of the PSU.i7-3820 will be cheaper than the Core i7-2600K, the question As such it might be a very good idea to invest in a water coolingis how it will perform in comparison to Intels top of the line kit if youre planning on going Sandy Bridge-E, especially ifLGA-1155 CPU. youre planning on pushing the boat out and overclock. TheOn a related note, if you look at recent Intel roadmap leaks, bad news for LN2 crowd is that at least early samples of Sandyyoull notice a little symbol that looks like this ≥ and its Bridge-E is suffering from the dreaded cold bug, although thissuggesting that Intel is about to replace, or at least add a might have been fixed in later revisions of the processor.faster Core i7 K-SKU sometime this quarter which happens On top of all that it looks like the quad core 3820 model hasto corroborate some whispers weve been hearing. As to why been delayed and will arrive later than the 3930K and 3960X,Intel would be doing this is anyones guess, but its possible although we dont know exactly when Intel intends to releasethat the new model will have additional multipliers unlocked it to the market. Intel is currently working on the C1 steppingcompared to the Core i7-2600K. Well just have to wait and and this should be what ships in the end unless there are anysee how things develop, but right not its not looking good unforeseen issues with the latest stepping. So in other words,for Intels Core i7-3820, unless it can really outperform the good news all around…LGA-1155 by some margin.Exclusive: Sandy Bridge-E to HP launches webOS TouchPadship without cooler tablet device in Singapore Source: device-in-singapore/13100.htmlwithout-cooler/13296.html August 16th, 2011August 16th, 2011 When HP acquired Palm earlier this year, it was a matter ofHow many of you rely on aftermarket coolers for your CPU? time we would see webOS devices coming to market. And evenWe dont know anyone that thinks Intels stock coolers are though the company has launched the TouchPad tablet andgreat and when details reached us of Intel not shipping coolers smartphones in US, Canada and some countries in Europe,with its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors we were at first there had not been any news whether the webOS devices will come to Singapore. Well, the wait is over. This evening, HP 15
  • 91. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneannounces the launch the webOS TouchPad in Singapore.Update: HP unveils new launch price for the HP TouchPad. In landscape orientation, the volume controls are at the top, while on the right is the power button and the 3.5mm audio port to connect to your headphones or earphones. HP is also selling the Beats Solo headphones for use with the TouchPad.Update: The HP TouchPad will be available from retailers,resellers and direct from HP ( S$599 for the 16GB and S$699 for the 32GB models.For the month of August, in celebration of SingaporesNational Day, both the 16GB and 32GB HP TouchPad will beselling at S$699 and S$799 respectively and come with freeHP TouchPad Case and HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard.The HP TouchPad comes in 16GB and 32GB flavours, andgoing into the device information page shows that the tabletis running webOS 3.0.2 and user is required to register aHP webOS account for the TouchPad. The TouchPad sports a On the right of the display is the back button to bring you9.7-inch flush capacitive multi-touch display, supports Adobe back to the main home screen, while the right edge holds theFlash, has virtual keyboard and access to thousands of webOS microUSB connector. The TouchPad also features HP Synergyapplications. that lets you sync your contacts, emails, messages, photos automatically from up to 16 sources such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Skype and Microsoft Exchange. The tablet is also capable of multi-task and you can easily close the application by flicking your finger at the application upward. One interesting feature of the HP TouchPad is the built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy wireless charging. Simply place the tablet on the HP Touchstone dock (sold separately) and you can charge the tablets battery even without removing 16
  • 92. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe HP TouchPad case. Other accessories include the wirelesskeyboard and TouchPad Case.According to HP, for the month of August, there will be aspecial promotion in conjunction with National Day - theTouchPad with 16GB will come with a HP TouchPad Case,while the 32GB will come with the TouchPad Case andWireless Keyboard. Preorders will start on 27 July, while theHP TouchPad will be availabile in Singapore from 12 August.The HP Touchstone Charging Dock will be selling at S$109.90;the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard - S$79.90; the HPTouchPad Case has a price tag of S$49.90; the TouchPadInternational power adapter is selling at S$39.90; and theBeats Solo headphones is retailing at S$420. According to Equest International, distributor of InCase in Singapore, the accessories manufacturer have collaborated with renowned designer Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to develop a distinct collection whereby the artwork is applied to select cases, sleeves and bags for the Apple iPhone, iPad and MacBook. The accessories are adorned with Warhol’s late-era Camouflage and the Banana screen print created in 1966, while some of the iPhone cases have the 1964 Flowers print, Dollar Signs (1982), and colorful cow portrait artwork. The Camo and Banana snap designed iPhone 4 cases are retailing at S$79 each; the protective cases at S$99 each; and the shoulder bags at S$239 each. The Andy Warhol collection of products will be available for sale at A Curious Teepee (at Scape) exclusively for aSerena Yong, general manager for HP Personal Systems limited time. A wide range of Incase products are currentlyGroup, Singapore says that the HP TouchPad is a highly already available at Apple Premium Resellers such as NuBox,anticipated and first webOS tablet device that will mark the EpiCentre and iStudio. Incase Audio and designer collectionsbeginning of how HP is going to scale webOS across their will be available at selected lifestyle and electronic stores in thedevices. coming weeks. Here are some of the other InCase offerings that we spotted atInCase new Andy Warhol yesterdays event.collection of productsSource: 16th, 2011Equest International, distributor of InCase in Singapore,showcased the various line of InCase accessories designed forApple products including iPhone, iPad and MacBook. Amongthem is the Andy Warhol designer collection of products whichinclude the iPhone 4 cases, protective cases and shoulder bags. 17
  • 93. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone August 16th, 2011 Fujifilm has announced the release of three new additions to its lineup of compact digital cameras for casual shutterbugs. Known as the JX420, JX370 and the F600 EXR, the new cameras boast various enhanced features such as better image quality, support for geolocation data and easier photo sharing, among many others. More details coming right up after the break. There is no denying that DSLRs, Micro Four Thirds, mirrorless cameras featuring interchangeable lenses and superzoom bridge cameras are the tools of choice for more savvy photographers who seek greater control over their camera in order to bring out the best possible images their cameras are capable of. However, it does not change the fact that the vast majority of camera users are your typical Joe Average whose only idea of a good camera is to point it at something, press the shutter button and expect a good-looking image to appear. And if that sounds like the kind of thing you expect from your camera, you are in link, for Fujifilm has just announced the availability of three new cameras that are designed to make photo-taking both quick and easy for such users. Fujifilm F600 EXR First up on the list is Fujifilms new F600 EXR compact camera, which the Japanese company claims is designed for users who want some degree of control over their camera settings, but in the form of a pocketable camera which is capable of producing high-quality stills. According to Fujifilm, the new F600 EXR makes use of a 1/2-inch, 16-megapixel back side illuminated EXR-CMOS image sensor which sports a variety of Fujifilms proprietary technologies, such as EXR Auto and Motion Detection toFujifilm announces new further enhance low light results. In addition, the F600 EXR sports a 15x optical zoom range, which can be furtheradditions to J and F series of boosted to 30x via the use of Fujifilms intelligent digital zoom, which “assesses areas of contrast within an image andcompact cameras applies selective processing to the sections of the image whereSource: sharpness can be boosted without lowering image quality”.and-f-series-of-compact-cameras/13293.html 18
  • 94. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLastly, Fujifilm has confirmed that the F600 EXR will debut making its way around the Chinese grey market as we bringa new feature known as Landmark Navigator, which makes you this little report.use of the cameras built-in GPS module to “automatically Apples upcoming iPhone 5 may be the talk of town at this verylocates places of interest from its on-board database of around point of time, but it seems that consumers who just simplyone million locations before displaying these points on the cannot stand waiting for another day to get their hands oncameras LCD, showing their relative position”. In addition, the Cupertino giants spanking new smartphone might wantusers can also use the Photo Navigation feature to find their to turn to the Chinese grey market to get their much-neededway back to a previously photographed location. Apple fix. This is because word has it that an unannouncedFujifilm JX420 and JX370 Apple-product is currently making its rounds there, and it comes in the form of an iPhone 4 GS.Unlike the aforementioned F600 EXR digital compact camera,Fujifilms new JX420 and JX370 digital cameras are designedto greatly simplify the way users share photographs amongfriends and loved ones with minimal fuss.According to Fujitsu, the JX420 and JX370 will sport a 5xzoom lens which boasts the equivalent of a 28-140mm lens ona typical 35mm camera, and makes use of a 2.7-inch rear LCDscreen to make the composition and viewing of images simple.However, the JX420 and JX370 will differ slightly whereimage resolution as concerned; while the JX420 will feature a1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel CCD image sensor, the JX370s imagesensor, while physically identical, will feature a slightly lowermaximum resolution of 14-megapixels.That being said, we mentioned that the JX420 and JX370are designed to greatly simplify the process of sharing imagesonline, and this is accomplished via Fujifilms Easy WebUpload feature. This allows users to pre-select the images thatthey wish to share on the camera first, and then immediately Details about this unannounced iPhone 4 GS are scarce, butstart uploading them via the MyFinePix Studio software as based on what we can see on the packaging, it seems that thesoon as the camera is connected to ones PC. smartphone will be a world phone of sorts, considering how it is capable of supporting both the CDMA and GSM mobileNo details about pricing or availability for the three cameras networks. Also, like the iPhone 3GS before it, the iPhonewas released by Fujifilm. 4GS looks every bit like the original iPhone 4, although no specifications about the 4GSs processor or cameras haveiPhone 4GS shows up in been released.China No prices for the iPhone 4GS has been released at this point of time though. Oh, and one last thing; if it was not obviousSource: enough, it is clear that we are not buying any claims that thischina/13292.html smartphone from China is the real deal in any way.August 16th, 2011 Google+: Now shipping with bundled games Source: games/13291.htmlWould you like to get your hands on an iPhone 4 GSwell before Apple officially announces its availability on themarket? If so, you might want to start searching around yourcontact lists for friends who are currently taking up residencein China, for word has it that an iPhone 4GS has started 19
  • 95. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAugust 16th, 2011If Facebook claims that you dont get to befriend more thana million people out there without potentially making a fewenemies, wed wager that a similar line for Google+ onlinesocial networking service will probably be something alongthe lines of “You dont get to become a credible online socialnetworking service without throwing some games into themix”. Indeed, the search giant has just announced that it hasrolled out a variety of casual games for its new Google+ service,and it seems that some very popular titles have been roped intothe fray.So, you love playing Farmvile on Facebook, and have recentlyjumped over to Googles new Google+ online social networkingservice to see what the whole fuzz was. That is great and all,but if there is one aspect of Google+ which most online socialveterans would pick a bone with, it will be the fact that Googlehas seemingly decided to opt for the boring approach to social But there is more to Google+s new Games service. Apparently,networking by not providing any games for its user base to it seems that Google, in its typical “Dont be Evil” philosophy,entertain themselves with. Well, that is all set to change soon, is attempting to cater to both social gamers and the honest-now that the search giant has just rolled out its new Games to-goodness social networkers by allowing users to customizepage for Google+. how Games work on Google+. Gamers can play all the games and share all the achievement they want to their hearts content, while others who actually prefer to keep their streams free from unnecessary clutter such as updates on who got the highest score on Angry Birds can opt to ignore the service entirely. In the end, both sides win. Nice. Screenshots of Ice Cream Sandwichs user interface leaked? Source: user-interface-leaked-/13290.htmlAccording to a blog post made by Vic Gundotra, who serves August 16th, 2011as Googles senior vice president for engineering, the decisionto include games in Google+ was made because they serve asa “great way for users to spend quality time with each other”,and that it was also good to have a little “friendly competition”sometimes. Currently available on the new Games page inGoogle+ are well-known titles such as Sudoku, Bejeweled Blitzand yes, that famous avian-bovine catfight game we call Angry If there is one thing most smartphone users expect from everyBirds. new Android release, it would probably be that of an updated and more polished graphical user interface to replace the old one found in the previous versions. And as it turns out, it seems that Android fans who are anxiously awaiting the release of Ice Cream Sandwich will probably have much to look forward to, if this purported leak of the new OSs user interface is of any indication. Do you remember the news we posted about Googles upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release for the Android Operating system yesterday? In it, we mentioned that devices preloaded with this spanking new OS can be expected to see the light of day on retail shelves from as early as October this 20
  • 96. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneyear. If that was not enough to get you all fired up about the it suitable for use on older devices. Also of interest is theupcoming OS release, perhaps this leaked screenshot of what presence of an icon located at the bottom right of the secondappears to be Ice Cream Sandwichs new user interface will, as screenshot we have posted, which resembles some sort of one-published by a website known as RootzWiki. stop station" to access multiple apps that are currently running in the background. Last but definitely not least, RootzWiki has claimed that this release, appears to be a very early build of the new UI, so expect things to change drastically over the next couple of months while Google and its developers work to tidy up Ice Cream Sandwich for mass deployment. Dell announces availability of three new mobile computers Source: new-mobile-computers/13289.html August 16th, 2011 Dell has announced the availability of three new additions to its lineup of portable computing devices, the Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC, the Inspiron13z notebook PC, and the Vostro V131 business notebook PC. According to Dell, all three products have been designed to cater to the needs of professionals who crave “thin and powerful computing” solutions that allows them to work without boundaries. The “post-PC era” craze may be likened to a tidal wave that doesnt appear to show signs of slowing down any time soon, but it appears that the tenacity of more traditional computing systems such as notebooks and convertible tablet PCs are not about to go the way of the dinosaur in the near future, especially if Dell has got anything to say about it. Apparently, the popular computer OEM still believes in the value of such devices enough to justify the release two new additions to its line of portable computing devices; the Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC and the Inspiron13z notebook PC. Dell Latitude XT3 Touted as a versatile machine designed for mobileAs RootzWiki was only able to acquire two screenshots of the professionals, the Latitude XT3 is furnished with hardwarealleged new user interface, we are not able to ascertain if this which Dell claims is capable of providing “all the productivity,is the actual vanilla user interface for Ice Cream Sandwich, power and functionality of a standard laptop”, but with theor if it is just a very sophisticated third-party skin that has added flexibility of a touch-screen tablet. This reportedlybeen layered over the stock UI. However, if we were to work allows XT3 users to work from almost anywhere.with the assumption that the aforementioned screenshots arethe real deal, it would seem that Google is keen on bringingsome of Honeycombs UI elements into Ice Cream Sandwich.This will mesh well with Googles earlier claims that the twobranches of Android will eventually merge together to becomea single unified OS that will play nice with both tablets andsmartphones.In addition, RootzWiki has also claimed that some of the majorUI changes which are not exhibited in the above screenshotsinclude a completely new theme for Gmail, and that IceCream Sandwich is not expected to differ too drasticallyfrom Gingerbread aside from UI changes, ostensibly to make 21
  • 97. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBacking the Latitude XT3s processing power is Intels newCore i-series processors, of which users can choose betweenan i7-2620M, i5-2520M or an i3-2310M to suit their datacrunching and general-purpose needs. On the storage side,the XT3 will be offered with either a standard mechanicalhard disk with capacities of up to 320GB, or opt for a high-performance SSD with capacities of up to 256GB. In addition,Dell claims that the right combination of hardware will allowthe XT3s battery to provide over eight hours of uptime on asingle charge, and that the XT3 will be compatible with mostaccessories used by other Latitude E-series laptops.The new Latitude XT3 is already available for purchase from The new Dell Vostro V131 will sport a 13-inch display thatDells online store at the starting price of S$2,145. boasts a native resolution of 1366 x 768. In addition, Dell willDell Inspiron13z also offer users a choice between Intels Core i5-2410M and Core i3-2330M processors, although Dell has claimed that aIf it is a notebook you are looking for, fret not, for Dell third processor option is also available, and that it comes inalso has got something new to offer to such consumers. The the form of Intels low-power ULV Celeron 847, although thisnewly-released Dell Inspiron13z notebook, which Dell claims option is not displayed on Dells online its most powerful ultra-thin Inspiron offering, sports a 13-inch display which features a native resolution of 1366 x 768, Last but definitely not least, Dell has confirmed that the newand comes bundled with various bells and whistles such as Dell Vostro V131 notebook is capable of achieving a maximumSRS Premium Sound HD and Intel WiDi support, making it battery uptine of up to 9.5 hours on a single charge under thesuitable for use as a multimedia entertainment notebook. right hardware configurations, making it possible for users to “work virtually anytime, anywhere”. The Core i3 variant of the Vostro V131 is already available for purchase from Dells online store at the starting price of S $999, while the Core i5 version is slated to be made available “in the upcoming weeks”. Thermaltake Level 10 GT review Source: review/13288.htmlIn addition, Dell has confirmed that the new Inspiron13z August 16th, 2011notebook will be powered by Intels new Core i3 and i5processors, although the i3 variant is only available at thispoint of time. Last but not least, Dell has confirmed that it alsooffers users the option of upgrading the memory to 8GB, alongwith choices for mechanical hard disks with capacities rangingfrom 320GB to 500GB, or to go for a 128GB SSD.The Core i3-variant of the new Dell Inspiron13z notebook is Most enthusiasts would remember the astonishing “Level 10”already available for sale on Dels online sotr at the price of S case which Thermaltake co-designed with BMW Group Design$899, with the Core i5 variant slated to be made available “in Works USA and released a couple of years ago. Whoeverthe coming weeks”. remembers the (otherwise remarkable) Level 10 case also remember the ludicrous price tag which kept the sales of theDell Vostro V131 product very, very low. Thermaltake claims to have fixed thatClaimed by Dell to the “one of the lightest and thinnest with their release of the newly released Level 10 GT case, aproducts in its Vostro portfolio”, the new Dell Vostro V131 product sharing a similar design but much more functionalbusiness notebook is said to be engineered to maximize and far more sensibly priced and which already won the reddotproductivity by delivering fast, uninterrupted multitasking for design award for 2011. Today we are having a thorough looktodays business challenges. at it. Most enthusiasts would remember the astonishing “Level 10” case which Thermaltake co-designed with BMW Group Design Works USA and released a couple of years ago. Whoever remembers the (otherwise remarkable) Level 10 case also remember the ludicrous price tag which kept the sales of the product very, very low. Thermaltake claims to have fixed that with their release of the newly released Level 10 GT case, a product sharing a similar design but much more functional 22
  • 98. August 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneand far more sensibly priced and which already won the reddotdesign award for 2011. Today we are having a thorough lookat it. • VGA TripleMax 37: Ready for extra-long graphics card up to 14.2”/36 cm (eg., ATI Radeon HD 6870 & NVIDIA GTX 580)P/N VN10001W2NCase Type Full TowerDimension (H x W x D) 584 x 282 x 590 mm (23 x 11.1 x 23.2 inch)Net Weight 12.7Kg / 28lbSide Panel WindowColor Exterior & Interior : BlackMaterial SECCCooling System Front (intake) : 200 x 200 x 20 mm Colorshift fan x 1 (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) Rear (exhaust) : 140 x 140 x 25 mm Turbo fan (1000rpm,16dBA) Top (exhaust) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm Colorshift fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) Side (intake) : Plug&Play 200 x 200 x 30 mm Colorshift fan (600~800rpm, 13~15dBA) Bottom (Intake) : 120 x 120 x 25 mm (optional)Drive Bays - Accessible 4 x 5.25’’ ’’, 1 x 3.5’’ - HDD Easy swap 5 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’Expansion Slots 8Motherboards 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX) , 12” x 13” (Extend ATX)I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 4, eSATA x 1, HD Audio x 1PSU Standard PS2 PSULCS Upgradable Supports 1/2”?3/8”?1/4” water tubeOther CPU cooler height limitation: 190mm VGA length limitation: 360mm 23
  • 99. August 19th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! until Q1 next year. Also not available until Q1 2012 is support VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication for Intels Smart Connect technology, a kind of data push covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. solution which means that even if your netbook in this case is in sleep mode, itll receive emails etc. which is a neat trick Intel seems to have learnt from the smartphone market.Intel Atom graphics troubles We also asked Intel as to why the company doesnt relyare DirectX related on reference drivers from Imagination Technologies, as theSource: company behind the graphics core in Intels new Atomdirectx-related/13342.html processors – and many of its current Atom processors – haveAugust 19th, 2011 fully functional and Microsoft approved drivers that are ready to go. Were still waiting for a reply, but well be following up on that as soon as we hear back from Intel. Cheaper Renesas USB 3.0 host controllers coming next yearIf you remember, yesterday we wrote about Intel delaying its Source: Trail Atom processors to November, well Intel got in controllers-coming-next-year/13341.htmltouch with us saying that it had only officially said it would August 19th, 2011launch Cedar Trail in the second half of this year, so technicallyits not late. This might be true as far as the official companylines go, but considering the processors had already beenpriced and listed for a September launch, well stick to our gunsand say theyre late and now we know the reason why. Renesas has gone from being the sole USB 3.0 host controllerIf you remember, yesterday we wrote about Intel delaying its maker to a company thats in a very competitive marketCedar Trail Atom processors to November, well Intel got in with a handful of competitors, most of which offer far moretouch with us saying that it had only officially said it would affordable solutions. As such the company is now looking atlaunch Cedar Trail in the second half of this year, so technically lowering its pricing, but apparently this wont come into effectits not late. This might be true as far as the official company until early next year.lines go, but considering the processors had already beenpriced and listed for a September launch, well stick to our guns Renesas has gone from being the sole USB 3.0 host controllerand say theyre late and now we know the reason why. maker to a company thats in a very competitive marketIntel is having major driver problems, in fact the company with a handful of competitors, most of which offer far morehas run into some DirectX related hurdles with Microsoft, affordable solutions. As such the company is now looking atrather than video decoding issues as we initially suspected. As lowering its pricing, but apparently this wont come into effectsuch Intel is only expecting to ship 32-bit DX9 drivers come until early next year.November. Yes, you read that correctly, DX9, its not a typo. Renesas is busy putting the finishing touches on itsBut hang on; doesnt Cedar Trail feature DX10.1 graphics? µPD720202 and µPD720201 USB 3.0 host controllers withWell, yes, the graphics core is indeed DX10.1 compatible, but two and four ports respectively and the company is expectingIntels driver team is not going to have those drivers ready at to have them out come October. Although no official pricinglaunch. has been announced, Digitimes is now saying that we canIf you want to run a 64-bit OS on your shiny new Atom expect the µPD720202 to drop in price to US$1.20 in earlymachine come November youll be disappointed as well, as 2012, undercutting the competition by quite a fair margin.Intel isnt expecting to have 64-bit DX9 drivers done until Currently theres something of a shortage of thesometime near the end of the year. It seems like the driver original µPD720200 which Renesas has replaced with theproblems dont quite end there though, as in as much as µPD720200A, but these are costly FPBGA chips, whereas theIntel will have initial Wireless Display drivers ready for µPD720202 and µPD720201 will be much more affordablelaunch, these drivers wont support the latest features of Intels QFN chips. This could be part of why Renesas is able to lowerWireless Display technology and new drivers arent expected the cost so radically, although this is also an economy of 1