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VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Jun 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. June 20th, 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.HPs TouchPad priced, comingJuly 1stSource: 20th, 2011 Other features include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 +HP has finally unveiled the official pricing for its first two EDR (which is a bit surprising considering the SnapdragonTouchPad tablet SKUs and were looking at 16 and 32GB with SoC supports both Bluetooth 3.0 + HS and Bluetooth 4.0), aWi-Fi for now, although 3G models are set to follow suit. micro USB 2.0 port, a headphone socket, Beats Audio brandedThe question that remains unanswered is if HPs webOS will speakers and a front facing camera for video calls, but oddlyhave enough pull to win over consumers and business users enough not one around the back. Of course there are featuresalike from Apple and the vast array of Android tablets already like light sensors, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a digitalavailable in the market. compass built in as well, but the non 3G versions of the TouchPad lacks a built in GPS.HP has finally unveiled the official pricing for its first two The battery is rated at a healthy 6,300mAh which is about theTouchPad tablet SKUs and were looking at 16 and 32GB with same as Apples iPad. At 740g the TouchPad isnt light; in factWi-Fi for now, although 3G models are set to follow suit. its one of the heaviest ARM tablets out there, albeit only just.The question that remains unanswered is if HPs webOS will HPs webOS main strength is multitasking, something it doeshave enough pull to win over consumers and business users better than most other hand held device operating systems,alike from Apple and the vast array of Android tablets already but this alone isnt going to make it a winner. The biggestavailable in the market. problem for HP is going to be the lack of apps for the TouchPad at launch, although most standard apps come pre-installed.Whats on offer is a 9.7-inch screen with 1024x768 resolution,a screen size and resolution that many an iPad user should At US$499.99 for the 16GB, HP wants 99 cents more thanbe familiar with. On the inside HP hasnt skimped on the Apple charges for an iPad and the 32GB follows the samehardware though with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon route with a price tag of US$599.99. At least its also roughlyAPQ8060 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz (3G models would have and the same youd expect to have to pay for a Motorola Xoom,equivalent MSM model) paired with a healthy 1GB of RAM. but you can pick up Asus 32GB Eee Pad Transformer for the same price as HPs 16GB TouchPad. The proof will be in the pudding as they say and HP is really going to have a tough time convincing both consumers and business users that its webOS is the way forward. Intel adds new ULV mobile CPUs to its line up Source: line-up/12702.html 1
  • 2. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone EVGA outs GeForce GT 545 forJune 20th, 2011 retail market Source: market/12701.html June 20th, 2011This one nearly slipped us by, but Intel launched no less thanfour new ULV mobile CPUs on Sunday, ranging from a mere1.1GHz all the way to 1.8GHz. These are of course all SandyBridge based CPUs and were looking at two Core i7s, a Core i5and last, but not least, Intels first ULV Sandy Bridge Celeron.Details of three of the models leaked a month ago, but now we The NVIDIA GeForce GT 545, originally an OEM card, has hitknow how much theyll cost as well. the retail market thanks to EVGA. The EVGA GeForce GT 545 is based on the GF116 GPU and has been paired with 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory running on a 192-bit bus. 2-way NVIDIA SLIThis one nearly slipped us by, but Intel launched no less than is supported and the card does not require additional power.four new ULV mobile CPUs on Sunday, ranging from a mere1.1GHz all the way to 1.8GHz. These are of course all Sandy The NVIDIA GeForce GT 545, originally an OEM card, has hitBridge based CPUs and were looking at two Core i7s, a Core i5 the retail market thanks to EVGA. The EVGA GeForce GT 545and last, but not least, Intels first ULV Sandy Bridge Celeron. is based on the GF116 GPU, which is also the chip poweringDetails of three of the models leaked a month ago, but now we the faster GeForce GTX 550 Ti.know how much theyll cost as well. A fully-enabled GF116 has 192 CUDA cores, 32 texture unitsStarting at the bottom we have the dual core Mobile Celeron and 24 ROPs. For the GeForce GT 545, some portions of847 which unsurprisingly is Intels slowest ULV Sandy Bridge the GPU have been disabled, leaving it with 144 CUDA coresprocessor at a mere 1.1GHz. Oddly enough its still a 17W TDP and 24 texture units. The number of ROPs and memory busCPU despite having a mere 2MB L3 cache, no Hyper Threading depends on the memory type used on the GT 545. There areand no Turbo boost and of course that very low clock speed. 24 ROPs and a 192-bit memory bus if GDDR3 memory is used,Its also worth remembering that Intels Celeron and Pentium and 16 ROPs and a 128-bit memory bus if GDDR5 memory isSandy Bridge CPUs have inferior graphics to the Core i models. used.Next up we have the Core i5-2557M which is a step up from thecurrent and so far only ULV Core i5, the 2537M. Here werelooking at a dual core CPU with Hyper Threading clocked at1.7GHz which is a 300MHz jump in speed over the 2537M. Thetop Turbo frequency has also been boosted from 2.3GHz forthe 2537M to 2.7GHz for the 2557M, although the L3 cacheremains the same at 3MB.The first ULV i7 is the 2637M which end up faster than the2657M, as this is yet another dual core 1.7GHz part. The2637M also beats the 2657M when it comes to Turbo frequencyas the older top of the range ULV part stops at 2.7GHz whereasthe 2637 goes all the way to 2.8GHz.The final CPU is the Core i7-2677M which is a 1.8GHz partwith a Turbo frequency of 2.9GHz and at full Turbo speed itgets quite close to Intels entry level 25W LV Core i7-2629Min terms of single core performance, although with a slowergraphics clock.Pricing is as follows in quantities of 1,000 units, MobileCeleron 847 US$134, Core i5-2557M US$250 (the same as theCore i5-2537M), Core i7-2637M US$289 (the same as the Corei7-2617M) and finally the Core i7-2677 is US$317 (the sameas the Core i7-2657M). Pretty impressive stuff for 17W TDP As for the EVGA card, the company has decided to go withCPUs, now lets see some nice 11.6 to 12.5-inch notebooks that 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory, hence its GeForce GT 545 has 24take advantage of the new CPUs. ROPs and a 192-bit memory bus. The graphics core clock and memory clock are 720MHz and 1800MHz respectively, similar to reference operating frequencies for the GDDR3-equipped 2
  • 3. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonevariant. 2-way NVIDIA SLI is supported and the card does notrequire additional power (connectors).Patriot introduces G2 SeriesAMD Edition memory kitsSource: 20th, 2011Patriot has introduced the new G2 Series, AMD Series Memorykits which are designed for AMD 9-series platforms. Moredetails inside. Gregory Wade, managing director of Research in Motion, Southeast Asia, said that the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 will make its Asia debut at CommunicAsia 2011, whereby this year, the event is held at Marina Bay Sands.Convention. "The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is our flagship device in the Bold franchise. It is the ultimate communication, performance andThe Patriot G2 Series, AMD Edition modules have low profile productivity device and (I sincerely believed) it is the bestheatsinks which aid heat dissipation, and yet not obstruct large BlackBerry built ever. With its premium design and high-CPU coolers. end functionality, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 combines theThe G2 Series, AMD Edition memory kits will be available in QWERTY keyboard plus a vivid touchscreen; is sleek and thetwo speed flavors of 1333MHz and 1600MHz. There will be most powerful BlackBerry smartphone yet, featuring the newtwo different capacities, 4GB (2 x 2GB) and 8GB (2 x 4GB) in BlackBerry 7 OS," Wade said.low and enhanced CAS latencies to suit the needs of varioususers. BlackBerry Bold 9900 quick hands onPatriot will provide standard lifetime warranty as well and thekits are expected some time late June.Research in Motion unveilsBlackBerry Bold 9900 inSingaporeSource: 20th, 2011 The BlackBerry Bold 9900 sports a brushed stainless steelThis evening, Research in Motion unveiled the frame and besides the QWERTY keyboard, you can alsolatest BlackBerry Bold 9900 in Singapore. The Bold 9900 navigate and type messages on the touchscreen to be the thinnest and most powerful BlackBerry Overall user experience is quite good, and the device is prettysmartphones yet with the renowned Blackberry keyboard, responsive.brilliant touchscreen display and the new BlackBerry 7 OS.VR-Zone brings you the coverage. 3
  • 4. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Pricing and availability information has yet to be released though. But we will let you know once we got the details. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 20 June 2011 Source: june-2011/12698.html June 20th, 2011On the right, we spotted the 3.5mm audio jack and themicroUSB connector for charging the phones battery andconnecting to the PC for file transfer. In todays news roundup: Analysts are predicting that demand for USB 3.0 is set to experience a huge spike as a result of AMDs introductions of new chipsets that integrate support for it into the core logic chipset, and that Intels upcoming Ivy Bridge platform, when released in 2012, will see support for the standard reach even higher levels; Word has it that Apple is planning something major for the Thunderbolt interface which will not only change the way users work with their Macs, but will also help stimulate demand for the interface as well; HP has released a new wireless computer mouse which is reportedly capable of connecting to PCs through a WiFi connection, as opposed to most existing wireless mice which require the use of additional hardware such as bluetooth dongles; Engineers from Googles Chrome team have claimed that future versions of the Chrome browser will be capable of predicting a users next link and automatically pre-rendering pages to further reduce loading times; Sony unveils a new variant of its PlayStation 3 console, the CECH-3000B, which is said to be both slimmer and less power hungry than its predecessor, in Japan, and DICE has confirmed that the console ports of Battlefield 3 will have their framerates locked to 30fps in order to "allow a greater degree of graphical detail whilst enabling the consoles to cope better with vehicles and multiplayer". Hardware news 80 Million 3.0 Devices Set to Be Shipped in 2011 Description: 2011 should be a much bigger year for the technology, especially in mobile PCs, driven by the first chipsets from AMD that integrate SuperSpeed into the core logic chipset. Intel is expected to follow with its Ivy Bridge chipset in 2012. This all will lead to sales of USB 3.0-capable devices to 80 million units. Is this summer the real debutante ball for Thunderbolt? Description: Thunderbolt, Intel’s new high speed data transfer tech, has arrived, but it’s been on the market now sinceHere we see the power button on the top of the BlackBerry February, and we’ve heard a lot of noise, but have yet to see itBold 9900. The rear holds the battery compartment and really do much in the way of changing how we use our Macs.the 5-megapixel camera that can capture 720p videos. Signs indicate that this summer could be the time we do seeThe BlackBerry Bold 9900 also supports Near-Field that happen.Communication (NFC) and comes with Orientation Sensor(Accelerometer), Digital Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS Edition SSD Review @ LegitSensor. Reviews Description: Weve done quite a few SSD reviews this year and frankly, some of the drives we test seem like carbon copies of the one before save for different branding. Performance tends 4
  • 5. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto be relatively equal, at least within the standard deviation of the advanced functions and extra features found on morethe benchmarks used and its rare for a drive to really stand expensive solutions.out. The Vertex 3 MI is one of those rare drives that, in a sea Consumer Electronics and Software Newsof virtual SSD homogeny, distinguishes itself with all aroundperformance perceptively better than any other single SATA HP Shipping a Mouse That Connects Using Wi-FiIII interfaced drive weve tested to date - except maybe the... Description: Wireless mice are pretty handy, but not everyone can utilize them the same way. Some run off Bluetooth, whichGIGABYTE X58A-OC (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard requires for the computer to have Bluetooth hardware – notReview a standard part. An alternative is for an external USB dongleDescription: Back at CES (during the G1-Killer launch) we that adds a Bluetooth or RF receiver. HP is now selling awere shown something pretty special; besides the G1 we mean. third option that uses a Wi-Fi connection, which these days isWhile Tim Handley was telling us about the virtues of the standard on laptops, to add a wireless mouse on a WindowsG1-Killer line-up, he flashed us a picture of a new board that 7 system without the requirement of Bluetooth or use of anywas still under development. This was an early image of the additional dongles.X58A-OC. The concept was a streamlined product intendedjust for overclocking and performance. You still get audio and RAZER Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset Review @LAN on the board, but for the most part the extras that are Madshrimpson many boards are gone. Of course, with the items removed Description: The RAZER Chimaera Gaming Headset offersother pieces have been dropped in to handle the extra voltage wireless connectivity for maximum liberty of movement,and current load from pushing the CPU and multiple GPUs features large cups for confortable wear during long gamingto extremes. Despite the lack of all of the "extra" features, the sessions, a uni-directional microphone with a flexible micprice is still $380 from boom and an easy to use charging dock.Corsair Vengeance 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Skype rolls out bespoke low-bandwidth client for "hardshipReviews locations"Description: Corsair is a well-known name within the memory Description: A bespoke low-bandwidth version of Skype hasmarket and although they have diversified in recent years now been rolled out to 90 hardship locations, providingtheir main focuses is still memory. Their most recent addition UNHCR employees with both free and low-cost voice andto their arsenal line is the Vengeance which fits in-between video calls over the Internet even when connection quality istheir XMS and Dominator lines of RAM. Benchmark Reviews poor. By the end of 2011, the aim is for Skype to be in at leastwill be looking at the Corsair Vengeance 1866Mhz 9-10-9-28 80% of UNHCR hardship locations and available to more thanCMZ8GX3M2A1866C9 kit which is perfect for Sandy Bridge 3,000 staff which require memory speeds to be divisible by Future Versions of Chrome Will Predict Your Next Link & Pre-266.66 MHz in order to run at their rated speeds. Since prices Render Pages Automaticallyhave for high performance DDR3 have plummeted in the Description: ChromeGoogle engineers are known for doingrecent years this kit is priced at only $104.99 compared to the whatever it takes to shave precious milliseconds off of pagecomparable Dominators $169.99 price. Benchmark Reviews loads, but it’s pretty rare to see them steal a page from the pastwill see if corners were cut to reach this price or if Vengeance in pursuit of their goal. Upcoming releases of Chrome howeveris the frugal enthusiast best friend. will do just that, adding link pre-fetching/pre-rendering to theASUS BC-12B1ST Internal 12X BD-Combo Drive Review @Hi latest editions of the company’s flagship browser.Tech Legion Googles Fathers Day Reminder Sparks BacklashDescription: The ASUS BC-12B1ST drive can read a Blu-Ray Description: In Buzz-like fashion, Google set off a backlashdisc and has the ability to burn data onto a DVD media. among some U.S. Gmail users unhappy to see a "Call dad"The ASUS BC-12B1ST BD-Combo drive can reach read speeds reminder automatically show up in their inboxes on Sunday.of 12X for BD-ROM discs and 16X for DVD-ROM discs. As The search giant meant to use Fathers Day as a chance to showfor data burning speed, the ASUS BC-12B1ST BD-Combo off Gmails built-in voice calling feature that Google launcheddrive can burn a DVD+/-R disc up to 16X and store data in 2010. Instead it has sparked another embarrassing episodeon CD-R discs up to 48X. Using ASUS’ E-Green technology, for Google earning it another social black eye.the BC-12B1ST BD-Combo drive conserves energy by closingunused drive applications while the Optical Tuning Strategy Canon brings multi-color Rebel T3 hues to USemployed by the BC-12B1ST drive when burning results in Description: After previously limiting the production runs toexcellent error-free burning. Using a SATA interface and being a handful of countries like Australia and Canada, Canon oncompatible with a Windows operating system, makes the Monday brought new colors of the Rebel T3 to the US. TheASUS BC-12B1ST a great addition to your PC-based home DSLR now comes not just in conservative black but but alsotheater system. the previously seen red hue as well as brown and metallic gray. The palette swap is the first in years for the Rebel after theRaidSonic Icy Box IB-NAS6220 HDD Network Mediaserver company stopped shipping the camera in silver.Review @ Real World LabsDescription: The ICY BOX IB-NAS6220 HDD Network Gaming newsMediaserver by RaidSonic is the ideal choice for people Sony unveils greener, lighter PS3 slim in Japanlooking for a cost-effective dual-bay NAS solution without Description: Sonys mystery new PS3 model was uncovered on Monday with a new model in Japan. The CECH-3000B, 5
  • 6. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonea Japanese version of the CECH-3001B, should be better- experience; it can support full high definition (HD) 1080pbehaved than the old model with a 200W power draw instead video playback as well as HD HDMI output" Xu explained.of 230W on the current slim PS3. The newer design would be Of course, that is not discounting that the MediaPadlighter, too, at 5.7 pounds instead of the usual 6.6. is equipped with Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz processorBattlefield 3 on Console Will Run At Half PC Frame Rate and supports Huawei Device’s Hi-Space cloud solution andDescription: Over the weekend, DICE confirmed that Google Android Market. According to Huawei, the companyBattlefield 3 will run at 30 frames per second on consoles, half will have the Wi-Fi and 3G versions, though the offeringthe framerate of the PC version. The developer claims that this would differ from country to country. No pricing informationwill allow a greater degree of graphical detail whilst enabling is available at press time, though the MediaPad is said to bethe consoles to cope better with vehicles and multiplayer. available in Q3 this year.Huawei launches MediaPad, Huawei MediaPad hands onworlds first 7-inch Android 3.2Honeycomb Dual-Core TabletSource: 20th, 2011It was just two weeks ago when Chinese networkingand telecommunications equipment company, Huawei,introduced their new range of Android smartphones. Thisafternoon, Huawei had a global launch of their MediaPad,which touts to be the worlds first 7-inch dual-core tablet torun Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. The MediaPad has a aluminium uni-body which feels veryVictor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei, talked about the sturdy, and at 7-inch, it doesnt really feel very heavy. Whilecompanys position and goal, which is to be the top five leading the tablet claims to incorporate Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS,vendor in the handset space worldwide by 2015, and leader in the one we hands-on was said to be a prototype model runningmobile broadband device and home device (connected home Android 3.1. From what we gathered from Huawei, Androidsolution). 3.2 is said to be optimized for 7-inch tablet devices with improvement including graphics performance and Google"This year, we are proud to launch the the first Android 3.2 Maps functionality.operating system for a 7-inch tablet. One important feature isthe high definition display of this device; the MediaPad has arated 217 PPI (pixels per inch) compared to the competitorsin the market to give you a better visual experience. Thetablet can also provide you with the very best entertainment 6
  • 7. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAt the top of the MediaPad holds the power button and thevolume controls. On the upper left hand corner of the displayis the 1.3-megapixel front camera, designed for video calls. BIOSTAR TA75MOpening the rear compartment revealed the SIM card andmicroSD memory card slots. On the right side (close to therearcompartment) are the power, mini HDMI and microUSBconnectors.BIOSTAR to release AMD APU BI OSTAR TA75M+motherboardsSource: 20th, 2011BIOSTAR will be releasing new AMD motherboards based onthe A75 chipset in July to coincide with the official worldwidelaunch of the Llano APU. More details inside.BIOSTAR TA75A+ 7
  • 8. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone It is often said that the rumour mill is not the most credible source to go mining for information, but there are always rare instances where data obtained from such sources can turn out to be right on the money, and this particular case appears to be a shining example of one of those "rare instances". Apparently, the rumour that HPs upcoming Pre 3 smartphone will be powered by version 2.2 of the webOS operating and that Skype will be fully integrated into the aforementionedBIOSTAR will be releasing three motherboards based on the operating system has been proven to be true, and a GermanAMD A75 chipset, namely the TA75A+, TA75M and TA75M+. blog known as webOS Blog claims to have in its possessionThe BIOSTAR TA75A+ is basically an ATX motherboard a bunch of screenshot that should be enough to put all otherwhereas the TA75M and TA75M+ are microATX form claims to the contrary to rest.factor motherboards. The BIOSTAR TA75A+ will feature the According to the webOS blog, the integration of Skype intoupcoming FM1 processor socket, four DDR3 memory slots, webOS 2.2 has been done in such a way that users are abletwo PCI Express x16 expansion slots allowing CrossFire, and to set the Pre 3 to allow the routing of all internationalsix SATA3 ports. It also has USB 3.0, 7.1-channel surround calls through Skype and its VoIP protocol, which would besound and Blu-ray audio output. extremely convenient if they intend to make use of Skype as their main means of making phone calls. Alternatively, theSee the full press release here. Pre 3 also allows users to configure webOS in such a way that the operating system will automatically prompt them to select between Skype and the carriers telephony services for every phone call, as shown in the screenshot below:HP Pre 3 shows off SkypeintegrationSource: 20th, 2011Some time back, rumour had it that HP was planning to launchits Pre 3, webOS-powered smartphone with version 2.2 of theoperating system instead of the newer 2.3.1, and that supportfor Skype will be fully integrated into said operating system,thus negating the need to install a separate, standalone app ifa user wanted to engage in some VoIP telephony. As it turnsout, those rumours were right on the money this time. Readon for more information. 8
  • 9. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn addition, webOS Blog also claims that users do not have Unfortunately, webOS Blog was not able to provide anyto import their contact lists over from Skype, as the HP specific dates for the HP Pre 3s release, although most sourcesPre 3 supports the making of Skype calls directly from the claim that HP is still sticking to its plans for a mid to late Julysmartphones contact list. This essentially eliminates any release for Germany and the US. Heres hoping that it will notremaining need to have a discreet Skpye app installed on the take too long before the Pre 3 starts showing up for sale as partPre 3. of a bundle from one of our own local telcos. More hidden features in Windows 8 revealed Source: revealed/12694.html June 20th, 2011 We may still be months away from the RTM release of Windows 8, but that has not stopped developers and curious hackers from getting their hands dirty with the various leaked builds of Microsofts upcoming operating system in the hopes of turning up new, unheard-of features that might eventually debut in its final release. And from the looks of it, it seems that Microsoft has indeed hidden quite a few surprises in Windows 8 which may very well challenge most peoples perception of what an operating system should be. 9
  • 10. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone location, although how Microsoft intends to implement it without running afoul of privacy issues remains to be seen. Last but definitely not least, the code dumps also seems to suggest that Windows 8 may come with built-in SMS capabilities. Once again, this makes perfect sense, consideringThere may still be a long time before the finalized build of how Microsoft has been attempting to pitch its WindowsWindows 8 will ever see the light of day outside of Microsofts operating system as being suitable for use on non-PC devices,labs, but as it is always the case with unreleased software, such as tablets. And with most tablets already being 3G-one can always count on the large number of curious users capable (and are thus able to accept SIM cards), it might notand enterprising hackers to start pouring over leaked builds be too much of a stretch to speculate that Windows 8 may evenof Microsofts upcoming operating system in a bid to find feature built-in calling capabilities to complement its SMSout more about various features which Microsoft has yet to functionality.announce publicly. After all, when one has an operating systemas ubiquitous as that of Windows, it really goes without sayingthat any major release will be the subject of intense scrutinyand interest, especially when it has the potential to completelychange the way things are usually done in Windows.As it turns out, some enthuasiasts have managed to get holdof a leaked copy of a new Windows 8 build, Build 7989, andhas since proceeded to reverse-engineer certain system filesin leaked build; this has resulted in some rather interesting Of course, there are bound to be more surprises in storeresults that seemingly hint at a variety of unannounced for consumers as Windows 8 passes through each stage offeatures which Microsoft may have in store for Windows 8. For the development process, and suffice to say the features weexample, one particular code dump suggests that Microsoft have described today are probably nothing more than themay be looking to follow in Apples footsteps by offering its proverbial icebergs tip. Still, considering how much Microsoftown App Store for Windows 8, ostensibly to make it easier has managed to achieve at this point of time, we cannot helpfor users to download popular software applications. However, but feel that the company might just be able to outdo itselfthe code also seems to suggest that Microsoft has got bigger when Windows 8 is finally released for retail.plans in mind for the App Store, as there are referencesto what appears to be the capability to license and unlockvarious features in the operating system through it, as shown Mitsubishi releases new 23-in the image below. This discovery has led to speculation inch, 120Hz widescreen IPSthat Microsoft may decide to do away with the various SKUsintroduced for Vista and Windows 7, opting instead to ship a monitorsingle, bare-bones image with most of the features disabled Source: default, thus allowing users to purchase and unlock the inch-120hz-widescreen-ips-monitor/12693.htmlfeatures of their choice as and when needed. June 20th, 2011 Need a new monitor with an extremely high refresh rate? If so, look no further than Mitsubishi for such needs; the Japanese company has just announced the release of a newAdditional code dumps have also unearthed information of 23-inch monitor in Japan that boasts an IPS display paneltwo unannounced features that appear to be in line with capable of supporting full HD resolutions and a refresh rate ofMicrosofts aims of putting Windows 8 on a wider variety of 120Hz, among other features. Read on to find out more aboutdevices instead of limiting itself to desktop and notebook PCs. Mitsubishis new monitor...The first such feature concerns geo-location, which supposedly IPS panels? Who needs them, considering how they usuallyallows Microsoft to track a Windows 8-powered machines tend to suffer from much slower pixel response times which 10
  • 11. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneusually results in ghosting when used for various tasks suchas gaming or video playback? Well, tell that to people whorequire near-perfect colour accuracy, image quality and anextremely wide viewing angle on their displays, which havebeen widely accepted as some of the needs that can only besolved by IPS monitors. And leave it to Mitsubishi to provideconsumers with yet another choice in the market for high-endIPS monitors with the introduction of its new RDT233WX-Zwidescreen monitor, as shown below. Quick Look: Kingston HyperX Plug n Play DDR3-1866 SODIMM Source: play-ddr3-1866-sodimm/12623.html June 20th, 2011 We received an interesting set of notebook memory in the mail recently. Kingston claims these HyperX Plug n Play modules will run at DDR3-1866 speed right out the box, so we decidedAt first glance, the RDT233WX-Z looks just like any other to take them for a quick test drive...typical LCD monitor available for sale on the market today, Kingston recently sent us a pair of HyperX notebookexcept that its hardware specifications are anything but memory modules rated for a whopping DDR3-1866. Whatstypical. According to Mitsubishi, the matte IPS panel used more, Kingston says these "Plug n Play" memory modulesin the assembly of the 23-inch RDT233WX-Z monitor is not should automatically run at DDR3-1866 when installed in aonly capable of displaying content at full HD resolutions (1920 compatible platform. How is this possible, you ask.x 1080), but also delivering extremely high refresh rates ofup to 120Hz. Mitsubishi also claims that the RDT233WX-Z At the start of this year, JEDEC updated the DDR3also comes built-in support for what it calls its Giga Clear specification to officially support DDR3-1866 and DDR3-2133Engine II technology, which is supposedly capable enhancing speeds. This raises the speed ceiling for SPD profiles (Serialvideo playback by delivering crisp and high quality images. In Presence Detect), which are used by a system to automaticallyaddition, Mitsubishi has also confirmed that the RDT233WX- determine and select the maximum speed supported by bothZ supports PinP or Picture in Picture technology, and boasts a the memory modules and the platform.variety of video input ports such as having two HDMI ports, a As enthusiasts would know, when using modules rated aboveDVI port, a VGA port and even the old Japan-only D5 port. JEDECs official speeds, memory speed and timings have toUnfortunately, it would seem that Mitsubishi has no plans be set manually to fully exploit the modules capabilities.release the RDT233WX-Z for sale outside of its domestic Alternatively, XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) can also bemarket, so chances of having the monitor appearing for sale used if both the motherboard and memory support it. Butin a country that is not explicitly spelt "Japan" are next to changing memory settings is usually impossible on notebooks,zero. Still, if you happen to have a wad of cash to burn and a which renders the updated JEDEC specification of greaterJapanese friend who is willing to help you ship the monitor significance there than on the desktop.over to your residence, the RDT233WX-Z can be yours for This is where Kingstons HyperX Plug n Play DDR3-186654,800 yen (approx US$683) once it is officially introduced SODIMM comes in to take advantage of the new speed ceiling.into the Japanese market on June 29 this year. 11
  • 12. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone We first installed these modules in a ASUS N82JV, which uses a previous-generation (Arrandale) Intel Core i7-620M processor and a Intel HM55 chipset. Disappointingly, the notebook decided to run the HyperX modules at the same DDR3-1333 speed as the default modules, albeit at much tigher timings. Next stop was a Fujitsu Lifebook NH751 using the latest mobile Sandy Bridge platform. At this point we were feeling somewhat pessimistic since both Intel and Fujitsu list support for only DDR3-1333. To our surprise, the modules worked exactly as advertised.Kingston sells the HyperX Plug n Play SODIMM modules in4GB and 8GB kits. DDR3-1866 as well as slower DDR3-1600parts are available. In the table below youll see that the slowerparts are actually rated for tighter timings at DDR3-1600.Part Number Capacity Rated Timings 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 CL11-11-11 @1.5V DDR3-1600 CL10-10-10 @1.5V DDR3-1333 CL8-8-8 @1.5V 4GB (2 x 2GB) 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9 @1.5V DDR3-1333 Theres even a DDR3-2133 SPD profile, but the timings for that CL8-8-8 @1.5V are so loose theres really no point. DDR3-1066 CL6-6-6 @1.5V 4GB (2 x 2GB)Click on a part number to view its datasheet.We received the DDR3-1866 8GB kit. In typical HyperXfashion, Kingston has decided to prettify the moduleswith heatspreaders. Being very thin, they shouldnt causeany compatibility issues unlike the notoriously oversizedheatspreaders found on some HyperX desktop modules. Lets find out how much of a performance advantage these modules will give us over standard DDR3-1333 modules of the same capacity. Benchmarks The Fujitsu Lifebook NH751 has the following specifications:Installation 12
  • 13. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneProcessor Intel Core i7-2630QMChipset Intel HM65Memory Samsung Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 Plug n Play 2 x 4GB (9-9-9-24) DDR3-1866 2 x 4GB (11-11-11-32)Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Nvidia GeForce GT 525M 1GB (Optimus)Storage 500GB 7200rpmOperating System Microsoft Windows The performance increase so far is marginal, which is hardly 7 Home Premium surprising since weve encountered the same results on SP1 64-bit desktop Sandy Bridge. 13
  • 14. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLikewise, gaming performance shows hardly any gains whenusing the faster DDR3-1866 modules. We had been hoping fora bigger increase when using Intel HD Graphics since it sharessystem memory.ConclusionKingstons HyperX Plug n Play notebook modules dont *Price based on an average of online stores. We were unableprovide any noticeable performance advantages in return for to find this item on sale in Singapore.their considerable asking price. There are far more cost-effective ways to improve your notebooks performance, suchas replacing that slow 5400rpm drive with a speedy solid state LulzSec promises "retribution"drive. against hackers responsibleFurthermore, these modules only worked for us on a recentSandy Bridge notebook, and even then we cant guarantee for attacking SEGAthat they work on all Sandy Bridge notebooks since Intel Source: appear to support such high memory speeds officially. hackers-responsible-for-attacking-sega/12692.htmlIf Kingston were to provide a notebook compatibility list (a tall June 20th, 2011order, we know) or even a CPU/chipset compatibility list, wewould at least feel somewhat safer when spending this muchon memory. Now this has got to be an interesting twist to SEGAs recentKingston HyperX Plug n Play DDR3-1866 SODIMM woes of having the personal information of its subscribers compromised after a successful attack by hackers on its database. Apparently, the well-known hacker group known as LulzSec has not only made an announcement to distance itself from the attack; the group has even put up a notice claiming that it wants to help SEGA by threatening to retaliate against those who were responsible for forcing the companys service offline. Looks like vigilantism is still alive and well in the virtual world after all. So you have read the news about SEGA being the latest victim in a string of cyber attacks that have seen many huge Pros Cons corporations being forced to take their servers offline in a bidPlug and play in compatible Minimal performance gains to perform damage control and prevent hackers from furthernotebooks compromising any more personal information. However, inTwice the price of the this case, SEGA can probably thank its lucky stars that it didcheapest memory not suffer the same kind of damage and data loss that some ofNot be compatible with some its fellow victims have faced; while the company did not denynotebooks, especially older that it did lose a huge chunk of personal information as a resultones of a successful attack on one of its databases, it has also assuredRetail Price: US$148* users that the most important piece of information, which is 14
  • 15. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe credit card details of its subscriber base, was still safely June 20th, 2011secure in its servers.According to a report posted by ZDnet, SEGA has confirmedthat the attack has resulted in its SEGA Pass service beingforced offline, and that the information that had been stolenas a result of the attack consists of personal information suchas names, dates of birth, email addresses and passwords thatthat subscribers typically use to access the service, although Singapore telco operator, M1, has announced the launch ofit was quick to point out that the damage is not as severe as their Long Term Evolution (LTE) based network, which claimsmost people may have imagined it to be. For example, the to be the first in South East Asia region. However, the coveragecompany has revealed that the stolen passwords stored in its at launch will only be limited within the financial districtdatabase were encrypted and not stored in plain text; as such, though the company said that it will be expanded nationwidehackers or individuals in possession of those passwords will by Q1 next year.have their work cut out of them in the form of decryptingthe information in order to obtain a subscribers originalpassphrase. And even then, SEGA is clearly taking no chances,having taken additional measures to prevent unauthorisedaccess by resetting the passwords for all its subscribers, sothe possibility of having someone successfully gaining accessto SEGA Pass with a stolen password is decidedly slim. Moreimportantly, SEGA also revealed that the server used to storeits subscribers credit card information is in the custody ofan external service provider, and was therefore safe from theattack.However, it would seem at least one prominent hacker groupdoes not condone such actions, and has gone out of its way tooffer SEGA its assistance in finding and exacting vengeance onthose hackers who perpetuated the attack. Indeed, a quick lookat LulzSecs twitter page reveals that the hacker group doesmean business this time round: Today, M1 has announced the launch of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) based Next Generation Mobile Network on 21 June 2011 - which claims to be the first in South East Asia. M1’s dual band LTE network, operating on both the 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands, will have an initial theoretical downlink speed of 75 Mbps and uplink speed of 37.5 Mbps. By end 2012, the theoretical downlink and uplink speeds will be upgraded to 150 Mbps and 75 Mbps respectively. At launch, the LTE network covers areas within the financial district which include Marina Bay, Suntec, Shenton Way and other areas (shown in above pic). Coverage is progressively expanding and is scheduled to be nationwide by the first quarter of 2012. The launch will involve customers from M1’s enterpriseBy the way, just for the record, a total of 1.3 million accounts sector. These customers will be able to access M1’s Nextwere compromised in the recent attack against SEGAs Generation Mobile Network service via USB modems ondatabase. Now that is definitely food for thought. existing mobile broadband plans at S$59.40 (with GST) per month. An expanded range of LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones, are expected to be available later this year.M1 claims to be first to launchSouth East Asias LTE network BlackBerry PlayBook: officially available inSource: Singapore on 23 June Source: available-in-singapore-on-23-june/12690.html 15
  • 16. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 20th, 2011 - 1080p HDMI output - Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)It was only slightly over a week when Research in - 1GB RAM memoryMotion announced the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBookin Singapore, though pricing and availability details - Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)werent made known then. Today, the company said that theBlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be availabile in Singapore - GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motionfrom 23 June. Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer) - Stereo speakers and stereo microphones - Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity - Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support LG finally rolls out Optimus 3D with worlds first Tri-Dual architectureResearch In Motion (RIM) today announced that the Source: PlayBook tablet will be available in Singaporeon world-s-first-tri-dual-architecture/12689.html23 June 2011 from SingTel, M1, and Starhub, as well as some June 20th, 2011nation-wide retail stores. The BlackBerry PlayBook will comein three Wi-Fi models, featuring 16GB, 32 GB or 64 GB ofmemory storage. Starting today, customers can place ordersfor the BlackBerry PlayBook. Customers can preorder onlineat .The BlackBerry PlayBook features an ultra-portable design Korean manufacturer LG has finally launched their highly-and claims to deliver superb performance, uncompromised anticipated Optimus 3D smaartphone which features glass-web browsing with support for Adobe Flash Player, true free 3D display and claims to incorporate worlds first Tri-Dualmultitasking, high definition (HD) multimedia, advanced architecture. It will be available in Europe first and later othersecurity features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a parts of the world in the next several weeks.robust development environment.Three versions of the PlayBook will be available in Singaporeat the recommended retail price (RRP) of:16GB: S$668 (incl. GST)32GB: S$798 (incl. GST)64GB: S$928 (incl. GST)BlackBerry PlayBook specifications:- 7-inch 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen- Ultra-portable at 425g and measures 130mm x 194mm x10mm- 1GHz dual-core processor LG has recently launched the long-awaited LG Optimus- BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric 3D, a smartphone that features second generation dualmultiprocessing core technology and advanced “Tri-Dual” architecture. The Optimus 3D was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress- MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback (MWC) in Barcelona in February, and claims to offer a full 3D experience -- recording, viewing, sharing.- Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4,WMV) 16
  • 17. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith its Tri-Dual configuration – dual-core, dual-channel and June 20th, 2011dual-memory; it offers improved performance when multi-tasking, enjoying a movie or playing graphics-intensive games.Users can also record and immediately view content in 3Dwithout the need for special glasses.Peak Efficiency and Performance Powered by Unique Tri-DualConfiguration Sony Ericsson has announced that it has selected NXPUnlike other smartphones, the Optimus 3D has a dual-channel Semiconductors N.V.s Near Field Communication (NFC)configuration, data transfers take place simultaneously technology to be incorporated in their Android smartphones,between the dual-core and dual-memory, resulting in offering users enhanced mobile entertainment experiences.noticeably faster performance. As a result, the LG Optimus Details inside.3D maximizes run-time efficiency leading to noticeablysmoother, faster, and longer multi-tasking, browsing, gamingand multimedia enjoyment than ever before.Full 3D Experience: 3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing3D recording, viewing and sharing is faster and moreconvenient in the Optimus 3D and can be enjoyed withoutcumbersome glasses. LG’s latest smartphone enables ownersto capture high quality 3D content with 3D video stabilizationtechnology and real-time misalignment correction algorithmwhich automatically corrects for shake during recording.The smartphone also offers wide viewing angle whichmakes watching videos and movies more convenient andcomfortable.The 4.3-inch WVGA display offers bright and flicker-free Today, NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced thatimages in HD, up to 1080p in 2D and up to 720p in 3D. its near field communication (NFC) technology hasSpecial software allows for real-time conversion of 2D photo been selected by Sony Ericsson for inclusion inand video content into 3D. Free software for converting 2D its Android-based smartphones. Sony Ericsson willgames will be available for download during the third quarter use NFC to enhance consumers’ mobile experiences,this year, letting users enjoy a variety of multimedia content creating a portfolio of smartphones that enable mobilein 3D. Captured 3D content can be shared to 3D TVs via transactions. Using simple touch gestures, users can makea HDMI connection and the phone can also send content purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal,to any DLNA certified device. In addition, users can upload ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simplyand stream 3D content on YouTube’s dedicated 3D channel and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones.( NXP provides complete embedded, secure NFC solutions and recently announced that its NFC software is open sourceThe LG Optimus 3D also incorporates the world’s first 3D on the Android platform and enables the Google Walletaugmented reality (AR) browser in collaboration with AR application. Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65pioneer Wikitude. The browser will be available through an NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, whichapp downloadable from LGWorld ( The includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secureOptimus 3D will be available in Europe first, and then in more element and NFC software. The embedded secure elementthan 60 markets around the world over the next several weeks. enables NFC to be used for mobile transactions. The PN65 uses advanced cryptography to offer the highest level of security for transactions, with the technology already being extensivelySony Ericsson Android used in contactless banking cards, e-passports, e-ID cards andsmartphones to use NXPs secure access systems.NFC solutionsSource: PC SHOW 2011 Lucky Drawto-use-nxp-s-nfc-solutions/12688.html Results Released - Winners Not So Random After All? Source: released--winners-not-so-random-after-all-/12687.html 17
  • 18. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 20th, 2011During the recent PC SHOW 2011, every $50 spent entitledthe shopper to a lucky draw ticket. A few of our sharped eyedVRForum members spotted a few anomalies in the LuckyDraw Results released yesterday - some of the winning ticketnumbers chosen were in series, the implication being thatsome "winners" could have got multiple prizes. Is this a case ofa careless drawing process, divine intervention, or somethingmore sinister?Lucky Draw Results with the anomalies highlighted in yellow: The PrizesAs most productive shoppers in the PC SHOW would spend Prizes on displayhundreds to thousands of dollars on their IT gadgets, they willbe holding on to multiple tickets numbered in series.A look again at the Lucky Draw Prizes and Processes: 18
  • 19. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneRedemption of Tickets • Very high efficiency (80PLUS Bronze) • Very reliable and stable operation by 3x12V rails Continuous power (W) 400 Peak power 500 ms (W) 450 Form factor ATX 12V ATX12V Version 2.3 Form factor EPS 12V Modular cable management Special technology DC/DC Voltage (Vac) 100 - 240 Frequency (Hz) 50 - 60 Input current (A) 8-4 PFC, active Yes PF Power factor at 100% load 0.99 Compliant to Intel C6 mode Yes Power consumption in <0.3Coupon Drop-off standby (W) Average life time (h / 25°C) 100.000VR-Zone wont be drawing any conclusions without first Operating temperature (°C) 0-40°Cgetting the organizers side of the story.Tell us what you think in the comments section below or thisforum thread! Sony Ericsson going dual coreBe Quiet Straight Power E8 with Xperia duo400W PSU review Source: xperia-duo/12685.htmlSource: June 20th, 2011review/12686.htmlJune 20th, 2011 Dual core smartphones are starting to gain more and moreBe-Quiet is a company based in Germany which for the past traction and so far weve seen devices from pretty much allfew years has been creating computer related products for of Googles Android partners with one major exception beingenthusiasts. It was only a few weeks ago that we reviewed Sony Ericsson. Well, it seems like the company is getting closeone of their high performance, modular power supplies, the to announcing the Xperia duo which is expected to be theStraight Power E8-CM 680W unit. Today we are going to put companys first dual core smartphone and a picture of whatto the test the weakest and simplest product of the Straight is believed to be the upcoming handset has now made anPower line, the Straight Power E8 400W unit. appearance on the web. Dual core smartphones are starting to gain more and more traction and so far weve seen devices from pretty much allBe-Quiet is a company based in Germany which for the past of Googles Android partners with one major exception beingfew years has been creating computer related products for Sony Ericsson. Well, it seems like the company is getting closeenthusiasts. It was only a few weeks ago that we reviewed to announcing the Xperia duo which is expected to be theone of their high performance, modular power supplies, the companys first dual core smartphone and a picture of whatStraight Power E8-CM 680W unit. Today we are going to put is believed to be the upcoming handset has now made anto the test the weakest and simplest product of the Straight appearance on the web.Power line, the Straight Power E8 400W unit. Beyond having a as yet unknown dual core CPU the Xperia duo is expected to sport a larger screen, a 4.5-inch unit has beenManufacturer features and specifications suggested and judging by the picture it reaches almost from edge to edge of the handset. Can we hope for a qHD 960x540 display, or is this trying to push our luck too far? • Extremely quiet running 19
  • 20. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone June 20th, 2011 In todays news roundup: Rambus has announced the development of a fast power-on, low-power clocking technology that boasts 5Gb/s+ data transfer speeds with minimal power consumption; AMD Graphics CTO Eric Demers has revealed some interesting facts about the companys next graphics processor architecture, claiming that it will serve as the foundation for all future AMD GPUs over the next few years; Acer has given its Predator line of gaming PCs a makeover with the new Predator G5910 series, which trades in the funky orange case for a matte black body that is supposedly meant to "evoke power and performance" and "a high-tech futuristic mood"; Word has it that Google is keen on bringing out a "Nexus 3" smartphone to the market, and that the device will feature a dual-core processor and is expected to be bundled with version 4.0 of the Android operating system, aka Ice Cream Sandwich; John Carmack has outlined the direction hed like to take the Quake series in the future, and that is a remote possibility of id Software abandoning the Strogg-based storyline of Quake 2 and Quake 4, and The first console-based action from Battlefield 3 appeared last evening on Jimmy Fallons late night show. Hardware news ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mITX Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews Description: By now we have all heard of the media capabilitiesThe processor is likely to once again be from Qualcomm and of the Intel H67 Chipset. With so much going for it in thisits very possible that itll be the MSM8260, but once again, aspect, it seems like an H67 motherboard would be greatthis is purely based on speculation and Sony Ericssons current as a starting point for the perfect Home Theatre PC. ASUSmodels. That said, we would go out on a limb here and say has decided to take this idea to the next level with thethat Sony Ericsson might be eyeing ST-Ericssons Novathor ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mini-ITX motherboard. In this article,U9500, but the problem here would be the different graphics Benchmark Reviews will break down all the special featuressolution used, something were not sure if Sony Ericsson would ASUS has included in the P8H67-I Deluxe motherboard to seetake a chance on. if it is ready to provide a comprehensive solution for the HTPC enthusiast.If the picture of the handset is the real deal, then we canexpect a front facing camera on the Xperia duo (if that really Mushkin Enhanced Joule 700 Watt Power Supply Reviewis the name of the final handset), something the Xperia arc Description: This time around we have another power supplyis missing. Otherwise the design of the handset is similar to from Mushkin ready to go through our load tests. Last monththe Xperia arc, albeit a lot less angular as all the corners are we took a look at the Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W powernow rounded. Hopefully it wont take too long until we find out supply. Now we have the Joule 700W on the bench for testing.what Sony Ericsson is up to, as the company desperately needs Being that the unit is from the same series and manufacturer,a dual core handset to keep up with the competition, at least you would expect almost identical builds and results. Rightas far as headline features are concerned. off the delivery truck we could tell a big difference in design between the 700W and 800W models. It was quite apparent that the Joule 700W didnt have nearly as extensive cooling onThe Daily VR-Zone News the inside. We also noticed that while the 800W model holds an 80Plus Silver rating, the smaller 700W model only managesSummary - 17 June 2011 to hold an 80Plus Bronze rating.Source: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Edition 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion Description: One of those products is the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Edition. The 6670 Ultimate includes two special features that differ from a traditional 6670. Those being the "Ultimate" passive cooling, and a key to Dirt 3. 20
  • 21. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUnder the hood the 6670 Ultimate is no different from a stock Report: Dual-core Nexus 3 Specs Leakedversion. The core clock speed is set at 800MHz while the Description: According to BGR sources, what’s believed to bememory speed is set at 1000Mhz. Onboard is 1 GB of DDR5 the next Nexus phone will feature a next-generation dual-memory. The 6670 comes with 480 stream processors and a core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU (likely an OMAP 4460 or an40 nm chip. The interface includes a single HDMI, Display ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon); 1GB of RAM;Port, and Dual-Link DVI input. All of the usual 6000 series 1080p HD video capture and playback; a 1-megapixel front-features apply such as DX 11, Eyefinity, OpenGL 4.1, UVD3, facing camera; and a rear-facing camera with an “advancedand AMD App acceleration. 5-megapixel sensor delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance.” All of this will runChillblast Fusion Impact 3D Review @ on Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0.Description: Chillblast may not be as well renowned – oras infamous – as Overclockers or Scan, but they’ve been Acer Gives Predator Desktop a Makeover, Inside and Outaround the block enough to know the game and they’re Description: Acers attention-seeking Predator desktop serieswell established as a solid, affordable gaming system builder. has been known for its over-the-top chassis design that someToday we take a look at another of their setups, this one that find totally bad ass, and many others feel is gaudy, to put itprovides the full 3D experience: monitor, glasses and GPU. It’s nicely (and ugly, if were being blunt). The new Predator G5910got a Sandybridge i5 CPU too. series trades in the funky orange case for a matte black body that Acer says is supposed to "evoke power and performance,Rambus Develops Clocking Technology for Power Reduction while the angles and grooves on the front add a high-techin High-Speed Interfaces. futuristic mood."Description: Rambus, a designer of various memory andinterface technologies, has announced the development of a Chrome Nearly Replaced Firefox as Ubuntus Default Browserfast power-on, low-power clocking technology that can enable Description: Chrome adoption has also been on a rapid risea whole new class of memory devices. The new technology in recent versions, doubling its market share in some regionsenables 5Gb/s+ data transfer speeds with minimal power from just one year ago. The upstart browser is raising evenconsumption. more eyebrows now that Chromebooks are hitting the market, and when you combine these three factors -- performance,AMDs Demers reveals details of next GPU architecture consumer interest, and Shuttleworths personal endorsementDescription: At the Fusion Developer Summit here in -- its really no surprise that Firefox was nearly unseated as theBellevue, Washington this morning, AMD Graphics CTO default browser in Ubuntu 11.04.Eric Demers made some interesting revelations about hiscompanys next graphics processor architecture. While he Gaming newsdidnt talk about specific products, he did say this new core Carmack outlines vision for a new Quakedesign will materialize inside all future AMD products with Description: John Carmack has outlined the direction hed likeGPUs in them over the next few years. to take the Quake series in the future, explaining to EurogamerConsumer Electronics and Software News that there are factions within id Software that want to abandon the Strogg-based storyline of Quake 2 and Quake 4.A.C.Ryan PlayOn!HD2 Media-Player Review (German)Description: (Machine translation) The A.C.Ryan PlayOn! Sega Europe opens its third UK code shop; studio already atHD2 Media-Player arrived Technic3D. Store thousands of work on a "next gen" action, music and video files on the internal Hard Drive. The Description: Sega Europe has announced the formationPlayon!HD2 brings again your music, video and photo library of a new boutique studio based in the UKs Westto life with unsurpassed audio and visual quality? We will Midlands, set up to focus its resources "exclusively forcheck the new Features on the HD2 Player. next generation platforms." The forward-looking studio has an unnamed "unique action adventure experience" projectSony Teases New Tablets With a Mysterious New Video already underway, due for release late next year.Description: Sony wants you to know that it’s about to launchtwo tablets – the Sony S1, and the Sony S2 – but it doesn’t Battlefield 3 console footage unveiled on latest Fallonwant to reveal much about them, promoting them instead with Description: As promised, the first console-based action froma visual feast that gives little info, but is amazing to watch. The Battlefield 3 appeared last evening on Jimmy Fallons latevideo is actually the first episode of a 5-episode story dubbed night show, teasing a scene weve watched play out a dozen“Two will”, featuring Sony’s tablets; we can expect the next or so times now on the PC version. Despite the grumblingsfour installments soon. Back in early May 2011, Sony released a of many long-time PC Battlefield gamers -- not to mentionfar more straightforward teaser video for its upcoming tablets, our own doubts -- BF3 running on PlayStation 3 looks prettyshowing us at least a little of what they can do. wonderful.RAIDON GT5630-SB3 USB 3.0 4 Bay Desktop Data BackupStorage Solution Review @ Real World LabsDescription: With 4 easy swap HDD tray modules for up to Corsair Vengeance 1600MHza massive 12TB of storage capacity and both eSATA and USB CL9 8GB DDR3 Kit Review3.0 connectivity for blazing fast transfer speeds the GT5630- Source: USB 3.0 4 Bay Desktop Data Backup Storage Solution by ddr3-kit-review/11921.htmlRAIDON is the ideal unit to house your backups and/or mediacollection. 21
  • 22. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 20th, 2011While nearly every single memory kit introduced thesedays appears designed for the second-generation Intel Coreplatform, this Corsair Vengeance dual-channel memory kit is Gigabyte readying no lessdesigned to work on both Intel or AMD DDR3 platforms. than 12 AMD Llano compatible motherboards Source: amd-llano-compatible-motherboards/12683.html June 20th, 2011 Were about two weeks from the desktop AMD Llano CPU launch which is meant to take place on the 30th of this month and although weve already seen plenty of boards at Computex, Gigabyte has now kindly provided some additional details of its Llano plans. Gigabytes German branch posted aA rather eye-catching image adorns the front of the packaging whole bunch of information about Gigabytes upcoming Llanowith a pair of Vengeance memory seated on an ASUS motherboards on Facebook and according to it we can expectRepublic of Gamers (ROG) motherboard. According to 12 new boards with the A75 and A55 chipsets.Corsair, Vengeance kits are designed with overclockers inmind and the memory chips used are specifically selected tomeet their needs. Were about two weeks from the desktop AMD Llano CPU launch which is meant to take place on the 30th of this month and although weve already seen plenty of boards at Computex, Gigabyte has now kindly provided some additional details of its Llano plans. Gigabytes German branch posted a whole bunch of information about Gigabytes upcoming Llano motherboards on Facebook and according to it we can expect 12 new boards with the A75 and A55 chipsets. However, it seems like Gigabyte is starting to divide up its products into different sub-categories and although we can understand that the rising price in raw materials have something to do with it, its getting a little bit confusing for consumers. Its not as if Gigabyte is trying to hide the fact that its new Llano boards will fit in to the Ultra Durable 3, Ultra Durable 2 and Ultra Durable 1 sub-categories, but a lotA universal product code (UPC) label is affixed at the bottom of people wouldnt know what the difference is.left corner, and there are two small cut-outs which are There are only three Ultra Durable 3 boards, namely thepositioned where the product labels on the two memory sticks A75-UD4H, the A75M-UD2H (mATX) and the A75N-USB3are. (mini ITX). Of course, if youre an avid VR-Zone reader, youll already know that weve seen the first two boards, just ahead of Computex, but judging by the slides, a few things have beenBefore we proceed further, here is a quick run through of the changed on the A75-UD4H, but more on that a little bit later.Vengeance kits specifications:Type 240-pin DDR3Capacity 8GB (2 x 4GB)Speed PC3-12800 (1600MHz)Latency CL9-9-9-24Voltage 1.5VRegistered / Unbuffered UnbufferedError checking Non-ECCWarranty Lifetime 22
  • 23. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone this case, a 3D display. What some of you might not know is that 3D displays require either an HDMI 1.4a port or a dual- link DVI port as youre sending twice as much information to the screen compared to a non 3D display.The Ultra Durable 2 boards include the A75-D3H, A75-DS3P, A75M-D2H (mATX) and A55-DS3P. We dont knowmuch about these models beyond the A75-D3H which waspreviewed by, also just before Computex. Theobvious difference between the A75-D3H and the A75-UD4H The board also supports AMDs Radeon Dual Graphics asbesides having slightly less copper in the PCB layers include well as CrossFire. This means that you could get an APU tothe loss of two of the four front USB 3.0 ports, but there are still start with, then add a graphics card for a performance boostfour ports around the back, no FireWire and no DisplayPort and then a second graphics card to take things even further.connectors, a slightly more basic PWM design and finally one Gigabyte claims a 3DMark Vantage P score of about 4,000of the x1 PCI Express slots was changed for a PCI slot. points for AMDs A8-3850 APU for this board using 4GB ofThe Ultra Durable 1 boards consist of the A75M-S2V (mATX), DDR3-1866MHz memory, although this can be boosted toA55-S3P, A55M-S2HP (mATX), A55M-S2H (mATX) and 5,600 3DMarks by overclocking the APU. Adding a RadeonA55M-S2V (mATX). Sadly we cant offer much in terms of HD 6670 graphics card boosts the score to 10,173 points whichdetails of any of these boards and the only thing we really seem like pretty decent performance for what should be anknow is that theyre using regular solid capacitors rather than affordable combination, even though the APU is the top of theJapanese made capacitors, a concern for overclockers but line model. Gigabyte is suggesting that this combination offersunlikely to be an issue for your average consumer. a US$40-60 saving compared to getting a similar performing graphics card.So what about the changes to the A75-UD4H? Well, not muchhas changed since we saw an early board at the back-end of The final slide we decided to include here shows theMay, but the red ports at the back have been replaced by performance difference that can be expected by combiningyellow ones. What we didnt know back then as well was that one of AMDs desktop APUs with a discrete graphics cardGigabyte has kitted out the board with a dual-link DVI port and although its a smaller performance boost on the high-and claims that this is a worlds first. The benefit of this is that end, its a pretty impressive performance boost on the low-you can either drive a display with a resolution higher than end, especially considering that AMDs A4 APU is apparently1920x1200/2048x1152 or and possibly more importantly in outperforming its own Radeon HD 6450 graphics card in 23
  • 24. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone3DMark Vantage. Hit the source link for a few more slides,although you do need a Facebook account to see them.Sony launches Music According to Sony, the Music Unlimited app comes with aUnlimited app for Android feature that allows it to scan a users music library and allow them to stream the same songs to any compatible Android-Source: powered smartphone from its huge database of songs withoutfor-android/12680.html having to upload the same tracks online to its server first.June 20th, 2011 Apparently, Sony can offer such a feature simply because it owns the rights to millions of popular songs due to its status as one of the biggest record companies in the world. To many, this feature will undoubtedly come across as a huge time saver,Need another music streaming service for your Android- considering how most average users have music collectionspowered smartphone? If so, look no further than Sony to which stretches into gigabytes territory, and having to uploaddeliver on such needs with a new app that gives users access such large collections manually to a cloud is an act that canto its Music Unlimited digital music cloud service, where they take hours, or even days.can listen to Internet radio stations and stream their favouritesongs onto any Android-powered smartphones. And from the In addition, Sony also claims that users who sign up for itslooks of it, Sonys offering might just have what it takes to Premium plan will score unlimited access to the entire catalogone-up the competition in the race to provide the best music of songs available in its database; this means that users canstreaming service consumers are looking for. stream and listen to songs which they do not own directly onto the Android-powered handsets. In contrast, Apples iCloudWith cloud computing being the biggest buzzword in data streaming service limits users to streaming songs thatr theyprocessing and accessibility today, it really should not be already own, and that puts it at a huge disadvantage when onesurprising to see many companies start jumping onto the compares the huge selection of tracks that Sony immediatelybandwagon in a bid to offer consumers their own take of what has at its disposal.a cloud server should be, especially when said consumers areslowly but surely starting to see the potential benefits of having Unfortunately, it seems that not all countries will betheir data readily accessible, regardless of their location. And fortunate enough to be blessed with access to Sonysleave to to Sony to offer Android users with yet another Music Unlimited streaming service for Android-poweredcloud based music service, Music Unlimited, that boasts a few smartphones. Apparently, the service is only available inunique features not found on other competing online music Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, andstreaming services currently offered by the competition. Sony has made no announcements as to whether it intends to introduce the service to other countries, if at all. But moreOfficially launched by Sony yesterday, the Music Unlimited importantly, with Sony still reeling from the aftermath ofapp allows users of Android-powered smartphones to gain having both its PlayStation Network and Music Unlimitedaccess to its digital cloud-based music streaming service, services forced offline as a result of hackers managingwhich was previously available for variety of Sony-branded to compromise the companys servers, whether millions ofdevices such as its PlayStation 3 video game console, Internet- Android users are willing to take a leap of faith and entrustcapable television sets and Blu-ray players. At the time this the company with data pertaining to their music libraries oncearticle is published the app is already available on the Android again remain to be seen.Market and can be downloaded at no cost, although users willneed to foot monthly subscription fees if they intend to makeuse of the Music Unlimited streaming service. 24
  • 25. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFujitsu PC Asia Pacific unveilsSTYLISTIC Q550 slate PC inSingaporeSource: 20th, 2011Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific today launched their new STYLISTICQ550 slate PC that is designed for business professionals. It ispowered by 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor, runs MicrosoftWindows 7 operating system and comes with an optionalstylus pen for writing and drawing. The STYLISTIC Q550 is Matthew Hardman, Windows Client Business Group Lead ofscheduled to be available next month. Microsoft Singapore, was also at the event and talked about the slate devices for Windows 7 are designed to meet enterprise end user needs; they are optimized for online and offline data storage, support content creation and consumption and support variety of devices and peripherals.Ivan Ong, associate director, South East Asia Operations,Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific said that the company introduced thenew STYLISTIC Q550 to meet the most stringent businessrequirements."The STYLISTIC Q550 is an accumulation of twenty years ofFujitsus tablet PC engineering expertise that offers features Edmund Lim, product marketing manager, Fujitsu PC Asiaand capabilities that allow mobile workforce to be more Pacific, did a product demonstration on the features of theproductive anywhere, anytime. The slate PC can also integrate Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550. According to Lim, the non-3Gperfectly into existing IT infrastructure such that it can be version of the STYLISTIC Q550 will be available in early Julydeployed as easily as a notebook PC, offering a full suite of in Asia Pacific (including Singapore), while the 3G modelsecurity features like the fingerprint sensor, smart card reader, will be available end July. For Singapore, only selected storesfull disk encryption and TPM (Trusted Platform Module)" Ong will be selling the Q550 althought for consumers, it wouldsaid. be the model with the stylus pen. The suggested retail price for the STYLISTIC Q550 is S$1,788 (price varies according to customized specifications) and comes in Blue or Black. 25
  • 26. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone At the rear are the 1.3-megapixel camera, fingerprint sensor and SDHC card slot. The Q550 comes with either 2- or 4-cell Lithium-ion battery that claims to offer a battery life of 4.5 hours and 9 hours respectively. Fujitsu has also a wide range of accessories for use with the STYLISTIC Q550 including a nylon folio case, cradle, USB optical mouse, Bluetooth keyboard and external USB Super Multi Writer. Microsoft rejects WebGL over security concernsThe STYLISTIC Q550 features a 10.1-inch IPS WXGA anti- Source: touchscreen display that boasts 400nits brightness and concerns/12678.html500:1 contrast ratio. On its sides, you will find the USB, June 20th, 2011HDMI out, HDA out, port replicator, as well as power buttonand wireless switch. Say what you want about Microsoft, but it is clear that the Redmond software giant is taking a very strong stance on security recently, especially after its experience in dealing with the security disasters that were Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6. In fact, so uncompromising is the companys stand that Microsift has decided to reject the open WebGL in favor 26
  • 27. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof its own Direct3D technology for accelerating 3D graphics on running off Microsofts own restricted Direct2D and Direct3Dbrowsers, in spite of it having voiced broad support for HTML5 APIs. To further complicate matters, a recent study hasand new web-based standards. Read on to find out more... confirmed that none of the current WebGL implementations in browsers today conform to the standards set forth by theWhen Microsoft officially released Internet Explorer 9 for the Khronos group, which is a clear sign of just how immature themasses, there was much excitement over what appeared to standard really a new web browser from a company which, at the time,appeared to have finally seen the light with regards to open Last but not least, Microsoft claims that the reliance onweb standards. Indeed, at the time of its launch, Internet insecure and buggy display drivers for use in WebGL will openExplorer 9 was known to be the most standards-compliant doors to "problematic system denial-of-service scenarios",browser ever released from Microsoft, and many are expecting due to the fact that "modern operating systems and graphicsthat the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 is set to carry on infrastructure were never designed to fully defend againstthe trend of what seems to be Microsofts genuine efforts to attacker-supplied shaders and geometry". The Redmond giantembrace such standards. further believes that this will allow rogue websites "to freeze or reboot systems at will", which may have the potential to bringHowever, it is also clear that the Redmond giant is still planing down "critical infrastructure".to draw a fine line between open standards and security, andis always more than ready to drop the former in favor of With that said and done, it looks like Microsofts stand onproprietary solutions if it does not match up to the companys WebGL is as definitive as it can get. Until most major browserown Security Development Lifecycle requirements. And one developers can agree on a universal implementation of WebGLprominent aspect of HTML5 which has been unceremoniously that conforms to the Khronos groups specifications andgiven the boot from Microsoft is that of WebGL, which is a graphics card manufacturers start ensuring that their driverssoftware library based on OpenGL ES 2.0 and designed to do not end up opening more holes in an operating system forprovide an API for the rendering of 3D graphics on a web hostile websites to attack from, WebGL is not going to get itselfbrowser via HTML5s canvas element. any love from the likes of Microsoft. Kingston HyperX SO-DIMM Rams Certified for Intel XMP Source: certified-for-intel-xmp/12676.htmlAccording to a recent post made on Microsofts TechNet blogs, June 20th, 2011the engineering team over at Microsofts Security ResponseCenter (MSRC) made the decision not to endorse WebGLover three critical security flaws which it considers to be"harmful". The first flaw pointed out by the MSRCs teamcenters around the fact that WebGLs very nature allows theAPI to expose too much low-level information about a systemand its accompanying hardware to the Internet, up to a point Kingstons 2133MHz HyperX SO-DIMM memory module iswhere even Microsoft describes it to be "overly permissive". now Intel XMP-compatible. It is one of the fastestThe posting also goes on to claim that Microsoft expects the notebook memory modules in the market. More details inside.large amount of information exposed in WebGL to result inthe authoring of customized bugs "that exist only on certainplatforms or with certain video cards, potentially facilitatingtargeted attacks".The second flaw, as contended by Microsoft, is that WebGLis too dependent on third-party code in order to ensure thatusers are able to enjoy a proper web experience. In addition,Microsoft has also singled out video card drivers as one ofthe weakest links in WebGL security, claiming that some ofthe vulnerabilities in the standard "will not always manifestin the WebGL API itself", and that "the problems may existin the various OEM and system components delivered byIHV". The post also goes on to explain how most video cardmanufacturers tend to adopt a yearly update schedule for theirhardware drivers, a practice which Microsoft has criticizedas bring incompatible with "the needs of a security updateprocess". And it seems that Microsoft may be right on this one,considering how Mozilla itself had to blacklist a large number The Kingston HyperX 2133MHz 4GB SO-DIMM memory kitof hardware configurations due to driver issues, even when (Kingston part #: KHX2133C9S3K2/4GX) has been tested 27
  • 28. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewith the ASRock HD65-MXM motherboard which was Computer with dual-core,installed with Intel Core i7 2920XM processor. In the tests, 2.66GHz processorthe Kingston HyperX rams ran at the rated frequency of Windows 7 compatible2133MHz with 9-11-9-27 timings at 1.5V. Kingston will also graphics card that supportsprovide a lifetime warranty and free technical support for DirectX 9.0cconsumers who purchase the HyperX memory. Enthusiasts 2GB Ramusing laptops will be delighted to have this. Software Windows 7 Visual Studio 2010 ExpressKinects Windows SDK Beta Microsoft .NET FrameworkReleased 4.0 For more information regarding Kinect for Windows SDKSource: Beta: Microsoftreleased/12675.htmlJune 20th, 2011 Download Kinect for Windows SDK Beta: Microsoft Nintendo Wii U to use AMD Radeon GraphicsKinect for Xbox 360 had been released for some time already. Source: does Kinect for PC sound? Microsoft has released the graphics/12667.htmlofficial Windows SDK Beta for Kinect. More details inside. June 20th, 2011 The Wii U shown during this years E3 is rumored to be using the AMDs previous generation graphics card. The Wii U will be available in 2012. More details inside. Nintendo Wii U is said to be using an AMD Radeon HD 4000 series graphics card. The GPU is based on a RV770 core which is capable of DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.0. GPUs used inThe Kinect for Windows SDK Beta is basically a programming Xbox 360 and PS3 can only handle up to DirectX 9 and havetoolkit that will allow users to access the Kinect device Shader Model 3.0. The Wii U is about 26.7cm long, 17.3cmeasily. With some creativity and knowledge in programming, wide and 4.6cm thick and will come with a media bay to loadusers can create applications which utilise the Kinect device in Wii optical discs. It cannot support DVD or Blu-ray discin Windows 7. Some of the SDK features include raw though. The Nintendo Wii U is scheduled to launch in 2012.sensor streams, skeletal tracking, advanced audio capabilities,sample code and documentation. However, a point to note:this SDK is for non-commercial purposes only. A commercial Battlefield 3: Physical Warfareversion will be available later. Pack and Back to Karkand System Requirements Hardware Xbox 360 Kinect Expansion dates announced Source: and-back-to-karkand-expansion-dates-announced/12674.html 28
  • 29. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 20th, 2011 If youre one of those users that always end up in situations where your devices break, then youre most likely familiar with Panasonics range of Toughbook notebooks. Panasonic has announced that its going to launch a Toughbook Android tablet that should arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.DICE, developers of the Battlefield series of FPS games, haveposted on their blog today to clarify that that the Battlefield The so far unnamed tablet, simply going by Toughbook tablet3 Physical Warfare Pack, initially announced as an exclusive at the moment will be shown of InfoComm in Florida whichpre-order weapons upgrade DLC, will be unlocked for free to kicks off today. Its not intended as a consumer tablet, butall Battlefield 3 players after the title release on 25th October instead this should be the first corporate Android tablet.2011 later this year. Relieved Battlefield fans should now see it Panasonic didnt reveal much in terms of specifications, butas a "reward for pre-ordering" and not a "punishment for not considering that the tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen withpre-ordering". The much hyped Back to Karkand expansion XGA resolution (1024x768) we might be looking at an(remake of 4 BF2 goldies maps - Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Gingerbread free tablet.Oman, Sharqi Peninsula and Wake Island) will also be releasedsome time after the BF3 base game, developed by the sameteam that did BFBC2: Vietnam.DICE, developers of the Battlefield series of FPS games, have What little is given away in the press release tells us that theposted on their blog today to clarify that that the Battlefield tablet will come with a stylus, but its not clear if were looking3 Physical Warfare Pack, initially announced as an exclusive at a resistive touch screen or some other kind of technology.pre-order weapons upgrade DLC, will be unlocked for free to The good news is that the tablet will have a matte screen, so itall Battlefield 3 players after the title release on 25th October should be easy to read.2011 later this year. Relieved Battlefield fans should now see itas a "reward for pre-ordering" and not a "punishment for not Beyond the screen, the only other specifications listed includepre-ordering". full-shift (read 8h) battery life, integrated GPS, 3G and/or 4G connectivity and “professional-grade” accessories. The picture of the tablet also suggests that it will be possible to store severalPanasonic announces Android user profiles on it, as it has a dedicated user button beyond the menu, home, back and power buttons.Toughbook tabletSource: Most of us wont need a Toughbook level ruggedized tablet,toughbook-tablet/12673.html but its good to know that the option is out there and hopefullyJune 20th, 2011 well see a few other manufacturers follow suite with some more consumer oriented models that can take a knock or two and still survive. Expect to pay silly money for the Toughbook tablet, but we can imagine that there are quite a few companies out there that cant wait to get their hands on one. If youre one of those users that always end up in situations MSI readying second mATXwhere your devices break, then youre most likely familiar Z68 boardwith Panasonics range of Toughbook notebooks. Panasonic Source: announced that its going to launch a Toughbook Android board/12672.htmltablet that should arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of thisyear. 29
  • 30. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 20th, 2011So far MSI has announced surprisingly few Intel Z68 basedmotherboards and if you swing by MSIs website youll noticethat there are a mere three models listed. A fourth model andMSIs second mATX Z68 board is on the way though, althoughwe dont quite follow MSIs reasoning on where this modelends up in MSIs range of boards.So far MSI has announced surprisingly few Intel Z68 basedmotherboards and if you swing by MSIs website youll noticethat there are a mere three models listed. A fourth model andMSIs second mATX Z68 board is on the way though, althoughwe dont quite follow MSIs reasoning on where this modelends up in MSIs range of boards.The upcoming model is called the Z68MA-G45 and the G in thesecond half of the model name signifies that this is a gamingboard. The current mATX model is the Z68MA-ED55 wherethe E tells you that its part of MSIs Extreme series of boardsand as such should be a higher-end model than the Z68MA- As this is a mATX board it only has the standard four SATAG45, but this isnt quite the whole truth in this case. 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports from the Intel chipset. What struck us as rather unusual when we first saw the pictures of the board were the angled pin-headers along the bottom edge, as theyre all at 90 degree angle. The reason behind this appears to be so that you can fit a dual-slot graphics card easier, but youd of course need a case with five slots at the back for this to work. There appear to be three pin-headers for a total of six USB 2.0 ports, but things like the front audio, S/PDIF in and the chassis connectors are all also at an angle. Oddly enough MSI has also included pin-headers for a serial and a parallel port, just above the power connector. The board sports a really simple heatsink, although the one in our pictures might not be theYou see, the Z68MA-ED55 sports a pair of x16 PCI Express final one.slots, but the board lacks support for CrossFire and SLI, asthe secondary slot only offers four lanes worth of bandwidth.A surprising move on a high-end model like this and whatseven more surprising is that the upcoming Z68MA-G45 offerssupport for both CrossFire and SLI. The basic layout of the twoboards is near identical, with two x16 PCI Express slots andtwo x1 PCI Express slots, but the Z68MA-G45 is equipped with Around the back we find a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, twothe all-important switches which enables the two slots to work USB 3.0 ports (MSI is still using Renesas chips), a Gigabitin dual x8 mode, or at least it is if you want to use two graphics Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio and a D-sub, DVI and HDMIcards. port. The only things missing here compared to the Z68MA-The Z68MA-G45 should end up cheaper than the Z68MA- ED55 are a FireWire port and an optical S/PDIF of which onlyED55 as well, as the missing D in the model name signifies the latter might be an issue for some users.DrMOS, something that isnt present on the Z68MA-G45. The The board should arrive shortly and it comes with Lucidboard has a fairly basic 4+1 PWM design whereas the Z68MA- Logixs Virtu software. Sadly we dont know what itll cost,ED55 sports DrMOS, SFC chokes and tantalum capacitors, all but judging by how many features MSI dropped, wed bet thisof which are expensive components and none of which are will be a pretty affordable board. At least this is one of onlypresent on the Z68MA-G45. That said, were not looking at a a handful of mATX Z68 board in the market and looking atfeature stripped board beyond this as pretty much everything the specs alone, this could turn out to be a fairly successfulyoud want it still there. model for MSI. Just one thing MSI, when you have to start putting "Top Quality & Stability" on your boxes to convince 30
  • 31. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneyour potential customers that you have a great product, thensomething has gone a little bit wrong. 31
  • 32. June 28th, 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.Logitech announces new M185wireless mouse capable of 12-month battery lifeSource: According to Logitech, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M185 iswireless-mouse-capable-of-12-month-battery-life/12778.html capable of providing up to a full year of uptime without theJune 28th, 2011 need for any battery replacements during the aforementioned period, and sports both an On/Off switch and smart sleep mode to help users gain the most out of the devices battery uptime. Also present on the M185 wireless mouse is a "helpful indicator light", which the company claims is designed to help "eliminate low-power surprises". In addition, Logitech claims that the M185 is capable ofWireless mice. Dont we all love them for the luxury to use lightning-fast data transmission and precise tracking, featuresour mice in any way we see fit without having to deal with which it attributes to the use of its Advanced Optical Trackingthe pesky cable that always seems to restrict ones freedom of technology and nano-receiver. Last but not least, Logitechmovement while working at the PC? Well, leave it to Logitech has also confirmed that the M185 wireless mouse comes withto makethe experience of using a wireless mouse even better built-in support for "advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity",by introducing a new wireless mouse that is reportedly capable which is reportedly capable of delivering "a dependableof lasting for up to 12 months on a single battery charge. Read connection with virtually no delays or dropouts".on to find out more about Logitechs new wireless mouse... The Logitech Wireless Mouse M185 is currently available for sale at all Logitech authorised resellers (including Challenger) in three different colours (Blue, Red and Swift Grey) at the suggested retail price of S$19.90. Seagate announces availability of new GoFlex Ultra-portable external hardThere is no denying that wireless mice are like a godsend for pink Source: who simply cannot stand the idea of having to deal with a cable that isseemingly designed with the sole purpose of June 28th, 2011getting in the way of ones working or gaming needs. However,it is also true that one of the biggest peeves most owners havewith wireless input devices is that they seem to be capableof going through batteries at very fast rates, a trait which isdefinitely not going to endear it to the busy PC user who cannotafford to deal with any form of downtime at all.Fortunately, it seems that Logitech has come up with a solution With external storage devices such as portable hard disks nowto address this need, and it comes in the form of its M185 being neccessities for keeping ones data portable, it wouldwireless mouse. make sense that users will crave products which allow them to show off their individuality in a sea of similar-looking devices. And as far as Seagate is concerned, the best way to fulfill such a need will be to deck out its products with bright colours that 1
  • 33. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneare reportedly capable of "perking up dull days" and giving a single page through a single query. And it even has anone "a fashionable reason to be tech-savvy", like what it has interesting name to boot, too.done with its new GoFlex Ultra-portable external hard disk, Even though most people make use of Googles onlinewhich is now available Yep. searching services on a daily basis, we often find ourselvesWe all know that portable hard disks are but one of the being completely unaware about any plans the search giantessential tools that any PC user needs to ensure that they can may have that could potentially assist users in further reducingalways access their data in the event that there is no Internet the time needed to sort through the huge number of resultsconnection available for doing so via online means. However, that usually get returned every time a query is made. However,the fact that most OEMs only offer a limitted variety of colours it seems that Google is fully aware that its services could usefor their external hard disks does not do much to help a a little more work, for we have received word from variousconsumer satisfy his or her need for individuality, although online sources that the company is reportedly trying outit seems that Seagate is about to remedy that situation with a certain new service that is capable of doing just that, whilethe introduction of a new addition to its GoFlex Ultra-portable trying to appear a little more personal in the process. Ofhard disk, which, unlike most of the competition, is available course, to get the most out of this service, you will probablyin a bright pink hue. have to let Google know what you love: Jokes aside, Googles new search service, which is known as "What do you love?", is seemingly designed around the ideaLooks aside, there is little else to distinguish the new, limited that the typical user is most likely to utilize simple, one-wordedition, pink-coloured Seagate GoFlex Ultra-portable from its queries for their searching needs, and that sorting throughnormal edition counterparts, at least where performance is various text links that claims to contain the informationconcerned. Stashed away under that bright pink body is a sought after is not the most efficient of ways to get quick500GB hard disk which, according to Seagate, allows for easy answers. And from the looks of it, What do you love? aimsand fast storage, backup and access to ones photos, movies to tackle that problem by compiling its search results fromand music. More importantly, Seagate claims that the device its various services such as text links, image search, trends,is slim enough to be slipped into any IT bag without issues, videos, books and even email services, into a single page whichso portability is definitely not going to be a problem. Last but is then presented to the user, such as the one we received whendefinitely not least, the GoFlex Ultra-portable external hard our curiosity got the better of us:disk makes use of the superspeed USB3.0 interface which iscapable of data transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbits/s, whichis 10 times faster than what you can get with a typical USB 2.0device.If that has gotten you interested in being the proud new ownerof a pink GoFlex Ultra-portable external hard disk, it can bepurchased from Challenger stores at the price of S$109.Google wants to know whatyou love with new serviceSource: 28th, 2011 Looks great, does it not? Well, as nice as the presentation may seem, it is also clear that What do you love? comes with some flaw, chief of which is the fact that the service doesEverybody knows that Google wants to help users make the not really seem to like it when users request for specific ormost out of their time spent on utilizing its search engine to detailed queries. Rather, it seems that the best way to obtainget to the information they need in the shortest amount of results from What do you love? is to keep your search stringtime possible, but it seems that the search giant may have as simple and broad as possible, and this brings us back tooutdone itself this time. Apparently, the company is in the the point we described earlier, where users are most likelymidst of trying out a new service which is supposedly capable to input one-word queries for their searching needs. Evenof allowing consumers to retrieve a wide range of results in then, it seems that certain one-word queries can be narrow 2
  • 34. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneenough to confuse the service; our example above had Google performance. However, it seems that this is about to changecomplaining about how "Android" is not simple enough for it today, if a certain notebook which is currently available for saleto turn up any information under the "Buy" panel. on Amazon is supposed to mean anything.Still, we cannot help but admit that this is an interestingeffort by Google to make online searching more convenient: byleveraging all its existing services to provide the best possibleresults in a single page, users can potentially spend more timeactually working with the relevant information as opposedto having to sieve through the likes of thousands of possibleresults through seperate Google services. To top it off, theresults page is also remarkably well-designed, which makesbrowsing through the results a snap.Last but not least, we were rather tickled to see Google utilizea heart as the button for the search field. Dont worry Google,we love you too.Sandy Bridge-powered ENVY14 Beats Edition notebookshows up in AmazonSource: 28th, 2011 While Amazon did not explicitely specify the processors model number, it did not take long for us to determine that the hardware used in this particular notebook is not part of the standard configuration that is currently being offered by HP.HPs ENVY 14 Beats Edition notebook may be well-known Indeed, a quick look at HPs product page reveals that thereamong audiphones and notebook users as one such device are only three processors available for consumers to choosewhich boasts some serious enphasis on how notebook audio from in the ENVY 14 Beats edition: an i3-370M, an i7-720QMcan and should be, but the fact that HP has yet to refresh the and i7-740QM. Yep, no i5 in the list there.notebook with some love in the form of Intels latest processorsmay probably turn some people off from the purchase. Untiltoday, that is: apparently, there is a certain ENVY 14 BeatsEdition notebook that is currently up for sale at Amazon whichis powered by Intels Sandy Bridge platform. More importantly, Amazons mention of a 2.3GHz i5 processor was the final piece of the puzzle to give away the game that the particular ENVY 14 Beats Edition notebook which it currentlyNow that Intels mobile Sandy Bridge platform for has has for sale is one that is powered by Intels Sandy Bridgebeen out on the market long enough for people to consider platform. For one, there is no Arrandale-based mobile i5it "mainstream", it would make sense that most OEMs processor which is shipped with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, but awould have already refreshed their notebook lineup with the certain Sandy Bridge-based chip known as the i5-2410M does.aforementioned platform. After all, it is important to ensurethat their products are more than capable of meeting theirconsumers needs and demands.That being said, HPs premium ENVY 14 Beats Editionnotebook was starting to appear like the odd player out due tothe fact that the notebook has yet to receive any Sandy Bridgelove from the company, in spite of it being positioned as a high-end product that boasts both exceptional audio quality and 3
  • 35. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place, it does not See the specifications from the EVGA website.require much for one to deduce that HP must have silentlyupdated its ENVY 14 Beats Edition notebook to bring itsperformance up to par with the competition. Still, one has got The Daily VR-Zone Newsto wonder why this particular configuration has yet to make Summary - 27 June 2011itself known in HPs very own product page... Source: june-2011/12765.htmlEVGA Releases Frostbite June 28th, 2011Thermal GreaseSource: In todays news roundup: Intel has released some details aboutJune 28th, 2011 its upcoming Haswell microarchitecture, while claiming that its upcoming chips that are based off this architecture will feature new instruction sets that will see it being capable of accelerating a greater variety of "applications and workloads"; Elpida Memory Inc. has just announced a new memory module which boasts a four-layer PCB that is reportedly "only 0.8mm thick, is based on PoP (Package on Package)EVGA follows up after the release of Superclock CPU Cooler technology and consists of 4 low power DDR2 chips that eachby introducing its very own Frostbite Thermal Grease. More has a capacity of 2Gb, thus giving the module a total capacity ofdetails inside. 1GB"; Jabra has announced today that they will be launching two new Bluetooth headsets - the EASYCAL, which is designed for users who have no experience in dealing with such devices, and the CRUISER2 in-car speaker phone for users who prefer to hear their telephone conversions through a proper speaker; Word has it that Nokia is planning to update its smartphone lineup with at least three more Symbian Anna-based devices, and they will come in the form of the Nokia N5, Nokia N6 and Nokia N7; Our sister site SGCafe has just published a review on the Xbox 360 version of Ubisofts recently-published rhythmic action game, Child of Eden, and Bethesda has announced that the first downloadable content pack for the Brink video game will be made available for free to players for a limited time as a form of gift to players who have had to deal with the severe lag found in games multiplayer mode prior to the flaw being fixed in a recent patch. Hardware news Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid-Tower Case Review @ Description: Cooler Master has always made a goodThe EVGA Frostbite Thermal Grease is claimed to have high impression with their cases, and the Storm Enforcer mid-heat conductivity for maximum thermal transfer. It is also tower case continues this tradition. Some of the things thatdesigned for easy application. Furthermore, it was tested by would-be buyers might be most pleased to see include tool-lessrenowned overclocker, Vince "K|ngp|n" Lucido. The Frostbite drive installation, water cooling grommets, support for longThermal Grease has over 30% silver content and a thermal video cards, good cable management features, and support forconductivity of 6.5W/M. The thermal grease will come in 2 solid state drives.grams syringe. 4
  • 36. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOCZ Agility 3 240 GByte Review @ ocaholic with a 19-phase Super Alloy Power technology. Similar toDescription: With the Agility 3, OCZ has a Solid State Drive in RoG motherboards, the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum hasits portfolio which is based on the latest SandForce SF-2200 onboard voltage readout and volt-modding features as wellseries SSD processor. The drive also features SATA-III support as LED load indicators for the voltage adjustment and GPUand OCZ claims that the drive can reach throughput rates of load. In case an overclock is unstable, a handy “safe mode”more than 500 MByte. Also for the IOPS the manufacturer BIOS reset switch can be found at the back that will restore thepromises sky-high numbers. When writing 4 KByte blocks the Matrix GTX 580 Platinum to its factory settingsdrive should be able to hit a whopoing 85000 IOPS. With the Intel Haswell on Track for Release in 2013, Will Sport NewAgility 3 OCZ uses asynchronous NAND Flash and were really Instructions to Boost Wide Range of Appscurious if one can spot this from benchmark results. Description: Intel Corp. earlier this month published theCrucial m4 128GB SATA 6G Solid State Drive Review first details about its next-generation micro-architecture code-Description: Last year Crucial was the only major SSD named Haswell. The forthcoming chips will feature newmanufacturer to offer a SATA III (6Gb) SSD, the RealSSD instructions that accelerate a wide number of applications andC300. When the C300 was first launched you only had two workloads.options to get the most out of the drive; use an expensive RAID Elpida does 4 layer DRAMcontroller capable of SATA 6G speeds or use a motherboard Description: The Japanese memory manufacturer Elpidawith a Marvell SATA 6G controller. Looking back, the Marvell Memory Inc. (TYO:6665) has just announced a newSATA 6G chip was terrible and plagued with several problems interesting mobile memory module. The module is a 4 layerat launch. Over time the SATA bridge chip became better, module that is only 0.8mm thick. It is based on PoP (Packagebut even after several updates the X58 / Marvell combination on Package) technology and consists of 4 low power DDR2still cant deliver the same performance as a native chipset chips that each has a capacity of 2Gb, thus giving the modulesolution. a total capacity of 1GB.MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC Graphics Card Review @ Consumer Electronics and Software NewsOCIA.netDescription: Discrete computer graphics are one of the New VAIO L Series All-in-One desktop PC with 3D displaytoughest markets to keep current with. New graphics cores are from Sonyreleased on a pretty frequent basis from both ATI and NVIDIA Description: Sonys new VAIO L Series All-in-One desktopand with naming schemes that change nearly as often, it can with 3D touchscreen display benefits from a full 1080p highbe difficult to determine where each card stands in relation to definition 24-inch LED backlit multi-touch screen, packs aothers in the same price range. Today we will be taking a look second generation Quad Core Intel Core i7-2720QM processorat the MSI R6850 PE / OC graphics card, a mid-range GPU running at 2.2 GHz supported by 8GB of DDR3 systemthat was launched at the end of last year. Codenamed Barts, memory and is provided with 1TB of 7200RPM HDD storage.this GPU is built on a 40nm process with support for DirectX Theres dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics with11 & Open GL 4.0. Other notable features include HDMI 1.4a 1GB of video memory, S-FORCE 3D Front Surround Sound& DisplayPort 1.2 support as well as AMD Eyefinity multi- technology, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1280 xdisplay technology and CrossfireX support. 1024 resolution HD webcam which includes an Exmor CMOS image sensor and face tracking technology.AMD Radeon HD6850 & HD6950 CrossFire Performance @BmR A better Xbox Live to help Microsoft Windows Phone 7Description: To run todays PC games at high resolutions with Description: With the third major mobile platform up forall the settings maxed out you need a high end video Card, or grabs, Microsoft continues to improve its Windows Phone 7two mid/high end video cards in CrossFire/SLI. The best thing platform, which has seen a lukewarm response so far againstabout CrossFire/SLI is that you dont need to buy both cards Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android systems. Microsoft is bettingat once, meaning you can spread out the cost of a system build, on something it has and rivals don’t however: a thrivingor simply wait until prices drop before you make your second Xbox Live game community that boasts 35 million memberspurchase. Dual video card scaling has come a long way since who average 60 hours per month each on the service. In theits conception, in the early days Crossfire performance wasnt upcoming Mango software update, Microsoft is expanding andalways what it was made out to be. However, our setups show improving the Xbox Live gaming integration in an effort tonear 90% scaling in most of our tests, this is great news for attract more consumers to its mobile handset budget enthusiasts out there as not all of us can afford to HTC EVO 3D Coming to Europe in Julyfork out $600 up front for the latest highest end equipment. Description: One of the most powerful Android-basedIn this article Benchmark Reviews will provide you with our smartphones around, the HTC EVO 3D, is coming to Europeperformance and cost analysis of a HD6850 CrossFire setup this July, HTC has announced. The HTC EVO 3D runs Androidand a HD6950 CrossFire setup. 2.3 (Gingerbread) and packs some mighty hardware: a 1.2 GHzASUS RoG Matrix GTX 580 Platinum 1.5GB DX11 Video Card dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM memory, andReview @Hi Tech Legion a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video chats as well as dual 5-Description: The ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum is part of megapixel cameras for capturing 3D images and videos.the Republic of Gamers line, designed for enthusiasts and Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Surround Headset Review @ Real Worldhardcore overclockers. The ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum Labsis outfitted with a custom cooling solution and equipped 5
  • 37. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Although the overall finish of the P531 Surround downloadable content pack will be made available for free toHeadset by Arctic Sound is certainly not on par with the rest of players for a limited time.the unit still it combines a very good in-game surround soundalong with a somewhat attractive price tag.Slim ASUS Eee PC X101 to hit shelves next month MySpace to axe a third ofDescription: That super thin Eee PC X101 that we manhandled its staff, imminent shutdownback at Computex is just about ready to make its retail debut.Starting in July youll be able to pick up one of these MeeGo- predicted by many Source: crimson clamshells for $199 or, if youre a fan of imminent-shutdown-predicted-by-many/12773.htmldesktop apps, Windows 7 versions (X101H) starting at $310. June 28th, 2011Inside the base model youll find a 1.33GHz, single-core AtomN435, a six-cell battery, and a small SSD (probably of the 16GBvariety). Unfortunately, the two most important details -- canit cut a cake and will it blend -- remain unanswered. Looks like things are definitely not going well for what wasJabra Announces CRUISER2 And EASYCALL Bluetooth formerly the worlds most popular online social networkingHeadsets service. According to information that has been leaked outDescription: Jabra has announced today that they will be from inside sources, the company is currently planning to axelaunching two new Bluetooth headsets, and will both be over a third of its workforce over the coming days, and thatavailable exclusively at AT&T stores. Their first offering will speculations of an imminent shutdown of the once-popularbe the EASYCALL Bluetooth headset, which they claim was online social networking service now runs rampant amongdesigned for users who have not previously used Bluetooth many. Read on to find out more.headsets before. The EASYCALL headset features the ability Facebook may be the de facto online social networking servicefor two devices to be paired with the headset, so if you had a to make use of today for keeping in touch with friends andphone for work, and another for your private life, you will be acquaintances from all over the world , but there are manyable to receive calls from either devices on the headset. This is who will probably hold fond memories for older services whichdefinitely more convenient than having to pair the headset up once held the honor of being the most popular such servicewith another device when you want to use it. available for users until they were soundly dethroned by theNokia N5 with Symbian Anna leaks, N6 and N7 on the way likes of Facebook. And apparently, life after getting dethronedDescription: Nokia is planning one of its first more entry-level from such a position has not been the most rosy for one suchSymbian Anna phones. A new leak Monday has shown the N5 service: MySpace.using a now relatively small touchscreen and a five-megapixelcamera but with a current and even possibly newer interface.The OS seen by GSMArena now has a very MeeGo-like app gridthats likely to help keep consistency between all of the non-Windows phone platforms.Gaming newsChild of Eden Review – Xbox 360Description: Child of Eden is a rhythmic based shooter game.It combines the best of shooters and music to formulate byfar one of the best rhythm games I’ve played so far. You havethe choice of either using the controller OR Kinect. For mind-blowing results, I reccomend the Kinect.New AKB48 Game Puts You Dating in GuamDescription: Last year, AKB48 fans were thrilled with therelease of a AKB48 fan by Namco Bandai for the PlayStationPortable (PSP); they will be thrilled again. Namco Bandai has According to a report published by TechCrunch, an insideconfirmed the sequel and will be titled “AKB1/48: I fell in love source has seemingly confirmed that the company has plansin Guam” to commence yet another massive round of layoffs by as early as tomorrow, with almost 150 members of its 400-strongBrink to Offer its DLC Free for Two Weeks workforce being expected to lose their jobs. And if that is notDescription: Brink has faced an uphill battle since release. bad enough, word has it that yet another 150 more staff willRegardless of how you feel about its merits as a game, online also be laid off, but will be put on a "transition plan" in whichplay -- a major attraction for a shooter like Brink -- has faced they will be allowed to continue working at MySpace for a fewserious issues with lag. A patch was released last month to weeks with pay while they make use of the borrowed timefix them and another is on the way that will further address to search for employment options at other companies. Thisthose problems, improve bot AI, and tweak weapon balance. effectively reduces MySpaces entire workforce to no moreAs a gift to players, Bethesda has announced that the first than a mere 100 employees. 6
  • 38. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLast but definitely not least, TechCrunch also reports that That being said, it seems that Googles upcoming Nexusthe troubled online social networking service, which was once phone will be capable of delivering on that promise, if theconsidered the poster child for such services until the bubble rumors surrounding the devices hardware specifications arepopped, is preparing itself for a sale to another company, an to be believed. According to a report posted by Boy Geniusact that is expected to take place this Friday. Although no Report or BRG, the new phone will reportedly be dubbed theinformation has been leaked out as to which company will Nexus Prime (apparently, the staff over at Google are fansbe MySpaces new owner, rumour has it that Activision is of Transformers), and that it will be shipped with a "vanilla"the most likely candidate to purchase MySpace, and that the firmware of Ice Cream Sandwich that is free of any form ofprice MySpaces new owners are going to pay for the service carrier or OEM customizations.will not come close to the US$100 million pricetag that News However, the real draw of the "Nexus Prime" has got to beCorporation has slapped on it. the hadware that goes into the device; BGR claims that theThat being said, many people will probably remember smartphone will feature a "Super AMOLED HD" display thatMySpace fondly for a variety of reasons, even if it does not boasts a native resolution of 720p, which is almost guaranteeddeserve to come to such an end. As ZDNets Zack Whittaker to be supplied by the likes of Samsung, and that it will beputs it, MySpace was the service which allowed "for dial- Texas Instruments TI OMAP 4460 system-on-a-chip, whichup connected kids to express ourselves in a truly beautiful, features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked athedonistic and open way". 1.5GHz and a 384MHz PowerVR SGX540 GPU, that provides the handsets processing power.Googles next phone to be Last but not least, BGRs report claims that Google may be planning to expand its Nexus product line by working withcalled Nexus Prime? a variety of OEMs and carriers to provide a Nexus-brandedSource: product that is exclusive to each company, and that all thesenexus-prime-/12772.html products may be slated for a launch "at around the same time".June 28th, 2011 In other words, this means that consumers will potentially have access to a wide range of Nexus smartphones from the likes of OEMs such as HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson through various carriers "at practically the same time" on top of the "original" Nexus Prime to choose from for their next smartphone purchase. Now that has to be the best example of how choice is always a good thing, no?Well, look at what the rumour mill has chruned out today.Apparently, sources who privy to Googles plans for its nextNexus-branded smartphone are claiming that the search giant ASRock Launches AMD A75has apparently decided on a name for the new device, and that Chipset Based Motherboardsit will feature a "next-generation" system-on-a-chip or SoC Source: will reportedly be clocked at decently high speeds, along based-motherboards/12764.htmlwith various other features. Read on to find out more. June 28th, 2011 ASRock launches the latest AMD A75 chipset based motherboards which will be available in five different models. Each model will cater for the different needs of various consumers. More details inside.With Google having already launched two Nexus-brandedphones, both of which would later go on to become hugesuccesses on the retail market, it would make sense thatthe search giant will be keen to solidify its position in thesmartphone industry by releasing yet another device to ensurethat its Nexus brand remains well-remembered by consumers.After all, there is no better way to keep ones customerssatisfied by pampering (or rather, tempting) them with newerproducts that promise to deliver significant improvementsover its predecessors. 7
  • 39. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The high end ASRock A75 motherboard, A75 Extreme6 will have three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots which allow up to 3-way CrossFireX. A75 motherboards will also support USB 3.0 and SATA 3, along with a bundled THX TruStudio package allowing great audio experience. MSI Introduces AMD A75 Chipset Based Motherboard Source: based-motherboard/12771.html June 28th, 2011 MSI has introduced their latest AMD A75 chipset based motherboard with MilitaryClass II components, the MSI A75MA-G55. More details inside.ASRock will be offering five different A75 chipset basedmotherboards, A75 Extreme6, A75 Pro4, A75 Pro4-M, A75Mand A75M-HVS. The A75 motherboards will feature the latestAMD Llano APUs as well as FM1 socket processors. The latest32nm AMD APU will feature the AMD Radeon HD65XX/ MSIs new A75MA-G55 motherboard is equipped with MilitaryHD64XX which will deliver DX11 graphics and other features Class II components which are said to be certified by the USsuch as AMD Steady video, which allows correction of blurry Department of Defense. Such components offer the highestonline video to a clearer one. quality and stability to end users which will supposedly allow better overclocking, optimal power consumption, as well as increasing the lifespan of motherboards. The MSI A75 based motherboard feaures USB 3.0, SATA 3 interface as well as Click BIOS and i-Charger. Click BIOS allows one to manipulate the BIOS with the mouse, and supports the booting of hard disk drivers over 2.2TB. i-Charger allows user to freely recharge their Apple iPad anytime after the software is installed and activated. Packed with integrated graphics, it offers DirectX 11 support, Full HD Blu-ray playback and AMD Steady Video. Last but not least, the MSI A75MA-G55 comes in the mATX form factor, which will be a hit amongst HTPC lovers. 8
  • 40. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Making of the Crysis 2 June 28th, 2011DirectX 11 Ultra UpgradeSource: 28th, 2011 Weve already seen plans to AMD to phase out its first generation of both APUs and AM3+ CPUs fairly quickly in favour for some kind of improved models. But what about its current socket AM3 CPUs? Well, it looks like the company isCrytek has published a rather informative "Making of the DX11 planning to phase them out even quicker.Ultra Upgrade for Crysis 2" document on MyCrysis aboutthe graphical improvements and performance optimizationsinvolved in the upgrade. Read more to see them... Also, stay Weve already seen plans to AMD to phase out its firsttuned on VR-Zone for our comprehensive benchmarks, videos generation of both APUs and AM3+ CPUs fairly quickly inand image quality screenshot comparisons for NVIDIA and favour for some kind of improved models. But what about itsAMD Discreet GPUs, APUs and IGPs later today! current socket AM3 CPUs? Well, it looks like the company is planning to phase them out even quicker. The Phenom IIs are the first ones to go as AMD is expecting to have phased them out entirely by Q3, although this might have been shifted by a quarter by now, since as you can see, AMD expected to have both the A-series and the new FX-series out in the market at Q2, while theyre only just making that date for the A-series. That said its fairly certain we can expect the Phenom IIs to be gone by Q4 this year and the Athlon IIs are following the same destiny, although they might still be around early next year in small quantities if theres still demand for them. By Q1 next year, unless of course AMD decided to delay its plans by a quarter, all were left with is the E-series at the entry- level, the A-series as AMDs main product and the FX-series being AMDs enthusiast platform having what AMD seems toAMD plans to phase out its expect, a similar share with the E-series of its total shipments.AM3 Phenom IIs ASAP The current E-series of APUs will also be phased out with the single core E-240 being the first to go in Q4, having beenSource: replaced by the dual core E-300 model in Q3. The E-350phenom-ii-s-asap/12769.html will hang around until Q1 2012, although its more powerful sibling, the E-450 should launch in Q3 as well and its going to be the really interesting part to watch as although its only 50MHz faster it will feature an improved graphics core and support for faster DDR3 1333MHz memory. 9
  • 41. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOn a side note, only AMDs A-series of APUs will support Blu-ray 3D playback, so if youre planning on building an HTPCbased on the E-series, think again if you want to watch Blu-ray3D content. This includes the socket FM1 E2-3200 as well, butoverall its a minor consideration for most consumers.Most FM1 motherboards getpriced, in EuropeSource: 28th, 2011Thursday is the official launch of AMDs desktop Llanoplatform, but it seems like the motherboard partners andonline retailers are in a hurry, as most boards have alreadyappeared online for sale, at least in some parts of the world.Weve managed to dig up some pricing of boards from ASRock,Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, all on sale in Europe, but most likelyin other parts of the world as well. Whats somewhat surprising is that the only two APUs that will be available at launch as far as were aware, the A6-3650 and the A8-3850 cost about the same as the high-end A75Thursday is the official launch of AMDs desktop Llano chipset motherboards with the A6-3650 currently listed forplatform, but it seems like the motherboard partners and around €108 (S$192) and the A8-3850 for around €130 (Sonline retailers are in a hurry, as most boards have already $230). That said, with a basic board costing very reasonableappeared online for sale, at least in some parts of the world. money, whos complaining as even the really stripped downWeve managed to dig up some pricing of boards from ASRock, ASRock A75M-HVS has both USB 3.0 and HDMI connectivity,Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, all on sale in Europe, but most likely although it doesnt have much else, but this is still good enoughin other parts of the world as well. for a lot of people.We wont be giving you all the specs of the different models This is also why we believe AMD will have a good chance withhere, were going to stick with model name and price in Euro its Fusion platform, despite a lot of naysayers out there. True,and S$ and weve put it all in a simple to read table. Do note AMD is not going to be able to compete with Intel on raw CPUthat we found prices for the last two models from ASRock and performance, but were looking at a vastly cheaper platformAsus, but they were too far out of line with the other models, with superior graphics performance. The biggest problem forso we didnt include them. AMD is to get this message out to consumers while not running into any roadblocks placed in its way by a certain competitor that has been known to do such things in the past. As always, time will be the judge when it comes to how successful or not AMD will be this time around, but for the general mainstream market, AMD does at least in theory have a winner on its hands. Crysis 2: Worlds First DirectX 11 Video, Benchmarks & Screenshots Source: benchmarks--screenshots/12763.html June 28th, 2011 10
  • 42. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe long-awaited DirectX 11 update to Crysis 2 has finallyarrived. Look inside for benchmarks, videos and screenshotsgalore to see Crysis 2 in its full glory! Dont forget to check backtomorrow for further updates, including benchmarks of AMDcards and CPU scaling! (Now with 1080p video! - link)Crysis 2 was released three months back to somedisappointment. Despite a generally warm reception on thegameplay front, Crysis 2 was neither the eye-candy fest nor thegraphics card torture test some were hoping for. If you recall,Crysis was the definitive real-world torture test back in its day.For quite some time after its release, even the most powerfulsystems struggled to run Crysis at maximum detail.Crysis 2s lack of graphical oomph was mainly due to missingDirectX 11 support at launch, which meant that Crysis 2could not take advantage of the latest technologies such astessellation. Fortunately, Crytek promised to add DirectX 11support in a future patch, and, three months later, it has madegood on its promise. With DirectX 11, it looks like Crysis 2 can finally assume itsTrust us when we say that Crysis 2 looks darn good with rightful place as the new Crysis. Check out the next page forDirectX 11. In fact, it might just be reason enough to play the some image quality comparisons.Crysis 2 single-player campaign all over again. See for yourselfin the video below:To get DirectX 11 working on your copy of Crysis 2, youll firstly ASUS Eee Pad Transformerneed the 1.9 patch. After that, grab the DirectX 11 patch (64-bitWindows required). If you want to stress your graphics card Review: Android tablet thateven further, dont forget to download the High-Res Texture offers no deceptionPatch. In total youll need three files for the maximum eye- Source: possible: android-tablet-that-offers-no-deception/12655.html June 28th, 2011 • 1.9 Patch • DirectX 11 Patch (requires 64-bit Windows) • High-Res Texture Patch (optional)Hit MyCrysis for all the above files.Of course, youre also going to need a souped up system to run When it comes to the term "Transformer", most users wouldat maximum settings. We benchmarked Crysis 2 with a system associate it with either the electrical device that transferscomprising a Intel Core i7-965 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 580. energy from one circuit to another, or the popular cartoon and movie. And if you have followed the news, it looks like ASUS has named their new Android tablet device the Eee Pad Transformer. So, how good and how different is this tablet as compared to the competition? Find out inside. 11
  • 43. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTablets are gaining popularity and it is not surprising to see Rumours may be a good source of information at times, butmany manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon with their there can also be cases whereby certain rumours may betablet devices, whereby most are based on the Google Android nothing more than hoaxes with the potential to adversely affectoperating system, while some are on the Microsoft Windows 7 the reputation of individual people or even huge companies.OS. Renowned Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS is also getting And in this case, the unfortunate victim of a recent rumour isinto the market with their latest Eee Pad Transformer. The none other than Twitter, who is currently finding itself at the10.1-inch Eee Pad Transformer is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 middle of a little controversy over claims that it intends to startdual-core processor and runs the new Android 3.1 Honeycomb charging Japanese users for its services.operating system. Our review unit came with Android 3.0, butan update was available whereby it was updated to 3.1 throughthe air.But it isnt only the tablets solid feel, stylish design andspecifications that makes the Eee Pad Transformer stands outfrom the rest. Apparently, ASUS has forged a unique keyboarddocking station that turns the tablet into a mobile contentcreation device. Before we move on, heres a summary of the Eee PadTransformer specifications:- Would you pay to use Twitters services? Well, as outlandish ASUS Eee Pad Transformer as it might sound, that was the question which many JapaneseCPU Nvidia Tegra 2 (dual-core) twitters found themselves asking after word broke out thatMemory 1GB the company was seemingly in the midst of planning toScreen 10.1-inch IPS scratch- charge its Japanese user base for the right to utilize its resistant glass services. And apparently, this rumour had gathered so muchDisplay Resolution 1280x800 momentum that the company had to step in and issue an official announcement that any claims of Twitter intending toStorage 16GB/32GB + Unlimited levy some sort of fees for the right to utilize its services are ASUS WebStorage nothing more than a hoax, and should not be believed.Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR According to an article published by ITMedia, "information"Camera 1.2MP front, 5MP autofocus of Twitters supposed plans to start charging its Japanese rear user base first broke out when users stumbled upon a well- crafted story in Uncyclopedia. Apparently, the article allegedSensor G-sensor, light sensor, that Twitters CEO was upset at the fact that Japanese Twitter gyroscope, users were consuming so much bandwidth that the "fail whale" E-compass, GPS error screen was becoming a common occurrence in the LandInterface 2-in-1 audio jack of the Rising Sun, and that the situation was made much worse (headphone/mic), by the recent earthquake that leveled much of Northern Japan. microSD card reader, mini The Uncyclopedia article also goes on to claim that Twitters HDMI, CEO did not take very kindly to how Japanese users wereBattery 9.5 hrs / 16 hrs with dock using Twitter as a tool for various tasks such as marketingPlatform Android 3.1 Honeycomb and sharing information about local celebrities in the wake ofDimensions 270 x 180 x 13mm the natural disaster, even going as far as to claim that TwitterWeight 680g has been reduced to a "stupid discovery machine" (machine translation). And apparently, the companys response to such alleged dissatisfaction with its user base was to start charging users for Twitters services to prevent consumer abuse, withTwitter shoots down rumours the most recent update to the Uncyclopedia article seemingly "confirming" the fact that Twitter will commence operationsthat it intends to charge for its as a pay-to-use service come July, where consumers will beservices in Japan charged at various rates, depending on the number of tweets they send out.Source: 28th, 2011 12
  • 44. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNeedless to say, this piece of "news" was not well received bythe Japanese, although the good news is that Twitter has sincestepped in to squash the "news" as being nothing more thana hoax, and that Twitters services will remain free-to-use forall Japanese. Then again, this just goes to show how powerfulunsubstantiated rumors can be, even if they originate fromsources that have been known to be extremely unreliable. Afterall, whoever gets their news from a site like Uncyclopedia?ECS Makes A75 MotherboardsOfficial; ATX & micro-ATXmodels detailedSource: 28th, 2011 We previously previewed the A75F-A, which belongs to the enthusiast-oriented Black Deluxe series. The A75F-M has similar features but only has one PCIe x16 slot. The A75F-M2 will be the cheapest model, possessing only two DIMM slotsDetails of A75 motherboards have been leaking worse than and 6-channel audio.Deepwater Horizon, but today motherboard makers havefinally gone official. ECS has lined up three motherboards for Model Chipset Supported SpecificationFormuse with A-series desktop APUs. Specifications and pictures CPU Factorafter the break. A75F-A AMD AMD A- 4xDDR3, ATXWith just days to go before desktop Llanos official release, ECS (Black Hudson D3 series APU 4xUSB 3.0,has announced its A75 motherboard lineup. Currently, there Deluxe) 5xSATAare two micro-ATX boards and a single ATX model. 6.0Gb/s, 1xeSATA 6.0Gb/s, 1xPCIex16, HDMI/ DVI/D-Sub 8-Ch HD Audio with S/PDIF A75F-M 4xDDR3, Micro-ATX 4xUSB 3.0, 6xSATA 6.0Gb/s, 1xPCIex16, HDMI/ DVI/D- Sub, 8-Ch HD Audio 13
  • 45. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone with S/ ECS Black Deluxe A75F-A, A75F-M and A75F-M2 PDIF all support the latest AMD A series APU with AMDA75F-M2 2xDDR3, Hudson D3 chipset and AMD FM-1 socket. With native 4xUSB 3.0, USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s powered by AMD Hudson 6xSATA D3 chipset, ECS A75 series represents the official 6.0 Gb/s, arrival of new age of high transportation speed, and 1PCIex16, that USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s have also officially HDMI/ become the basic equipment for every computer. DVI(Optional)/ The Latest AMD Fusion TM A Series APU Platform D-Sub, 6-Ch HD Supporting the latest AMD FusionTM A series APU Audio means that ECS A75 series has great graphics abilityIn addition to the standard A75 repertoire of SATA 6Gbps to support DirectX 11, UVD 3 and all provide at leastand USB 3.0, ECS is also advertising their unique applications two outputs of HDMI and D-Sub(VGA). ECS A75 serieswhich include EZ Charger, eDLU, eBLU and MIB III. motherboards all supply ECS unique applications: EZ Charger/eDLU/eBLU/MIB III for users to experience the convenient using environment. Last but not least, all A75 series motherboards have anti-static (ESD) protect, ensure the durability of your computer to keep your motherboard safe from electrostatic damage. About ECS The Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has been a pioneer in designing and manufacturing computer motherboards since 1987. Today, the motherboard maker also designs and manufactures desktop PCs, notebooks, servers, motherboards, video cards, wireless solutions and handheld devices for distributors worldwide. Headquartered in Taiwan with operations in North America, Europe and China, Korea and Japan, ECS also has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified manufacturing facilities in China.See the full press release below: For more information, please visit ECS at ECS Presents A75 Series, the Latest AMD Fusion TM APU Platform to Color Your Vision. Taipei, Taiwan, June, 2011 – Elitegroup Computer Asus unveils a pair of AMD Systems (ECS) introduces the latest AMD based motherboard series – ECS Black Deluxe A75F-A, A75 Llano motherboards Source: and ECS mainstream series A75F-M and A75F-M2 motherboards/12759.html motherboards. ECS A75 series motherboards powered June 28th, 2011 by AMD Hudson D3 chipset support the latest AMD A series APU. One More Black Deluxe Member, A75F-A As one of the ECS Black Deluxe series, ECS A75F- A has passed 50? burn test, presenting high quality and unbelievable durability. ECS Black Deluxe A75F- A also equips with complete expansion slots from PCI Not to be one upped by the competition, Asus has also Express 2nd generation x16, x4 to PCI 1st generation announced some of its AMD A75 motherboards for AMDs for users to enlarge the power of yours computers upcoming Llano APUs which are launching later this week. with every possibility. To match the amazing graphics Both of Asus first models are full-size ATX boards and theyre power of APU, ECS A75F-A has full video output quite similar, but the boards arent without differences. Click options: HDMI/DVI/D-Sub with optical audio output on through to check out some high-res pictures of the two for you to enjoy the ultimate entertainment moment. boards and for the full specs. The High Speed Transportation Era Not to be one upped by the competition, Asus has also announced some of its AMD A75 motherboards for AMDs 14
  • 46. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneupcoming Llano APUs which are launching later this week. headers for eight USB 2.0 ports and one header for a serialBoth of Asus first models are full-size ATX boards and theyre port. Both boards also have two additional 4-pin fan headers,quite similar, but the boards arent without differences. Click a one regular 3-pin one and of course switches and buttons foron through to check out some high-res pictures of the two Asus EPU, TPU and MemOK features.boards and for the full specs.Lets start with the model names, the more basic model of thetwo and by basic we merely mean that its the less feature richof the two, we have the F1A75-V PRO and this is followed bythe slightly feature richer F1A75-V EVO. The main differencebetween the boards is the slot layout; in fact it appears to bethe only difference between the two models. The rear I/O is full to the brim with ports as well which consists of a PS/2 port, four USB 3.0 ports (two via an ASMedia controller and two via the chipset), two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out and all four display interfaces, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Both boards also feature an 8-phase PWM design and a very flat and long heatpipe that connects theThe F1A75-V PRO features a pair of x16 PCI Express slot, chipset heatsink to the MOSFET heatsink.although the second slot only has four lanes worth ofbandwidth, two x1 PCI Express slots and three PCI slots. Onthe other hand the F1A75-V EVO packs three x16 PCI Expressslots where the first slot is a x16 slot that operates in dual x8mode together with the second slot, while the third slot is nowa x4 slot. The board also has two x1 PCI Express slots and twoPCI slots. Overall were looking at a pair of competent desktop boards here, but we have a feeling that many DIY:ers are waiting for mATX and mini-ITX boards to appear before taking the jump to the new Fusion platform from AMD. No word on pricing as yet, but with the launch taking place on Thursday this week, it wont be long until well find out.Common features include seven SATA ports, six from the A75chipset and one from an ASMedia SATA 6Gbps controller, apin-header for two front USB 3.0 ports (from the chipset), four 15
  • 47. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone refresh the Galaxy S II with faster and more powerful hardwareFacebook Has Reached 750 to ensure that the smartphone remains well-equipped to takeMillion Users on the needs of smartphone users.Source: 28th, 2011Just months before, Facebook reached their 500 million usersmilestone. However, the social network doesn’t stop there andstill piled on having more users. According to a source close tothe company, Facebook’s user count has just passed the 750million mark though the company has not come out to confirmthe figure. Probably it is holding until it reaches the 1 billionuser point before it makes another official announcement.Despite the increase in numbers, Facebook faces some signs According to a blog post made on the SamsungHub website,of troubles, particularly in countries where Facebook was sources who are familiar with Samsungs plans claim that theadopted quickly. The site "Inside Facebook" reported that Korean electronics giant is preparing to furnish the new Galaxythe company has lost approximately 6 million users in the S II smartphones with a more powerful 1.4GHz processor (theU.S. and about 1.5 million users in Canada during the current S IIs processor currently tops out at a clock speed ofmonth of May this year. The report said that the social 1.2GHz). In addition, the post goes on to claim that it is quitenetwork is still growing in members throughout the world, likely that the newer Galaxy S IIs RAM will remain unchangedbut not in established markets like the U.S., Canada, U.K. at 1GB, although the smartphone will be given a more updatedand Russia. The gains are reportedly coming from countries firmware in the form of version 2.3.4 of the Android operatinglike Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil and Mexico, where system, as opposed to the current S II, which is preloaded withFacebook was introduced later. v2.3.3. That being said, there is some dispute as to whetherSamsung to update Galaxy S II the new phone will retain the "Galaxy" branding that most consumers have come to know and appreciate aswith faster hardware? far as Samsungs premium smartphones are concerned.Source: Apparently, the sources believe that Samsungw new phone,faster-hardware-/12758.html which will compete with the iPhone 5 upon the latters release,June 28th, 2011 could either reuse the "Galaxy" and "S II" branding, or ditch both in favor of a yet-unannounced name. Furthermore, SamsungHubs source, which goes by the name of SamFirmware is also claiming that the new 1.4GHz processor which will used in the phone is most likely to be Samsungs very own upgraded Exynos system-on-a-chip (SoC), although we will not be surprised if Samsung puts inWith Apples iPhone 5 expected to be headed for a September orders for other chips of similar performance to meet thelaunch this year, it should be of little surprise that competing high demand for its devices. After all, this is precisely whatOEMs will be attempting to raise the stakes by ensuring the company has done with the current Galaxy S II, whichthat their products are ready to take on Apples offerings is known to be powered by both its own Exynos SoC andwhen the big day arrives. And based on information we have NVIDIAs Tegra 2 SoC.been receiving from various online outlets, it seems thatSamsungs plan to go up against Apple will be centered aroundperformance, as word has it that the Korean electronics giant Mitsubishi announces newis planning to refresh its new Galaxy S II smartphone withfaster, more porwerful processors come August or September HDTV with built-in Blu-ray andthis year. hard disk recorderWell, that certainly did not take very long. While Samsungs Source: S II smartphone may have been launched for retail built-in-blu-ray-and-hard-disk-recorder/12757.htmlonly recently, it is clear that the Korean electronics giant is notabout to bide its time and wait for the competition to catch upto it anytime soon. And based on what the rumor mill has beenchurning out, it seems that Samsung is already planning to 16
  • 48. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 28th, 2011 up a functional home theatre setup (save for the addition of surround speakers) right out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has not released any information as to whether it will be releasing the REAL LCD-22BLR500 for sale outside of its own domestic Japanese market. That being said, if that is not going to deter you from importing one overWhile some people may prefer to build up every aspect of their somehow, you might be interested to know that the device willhome theatre setup with individual, standalone components in be made available for retail on July 21 at the price of 100,000order exercise as much control over the hardware as possible, yen (approx US$1,238).there will always be others who prefer the convenience ofhaving everything baked into a single device so that the initialsetup is nothing short of a breeze. And leave it to Mitsubishi Transdroid torrent managerto take the concept of an all-in-one system which consists of gets shown the door froma HDTV that comes with various bells and whistles, such as abuilt-in Blu-ray and hard disk recorder, among others. Read Android Marketon to find out more. Source: shown-the-door-from-android-market/12756.htmlFor most people, the act of building up ones very own June 28th, 2011home theatre setup out of various individual components issomething which many will aspire to do at least once in theirlife, except that the high cost involved in doing so, especiallywhere time and real estate is concerned, can be high enough todeter all but the more enthusiastic consumers. However, if youare the kind of consumer who is willing to pay good money fora more convenient solution, chances are you will have much Google may be known for taking a very laid-back attitudeto love about Mitsubishis new LCD television, which is clearly over apps that are submitted for download on its Androiddesigned to cater to the needs of such audiences. Market app repository, but it seems that there are lines which even the search giant are loathe to cross, especially when copyright infringement is involved. And it seems that the victim of Googles tough stance on copyright infringement is the Transdroid torrent manager, which was recently shown the door from the Android Market after having occupied a spot there for two years.According to the official press release issued by Mitsubishi, theREAL LCD-22BLR500 is an all-in-one package which consists Torrent management apps have always been able to occupyof a 22-inch HD television set that comes bundled with a a spot in Googles Android Market app repository withoutvariety of other appliances built into the device. Indeed, the getting harassed over claims of copyright infringement,real biggest of the REAL LCD-22BLR500s package comes simply because of their very nature as tools which servefrom the fact that Mitsubishi has managed to cram in not only to facilitate peer-to-peer sharing of digital content via thea digital TV tuner, but a Blu-ray recorder that features a 500GB BitTorrent protocol, and were never designed with thehard disk and boasts support for AVCREC. intention to serve as tools in carrying out acts of copyrightIn addition, Mitsubishi claims that the REAL LCD-22BLR500 infringement. However, it seems that the status quo mightalso comes bundled with support for a variety of standard soon be changed, for word has it that Google has just droppedfeatures most people will expect to see on HDTVs, such as a very popular torrent management app by the name ofthe inclusion of an Ethernet port for online connectivity, Transdroid from the Android Market over claims of "violationsalong with a built-in SD card reader and a USB port for in the content policies of publishing in the Android Market".media playback via external storage devices. This essentially According to developer Erik Kok, Transdroid was issued ameans that users of the REAL LCD-22BLR500 are unlikely notice by Google some time last week, where he was informedto require the purchase of any additional peripherals to set that Google would be taking down both the free and paid version of Transdroid over the apps failure to conform to the 17
  • 49. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesearch giants Developer Content Policy. However, Googledid not make any mention of the specific policy the app LG rolls out Easy Homeis in violation of, instead merely asking that Transdroids service for senior smartphonedevelopers "review the Content Policies and Business andProgram Policies before creating or uploading additional users in Koreaapplications". Source: senior-smartphone-users-in-korea/12755.html June 28th, 2011 For most people, the act of getting used to how a smartphone works and feels is usually as easy as taking candy from a baby; unfortunately, the same cannot be said for olderConsidering how Transdroid was already present on the people who are likely to experience a great deal of difficultyAndroid Market for two years before it was officially shown the with the smaller font and unfamiliar icons that are nowdoor last week, speculations are rife as to why Google would considered mainstream on a smartphone. And this is whereopt to take action against Transdroid only now and not when it LG steps in to assist those older folks with their migrationwas first published for download on the Android Market. Some to todays technology with the use of its Easy Home service.people, along with the popular torrent news website known Read on to find out more about LGs Easy Home service foras TorrentFreak, are suggesting that Transdroids developers smartphones...made a grave mistake by uploading screenshots of the app For most of us, getting used to the way a smartphone isbeing used to download copyrighted material, a move which supposed to be operated is usually a walk in the park; after all,Google would clearly interpret as one which suggests that most smartphones boast a near universal style when it comesTransdroid facilitates copyright infringement. To back its to presenting the user interface, and the fact that our eyesightclaim, TorrentFreak has pointed out that torrent management has not started failing yet means that we can easily makeapps have always been able to reside in the Android Market out even the smallest-sized fonts without having to squint toowithout any form of harassment for the longest time, and even much.Cydia for iOS takes a very strong stance on content that may However, for most senior citizens and first-time smartphonebe perceived as helping to promote the act of infringing on users who have grown accustomed to the way things werecopyrighted material. done back in the days of feature phones, those features are very real obstacles which are actively preventing them from hopping onto the smartphone bandwagon and enjoying the benefits brought about by the rapid advancement of mobile phone technology. And this is where LG comes in with its new Easy Home software service, which is aimed at making life good for consumers who are affected by the aforementioned issues.That being said, there is still some good news for fans ofTransdroid: apparently, Kok will be putting up the sourcecode for the app up for download on the Trandroid homepage, while those who are looking for the standalone APK forinstallation will be provided with a link to the Google Codesite, where the APK currently resides. Last but not least, Kokhas also confirmed that he will be happy to work with Googleto produce a version of Transdroid which will conform to theAndroid Markets policies, so do keep hitting up the Market tocheck for its availability if you strongly believe in downloadingapps only from Androids official app repositories. 18
  • 50. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Nokia Windows Phone 7 "Sea Ray" Leaked Source: leaked/12754.html June 28th, 2011 Nokia unveiled the N9, the companys first MeeGo device, at the Nokia Connection in Singapore last week. And not long after, the Finnish companys internal presentation was leaked, including a Windows Phone 7 smartphone codenamed "Sea Ray". Nokias CEO Stephen Elop had recently unveiled the device codenamed "Sea Ray" at an internal event. The Sea Ray is a smartphone based on Microsofts Windows Phone 7, though itAccording to the official press release posted on LGs home resembles the N9 which was showcased at Nokia Connectionpage, the new Easy Home service, when installed into a last week, and also at the companys booth in CommunicAsiacompatible LG smartphone, will assist users in the UI 2011 in Singapore. There are some differences though - thedepartment by providing users with a more simplified layout physical camera button isnt available on the N9, but for thefor the Home screen. In addition, LG claims that Easy Home Windows Phone 7 Sea Ray, it is placed on the right hand sidewill also increase the size of the icons used in the smartphones of the phone. It will also feature the same 8-megapixel cameraUI by 50% more, while font sizes will be also be upscaled by as with Carl Zeiss lens as well as 1GHz processor with 512 MBmuch as 30% to ensure that users with poor eyesight can see RAM. According to some of the leaked images, the rear of thethe text on the device without much difficulty. phone looks similar to the N9 apart from the placement of the dual LED flash. Needless to say, the Sea Ray is running theIn addition to the size tweaks, LG has also confirmed that latest Windows Phone 7.5, which is more commonly known asEasy Home will redesign the icons used in the Home screen the Mango update.and app drawer so that they resemble their feature phonecounterparts instead, ostensibly to help new users quicklyacquaint themselves with the smartphone equivalents of theirfavorite features, as can be seen from the image above.Easy Home is currently available for both the LG Optimus2X (SU660) and LG Optimus Black (KU9900) smartphones,although LG claims that there are plans to bring the serviceover to the recently-launched LG Optimus Big (LU6800) aswell. In addition, the company has revealed that it has plansto "expand the program", so it is possible that future LG-branded smartphones may also gain access to the service.Unfortunately, Easy Home is currently a Korea-only service,and LG has not commented on whether there will ever a globalversion of the service for consumers residing in other parts ofthe world. Oh well. 19
  • 51. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The CPU core of the A8-3850 was overclocked from 2.9GHz toPerformance preview of 3.38GHz in this specific case running on a 22.5x multiplier atGigabytes A75M-UD2H and a 150MHz bus while being feed 1.48V. Note that the CPU was still going faster The IGP was overclocked from 600MHz toAMD A8-3850 APU 900MHz at stock Voltage. In all fairness some rather extremeSource: memory was fitted in the system which consisted of a paira75m-ud2h-and-amd-a8-3850-apu/12753.html of G.Skill modules running at 2,400MHz CL9-11-9-27, butJune 28th, 2011 keep in mind that these were 1600MHz CL6 modules that were overclocked. Finally a 64GB Kingston SSD and a Zalman CNPS11X Extreme CPU cooler rounded off the system. Thats some pretty impressive stuff, but with better cooling AMDs APUs can be pushed even faster. Do keep in mind that the video wasnt recorded under ideal conditions and as mentioned above, it can perform even better. However, weveAlthough we cant publish any actual benchmarks as yet, what left out one little mention; while the APU was running Crysiswe have for you is a quick preview of Gigabytes upcoming 2 it was also running Linpack (LinX 0.6.4) on two of the CPUA75M-UD2H motherboard alongside AMDs A8-3850 APU cores so in fact youre looking at only half of the CPU powerrunning Crysis 2 with a bit of a twist, or two. Click on through available for the game to play and this is why the four cores arefor a short video and some details on how to overclock an APU. nearly maxed out during the demo run in the video. So ok, Crysis 2 was “only” running in 1280x800 resolution, butAlthough we cant publish any actual benchmarks as yet, what how often have you seen an IGP that can play the latest gamewe have for you is a quick preview of Gigabytes upcoming titles at a playable frame rate? AMD isnt going to beat Intel inA75M-UD2H motherboard alongside AMDs A8-3850 APU terms of CPU performance with Llano, but the entire packagerunning Crysis 2 with a bit of a twist, or two. Click on through is very impressive and we can see this becoming a huge hit withfor a short video and some details on how to overclock an APU. the mainstream consumer, as they get a more than capable CPU core paired with an IGP that will actually allow them toIn all fairness, we didnt do the overclocking, but well let you pretty much everything theyd want to, at an affordable priceguess who did it, but if you have a look at the video youll see level. Marketed right, AMD could easily take over the entry-Crysis 2 running on AMDs A8-8350 APU at 30-40fps. The run level and mainstream market space from Intel, but well haveis only using the built in Radeon HD 6550D GPU, although to wait and see some real benchmarks before we draw any finalneither is running at stock speed. To the story goes that we conclusions.saw the setup hitting 60fps, but the system wasnt 100 percentstable with the air cooler used and as such we werent able tograb any video of this. CommunicAsia / BroadcastAsia 2011: Booth Babes and Exhibitors Source: booth-babes-and-exhibitors/12710.html June 28th, 2011 Today, we visited CommunicAsia 2011 with various indistries showcasing their products and technologies. However, It is no surprise that with every trade show or event, there is a certain warmth in the midst of cold hardware. And they are the booth babes and exhibitors of CommunicAsia 2011. They carry a lovely smile to to the attendees and visitors, bringing up the mood of the event. CommunicAsia 2011 is held for the first time in Marina Bay Sands which begins on June 21 - 24 and will feature a comprehensive range of technologies from backhaul network, systems integration to software and applications to the end users. 20
  • 52. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn this article however, we look at the lovely booth babes andsweet-smiling exhibitors that brings a certain warmth to theevent. whoa! Chinese zither performance"we are hiring!" - Dinglicom 21
  • 53. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone2 sweet lookng ladies from Sumitomo Electric Industries ir.deta booth babes welcoming you to their hospitality suiteSmile ! 22
  • 54. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone a showcase of ntt docomo servicesntt docomo. lovely red 3 ladies in black from Atrium not booth babes but hardworking guides of CommunicAsia 2011 The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 24 June 2011 Source: june-2011/12751.html June 28th, 2011ntt docomo again... In todays news roundup: TechSpot has shortlisted a total of six sub-US$200 gaming PC cases which it claims are capable of capturing the attention of most gamers who have a slightly tighter budget where their PCs hardware is concerned; Seagate has officially launched its new Momentus Thin line of mechanical hard disks for tablets, which it 23
  • 55. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneclaims are the worlds first ultra-thin hard disks to boast a Lightning series and then during Computex re-releasing themaximum height of 7mm; BAPCos woes do not appear to GTX 580 in 3GB form also under the Lightning series; butbe disappearing anytime soon, considering how it has just in this case it was the Lightning Xtreme Edition. Someonesuffered yet another setback in the form of NVIDIA and else has done something with the GTX 580, but I cant reallyVIA Technologies Inc announcing their resognation from the remember who; its probably got something to do with theconsortium, citing conerns about SYSmark2012s outdated fact we havent seen it. Anyway, the latest company to go allmethod for measuring performance as the main cause; Telstra out with the model is ASUS with it getting the ROG MATRIXhas reportedly confirmed that the Gingerbread update for the treatment. Imagine a facial with an electric sander to makeold HTC Desire smartphone is a go, but that it will come at the everything smooth. Its big, its fat, its got lots of extra buttonsprice of losing the popular Sense UI that has been a distinctive and it looks powerful. Today we intend to find out if it performsfeature available on all HTC-branded smartphones; Word has as good as it looks, because oh does it looks that the reported Diablo 3 "external beta" will be revealed Gaming Case Roundup: Six Sub-$200 Choicesto the public on the first of August this year, and Yet another Description: With dozens of affordable, well-equippedtrailer of Black Rock Shooter: The Game has been released desktop cases begging for your cash, it can be a nightmareonline, with this one showing off the gameplay aspects of the to find the right one for your needs. Hoping to simplify yourtitle. building experience, weve assembled a shortlist of six uniqueHardware news sub-$200 enthusiast chassis that deserve your attention. Included in our roundup is BitFenixs flagship ColossusArctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II @ Madshrimps Venom Edition, and their new budget Shinobi mid-tower. TheDescription: Arctic , previously known as Arctic Cooling has Cooler Master Storm Enforcer and the highly acclaimed HAFa long reputation in creating silent yet very powerfull cooling X making an appearance in Nvidia-green. Rounding up thecomponents. This all at an afforcable price. Most known are review is Lian Lis LanCool PC-K63 chassis and Thermaltakesthe versatile GPU coolers. Versatile as most models can be Chaser MK-1.used on a wide range of reference PCBs. This being it ATI/AMD or Nvidia based. Today we received their brand new Seagate Announces Hard Drives For Tabletsrevised version of the Accelero Extreme Plus. Well you guessed Description: Seagate officially launched its new Momentusit this slightly revamped version is called the Plus II. Victim of Thin line of HDDs in conjunction with the introduction of thethe day is our hot GTX480 Fermi card. Easily reaching over upcoming ARCHOS 80 G9 8-inch tablet and the ARCHOS 10180°C in gaming and close to meltdown when being tortured G9 10.1-inch tablet, both of which will feature a Momentuswith Furmark Thin drive. The company is promoting the new HDD line as the "worlds first" ultra-thin 2.5-inch hard drives for ultraASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review @ Legit portables including tablets and slim laptops.ReviewsDescription: ASUS has a long history of great performing Consumer Electronics and Software Newsmotherboards. Hopefully the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sandberg StreetBlaster Stereo Headset Review @ Real Worldmotherboard will continue that history. The ASUS Sabertooth Labsis the first ASUS AM3+ motherboard to come across the Description: Thanks to its massive 57mm speaker drivers theLegit Reviews test bench. Featuring support for the up and audio clarity and bass levels of the Sandberg StreetBlastercoming "Bulldozer" Octo-core processors as well as many Stereo Headset easily make it one of the best entry to mid-endother features it looks like it will be a great motherboard! Are music oriented headsets we have ever used.the looks going to be deceiving? Read on to find out! Nvidia, Via Technologies Confirm Quitting BAPCo.ASUS EAH5550 Review @ ocaholic Description: Nvidia Corp. and Via Technologies confirmed onDescription: With the EAH5550 ASUS has AMDs low end Thursday that they had quit BAPCo (Business Applicationsproduct in its portfolio that comes with PCB layout made Performance Corp.) due to disagreements over the scoringby ASUS themselves. This card is based on the RV870 system of SYSmark2012 which does not take graphics cardsarchitecture which has been fully reworked for the entry role into account while measuring performance in applicationslevel market. Never the less were curious how this thing will that are considered by many as outdated.perform in our benchmark parcours. For a small teaser: thiscard proves quite decent and overclocking was a lot of fun. Acer Iconia A500 - Honeycomb on a Budget Description: Next in our series of Honeycomb tablet reviewsIntel 510 Series 250GB SSD Review on Technic3D (German) is the Acer Iconia Tab A500. The A500 was the secondDescription: The Intel 510 Series SSD 250GB arrived Honeycomb tablet to go on sale, and is one of four onTechnic3D. Available in 120GB and 250GB configurations. the market at present, all of which are very similar. TheyResults in extreme performance with up to 500 MB/s share basic specs—10.1” 1280x800 displays, NVIDIA’s Tegrasequential read and 315 MB/s sequential write speeds? We 2 underhood, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, 16-64GB onboard NAND,will check this and more against the SSDs from Corsair, OCZ, front and rear facing cameras with HD video capture, basicWestern Digital and G.Skill. wireless connectivity options, and stock versions of AndroidASUS MATRIX GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Platinum OC’ed 3.0/3.1 Honeycomb (albeit with different preloaded softwareVideo Card Review packages). The hardware similarities makes things like designDescription: Over the last few months weve seen MSI do some and price that much more important, and the latter is wherewonderful things to the GTX 580, releasing the model into its Acer seemed to have an edge. 24
  • 56. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsung seems confused about Chromebook Description: One of the greatest PC games ever has goneDescription: Having seen a bit of guff on Chromebooks before, free. Team Fortress 2 is now available on Steam at zero pricewe had to admit that two blokes wearing suits did not seem beginning today. The F2P announcement comes as part of theto fit the description of what one would look like. Neither “Über Update” released today, it is the largest content packdid it fit the somewhat vague description in the release. delivered to TF2 since it shipped in 2007Apparently the Chromebook is powered by an "Intel DualCore". It is not clear if this was a Yonah, Allendale, Merom-2M,Wolfdale-3M, Penryn-3M or something more modern which Hackers successfully unlockwas not discontinued in 2010. We know they are supposed tobe dumb terminals, but surely Chromebooks are not going to Atrix 4Gs bootloader, thanksbe that dumb. to Motorola Source: Android flirtations revealed bootloader-thanks-to-motorola/12750.htmlDescription: We dont know if this device is "super June 28th, 2011confidential" or not, but weve just come across yet anotherNokia N9 lookalike with a non-MeeGo operating system onboard. Well, it looks that way, anyhow. Theres no way to verifythat the Android homescreen we see above is a legitimateGingerbread installation and not a mere screenshot (theresolution looks all wrong, for one thing), but the source ofthis image is the same Chinese fellow that posted a picture ofNokias Windows Phone prototype, the Sea Ray, way back in Most people will be fully aware that Motorola used to adopt anMay, so were inclined to believe hes got an inside line on these "anti-hacker" strategy for its Android-powered smartphonesthings. Additionally, the undersized Android UI elements on by securing them with various tamperproof mechanisms,the screen actually encourage us to believe that this is indeed a such as locking the bootloader and futher restricting accessNokia testing device -- if we were going to fake something like to it by implementing the dreaded eFuse system. However,this, wed use a regular screen grab for our tomfoolery -- and Motorola fans, expecially users of the new Atrix smartphone,Stephen Elop has openly admitted that Nokia spent a couple of will probably be gratified to know that things appear to bewild seconds contemplating a switch to Android. Well, folks, changing for the better, thanks to a chance discovery madeheres what that alternate future might have looked like. by the hacker community about the companys upcoming Gingerbread update for the device.Skullcandy Unveils Retro Looking Vandal iPhone SpeakerDockDescription: For those unfamiliar with Skullcandy, they’rea company that produces skate/punk styled headphones,usually with pretty loud graphics and colors, fitting the wholeskate/punk look if that’s what you’re aiming for. In their latestoffering, the Vandal iPhone speaker dock, it looks like thecompany may have decided that just this once, to step awayfrom the whole skater/punk image, and if only for just thisparticular product.Telstra: HTC Desire will lose Sense to get Android 2.3Description: The planned upgrade to Android 2.3 for theHTC Desire has been an "on again/off-again" story. Now theGingerbread update appears to be back on again, as Australianwireless carrier Telstra has scheduled the software update forthe Desire in August.Gaming news Ever since the fiasco over its use of eFuse technology inDiablo 3 Beta Details Arriving Soon? its smartphones to prevent users from installing their ownDescription: Theres talk that details surrounding the reported custom firmware made headlines for the wrong reasons,Diablo 3 "external beta" will be revealed to the public on Motorola has been adopting a friendlier approach with regardsAugust 1st. The news arrives after Blizzard quietly distributed to the notion of having consumers unlocking their devicesan invitation to a special Diablo 3 press event at their campus and performing all kinds of modiciations to it, and the latestin Irvine, California just days prior on July 27. information seems to confirm the fact. Apparently, some hackers were able to get their hands on a leaked build of anBlack Rock Shooter: The Game In-game Trailer upcoming Gingerbread update for the recently-launched AtrixDescription: Looks like Black Rock Shooter: The Game is smartphone, and have used some of the information in it togearing up much hype in Japan, Imageepoch has another produce a working patch that essentially unlocks the devicestrailer which contains some gameplay and vocals. The game is bootloader.headed for a August 25 release this year.Team Fortress 2 Is Now FREE To Play 25
  • 57. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Singapore. That is all set to change though, now that Fujitsu has officially released its 17-inch Lifebook NH751 gaming and multimedia entertainment notebook for sale locally. But will it be able to perform well enough to handle the demands of todays 3D games and high-quality multimedia content? Read on to find out...Yes, this is an actual screenshot of the unlocking sequenceThat being said, you must probably be wondering why we saidthat the hackers efforts were possible with Motorolas help.Well, the answer is quite simple; apparently, the leaked buildwhich the hacker community managed to get its hands onactually contains a code within the firmware which unlocksthe Atrixs bootloader upon installation. That is right; inother words, Motorola had already planned to carry out its As it stands, there appears to be two approaches availablepromise to the hacker community by unlocking the Atrixs for OEMs who seek to build a notebook that is designedbootloader with the upcoming Gingerbread update for the specifically to cater to the needs of gamers. Apparently, theydevice, and that the hacker community did not really create could go for portability by offering a smaller-sized notebookthe bootloader unlock instructions from scratch. Rather, they which features a more conventional display size and "bulk" uputilized the code to create their own unlocker patch which the chassis so as to provide enough ventilation to ensure thatallows impatient users who cannot afford to wait for the official the components do not overheat, or throw all notions of sizeupdate to unlock their Atrix right now and start installing their out of the window by offering huge notebooks that have displaycustom formware of choice. sizes larger than 16 inches and leave any ventilation issues to the sheer amount of real estate present in the notebooksOf course, with the act of using unauthorized tools to unlock interior to handle.a handsets bootloader being one that is of dubious legality,we will not be posting any links or instructions on how users Needless to say, there are no prizes for guessing which categorycan obtain and use the unofficial patch to unlock their Atrix. Fujitsus new Lifebook NH751 falls into. However, with theLast but not leasr, if you do decide to go ahead with the risk NH751 being the companys first gaming notebook to beeither way, lets just say that VR-Zone cannot, and will not be made commercially available in Singapore, it would standresponsible for any unexpected mishaps that may occur in the that consumers are likely to have high expectations of it,unlocking process. You have been warned. considering how gaming and entertainment notebooks are usually considered to be creme de la creme where performance is concerned. So how does Fujitsus NH751 notebook fair whenFujitsu Lifebook NH751 put under the blade? We shall see.gaming notebook review Fujitsu Lifebook NH751Source: Specificationsnotebook-review/12555.html Processor Intel Core i7-2630QMJune 28th, 2011 processor clocked at 2GHz (2.9GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache) Chipset Intel Sandy Bridge HM65 Chipset Graphics Card 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT525M with NVIDIAFujitsu may be one of the more popular brands for notebook Optimus switchable graphicsPCs here, and while their products usually span the entire technologygamut of possible hardware configurations ranging from Operating System Windows 7 Home Premiumentry-level machines to mainstream-grade notebooks, it does (x64 version)not change the fact that the company has never releaseda high-performance, gaming-grade notebook for sale in 26
  • 58. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDisplay 17.3-inch LED-backlit communication functionality on web browsers via a set of display supporting full HD "simple JavaScript APIs" and HTML5, and that future releases resolutions (1920 x 1080) of WebRTC will allow developers to write their own real-timeMemory 8GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB communication applications for use in browsers. The concept SODIMM) behind WebRTC is also rather simple: when implemented,Hard Disk capacity 640GB SATA hard disk WebRTC will allow users to make and recieve both audio and video calls from within the browser itself, as opposed to howWeight Approx. 3.7kg users currently have to rely on external applications such as Skype to achieve such functionality. Of course, an observant person would probably point out thatGoogle to integrate internet Google already allows users to engage in Internet telephony ontelephony features into web browsers already via its GMail and Google Talk services. That is true, but the real draw of WebRTC stems from theChrome? fact that it, when integrated into a web browser, could "openSource: the door for all kinds of new chat services and apps". Andfeatures-into-chrome-/12741.html considering how the WebRTC projects home page claims thatJune 28th, 2011 support for the new API is expected to make its way in Firefox and Opera soon, both of which are extremely popular web browsers in their own right, it might seem that WebRTC is in a good position to provide some serious competition to bothWith Skypes internet telephony solution being the most Microsoft and Skype in the area of Internet telephony services.popular one available to consumers by far, it would makeperfect sense that Microsoft would have attempted to acquirethe company and its interlectual property in order to integrate Team Fortress 2: Meet theits functionality into is software offerings. However, it seemsthat Google is also keen to integrate Skype-like features into Medic and Free to Playits very own Chrome browser, and from the looks of it, thecompany appears to be in a position where it can potentially (Forever) Source: a very compelling alternative to what Skype has been free-to-play-forever-/12749.htmloffering users for the longest time. June 28th, 2011As far as Internet telephony and video conferencing areconcerned, there is probably only one company that is capableof offering a decent solution that appeals to both consumersand enterprises, and it comes in the form of Skypes softwareproduct, which bears the same name as the the companywhich created it. However, it seems that Google has been Valve, developers and publishers of acclaimed game franchisesharboring plans to create a Skype-like competitor for some (like Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike),time already, and that the recent acquisition of the company announced today that after four years and over 200 updates,by Microsoft has been the catalyst that has led to the search Team Fortress 2 (TF2) is now Free To Play (F2P) for both PCgiant unveiling its plans of integrating some form support for & Mac players via Steam. Valve have also released "Meet theonline telephony into its Chrome web browser via its WebRTC Medic," the latest in its series of TF2 animated shorts.project, as revealed in a recent posting made on the Chromium Hopefully this generous move by Valve will trigger a tsunamidevelopers mailing list: through the gaming industry and compel the likes of Activision and EA to release their golden oldies like Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare and Battlefield 2 in similar fashion. After all, todays games aint made like the way they used to anymore - this writer blames frankinstein cutscene laden console ports and rushed release cycles +}+} Best Buy announces Music Cloud; store your favourite songs and playlists online Source:, you might probably be scratching your head in confusion store-your-favourite-songs-and-playlists-online/12747.htmlas to what this "WebRTC" thingamajig is all about, and whyGoogle wants to integrate its functionality into Chrome. Well,based on what we were able to find out, WebRTC is, accordingto the projects home page, a means on enabling real-time 27
  • 59. June 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneJune 28th, 2011Apple has recently announced their iCloud service for usersto store data such as music files while Google has their MusicBeta, and Amazon, the Cloud Player. And now, Best Buyhas launched their new Music Cloud, which allow users tostore their songs and playlists online.Music is surely in the air (well, literally). With companieslike Apple, Amazon, Google and Sony announcing their cloudservice for music, Best Buy has also introduced their newMusic Cloud service for users to upload their songs andplaylists online and stream the content through a line ofAndroid, BlackBerry and iOS devices.According to reports, the service is currently linked toApple iTunes; the Music Cloud will automatically grab thesongs from your playlists. However, if you do not use iTunes,you are out of luck. The Best Buy" Music Club" is available inthe Apple App Store free of charge. There is also a premiumoption for users at US$3.99 per month.The Best Buy Music Cloud service is currently in beta andthrough invitation-only. However, you can sign up at theirwebsite to get your invite. 28