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  1. 1. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.HPs TouchPad priced, comingJuly 1stSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-s-touchpad-priced-coming-july-1st/12703.htmlJune 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-adds-new-ulv-mobile-cpus-to-its- line-up/12702.html 1
  2. 2. June 20th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone EVGA outs GeForce GT 545 forJune 20th, 2011 retail market Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/evga-outs-geforce-gt-545-for-retail- 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-introduces-g2-series-amd-edition-memory-kits/12699.htmlJune 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-unveils-blackberry-bold-9900-in-singapore/12700.htmlJune 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 display.claims 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--20- 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. 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 Newegg.com. 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 members.systems 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-launches-mediapad-world-s-first-7-inch-android-3.2-honeycomb-dual-core-tablet/12697.htmlJune 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-to-release-amd-apu-motherboards/12696.htmlJune 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-pre-3-shows-off-skype-integration/12695.htmlJune 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-hidden-features-in-windows-8- 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mitsubishi-releases-new-23-by 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/quick-look-kingston-hyperx-plug-n- 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. 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. 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lulzsec-promises-retribution-against-doesnt 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-claims-to-be-first-to-launch-south-east-asia-s-lte-network/12691.html Singapore on 23 June Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-playbook-officially- available-in-singapore-on-23-june/12690.html 15
  16. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-finally-rolls-out-optimus-3d-with-BlackBerry 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 http://sg.blackberry.com/playbook/wheretobuy .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. 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.(www.youtube.com/3D). 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 (www.lgworld.com). 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-android-smartphones- PC SHOW 2011 Lucky Drawto-use-nxp-s-nfc-solutions/12688.html Results Released - Winners Not So Random After All? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2011-lucky-draw-results- released--winners-not-so-random-after-all-/12687.html 17
  18. 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-going-dual-core-with- xperia-duo/12685.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/be-quiet-straight-power-e8-400w-psu- 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. 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--17-june-2011/12684.html 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. 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 @ XSReviews.co.uk 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 adventure.photo, 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: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-vengeance-1600mhz-cl9-8gb-SB3 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

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