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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. November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneseen when notebooks powered by GeForce 600M will hit retail For a 4K home theatre like this one, you can expect it to haveshelves - most likely in early Q1 2012. a hefty price tag. Yes, the Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector has an SRP of S$31,999 (before GST), and will be available in Singapore in March 2012.Sony Singapore introducesVPL-VW1000ES worlds first4K home theatre projectorSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-introduces-vpl-vw1000es-world-s-first-4k-home-theatre-projector/13918.htmlNovember 13th, 2011For those of us who want to enjoy 4K movie screening, wecould go to cinemas like Golden Village Vivocity that areshowing that. Well, it looks like Sony Electronics Asia Pacific isbringing the experience to homes when the company unveiledthe worlds first 4K home theatre projector in Singapore today. "Sony has delivered professional 4K digital projector globallyThe VPL-VW1000ES is not only 3D-capable but is also capable to cinemas. Our overall shipping quantity for 4K digitalof displaying stunning images. cinema projectors have reached 10,000 units. We are the only company to offer a full range of 4K products and end-to- end solutions for 4K," said Tsuyoshi Nagata, general manager of Presentation Display, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. Hard drive supplies to run dry while Thailand stays wet Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hard-drive-supplies-to-run-dry-while- thailand-stays-wet/13916.html November 13th, 2011 The flood in Thailand caught manufacturers off guard, butThe VPL-VW1000ES is Sonys flagship home theatre projector damages and losses are more than initially analysed. Thethat incorporates the new SXRD 4K panel, which can produce outlook of the hard disk supplies are grimly forecasted to runoutstanding contrast and 2,000 ANSI-lumens brightness. out at the end of the year, leading to backlash in the firstIt boasts an incredible 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast when quarter of 2012.combined with Sonys Iris3 technology, and can producescreen sizes of up to 200-inches (diagonally) for superbcinematic viewing in the comforts of the home.On top of that, the VPL-VW1000ES features Sony’s exclusiveSuper Resolution 4K upscaler “Reality Creation” thatenhances all content – standard definition or high definition,2D or 3D – to higher definition true 4K (DCI Format: 4096x 2160p) picture signals. This means that even if you areplaying Blu-ray content at 1080p, you can choose to upscalethe resolution to 4K without significant loss in details. It alsocomes with a built-in IR transmitter for Full 4K 3D that drivesthe projector’s TDG-PJ1 USB-chargeable active shutter 3Dglasses for an immersive 3D experience. 17
  • 2. November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIt is no surprise that hard drive prices are increasing to the Performance and pricing are both expected to be right intune of 10 to 60 percent as a result of the flood which crippled between GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570. This could mean pricingfactories of hardware manufacturers for weeks. Now a report in the ~$280 region, essentially competing with overclockedshows that the supply of storage devices may run out. Radeon HD 6950 2GB variants. However, our sources suggest the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core will be a very limited edition withAnalyst Gus Richard of Piper Jaffray Investment Bank less than ten thousand units available worldwide. AICs arecommented that this shortage of hard drives may occur at free to use non-reference designs and we can also hope theythe end of November, and that tech industrial leaders aren’t can do something to adequately differentiate the 448 coresproactive enough to take stock of the situation. nomenclature from the six other GTX 560 cards, while stocksJust a few months ago, the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan last.became the earliest reminder this year of the weakness that theglobal supply chain possesses, decapacitating car componentfactories and inducing a major loss. Smartphone and tablets"Nobody seems to be really paying attention. Everyone expected to drive globaloverreacted to the disaster in Japan. And now I think theyreunderreacting," he mentions. increase in Wi-Fi hotspots Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/smartphone-and-tablets-expected-to-While current analysis shows PC manufacturers are already 60 drive-global-increase-in-wi-fi-hotspots/13915.htmlmillion hard drives behind the demand of 180 million units, November 13th, 2011the shortage situation will become more dire in Q1 2012.In a note by Piper Jaffray, they mention "While it is difficultto calculate, we would estimate that limited drive availabilitywill reduce PCs sales by 10-20M units over the next couple of The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has published aquarters with 2.5M to 7.5M in demand destruction and 7.5M report on the state of the global public Wi-Fi hotspot market.to 12.5M in deferred purchases." The WBA is an industry association with a focus on driving next-gen Wi-Fi experience and consists of leading technology companies and mobile operators such as Google, Cisco, AT&T and StarHub.GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core With a comprehensive survey of more than 250 servicespecifications leaked providers and Wi-Fi vendors included in the report, it concluded that there will be a 350% increase in the number ofSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-gtx-560-ti-448-core- global public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2015.specifications-leaked/13917.htmlNovember 13th, 2011 Some of the key points mentioned in the report: • Wi-Fi hotspot numbers are set to grow from 1.3 million this year to 5.8 million by 2015 • Smartphone connections to Wi-Fi hotspots are expected to overtake laptops. On a global basis, laptops currently account for 48% of connections to hotspots, whileLast month, we first broke news of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core. smartphones and tablets stand at 36% and 10%Sweclockers have now leaked detailed specifications for the respectively.upcoming GTX 560 Ti 448 Core. As revealed before, the GTX • Mobile data growth is a key factor to the rapid build-560 448 is indeed a crippled GTX 570. However, surprisingly, out of Wi-Fi hotspots. Its impact is mitigated primarilyit features identical clocks to the GTX 570, and reportedly through new pricing strategies and Wi-Fi-based offload.a slightly higher clocked memory despite featuring the same320-bit memory interface.Last month, we first broke news of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core.Sweclockers have now leaked detailed specifications for theupcoming GTX 560 Ti 448 Core. As revealed before, the GTX560 448 is indeed a crippled GTX 570. However, surprisingly,it features identical clocks to the GTX 570, and reportedlya slightly higher clocked memory despite featuring the same320-bit memory interface.That means the GTX 560 Ti features 730 MHz core, 1460 MHzshaders. Like the vanilla GTX 570, the 560 Ti 448 features1280 MB memory, albeit mated to 3.8 GHz GDDR5 as opposedto 3.6 GHz for the GTX 570. Disabling one SM saves the GTX560 Ti 448 9W for a "max power consumption" of 210W - afull 40W higher than the original GTX 560 Ti. 18
  • 3. November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIt is obvious that one primary driver of Wi-Fi hotspot growth ismobile operators keen to offload the tsunami of data generatedby increasingly ubiquitous smartphones and tablet devices. Indeed, these devices are set to eclipse Wi-Fi consumption bylaptops on a per connection basis.Cumbersome authentication was identified as one of thebarriers towards greater adoption and use of public Wi-Fi hotspots. However, this is expected to be overcome byNext Generation Hotspots (NGH) currently trialed aroundthe world. NGH allows users to roam between cellularand Wi-Fi networks seamlessly, using their handsets SIMauthentication, and looks set to be the driving force behindpublic Wi-Fi hotspot deployments."The findings show we are about to enter the golden ageof public Wi-Fi with hotspot deployments set to soar. Fixedoperators are extending broadband services beyond the homeand office, and Wi-Fi is supporting busy mobile broadbandnetworks," says Chris Bruce, Chair of the WBA and CEO, BTOpenzone in a prepared statement. "Next Generation Hotspottrials are making inroads in the remaining barriers and bycracking the code of a simple, secure user experience hotspotuse will continue to soar."The full report "Global Developments in Public Wi-Fi WBAIndustry Report, 2011" can be downloaded here(pdf). 19
  • 4. November 16th, 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.Epson SITEX PromotionsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-sitex-promotions/13984.htmlNovember 16th, 2011Here are some promotions from Epson for the upcomingSITEX Show, giving a boost of productivity to your homeor office printing needs. Check out the products at C2O The Epson CX17NF caters to home and small business usersCorporation (booth 5D41) and Harvey Norman (booth 6B30). with its colour scan, copy, fax and print abilities. Besides its manual duplex printing and multiple-up printing functions, itEpson AcuLaser-MX14 (Monochrome 3 in 1) can also to improve productivity by handling multiple queued jobs courtesy of the printer’s high memory capacity, producing high quality outputs every time. Retail Price: S$545 SITEX Show Price: TBA Epson ME Office 535The Epson AcuLaser-MX14 monochrome 3-in-1 printer istargeted at home and small business users, and provides cost-efficient high-quality prints, touting a print speed of up to 24pages per minute. It also features manual duplex and multiple-up printing functions in addition to your scanning and copyingneeds.Retail Price: S$218SITEX Show Price: TBA The Epson ME Office 535 is the world’s smallest all-in-one printer, measuring just 30cm by 39cm by 14.5 cm, which helps to conserve valuable work space and staying out ofEpson AcuLaser-CX17NF (Colour 4 in 1) the way while performing its duties flawlessly. Thanks to the Micro Piezo printer head and the Epson 141 INKdividual catridges, running costs are kept as low as S$0.50 per page (monochrome) and quality is maintained despite the printer’s remarkable size. It even has a 1.44-inch LCD screen to accommodate direct photo printing needs. Retail Price: S$148 1
  • 5. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSITEX Show Price: TBAEpson ME Office 900WD Enjoy more than just your favorite TV programs in a smart way. Featuring a full High Definition (HD) 1080P resolution, the Samsung 40" SMART LED TV provides endless entertainment with Internet@TV, LED light dimming to adjust brightness to the comfort of your home, USB support (JPEG, MOVIE), Anynet+ support for universal remote control, and DLNA compatible, all packed in a slim and elegant design of a 40” screen. Retail Price: S$1,999The Epson ME Office 900WD features maximum cost SITEX Special Price: TBAsavings as it uses Epson 143 INKdividual Cartridges thatallows separate replacement of depleted cartridges, optimizing Samsung 46" 3D SMART LED TVink usage and replacement. Built-in duplex and all-in-onefunction maximises the cost-effectiveness of the printer,coupled with WiFi/Ethernet accessibility for easy multiple-user usage.Retail Price: S$298SITEX Show Price: TBA*Offers avaliable at C2O Corporation (booth 5D41) and HarveyNorman (booth 6B30)AudioHouse SITEX SpecialSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/audiohouse-sitex-special/13980.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 Similar to its smaller brother, this 46" TV features full HD 1080P resolution, Internet@TV, 3D HyperReal engine which redefines your cinematic experience in three dimensional view, Extended PVR to record shows, energy saving capabilities , Skype video call capability, Wide ColourVisit AudioHouse booth (no. 5B20) and check out the fantastic Enhancer Plus which extends the color range and preventdeals for some of the beautiful screens to put in your living white wash-out, DLNA support, and USB support(JPEG,room at this years SITEX show. Be amazed by the clarity and MOVIE).exciting 3D representations on some of these sexy and well Retail Price: S$3,999designed televisions. SITEX Special Price: TBASamsung 40" SMART LED TV Samsung 46" FULL HD LED TV 2
  • 6. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SITEX Special Price: TBA Iomega launches eGo Mac edition portable hard drive Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iomega-launches-ego-mac-edition- portable-hard-drive/13982.html November 16th, 2011 Iomega has recently launched their eGo Mac edition portable hard disk which not only looks stylish, but it also packs plenty of storage space. Like its Helium portable hard drive and the Iomega Mac companion hard drive siblings, the eGoAction movie addicts will love the 100Mhz Motion Plus Mac edition is also formatted in HFS+ for compatibility withfeature which smoothens the motion picture and reduces blur; Maccomputers, making it a perfect complement to Apple’sAuto-adjusting LED Backlight; iDTV which is an integrated notebooks and desktops.digital system that comes with MPEG4 AVC decoder anddigital tuner; as well as Content Library which is preloadedinformative programs and games. Instead of booting upyour PC to assess basic information on the Internet, thetelevision’s InfoLive allows you to view news, weather andstock information quickly, all at a key press. WISELINK Progives access to your media devices such as video cameras,laptops and digital cameras for output on screen. It also comeswith DLNA support, DNIe Pro and Anynet+ support.Retail Price: S$1,999SITEX Special Price: TBASamsung C9000 3D SMART LED TV Iomega has recently announced the completion of its new Mac-oriented hard drive line with the launch of the new eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive, a mobile stylish drive with huge storage that can withstand drops and still easy to bring along in a briefcase. Combined with the recent launches of the Iomega Helium portable hard drive and the Iomega Mac Companion hard drive, the company now has a complete new line of portable and desktop hard drives for Mac users. All three new drives are formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers. Available in 500GB and 1TB capacities, the new black Iomega eGo Mac Edition has two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 connector for fast performance and versatile connections. It also comes with a Drop Guard Case to help protect the drive from drops of up to two metres. The eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive requires no external power supply and comesMeet the best of them all. The Samsung C9000 3D SMART complete with three cables - USB 2.0, FireWire 800, andLED TV is equipped with full HD 1080P resolution, FireWire 800-FireWire400 adaptor cables. The new IomegaInternet@TV, 3D HyperReal engine, 800 Clear Motion Rate Helium portable hard drive is available in 500GB and 1TBfor smooth performance at all times, Extended PVR Feature, capacities, and has one USB 2.0 port and a durable aluminumDLNA support, USB support (JPEG, MOVIE), SRS Theater case, giving mobile users and others peace-of-mind whenSound for a complete cinematic audio experience, all packed traveling. The Helium portable hard drive requires no externalinto a irresistibly slim and sexy design. power supply, and comes complete with one USB 2.0 cable.Retail Price: S$12,888 Comes in 2TB and 3TB capacities, the new Iomega Mac Companion hard drive utilizes a fast 7200rpm 3.5-inch hard 3
  • 7. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedrive in a space-saving design that fits perfectly on the base vicinity. Users will be able to post interesting activities orof the Apple iMac or Apple monitor. The stylish silver and events in their location for others nearby to see what they see,black drive includes two FireWire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port or even check it out in person.and a two port integrated USB2.0 hub that lets you connect To create a feecha on the map, you just need to take a videomultiple devices such as a printer or other external storage or photo of the activity, upload it to the app and share it withdevice. It also comes complete with one FireWire 800, one a short comment. Once shared, a feecha will appear on theconversion FireWire 400-800, and one USB 2.0 cable. The map; the more popular the story is on the app, the bigger andMac Companion features the first-of-its-kind high powered more alive the feecha becomes. Feechas feed on attention toUSB charging port for the Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod, and the grow and breed – it is "survival of the most interesting". Theycharging port is a high-powered 2.1 amp hookup that makes it grow and change colour depending on the number of views,easy and convenient to charge your Apple devices. comments and shares they receive. However, feechas that stopPricing and Availability attracting attention will slowly shrink and fade away, clearing space for the better and stronger.The new Iomega eGo Mac Edition is available worldwide in500GB model at S$229 and 1TB model at S$290. The new The potential uses for the app are varied and wide – fromIomega Helium portable hard drive is available worldwide in unsigned bands promoting their gigs; teenager organizing aa 500GB model at S$165 and 1TB model at S$253. The new casual game of footie with his neighbours; a foodie sharing herIomega Mac Companion hard drive is available worldwide in favourite restaurants new dish; to alerting others nearby thata 2TB model at S$369 and a 3TB model at S$533. All three something is on sale. Feecha is free to download for all iPhoneproducts will be retailing in Apple Stores by mid-November users with iOS running at 4.2 and above. Users can downloadand include a three-year warranty with registration. it on the Apple App Store, iTunes or via www.feecha.com. The Ching Chong Group plans to roll out the Android version of feecha soon.Feecha for iPhone lets yousee what is happening in your HP unveils Folio13 Ultrabook,vicinity Pavilion dm4 and ENVY15Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/feecha-for-iphone-lets-you-see-what-is-happening-in-your-vicinity/13981.html notebook PCsNovember 16th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-unveils-folio13-ultrabook-pavilion- dm4-and-envy15-notebook-pcs/13961.html November 16th, 2011With this feecha iPhone app, you can share or view interestingactivities or events that are happening in the area. The feechawill appear on the map once it has been posted and thehigher the popularity of the news, the feecha will become more With various laptop manufacturers coming up with theiralive. Ultrabooks, HP has also introduced theirs, which comes in the form of Folio13, designed for prosumers. The company also announced the new HP Pavilion dm4 and dm4 Beats Edition, as well as the ENVY15 laptops. Earlier this week, HP Singapore treated the local media to a special preview of the Folio13 Ultrabook, Pavilion dm4 and ENVY15 laptops. Please note that the images are of pre- production units and not the final retail versions, and that the laptops that are shown here that have matte display, the retail units should come with glossy HP BrightView screens instead. HP Folio13Creative-technology studio developing mobile applicationsand games, Ching Chong Group, has announced the launchof feecha, a mobile tool that allows users to locate interestinghappenings in the vicinity. Conceived and programmedentirely in Singapore, feecha brings the local and socialnetworking scene to the next level by allowing users to sharenoteworthy information and broadcast it to users in the 4
  • 8. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone HP ENVY15HP has also jumped into the Ultrabook wagon andunveiled the Folio13, which is the companys first Ultrabook. The HP ENVY15 is designed from the ground up, with an all-However, it isnt the lightest one we have seen, weighing metal chassis and round edges in black and silver finish. The1.5kg, and measuring 0.75-inch thin. The Ultrabook is company has also included subtle red details (from the reddesigned for prosumers, which mean business professionals LED surrounding the keyboard) to reflect the signature Beatsand consumers, and features a sleek metallic chassis, 13.3-inch Audio collaboration. Featuring 15.6-inch full high definitionhigh definition (HD) BrightView display and backlit keyboard. display, the ENVY15 boasts 9.25 hours of battery life on SSDThe HP Folio13 will come with either Intel Core i3 and Core i5 (and 8 hours of battery life on the hard disk variant). It alsoprocessor flavors, Intel Rapid Start technology for fast system offers optional 3x3 wireless technology for superior wirelessresume while having long battery life, and 128GB SSD for performance, advanced proximity sensor technology, and faststorage. According to HP, the Ultrabook will also come with boot-up in 21 seconds, turn on sleep mode in three secondsoptional Trusted Platform Module (TPM), though that will and resume work in one second. Incorporating Beats Audiobe at a later date. The HPFolio13 is scheduled to be available technology, the ENVY15 comes with six speakers and twoin Singapore from December with a starting price tag of US$1,099. 5
  • 9. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofers. The HP ENVY15 will beavailable from December at a starting price of US$1,499.Asus readying Rampage IVFormula for LGA-2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-readying-rampage-iv-formula-for-lga-2011/13978.htmlNovember 16th, 2011It appears that Asus has more motherboard coming based onIntels X79 chipset and its next model will be the RampageIV Formula, a more affordable sibling to the Rampage IVExtreme. This move makes sense considering the price tag ofthe Rampage IV Extreme and in all fairness; the two boardshave slightly different target markets as the Rampage IVFormula is more of a gamers board than its more expensivesibling.It appears that Asus has more motherboard coming based onIntels X79 chipset and its next model will be the RampageIV Formula, a more affordable sibling to the Rampage IVExtreme. This move makes sense considering the price tag ofthe Rampage IV Extreme and in all fairness; the two boardshave slightly different target markets as the Rampage IV Most of the other features are cost savings, such as a pair ofFormula is more of a gamers board than its more expensive PCI Express x1 slots instead of that fifth x16 slot and a x1 slot,sibling. four DIMM slots, a simpler cooler design which were happy to say is using a passive heatsink and a few cuts when it comesSadly we dont have a top-down view of the board, so its not to connectivity options such as only two front USB 3.0 ports.entirely clear what has been changed. However, the Rampage The rear I/O is fairly similar, but the Bluetooth dongle is gone,IV Formula has some features that you wont find on the but you still get a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0Rampage IV Extreme, such as a new audio design which has a ports, two eSATA ports, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channelsmall part of the PCB isolated to reduce EMI interference. Asus audio with optical S/PDIF out and a clear CMOS and ROGtook the opportunity to add a rather pointless but interesting connect button.looking backlight to the PCB to highlight the separate audioarea. Asus has also added a massive 1,500uF capacitor to The rumour also has it that Asus is working on a Rampage IVthe audio circuitry which the company claims will somehow Gene, i.e. a mATX LGA-2011 R.O.G. motherboard, althoughimprove the audio quality thanks to reduced ripple. neither model has a firm launch date at the moment. This brings Asus total board count for the LGA-2011 platform up to eight boards, thats a few too many in our opinion as the platform isnt likely to gain a major uptake among consumers until at least the more affordable quad core Core i7-3820 which were hearing has been pushed even further back now and is not expected to launch in January. Check out the source for a slide deck detailing a few more of the features of the Rampage IV Formula. Fujis interchangeable lens camera leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fuji-s-interchangeable-lens-camera- leaked/13977.html 6
  • 10. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 16th, 2011 The camera which might end up being known as the LX looks quite large, as in one of the pictures its being held by a person and the size of the camera compared to the hand makes it look a fair bit larger than the most recent generation of m4/3 cameras from Olympus and NEX cameras from Sony. That said, this is likely to be a Lecia competitor looking atTheres no doubt that every camera manufacturer wants a slice all the manual control dials fitted to it and the sort of classicof the new interchangeable lens market and most recently rangefinder look. The rumour mill also suggest that we canNikon entered it with its 1-series of cameras that uses a expect an 18mm f/2 pancake lens, a 35mm f/1.4 lens, a 60mmsmall sensor and a CX mount. Around the same time, Fuji lens and some kind of zoom lens. Its highly unlikely that theannounced it was working on its own interchangeable lens Fuji LX will end up in a price range that most of us can casuallycamera, although not much has been known about it, well, that go and buy one, but it will be interesting to see if Fuji canwas until now as several pictures of a not quite finished camera carve out a niche for itself in the high-end interchangeable lensand a couple of lenses has made its way onto the web. camera market.Theres no doubt that every camera manufacturer wants a sliceof the new interchangeable lens market and most recentlyNikon entered it with its 1-series of cameras that uses asmall sensor and a CX mount. Around the same time, Fujiannounced it was working on its own interchangeable lenscamera, although not much has been known about it, well, thatwas until now as several pictures of a not quite finished cameraand a couple of lenses has made its way onto the web. AMD refreshes FM1 Athlon, tweaks prices Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-refreshes-fm1-athlon-tweaks- prices/13976.html November 16th, 2011So far the only camera maker that hasnt joined the fray isCanon, although the company is rumoured to have something AMD has quietly released a new Athlon CPU for Socket FM1 -up its sleeve. Fuji has gone around things in quite a different Athlon II X4 651. As the branding suggests, it is a significantway from Nikon and the company has officially said it will be update to the previous Athlon II X4 631, featuring a clocklaunching a high-end interchangeable lens camera that offers speed of 3.0 GHz. The 651 is expected to match the AM3+better image quality than anything else in its class. The leaked socket Athlon II X4 650, outperforming it in cache boundpictures do give away the fact that this is something quite applications. In addition to the new release, AMD has adjusteddifferent and builds on Fujis FinePix X100 in as much as the prices for A-Series and FX-Series products.body design appears to be similar and most importantly, it has AMD has quietly released a new Athlon CPU for Socket FM1 -what appears to be a hybrid viewfinder. Athlon II X4 651. As the branding suggests, it is a significant update to the previous Athlon II X4 631, featuring a clock speed of 3.0 GHz. The 651 is expected to match the AM3+ socket Athlon II X4 650, outperforming it in cache bound applications. In addition to the new release, AMD has adjusted prices for A-Series and FX-Series products. The Athlon 651 features a TDP of 100W and is basically Llano with its GPU disabled. Interestingly, it is the highest clocked Llano CPU yet. Priced at $92, it will slightly outperform the $139 A8-3850 in terms of CPU performance. Of coures, the A8-3850 does include a 400SP GPU within the same TDP. The A4-3300 and A4-3400 received insignificant $2 cuts, down to $64 and $69 respectively. The A6-3500, the only tri- 7
  • 11. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecore Llano APU, is down to $85 from $89. The last SKU to get announce that its entire line-up of handsets from the past yeara price cut is the FX-6100, down to $155. will be upgraded and we have a feeling that not many of their competitors will follow suit.Report: AMD Wichita/KrishnaAPUs canceled If you happen to own one of Sony Ericssons Xperia handsets that was launched this year, then we have some good news forSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-wichitakrishna-apus- you, the company has decided to upgrade its entire 2011 rangecanceled/13975.html of Xperia handsets as well as the Live with Walkman modelNovember 16th, 2011 to Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony Ericsson is the first company to announce that its entire line-up of handsets from the past year will be upgraded and we have a feeling that not many of their competitors will follow suit. In reality the upgrade shouldnt be overly complex, that is unless the handset maker has done a lot of customizations toThe successor to AMDs Brazos platform - Deccan - has been the OS. Even so, Sony Ericsson has its own UI modificationreportedly canceled. Codenamed Wichita and Krishna APUs called Timescape which should be making an appearance inwere set to succeed Zacate (E-Series) and Ontario (C-Series) Android 4.0 as well, so its not as if youre just getting a bogrespectively. Last month, news about the Brazos 2.0 refresh standard release of the OS. One of the reasons many Androidwas leaked fueling doubts regarding the future of Wichita and handset makers dont release updates for their phones whenKrishna, so this move was not entirely unexpected. a new OS version comes is that they dont have the software engineering resources to put aside, with the other more likelyThe successor to AMDs Brazos platform - Deccan - has been reason set to be that they want to sell new handsets. Even so,reportedly canceled. Codenamed Wichita and Krishna APUs as a consumer you feel kind of cheated if you end up getting awere set to succeed Zacate (E-Series) and Ontario (C-Series) new handset just ahead of a new major release of Android andrespectively. Last month, news about the your handset maker doesnt offer any kind of upgrade scheme.Wichita and Krishna were set to be fabbed at 28nm.SemiAccurate suggests the cancelation is due to the delay of The models from Sony Ericsson that are getting the upgradeGlobalfoundries 28nm process. However, previous rumours treatment are the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperiasuggested these APUs might be fabbed at TSMC, just like neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, XperiaBrazos platform APUs, and they would be ready with 28nm active, Xperia ray and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.Bulk before Globalfoundries. The only model not getting upgraded that was released this year is the W8 Walkman phone, but this came with an olderWhatever the reason, Brazos 2.0 will now have to hold ground version of Android and different hardware to start with, so wetill the Kerala platform - or an evolution of it - arrives, can cut Sony Ericsson some slack here. The announcementpreviously expected in 2013. Hopefully, with Deccan platform didnt include any specific dates, just that the company willout of the way, AMD will be able to pull in Kerala - which get cracking on getting Android 4.0 up and running on theseincludes Kabini APUs - to meet closer to the much anticipated models as quickly as possible once its released by Google.Windows 8 release. No doubt the Kerala platform will powera wide range of ultraportable devices from tablets to lowaffordable ultrabooks (or high end netbooks). It is clear that Dell Singapore unleashes XPSAMDs new CEO Rory Read is serious about mobile devices,and the successor to Brazos 2.0 will be crucial to AMDs future 14z, a laptop with great designplans. and performance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-singapore-unleashes-xps-14z-a-Sony Ericsson gets official on laptop-with-great-design-and-performance/13972.html November 16th, 2011Ice Cream Sandwich upgradesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-gets-official-on-ice-cream-sandwich-upgrades/13973.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 This Dell XPS 14z may not be the companys first Ultrabook, but it claims to be one of the thinnest full-featured 14-inch laptops that comes with an internal optical drive. It measuresIf you happen to own one of Sony Ericssons Xperia handsets less than an inch thin, with a 14-inch display in a 13-inch formthat was launched this year, then we have some good news for factor, and is designed for business professionals.you, the company has decided to upgrade its entire 2011 rangeof Xperia handsets as well as the Live with Walkman modelto Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony Ericsson is the first company to 8
  • 12. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone models. It will also be available at next weeks SITEX Show 2011. Lenovo Singapore unveils IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-singapore-unveils-ideapad- u300s-ultrabook/13971.html November 16th, 2011 Lenovo Singapore has announced the launch of their IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook, designed for fashionistas who are looking for a slim and stylish laptop with superb system performance. The U300s Ultrabook will retail starting today, and at next weeks SITEX Show.From its model number, the Dell XPS 14z laptop is 14-inch laptop with a slim form factor and features an internaloptical drive and discrete graphics option. Incorporating astylish design, it claims to deliver superior performance thatcan last business professionals through the day, as well asproviding the leisure for watching movies and videos on itshigh definition (HD) display.Available with second-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7processors, the XPS 14z sports a 14-inch HD WLED screen thatfits into a 13-inch laptop form factor and boasts more thansix hours of battery life. The laptop also come with slot-loadoptical drive and NVIDIA graphics option.The Dell XPS 14z laptop is available today throughwww.Dell.com.sg, and select retail stores at starting prices ofS$1,449 for the Core i5 version, and S$1,749 for the Core i7 9
  • 13. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Building Better Wi-Fi for your Business Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/building-better-wi-fi-for-your- business/13970.html November 16th, 2011 Wi-Fi usage around the world is literally exploding, as can beThe Lenovo U300s Ultrabook measures 14.9mm thin and evidenced in recent reports of how smartphones and tabletsweighs a mere 1.28kg. It has a 13.3-inch ultra-slim 16:9 are driving global increase in Wi-Fi hotspots. As these verywidescreen HD display, 4GB DDR3 memory and 128GB SSD devices head into corporate networks to jostle with laptops andstorage, and comes equipped with second generation Intel wireless-enabled desktops, businesses are finding themselvesCore i5 and Core i7 processor variants. The U300s also having to support the heavier network load.boasts 10 seconds boot up time with Enhanced Experience2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology, and Intel Advanced Coolingtechnology that allows air to flow in through the keyboardand out from the sides and rear hinge. The company alsoclaims that with Lenovo Long Life Battery, the U300s canoffer up to eight hours of use, or 30 days standby, and LenovoRapidCharge which allows the battery to be charged up to 50%in just 30 minutes.Other features of the Ultrabook include Bluetooth, 802.11nWi-Fi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors and integrated 1.3-megapixel (720p high definition) webcam. Unlike the ToshibaUltrabook we have seen earlier, this one does not have thefull-size Ethernet port. According to Lenovo, the U300s will To understand more about Wi-Fi use in business, I arrangedalso come with wireless mouse, USB-to-VGA cable, external a meeting with executives from the Ruckus Wireless, a vendorhard disk and external optical drive as accessories, though that specializes in Wi-Fi access points and wireless LANthese will probably be available early next year. Available in (WLAN) management systems.Graphite Gray and limited edition Clementine Orage (whichis the trademark Ideapad color), the Lenovo U300s will retail I first came across Ruckus Wireless in a review published onfrom today with a starting price of S$1,899. Toms Hardware that benchmarked an Access Point (AP) from Ruckus with those from Cisco and Aruba. At that time, the Ruckus AP was the only device capable of exceeding 100Mbps actual throughput, and was heads and shoulders faster in the tests that were conducted. It was no surprise hence that the Sunnyvale, California-based company was tagged by Gartner in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the 2011 Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN infrastructure. Another interesting fact is how the company provides the devices to hook up the IPTV residential gateways for SingTels mio TV service. I spoke with Asia Pacific (APAC) vice president Louis Au, director of APAC marketing Christ Yip and Vasudevan Venkatakrishnan, who is the head of pre-sales in APAC. Deploying Wi-Fi in business To start off our conversation, Au offered a couple of pointers to help businesses roll out a successful wireless deployment. According to him, the two most important factors would be to first define the intended usage of a Wi-Fi network, followed by the implementation of a planning phase. The former entails working out the number of users and determining whether users will be light or heavy users. This 10
  • 14. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecan sometimes be derived from the physical location for concluded that measuring the actual wireless throughput iswireless access; a school auditorium and a public location for "more important."example, can expect to see far heavier usage than that of a Gigabit Wirelesssmall meeting room. The planning phase should also includethe removal of old Wi-Fi points. Clearly, it is not the case of With faster wireless technology just round the corner, a"the more the better" here, given how too many overlapping number of CIOs and business owners are probably debating onAPs can cause interference issues to arise. the merits of investing in current-gen 802.11n wireless today. For those who are not aware, the Wireless Gigabit AllianceNot all APs are created equal (WiGig) has already published the initial specifications forGiven the sheer number of wireless vendors out there, gigabit wireless in the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum in MayI was naturally curious about what differentiates one AP this year. On this front, all three were unanimous that gigabitfrom another. Venkatakrishnan replied that the companys wireless should not be any deterrence towards companiesproducts can deliver more consistent and reliable throughput rolling out their Wi-Fi infrastructures.than specified by the standards. He told me, "We implement The overall consensus is that 802.11n, "will stay for anothertechnology on top of the standard to deliver the speeds. We four to five years," and will probably also coexist for a littleare able to excel compared to the consumer products, and while with gigabit wireless networks. Au illustrated his pointcompared to other vendors even in the enterprise and business by pointing out that mobile operators will hardly give up onspace." 3G networks immediately even with the introduction of 4G.Yip added that the company had "a lot of feedback" from He did admit however, that it is still too early to talk about abusinesses that start off with "SOHO grade" hardware, migration path. As a final reason why businesses should notimplying that businesses may find themselves stuck with hold back from Wi-Fi deployments today, Venkatakrishnanwireless equipment that lack the features and capacity that says there is a possibility that gigabit wireless could be used asthey require. a complementary technology that is used in tandem with 2.5 GHz and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi.Au pointed out that the cost of buying the wrong AP is veryhigh, in certain organizations such as a school, for example. Businesses interested in products from Ruckus Without specifying brands, Au also added that there are Wireless can contact Ruckus Singapore via emailAPs "out there" which will lower the speed once they hit a SEAsiaSales@ruckuswireless.com or phone at +65 68292319.certain number of users. According to Au, other importantconsiderations when choosing a wireless AP would be itsreliability, ability to deal with interference and maintain agood throughput. SanDisks Christmas OfferAnd unlike many other enterprise vendors, Ruckus maintains Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandisk-s-christmas-offer/13969.htmla shared feature set across its range of products. This means November 16th, 2011that new capabilities found in firmware upgrades are bestowedacross all Ruckus-branded APs. The only difference resides inthe onboard hardware capabilities of an AP - such as whetherit is an indoor or outdoor unit, RF performance, and whetherit has single-band or dual-band support.The misconception about interference SanDisk has a great offer to give away free camera wrapsInterference is a topic one can expect to have to deal for purchase of their SanDisk Extreme or SanDisk Extremewith when it comes to wireless technologies. Unfortunately, Pro UHS-I cards (while stocks last). Take a look at what its allmisconceptions on this front are common. Au asserted to me about.that: "In a room that is devoid of interference, every vendorwill do a good job." The most common misconception aboutinterference, elaborated Yip, is that a strong signal yieldsstrong throughput. This line of thought completely ignoresinterference from neighboring networks however, which coulddecrease performance substantially."You increase the power, you increase noise; the objectiveis to reduce noise," quipped Venkatakrishnan. Given thatneighboring APs are not manageable by you, a better-placedquestion that IT managers should ask themselves is: "How do Ideliver a quality signal with minimum power required, withoutcreating interference and managing interference."Putting paid to the concept of that AP range is all-important;Au says that an AP with an extended range is not alwaysuseful, especially when paired with low-power client devicessuch as a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone. With this in mind, Au 11
  • 15. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe good people at SanDisk are presenting a greatpiece of Christmas news for professional and enthusiastphotographers alike. With purchase of the 16GB or higherSanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I cards willcome with a protective camera wrap, just for this festive seasonfrom now till December 31st.These memory cards pack a punch, especially the Pro series,which sports a 90MB per second write speed which enablesa continuous string of RAW images shot in burst-mode to berecorded quickly, while the UHS Speed Class 1 rating allowsfor flawless recording of full High Definition video.Its 95MB per second read speed means less time taken totransfer photos from card to computer and more time to do Philips has released a trio of speaker docks in Android flavour,what needs to be done instead. a first ever. It is timely too, as Android platforms already own a big market segment for quite some time now, and yet the amount of accessories and docks designed for these devices are meager compared to the army of gadgets that cater to Apples devices. Capitalizing on this realization, Philips takes the first strike with its flagship AS851 Fidelio using the patented ‘Flexidock’ micro USB connection which slides laterally to accommodate to the wide array of shapes and port configurations on Android devices, while charging the mounted gadget.All these goodness get better with the free camera wrap thatcomes with it. Made of flannelet and Dacron, these wraps willprotect any part of the camera from body to lens by conformingto the various shape and be self-secured by four in-built Velcrotabs.So what are you waiting for? Grab it while stocks last.Philips unveils speaker docksfor Android Upon docking, both devices will pair with Bluetooth via theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/philips-unveils-speaker-docks-for- free Fidelio app and stream music for output through theandroid/13968.html speakers. It is also possible to continue to play music whileNovember 16th, 2011 the Android handset is off the dock, and even represent every sound made by the Android platform when paired, such as message notifications. The AS851 is akin to the DS8500, which works for Apple devices, and shares the same chassis. Its Philips Digital soundAndroid devices finally receive not one but three speaker docks processor and rated 30 Watts output ensures that musicdesigned for the platform, courtesy of Philips. A repackaged is distortion-free and well-heard. All of these features willversion of its iPod-oriented cousin the DS8500, this new kid be under the command of a remote control, which makesin the block seems like a hit from early reports. switching music back and forth a breeze. The two other accompanying docks on release include the mid- range AS351 featuring a 10 Watt output and Dynamic Bass Boost, while the AS111 is a bedside dock sporting an all-round speaker. 12
  • 16. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone in a chic and pleasing “folding design”, which makes typing on a flat surface easy and holding it in one hand for reading even easier. It shares content to be displayed on your homeSony has something for entertainment devices and even doubles as a universal remoteeveryone this festive season control. Nothing feels like empowering the home with a Sony Tablet S this Christmas.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-has-something-for-everyone-this-festive-season/13967.htmlNovember 16th, 2011This seaonss line-up from Sony proves to be a exciting mix inthe bag, with something for everyone. Read on to find out!Sony Christmas Gift Guide Selections Sony NEX-5N E-mount Camera will capture the spirit of this festive season on the faces of your loved ones with complete clarity using its 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD sensor and its responsive touch screen interface for quick adjustments. Its ultra-lightweight build and interchangeable lenses ensures that you will shoot what you want in the way you want it.Let the W262 MP3 Walkman bring party music to you in itswaterproof and hip design. Powered by an integrated playerthat lets you roam freely without dangling wires, and playing2GB worth of favourites from your collection of music. It isalso the perfect companion for the more athletic ones, or thosewho think they should shed some weight amidst the holidayfeasting that is coming soon. The Sony DPF-C700 Photo Frame is a beautiful way of keeping and displaying memories of your family and friends from this holiday season through its 7-inch WVGA Clear Photo LCD. Swarovski Crystals grace the frame and you can be sure it will stay a conversation piece all year round too. PricesThe Sony Tablet S will do just about everything a child to a W262 MP3 Walkman: S$129senior citizen would want it to. Be it reading, gaming, playingmusic, surfing the Internet, to even video conferencing; all Sony Tablet S: S$798 13
  • 17. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony NEX-5N E-mount Camera: S$1299Sony DPF-C700 Photo Frame: S$149Belkin Christmas PromotionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/belkin-christmas-promotion/13966.htmlNovember 16th, 2011Boost your connectivity with friends and family in a stylishway (without the lag) this festive season with Belkin ChristmasPromotions. The N300 Wireless N Router will be a great Christmas giftSeamless Gaming, Video And Voice Conferencing, All At The for any family looking to improve their home connectivity inSame Time the most cost effective and productive manner with its special coverage pattern that will reach across the household better, a distinct difference from traditional donut-shaped flat coverage pattern of other routers. Light And Mobile ConnectivityThis Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router will letyour family members speak to loved ones overseas with theirfavourite video conferencing program, stream music, and playthe latest online multiplayer games all at the same time withthe smooth performance. Experience lag-free connectivity ofup to 300Mbps at 2.4Ghz or 450Mbps at 5Ghz. Share your connectivity with others with the N150 and the N600 Wireless USB Adapter this season. Enjoy up to 150MbpsCost Effective Connectivity with the N150 or dual-band speed of 300Mbps on the N600 on your favourite devices. Prices N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router: S$229 N300 Wireless N Router: S$59 N150 Wireless USB Adapter: S$27 N600 Wireless USB Adapter: S$54 14
  • 18. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSingTel announces skoob, November 16th, 2011Singapores first e-bookserviceSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-announces-skoob-singapore-s-first-e-book-service/13965.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 Now that we finally have gotten past the official launch of Intels new platform, we thought wed talk a little bit about the details of Intels Patsburg chipset, of which the X79 is the first product to arrive in the market. As many of you already knows, Intels X79 chipset isnt exactly what the company had in mind initially and Intel had to cut back on the feature count not once,SingTel has announced the launch of skoob, which but twice. However, the resulting product is little more than aclaims to be Singapore’s first e-book service that not glorified P67 chipset and it doesnt look set to change.only offer international best sellers, but also works of localwriters, study guides and educational books for local primary Now that we finally have gotten past the official launch ofand secondary school students. Intels new platform, we thought wed talk a little bit about the details of Intels Patsburg chipset, of which the X79 is the first product to arrive in the market. As many of you already knows, Intels X79 chipset isnt exactly what the company had in mind initially and Intel had to cut back on the feature count not once, but twice. However, the resulting product is little more than a glorified P67 chipset and it doesnt look set to change. For starters the X79 is a power hog; it has a max TDP of 7.8W which should be compared to 6.1W for the 6-series chipsets. However, Intels server version which should be the C600 series of chipsets peak at 6.7W. The only reason that we can see for this is some additional features such as extra USB 2.0 ports, a couple of extra PCI Express x1 lanes, native PCI support, a built in Gigabit Ethernet MAC and audio, but these dont seemSingTel has launched skoob, Singapore’s first e-book service to account for the extra power draw. What we do know is thatthat to offer the works by local writers and local school the disabled SCU is still part of the chipset and its using powerstudy guides and books. At launch, skoob offers more than even though it doesnt offer any functionality.39,000 local and international bestsellers for smartphones, Some reviewers have criticized Intel for the X79 and its lacktablets and PCs. It also claims to be the first e-book service of features, although it seems that very few were aware of theto accept payments in Singapore dollars. For example, fans of much higher price Intel is charging the motherboard makersJohn Grisham can enjoy his novel, "The Confession", at S$9 for what is not only a feature castrated chipset, but also forinstead of S$17.07 at a bookshop. Neil Humphreys’ acclaimed a revision that wont be around for long. As weve reported"Complete Notes" from Singapore is available at S$13.90 previously, Intel is working on a new stepping of the chipset,instead of S$29.90. Skoob also offers a range of classics for free initially for its Xeon platform, but at some stage this revisiondownload, such as Arthur Conan Doyle’s "The Adventures of will make an appearance for the desktop platform.Sherlock Holmes" and Charles Dickens’ "A Tale of Two Cities". The only problem here is that Intel was meant to have its newThe skoob e-book service is available on Apple and chipset revision done and dusted by now, but the companyAndroid tablets and smartphones as a free app. It is also has run into further problems with the SAS interface. As such,available on PCs and Macs using standard browsers. Users Intel has an interim solution here called Patsburg-J, otherwisehave the flexibility to download books on up to five devices known as X79. Patsburg-J might be for Intels Xeon platform,and payments can be made via Singapore credit cards. For but as far as we can tell, its identical to the X79 chipset, bar theSingTel customers, they can choose to have the purchases features mentioned above that Intel didnt bother with for itsconveniently charged to their monthly bills. server platform. Thanks to this move, Intel can still announceFor more information on skoob, and to download the app, its new LGA-2011 and LGA-1356 Xeon parts sometime in Q1please visit www.skoob.com.sg. next year, rather than having to delay the platform further. Were actually quite surprised that Intel has launched such a half finished product, but the story doesnt end here, asIntels Patsburg chipset things get even more complicated. With the new revision ofcontinues to encounter delays the X79 chipset which at the moment we dont know when itll arrive, Intel will allow the motherboard makers to enable theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-patsburg-chipset-continues-to-encounter-delays/13964.html SCU, although only functionality for four SATA 6Gbps ports. However, theres a but coming here and its a bold but with 15
  • 19. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneexclamation marks and warning signs, Intel isnt guaranteeingthe performance, reliability or data integrity of these ports. Inother words, if the motherboard makers want to chance it, theycan enable the additional four ports and if they end up withmajor support issues, then its on their head.Were really starting to wonder whats going on at Intel, assomething isnt right at the company. Minor erratas arentunusual in this business, but for Intel all of 2011 has been a yearof SATA – and in the case of Patsburg SAS – related problemsthat have caused severe problems to the company. Its alsoworth remembering that the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are farfrom the final revision, with at least one more stepping coming The M.M.O.7 has no less than 13 programmable buttons, asbefore the Xeon branded Sandy Bridge-EP models launch and well a three position switch and a two position shift buttonmost likely another revision or two later this year to try and for a total of 78 user definable commands. Lets not forget thebring down the power usage of these huge processors. two scroll wheels (one is for your thumb) and the new "5D" button which is a mini joystick thats thumb controlled and can move in four directions as well as being pressed inwards. MadMad Catz Cyborg M.M.O.7 Catz has also added adjustable backlight to the M.M.O.7 whichunveiled apparently can display any of 16 million different RGB colours.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mad-catz-cyborg-m.m.o.7-unveiled/13963.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 Another interesting feature is something Mad Catz call ActionLock which allows the left and right mouse buttons to be auto clicked until unlocked. The M.M.O.7 sports what MadOver the past couple of years weve seen a handful of mice Catz call a "Twin-Eye" laser sensor that offers 25 to 6400dpidesigned for MMOs and now Mad Catz has joined the fray sensitivity and six meters per second tracking with four userwith its Cyborg M.M.O.7 which builds upon is adjustable R.A.T definable dpi settings. For fans of World of Warcraft, Mad Catzseries of mice. However, the M.M.O.7 has been given more has even created a special plug-in that gives you quick and easybuttons than the previous models to apparently make it more access to the button configuration. No word on pricing as yet,suitable for MMOs. as the Cyborg M.M.O.7 isnt expected to arrive until January next year, so no, you cant have one from Santa no matter how good youve been.Over the past couple of years weve seen a handful of micedesigned for MMOs and now Mad Catz has joined the fraywith its Cyborg M.M.O.7 which builds upon is adjustable R.A.T Logitechs Christmas Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-s-christmas-series of mice. However, the M.M.O.7 has been given more special/13960.htmlbuttons than the previous models to apparently make it more November 16th, 2011suitable for MMOs.At first glance the most noticeable difference is the newblack and chromed orange colour scheme which makes this avisually more "in your face" product. That said, its been quitetastefully done and it doesnt look garish. As with the otherR.A.T mice from Mad Catz the M.M.O.7 is fully adjustable toallow for a good fit in your hand. It comes with three different Logitech has prepared some Christmas specials for everyonepalm and pinkie grips, as well as a set of weights. this year and it is bound to make both the style-conscious and avid gamers happy. Lets take a look. Gamers For The Win 16
  • 20. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Logitech Keyboard Case sets you aside from other tablet users with its keyboard seamlessly designed within the case.Defeat your opponents with the Logitech Gaming Keyboard The precision-cut, aircraft-grade aluminum along with itsG510 this holiday season. Sporting a game panel LCD to high-density padding keeps your iPad 2 scratch-free andkeep your game statistics updated as you fire away, its protected in a stylish way. Bluetooth pairing sets you upcustomizable backlighting keeps you sharp even in the dark, for some smooth typing action in seconds, while its in-builtwhile its 18 Programmable G-keys let you configure your stand props your iPad up for good visibility in one of twomacro key combination beforehand or on-the-fly. Full-speed orientations. This smart and sexy combination is yours at SUSB Multi-Key input executes your every key command with $139.no hesitation. At your disposal with a recommended retailprice tag of S$139. Amaze yourself with the Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones as it changes the way your music collection sounds with its remarkable clarity and excitingly realisticLogitech Gaming Mouse G400 lets you go trigger happy as audio representation, powered by its dual-armature layout.it blazes away at 3600 dpi with consistent response ratio, Experience the audio revelation in isolation away from noisewhich maps your exact hand movement to produce the same by up to 26 dBs with its comfortable and interchangeableamount of cursor travel. Eight programmable buttons give you silicone ear-cushions. Stylish and sturdy case included. Youmany options to execute your opponents, while the durable can now pamper your ears with this S$189 Ultimate Ears 700.build ensures that it lasts long with you in battle to the tuneof 10 million clicks and 500km of travel tested. Surpriseyour enemies by changing from accurate movements to fast 3DMark for Windows 8 toresponse with In-Game Sensitivity Switching. You can own Benchmark Everything:this weapon at just S$49. Smartphones, Tablets,On The Move With Style Laptops, Desktops Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/3dmark-for-windows-8-to-benchmark- everything-smartphones-tablets-laptops-desktops/13958.html 17
  • 21. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 16th, 2011 November 16th, 2011Futuremark just announced that the company is developinga unified benchmark suite for Windows 8 operating system.Available in 2012, the benchmark currently known as"3DMark for Windows 8" is targeting all Windows 8 platforms,from rare high-end smartphones to commonplace tablets,ultrabooks and desktops. Lenovo introduces Android- Windows hybrid to battle battery life issues Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-introduces-android-windows-The new benchmark is the first to support multiple iterations hybrid-to-battle-battery-life-issues/13959.htmlof DirectX - 9 and 11. This decision was made in order to November 16th, 2011support the variety of devices, which as we all know willrange from high-end smartphones and tablets to ultrabooks,notebooks and desktop PCs. Given the diversity of theplatforms, we had our doubts in complexity of the testscenes. However, Oliver Baltuch, President of FuturemarkCorporation quickly addressed our doubts. The disappointing battery life of the ThinkPad X1 calls for a3DMark for Windows 8 will enable apples-to-apples solution, and Android is Lenovos response. By segmenting thecomparison between ARM and X86 powered devices. Its function of a notebook with two platforms, the company hopesgoing to be quite interesting to compare contemporary ARM to improve battery life with Android-based "Instant Mediaproducts such as Nvidia Tegra or Qualcomm Snapdragon Mode" when less power is needed.versus AMD Fusion and Intel Atom/Core processors.3DMark will continue to feature "Entry", "Performance" and"Extreme" levels of detail, albeit the difference in detail will belarger, as previous "Entry" mode was simply too complicatedfor Intels embedded graphics. One of potential scenarios in3DMark for Windows 8 would be that a tablet user sees all ofthe test scenes, while a graphics processor in lets say Intelsearlier Core i3/i5 processors (Arrandale/Clarkdale) fails to doso.Naturally, the reverse role applies as well, with AMDFusion processors rendering what for instance, QualcommSnapdragon, NVIDIA Tegra or TI OMAP4 cannot.The benchmark is scheduled to debut alongside MicrosoftWindows 8 operating system, probably sometime during 2012. A Lenovo Live Update (which has been removed from the companys website) showed a new ThinkPad X1 Hybrid whichShare & Win - ASUS ROG seeks to address the poor battery life that its predecessor had, by adding a “Instant Media Mode” which is essentiallyRampage IV Extreme (X79) an Android platform resembling that of the IdeaPad K1.Motherboard Giveaway! The "instant-on" mode can switch to Windows 7 when performance and productivity is necessary, but otherwise,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/share--win--asus-rog-rampage-iv-extreme-x79-motherboard-giveaway-/13962.html it boasts 10 hours of web browsing or 8 hours of multimedia experience. Plans to introduce the 13- and 14-inch 18
  • 22. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUltrabooks mid next year were also revealed, priced at US$1,300 and US$800 respectively.Nabi Tablet: Toy? Tablet?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nabi-tablet-toy-tablet-/13955.htmlNovember 16th, 2011The rising technological dominance of tablets and toys While the specs won’t excite any tech geeks, the tablet willconverge as Toys R Us released a tablet to add to their arsenal engage kids with its 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen,of childrens fare. Well thought-out with content control for 4GB of storage, and a 533 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9the child, a durable design and dedicated app store to keep kids processor. It will also connect with Wi-Fi and shoot with itsbusy, will the Nabi tablet cause a stir in Santa Claus sack? 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The key edge that the Nabi tablet has against competing family tablets come from its software, which is completely designed for children. This includes a child-accessible interface which displays big colourful icons leading to a “kiddified” web experience, and a whole host of apps like Fooz kids UniversityToys R Us has released their latest toy, a tablet for kids. which teaches mathematics, design and art oriented appsConsidering the ever growing penetration of the tablet in many that allow for creative exploration, 30 e-Books to encouragemarket segments and its accessibility to all age groups, it reading, and not forgetting support for popular games, allhardly comes as a surprise that child-oriented products will preloaded. The Nabi app store powers the tablet with 500start to surface in popularity. other apps for families who have the appetite for more.The renowned toy manufacturer hired Chinese/American Mommies will not be left out, of course, as the tablet features aWeb 2.0 properties and app developer FUHU to create the “Mommy mode” which unleashes the full Android experienceNabi tablet aimed at educating with fun, and perhaps most without any kind of restriction.importantly, a form of sustainable distraction to free moms The Nabi will satisfy both mother and child as it ships onfrom their children for a moment. From first impressions, a December 1st. Pre-orders can be made at Toy R Us for USvery smart choice of reinforcing the corners of the tablet with $199.99seemingly soft material implies it can take some hard hittingfrom playful or careless children. ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme (X79) Review - Air Overclocking with Core i7-3960X Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-rog-rampage-iv-extreme-x79- review--air-overclocking-with-core-i7-3960x/13950.html 19
  • 23. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 16th, 2011If you are a serious overclocker or a power user looking tomaximize the potential of your new Sandy Bridge-E processor,then the ASUS Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme(X79) is the definitive choice for you when it hits the shelves.We put the board together with the debuting Core i7-3960XExtreme Edition CPU through the tests and overclocked it onair cooling to see how much millege the typical intermediateuser might get. Later this month, we will also attempt high-end liquid and LN2 cooling with this setup.IntroductionWe had already covered the ASUS Republic of GamersRampage IV Extreme in a exclusive preview last month, sowe will spend the first section of the review talking about the The SNB-E is the last of the 32nm desktop chips from Intelnew LGA 2011 based Sandy Bridge-E processor and the X79 since Westmere. Next year, we will see the 22nm Ivy BridgePatsburg chipset. platform, which should bring significant power savings and higher operating frequencies.Top of the line Core i7-3960X - 6 Core/12 Threads,15MB Cache, Quad Channel IMC, AVX/AES/SSE4.2/SSE 4.2support and a whopping 40 PCI-E lanes Launching today is the six core i7-3960X (3.3GHz, 15MB cache) and the much cheaper i7-3930K (3.2GHz, 12MB cache). The TDP for the new chips are rated at 130W and they are poised to replace the aging Westmere based LGA1366The new SNB-E die is a lot bigger than Intels previous desktop processors.offerings - no surprise as there are 2.27 billion transistors ondie and six real processor cores (rather than pseudo integer/FPunits). We also note with interest the 2 disabled cores - whichwill appear in the server Sandy Bridge-EP variants. 20
  • 24. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Intel Sandy Bridge-E Overclocking - Safe Voltage Ranges, Quad Channel Kits, Thermal Solutions and LN2 Temperatures Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-sandy-bridge-e-overclocking-- safe-voltage-ranges-quad-channel-kits-thermal-solutions-and-ln2- temperatures/13951.html November 16th, 2011X79 Patsburg Chipset Block Diagram. The 40 lane PCI-E With the release of Sandy Bridge-E today, buddingdesign allows for flexible multi-GPU slot configurations. overclockers will once again need to familiarize themselves with a new architecture and platform - starting with official safe operating voltages to run the chips, Quad Channel XMP 1.3 memory kits, bundled air/water thermal solutions for the new LGA 2011 socket and optimum LN2 temperatures clocking potential. Processor Operating Voltages (from Intel SB-E Technical Datasheet) Memory overclockers will rejoice that the operating voltage for DDR3 memory have now been raised to a maximum ofSeparately available Intel Liquid Cooler (Asetek OEM) 1.85v (up from the miserable 1.65v since the days of Nehalem), which should help attain high bandwidth 2400+Mhz on tight memory timings, without causing long term CPU degradation. The Vcore voltage listed is rather conservative (we dare go 1.5V+ with good cooling), but from prior experience Intel have always revised their ratings upwards with new document revisions and core steppings. Quad Channel XMP 1.3 Memory Kits 21
  • 25. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone particularly liked the color scheme and plastic carton box that the motherboard came in.Officially, Intel claims support for 1600MHz DDR3 memoryonly, and usually the AUTO setting on most motherboards willdefault to that.Thankfully with the new base clock ratios and vastly improvedquad channel memory controller on the CPU, we have seenmemory frequencies scale as high as 2800MHz+, fueling theneed for specially hand-picked and certified kits to achievesuch levels with stability. The new Intel Extreme MemoryProfiles (XMP) 1.3 standard extends the SPD profiles tosupport more extreme settings, and we see vendors likeCorsair, GSkill, Kingston and Patroit offering new memorySKUs to sell to demanding enthusiasts.First Looks: Intel DX79SIExtreme Series X79MotherboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-intel-dx79si-extreme-series-x79-motherboard/13849.htmlNovember 16th, 2011Today we can preview another X79 motherboard that we havein our labs - the dashing Intel DX79SI (Siler) Extreme SeriesMotherboard which is part of the Sandy Bridge-E reviewers Only passive cooling heatpipes on this board, which iskit, and one of the better inexpensive choices when it hits the acceptable as the IOH only has a TDP of <10W. We wonderretail shelves. - If Intel themselves can provide 8 slots (Quad Channel) forThe DX79SI (Siler) continues Intels line of skull themed memory expansion on their own boards, why do most of theenthusiast motherboards since the D975XBX (Badaxe). We other 3rd party motherboard vendors then just make do with 4 (or god forbid, 6)? 22
  • 26. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone A quick hands-on video ofThe I/O Panel. Besides the glaring lack of PS/2 connectors Gigabytes X79 motherboards(Intel boards have been that way since X38 I think) forthe OCD overclockers, we see a CMOS reset switch on the and features Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-quick-hands-on-video-of-gigabyte-s-left, a stingy 2 USB 3.0 connectors (provided by a Super x79-motherboards-and-features/13956.htmlSpeed capable NEC D720200AF1), 2 Intel Gigabit RJ45 Ports November 16th, 2011(82579L and 82574L), 6 USB 2.0 ports from the X79 chipsetand a vanilla Realtek ALC892 for 8 channel audio. On Friday we spent some quality time with Gigabytes new X79 motherboards and we shoot a short video showing off some of the new features like 3D Power and 3D BIOS (UEFI). Due to Intels NDA that just expired we werent able to share this video until today, so click on through for a quick walk through of the new features and new motherboards. On Friday we spent some quality time with Gigabytes new X79 motherboards and we shoot a short video showing off some of the new features like 3D Power and 3D BIOS (UEFI). Due 23
  • 27. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto Intels NDA that just expired we werent able to share this example, the alarm clock app appears when you dock yourvideo until today, so click on through for a quick walk through XOOM in the bedroom. The update for all Motorola XOOMof the new features and new motherboards. users will be available soon.Theres very little else to say really, although for thoseconcerned about the 3D BIOS, it actually looks much betterin person than it does on video and the text is actually very Order your flowers and giftslegible, even if it looks quite small on the video. We should also with this SG Florist iPhone andpoint out that Gigabyte is listening to customer feedback andif you have any ideas of improvements that the company could iPad app Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/order-your-flowers-and-gifts-with-this-do, send off an email to their support and they might very well sg-florist-iphone-and-ipad-app/13943.htmlimplement it in a future update to their UEFI. November 16th, 2011Android 3.2 update comesto Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi inSingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-3.2-update-comes-to-motorola-xoom-wi-fi-in-singapore/13954.html Ordering flowers and gifts have never been as easy as just a fewNovember 16th, 2011 touches. Powered by Paypal and developed by , the SG Florist iPhone and iPad app is designed for users who want to send flowers or gifts to friends and family, or to please their wives or girlfriends.Motorola Singapore has recently announced that for XOOMWi-Fi tablet owners, the software update over-the-air has beenrolled out since end October last month, and that the updatewill be available for all users. SG Florist claims to be Singapore’s first mobile flower and gift delivery app, by FarEastFlora.com. It contains the exact same range of flowers & gifts as on www.FarEastFlora.com and is updated throughout the day to make stock availability and promotional price changes seamless and easy for users. Simply tap and swipe though a wide selection of over 1,000 giftAccording to Motorola Singapore, owners of the Motorola options ranging from flower bouquets, plant arrangements,XOOM Wi-Fi have started receiving a software update gift hampers, gourmet baskets and even perfumes. After that,over-the-air on their device from 31 October 2011. The select your gift, add to your shopping cart, and check-out withupdate includes an upgrade to the latest version of Android PayPal. As the app offers ‘Pay with PayPal’, you don’t even need3.2 (Honeycomb), and lets users print QuickOffice documents, to enter in your 16 digit credit card number; just log in to yournotes, calendar appointments and emails over Wi-Fi to PayPal account and confirm the purchase.printers at home or work via the MOTOPRINT app quicklyand easily. You can also able to edit Microsoft Word, Excel and The flowers and gifts get delivered the same day you placedPowerpoint documents for free in QuickOffice. your order. If you remembered only at the final minute or had a really busy day, you can even order flowers for that specialThe Android 3.2 Honeycomb update offers improved someone at 4pm and have the items delivered to them betweenenterprise management and security functionality associated 7pm to 10pm the same day. You can also set a reminder inwith 3LM. On top of that, users can program the docking the app to deliver flowers on special occasions. The SG Floriststation so that relevant apps appear in specific locations. For app is free to download from the Apple App Store for both 24
  • 28. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneiPhone and iPad, as well as Nokia Ovi Store for compatibleNokia devices.Some features about the SG Florist app:- Reminders and Wishlist: You can pre-select your favouritegift items under ‘Wishlist’ and set reminders for specialoccasions like birthdays, anniversary and Mother’s Day.- Sync addresses from phone contacts: You can sync recipients’addresses and details from your phone contacts. Saves thehassle of typing in addresses.- Surprise: Tap the ‘Surprise’ tab, shake your phone – if you’relucky you might get a discount exclusive to SG Florist appusers. 25
  • 29. November 21st, 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.First USB 3.0 enabledDisplayLink adapter arrivesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-usb-3.0-enabled-displaylink-adapter-arrives/14023.htmlNovember 21st, 2011Its taken nearly a year longer than DisplayLink envisaged, The joint press release from the two companies doesnt reallybut now the first display adapters featuring its new DL-3100 speak of much else in terms of features, but the device itselfUSB 3.0 chips are starting to arrive and first out are Japanese sports a micro USB 3.0 port rather than a full size connector.I-O Data. We were expecting a lot of new features from There were also some claims in the press release about higherDisplayLink, but it seems like at least the first devices have performance, full-screen HD videos, 3D games and multi-little new to offer. channel audio, although were not sure exactly how these are applicable, especially the audio part as theres no mention of any kind of audio connectivity. At US$137 (S$179) a pop, this isIts taken nearly a year longer than DisplayLink envisaged, also a very costly upgrade option over getting a USB 2.0 basedbut now the first display adapters featuring its new DL-3100 adapter, which further makes us wonder what the point of thisUSB 3.0 chips are starting to arrive and first out are Japanese product really is.I-O Data. We were expecting a lot of new features fromDisplayLink, but it seems like at least the first devices havelittle new to offer. Intel RST 11 to bring TRIMDespite the tenfold increase in bandwidth, the highest screenresolution that I-O Datas USB-RGB3/D adapter supports support to RAID 0 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-rst-11-to-bring-trim-support-to-is 2048x1152, although its entirely possible that this is a raid-0/14022.htmllimitation because of the use of a single-link DVI port. This November 21st, 2011seems to defeat the purpose of having all that extra bandwidthavailable, although well wait and see if there will be versionswith dual-link DVI or DisplayPort connectivity that will offerhigher resolution support in the future. Its been a very long wait, but it looks like Intel is finally ready to bring TRIM support for SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration according to details appearing on Storage Review. That said, the details posted were very slim and VR-Zone is here to fill in the gaps with some exclusive details as to what to expect from Intels upcoming Rapid Storage technology drivers. Its been a very long wait, but it looks like Intel is finally ready to bring TRIM support for SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration according to details appearing on Storage Review. That said, the details posted were very slim and VR-Zone is here to fill in 1
  • 30. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe gaps with some exclusive details as to what to expect from November 21st, 2011Intels upcoming Rapid Storage technology drivers.According to the details posted over at Storage Review thecurrent alpha release of RST 11.5 doesnt come with supportfor TRIM when using RAID 0, but it mentions that it shouldbe added in the next release of the alpha driver which shouldbe available before the end of the year. Well, as things turnout, well actually see TRIM support for RAID 0 as early as LG brings you the ultimate promotion for 3D experiencein the RST 11.0 drivers, a driver that should arrive sometime ranging across televisions, monitors, Blu-ray players and evenin January if all goes according to plan. Whats interesting mobile phones. Visit SITEX 2011 Show and check out thehere is that well also see support for it on the mobile chipsets ways you can enhance your lifestyle in 3D, as well as otherthat have RAID support, so we might end up with some very promotions for selected products. Available at Best Dengkiinteresting mobile configurations in the near future. (booth 5E20) and Harvey Norman (booth 5F10). LG LW6500 CINEMA 3D LED PLUS FHD (55”/47”/42”)Well also be seeing wider Smart Response support, althoughthis is likely to be part of Intels 7-series chipsets rather than Bring the 3D cinematic experience home with the LG LW6500.the current 6-series as this is Intels first RST driver with Incorporating the company’s CINEMA 3D technology, itsupport for the new chipsets, but sadly the information we features a flicker-free full High Definition (HD) 1920 by 1080have at hand doesnt make that entirely clear. On the subject resolution LED Plus 3D screen. It also comes with the Magicof Smart Response, Intel has made a push to get its partners Motion Remote Control that gives command to the TV withto start using Smart Response technology in more of their a wave of the arm, as well as access to premium contentsystems by providing an evaluation guide. Were not entirely through Smart TV. The LW6500 comes with Wi-Fi and DLNAsure about the content of this guide, but its meant to have support for instant streaming of content from suitable storagecomparisons between various SSDs that Intel deem suitable and mobile devices while the Smart Engergy Saving Plusfor caching. technology ensures that you can enjoy everything that theSo what about RST 11.5 then? Well, it wont arrive until LW6500 has to offer without breaking your bank over yoursometime in Q2 2012 and it will offer Windows 8 support as electricity bills.youd expect. However, theres also some bad news here for Usual Price: S$3,999 (55”), S$2,799 (47”) and S$1,399 (42”)users of older operating systems, as Intel is dropping supportfor Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server 2003 with therelease of RST 11.5, no matter if you use the 32-bit or 64-bit LG CINEMA 3D Monitor D2342Pversion.In related news Intel is having some problems with 4TB harddrive support and RAID 5 support in its older RST drivers andif youre planning on using either you should update to the10.8 drivers which are currently available on Intels website.In both cases the issues can cause data loss, so this is a highlyrecommended driver update to install.LG SITEX PromotionsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-sitex-promotions/14019.html 2
  • 31. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIf you are shopping for a cost-effective viewing solution foryour desktop PC, you may want to check out the LG D2342P. Itturns any 2D images into a full HD 3D viewing experience in a23-inch screen. A suite of technologies ensures that the system The Optimus 3D takes the smartphone experience into a newis free from crosstalk, electon waves, and flicker and give dimension with its Tri-Dual configuration featuring dual-core,comfortable prolonged viewing sessions. dual-channel and dual-memory which allow for improved performance when multi-tasking, viewing websites, enjoyingUsual Price: S$599 a movie or playing graphics-intensive games. It also takes a step into bringing 3D capabilities closer to everyday life by allowing the user to record and immediately enjoy content in 3D without the need for special glasses. Usual Price: S$938 (before telco subsidies) Norwegian Cotton Candy Sends Your Pocket to Cloud 9 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/norwegian-cotton-candy-sends-your- pocket-to-cloud-9/14020.html November 21st, 2011 New Norwegian startup FXI wants to make its mark with whatThe new LG Smart 3D Blu-ray player represents your favorite it calls Cotton Candy. This 21 gram device the size of a flashselection of 3D Blu-ray movie disc in its full glory, as well drive can convert any display or TV with HDMI port to a cloud-as playback from external hard disk drives or Digital Living client. You can even boot your PC or notebook with it, and getNetwork Alliance (DLNA) file sharing. Netcast technology on to the cloud.provides even more content from online media sources such New Norwegian startup FXI wants to make its mark with whatas YouTube and Netflix. The LG BD660 brings the idea of it calls Cotton Candy. This 21 gram device the size of a flashunlimited content viewing on the big screen to reality. drive can convert any display or TV with HDMI port to a cloud-Usual Price: S$199 client. You can even boot your PC or notebook with it, and get on to the cloud.LG Optimus 3D 3
  • 32. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCotton Candy is a compact embedded computer powered by November 21st, 2011ARM Cortex-A9 1.20 GHz dual-core processor, with ARMMali-400MP quad-core GPU, 1 GB of RAM, micro-SDHCcard slot for add-on storage, and connectivity options thatinclude WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth EDR. Thats some serioushardware for a device this small, comparable with high-endsmartphones. Visit SanDisk (booth 5J60) at SITEX 2011 and check out their range of storage solution promotions which cater to long-term priority data storage and solid state drive upgrades for your PC. SanDisk Memory VaultThe possibilities are endless. Plug the Cotton Candy to yourTV, connect a wireless keyboard and mouse that use Bluetoothor WiFi, and your cloud client is ready to go. An Android-powered smartphone can also be used as an input device.Cotton Candy runs Android by default, but it can also beconfigured to come with Ubuntu (Linux) pre-loaded. The SanDisk Memory Vault is a photo album that claims to be able to store images for up to 100 years with their exclusive Chronolock technology, all in one reliable location. This product is a first in the new category of devices from SanDisk that is built for long-term data preservation. With the Memory Vault, users can now get a peace of mind that their precious photos and videos will be safe for generations to come. Retail Price: S$135 (16GB) SITEX Show Special: TBAThe device can also be plugged into a desktop or notebook SanDisk Solid State DrivePC. Simply make your PC boot from it like youd boot froma USB flash drive. The installed operating system will quicklyconfigure itself to your PC and get you onto the cloud.Measuring about 8 x 2.5 x 1 cm (L x W x H), and weighing aslow as 21 grams, the FXI Cotton Candy is slared for Q2 2012.It is expected to be priced under US $200.SanDisk SITEX 2011PromotionsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandisk-sitex-2011-promotions/14018.html 4
  • 33. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe SanDisk Ultra SSD is a cost-effective and convenientplug-and-play solution for technology enthusiasts looking toupgrade their PCs for enhanced user experience. It featuresboot up and shut down speeds twice as fast as conventionalhard drive, and this includes a write speed of up to 270MBper second, or a read speed of 280MB per second. Some 80terabytes of data can be written onto the Ultra SSD 120GBmodel across its lifespan, a proof of the drive’s remarkabledurability.Retail Price: S$268 (120GB)SITEX Show Special: TBAVeho SITEX 2011 OfferSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/veho-sitex-2011-offer/14016.htmlNovember 21st, 2011 The Veho SAEM Bluetooth Handsfree car kit reveals its innovative edge when it powers up via motion detection as you step into your car, and switches off when you leave. It allows 32 hours of talk time, 66 days of standby time, and two years of standby in sleep mode. With its capacity to pair withIf you are looking for a new Bluetooth car kit or a mobile eight devices, and two devices in use simultaneously, the Vehobattery solution, we have good news for you. Veho is having SEAM offers a ten meter pairing radius and automatic volumepromotions for these products at the upcoming SITEX 2011 control that keeps calls clear while eliminating wind noise andShow. Visit them and check out the innovative edge that Veho echo.can give to your mobile devices. Retail Price: S$99Veho Pebble Smartstick Ivy Bridge and Windows 8: The early 2012 next generation multi-display PC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-and-windows-8-the- early-2012-next-generation-multi-display-pc/14017.html November 21st, 2011 Ivy Bridge and Windows 8 will likely share the same launch window... and it seems their graphics capabilities will match too - from Stereo 3-D to multi-display support and an updatedThe Veho Pebble Smartstick with its rated 2200mAh capacity DirectX!will power your mobile phone for a full charge while you are While there were complaints that the integrated graphics inon-the-move. Its array of connection ports make sure that it the Sandy Bridge mainstream processor family didn’t matchworks with most popular phones, while its compact stick form up to its powerful CPU cores, Intel is, as it was shown atmeans it can stay in your pockets comfortably and takes up less their IDF presentations in September, committed to radicallyspace in bags. improve the situation with the Ivy Bridge family this comingRetail Price: S$59 spring.Veho SAEM Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit 5
  • 34. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone With Ivy Bridge likely enabling playable 3-D games with medium settings even up to FullHD resolution – not in all games, mind you, but many nevertheless – the entry level discrete GPU market will really feel great extinction pressure, unless the GPU vendors find a way to further double or triple the performance of the cards in the $50-$100 range at the same time. That, of course, depends on the success of the impending 28 nm GPU rollout by both AMD and Nvidia. Lexmark SITEX Special Offers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lexmark-sitex-special- offers/14013.html November 21st, 2011As we covered before exclusively before anyone else, the IvyBridge GPU core will not just be over twice the performanceof the Sandy Bridge one, but also support many other newfeatures, like 4K display resolution and native triple-displayresolution – the kind of capabilities that only higher end of thediscrete GPU range would support until now. Lexmark will be having some promotions for the upcoming SITEX 2011 Show, located at Singapore Expo Hall 4B, BoothNow, Microsoft’s Windows 8, with its “love it or hate it” 4A01. Visit them and find out how you can empower yourMetro GUI – I personally stick with the ‘mildly dislike’ offices printing needs.followed by ‘switch back to the old one’ – will also bring someimprovements into its graphics capabilities, like DirectX 11.1update, Stereo 3D native support and further DirectCompute Lexmark Prevail Pro 708enhancements for greater GPU use in more apps. The Lexmark Prevail Pro 708 is a wireless 4-in-1 printer which is environmental-friendly and cost effective, offering to usersWindows 8 and Ivy Bridge announcement dates are expected three years LexExpress Warranty. It produces the industry’sto be very close to one another, so we checked with our lowest black and white printing cost of around S$7.90 for 510sources how’s the Intel driver support for those new Windows pages, and is equipped with business card scanning features.8 capabilities at launch. And, guess what, all the new stuff is The Prevail Pro 708 connects using Wireless-N capabilities forsupported right away, as you can see: long range and reliable signal to produce faster file transferThis includes more things, like OpenGL 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1 rates.for the non Microsoft user base, and even 3 protected HDCP Usual Price: S$399streams for invididual HD video displays across 3 independent SITEX Show Price: TBAmonitors that the Ivy Bridge platform will support.Overall, the impact of these step by step improvements is Lexmark Genesis S815that Intel’s graphics capabilities are going up one notchfurther compared to the discrete GPU makers, and essentiallymaking it really ‘good enough’ for an even larger portion ofthe mainstream user community not to bother with addingdiscrete GPUs. 6
  • 35. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SITEX Show Price: TBA Antec Eleven Hundred hands on preview Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/antec-eleven-hundred-hands-on- preview/14015.html November 21st, 2011 By now youve most likely already seen our hands on preview of the new Antec P280, but for those of you that arent soThis printer is the industry’s first web-connected A4 all-in-one concerned about noise and that are looking for something withinkjet printer with the revolutionary Flash Scan technology a bit better cooling performance and maybe something with awhich scans documents for conversion to its digital form in see through side panel, we give you the Antec Eleven Hundredas fast as three seconds. It includes a bright, user friendly preview. Although the two chassis are quite similar, there are4.3-inch touch screen designed with the ability to customize, also some major differences that well take a quick look at here.install and use the one-touch SmartSolutions. It also givesinstant previews of documents loaded for scanning. TheWireless N technology empowers the printer with three By now youve most likely already seen our hands on previewtimes the coverage and faster transfer speeds. The Genesis is of the new Antec P280, but for those of you that arent soserviced with a three-year LexExpress Warranty, giving users concerned about noise and that are looking for something withpeace of mind. a bit better cooling performance and maybe something with a see through side panel, we give you the Antec Eleven HundredUsual Price: S$499 preview. Although the two chassis are quite similar, there areSITEX Show Price: TBA also some major differences that well take a quick look at here.Lexmark X5650The Lexmark X5650 is a wireless all-in-one printer withQuick Connect laptop port for easy connectivity and set-up. Itdelivers print speeds of up to 25 ppm in black and white, or18 ppm color using its 25-page automatic document feeder.The X5650 has multi card slots which allow for quick andconvenient direct printing from cameras and memory cards.Usual Price: S$149 7
  • 36. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Popping the side of the chassis you can see that the two are nearly identical inside, but as youll see from the video, the hard drive mounting trays have been replaced with a pair of simpler brackets and although they dont reduce vibrations as efficiently, theyre easier to attach to the drives. This does of course also mean that if you intended to kit out your system with eight SSDs youre going to need to have to get adapters for six of those SSDs.As you can see, the front of the two chassis is similar, yet verydifferent. Gone is the door of the P280 and in its place we havea clean looking mesh fascia. The location of the front portsand the buttons are the same though, although the top 120mmfans are now replaced by a single 200mm fan. The only slightdownside of this is that Antec hasnt allowed for any space fora watercooler kit to be fitted internally. As far as we can tell, everything else has remained the same internally and as with the P280, the Eleven Hundred has a front and bottom fitted dust filter. As you might notice in the pictures, the Eleven Hundred is using a single fan controller for all the pre-installed fans, rather than a separate 8
  • 37. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefan controller for each of the fans. The advantage of this is thatyou can easily control up to four fans and they all draw powerfrom a single Molex power connector, although the downsideis less optimization as all the fans will have their speed reducedor increased by the same amount. Akasa Venom Toxic Case Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/akasa-venom-toxic-case- review/14014.html November 21st, 2011 It has been over two and a half years ever since the release of the Infinity Zor case which was fairly popular among enthusiasts. Two and a half years later Akasa came to release a new massive gaming tower case, the Venom Toxic. As the product’s name suggests, the new case is designed to matchWe missed to snap a shot of the side panel of the Eleven both the theme and performance of their Venom enthusiast-Hundred, but youll see it clearly in the video below. Instead of level series, such as the Venom Voodoo cooler which wehaving the extra lamination fitted to reduce noise, the left side reviewed a few months ago, all of which are aiming towardspanel has a Perspex window with place for two 120mm fans hardcore enthusiasts. In this review we will examine what thisand the right hand panel has space for one 120mm fan to go massive new case can offer to enthusiasts.behind the motherboard, although this means that youd have It has been over two and a half years ever since the releaseto route your cables around the fan. The Eleven Hundred has of the Infinity Zor case which was fairly popular amongan MSRP price of US$129.95 (S$169) and might just hit retail enthusiasts. Two and a half years later Akasa came to releasein time for the holiday season. a new massive gaming tower case, the Venom Toxic. As the product’s name suggests, the new case is designed to match both the theme and performance of their Venom enthusiast- level series, such as the Venom Voodoo cooler which we reviewed a few months ago, all of which are aiming towards hardcore enthusiasts. In this review we will examine what this massive new case can offer to enthusiasts. Colour Smooth black with killer yellow Material SECC 0.8 / 1.0mm Compatible motherboard Micro ATX / ATX / E-ATX / types XL-ATX 5.25" external bays 6 9
  • 38. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone3.5" external bays 1 November 21st, 20113.5" internal bays (2.5" HDD/ 6SSD supported)Cooling system Front: 1 x 23cm fan with white LED (included) Its only been a few days since the launch of Intels long Top: awaited, if not knee trembling exciting Sandy Bridge-E 1 x 23cm fan (included) or platform. Already there are a plethora of X79 motherboards competing for the attention and the cash of PC enthusiasts. 1 x 240mm radiator Today we take a look at the MSI X79A-GD65, a mid range (optional) or board targeting the budget conscious users. 2 x 12cm fan (optional) or Introduction 2 x 14cm fan (optional) Back: 1 x 14cm fan (included) or 1 x 12cm fan (optional) Side: 4 x 12cm fan (optional) or 1 x 18-23cm fan (optional) Bottom: 1 x 12cm (optional) or 1 x 14cm fan (optional)Fan specifications Top panel : 1 x 23cm exhaust fan Front panel : 1 x 23cm input fan with white LED Its only been a few days since the launch of Intels long awaited, if not knee trembling exciting Sandy Bridge-E Back panel : 1 x 14cm exhaust platform. Already there are a plethora of X79 motherboards fan competing for the attention and the cash of PC enthusiasts.Fan controller Controls 6 fans Today we take a look at the MSI X79A-GD65, a mid range simultaneously with 40W board targeting the budget conscious users. combined maximum wattage Before we dive into the MSI board, its well worth taking a lookPSU (not included) Supports ATX and EPS power at our articles here and here covering the platform itself. supplies Like all other Sandy Bridge-E boards, the X79A-GD65 uses Base mounted, dual the X79 Patsburg chipset, supporting second generation Core positioning i7 processors for the LGA2011 socket. The model well be reviewing is the four dimm version. MSI also has an eight Dust filter supplied dimm version of the GD65 available.I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 , 3 x USB 2.0 , 1 x eSATA , HD audio in / out Below is a general overview of the X79 platform. The increased (AC’97 compatible) number of PCIe lanes and quad channel memory support are the major distinguishing features over the mainstream P67/Expansion slots 10 Z68 platforms.Dimensions 620 x 555 x 232mm (H x D x W)Weight 13.1 kgProduct Code AK-TOX-01BKMSI X79A-GD65 MotherboardReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-x79a-gd65-motherboard-review/13996.html 10
  • 39. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia® ASM 1061 chipset - Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed. - Supports two SATAIII ports (SATA7~8) • RAID - SATA• The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically. • The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) functionSpecifications of the MSI X79A-GD65 which records yourCPU Support Supports 2nd Generation mainboard specifications.1~2 Intel® Core i7 processors in ports support Intel Rapid LGA2011 package Storage TechnologyChipset Intel® X79 Chipset enterprise (AHCI / RAID 0/1) by Intel X79Memory - Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 - SATA3~6 ports support 1066/1333/1600/1800*/2133*/2400* Intel Rapid Storage (OC) DRAM, 64GB Max Technology enterprise - Supports Quad channel (AHCI / RAID 0/1/5/10) by mode Intel X79Expansion Slots • 3 PCI Express gen3 x16 slots USB 3.0 • 1 USB 3.0 internal - PCI_E1 & PCI_E4 support connector by NEC® up to PCIE x16 speed D720200 • 2 USB 3.0 rear I/O ports by - PCI_E6 supports up to PCIE NEC® D720200 x8 speed Audio • Chipset integrated by • 2 PCI Express gen2 x16 slots Realtek® ALC892 - Flexible 8-channel audio - PCI_E2 & PCI_E5 support with jack sensing up to PCIE x1 speed - Compliant with Azalia 1.0 • 1 PCIE x1 slot SpecOn-Board SATA • SATAII controller integrated - Meet Microsoft Vista in Intel® X79 chipset Premium spec - Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed. LAN • Supports one PCI Express - Supports four SATAII ports LAN 10/100/1000 Fast (SATA3~6) by X79 Ethernet by Realtek 8111E. IEEE1394 / FireWire • VIA® VT6315N chipset - Supports up to two 1394 • SATAIII controller ports. (Rear panel x1, integrated in Intel® X79 pinheader x1) chipset - Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed. - Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps. - Supports two SATAIII ports Internal I/O Connectors - ATX 24-Pin power (SATA1~2) by X79 connector - 8-pin ATX 12V power connector 11
  • 40. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone devices and expansion cards - CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN of the board automatically. connectors • The mainboard provides a Desktop Management - Front panel audio connector Interface(DMI) function which records your - Front panel connector mainboard specifications. Dimensions • 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) - 1 x chasis intrusion ATX Form Factor connector - 2 x USB 2.0 connectors USB 3.0 to be used as chip to - 1 x USB 3.0 connectors chip interconnect - 4 x Serial ATAII connectors Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/usb-3.0-to-be-used-as-chip-to-chip- interconnect/14012.html - 4 x Serial ATAIII connectors November 21st, 2011 - 1 x IEEE1394 connector - 1 x Clear CMOS jumper - 1 x TPM module connector One of the problems with low power devices such as smartphones and tablets is that you have limited options when - 1 x Power button it comes to the bus that the various chips use to communicate with each other. Most devices use fairly slow interfaces such as - 1 x OC Genie button GPIO, HSIC or various MIPI interfaces rather than something like PCI Express that youd find a PC. Now it looks like the - 2 x Direct OC buttons USB-IF wants to replace these chipset interconnects with USB 3.0. - 1 x Multi BIOS switch - 1 x Voice Genie connector One of the problems with low power devices such as smartphones and tablets is that you have limited options when - 1 x MultiConnect Panel it comes to the bus that the various chips use to communicate connector with each other. Most devices use fairly slow interfaces such as GPIO, HSIC or various MIPI interfaces rather than something - 1 x Voltage Checkpoint like PCI Express that youd find a PC. Now it looks like the connector USB-IF wants to replace these chipset interconnects with USBBack Panel I/O Ports - 1 x PS/2 Mouse/ 3.0. Keyboard port Beyond GPIO and the MIPI interfaces, the good old USB - 1 x Clear CMOS button interface is of course also widely implemented as well as SDIO, but even these interfaces are relatively slow as a chip - 1 x Coaxial SPDIF port to chip interconnect. As such, something faster is needed and although it might sound like a crazy idea at first to move - 1 x Optical SPDIF port the USB 3.0, the USB-IF is working together with the MIPI alliance to make this a reality and is even relying on the M-PHY - 1 x IEEE1394 port physical layer developed by the MIPI alliance. Furthermore the HSIC interface was based on USB 2.0 so its logical to build - 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack on that standard and as such the USB 3.0 interface will be known as SSIC or Super Speed Inter-Chip. - 8 x USB 2.0 ports For your average consumer this might not seem like a big deal - 2 x USB 3.0 ports to start with, but when you consider that a lot of the peripheral chipsets in your average smartphone and tablet are starting to - 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack be limited by the chip interconnects, then you quickly realiseBIOS • The mainboard BIOS that something needs to be done. The implementation of USB provides "Plug & Play" BIOS 3.0 in this case is for very short PCB traces and its quite which detects the peripheral different to what is used in PCs, but on the other hand its also 12
  • 41. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemuch more power efficient and should be easier to implementin the type of devices it will be going into than say PCI Express.Interestingly there will be several different configurations onoffer and the USB-IF is using the same terms as the PCI-SIGcalling it x1, x2 and x4 lanes, although we dont know howmuch bandwidth will be available per lane at this point in time,but an educated guess is 5Gbps for four lanes, 2.5Gbps fortwo lanes and 1.25Gbps for one lane based on the theoreticalmaximum speed of USB 3.0. The SSIC standard is still beingdeveloped and isnt likely to reach a final stage until sometimenext year and after that its likely to take some time before itgets implemented in the various chips that goes into mobiledevices. That said, by then there will be an actual need for thefaster interface if not before.Hands on with the Antec P280Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-the-antec-p280/14010.htmlNovember 21st, 2011We went on a little trip to Antecs offices in Taipei to have alook at their new P280 chassis which is set to replace the P180series over time. The new chassis follows the classical designof the P180 series but adds some much needed new features.We went on a little trip to Antecs offices in Taipei to have a Although at first glance there doesnt seem to be a hugelook at their new P280 chassis which is set to replace the P180 difference between the P280 and the most recent model in theseries over time. The new chassis follows the classical design P180 series, the P183 V3, its clear that things have changed.of the P180 series but adds some much needed new features. For starters, the ports have been moved from the side to the top of the chassis and the air vents on the door are gone. The power and reset buttons can now be found on the top of the chassis instead of behind the door. You also get two USB 3.0 ports as well as a pair of USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks. The top is now home to two rather than one 120mm fan. 13
  • 42. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePopping off the side panel reveals a completely re-designedinterior which makes better use of the space. Gone is also thedivider which was something of a love/hate thing. We shouldalso mention that Antec has sadly gone from aluminium tosteel side panels, although these are quite thick at 0.8mm andon top of that the company has added a sheet of polycarbonateto help reduce noise. As you can see the interior is now black to keep with the latest trends in cases. The hard drive trays are now much easier to access as well and are angled 90 degrees. Some may be upset with the move from metal to plastic trays, but the new trays have a much better design and are fitted with vibration absorbing silicon grommets. There are six 3.5-inch drive bays and although all the trays can be fitted with 2.5-inch drives, Antec also added a pair of dedicated drive bays for a pair of 2.5-inch drives. The chassis also has space for three 5.25-inch drives in screwless bays. Around the back youll find no less than 9 expansion slots, a 120mm fan, two holes for tubing for watercooling and three separate fan controllers for the pre-fitted fans. Antec also pointed out that the chassis has washable dust filters fitted to 14
  • 43. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneboth the front (behind the door) and the bottom of the chassis.Theres also plenty of holes for cable routing, something thatwas far from ideal in the older models. A massive cut-out in themotherboard tray should also make it easy to access the rear ofthe motherboard when you want to change your CPU cooler,no matter where its located on the motherboard. The Plantronics Savor employs three precision microphones to produce unsurpassed audio performance and delivering exceptional audio experience for conversations, audio streaming, and much more. The integrated AudioIQ3 preserves the acoustics of natural voice so your calls won’t sound robotic or tinny. In addition, the WindSmart technology helps to reduce noise from the wind when taking calls in the car or on a busy street. Retail Price: S$199Overall the Antec P280 is a huge step forward for the series SITEX SPECIAL: TBAand with an estimated retail price of US$139.95 (S$182) whichseems pretty fair for whats on offer here. We should hopefullybe getting a unit for a closer look, but in the meantime, check Plantronics Voyager PRO+: Performance with a Plusout our video below for a more in-depth look over at Antecsoffices. For more detailed specifications, hit up the Antec P280product page.Plantronics SITEX 2011 OffersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/plantronics-sitex-2011-offers/14009.htmlNovember 21st, 2011Plantronics special offers for SITEX 2011 are up. Read onto see how you can maximize your savings for your mobilelifestyle needs. The Plantronics Voyager PRO+ is a new version of the award-Plantronics Savor M1100 winning Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset, which is a proven performer in delivering premium sound quality and comfort. The Voyager PRO+ brings to the user a new level of hands-free convenience, featuring A2DP technology for streaming music and podcasts, as well as GPS navigation voice instructions. For iPhone users, the on-screen headset battery meter allows users to monitor battery life. The Voyager PRO+ also includes convenient voice alerts for the remaining talk time, volume, phone connection, off-range notification and more. Retail Price: S$169 SITEX Special: TBA 15
  • 44. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePlantronics M50The M50 offers days of use before recharging whileaccomodating to streaming of music and podcast, as well aspreventing wind and noise from interfering with the call. Abattery meter will appear on your iPhone when in use toindicate battery life. One of its outstanding features is theability to take calls from one of two paired phones, providingmultiple-phone owners with a cost effective solution.Retail Price: S$89SITEX Special: TBAEpson Singapore introducesnew projectors for education,business and homes The Epson MG-850HD is the companys first high definitionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-singapore-introduces-new- projector for Apple devices, and comes with a convenient dockprojectors-for-education-business-and-homes/14008.html that fits the iPhone, iPad and iPod. You dont need any specialNovember 21st, 2011 applications installed; simply dock the Apple device and use the remote control provided to navigate and play your photos, songs or movies. The MG-850HD also comes with a set of two 10W high quality stereo speakers for your enjoyment. It is available this month at S$1,299. Epson EH-TW8000This morning, Epson Singapore has announced new projectorsfor education, business and homes which include Epson EB-S/X/W, EB-1800, EB-400 series, EH-TW8000, EH-TW6000and MG-850HD; a total of 13 models.Epson MG-850HD 16
  • 45. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone November 21st, 2011 This years SITEX Show will feature some promotions from Motorola. Take a look at how their phones and tablets can change your lifestyle. Motorola RazrThe Epson EH-TW8000 high definition home theatreprojector claims to offer the brightest 3D images in the world.It provides 480Hz frame refresh rate which is said to be The Motorola Razr is the world’s slimmest smartphone,twice as fast as other 3D projectors and minimises "blackout measuring 7.1mm thick featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLEDtime" between 3D frames. On top of that, the EH-TW8000 display graced by Corning Gorilla Glass and surrounded byfeatures 2D to 3D conversion, Super Resolution and Frame diamond-cut aluminum accents with KEVLAR fibre coatedInterpolcation technologies for improved image quality. It also back cover. Looking good isn’t all it is good at, as its 1.2GHzhas lens shift and pixel alignment correction capabilities that dual-core processor and 8-megapixel camera will prove. Itlets users shift image easily while the projector remains in features the proprietary MotoCast system that allows yourits installed place. The Epson EH-TW8000 is available this phone to be synchronized to your files from your PC via themonth with a price tag of S$4,299 and comes with a pair of 3D Internet. Smart and sexy indeed.active shutter glasses. If you need to purchase more, the 3Dactive shutter glasses are retailing at S$120 each. Retail Price:S$888 (Without contract)For those who want a more affordable home theatre projector M1 - S$118 (U.P S$418) with Extreme Surf Plancan check out the the Epson EH-TW6000 that is priced at S Singtel - S$278 on 3G Flexi Lite Plan w 12GB for internet$2,999. It shares the same image engine as the EH-TW8000 surfingwith 480Hz refresh rate and is equipped with a Horizontal StarHub - S$98 on 2-year 3G mobile voice and data planKeystone Adjuster and C2Fine technology to achieve lustrous,high quality images. However, it does not have 2D to 3Dconversion and has no 3D active shutter glasses bundled with Motorola ATRIXthe unit.Motorola SITEX 2011 DealsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-sitex-2011-deals/14003.html 17
  • 46. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Kingston launches its first HyperX USB 3.0 flash drive Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-launches-its-first-hyperx- usb-3.0-flash-drive/14007.html November 21st, 2011 Theres no shortage of USB 3.0 flash drives by now, but disappointingly many of them offer the same kind of write performance as USB 2.0 drives, something that makes them a fairly uninteresting purchase despite the faster read speeds. Kingston has alleviated that issues with its DataTravelerThe Motorola ATRIX is designed to be a primary digital hub HyperX 3.0 flash drive which is offering some really fastwhich allows users to enjoy media and content, and to create or speeds, but at a cost.edit documents. A proprietary Lapdock transforms the ATRIXinto a Webtop, releasing the full potential, channeling to abigger and more comfortable screen while supporting full Theres no shortage of USB 3.0 flash drives by now, butprograms such as Mozilla Firefox browser and Adobe Flash disappointingly many of them offer the same kind of writePlayer. performance as USB 2.0 drives, something that makes them a fairly uninteresting purchase despite the faster read speeds.Retail Price: S$1,288 (bundled Lapdock); S$988(bundled HD Kingston has alleviated that issues with its DataTravelerMultimedia Dock) HyperX 3.0 flash drive which is offering some really fast speeds, but at a cost.Motorola Xoom USB flash drives have become ubiquitous these days and smaller capacity drives are anything but a splurge. Sadly performance hasnt kept up as fast flash memory and fast controllers add cost and most companies have seemingly decided to keep things on the cheap rather than trying to offer faster performing devices. USB 3.0 was set to change this, but sadly the improvements have been fairly minor in most cases with high-end USB 2.0 drives offering similar write speeds to most USB 3.0 drives. That said, products like Kingstons new DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 makes it all a bit more worthwhile, as the company is claiming read speeds of SSD level 225MB/s and write speeds of up to 135MB/s when the drive is attached over USB 3.0 whereas over USB 2.0 we should expect to see read/write speeds of 30MB/s. The drive comes in a metal enclosure wrapped in rubber and it has a for the product category impressive five year warranty.The Motorola Xoom redefines tablet experience out of thebox with Adobe Flash support and has a 10.1-inch High However, theres one caveat, cost. Part of the reason for this isDefinition screen. It is also the first to feature Google Mobile that the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 starts at 64GB a model thatservices including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and is listed at a whopping US$193 (S$250). Moving up in capacityGoogle Talk with video and voice chat. The Xoom processes all we have a 128GB going for an eye watering US$377 (S$489)these with its 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. and finally there will be a 256GB model which has as yet to get a price, but wed expect it to be priced way outside of whatRetail Price: S$888 (WiFi); S$988 (3G) most people would be willing to spend on a USB 3.0 drive. In fact, you could get one of Kingstons own 120GB HyperX SATA 6Gbps SSDs for a mere US$273 directly from Kingston 18
  • 47. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneand it would be cheaper to get a USB 3.0 enclosure for this thangetting one of the new flash drives. So in as much as Kingstonhas managed to produce some really fast flash drives, if youcan live with something a little bit larger, it would actually be Orico Unveils Plans formore affordable to go down the external SSD route. Thunderbolt-Enabled EnclosuresIntel Ivy Bridge-E Slated For Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/orico-unveils-plans-for-thunderbolt-Q4 2012, Compatible with enabled-enclosures/14005.html November 21st, 2011Sandy Bridge-ESource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ivy-bridge-e-slated-for-q4-2012-compatible-with-sandy-bridge-e/14006.htmlNovember 21st, 2011 Although launched with much pomp and fervor, with patronage by no less than Apple, the propagation of Intel’s Thunderbolt interconnect is rather limited. Notwithstanding the fact that very few portable devices need 10 Gbps ofEven as Intel and its ecosystem partners (motherboard, bandwidth, the ecosystem of the more compatible USB 3.0memory and cooler vendors) are catching a breath after the interface is growing. Yet some like China’s Orico see a potentialsmooth and trouble-free launch of Core i7 "Sandy Bridge- in the interface, and being one of the first with devices thatE" HEDT (high end desktop) family, there is news emerging use it. The company is out with a spanking new lineup ofabout its successor. We wont play Captain Obvious in stating desktop 3.5-inch SATA hard drive enclosures that supportthat the successor of Sandy Bridge-E is about an year away, Thunderbolt, and more.but what interests us more are bits and pieces of information Although launched with much pomp and fervor, withconcerning platform longevity. patronage by no less than Apple, the propagation of Intel’sEven as Intel and its ecosystem partners (motherboard, Thunderbolt interconnect is rather limited. Notwithstandingmemory and cooler vendors) are catching a breath after the the fact that very few portable devices need 10 Gbps ofsmooth and trouble-free launch of Core i7 "Sandy Bridge- bandwidth, the ecosystem of the more compatible USB 3.0E" HEDT (high end desktop) family, there is news emerging interface is growing. Yet some like China’s Orico see a potentialabout its successor. We wont play Captain Obvious in stating in the interface, and being one of the first with devicesthat the successor of Sandy Bridge-E is about an year away, but that use it. The company readying a spanking new lineup ofwhat interests us more is bits of information about platform desktop 3.5-inch SATA hard drive enclosures that supportlongevity. Thunderbolt, and more.A slide scored by a reliable source on Taiwanese tech siteXFastest reveals some important bits of information aboutthe successor of Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge-E. First and mostimportant, Ivy Bridge-E will use the same LGA2011 socket andIntel X79 Express chipset as todays Core i7 "Sandy Bridge-E". Most commentators had a hunch it would turn out thisway, because Ivy Bridge (standard) shares the LGA1155 socketwith todays Sandy Bridge processors, even if they will use anew line of chipsets and compatibility between todays 6-serieschipset motherboards and tomorrows Ivy Bridge LGA1155processors will be subject to some conditions (such as UEFIwith ME8L update).Next up, Ivy Bridge-E will take advantage of the new 22nanometer silicon fabrication process at Intel, allowing itsmakers to cram in more components (such as cores, cache,uncore components, etc.). The other parts of the slide are less For now, shown to those of us interested only as CGIrelevant to us. They talk about current enthusiast products renders, Oricos Thunderbolt disk boxes will be available infrom Intel such as the Desktop Board DX79SI and SSD 510. four variants: single drive, two drives, four drives, and fiveIntels SSD lineup is due for a complete overhaul in 2012 (more drives. Among these, the single drive variant only has oneon that here). Thunderbolt port, so either it can be a lone device connectedThe source also mentioned that Ivy Bridge-E is slated for the to your machine, or at the end of your Thunderbolt daisy-fourth quarter of 2012, while Ivy Bridge LGA1155 is on course chain. The other variants feature two Thunderbolt connectors,for a launch over Q1 and Q2 2012. so they can be arranged as internodes in your Thunderbolt 19
  • 48. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedaisy-chain. This is where the zesty 10 Gbps bandwidth comesto play. Need a bookshelf full of hard drives? No problem - Jipaban, Singaporesarrange a few of these enclosures in a chain, and end up with "Amazon" site, gets revampedzero bottlenecks when accessing any of your hard drives, oreven when accessing multiple drives at once. look; offers better shopping experience Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/jipaban-singapore-s-amazon-site-gets- revamped-look-offers-better-shopping-experience/14004.html November 21st, 2011 With a new revamped look, Singapores online mall with social networking elements - Jipaban - claims to offer improved shopping experience with more products, loyalty programme and the addition of next day delivery service. For those who have yet to check out the site, it is located at http:// www.jipaban.com.You can hot-plug each individual drives without disturbingother drives in operation. Each drive bay has its own pop-outcradle that pulls a hot drive out the right way. The enclosuresuse external power bricks (similar to notebook power bricks),and have a hard power switch on the back. On the front, eachdisk has its own soft-blue power-activity LED. When a disk ispresent and powered, its LED stays on. When theres activity,the LED blinks - just like single-LED Ethernet power/actstatus. The enclosures bogies are made of sheets of aluminumthat give them a classy feel. The recently revamped Jipaban, Singapore’s very own ‘Amazon’ site, makes a comeback to provide Singaporeans improved experience to online shopping, with promises of more products, rewards and convenience. With the new and vibrant interface, Jipaban shoppers can browse through over 5000 new products on the site with categories including Women, Men, Gifts & Lifestyle, Books and DVDs & Blu Rays – suitable for the fashion-Orico did not give out a time-frame on when its new enclosures conscious youths to busy professionals who like thewill be ready for market. In all likelihood, the company will convenience and efficiency of shopping online. Shoppers whostart off with east Asian markets and their growing Mac shop from Jipaban will also be rewarded with the ‘Shopperuserbases, and proceed westwards. Rewards’ programme to earn their ‘Lolly Points’. These ‘Lolly Points’ can be used to redeem from more than 1300 products such as stationeries, collectibles, gadgets and even holidaySource and images courtesy: Expreview trips. One of the additions Jipaban is introducing is the ‘Next Day Delivery’ system. Other than opting for the regular or registered postage services offered by Singapore Post, Jipaban shoppers can now enjoy the luxury of getting their purchases the next day right after they make payment online. At a cost- friendly price of only S$4.90 for the next day delivery option, 20
  • 49. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneit is perfect for that last minute gift or a new outfit for the partythe next day. Lenovo SITEX Show 2011 offersGoogle Reaches 200 Million Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-sitex-show-2011- offers/14001.htmlAndroid Devices, Daily November 21st, 2011Activation Rate Passes650,000Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-reaches-200-million-android-devices-daily-activation-rate-passes-650-000/13987.htmlNovember 21st, 2011 Levono will feature its selection of laptops on promotion this coming SITEX Show, with a variety of function and theme oriented systems that will cater to everyones needs, all at a special price. Read on to find out whats in stall.During the Google Music launch event, Jamie Rosenberg,Director of Digital Content for Android introduced animpressive statistic. We have all heard the figure of 550.000activated devices daily, but did you knew that in only fivemonths, 100 million people activated their Android devices? The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 comes with a 7-inch screen, which is capable of capacitive multitouch for improved interactive experience. Web-optimizations with Android 2.3 and full Adobe Flash support bring with it a complete web experience. SITEX SHOW PRICE: TBA Lenovo IdeaPad U400The numbers are clear: at the end of May 2011, Google Androidoperating system was used by 100 million people, and thenumber of daily activations grew from 100,000 in May 2010to 550,000 in May 2011. By the end of this day, over 650,000people will activate their brand new smartphone or a tabletand see the animated Android.Still, there is a long way to go - Nokia holds the numberone spot with over 450 million Symbian phones, but thereis no way to record which of these devices are active or not.For comparison, Nokia achieved the 100 million phones markexactly five years ago, on November 16, 2006. 200 millionthdevice shipped in February 2009, while the number nowstands at over 500 million Symbian devices.At the current pace, we could see one million daily Androidactivations during 2012, resulting in Google Android takingover Nokias Symbian by the end of 2012 or in early 2013,setting another unprecedented growth in the mobile industry. Serious entertainment is the theme for IdeaPad U400, as it packs full high definition graphics support, HDMI output, andFurthermore, we are approaching the one billion smartphones integrated SRS Premium Surround Sound for an immersivemark (during 2012) and there is no turning back. audio experience. Display outputs to the big screen are made possible by Intel Wireless Display, adding to cinematic viability.The U400 can last for seven hours on battery. Other 21
  • 50. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonespecification include a second generation Intel Core processor, normal to theatre mode on the fly. Security and access is easilyATI Radeon HD6470M discrete graphics with 1GB VRAM, achieved with the VeriFace system, which records your face asand a beautifully integrated slot-loading DVD-RW drive, all the key to unlock the laptop.packaged in a one-piece aluminum shell in Graphite Gray. Usual Price: S$1,299Usual Price:S$1,499 SITEX SHOW PRICE: TBASITEX SHOW PRICE: TBA Brother announces new colourLenovo ThinkPad E420 inkjet multi-function centres Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/brother-announces-new-colour-inkjet- multi-function-centres/13998.html November 21st, 2011 Brother International Singapore has recently launched four new colour inkjet MFCs - DCPJ725DW, MFC- J430W, MFC-J625DW and MFC-J825DW - that are designed with compact form factor, have great functionalities, as well asThe ThinkPad E420 is a business-oriented laptop sporting cost effective.the ThinkVantage Technology which takes care of many basicadministrative needs and providing security to importantfiles. A spill resistant keyboard ensures that your coffeedoesn’t ruin your day’s work, while interface devices suchas Multitouch Touchpad and TrackPoint keep the navigationand presentation as smooth as ever. The E420 comes withsecond generation Intel Core processor, low-light sensitivityWeb Camera, eco-friendly design and packaging, and runs for7.8 hours.Usual Price: S$1,499SITEX SHOW PRICE: TBALenovo IdeaPad Z470 Brother International Singapore has introduced four new models to its line of colour inkjet multifunction centres (MFCs), namely the DCPJ725DW, MFC-J430W, MFC- J625DW and MFC-J825DW. The new MFCs sport trendy design, and offers comprehensive print, scan, fax and copy functions. They also offer automatic double-sided printing, and the convenience of connecting, printing and sharing information on popular internet and social networking sites via the latest Cloud Printing function. The new “Web Connect” function, available currently on the MFC-J825DW model allows users to connect to various online storage services like Picasa and Flickr for direct printing. Users can also scan and share photos or documents directly on Facebook, Dropbox and Evernote, as well as print documents or photos from Brother’s machines with their Apple or Android mobile devices via Brother’s very own iPrint&Scan application. The Brother machines are also efficient with highThe Z470 is a trendy laptop with a 14-inch screen, and fills the ISO printing speed of up to 12ppm (pages per minute) in blackrole of a casual entertainment center that holds its own with and 10ppm in colour, so users will not be kept waiting for theirSRS Premium Sound and OneKey Theatre that switches from documents to be printed. 22
  • 51. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBrother also claims to be the first printing company to launch a just by holding down the shutter button and previewing the3D mobile Augmented Reality application for iPhone, iPad and entire scene. It comes with 3D HDTV support for output onAndroid users (Android version will be launched at the end of big screens. This year’s SITEX promotion will also feature2012). Users can explore the key features of each model in 3D three Limited Edition Celebrity Skin designs (AudioHouseanimation on their mobile devices.The new series will come exclusive) to spice things up this Christmas.with two options of ink cartridges – a standard-yield or high- Retail Price: S$499yield cartridge to meet different consumer printing needs. To SITEX PROMOTION: TBAreduce printing costs, consumers can choose to use the high-yield ink cartridges which can deliver up to 600 pages of blackand 600 pages of colour prints. Samsung Series 9, 900X3A, 13.3" NotebookPricingBrother DCP-J725DW - S$238Brother MFC-J430W - S$198Brother MFC-J625DW - S$258Brother MFC-J825DW - S$318The Brother colour inkjet multifunction centres come with 3-year carry-in warranty.Samsung SITEX SpecialPromotionsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-sitex-special-promotions/13997.htmlNovember 21st, 2011 The Samsung Series 9 sports a very durable and stylishSamsung will be offering promotions on a wide range of Duralumin chassis housing a 13.3-inch screen. Weighing inelectronics catering to everyone, ranging from laptops to at 1.31 kg, it carries some really powerful hardware includingmobile phones. Check out some of the really good deals at the Intel Core i7 or i5 Processor options and a choice of 128 orSITEX Show 2011. 256GB solid state drive, a combination which imparts a twelve second boot up speed, some 60% faster than traditional PCSamsung MV800 with hard disk drive. The subnotebook will run for 6.5 hours, thanks to its Lithium-Polymer battery. Retail Price: S$2,488 SITEX PROMOTION: TBA Samsung Galaxy NoteThe Samsung MultiView MV800 is the first premium compactcamera model to feature a 3-inch Wide Flip-out Touch Displaywhich gives flexibility to framing a shot, and processed byits 16.1-megapixel sensor through the 26mm 5x optical zoomwide angle lens. An innovative Panorama function enableseasy photography of a large group of people or wide scenery 23
  • 52. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Retail Price: TBC SITEX PROMOTION: TBA SITEX Show 2011 Booth information Samsung TV and BD Players - 5B20, 5F30, 5C30 Samsung Cameras - 5G10, 5C30 Samsung Laptops and Monitors - 6D20 First Looks: ASRock X79 Extreme4 Motherboard Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asrock-x79-extreme4- motherboard/13985.html November 21st, 2011The all new Galaxy Note flaunts its 5.3-inch screen as thefirst and largest High Definition Super Active-Matrix OrganicLight Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display ever. Coupled withthe S Pen, a newly designed advance pen-input technology, theGalaxy Note introduces a new user-experience with a preciseinterface that allows for a variety of creativity to happen, As the dust settles from the slightly underwhelming Sandyincluding sketching and photo editing. Exclusive Galaxy Note Bridge-E launch earlier this week, we take a look at anotherapps such as S Memo and S Planner take advantage of the S X79 motherboard - ASRocks X79 Extreme4. With 3-way SLi/pen’s abilities and large screen. Everything is powered by a Crossfire support, 9 onboard SATA ports and a Broadcom1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+ mobile connection to Gigabit NIC, this black and gold themed board has more highkeep things fast and smooth. end features at its entry level price point than most of theRetail Price: S$998 (16GB, without line contract) competition.SITEX PROMOTION: TBA The Box (Front and Back View)Samsung WB750The Samsung WB750 boasts the latest 12.5-megapixel BackSide Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor developed in-house forconsistent professional images, and a 24mm 18x Optical Zoomwide angle lens, the furthest of its class. This combinationresults in clear photographic reproductions free of noise anddistortion, even in low-light conditions, while a shooting speedof 10 frames per second ensures that you will not miss a shot.The WB750 also accommodates full High Definition videocapture. 24
  • 53. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneASRock X79 Extreme4 - ATX Form Factor, 4 DDR3 DIMMslots, 3 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (16+16+8 electrically), 2 PCI-E x1slots and 2 regular PCI slots. Sony Tablet S Review: A sleek, smooth and speedy tablet Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-tablet-s-review-a-sleek-smooth- and-speedy-tablet/13993.html November 21st, 2011I/O Panel (from left): PS/2 ports, Clear CMOS Button, 2USB 3.0 ports provided by ASMedia ASM1042, 6 USB 2.0 The tablet market is definitely heating up, as we see moreports, Gigabit Ethernet from a rarely seen Broadcom BCM7781 companies hopping onto the bandwagon and producing theircontroller, 1 Firewire Port from VIA VT6315N, 1 eSATA port tablet devices based on Google Android platform. Sonyserviced by ASMedia ASM1061 and Audio by yet another 7.1 Electronics Asia Pacific has recently launched their new Sonychannel capable Realtek ALC898 codec. Tablet S, and we managed to get one in for this review. 25
  • 54. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone - Battery Type : Li-Ion 5000mAh + Battery Life when browsing web with Wi-Fi- 6.2 hours + Battery charge time- 5.0 hours - Dimensions: 241.3 x 174.5 x 20.8mm - Weight: 586g HP SITEX Special Promotion Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-sitex-special-promotion/13995.html November 21st, 2011What Sony is renowned for - technology packaged insqueaky clean lines and eye-pleasing aesthetic details; and theJapanese firm reaffirms this in their latest Sony TabletS. Sony is finally catching up to the tablet market, and it maynot be such a bad thing after all. Some say the company HP will be having a special promotion on selected items justtook its time to study the tablet’s predecessors to ensure the for SITEX Show. Check them out at Booth 6B01, and read onSony brand of gadgets remain intact, while at the same time to see what they have to offer.delivering the high-powered efficiency and multi-platformfunction that today’s tablet devices strive to offer not just the HP ENVY 110 e-All-in-One Printergadget gurus, but to the everyday consumer.Tablets, in essence, have undoubtedly changed the worldof computing altogether, combining high functionality withmobile intuition. The real question at hand is, “Who does itbest?”. There is, of course, the reigning leader who first createdand introduced the tablet and its wizardry to the world - eversince Apple shook the world with the first iPad in April 2010,every other player wanted a market share - a piece of theaction, a finger in the deep-dish pie of consumer technology.We managed to get the Sony Tablet S in for this review, soheres the specifications:Hardware Features- TruBlack 1280 x 800 9.4-inch screen- Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor- 1GB RAM, up to 32GB storage- Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb The HP ENVY110 lets you experience great convenience and quality output, all in a sleek and minimalist package.- Camera : Front – 0.3 Megapixel Rear – 5.0 Megapixel Lab-quality photos are produced under the command of a high-resolution integrated touch display, while its low-- Bluetooth version 2.1 + noise acoustic keeps the printer working silently. It allows connection via HP AirPrint to task documents to it wirelessly- Wi-Fi : IEEE802.11b/g/n from the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, or through mobile devices that command it from anywhere in the world using the- Full-size SD Card slot HP ePrint technology. Enjoy daily scheduled prints on news feed such as Yahoo! Daily Digest and business information- Internal, Monaural microphone from Manager Tools, served to you in a stylish way.- Internal, Stereo speakers SITEX SPECIAL PROMOTION: TBA- Universal IR remote/transmitter HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One 26
  • 55. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SITEX SPECIAL PROMOTION: TBA HP LaserJet Pro 100 Color MFP M175nwThis family-oriented printer copies and scans with its largecolour touchscreen which accomodates gesturing, allowing The LaserJet Pro 100 is HP’s smallest colour laserunattended operation with its automatic document feeder multifunction printer (MFP) that offers professional qualityand duplexer. It also shares the same convenient HP ePrint, colour documents with automatic copy optimization, whileHP Auto Wireless Connect, and AirPrint technology with making a single document out of double sided copiesthe ENVY110, which makes this printer so easy to task from easily. HP ImageREt 2400, original HP cartridges and HPanywhere on a wide array of devices. The HP Photosmart ColorSphere toner technology give a great combination to7510 comes with a range of memory card slots for easy produce outstanding colour. HP ePrint caters to your mobileaccess to various storage devices for direct printing. Scheduled printing needs, and connectivity to wireless networks orprinting makes your daily routine of news reading easy by Ethernet ports allow for tasking by multiple devices. Theautomatically producing feeds from apps of your favorite LaserJet Pro 100 performs all these while saving up to 50%websites. power, further boosting its cost-effectiveness.SITEX SPECIAL PROMOTION: TBA SITEX SPECIAL PROMOTION: TBAHP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One Printer Panasonic Singapore announces DMC-GX1 interchangeable lens system camera Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-singapore-announces-dmc- gx1-interchangeable-lens-system-camera/13990.html November 21st, 2011 Panasonic Singapore has announced their new interchangeable lens system camera, the DMC-GX1, of theReceive professional quality colour output from the Officejet LUMIX G Micro System range. The GX1 features a 16-Pro 8500A at half the price per page of laser printers. High megapixel Live MOS sensor and boasts to capture clear andcapacity ink cartridges ensure great savings, producing fade sharp images, even under low-lighting situations.and water resistant prints. Powered by the HP ePrint, it allowsyou to send emails of your documents to print, from yourmobile device. The Officejet also empowers small businessesby being able to access Google Docs and Box.net directly toassign files for printing, while HP Direct Digital Filing enablesversatile document management capabilities for scanningdirectly to network folders. 27
  • 56. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone it easier to connect DLNA enabled Wi-Fi devices for media streaming. Currently Wi-Fi Direct can be somewhat convoluted to use depending on your devices, but hopefully this will help simplify things when it comes to media streaming. The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced new interoperability guidelines for Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA which should make it easier to connect DLNA enabled Wi-Fi devices for media streaming. Currently Wi-Fi Direct can be somewhat convoluted to use depending on your devices, but hopefully this will help simplify things when it comes to media streaming. Wi-Fi Direct has as yet to take off as a standard, but were starting to see more and more devices that support it. The neat thing with Wi-Fi direct is that two Wi-Fi devices canPanasonic has announced a new addition to its range of communicate directly with each other without the need of aninterchangeable lens system cameras from the LUMIX G access point or a router. With some DLNA support thrownMicro System range - the DMC-GX1. The DMC-GX1 sports into the mix it should become simpler to stream media directlya 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine that from your smartphone or notebook onto any DLNA enabledcan capture clear and sharp image with superb details and set top box, media player Hi-Fi or TV with built-in Wi-Fi.excellent colors, even in low-light settings. Comes with a In theory it should also mean better quality video, at least inPrecision Contrast AF (Auto Focus) system that has a 0.09 larger places where the distance between the router and thesecond Light Speed AF, it can capture fast moving subjects DLNA devices may sometimes be quite long and as such youeasily with consecutive shooting at 4.2 frames per second. end up with reduced bandwidth speeds. Wi-Fi Direct wouldThe GX1 also includes a newly added focus mode, AFF (AF circumvent this problem and as only one device needs toFlexible) that locks on the subject when the shutter button support Wi-Fi Direct, this seems like a pretty good alternativeis half-pressed, and the focus will reset if the subject moves to cables and other more complex wireless video streamingagain, to achieve better results. options. That said, Wi-Fi isnt exactly built for streaming Blu-The camera has a hot shoe at the top that lets you attach an ray quality video, even though it is possible up to a certainoptional tilt-shift Live View Finder (DMW-LVF2), and neat bandwidth and by not sharing the wireless connection withlayout of control buttons and the mode dial, turn-and-press other devices, this might very well be the way forward, at leastdial and dedicated function buttons. It also comes with Level if cost is a concern.Gauge that lets the camera detect the horizontal/vertical angle As to which devices will support DLNA over Wi-Fi Direct,of view with its internal level working with the acceleration well, well just have to wait and see, but as we mentioned, anysensor. Photos shot in portrait mode will be automatically current Wi-Fi and DLNA enabled playback device should bedisplayed vertically. able to connect with a suitable Wi-Fi Direct host. For laptopsThe GX1 can also do video recording in 1920x1080 full high wed suggest you check for a driver update, as your notebookdefinition with stereo sound in AVCHD format. On top of might already support Wi-Fi Direct. For smartphones thethat, users can also enhance their photos with creative filters Motorola Droid 3 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active aresuch as: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, apparently supporting both standards and wed expect otherMiniature Effect and newly added Low Key and Toy Effect Xperia models to do the same, but wed suggest you check withmode. your device maker to see if itll work. RAMBUS, Silicon ValleysWi-Fi Direct to play nice with Patent Troll Looses Anti-trustDLNA Lawsuit and 60% of its Market ValueSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/wi-fi-direct-to-play-nice-with-dlna/13992.htmlNovember 21st, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rambus-silicon-valley-s-patent-troll- looses-anti-trust-lawsuit-and-60-of-its-market-value/13986.html November 21st, 2011The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced new interoperabilityguidelines for Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA which should make 28
  • 57. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAs we all know, Rambus Inc. is more known for their November 21st, 2011litigation practices than their products. However, thoselitigious practices tend to tie the value of the company with thelegal department rather than the engineering and sales ones.When you lose "the big one", markets will certainly punishyou. We have seen that with Intel in the days of BruceSewell running the show (currently at Apple, running all thoselawsuits we write about), and we have certainly witnessed it The long awaited Xeon E5 family, where the full potential oftoday. Socket 2011 is realised, is now expected only some weeks after the Chinese New Year. Creating a feature-loaded 8-core dieSan Francisco jury rejected the Rambus antitrust lawsuit aimed at a very wide range of performance and power optionsagainst Micron Technology and Hynix Semiconductor. By was a challenge, even in Intels highly tuned 32 nm process. Asruling 9-3 in favor of the defendants, the court ruled that the their desktop brethren are being unveiled this week, here wesued companies did not form a pact to block Rambus from update you with the situation on the dual socket front.entering the DRAM market. When the first specs rumours of Socket 2011 CPUs appearedRambus RDRAM had its 15 minutes of fame when Intel briefly well over a year ago, they left everyone in the industry inused it with the Pentium III and 820 chipset, as well as awe: here you had THE ULTIMATE 32 nm process CPU. Awith the single Pentium 4 chipset. If you recall, the decision total of 8 capable Sandy Bridge generation cores, coupled withto use RDRAM backfired spectacularly with the infamous a generous 20 MB cache are fed by four channels of DDR3"Caminogate" scandal that saw Intel losing over a billion memory and two QPI channels completely free for inter-CPUdollars in a product recall. Caminogate also erased 70 billion communication - since 40 PCIe v3 lanes plus DMI2 directlydollars of Intels market value during one hot summer day attached on-chip take care of the general purpose I/O. Wow!in 2000. Today, Rambus XDR memory is mostly found inPlayStation consoles... and thats about it. At the end of the Now, you may say, so what - Westmere-EX Xeon E7 partsday, it is Hynix and Micron who ultimately decide what type pack 10 cores and 30 MB cache, 4 memory and 4 QPI linksof memory will they manufacture, not the other way around. together in that same process for over half a year now in shipping systems. However, that CPU design is tuned for specific power and frequency band, and one specific usage in MP servers, full stop. On the other hand, the E5 design has to cover everything from low-power blades to 4-socket servers to ultrafast workstations with TDP of more than 150W per socket and, yes, their high-end desktop brethren under the Core i7 moniker. And, Sandy Bridge core takes a little bit more logic space than the Westmere one.Rambus claimed that Hynix and Micron damaged thecompany to the tune of four billion dollars and expected thatthe jury would increase that by the factor of three or four.However, nine members of the jury voted against and the caseis dismissed, prompting a quick reaction on Wall Street.RMBS stock lost 60% of its market value and now RambusInc. is worth less than one billion U.S. dollars. 781.82 milliondollars, to be more precise. We will monitor this situationclosely.Sandy Bridge Xeons: DualSocket 2011 designs comingin 2012Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-xeons-dual-socket-2011- Anyway, Intel also didnt have that much competitive pressuredesigns-coming-in-2012/13989.html in the X86 space to really feel rush to get the new generation out of the door till now, however the product is done and needs to be brought to the market. So, whats the situation right now, and what Intel could do further to improve the vast potential that Socket 2011 brings along? Lets see what the sources say: 29
  • 58. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFirst, Intel did have issues with both the CPU and the Patsburg the demanding AVX vector codes and computing apps. Now,chipset, the virtualisation engine and SAS port ones being the of course, the balance has to be struck, and Intel has manymost widely publicised around the Net. With the C-2 CPU markets to address with this die too. One thing is certain -stepping to be out around year end, and the good enough if the 22 nm tri-gate process brings on its promises, you willchipset version out there, the mid-February rollout looks on likely have a powerful 10-core desktop and workstation partsschedule now. running at well, well above 3 GHz, all in the same Socket 2011 as what the upcoming Core i7 and Xeon E5 processors bringThe greater issue to solve is the devices power. Yes, all these over this and next quarter.cores and caches and I/O channels of all kinds do demand a lotof juice, leading to one of the reasons why only 6 out of 8 coresare enabled on the desktop version, for instance. On the high Qualcomm unveils newend proper Xeon E5, the high end workstation version mightstart at only reach just above 3 GHz, even with a very generous Snapdragon processors Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qualcomm-unveils-new-snapdragon-150W TDP headroom, when using all 8 cores and 20 MB L3 processors/13988.htmlcache. Within the standard 95W TDP bracket, most of these November 21st, 2011CPU are not expected to run above 2.5 GHz in the initial round,compared to nearly 3 GHz for the Westmere ones.Of course, each of the new cores is faster per-clock than theolder ones, and the memory & I/O improvements more than Weve already written about some of Qualcomms upcomingmake up for the clock speed loss. But, frequency still matters, products and now the company has officially announced atand there will be expectations of improvements here soon. least some of those products. The company is readying a range of Snapdragon S4 and S1 processors for next year with the S4 models being based on its new Krait CPU core. VR-Zone hasEnter the D-stepping sometime in Q2 next year, the one collected some specifications of the newly announced modelsthat always brings the good news on the performance front alongside details of some not yet announced models to give- remember both Nehalem and Westmere in the recent past. you a better idea of what Qualcomm is working on.Now, if the combination of device and process tune ups for thatstepping gives us, say, an extra 10% power-performance gains, Weve already written about some of Qualcomms upcomingwe could see a few good things emerging. First, the high end products and now the company has officially announced atworkstation part would, likely at 3.3 GHz, finally match the least some of those products. The company is readying a rangeclock frequency of its Westmere predecessor while providing a of Snapdragon S4 and S1 processors for next year with the S4third more core count, while the same would then also apply to models being based on its new Krait CPU core. VR-Zone hasthe desktop, finally enabling a true 8-core Core i7, very likely collected some specifications of the newly announced modelspriced at a huge premium. alongside details of some not yet announced models to give you a better idea of what Qualcomm is working on.Second, the generic bread-and-butter 95W server parts wouldcome closer to the 2.8 GHz or so, becoming more attractive as a The new S4 models the Qualcomm unveiled are theNehalem replacement of the similar clocked 4-core processor MSM8660A, MSM8260A, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627,platforms from 3 years ago. The frequency does matter in MSM8227, APQ8060A and APQ8030 with the new entrymarketspeak here, as it is much easier to do a sale then, rather and budget S1 models being the MSM7225A, MSM7625A,than trying to replace 2.93 GHz processors with 2.5 GHz ones, MSM7227A and MSM7627A. Weve already covered theno matter how much better. MSM8660A and the MSM8260A in quite some detail already which you can read here, as well as some other high-end solutions from Qualcomm. As for the other models, well,So, the D-stepping of the CPU, together with the final revision Qualcomm didnt exactly provide a lot of detail, so well try andof Patsburg chipset and, hopefully, the resolve of the PCIe v3 fill in the blanks.compatibility doubts, would mark the maturing of the ultimate Lets start with the MSM8630 and MSM8230, a pair of very2011 high end X86 workstation and server platform. Next then similar chips to the already announced MSM8930. These arewould come the Ivy Bridge-EP generation of the Xeon E5, all 28nm parts with the MSM8630 being a CDMA chip withlikely a year later in early 2013 - although, personally, I would support for 21Mbps HSPA+ as well as EV-DO whereas thelike to see them at the end of 2012 rather. MSM8230 supports DC-HSPA+ and TD-SCDMA of which the latter is for the Chinese market. All three models are clocked at 1.2GHz, sports a pair of cores, 1MB L2 cache and supportsAccording to our sources, Ivy Bridge-EP generation will single channel LPDDR2 memory at speeds of up to 533MHz.basically cram more cores, 10 of them, and 25 MB of L3 Other features include support for 1080p video recording atcache, keeping the same 2.5 MB L3 per core proportion, yet 30fps and 3D stills at up to 12Megapixels. The GPU corelikely faster DDR3 memory speeds too, beyond DDR3-1866. will be the Adreno 305 and we can expect to see these SoCsNow, knowing the target markets and certain taper-offs of towards the second half of 2012. We should also point out thatperformance returns, I would have hoped for an 8-core diewith 32 MB L3 cache instead, offering better cache hit rates for 30
  • 59. November 21st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneQualcomm classifies these models as mid-range by the time based processors clocked at 1GHz, but theMSM8928 getsthey launch. support for 800MHz LPDDR3, LTE category 3, DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and 1080p video recording. The GPU is also theMoving down a tier we or two we find the MSM7225A at slightly faster Adreno 310.the bottom which is a 800MHz part at the most based on a45nm Cortex A5 core paired up with 256KB of L2 cache and Finally we have another APQ model, namely the APQ8074an Adreno 200 GPU. It supports 200MHz LPDDR memory, which is a mainstream quad core Krait based chip withHSUPA connectivity and is limited to HVGA displays. This clock speeds of between 2-2.5GHz. It supports dual channelis a direct replacement for the MSM7225 which is based on LPDDR3, 2MB L2 cache, dual 1080p video streams at 60fpsthe older ARM11 architecture. It sibling for the EV-DO market for 3D video and finally an Adreno 330 GPU. All three modelsis the MSM7625A which offers identical spec bar the EV-DO should arrive sometime in 2013.connectivity. We should also note that it appears the Qualcomm thinks theStepping up one tier we find the MSM7227A the replacement feature phone market is dead, as the company is only planningfor the very popular MSM7227 and once again were finding a single new part for next year as far as we can tell. Were nota 45nm ARM Cortex A5 core here although this time with surprised though, as the only really valid change here wouldclock speeds of up to 1GHz. Theres also support for slightly really be to do a die shrink if anything, as its not as if thehigher resolutions here with FWVGA (854x480) support. feature phone marking is moving forward in leaps and bounds.Again theres an EV-DO sibling called the MSM7625A whichonce again sports near identical spec. All the Cortex A5 modelsshould be available to Qualcomms partners forthwith.This brings us to the MSM8227 which appears to the firstSnapdragon based entry budget model from Qualcomm. Thisis an interesting part in as much as its signalling a move awayfrom single core processors even in fairly affordable devicesas it sports a 28nm dual core 1GHz Krait based processorwith 512MB L2 cache. It supports 400MHz LPDDR2 memory,21Mbps HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, 720p video recording and itsports an Adreno 305 GPU. Its EV-DO sibling is the MSM8267which once again carries near identical specs. These twomodels arent set to appear until the second half of next year.The APQ models, otherwise known as the modem-less modelsare fairly similar in terms of spec with the higher-endAPQ8060A being a direct replacement for the APQ8060. Herewere looking at yet another dual core 28nm Krait basedchip with clock speeds of between 1.5 and 1.7GHz paired upwith 1MB L2 cache. This model supports 500MHz LPDDR2memory, 1080p video recording but sadly sports the currentAdreno 225 GPU. That said, this model should be availableas of right now to Qualcomms partners, so the older GPU isexcused.The more affordable option here is the APQ8030 which is alsoa 28nm dual core Krait part although this time around with a1GHz core speed and we dont know the actual cache on thismodel but wed guess its 512KB. Otherwise were looking atsupport for 533MHz LPDDR2 memory, 1080p video recordingand an Adreno 305 GPU. This models as with so many of theother chips announced isnt expected until the second half ofnext year.We can also give you an insight on a few models thatQualcomm didnt announce that falls in the lower-end ofthe market. By 2013 Qualcomm is planning on releasing theMSM8226 which will replace the MSM7225A and this will beQualcomms first dual core 28nm Cortex A5 implementation.Were looking at clock speeds of 1GHz, 512KB L2 cache,support for 533MHz LPDDR2, 21Mbps HSPA+, TD-SCDMA,720p video recording and an Adreno 305 GPU. Its EV-DOsibling is the MSM8626.Moving up one tier we find the MSM8928 which is fairlysimilar to the MSM8227 as both are 28nm dual core Krait 31
  • 60. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! Exceleram works on its availability a bit, and braces itself for VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the flood of orders thats coming its way! covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. PROLiNK SITEX 2011Exceleram Lowers The Bar PromotionsWith 8GB DDR3 Module Pricing Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prolink-sitex-2011-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exceleram-lowers-the-bar-with-8gb- promotions/14055.htmlddr3-module-pricing/14056.html November 24th, 2011November 24th, 2011German memory maker Exceleram set a new standard for If you feel the need for a mobile router or a network securitypricing of 8GB DDR3 memory modules. It is offering a new camera, you are in luck. PROLiNK is having promotions at the"no-frills" module for as low as US $49.99 a piece, and were SITEX SHOW 2011. Visit them at booth 6E40 to check outtalking MSRP here. their special offers.German memory maker Exceleram set a new standard for PROLiNK WNR1011 4G Wireless-N Mobile Routerpricing of 8GB DDR3 memory modules. It is offering a new"no-frills" module for as low as US $49.99 a piece, and weretalking MSRP here.Called the Exceleram E30200A (pictured above), the module The PROLiNK WNR1011 is a portable router powered byoffers 8GB of density at DDR3-1333 MHz (PC3-10700) speeds, Lithium-ion battery that can last for up to six hours of use. Itswith CAS latency of 9T, needing a module voltage of 1.5 volts. wide array of connectivity support includes 3G and 4G mobileIt looks pretty lean, with no heatspreaders or fancy PCB color. data networks via USB connection, cable and xDSL modemThe price of US $49.99 per module Exceleram is asking for, platforms, and Wide Area Network protocols. With its datais particularly interesting, because most 8GB DDR3 modules speed of up to 150mbps, it can serve 20 WiFi users, and canstart at nearly double that price. So, setting up 16 GB of even be used as a power bank for recharging small mobiletotal memory using two of these modules will be significantly devices via USB.cheaper, at just a notch under 100 bucks. You can max out yourSandy Bridge rigs capacity (32 GB) at under $199. Regular Price: S$109 SITEX Show Price: S$89Sure, one cant expect this module to provide too much ofheadroom to tweak its performnce, but even for a DDR3-1333stable 8GB module at its price, the Exceleram E30200A PROLiNK Wireless IP Camera PIC1005WNhas done enough to get everyones attention. Now if only 1
  • 61. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect holiday bundle brings a completely new gaming experience with its body motion sensors, making it a perfect addition to entertain the whole family for this coming holiday. The bundle includes additional wireless controllers, a free game, and three months of Xbox LIVE Gold membership. Usual Price: S$860 SITEX Special: S$649(Free game “Child Of Eden”, Sure-Win Instant Jackpot) Microsoft Touch MouseThis camera is fully plug-and-play, and sheds any need forcomplicated router settings. It accommodates to automaticday and night modes with the use of a 10m range infrared LEDand its Intelligent ICR Night Mode Control. The PROLiNKPIC1005WN allows remote monitoring via 3G mobile devices,and also supports recording via NAS and Micro SD card,with options for scheduled activation or motion detection. Thesystem can accept up to 36 cameras and serve 20 viewerssimultaneously.Regular Price: S$259SITEX Show Price: S$209 The Microsoft Touch Mouse has a multitouch platform that allows users to perform click, scroll and swipe actions toMicrosoft SITEX 2011 Special interact with their computer. The inclusion of natural gesture-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-sitex-2011- oriented inputs alongside the successful interface of a mousespecial/14054.html certainly ensure intuitive and seamless navigation of theNovember 24th, 2011 system. Together with BlueTrack technology, you can carry the abilities of the Touch Mouse on any surface. Usual Price: S$99 SITEX Special: Additional Free limited edition pouch, Sure- Win Instant JackpotMicrosoft has various attractive promotions at the SITEXShow 2011. They can be located at booth 5F01, and do check Microsoft Arc Keyboardout the wide array of products they have on offer.Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB With Kinect Holiday Bundle The Arc Keyboard features a similar design to the best-selling Arc Mouse. It leverages on curve forms for better ergonomics and irresistible looks. Its lightweight built contributes to 2
  • 62. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe convenience of family-sharing while surfing the Internettogether on a big screen. A wireless connection range of upto nine meters ensures that you won’t have problems in eventhe largest of living rooms.Usual Price: S$89SITEX Special: S$65(Sure-Win Instant Jackpot)Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse PRADA and LG collaboration started in 2006 and the companies introduced two premium mobile phones in 2007 and 2008 that focus on key elements, including software, user interface down to its design and packaging. The PRADA phone by LG 1.0 claims to be the world’s first touchscreen mobile phone, while the 2.0 provided innovative mobile experience through its unique watch with Link technology, which offers easy access to caller ID, SMS text messages, call history, call block and two-way alarm notification. Today, the two companies are renewing their exclusive mobileThis Arc Touch mouse comes with BlueTrack technology and phone partnership and that LG will be PRADA’s exclusiveworks better than other optical solutions. Its touch sensor mobile phone partner. PRADA and LG will also developscrolling-strip will outlast any conventional scroll wheels, and the third PRADA phone by LG 3.0 which is scheduled forits innovative arc form can be flattened to allow easy storage. launch early next year 2012. According to online sources, the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 (or LG Prada K2) could sport a 4.3-Usual Price: S$89 inch TFT touchscreen display with NOVA display technologySITEX Special: S$79 (Free Limited Edition Pouch, Sure-Win that offers over 1000 nits brightness. It is likely to be poweredInstant Jackpot) by a dual-core processor, supports HSPA+ connectivity, and features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash that isPRADA renews collaboration also capable of 1080p full high definition video recording.with LG; teaser image of And while the actual product photo is not available, a teaser picture has been released.PRADA phone by LG 3.0releasedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prada-renews-collaboration-with-lg-teaser-image-of-prada-phone-by-lg-3.0-released/14053.htmlNovember 24th, 2011Today, PRADA and LG have announced the renewal of theirexclusive mobile phone collaboration at a signing ceremony inSeoul, Korea. Both companies will develop the PRADA phoneby LG 3.0 which is scheduled for launch early next year 2012.Apparently, a teaser image of the new phone has been released. Sony SITEX 2011 Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-sitex-2011-special/14052.html 3
  • 63. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 24th, 2011 of which are based on a new light-emitting material. It offers ample performance for everyday use with its Intel Core i7 or i5 processor options, 500GB hard disk drive and a high resolution 14-inch screen. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX7Sony has some exciting offers at the SITEX Show 2011 whichcovers a large range of electronics from tablets to televisions.If you are shopping for Christmas gifts, you may want to visitthem at booth 4B10 and 5B10.Sony Tablet S The Cyber-shot DSC-WX7 is beautifully styled, compact and very easy to use. You can experience superb performance with high detail levels on your images and panoramic shots, thanks to its 16.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and the 25mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tesser lens. The DSC-WX7The Sony Tablet S delivers the perfect combination of completes the package with Advanced Video Coding Highhardware for you to experience seamless networking and Definition movie recording and a 2.8-inch Clear Photo LCDcontent streaming. The tablet utilizes Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile Plus display.processor with Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating systemfor fast and smooth response. It also features Digital LivingNetwork Alliance (DLNA) support which allows you to control Sony BRAVIA HX925 SeriesDLNA compliant home entertainment systems and streamcontent to them. Its 9.4-inch LED-backlit In-Plane Switchingscreen and TruBlack technology greatly reduce glare andreflections. These are all packed into the asymmetric "FoldingDesign" that makes the tablet feel lighter than it shouldand allows you to hold the tablet comfortably.Sony VAIO C Series Notebook Sony’s new BRAVIA KDL-HX925 features the MotionFlow XR 800 with precise backlight control that synchronizes with the liquid crystal movements, creating clear and sharp moving images. The integrated IEEE 802.11n wireless connectivity draws content from the Internet, providing limitless enjoyment. The BRAVIA HX925’s Monolithic design concept encases this suite of technologies in one minimalisticThe Sony VAIO C Series brightens up your life with a and graceful form that will suit any living space.premium design in slew of vivid colours to choose from, all 4
  • 64. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneASUS SITEX SpecialPromotionsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-sitex-special-promotions/14045.htmlNovember 24th, 2011You will be pleased to know that ASUS have somepromotions available at the upcoming SITEX 2011 Show,which include gaming, portable computing and homeentertainment solutions. Visit them at booth 5B40 to check out The O!Play Mini Plus delivers a variety of content fromthese great offers. online entertainment portals such as YouTube, Acetrax andASUS ROG Tytan Dailymotion. It also streams from Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compliant devices, empowering older home entertainment systems. The O!Play Mini Plus allows you to experience your favorite movies in full High Definition (HD) 1080p resolution with gorgeous details on your TV. It supports Dolby TrueHD and fully reproduces Blu-ray sound with 100% lossless high quality sound processing. Usual Price: S$199 SITEX Special: TBA ASUS N43SL Jay Chou EditionASUS’ new top-of-the-line gaming rig features a one-touchoverclocking system which gives the option of three differentmodes and makes the most of its Intel Core i7 2600Kprocessor. Its Nvidia GeForce GTX560Ti graphics cardwith 1GB DDR5 memory immerses gamers into the virtualenvironment by supporting more than three displays in 3Dmode. Other key specifications include 8GB DDR3 memory,hard disk drive capacity of two terabytes, built-in IEEE802.11n wireless adapter, six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0ports.Usual Price: S$2,999SITEX Special: TBA The ASUS N43SL is co-designed by famous celebrity Jay Chou and is positioned as an irresistible addition to celebrity collectibles for his fans. It has an impressive performanceASUS O!Play Mini Plus to match its image, powered by Intel Core i5-2410M processor and Nvidia GeForce GT540M graphics card with 2GB DDR3 memory. The ASUS N43SL utilizes Nvidia Optimus Technology which automatically switches between its dedicated and integrated graphics card to conserve power when performance is not needed. It comes preloaded with music albums and decked out in beautiful touches of details, all works of the artiste himself. This is a sure combination to please many. Usual Price: S$1,498 5
  • 65. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone As weve already reported, Intel is having some issues with the graphics driver and has dropped both 64-bit support andASUS Eee Pad Transformer (3G) DirectX 10 support. Even so, the company doesnt seem to have much luck passing Microsofts WHQL certification and this means that Intel and its partners cant launch products, as they wont have a final Microsoft approved driver. This means that Intel has now pushed back the launch date to the very end of December with its partners not being allowed to start selling products until mid-January next year. That said, the netbook market isnt what it used to be, but at least the Atom N2600 and N2800 is the best Atom processors so far, at least on paper. Intel may not be able to compete with AMD on performance in this market segment, but at least Intel finally has a platform that will do what most consumers is expecting even an entry level notebook to do. ST Ericssons NovaThor U8500 shown off running Ice CreamThe ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is one of the best tabletsavailable on the market. It is able to connect to a keyboard dock Sandwich Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/st-ericsson-s-novathor-u8500-shown-accessory and function much like a notebook, which makes off-running-ice-cream-sandwich/14050.htmlheavy word processing possible for this tablet. With up to November 24th, 2011eight hours of battery life when connected to the dock, theASUS Transformer can hold its own for a professionals typicalwork day. Its 10.1-inch WXGA 1280 by 800 screen and NvidiaTegra 2 Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 processor forms a powerful Despite its expertise in the radio components that goes intocombination for quick and responsive operation. The Eee Pad smartphones, ST Ericsson hasnt had any real wins whenTransformer also utilizes Android Honeycomb 3.2 interface, it comes to its ARM processors that go hand in hand withand will be upgradable to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 in its baseband components. That looks set to change soon asthe not-so-distant future. apparently Sony Ericsson is planning on building at least oneUsual Price: S$949 handset based on the NovaThor U8500 and the good news is that ST Ericsson has already got Android 4.0 or Ice CreamIntels Cedar Trail mobile Sandwich if you prefer, up and running on its platform.Atom pushed back, again Despite its expertise in the radio components that goes intoSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-cedar-trail-mobile-atom- smartphones, ST Ericsson hasnt had any real wins whenpushed-back-again/14051.html it comes to its ARM processors that go hand in hand withNovember 24th, 2011 its baseband components. That looks set to change soon as apparently Sony Ericsson is planning on building at least one handset based on the NovaThor U8500 and the good news is that ST Ericsson has already got Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich if you prefer, up and running on its platform. The NovaThor U8500 consists of the DB8500 dual core ARMIts surprising how much trouble Intel seems to have with its Cortex-A9 SoC with Mali-400MP graphics and a built in HSPAAtom graphics drivers for the mobile Cedar Trail Atom N2600 modem, as well as a few peripheral chips like the AB8500and N2800 processors, as the company has been forced to which handles things like audio, USB, power and the SIMpush back the launch a second time. If you were hoping for a card. Sadly we dont know what clock speeds to expect, butnew Cedar Trail powered netbook for Christmas, were sorry were guessing around the 1GHz mark, as its bigger brother theto disappoint, but its not going to happen. A9500 is clocked at 1.2GHz. According to the Xperia blog, the NovaThor U8500 is destined for a new handset from Sony Ericsson currently codenamedIts surprising how much trouble Intel seems to have with its Nypon (rosehip in Swedish) or LT22i which should be is bestAtom graphics drivers for the mobile Cedar Trail Atom N2600 described as an entry-level high-end model by the time itand N2800 processors, as the company has been forced to launches if the leaked specs prove to be right. The handset ispush back the launch a second time. If you were hoping for a said to have a qHD (960x540 pixels) resolution display andnew Cedar Trail powered netbook for Christmas, were sorry of course the ST Ericsson NovaThor U8500 SoC. This wouldto disappoint, but its not going to happen. 6
  • 66. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemake it the first Android handset from Sony Ericsson that isnt are harder to read, something Apples iPhone should alreadybased on a Qualcomm chip. have proven alongside with several other high-resolution smartphones. That said, it looks like we’ll have to wait for thoseCo-incidentally, ST Ericsson happened to post no less than retina quality panels a while longer still…four videos of its development platform running Android 4.0on the NovaThor U8500 paired with 512MB of RAM. It shouldbe pointed out that not a lot of optimization was done here andSony Ericsson is likely to be tweaking the OS anyhow. Take this Lenovo launches Atom D2500as a proof of concept that the software and hardware works powered Ideacentre Q180together and as a sign of things to come. If nothing else its also Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-launches-atom-d2500-bringing further proof that dual core is the way forward in the powered-ideacentre-q180/14048.htmlsmartphone market space. Well have to wait until next year to November 24th, 2011see what actually comes out of Sony Ericsson, which by thenwill have lost the Ericsson part of its name.Higher resolution Ultrabookdisplays expected next yearSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/higher-resolution-ultrabook-displays- Its nearly two months since Intel made its new desktop Atomexpected-next-year/14049.html processors available and we havent seen much in terms ofNovember 24th, 2011 support from PC makers or motherboard partners, well, that was until now, as Lenovo is first out with its Ideacentre Q180. Its built around the lower-end Atom D2500, but it has a few interesting tricks up its sleeve.Talk about a backwards world, back in the days of 4:3 screensthere was rarely a problem to get a higher resolution upgrade Its nearly two months since Intel made its new desktop Atomoption on notebooks, but in the age of 16:9 widescreen processors available and we havent seen much in terms ofdisplays, anything below 15.6-inches is stuck at 1366x768 with support from PC makers or motherboard partners, well, thata few exceptions. Now it looks like the Ultrabooks will be was until now, as Lenovo is first out with its Ideacentre Q180.pushing up resolutions of smaller screens, but the reasoning Its built around the lower-end Atom D2500, but it has a fewbehind it doesnt really make sense. interesting tricks up its sleeve. As you may know, the Atom D2500 is a 1.86GHz dual core chip with 1MB of L2 cache and integrated graphics running atTalk about a backwards world, back in the days of 4:3 screens 400MHz. However, Lenovo decided to go down an interestingthere was rarely a problem to get a higher resolution upgrade path here and kit outs its Ideacentre QQ180 with an AMDoption on notebooks, but in the age of 16:9 widescreen Radeon HD 6450A GPU with 512MB of graphics memory.displays, anything below 15.6-inches is stuck at 1366x768 with Were not entirely sure what the A in the GPU model namea few exceptions. Now it looks like the Ultrabooks will be stands for, but this is AMDs entry level GPU. Even so, it shouldpushing up resolutions of smaller screens, but the reasoning be a few times better than the PowerVR based GPU inside thebehind it doesnt really make sense. Atom processor.Digitimes is reporting that Acer and Asus are working withTaiwanese panel makers AU Optronics and Chimei Innoluxto have them create 1920x1080 screens for next yearsUltrabooks. This in itself isnt a bad thing, as modern operatingsystems offers good enough font scaling for this to be anon-issue for those concerned that everything on the screenswill be unreadable at this resolution. In fact, Asus 13.3-nchZenbook UX31 already took a step in the right direction witha 1600x900 resolution panel.However, the argument for higher resolution screens is notbecause users wants or need it, but rather because Apple isrumoured to be moving its next gen iPad to a 2048x1536screen. That is still an unconfirmed rumour though and itwould be funny if Apple settles for something less. Thatsaid, if this can motivate notebook makers to offer higherresolution screens, then well have to send a thank you cardto Apple, as its time that the industry moves forward when itcomes to screen resolution, as more pixels is generally a goodthing and it doesnt have to automatically mean that things 7
  • 67. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe rest of the system is fairly average with support for up November 24th, 2011to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 750GB of hard drive space,although Lenovo is also listing a 128GB SSD option, USB 2.0and USB 3.0 connectivity, a built in card reader, 7.1-channelaudio (over optical S/PDIF) and an HDMI port. You also get802.11n Wi-Fi which is always nice and for those that ratheruse wired Ethernet, theres the Gigabit kind on offer. Memory maker Team Group rolled out a revised version of the X101, a mid-range USB 3.0 flash drive. The X101 was first launched in May 2010, but back then despite its lower transfer rates, it was deemed a high-end offering. The new, redesigned X101 is available in capacities of 32 GB and 64 GB. It offers transfer rates of up to 120 MB/s (read) and up to 70 MB/s (write), which makes is roughly as fast as a 7,200 RPM internal hard drive, only a lot more responsive due to much lower access times. Memory maker Team Group rolled out a revised version of the X101, a mid-range USB 3.0 flash drive. The X101 was first launched in May 2010, but back then despite its lower transfer rates, it was deemed a high-end offering. The new X101 is available in capacities of 32 GB and 64 GB. It offers transfer rates of up to 120 MB/s (read) and up to 70 MB/s (write), which makes is roughly as fast as a 7,200 RPM internal hardThe entire system measures a mere 155x192x22mm (WxHxD) drive, only a lot more responsive due to much lower accesswhich makes it one of the slimmest PCs out there. In fact, it times.reminds of a system that ViewSonic launched back in the Atom330 days and even more so considering that Lenovo is offeringan external optical drive – DVD or Blu-ray available – thatattaches to the system. A vertical stand appears to be part ofthe package and you also get a keyboard and a mouse. The new X101 doesnt fare badly in the design department, either. Measuring 72.07 x 19.11 x 8.53 mm, the X101 sports a typical capped form-factor, with a satin-purple aluminum- alloy body. Its body lacks activity/power LEDs, but theres provision for attaching a lanyard. The X101 doesnt come with any notable bundled software, but the manufacturer mentions that it supports a power-saving mode. As with most USB 3.0 flash drives, the X101 is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0.In the US the Ideacentre Q180 starts at an affordable US$369(S$485), although for some reason the customization page onLenovos website seems to suggest you get an Atom D2700(2.13GHz) for that kind of money. The base model comes witha 500GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM, whereas US$429 willget you 4GB of RAM and a DVD drive on top of the base spec.Team Group Intros X101 Mid-Range USB 3.0 Flash DriveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/team-group-intros-x101-mid-range-usb-3.0-flash-drive/14047.html 8
  • 68. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone November 24th, 2011 Logitech has announced the Webcam C170 and C110 that are easy to install and use, and feature one-touch upload to social networking and sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Both incorporate Logitech Fluid Crystal technology that provides smooth video, sharp pictures with rich colours and clear audio.Backed by a lifetime warranty, the X101 is rated by itsmanufacturer to hold data up to 10 years. Unfortunately wedont have a price at hand.SITEX 2011 Price Lists,Brochures & Flyers nowavailable @ http://vr-zone.com/sitex/pricelists Designed with a sleek universal clip to easily fit any laptopSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sitex-2011-price-lists-brochures-- or desktop computer, the new Logitech webcams C170 andflyers-now-available--http-vr-zone.comsitexpricelists/14046.html C110 make it easy to get connected online. Both feature built-November 24th, 2011 in automatic noise-reduction that helps minimize background noise, as well as Logitech Fluid Crystal technology for smooth and sharp video and images. The webcams offer high-quality video call with a frame rate of up to 30 per second and allows you to video capture at 1024 x768 (XVGA) resolution. Logitech Webcam C170Heading to Singapore EXPO tomorrow for the IT show? The Logitech Webcam C170 is designed to minimizeDont leave home without doing price research first! SITEX choppiness and background noise with improved performance2011 Pricelists are now available at http://vr-zone.com/sitex/ in low light situations to deliver a clear connection whateverpricelists. you are. The webcam also snaps software-enhanced, 5- megapixel pictures and offers a quicker way to keep in touch when you don’t have time for a video call. The Logitech Webcam C170 is available in Singapore now for a suggested retail price of S$29. Logitech Webcam C110 The Logitech Webcam C110 is easy to operate and is capable of capturing basic but high-quality video, as well as clear 1.3- megapixel photos. It is expected to be available in Singapore in mid-December and has a suggested retail price of S$23.Logitech introduces Webcam Philips SITEX 2011 PromotionsC170 and Webcam C110 for Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/philips-sitex-2011-easy video calls promotions/14043.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-introduces-webcam-c170-and- November 24th, 2011webcam-c110-for-easy-video-calls/14044.html 9
  • 69. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePhilips is having some great promotions for the upcoming through the rated 400W (RMS) system, while the curvedSITEX Show 2011. This is good news for those of you who SoundBar design gives wider sound dispersion across yourwant to upgrade your home entertainment systems to enjoy room. You can enjoy your movies without worrying about dust3D cinematic experience. Offers are available with Harvey build-up in the speakers as its special mesh design protects theNorman at booth 5H12. drivers. The Philips HTS5131 plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, VCDs and CDs, as well as content from USB devices. You can enjoyPhilips 55/46/40PFL6606H/12 LED Television all these in one single stylish package without cluttering your room with multiple speakers. Usual Price: S$699 Philips HTS9140 SoundBar Home TheaterThe Philips PFL6606H with its Pixel Plus High Definition(HD) gives unparalleled detail and clarity, and its 400 HzPerfect Motion Rate (PMR) provides superb sharpness foreven the most dynamic movements on screen. You canexperience authentic and clear audio representations with thePhilips PFL6606’s Clear Sound technology and the Ambi- The Philips HTS9140 utilizes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD forwOOx sound enhancements. The Smart TV features include high fidelity audio representations. You can also enjoy theDigital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) support, Net TV, and ultimate audio experience with Ambisound technology thatUSB support for peripherals such as mouse and keyboard. produces virtual surround sound similar to a full 5.1 surroundThese contribute to a seamless online lifestyle that allows you sound speaker array. The high quality brushed aluminumto receive more content without the need for a PC. coupled a slim and premium design will enhance your livingUsual Price: S$3,599 (55-inch), S$1,999 (46-inch), S$1,399 space aesthetics and present itself as a conversation piece. This(40-inch) home theater system also plays full HD 3D Blu-ray DVD for a truly immersive movie experience. It comes installed with Philips Net TV with Wi-Fi connectivity for online services onPhilips HTS5131 SoundBar Home Theater your TV and DLNA Network Link to enjoy music and videos from your PC. Usual Price: S$1,399 AMDs 28nm Brazos successor to be manufactured at TSMC Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-28nm-brazos-successor-to-be- manufactured-at-tsmc/14042.html November 24th, 2011 With the Krishna/Wichita APUs now canceled, ExtremeTechWith this Philips HTS5131, you can experience wide surround has shed some light into AMDs strategy. The Deccan platformsound and realistic cinematic experience with four woofers APUs were indeed planned for fabrication at GlobalFoundries,and two tweeters. The system is equipped with Dolby TrueHD unlike Brazos which is manufactured by TSMC. Anticipatingand DTS-HD which produce high fidelity audio outputs problems with the move to gate-first with GlobalFoundries, 10
  • 70. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAMD canceled the Krishna and Wichita APUs and the entire Codename Branding Clock Memory MemoryDeccan platform. The short term solution is Brazos 2.0 - clocksnothing but a minor tweak of Brazos. Long term, AMD is Heathrow HD 7800M 650-750 128- TBDplanning to move back to TSMC for its power efficient APUs. XT bit 2GBWith the Krishna/Wichita APUs now canceled , ExtremeTech GDDR5has shed some light into AMDs strategy. The Deccan platform Heathrow HD 7800M 550-650 128- TBDAPUs were indeed planned for fabrication at GlobalFoundries, Pro bit 2GBunlike Brazos which is manufactured by TSMC. Anticipating GDDR5problems with the move to gate-first with GlobalFoundries, Chelsea XT HD 7700M 600-700 128- TBDAMD canceled the Krishna and Wichita APUs and the entire bit 2GBDeccan platform. The short term solution is Brazos 2.0 - GDDR5nothing but a minor tweak of Brazos. Long term, AMD is Chelsea Pro HD 7700M 450-550 128- TBDplanning to move back to TSMC for its power efficient APUs. bit 2GBBrazos 2.0 will have to hold fort till a direct 28nm shrink GDDR5of Brazos is now expected some time in 2012 - well after Thames XT HD 7690M 600 128-bit 1GB 800the release of Intels 32nm Atom and 28nm ARM SoCs. GDDR5The true successor to Brazos 2.0 - presumably an enhanced Thames XT HD 7670M 600 128-bit 900version of Krishna and Wichita featuring upto 4 cores, if not 1GB DDR3Kabini/Samara - is at least 18 months away, according to Thames HD 7590M 600 128-bit 1GB 800ExtremeTech. Pro GDDR5In the mainstream APU segment, the successor to Trinity - Thames HD 7570M 600 128-bit 900Kaveri - is scheduled for 2013 on GloFos 28nm. Pro 1GB DDR3 Thames LP HD 7650M 450 128-bit 1GB 800Report: AMD Radeon HD Thames LP HD 7630M 450 GDDR5 128-bit 9007000M to launch in December 1GB DDR3Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-radeon-hd-7000m-to- Thames LP HD 7550M 450 64-bit 1GB 800launch-in-december/14041.html GDDR5November 24th, 2011 Thames LP HD 7530M 450 64-bit 1GB 800 DDR3 Thames LE HD 7610M 450 128-bit 800 1GB DDR3 Thames LE HD 7510M 450 64-bit 1GB 800 DDR3 Seymour HD 7490M 800 64-bit 1GB 800The long rumoured AMD London series is finally set to XTX DDR3make its debut as the Radeon HD 7000M series product Seymour HD 7470M 800 64-bit 900for notebooks in December, following NVIDIAs GeForce XTX DDR3600M launch. While an exact release date or architectureinformation is missing, Computerbase.de has listed a number Seymour HD 7470M 740 64-bit 800of SKUs, covering entry-level HD 7430M all the way to high- XT GDDR5end HD 7900M. Seymour HD 7450M 750 64-bit 900 XT DDR3The long rumoured AMD London series is finally set tomake its debut as the Radeon HD 7000M series product Seymour HD 7450M 600 64-bit 900for notebooks in December, following NVIDIAs GeForce Pro DDR3600M launch. While an exact release date or architecture Seymour HD 7430M 600 64-bit 900information is missing, Computerbase.de has listed a number Pro DDR3of SKUs, covering entry-level HD 7430M all the way to high- With the onslaught of APUs/Procesor Graphics, manyend HD 7900M. expected the entry-level discrete GPU to die with 40nm. That is partially true - while AMD will continue to offer entry-levelCodename Branding Clock Memory Memory discrete GPUs for notebooks, they will be nothing buy souped clocks up rebrands of the HD 6400M series, covering the HD 7400MWimbledon HD 7900M 700-750 256-bit TBD series. XT 2-4GB GDDR5 The entire mainstream will be covered by the Thames GPU, covering HD 7500M and HD 7600M series. There are someWimbledon HD 7900M 650-700 256- TBD significant inconsistencies with the branding reported by Pro bit 2GB Computerbase, however, e.g. Thames LE clocked at 450 MHz GDDR5 with DDR3 featuring a higher branding (HD 7610M) than 11
  • 71. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThames Pro clocked at 600 MHz (HD 7590M) with GDDR5so we must take this preliminary information with a grain ofsalt. Curiously, the Thames line-up is so choc-a-bloc it leavesno room for Trinity APUs.Moving up the chain, we have the Chelsea GPU, to be brandedHD 7700M, followed by the high-end Heathrow, HD 7800Mand the entusiast Wimbledown, featuring a 256-bit memoryinterface, the HD 7900M series.Except Seymour, all the other HD 7000M GPUs are expectedto be 28nm fabbed. However, details such as the architectureused remain unknown.Following a similar timeline to the GeForce 600M series,a launch in December means notebooks based on the HD7000M series (and GeForce 600M) will be expected to hitretail in Q1 2012 with some design wins surely exhibited at CES2012. Price wise youre looking at US$499.99 for the 32GB modelsAsus Eee Pad Transformer and US$599.99 for the 64GB models, slightly more than the original Eee Pad Transformer, but not a massive price hike. NoPrime goes up on pre-order word on pricing for the keyboard dock as yet. Asus US has putSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime-goes- up a special tablet site which contains links to the pre-orderup-on-pre-order/14039.html partners which youll find at the bottom of this article.November 24th, 2011 As far as the OS is concerned, the Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2, but Asus is already promising that itll be upgradeable to 4.0. In fact, Nvidia has already posted a video on YouTube showing off an early build of Android 4.0 running on the Transformer Prim as a demo showing off its Tegra 3 chip. This suggests that the wait for the upgrade shouldnt be too long, which is good news for those that are planning onIf youre eager to get your hands on Asus new Tegra 3 powered getting a Transformer Prime.Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet and live somewhere inNorth America, then we have good news for you, its nowavailable for pre-order. Asus hasnt confirmed an actual launchdate as yet, but wed expect the Transformer Prime to arrive in Next generation Ultrabookstime for the holidays. expected to be on display atIf youre eager to get your hands on Asus new Tegra 3 powered CES Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/next-generation-ultrabooks-expected-Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet and live somewhere in to-be-on-display-at-ces/14038.htmlNorth America, then we have good news for you, its now November 24th, 2011available for pre-order. Asus hasnt confirmed an actual launchdate as yet, but wed expect the Transformer Prime to arrive intime for the holidays.The Transformer Prime will be available in one of two coloursthat Asus calls amethyst grey and champagne gold, althoughthe grey one still looks purple to us in the pictures. You also On the subject of Ultrabooks, it looks like Intels partners arehave the choice of 32 or 64GB of internal eMMC flash memory. getting ready to show off the first Ivy Bridge based modelsWhichever model you pick youll get a Tegra 3 SoC which Asus at CES which takes places on the 10th to the 13th of Januaryhas as yet to reveal the clock speed for, 1GB of DDR2 memory, next year. It also looks like some of the so far missing majora 10.1-inch IPS+ screen with 1280x800 resolution, a battery notebook players will launch their first Ultrabooks around thatgood for up to 12h of usage and theres of course the optional time as well.keyboard dock which adds another 6h of battery life. On the subject of Ultrabooks, it looks like Intels partners are getting ready to show off the first Ivy Bridge based models at CES which takes places on the 10th to the 13th of January next year. It also looks like some of the so far missing major notebook players will launch their first Ultrabooks around that time as well. 12
  • 72. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDigitimes is reporting that there should be some 30 to 50 connector, at least if the company can sell its plans to theUltrabooks on display at CES, although this sounds like a very notebook manufacturers.high number considering that so far there are only a handful of The current crop of Ultrabooks are in our opinion fairlymodels that can really be considered Ultrabooks in the market. uninspiring with most models targeting poorly educatedWhat will be interesting to see is what HP, Samsung and Dell consumers. Not only do they offer worse performance thanhas to bring to the table, as technically Samsung doesnt have your average notebook, but on average the battery life is as badan Ultrabook as yet even if its Series 9 notebooks are very close, as or worse than a similar notebook with a 35W CPU. Sure, youwith HP and Dell being rumoured to be working on their own get a slim and lightweight notebook, but thats really it and itsversions of an Ultrabook. not as if most Ultrabooks are cheap at that.Most of the next generation Ultrabooks are expected to sport With its move towards docking solutions we have a feeling thatSSDs, not only to keep the weight down and improve the Intel is eyeing the corporate market space where performanceoverall responsiveness of the systems, but also in part due quite often is second to many other features that are required.to the short supply of hard drives at the moment. This is Were somewhat disappointed with Intels approach herethe single most exciting feature of Ultrabooks, as although though as the company had a chance to standardize things,the CPU performance is most likely good enough for most but instead chose not to. Theres nothing worse than havingconsumers, the battery life of the models launched so far to buy custom made accessories, especially notebook dockinghas been disappointing, especially when compared to Apples solutions or port replicators, as most of them are almostMacBook Air. guaranteed to not work with your next notebook as thenDigitimes goes on to report that Intel is expecting Ultrabooks technology has progressed too far.to take up to 40 percent of the total notebook market fornext year, a figure that sounds way too high in our opinion,although some more sober figures of 20-30 percent have beensuggested by “market watchers” and Acers president JimWong is apparently hoping for 25-30 percent of the companiesnotebook to be Ultrabooks. Acer is going to have to try a lotharder than its first incarnation to reach this goal, as the AspireS3 is anything but a product that wed aspire to buy if we werein the market for an Ultrabook.Intel is planning dockingsolution for next yearsUltrabooks using ThunderboltSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-is-planning-docking-solution-for-next-year-s-ultrabooks-using-thunderbolt/14037.htmlNovember 24th, 2011According to information that has reached VR-Zone, Intel has In simple terms, Intel is suggesting that the notebookbig plans when it comes to Ultrabooks and the first major makers should fit a rather large dock connector plus a ministep forward from the fairly unimpressive machines weve seen DisplayPort connector side by side to make it easy to attach aso far is the addition of support for docking stations. This dock or a port replicator via either a cable or a side mountedbeing Intel doing things the Intel way the company will rely latch mechanism of some kind. It doesnt exactly look like aon its Thunderbolt technology as well as an additional dock user friendly connector and considering that Intel expects toconnector, at least if the company can sell its plans to the run several different interfaces down the same cable, it looksnotebook manufacturers. like a serious design problem waiting to happen. Due to Intels own inflexible technology, the on board EthernetAccording to information that has reached VR-Zone, Intel has controller has to have direct access to the Ethernet port onbig plans when it comes to Ultrabooks and the first major the dock as otherwise technologies such as Intels vPro andstep forward from the fairly unimpressive machines weve seen Microsofts Connected Standby wont work. Then you have toso far is the addition of support for docking stations. This deliver power through the same cable to power the notebookbeing Intel doing things the Intel way the company will rely through the dock and lets not forget the Thunderbolt data.on its Thunderbolt technology as well as an additional dock Intel is even suggesting that notebook makers can pipe things like audio and just about anything else they want through the 13
  • 73. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedock connector to save cost, although this is apparently not the third party solutions of which some are already in the market,ideal solution. but wed expect the cost difference to make up for just about all of the benefits that a Thunderbolt dock can offer. AMD Saves Apples Bacon in the HTCs Patent Complaint Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-saves-apple-s-bacon-in-the-htc-s- patent-complaint/14035.html November 24th, 2011 In the dispute between HTC Corporation and Apple Inc., the US International Trade Commission (US ITC) ruled in the favor of Apple, which is a reversal of the original decision. It turns out that Apple received a secret helper in the form of Advanced Micro Devices.As Thunderbolt is a combination of PCI Express signallingand DisplayPort, Intel has some suggestions as to what kindof ports the dock should feature, but this is pretty muchopen to the notebook manufacturer. Some suggestions includea mini DisplayPort connector, HDMI via DP++, a D-subconnector via USB, a built in USB controller that will connectto USB ports and audio, eSATA via a PCI Express basedSATA controller and just about anything else you can think ofthat needs PCI Express connectivity. Intel is also suggestionthat daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices onto the dock couldbe a possibility, but this does a we know depend on whichThunderbolt chip is being used and will likely increase the costof the dock by a fair margin. Back in May 2010, S3 Graphics Inc. filed a complaint againstThis solution is meant to be the quickest and simplest way Apple for infringing on four patents in relation to the graphicsto create a Thunderbolt dock according to Intel as it uses a operation. On July 1, 2011 ITC announced a verdict ruling incertified port for Thunderbolt. However, the company isnt favor of S3 Graphics as HTC purchased S3 Graphics from VIA.dismissing the idea of custom dock connectors, sort of what On November 21, 2011 - the favorable verdict was overruledweve already seen from Sony, although optical connectivity and the case was dismissed.doesnt seem to be part of Intels suggested route to achievethis. This kind of solution would require certification to make What happened? It turns out that the reversal did not happensure the Thunderbolt signalling remains within spec, so its not thanks to vested interests of the U.S. companies who oftenthe most likely solution. use ITC for sales pressure, or by Apples legal strength. As you might know, Apple employed a lot of refugees from AdvancedSo what about USB 3.0 docks? Well, it really seems like Intel Micro Devices and exactly those refugees reversed the ITChas given USB 3.0 the thumbs down, as at least according to decision.the details weve seen, Intel is calling USB 3.0 a poor optionfor docking stations when it comes to adding features such as According to the verdict, on September 15, 2011 Advanceddisplay interfaces and for tunnelling certain protocols through Micro Devices and its subsidiaries ATI Technologies ULCit. Considering the already much wider update of USB 3.0, we and ATI Technologies SRL entered the case as non-parties.cant but wonder what Intel was thinking, but then again, the AMD claimed they own the patents in question and thatcompany is most likely trying to sell its expensive Thunderbolt the company refuses to "assert them in this investigation."chips rather than having third parties have a slice of the action. Subsequently, on September 19th Apple filed its own motionIts fair to say that USB 3.0 has some limitations compared to to "terminate the case based on AMDs patent ownershipThunderbolt, but its likely to be a much more affordable route claims." Finally, Commission denied AMD and Apple requeststo go down and we can see this being the far more popular to publicly disclose the details of the patents in question - sooption for docking stations as not only will you be able to buy 14
  • 74. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat the public would not find out what patents were used to SITEX Show pricing: TBAattack S3 Graphics IP portfolio.If you are wondering what "thanks" Apple gave AMD for Fujitsu LIFEBOOK LH531this neat intervention and a save from an injunction orderfor all Apple devices, the answer is - cancelation of AMDLlano powered MacBook and losing the contracts for next-generation MacBook Air/Pro/iMac, which are all going to bepowered by NVIDIA Quadro. With friends like these, whoneeds enemies?If you thought this was over and HTC lost, there isanother twist to the story. Last week, ITC accepted anotherinvestigation against Apple in regards to S3 Graphics andadditional four patents. All in all, legal wheel keeps onspinning.Fujitsu SITEX SpecialPromotionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-sitex-special- This laptop features Anytime USB Charge capability whichpromotion/14034.html allows other devices to connect and recharge even if the laptopNovember 24th, 2011 is turned off. It offers enhanced visuals with the Nvidia Geforce 410M graphics card, while the Nvidia Optimus Technology automatically switches to an integrated graphics card when performance is not a priority, thus prolonging battery life. Users can enjoy up to six and a half hours of battery life through its battery saving technology.If you are looking for a improved mobile computing SITEX Show pricing: TBAexperience, you have found it with Fujitsu. They will befeaturing promotions at the upcoming SITEX 2011 Show, atbooth 6B10. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK BH531Fujitsu LIFEBOOK SH771 The BH531 LifeBook shares similar hardware with the LH531, but comes with a compact 13.3-inch screen instead. It is affordable and yet powerful, which positions it as a very cost-The Lifebook SH771 is an ultra-light business-oriented laptop efficient solution. This laptop is a suitable choice for studentsweighing just 1.22kg when configured with a weight saver which greatly require the biggest bang-for-bucks.and solid state drive. Its ultra-thin profile of just 23.2mmcontributes to its mobility, which is suitable for travelling SITEX Show pricing: TBAprofessionals. The laptop features a fingerprint sensor forsecurity, and is equipped with USB 3.0 to provide one of thefastest hardware interfacing speed. The Lifebook SH771 alsocomes with a hot-swappable modular drive bay which can bereplaced with batteries or different types of optical drives toaccommodate to your needs. 15
  • 75. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Battery Life - GSM Talk Time: TBD ; GSM Standby Time: TBD;Research in Motion announces UMTS Talk Time: TBD; UMTS Standby Time: TBD; AudioBlackBerry Bold 9790 and Playback: TBD; Video Playback: TBDCurve 9380 Camera - 5-megapixel camera, flash, continuous auto focus,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/research-in-motion-announces- face detection, image stabilization, scene modes, 2x digitalblackberry-bold-9790-and-curve-9380/14033.html zoom, VGA video recording (640 x 480),November 24th, 2011 GPS - Assisted, standalone and simultaneous GPS Wi-Fi - 2.4 GHz b/g/n, 5 GHz a/n Network UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6); 2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1,4,8); GSM:Research in Motion has added two new smartphones to their 1900/1800/900/850 MHzportfolio, the Bold 9790 (left pic) and Curve 9380, bothare based on the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system. The Data: HSDPA (7.2 Mbps); HSUPA (5.76 Mbps)smartphones claim to offer users fast performance, brillianttouch displays and compact designs altogether. BlackBerry Curve 9380 specifications Size (L x W x D) - 109mm x 60mm x 11.2mm Display - 3.2” HVGA+ touch screen 480 X 360 pixel resolution at 188ppi Software - BlackBerry 7 OS Battery Life - GSM Talk Time: up to 5.5 hours; GSM Standby Time: up to 15 days; UMTS Talk Time: up to 5.8 hours; UMTS Standby Time: up to 15 days; Audio Playback: up to 30 hours; Video Playback: up to 5.5 hours Memory - 512 MB on-board memory, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card NFC - Operating Frequency: 13.56 MHz; Operating Modes: reader/writer; card emulationThe BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 have Augmented Reality - Powered by Accelerometer andrecently been announced that are based on the BlackBerry Magnetometer7 operating system. The smartphones sport slim andstylish designs with enhanced communications, multimedia, Camera - 5-megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization,productivity and social connectivity features. The Bold 9790 is 4x digital zoom, scene modes, VGA video recording (640 Xpowerful and compact and offers fast performance with high 480)resolution touchscreen and tactile keyboard. The BlackBerryCurve 9380 boasts to be the companys first BlackBerry Curve GPS - Integrated GPS with A-GPSsmartphone with a large touch display, and offers powerfulsocial experiences and ease-of-use in a compact form factor. Wi-Fi - 2.4 GHz – 802.11 b/g/n enabledPricing and availability for Singapore have yet to be releasedat press time. Network - Quad-Band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; GSM/ GPRS networks; Tri-Band UMTS networks: Variant A:BlackBerry Bold 9790 specifications (800/850)/1900/2100 MHz; UMTS networks Variant B: 900/1700/2100 MHz UMTS networksSize (L x W x D) - 110mm x 60mm x 11.4mmDisplay - 2.45" touch screen 480 x 360 pixel resolution at246ppi Genius Rolls Out Battery-FreeSoftware - BlackBerry 7 OS Wireless Mouse Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/genius-rolls-out-battery-free-wireless-Memory - 8GB onboard, expandable up to 40GB via microSD mouse/14032.htmlcard 16
  • 76. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 24th, 2011 November 24th, 2011 TomTom will be showcasing the recently launched TomTomFinally, freedom from wires, and bulky wireless mice. If theres Via and Go series at the upcoming SITEX Show 2011,one thing repulsive about wireless mice, its probably the pair which feature added convenience and better functionality. Beof AA or AAA size batteries running in them. Some higher-end sure to check them out and make your driving experience amice use a lighter lithium ion battery, but that considerably safer one.steps up costs. Genius worked its way around the weight and TomTom GOprice issues with a light capacitor taking the place of a battery.This capacitor needs charging every week, but it gets chargedin 3 minutes flat. Genius implemented the capacitor-poweredwireless mouse design in the DX Eco.Finally, freedom from wires, and bulky wireless mice. If theresone thing repulsive about wireless mice, its probably the pairof AA or AAA size batteries running in them. Some higher-end mice use a lighter lithium ion battery, but even thatisnt light enough. Genius worked its way around the weightissue with a light capacitor taking the place of a battery. Thiscapacitor needs charging every week, but it gets charged in3 minutes flat. Genius implemented the capacitor-poweredwireless mouse design in the DX Eco. It weighs just 95 grams. The new TomTom GO series includes the TomTom GO 2050 and TomTom GO 2050 World, both of which feature a large 5-inch Fluid Touch screen that allows users to pinch-and- zoom maps quickly or navigate the interface with the their finger. Equipped with an in-built speaker, the device provides outstanding audio output delivering crisp and clear voice instructions. The TomTom Go starts your journey quickly with the unique Easy Click magnetic mount which makes docking and undocking a simple one-hand operation. The TomTom GO 2050 World allows seamless navigation across 66 countries with maps of the entire South-East Asia, as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and North America. TomTom Via The TomTom Via range features the best of TomTom’s navigation heritage which includes the latest maps, pre- installed safety cameras, IQ Routes and also voice control forMeasuring 110x 73 x 35 mm, this right-hand oriented wireless Via 260 and 280 models. The TomTom Via range deliversmouse uses 2.4 GHz wireless band for communicating with a brand new software package with a user-friendly interfaceits compact USB reciever. A proprietary technology prevents coupled with Bluetooth hands free calling. The TomTom Viaradio interference. It uses a 1,600 DPI optical sensor, which 220 and Via 260 come with a 4.3-inch touch screen, while thecan be tuned down to 800 DPI to conserve power and reduce TomTom Via 280 displays with its 5-inch touch screen.sensitivity. Apart from its three main buttons, there are fourmore buttons, and a 2-way scroll wheel. The top side of themouse is rubberized to enhance grip. Retail Prices: TomTom Via 220 - S$199TomTom SITEX 2011 Specials TomTom Via 260 - S$239Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tomtom-sitex-2011- TomTom Via 280 - S$279specials/14031.html TomTom GO 2050 - S$399 17
  • 77. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTomTom GO 2050 World - S$479 CPU 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 Memory 1GB SDRAMNokia N9 Review: Nokias first Screen 3.9-inch Super AMOLED Display Resolution 480x854(FWVGA)(and perhaps last) MeeGo Storage 16GB interal; up to 64GBdevice (black only)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-n9-review-nokia-s-first-and- Camera 8-megapixel auto-focus Carlperhaps-last-meego-device/14011.html Zeiss w/ 2x LED flashNovember 24th, 2011 Connectivity NFC, USB, Bluetooth, Micro USB, Nokia AV 3.5mm, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, USB 2.0 High-Speed, Bluetooth Stereo Audio Talk time Up to 11 hours (2G), 7 hours (3G)Intel and Nokia have jointly announced the MeeGo platform at Battery 1450 mAh Li-Ion batteryMobile World Congress in 2010, but it was not until last month Platform MeeGo (Linux)that we see the first (and perhaps last) MeeGo device from theFinnish manufacturer. But how good is the Nokia N9. Find out Dimensions 116.4 x 61.2 x 12.1 mminside this review. Weight 135g Dell SITEX Promotion Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-sitex-promotion/14030.html November 24th, 2011 Thinking of upgrading your computing experience with a new laptop? Dell has some good news for you with their promotions at this SITEX Show 2011, and it is bound to please gamers and style-concious users alike. Dell Alienware M14xOperating on Meego, a joint project between Nokia and Intelin 2010, the Nokia N9 is full of praises from early critics for itssleek design and hardy built, as well as its intelligent interfaceand stunning graphics. However, like a lustfully teenage boywith his eye on another, Nokia has cut Meego off with the CEO,Stephen Elop, saying in an interview with Finnish newspaper,Helsingin Sanomat that even if the N9 is a hit, there willbe no returning to Meego. Nokia Singapore has promisedthat software updates, care and services will be supportedtill 2015 (in fact it has just released an update recently withSwype keyboard and Twitter photo upload support amongother tweaks). But in today’s world of marketable apps, theremight be a shortage of developers willing to program for anoperating system with limited user base.Nokia, instead is concentrating on its relationship withMicrosoft and hopes to launch its foray into the world ofsmartphones with Windows 7.All that said, the Nokia N9 isa heck of smartphone. Heres a quick look at its hardware The Alienware M14x is designed specifically for hardcorespecifications. gamers seeking for a mobile High Definition (HD) gaming experience with a balance between performance and mobility. Nokia N9 Weighing less than 3kg, it features second generation Intel 18
  • 78. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCore i5 or i7 processor options and NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M details and vibrant colours with deeper black and brighterwith up to 3GB of graphics memory. The 14-inch WLED HD white. The Energy Star and EPEAT Silver compliant monitor isdisplay with a selection between 1366 by 768 or 1600 by 900 designed to be environmental-friendly by using halogen-freeresolution options completes M14x as the weapon of choice for laminates in its circuit boards, while its LED panel is free ofany gamers who want the edge over their competition. arsenic and mercury.Usual Price: Starting from S$2,299 Price: TBASITEX Promotion: TBA Dell XPS 15zDell Inspiron RStylish and trendy people will love the Inspiron R, which hasboth brain and beauty. Dell makes it easy for anyone to goonline and choose the perfect top lid that will best expresstheir individuality. Just snap it on to customize your laptop.Under the hood, the second generation Intel Core i3 to i7 Less mass more appeal. The XPS 15z certainly seems so withprocessor options ensures that it runs as snappy as it is sexy. its 0.97-inch thickness, placing it as one of the thinnest 15-Your laptop becomes an entertainment power house with SRS inch screen sized laptops around. Looks do not compromisePremium Audio and High Definition Video performance at performance, however, as it sports second generation Intelyour command. Core i5 and i7 processor options and a 15.6-inch screen withUsual Price: Starting from S$899 full High Definition 1080p display. Equipped with the NVidiaSITEX Promotion: TBA GeForce GT 525M graphics card with 1GB or 2GB memory options, the XPS 15z will also satisfy gamers as well. Together with its slot load DVD reader, the XPS 15z presents a stylishDell S2330MX 23-inch Ultra-slim Monitor and formidable all-round workhorse for power users. Price: TBA Unlocking the Sandy Bridge Xeon: The 2012 super high end platform Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/unlocking-the-sandy-bridge-xeon- the-2012-super-high-end-platform/14028.html November 24th, 2011 Xeon E5 is a little late, but still expected to be the dominant high end workstation platform for 2012. What about the enthusiasts wanting to push these lovely 8-core dual-socketThe S2330MX Ultra-slim monitor exudes elegance and grace CPUs to the limits? We have the answers.to your viewing experience. With its full HD 1920 by Before EVGA showed off their famous W555 SR2 board some1080 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio, the S2330MX monitor 20 months ago, there was little hope to unlock the vastproduces sharp and clear cinematic-quality pictures, amazing overclocking potential of the dual-socket Westmere EP 6 core 19
  • 79. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneXeon 5600 chips, the close cousins of the Core i7 980X andlater 990X high end desktop processors. Even though theseworkstation & server chips pass very tough screening and, bynature, should handle overclocking on everyday basis evenbetter, there was no such board to support it, and Intel didn’tunlock the multipliers either.Anyway, the flexible BCLK on the Tylersburg platform enabledEVGA to create the ultimate board that allowed them to reachnear 6 GHz on 12 cores with LN2 in 2010, and of course,also enabled production 4 – 4.5 GHz 12 core Xeons withhuge amounts of 6-channel DDR-1600+ memory, includingultra low latency desktop kits besides the usual high capacityserver kits. This would be the base of ultimate quad-GPU gaming machines, but also engineering workstation,specialized HPC visualization cluster kits, and, guess what…rapid high frequency trading machines for the machinationmasters of Wall Street and such places. Well, the rumours say that, encouraged by the unexpectedWhy? Well, for an ubergamer, having the fastest machine success of the Westmere Xeon 5600 in the OC space, Intel isaround may lead to the ego boost from highest FPS or quite ready to go ahead with unlocked versions of the high endwhatever. But, to an engineer rushing to complete and invoice Xeon E5 too. After all, the users of the upcoming EVGA SR-a job, finishing the whole calculation 20% faster as the X dual Socket 2011 mainboard, or its likely competitors fromsystem is brought from 3.33 GHz DDR3-1333 to 4.3 GHz Gigabyte or Asus, wouldn’t mind even 250W TDP per socketDDR3-2000+ means winning the job, and getting the money to get to well above 4 GHz with dual 8-core Xeon E5, backedmore and/or earlier. And, for a nasty competitive bunch by 8 memory channels.of high frequency stock exchange traders, a lower latencymachine with higher throughput too, means beating the Such a board, based on the current experiences with the Corecompetitors for million dollar trades every minute. Even if the i7-3960X and its cooling, could easily run a say 4.5 GHz dualmachine dies within 3 months, who cares? It’d have made its 8-core setup, with 8 channels total of DDR3-2133 memory –money hundreds of times over – and these guys pay top dollar although low latency DDR3-1600 CL6 should be just enoughfor top SKUs, then extra for reliable OC, no questions asked. as well. With near half teraflop of peak FP double precisionJust ask SGI, how they used this board. power if using AVX coding, and well over 100 GB/s main memory bandwidth, the monster desktop could feed up to 8Now we come to the upcoming, 8 core, feature-rich, power GPUs easily over its 80 PCIe v3 lanes.hungry Xeon E5. The TDP issues we mentioned before didhave a role to play in the somewhat lower initial frequencies For those who can’t afford the big dualie, but still want morethat this part will have compared to the Westmere EP, as well than just 6 cores of the 3960X, well look forward some of singleas limiting its brand new desktop twin, the Core i7 3960X to socket 8-core Xeon E5 Socket 2011 parts – they are expectedjust 6 cores at start. Those 8 cores, 20 MB L3 cache and 4 to work in the current X79 desktop boards too! Of course, youDDR3-1600 memory channels, combined with dual 8 GT/s have to pay more than the usual $999 limit Intel puts on itsQPI channels and 40 PCIe v3 8 GT/s channels – notice how high end desktop SKUs then. Look here for more info as theQPI and PCIe now get kinda in sync – really push the 32 nm things move forward.process to the limit without even any OC to consider.After all, according to our OEM sources at IDF, just confirmed HTC said to focus on quadin Taiwan, the highest speed initial part in the E5-2600 series,aimed at dual socket workstations and HPC, is expected to only core devices in 2012top 3.1 GHz before Turbo, yet it asks for a 150W TDP. That is Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-said-to-focus-on-quad-core-of course, still by far the fastest X86 part to be in the market devices-in-2012/14027.htmlat the time, but what if we want more? November 24th, 2011 By now its pretty obvious that 2012 will be the year of the quad core mobile devices, be it smartphones or tablets, although most appear to be running Android so far, but wed expect a fair few tablets to be part of the Windows 8 crowd later next year. Rumours are now suggesting that HTC is going to stick quad core chips in all of its high-end devices with one of the first being its rumoured Quattro tablet. 20
  • 80. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBy now its pretty obvious that 2012 will be the year of the quad Some very early details of Samsungs next generation Exynoscore mobile devices, be it smartphones or tablets, although SoC has made an appearance online and it suggests that themost appear to be running Android so far, but wed expect a upcoming Exynos 4412 is a quad core processor. It will still befair few tablets to be part of the Windows 8 crowd later next an ARM Cortex-A9 based chip, but its said to sport improvedyear. Rumours are now suggesting that HTC is going to stick graphics and higher clock speeds.quad core chips in all of its high-end devices with one of the The details appeared on a Kernel Git page which is a Linuxfirst being its rumoured Quattro tablet. kernel archive and consist of files that add kernel support forWere not quite sure how much of this is true, as Digitimes the Exynos 4412 quad core SoC. Several files mentions the facthas at least some information that we know is wrong, as the that the Exynos 4412 is a quad core ARM Cortex-A9 chip and“leaked” Zeta phone from HTC was simply a mock-up and most of it appears to be supplied by a Samsung employee somenot a device that will ever go into production and as such the six weeks ago. Clock speeds of the new chip are expected to bespecifications that went along with it are obviously not the real around 1.5GHz.deal. Apparently the Exynos 4412 shares most of its features withThat said, the Quattro tablet or whatever its retail name will be the dual core Exynos 4212 and both chips are expected to beshould at least be arriving in Q1 next year unless HTC changes 32nm HKMG parts. Its also believed that the Exynos 4412its mind. The tablet should be powered by Nvidias Tegra 3 chip will feature updated graphics in the shape of ARMs Mali-604Tand this falls in line with what weve heard. Its also said to GPU core with up to eight "cores", although at this pointfeature Beats audio, something that should become a standard in time this is purely speculation and its very possible thatfeature on high-end devices from HTC, as well as support we might see a PowerVR based graphics core here, since asfor HTC Scribe and HTCs cloud storage service powered by we know, Samsung has licenced both companies graphicsDropbox. technology. Well just have to wait and see what Samsung comes up with, but its clear that 2012 is going to be the yearThe Edge should be HTCs first quad core smartphone, it of quad core ARM processors.too powered by Nvidias Tegra 3 chip, although were notsure if the specs are reliable again, as there are far too manyrumours going around when it comes to this handset. Weshould hopefully see the actual device line-up from HTC and Cheaper tablets coming nextthe Mobile World Congress in February which should help to year?clarify things. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cheaper-tablets-coming-next- year-/14025.htmlHTC has been more or less forced to use Nvidias chips November 24th, 2011in its first quad core devices as Qualcomm isnt ready toprovide HTC with the amount of quad core processors that thecompany demands and judging by the Qualcomm roadmapsthat weve posted about here before, its first quad core partwith be an APQ rather than an MSM model which means itwont have integrated baseband support. This would be finefor a tablet, but not so much for a smartphone. Even so, It looks like there has been some over production of tablets,going down the Nvidia route has the same limitations, so the more specifically Android powered tablets which just arentonly issue here is that Qualcomm isnt ready to supply large selling, well, at least not unless were talking about Amazonsquantities of chips as yet. That said, the APQ8064 should be Kindle Fire or Barnes & Nobles new Nook. This has ledquite a powerful chip and wed expect it to be used in many of to excess inventory levels of most other Android tablets,the Windows 8 tablets, least not thanks to its support for both something that isnt expected to change much over the holidaySATA and PCI Express. season either.Samsung going quad-core with It looks like there has been some over production of tablets,the Exynos 4412 more specifically Android powered tablets which just arent selling, well, at least not unless were talking about AmazonsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-going-quad-core-with-the- Kindle Fire or Barnes & Nobles new Nook. This has ledexynos-4412/14026.html to excess inventory levels of most other Android tablets,November 24th, 2011 something that isnt expected to change much over the holiday season either. According to Digitimes, there are somewhere between 3-4Some very early details of Samsungs next generation Exynos million tablets sitting in warehouses and on store shelves ifSoC has made an appearance online and it suggests that the estimations by IDC are proven to be correct. Thats a lot ofupcoming Exynos 4412 is a quad core processor. It will still be unsold tablets, although this is among all of the tablet makersan ARM Cortex-A9 based chip, but its said to sport improved which makes it a more reasonable share per company. Still, itgraphics and higher clock speeds. goes to show that tablets arent going down all that well with 21
  • 81. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneconsumers at their current price points, something that isnt of these handsets are considered end-of-life by the handsetentirely unexpected when consumers are already spending manufacturers and as such, theyre not bothering putting anymoney on smartphones and notebooks. more resources into the models that theyve already sold and move away from. Even so, most of the Android handset makersAs such it looks like we can expect a price drop on many of the have a lag time of six months or more before they delivercurrent tablets come next year as the companies are trying to updates to their handsets and according to Bit9, Samsung isclear out their inventories for either Android 4.0 tablets with the worst when it comes to providing timely updates. Anotherbetter, faster and shinier hardware, or as Digitimes seems to problem mentioned is the fact that many new handsets shipthink, Windows 8 tablets which it claims some PC vendors with an already out dated version of Android, somethinghave decided to already start designing ahead of Microsofts that far too many consumers have experienced and beenlaunch of its new OS that will apparently arrive sometime in disappointed by.Q3 next year.Lack of Android updatesleads to unsecure handsetsaccording to reportSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lack-of-android-updates-leads-to-unsecure-handsets-according-to-report/14024.htmlNovember 24th, 2011A company called Bit9 that creates server side securitysoftware has had a play with some of the more commonlyavailable Android phones in the market and has found thatthe manufacturers lack of updates for its older handsets areleading to unsecure devices. The company has compiled alist that it calls the "Dirty Dozen" which consists of whatthe company considers the worst offers that have reachedsignificant market penetration.A company called Bit9 that creates server side securitysoftware has had a play with some of the more commonlyavailable Android phones in the market and has found thatthe manufacturers lack of updates for its older handsets areleading to unsecure devices. The company has compiled alist that it calls the "Dirty Dozen" which consists of whatthe company considers the worst offers that have reachedsignificant market penetration. That said, even Apples iPhone gets a mention and has endedWed say that this report should be taken with a grain of salt or up on a 13th place in the list as Apples older devices that arentmaybe even a teaspoon or two depending on how you use your eligible for software updates suffer a similar fate to old Androidphone, but the company is suggesting that any Android phone devices. What the report doesnt state is what kind of threatsrunning a version of Android older than 2.3.3 is vulnerable to there are, although it talks loosely about things like hackersvarious threats. There are some interesting statistics to take on being able to access to information on smartphones such asboard here though, such as the fact that the 12 phones picked business email, rather than suggesting that theres a widemake up close to 33 percent of the market share of Android range of viruses that might be picked up by your smartphone.phones currently in use, although this data only seems to applyto the US market. The top three offenders are the Samsung Bit9 doesnt give any clear solutions to the problem at handGalaxy Mini, the HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson Xperia either, but is suggestion that Google should be more involvedX10 and you can check out the other nine models in the chart when it comes to enforcing updates for its OS that wouldbelow. be able to bypass the device makers and the network service providers. Theyre also suggesting that large companies limitApparently Android holds 52 percent of the US handset access to apps or provide a secure app store which only hasmarket of smartphones and of that 52 percent 56 percent certified apps in it. Another approach is to put more pressureare running a version of Android older than 2.3.3. Many on the device makers to get more timely releases of updates 22
  • 82. November 24th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto the OS out to all of their devices and we have to say thatthis one sounds like the best option to us, as its a win-winsituation for everyone except possibly the device makers whowould be forced to hire more software developers. Head overto the source for the full report. 23
  • 83. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! We havent even reached a stage where you can buy a single VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication PCI Express 3.0 add-in card, yet the PCI-SIG isnt resting on its covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. laurels as the company has just announced version 4.0 of the PCI Express specification. As you might expect PCI Express 4.0 is bringing twice the bandwidth compared to PCI ExpressReport: AMD Radeon HD 7000 3.0, but its not going to arrive any time soon.presentation on December 5thSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-radeon-hd-7000- We havent even reached a stage where you can buy a singlepresentation-on-december-5th/14091.html PCI Express 3.0 add-in card, yet the PCI-SIG isnt resting on itsNovember 29th, 2011 laurels as the company has just announced version 4.0 of the PCI Express specification. As you might expect PCI Express 4.0 is bringing twice the bandwidth compared to PCI Express 3.0, but its not going to arrive any time soon. With only Intels recently announced Sandy Bridge-E processors and X79 based motherboards having the potential of offering PCI Express 3.0 support, that is if Intel everAMD is reportedly preparing a media event next Monday, condones it officially, were currently at a stage where PCIDecember 5th, to present their next-gen 28nm GPUs - to be Express 3.0 doesnt matter all that much. That said, come nextbranded Radeon HD 7000 series. While this is not going to be year we should see a wider availability of PCI Express 3.0.a release day, more information about the much anticipated With twice the bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0, a standard thatHD 7000 is expected to finally be presented to the media. is hardly being utilized to the max, one has to wonder whatAMD is reportedly preparing a media event next Monday, we can look forward to that will use up the bandwidth of PCIDecember 5th, to present their next-gen 28nm GPUs - to be Express 4.0.branded Radeon HD 7000 series. While this is not going to be With some 16GT/s (thats gigatransfers) were looking at a lota release day, more information about the much anticipated of bandwidth here and the good news is that the PCI-SIG isHD 7000 is expected to finally be presented to the media. expecting this to be feasible with little to no changes to theThe event is being held at London - curiously also the physical PCI Express 3.0 board and slot layout, much in thecodename for the Radeon HD 7000M notebook - rumoured same way as the move from PCI Express 2.0 to 3.0. That said,to be announced in December. Surely, that is not a co- the PCI-SIG isnt expecting to have the finer details of PCIincidence, and we could see the Radeon HD 7000M series Express 4.0 done until sometime in 2014 or 2015 and by then,being announced on December 5th, with notebooks featuring there might be something that needs all that extra bandwidth.HD 7000M GPUs shipping in Q1 2012. Of course, it is standard Keeping with the good news, PCI Express 4.0 is expected toprocedure to announce mobile GPUs well before notebooks hit be fully backwards compatible, cost no more to make thanthe market. current PCI Express implementations and we might be seeing some more power efficient implementations developed by theAs for the desktop market, several reports and sources suggest time the standard is finalized.the first HD 7000 GPUs will release around CES 2012 time,i.e. second week of January. Till then, we can look forwardto some concrete information following the December 5th The future of peripherals, in aLondon event. glass pane Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-future-of-peripherals-in-a-glass-PCI Express 4.0 announced, pane/14085.htmltwice the bandwidth of 3.0 November 29th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pci-express-4.0-announced-twice-the-bandwidth-of-3.0/14090.htmlNovember 29th, 2011 Writers and movie-makers have gotten us to dream about this for years: a sexy transparent glass panel which we can type 1
  • 84. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneor doodle around to interact with a computer system. This isnot too far away from us, now that a Kickstarter project isunderway to bring this to fruition. Visit the Kickstarter website to see how you can contribute toA sci-fi-esque keyboard or trackpad made solely out of a pane materializing this amazing concept.of glass may be coming to you soon. Engineer, inventor andentrepreneur Jason Giddings brings this technology to realitywith his Kickstarter project titled Multi-Touch Keyboard andMouse.Using the existing technology called Frustrated Total InternalReflection (FTIR), light from mounted LEDs on one edge ofthe keyboard panel will bounce internally in a zig-zag path Sleek to be the name ofagainst the two large surfaces of the glass at its rest state. When Samsungs new superphone?typing begins, contact is made between the glass panel and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-sleek-to-be-the-name-of-samsung-s-the finger, breaking the internal reflection and thus directing new-superphone-/14084.htmlthe light downwards into a camera. This is then processed November 29th, 2011to determine which keys are ‘pressed’. Similar mechanism isdeployed to register gestures as well.This project can be seen as part of a step towards furtherminimizing the appearance and presence of hardware from a The Korean electronics giant Samsung is on the move again.mobile device, which is a different level from making thinner With their latest GALAXY Nexus in line for release just asmartphones. This brings us closer to many concept renders few weeks from now, the company has filed yet anotherdepicting the day when handsets and computer may appear no trademark application for the name “Samsung GALAXY Sleek”more than just be a pane of glass. with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The range of goods and service which comes under the trademark apparently includes smartphones and tablet devices. While the selected family of device is not surprising, it also seems to indicate that Samsung is taking good measures not to reveal anything about the intended device that will bear that name. The GALAXY series is reputed for high quality products with refined aesthetic in a complete package, thus the use of the word ‘sleek’ feels like it may be another milestone product. Nonetheless, only time will tell as we wait for the 2
  • 85. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonenext big thing from Samsung. Meanwhile, we can all enjoy the be a tool that accomodates to the removal of the back piece,upcoming GALAXY Nexus which boasts to be the first phone suggesting that batteries may be replaceble.with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.Droid 4 carries latest specs inQWERTY flavourSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/droid-4-carries-latest-specs-in-qwerty-flavour/14075.htmlNovember 29th, 2011The Motorola Droid 4 has been churning the rumour millrecently, but now some tangible numbers and more pictureshave emerged. The most powerful QWERTY phone to date is While there is no indication of which Android version it willnigh. run, the supposed launch from Verizon alongside the Galaxy Nexus may imply that it will come with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But, right now, its anybodys guess. Toyota Fun-Vii concept car with customizable exterior display Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toyota-fun-vii-concept-car-with- customizable-exterior-display/14083.html November 29th, 2011The impending arrival of Motorolas Droid 4 becomes moreand more apparent as new images surface along with a tip thatit may be released on 8 December by Verizon. While the fast Whats better than a car that has a stylish and futuristicrelease cycle surprises many people, given that the Motorola design? How about one whereby the entire exterior is anRazr was just unleashed, it still makes delighting news for external display? Japanese car maker Toyota has recentlypeople who must have a physical keyboard on a smartphone. unveiled their Fun-Vii concept car whose exterior is also an external display.The D4 will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor,1GB of RAM, 4-inch touch screen, a full five row illuminatedQWERTY keyboard, front camera, a 8-megapixel shooter atthe rear side, and topped off with support for 4G Long TermEvolution Network. It looks very similar to the newly releasedRazr, sans the well-marketed Kevlar rear cover, which is notsurprising at all. Unlike the Razr, however, there seems to 3
  • 86. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneToyota has recently showcased their Fun-Vii concept car at the the SKU. For most, this is likely to have little to no difference.Tokyo Motor Show at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, whose Do keep in mind that the max dynamic clock speed may neverexterior can be used as external display, and the interior can be achieved, especially if youre overclocking the CPU, as thealso be adjusted to fit the drivers mood. According to the CPU and GPU are sharing the same max TDP, so good coolingcompanys executives, the design was influenced by modern is key here.smartphones whereby the handheld can be personalized,from the skin, home page etc. The three-seater conceptcars external display can be adjusted to modify the cars color,while the interior of the Fun-Vii can be configured and withadjustable colors and tints for various portions of the car.But when powered off, the exterior is jet black (as above pic).Being a concept car, there is no word as to whether the ToyotaFun-Vii will ever be produced.Even more Ivy Bridge details Intel still appears to be removing features like hardware virtualization on its K-models for whatever reason, as well asleak support for it trusted execution technology. Its funny how weSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/even-more-ivy-bridge-details- end up paying more for less when it comes to Intels high-end,leak/14082.html overclockable CPUs.November 29th, 2011 As for the product positioning, well, the Core i7-3770K are placed below the upcoming Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E CPU and it will be very interesting to see how the two compare in real world situations, especially with a mere 100MHz base clock speed difference between the two. Oddly enough the Core i7-3770 is clocked 100MHz slower than its K suffix counterpart this time around, something that wasnt the caseBy now youve most likely already ready the Ivy Bridge line- with the current Sandy Bridge processors and something thatup details via Russia, although now more details have come to isnt the case for the Core i5-3570s.light via China. A lot of details were missing in the initial leakand we can now fill in the blanks, especially with regards tothe graphics and how the upcoming Ivy Bridge processor fitinto Intels echo system compared to the current Sandy Bridgeprocessors.By now youve most likely already ready the Ivy Bridge line-up details via Russia, although now more details have come tolight via China. A lot of details were missing in the initial leakand we can now fill in the blanks, especially with regards tothe graphics and how the upcoming Ivy Bridge processor fitinto Intels echo system compared to the current Sandy Bridgeprocessors. We were quite surprised by the fact that Intel placed theStarting with the graphics, we have two graphics options in the Core i5-3570, 3550 and 3450 (the 3470 wasnt in the productdesktop parts, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and Intel HD Graphics positioning list) ahead of the current Core i5-2500K, especially2500. The main difference here beyond clock speeds is that as the Core i5-3450 is 200MHz slower and Ivy Bridge wasntwere expecting the execution units to be at least 1/3 greater expect to bring that much extra performance when it comes toin the HD 4000 parts compared to the HD 2500 parts, unless the CPU core itself. Once again, itll be interesting to see howIntel has changed something last minute. The Core i7-3770K, things play out when it comes to real world performance, asCore i7-3770, Core i7-3770S, Core i7-3770T, Core i5-3570K as this is where it counts.well as the oddly named Core i5-3475S will be the only ones The original post on Chinese website Corescn.com requireswith HD 4000 graphics, the rest get to make do with HD 2500 you to log in, so instead weve included a link to Germangraphics. Computerbase who has some additional details on the subject. Do take this with a pinch of salt, as although it does look legit and lines up nicely with the details from Overclockers.ru, theres a chance that things will still change before the launch.The base clock speed for all Ivy Bridge desktop processorswill start at 650MHz, although well see a max dynamic clockspeed of anything between 1050 and 1150MHz depending on 4
  • 87. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneKinect 2 rumoured to be able Is Apple working on a 15-inchto read your lips MacBook Air?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kinect-2-rumoured-to-be-able-to-read- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-apple-working-on-a-15-inch-your-lips/14081.html macbook-air-/14080.htmlNovember 29th, 2011 November 29th, 2011Microsofts Kinect for the Xbox 360 has without a doubt beena huge success for the company and it looks as if Microsoft isworking on a new, much more advanced version of Kinect to According to recent rumours, Apple will not only offer Ivygo with its next gen console which is expected to be announced Bridge powered 11.6 and 13.3-inch versions of its MacBook Airsometime next year. Sadly the rumour mill doesnt offer a lot come the new year, but the company is apparently planning aof details, but were apparently looking at something quite a 15-inch model as well. The question is if the market demand isbit more advanced than the current Kinect. there, as at least traditionally, Apples larger notebooks have been quite powerful machines and a slimmed down version wont be able to compete in terms of performance.Microsofts Kinect for the Xbox 360 has without a doubt beena huge success for the company and it looks as if Microsoft isworking on a new, much more advanced version of Kinect to According to recent rumours, Apple will not only offer Ivygo with its next gen console which is expected to be announced Bridge powered 11.6 and 13.3-inch versions of its MacBook Airsometime next year. Sadly the rumour mill doesnt offer a lot come the new year, but the company is apparently planning aof details, but were apparently looking at something quite a 15-inch model as well. The question is if the market demand isbit more advanced than the current Kinect. there, as at least traditionally, Apples larger notebooks have been quite powerful machines and a slimmed down versionEurogamer has scored some exclusive information suggestion wont be able to compete in terms of performance.that the next generation of Kinect will offer a much higherresolution camera which wont be hard as the current Kinect The details are slim as always when it comes to this type ofmodel has a resolution of a mere 320x240 pixels, something rumour, but Digitimes appears to be fairly certain that Applethat is apparently to do with the data limitation that Microsoft will be offering a 15-inch SKU and its said to be offered as aput on the USB interface as to not interfere too much with the competitor to the yet-to-launch large screen Ultrabooks. Thatperformance of other attached USB devices. As such Kinect said, we might just end up with a slimmed-down version ofis only allowed 15-16MB/s of the total available bandwidth, a the MacBook Pro, as the details are anything but clear and arerestriction the next generation hardware wont suffer from. In coming from the supply chain that doesnt always have the fullfact, its meant to have a camera capable of reading your lips, picture.for improved voice and motion recognition. Interestingly pilot production of the 11.6 and 13.3-inch modelsIf we were to hazard a guess here, we might see USB 3.0 has apparently already started which means that Intel is moresupport in the next gen console from Microsoft, as this would or less ready with its ULV models of Ivy Bridge, somethingremove all the potential bottlenecks for quite some time. The well bring you more details on shortly. As for the 15-inchquoted source also seems to suggest something similar "It version, well, its not in pilot production, but its expected tocan be cabled straight through on any number of technologies get to that stage shortly and well just have to wait and see ifthat just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main itll be a new Air or a slimmed down Pro.processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do youwant to do with it?" Gigabyte updates its BooktopsThis is also suggesting that well see a lot more RAM in the nextgen console from Microsoft and hopefully some of this will be with the T1132, gives you adedicated to providing enough space to store higher resolution chance to win onetextures, a problem that both Microsofts and Sonys current Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-updates-its-booktops-with-consoles are suffering from compared to modern graphics the-t1132-gives-you-a-chance-to-win-one/14079.htmlcards in a PC. If youre an Xbox follower, then it seems like you November 29th, 2011have a lot to look forward to next year, although none of this isexpected to make an appearance until E3 in June. 5
  • 88. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith Intels ULV processors mostly ending up in Ultrabooks Other new features include a chipset update to the HM65these days, its refreshing to see something a bit different and chipset and slightly better graphics with a move to an NvidiaGigabyte has overahauled its Booktop series of convertible GeForce GT520M which should offer a small performancenotebooks with a shiny new Sandy Bridge ULV CPU. boost over the GeForce 410M found in the T1125. It shouldThe original Booktop, the T1125 was looking a bit tired be mentioned that the T1132 supports switchable graphics forspecification wise by now, so this refresh is welcome. when youre running on battery. The rest remains close to the same , with a 1366x768 resolution 11.6-inch display with capacitive multi-touch, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a choiceWith Intels ULV processors mostly ending up in Ultrabooks of hard drive options from 320 to 750GB, a USB 3.0 port, anthese days, its refreshing to see something a bit different and eSATA/USB combo port (eSATAp), an HDMI port, a D-subGigabyte has overahauled its Booktop series of convertible connector, a memory card reader, a pair of audio jacks, Gigabitnotebooks with a shiny new Sandy Bridge ULV CPU. Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a spare slot for a 3G mini PCIThe original Booktop, the T1125 was looking a bit tired Express card. Lets not forget the optional docking station asspecification wise by now, so this refresh is welcome. well that also houses the optical drive. The pricing for the T1132 hasnt been announced as yet and we double checked with Gigabyte who informed us that we should expect a retail price close to that of the T1125, in other words somewhere in the region of US$1300 (S$1690). That said, Gigabyte is currently giving one away, as well as a few other prizes as long as youre willing to give them your first born fill in a survey which you can find on their Facebook page. Xebec Tech htpc keyboard reviewThe CPU of choice in this case is the Core i5-2467M which Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xebec-tech-htpc-keyboard-arrived all the way back in June, so in other words it has review/14078.htmltaken Gigabyte a while to get this 1.6GHz chip (with Turbo November 29th, 2011to 2.3GHz) into its Booktop. The new model is called theT1132 and the specific SKU with the Core i5 chip carries theN suffix and is currently the only new model, although wedexpect more SKUs to follow. Finally Gigabyte has also includedBluetooth 3.0 + HS, although this is a standard that has as yetto really take off. Xebec Tech is a newly founded company which originates from the UK and today has offices in the UK, China and Taiwan. The company currently focuses mostly on high end peripherals. A few weeks ago we had a look on their itouchpad diamond keyboard, a versatile product designed to mimic a laptop-sized keyboard and touchpad. Today we are going to have a look at a different piece of equipment which Xebec Tech baptized simply “htpc”, a multi functional controller for media center PCs, gaming consoles and other devices. Xebec Tech is a newly founded company which originates from the UK and today has offices in the UK, China and Taiwan. The company currently focuses mostly on high end peripherals. A few weeks ago we had a look on their itouchpad diamond keyboard, a versatile product designed to mimic a laptop-sized keyboard and touchpad. Today we are going to have a look at a different piece of equipment which Xebec Tech baptized simply “htpc”, a multi functional controller for media center PCs, gaming consoles and other devices. • 10-15m wireless range due to a 2.4GHz nano receiver 6
  • 89. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • 2.4GHz nano receiver fits into USB port of your computer • Plug n Play installation- a specific driver is not required • Power saving On/off switch • 73 keys- 13 hotkeys (including 11 media hotkeys) and 11 further enhanced function keys • 11 media hotkeys are: www, e-mail, back, forward, previous track, next track, play/pause, stop, volume up, volume down and mute According to a DigiTimes report, Kingston is buying large • 11 further enhanced function keys activated via the volumes of DRAM chips from Elpida and Toshiba, in an effort "fn" key. to help the two digest inventories by the end of financial • 6 MCE hot keys: My music, my video, my picture, year 2011. This has been a disaster year for memory chip my TV, my radio and DVD manufacturers. They have overproduced, and coupled with lower PC sales, it has rendered many manufacturers cash- • Gestures on the touchpad include 2 finger scrolling strapped and looking for funding to survive. In the retail and • Built in and ergonomically placed rear positioned channel markets, we are getting to see some unreal prices, with left and right click buttons 8 GB DDR3 modules going for as low as US $49.99, and 2x 4 GB dual-channel DDR3 memory kits well within reach of the • Weight: 170g masses. • Dimensions: 163 x 121 x 28 mm The move to buy up large stocks of chips from Elpida and Toshiba has a few implications to PC enthusiasts, because chips made by the two go into making high-end DDR3Kingston Buying Up Large modules. It could give Kingston a chance to come up withVolumes of Elpida, Toshiba high-performing DDR3 modules at attractive price points, and help raise the brand up the ranks of others that PCDRAM Chips enthusiasts look out for. Koreas Hynix Semiconductor is alsoSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-buying-up-large-volumes-of- among Kingstons DRAM chip suppliers, and it is reported thatelpida-toshiba-dram-chips/14077.html Kingston could also buy stocks of DRAM chips from it. SimplyNovember 29th, 2011 put, this is the best time to buy memory. Planning to gift your special someone something fluffy or shiny this Christmas? Try a memory upgrade instead!The DDR3 memory industry is suffering with indigestion. Preliminary Desktop IvyQuite literally. Upstream component manufacturers, as wellas vendors have jointly overproduced, and hence were seeing Bridge Line-up leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/preliminary-desktop-ivy-bridge-line-unreal memory prices. DRAM chip vendors Elpida and up-leaked/14076.htmlToshiba are two of those companies suffering with inventory November 29th, 2011digestion problem, and they could be the worst hit, giventhat theyre both Japanese, and are part of an environmentwith lower room for cost-cutting (since labor costs, as well asproduct quality factor in higher). Kingston Technology has apill.The DDR3 memory industry is suffering with indigestion.Quite literally. Upstream component manufacturers, as well A preliminary line-up of Ivy Bridge SKUs has leaked atas vendors have jointly overproduced, and hence were Chinese forums CoreSCN featuring quad-core Ivy Bridgeseeing unreal memory prices. DRAM chip vendors Elpida CPUs, covering the Core i5 and Core i7 branding. As previouslyand Toshiba are two of those companies suffering with rumoured, the focus for Ivy Bridge is clearly power efficiencyinventory digestion problem, and they could be the worst and graphics, rather than CPU performance.hit, given that theyre both Japanese, and are part of anenvironment with lower room for cost-cutting (since labor A preliminary line-up of Ivy Bridge SKUs at Chinese forumscosts, as well as product quality factor in higher). Taiwans CoreSCN. The table consists of quad-core Ivy Bridge CPUs,Kingston Technology has a pill. covering the Core i5 and Core i7 branding. As previously rumoured, the focus for Ivy Bridge is clearly power efficiency and graphics, rather than performance. 7
  • 90. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone AMD Radeon Memory Goes Beyond Enthusiasts Memory, Brings OverDrive Support Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-memory-goes-beyond- enthusiasts-memory-brings-overdrive-support/14072.html November 29th, 2011 In early August, AMD introduced Radeon-branded memory modules in selected markets. When we spoke with AMD,Table credit: Overclockers.ru we were told that the company is "trialing the market" andAt first glance, the product segmentation is very similar to is "running a test in Japan". The results of that test wereSandy Bridge - quad-core with HT and 2MB L3 cache disabled obviously successful, since the company is coming with theas Core i5, the fully enabled chip as Core i7. What is notable is whole product line.that the Core i5 brand has been extended to feature a greater While AMD is in the news for all the wrong reasons such as therange of clocks, and presumably a wider price range. As with Bulldozer launch and a 12% layoff, AMD is making an entranceSandy Bridge, K suffix indicates unlocked multiplier, S power into the completely new market: memory.efficient, and T low power. The most notable change is the maxTDP for all Ivy Bridge products is down to 77W, from 95W -which has been the standard for this segment for several years.The Core i5 brand covers Core i5 3330 to Core i5 3570K,clocking from 3 GHz to 3.4 GHz for the 77W parts. The 33xxCPUs feature limited turbo of 2 bins compared to the 34xxand 35xx brands, which feature 4 bins - like Sandy Bridge. Itis worth noticing that the clock speed of the Core i5 3570K isonly 100 MHz higher than Core i5 2500K. This trend is carriedonto the Core i7 3770K, which tops out at 3.5 GHz - exactlythe same as Core i7 2700K. It is clear that CPU performancewill be essentially similar to equivalent Sandy Bridge products- albeit the performance delivered at a lower power floor, withsuperior graphics performance. In addition to lowering TDPacross the board, Intel arguably also has to protect its high-endSandy Bridge-E series. A 95W Ivy Bridge would clearly outrunSandy Bridge-E in all tasks that utilize 4 cores or less.In line with the focus on power efficiency, Ivy Bridge alsofeature impressive power efficient S and T options. The Ssuffixed CPUs have a 65W TDP and arent far off their standard77W counterparts. They also offer the same turbo, which AMD partnered with Patriot Memory to bring this type ofmeans single-threaded performance is essentially the same. products to the global market, while VisionTek is selected toThe T suffixed CPUs operate under only 45W, with the top be the North American retail partner. AMD will offer threeCore i7 3770T clocking up to 2.5 GHz and 3.7 GHz with turbo. lines of system memory, all in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities:Core i5 2390T, the only dual-core Core i5 part in the Sandy "Entertainment Edition", "Performance Edition" and "RadeonBridge line-up, will be replaced by a similar dual-core Ivy Edition". The line is fairly standard - DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600Bridge CPU - Core i5 3470T, clocked at 2.9 GHz with a 35W and DDR3-1866.TDP. DDR3L is making an appearance inside the "PerformanceThese Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge products are expected to Edition" with modules operating at 1.35V, while "Radeonrelease in April 2012, with dual-core Core i3 CPUs expected Edition" operates at 1.5-1.65V at 1866MHz and supportslater in Q2 2012. The power efficiency improvements will overclocking via AMD Overdrive software.bring forward more significant improvements in the notebookmarket with configurable TDPs - particularly for ultrabooks.In the desktop arena, Sandy Bridge owners will find limitedincentive to upgrade to Ivy Bridge. 8
  • 91. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone new patch addresses some issues including a tendency for lockscreen freezes, minor bugs and security loopholes, as well as upgrades such as a new camera interaction layout, increased HSPA transfer speed, a faster boot-up sequence and a string of other performance improvements. The update was initially reported from Mexico and it should be served through Samsung KIES, the companys proprietary bundled software to interface the phone with the computer. It is believed that the unlocked version of the phone will receive its upgrades first, while carrier-bounded handsets would require approval before receiving the patch. Well, hopefully the update would reach Singaporeans by Decemeber or early next year. Fellow owners can check their update status via the "settings" menu on their phones in hopes of receiving the good news.While Patriot is the manufacturer of memory modules,those modules feature AMD branded memory chips and the Canon PowerShot S100 slatedcompany did not disclose who the manufacturer of those for 8 December releasememory chips is. System DIMM memory is not the only thing Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-powershot-s100-slated-for-8-AMD silently launched. The company also launched its own december-release/14073.htmlbrand of graphics memory, and it wont be long before we see November 29th, 2011a vendor from Mainland China pairing an NVIDIA GPU withAMD GDDR3 or GDDR5 memory.Android Gingerbread 2.3.6coming to your Samsung The Canon PowerShot S100 was showcased at Canon Singapores event in September, and the company has saidGalaxy S II that the successor to the popular PowerShot S95 would beSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-gingerbread-2.3.6-coming-to- launched in early November. Unfortunately, we have not seenyour-samsung-galaxy-s-ii/14074.html the compact digital camera in stores yet. According to onlineNovember 29th, 2011 sources, the PowerShot S100 is slated for 8 December release instead.The new Google Android 2.3.6 updates for the SamsungGalaxy S II is on the horizon. Read on to find out how muchbetter this super-phone can become. The Canon PowerShot S100 was originally scheduled to be available in early November, but now, it looks like the successor to the popular PowerShot S95 is now slated for early December release; the official release date has been determined to be on 8 December. Available in silver and black, the PowerShot S100 features a high-sensitive 12.1-Megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS image sensor, enhanced HS system and new DIGIC 5 image processor, wide angle zoom lens and new built- in GPS to record location information to the pictures EXIF data. The estimated retail price is approximately ¥55,000 (orSamsung has unleashed a new firmware for its ever-popular US$708).Galaxy S II super-phone, merely a week after the version2.3.5 update for its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S.The 9
  • 92. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWin a Apple iPad 2! - Signupand attend tomorrowsNext Generation ComputingExperience Forum 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/win-a-apple-ipad-2--signup-and-attend-tomorrow-s-next-generation-computing-experience-forum-2011/14070.htmlNovember 29th, 2011Together with the AMD 16-core Interlagos server platformlaunch, VR Media (parent company of VR-Zone) is co-organising a technical forum together with A-STAR A*CRCon the next generation high performance computing...tomorrow. This event is suitable for academics, scientists, highperformance computing enthusiasts and IT decision makers.Signup now and attend the event tomorrow for a chance to wina Apple iPad 2!In the first of a series of our technical events with A*CRC,we focus on the technology updates in the high performancecomputing field, including the architecture of large machinesused in supercomputing. The new processors, system designsand interconnects integrating thousands of small modulesinto large combinations are one area. The other one isheterogeneous computing, where combining CPUs, GPUs andother accelerators together creates new challenges in software,especially parallel programming, to squeeze the most out ofthe underlying hardware potential.Top speakers from A*CRC, AMD, HP will be on hand to unveilnew strategies, platforms and products, and your favouriteVR-Zone team will be there to cover. The event is held atBiopolis, Matrix Building, Exploration theatre, from 9 am to4 pm. Signup and attend for a chance to win a Apple iPad 2! 10
  • 93. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Gigabyte Taiwan Product Development Manager, Mr. Hunter Lee giving a product briefing before the overclocking session.To qualify for the lucky draw, you must signup and attend theevent through the whole proceedings (9am to 3pm).This technical event is suitable for academics, scientists, highperformance computing enthusiasts and IT decision makers.Signup Link: http://ngcef2011.eventbrite.com/Report: Gigabyte X79 Plug- Gigabytes X79 motherboard lineup catered to the different types of usersFest OC Event @ KL, MalaysiaSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-gigabyte-x79-plug-fest-oc-event--kl-malaysia/14069.htmlNovember 29th, 2011Last weekend, tech media outlets like VR-Zone andother ASEAN-based overclockers were invited to attendthe Gigabyte X79 Plug-Fest OC event which was held in KualaLumpur, Malaysia. Besides introducing their latest range ofGigabyte X79 motherboards for the new Socket 2011 chips,Liquid Nitrogen was provided for those in attendance to pushthe limits of the latest Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors at sub-zero temperatures.Gigabyte X79 Plug-Fest - Various tech journalists and expertoverclockers from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailandand Philippines For their X79 boards, Gigabyte have finally opted to switch to a fully digital VRM implementation for more precise power control and regulation which should help component stability during overclocking. 11
  • 94. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone One exclusive feature on the higher end Gigabyte X79 boards is the inclusion of a "Bluetooth 4.0 + Wifi" PCIe x1 expansion card for faster syncing with your new fangled handheld devices.Also making its debut on Gigabyte X79 boards is their "PatentPending" UEFI Bios to give end users a more modern andverbose interface to tune and adjust traditional BIOS options. Gigabyte also showed off their mobile apps which will we should see in the Apple iOS App store soon. 12
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  • 96. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneReport: NVIDIA 28nm DesktopGPU RoadmapSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-nvidia-28nm-desktop-gpu-roadmap/14067.html Kingston states the obvious,November 29th, 2011 lower NAND price will lead to cheaper SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-states-the-obvious-lower-Japanese website 4Gamer has revealed a detailed roadmap for nand-price-will-lead-to-cheaper-ssds/14066.htmlNVIDIAs upcoming 28nm Kepler GPU line-up for desktops. November 29th, 2011As previously rumoured, the Kepler roll out will indeed bebottom-to-top, starting with the mainstream GK107 chip inQ2 2012 to the high-end GK110/2 parts later in the year. AllKepler GPUs are manufacted at TSMCs 28nm, use GDDR5memory and feature DirectX 11.1 support, ready for Windows8. Sometimes technology companies really states the obvious and Kingston has now gone on record to say that it expects SSD drive adoption to take off significantly towards the second half of next year. The reason why you ask? Well, by then NAND flash is expected to have come down in cost to about US$1 per 1GB, in other words, SSDs will be cheaper than they are now which will lead to a bigger consumer uptake. Sometimes technology companies really states the obvious and Kingston has now gone on record to say that it expects SSD drive adoption to take off significantly towards the second half of next year. The reason why you ask? Well, by then NAND flash is expected to have come down in cost to about US$1 perFirst to release will be GK107, a budget mainstream GPU. 1GB, in other words, SSDs will be cheaper than they are nowTheres unlikely to be a Kepler based entry-level GPU. GK107 which will lead to a bigger consumer uptake.features 128-bit memory, and is first expected in notebooks, Maybe were being a little bit harsh here, but it doesnt take athe desktop release being sometime in Q2 2012. Unlike the genius to figure this out. Nathan Su, Kingstons flash memoryother GK chips (which support PCI Express gen 3), GK107 only sale director is the person in question thats been talking tofeatures PCI-Express 2. Digitimes about the future of Kingstons SSD products andGK106 will be the mainstream performance part, replacing the the fact that the company is expecting a large uptake of SSDsGeForce GTX 560, featuring 256-bit memory. According to the next year. The current hard drive situation with the flooding inroadmap, it is expected to release in late Q2 2012, not long Thailand was also mentioned, but by the second half of 2012after the GK107 release. were hoping that problem will have been solved.In 2012, NVIDIA is expected to embrace AMDs sweet-spot One of the reasons for the lower cost NAND flash is a movestrategy, with no massive die. Instead, the top single GPU to sub 20nm manufacturing processes which are expectedpart will be GK104, featuring 384-bit 1.5 GB GDDR5 memory. to happen next year. What isnt mentioned though is thatGK104 is said to push out 2 TFLOPS, 30% higher than GTX some manufacturers are switching to TLC NAND flash and580. However, despite the smaller die, 4Gamer claims it combined with the sub 20nm manufacturing process this willconsumes over 250W power. GK104 will release bang in the lead to shorter NAND flash life. Even so, its expected that TLCmiddle of 2012, perhaps during Computex time. Following NAND flash should last about 5 years or so, even with fairlyright after GK104 will be GK110 - a dual GK104 flagship, thus large amounts of data being written to it on a daily basis. Nocompleting NVIDIAs line-up for most of 2012 - remarkably details of upcoming SSD products were revealed, but Kingstonsimilar to AMDs sweet spot strategy. is apparently focusing on entry-level products as well as it mid- range products for next year, hopefully products that will beHowever, not for long, as late in 2012 / early 2013, NVIDIA better than its current entry-level which arent exactly costplans to return back to a massive die with GK112, featuring competitive as we mentioned a little while ago.512-bit memory.Details about Kepler remain sketchy, and such reports must beconsidered as preliminary estimates, at best. Meanwhile, AMDis rumoured to be preparing Southern Islands / HD 7000 fora Q1 2012 release, well before high performance Kepler GPUsreportedly hit the desktop market. 14
  • 97. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone just rehashing old netbook models with new hardware in theIs the Atom N2100 Intels case of the N102S.single core off-roadmap CedarTrail-M? "Siri, start the car."Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-the-atom-n2100-intel-s-single-core- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-siri-start-the-car.-/14064.htmloff-roadmap-cedar-trail-m-/14065.html November 29th, 2011November 29th, 2011 Apples iPhone 4S Siri has more tricks up her virtual sleeveDetails of yet another unannounced Atom N2x00 series than one expects. Now she can start your car for you, and evenprocessor have made an appearance online courtesy of various open the boot compartment. Read on to find out how it isonline retailers and Samsung, who will be fitting the new done.CPU in some of its upcoming netbooks. Currently no detailed Apple iPhone 4S Siri represents an advancement of voicespecs are known, but according to information VR-Zone has activated functionality with a human touch. With a bit ofseen, Intel is working on an off-roadmap single core Atom tweaking, however, it can do more than just reschedule yourprocessors currently only known as the Cedar Trail-M which meetings and send text. A recent video footage reveals that it iswe have a feeling will be known as the Atom N2100. possible to request Siri to process basic automobile functions such as unlocking the car, starting the engine, and opening the trunk after some major modification on the iPhone 4S.Details of yet another unannounced Atom N2x00 seriesprocessor have made an appearance online courtesy of various A short quotation from the developer’s blog follows:online retailers and Samsung, who will be fitting the new “The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with aCPU in some of its upcoming netbooks. Currently no detailed PHP script that runs on my web server. The PHP script, whichspecs are known, but according to information VR-Zone has I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to sendseen, Intel is working on an off-roadmap single core Atom commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart moduleprocessors currently only known as the Cedar Trail-M which installed … Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”,we have a feeling will be known as the Atom N2100. “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle PopIts not the first time Intel has created an off-roadmap Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.”CPU, the Atom N280 was the first such Atom processor Evidence such as this simply shows that the remarkableto our knowledge and the company has a habit of creating envisioned potentials of Siri are already within reach, andvarious SKUs that it didnt originally plan on due to high it is merely a choice for Apple to officially implement them.demand from its partners. In this case were looking at a cost However, those who are familiar with the ways of thesensitive option, as odd as it might seem with Intel already Cupertino company may expect the typical reaction of closinghaving reduced the pricing of the Cedarview and Cedar Trail the security gap that allows for such modifications instead.processor by a pretty fair amount compared to the previous For those who need to see to believe, here’s the video:generation of Atom processors.As this is a single core CPU wed expect half the cache, i.e.512KB compared to the dual core models. Apart from thatwere not sure about any specifics, but if history is anything to VR-Zone Christmas Gift Guidego by, wed expect the single core model to have higher clockspeeds than the dual core models or itll be at least as fast asthe N2800 at 1.86GHz. What we do know is that Samsung is - Notebook PCsplanning an upgrade of its N102S netbook with the CPU set Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-christmas-gift-guide--to replace the Atom N435 currently found in the N102S which notebook-pcs/13983.htmlis a fairly unimpressive 1.33GHz model. The potential here is November 29th, 2011that the Atom N2100 will actually be a slower clocked part, butwe dont really see a reason for this, but it really comes downto how Intel is trying to sell these chips. UK pricing for theSamsung N102S with the N2100, 1GB of RAM and a 320GBhard drive is £240 (S$489) including VAT, not exactly supercheap for what is a rehashed model.In related news, Samsung is apparently getting ready to With Christmas about a month away, many of us would bedump its range of netbooks after Q1 next year and focus on shopping for presents for our loved ones. So for the technologyultraportable notebooks instead with screen sizes between 11.6 geeks, we hope this feature could give some ideas on whatand 12-inches. This would also help explain why Samsung is you may have in mind. This three-part VR-Zone Christmas 15
  • 98. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGift Guide starts with the notebook PCs this week, followed bytablets devices and mobile phones in subsequent weeks.ASUS ROG G74Sx The ZENBOOK UX31 is one of the latest Ultrabooks from ASUS that features an ultra-slim form factor - measuring 2.8mm at the thinnest point ; with silver exterior panel and unique concentric circle design that gives a stylishIf you are looking for a powerful and portable gaming machine, appeal. It offers an instant-on feature that can resume thecheck out this latest brainchild from ASUSs Republic system in approximately two seconds, and also standby timesof Gamers (ROG) series. Powered by second generation of up to two weeks.Intel Core i7-2670QM processor (2.2GHz) with 8GB DDR3memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX560M discrete graphics with The ZENBOOK UX31 is equipped with the latest Intel second3GB GDDR5 VRAM and 1TB hybrid hard disk, the ASUS ROG generation Core processors (optimized for mobile use), SSDG74Sx offers users immersive gaming as well as multimedia storage, Bluetooth V4.0 and USB 3.0. The Ultrabook alsoentertainment experience. utilizes ASUS’ patented Super Hybrid Engine II technology that can conserve battery life intelligently, and ASUSIts exterior design is inspired by US Navy’s Sea Shadow stealth SonicMaster technology to provide superb audio experience.ship and modern day aircraft carriers, and the gaming laptopcomes with a 5-degree incline keyboard for better ergonomic Price: S$1,498 (w/GST) for Intel Core i5-2557M processorangle, and comfortable rubber-like palm rests for long hours with 4GB DDR3 memory and 128GB SSD; S$1,998 (w/GST) for Intel Core i7-2667M with 4GB DDR3 memory and 256GBof usage. The ASUS ROG G74Sx sports a 17-inch full high SSDdefinition (1920x1080) 16:9 display and Blu-ray writer to playyour Blu-ray movies or backup your data on Blu-ray writeable Where to buy - AAAs Com Solution, IT Harvest, Microware,discs. Newstead Technologies, @notebook.com, MC2, Digital Asia, Microware, South Asia, Matrix IT Gallery, Netpro, Best Denki,Price: S$3,298 Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, Carrefour, Gain CityWhere to buy - AAAs Com Solution, IT Harvest, Microware,Newstead Technologies, @notebook.com, MC2, Digital Asia,Microware, South Asia, Matrix IT Gallery, Netpro, Best Denki,Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, Carrefour, Gain City Next Generation Computing Experience Forum comes to Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/next-generation-computing- experience-forum-comes-to-singapore/14063.html November 29th, 2011 Together with the AMD 16-core Interlagos server platformASUS ZENBOOK UX31 launch, VR Media (parent company of VR-Zone) is co- organising a technical forum together with A-STAR A*CRC on the next generation high performance computing this coming Tuesday, as well as an enthusiast dinner gathering focused on the new product offerings. Here are the highlights... 16
  • 99. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn the first of a series of our technical events with A*CRC,we focus on the technology updates in the high performancecomputing field, including the architecture of large machinesused in supercomputing. The new processors, system designsand interconnects integrating thousands of small modulesinto large combinations are one area. The other one isheterogeneous computing, where combining CPUs, GPUs andother accelerators together creates new challenges in software,especially parallel programming, to squeeze the most out ofthe underlying hardware potential.Top speakers from A*CRC, AMD, HP will be on hand to unveilnew strategies, platforms and products, and your favouriteVR-Zone team will be there to cover. The event is held atBiopolis, Matrix Building, Exploration theatre, from 9 am to4 pm. Sony PlayStation 4 inbound amidst difficulties Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-playstation-4-inbound-amidst- difficulties/14062.html November 29th, 2011 A Playstation 3 successor is on the horizons, but not after PS3 has served every last bit of its lifespan. Financial troubles have plagued Sony recently, but will it cripple them and repeat the late release against Microsoft Xbox yet again? Sony has made the statement that they will unleash the PlayStation 4 (PS4) as close to their competitors’ releases as possible, adding that it would be “undesirable” for PS4 to be too far behind. This is reference to a one-year difference between the Sony PS3 and the Microsoft Xbox. Impending pressure comes from both Microsoft and Nintendo as the 17
  • 100. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonenew Xbox is hinted to launch in late 2013, based on reports battery drained very fast, and is now at 47% when he only usedfrom insiders of the gaming industries, and the Wii U is it for just an hour. The Finnish company has announced thatslated for 2012. Despite the awareness that is displayed by the it is planning for two updates which will improve the Nokiaelectronics giant, squeezing every bit of sales from the PS3 is Lumia 800′s power experience, though that would come onlystill their priority. in January next year.Jim Ryan, president and CEO Of Sony Computer This is the official reply from company in the Nokia SupportEntertainment Europe, says: “If you look at PlayStation 2, now Discussion:-in excess of 150m units installed globally, a huge majority of "We understand that some people have expressed concernsthat was done at price points of £120 or lower. Weve only just about battery life on the Nokia Lumia 800. Earlyhit £199 in the UK (with PS3), so clearly theres a considerable investigations show that most people are enjoying the fulluntapped part of the market there." Nokia Lumia experience without any problems and we haveSony’s questionable finances recently may impede their not been able to identify a single root cause that wouldwork on the PS4 as resources such as the research and lead to erratic battery behavior at this stage. A softwaredevelopment department might become limited. Nonetheless, update in early December will make some improvements toadvancements towards PS4 are already underway as a report power efficiency, while a second update in early Januarysuggests that a first-party Sony studio has stopped their introduces high voltage charging, increasing the Nokiainvolvements with PS3 to move on to developing graphics Lumia 800’s battery power from 1300mAh to 1450mAh.technology for the upcoming console. These are scheduled improvements and will enhance the overall experience, but are not designed to address any issues that may be occurring with individual products. WeNokia announces upcoming recommend that anyone who has concerns contact localupdates to improve battery life Nokia care representatives at their earliest convenience."of Nokia Lumia 800Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-announces-upcoming-updates- Samsung collaboratesto-improve-battery-life-of-nokia-lumia-800/14060.htmlNovember 29th, 2011 with Singapore celebrities to create limited edition body stickers for Samsung MultiView MV800 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-collaborates-with-singapore-Nokia has bet on their new Windows Phone Lumia 800 and celebrities-to-create-limited-edition-body-stickers-for-samsung-multiview-Lumia 710 to keep the company alive. And it seems that the mv800/14059.htmlLumia 800 has faced some complaints when it was launched November 29th, 2011in UK recently - the phones poor battery life. Well, the Finnishcompany has announced that updates will be released forimprove the Nokia Lumia 800s battery life. The recently launched Samsung MultiView MV800 claims to be the first premium compact model to feature a 3.0-inch wide flip-out touch display. But if you dont like the three colors offered - black, red and white - there are some limited edition body stickers you can put on your MV800. And they are designed by local celebrities. This Christmas, Samsung Singapore has announced that it has worked with local celebrities to present three limited edition body stickers for their Samsung MultiView MV800. Consumers can choose one of the three body stickersThe new Nokia Lumia 800 Windows phone was launched presented in a Christmas gift pack which contains twoin UK a few days ago and boasts to bring a new exciting batteries, 8GB memory card and a premium leather case.experience to users; their advertising campaigns tagline A perfect gift for your loved one this Christmas to captureis "The Amazing Everyday". Most users did experience an memories with the Samsung MultiView MV800."amazing" experience, though that is the need to charge the The 16.1-megapixels Samsung MultiView MV800 featuresphone every now and then. To be fair, every smartphones are a 3.0-inch wide flip-out touch Display that allows user tolimited by the battery technology, though the Nokia Lumia take angled shots over large crowd to capture a concert or800 has a slightly more serious case. One user in the Nokia performance, and even self-portrait easily. The camera alsosupport forum states that his usage isnt very high, but the 18
  • 101. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecomes with 26mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom lensthat can capture superb pictures.The Samsung MultiView MV800 in limited edition bodystickers is available from 24 November in White at S$499at Harvey Norman (Millenia Walk and Funan), Courts (BigBox, Jurong Point and Orchard) as well as Audio House whilestocks last.POP PROFILE Dawn Yeoh is a sweet princess who loves all things pink and cute. Her debut breakout role was in the MediaCorp drama series, Shining Star. INSPIRATION Stay sweet and positive by viewing life in different colors.PROFILESoh Ee Shaun, a contemporary artist and illustrator in How Games ChallengeSingapore, is hugely influenced by 50s to 60s modernist art Hollywood: Call of Duty,and pop culture. His designs, colorful and playful, are setagainst endless geometric, biomorphic forms. Battlefield earned more moneyINSPIRATION than TwilightDesigned to tempt you to smile for pictures. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-games-challenge-hollywood-call- of-duty-battlefield-earned-more-money-than-twilight/14058.html November 29th, 2011ROMANCE Several years ago, Microsofts Halo was the first game to reach the 100 million US dollar sale on the opening weekend. Today, the video games are challenging and beating blockbuster movies on their opening days. Case in point - Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I. While there is a difference in how the movie industry counts their revenue compared to the video games industry, we can draw some interesting comparisons. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I is the second most watchedPROFILE movie launch of 2011, earning 291 million dollars in the firstJack & Rai are musicians and song-writers in Singapore. With weekend globally out of which 139.5 million came from USA.their easy-going and engaging personalities, they have made This is the fifth-best opening in the USA of all times, andguest appearances on TV and radio. They still continue to 10th on a global scale. Best opening of all times was recordedperform regularly at gigs. by Batman: The Dark Knight with 483 million on the opening weekend out of which 158 million came out of US.INSPIRATIONContinue to spread more love and music. Yet, these majestic openings pale in comparison to popular video games. While the mainstream media was drooling over Twilight, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 shipped 10 millionHAPPINESS units for the launch and sold seven million units during the first weekend sale - earning more than 775 million US dollars. 19
  • 102. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBattlefield 3 sold five million copies on the first weekend of With the announcement of the new Core i7-3960X by Intel, thesales, and 10 million copies in just 10 days, earning 300 million current performance throne holder (i7-990X) was replaced,dollars on the opening weekend and over 610 million dollars not surprisingly, by yet another Intel CPU. We took somein those first 10 days. time to compile a detailed comparison of all major current top desktop X86 CPUs by both Intel and AMD, to show you the real performance gains when moving from the old to the brand new. Introduction We often compare cutting-edge new CPUs to their brethren from the previous generation. After that, we rarely go back to the old models, simply because it doesn’t have too much of a practical value, but also because the new models are better than the old ones as a rule. Furthermore, as far as CPUs are concerned, we often talk about various abstract subjects such as bottlenecks – a term we often encounter when testing the strongest graphics cards,The mind-numbing numbers dont stop. Bethesda Softworks for instance. It’s occurred to us recently that we often don’tannounced that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold in 3.5 million compare the old and new in a sufficient number of tests,copies on the opening weekend, and that 7.5 million units perhaps because of our desire to dive into the new technologywere shipped in the first week of sales. Those 3.5 million units as much as possible, which may leave out some of thebrought home 210 million dollars, while the overall launch much needed objectivity. This might cause some confusionrevenue is worth just a bit below half a billion dollars ($460M). amongst PC users and a wrongful logic when assembling aBear in mind that Bethesda increased the launch volume by new PC or upgrading the old one. Are new CPU generations50%, as Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas shipped in five really all that better than the old ones? Do they bring allmillion copies each. Next year, we expect to see Bethesda the marketed increases in performance, or are those justshipping 10 million units at launch and becoming the heavy percentages occurring in particular programs under particularlifter as Activision and EA. conditions? Ultimately, is it all about presenting you what you want to see rather than what it is?In terms of media exposure versus revenue , video gamesare the business to be - no hundred-million dollar marketing During conversations with reputed hardware manufacturers,commitment is needed, and yet the sales exceed the most for instance, we’ve encountered the general attitude thatanticipated movie titles of the year. It is just a matter of time Sandy Bridge CPUs are around 30% faster than Nehalem/before gaming related companies start publishing revenue Westmere-based ones. Many articles on the net confirm thefigures in a business way with dollar figures, instead of same allegations. However, as time went by, we’ve establishedmentioning "millions of units". that this sort of prejudice is just wrong in many ways, as the situations where that percentage is reached come in a veryActivision Blizzard, EA and ZeniMax Media (owner of limited number. In regard with that situation, this review isBethesda) are all laughing their way to the bank, especially meant to give an overlook of the strongest CPUs made by AMDwhen the marketing budgets for The Dark Knight or Twilight and Intel so far.are compared to Call of Duty Battlefield or The Elder ScrollsSeries.Did we mention World of Warcraft franchise is the first video Test Setupgame franchise to pass the four billion dollar mark and is For the needs of this test, we obtained highest end CPUsbound to pass the five billion dollar mark by the end of this for each generation, both from AMD and Intel. Intel wasyear? Not bad for a title which is available on only one platform represented with Westmere Core i7 CPU (Core i7 990x) andand thats the PC. Sandy Bridge - Core i7 2700K and Core i7 3960x. AMD was represented with their strongest CPUs: AMD FX-8150 (Bulldozer) and AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (Thuban).Intel Sandy Bridge-E Corei7-3960X Review: High EndCPU roundupSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-sandy-bridge-e-core-i7-3960x-review-high-end-cpu-roundup/14040.htmlNovember 29th, 2011 20
  • 103. November 29th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone For all the test for round up we used Kingston HyperX 1600 CL9 4 x 4GB kit, and just for special, latency test we used Kingston HyperX T1 2133CL9 4x2GB kit. Having in mind both performance and capacity two Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD were used. Trusty and more then capable, PSU Cooler Master UCP 900W was used to power up all these monsters. We used two different cooling solutions; primarily it was Cooler Master V10 for all the sockets beside socket LGA 2011. For that one we used Intel liquid cooling solution (RTS 2011LC) that came together with Core i7 3960x CPU. Only logical choice for VGA was ASUS GTX580 as a most powerful single GPU graphic card. Tests were split into two categories: typical benchmarks of the CPU, memory and system in general on one hand, and various games on the other. All in all, over 300 tests were done in total,After obtaining a total of five CPUs (three from Intel and two and there was a lot to deduce as well.from AMD), we had to decide on the motherboards to be used.The negative aspect of Intel’s policy to change the socket witheach new CPU generation came to full effect yet again – threemotherboards and three OS installations were required just fortheir part of the test.In order to do the test we obtained following motherboards forIntel processors: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (X79 chipset),ASUS Sabertooth X58 (X58 chipset) and ASUS P8P67 WSRevolution (P67 chipset). AMD only required a single 990FXmotherboard for both CPUs- ASUS Crosshair V Formula(990FX chipset). These five systems were tested in twoscenarios. The first entailed the CPU set to its default clock,while the second one was with all CPUs set to exactly 4.5GHz, thereby measuring clock-for-clock performance. Theonly exception to this was Phenom II X6 1100T, which had alower OC margin, so it had to be excluded from the secondround. In order to make testing more realistic, we overclockedthrough changing the multiplier exclusively, while the FSBremained locked at its default value. Furthermore, the RAMclock was constantly at 1600 MHz with 9-9-9-24 1T latencies.All these precautions isolated the CPU as much as possible.The chipset factor is something you just can’t avoid in this sortof test, but we’re fairly certain that its impact on overall CPUperformance is irrelevant. As the number of RAM channelshas a lot to do with the architecture of each CPU, we usedthe best available settings each time, ranging from dual- toquad-channel memory, the latter being used by Sandy BridgeE models. 21