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Behind the scenes: VR-Zone's
PSU Testing Station Mark II
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Apple Users Unlikely To
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pictures are depictions of Alyx Vance and some apparel for
enduring cold weather. T...
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The ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II comes with clock
speeds that are higher than AM...
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with a deadline being set for a final decision to be made by
the ITC on July 2.
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'Electromagnetic wave Comprehensive Policy' established in
September of 2011.
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After several years of partnering with each other, Twitter
and LinkedIn have decid...
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UMC and IBM to create 20nm
FinFET chip
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Fragmentation has long been a major criticism of Android,
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devices built around it that were largely expected to save the
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If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows
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Delta’s WiFi portal, called “Delta Connect,” provides free
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will answer your questions, you have an electronic friend
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The game would undoubtedly appeal to players around the
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iPhones are supposed to be of the highest quality, and rarely
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After months of BIOS firmware updates and software
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Apple faces Snow Leopard
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currently looking into to how Apple has violated their
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Microsoft's Risk...
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Assassin’s Creed III, if you don’t already know, is headed to
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An upgrade to Windows 8 won’t set anyone back, and if a
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Regardless of are we talking about 3dfx and 48-bit color, or
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Apple iPad Mini to launch this
October
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The WebOS platform is virtually extinct due to stiff
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Press Release:
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Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO Telenor Digital Services
commented, “We are pleased to be...
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Nature is one thing, but the addition of an extra second
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Court Deals Blow To
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  1. 1. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Behind the scenes: VR-Zone's PSU Testing Station Mark II Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-vr-zone-s-psu- testing-station-mark-ii/16485.html July 1st, 2012 Here at VR-Zone we continuously strive to provide you with the highest quality and most accurate product reviews. Thoroughly and accurately testing a power supply is a complicated matter, not only because the testing has to be done in a controlled environment and with full control over the power load but also because laboratory grade instruments have to be used for taking readings. For that purpose, we performed major hardware and software upgrades on the testing station that we have been using for the past couple of years. In order to be able to fully control our testing procedures and emulate real world conditions as closely as possible, we upgraded our reading instruments and replaced our resistive loads with fully electronic loads, thus achieving quality and accuracy in line with the most expensive of power supply testers currently available. In VR-Zone we continuously strive to provide you with the highest quality and most accurate product reviews. Thoroughly and accurately testing a power supply is a complicated matter, not only because the testing has to be done in a controlled environment and with full control over the power load but also because laboratory grade instruments have to be used for taking readings. For that purpose, we performed major hardware and software upgrades on the testing station that we have been using for the past couple of years. In order to be able to fully control our testing procedures and emulate real world conditions as closely as possible, we upgraded our reading instruments and replaced our resistive loads with fully electronic loads, thus achieving quality and accuracy in line with the most expensive of power supply testers currently available. In order to create a real-world environment for our testing we decided to modify and use a common SECC steel tower case for housing the power supplies during our testing. Inside the case we installed three Watlow Firerods, rated at 500W power each, the output of which is being controlled by a common AC rheostat. The stock rheostat and its axle have been replaced with a multi-turn precision rheostat for accuracy, driven by a DC motor with a modified speed control circuit which is controlled by our CompuLAB interface and custom software. In layman's terms, we only have to enter our desired ambient temperature in our software and it automatically adjusts the power of the Firerods to match it throughout our testing.
  2. 2. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Apple Users Unlikely To Switch Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-users-unlikely-to- switch/16487.html July 1st, 2012 A study by Goldman Sachs has shown that, not only are iOS users unlikely to switch from Apple's products to a competitor's products, but that they are also extremely valuable to the company, making up nearly half of the company's market cap. One analyst, Bill Shope at Goldman Sachs, has estimated the value of loyal Apple users, which are unlikely to switch to another platform, at nearly $295 billion. In a note to investors on Friday, the analyst said that he believes the average iOS customer is worth $1,053, assuming the average selling price of an iOS device is $535 with an erosion of 5%, a gross margin of 45%, and annual defections of 5%. Sharpe wrote that, without considering content, services, peripherals or growth potential, his valuation implies a value of nearly $295 billion for the current install base. That represents roughly 55% of Apple’s current market cap, before including the $110 billion cash balance the company has, a continuously growing install base or the Mac and iPod businesses. Goldman Sachs also conducted a survey of 1,000 iOS users, which found that 21% of respondents would never defect from Apple’s platform, regardless of discounts. More than half of those who would switch, however, said they would need a discount of greater than 30% in order to do so. 71% of respondents said they were “highly likely” to choose Apple for their next tablet or smartphone; only 1% were “unlikely” to stick with Apple. Possible Half-Life 3 concept art Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/possible-half-life-3-concept- art/16488.html July 1st, 2012 It has been almost five years since Valve released Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and up until now there have been very little signs that Valve will continue or is working on another Half- Life game. A few days ago, however, some supposed leaked concept art of the next Half-Life surfaced via Valve Time. It has been almost five years since Valve released Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and up until now there have been very little signs that Valve will continue or is working on another Half- Life game. A few days ago, however, some supposed leaked concept art of the next Half-Life surfaced via Valve Time. The concept art doesn't reveal much about what Valve may have in mind for the next Half-Life because most of the
  3. 3. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 pictures are depictions of Alyx Vance and some apparel for enduring cold weather. The ending of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 suggested that Freeman and Vance were heading to the Borealis, hence, the crashed helicopter in the snow and some snuggly outfits. You can check out all the concept art via this Facebook page, and follow this steam forum thread and decide for yourself if Valve is indeed working on another Half-Life title. We have reached out to Valve concerning the concept art, but have not received any response. We’ll update if and when Valve decide to reply. ASUS Readies Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II Graphics Card Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-readies-dragon-hd-7850- directcu-ii-graphics-card/16484.html July 1st, 2012 ASUS unveiled pictures of its Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Dragon Edition graphics card. The new SKU is designed for specific markets, and is expected to be priced on par with reference clock speed models, perhaps even replacing the HD 7850 DirectCU II. Factory overclocked speeds, and a revamped DirectCU II cooler give it the edge, even as it steers clear of the HD 7850 DirectCU TOP. Regardless of how high-end graphics card SKUs fare in the markets, it's the cost-performance "sweetspot" SKUs ($150- $250), that provide bread and butter to GPU makers.As NVIDIA readies new GPUs for this segment in its GeForce GTX 600 series, AMD wants to make the most out of its current offerings. As part of its efforts, it recently altered the reference clock speeds of SKUs such as HD 7750. ASUS is ready with a new custom-design graphics card targeting select markets (Greater China region is one such market), which offers factory-overclocked speeds and noise- optimized cooling at prices comparable to those of some of the most affordable Radeon HD 7850 graphics cards in the market, perhaps even replacing its own Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II (reference clocks) graphics card. It is named Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II. To sweeten the deal in the immensely competitive market segment, ASUS tossed in a few goodies. To begin with, the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II (SKU: DRAGON HD7850-DC2O-2GD5) features slightly differerent board and cooler designs from those of the ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II reference (HD7850-DC2-2GD5) and ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II TOP (HD7850-DC2T-2GD5). The PCB features a strong 6 + 2 + 1 phase VRM, which consists of ASUS' SuperAlloy chokes (don't whine on load), high-grade LFPAK MOSFETs, Japanese condunctive polymer capacitors, tantalum capacitors, and Digi+ VRM controller (likely rebadged CHiL CHL8318), which works with the included GPU Tweak software to provide software voltage control. The card draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors The cooling assembly of the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II is a slight variation of the cooler featured on the other HD 7850 DirectCU II cards. While its top stage (shroud and two 80 mm fans) is identical, the heatsink beneath is different, in that it appears to make use of five greatly S-shaped 8 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes to convey heat from the GPU to the aluminum fin stack. In the other HD 7850 DirectCU II cards, there are just three 8 mm-thick heat pipes, which pass through the length of the heatsink. While the aluminum fins are stacked along the length of the PCB in this design, they are arranged along the height of the PCB, in the older HD 7850 DirectCU II cooling solution. The aluminum fins themselves feature a curvy, turbulence- inducing design, for better heat dissipation. Beneath the main heatsink is a base plate heatsink that draws heat from the VRM MOSFETs and memory chips. Although there are no hot components on the reverse side of the PCB (that we know of), ASUS strapped the PCB with a back-plate, complete with a "hot surface" caution sticker.
  4. 4. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 The ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II comes with clock speeds that are higher than AMD reference specifications, but lower than those of the HD 7850 DirectCU II TOP. The GPU is clocked at 910 MHz, and the memory at 1250 MHz (5.00 GHz GDDR5 effective), against AMD reference clock speeds of 860/4800 MHz. It packs 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, across a 256-bit wide memory interface. Based on the 28 nm "Pitcairn" silicon, the Radeon HD 7850 is armed with 1,024 Graphics CoreNext stream processors. Display outputs have changed with the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II, compared to the other HD 7850 DirectCU II models. This card features two DVI, and one each of standard-size HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2, whereas the other cards have two mini-DisplayPort connectors. Pricing of the ASUS Dragon HD 7850 DirectCU II is a mystery, though it's expected to be highly competitive with the other reference-clocked HD 7850 graphics cards in the market. Expect a US $199-229 price-range, if the card ever makes it stateside. Apple Wins Samsung Galaxy Nexus Injunction Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-wins-samsung-galaxy-nexus- injunction/16483.html July 1st, 2012 Apple has won a second victory in the space of a week against Android devices today with an American judge granting its request for an injunction against Samsung. The Galaxy Nexus smart phone by Samsung and Google has been barred from the US market - the world's largest just ahead of China – due to the probality that it is engaging in patent infringements against competitor Apple Inc. Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California found the Galaxy Nexus probably infringes four patents belonging to Apple Inc and agreed to grant an injunction to Apple while the court considers Apple's claim that the South Korean company has infringed its patents. "Apple has clearly shown that it is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary injunctive relief," Judge Lucy Koh stated. The four patents that Samsung has likely breached are: Slide-to-lock/unlock, Data tapping, Auto correct and Siri's unified search function. Judge Koh then ordered Apple to post a $96 million bond — the sum being an estimation of the damage suffered by Samsung from the temporary ban on its sales —should the iPhone maker lose to Samsung in later proceedings, scheduled for 2014. The sales ban in the United States will be effective immediately when Apple posts the bond. With the Galaxy SIII already the subject of preliminary legal proceedings by Apple, there is little doubt that either a settlement or further legal proceedings lie ahead for the Samsung Google partnership. This case has ramifications for future patent disputes relating to fair and reasonable, non-discriminatory licensing. Xbox 360's Future Hangs in Balance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-360-s-future-hangs-in- balance/16482.html July 1st, 2012 Motorola's patent claim against Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console has resulted in a ruling by the ITC that the Xbox 360 console infringes four Google/Motorola patents; however it’s not all bad news for US Xbox fans just yet due to a remand ordered by the Federal Trade Commission. Motorola's patent claim against Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console has resulted in a ruling by the ITC that the Xbox 360 console infringes four Google/Motorola patents; however it’s not all bad news for US Xbox fans just yet due to a remand ordered by the Federal Trade Commission. Motorola’s claim of Standard Essential Patents against Microsoft is allegedly being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, a six-member decision-making body who have now ordered a remand of the decision, referring it back to the Administrative Law Judge. While this doesn't necessarily mean that the preliminary ruling will be overturned, it is likely that a variation will be made to the initial determination in Microsoft’s favour. The Commission's remand decision has directed Administrative Law Judge Shaw to apply the Commission's opinion in the matter of S3 Graphics v. Apple, a case where the final outcome was an outright dismissal, despite an initial ruling that established several infringements. The ongoing patent dispute between the hardware giants has seen a rejection by Microsoft of Motorola’s offer of settlement. The future of both Android phones and Xbox 360s in the United States continues to hang in the balance
  5. 5. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 with a deadline being set for a final decision to be made by the ITC on July 2. KT will make indoor LTE speed faster with 'One Chip Femto Cell' Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kt-will-make-indoor-lte-speed- faster-with-one-chip-femto-cell-/16447.html July 1st, 2012 KT (formerly Korea Telecom) announced yesterday that it will eventually expand the commercialization of 'LTE Femto Cell' throughout South Korea. 'LTE Femto Cell' is a miniscule base station that allows users to enjoy fast LTE WARP even in basements, buildings and metropolitan cities. 'LTE Femto Cell,' a miniscule base station, offers a stable LTE service inside buildings by being installed in gaps within the buildings. The installation can increase LTE speed in major areas by three to five fold. LTE Femto Cell consists of a modem and a CPU in a typical SoC, built with the aim of small size, low electricity consumption and low cost. In addition, KT's LTE Femto Cell utilizes the world's best 424,000km optical communication internet cable, which enables it to provide a stable and fast LTE network, whereas the standard 3G Femto Cell utilizes VDSL interent cable. Moreover, LTE Femto Cell can send and receive LTE signals to and from all the gaps within buildings. The feature is being recognized as a critical technology for stable VoLTE voice calls. KT is planning to offer a stable VoLTE service by linking its service to virtualization technology of LTE WARP and LTE Femto Cell which will reduce any interference of borders between base stations. Motorola's Droid RAZR emits most radiation, Korean study shows Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-s-droid-razr-emits-most- radiation-korean-study-shows/16479.html July 1st, 2012 According to a study by Korea Communications Commission (South Korea's FCC equivalent), the Motorola Droid Razr XT910 emitted 1.38 SAR, the highest amount of radiation measured from popular smartphones since 2009. Prolonged exposure to harmful electromagnetic waves may cause ADHD in young humans. The smartphone that emits the most amount of electromagnetic radiation in South Korea is found to be Motorola's Razr. Korea Communications Commission disclosed the electromagnetic wave data of all the smartphones that have been registered since 2009 in South Korea. And on July 2nd, they are going to announce the measured data of smartphones' Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) through South Korean National Radio Research Agency's website (http://www.rra.go.kr). SAR means how much electromagnetic wave can be absorbed into bodies. The maximum allowed upper limit in South Korea is 1.6W/kg. Only products that meet the standard rate are allowed to be manufactured and sold. So far, there has not been a centralized database of such records, which made it difficult for users to check every single time they purchase a new phone. Korea Communications Commission has been preparing disclosing a comprehensive list of SARs based on
  6. 6. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 'Electromagnetic wave Comprehensive Policy' established in September of 2011. A certain fruit flavoured company's products also showed a relatively high SAR. Among Apple's products, 'iPhone 3G' is tops with 1.18W/kg, followed by 'iPhone 3GS' with 1.13W/ kg. The only Apple product that had SAR below 1.0W/kg was 'iPhone 4', which emits 0.89W/kg. Samsung's products boasted the lowest SARs among all the products that were tested, which were only about 30% of the standard rate. Galaxy S2 HD was measured to output from 0.24 to 0.402W/kg and Galaxy Note 0.269 to 0.405W/kg. Meanwhile, although LG's 'Optimus LTE Tag' had a relatively low SAR about 0.607-0.749W/kg, 'Optimus LTE 2' was shown to emit a high SAR with 1.12-1.2W/kg. In last May, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute announced that the more a child uses a cellphone, the more he or she is likely to develop ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Today's Announcements: Guardians of Middle-Earth, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Prototype 2 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-guardians- of-middle-earth-star-wars-the-clone-wars-and-prototype-2/16481.html July 1st, 2012 Time for another quick update on what’s going on in the gaming and entertainment world. Today we have news regarding Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Prototype 2. Time for another quick update on what’s going on in the gaming and entertainment world. Today we have news regarding Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-Earth, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Prototype 2. First off, Monolith showed us a preview video of its upcoming title Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle- Earth at E3, but no actual gameplay. So finally it arrives, a video revealing some actual game play. Will it be another disappointing LOTR title or will developers get it right this time around. You decide. Expect the game to hit the shelves this fall. Next, Star Wars: The Clone Wars complete season four will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD October 23. If an animated spin off of one of the most popular franchise in history has made it past the fourth season then it has some substance to it (personally, I love it). You can save yourself some money and enjoy watching the CG version of Obi-Wan hack enemies with his light saber on DVD or spend extra on the Blu-ray. If you opt to purchase the Blu-ray version then you’ll be getting extra content such as an extensive database of special effects footage, concept art, and 3D character and object turnarounds visualization. More details here. To end things off, Activision made it clear that they will no longer create games for Radical Entertainment, thus a possible indefinite end to the Prototype franchise. However, Activision will release the PC version of Prototype 2 on July 24th as planned. “We're very proud of what we achieved with the Prototype franchise, but unfortunately, the Blacklight virus didn't spread as far as it could,” Radical said on their Facebook. Activision is looking into what it can do with Radical, and one option is to sell the studio. Twitter and LinkedIn call it quits Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-and-linkedin-call-it- quits/16480.html July 1st, 2012
  7. 7. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 After several years of partnering with each other, Twitter and LinkedIn have decided to part ways. Their partnership began in 2009, but even a long term relationship such as theirs was not strong enough to keep them together. After several years of partnering with each other, Twitter and LinkedIn have decided to part ways. Their partnership began in 2009, but even a long term relationship such as theirs was not strong enough to keep them together. LinkedIn suffered a huge blow recently when over 6 million users had their password stolen, and this could possibly be one of the reasons why Twitter decided to distant itself from LinkedIn. Furthermore, a $5 million lawsuit came about when users said that LinkedIn’s security policy had contradictions that did not abide to industry standards. Secondly, Twitter has amassed such a huge following that it simply doesn’t need or want to share its potential ad revenues with LinkedIn. Users can post a Tweet directly from LinkedIn, but they can no longer directly share their post to LinkedIn from their Twitter account. The split could be mutual in every respect, but LinkedIn’s recent security breach suggests that it will take some time for LinkedIn to restore its reputation. Talking on a smartphone is not a priority Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/talking-on-a-smartphone-is-not-a- priority/16478.html July 1st, 2012 According to analytics from O2, people are using their smartphones more for tasks that are unrelated to making or taking phone calls. According to analytics from O2, people are using their smartphones more for tasks that are unrelated to making or taking phone calls. People spend about 25 minutes on average per day on their smartphone surfing the internet, 17 minutes on social networking, 16 minutes on music, and 14 minutes on playing games. That’s not including tasks that uses less time than making phone calls. What about for making phone calls? Well, according to O2, making phone call accounts for less a tenth of the total amount of time people spend on their smartphone—12 minutes. If you want to analyze it even further, just take 12 minutes and times that by 30 and you’ll find out that (based on O2’s data) people are spending roughly 360 minutes on their smartphones making or taking calls per month! So unless people have carry overs on their smartphone plan, the thousands of minutes they’re paying for are going to waste every month. Now you know why carriers offer high minute plans, and charging outrageous amounts for the data. Even they know you will most likely NOT use your phone for making or taking calls. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom extradition update Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/megaupload-s-kim-dotcom- extradition-update/16477.html July 1st, 2012 The case against Kim Dotcom has just gotten a little weaker, and there may be a slim possibility that his extradition to the U.S. may not happen. The case against Kim Dotcom has just gotten a little weaker, and there may be a slim possibility that his extradition to the U.S. may not happen. We reported earlier that New Zealand’s High court ruled that the FBI’s warrants for searching and seizing of Dotcom’s properties were “invalid.” In the ruling, the court determined that the warrants were too vague and that they didn’t specifically state any evidence or offenses against Dotcom’s Megaupload site. Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, told a radio station in New Zealand that his client has been violated not only once but twice during the search and seize process. Rothken is defending his client’s innocence by saying that Megaupload is used for storage and that Dotcom is not directly involved in the distribution of any copyrighted materials. Secondly, after New Zealand’s High court verdict, Rothken claims that the FBI’s seizure of Dotcom’s properties was wrongful because “they weren’t allowed to.” Under New Zealand law, extradition requires that a person must be punishable by jail sentence in both of the countries. Therefore, if somehow Dotcom manages to wiggle his way out of jail sentence in New Zealand then his extradition to the U.S. may not happen. The New Zealand High court ruling is a small victory for Dotcom and company, but he and his supporters still have long ways to go.
  8. 8. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 13 UMC and IBM to create 20nm FinFET chip Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/umc-and-ibm-to-create-20nm-finfet- chip/16476.html July 1st, 2012 After having reportedly landed a contract to produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip, United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) has confirmed that they will be partnering with IBM Corp to produce a next gen 20nm chip that features FinFET 3D transistors. After having reportedly landed a contract to produce Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip, United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) has confirmed that they will be partnering with IBM Corp to produce a next gen 20nm chip that features FinFET 3D transistors. FinFET is a space saving, finbased, multigate architecture aimed at energy efficiency. According to UMC, they are hoping that their 20nm R&D capacity along with IBM’s FinFET know-how will help expedite the development of the next gen 20nm chip. “We are happy to engage with a recognized technology leader such as IBM for this technology advancement effort,” says UMC’s VP, I.C. Chen. “Leveraging IBM’s technology expertise to shorten our 20nm and FinFET R&D cycle will create a win-win situation for UMC and our customers.” UMC has announced prior that it plans to invest $8 billion to expand its 28nm chip making capacity, and therefore establishing a solid foundation for R&D of 20nm chips in the future. RIM's "refocusing" plans Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-s-refocusing-plans/16474.html July 1st, 2012 RIM has confirmed that the BlackBerry 10 will be delayed until the first quarter of next year because developers cannot deliver a complete software by the end of this year. Adding injuries to insult, RIM is hemorrhaging money and has to lay off nearly a third of its employees. RIM has confirmed that the BlackBerry 10 will be delayed until the first quarter of next year because developers cannot deliver a complete software by the end of this year. Adding injuries to insult, RIM is hemorrhaging money and has to lay off nearly a third of its employees. At this point, RIM may be better off delaying BlackBerry 10 until a highly refined product is completed. iOS 6 and Jelly Bean will most like make their debut later this year, so that might give RIM a competitive edge by looking at what the competitions have got to offer before releasing a product of their own. However, it still stands that the opportunity cost of delaying BlackBerry 10 is that RIM has to keep on losing money if they aren’t making money from their main product. “It is necessary to change the scale and refocus the company on areas of highest opportunity,” Thorsten Heins, RIM’s CEO, answered to the press regarding the company’s decision to delay BlackBerry 10 and laying off workers. RIM is reporting that it’s losing almost much as money this year as it earned last year. RIM netted $695 million last year in profit, but it posted a net loss of $518 million this year. Part of RIM’s refocusing involves reducing the number of phone offerings to put more resources into developing BlackBerry 10. Apple is not doing this, but Android and Microsoft are licensing their OS to OEMs, so RIM is said to be looking into eliminating the exclusiveness of the BlackBerry brand. Google blames Android fragmentation on manufacturers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-blames-android- fragmentation-on-manufacturers/16473.html July 1st, 2012 Google has blamed the fragmentation of the Android platform on manufacturers and suggested the nature of the ecosystem would mean that it would never be the same as Apple's approach with iOS. Google has blamed the fragmentation of the Android platform on manufacturers and suggested the nature of the ecosystem would mean that it would never be the same as Apple's approach with iOS. Hiroshi Lockheimer, VP of Engineering on the Android team, said that it was up to manufacturers to provide upgrades to the latest version of Android, and that since Android is open source, they have the freedom to make those upgrades or not, and on their own timeframe. “It’s up to the manufacturers to see what their targets are; some may say we want to be the first one, or they may decide a fully customised reskinned experience is what they want to do,” Lockheimer said.
  9. 9. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Fragmentation has long been a major criticism of Android, with hundreds of devices out there on different versions of the mobile operating system, which means many people cannot access the latest features, games, or apps, which require the newest version of the software. While Lockheimer argues that this is a natural side-effect of the freedom of the Android model, he also suggested that fragmentation would be less of a problem in future, as Google is working on a platform developer kit to encourage developers and manufacturers to accelerate updates and to make sure the manufacturers have time to optimise their products to ensure those updates are released. Google brings Chrome browser to iPhone and iPad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-brings-chrome-browser-to- iphone-and-ipad/16472.html July 1st, 2012 Google has released its Chrome web browser on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, allowing users to sync with the browser on their desktop and laptop computers. Google has released its Chrome web browser on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, allowing users to sync with the browser on their desktop and laptop computers. The 12.8MB download gives iOS users access to version 19.0.1084.60 of Chrome, which will help Google expand the reach of the browser beyond the 310 million active users it currently has, up from 160 million at last year's I/O event. Chrome touts high browsing speeds, a bookmark sync option, and deep integration with other Google products, including Google Drive and Google Apps, so it is interesting to see it show up on Apple's tightly-controlled App Store. If you thought Google might start stealing away Apple customers, however, you'd be wrong, as initial reports and benchmarking tests show that Chrome for iOS suffers speed issues when it comes to JavaScript, with Anandtech reporting that MobileSafari works faster, and one reviewer of the app stating that Chrome “runs 3.5 times slower doing JavaScript than Safari.” Apple's policy on not allowing custom JavaScript engines, like Google's open source V8 engine, is the reason behind the slower speeds, and, of course, Apple won't share Safari's Nitro engine either, leaving rival browsers on iOS lagging behind unnecessarily. BlackBerry 10 delay drives analyst fears of RIM bankruptcy Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-10-delay-drives-analyst- fears-of-rim-bankruptcy/16471.html July 1st, 2012 Research In Motion (RIM) could face bankruptcy, analysts say, after delaying the release of its BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system and cutting staff numbers by 5,000. Research In Motion (RIM) could face bankruptcy, analysts say, after delaying the release of its BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system and cutting staff numbers by 5,000. The Canadian firm, which was once a dominant player in the burgeoning smartphone market, reported abyssmal quarterly results, with losses of $518 million, several times more than analysts predicted. This sent shares down by more than 20 percent and lead to some brokerages cutting their price targets by up to 50 percent. RIM had originally planned to release BlackBerry 10 this year, but fans of RIM will need to wait until early next year at the earliest to get their hands on a new smartphone powered by the operating system. The delay comes at a bad time for the company, as it was this software and the range of
  10. 10. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 15 devices built around it that were largely expected to save the company. Nomura Equity Research believes “the company will eventually fail” if it continues its current operational plan, and even BlackBerry 10 will not help it make a successful turnaround. Analysts at Citi said the company “could run out of cash” and also expressed doubt about the viability of BlackBerry 10 as the saving grace many expect it to be. Cannacord Genuity agreed on this point, suggesting that RIM's only hope would be to sell. However, Baird Equity Research believes there are no buyers interested in the plummeting firm. The delay has also forced RIM to implement new cost- cutting measures, including plans to axe 5,000 jobs, which amounts to 30 percent of its workforce. With fewer employees and the threat of bankruptcy looming ever closer, there are tough times ahead for the BlackBerry maker. Adobe will stop supporting mobile Flash beginning August 15 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-will-stop-supporting-mobile- flash-beginning-august-15/16470.html July 1st, 2012 One of the main reasons why Android has drawn so many loyal users is because many Android devices support Adobe Flash. The days of “I can watch Flash videos on phone” will soon be over as Adobe has declared that it will cease to support mobile Flash on August 15th. One of the main reasons why Android has drawn so many loyal users is because many Android devices support Adobe Flash. The days of “I can watch Flash videos on phone” will soon be over as Adobe has declared that it will cease to support mobile Flash on August 15th . Okay, we all know (or at least people that care enough to dig into these things) that Steve Jobs—and by extension— Apple had issues with Adobe, therefore iPad loyalists never got official Flash support. Essentially, Jobs decreed that the iPad will not have Flash support, and therefore it doesn’t. Some devs have managed to make some flash contents work on the iPad through certain app, but it’s nothing comparable to streaming YouTube contents from a desktop. It’s simple with the iPad, but why is Adobe deciding to stick it to Android users now after several years of supporting mobile Flash? There could be a variety of reasons, but one main reason is perhaps there are just too many Android devices (with all sorts of specs) to support —fragmentation. Imagine working on trying to make one software compatible with literally thousands of devices from different OEMs. On top of that, Android users are all over the place with regards to the OS that’s powering their phone. Albeit, over half of all Android users are still on Gingerbread, there are many more that are on Froyo, Eclair, ICS, etc… Did I mention that some OEMs also heavily modify their Android OS (i.e. Amazon’s Kindle Fire)? Okay, you get my point by now—that is, it just takes a lot of work to make Flash work on Android devices. People that purchased Android tablets and smartphones recently with the intention of using their devices to view Flash content will just have to live with the fact that their device may not support Flash in the future. Flash may become obsolete in the future, as HTML 5 is supposed the next medium for delivering media online. So Adobe may not be dropping Flash support for mobile devices based solely on how much work is needed to make it work, but rather they may see HTML 5 as replacing Flash sooner than we expect. It’s unknown when HTML 5 will become the predominant form for delivering online content, but we can’t help it if Adobe wants to stop supporting mobile Flash. Until then, Android users will have to anxiously await a complete YouTube transition to HTML 5. Again, Android users will have until August 15th to get the most out of their “Flash enabled device.” Click here to see Adobe’s reasoning on why they are dropping mobile Flash support.
  11. 11. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 16 Today's Announcements: The Expandables 2, The Amazing Spiderman and Guild Wars 2 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-the- expandables-2-the-amazing-spiderman-and-guild-wars-2/16467.html July 1st, 2012 We have a bunch of video game announcements for you today. Starting things off is The Expendables 2 Video Game, coming to the XBLA, PSN, and PC. A tie-in to the upcoming Expendables 2 movie, the game will tell the story leading up to the movie. Players will be able to play one of four characters as they attempt to rescue a kidnapped billionaire. Offering four-player local and online co-op as well as challenges to compete with each other in, the game will feature the over-the-top action the Expendables franchise is known for, and has been set up to provide a seamless introduction to the upcoming movie. While no exact release date has been given, look for it to release before the movie comes out on August 17th . Next up is a game that already released on PS3 and Xbox 360: The Amazing Spiderman. While it has garnered mediocre reviews in the press, Activision has confirmed that the game is being brought to the PC. PC gamers wanting to get their hands on the web-slinger’s newest game will be able to purchase the game on Steam on August 10th . Finally, the highly-anticipated MMO, Guild Wars 2, has had its release date announced by NCSoft. Guild Wars 2 will have its final beta weekend July 20-22, with the game releasing in North America and Europe on August 28. Dropbox adds "undo" command Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dropbox-adds-undo- command/16469.html July 1st, 2012 Undoing an accidental action while using many computer programs is as easy as hitting an “undo” option, and Dropbox has only just started implementing the undo command. Undoing an accidental action while using Dropbox is as easy as hitting an “undo” option, and Dropbox has only just started implementing the undo command. “We just launched a quick way for you to unwind those slips of the mouse or gaffes on the keyboard when you’re using Dropbox on the web. Now if you make a mistake when moving, renaming, copying or even deleting a file or folder, you can quickly reverse it. Just click the ‘Undo’ link in the green dialog that appears at the top of your screen. (Ctrl+Z and ?+Z work too!)” So the next time you accidentally uploaded a file to Dropbox, you can instantly undo that action without having to go through the troubles of manual removing those files from your box. Microsoft Surface Tablet may not come preloaded with Office 2013 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-surface-tablet-may-not- come-preloaded-with-office-2013/16468.html
  12. 12. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 17 July 1st, 2012 If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows RT Surface tablet, keep in mind that it may not come with Office 2013 preloaded. Insiders suggest that Microsoft has only just finished the beta, and therefore Office 2013 may launch a few months later than Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet. If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows RT Surface tablet, keep in mind that it may not come with Office 2013 preloaded. Insiders suggest that Microsoft has only just finished the beta, and therefore Office 2013 may launch a few months later than Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet. Now if consumers won’t get a Surface tablet with MS Office 2013 then what will they get? Chances are MS will preload the RT tablet with an earlier version of MS Office and offering Surface tablet users opportunities to upgrade to Office 2013 when it’s ready. People that are interested in the Pro Surface tablet may not have to worry as much as MS Office 2013 may launch alongside the Pro tablet. MS does not have a robust app developing community like that of iOS or Android, so an MS Office preloaded Surface tablet will be one of the main reasons why people will consider the Surface at launch. Savvy tablet users know that office suite apps are available for purchase on both iOS and Android, and for increased productivity they just need a small and cheap keyboard add on (some peripherals are more expensive than others, it just takes a little bargain hunting to find a cheap alternative). Polaris Office, Documents To Go, and OfficeSuite Pro, among others, are some of the popular office software that are available for Android and iPad. The prices of these apps vary, but if paying for a document editing app is not a priority then people can opt to use free software like Google Doc. We don’t know how robust MS Office is on the Surface tablet, yet, but hopefully the Office suite that comes preloaded with the Surface tablet is on par with its desktop counterpart. Windows 8 Upgrade Details Leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-8-upgrade-details- leaked/16458.html July 1st, 2012 Microsoft has begun to share with select partners some specific details about what users can expect when upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Reportedly, the following points were released privately this month by Microsoft: • Users upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium will be able to maintain their existing Windows settings, files and applications. • Users upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from any Windows 7 edition will be able to maintain all existing settings, files, and applications. • Users upgrading to Windows 8 Enterprise (which will only be available to volume licensees with Software Assurance contracts) from Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise will be able to maintain all settings, files and applications. • If upgrading from Windows Vista, only personal files will be maintained, unless SP1 is installed, in which case system settings will also be maintained. • Users can upgrade from Windows XP with SP3 installed, but only personal files will be maintained. All other installations of Windows 8 will require a full format, leaving none of the data intact. This includes cross- language installations and cross-architecture installations (i.e., moving from a 32-bit edition to a 64-bit edition). Earlier this month, Microsoft launched its latest Windows Upgrade Offer, which will allow users who purchase a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 to purchase a copy of Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99 when it becomes available. Analysts expect that Windows 8 will be shipped to manufacturers in July, with general availability coming sometime this fall. Delta Expanding WiFi Offering to International Flights Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/delta-expanding-wifi-offering-to- international-flights/16456.html July 1st, 2012 Delta Airlines has announced that by early 2013 its fleet of international aircraft will have internet connectivity through the use of Ku-band satellites. Delta has announced that they will begin offering their in- flight internet service on their fleet of international aircraft, encompassing roughly 150 aircraft including models such as the Boeing 777, 767, transoceanic 757, 747, and the Airbus 330. The satellite-provided service will begin operations on the planes in early 2013, complementing existing air-to- ground service already in place for domestic flights. Delta Airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is among the largest WiFi-enabled aircraft providers in the world, with over 3,000 daily flights connected to the web. These flights include the entirety of its domestic fleet, some 550 mainline aircraft, and more than 250 additional aircraft, including all of their Delta Connection regional jets.
  13. 13. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 18 Delta’s WiFi portal, called “Delta Connect,” provides free access to real-time travel information, news from The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, and other services, including Amazon.com (from March). The new international service will use high-bandwidth Ku-band satellites for internet coverage. Scheduled for 2015, when the rollout is complete, Delta plans to be operating roughly 1,000 WiFi- capable aircraft in its fleet. Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q music device, Google Glass, and Siri- busting Google Now Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-unveils-nexus-7-tablet-nexus- q-music-device-google-glass-and-siri-busting-google-now/16466.html July 1st, 2012 Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 Android tablet, the Nexus Q music device, Google Glass for consumers, and a Siri-like Android service called Google Now, making the search giant's I/O event this year jam-packed with exciting announcements. Google has unveiled the Nexus 7 Android tablet, the Nexus Q music device, Google Glass for consumers, and a Siri-like Android service called Google Now, making the search giant's I/O event this year jam-packed with exciting announcements. Nexus 7 The company showcased the Nexus 7, its 7-inch Android- powered tablet computer with a 1280x-800 pixel high- definition display, a Tegra-3 chipset, quad-core CPU, 12- core GPU, and a dirt cheap price tag starting at just $199, with a release date of mid-July in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. The low price is for an 8GB model, with a 16GB version available for $249. Google is hoping to entice multimedia buffs of all kinds by preloading the Nexus 7 with the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the book The Bourne Dominion, magazines like Condé Nast Traveler and Popular Science, and music from bands including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. There is also $25 free credit provided on Google Play for a limited time. Not everyone is impressed with the announcement, however. Jan Dawson, chief telecommunications analyst at Ovum, criticised Google's approach, suggesting the tablet would not be sustainable long-term, due to subsidising of the cost to keep the price down, and that Google has failed to address problems with Android for tablets, such as the sparsity of tablet-sized apps. Of course, more success in the tablet market for Google will result in more developers flocking to this area, so this may not be a major problem. Nexus Q Those looking for a less mobile device for music may enjoy the Nexus Q, an unusually-designed home entertainment sphere, which plugs into speakers or a TV and allows streaming of music from Google Play. With a price-tag of $299, however, it is more expensive than Google's new tablet and does less things, so consumers may not be as enamoured by it as interior designers appear to be. It will ship in mid- July as well. Google Glass It was only a few short months ago when Google unveiled a new research project to develop augmented-reality glasses, but a mock demo of its features had fans salivating and throwing their wallets at Google employees in anticipation. The company is now going beyond merely a “what if” scenario, with the only questions remaining being “when?” and “how much?” Google is hoping to have a version of the glasses ready for public consumption within two years, with a price tag expected to be drastically lower than its existing developer cost of a pricey $1,500. The glasses are effectively a smartphone on your head, albeit without a phone network, allowing users to see, hear and speak in a semi-android experience. The company hopes to bring a Google Maps experience to the glasses, among a variety of other features shown in the demo. If none of that was impressive, some Google Glass-wearing skydivers almost stole the show. Google Now If you were won over by the sweet nothings whispered in your ear by Siri, you might want to consider cheating with a certain little green robot. As part of the Android Jelly Bean offering, Google announced a new service called Google Now. As the name implies, it's all about getting information to the user immediately, and so it mimics many of the offerings of Siri, such as finding the score of a sports match or locating a nearby restaurant. That is all pretty standard fair, but where Google Now differs, and potentially wins out, is that it seeks out information before you even ask it. When you leave your house it looks for traffic updates. When you go to a restaurant it checks the menu and recommends the top- rated choices. So instead of having an electronic friend who
  14. 14. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 19 will answer your questions, you have an electronic friend who will make suggestions and pre-empt your actions. Nintendo announces release date for latest Pokemon games Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-announces-release-date- for-latest-pokemon-games/16465.html July 1st, 2012 Nintendo has announced the release date for the latest Pokémon games, including two DS titles and one downloadable 3DS game. Nintendo has announced the release date for the latest Pokémon games, including two DS titles and one downloadable 3DS game. Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will join a host of other Nintendo colour variations of the classic monster-catching series on 7 October, playable on both the DS and the 3DS in 2D mode. Collectors will want a 3DS, however, as there are rare Pokémon to catch in the downloadable Pokémon Dream Radar title, which lets players use their 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology for a more interactive experience. Creatures caught can then be transferred into the other two games. The sequels to the Black and White versions will see the return of Cheren and Bianca to the region of Unova two years after the events of the original games, with new areas to discover, including Virbank City, where players can visit the Pokéstar Studios to make their own Pokémon-starring movies. Some of the Pokémon up for grabs include Eevee, Riolu, Tyranitar, Arcanine, and Mareep. Those who get Dream Radar will also be able to catch the new Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus. Gamers looking to learn more about the various Pokémon will also be able to buy the Pokédex 3D Pro from the Nintendo eShop, expanding upon the original Pokédex 3D with details about all known Pokémon to date. Twitter to combat trolling and hate speech Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-to-combat-trolling-and-hate- speech/16454.html July 1st, 2012 Twitter is attempting to combat trolling and hate speech on its micro-blogging service, which could see a difficult balance between removing offensive material and maintaining freedom of speech. Twitter is attempting to combat trolling and hate speech on its micro-blogging service, which could see a difficult balance between removing offensive material and maintaining freedom of speech. Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, told the Financial Times that the company was planning to address the issue, which he said was in some cases “horrifying.” Racial abuse appears to be on the increase on the service, which limits messages to 140 characters. Recent examples of high-profile cases include racist remarks by users against footballers Ashley Cole, Ashley Young, Stan Collymore, and Fabrice Muamba, all of which resulted in police investigations and, in some cases, arrests. Measures to tackle the problem could include censoring responses from accounts that do not have followers, a profile picture, or a biography, making them more likely to be newly-created accounts designed specifically for the purpose of “trolling,” internet lingo for users who go out of their way to cause offence purely for the fun of it.
  15. 15. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 20 Of course, the problem with such measures is that genuine accounts that have failed to secure followers or update their profile may be caught up in this. That said, if Twitter is clear about its policy then more users will update their profiles to avoid the restrictions. Trolls may do likewise, however, simply uploading fake photos and biographies, and possibly even following themselves from multiple troll accounts. However, Costolo does not want to Twitter to be too heavy- handed with its actions. He said the service will continue to allow pseudonyms, as that is the only way some people can speak freely in some parts of the world. He expressed frustration at finding the perfect balance between the two extremes, recognising that “emboldening people to speak politically” can also embolden trolls and lead to further cases of hate speech. The debacle is a problem for many on the internet, as it is a fine line between protecting people and crossing into the dangerous waters of online censorship.
  16. 16. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Next Xbox could be called Xbox 8 as Microsoft secures domains Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/next-xbox-could-be-called-xbox-8- as-microsoft-secures-domains/16528.html July 3rd, 2012 Microsoft's next-generation gaming console may be called Xbox 8 rather than the expected Xbox 720. The Redmond, Washington-based company managed to secure a number of domain names from a Chinese national named Cheng Juan, after bringing two cases to the National Arbitration Forum. The domains include XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com, XboxCompanion.com, Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org, according to Fusible. On the surface of it, Microsoft may simply be pre-empting any potential future Xbox products it may plan to release and ensuring it owns the relevant domain names. However, the new Xbox would only be the third of its kind, so a literal Xbox 8 would be decades away, making a move to protect its name now a little hasty. Xbox 720 is a logical extension of the Xbox 360 name, simply doubling the number, but Xbox 8 seems like an odd potential choice for the console, until we take into consideration Microsoft's big investment in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, which will have a shared core. The number 8 is clearly a big deal for Microsoft over the next year or two, with many considering the next version of Windows to be a potential game-changer and money- maker for the company. Windows Phone 8 is also looking promising, and, of course, Xbox is central to Microsoft's strategy to entice people to its operating systems. Xbox 8 as the next console name is all about brand unity then, and the gamble could pay off big-time, as it ensure that people think of Microsoft's collective product line when approaching any of the three. Using 720 only differentiates the Xbox console from Windows, while Xbox 8 could be the beginning of a new marketing style for the software giant. Activision and Tencent announce Call of Duty Online for China Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/activision-and-tencent-announce- call-of-duty-online-for-china/16527.html July 3rd, 2012 Activision and Tencent have announced Call of Duty Online, a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter targeted at a Chinese audience. Activision and Tencent have announced Call of Duty Online, a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter targeted at a Chinese audience. Gamers are still gearing up for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which is to get a revamped Nuketown map, but players in China will have something potentially just as exciting within the Call of Duty franchise. Details are thin, but a trailer shows that the game plays fairly similarly to other titles in the series, with pretty good graphics to boot, which is often an area that receives some cartoonisation by many studios in order to combat the intense lag possible in MMO games. According to reports, the game will be free-to-play, likely charging players for additional content, maps, gear and weapons. It will also draw on previous content from other Call of Duty titles, while adding new material from Tencent.
  17. 17. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The game would undoubtedly appeal to players around the world, but it looks like it will initially only launch in China. This may be a strategic move to entice gamers to buy Black Ops II later this year or localisation may simply be taking some time to do. It may also turn out that Call of Duty Online never launches elsewhere in the world, but we expect that this is unlikely. Microsoft writes off $6.2 billion over 2007 acquisition Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-writes-off-6.2-billion- over-2007-acquisition/16526.html July 3rd, 2012 Microsoft has written off a whopping $6.2 billion after admitting that one of its largest acquisitions, made five years ago, was essentially worthless. Microsoft has written off a whopping $6.2 billion after admitting that one of its largest acquisitions, made five years ago, was essentially worthless. The software giant bought aQuantive, an advertising agency, in 2007, hoping to compete with Google after it bought DoubleClick. It was the largest acquisition in the company's history at the time, with $6.3 billion spent, dwarfed only by the $8.5 billion it spent on Skype last year. The deal failed to deliver, however, with Microsoft still lagging behind its rivals in the advertising market and many of aQuantive's executives moving on to greener fields. It took five years for Microsoft to admit its failure, announcing to investors that it would take a “non-cash charge” of $6.2 billion, almost the entire amount spent on the ill-fated acquisition. The decision will have a significant affect on the company's profits this year, and particularly for the company's fiscal fourth quarter. Microsoft is expecting to turn a net profit of $5.25 billion, almost guaranteeing the company will lose money this quarter. The dire news for Microsoft does not end there, however, as it also admitted that some of its other products are not performing so well, including Bing and MSN, which it said will return lower than previously estimated growth and profits. Twitter opens up through transparency campaign Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/twitter-opens-up-through- transparency-campaign/16525.html July 3rd, 2012 In an effort to make their business more transparent, Twitter has released some rather interesting figures in regards to its compliance to remove copyrighted materials and government requests. In an effort to make their business more transparent, Twitter has released some rather interesting figures in regards to its compliance to remove copyrighted materials and government requests. In the category of copyrighted content removal, Twitter received 3,378 requests from January 1 to June 30 this year. Out of the 3,378 requests, Twitter complied with about 600 of them—so the compliance rate is roughly 20%. However, when it came to government requests for user information and withholding of content, Twitter complied 75% of the time. Another thing to note is that the majority of the government requests are through agencies in the United States. Christine Chen, Spokeswoman for Twitter, told Venture Beat that “the more transparent that companies and governments are, the more meaningful the public debate can be about the free flow of information online.” Get full details on what exactly Twitter is trying to do here. iPhone combusts in teenager's pocket Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-combusts-in-teenager-s- pocket/16524.html July 3rd, 2012 iPhones are supposed to be of the highest quality, and rarely do we get news about an Apple product exploding while in someone’s pocket.
  18. 18. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 iPhones are supposed to be of the highest quality, and rarely do we get news about an Apple product exploding while in someone’s pocket. In a recent Finnish pub SK24 report, 17-year-old Henri Helminen had his iPhone spontaneously began to heat up and nearly drowned him in a cloud of smoke. The phone’s Lithium battery may have something to do with the combustive event, and although there are no confirmations as to what caused the iPhone to fail so miserably, a video may help you figure out how. Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.) Android Jelly Bean melts under California sun Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-jelly-bean-melts-under- california-sun/16522.html July 3rd, 2012 Google’s Android Jelly Bean is hot, so hot that it melted. I’m not talking about the actual OS causing smartphones to melt, but rather the Android Jelly Bean’s head on the lawn of Google’s Mountain View campus melted due to extreme heat under the California sun. Although you can find an article on Samsung's recent Galaxy smartphone explosion here. Google’s Android Jelly Bean is hot, so hot that it melted. I’m not talking about the actual OS causing smartphones to melt, but rather the Android Jelly Bean’s head on the lawn of Google’s Mountain View campus melted due to extreme heat under the California sun. Although you can find an article on Samsung's recent Galaxy smartphone explosion here. Orange cones along with yellow caution tape now surround the out-of-commissioned Jelly Bean statue, but prior to that, some passerby allegedly dipped their hands into the Jelly Bean’s torso and stole some of the flavorful organs. Chinese woman sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing a mobile phone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-woman-sentenced-to-10- years-in-prison-for-stealing-a-mobile-phone/16521.html July 3rd, 2012 What is a justifiable punishment for a mobile phone theft? How about a slap on the wrist, reparation, and a month or two in jail? Apparently, a Chinese woman’s phone theft crime landed her a 10 year prison sentence. The woman’s punishment has sparked a debate on whether or not the sentence is absurd or just. What is a justifiable punishment for a mobile phone theft? How about a slap on the wrist, reparation, and a month or two in jail? Apparently, a Chinese woman’s phone theft crime landed her a 10 year prison sentence. The woman’s punishment has sparked a debate on whether or not the sentence is absurd or just. Forty-eight year old Zhang Yun stole a mobile phone from her employer—claiming, she did so because she was not compensated for her service. The phone theft was traced back to Zhang through the use of security surveillance. Yun tried to hide her tracks by burying the phone in a radish field, but ultimately her employer managed to cast a decade long prison term unto her former employee. According to ecsn.cn, the phone’s value is 60,000 (~$9,444), and if you think that’s an absurd number then you have every right to think so. The average income per year for people in China is less than the value of the phone which Yun stole. On top of her 10 year prison term, Yun has to also pay a fine of 20,000 yuan (~$3,148). A Survey taken on tencent.com has revealed that 95% agreed that the sentence is much too harsh. Will people’s interest in this Yun’s punishment give her a chance at another trial to reduce the degree of punishment? What do you think? Ivy Bridge i7 vs Bulldozer FX @ 4.6GHz - July 2012 Battle of the Flagships Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ivy-bridge-i7-vs-bulldozer- fx--4.6ghz--july-2012-battle-of-the-flagships/16520.html
  19. 19. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 July 3rd, 2012 After months of BIOS firmware updates and software patches, both platforms from Intel and AMD should have reached some level of maturity by now. We run a myriad of tests with HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossfireX and G.Skill 16GB 2400MHz ram to see how everything goes at a typical 4.6GHz CPU overclock. Price Comparison Intel Core i7-3770K -USD$349 AMD FX-8150 - USD$199.99 Prices from NewEgg as of 3rd July 2012 CPUID Validation Intel Ivy Bridge i7-3770K setup - http:// valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2425748 AMD Bulldozer FX-8150 setup - http://valid.canardpc.com/ show_oc.php?id=2426606 Operating System Windows 7 SP1 with all Windows Update patches until 2nd July 2012 Core Parking Fix
  20. 20. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Apple faces Snow Leopard trademark lawsuit in China Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-faces-snow-leopard- trademark-lawsuit-in-china/16519.html July 3rd, 2012 Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over trademarks in China, and this time it deals with their Snow Leopard OS. Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over trademarks in China, and this time it deals with their Snow Leopard OS. The recent Chinese court decision to award Proview Technology $60 million in its dispute with Apple over the “iPad” trademark may be considered as extortion to an extent, but no one really knows what went on behind the scene three years ago. Move forward a few days, and a Chinese household chemical company by the name of Jiangsu Xuebao is suing Apple for infringing on their “Snow Leopard” trademark. The Chinese translation for “Xuebao” is Snow Leopard, hence, they are claiming that Apple is infringing their trademark based on the translation. The case against Apple this case may not be as strong as Proview’s case since the chemical company registered “Xuebao” and not the English translation. In the end, however, it all depends on how the Chinese court decides to rule this matter. Jiangsu Xuebao is demanding an $80,645 compensation as well as an apology, and a court hearing has already been scheduled for June 10. Apple can settle this matter with money demanded and apologize, but if that Apple does that it may be perceived as a crack in the Cupertino-tech giant’s armor. Whichever method Apple decides to go about the Snow Leopard trademark dispute, it’s almost a guarantee that other companies, individuals, and/or organizations are
  21. 21. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 currently looking into to how Apple has violated their trademarks. Microsoft's Risky Move: Upgrade to Windows 8 for Just $14.99 and $39.99 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-risky-move-upgrade-to- windows-8-for-just-14.99-and-39.99/16515.html July 3rd, 2012 Microsoft chose the first working day of the third quarter to announce the Windows 8 Upgrade pricing model. We expect to see a lot of fireworks over this one, since the upgrade cost dropped beyond belief. Bought a new computer and want Windows 8 Pro? That’ll be $14.99, sir. Even with all the marketing preparations, Microsoft pulled a never-before-seen move to get as much traction as possible. The whole idea of paying hundreds of dollars for an operating system seems like an idea from 1990s. Faced with obvious competition in the form of Apple and its continuous reductions in upgrade prices, Microsoft pulled quite an unexpected move. If you own a Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 operating system, you will be able to upgrade the system to Windows 8 Professional for just $39.99. The company released images of its Windows 8 upgrade advisor which will take you through the process. If you wish to order the version on a DVD, you will have to pay $69.99. If you have just bought the computer (Windows 7 SP1), you will be able to upgrade for just $14.99, with that offer expiring end of January next year (2013). This is a quantum shift from Windows 7 upgrade prices, which ranged from $119.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium to $199.99 for Windows 7 Professional. Naturally, if by some odd reason you don't have a Windows license already, regular prices will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Which leads us to the question - why Microsoft started to follow Apple with its OS prices? Is Windows 8 bombing that badly with the user experience groups, media and analysts that the company is going for price dumping so that it could say that Windows 8 installed on XXX million of computers? ITC denies Apple's bid for emergency ban on HTC products Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/itc-denies-apple-s-bid-for- emergency-ban-on-htc-products/16517.html July 3rd, 2012 In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but ultimately the agency denied the request. In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but ultimately the agency denied the request. Apple filed a complaint against HTC for infringement of a patent that dealt with the detection of phone numbers in emails, and if tapped, the number can be directly dialed without having to manually input the number. After several days of reworking the phones, HTC received approvals of U.S. customs officials. However, Apple remained adamant that HTC had not completed all the requirements necessary to get the ban lifted. HTC argued that the infringement which Apple was referring to was beyond HTC’s control, because the Gmail app which infringed Apple’s patent was a closed-source software from Google. Since HTC’s product bans were lifted, their stock prices rose and today it added nearly 1 percent to its NT$393.50 at closing—a tremendous boost for a company that haven’t seen a figure like that in almost four weeks. HTC’s peaked smartphone market share was 10.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012, but has since slipped to 4.5 percent due to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line. Today's Announcements: Assassin's Creed III, Rome: Total War sequel, Starship Troopers: Invasion, and Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/today-s-announcements-assassin-s- creed-iii-rome-total-war-sequel-starship-troopers-invasion-and-halo-4- forward-unto-dawn/16516.html
  22. 22. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 July 3rd, 2012 Assassin’s Creed III, if you don’t already know, is headed to a retail store near you October 30 along with fandom extras. If RTS is your flavor then Sega has announced that it will release a sequel to the 2004 Rome: Total War. If you’re not in the mood for video games then some futuristic sci-fi flicks may tickle your fancies. Starship Troopers: Invasion hits store on Blu-ray and DVD August 24. The game won’t drop for couple more months, but the live-web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will begin airing this fall. Assassin’s Creed III, if you don’t already know, is headed to a retail store near you October 30 along with fandom extras. If RTS is your flavor then Sega has announced that it will release a sequel to the 2004 Rome: Total War. If you’re not in the mood for video games then some futuristic sci-fi flicks may tickle your fancies. Starship Troopers: Invasion hits store on Blu-ray and DVD August 24. The game won’t drop for couple more months, but the live-web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will begin airing this fall. In the next Assassin’s title you will take on a young American frontier in the midst of a revolution, but there’s no point in outlining that now. What’s important at the moment, however, is that Ubisoft will deliver a special edition for North and South America. For $119.99 you can purchase the special edition of Assassin’s Creed III for PS3 or Xbox 360 with a 9’’ statue of connor, a special flag, and a belt buckle. If you’re not a console gamer, then the downloadable Digital Deluxe Edition for PC is available for $64.99. The PC Deluxe Edition won’t come with any physical toys, but there will be extra in-game contents such as George Washington’s notebook which contains actual stories from the American Revolution. Metacritic raved about Rome: Total War in 2004 and gave it a 92 rating, and in 2012 Sega announced that they will be releasing a sequel. Surprising? Not especially. Rather, it’s surprising that it hasn’t occurred to the developers sooner that they can capitalize on an outstanding game by releasing a sequel. The cinematic of Hollywood’s Starship Troopers may have disappointed many, but perhaps CGI-animated Starship Troopers: Invasion will help the franchise regain the interest of fans. The Blu-ray and DVD is set to hit August 28. Last but not least, Halo 4 the game is taking up much of the spotlight surrounding the Halo brand, but don’t forget that the series Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn is coming this fall. So while you wait for Halo 4 to launch, you can catch some Master Chief live-web action via Halo Waypoint and Machinima. Trailer? Of course. It's a little short, I know. Enjoy! Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $40 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro- for-40/16518.html July 3rd, 2012 An upgrade to Windows 8 won’t set anyone back, and if one carpools for a couple days he will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
  23. 23. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 An upgrade to Windows 8 won’t set anyone back, and if a person carpools for a couple days he will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7, Vista, and XP. In addition to wooing consumers to upgrade with a relatively reasonable promotional price tag, Microsoft is also tagging on Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” after an upgrade is purchased. The Windows 8 upgrading process is very similar to previous versions of Windows. Users are notified that the upgrade may cause incompatibilities among the users’ current hardware, and then they will be given the options to keep all, some, and none of the current Window’s files and settings. Also, depending on the version of Windows a user is upgrading from, he may not be able to keep all settings and or files. The next step will be downloading the upgrade, and how fast the download finishes varies on network conditions on both sides. Once the upgrade finishes downloading, users will be given the options to install the upgrade now or later via various methods which include USB drive or ISO-to-DVD. If people prefer to purchase the physical backup DVD it will cost an extra $15, and a complete retail upgrade version will also be available for $69.99. The promotions of both retail and downloadable upgrades end January 31, 2013. Micron Acquires Elpida and the Future of Computer Memory for $5 Billion Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/micron-acquires-elpida-and-the- future-of-computer-memory-for-5-billion/16514.html July 3rd, 2012 The modern world has ton of companies that were on the verge of making a revolution, only to exhaust its cash reserves and crash before they could change the world.
  24. 24. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Regardless of are we talking about 3dfx and 48-bit color, or Elpida and ReRAM i.e. Resistive RAM - the story remains the same. In the very recent past, we saw many of long-lasting industry standards coming to pass, but the basic principle how computer operates - hasn’t changed in a very long time. Regardless of being a mainframe, server, desktop or a smartphone, the principle is the same - computing logic (CPU, GPU, SoC) has several layers of immediate memory (Level 1-3), followed by the system memory (Level 4) and ending with storage subsystem (5th level onwards). That subsystem ranges from a hard drive or a USB stick to large external storage boxes (NAS – Network Area Storage). But what if a technology comes along that unifies the system memory with the storage, and offers bandwidth exceeding the one offered by the Level 1 memory (L1 cache, for example)? Last year, we saw Micron and Intel Demonstrating Hybrid Cube Memory, a 512MB stacked DRAM which achieved bandwidth of 128GB/s from a single chip (imagine a CPU with 4 memory channels and 512 GB/s). That concept is just the beginning. ReRAM or Resistive RAM is considered to be the next phase of memory, supporting the pairing with DRAM and NAND Cells, and ready to replace both in the future. Elpida was considered as the company closest to mass production but due to turmoil in the DRAM industry and as one of consequences of big earthquake in Japan - had to file for bankruptcy in March 2012. Enter Micron - the company announced that “the parties have signed a definitive sponsor agreement for Micron to acquire and support Elpida.” For 200 billion yen, i.e. 2.5 billion U.S. Dollars will be paid off to Elpida’s creditors (secured and unsecured). Furthermore, the company will acquire Elpida as a company for $750 million, as well as additional $1.75 billion secured in annual payments going until 2019. This caused another shakeup on the Taiwanese market as well, as Micron acquired 24% Share of Rexchip Electronics Corporation for about $334 million. Elpida owned 65% of Rexchip, bringing Micron’s share to 89%. Jointly, Elpida and Rexchip can manufacture more than 200,000 300mm wafers (wspm), increasing Micron’s overall capacity to massive 600,000 wafer starts per month (all foundries manufacture chips using 300mm wafers). Roy Taylor, Ex-VP in NVIDIA and MasterImage 3D Joins Rightware Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/roy-taylor-ex-vp-in-nvidia-and- masterimage-3d-joins-rightware/16512.html July 3rd, 2012 Today, Rightware announced that a former MasterImage 3D and NVIDIA executive joined the team in the position of Chief Sales Officer (CSO). The person that started NVIDIA’s push in Europe and won many deals for MasterImage 3D will push its future outside the hardware world - by expanding the 3D user interface to as many devices as possible. If you ask any fan for any company, he or she will tell you that the most important asset of that company are the products, be that a mobile phone, graphics card or a Formula 1 team. However, should you ask the CEO of the said companies “what is the most important asset”, the answer would be almost unanimous: people. There are no products if there aren’t people behind them, and Roy Taylor’s career was quite stellar - from founding NVIDIA Europe, The Way Its’ Meant To Be Played to first Tegra design wins with telecoms around the world. After leaving NVIDIA, we saw relatively unknown MasterImage 3D rising into the technical and mainstream press. Now, Roy’s job is to make Rightware a well-known brand. This Futuremark spinoff may be creating and shipping its creations to Volkswagen-Audi Group (VAG) or BMW, but the real challenge will be to enter one of “big-wigs” such as Samsung, Sony, HTC - you’ve guessed it right - smartphone and tablet makers. If you like in China, you can already enjoy their 3D interface for Android operating system made in cooperation with Konka, as well as some other designs we’re not able to publish at present. Can Rightware become a household name or will the company end up being acquired by some player? There’s no answer. Just like Dave Perry’s Gaikai and its recent $380M acquisition by Sony Computer Entertainment.
  25. 25. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Apple iPad Mini to launch this October Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-mini-to-launch-this- october/16513.html July 3rd, 2012 In a recent investment report from Pacific Crest, analysts predict that Apple will launch a 7.85’’ iPad mini this October priced at around $299. In a recent investment report from Pacific Crest, analysts predict that Apple will launch a 7.85’’ iPad mini this October priced at around $299. Rumors of a 7’’ budget slate from Apple have been on the table for a while, and they’re still rumors. However, many OEMs have been either rumored or confirmed to be developing and launching 7-inchers, so it’s no surprise that Apple don’t want other tablet makers to cannibalize their brand. “Based on our supply checks, we expect Apple to launch a 7.85” iPad in October. We anticipate an entry-level 7.85” iPad with 8GB of NAND capacity to price at $299,” states the report. The late Steve Jobs, was an opponent of a 7-incher, but apparently Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO, have something else in mind. An article from Tab Times a couple of months ago rumored that the R&D in Cupertino was testing a 7.85’’ tablet. Also in the report, analysts suggest that the current gen iPad will receive some upgrades which may include a repositioning of the camera, improved touchscreen interface, reduced weight, and improved battery life. As for the iPad 2, the firm predicts that its shelf-life will end with the launch of the iPad Mini. Mozilla announces Firefox Mobile OS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-announces-firefox-mobile- os/16511.html July 3rd, 2012 The WebOS platform is virtually extinct due to stiff competitions from iOS and Android, but more than anything else, the WebOS “technology wasn’t there yet.” Paul Mercer, former senior director of the WebOS project, claimed that WebOS was “ahead of its time.” So perhaps now is the time for a web based mobile OS to take on the challenge. Firefox announced today that they will be partnering with various OEMs and carriers to create an open sourced HTML5-driven mobile platform using the Firefox brand—it’s called, “Firefox Mobile OS.”
  26. 26. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 The WebOS platform is virtually extinct due to stiff competitions from iOS and Android, but more than anything else, the WebOS “technology wasn’t there yet.” Paul Mercer, former senior director of the WebOS project, claimed that WebOS was “ahead of its time.” So perhaps now is the time for a web based mobile OS to take on the challenge. Firefox announced today that they will be partnering with various OEMs and carriers to create an open sourced HTML5-driven mobile platform using the Firefox brand—it’s called, “Firefox Mobile OS.” Firefox claims that they will be able to “unlock many current limitations of web development” by utilizing their “Boot to Gecko project.” The Mozilla technology, they also claim, will allow HTML5 applications to access capabilities of phones which have been only available through native applications previously. In an earlier presentation this year, Mozilla teamed up with Telefónica’s Digital unit to demonstrate how every feature of a phone such as calling, messaging, and games can be powered by HTML5. Mozilla is quick to hint that they are not aiming to take on the “high-end” smartphone market just yet. Their mobile OS platform will initially be aimed at entry-level smartphones, whereby, they are hoping that the elimination of “unnecessary middleware layers” will allow mobile operators to fully customize the OS for the right price and functionality. OEMs such as ZTE has announced that they intend to produce smartphones featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPUs to run the Firefox Mobile OS. The project has already submitted various Web APIs to W3C for standardization, and Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s CEO, hope that the arrival of Firefox Mobile OS will spark “openness, innovation and opportunity” from users and developers on the web.
  27. 27. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Press Release: Industry support is growing behind Mozilla’s plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The operating system, which Mozilla today confirmed will use its Firefox brand, will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications. Mapping to key Firefox footprints around the globe, leading operators Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor are backing the open Firefox OS as an exciting new entrant to the smartphone marketplace. They have also identified the potential of the technology to deliver compelling smartphone experiences at attainable prices. Device manufacturers TCL Communication Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE today announced their intentions to manufacture the first devices to feature the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon™ processors from Qualcomm Incorporated, the leader in smartphone platforms. The first Firefox OS powered devices are expected to launch commercially in Brazil in early 2013 through Telefónica’s commercial brand, Vivo. The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project” which unlocks many of the current limitations of web development on mobile, allowing HTML5 applications to access the underlying capabilities of a phone, previously only available to native applications. Telefónica’s Digital unit joined forces with Mozilla earlier this year to take this work and showcase a new phone architecture where every phone feature (calling, messaging, games, etc.) is an HTML5 application. Due to the optimization of the platform for entry- level smartphones and the removal of unnecessary middleware layers, mobile operators will have the ability to offer richer experiences at a range of price points including at the low end of the smartphone price range, helping to drive adoption across developing markets. Mozilla and all other participants are committed to ensuring the project is fully open and the reference implementation of the required Web APIs is being submitted to W3C for standardization. “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.” About Mozilla Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than a decade. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web on computers, tablets and mobile phones. For more information please visit https://www.mozilla.org/ Supporting Quotes from Operators Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Digital commented, “Firefox OS will bring a better smartphone experience to a higher proportion of the population at a lower cost. This is crucial for us to accelerate the adoption of smartphones in developing markets. The breadth of support for this initiative across the industry makes it clear that there is an opportunity in the market for a new, open mobile ecosystem.” Fared Adib, Product Chief at Sprint said, “Sprint continues to support an open mobile ecosystem that enables choice for Sprint customers and a healthy competitive ecosystem for the technical community. Firefox Mobile OS can help us drive an HTML 5-based platform for creating lower cost smartphone options for prepaid, postpaid and wholesale customers.” Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom said, “Deutsche Telekom’s objective is to provide our customers a choice from a variety of attractive, and best of breed, products and services – from DT as well as from our partners. Partnering is key for Deutsche Telekom and our cooperation with Mozilla is one important initiative for us. We support Mozilla’s Firefox OS project since we really believe that it embodies openness, innovation, and competition, and it is part of a growing cloud and HTML5- based ecosystem. As a function of our commitment, our Innovation Laboratory’s Silicon Valley Center is working closely with Mozilla’s development team and e.g. is contributing NFC enabling software to Boot to Gecko Platform.” Orlando B. Vea, Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart said, “We welcome the introduction of the Firefox OS, and we recognize the exciting potentials of an HTML5-based, fully open mobile ecosystem. As the leading wireless services provider in the Philippines, we are keen to work with industry players like Mozilla to create relevant and delightful mobile Internet experiences for Filipino mobile users as we make data connectivity even more pervasive in the country.” “Firefox entering the smartphone market is a welcome development and we look forward to seeing HTML5 bring mobile technology to new levels not thought possible before,” Vea added. Cesare Sironi, Head of Innovation and Industry Relations, Telecom Italia commented, “Mobile operating systems natively based on HTML5 will lower the barriers to provide our customers with performing and innovative mobile applications and services. Open web technologies are the key for the development of a sustainable and valuable application ecosystem.”
  28. 28. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO Telenor Digital Services commented, “We are pleased to be part of the coalition supporting the launch of the new open mobile ecosystem. This will enable free and open service distribution to our customers, in addition to providing attractive smartphones at attainable prices, which is especially important for the adoption in emerging markets”. Essa Al Haddad, Chief Commercial Officer at Etisalat Group said: “Etisalat aim to enrich the user experience and improve the life of its customers by providing enhanced services across a complete portfolio of devices and operating systems. Firefox OS will provide an open source platform to our customers and various ecosystem players, such as application developers, to experience innovative services. Thanks to this strategic initiative, the industry will benefit from a sustained growth in mobile data and the development of cutting edge applications, as well as the promise of affordable smartphone devices that provide an enriched customer experience.” Call of Duty: Black Ops II to get reimagined Nuketown map Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii-to-get- reimagined-nuketown-map/16510.html July 3rd, 2012 Treyarch has revealed that it is revamping the popular Nuketown map for the upcoming first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Treyarch has revealed that it is revamping the popular Nuketown map for the upcoming first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The original Nuketown was a small multiplayer map set in a fake town used for simulating nuclear effects on urban life, replete with mannequins and other interesting terrain. Nuketown 2025 will involve a re-imagining of the classic map, though Treyarch is remaining tight-lipped about what this will involve. The combat will remain close-quarters like the original, but the setting will involve a 1960s conception of what a futuristic home would look like, giving that somewhat dated science-fiction appeal. “Multiplayer fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops LOVE Nuketown,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch. “Flat out, Nuketown was a blast to play before, and we're excited about the reimagined Nuketown 2025 in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. We can't wait to play with everyone come this November.” The map will be given for free as a bonus download across all platforms to anyone who pre-orders the game before its release on 13 November. Weekend website troubles raise questions over internet reliability Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/weekend-website-troubles-raise- questions-over-internet-reliability/16508.html July 3rd, 2012 Storms and the “leap second” have caused severe downtime for many websites over the weekend, including popular services like Reddit, Foursquare, Netflix, Instagram, and Amazon Web Services, raising questions over the reliability of the internet in the face of relatively simple obstacles. Storms and the “leap second” have caused severe downtime for many websites over the weekend, including popular services like Reddit, Foursquare, Netflix, Instagram, and Amazon Web Services, raising questions over the reliability of the internet in the face of relatively simple obstacles. The United States has suffered lightning storms in recent days, with many along the East Coast left without power, which has caused a knock-on effect to any internet-based service operating in the area. This meant that Amazon Web Services was partly knocked offline, with even its back-up generator roasted by the storms. Since many companies rely on this service for hosting, thousands of other websites were affected by downtime. Netflix, Instagram and Reddit were also affected.
  29. 29. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Nature is one thing, but the addition of an extra second added to the world clock, designed to address fluctuations in the Earth's rotation, resulted in chaos in the way many feared the Millenium Bug would. The leap second added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at midnight on 30 June meant that many services that rely on the precision of time to deliver data suffered disruption, including severe errors where data was out of sync or missing entirely. Websites affected by this included Reddit, FourSquare, LinkedIn, Gawker, and StumbleUpon, among many others. Even online booking systems were disrupted, and doubtless there were other incidents around the world as a result of the extra second. Google avoided the problem by dividing the extra second throughout the day, adding just a few milliseconds at a time over regular intervals. This meant its clocks had already taken the extra second into account before it was suddenly added to UTC. The disruption raises questions about the reliability of the internet in the face of such relatively simple issues. Electrical storms are a common occurrence, and when even backup generators face outage because of them it suggests we have not yet developed sufficient protection for computer equipment from the forces of nature. The leap year issue is a computer problem, but since Google was able to bypass any difficulties, and since 25 leap seconds have been added since 1972, this is more of a sign of lack of preparation than lack of skill. In fact, Google shared its "leap smear" solution on a blog last September, giving many services ample time to copy its approach and save themselves and their customers many headaches. Samsung launches S Health app for Galaxy S III Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-s-health-app-for- galaxy-s-iii/16507.html July 3rd, 2012 Samsung has launched the S Health “personal wellness” application for the Galaxy S III, hoping to help improve the health of its smartphone users. Samsung has launched the S Health “personal wellness” application for the Galaxy S III, hoping to help improve the health of its smartphone users. The app, which was first demonstrated at the Galaxy S III Unpacked launch event in May, collects and collates data on the user's health to chart changes and help with improving lifestyle. The software is compatible with a number of healthcare sensors, including blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and body composition scales. These currently include the Lifescan Blood Glucose Meter, connected via USB, the OMRON Blood Pressure Monitor and Body Composition, and the A&D Blood Pressure Monitor and Body Composition, the latter two connecting via Bluetooth. Much of the data is added automatically through the above devices, but users can also manually enter information about diet, exercise, medication intake, and other relevant health data. For those who need a little motivation to improve their health, the app is integrated with Twitter, allowing users to share goals and achievements, and get the support of others in their quest for better health. The app can be downloaded through the More Services app on the Galaxy S III.
  30. 30. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Court Deals Blow To Samsung Patent Claims Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/court-deals-blow-to-samsung- patent-claims/16492.html July 3rd, 2012 On Saturday the ongoing legal battle over patents between technology giants Apple v Samsung & Google took another step forward as California District Court Judge Lucy Koh refused all of Samsung's pre-trial summary judgement motions against Apple's smart phone patents. On Saturday the ongoing legal battle over patents between technology giants Apple v Samsung & Google took another step forward as California District Court Judge Lucy Koh refused all of Samsung's pre-trial summary judgement motions against Apple's smart phone patents. Samsung submitted the motions after Apple filed motions against it for purported smartphone-related IP infringments, plus Apple's FRAND-related antitrust claims. As the matter has progressed, Apple's defense of it's patents has been found to be mostly sound , while Samsung's technology and Google's programming ethics have been called into question by Apple's string of wins. In this decision the Court found Samsung / Google did not have sufficient property rights over the patents in dispute to justify an injunction favoring them, and they were all refused. By rebuffing Samsung's claims to those patents, the court has put the Samsung / Google partnership on the back foot in the lead-up to the trial in late July. The string of courtroom wins by Apple in relation to several patents as well as procedural issues are highlighting Samsung's design strategy and direction and the ethics of Google's programming involvement in the smartphone market. Judge Koh's decisions and Apple's concise submissions on this matter highlight what appears to be a dubious design and software practices by Samsung and Google. Gaikai Cloud Gaming Platform Sold to Sony for $380 Million Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gaikai-cloud-gaming-platform-sold- to-sony-for-380-million/16506.html July 3rd, 2012 Ever since Dave Perry started his big push in the media for Gaikai, seasoned analysts could see a distinctive pattern – this will be the year of sale or the last funding series ahead of the IPO. In the end, it was the first one, with Sony winning the bidding war alongside quite a few interested parties. There is no doubt in our mind that David “Dave” Perry is an industry legend with several multi-million titles that came from the era before gaming became “larger than Hollywood”. Four years ago, he started an adventure called Gaikai i.e. a cloud gaming service which would harness the power of GPUs to run multiple virtual instances of the same game and give the high-end gaming experience to everybody. For example, Gaikai technology was able to virtualize six instances of World of Warcraft onto the single Kepler-based GPU, presumably GeForce GTX 680. Naturally, the problem with pixel streaming services was that in order to serve, let’s say a million WoW gamers you would need to have - in the very best case scenario – 166,666 GPUs. For some other games, they were able to run from eight to twelve instances. Now, while we know of two cases where future Tesla GPUs will be deployed in a similar volume, you can be sure that those supercomputers won’t be used for gaming. Thus, when we heard the announcement between Gaikai and Samsung, it was clear to us that there is a bidding war going on for the company, and the biggest question was – who will provide the biggest ROI to the investors that backed the project since 2008, as well as who will expand the service. The answer to that is no other than Sony Computer Entertainment. While Sony has laid low following one of the biggest security disasters of our time (70 million accounts stolen), the company wants to come back swinging into profitability, and it is obvious that SCE believes Gaikai is the “Secret Sauce” the company needs to win over tens of millions of gamers. Also, big winners are investment groups and companies such as Benchmark Capital, Intel Capital, Limelight Networks, NEA, Qualcomm, Rustic Canyon Partners and TriplePoint Capital. Even though it is not mentioned, we were informed that some players at NVIDIA are also quite happy with the acquisition as there were some green people funds involved in not just one, but several funds which invested in Gaikai. What we find especially funny though, is that the executives at Sony Computer Entertainment specifically denied any takeover attempt. However, we all know when the big companies are lying e.g. deceiving the general audience and its own investors in order to outbid the competitor, which in this case was – Samsung. The Korean CE giant was very close to Gaikai and announced quite a substantial “get together” at the Electronic Entertainment Expo held in early July in Los Angeles, CA. Ultrabook Sales Picking Up: 11% of the Market Already? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ultrabook-sales-picking-up-11-of- the-market-already-/16401.html July 3rd, 2012 According to Intel, 2012 is the year of the Ultrabook. According to AMD, 2012 is the year of the Ultrathin. No matter how you look at it, the fall should be marked with thin notebooks. NPD Group shows that both companies are right, as consumers are starting to purchase more and more compact laptops.

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