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    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! and backup solutions, it also offers print and media server VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication capabilities, website hosting, PC-free downloading, and much covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. more at a price that is easy on the wallet. OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drive Tests @ Benchmark ReviewsThe Daily VR-Zone News Description: The OCZ Vertex 3 SSD is based on the second- generation SandForces SF-2281 SATA 6Gb/s controller andSummary - 5 April 2011 maintains all of the original core technology introduced in theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--5- original SF-1200 series, but now improves SSD performanceapril-2011/11454.html with 20% faster IOPS and 40% faster sequential read/writeApril 5th, 2011 throughput. OCZ promises 60,000 IOPS at up to 550 MB/ s transfer speeds with the Vertex 3 SSD, and Benchmark Reviews confirms that theyre keeping this promise with tests of the new storage device on a B3-stepping Sandy Bridge platform against the Crucial RealSSD C400. Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card Review Description: If all those NDAs last month werent alreadyIn todays news roundup: Reviews of AMDs Radeon HD6790 enough for everyone, we start the NDA run for April nice andgraphics card have started making their presence known on early. With AMD having taken care of the high end segmentthe Internet; Thermaltakes Level 10 GT chassis gets reviewed; with cards like the HD 6970 and HD 6990, while also takingA group of Windows Phone 7 hackers have released an update care of that mid-range - high end segment with cards from thethat allows existing WP7 users to get the latest Microsoft HD 6800 series, it was only a matter of time till we saw someNoDo patches for their smartphones without having to wait more mid-range, cheaper cards hit the market. Consideringfor carriers to officially roll out the update; More information NVIDIA released the GTX 550 Ti last month and more mid-about Dells elusive Alienware M14x notebook gets revealed; range models are rumored, it comes as no surprise that AMDJapan is attempting to proceed on with life as usual by are starting to release their line-up. The first comes in the formannouncing that the Tokyo Game Show 2011 event will take of the HD 6790. Its clear that the xx30 naming scheme didntplace as planned, and EA has launched their new online-only, work for them in the past, so it seems theyve decided to lookfree-to-play version of Battlefield. at a 50, 70 and 90 line-up now.Hardware news Thermaltake Armor A30 SFF Chassis ReviewThermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review Description: Now, when most people think SFF, theyDescription: Taking some cues from the original Level 10, immediately gravitate to Lian Li or Silverstone, but dreams ofThermaltake hopes to be able to capitalize on it by offering a building a portable gamer on a budget usually get dashed bymore down to earth GT version. Not only is the Level 10 GT the cost of a full aluminum chassis, or maybe the configurationmore affordable, its also smaller and lighter, but has it lost all and airflow arent up to par to handle the powerhouse you planthat made the original such a work of art? to put in the smallest package possible to impress your friends and foes at the next LAN event. Thermaltake jumped in withMach Xtreme Technology MX-GX 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive both feet and threw the A60 in the dryer for a while until it wasReview @ Madshrimps just the right size. Not in reality, just conceptually.Description: The Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 Flash Drivesoffer incredible read speeds and come in 4 different flavours: AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit8GB, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB; they are also priced competitively, Reviewsthe 16GB model being found at CaseKing.de for about 29.90 Description: AMD wanted a video card to fill in the priceEuros. and performance gap between the Radeon HD 6850 and the Radeon HD 5770. The release of the Radeon HD 6790 graphicsSynology DS-211J Diskstation Two-Bay NAS Review @ card at the $149.99 price point should fill that gap and giveTweaknews the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti a run for its money. ReadDescription: Synologys DS211j is a great addition to an on to see how the AMD Radeon HD 6790 compares to dozensexpanding home network. Not only does it provide storage 1
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof other cards and yes, we also overclock it and show you the update their phone to the latest version of Windows Phone 7.thermals and power numbers! The update works on any WP7 phone (that use the supported languages: English US, English UK, French, Italian, SpanishRadeon HD 6790: Ace Up The Sleeve @ InsideHW and German) and has the pre-NoDo update, NoDo update 1Description: Last month, NVIDIA nicely summed up this & 2 all in one process. As usual, this is an unofficial methodyear’s first quarter with GTX 550, which seemed like a great to update your phone, so make sure you know what you’recompetitor against Radeon HD 5770. Everything would have doing before attempting anything, but from reports so far; thebeen perfect for the Americans if AMD hadn’t already planned update seems to work great. Head here for more details andthe counterattack for the very beginning of the second quarter, let us know if you decide to use the update.or to be precise, 5th April. The new Radeon is named HD 6790and is somewhat of a modification, or a weakened version More shots, specs of Alienware M14x surfaceof, Radeons HD 6850/6870, based on the Barts GPU. As Description: Thanks to Chinese tech site Zol, the previouslysuch, this model is based on the VLIW5 architecture, which leaked M14x gaming notebook from Alienware has been moreis somewhat old and doesn’t belong to the truly high-class fully uncovered. The specs also have been made more concrete,Radeons; all chips from the Cayman family are based on with a quad-core, 2.3GHz Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIAVLIW4 (Very Long Instruction Word). Besides, the Barts chip GeForce GT 555M both being present to give it relatively fastlocated in HD 6970 has been weakened in order to replace the gaming. The notebook will also get Klipsch speakers and aalready obsolete HD 5770... stainless steel nameplate that can be engraved.Consumer Electronics and Software news Next-gen iPod Nano to Also be a Tiny Camera? Description: The previous generation of iPod nano had moreSee your location history dashboard and more with GoogleMaps 5.3 for Android features than the current one. The older model packed a biggerDescription: Today, we’re happy to announce Google Maps 5.3 display as well as a video camera to capture 720p video. Whilefor Android, which lets you see your Google Location History the quality wasnt great, it gave a very popular music player adashboard, check in at “home,” and add your own aspects for camera that worked for casual capture uses.places when rating them. Gaming newsBing Becomes a Default Search Option for Firefox Tokyo Game Show 2011 To Proceed As PlannedDescription: Companies like Microsoft and Google have a Description: Following Japan’s recent 9.0 earthquake lastmajor advantage due to their sheer size; they can optimize month, many events and services were delayed or shafted,their extra products (such as IE9 and Chrome) for their people were concerned if it affects the Tokyo Game Show thisexisting services (such as Bing and Google search). As such, the year. Fortunately, the organiser CESA has confirmed that thefact that Microsoft is losing ground with Internet Explorer is event will proceed as planned from September 15 to Septembersignificant for all their additional products. Internet Explorer 18 at the Makuhari Messe just outside of Tokyo.9, with its more minimalist structure, better hardware EA Launches Battlefield Play4Freeacceleration, improved security, and faster overall load times, Description: EAs free online battlefield has gone live.is an attempt to re-capture that ground – and it’s little Battlefield Play4Free opened to the public this morning,surprise that IE9 is also fully integrated with Bing. What may combining the most popular maps from Battlefield 2 withbe somewhat surprising, though, is that Microsoft has been the classes and weapons of Bad Company 2 for 32-playerworking to integrate Bing with Firefox – their top browsing shootouts.competitor. NGP could be delayed by Japanese earthquakeApple followers have difficulty coping with Androids fame Description: Sony Computer Entertainment AmericaDescription: Fanzine Apple Insider appears to be having a president Jack Tretton says supply-chain disruptions causedlittle difficulty when it comes to the fact that Apple is slowly by disaster may delay the forthcoming portable in somelosing the mobile operating system wars to Android. Faced regions.with web analytics statistics that say that Android is kickingthe Apple OSs bottom, Apple Insider elected to say thecomplete opposite to keep the reality distortion field going. NVIDIA announces QuadroRaptor Gaming M3X gaming mouse: 4800DPI of failDescription: The newly released M3X gaming mouse is the 400, empowers designers andlatest gaming mouse from German gaming peripheral maker engineers with 10x betterRaptor Gaming (being distributed by CompuExpert here inthe United States). The M3X has a good feature set and performance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-announces-its certainly comfortable, but a critical, physical design flaw quadro-400-empowers-designers-and-engineers-with-10x-better-quickly makes it irritating and annoying to use. performance/11805.htmlGet Windows Phone 7 NoDo on your phone nowDescription: For those of you who can’t bear to wait aroundfor your carrier or Microsoft to push out the NoDo updateto your Windows Phone 7 device, great news. Chris Walshieof Team ChevronWP7 (the folks behind the WP7 “jailbreak”)released a tool on his blog that allows all WP7 device owners to 2
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 5th, 2011 software drivers, and simplifies upgrading to a new solution. • Hardware 3D Window Clipping - Accelerated clip regions enable faster data transfer between a window and the frame buffer to improve overall graphics performance.NVIDIA announced today the Quadro 400 graphicsprocessing unit (GPU), a new professional graphics solutionthat puts the power of the GPU in the hands of designers and • High-Quality Display Connectivity - Drives ultra-high-engineers. Built for use with professional applications, such as resolution panels, producing phenomenal image quality,Autodesk AutoCAD, the NVIDIA Quadro 400 GPU provides supporting two active connectors, including dual-linkup to 5x faster performance over high-end consumer gaming DVI with up to 3840 x 2400 resolution @ 24Hz on eachcards. It also gives up to 10x improvement when running panel, and DisplayPort (DP) with up to 2560 x 1600industry leading CAD / CAM applications. resolution. • NVIDIA® Mosaic™ Technology - Enhances workspace across up to eight displays (using one card per two displays), enabling seamless taskbar spanning, as well as transparent scaling of any application. Works over multiple displays or a single high-resolution display, and with NVIDIA nView® desktop management software. The NVIDIA Quadro 400 processor also supports NVIDIA 3D Vision™ and 3D Vision Pro active shutter glasses 3D technology that delivers crystal-clear, stereoscopic 3D visualisation for the most immersive 3D experience, rangingSINGAPORE - April 5, 2011 - NVIDIA announced today the from desktop workstations to collaborative work spaces.NVIDIA Quadro® 400 graphics processing unit (GPU), a newprofessional graphics solution that puts the power of the GPUin the hands of designers and engineers. Designed, Built and Engineered by NVIDIA to the Highest Standards of QualityBuilt for use with professional applications, such as AutodeskAutoCAD, the NVIDIA Quadro 400 GPU provides up to 5x As with all Quadro professional graphics cards, the Quadrofaster performance over high-end consumer gaming cards. 400 is designed, built and warranted by NVIDIA to provideIt also gives up to 10x improvement when running industry industry-leading performance and reliability when runningleading CAD / CAM applications. professional applications. Companies consistently certify Quadro professional graphics solutions for their users whosePriced at just US$169, the Quadro 400 GPU also offers livelihoods depend on them.excellent power efficiency, consuming less than 35 watts, andits low-profile footprint means it offers the flexibility to fit intoany workstation, including small form-factor systems. Availability and PricingWith 512 MB of DDR3 memory, the Quadro 400 processor The Quadro 400 (US$169 MSRP) is available immediatelyenables professionals to interact with a wide range of design for the HP Z800, Z600, and Z400 Workstations, and formodels. It also provides high visual fidelity, featuring a 30- all Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations. It will be available laterbit (10-bits per colour) colour engine with a dynamic range this month and next on select Lenovo ThinkStation D20,of over one billion colour variations. Quadro 400 drivers are C20, S20 and E30 models. Its also available from NVIDIAoptimised and certified on leading professional applications. Quadro channel partners including PNY Technologies in"Designers and engineers, whether designing the largest North America and Europe, ELSA in Japan, and Leadtek inassemblies or smallest components, rely on Quadro," said Asia Pacific.Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group,NVIDIA. "The Quadro 400 is the right tool to help ensurethat job gets done the right way, especially when it comes torunning professional apps like Autodesk AutoCAD." Source: NVIDIA Press ReleaseAdditional features of the new Quadro 400 GPU include: • Unified Driver Architecture - Guarantees forward and backward compatibility with professional application 3
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone According to the latest statistics, the number of COMPUTEXCOMPUTEX 2011 Spotlight : TAIPEI 2011 exhibitors reached 1,800 and would be usingSmart Handheld Devices and more than 5,200 booths, up by 8% from 2010. It is estimated that the number of overseas buyers will top 36,000Internet of Things and expected to create US$25 billions worth of businessSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-2011-spotlight--smart- opportunity.handheld-devices-and-internet-of-things/11804.htmlApril 5th, 2011 During the Pre-show Press Conference held in March 30 at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), Mr. Walter Yeh, the executive vice president of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) pointed out that COMPUTEX TAIPEI is one of the international exhibitions for large enterprises to launch their latest products, foreign enterprises The Taipei Computer Association (TCA), the organizer include AMD, Hitachi, Intel, Microsoft and etc., while localof COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011 has expressed that the change companies led by Acer, Asus, Foxconn (Hon Hai) and others;in computer usage of the consumers and the applications which will showcase their latest products such as Tablets, e-of Internet of Things (IOT) is increasing gradually, boosting Book readers, Smart phones, 3D Display and products relatedTaiwan ICT industry toward the development of supply chain to cloud computing at COMPUTEX, brightly shining into thefor Smart Handheld Devices and IOT, which relevant products sight of thousands overseas buyers.and devices will exhibit during COMPUTEX. Smart HandheldDevices and Internet of Things (IOT) are the hottest wordsin the ICT industry in 2010, including Tablets, Smartphone, Mr. Zhang Li, the deputy secretary general of TCA alsoInternet TV, Smart TV, 3D display products become the mentioned that in the midst of Smart Handheld Devices,spotlight of the global market, clearly show the wireless Tablet PC will have a tremendous force and becomes the focalbroadband infrastructure of the new information society is point during COMPUTEX 2011, estimating around 50~100taking shape. new Tablet PCs to be displayed. Not only have the Taiwanese ICT manufacturers to show its strength in development of the Tablet PC, but also to seize a big piece of market shared from the grip of iPad. During the speech, Mr. Stephen Su, general director of Industrial Economics and Knowledge (IEK) under the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said the average annual sales rate of netbook and e-book reader will not go over 4% from the period of 2011~2014. As for notebook will experience some effects, Su thinks that the average annual sales rate of notebook will stay above 16% from 2011~2014. Complete research report named "How Tablet will Transform the Landscape of ICT Industry" is available for download under this link http://www.computex.biz/photo/ images/computexshow/list/file_20110330135542.pdf.The mobile life becomes a trend after wireless broadbandis available, which driving the ICT manufacturers todevelop information technology products and equipments Smart Handheld Devices integrate with wireless broadbandfor smart life. The Taipei Computer Association (TCA), makes a new information societythe organizer of COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011, the worlds Li expressed that the Smart Handheld Devices and Internetmost complete communication supply chain industry, has of Things (IOT) are the hottest words in the ICT industry inexpressed that the change in computer usage of the 2010, including Tablets, Smartphone, Internet TV, Smart TV,consumers and the applications of Internet of Things (IOT) is 3D display products become the spotlight of the global market,increasing gradually, boosting Taiwan ICT industry toward the clearly show the wireless broadband infrastructure of the newdevelopment of supply chain for Smart Handheld Devices and information society is taking shape.IOT, which relevant products and devices will exhibit duringCOMPUTEX, witnessing Taiwan ICT industry in steps with thehottest trend that never stop growing! Starting from Q4 of 2010, TCA is conducting quarterly economic prosperity survey where the audiences are the local exhibitors, the result of each quarter refer as COMPUTEXGathering of large enterprises in COMPUTEX bolsters Exhibitor Index (CEI). The result of Q2, CEI is 1.64 thatexplosive force on the Tablets means in the Above Average area, while 43% of interviewed enterprises viewed between Good and Above Average. On the 4
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestatistical, the exhibitors whom are dealing with Tablet PC, The game is a direct sequel to the original Shift launchedSmartphone, Internet TV, Smart TV and products related PC back in 2009 and puts the basics in perspective by addingsystems including photo-electronics products are optimistic a rewarding experience system for everything you do in theand gave Good rating on Q2. Consequently, TCA thinks that game, online or not. Together with games economy which youthis coming June, many relevant products will be displayed earn by getting several achievements or winning a place, youduring COMPUTEX, which is worthy of expectation. are able to give your car some lovely cosmetics and engine customizations. The sequel offers more than 140 vehicles from 37 manufacturers, a huge boost from the originals 60+ cars.In order to realize the market potential of Smart HandheldDevices, TCA and Ministry of Economics Affairs (MOEA)established a Smart Handheld Device working group, hopingTaiwan to generate production output value worth US$50billions by 2014, which develops Taiwan to become theinnovation and manufacturing center of Smart HandheldDevices in the world. On the other hand, TCA establishedTaiwan Internet of Things Alliance (TIOTA) recently; in whichCOMPUTEX will be hosting IOT Area at TWTC Hall 2 that willbe one of many new highlights in this years COMPUTEX.Not only limited to PC and peripheral products, TCA believesunder the efforts in many aspects, the COMPUTEX TAIPEI As easy as it may look but the game be a tough nut to crack aswill become the worlds purchasing platform for Smart extra experience are earned by fulfiling the right requirementsHandheld Devices and IOT products. or sticking to the green racing line marker on the track. All these actions fill up the experience gauge which unlocks other tracks, customizations and advancing of the story.Shift 2: Unleashed Review Driving your vehicle is not just breeze but it can be rather a terrifying experience. Shift 2 Unleashed takes a step furtherSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shift-2-unleashed-review/11799.html to get close with racing simulation genre, an attempt to placeApril 5th, 2011 itself with the likes of other simulation titles such as Gran Turismo 5 or Forza Motorsport. So think twice before cranking up the speeds to the maximum and trying to achieve some impossible drifting at a sharp corner. To make this realism on a higher notch, Shift 2: UnleashedFor the racing fanatics, here is one game you might want to try adds a helmet cam view that puts the player in the driving- Shift 2: Unleashed And in this review, we bring Electronic seat. As suggested by the name, you will see the the dynamicArts latest racing title for a spin down the racing track. and see view as what a real driver would and feel its effects: A blurringhow it fares. More after the jump. view of the sides as speed hits insanity levels or nasty bumps and gray-outs with shedding doors, broken glass and bonnets after a nasty crash. It is a nifty addition but gives an immersive experience on the overall gameplay.The screeching of tyres on the track is no stranger to anyracing game and games involving vehicles of such genre. Thefundamentals of winning is simple: get down the racing trackand win.Electronic Arts Need for Speed franchise has been around for ouch!more than 15 years and with Shift 2: Unleashed, this is the 17th Being preferential towards arcade racers, Shift 2 took me ainstallment in the series, developed by Slightly Mad Studios while to get used to its driving mechanics. Regardless of whatand published by EA. car I choose, I will just crash and find myself in the last place 5
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebut there are intriguing factors in the game which keeps megoing for a reason. AMD: Llano APU is Shipping Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-llano-apu-is-shipping/11803.htmlShift 2 Unleashed Noteworthy Features April 5th, 2011Social at its bestAutolog, a social feature that began in Hot Pursuit returns asthe core of the game, putting together your friends and thoseglorifying statstics in a leaderboard-like system. More often Recent rumours of AMD shipping Llano in April were met withthan not, you will be racing your friends and compare fastest some skepticism. However, the rumours have turned out totimes and stats with one other. be true, as AMD is shipping Llano A-series APUs to OEMs, as of 4th April 2011, for revenue. In a webcast, CFO and Interim CEO Thomas Seifert announced, “Customers are very excited about Llano coming to market and we will look forward to seeing our “Llano”-based systems in the market this quarter — the second quarter.”Career ModeThis is where the main bulk of the game lies - Career mode. Inthe single-player campaign, your Shift 2 racing career beginswith a quick test on the track using a Nissan GT-R. Dont befooled as the results of the race will determine your skill leveland the recommended enhancements such as anti-lock brakes, In fact, Llano (as part of the Sabine platform) has beentraction assistance and a racing guide line. shipping since late March, as suggested by the above picture - a celebration at AMDs Singapore branch.All of this is to prepare you for the open seasons to the grandFIA GT1 series finale. A different range of events await from While AMD remains silent about when we can expect thestandard races and time attacks, to eliminations and drift OEMs to ship systems with A-series APUs, rumours suggestchallenges. With approximately 40 tracks, the game should we can see Sabine based laptops as early as May. Of course, wesatisfy an average racer looking for terrain differences. can certainly expect the notebook and desktop worlds, OEM and retail, to be flooded with A-series Fusion APUs within this quarter, by June. Rumours suggest AMD has notched up an impressive number of design wins for its A-series APUs. Despite being so close to release, we dont know much about Llano and its Sabine platform and Socket FM1, beyond a tentative line-up and some performance demos by AMD. AMDs Llano release is now expected to be closely followed by its next-gen CPU release, FX-Series (Bulldozer) in what is a crucial few months for AMD. Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera AnnouncedRealism Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-d5100-digital-slr-camera-For easy crashers like me, I will enjoy the total destruction announced/11802.htmlof my vehicle. Damage is not visual-only and by changing an April 5th, 2011option, damage to your vehicle affects the car performance;even an engine blowout with tyres rolling onto the tracks.Forget about other camera angles, go for the driver seat viewand experience the way the game is meant to be played. 6
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone After much anticipated wait, Nikon D5100 is real and official.Product availability and prices will be announced at a laterdate but let us look at the official specs. Additional Features and Functions - High-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 4 fpsNikon announces the D5100 Digital SLR camera, introducing and a very precise andnew features and upgraded specifications as compared to itspredecessor. durable shutter unit that has passed testing for 100,000 cyclesThe D5100 will come with Nikon’s latest CMOS image sensorand the new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine. The updated - Equipped with Quiet shutter-release mode for shooting insensor will bump the effective megapixel count to 16.1, the situations in which quieter shuttersame that was found in Nikon D7000. The camera adds anew High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature that captures two operation is desired. Infrared receivers for remote controlshots of varying exposure each time the shutter-release button operation on the front and back of the camera enable wirelessis pressed, and then combines the two shots into a single image control over the shutter from both in front of and behind thewith a broad dynamic range. camera (optional ML-L3 wireless remote control supported).The D5100 another new feature known as the "Effects mode"found on the Mode selection dial which is essentially special - Equipped with 16 scene modes that enable the simple captureeffects applied on images and videos. A total of seven of beautiful photos of thespecial effects, including Selective Color and Color Sketch are desired scene with automatic optimization of camera settingsincluded. - Built-in HDMI-CEC compatibility enables control overNight Vision is another feature which ramps up the ISO to playback of still images and movies102400 which enables shooting under conditions of darknesswhile verifying the subject and composition in the monitor using the televisions remote control when the camera is(this feature shoots in JPEG format and in black and white. connected to a high-definition TVRAW recording is not possible) via the HDMI connector.Visibility has been increased with the large 3-inch display - HD movie recording and editingfound on the D5100 that has approximately 921k-dot high-resolution that supports viewing on various angles. 1Manual focus, M or S mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default valuesNikon adopts a side hinge for the vari-angle monitor thatprevents the monitor from hitting the tripod when it is openedwhile the camera is mounted on a tripod.The vari-angle monitor opens from 0 to180° to the side, and Specification Chartcan be rotated up to 90°clockwise and up to 180° counter-clockwise when it is open. Say yes to self-portraits. Type Single-lens reflex digital camera Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts) Effective pixels 16.2 million 7
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneImage sensor 23.6 X 15.6 mm CMOS sensor Dimensions (approx.) 128 X 97 X 79 mmmage size (pixels) • 4,928 X 3,264 (L) (W×H × D) Weight (approx.) 510 g without battery, • 3,696 X 2,448 (M) memory card, or body cap • 2,464 X 1,632 (S) 560 g with battery andFile format 1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, memory card but without 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEG body capMedia SD (Secure Digital) memory Major supplied accessories EN-EL14 rechargeable Li- cards *1 ion battery, MH-24 battery SDHC, and SDXC memory charger, AN-DC3 strap, EG- cards CP14 audio/video cable, UC-Frame advance rate Up to 4 fps *2 E6 USB cable, DK-5 eyepieceISO sensitivity ISO 100 – 6400 in steps cap, BS-1 accessory shoe of 1/3 EV. Can also be set cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) CD-ROM above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available • *1Not applied to Multi Media CardMovie Frame size (pixels) and frame • *2Manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or rate : faster, and other settings at default values • 1,920 X 1,080, 30 p/25 • Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera p/24 p, high/normal with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20° C (68° F). • 1,280 X 720, 30 p/25 p/24 p, high/normal • 640 X 424, 30 p/25 p, high/normal A frame rate of 30 p (actual 7-inch Android tablet with IPS frame rate 29.97 fps) is available when NTSC is selected for video mode. panel display spotted in China 25 p is available when PAL Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/7-inch-android-tablet-with-ips-panel- is selected for video mode. display-spotted-in-china/11801.html Actual frame rate when 24 p April 5th, 2011 is selected is 23.976 fps. File format/Video compression: MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding In-Plane Switching technology (IPS) has been around for a long time, being made available for high-resolution Audio recording device: displays including Apples first generation iPad. And recently, another manufacturer is making a tablet that is using the IPS Built-in monaural or external panel for its display. stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustableMonitor 3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle low- temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustmentPower source Battery : One rechargeable Li- ion EN-EL14 battery AC adapter : EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately) 8
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Apple iPad incorporated In-Plane Switching (IPS)technology for its screen, which may explain why images The Daily VR-Zone Newslooked sharp and vivid on the tablet. It has taken many months Summary - 4 April 2011before IPS panels become affordable for manufacturers to Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--4-adopt them. april-2011/11456.htmlAnd it seems like a Chinese company is coming up with a 7- April 5th, 2011inch tablet device running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread andequipped with IPS screen. A picture of the prototype is outon the web (shown above). The tablet will also come withA9 AMlogic CPU which has the performance to stream eitherFlash or HTML5 video with no buffering. HDMI out, SD card In todays news roundup: Three USB3.0-capable flash drivesreader, 3G sim and USB. with capacities of 64GB get put to the test to see which product offers users better performances; Thermalrights TR-360 replacement cooler for the Xbox 360 video game console getsPricing will be approximately 1900 yuan (US$290) reviewed; A future version of iOS might receive OS Xs Spacesand available from 10 April. feature; Panasonic is reportedly starting to ship BDXL optical discs which boast up to 100GB of storage space; DynastyASUS P8H67-I DELUXE (Intel Warriors 7 is set to receieve a DLC which restores the games original Japanese voices, and Anonymous has declared war onH67 Express) Review Sony in support for George HotzSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8h67-i-deluxe-intel-h67-express- Hardware newsreview/11734.htmlApril 5th, 2011 USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Round-up Description: In the last year we have reviewed a handful of USB 3.0 devices and today several memory manufacturers offer flash drives claiming to utilize the extra performance offered by the revamped interface. Today we are looking at three 64GB flash drives: the AData Nobility Series N005, Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 and Patriot SuperSonic.While Mini-ITX solutions are often looked down upon as ASUS Routers: Wireless Elegance @ InsideHWslow and somewhat cheap, not all of them are destined Description: In order to create a good SOHO wireless networkfor use as low-power media centres or 8-hours-a-day office environment, one always has to provide reliable equipment.machines. Enter the latest Mini-ITX motherboard from ASUS, In order to avoid the regret of not having chosen equipmentthe P8H67-I DELUXE which is based on the Intel H67 Express more wisely when first setting up the network (unlike somechipset, and supports all second-generation Intel Core Sandy of us), make sure you look comprehensively at the currentBridge processors. How will this mighty midget perform? We market situation. If you don’t have a personal contact thatfind out. would provide adequate advice, cruise the internet a little and take a look at what others are recommending. It’s likely in bothIntels second-generation Core Sandy Bridge processors can cases that you’ll end up in the default product gamma of abe mated to a few 6 Series chipsets, including the P67 large manufacturer, but at times, you may be surprised by theExpress and H67 Express which are often used in consumer quality of the solutions offered by other familiar names in theand enthusiast builds. The core frequency of Intel Unlocked IT field. This is one such occasion, and we’ve had the chance toK processors can be overclocked only on the P67 Express thoroughly examine two of ASUS’ wireless solutions, namelychipset, while the H67 Express trades that for integrated Intel DSL-N10 (modem/router) and a dual-band router RT-N56U...HD Graphics overclocking capabilities. The ASUS P8P67-IDELUXE that we will be looking at today, is powered by the Thermalright TR-360 Xbox 360 GPU Cooler ReplacementH67 Express - you have no access to a K processors unlocked Review @ Madshrimpsmultipliers. Description: Designed for the XBOX 360 GPU, to provide better cooling and heat dissipation, reduces the chances ofObviously, this particular motherboard is not really aimed at break down and prolong the XBOX 360 life.enthusiasts, but its small form factor is definitely excellent forSOHO implementations. Although small in size, that does Lian Li Lancool PC-K57 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknewsnot necessarily mean it has limited computing power. In this Description: Lian Li LanCools PC-K57 chassis has a lot goingarticle, we test the P8H67-I DELUXE with an Intel Core for it, and the potential for much more. The bold look andi5-2500K Processor. Read on to find out more! solid construction are quite welcome, but there is a lot more to recommend it. With a roomy interior, solid tool-free features and outstanding cable management, including the innovative cable channel, the PC-K57 was a joy to work in and the dust filters are easily serviced to help the user keep the case in good shape. 9
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOCZ ZX 850 Series 850 Watt Power Supply Review out and the LED backlight highlights dark scenes extremelyDescription: The ZX series of power supplies is aimed at well. Not to be outdone by any 3D TV on the market, thepowering gaming and enthusiast systems alike and is available UN55C9000 comes fully equipped with 3D playback as well asin 850W, 1000W, and 1250W flavors. This range of power wireless LAN for media streaming and Internet browsing.supplies offers plenty of power for those seeking to power A.C.Ryan PlayON!HD Mini 2 Full HD Media Streamer Reviewsystems with a single GPU all the way up to a triple GPU system Description: The space and user friendly PlayON!HD Mini 2with dual processors. The ZX series of power supplies boast may not be perfect in every possible aspect but it is without80Plus Gold certification, fully modular cables, and a single doubt amongst the best standalone Media Players A.C.Ryan12V rail. Today we take a look at the ZX 850, the smallest of has designed and manufactured to date.the three ZX series power supplies. Sony CEO tips Apple built-in camera plans, iPhone 5 delayASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion possible?Description: This year ASUS introduced the Sabertooth P67 Description: In an on-stage interview at Carnegie Hall withmotherboard. The Sabertooth P67 is the next generation in Walt Mossberg, Sony CEO Howard Stringer appears to havedurability and reliability. The Sabertooth P67 has enough confirmed an earlier rumor that an upcoming iPhone 5 willfeatures to hit every market of user, from the server computer, have an 8MP digital camera with a sensor made by Sony.to the enthusiast gamer. This P67 motherboard supports the Stringer made a number of somewhat cryptic comments tonewer Intel 1155 socket CPUs and up to 1866 DDR3 memory. Mossberg about Apple, at one point commenting on the ironyThe main specific features to note with the Sabertooth P67 are of Sony making "the best camera" for Apple devices.the TUF thermal armor, TUF thermal radar, TUF components,Digi+ VRM, and E.S.P. The TUF thermal armor is a shunt K-Touch W700 Anroid phone looks pretty sweetdesigned panel that covers all of the critical components. Description: While the Chinese have been known for creating poor copies of existing phones and slapping on a different OSZalman ZM-F4 135mm Multipurpose Fan Review and brand name on their devices, phone manufacturers, K-Description: Weve visited similar offerings from Zalmans Touch, has introduced a phone worthy of not being branded asComputer Noise Prevention System (CNPS) products with the some cheap knock off. Called the W700, this Android phoneZalman ZM-F3-FDB & ZM-SF3, along with the CNPS 9900 has got some pretty nice specs to boot. It packs a dual-coreMAX. We at Legit Reviews have come to respect the Zalman NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, it runs Android 2.2, has 512MB ofproducts we have seen since they perform admirably and live RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 3.8″ display (480 x 800), aup to their claims. Today was no different. Zalmans ZM- 5 megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera,F4 Multipurpose Fan was probably one of the best fans I WiFil, Bluetooth, GPS, FM tuner, and microSD card slot. Ithave ever run into. Its sound was as smooth as butter. It will be released in China mid-April via China Unicom for 3500outperformed most offerings on the market. It also did so Chinese Yuan ($535). No word on whether it’ll hit our storeswhile still remaining quiet and affordable... but we wouldn’t mind seeing phones like these on sale at lowPatriot G2 (GAMER 2) 1600MHz CL9 8GB Review @ Vortez prices.Description: It was at the very end of last year that Patriot Panasonic to ship first-ever 100GB BDXL recordable discMemory announced the commencement of a new series Description: Panasonic claimed the distinction on Monday ofnamed Gamer 2 (G2 for short). This new series of memory, being the first company to ship a BDXL rewritable disc. Theagain, like many of our recent memory product reviews is three-layer, 100GB disc gives users as much as eight hours andfocussed on the new Sandy Bridge platform. Apart from 40 minutes of full-quality, 24Mbps 1080p video they can writetheir attractive price-tag they also have a number of pleasing many times. It should theoretically be tougher than most discscharacteristics - they are extremely low profile, so much so with a coating to guard against fingerprints and scratches.that the heatspreaders are in fact shorter than the modulesthey cover. They are also said to give impressive performance Windows 8 to use Ribbon, Phone 7 design?figures too. Description: Screenshots from early builds of the next version of Windows suggest Microsoft is favouring its Ribbon inteface.Consumer Electronics and Software news Early versions of Windows 8 have popped up online over thePatent Describes OS X Spaces on iPad past few weeks, with the pre-beta code apparently leaked asDescription: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Microsoft sends it to partners.a new patent that describes a system by which Spaces, Apple’s Gaming newssystem for operating multiple independent desktops on onecomputer, might be brought to the iPad. Could this be a WC 11: Clone Wars Season 4 - Grievous vs. Gungans!preview of the merger of iOS and OS X? Description: A teaser for Clone Wars Season 4 shows some cool clips glimpses at whats to come, including a Jedi so badSamsung UN55C9000 55 inch 3D LED TV Review at ass, he has two double-sided lightsabers.Overclockers OnlineDescription: Flip through any magazine and you’ll see that sex Anonymous Declares War on Sonysells and an ultra thin 55″ 3D LED TV is just downright sexy Description: Gulp! Thats the collective reaction Sony likelyin any room! Mouths drop in awe when friends come over and had this morning after receiving a slap to the face fromsee what I have in the living room. Picture quality is just as the hacker activist group famous for taking on the Churchimportant to how a TV looks and the UN55C9000 has one of of Scientology, Anonymous. For its recent actions againstthe best displays Samsung has ever made. The colors stand 10
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePlayStation 3 hackers, including George "Geohot" Hotz,Anonymous has declared war on Sony.Dynasty Warriors 7 To Get Japanese Voices In Free DLCDescription: The US release of Dynasty Warriors 7 will begetting Japanese voices for free in the form of a DLC. The DLCwill be made available via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.The free DLC update will also include additional costumes.No release date was mentioned but the developers mentionanother paid DLC is also on its way.Apples 7th generation iPodnano may come with built-incamera Go-Rock SRS 3D surroundSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-7th-generation-ipod-nano-may-come-with-built-in-camera/11797.html Bluetooth mini-speakersApril 5th, 2011 coming to Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/go-rock-srs-3d-surround-bluetooth- mini-speakers-coming-to-singapore/11795.html April 5th, 2011A leaked photo from a Taiwanese Apple-related blog,Apple.pro, shows an iPod Nano with a camera hole. If that isbelieved to be true, this means that the portable digital mediaplayer could also take videos (and even images) like its 5th Taiwanese manufacturer Go-Rock is known for their rangegeneration sibling. of products including cables, power adapters and audio accessories for computers, mobile phones and MP3 players. And the latest product comes in the form of Bluetooth mini- speakers which are coming to Singapore.The picture you see above is taken on Saturday from TaiwaneseApple-related blog, Apple.pro, which is well-known for leakingApples hardware. However, the author could not verify if thisis genuine. It was only a day after Aprils Fool, though it isunlikely this is a joke, seeing how the blog has correctly leaked The Go-Rock SRS 3D surround Bluetooth mini-speakerseach of the previous six generations of the iPod nano past features PumpBass Technology which claims to maximizeyears. the sound bass within limited and constrained space. The speakers may have a small footprint, but feature stereo 3DThe 5th generation iPod nano has received a built-in camera surround audio experience for the audiophiles.from the 4th generation, but the 6th generation which comesin a smaller, squarish form factor has the camera removed. The Go-Rock can connect wirelessly to your iPad, iPhone,Perhaps Apple would bring the camera back to the upcoming tablet PC, notebook PC, mobile phone, PSP or any devices7th generation after much feedback from consumers. that support A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles. On top of that, the speakers also come with two-way power supply, retractable built-In cables, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and a charging USB cable. 11
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 775/ 1156/ 1366 and AMD AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 processors, theSony Alpha 33 DSLR M608 Pro can be found in stores in Europe at a MSRP ofProduction Halted in Japan €48.90.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-alpha-33-dslr-production-halted-in-japan/11794.html News via [Xilence]April 5th, 2011 Sharkoon Unveils AL2 and AL4 PC Chassis Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharkoon-unveils-al2-and-al4-pc- chassis/11792.html April 5th, 2011 German-based Sharkoon Technologies has expanded its line- up of PC chassis with the addition of the AL2 and AL4. SimiliarThe Alpha 33 DSLR camera is Sonys first to feature a in designs, the AL2 (395 x 375 x 180mm) supports all mini-translucent mirror technology though it is not known why the ITX and micro ATX motherboards while the bigger AL4 (480camera was canned in less than a year. x 192 x 430mm) can fit full-sized ATX boards.Xilence Debuts M608 ProcoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xilence-debuts-m608-pro-cooler/11793.htmlApril 5th, 2011Taipei-based Xilence Technology has announced the M608 AL4Pro, adding on to its line-up of CPU coolers for PC. Measuring143 x 136 x 129mm, the cooler boasts four copper heat pipes, German-based Sharkoon Technologies has expanded its line-a copper base, and is equipped with a 120mm PWM fan that up of PC chassis with the addition of the AL2 and AL4. Similiaroperates at 500 RPM to 1,500 RPM. in designs, the AL2 (395 x 375 x 180mm) supports all mini- ITX and micro ATX motherboards while the bigger AL4 (480 x 192 x 430mm) can fit full-sized ATX boards.Taipei-based Xilence Technology has announced the M608Pro, adding on to its line-up of CPU coolers for PC. Measuring143 x 136 x 129mm, the cooler boasts four copper heat pipes, AL4a copper base, and is equipped with a 120mm PWM fan thatoperates at 500 RPM to 1,500 RPM. Compatible with all Intel 12
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Available in silver or titanium colors, they feature external 5.25" drive bays (AL4 - four, AL2 - two), one exposed 3.5" bay, PCIe slots (seven on AL4, four on AL2), pre-installed blue LED fans (front), and and front-side I/O panels with two USB 2.0 ports and audio ports. The AL2 and AL4 can be purchased from major retailers and e-tailers at MSRPs of €44.90 and €49 respectively. News via [Softpedia] I-O Data Readies New External Blu-ray writer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/i-o-data-readies-new-external-blu-ray-AL4 writer/11791.html April 5th, 2011 I-O Data has announced the BRP-U6X, an external Blu-ray writer with support for the BDXL standard. Measuring just 20mm thick and weighing 320g, the slim writer sports a USB 2.0 interface and supports write speeds up to "6x for BD-R (single- and dual-layer), 4x for 34-layer BD-R, 2x for BD-RE, 8x for DVD-R+R and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-R+R DL and DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-R and 16x for CD- RW".AL2 I-O Data has announced the BRP-U6X, an external Blu-ray writer with support for the BDXL standard. Measuring just 20mm thick and weighing 320g, the slim writer sports a USB 2.0 interface and supports write speeds up to "6x for BD-R (single- and dual-layer), 4x for 34-layer BD-R, 2x for BD-RE, 8x for DVD-R+R and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-R+R DL and DVD-RW, 5x for DVD-RAM, 24x for CD-R and 16x for CD-AL2 RW". Covered by a one year warranty, it comes bundled with WinDVD BD and Nero Express Essentials. The BRP-U6X is expected to hit store shelves in Japan in April at a MSRP ofUS $270. News via [Techconnect] Silverstone Announces DC01 NAS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silverstone-announces-dc01- nas/11790.html April 5th, 2011AL2 13
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SilverStone Technology, well-known for its high performancePC cases and thermal solutions, has released the DC01, a The Daily VR-Zone Newscompact aluminum NAS device. Summary - 1 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--1- april-2011/11457.html April 5th, 2011 In todays news roundup: NVIDIA talks about its plans and hopes for both its mobile Tegra platform and its workstation- oriented Project Denver CPU based off the ARM architecture;SilverStone Technology, well-known for its high performance Tier-1 notebook ODMs are reportedly thinking to cutting outPC cases and thermal solutions, has released the DC01, a the ExpressCard expansion slot from all future designs incompact aluminum NAS device. an attempt to conserve space and cut costs; Images of a mirrorless Pentax camera featuring interchangeable lenses and a retro, rangefinder-esque look has started leaking onto the Internet; Nokia has released the entire source code for the latest (and final) version of Symbian in a bid to keep the mobile operating system alive in the developer community; The recently-released Angry Birds Rio game for smartphones get reviewed, and our sister site SGCafe has published its review on the latest game that has taken the world by storm: Crysis 2. Hardware news Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Description: It has been a few years since Sapphire has put out a new motherboard. Here we are though, getting ready for a look at their first Intel motherboard since the days of the Intel Pentium 4! The Sapphire Pure Black X58 supports USB 3.0, SATA 6, and CrossfireX for starters! Is the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard going to be the right board for you? Read on to find out! Kingston HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com Description: The aesthetics may be slightly different from what we expect from Kingston, but the under the hood of the HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 kit the performance is the same. Testing on a Sandy Bridge system showed that this kit has the ability to offer high speed performance with minimal effort thanks to the plug and play nature of XMP profiles. Corsair TX850V2 850 Watt Power Supply Review Description: Fast forward to today and we now have the Corsair TX Version 2. The specific power supply on theMeasuring 123 x 123 x 33mm, the enclosure runs on a bench right now is the Corsair TX850V2. On the surface,dual-core ARM11 processor, has one 2.5" drive bay, Gigabit the TX850V2 differs little from its predecessor. ConnectorEthernet connectivity, one eSATA and two USB 2.0 ports. It availability remains the same and if it wasnt for the stickeralso supports VPN/ Bit-Torrent clients, and doubles-up as an denoting it as a TX850V2 instead of a TX850W, you probablyiTunes/ DLNA/ print-server. The DC01 is covered by a one wouldnt know they were different. Corsair took a good lookyear warranty and can be found in stores at a cost of US at the internals and decided to make some changes there,$149.99. bringing with it improved efficiency and higher quality DC output. Read on as we take an in depth look at the CorsairNews via [Techpowerup] TX850V2. 14
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAsus P8P67 LE Motherboard Review @ ITShootOut.com input peripherals, so that they operate without so much as aDescription: The P8P67 LE is the baby of Asus’ extensive full- squeak.ATX Sandy Bridge motherboard range. The variant we are Your mobile phone is watching you ... closelylooking at today is one of the B3 editions, meaning it doesn’t Description: While most of us know it is theoretically possiblesuffer from the potential SATA issue that plagued the first for our movements to be tracked by detecting which tower ourgeneration of all P67 motherboards. mobile phone is connected too, it might come as a shock to seeLaptop makers to stop using ExpressCard slots? just how much of a digital footprint we leave as we go aboutDescription: There are reports that some Tier-1 laptop our daily livesmanufacturers are considering dropping ExpressCard ports SteelSeries Scope Pro Gaming Glasses Reviewon all laptops - to reduce size and costs. ExpressCards havent Description: The Scope Pro Gaming glasses by SteelSeries andbeen successful and almost all laptops now include Wi-Fi, Gunnar help reduce eye strain and fatigue while at the sameBluetooth and enough USB ports to make these modules quite time they can improve your gaming performance by reducingunnecessary. glare, improving contrast and enhancing detail.NVIDIA Interview: Tegra 2 and Project Denver - March 31, Internet Explorer 9: Better Than Ever @ InsideHW2011 @Hi Tech Legion Description: On 14th March, a new chapter in the never-Description: Paul at HiTech Legion chats with Nick Stam, ending browser war began. In the blue, Microsoft corner,NVIDIA technical marketing director and Bruce Chan, senior the long-awaited Internet Explorer 9 finally made its officialPR manager of Tegra 2 to discuss the past, present and future appearance. After several months of open testing of betaof Tegra. With the announced Tegra roadmap outlining the versions, we got the finished product, promising highcreation of powerful ARM-based, multi-core, ultra low-power performance and a simple interface, ready to ease your workprocessors that are significantly faster than anything the tech and entertainment on the web…industry could have imagined, how much will the lines beblurred between desktop and mobile computers in the future? Google’s Music Search Engine Quietly Vanishes From TheHow far is NVIDIA willing to push the performance envelope Webof sub-1W computing? Description: A tipster pointed out the disappearance of the old Google Music Search landing page to us, which doesn’tProlimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler Review @ Vortez necessarily mean it vanished recently, but I’ve searchedDescription: Prolimatech first came into the market with their everywhere for mentions of Google officially or unofficiallyMegahalem using a very original dual tower that came in a retiring the service and have been unable to find any reportspackage the same size as other traditional tower heatsinks about it. I wonder if simply nobody noticed it was gone, or thatsuch as the Thermalright Ultra Extreme. It proved to be highly my search skills or simply not what they used to be.successful amongst enthusiasts but from our own results itfailed to keep up with Thermalrights offering, its closest Symbian source code released by Nokiacompetitor. Moving on three years from then, Prolimatech Description: Just to confirm with people that they’re finallyhave made tweaks to their design and are ready to take on the done with the aging operating system, Nokia has released thetop coolers once again with their new ultimate Super Mega source code to the latest version of Symbian to the public.iteration, this time facing the Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Originally a job for the Symbian Foundation, Nokia took overSilver Arrow and Venomous X. when the foundation closed its doors late last year. Now the code for the Symbian platform is out in the wild, as wellHIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X TurboX Video Card Review as the SDK and build tools. Now other developers can takeDescription: Today weve got a fancy HD 6870 from HIS; the Symbian and pick up where Nokia left off, and hopefully they’llIceQ X TurboX. Its a bit of a tongue twister, but were fairly be creating something new in the process – maybe a heavilysure were going to love it as it carries that IceQ tag along with modified, homebrew version of Symbian that would makethe Turbo tag, our two favorite from HIS. Before we look closer even Android and iOS users want to use? (Although highlyat the actual card, though, lets check out the package that HIS unlikely) What we do know is that Nokia is finally sayinghas got gone on. Then well see the IceQ cooler theyre using goodbye to Symbian as it prepares itself for the arrival ofbefore looking at the specifications. Well then finally get into Windows Phone on their hardware. Bad news for the Symbianthe performance thats on offer. devices coming out later this year though – when people findConsumer Electronics and Software news out there’s no more love for the operating system from the parent company, will they even be bothered to give those newNexus takes the click out of the computer mouse Symbian phones a shot?Description: The clicking sound we hear when we press amouse button is part of the devices switching mechanism, Pentax NC mirrorless camera spotted with vintage designthat has also become a kind of audible comfort cushion for Description: Corroborating earlier rumors surrounding acomputer users. However, Dutch component manufacturer mirrorless Pentax camera, several press photos have finallyNexus believes that in these days of notebook trackpads surfaced. The images are tied to the model NC-1, which is saidand tablet touchscreens, we no longer need the audible to represent one of the smallest mirrorless cameras to arriveconfirmation that a requested action has been performed – we on the market, while the company is also alleged to be workingcan see it onscreen. The company has now discovered some on a second mirrorless system with a larger build.silent switching technology and installed into a couple of its Gaming news 15
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAngry Birds Rio for Android @ TestFreaksDescription: The birds are back! This time our fine featheredfriends are traveling to Rio to rescue their fellow birds who arebeing held captive by smugglers. Today the Amazon Appstorefor Android was unveiled and with it the release of the newestversion of everyone’s favorite way to pass the time called AngryBirds Rio. I figured I would take a quick look at it for you, it’scertainly worth getting I think.Nintendo 3DS vs Smartphone Gaming: Which Wins?Description: Nintendo has released the 3DS, the nextgeneration of its mobile gaming console and successor tothe immensely popular DS, at an interesting time for mobilegaming, adding 3-D capability, better graphics and a 3-Dcamera to the proven dual-screen format of the Nintendo DS. In addition to those changes, Gigabyte has also added aCrysis 2 Review for PC Marvell 88SE9172 SATA 6Gbps RAID controller which wereDescription: Crysis. The game that made mainstream rigs not familiar with and that doesnt appear on Marvells website.come to a cripple back in 2007. Its lush graphics and physics On top of that we gave a pair of Etron EJ168 USB 3.0 hostthat boast “realism” remains as a visual and performance controllers which means you get two rear ports as well asbenchmark for today’s games and hardware. We find out if two front ports via an internal USB 3.0 header. Finally a VIACrysis 2 is worth the bang for the buck for the hardcore gamer FireWire controller has been added, a feature missing on thein you. P67A-UD3Gigabyte quietly launches theP67X series of motherboardsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-quietly-launches-the-p67x-series-of-motherboards/11789.htmlApril 5th, 2011 The PWM heatsink appears to have shrunk a little bit though and gone is the blue streak of colour found on the P67A-UD3. Finally the colour of most of the rear ports has changed from black to red for some reason and we cant really figure out why. Still, it might make them easier to see under a dark desk, but its the only thing we can think of that would make any sense.Although Gigabyte showed off one of its P67X motherboards As for the P67X-UD3R were looking at Gigabytes new blackat CeBIT in the beginning of March, that board has as yet to PCB and all of the changes done to the P67X-UD3 are carriedturn up, but the company has quietly added a couple of other over here too. In fact, the only difference we can see betweenboards from its P67X series to its website. The two models are the two boards is a different PWM design for the P67X-UD3Rthe P67X-UD3 and P76X-UD3R, both of course using the B3 going up from six to 10 phases and its apparently using Driverstepping chipset. MOSFETs, something the P67-UD3 appears to be lacking. Again were missing the blue colour highlights on the heatsinks of the P67A-UD3R and it also appears like Gigabyte went withAlthough Gigabyte showed off one of its P67X motherboards a pair of smaller PWM heatsinks on the P67X-UD3R.at CeBIT in the beginning of March, that board has as yet toturn up, but the company has quietly added a couple of otherboards from its P67X series to its website. The two models arethe P67X-UD3 and P76X-UD3R, both of course using the B3stepping chipset.So what makes these boards different from the P67A series?Well, from what we can tell there are some small but importantchanges as well as one rather odd one. Comparing the P67X-UD3 to the P67A-UD3 the most visual change is a much largerheatsink on the chipset and also a relocation of the chipsetposition on the motherboard away from the PCI Express x16slots. This has also lead to the SATA ports being moved to thefront of the PCB and theyre now angled at 90 degrees. We cant really see anyone not picking a P67X over a P67A board; unless the P67X are a lot more expensive, but we have a feeling it wont be the case despite the extra features. What 16
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewe dont understand is why Gigabyte is offering two very is that MSI has gone for a different rear port layout that thesimilar SKUs that will compete directly with each other. Were Sapphire card of which pictures appeared earlier this week.still waiting for the P67X-UD4 which showed up at CeBIT,but were sure itll arrive soon enough and it might even getaccompanied by more X series boards from Gigabyte.Is Google making an app thatwould identify peoples faces?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/is-google-making-an-app-that-would-identify-people-s-faces-/11787.htmlApril 5th, 2011 We presume MSI will offer a couple of different versions and the pictures we have are of the most basic model whichTodays news story comes from CNN, which released a story we believe will be called the R6790-2PM2D1GD5 going byclaiming that Google is developing an application able to MSIs standard naming scheme. Wed also expect to see an OCidentify peoples faces. It is only natural that Google... version at some stage and maybe even a Cyclone or Twin Frozr...has the technical capability to perform such a feat but most II version. MSI has gone for a high-end rear I/O layout withpeople remain sceptical and rightfully fear for their privacy. a pair of DVI ports, a pair of mini DisplayPorts and an HDMI port. The cooler features three heatpipes and is of the sameCNN reports that "Google is working on a mobile application design as MSI uses on a couple of its Radeon HD 6850 cards.that would allow users to snap pictures of peoples faces inorder to access their personal information, a director for theproject said this week." and of course Google claims that "Werecognize that Google has to be extra careful when it comes tothese [privacy] issues. Face recognition we will bring out oncewe have acceptable privacy models in place."We fear to think what kind of new "trend" Googles "FacesApp" might become; people taking pictures of your face at anyrandom encounter and then "Googling" for your personal data(which include your e-mail and phone number) could prove to Youll of course get a copy of MSIs afterburner overclockingbe dangerous, especially for younger people and females. software bundled with the card, but what we cant quite make out from the rendered box shot is what the free bundle is, but it appears to be some kind of adapter or something, possibly a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter. The card is "limited"Exclusive pictures of MSIs to driving four displays at once, but this is unlikely to be an issue for anyone considering this card.Radeon HD 6790Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-pictures-of-msi-s-radeon-hd-6790/11786.htmlApril 5th, 2011 Details of AMDs upcoming Radeon HD 6790 cards havebeen leaking all week and now VR-Zone can offer you the firstpictures of MSIs upcoming card based on the new GPU. Wedont have too many details on hand, but what we do know As for the specifications, well, were expect this to be a stockis that MSI has gone for a different rear port layout that the card so expect the GPU to be clocked at 840MHz, the memorySapphire card of which pictures appeared earlier this week. at 4.2GHz effectively, 800 shaders, 40 texture units, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit memory interface. AMD is said to be launching the Radeon HD 6790 series on the 5th of April for a price ofDetails of AMDs upcoming Radeon HD 6790 cards have been between S$220-260. For more detailed specifications, headleaking all week and now VR-Zone can offer you the firstpictures of MSIs upcoming card based on the new GPU. Wedont have too many details on hand, but what we do know 17
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneover to Nordic Hardware for a full breakdown as well as Sony Ericsson Xperia Arcpictures of Sapphires card. CPU Qualcomm MSM 8255 1 GHz ScorpionSony Ericsson Xperia Memory Internal phone: 320MB Screen 4.2-inches (FWVGA)Arc Review: Super slim Graphics 854 x 480smartphone with great Display Resolution 8.1-MP camera w/ auto focus, LED flashmultimedia experience Connectivity 3.5mm audio, microUSB,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-xperia-arc-review-super- 802.11b/g/nslim-smartphone-with-great-multimedia-experience/11775.html Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, aGPS.April 5th, 2011 HDMI Expansion Slot microSD up to 32GB Battery life 1500mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion Talk time Up to 400 hour standby time;It was only last week when we attended the Sony Ericsson Up to 420 min talk timemedia event whereby the company showcased the Xperia Arc, Platform Android 2.3 GingerbreadXperia Neo and Xperia Play Android smartphones. And today, Dimensions 125 x 63 x 8.7mmthe Xperia Arc is officially retailing in stores. So how good Weight 117gis the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? Read on. Latest OS X Lion developer preview features new About This Mac windows Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/latest-os-x-lion-developer-preview- features-new-about-this-mac-windows/11783.html April 5th, 2011 With OS X Lion well on schedule for its eventual release, itSony Ericsson is perhaps one of the few phone manufacturers will be of little surprise that the occasional screenshot leakwho is offering their products on a single platform (Google of Apples upcoming operating system will eventually startAndroid), seeing the company has chosen to drop Symbian making its rounds around the depths on cyverspace. Indeed,OS late last year. In 2010, the company introduced their the latest leaks seem to indicate that certain features in Lionflagship Xperia X10 smartphone which was widely received in will now be presented in what we would possibly call a newcountries including Japan, though one complaint was that the look.phone was preinstalled with a not-so-new Android 1.6 whenother smartphones that were launched were getting Android2.1. (In case you didnt know, a lot of apps including AngryBirds can only run on Android 2.1 and above). Although theAndroid 2.1 update came later, it looks like the company wasplaying catch-up than being one of the leaders to offer theproducts with the latest Android OS. When it comes to creating user interface, it is probably aBut this year, the manufacturer has caught up with the pack safe bet to say that no one makes them like Apple does, andas it is one of the first companies to offer their new range of for good reason. After all, it is hard to for most people toXperia phones with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile fathom how hiding features and options is supposed to resultoperating system. For this review, Sony Ericsson sent us the in a more user-friendly interface that empowers the user intoXperia Arc which claims to be the ultimate smartphone with making well-informed decisions when navigating around theirsuper-slim design and uses Sonys state-of-the-art technology. computers, and yet Apple has somehow managed to pull it off.Before we go on, heres a look at the specifications of the Xperia Of course, this trend is all set to carry on in Apples nextArc. iteration of the OS X operating system, and early developer builds, along with mockup screenshots seems to reinforce 18
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat fact. And with the latest developer build now reportedly April 5th, 2011being made available, it seems that Apples obsession forflashy, graphics-heavy user interfaces is even being extendedto windows as mundane as the About This Mac informationwindow. Gone are the days of staring at a tiny window thatinforms users about their Macs processor, OS version and Today is clearly a bad time for any companies to release anyserial numbers: that information has been given a makeover. legit press releases or information as they could easily be taken as April Fools Day jokes, pranks or hoaxes. Anyway, here are some of the tech pranks we roundup for some good laughs we hope. *Constantly updated* Probably this April Fools Day prank from Razer will take the top spot for now. Razer released a high precision biomechatrioc exoskeleton called the "Talon" that boost your actions-per-minute (APM) from a 100 for a typical gamer to 3000! According to Razer, this thing will learn your primary mouse and keyboard actions and will take over and begin to execute your actions at a lighting fast pace. No wallhacks or any cheating software is needed anymore. Thats what i call the ultimate unfair advantage over your opponents especially in FPS and RPG games. Last but not least, it comes with complimentary Razer Snake Oil that lubricates intense friction coming out of those insane speed. It doubles up as sunscreenGranted, the new About This Mac window definitely looks and pheromone enhancer too. Check out more here.way more prettier than the way its information was presentedto users in pre-Lion versions of OS X, but we could nothelp but feel that this change is only going to appeal to theaverage Joe and not your typical tech enthusiast or IT supportpersonnel, both of whom are more inclined towards seeingthat information presented in simple text entries.Furthermore, considering that the information listed onthe windows shown above are anything but end-usercomprehensible (most people wont even know that DDR3memory sticks come in different speeds, nor do they needto), it seems that these changes are only there to let OSX users enjoy the fact that their system specifications arepresented in nicer looking windows than their Windows-usingcounterparts.Source and images: Ars TechnicaApril Fools Day Tech PranksRoundupSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/april-fools-day-tech-pranks-roundup/11785.html 19
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone teamed up closely with SandForce and has run G.Skill Phoenix EVO through a wide range of rigorous tests with the latest firmware. All Phoenix EVO drives only use strictly selected original flash chips from key suppliers to guarantee the top reliability and stability.G.Skill Unveils Phoenix EVO115GB SSDSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-unveils-phoenix-evo-115gb-ssd/11784.htmlApril 5th, 2011 Although 2xnm based Phoenix EVO requires more over- provisioning space and less performance comparing with G.Skill current 3xnm based Phoenix Pro drive, it certainly is a great choice for cost effectiveness and delivers a positive G.Skill today announces its new Phoenix EVO SSD using impact on affordability for the customer. On the other hand,SandForce SF-1222 controller and 2xnm NAND flash chips. all G.Skill Phoenix Pro drives still use only 3xnm flash ICs toThe Phoenix EVO drive contains 115GB with rated speed of guarantee the consistency of rated performance and capacity.read/write 280/270 MB/sec, and will be available via G.Skillauthorized distribution partners in early April. “The performance benchmark of G.Skill Phoenix EVO is listed on G.Skill official website. With the information transparency, consumers can easily choose the right product according to their desire and budget” said Wales Tsai, the G.Skill SSD product manager. G.Skill Phoenix EVO SSD comes with 3 years warranty and the G.Skill technical team is always ready to provide consumers with complete technical support via online forums, telephone and email. AFOX leaks news of unreleased NVIDIA GT530Taipei, Taiwan 1st April 2011 - G.Skill International Co. graphics cardLtd., manufacturer of extreme performance memory and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/afox-leaks-news-of-unreleased-nvidia-solid-state storage with solid quality, today announces its gt530-graphics-card/11782.htmlnew Phoenix EVO SSD, utilizing the performance leading April 5th, 2011controller SandForce SF-1222 and high quality 2xnm NANDflash chips. The Phoenix EVO drive contains 115GB with ratedspeed of read/write 280/270 MB/sec, and will be available viaG.Skill authorized distribution partners in early April.Keeping pace with the flash manufacturers’ transition from If this was an early April Fools joke, chances are that NVIDIA3xnm to 2xnm, G.Skill has utilized 2xnm flash chips for is not going to be very amused about it. And if it were theits award winning SSD, Phoenix family. To ensure the best real deal, we can see even more reason for NVIDIA to initiateperformance and reliability during the transition, G.Skill has panic mode and attempting to cover up the news soon. 20
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApparently, a Hong Kong manufacturer of enthusiast-gradehardware known as AFOX has leaked in spectacular fashioninformation about an unheard-of GT530 graphics card. Truthor hoax? You decide.Poor NVIDIA just cannt seem to break away from its recentstring of bad luck lately. Barely a few days after news brokeabout the companys recently launched GTX590 graphics cardcatching fire and going up in a puff of smoke when usingpress drivers, up comes another issue for the GPU processormanufacturers PR team to deal with. To further rub salt to NVIDIAs wounds, AFOX has alsoApparently, a Hong Kong-based AIC known as AFOX released a detailed list of the GT530s specifications, as shownwhich specializes in enthusiast-grade hardware such as below:motherboards and graphics cards has gained a large amountof global attention over details of a certain NVIDIA GT530graphics card posted on its website. Now, this would not havebeen a problem until one takes into consideration the fact thatthe GT530 is an unheard-of GPU...until now, that is. Needless to say, news of this supposed leak on AFOXs part has gotten the enthusiast community all excited about a potential entry-level GPU from NVIDIA. However, as NVIDIA has not released any official statements confirming or rejecting the existence of such a card, along with the fact that hackers have yet to find any reference to such a card in NVIDIAs driver strings, wed advise readers to take this information with a pinch of salt until more information is forthcoming. Microsoft Windows 8 to come with backup feature similar to OS Xs Time Machine? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-windows-8-to-come-with- backup-feature-similar-to-os-x-s-time-machine-/11781.html April 5th, 2011 When it comes to restoring ones PC to an earlier state, there are usually two main methods of going about it, with each method being specific to the kind of operating system 21
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebeing used on the machine. However, leave it to Microsoft Last but definitely not least, leaked screenshots of the testto improve on its restoration solutions for the upcoming builds of Windows 8 have already surfaced online, courtesy ofWindows 8: rumour has it that the Redmond giant is planning Russian website Winreview.ru:to take system restoration to a more user friendly level...bymaking it similar to Apples Time Machine.Once in a while, we get so carried away with our PCs thatwe accidently do something to it that necessitates a completesystem restoration, either to an earlier restore point or to acompletely clean factory image. And for the most part, thereare usually two known methods for doing so, each specific tothe users operating system. Windows users will undoubtedlybe aware of the OSs built-in System Restore feature, while OSX users will swear by Time Machine.While most people will be quite hard pressed to deny thatWindows System Restore function is usually capable offufilling its intended tasks, the same cannot be said aboutits usability. After all, System Restore does not have its owndedicated user interface to make backups and restorationeasier; as such, non tech-savvy users are more inclined toignore the feature altogether rather than spend time learninghow to master it. And it is this situation which Microsoft isseemingly aiming to nip with the new Windows 8, for therumour mill has churned out news that the upcoming versionof Windows will sport a backup and restoration feature similarto that of OS Xs Time Machine.Of course, with the information about the new Time Machine-esque feature being nothing more than a rumour right now,there are virtually no details about what this feature will benamed in the final build of Windows 8. However, ITmedia isspeculating that the new feature will allow for the automaticbackup of a users content on a regular basis, as such, this willallow for the restoration of both the system state and the userspersonal content, of which the latter is not available in thetypical System Restore feature.In other news, Microsoft has reportedly started offering testversions of Windows 8 to developers, but adventurous userswould do well to avoid downloading these builds due to thefact that these copies can only be activated with a single-usecode. In theory, this measure will prevent such test builds fromleaking onto BitTorrent, as most downloaders will be unableto activate the operating system. 22
    • April 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone in its report that it has contacted PopCap Games, withChinese company rips off the latter claiming that it has never granted ShunXiangPopCaps Plants vs Zombies Technology any permission to use the games title, characters or artwork.gameSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-company-rips-off-popcap-s-plants-vs-zombies-game/11780.htmlApril 5th, 2011Is there anything that the Chinese cannot clone? Well,apparently not, especially when you are talking about acountry which has been known to rip off just about anythingthey can get their hands on. And in the latest instance ofblatant disregard for copyrights, a Chinese company hasseemingly raised the bar by performing a near-complete rip offof PopCaps popular Plants vs Zombies game.Plants vs Zombies. Most of us would have played that gameat least once during the past few years since it was launched,right? After all, simple as it may be, the game always seems tohave some weird appeal that keep s drawing people back to itevery once a while, especially when said gamers feel the needto take down some zombies without having to deal with theblood and gore found in most zombie-themed games.Unfortunately, it seems that PopCap Games is also startingto realize that the popularity of its titles also means that thegames it publishes are prime targets for theft and clones, andwhat a particular company in China did recently probablyhas to take the cake where theft of copyrighted materials areconcerned. Apparently, this company, known as ShunXiangTechnology, has released an arcade version of Plants vsZombies, which, at first glance, appears to be nothing morethan a complete rip off of the original PopCap title.Just like the original title, this version of Plants vs Zombiesplays exactly like PopCap Games version, although it comeswith a few minor differences. While the original title was asingle-player game, the arcade version allows for up to fourplayers taking part in some friendly zombie carnage, and thecharacter artwork appears to slightly different.However, these minor differences are not going to change thefact that ShunXiang Technologys version is an unauthorizedderivative of the original. Indeed, Game163.com has claimed 23
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! Series coolers and I really like the new mounting system for VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the pump/coldplate covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Description: Toshiba is replacing its current 32nm process flash chips with 24nm SmartNAND: flash with on-chip errorThe Daily VR-Zone News correction. The new chips will have faster controllers and deliver faster read and write speeds, although no numbersSummary - 7 April 2011 have been supplied.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--7- Description: Even though it is well known thatapril-2011/11455.html Advanced Micro Devices has strong intentions to startApril 7th, 2011 commercial shipments of its FX-series code-named "Zambezi" microprocessors based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, the intrigue remains when exactly the company formally introduces new chips and reveal its levels of performance. Consumer Electronics and Software newsIn todays news roundup: • GIGABYTE G1.Assassin (Intel X58 Description: The Xoom Android tablet and Atrix smartphoneExpress) gaming motherboard review; • Toshiba introduces are being called out as poor performers, despite heavysmall but SmartNAND chips; • Google to finance $100 million marketing campaigns launched by Verizon Wireless andworth of original programs for YouTube ; • Sophisticated cyber AT&T, respectively.thieves behind Epsilon attack; • Sony PlayStation Portableholiday release may be dDelayed by Japan disaster, and • Description: Google plans to create 20 special channels on itsSEGA today unveiled a teaser trailer for a new Sonic game. YouTube site, and will spend $100 million to create original programming to populate them.Hardware news Description: Moodys cut its credit rating on Nokia, citing theDescription: This board is the G1.Assassin; part of the G1 Killer Finnish mobile phone companys weakening market positionline-up. When you pick this board up you get an X58 chipset, and uncertainty over its transition to Microsofts Windowsa Creative labs X-Fi audio card and a Killer NIC built onto the Phone software.board. You all get this for US$529.99 on NewEgg.com whichcomes in a little less than buying the parts separately. Description: An online marketing firm hit by what may be one of the biggest data thefts ever was the victim of "highlyDescription: The Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 sits in that sophisticated cyber thieves," according to its parent company.entry gamer market. The Radeon 6790 looks to edge out Alliance Data Systems Corp. also reiterated that only thethe competition with increased performance. It features a names and email addresses of customers were stolen in840MHz core clock, 1050MHz memory clock, 800 Stream the attack on its subsidiary, Epsilon, and not credit cardprocessors, and 40 texture units. Onboard there is 1GB of information or social security numbers.DDR5 memory with a 256-bit interface. Description: Chrome already has a "Safe Browsing" mode,Description: With the Rampage III Black Edition, ASUS has a which Google said "has done a lot of good for the Web," butnew flagship in its portfolio. This board embodies the further there is still plenty of harmful content floating around on thedevelopment of the already very successfull Rampage III Internet.Extreme. The new kid on the block will try to win gamers andoverclockers hearts with a very extensive delivery and lots of Description: In this review I’ll be taking a look at a reallyfeatures. unusual set of Gaming headgear called the ISURUS in-ear gaming headset. Thermaltake have taken the headset era toDescription: The Hydro Series from Corsair has been king of another level by giving the end user the option of using ahill for pre-built sealed kits since it came out. It seems that sleeker in-ear headset that won’t over time give you thatwith Antec teamed up with Asetek now in the cooler market uncomfortable ache you can have using a bulky traditionalthe hill now belongs to them. With that being said, the H60 designed headsetis a good cooler. It is well built, quieter than previous Hydro Gaming news 1
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Atari Greatest Hits includes Pong for free, and major resellers and e-tailers at MSRPs of US$71 (16Gb), USincludes 99 games from the Atari 2600 and arcade system $140 (32Gb), and US$235 (64Gb) in Japan.for purchase. By Jared Newman, Technologizer You may nowcount Atari among the classic video game systems to find a News via [Softpedia]home in the iOS App Store.Description: The new PlayStation Portable, dubbed “NGP,”may be introduced in a single region this year instead of Nexus Debuts SM-8000 Silentstarting sales in Asia, Europe and the U.S. in time for Mousethe end-of-year holiday shopping season, said Jack Tretton, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nexus-debuts-sm-8000-silent-president of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, citing mouse/11827.htmlproduction problems related to the March 11 disaster. April 7th, 2011Description: So youve got an iPad or your shiny new iPad 2and come to the dawning realisation that youve no cash left tobuy any games for it.Description: SEGA today unveiled a teaser trailer for a newSonic game slated for release later this year for PlayStation 3and Xbox 360. The video, which originated on SEGAs official Nexus Technology has unveiled the SM-8000 Silent mouse,Sonic Facebook page this morning, doesnt reveal much about featuring a patented design that eliminates all clicking noisesthe gameplay, only that it may feature both the old and new when you press the buttons. Measuring 117 x 76 x 42mm, itgeneration of Sonic characters. has five buttons, an optical sensor, an auto power save mode, and connects to the PC via a 2.4 GHz wireless Nano receiver.Green House Announces The SM-8000 operates on two AAA batteries and is expected to start shipping soon.PicoDrive F3 USB 3.0 Flash NEXUS PRESS RELEASEDriveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/green-house-announces-picodrive-f3-usb-3.0-flash-drive/11828.htmlApril 7th, 2011Tokyo-based Green House has unveiled the PicoDrive F3 flashdrive series. Measuring 73.2 x 19.75 x 9mm and weighing Nexus Technology introduces the SM-8000 Silent mouse. No13.5g, they sport a USB 3.0 interface and deliver data transfer more clicking noise. After several requests to introduce arates up to 120 Mb/s (read) and 80 Mb/s (write). bigger brother for the SM-7000 we now introduce you the SM-8000, a big 5 button silent mouse. The Nexus Silent Mouse SM-8000 is an advanced 2.4G wireless optical mouse, which connects to your PC, Mac or laptop with a super small nano receiver and has a total of 5 silent buttons. Beside the regular 3 buttons this mouse have two extra buttons on the side which makes it easy browsing forward and backward.Tokyo-based Green House has unveiled the PicoDrive F3 flashdrive series. Measuring 73.2 x 19.75 x 9mm and weighing13.5g, they sport a USB 3.0 interface and deliver data transferrates up to 120 Mb/s (read) and 80 Mb/s (write). Availablein 64Gb, 32Gb and 16Gb capacities, they are available from 2
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePatented Switch Technology all models meet both the European Energy Using ProductsThe switches we have used for the Silent Mouse have a Directive (EuP) and The American Energy Star 5.0 standard.patented construction and lack the clicking sound when you The units run quietly and emit extremely low levels ofpress them. interference.You will be amazed how much more relaxing it is when you getrid of this useless sound in your working environment.Specifications • Advanced 2.4Ghz wireless technology • Nano receiver (included) • 39 channels • 16 bits mouse • 5 buttons • Auto Power save mode • Red sensor light • 2x AAA batteries (included) • 11.7x7.6x4.2 cmFor more information please check this page. An interesting aesthetic touch on what is often a bland system component is the patented design pattern on the laminated steel shell. The innovative surface coating process yields anA-Data Launches BN Series attractive textured appearance.PSUsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-data-launches-bn-series- Features:psus/11826.htmlApril 7th, 2011 •Wattage: 400/450/500/550W •Active PFC •ATX12V Ver.2.3A-DATA Technology, well-known for their DRAM modules •Meets EuP and Energy Star 5.0and flash memory products, has introduced the BN SeriesPSUs. Available in 400W, 450W, 500W and 550W capacities, •80 PLUS (Bronze)these 80Plus Bronze PSUs feature a laminated steel enclosure,active PFC, two 12V rails, a MTBF of 100,000 hours, and •Low Ripple & Noiseare cooled by a 120mm fan. The ADATA BN Series PSUs,compliant with ATX12V Ver.2.3, EuP and Energy Star 5.0, are •PCI-E Connectorsavailable through selected distributors. •Textured laminated surfaceADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash applicationproducts, today announced the launch of its latest series Availabilityof power supply for personal computers. The BN Series istargeted towards consumer and professional users who arelooking for economical solutions in energy efficient power. ADATA BN Series power supply units are now distributed through selected distributors and resellers. More information about ADATA BN Series power supply unit can be found onWith 80 Plus Bronze certification, the BN series offer up to the companys website.85% efficiency, while the 95% Active Power Factor Correction(PFC) minimizes power loss. The series comes in four wattagemodels to meet a wide range of individual user needs, and 3
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneZowie Gear Introduces G-TFSpeed MousepadSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zowie-gear-introduces-g-tf-speed-mousepad/11825.htmlApril 7th, 2011Zowie Gear has refreshed its G-TF mousepad (released 2009)with the announcement of the G-TF Speed. Measuring 440 x First things first. The G-TF speed will not replace the G-TF. We320 x 2mm, the gaming pad boasts a newly designed rubber have been receiving a lot of requests to develop a surface whichbase for more stablity, a liquid-resistant surface for smooth was faster than the G-TF and took up the challenge. Due togliding and easy maintenance, and triple-stitched rolled edges the popularity of the G-TF, we decided to use the same uniquefor durability and comfort. The G-TF Speed is compatible with waterproof texture in the G-TF speed and improve on specificall mice and is expected to start shipping in June 2012. details.ZOWIE GEAR PRESS RELEASEOn August 17th 2009 we announced the innovative G-TFmousepad which we had developed in cooperation withAbdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed. As a groundbreaking additionto the mousepad market, the G-TF provided competitivegamers around the world with the edge they needed to stay ontop of their game.The G-TF combined flexibility, comfort and size of theclothpads with the unique texture of plasticpads, resulting ina unique mousepad with a large and comfortable mousing-area as well as low friction allowing for swift and precisemovements. To increase the overall durability and qualityof the mousepad, the G-TF was created using 100% naturalrubber and the edges were stitched to prevent them fromfraying – all of these features were unique and specifically Not only is the G-TF speed faster than the G-TF, it also havedeveloped for the G-TF. a newly developed unique base, which allows for a firm flat suction to the table and makes the mousepad thinner, making it ideal for gamers who has been using plasticpads and are nowAmazed by the outstanding performance of the G-TF, this looking for something a bit more flexible. The G-TF speed isclothpad was soon to become the preferred mousepad of many for those gamers who want it all – comfort, flexibility and swiftcompetitive and casual gamers around the world. Today the performance.G-TF is a sure sight at all of the competitive LAN’s andtournaments worldwide.With that being said, we are happy to introduce the G-TFspeed, yet another innovative addition to the ZOWIE GEARproduct portfolio. 4
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneStaying true to our motto, we are always striving for perfection,even if it’s a matter of improvement of just 1%. We believe this1% is what makes the difference in competitive gaming.The G-TF speed will be available medio 2011.Features * The speed edition of the popular G-TF – faster than ever * Newly designed rubber base for increased stability * Liquid resistant surface allows for easy maintenance It is a well known fact that the words Singapore and fast, * Triple-stitched edges preventing fray and increases the seamless and hassle-free are seldom (if ever) used togetherlifetime of the pad in the breath or sentence when the state of the countrys broadband network is brought up for discussion, and for * Rolled edges for added comfort while playing good reason. With most existing home and mobile broadband providers boasting robust networks that never fail to operate at * 100% compatible with all types of mice a fraction of their advertised speeds, it should be little surprise that locals often take pride in competing to see which ISP offers * Perfectly oversized for gamers & designers: 440 x 320 x the lowest average network speeds.2mm/ 17.3 x 12.6 x 0.08" Thankfully, this dismal state of affairs is about to change now that the Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN)is upon us, and most of us are in the midst of gettingSign up at our Facebook page, for a chance to win this awesome their fibre termination point installed as we type this story out.pad once it is released: www.facebook.com/ZOWIEGEAR Of course, in an ideal world, things such as ISP or hardware bottlenecks would not exist, except that the real world isCisco launches Linksys E4200 seldom as forgiving. And while ISP bottlenecks are definitely going to stay, users have the capability to prevent hardwareMaximum Performance Dual- bottlenecks from taking place, and this is precisely what Cisco is aiming to eliminate with its new Linksys E4200 Wireless-NBand Wireless-N router router, which was officially launched today.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cisco-launches-linksys-e4200-maximum-performance-dual-band-wireless-n-router/11824.html In his opening address, Craig Gledhill, vice president of CiscoApril 7th, 2011 Consumer Products for Asia Pacific and Japan, described how the new E4200 router will enhance a users online experience when used in conjunction with the upcoming NGNBN infrastructure.Now that more residential areas are getting the upgradesneeded to access to the Next Generation NationwideBroadband Network (aka NGNBN), it should come as nosurprise that getting an aftermarket router to share the ultrahigh-speed connection is going to be a top priority. And if youare willing to spare no expense in ensuring that your routerdoes not end up being the bottleneck to this new network,Cisco is only all too keen to sell you its new E4200 Wireless-Nrouter, which it officially launched in a media event held in theInfocomm Experience Centre located at Esplanade Xchange.VR-Zone brings you the coverage. "Cisco is a big supporter of the NGNBN, and we think that this is a great initiative by the government. Cisco has been involved in this project, and as technology vendors, we want to bring new technology to take advantage of the NGNBN. The product we are launching today, the E4200, is a top-of-the- range router that has been getting great reviews, and it is the kind of device youd want to put next to your LED TV," he said. 5
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccompanying him was Cisco Systems head of consumerproducts for Asia Pacific and Japan, Jaimohan Thampi, whoproceeded to describe some of the new features and usabilityupgrades consumers can take advantage of in the new LinksysE4200 Wireless-N router.Darwin can keep his evolutionary theory; we are moreinterested in Ciscos router design evolution specimens"The need for bandwidth and capabilities is only going to growin homes. With Singapore being one of the frontrunners intechnology...network speeds have skyrocketed. And people aregoing out to buy cheap, affordable routers that are just notable to keep up with the expectations of the network. In suchcases, the router has become the throttling point. We want Cisco Connect; Easy as 1, 2, 3 indeed. Three windows andto market a product that is capable of delivering tomorrows youre done; notice that the E4200 sports the ability to set upexperience...without the complexity of trying to get it to work," a guest network with the click of a button.he said, while adding that these are issues which the newLinksys E4200 router is fully capable of solving."The E4200 router is our maximum-performance, dual-band Fujifilm unveils new FinePixrouter today. The Linksys E4200 is designed for speed and iscapable of transfer speeds of up to 450Mbps under the 5.0GHz Z900EXR compact digitalband. It is also Home Theatre-ready, which means that it is cameracapable of delivering high-definition, 3D content, and back Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujifilm-unveils-new-finepix-z900exr-up digital files. Cisco connect (also removes) the complexity compact-digital-camera/11822.htmlelement; setting up a connection is now as easy as one two April 7th, 2011three," he claimed. Fujifilm has unveiled their new FinePix Z900EXR compact digital camera designed with new image sensor that is capable of shooting full high definition videos and automatically detect up to 27 different scenes. 6
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Z900EXR is the latest addition to Fujifilms portfolio of suddenly ceases to operate, and it will take a long time for anFinepix compact digital cameras that features a multi-touch alternative solution to fill the void it will leave behind.display, new image sensor and the capability to capture videos However, it also appears that Google is not content aboutin full high definition (HD). The 16-megapixel camera also YouTube just being a gigantic repository of videos for usersoffers high dynamic range and improved battery life and can to view online. Apparently, the search giant has always beenperform full resolution continuous shooting of three frames harbouring plans of making YouTube much more ubiquitousper second. in the average users lifestyle, we have seen how Google TV wasThe Finepix Z900EXR is equipped with a 5x wide-angle, probably the first example of the search giants long term goals28-140mm (35mm equivalent) Fujinon zoom lens and can for YouTube. But even that is not enough, and various sourcesautomatically detect up to 27 different scenes including familiar with Googles dealings are claiming that the companysunsets and blue sky. At the rear is the 3.5-inch touchscreen is setting up YouTube to go head to head against the likes ofLCD display with multi-touch capabilities. The camera can TV network operators in order to keep people hanging aroundalso record full 1080p high definition videos at 30 frames per the video portal for longer amounts of time.second in H.264 file format. Available in black, red, white, pink According to a report made by the Wall Street Journal, theand blue options, the Finepix Z900EXR will retail from May online video streaming service is now focusing on acquiringat US$279.95. new content in the way most TV broadcast and cable networks will; by offering to sponsor or fund the production of contentGoogle planning to introduce specially designed for online viewing. The search giant has also reportedly set aside a staggering US$100million just for thischannel system to YouTube? purpose. It is speculated that such an approach has greaterSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-planning-to-introduce-channel- potential in successfully winning over producers to producesystem-to-youtube-/11821.html Youtube-exclusive content, as opposed to striking licensingApril 7th, 2011 deals with video and content distributors. In addition, Google is also reportedly planning to revamp YouTubes home page by introducing a Channels system which will supposedly allow users to sort between videos of various genres for easier classification and searching purposes.Sure, YouTube may have the worlds most comprehensive,up-to-date repository of movies, home-made video clips and Last but not least, the Wall Street Journal also claims thatother kinds of media files, but it appears that Google is still Google is planning to integrate social networking features intotrying to find a way to position YouTube as a source of media YouTube, and that such features are likely to be introducedthat will eventually be as ubiquitous as existing television together with the new Channels system so that viewersnetworks. And according to bits of information claimed by will have a comprehensive package of new features in thevarious insider sources, it seems that Googles approach might revamped YouTube portal.be to revamp the portal into the web equivalent of a TV For more information about Googles plans for YouTube, hitnetwork. up the source link below. Acer refreshes Timeline X product line with new models featuring Intels Sandy Bridge Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-refreshes-timeline-x-product-line- with-new-models-featuring-intel-s-sandy-bridge/11820.html April 7th, 2011It does not take much to convince most web-savvy users thatYouTube is probably one of, of not the most popular source Until very recently, Acer was the only major notebook OEMof online videos in the world today. After all, most web users which had yet to update its entire product line with models thatwill be hard pressed to find a similar alternative video hosting featured Intels new Sandy Bridge platform. However, if youservice that offers the same kind of depth, reach and variety have been waiting all this while for a low-priced notebook thatas what Googles YouTube is currently capable of. In fact, it packs the latest specifications from the likes of Acer, today isis probably no exaggeration on our part when we say that the going to be your lucky day, for Acer has finally rolled out whatglobal online video scene would grind to a halt if YouTube the world has been waiting for: its own line of Sandy Bridge- powered notebooks under the Timeline X banner. Talk about a 7
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneclassic example of better late than never being put into action a trait which appears to greatly reduce the appeal of the 15-in the real world. *UPDATED with local prices! inch 5830TG. Unfortunately, the notebooks are currently only available for sale in Taiwan, so budget-conscious consumers here in sunny Singapore seeking an Acer-branded notebook featuring Intels Sandy Bridge platform will probably have to wait a little longer before these notebooks finally pop up for sale in our local computer stores. That being said, here are some prices for comparative purposes: the 13-inch 3830TGWell, that sure took Acer long enough. While major notebook is currently retailing in Taiwan for NT32,900 (NT37,900 forOEMs such as HP, Lenovo and Fujitsu have already had the i5 version), while the 14-inch and 15-inch 4830TG andnotebooks powered by Intels Sandy Bridge platform out for 5830TG are selling for the same price of NT39,900.retail on the market for quite some time already, Acer wasconveniently absent from the Sandy Bridge race, for reasons *UPDATE: a reader has updated us with information thatunknown to all but its own internal departments. Acers Sandy Bridge notebooks are already available for sale locally at discounted prices. The Timeline X 3830TG isHowever, those who have been patiently awaiting the day currently selling for S$999 (S$1,398 for the Core i5 version),Acer will eventually unveil an updated line of notebooks while the 5830TG costs S$1,298, and the 4830TG is alreadyfeaturing the new Sandy Bridge platform will probably retailing for the price of S$1,598. Last but definitely not least,have much to look forward to. This is because Acer there are two additional models, the 14-inch 4750G and the 15-has finally delivered what the world has been waiting inch 5750, which feature Intels Sandy Bridge platform but willfor, and it comes in the form of four new Timeline X not be sold under the Timeline X banner. The 4750G featuresmodels: the Acer Aspire Timeline X 3830TG-2312G64nbb01, an Intel Core i3-2310M processor and an NVIDIA GeForce3830TG-2412G64nbb02, 4830TG-2412G64nbb01 and GT520M graphics card and is selling at the discounted price of5830TG-2412G64nbb01. S$849, while the 15-inch 5750 makes use of the Core i5-2410M processor and onboard graphics, and is currently discounted for sale at S$899. Apple to introduce its own proprietary version of USB3.0 and DisplayPort? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-to-introduce-its-own- proprietary-version-of-usb3.0-and-displayport-/11819.html April 7th, 2011No prizes for guessing the model number for this particularTimeline X notebookAccording to an online report published by the Chinese branchof Engadget, all three new Sandy Bridge-powered Timeline X Once again, leave it to Apple to throw existing standards outnotebooks will feature near identical hardware specifications: of the window by choosing to implement its own ports whichthe 13-inch 3830TG-2312G64nbb01 will come bundled with attempt to combine two interfaces into a single “hybrid port”.an Intel Core i3-2310M processor clocked at 2.1GHz, an And according to the latest patent awarded to the CupertinoNVIDIA GeForce GT540M graphics card which sports 2GB of giant, it seems that the next hybrid port that is expected toVRAM, 2GB of system memory, a 640GB hard disk and USB debut on future Apple hardware will be capable of delivering3.0 ports capable of independent charging. both USB3.0 and DisplayPort signals. Although USB3.0 and DisplayPort are interfaces which caterOn the other hand, the other 13-inch 3830TG model, along to very different needs, the basis for their design arewith the 14-inch 4830TG and 15-inch 5830TG loses the completely identical; they are both standard interfaces whichCore i3-2310M processor more a more powerful Intel Core have been designed to facilitate the transfer of digital contenti5-2410M processor clocked at 2.3GHz, which is capable from various electronic devices. And everybody knows howof achieving speeds of up to 2.9GHz under Turbo Boost. important standards are to our daily computing needs; that isHowever, all other specifications remain identical, which the main reason we do not have to fiddle with cumbersomemeans that both the 4830TG and 5830TG will feature the adaptors when it comes to dealing with various standardsame GT540M graphics card, 640GB hard disk and USB3.0 expansion and I/O ports found in our PCs today.ports found in the 3830TG. And to top that off, all three That being said, at least one OEM has a fond preference fornotebooks will sport the same display resolution of 1366 x 768, doing everything its way and tossing out popular existing 8
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestandards in the process, and it should come as no surprisethat Apple is now attempting to do the same with USB3.0and DisplayPort today. According to a patent which was onlyrecently awarded to Apple, it seems that the Cupertino gianthas plans to create an entirely new “hybrid port” which isreportedly capable of delivering both DisplayPort and USB3.0signals in a single package. Of course, with this being Apple we are talking about, it probably goes without saying that such an interface is going to be an Apple-exclusive, just like how the current line of iPods, iPads and iPhones all feature proprietary charging ports even though the micro-USB interface has already been recognized internationally as the standard port to be used for mobile devices.Based on what we are able to understand from the patent Feel free to hit up on the source link for more informationfilings, the hybrid port will feature a 30-pin connector, of about the patent and its implementation.which the various signal types each pin will transmit is shownin the patent illustration below. Microsofts Bing Streetside to launch in Germany, compete with Googles Street View Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-s-bing-streetside-to-launch- in-germany-compete-with-google-s-street-view/11818.html April 7th, 2011 Microsoft is planning to launch the Streetside feature of their Bing map service in Germany, competing head on with Googles Streetview. If everything goes well, the serviceAlso, based on illustrations of the devices physical could be up this coming summer.dimensions, it can be inferred that Apple might plan toimplement this new hybrid port on mobile devices such asits line of iPods, iPhones and iPads first. This is due to thefact that the ports capability to deliver both USB3.0 andDisplayPort signals means that it greatly reduces the amountof space needed to feature dedicated ports for such highlymobile devices, where sufficient real estate for implementingadditional I/O ports are a luxury. That being said, Apple doesmention that the port may eventually find its way to desktopand notebook PCs. While Google may have Street View, Microsoft has their Bing Streetside. And the Streetside service is coming to Germany. Google Street View cars had been accused of collecting data from open Wi-Fi spots and networks without authorization, and the search engine giant has admitted to the wrongdoing. To avoid similar thing from happening, Microsoft officials have met with industry associations, political representatives and privacy advocates. The software company will begin photographing 50 major cities in Germany and the service will be available for use to the public by the end of May 2011. 9
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneA website will be launched next Friday with detailed managed to pin-point the actual launch date which is the finalinformation on the routes the camera cars will take while they piece of the puzzle.take the pictures, and with many people who do not want theirhomes to be shown on Streetside, Microsoft will have to findways to tackle this issue for the Bing Streetside service. The By now were within a month or two at the most from theBing Streetside is scheduled to go live in summer this year. launch of Intels upcoming high-end Sandy Bridge chipset, the Z68 and weve gotten some new details ahead of the launch via the grapevine. Its all good news, although we have as yet notMSI E350IA-E45 AMD Brazos managed to pin-point the actual launch date which is the finalPlatform Review piece of the puzzle.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-e350ia-e45-amd-brazos-platform- As you may or may not have read, Intel has added support forreview/11417.html SSD caching in the Z68 chipset and so far its been known asApril 7th, 2011 RST SSD caching, not exactly a sexy name for what at least for Intel is a new technology, so the companys PR department came up with a better one – Smart Response. Its at least a catchier name, even though it actually says less about the actual technology, but thats what marketing and PR is for, right? If you want a preview of how well it works or not, we suggest you head over to Toms hardware that put up an early preview a while back. Smart Response still requires that youIn this article, we will explore the performance of the recently own an SSD of course, although even a fairly small one wouldlaunched AMD Brazos platform - more specifically MSIs be good enough.implementation with the E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX motherboard,which is worth a consider as a home theatre PC (HTPC) due to However, the really good news is that Intel decided to lower theits small physical size and low power consumption. price of the Z68 chipset to a price point much closer to that of the current P67 chipset. This should hopefully result not onlyAMD Fusion is the marketing name for a series of in a lot more affordable Z68 boards, but also a wide range thanAccelerated Processing Units which was announced to be many of the board makers initially planned to offer. That said,in development since 2006. The final design is the product Intel hasnt officially revealed the pricing of its P67 chipset soof the merger between AMD and ATI, combining feneral any actual pricing is a bit hard to deduce and were currentlyprocessor execution as well as 3D geometry processing and unable to reveal the price difference, but its much smaller thanother functions of modern GPUs into a single chip. This what earlier rumours have suggested.technology was shown to the general public in January 2011 atthe Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As soon as Intel has gotten its Sandy Bridge and Westmere-EX Xeon CPU launch out of the way, wed expect that theyll start preparing the launch of the Z68 chipset, unless theyve decidedIn todays review, we will explore the performance of the to hold it back until Computex. Otherwise the best and mostrecently launched AMD Brazos platform - more specifically likely launch even would be IDF Beijing which kicks off on theMSIs implementation, which is worth a consider as a home 12th of April, but none of the keynotes or technical sessionstheatre PC (HTPC) due to its small physical size and low seems to suggest that were looking at a Z68 platform launchpower consumption. However, small size and low power at IDF.consumption does not mean poor performance, as recentMini-ITX systems have demonstrated. The Daily VR-Zone NewsIntel Z68 chipset pricing lower Summary - 6 April 2011than expected Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--6- april-2011/11452.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-z68-chipset-pricing-lower-than- April 7th, 2011expected/11817.htmlApril 7th, 2011 In todays news roundup: The elusive P67-totting Quantum Force Rattler motherboard from Foxconn has finally be taken out for a review; Techspot performs a short comparison ofBy now were within a month or two at the most from the various entry-level, budget and mainstream-level graphicslaunch of Intels upcoming high-end Sandy Bridge chipset, the cards from the likes of both AMD and NVIDIA; Toshiba isZ68 and weve gotten some new details ahead of the launch via reportedly planning to launch a new notebook featuring athe grapevine. Its all good news, although we have as yet not glasses-free 3D display sometime in the second half of 2011; 10
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsungs Prevail smartphone gets a hands-on; AIKA SEA complete backwards compatibility to USB 2.0 and 1.1, whilehas been confirmed for an April 12 launch, and Dragon the U3e adds eSATA connectivity to the mix. Whether youQuest X is reportedly close to completion, and that an official need blazing USB 3.0 and eSATA transfers, or connectivityannouncement regarding the games launch can be expected to an older machine, the ZM-HE350 U3 and U3e have yousometime at the end of the year. covered.Hardware news Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com Description: Noctua has developed a reputation for highFoxconn Quantum Force Rattler P67 Motherboard Review @ quality components, backed up by countless awards fromVortez reviews published around the world. Downdraft coolers haveDescription: Rumours surrounding the Quantum Force Series been manufactured in the past, however few have been able tohaving a new P67 addition have been circulating around the stand up to the larger tower coolers. The NH-C14 shows thatinternet for many months now, and today we finally get our Noctua knows what they are doing in this field.hands on a motherboard named Rattler which incorporatesthat Intel P67 chipset. Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review @ Legit ReviewsGIGABYTE HD 6970 OC 2GB Review @ OCAU Description: The Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB portable driveDescription: A unique technology featured on GIGABYTEs caught us a little off guard when it arrived. We werent suremotherboards has come to graphics cards in the form of what to expect, but in the end we found ourselves pleasantlythe Ultra Durable VGA technology banner. This includes a surprised to find a portable drive that was fast, lightweight,2oz copper design for a lower working temperature and a small and looked good. Usually, you cant find a way to blendreduction of hotspots, better overclocking and better power all those features together without making sacrifices along theefficiency, as well as Japanese solid capacitors, Tier 1 memory way, but that doesnt appear to be the situation we have herefrom Samsung and Hynix, as well as quality Ferrite Core today. In order to take full advantage of this drive you reallychokes and MOSFETs adding to the benefits of the 2oz copper need to have a USB 3.0 interface! With CrystalDiskMark wedesign. Youll find the majority of non-reference GIGABYTE saw the GoFlex Slim 320GB drive peak at ~120MB/s read andgraphics cards sporting this logo, while SuperOverclock (SOC) ~118MB/s write, so if youve been using a USB 2.0 drive andcards feature the Ultra Durable VGA Plus+ logo. are stuck at ~31MB/s write speeds youll see nice performanceTop Budget to Mainstream Graphics Cards gains!Description: The last few months weve seen both AMD andNvidia turn their attention to the high-end segment of the Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA.net Description: We first saw this cooler on display at CES 2011 ingraphics market. In addition to launching their latest single- the suit that Thermaltake was set up in. The Frio OCK is theGPU flagship boards, both companies just recently launched refreshed version of Thermaltakes top Frio cooler. With OCKa couple of dual-GPU beasts. We have to say its great to see standing for “Over Clocker King,” it wasn’t hard to determinesuch spirited competition as its usually customers that reap the target market here. We are actually a little surprised to seethe benefits. Thats especially true today as mainstream cards it released as our rep said it might not make it to market dueare getting more and more powerful and even a $100 product to a cost prohibitive construction.is capable of far more than you may give it credit for. So,while AMD and Nvidia settle the score at the super expensive ASUS GTX 590 Review @ ocaholicenthusiast level, we actually want to have a look at whats Description: With the GTX 590 ASUS also has the NVIDIAbeen happening elsewhere. Weve compiled a table with some dual GPU flagship in its portfolio. This card is based on theof what we consider the best options at several price points reference design except that ASUS marginally increased GPUbetween $70 and $200. and memory frequencies to get a very small advatage over their competitors. Never the less were curious how this thing willXigmatek Gaia SD1283 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews perform in our benchmark parcours.Description: Xigmateks Gaia SD 1283 CPU cooler has itall covered. Its got outstanding cooling performance, a Antec Kuhler H20 620 CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labsdiminutive acoustic footprint, a distinctive look, an innovative Description: With the latest Kuhler H20 620 Antec has made adirect touch design and a robust yet easily installed mounting strong come back in CPU Cooling not only because of the unitssolution. excellent cooling efficiency but also because of its small size, low-profile pump, flexible tubings and killer price tag.Fractal Design R3 Case Review @ ITShootOut.comDescription: Today ITShootOut take a look at Fractal Designs Prolimatech Genesis Review @ XSReviews.co.ukR3, an affordable case designed for ultra-quiet PCs. As we Description: Prolimatech is known for high-end air coolingfound out, however, it is far from a one trick pony. With heatsinks like the Megahalems, Armageddon and Superexcellent design features, great build quality and very good Mega. The Genesis is supposedly a hybrid processor andcooling performance its one of the best contemporary cases on motherboard cooler and in this review we’re going to seethe market today whether Prolimatech’s hybrid is any good.Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 and U3e External HDD Enclosure Consumer Electronics and Software newsReview @Hi Tech Legion Acer Aspire 5830T TimelineX: Evolution Through Time @Description: The Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 and U3e External InsideHWHDD Enclosures are all about flexibility. The Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 offers a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection, with 11
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: It’s been a while since we met the last entertainment and even some gaming potential thanks to arepresentative of the new, promising series of Acer notebooks range of discrete NVIDIA GPUs to choose from.- Timeline. The elegant lines, good performance and Hands on: Samsungs Prevail smartphone on Boost Mobilerecognisable design were accompanied by excellent battery Description: Confirming several leaks, Boost Mobile hasautonomy and a reasonable price, which made these models formally unveiled its latest smartphone, Samsungs Prevailvery attractive. This time around, it’s another “sinking” - handset, at a special event in New York City. The deviceAcer’s Aspire 5830T, from the new TimelineX generation. The represents the carriers flagship smartphone, which will berecognisable ground aluminium lid with a silver Acer logo is sold alongside several BlackBerry offerings and the agingpresent here as well. Besides the fact that pressure on the Motorola i1. Electronista attended the introduction to take alid causes no display distortion, the aluminium surface also closer look at the new device, which may prove to be one of theprovides additional ruggedness and strength to the notebook. most attractive smartphones paired with contract-free dataThe sharp lines are usually indicative of business models, but plans.Acer has used a small trick - all edges are rounded or mildlytilted against the surface they’re facing, which makes the new Gaming newsTimelineX models much more attractive to a wider number of AIKA SEA To Launch On April 12 Officiallycustomers… Description: AIKA SEA will be opening its servers officially onToshiba unveils 2011 product range – entertainment, 12th April at 4pm (GMT+08h), and here are some answers towherever you are questions that Asiasoft have put up for AIKA SEA with regardsDescription: Toshiba UK today announces its 2011 product for CBT users.range, including the first CEVO Engine powered TV, 3D- Dragon Quest X almost done, announcement by the end ofenabled Satellite laptops, brand new Blu-ray players and two this yearnew Camileo high definition camcorders. Toshiba also today Description: Series creator Yuji Horii announced Dragonannounces Toshiba Places, a cloud-based portal that enables Quest X, in development for Wii, at a press conference inusers to access and share content across a variety of devices. December 2008. And that was the last anyone heard about itToshiba to launch glasses-free notebooks in 2H 2011 until the April 2011 issue of Nintendo Power. The subject cameDescription: According to Digitimes, Toshiba plans to up in an interview feature about "Dragon Quest through thelaunch glasses-free laptops in 2H 2011. Toshiba actually Ages," when Horii stated that its nearing completion.demonstrated a prototype 3D laptop in CES 2011, called the Next Black Ops Map Pack LeakedQosmio. It had a parallax-barrier LCD (with one viewpoint) Description: An Australian retailer has leaked the first detailsand an eye-tracking camera. on the second map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops, which willWestern Digital My Book 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD be called the Escalation Pack.ReviewDescription: The Western Digital My Book 3.0 is a sleekenclosure around two inches wide and seven inches tall. The Mach Xtreme Debuts 1.8" MX-top, bottom and back are vented to allow air to flow over the MDS micro-SATA SSDinternal drive, but the front and sides have a matte black finish. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mach-xtreme-debuts-1.8-mx-mds-When the drive is powered a tiny white LED glows to show micro-sata-ssd/11816.htmlthat the system is actually powered on. Western Digital needed April 7th, 2011some way to show that the drive was powered on since the MyBook 3.0 is silent from just a few inches away. On the back youwill find a single button to power the enclosure on and off."HTC Pyramid to launch on April 12th under the name of HTCSensation? Mach Xtreme Technology has expanded its line-up of flashDescription: When HTC extended an invitation our way to storage devices with the introduction of the MX-MDS Seriescome "see whats next" on April 12th in London, plenty of you SSDs. The compact 1.8" SSDs, based on the powerfulwere already guessing that its long-rumored 1.2GHz Pyramid SandForce SF1222 processor, feature a micro-SATA interface,device would seize that opportunity to make its debut. Now MLC flash memory, 30,000 IOPS (Input/ Output OperationsPocket-lint has apparently confirmed those inklings, with Per Second), a MTBF of 1,500,000 hours, and supports dataword from an insider affirming the new Android smartphones transfer rates up to 285 Mb/s (read) and 275 Mb/s (write). Thelaunch for that day and also adding that its retail name will be MX-MDS series, covered by a two year warranty, are availablethe HTC Sensation. HTC has already filed a claim to trademark in 40Gb, 60Gb, and 90Gb capacities at MSRPs of €135, €165,that tandem of words, which lends an extra dash of credence and €220 respectively.to this revelation. MACH XTREME PRESS RELEASEAcer Aspire Z5761 touchscreen all-in-one packs Core i7 andNVIDIA GPUDescription: Acer has outed its latest all-in-one, the 24-inch Acer Aspire Z5761. Built around a choice of Intel Corei5-2400S, i5-2500S or Core i7-2600S processors along withup to 8GB of RAM, the touchscreen desktop promises home 12
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Available in capacities of 40GB, 60GB and 90GB, Mach Xtreme Technology MX-MDS SSDs comes backed with 2 Year Warranty and outstanding after-sales service. MX-MDS Series 1.8" SSD at A Glance: •1.8" SATAII micro-SATA MLC Solid State Drive •Max. Read Performance up to 285MB/s (40GB up to 220MB/ s) •Max. Write Performance up to 275MB/s (40GB up to 210MB/ s)Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in topperformance, high reliability and user friendly designed PC •Sustained Write up to 230MB/s (40GB up to 120MB/s)components, today unveiled the 1.8"micro-SATA MX-MDSSeries SSD. Based on the best-in-class SandForce SF1222 •IOPS up to 30,000controller, the 1.8" MX-MDS Series delivers an enhancedmobile computing experience with much faster application •Power consumption: idle 0.5W / active 2.0Wloading, ultra-fast data access, shorter boot-ups, and longerbattery life of all laptops with micro-SATA interface. •Life expectancy 1.5 million hours MTBF •Capacity: 40GB (MXSSD2MMDS-40G), 60GB (MXSSD2MMDS-60G) and 90GB (MXSSD2MMDS-90G) •Warranty: 2 Years Cooler Master Unleashes HAF 932 Advanced Case Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cooler-master-unleashes-haf-932- advanced-case/11815.html April 7th, 2011This series maintains the highest level of read and writeperformance though the life of the SSD. Highly intelligentblock management and wear leveling optimizes longevity ofMX-MDS series drives. The MDS series supports DuraClass, Cooler Master has unveiled the HAF 932 Advanced Case,DuraWrite and unique RAISE technologies. DuraClass further expanding its HAF series of chassis first introduced intechnology provides best-in-class endurance, performance, 2008.and low power. DuraWrite technology extends the enduranceof MLC memory providing at least 5 year lifecycles with3-5K cycle MLC flash. RAISE provides the protection andreliability of RAID on a single drive without the significantwrite overhead.The MX-MDS drive delivers best-in-class read and writespeeds clocking in at up to 285 MB/s read and 275 MB/s writealong with the stunning maximum of 30,000 IOPS and lowpower consumption (stand-by 0.5W / active up to 2.0W) andsuperior durability (1.5 million MTBF) compared to rotatinghard disk drives. 13
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCooler Master has unveiled the HAF 932 Advanced Case,further expanding its HAF series of chassis first introduced in2008. Measuring 243 x 560 x 564mm and weighing 13.4kg, the tool- free, all-black full-tower case features six exposed 5.25" bays, five 3.5" HDD racks with anti-vibration pads, seven expansion slots, two rear holes for water-cooling tubes, a front-side I/O panel with four USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394a, one eSATA, and audio connectors, and two USB 3.0 ports (via a 5.25" panel). The HAF 932 Advanced comes pre-installed with four fans (x1 front 230mm LED fan, x1 top 230mm, x1 230mm side, & x1 rear 140mm) is available now through major retailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of US$159.98. Chieftec Announces Nitro 88+ PSUs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chieftec-announces-nitro-88- psus/11814.html 14
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 7th, 2011 According to MSI, the latest version of MSI Afterburner isChieftec Industrial, manufacturer of numerous PC chassis and capable of increase a graphics cards overclocking potential byPSUs, has launched the Nitro 88+ series PSUs. Available in as much as 25%, thanks to its support for voltage adjustments650W, 750W, 850W, and 1,000W capacities, these 80Plus to the card via software means. Additional features found inSilver-certified PSus are fully modular and boast a single the updated release of MSI Afterburner includes the version12V rail, sleeved cables, active PFC, a MTBF of 100,000 2.0 of the Kombustor software used to test for overclockinghours, and are cooled by a 140mm PWM fan. The Nitro 88+ stability, and a new video capturing tool known as Predator,can be pre-ordered now from authorized e-tailers at MSRPs which allows OC-ers to record in-game videos during theof €112.05 (650W), €120.61 (750W), €158.87 (850W) and benchmarking process.€198.97 (1,000W). To ensure that gamers and enthusiasts do not burn out their cards when subjecting them to intense loads for benchmarkingNews via [Techpowerup] purposes, the R6790-2PM2D1GD5 comes with what MSI claims is a new cooling system for the GPU. By utilizing three copper heat pipes kept in direct contact with the GPU, alongMSI releases with a 90mm PWM fan, MSIs design supposedly providesR6790-2PM2D1GD5 graphics better airflow, which results in a more efficient cooling system that reportedly 50% more effective than the reference design.card designed for overclockers Last but definitely not least, the MSI R6790-2PM2D1GD5Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-releases-r6790-2pm2d1gd5- utilizes solid, aluminium core capacitors which are said to begraphics-card-designed-for-overclockers/11813.html much more durable than the typical electrolyte capacitors; thisApril 7th, 2011 supposedly allows the R6790-2PM2D1GD5 to "achieve perfect operation under all load circumstances". Specifications of the card as as follow: Graphics Engine AMD Radeon HD 6790 Bus Standard PCI Express x16 2.1 Memory Type GDDR5MSI has launched the new R6790-2pm2D1GD5 graphics Memory Size(MB) 1024card for the enthusiast market. According to the Taiwanesemanufacturer, the new graphics card is reportedly capable of Memory Interface 256 bits"meeting the needs of gamers and professionals" thanks to Core Clock Speed 840MHzthe use of various features designed to enhance the cards Memory Clock Speed 4200MHzoverclocking capabilities. DVI Output Single-Link DVI-D x1, Dual- Link DVI-I x1 D-SUB Output 1 (optional, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor) HDMI-Output 1 Mini DisplayPort 2 HDCP Support YMSI has announced in a press release today that it has HDMI Support Ylaunched its new R6790-2PM2D1GD5 graphics card based Dual-link DVI Yoff the recently-released AMD Radeon HD 6790 GPU. The Display Output 4x 1920x1200R6790-2PM2D1GD5 will feature 1GB of dedicated VRAM, (Max Resolution)support for overvolting via the MSI Afterburner tool, as well RAMDACs 400as Eyefinity support, which allows for a single graphics card tosimultaneously drive multiple displays. DirectX Version Support 11 15
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone OpenGL Version Support 4.0 According to a news report, Microsoft has confirmed that the CrossFire Support Y launch of Internet Explorer 9 in Japan will be delayed in Card Dimension(mm) 245 x 115 x 35mm order to assist the countrys recovery efforts. The browser, which was originally slated for a March 15 launch, will nowAs it has always been with regards to MSI press release, be postponed to April 26: this delay will reportedly help tono information about pricing and global availability for reduce additional burden on Japans quake-damaged networkthe R6790-2PM2D1GD5 has been revealed yet, so do check infrastructure. This means that Japanese users will not be ableback for updates. to obtain official builds of Internet Explorer 9 either via direct downloading of the installer binaries or through WindowsRelease of Internet Explorer Update until the aforementioned date.9 for Japan delayed due to Alternatively, you can play the role of the good friend and assist your Japanese friends by sending them your downloadedearthquake binary of Internet Explorer 9. Of course, youd want to makeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/release-of-internet-explorer-9-for- sure that they are using of the English version of Vista orjapan-delayed-due-to-earthquake/11812.html Windows 7; we dont want to add to their burden by wreckingApril 7th, 2011 their Windows installation now, do we? Another x86 tablet PC shows up in China Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/another-x86-tablet-pc-shows-up-in- china/11810.htmlIf you make use of Microsofts Internet Explorer as your April 7th, 2011primary web browser for the daily Internet surfing needs,chances are that you will have already made the jump toInternet Explorer 9 in order to take advantage of the variousnew features IE9 has to offer. Unfortunately, the same cannotbe said of IE users and fans in Japan, as Microsoft Japan hasdecided to delay the browsers release date in light of the recentdisaster that rocked the country a few weeks ago. With iOS and Android wiping the floor where mobile operating systems are concerned, one might be tempted to think that there is little hope left for Microsofts and its Windows 7 OS to carve out its own share of the mobile device pie. However, it appears that a Chinese OEM in Shenzhen does not share the same view, and the announcement of its upcoming x86 tablet running off Windows is probably the best proof of that. Most people may be quick to shun Windows 7-based tablets in favor of alternative devices powered by Googles Android operating system, or Apples iOS, and for good reason. Even at its best, Windows 7 and its overlaying user interface was designed to be used with a precision pointing tool such as aBarely a couple of months ago, the mere mention of the words mouse or stylus; anything else will definitely result in a sub-Internet Explorer is more than enough to trigger wave after optimal user experience. And this issue is further complicatedwave of criticism about Microsofts ageing web browser, for by the fact that installing said OS on devices with smallrather obvious reasons. After all, it cannot be denied that display resolution do no favours for Windows already touch-Internet Explorer has been known to not only be a resource unfriendly interface.hog, but also as a security nightmare due to various securityholes and its use of ActiveX. And to top that off, IE is also However, it appears that not all OEMs are ready to give up onoften ridiculed as the slowest browser currently in use, a trait Windows-based tablets just yet, and this latest announcementwhich is not exactly the most forgiveable considering how from a certain Shenzhen-based manufacturer appears to backevery second matters in the digital world we live in today. that claim. Apparently, the manufacturer, which is known as GFive, has claimed that it plans to launch a new x86 tabletHowever, much of that changed with the introduction of known as the WisPad some time in the "immediate future",Internet Explorer 9, with many media organizations giving and that Windows will definitely come bundled on the device.Microsofts new browser favourable reviews, especially inareas where performance and support for web standards areconcerned. Unfortunately, it seems that Microsofts plans toencourage the adoption of Internet Explorer 9 has hit a snagin crisis-hit Japan. 16
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Flip Video announces new FlipShare with social features and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/flip-video-announces-new-flipshare- with-social-features-and-mobile-apps-for-iphone-ipad-and-android- devices/11809.html April 7th, 2011According to online sources, the WisPad GFT97A will be soldto global OEMs and carriers for rebranding, although GFive isreportedly thinking of introducing its own retail brand in order New social and video sharing capabilities have been added toto sell the WisPad directly to the Chinese domestic market, the latest Flip Videos FlipShare software, and the maker haswith an option for BTO if need be. also announced the new mobile app for iPhone, iPad, iPodThat aside, not much detail about the elusive WisPad has been touch and Android devices.revealed by GFive. What we do know is that the WisPad willfeature an Intel Atom N455 processor and a 9.7-inch capacitivetouchscreen, although the actual display resolution is still amystery. In addition to that, GFive has also revealed thatthe WisPad features 1GB of system memory, while storage isprovided via an optional SSD capable of capacities of up to16GB or 32GB. Last but not least, the tablet also appears to bedesigned with the style-conscious in mind, as it sports a fullaluminium body and a relatively thin profile with its maximumheight of 14mm. Cisco’s Flip Video has announced their new FlipShare software that comes with social and video sharing capabilities as well as FlipShare Mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. Users will be notified of the available upgrade automatically in this month when they open the FlipShare application, or they can go to FlipShare.com to download it. The FlipShare software, which comes with every Flip video camera, now has enhanced video sharing capabilities. The new software includes FlipShare Groups for users to share videos more securely with friends and family. After creating a FlipShare Group, users and their friends can access theirNo pricing information for the WisPad has been announced videos from FlipShare.com and through the FlipShare Mobileyet; however, given the fact that the device will eventually apps that are now available for iPhone, iPad and Androidbe sold under a different brand name, chances are that its devices. Within FlipShare Groups, users can comment, readprice will vary greatly between various OEMs. Oh, and one and post messages on each other’s videos and Groups.more thing: GFive has reportedly confirmed that the actualproduction model will feature the ability to dual boot between Compatible with both Mac and PC computers, FlipShareboth Windows and...yes, you guessed it, an x86 port of allows contacts to be imported directly from Gmail, WindowsAndroid. Now we are talking. Live Messenger, Yahoo and AOL address books so users can easily create address books for sharing videos. New Features for FlipShare: - Create and manage FlipShare Groups - Watch all your videos anywhere, anytime at FlipShare.com - Comment on videos and read what others have posted in return 17
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone- Import contacts from your email address book- Expanded greetings card library- Enhanced video quality and performance for private emailvideo sharingThe FlipShare Mobile app is free and easy to use. You can shareany mobile video or photo to Facebook, Twitter and YouTubeor directly to friends and family, while on the move. You don’teven need to own a Flip Video camcorder.Features for Mobile App:- Available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android - withor without owning a Flip video camera Seagate today announced the availability of its new GoFlex Slim portable hard drive –– a 2.5–inch external drive- Share up to five mobile videos and/or photos at once to measuring just 9mm thin, designed for the latest trend ofFacebook, Twitter or YouTube - or send directly to friends and portable, thin, stylish laptops and netbooks.family The new GoFlex Slim performance drive is now available on- Post a comment, share, or “favourite” a video with the click www.seagate.com, in–store and at select online retailers. Aof a button 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim drive can be purchased at US$99.99. It is roughly the width of a pencil and can slide- Built-in filters let users quickly navigate and organise their effortlessly into a pocket, purse or messenger bag.video library The GoFlex Slim portable drive also allows for use between Windows and Mac computers, interchangeably, without- Compatible with iPhone 3G or higher, iPod touch 2nd formatting or performance loss.generation or higher, iPad Requires iOS 4.0.0 or higher, andAndroid 1.6 or higher A 320GB version of the GoFlex Slim for Mac drive will be made available in May at Apple retail outlets nationwide for a- Available now at iTunes Store and Android Market manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$99.Seagate launches GoFlex PROLINK GSM 3G CameraSlim, worlds slimmest review: because your privacyexternal hard disk is just that importantSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/seagate-launches-goflex-slim-world-s- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prolink-gsm-3g-camera-review-slimmest-external-hard-disk/11808.html because-your-privacy-is-just-that-important/11798.htmlApril 7th, 2011 April 7th, 2011Seagate has just announced the GoFlex Slim, which claims to Do you fancy being able to track what goes on in your homebe the worlds slimmest external hard drive to date. If you even while you are at work or in school, all with a simpleare looking for a portable external storage, this one is now press of some buttons on your 3G-capable mobile phone? Ifavailable on www.seagate.com, in-stores and selected online that sounds like the kind of thing you wanted for the longestretailers. time already, there may be some good news in the form of PROLINKs PHC-105 GSM 3G camera, which is supposedly capable of doing just that. And leave it to us over at VR-Zone to check out its features and ease of use, so that you do not have to. 18
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Sony to launch Android Honeycomb tablet device Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-to-launch-android-honeycomb- tablet-device/11807.html April 7th, 2011 With almost every manufacturers offering an Android tablet device, it is just natural that Japanese company Sony will alsoNowadays, the idea of having a personal surveillance camera is follow suit. Well, Sony Ericsson has their range of Androidno longer a luxury reserved for only the rich. With most people smartphones, including the Xperia Play (formerly known asstarting to be more conscious about the concept of privacy, it the PlayStation Phone). The Sony tablet could be available thisis only natural that some might feel the need to ensure that June.they know what happens in their rooms or homes, regardlessof where they are.And that is not all: the usefulness of a surveillance camera canalso be extended to working parents who may want to havea convenient means of monitoring a young child left alone athome. After all, nothing beats being able to keep track of oneschildren in order to ensure that they do not get themselves intoany trouble in the absense of a grown-up.That being said, good surveillance cameras are anythingbut cheap. And on top of that, most traditional surveillancecameras require a constant video feed to external displaydevices, which makes them unsuitable for use by mostconsumers. However, chances are the average consumer who Japans Nikkei newspaper has reported that Sony is going towants to invest in a cheap alternative is not likely to mind launch an Android tablet by the end of summer this year.the tradeoffs in various aspects such as image quality. With According to Sony CEO, the tablet will run Googles Androidthat in mind, we take a look at PROLINKs PHC-105, an 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and will arrive in the U.S.affordable GSM 3G surveillance camera which allows users to first, followed by other regions.control their cameras from the comfort of their 3G-capablemobile phones. The tablet could be Sonys "PlayStation Certified" Tegra 2 S1 tablet, which is rumored to feature a 9.4-inch display and aTechnical specifications flexible "wrap" design.GSM frequency UTMS 850 (900) / 1900 / 2100 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Intel launches 10 cores XeonImage format JPEG E7 Series (Westmere EX)Image resolution 160 x 128, 320 x 240, 640 x Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-launches-10-cores-xeon-e7-series- 480 westmere-ex-/11806.htmlBuilt-in storage capacity 4GB (internal TF card) April 7th, 2011Shooting/Viewing angle 68 degrees (horizontal + vertical)Motion-detection distance up to 9 metres (daytime), up to 6 metres (night)Passive Infrared sensor up to 6 metresdistance Intel today announces a total of 18 new Xeon E7Battery capacity 800mAh lithium-ion battery processors; E7-8870, E7-8860, E7-8850, E7-8830 ,E7-8867L, capable of up to 40 hours E7-8837, E7-4870, E7-4860, E7-4850, E7-4830, E7-4820, (standby and disarmed), up E7-4807, E7-2870, E7-2860, E7-2850, E7-2830, E7-2820, to 8 hours (when armed with E7-2803 based on the 32nm Westmere EX architecture. The continous trigerring) key highlights of the new processors are : Up to 10 Intel® Microarchitecture based processing cores and 20 processing threads Up to 30MB of shared L3 cache Support for 64 DIMM slots for capable of holding over 2TB of system memory 19
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone(4 sockets) Support for 72 PCIe Gen2 lanes 130W TDP(105W TDP for E7-8867L low voltage) The Xeon processor The record-setting Intel® Xeon® processorE7-8800/4800/2800 families range in price from $774 to E7-8800/4800/2800 product families build on Intels$4,616 in quantities of 1,000. previous generation of server processors to set a new standard for high-end computing applications, including business intelligence, real-time data analytics and virtualization. Strengthening the line of defense for data centers, the new processors also provide advanced security features that ensure greater data integrity. Based on Intels leading 32-nanometer (nm) process technology, the new Intel Xeon processors have up to 10 cores with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, and deliver up to 40 percent greater performance than the Intel® Xeon® 7500Intel today announces a total of 18 new Xeon E7 series processor. Concurrently, a new energy-saving featureprocessors; E7-8870, E7-8860, E7-8850, E7-8830 ,E7-8867L, reduces the power draw of idle portions of the chip. BeginningE7-8837, E7-4870, E7-4860, E7-4850, E7-4830, E7-4820, today, more than 35 systems based on the Intel Xeon processorE7-4807, E7-2870, E7-2860, E7-2850, E7-2830, E7-2820, E7 family are expected to ship from manufacturers around theE7-2803 based on the 32nm Westmere EX architecture. The world.key highlights of the new processors are : • Up to 10 Intel® Microarchitecture based processing "Intel has been changing the economics for mission-critical cores and 20 processing threads computing server deployments for more than a decade, and today we are raising the bar yet again," said Kirk Skaugen, vice • Up to 30MB of shared L3 cache president and general manager of Intels Data Center Group. • Support for 64 DIMM slots for capable of holding over "The new Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record 2TB of system memory (4 sockets) breaking performance with powerful new security, reliability • Support for 72 PCIe Gen2 lanes and energy efficiency enhancements. The industry momentum were seeing for this new server processor architecture is • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology unparalleled in Intels history. The days of IT organizations • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology being forced to deploy expensive, closed RISC architectures for mission-critical applications are nearing an end." • Advanced reliability features • Thermal solution not included in box Record-Breaking, Energy-Efficient Performance • 130W TDP (105W TDP for E7-8867L low voltage) The new processor family contains 18 new processors forThe Xeon processor E7-8800/4800/2800 families range in two-, four- and eight-socket servers, and is expandable toprice from $774 to $4,616 in quantities of 1,000. servers with 256 sockets. It also sets more than a dozen world records in performance. A 40 percent improvement in generational compute-intensive performance can enhance the pace and accuracy of applications in such fields as scientific research and financial services where speed is essential. With up to 25 percent better performance with virtual machine3 applications than the current generation, the new chips also hold the industrys highest virtualization performance. IT managers seeking to achieve greater economic efficiencies can replace 18 dual-core servers2 with a single Xeon processor E7-based server. To help address rising energy costs, the new Xeon chips include Intel® Intelligent Power technology that dynamically reduces idle power consumption of the chip basedBelow is the full press release : on the workload while also delivering advanced processorSANTA CLARA, Calif., April 5, 2011 – Enabling IT power-management capabilities.departments to better manage data-intensive environmentsthrough new security and reliability features and record-breaking performance, a new family of server processors that Recognizing the range of compute-intensive applications fromaccelerate mission-critical computing have been announced climate modeling to real-time business analytics, and the needby Intel Corporation. for uncompromised performance to run them, Intel is offering 10 advanced 10-core versions of the chip, led by the E7-8870, 20
    • April 7th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneE7-4870 and E7-2870, all of which reach 2.4 GHz with a TDP faster and provides higher reliability than a desktop computer(Thermal Design Point) of 130 watts. running similar applications. Support for Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory ensures system reliability by preventing glitches that cause data breaches and downtime, and withThe company also announced a version of the chip that small businesses facing a harsher climate of security threatscombines the benefits of high performance with low voltage, the Xeon processor E3-1200 product family helps ensure theas well as a frequency-optimized version. The 10-core low- integrity of valuable data with Intel AES-NI and Intel TXT.voltage E7-8867L reaches 2.13 GHz with a TDP of 105 watts,while the eight-core frequency-optimized E7-8837 tops out at2.67 GHz with a TDP of 130 watts. Todays news follows the recent disclosures about the low- power, single-socket Intel Xeon processors E3-1260L and E3-1220L targeted for micro servers, and the announcementIntel Xeon processor E7 family based-platforms add a massive of the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 product family for2 Terabyte of memory in a four-socket system supported by the workstations.new processors. Most of these chips also contain Intel® TurboBoost Technology, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology andIntel® Virtualization Technology (VT), which can increase Product, Pricing Detailsperformance as required, ease multitasking and enhance The Xeon processor E7-8800/4800/2800 families range inreliability and manageability, respectively. price from $774 to $4,616 in quantities of 1,000. The Xeon processor E3-1200 family ranges in price from $189 to $612 in quantities of 1,000.New Security, Reliability FeaturesIntel is bringing its leading security technologies availabletoday in its mainstream Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series,to the mission-critical server segment with the introductionof platforms based on the Xeon processor E7 family. Intel®Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (AES-NI)allows systems to quickly encrypt and decrypt data runningover a range of applications and transactions, while Intel®Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) creates a secureplatform at boot-up by protecting applications from maliciousthreats.Together, these security features can ensure that virtualizedenvironments are more reliably secure when they arelaunched, migrated or at rest, as well as experience betterperformance and functionality.Extensive Industry SupportStarting today, system manufacturers from around the worldare expected to announce more than 35 Xeon processorE7 family-based platforms. These manufacturers includeBull*, Cisco*, Cray*, Dawning*, Dell*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*,HP*, Huawei*, IBM*, Inspur*, Lenovo*, NEC*, Oracle*,PowerLeader*, Quanta*, SGI*, Supermicro* and Unisys*.Numerous enterprise software vendors also support Xeonprocessor E7 family-based platforms, including IBM*,Microsoft*, Oracle*, Red Hat*, SAP AG* and VMware*.Ideal Servers for Small BusinessIntel also announced today the Intel® Xeon® processorE3-1200 family, an entry-level server processor built to meetthe unique demands of small business applications, rangingfrom collaboration tools to storage and back-up applications.With up to 30 percent greater performance over the previousgeneration, the Xeon processor E3-1200 product family is 21
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! in that time weve seen the Black Edition series created from VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the company; a series that has had some of the best looking covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. cards around. I say best looking as I havent had the chance to look at one until today. Today we see if the Black Edition is all bark and no bite, or if its bark is just the entrée to a menacingThe Daily VR-Zone News bite for mainSummary - 12 April 2011 Antec Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid Cooler @ Benchmark ReviewsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--12- Description: Since Corsair popularized their version ofapril-2011/11859.html Asetecs "LCLC" (low cost liquid cooling) system back in 2009,April 12th, 2011 it seems that every time you look, another variation on the theme appears. Other manufacturers have leapt into the fray, and Antecs initial entry into the market, the Kühler 620, impressed us with its amazing performance. Now Antecs introduced a new product, the Kühler 920. At first glance it seems very similar to Corsairs Hydro H70 product, but AntecIn todays news roundup: Intel is attempting to close the distinguishes their offering with exceptional performance andgap with ARM with tablets powered by its Oak Trail and features.Cedar Trail processors; XFXs Radeon HD 6870 1GB Black Cubitek HPTX Tank Review @ VortezEdition graphics card gets reviewed; Microsofts Bing has Description: The Tank series features 3 different designs, wereportedly secured 30% of the search engine pie, all of it at will be taking a look at the biggest of the 3 today - HPTXthe expense of Google; Cisco has killed off its Flip business Tank. As with all the cases in this series, the HPTX Tank isunit to focus on its enterprise-centric networking offerings; fully aluminium. It is wide, allowing up to 190mm tall CPUAIKA SEA officially goes live today, and Microsofts Xbox 360 coolers to be installed and can house XL-ATX motherboardsconsole will reportedly start hosting free-to-play games on its such as GIGABYTEs G1 Assassin and EVGAs SR-2. Being ableXbox Live service. to house such big hardware also means long graphics cards canHardware news also be installed within the HPTX Tank, in fact up to 340mm of clearance is available! With lots of cooling, lots of space andAntec Kuhler H20 920 CPU Water Cooler Review @ Legit lots of features Im expecting some good results from this case,Reviews Lian Li ought to be very afraid.Description: Of the self contained kits we have tested theCorsair Hydro H70 is what we would consider the Antec Intel seeks "relevancy" with Oak Trail tablets, talks up CedarKuhler H2O 920 water coolers closest competition. The Trail insteadCorsair Hydro H70 is the second generation self-contained Description: Intel has admitted that it has significant groundwater cooling kit that was designed in part by Asetek. The to catch up in its aim to become “relevant” in the tablet marketAntec Kuhler H2O 920 is the third generation self-contained this year, with hopes pinned on the release of its Oak Trailwater cooling kit that was also just happens to designed by platform, for now, at least.Asetek. Due to the fact that Asetek helped design both CPU Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 4000 Sandy Bridge Systemcoolers it makes sense that their newer product cools better Review @ Legit Reviewsthan the previous model. The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 on the Description: What can be said about a full system that doesextreme setting out performed the Corsair Hydro H70 at every exactly what we expected it to do? More specifically, what cantclock frequency that we ran the Intel Core i7 930 processor at... we say! In short, this system pretty much rocked the socks offXFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Black Edition Video Card Review of everything I am currently using in my main system. Time forDescription: Who wouldve thought wed ever be looking at an upgrade. Well, first Ill have to convince the wife that a shinyXFX cards based on an AMD GPU? Its been a long time new CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 is worth skipping asince weve looked at something from XFX. Going through our few meals. Im not saying that the CyberPower Gamer Xtremecontent archive, it was August of 2007 and the victim was the 4000 is expensive; quite the contrary. If you were to purchase9800 GTX+. So much has happened since then, though, and 1
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneall of the parts to build a comparable system at Newegg.com, Since it’s meant to be taken outdoors for serious running ityou may just be surprised... won’t be just any touchscreen but a waterproof one. It is also responsive enough so that it can be operated with runningPatriot Supersonic 32GB USB 3.0 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk gloves on. With features such as a pace, distance and timeDescription: Supersonic is the name and… probably, going fast meter, a heart rate monitor, and the ability to race with friendsand stuff, its it’s… Anyway, here’s a review of another Patriot who aren’t even in the same country, the Forerunner 610 isflash drive. It’s got a 32GB capacity, USB 3.0 functionality and designed for the serious runner.its Quad Channel. Read on to find out how it performs. Cisco kills Flip camera business to refocus on networksMemory module firms enjoy rebound in March revenues Description: Cisco today axed its Flip camera division in aDescription: Taiwan-based memory module houses bid to bring the company back into shape. The companyTranscend Information, Power Quotient International (PQI) provided few details but said its new "network-centricand Apacer Technology have reported sequential growth platform strategy" meant the former Pure Digital group had toin revenues for March 2011 of 54.1%, 43.2% and 33.9%, be closed. Those on the FlipShare service would be supportedrespectively, joining fellow company Adata Technology that through a "transition plan," though Cisco didnt say what thatalso enjoyed a substantial rebound in March sales compared was.to the prior months levels. Google acquisition of PushLife could teach Android to singConsumer Electronics and Software news: Description: Google has acquired media synchronizationMicrosoft Bing Controls 30% Of Search Market, Google Slowly software developer PushLife in a deal that reportedly cost theSinking search giant $25 million. Its likely that PushLifes technologyDescription: Microsoft has secured 30% of the search market, will be used in Googles upcoming music service for Android.largely at Google’s expense, according to data from Experian Gaming newsHitwise. AIKA SEA Goes Live TodayMophie iPhone 4 Juice Pack Plus Review @ OCIA.net Description: Following the closed beta test a fortnight ago,Description: We had the opportunity to review the Mophie Asiasoft is finally putting the official tag on AIKA SEA. That’sJuice Pack Air for the iPhone 3GS back in 2009. The model we right, the game is launching today, in fact now. AIKASEA willwill be looking at today is the Juice Pack Plus, but they also also be featured at the upcoming Asiasoft Games Festival 2011offer a slightly cheaper Air version. The difference being the (ASGF 2011) to be held in conjunction with Licence 2 PlayPlus model has a 2000 mAh battery capacity vs. the 1500 mAh 2011, Suntec City Hall 401 from May 27-29.of the Juice Pack Air. The Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 3GSsported a 1200 mAh batter capacity. This additional capacity Free-to-Play Games Headed to Xbox 360does increase the overall size slightly, though it seems to be Description: Free-to-play games are already a very successfulfairly minimal. business model on PC (particularly in Asia) and soon they might become even more successful by expanding to XboxStudy: Smartphone Users Wasting Hundreds Of Dollars Per Live. IGN reports that free-to-play games are headed to XboxYear On Unnecessary Contracts 360 next year, opening the door for games like FarmVille andDescription: A new study says that smartphone users are Battlefield Heroes to come to Xbox Live.overpaying for their service by several hundred dollars eachand every year. The study, put together by Billmonitor, notes Ocarina of Time 3Ds Release Date Revealedthat people are overspending primarily because they’re on Description: Its the news that so many have been waiting for.contracts that wildly overshoot their needs. People have Nestled gently just inside a press release sent out by Nintendoa habit of signing up for contracts with far more voice of America this morning was the official release date for Theminutes than they use, and it’s primarily for this reason that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the highly anticipatedsmartphone users are paying much more than they need to. In portable remake of Links first polygonal adventure.other words, double-check your statement to make sure you’reon the right contract.GIGABYTE T1125N 11.6-inch Tablet Convertible Notebook Eyes on Asus new IPS and 3DUnboxing displaysDescription: The GIGABYTE T1125N is an 11.6" convertible Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/eyes-on-asus-new-ips-and-3d-notebook with a docking station. It comes in two varieties displays/11862.html- a Core i3 U380 with the CF1 designation at $1,099 April 12th, 2011and the CF2 with the i5 U470 for $1,249. Both sportdiscreet graphics featuring NVIDIAs GeForce 310M DDRIII512MB with support for NVIDIA Optimus Technology. Wevemanaged to get our hands on the Core i5 version for anunboxing which features a nice added extra - a very highquality neoprene sleeve and of course the docking station.Garmin Forerunner GPS watch gets a touchscreen Earlier today we attended Asus unveiling of its new range ofDescription: Garmin has just announced the launch of a new IPS panel based LCD displays, of which three are consumerGPS watch – the Forerunner 610, and it sports a touchscreen. models and one is a new professional model which should suit those with a slightly more constrained budget. Finally Asus 2
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealso showed off a new 3D display with a built in IR transmitter while you end up paying NT$8990 (S$388) for the IPS basedwhich should have a certain appeal to those interested in ML239H which is a small price to pay if youre at all concernedgetting a 3D Vision display. about the colour reproduction of your display.Earlier today we attended Asus unveiling of its new range ofIPS panel based LCD displays, of which three are consumermodels and one is a new professional model which should suitthose with a slightly more constrained budget. Finally Asusalso showed off a new 3D display with a built in IR transmitterwhich should have a certain appeal to those interested ingetting a 3D Vision display. AMD and Fresco Logic gains USB 3.0 certification Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-and-fresco-logic-gains-usb-3.0- certification/11860.html April 12th, 2011First up, lets take a closer look at the new consumer leveldisplays in the new ML series. The actual physical design ofthe new displays is identical to that of the current ML seriesof monitors which has won the company a good design award.In fact, pretty much every single feature apart from the panel Its been a slow progress, but were finally starting to get someis the same, so what were looking at are 22, 23 and 24-inch alternatives to Renesas USB 3.0 chips and today the USB-IFmodels with LED backlight, HDMI and D-sub connectivity and also announced the first USB 3.0 certified chipsets courtesy ofa 3.5mm audio jack for sound output from audio carried over AMD. Fresco Logic also got its FL1009 USB 3.0 host controllerthe HDMI connection. The three new models announced today certified today which is a viable alternative to Renesas two portare the ML229H, ML239H and ML249H, all with 1920x1080 solution and it will allegedly bring better performance at lowerresolution and a 5ms grey to grey response time. cost, all of which sounds like good news to us. Its been a slow progress, but were finally starting to get some alternatives to Renesas USB 3.0 chips and today the USB-IF also announced the first USB 3.0 certified chipsets courtesy of AMD. Fresco Logic also got its FL1009 USB 3.0 host controller certified today which is a viable alternative to Renesas two port solution and it will allegedly bring better performance at lower cost, all of which sounds like good news to us. The USB-IF has certified the USB 3.0 host controller built into AMDs upcoming A75 (desktop) and A70M (mobile) Fusion Controller Hubs (FCH) and the long of the short is that AMD now has not only the first, but also the second USB 3.0 certifiedThe key differentiator between the TN and the IPS models is chipsets, although neither has been officially announced bythat the TN models have model numbers that ends with an 8, AMD as yet. The press release doesnt really give away muchML248H for example, whereas the IPS models ends with a 9 in terms of details, but we already know that AMDs high-endas in ML249H as an example. We wish Asus couldve made FCHs will support four USB 3.0 ports.this a little bit more obvious, as its not going to be easy to tellthe difference without knowing the specifics. The IPS sporting As for Fresco Logic, well, the company is now going tomodels have a wider dynamic contrast range of 50,000,000:1 have to find some key partners to work with, especially in(dont read too much into that figure) than the TN models the motherboard and notebook industry. The company haswhich “only” manages a contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1. Price already had some success in the notebook market spacewise the difference is much smaller than we expect and we with its older FL1000 single port PCI Express 1.0 USB 3.0managed to track down some local retail pricing in Taiwan implementation, although its new FL1009 PCI Express 2.0where the ML238H with a TN panel goes for NT$7390 (S$319) dual port host controller should prove a lot more appealing. 3
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThis is also the first xHCI 1.0 USB 3.0 host controller topass USB-IF certification and if demos weve seen in the past The Nokia X7 is an entertainment-focused smartphone withare anything to go by, we should see a decent performance a large 4-inch display ideal for gaming, and an 8-megapixelincrease over whats currently on offer. camera for capturing pictures and high definition-quality video. The Nokia X7 is feels solid and comes preloaded withIn related news, Fresco Logic has also demoed its USB 3.0 the popular Galaxyon Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.webcam controller at IDF Beijing which supports real-timestreaming of uncompressed 1080p video at 30fps. Its not clearas to which products well see this in, or when it will actuallylaunch, but hopefully we should be able to get some hands on Adobe announces Creativetime with it at a later stage to see what benefits it offers over a Suite 5.5: not a "Service Pack"USB 2.0 1080 capable webcam. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-announces-creative-suite-5.5- not-a-service-pack-/11857.htmlNokia unveils E6 and X7 April 12th, 2011smartphones for businessusers and mobile gamersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-unveils-e6-and-x7-smartphones-for-business-users-and-mobile-gamers/11858.htmlApril 12th, 2011 Point-updates for certain popular applications and programs are sometimes considered as the software equivalent of Service Pack updates for Microsofts Windows operating system. However, Adobe wants to make it clear that the new development schedule which it has embarked upon for its industry-standard creative suite of software has little to do with the Service Pack method, and that the new CreativeIt will be some time till we see the Windows Phone Suite 5.5 which it announced today at a media event held at7 devices from Nokia. Meanwhile, the Finnish company The Screening Room is every bit a full-fledged release as itshas unveiled two new smartphones today, the Nokia E6 and predecessor was. VR-Zone brings you the coverage.X7, aimed at business users and entertainment enthusiastsrespectively. When it comes to dealing with software, it is almost impossible to leave the topic of software updates out of the conversation.Nokia today announced the E6 and X7 smartphones designed After all, users would do well to remember the number one rulefor business professionals and entertainment enthusiasts of software; there is no such thing as purchasing the latest andrespectively. The two devices are the first Nokia smartphones greatest copies of a application, as major updates will alwaysto be equipped with the updated Symbian software, with new find their way into the equation. And we do not have to searchicons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, far for examples of how this culture has affected our computinga faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps. life: just look at Microsoft Windows and its Service Packs if youFollowing on from Nokia’s highly successful E71 and E72 will.devices, the Nokia E6 is a sleek business smartphone with a full Of course, this also applies for smaller-scale, not-so-critical-QWERTY keypad and a high-resolution touchscreen display. but-still-essential software, where point-updates are oftenDesigned using premium materials such as glass and stainless considered as the software equivalent of Service Pack updatessteel, the device offers exceptional battery life and the best out- for Microsofts Windows operating system, simply becauseof-the-box Microsoft messaging experience, including access point-updates sometimes come with added functionality andto Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and features to enhance user productivity and experience. AndMicrosoft SharePoint. this is precisely what Adobe has done for its software with 4
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneits announcement of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 for creativeprofessionals. Sony announces Memory StickAccording to Vicky Skipp, Adobes regional manager for PRO-HG Duo HX with HighSouth East Asia, the introduction of CS 5.5 highlights boththe companys shift in business model and product release Speed Data Transfer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-announces-memory-stick-pro-hg-strategy with the adoption of mid-cycle releases for Creative duo-hx-with-high-speed-data-transfer/11856.htmlSuite. April 12th, 2011 Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announced their new Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX that boasts high speed data transfers of up to 50MB/s. which is ideal for users who want to capture full high definition or 3D videos. The Memory Stick will be available by end of April."Adobes mission is to change the world through digitalexperience...Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 is all about allowingcontent providers to create their content once, and thendelivering it across multiple platforms and devices," she said,while adding that post-PC era devices such as smartphonesand tablets will feature heavily into the enhanced workflow inAdobe Creative Suite 5.5. This will allow content producers tospend lesser time on tweaking their content for consumptionon non-PC devices, as CS 5.5 can automatically optimizecontent for display and consumption on various popularmobile platforms."Traditionally, Adobe has a technology refresh cycle of around Sony Electronics Asia Pacific has announced the new Memory18 months. With the introduction of CS 5.5, that cycle will Stick PRO-HG Duo HX that offers fast data transfer speeds atbe extended to 24 months, which means that we are going an affordable price. It features high performance with speedyto have a lot more dot releases so that we can keep up with data transfers of up to 50MB/s, making it ideal for taking burstour customers evolution and changing needs," she added, shots with an Alpha DSLR or shooting full high definition andwhile explaining that the new cycle for CS 5.5 allows Adobe to 3D movies and photos with Sony’s new range of Cyber-shot"introduce newer technologies more frequently". cameras and Handycam camcorders.However, Skipp was quick to point out that despite its The Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX features a new andadoption of a longer development cycle and dot-release intelligent flash memory controller called the “HX Engine”schedules, users should not see point-release versions of which maximizes the capability of high-performance flashCreative Suite as the Adobe equivalent of Microsoft Windows memory and enhances data-transfer efficiency by increasingService Packs and wait only for the latest point-release . the internal clock that handles data processing.This is due to the fact that, unlike Windows, the needs of thecreative world are always evolving with the introduction of With its improved transfer speed, the Memory Stick PRO-HGnew platforms, and that each point-release is meant to address Duo HX is perfect for high resolution action photography invarious new requirements that may crop up in the midst of the continuous burst shooting modes, with the ability to capturecompanys 24-month release cycle. up to 190 shots with NEX-5 in a minute. Furthermore, it handles the speed and capacity requirements for not just the"The rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones has taught us Handycam, but also the new demands of AVCHD video and 3Dthat Adobe needs to be quicker in responding to the industrys capture capabilities for the new Alpha and Cyber-shot models.needs. If we wait 18 months for the next release, it is verypossible that Adobe might be out of the game in various The Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX also comes with AVCHDsegments by the time it happens," she explained. Memory Card File Rescue software. Available as a free download, the software enables the retrieval of photos, music and movies that were deleted by mistake for greater peace of mind. Users of the Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX can also download x-Pict Story for free. This fun and easy-to-use 5
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesoftware allows users to create unique slideshows of theirfavourite pictures, synced to effects and music and shared withfriends and loved ones.The new Memory Stick HX will be available in Asia Pacificfrom end April 2011, in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities.Pricing information not released at press time.HTC Flyer scheduled to retailin May, pre-order price of £600 - VR-Zone.comSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-flyer-scheduled-to-retail-in-may-pre-order-price-of-600/11855.htmlApril 12th, 2011 Logitech launches Wireless Mouse M325 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-launches-wireless-mouse- m325/11854.html April 12th, 2011The HTC Flyer is the companys latest 7-inch Android tabletdevice which was showcased at Mobile World Congress inFebruary this year. According to news sources, the tablet isscheduled to retail in May and available for pre-order now. The Wireless Mouse M325 is the latest addition to Logitechs line of mice peripherals and features a precision scroll wheel and contoured shape that provides comfortable use. It will be retailing in Singapore at the end of this month.The HTC Flyer looks to be a slightly different breed of tabletdevices on the market - it isnt using Android 3.0 or has a 10-inch display.UK reseller Clove Technology has started accepting pre-ordersof the HTC Flyer tablet and the price tag is 600 UK pounds,which is slightly higher than most tablet devices. CloveTechnology has expressed that the HTC Flyer will be retailingmid April while another reseller, Carphone Warehouse hassaid that the tablet will be selling in May. At press time, therehas not been any official word on when exactly the HTC Flyerwill be on shelves. Today, Logitech announced the Wireless Mouse M325 thatThe HTC Flyer sports a 7-inch display (1024x600), which features a precision scroll wheel with up to four timesis similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Instead of dual-core as many ratchets as a standard scroll wheel for smootherprocessors, it is equipped with 1.5GHz single-core processor. scrolling. Based on the contoured shape of the best-One unique feature of the HTC Flyer is it comes with selling Logitech Wireless Mouse M305, the Wireless Mousean optional "magic pen" that lets users draw, paint, write, M325 lets you scroll down a page quickly.highlight and even retouch pictures. The precision scroll wheel contains 72 tiny, rugged ratchets that let you have the precise control whether you are viewing websites, spreadsheets, slideshows and other presentations. The Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 also includes Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking, so you can forget about your laptops touchpad. Plus, with up to 18 months of battery life and a three-year limited hardware warranty, you can virtually forget about replacing batteries. The tiny leave-in plug-and- 6
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneforget Logitech Unifying receiver allows you to connect up to Faster than ever HD content transfer speed with 3.5” hardsix devices. drive supportThe Wireless Mouse M325 works with Windows XP, Windows The O!Play Gallery can be upgraded to house a 3.5” hard driveVista and Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X 10.5 or later and with a fast SATA 6Gb/s connection, also becoming a large-Linux kernel 2.6. capacity storage device. Users can transfer media content via USB 3.0 from PCs to the O!Play Gallery, up to ten times fasterPricing and Availability compared to USB 2.0. They offer the faster speeds needed toThe Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 will be available in end handle high definition content, resulting in a smoother, moreApril for a suggested retail price of S$39. enjoyable experience. The O!Play Gallery also includes the MyLife calendar function which can quickly organize photosASUS launches O!Play Gallery to create photo diaries and share with other people easily.HD Media Player Rich online entertainment services with Netflix, YouTube and GracenoteSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-o-play-gallery-hd-media-player/11853.html The O!Play Gallery is built around abundant onlineApril 12th, 2011 entertainment services such as Netflix (US only), YouTube, thousands of online TV stations and radio streams, Flickr, Picasa and much more. The O!Play Gallery also includes a Gracenote software* interface which turns the media player into a powerful audio library manager by providing access to the online Gracenote database so users can access metadataASUS has launched their latest addition to its O!Play line of of their music library. Extensive metadata support meansmedia players for home entertainment enthusiasts. Known as album covers, artwork, information and even genres becomethe O!Play Gallery HD Media Player, it promises to take "all- available and viewable on the big screen.around high-definition enjoyment" to ones television set with Full HD 1080p and Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel supportthe help of a variety of features. The O!Play Gallery supports the most popular formats, evenMedia players are by far one of the few devices which allow for ISO format, in HD quality. Audio is projected in spectaculareasy plug-and-play home entertainment, and ASUSs new O! 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD surround, which easily integratesPlay Gallery media player is no exception. Recently launched with home surround sound setups and brings out the full audioby the Taiwanese electronics giant, the O!Play Gallery boasts experience with no compromise or loss of fidelity. Users arecapabilities to bring HD-quality home entertainment to ones guaranteed an impeccable performance in every aspect of theirtelevision set, thanks to a variety features found in it. multimedia. *Installed 3.5” hard drive is required to use the Gracenote service. No information about the O!Play Gallerys pricing or official release date has been announced yet, so do check back for updates. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 11 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--11- april-2011/11850.html April 12th, 2011Enjoy your iPod and iPhone content on large HDTVs withintuitive controlsEntertainment on demand! The O!Play Gallery allows usersto plug and play media content from an iPod and iPhone infull HD on the living room TV, with no additional softwareneeded. The intuitive remote control with a built-in rotarywheel bundled with the O!Play Gallery helps users make their In todays news roundup: ASUSs GeForce GTX580 DirectCUmultimedia experience fun and easy to use. II graphics card gets reviewed; Intel is once again attemptingO!Direct – the most direct way to multimedia enjoyment to compete with ARM by launching the new Intel Atom Z670 processor meant for use in tablet devices; Asrocks 3D-capableThe ASUS exclusive O!Direct function offers consumers fast Vision 3D HTPC gets reviewed; Windows 8 will reportedlyand reliable one-click streaming of content from PC to TV. feature both a built-in PDF reader and access to a WindowsHassle-free streaming brings broader enjoyment in the living App Store; The Xbox 360 version of the latest Need Forroom in both wired and wireless modes, without the need for Speed game, Shift 2 Unleashed, gets reviewed, and CapcomUSB storage devices and their storage restrictions. 7
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehas announced that the company does not have any plans to Description: The Thermolab Trinity may be a step down fromlocalize Ace Attorney Investigations 2 at this point of time. their excellent Baram 2010 but it comes bundled with a pre- installed high-speed 130mm PWM fan and at the same time itHardware news does perform quite well, not to mention it also costs less.ASUS GeForce GTX580 DirectCU II: The Ultimate Choice @ Intel launches Atom Z670 for tablet devicesInsideHW Description: Intel has enjoyed significant success with itsDescription: ASUS is a company reputed for going all the way Atom processor in netbooks, however as tablets becomes thethrough with its ideas; once they’ve decided to create a special next big cash cow the firm is in danger of sitting back and doingproduct (or product series, for that matter) and present it to nothing while ARM takes all the glory. Therefore Chipzillasthe market, they achieve what they had in mind. This is the Atom Z670 processor is likely to be one of the firms mostcase with their own rendition of GeForce GTX580 DirectCU important chips in a long time.II, which has been redesigned in every way, all with the goalof separating the card from competitors in mind, with both Consumer Electronics and Software newslow temperatures and overclock capabilities. Even the world- QPad 5K Gaming-Mouse and HeatoN Mousepad Review onfamous overclocker Shamino managed to set a record on this Technic3D (German)card; you can read more about this in a separate box. This Description: (Machine translation) The QPad "5K" Gaming-card is aimed at users who don’t restrain from paying good Mouse und "HeatoN" Mousepad arrived Technic3D. We willmoney for quality and now exactly what quality means. ASUS check the QPad Laser Mouse with up to 5040 cpi and 7 Buttonshas done their part of the job flawlessly and we really can’t say in the following Review on Technic3D.that we have anything to reproach to this card... Thermaltake TTeSports CONKOR and DASHER Mouse PadsSeagate Constellation.2 2.5” 1TB SATA / SAS 6Gb/s HDD Review @ MadshrimpsReview @ Real World Labs Description: Both TTeSports Conkor and Dasher mouse padsDescription: In today’s review/comparison we put the latest from Thermaltake come with simple but modern designs,Seagate Constellation.2 1TB Serial ATA drive up against and are built from high quality materials. The included carryits Serial Attached SCSI brother for the sole purpose of pouches are a plus for people that go frequently at LAN Parties,determining which type of interface is faster, more reliable and but also protect them from dust accumulation.most suited for your needs. Asrock Vision 3D HTPC @Hi Tech LegionMSI GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Lightning Overclocked Video Description: The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC was designed toCard Review deliver cutting edge home theater technology in a compactDescription: Kicking it up a notch in price and performance, form factor. The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC uses an Intelthe MSI GTX 580 Lightning could well be the card for you, “Arrandale” mobile processor, paired with an NVIDIA GTbeing of course based on the high end GTX 580 GPU. The 425M GPU, instead of the typical Intel Atom processor foundLightning series is all about overclocking, though, so we want in most pre-built HTPCs. The components of the Asrock Visionto find out just what this series can do for the GTX 580. 3D HTPC are compactly housed inside a thick, heavy, anodizedCooler Master USNA 95 Review @ ocaholic aluminum enclosure. A slot-loading Blu-ray or DVD drive canDescription: With the USNA 95 Cooler Master has a very small also be found inside, with a 2.5” 7200rpm HDD for storagemulty purpose notebook power supply in its portfolio. When and 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, upgradeable to 8GB.plugging in different tip it is possible to make the USNA 95 The Asrock Vision 3D HTPC is not only capable of 3D mediacompatible to a very wide range of notbooks. Unfortunately it playback with 7.1 HD audio support over HDMI 1.4a, butdoenst support Apples Mag-Safe mechanism as well as some users can also enjoy media encoding and even 3D Vision videoDell notebooks. gameplay.Sentey GS-6400R Arvina PC Case Review @ Windows 8 to Have Built-in PDF ReaderDragonSteelMods Description: WinSuperSite and Within Windows have anotherDescription: Today for review I’ve got a PC case from a new Windows 8 feature to share. Soon, you may no longer needcompany called Sentey, it’s the GS-6400R Arvina and it’s a big to install any extra software to view that ever popular PDFcase with a ton of room in it. The case has a built-in card reader format, thanks to an integrated PDF reader called Modernand an SATA port on the top that works with the included Reader that will ship with Windows 8SATA data and power cables that come with the case. The Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones @ TestFreaksArvina has more than enough room for the largest of video Description: A few years ago, almost three to be exact, Icards, along with space for five hard drives. reviewed the Future Sonics Atrio M5 earphones and I foundThermaltake Armor A30 MATX Case Review @ Vortez them to be an excellent product. To this day my opinion hasn’tDescription: Aimed primarily at LAN gamers the A30 aims to changed of them, I still grab them first even though I’ve gotcombine compact dimensions with high performance installs. many others to pick from. Future Sonics though isn’t he typeA rugged and aggressive looking design is the name of the of company to leave well enough alone and they just had togame here and will hopefully attract users of all kinds looking go an improve upon on one of the best sounding earphonesfor the performance edge! on the market. Aesthetically they haven’t changed, the internal workings have been improved with a new version of theirThermolab Trinity CPU Cooler Review @ Real World Labs proprietary drivers that offer a wider range of frequencies and just all around better specs. The set or kit I have today is the 8
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonespecial edition that is green, this kit features packaging made April 12th, 2011from recycled materials and a carrying case made from usedrubber inner tubes.Nokia C7: Beautiful = Forgivable @ InsideHWDescription: The C-series has always been treated by Nokiaas the “entrance” category, the initial step into the phoneworld. Roughly translated into numbers from the previous Its been a long time coming, but Intels tablet and fanlessera, the C-series would cover models marked 1xxx to 5xxx. netbook specific version of its Oak Trail platform has finallyThere’s even a division within the C-series itself, with models launched and is now known as the Atom Z670 CPU and thefrom C5 upwards being smartphones with the Symbian SM35 chipset. Were looking at quite a few changes here, evenoperating system. The currently leading model from the C- compared to Intels previous Z-series Atom processors and theseries, namely C7, is supposedly Nokia’s last model based on SM35 chipset is interesting all on its own. For those waitingthe S³ platform… for smartphone solutions from Intel, well, youll have to keepWindows App Store shots allegedly leak out, already disputed waiting, as thats what Intels 32nm Cedar Trail will bring laterDescription: Talk of an app store in Windows 8 was this year.rekindled Monday after a post showing whats supposedlyearly screenshots of the portal. So far titled the Windows App Its been a long time coming, but Intels tablet and fanlessStore, it would have its own dedicated portal app to browse netbook specific version of its Oak Trail platform has finallycategories and charts. Cnbetas copy had a sidebar that would launched and is now known as the Atom Z670 CPU and theboth show the installed apps as well as a way to manage the SM35 chipset. Were looking at quite a few changes here, evendownload queue. compared to Intels previous Z-series Atom processors and theGaming news SM35 chipset is interesting all on its own. For those waitingNeed For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Xbox 360 Review for smartphone solutions from Intel, well, youll have to keepDescription: Just like the Shift game from two years ago, the waiting, as thats what Intels 32nm Cedar Trail will bring lateraim of this title is to take the Need for Speed series in a this year.more realistic direction. High speed police chases are replaced The Atom Z670 CPU will be joined by the Z650 CPU andby wheel to wheel racing in proper racing cars rather than the only difference here is clock speeds where the Z670 ishigh powered exotics. You really do need to leave the old clocked at 1.5GHz and the Z650 at 1.2GHz. Both models areNeed for Speed behind before taking Shift 2 on, as its such a single core with Hyper-Threading support and 512KB of L2quantum shift and a few decisions that were made during its cache. Both models are 32-bit CPUs and have a limit of 2GBdevelopment have kept it from being a must play game. of single channel DDR2 800MHz memory. The TDP is a mereWill There Be Only One Console in the Future? 3W, although this is still far from the best Atom processorsDescription: When Denis Dyack argued in favor of a "One and even last years Atom Z625 which is also clocked atConsole Future" during the 2007 Games Convention in 1.5GHz comes in at 2.2W, although the two new additionsLeipzig, Germany, it was the first time many gamers had heard measures the same 13.8x13.8 as the earlier Z600-series Atomof the term. The public reaction was less than welcoming, with processors.cries of monopoly and stagnant evolution at the forefront ofcounter-arguments. Nearly four years later, consoles are asdivided as ever, but were seeing some strides that suggestDyack may have actually been right all along.Capcom: No plans to localize Ace Attorney Investigations 2 atthis timeDescription: If youre eager to find out about the ongoingadventures of Miles Edgeworth, Dick Gumshoe, and KayFaraday (like we are), we have some possibly distressing newsto report. Capcom is currently denying any plans to localizeAce Attorney Investigations 2. During a recent "Ask Capcom"video, VP of strategic planning and business developmentChristian Svensson answered a question about the game prettyflatly: "The answer is no. Sorry about that." Intel claims that the new Atom processors will handle 1080p video playback thanks to an integrated hardware accelerated video decoder which is part of the Intel GMA 600 which isIntels Atom Z670 CPU lands part of the Z600-series Atom processors. We should also seealongside the SM35 chipset improved battery life thanks improved SpeedStep support and more advanced Deeper Sleep power states. The new CPUsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-atom-z670-cpu-lands- as well as the SM35 chipset are all based on Intels 45nmalongside-the-sm35-chipset/11852.html fabrication process. 9
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe SM35 chipset brings with it lower power usage and asmaller package at 14x14mm compared to 17x17mm for theprevious generation chipset. Intel has stripped out a lot offeatures here though, such as PCI Express which is nowhereto be found. On the other hand the SM35 still offers SATAsupport which makes it an ideal candidate for a wide range ofSSD solutions. Its also offers up to four USB 2.0 ports, IntelHD audio support, HDMI 1.3a support as well as SDIO 2.0 andeMMC 4.3 support.We should hopefully be getting details of the first devices basedon the new platform very shortly, as IDF Beijing kicks off latertoday and wed expect at least some of Intels partners to showoff their new products there. Intel has already announced thatEvolve III, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Motion Computer, Razer and Viliv The board is somewhat limited when it comes to expansionhave a range of products which will start to arrive from next options; although as with all H61 boards it has four SATAmonth based on the Oak Trail platform. The question is if 3Gbps ports. It also has two full-size DIMMs unlike somethe Oak Trail platform will be enough for now to counter the models that rely on SO-DIMMs. The single expansion slot inonslaught of ARM based tablets that has started to arrive in the this case is a PCI Express x1 slot, so dont expect to be ablemarket, although Intels recent support for Googles Android to upgrade the graphics on this board. The only other usefulplatform might tip the scale to Intels advantage, at least more feature on the board is a pair of USB 2.0 headers for a total ofso than Windows 7 and MeeGo, simply based on the wide four ports.uptake of Android and general consumer acceptance.MSI launches its H61I-E35mini-ITX boardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-launches-its-h61i-e35-mini-itx-board/11851.htmlApril 12th, 2011 Around the back youll find a pair of PS/2 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a D-sub and HDMI port and finally three audio jacks. We feel like MSI could at least If youve been waiting for an affordable mini-ITX board for have added another pair of USB 2.0 ports around the back,Intels Sandy Bridge processors, then MSI might have what low cost board or not. Something we noticed in passing is thatyouve been waiting for in the shape of the H61I-E35 which MSI seems to have replaced its H67 mini-ITX board whichis its latest LGA-1155 motherboard. It might not be the most was shown back at IDF last year with the H61I-E35 as the twofeature rich board out there, but this should also allow MSI to carries the same MSI model number. This is a shame, as thekeep costs down to that of a very reasonable level. H67 model featured angled SATA ports as well as a mini PCI Express slot at the bottom of the PCB which wouldve made it a more suitable home server solution.If youve been waiting for an affordable mini-ITX board forIntels Sandy Bridge processors, then MSI might have whatyouve been waiting for in the shape of the H61I-E35 whichis its latest LGA-1155 motherboard. It might not be the mostfeature rich board out there, but this should also allow MSI tokeep costs down to that of a very reasonable level.As the model name gives away, the H61I-E35 is based on theIntel H61 chipset which by default makes it a budget solution That said, Intels 1k pricing puts the H61 at US$13 less thanas far as Sandy Bridge motherboards are concerned. That said, the H67 chipset which is a huge difference not only for thenot everyone needs a board with everything but the kitchen motherboard maker, but also for the retail price. The H61I-E35sink and MSI has come up with a board that should appeal to is listed for about €66 (S$120) which makes it the cheapestthose building a home media server for example. LGA-1155 mini-ITX board weve seen so far, but only by a small margin of about S$5.50 compared to Intels own DH61DL board which offers USB 3.0 connectivity and a mini PCI Express slot as an added bonus, although it only has three SATA ports and a DVI port instead of HDMI. 10
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone the F-12C except for the fact that it will dual-boot betweenRumour: Fujitsu to launch Symbian and Android v2.3.dual-booting Symbiansmartphones?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-fujitsu-to-launch-dual-booting-symbian-smartphones-/11849.htmlApril 12th, 2011We have heard of various out-of-this-world claims made bythe rumour mill when it comes to popular consumer electronicdevices such as smartphones and tablets, but this particularone which has just come to our attention today is probably in aclass of their own with regards to their credibility. That beingsaid, does anybody fancy a Fujitsu smartphone....and powered Now, we are not going to doubt the fact that Symbian is capableby Symbian? of running on an x86 processor, as working x86 ports of the OS have already been made way back in 2009. And we are also not going to contest that an Atom processor is capable of handling both operating systems: after all, Windows 7 was supposedly developed with netbooks in mind, and this means that the processor used in the F-07C should be sufficiently powerful to run the desktop-grade operating system from Microsoft. Rather, our suspicions stem from the fact that the user-For the most part, users typically understand that there is little interface presented in the image above looks decidedly fake: ithope that an existing, non-open source operating system will is almost as if someone cut out an image of the Unity interfacecontinue to be developed after the corporation which holds the from Ubuntu, changed the wallpaper and added a chunk ofcopyrights (and the underlying source code to it) has thrown Windows icons to pass it off as the real thing. But then again,in the towel. And for those who are unaware, this is exactly we have been caught with wrong predictions when it comeswhat has happened to the Symbian operating system that once to rumours such as this, so suffice to say we will definitely beheld more than 70% of the worlds smartphone OS market keeping tabs on this one.share. While Nokia has promised to keep Symbian alive, evento the extent of announcing an update for the OS that is dueon April 12, most OEMs would be wary about hopping onto a Samsung to launch threeplatform that is seemingly being soundly beaten by the likes ofBlackBerry OS, Android and iOS. Bada-powered smartphonesWith that in mind, it seems that the rumour mill has not this year? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-launch-three-bada-had its fair share of Symbian-related news yet, and the latest powered-smartphones-this-year-/11848.htmlinformation we have received seems to confirm that fact. April 12th, 2011In what is probably the most unexpected news ever, therumour claims a partnership between the likes of Fujitsu andNTT DOCOMO that will see the former hopping onto thealmost-dead Symbian platform with two smartphones thatwill feature the ability to dual-boot to an alternative operatingsystem. Sure, the whole world has gone goo-goo-gah-gah overAccording to a blog posting made by Juggly.cn, the two devices Android, iOS and to a slightly lesser extent, Windows Phone 7will have the model names F-07C and F-12C. That being when it comes to selecting a mobile OS of their choice for theirsaid, it is the F-07C that boasts the more outlandish claim: new, shiny smartphone, and for good reason. However, thereapparently, the F-07C will feature an Intel Atom processor are also alternative mobile OSes out there to choose from, andand a 32GB SSD for storage. And everyone knows what it Samsungs Bada is one of them. Or rather, make it three ofmeans when an OEM crams an x86 processor complete with them: a leaked flyer has seemingly revealed that the Koreansuch a large SSD into an embedded device;that the F-07C will electronics giant intends to launch at least three Bada-basedbe made to dual-boot between the likes of Windows 7 and mobile phones this year.Symbian. On the other hand, almost no information exists for 11
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo the mobile operating system scene is being dominatedby three very powerful players: Google with its Android AMD posts job listing foroperating system, Apple with its iOS and lastly, Microsoft with Android driver developers: aboth Windows Phone 7 and to a lesser extent, Windows 7.That is great and all, for choices are always good for both sign of impending changes toconsumers and developers; users are not forced to committo one particular platform, while competition ensures that fglrx? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-posts-job-listing-for-android-developers are kept on their toes in delivering quality products driver-developers-a-sign-of-impending-changes-to-fglrx-/11846.htmland user experiences. April 12th, 2011However, this does not mean that there are only threeoperating systems available for mobile users to choose from.While it is true that the aforementioned platforms are the mostdominant in the market today, there are also other smaller- Well, look at what we have got here. Apparently, AMD isscale operating systems that fill various niches, and Samsungs starting to feel a little left out of the entire smartphone andBada is one of them. And it seems that Samsung is going ahead tablet game, and has since taken steps to ensure that it doesto pull out all the stops to ensure that Bada does not fade away not lose out on too much of the rapidly shrinking pie while itsfrom the competition like a distant memory: a recent leak has rivals are busy churning out mobile-friendly products. Afterindicated that the Korean electronics giant has at least three all, that can be the only reason AMD is putting up job offeringsBada-powered phones planned for launch this year. for Android developers, no? It is common knowledge to most people that situated at the heart of the Android operating system for tablets and smartphones is the Linux kernel. And most people who are familiar with the implementations of open-source software and the Linux kernel know what it means when developers from all over the world make contributions or improvements to any operating system which utilizes the Linux kernel. SImply put, there is a chance that some of these contributions will eventually find their way back to the main kernelAccording to a report from Badaworld.net, the first of three tree, where they will be merged with the upstream sourcesphones to launch in 2011 will be known as the Samsung to provide a more complete out-of-the-box solution forWave 578 and it will come pre-loaded with a slightly dated developers who which to utilize the kernel for various uses.version of the Bada OS, namely version 1.1 as opposed tothe current version, which is 1.2. In addition, the Samsung And apparently, it seems that the latest announcementWave 578 will feature a 3.2-inch display capable of WQVGA from AMD is about to bring driver support in the Linuxresolutions, a three megapixel camera and standard wireless kernel to newer heights, especially where AMD-based GPUscommunication options such as Bluetooth and WiFi. are concerned. This is because the company has posted a job listing on its website in which it specifically calls forOf greater interest though, are the two mobile phones which experienced Android and Linux developers to apply for theare slated for launch much later in 2011 (September and position of a Linux Driver Development Engineer.November respectively). Based on the image shown above,the model which will be launching in September appearsto be a slightly higher-end model, as shown in the 3.65-inch displaycapable of HVGA resolutions and what appearsto be dual cameras. This is in direct contrast to the modelslated for a November launch, which features a much lower-res QVGA display and a three megapixel camera. That beingsaid, it is interesting to note that all three mobile phoneswill feature NFC technology, a trait which has yet to findmainstream acceptance on most existing smartphones on the According to the listing, the prospective engineer will bemarket today. working with the Linux Base Graphics team, to deliver anLast but definitely not least, no information about pricing and updated video driver stack that can be used on the Androidspecific release dates have been leaked out yet, so do check operating system while keeping "in line with the currentback for updates. development trends in the Android ecosystem". The posting also goes on to say that the applicant will need to be proficient in various programming languages such as C/C++, although it was the requirement about needing at least three years in 12
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonekernel-mode driver development which caught our eye, andfor good reason.Most Linux users with AMD graphics cards will be fully awarethat there exists two drivers for use with their hardware: the Launched on 9 March 2011, Prevview.com claims to be theopen-source radeon (or radeonhd) and AMDs proprietary first portal in Asia to utilize Video Resumes – Visumés - in anfglrx. While it is widely known that the open-source radeon interactive manner between employers and jobseekers.driver is completely left behind in the dust when compared The portal creates a professional platform that allows jobto the proprietary fglrx driver module provided by AMD in seekers to differentiate themselves not merely on paper, butterms of supported hardware and performance, radeon also in a more insightful and expressive manner on video, allowingboasts a key advantage that fglrx has failed to match for years: them to get talent spotted by their employers locally andthe ability to run in kernel-mode (aka KMS). And since AMD abroad.has already committed itself to fglrx, it is highly possible thatthe entire Linux Base Graphics team may be working to bring Employers can save time, money and hassle by pre-screeningKMS capabilities to fglrx in order to make it more portable potential candidates, before investing in a face-to-facearound various Linux-based OS. At the least, this will be more interview.efficient than producing a completely new driver stack for As with any new venture, knowing the right information iswhat is essentially another distribution of Linux. integral for success. At Prevview, every registered employer isAnd because newer, more visually-appealing display given an online video branding platform – never before seen inmanagers such as the much-talked about Wayland mandate the market. This comes fully equipped with a short corporatethe use of KMS drivers, being able to make the entire fglrx video(s) and tidbits about the company, including “gettingdriver stack kernel-mode compatible will not only make the hired” tips. Giving out information about the company and itsdriver more portable, but more futureproof as well. In the hiring criteria allows them to attract suitable job candidatesunlikely event that desktop Linux distributions eventually and desired talents to the company.decide to drop the X Window system in favor of something Being an integrated communication platform, Prevview giveselse like Wayland, a KMS-capable fglrx driver stack will allow its users an avenue to share information and directly engageusers to transition from one display manager to another with employers in conversation via Reviews (on schools, industries,minimal hiccup to their productivity. employers and internships), Interview Questions and even “InOf course, this is nothing more than just speculation on the the Shoes of” blogs from working professionals. All of whichoutcome of fglrx now that AMD has decided to evolve its driver provides insider information to job seekers that would helpstack in order to allow the company to get into the whole them integrate into the working world easily.Android game, and it could be possible that we are just reading Much like Facebook, Prevview understands that privacy istoo much into the job requirements. Well, one can only wait crucial to all users. As such, the portal is equipped with securityand see. measures to ensure confidentiality of the user’s information. Jobseeker profiles can only be searchable by employers andPrevview.com is Asias first they are given the choice to allow their profile to be LIVE. Those with searchable profiles can also choose to blockinteractive job portal to unwanted viewing.feature video resumes What can jobseekers expect?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/prevview.com-is-asia-s-first- Dedicated Profile Pageinteractive-job-portal-to-feature-video-resumes/11847.html Jobseekers are given a profile page to upload their visumé,April 12th, 2011 cover letter, resume, portfolio, and reference letters, which showcases their personalities and soft skills inexpressible on paper. In-Depth Information about Employers Jobseekers can learn more about Prevview’s Employers byWhile there are many job recruitment websites for job hunters watching their HR Video and other information.and employers alike, none of them are offering video resumes Updated Job Postingsyet, considering we are going beyond the age of text and With a comprehensive search function, Jobseekers will be theimages. Well, Prevview.com claims to be the first job portal in first to hear about available jobs and apply for them.Asia to offer video resumes. 360 Degree View of Candidates 13
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEmployers are given a holistic view of their potential Seems like the good folks over at Mozilla are not going tocandidates through downloadable personal details and quick be taking their time with new browser releases now the theand secure streaming of candidates’ visumés. browser wars are starting to heat up yet again. According to some development notes left in the browsers GIT repositories,Visumé Guide users might be able to see a brand new version of Firefox makeJobseekers will be provided with a comprehensive video guide its way out of Mozillas development labs by as early as Juneas well as Visumé tips and articles. this year, or only a mere three months after Firefox 4 wasCommunication Bridge launched back last month.Jobseekers can participate in exciting and thought-provokingEmployer Reviews, discussions and Interview Questionportion where they will be privy to some of the frequentlyasked interview questions.Important and Interesting TipsPrevview uses a lifestyle and interactive approach to educateits users on crafting visumés, cover letter writing, andinterview dress code.What can Employers expect?Streamline Their Recruitment ProcessVisumés enable pre-screening and shortlisting of potentialcandidates which cuts down the initial interview process. Witha professional search and viewing platform, employers cansearch for potential candidates anytime, anywhere.360 Degree View of Candidates Getting used to the various new features introduced to a webEmployers are given a holistic view of their potential browser that was only recently updated will probably mostcandidates through downloadable personal details and quick average users some time to pull off. After all, most browserand secure streaming of candidates’ visumés. updates usually introduces some minor changes to the user interface, and that alone will require some time for users toCompany Branding familiarize themselves with. And that does not include otherWith a dedicated branding platform – never before provided under-the-hood changes which users need to get acquaintedin the market – registered employers can showcase their HR with as well, such as new privacy features and more extensivevideo and profile (which includes a Q&A section and “Getting user-customizable settings, among many others.Hired” tips) to attract the most suitable talents. However, it seems that all of that will no longer be a factorImmediate Job Postings & Search Functions when it comes to Mozillas new release schedule for its FirefoxEmployers can post job advertisements and search for web browser. According to development notes hosted on itscandidates via a Content Management System where they can GIT repositories, version 5 of the Firefox web browser willsearch for candidates, post, edit and refresh job postings. feature a much shorter development phase: this is due toValue-Added Services the fact that Firefox 5 lacks what the Mozilla team calls1) Professional and personalised visumés for jobseekers, either development overlap with Firefox 4.at Prevview’s studio or at a preferred location.2) Professional HR Video production for organizations.In-Depth Information about EmployersJobseekers can learn more about Prevview’s Employers bywatching their HR Video and other information.Firefox 5 to be officiallyreleased in June this year?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/firefox-5-to-be-officially-released-in-june-this-year-/11845.htmlApril 12th, 2011 However, it should be pointed out that this accelerated development schedule only applies to Firefox 5, and that Firefox 6 will revert back to the old schedule, where each phase of the cycle will undergo six weeks of development: 14
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone moaning and groaning about how these superior clones which cost only a fraction of the real deal never make it out of the great walls of China. And unfortunately for fans of such Chinese clones, it seems that the latest consumer electronic device to leave the factory will be something worth groaning about where its global availability is concerned. Apparently, a new tablet sporting the Think moniker has emerged, and is said to be designed with the business user in mind, just like how the original Think- branded products produced by a certain OEM are.Last but not least, the nightly builds for Firefox 5 havereportedly been made available for public testing already.While the builds have been signed off as being nothing morethan alpha releases of Firefox 4.2, we have got word fromTechCaverns report that these builds are actually the pre-release versions of what will eventually be known as Firefox5. Of course, these builds are also highly unstable due to thefact that they have not been tested, so download at your ownrisk; we cannot be held responsible for computers and the dataresiding within its hardware going up in smoke at the click ofa mouse button. According to a report by Giz-China, the Thinkbook is a business-centric tablet powered by the Android operating system and will be made available for sale in two different sizes. The smaller of the two features a seven inch screen and uses a Rockchip 2818 CPU for its processing needs, however we cannot help but feel baffled about GizChinas claims that the tablet only features a measly 25MB of RAM. Of course, there is a chance that this could merely be a typo on GizChinas part, and that the tablet will actually come with 256MB of memory instead. The device is also relatively thin, with a height that measures a mere 11.6mm. On the other hand, little detail has been announced about the larger version of the Thinkbook, although GizChina claims that"Thinkbook" tablets show up it will feature a 10-inch screen and will utilize a slightly more powerful processor based off the ARM A8 microarchitecture.in China Last but definitely not least, both models will be sold in aSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/-thinkbook-tablets-show-up-in- variety of colour choices, namely white, black, dark red andchina/11844.html blue.April 12th, 2011Any computing device with the Think branding stampedon it is expected to feature the reliability and robustness inenterprise conditions that users have come to take for grantedfrom a certain OEM, right? Well, heres a piece of advice fromus: you might want to hold back those expectations a littlejust to be on the safe side, especially if the manufacturer ofthese "Thinkbook" business tablets ever plans to release themoutside of its Chinese domestic market.Keeping track of the large variety of cloned consumer That being said, we should point out that this Thinkbook is notelectronics devices churned out by the factories in China can your typical Think-branded device which hails from the likesbe a very interesting affair. Every once a while, new devices of Lenovo. Rather, GizChina claims that the manufacturer ofwhich appear to be superior than the original in either design the Thinkbook, Tin Chung Digital, has got little to no relationsor hardware specifications (or maybe even both) will magically with Lenovo; this means that the Think branding on thepop out of the factories production line, and we all start tablet is definitely a clear example of unauthorized use, and 15
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat the quality and reliability that we have come to expect trip to Jönköping, Sweden to compete in the Season Oneof the genuine Think-branded devices do not apply to the Grand Finals at DreamHack Summer 2011, the world’s largestThinkbook. digital festival from 18 to 21 June. On top of that is the total cash prize of S$2,000.Finally, no details about the Thinkbooks release date andprice have been revealed yet: this is because the tablets The number of participating teams is expected to range fromGizChina were able to play around with were little more than 32 to 64 and will include both Singaporean and Malaysianengineering dummies. So do check back for updates, while players. Registration for the Season One Qualifiers was openedremembering to curry some favor with a Chinese friend in the on 21 March.hopes that he might be able to ship one over to you. AMD A-Series (Llano), SocketLeague Of Legends qualifiers FM1 Picturedannounced Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-a-series-llano--socket-fm1-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/league-of-legends-qualifiers- pictured/11842.htmlannounced/11843.html April 12th, 2011April 12th, 2011 Chinese website ZOL.cn have revealed pictures of anThink youre good at League of Legends? Well, the qualifiers Engineering Sample of Llano, along with the first pictures offor this online multiplayer session-based game has already the FM1 Socket Llano fits into. A CPU-Z screenshot has alsobegun on the Singapore/Malaysia servers since 4 April, and been posted, which refers to a quad core AMD Engineeringthe top two teams will face off on 30 April. Read on for more Sample running at 2.4 GHz, and featuring 1MB L2 cache anddetails. no L3 cache - in tune with what would be expected from a Llano sample.Garena, online game service provider and Southeast Asia’sexclusive publisher of League of Legends, has announced thedates for the qualifiers of its acclaimed online multiplayersession-based game.League Of Legends is a session-based, multiplayer onlinegame where teams of players compete for victory. Built bya veteran development team and the original creators of For the first time, we have clear pictures of the elusive Socket Defense Of The Ancients, one of the world’s most popular FM1.player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elementsof the role-playing and strategy with addictive competitiveaction.The qualifying tournament for the Season One Grand Finals,in partnership with Dells Alienware, will take place on theSingapore/Malaysia server, where gamers will compete onlinefrom 4th to 30th April.The top two teams will then face-off in the finals at theAlienware Launch in Suntec City, Singapore on 30 April tocompete for the grand prize which includes a fully sponsored 16
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone of the (Bulldozer) AM3+ processors without spending a single cent. The new Socket AM3+ processors will bring more cores than what the AMD Phenom II line offers, as well as a larger L3 cache and support for more memory. Fabricated using the 32nm processor, these new processors will offer better electrical and thermal specifications than its predecessors. Apart from upgrading BIOSes on existing Socket AM3 products, MSI will publish Socket AM3+-ready BIOS versions (of supporting motherboards) on their website so that end- users can prepare their machines for the new processors.Along with the matching pin structure of the Llano die: The following is a list of motherboards (and BIOSes, if ready) that will support the new AMD Socket AM3+ processors. Motherboard Chipset BIOS model 890FXA-GD70 AMD 890FX A7640AMS.190 890FXA-GD65 AMD 890FX A7640AMS.I20 890FXM-G65 AMD 890GX A7640AMS.1A0 880GMA-E55 AMD 880G 880GMA-E45 AMD 880G 880GMA-E35 AMD 880G 880GMS-E35 AMD 880G 870A-G54 AMD 870 870S-G54 AMD 870The Llano APU is already shipping out to OEMs, and we can 870A-G46 AMD 870expect desktop and laptop systems based on Llano as early asMay/June. 870S-G46 AMD 870 870-C45 AMD 770For more pictures, you can visit the gallery at ZOL. 760GM-E51 AMD 760G 760GM-P33 AMD 760GMSI announces motherboardswith full AMD Socket AM3+ * BIOSes for the other boards will be released in the near future.compatibilitySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-announces-motherboards-with-full-amd-socket-am3-compatibility/11840.html Reference: MSI Press ReleaseApril 12th, 2011 Exclusive pictures of MSIs GeForce GT 520 card Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-pictures-of-msi-s-geforce- gt-520-card/11839.htmlMSI has announced a list of its current Socket AM3- April 12th, 2011based motherboards that will be fully compatible withAMDs upcoming Socket AM3+ multi-core processors. Byupgrading the BIOS, users will be able to experience thefull performance of the (Bulldozer) AM3+ processors withoutspending a single cent. A table of compatible motherboardsand corresponding BIOS versions after the break. Budget graphics cards might not be the most exciting ofMSI has announced a list of its current Socket AM3-based products, but Nvidia is looking at refreshing its entry levelmotherboards that will be fully compatible with AMDs cards with the GeForce GT 520 in the very near future. Detailsupcoming Socket AM3+ multi-core processors. By upgrading of the new GPU have been leaking via Chinese websites for athe BIOS, users will be able to experience the full performance 17
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefew days now and VR-Zone can as first publication bring youexclusive pictures of MSIs N520GT card. Computex Show Girls Come Early? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-show-girls-come-Budget graphics cards might not be the most exciting of early-/11837.htmlproducts, but Nvidia is looking at refreshing its entry level April 12th, 2011cards with the GeForce GT 520 in the very near future. Detailsof the new GPU have been leaking via Chinese websites for afew days now and VR-Zone can as first publication bring youexclusive pictures of MSIs N520GT card. It is not quite Computex yet but we are given a sneak peek of the show girls at their local PC exhibition. We are pretty sure some of them will be present at the main Computex Taipei show in June 2011 and we can expect alot more so stay tune for our Computex Show Girls coverage.In all fairness, the card itself doesnt look like much, althoughwere disappointed to see that MSI has chosen to go with anactive cooling solution on what is likely to be Nvidias newentry level card. The half-height card sports a DVI, HDMI andD-sub connector, so nothing out of the ordinary here. MSIhas gone with 1GB of DDR3 memory which again is a sign ofthis being a low-cost card, but it appears to be using very fewmemory chips to achieve this judging by the fact that none ofthe memory chips are visible.The GT 520 GPU is also known as the GF119 and as with justabout every other entry level card for the past decade werelooking at a 64-bit memory interface. The GPU is reportedto be running at 810MHz with the shaders at 1610MHz andmemory at 1794MHz (effectively), although this is based onleaks from zol.com.cn and might not be the actual clock speedsof all cards. Were also looking at 8 ROPs and 48 shaders, againtypical for an entry level Nvidia card. As to when the actuallaunch is, well, wed expect it to be in the next week or two, butwell just have to wait and see. 18
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAndroid 3.0 HoneycombTablets Hit Taiwan MarketSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-3.0-honeycomb-tablets-hit-taiwan-market/11836.htmlApril 12th, 2011Taiwan is blessed with the latest Android 3.0 Honeycombtablets from ASUS and Acer as they are now selling in alocal PC exhibition taking place this week. These proved to beselling pretty well as the lack of Apple iPad 2 in their marketspurs consumers to turn to other (better) alternatives. ASUSsEee Pad Transformer and Acers Iconia Tab A500 are bothpowered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)and sport a 10.1" screen. The 32GB version costs NT$16900(US$583) for the Eee Pad Transformer and NT$18200 (US$628) for the Iconia Tab. If you intend to get the Eee keyboarddock, you can buy it separately for NT$3000 (US$103). Taiwan is blessed with the latest Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets from ASUS and Acer as they are now selling in a local PC exhibition taking place this week. These proved to be selling pretty well as the lack of Apple iPad 2 in their market spurs consumers to turn to other (better) alternatives. ASUSs Eee Pad Transformer and Acers Iconia Tab A500 are both powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Android 3.0 19
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone(Honeycomb) and sport a 10.1" screen. The 32GB version costsNT$16900 (US$583) for the Eee Pad Transformer and NT$18200 (US$628) for the Iconia Tab. If you intend to get theEee keyboard dock, you can buy it separately for NT$3000 (US$103).There are still quite a number of other tablets on sale aroundthe show and one particular tablet stands out from the rest isthe Viewsonic ViewPad 10s which is powered by Tegra 2 andsports a 10.1" screen but on an older Android 2.2 Froyo. Itis one of the cheapest 10.1" tablets around at NT$12900 (US$445). The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 8 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--8- april-2011/11450.html April 12th, 2011 In todays news roundup: Researchers at IBM have reportedly been able to develop a 155 Ghz graphene transistor by using a diamond-like carbon substrate; Elpida has developed a 4- gigabit (4Gb) DDR2 mobile RAM, which employs a 30nm process technology; Microsofts Bing app has gone live for the iPad; Nokia does an about-turn with Symbian by taking down its online distributions of the mobile OS under the justification that the code is still closed-source; The Arcade version of Super Street Figher IV will reportedly be making its way to consoles in the form of a DLC, and BioWare has inked a deal with Funimation to create an anime Mass Effect feature film. Hardware news Crucial M4 / Micron C400 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews Description: Crucial, best known for their memory products, was the first to put an SSD on the market with a 6Gbps interface way back in early 2010 with the C300 drive. Back then, we ran some tests and found it to be impressive when compared with what was on the market at the time. Since then, a lot has changed and there are a number of 6Gbps interface drives on the market now so competition is definitely stiffer this time around. Will it hit them mark using the same controller with firmware and NAND updates? Read on and see. MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB Lightning Overclocked Video Card Review Description: While most companies have a good stand-out series, MSI have an arsenal of them. The Cyclone is great for these lower end mid-range cards; the cooler is quiet and performs very well. You can kick it up a notch and start looking at the Twin Frozr series which tends to be reserved for the higher end cards. Its also quiet, performs well and is essentially a higher end version of the Cyclone series. 20
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIBM researchers develop a 155 Ghz graphene transistor using Description: Well here’s an alternative to the HTPC and loungea diamond-like carbon substrate media center, possibly the smallest full scale PC around: theDescription: Researchers from IBM developed a graphene Sapphire Edge Mini PC. It’s about the size of a DVD case andtransistor with a record cut-off frequency of 155 Ghz and the comes packing HDMI out, dual core atom CPU, a 512 MBshortest gate length ever (just 40nm). They used a diamond- nVidia ION 2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 250GB of storage and gigabitlike carbon as the top layer of the substrate on which the ethernet. Should make for an interesting combination. Let’sGraphene is deposited. This material is a great substrate for see how it performs.Graphene. Its a& non-polar dielectric material - so it does not Bing’s Flair For Visual Search Comes To The iPadtrap or scatter charges, doesnt absorb a lot of wayer and has Description: Bing’s iPad app goes live in the Apple App Storeexcellent thermal conductivity. Its also cheap to make and this morning, with Bing’s signature focus on visual search inwidely used today in the semiconductor industry. full force. The new app will feature a different high-resolutionLian Li PC-A04 Review @ ocaholic homepage every morning, with more details about the imageDescription: With the PC-A04 Lian Li has a mATX case in its revealed through image hotspots.portfolio which offers a lot of space for hardware for such a LCD prices set to soarcompact enclosure. Especially regarding the hard drives Lian Description: Major LCD TV brands are expected to increaseLi seems to have made its homework. Of course, like with production during the second quarter of this year, withall Lian Li cases the timeless design alone would be reason monthly production growing by 15 percent from February toenough to wirte an entire review. Furthermore this case can March.be used for a wide area of applications which ranges from astandard office PC to a very well performing gaming PC. Sony accelerates Memory Sticks rate of obsolescence to 50MBpsEurocom launches MXM 3.0b AMD Radeon HD6970M VGA Description: Only Sony -- the company behind the "Musicmodule for High Performance Embedded Systems Unlimited powered by Qriocity" streaming service -- wouldDescription: Eurocom Corporation (www.eurocom.com), the consider naming its latest flash memory card the "Memoryleading mobile technology developer launches the AMD Stick PRO-HG Duo HX." But once you get past its monumentalHD6970M MXM 3.0b graphics module for embedded systems moniker youll notice that the 32GB (¥17,000 about $200),use. MXM Modules are available from Eurocoms MXM 16GB (¥9,000 or $106), and 8GB (¥5,000 / $59) MS-HXBGroup. series memory cards boast an impressive 50MB per secondVisionTek Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo Card Review @ Real transfer rate as tested by Sony.World Labs Finally, a Decent Honeycomb Tablet For Less Than the iPad 2Description: However fascinating the entire concept behind Description: Okay, maybe its a little too early to say for surethe Radeon HD 5770 1GB Combo by Visiontek and Bigfoot just how good the 10.1-inch Acer Iconia Tab A500 is, but theNetworks might be the cards mid-level performance, although specs—1GHz Tegra guts, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage 1280x800enough for casual gamers and HTPC owners just wont cut it LCD screen, 2MP and 5MP front and rear-facing cameras, etc.for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. —put it up there with the elite guard of Android tablets. AndAMD Radeon HD 6450 Launch Review @ Rage3D.com its price tag of $450 makes it the first serious cost competitorDescription: AMDs Caicos GPU has arrived ... again, after to Apples ace.being launch as OEM only early this year. Check out the Nokia says Symbian now closed-sourcefeatures and performance of the AMD Radeon HD 6450, and Description: Nokia this week confirmed that its decisionhow the same architecture tweaks seen in the HD 6800 series to take down online distributions of Symbian was actuallydeliver real next generation performance in the $60 price the effective end to Symbian as an open-source platform.point Although it republished the code this month, it has since saidElpida develops 30nm, 4Gb DDR2 mobile RAM it the code was only under a closed-source license and couldntDescription: Elpida Memory on April 7 announced that it be legally used for any purpose without a commercial deal. Thehas developed a 4-gigabit (4Gb) DDR2 mobile RAM, which code was only online to help Japanese phone makers still usingemploys the companys 30nm process technology. The new Symbian and to help existing platform partners, H Online wasdevice features a low operating voltage of 1.2V, achieves a told.data transfer rate of up to 1066Mbps, and uses roughly 30% Gaming newsless operating current compared with stacking two of Elpidas40nm 2Gb products. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Is Coming For Consoles as DLC Description: It looks like an official announcement is comingConsumer Electronics and Software news soon as trailers of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade EditionROCCAT Kulo Stereo Gaming Headset Review @ Madshrimps coming to the console as a DLC is popping out in YoutubeDescription: The latest Stereo Gaming Headset from ROCCAT although Capcom has been fast in taking them down.is named Kulo, is very light (suitable for LAN Parties), and ConsoleTECH have managed to get their hands on a trailercomes with an unique feature: the Automatic Mic-Mute; also, from an anonymous source.the in-line volume control is very handy. Even if it is an on-ear BioWare, Funimation Announce Mass Effect Anime Moviemodel, its confortable even after many hours of use. Description: Legendary Pictures acquired the film rights toSapphire Edge Mini PC Review @ XSReviews.co.uk the Mass Effect franchise last year, but before fans see a live- 21
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneaction Commander Shephard, theyll see a cartoon version ofthe protagonist. BioWare has inked a deal with Funimation tocreate an anime Mass Effect feature film.NGP Launch Not Impacted by Quake, Sony Now ClaimsDescription: Contrary to what has been implied by thepresident of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sonyclaims that last months earthquake in Japan has had no effecton plans for the NGPs launch.Intel set to expand SandyBridge processor familySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-set-to-expand-sandy-bridge- As for the upcoming Celerons that are set to launch in Q3, soprocessor-family/11835.html far we only know the model names, G440, G530 and G540.April 12th, 2011 Presumably there will be a performance gap between the G440 and the G530, just like there is between the Pentium G620 and G840. Wed hazard a guess that these CPUs will have 2MB L3 cache and were fairly confident that neither model will feature Intel HD 2000/3000 graphics, as the mobile Celerons that have already been launched have a more basic graphics core which drops features such as Clear Video and Quick Sync.According to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look Conversationally Intel only launched a single LGA-1156forward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as Celeron processor, the little known G1101 which never reallyin Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next made it into the consumer space. This means that weresix months or so with a range of new models. In the near future now looking at a serious generation jump from the LGA-775we can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a Wolfdale based Celerons all the way to Sandy Bridge whichlittle bit more long term were looking at a set of new Celeron implies a fairly serious performance improvement, even atprocessors. what is an entry level CPU. Secretly we were actually hoping that Intel would finally lay its Celeron brand to rest, asAccording to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look the company already have enough CPU SKUs and with theforward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as Pentium G620 expected to cost $64 in quantities of 1,000, soin Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next the new Celerons are somehow going to have to fit in at belowsix months or so with a range of new models. In the near future $60 which seems to suggest a very low profit margin on thewe can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a three upcoming Celerons.little bit more long term were looking at a set of new Celeronprocessors. MSI R6870 HAWK breaksBetween now and the end of May we should see theintroduction of the first Pentium based Sandy Bridge world records in 3DMark05processors and four different models are expected, the G620T, and 3DMark06the G620, the G840 and the G850. These models have been Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-r6870-hawk-breaks-world-making the rounds now for a little while, but were finally records-in-3dmark05-and-3dmark06/11834.htmlgetting really close to the launch. The Pentium processors are April 12th, 2011very similar to the Core i3s and the major differentiator is lackof Hyper Threading, although for the time being, Intel appearsto be keeping the Pentiums at clock speeds below 3GHz as well.For those using Intels integrated graphics the bad news hereis lack of support for Clear Video and we dont know if well seesupport for Quick Sync or not in these models.Intel is also expected to launch the Core i3-2105 which to MSIs new HAWK series of graphics cards has receivedall intents and purposes are identical to the Core i3-2100, universal acclaim from both the media and overclockingwith one major exception, it has Intel HD 3000 graphics aficionados. The HAWK series not only has top-notchmaking it the first non-K series desktop processor to get specifications but also comes with a number of MSI-exclusiveHD 3000 graphics. This should make the Core i3-2105 an performance-enhancing features. Using the latest MSI R6870interesting consumer alternative for those that are looking for HAWK, overclocking guru THC from the Danish ODOC teaman affordable system that needs a little bit better graphics achieved a jaw-dropping GPU frequency of 1325MHz last weekperformance than what most of Intels current mid-range with the help of LN2 cooling at -180 degrees. The team wasCPUs can offer. also able to break the highest AMD Radeon HD 6870 GPU 22
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonescores for 3DMark 05 and 3DMark 06 with 44563 and 34471 MSI cards as their choice for both performance and qualityrespectively. components. Reference: MSI Press Release ASUS releases new external BW-12D1S-U Blu-ray writer and Xonar U3 Mobile USB mobile(TAIPEI, TAIWAN) - MSIs new HAWK series of graphics soundcardcards has received universal acclaim from both the media Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-releases-new-external-bw-12d1s-and overclocking aficionados. The HAWK series not only u-blu-ray-writer-and-xonar-u3-mobile-usb-mobile-soundcard/11833.htmlhas top-notch specifications but also comes with a number April 12th, 2011of MSI-exclusive performance-enhancing features. Using thelatest MSI R6870 HAWK, overclocking guru THC from theDanish ODOC team achieved a jaw-dropping GPU frequencyof 1325MHz last week with the help of LN2 cooling at -180degrees. The team was also able to break the highest AMDRadeon HD 6870 GPU scores for 3DMark 05 and 3DMark 06with 44563 and 34471 respectively. If you are in the mood to expand your desktop or notebook PCs functionality with a few new peripherals, ASUSs latest product launches for the day would probably be of great interest to you. This is because the Taiwanese OEM has just announced two new accessories to enhance a PC users multimedia experience: an external Blu-ray writer known as the BW-12D1S-U, and a new Xonar U3 Mobile USB mobile soundcard. ASUS Demonstrates 3D Blu-ray Leadership with the BW-12D1S-U External Writer New device joins a complete range of Blu-ray products that offers consumers the fastest speeds, exciting 3D entertainment and stylish diamond-inspired designDanish overclocker THC noted that "the MSI R6870 Hawk ASUS has just launched the new BW-12D1S-U, the world’shas increased the phase of the power supply to 8+2 phase, fastest external 3D Blu-ray writer. It enables an easy transitionallowing me to operate extreme overclocking on the GPU with from DVD, the fastest and most reliable Blu-ray burningthe huge amount of current required. With MSIs Afterburner performance, and a unique artistic approach to optical media.triple super-overclocking software, I was able to avoid the riskof damaging the graphics card when making modifications,thus enabling me to effortlessly increase the GPU/memory/VDDCI voltage and break the HD 6870 records for 3DMark05and 06!"The R6870 Hawk boasts MSIs exclusive Propeller Blade fantechnology, which increases airflow by 20%. The 8+2-phasepower supply provides twice the amount of current comparedto the reference design, increasing stability while overclocking.Combined with the triple over-voltage technology, VMEMand VDDCI can be boosted along with VGPU, furtherlifting overclocking headroom. With overclocking-friendlyimplementations, MSI claims its R6870 Hawk has become the All-new BW-12D1S-U Blu-ray external writerhottest Radeon HD 6870 product on the market. With burning speeds up to 12X via USB 3.0, Optical TuningWith THC achieving a record-breaking feat using the HAWK Strategy (OTS) technology for the best writing quality availableseries, MSI hopes that more overclocking enthusiasts will pick and high definition 3D playback, the BW-12D1S-U further highlights the attention ASUS pays to design, arriving in a 23
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneform inspired by diamond shapes. It also includes a unique 12X BD-R, 8X BD-R(DL), 6Xblue power indicator for an artistic touch, and features a Write speed BD-R(LTH), 2X BD-RE(DL)matching stand that allows for practical two-way horizontal 8X BD-R(DL), 8X BD-RE, 6Xand vertical placement to help users save space with increased BD-R(LTH), 2X BD-RE(DL),versatility. 8X BD-ROM(DL), 6X BD-Attractive technology encourages transition to Blu-ray Read speed RE(DL) Interface USB 3.0ASUS Blu-ray devices now support 3D playback across therange, offering 2D to 3D conversion and full 1080p HD withno quality compromise. In order to afford an easier and fastertransition from DVD to Blu-ray for consumers, ASUS hasimplemented powerful upscaling of non-HD DVD content to Skype 2.2 comes to Linux...butHD standards. By doing so, ASUS effectively protects the only as a betainvestment by consumers in large DVD libraries over the last Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/skype-2.2-comes-to-linux...but-only-decade and longer. as-a-beta/11832.htmlAudio performance for all Blu-ray content supports both April 12th, 2011Dolby EX and 5.1-channel DTS-HD, offering high definitionsound as part of modern home entertainment setups. Sounddecoding ensures no degradation of original audio sourcesoccurs, so users are guaranteed faithful reproduction and crispsound in every application. One of the toughest things about making the jump to an alternative operating system that is neither Windows nor MacEnhanced Blu-ray writing performance is that there is no drop-in alternative of popular softwareASUS incorporates the finest components and latest applications that WIndows and Mac users always take fortechnologies in its optical drives, leading to output well above granted, and Skype is no exception. After all, while Windowsindustry standards. The current Blu-ray writer lineup offers users are already on version 5 of the Skype client, Linux usersthe world’s fastest Blu-ray burning speeds, with devices now will have to be content with the recently-released version 2.2performing at up to 12X. Additionally, OTS technology ensures of the client for their internet telephony needs. And a betaoptimized burn strategies for each job. ASUS drives go beyond too, at that. Read on for more information about the recently-speed to guarantee fidelity, so burns take less time while released beta for Skype 2.2 for the Linux operating system.always maintaining reliability and complete success rates. Everybody loves to make internet phone calls via Skype, but for Linux users, the ability to do so is often more of a luxury than a tool, and for good reason. After all, most popular software applications available for download today lack a native Linux port, and those that do have Linux ports are usually well behind the Windows and Mac versions.Technology driven by aesthetics Unfortunately for Linux users, Skype is no exception to the rule, and the recently released update to the Linux versionASUS Blu-ray devices take a different approach to component of the Skype client is the best proof of that. While Windowsdesign. Unlike generic optical drives, they bring to the fore and Mac users are happily Skype-ing away on version 5 of theexciting presentation. Drawing inspiration from natural and client, Linux users have to contend with a beta of version 2.2architectural forms, ASUS designers have crafted the most of the Skype client, which was released only just recently.unique Blu-ray drives available for PC while accommodatingnew technology. ASUS optical drives have won several awards, According to a blog posting made by Marco of Skypes Linuxincluding International Forum (iF) design awards in both team, the new beta of Skype for Linux brings a new feature2010 and 2011 and the Taiwan Excellence Award 2011 for the known as Skype Access to Linux users. This feature willnew BW-12D1S-U. reportedly allow Linux users to make use of their Skype credits to connect to up to 500,000 paid WiFi networks globally.SpecificationsBW-12D1S-U external 3DBlu-ray writer 24
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAdditional improvements made to the Linux client includesfixes to enhance audio and video quality, along with variousdistro-specific bugfixes such as PulseAudio issues in Ubuntu Yep, that time of the month is about to come again. As mostand visual corruption when attempting to use Skype under people would already be aware, Microsoft follows a strictKDE. schedule when it comes to delivering security patches, andIt is also worth pointing out that while the various packages that strict schedule means that every single patch that theoffered for download are likely to work for most Linux Redmond giant is capable of churning out will be released indistributions available today. This is because we have received one go on a specific day every month, hence the name Patchword that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not supported out-of- Tuesday.the-box due to the fact that Skype requires GLIBCXX_3.4.9 to And if you are already preparing your Windows PC to receiverun, while the latest version available on RHEL is that of 3.4.8. the next wave of security updates from Microsoft when the dayLast but definitely not least, there is still no native x64 client comes, chances are you may be interested to find out morefor RPM-based distributions, although an x64 .deb package is about the patches and the kind of problems they are supposedavailable for Ubuntu and Debian. to fix before actually deploying them. Which is exactly what Microsoft has done with its Security Bulletin Advance Notifications, which has been updated with information about this months Patch Tuesday. In a nutshell, there will be a total of 17 patches for next Tuesdays update which will be used to fix a whopping 64 security vulnerabilities across a wide variety of Microsoft software products. And the bad news is that a good number of these bulletins have been marked as critical, for they are designed to plug various holes in the operating system that could potentially allow for remote code execution. Of note, however, is Security Bulletin #1, which is designed to plug a hole in Internet Explorer from version six to eight.More information about the betas system requirements can Bulletin ID Maximum Restart Affectedbe found in the clients release notes. Severity Requirement Software Rating andMicrosoft to release 17 Vulnerability Impactsecurity bulletins for Aprils Bulletin 1 Critical Requires MicrosoftPatch Tuesday Remote Code restart Windows,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-to-release-17-security- Execution Internetbulletins-for-april-s-patch-tuesday/11831.html ExplorerApril 12th, 2011 Bulletin 2 Critical Requires Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows Execution Bulletin 3 Critical Requires Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows Execution Bulletin 4 Critical May require MicrosoftThe second Tuesday of the month is soon upon us, and just Remote Code restart Windowsas we had expected, Microsoft has published an advance Executionnotification of the security bulletins users can expect to receive Bulletin 5 Critical May require Microsoftfor their operating systems when the time comes. And we got Remote Code restart Windowssome news for you: this months Patch Tuesday is not going to Executionbe the lightest of updates. 25
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBulletin ID Maximum Restart Affected January, it has been given an Important rating instead of the Severity Requirement Software typical Critical. Rating and Voss has also confirmed that the various bulletins will be made Vulnerability available for download via Windows Update on April 12 at Impact approximately 10pm PDT.Bulletin 6 Critical May require Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows, Execution Microsoft AMD to release Radeon HDBulletin 7 Critical Requires Office Microsoft 6450 for retail? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-to-release-radeon-hd-6450-for- Remote Code restart Windows retail-/11830.html Execution April 12th, 2011Bulletin 8 Critical May require Microsoft Remote Code restart Windows Execution The last time we spoke about the Radeon HD 6450 graphicsBulletin 9 Critical Requires Microsoft card, AMD had stated that this particular card will be exclusive Remote Code restart Windows to OEMs only, which meant that the average DIY-er desiring Execution an entry-level, low-cost 6xxx-series graphics card from theBulletin 10 Important May require Microsoft likes of AMD were essentially cut out of the loop. However, Remote Code restart Office word has it that AMD has since reversed its decision, and it Execution seems like the Radeon HD 6450 will indeed be making its entryBulletin 11 Important May require Microsoft on retail shelves soon. Remote Code restart Office, Execution Microsoft Server SoftwareBulletin 12 Important May require Microsoft Remote Code restart Office Execution For most DIY-ers and hardware enthusiasts, the act of askingBulletin 13 Important May require Microsoft them build a PC with an entry-level graphics card is usually Remote Code restart Windows met with a great deal of incredulity, and for good reason. Execution After all, it would be more economical for users who do not need the power of a dedicated graphics card to stick withBulletin 14 Important May require Microsoft the motherboards or processors onboard graphics, especially Remote Code restart Developer if the user does not intend to make use of his or a PC as Execution Tools and a multimedia entertainment device. And even if they do, Software the state of integrated graphics solutions offered by Intel,Bulletin 15 Important Requires Microsoft AMD and NVIDIA have improved to a point where it is now Information restart Windows possible to enjoy decent-quality content without significant Disclosure slowdowns.Bulletin 16 Important May require Microsoft However, it appears that AMD keen on capturing the segment Remote Code restart Windows of users who want something a little more powerful than the Execution generic onboard graphics solution without having to break theBulletin 17 Important Requires Microsoft piggy bank on a mainstream card that they will never fully Elevation of restart Windows utilize. The solution to that issue came in the form of AMDs Privilege low-profile Radeon HD 6450 graphics card, which features a new Caicos GPU along with many of the features found in theAccording to a blog post by Peter Voss, a senior higher-end 6xxx-series cards, but substantially toned down toresponse communication manager for Microsoft Trustworthy reduce power draw and cost. Still, one tiny problem remainedComputing, the aforementioned bulletin will patch both the with the card: it was only available for OEMs.S.M.B Browser issue which was first publicly announcedway back in February this year, along with the MHTMLvulnerability that was first raised in January. While theS.M.B hole is rated at critical, Voss claims that there hasbeen no known attacks made against Windows and InternetExplorer made through this vulnerability, and that it isthe MHTML vulnerability that has seen limited, small-scaleattacks. However, as the MTHML vulnerability was previouslyclosed in the form of a security advisory released in late 26
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone production demands and timeline challenges with the help of NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics solutions. Approximately 450 ILM artists located in San Francisco and Singapore worked on Rango, each on a workstation equipped with NVIDIA Quadro solutions. The artists benefited from the speed of the graphics processing unit (GPU) when using animation tools such as Autodesk Maya, along with a range of ILMs in-house applications. "Whenever youre approaching a film of this scale you need to make your production pipeline operate as efficiently as possible -- especially when it comes to character animation work," said Tim Alexander, VFX supervisor for Rango. "By using NVIDIA Quadro processors and building GPU- accelerated processes into our workflow, we saved a hugeThat being said, AMD has seemingly changed its mind about amount of rendering time."the OEM-only aspect of the card, for various reports have ILMs proprietary GPU-accelerated fluid solver / rendererclaimed that the company has quietly released two variants "Plume" has been used on several films, including Harry Potterof the Radeon HD 6450 for retail. Like the original OEM- and the Half-Blood Prince and The Last Airbender. For Rango,only version, the HD 6450 will feature 160 stream processing new shadow and lighting features were built into Plume tounits, eight texture units, 16 Z/Stencil ROP units, four colour make dust and fire simulations more realistic, contributing toROP units, and will feature either GDDR5 or DDR3 memory. the unique look of the environments envisioned for the film.The GDDR5 version will sport 1GB of memory at speeds of800-900MHz and a slightly faster GPU which is clocked at750MHz, while the slower DDR3 version will feature 512MBof memory clocked at 533-800MHz and a GPU clocked at625MHz. Alexander explains, "If we have a character standing in the key light, hell actually cast a shadow into the dust, smoke or fire.No word about pricing and availability has been made public In the past we would fake those biometric ray-type effects oryet, although various websites have confirmed that both any sort of shading in the composite phase. By using the GPUvariants of the Radeon HD 6450 will retail at sub-US$60 to bake shadows and lighting into the simulation, we savedlevels. a tremendous amount of time and achieved a more realisticFull system specifications for the AMD Radeon HD 6450 effect by having all of the detail of the object thats casting thegraphics card can be obtained at AMDs product page here. shadow actually in the shadow itself." Plume was also used to simulate fire; in one scene, theRango and Quadro: NVIDIAs main character Rango belches flames, setting a saloon patron ablaze. "With NVIDIA GPU acceleration in Plume, wereprofessional GPUs slice render getting real-time feedback on dust and fire. Previously it would have taken one or two days to simulate the same scene,"times substantially continued Alexander.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rango-and-quadro-nvidia-s-professional-gpus-slice-render-times-substantially/11829.html Rangos crowd scenes feature up to 120 variations of 75 keyApril 12th, 2011 characters -- each one with either hair, fur or feathers on their body. In order to accommodate the massive amounts of rendering required to generate the frames, ILM developed a GPU-accelerated process to calculate lighting occlusion. The occlusion data provided a preview of hair or feathers, andIn Rango, the new Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon was fed into Pixars RenderMan renderer for a final pass. Theanimated film directed by Gore Verbinski, visual effects pipeline shortcut resulted in speed increases of up to 100facility Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was able to overcome times, depending on how complicated the hair or feathers wereproduction demands and timeline challenges with the help within a given sequence.of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. Approximately 450 Furthermore, the hundreds of GPU cores in each artistsILM artists located in San Francisco and Singapore worked on workstation also boosted the performance of ILMs GPURango, each on a workstation equipped with NVIDIA Quadro render farm during off-business hours. With "ObaQ", ILMssolutions. Academy Award-winning render queue system, NVIDIA processors were automatically utilized by the render system when an artist logged out at the end of the workday.In Rango, the new Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeonanimated film directed by Gore Verbinski, visual effects "Our ongoing work with ILM to drive GPU optimizationfacility Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was able to overcome for visual effects and CG creation has led to incredible results," said Dominick Spina, technology manager, Digital Film Group, NVIDIA. "ILMs growing GPU integration and 27
    • April 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe dramatic impact it has made on their workflow ultimatelybenefits filmgoers, who continue to be delighted by ILMsinnovative visual effects."Source: NVIDIA Press Release 28
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! • Friendly installation. VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Xigmatek Aegir CPU CoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xigmatek-aegir-cpu-cooler/11887.htmlApril 16th, 2011 Samsung Nexus S Review: Second "Google Phone", but first with Android 2.3High performance coolers are an essential part for the systemsof enthusiasts, especially those which delve into overclocking. GingerbreadToday we are going to take a look on a product from Xigmatek, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-nexus-s-review-second-an European manufacturer, the Aegir SD128264 CPU cooler. google-phone--but-first-with-android-2.3-gingerbread/11823.html April 16th, 2011High performance coolers are an essential part for the systemsof enthusiasts, especially those which delve into overclocking.Today we are going to take a look on a product from Xigmatek,an European manufacturer, the Aegir SD128264 CPU cooler.Xigmatek fancies naming their products after old gods andother mythological figures; Aegir was the Norse god of theseas. What the long model number stands for, we will never The Samsung Nexus S has landed in Singapore. If you didntknow. Xigmatek makes some interesting claims about the have the chance to purchase online in December last year, well,performance and technology of this cooler which will soon be the good news is that you dont have to look for it online. Theput to the test. phone is available at all mobile phone retailers here. We at VR- Zone managed to get one in for this review.Manufacturer features and specifications • H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology. • Support for LGA775/1156/1366; AM2/AM2+/AM3. • Dual fan installed option and Anti-vibration rubbers attached. • Double layer HDT & Double performance. • 2pcs Φ8mm & 4pcs Φ6mm high performance heat-pipes. • PWM fan to adjust the power of the fan efficiently. • Anti-vibration rubbers prevent vibration and absorb noise. In early 2010, Google caught everyone by surprise when it announced its own branded Nexus One Android smartphone. • Mounting system, Spring-Screw and consolidate back Dubbed "the Google phone", the Nexus One was manufactured plate. by Taiwanese company HTC and was preloaded with Android 1
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone2.1 (Eclair) mobile operating system. To date, the smartphone Description: AMD is reportedly already preparing its nexthas received updates to the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. series of Radeon HD 7000-series GPUs, and planning to start mass production of the new chips in May this year.While Google had said that it will not come up with anothersmartphone, the search engine giant launched the Nexus S, the Description: The keyboard is a vital piece of equipment to anysuccessor to the Nexus One, in December 2010. Manufactured gamer looking for that certain edge. Thermaltake’s Challengerby Samsung, the Google Nexus S features the latest Android Pro has a few unique features to set itself apart from the rest2.3 Gingerbread and it was available for online purchase in US of the field.and UK. No luck for those of us here in Singapore then. Description: The DH67BL has all the necessary features thatThankfully, in mid March, Samsung officially announced a HTPC or anyone needing a small powerful computer wouldthat the Nexus S is selling here. However, note that it is called need. The DH67BL has the LGA1155 socket that supports thethe Samsung Nexus S rather than Google Nexus S and theres newest Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Sandy Bridge processors.a slight difference: the Samsung Nexus S uses the Super LCD Description: The latest mid-range card to greet us comes fromscreen, while the Google Nexus S is equipped with Super ASUS and is part of the new NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti series. TheAMOLED. model were looking at today is part of both the DirectCU andFor those into the full specifications, here you go:- TOP series and carries with it both a healthy overclock and upgraded cooling system. Samsung Nexus SCPU 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird Description: ASUS’ WS series, which is shortened for S5PC110 Workstation, targets users who find quality and stability to beMemory Internal phone: 512MB the key features to any PC, while enabling the same PC to use its performance to the max on said motherboard.Storage 16GB internalScreen 4-inches (WVGA) Super LCD Consumer Electronics and Software newsGraphics 800 x 480 Description: Ten months after the iPhone 4 was announced,Display Resolution 5-MP camera w/ auto focus, Apple is still reassuring us that the white model is on its way- LED flash possibly. After Bloomberg reported the white iPhone 4 shouldConnectivity 3.5mm audio, micro-USB, be on sale by the end of the month. 802.11b/g/n Description: The BlackBerry PlayBook isnt just the third Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A-GPS major tablet platform to launch, or the first one to deeply pokeExpansion Slot n/a at figuring out why 7-inch tablets should exist—its literally the future of BlackBerry, since the QNX-based OS is going to beBattery life 1500mAh rechargeable the gooey software heart of BlackBerry phones in the next year Lithium-ion or so.Talk time Up to 427 hour standby time; Up to 402 min talk time Description: Microsofts new browser, Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), will not run on Windows Vista, either now in itsPlatform Android 2.3 Gingerbread developer preview form or when the software ships, theDimensions 123.9 x 63 x 10.8mm company confirmed today.Weight 129g Description: A major security flaw has been discovered in the Skype for Android app, one which could put the sum total of a users private data in danger of being accessed by others.The Daily VR-Zone News Description: Spotify AB said it is cutting back on its free music-Summary - 15 April 2011 streaming service, as the European start-up tries to boost the number of paying subscribers and attempts to expand into theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--15- U.S.april-2011/11451.htmlApril 16th, 2011 Description: Build quality, easy swappable 3.5 HDD tray, dual OS, built-in WiFi and 7.1 analog audio outputs are just some of the many features that place the S800 Ultra by Egreat next to the best network media players the market has to offer today. Gaming news In todays news roundup: AMD Radeon HD 7000-series Description: Its not officially E3 season until the first bigrumoured for May production ; ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti rumors start swirling. And theres a big one making the roundsDirectCU TOP overclocked video card review; Apple: White related to Nintendo and a potential successor to the populariPhone 4 is real (and late) ; Review of the BlackBerry PlayBook; Wii console.Sony PlayStation 3 sales hit 50 million , and Gears of War 3 Description: Sony announced today that the PlayStation 3 hasbeta impressions . sold 50 million units worldwide as of March 29. Not only that,Hardware news but PlayStation Move has been enjoying some success too, with 8 million units sold worldwide as of April 3. 2
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: We here at IGN have had a few days to get our feetwet in the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta before anyone else. Mionix Zibal 60 MechanicalBut we arent here to brag (well, maybe a little), were here to Keyboard Unveiledlet you know what we think. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mionix-zibal-60-mechanical-keyboard- unveiled/11885.htmlTaiwan Excellence Awards April 16th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/taiwan-excellence-awards/11886.htmlApril 16th, 2011 Mionix has unveiled the Zibal 60, a mechanical keyboard developed for the gamer. It comes with non-tactile,Today the Gold and Silver awards in the Taiwan Excellence mechanical, black cherry MX switche, multi-level backlightAwards were announced and VR-Zone was on location in illumination paired with six key rollover as well as twoTaipei. The awards are very prestigious in Taiwan and this year port usb 2.0 hub, audio/mic extensions and media controlwas the 19th year that TAITRA arranged the awards. All the big keys. Mionix™ Zibal 60 will be available worldwide to pre-names like Asus, D-Link, Gigabyte, MSI and VIA were in the order today and delivery in June 2011. Suggested retail price:running for the top Gold and Silver awards, although we have $149.99 / €149.99to say that we were somewhat surprised at the judges choices.Today the Gold and Silver awards in the Taiwan ExcellenceAwards were announced and VR-Zone was on location inTaipei. The awards are very prestigious in Taiwan and this yearwas the 19th year that TAITRA arranged the awards. All the bignames like Asus, D-Link, Gigabyte, MSI and VIA were in therunning for the top Gold and Silver awards, although we haveto say that we were somewhat surprised at the judges choices.There are of course several categories outside of theIT industry for the Taiwan Excellence Awards and theproducts competing for the awards included an SUV forlocal car company Luxgen, CNC machines, cook tops, waterpurification systems and even a high-end toilet from HCG witha wireless remote control. You’ll find pictures of some of theseproducts on the last page, as not all were actually displayed at Vaxjo, Sweden – April 14th, 2011 - Mionix™, the Swedishthe event due to their sheer size. A total of 974 products were manufacturer of professional high-end gaming accessoriessubmitted for the awards of which 459 were selected of which today unveiled the Mionix™ Zibal 60, a mechanical keyboardonly the top 30 products were represented at today’s awards developed for the gamer that deserves the best.ceremony. Also on site was Taiwan’s Vice President VincentV. Siew and he presented the Gold award winners with theirawards. "I believe it is an artform to building keyboards, that are not just for gaming but also compromise free and simple in design. The high attention to detail and subtle features are going to be loved by our loyal users”, says Carl Conradsson, Mionix. WHEN INNOVATION MEETS PERFORMANCE The Mionix Zibal 60 is a fusion of the best keyboard components together with great gaming features that gives your game the edge you have been searching for. Engineered with non-tactile, mechanical, black cherry MX switches that deliver the best feel to every keystroke. Multi-level backlight illumination paired with six key rollover that allows you to perform up to six simultaneous keystrokes with all keys, make the Zibal 60 standout from the crowd. in addition to the performance features, the Zibal 60 offers smart functions that 3
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneinclude a two port usb 2.0 hub, audio/mic extensions andmedia control keys for full integration with your desktop setup.FEATURES • Black Cherry MX Mechanical key switches • Detachable wrist rest • Green backlit key illumination • Three lighting modes On, Off and WASD • Multi-level brightness control • Mionix action key to access light/media controls • Six key rollover • Rage proof durability • Connect-through ports for audio/mic • full speed uSb 2.0 hub • Plug n PlayAVAILABILITY & PRICINGMionix™ Zibal 60 will be available worldwide to pre-ordertoday and delivery in June 2011Suggested retail price: $149.99 / €149.99 Mozilla announces new "Aurora" rapid release for Firefox Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-announces-new-aurora-rapid- release-for-firefox/11884.html April 16th, 2011 Most tech-savvy PC users do not have a problem with testing out pre-release and development builds of popular software, especially if the popular software in question happens to be the all-important application known as the web browser. Of course, most users will also attempt to draw a line between getting the latest, most bleeding-edge software and having to deal with unstable applications that seemingly are engineered to break something, and leave it to Mozilla to attempt to bridge the gap with its new rapid release channel of Firefox known as Aurora. 4
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone have gone through substantial amounts of testing from the developers and are deemed stable enough for use by most PC users barring a few bugs every here and there. However, there is still a long gap between the time taken for suitable nightly build to be pushed up into the Beta channel, and this is where the new Aurora release comes in to fill that gap.Most tech-savvy PC users are usually adventurous enoughenough to test out pre-release software that are made freelyavailable for download, and for good reason. After all, itis always important to have the latest and the greatest Unlike the Minefield nightly builds, the Aurora releasesversion of any software one is currently using for a wide are aimed more towards software enthusiasts who crave anvariety of reasons, such as increased stability, performance experimental browser that comes with some semblance ofimprovements and the introduction of new user-centric stability. Instead of daily releases, Aurora builds have a slightlyfeatures. longer release cycle of approximately six weeks, but will come with some degree of testing from the Mozilla developers. ThisThat being said, most sane adventurous users will attempt helps to ensure that there is a minimum level of stabilityto draw the line between highly experimental software present in Aurora builds of the Firefox web browser.applications that have gone through little to no quality testingby the programs developers, and pre-release software that are The Aurora builds of Firefox are already available for users toproclaimed to feature stability levels close to that of what will download and install, but we would like to remind users thateventually be the final build. And because real-world statistics the Aurora channel is not meant for anybody to download.are so important to developers of any software application, This is due to the fact that the Aurora channel is still no whereMozilla is attempting to reach out to a wider audience for as stable as a beta build, which in turn pales to the final releaseits Firefox web browser by reaching a compromise between where stability is concerned. Get it if you want, but keep inits highly unstable testing branches and more stable beta mind that there is a distinct possibility of having to deal withchannels, and it comes in the form of the new Aurora rapid- the browser breaking at the most unexpected moment due torelease channel. its unstable nature.As most people who are familiar with Mozillas developmentschedules are fully aware, Firefox development can be brokendown into three broad categories. The first category isknown as Minefield, and as its name suggests, it is in this ASUS Announces Worlds Firststage of development where developers introduce variousexperimental features into the web browser. However, the Two-Way HDMI Streaming Kitnightly builds generated daily by the Minefield channel are Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-announces-world-s-first-two-way-also considered off limits to all but the most adventurous PC hdmi-streaming-kit/11883.htmluser, as these builds are churned out by an automated build April 16th, 2011server with no quality tests performed on them.The second category is known as the Beta release channel, andthis is the channel which most of the average adventurous PCusers are familiar with. Unlike the nightly builds, beta builds 5
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneASUS has launched WAVI, the world’s first wireless HDMI kit Hardware specifications:to feature innovative two-way wireless USB control designed Model Name WAVIto stream PC content to the big screen TV. WAVI (WirelessAudio Video Interaction) is offered as a pair of devices Wireless standard AMIMON WHDI Technologythat bridges the gap between the home office and living Antenna 4 x 5 MIMOroom. Watch movies, play the latest PC games, enjoy social Operation Channel 5 GHznetworking or even do online shopping, all on the big screen Power Supply Transmitter andTV from the comfort of a couch. Read on to view the full press Receiver:12V, 2A 24Wrelease, along with the WAVIs hardware specifications. adapters Power consumption 24W Resolution TV:1080p, 1080i , 720p, 576p, 480p 3D Videos: 1080p@24Hz Dimension 241mm x 171mm x 290mm Adapter and Cables AC adapter x2ASUS has launched WAVI, the world’s first wireless HDMI kit HDMI cable x2to feature innovative two-way wireless USB control designedto stream PC content to the big screen TV. WAVI (Wireless USB cable x1Audio Video Interaction) is offered as a pair of devices That being said, no information about the WAVIs officialthat bridges the gap between the home office and living release date and pricing has been released by ASUS yet, soroom. Watch movies, play the latest PC games, enjoy social do remember to check back this page for updates about thesenetworking or even do online shopping, all on the big screen missing details.TV from the comfort of a couch. Samsung announces new line of external hard disks with USB3.0 support Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-new-line-of- external-hard-disks-with-usb3.0-support/11882.html April 16th, 2011 With the need to be mobile being greater than ever before,Control the PC on the living room TV via two-way streaming most of us have taken to storing our important data onThe WAVI HDMI streaming kit consists of a transmitter removable storage devices such as external hard disks andand receiver for two-way input and streaming. Unlike other flash drives, and for good reason. However, what happenswireless HDMI kits, the WAVI allows users to control the PC what users start demanding even greater speeds in the processcontent in the living room with a wireless keyboard and mouse, of transfering data from ones PC to an external storage device?thanks to wireless USB support. The WAVI operates at the The answer is simple: go the way of USB3.0. And this is exactlywireless 5GHz band and provides up to 25 meters* of coverage. what Samsung has done for its latest M-series line of externalAdditionally, under the Extend Mode, users can continue hard disksworking on the PC screen while streaming multimedia contentto the living room TV – maximizing the use of a single homePC while also providing home entertainment experiences.PC fun made easy on the big screen TVThe WAVI is easy to set up, with only an HDMI connectionneeded on each unit. Plug the transmitter end to the PC andthe receiver end to a TV with an HDMI connection for wirelessentertainment. Anything that can be enjoyed on the PC cannow be enjoyed on the living room TV — stream high qualityBlu-ray movies, play PC games lag-free, listen to music, keepup with friends on social networks like Facebook or Twitter ordo some online shopping, all from the comfort of the couch. When it comes to PC accessories and pheripherals, the one*Subject to room settings thing which virtually all PC users cannot afford to go without 6
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonetoday are the humble but vital tools known as external storage The new M-series of external hard disk are reportedly availabledevices such as external hard disks and USB flash disks, and for sale already; that being said, no information about the hardfor good reason. After all, external storage devices such as disks prices has been revealed, so we will probably have to waitthe examples mentioned above are essential for transfering for that bit of information to be publicly announced once thesedata from place to place in the absence of a wireless data hard disks show up for sale in sunny Singapore.connection, and the ability to always have a physical copy ofones digital content can mean the difference between meetingor missing a deadline for the busy professional. MSI launches nine new high-With that in mind, the rapid advancements taking place in the performance notebookstechnological field today also means that access to ultra high- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-launches-nine-new-high-speed data interfaces is no longer a luxury, but a neccessity. performance-notebooks/11881.htmlSo how does one make the humble external storage device April 16th, 2011perform faster in order to keep up with the demands of todaysdigital worker? For Samsung (and many other manufacturersas well), the answer is simple; outfit those devices withthe latest, fastest data connection interface possible. And inthis case, the interface in question is USB3.0, which is nowsupported in Samsungs new line of M-series external harddisks. Need a new notebook for the year 2011? Well, leave it to MSI to flood the retail shelves with a new wave of offerings which seemingly appear to be capable of catering to a wide variety of demands put forth by the ever-so-choosy consumer. With up to nine new models being announced by the Taiwanese OEM, it seems that 2011 is going to be yet another rather interesting and competitive year for the notebook PC market. Smartphones and tablet PC devices may be all the rage where mobile computing is concerned today, but many professionals will still swear by their trusty, full-sized notebook when it comes to serious data crunching, and for good reason. After all, the puny ARM processors used in mobile devices are just not powerful enough to handle some of the more resource-According to the official press release issued by the Korean intensive applications used by many professionals in their lineelectronics giant, the new line of M-series hard disks will be of work today. That, and the fact that the ARM architectureavailable in both 2.5-inch and desktop-sized 3.5-inch form is simply not capable running the worlds most popular PCfactors to cater to both the mobile and deskbound users who operating system means that one still needs a proper deviceneed a means of expanding the maximum storage capacity of running of a decent x86 processor in order to even starttheir current machines. thinking about being productive while on the move.The 2.5-inch versions of the new external hard disks, which Naturally, if you are gravitating towards an x86-poweredwill be sold under the M2 Portable branding, will feature what notebook for your mobile computing tool of choice, chancesSamsung calls a simple and modern Scandinavian design are you will have to take a pick between mobility andwith a coating that is reportedly stain and fingerprint resistant. raw performance. And the good news is that MSI has justIn addition, Samsung has confirmed in its press release that announced nine new notebooks which appear to be capable ofthe M2 Portable hard disks will be sold in two capacities only satisfying a wide variety of consumers.(500GB and 1TB) and will come in four different colours forconsumers to choose from, namely Brown Black, Noble beige, MSI X370Grey Mist and Clay Orange.On the other hand, the larger 3.5-inch external hard disks,otherwise known as the M3 Station, will be sold in two coloursonly (Brown Black and Moble Beige), and are said to come inonly one capacity, which is that of a hulking 2TB.In addition to the hardware, Samsung also claims that thenew M-series line of external hard disks comes bundled withvarious tools such as a disk management program, AutoBackup programs and a Secret Zone application which issupposedly tied to the management of the hardware-basedSecure Erase function found in most hard disks today (butdisabled at the BIOS level). 7
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe latest entrant to MSIs ultraslim X-series product line, the April 16th, 2011MSI X370 ultraportable notebook drops the typical Intel ULVprocessors used in such classes of notebooks in favor of one ofAMDs Fusion APUs instead. Powering the MSI X370 is one ofAMDs low-power E-series processor, the dual-core, Bobcat-based E-320, which is clocked at 1.6GHz, and an integratedAMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU which is built into the processor.MSIs press release makes no mention of any further hardware Sure, most Meizu M8 users were already preparing themselvesspecifications, but we have gotten word that the X370 will for the day where the company responsible for the productioncome bundled with up to 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard and marketing of their iPhone-lookalike handsets ceases alldisk, along with the standard VGA-out and HDMI-out ports, a development for their device, but nothing beats an officialcard reader and a webcam, all for the price of US$599. announcement to announce the inevitable. And this wasMSI FX620DX/FX420 precisely what M8 users were treated to in an announcement posted on a Meizu forum not too long ago. Meizus new smartphones always seem to grab the headlines whenever they are released, and it is usually due to all the wrong reasons such as bearing uncanny similarities to a certain OEMs devices, right down to the very way their own WinCE-based OS is designed. However, that is mostly history, and the Meizu we are all familiar with today are now one of the more popular smartphone OEMs in China for their sleek- looking smartphones that run off the open Android operating system. However, where does that leave the older Meizu M8 smartphone which still runs off a heavilly skinned version of WindowsCE and features much more limitted hardwareMSI has also updated its high-performance FX series of specifications as compared to the current Meizu M9notebooks with two new additions to its product line, and they smartphone based off the Android operating system? Well, itcome in the form of the FX620DX (shown above) and the appears that M8 users will have to deal with the fact that theirslightly smaller FX420 notebooks. smartphone has reached the end of its upgrade path, for the OEMs CEO, J. Wong, has seemingly made an announcementThat being said, high-performance notebooks are usually on the companys official forum that the development teammade to look impressive to complement their high-end will cease all efforts on maintaining and updating the Meizuhardware specifications, and the newly-announced FX M8s firmware.notebooks are no exceptions. According to the official pressrelease, the new notebooks are "sheathed in MSIs exclusiveraised totem seal coating and color film print which exude asophisticated air and provide the added bonus of making theseNBs resistant to scratches and wear."Unfortunately, MSI has not released any information aboutthe FX620DX and FX420s hardware specifications. However,a quick look at MSIs product page reveals that the FX620DXwill sport either an Intel Core i5-2410M or i7-2630QMprocessor, an NVIDIA GeForce GT540M graphics card, a harddisk with up to 720GB of storage capacitiy and up to 8GBof memory. And while the FX420 is still not listed on MSIsproduct page, we have got word that the FX420 will drop theGT540M in favor of an AMD Radeon HD 6470 graphics card.Meizu to cease all For some reason, we not able to find the alleged officialdevelopment for M8 announcement anywhere on Meizus official BBS, althoughSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/meizu-to-cease-all-development-for- another forum set up by Meizu fans, known as Meizu Me,m8/11880.html have claimed that J. Wong did indeed break the news in their official forums. On top of that, the Meizu Me forums claim that J. Wongs justification for dropping all development efforts for the Meizu M8 and its underlying WinCE-based OS stems from the fact that the company simply could not afford to keep maintaining two operating systems, especially when the M8 8
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehas not been sold for quite some time already due to legal April 16th, 2011threats from the likes of a certain fruit-named OEM.Instead, the main focus for Meizus development team willnow be the Meizu M9 and the companys upcoming productwhich Meizu Me dubs the M9 II, both of which are based offGoogles Android operating system. In other words, it lookslike the curtain has officially fallen for the M8, whose time on So far there havent been all to many third party SATA 6Gbpsstage is now at its end. controllers in the market, although ASMedia, a subsidiary to Asus announced its ASM106x series of SATA 6Gbps controller back in December last year, but its only now that werePersonalize your Gmail with a starting to see products based on it. So far the only optionnew background picture has been Marvells family of SATA 6Gbps controllers which is continually growing, but we have a feeling that ASMediasSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/personalize-your-gmail-with-a-new-background-picture/11879.html solution will be far more cost effective.April 16th, 2011 So far there havent been all to many third party SATA 6Gbps controllers in the market, although ASMedia, a subsidiary to Asus announced its ASM106x series of SATA 6Gbps controller back in December last year, but its only now that were starting to see products based on it. So far the only optionGoogle has included a theme feature in Gmail that allows users has been Marvells family of SATA 6Gbps controllers whichto have a personalized look. Aside from the various color and is continually growing, but we have a feeling that ASMediastheme selections, you can now customize Gmail with your own solution will be far more cost effective.background picture too. Read on for more details. Were somewhat surprised that ASMedia is only listing the ASM1061 on its website, as the company has three more models, the ASM1060, ASM1062 and ASM1062R where the latter supports RAID. The ASM1060, ASM1062 and ASM1062R are all pin to pin compatible, whereas the ASM1061 is not. The ASM1060 only supports SATA 3Gbps which is a bit confusing as its model name is so similar to the SATA 6Gbps products. The ASM1060, ASM1062 and ASM1062R all support IDE, while the smaller ASM1061 doesnt.Yes, you can now have a personalize Gmail account, the wayyou want it. Previously, you can only select from the differentcolor and themes available in the settings.Simply go to the "Options", the gear icon at the upper right ofthe screen, choose "Mail Settings", "Themes" and to the option,"Create Your Own Theme". Select a Picasa photo or upload We have to apologize for the fact that we dont know whichyour picture, as well as customize text and background colors. controllers are being used in the products weve spotted, but we have a feeling that the both products are using oIn addition to this theme customization, Google has also the ASM1061, as its the smallest of the four SATA 6Gbpsmentioned that it will be making ads relevant according to controllers and the chips used in both cases are tiny, in fact theyour emails. chip is so small that its dwarfed by other components on the PCB.ASMedias SATA 6Gbps The add-in card comes from Taiwanese eMegatech, although we didnt manage to track it down on the manufacturerscontroller hits retail website, but it retails for NT$1090 (S$47) in Taiwan whichSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asmedia-s-sata-6gbps-controller-hits- seems a bit on the expensive side.The second product weveretail/11878.html sporting an ASMedia SATA 6Gbps is an upcoming H61 motherboard from MSI called the PH61A-P35. This board also incorporates an ASMedia USB 3.0 host controller and an ASMedia PCI Express to PCI bridge. 9
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWed expect to see a lot more products with ASMedia solutions IMFT claims that we can expect similar performance andat Computex as well as some new announcements by the more importantly, endurance as its current 25nm NAND Flashcompany itself whom well make sure to visit at the show. products. If you take a look at the picture provided by IMFTHopefully there will be some benchmarks of ASMedias SATA youll see the significance in terms of size that the die shrink6Gbps controllers cropping up, as performance matters when offer, even from 25nm. Do note that the 34nm parts are twoit comes to SATA 6Gbps and ASMedia is going to have to 4GB devices, whereas the 25nm and 20nm parts are 8GB. Theoffer similar performance to that of Marvells products to gain 25nm parts measure 167 square mm while the new 20nm partsgeneral acceptance by motherboard and add-in card makers. measure a mere 118 square mm. This can be used to reduce the board space on a PCB of an SSD by somewhere between 30 to 40 percent, or the other way to look at it you could fit 30 to 40Intel and Micro announces percent more NAND Flash chips to an SSD.20nm NAND Flash Right now were of course looking at pre-production siliconSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-and-micro-announces-20nm- and actual production isnt intended to start until sometimenand-flash/11877.html in the second half of this year. However, by then IMFT isApril 16th, 2011 expecting to have 16GB samples ready which the company claims will allow for 128GB single chip SSD the size of a postage stamp. As for cost reduction over current 25nm parts, well, it wont that massive, but expect to see even more affordable SSDs towards the end of this year or early next year, especially as the price of the SSD controllers for 2xnm NAND Flash are expected to have come down by then as well.If things go as planned for Intel and Microns joint venture inNAND Flash, we might be seeing a second iteration of SSDslater this year, as the two companies have announced that The Daily VR-Zone Newstheyre the first NAND Flash manufacturer to create 20nm8GB MLC NAND Flash memory. Its unclear exactly how Summary - 14 April 2011significant this additional die shrink is, although beyond being Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--14-a cost saving measure; it also means smaller memory chips. april-2011/11875.html April 16th, 2011If things go as planned for Intel and Microns joint venture inNAND Flash, we might be seeing a second iteration of SSDslater this year, as the two companies have announced thattheyre the first NAND Flash manufacturer to create 20nm8GB MLC NAND Flash memory. Its unclear exactly howsignificant this additional die shrink is, although beyond being In todays news roundup: Thermaltakes dual 120mm towera cost saving measure; it also means smaller memory chips. cooling fan, the Thermaltake Jing Silent CPU cooler, getsAlthough some companies are already manufacturing sub reviewed; EVGAs dual-GPU GeForce GTX590 Classified gets25nm NAND Flash memory, IMFT just overtook all of its the quad-SLI treatment for a performance review by Hi Techcompetitors with its 20nm NAND Flash. The company is Legion; Red Hat is reportedly planning to create a newexpecting to transition all of its Fabs from 25nm to 20nm this programming language that will kill off the use of Java in theyear with its Fab in Utah, USA being the first one, followed by enterprise space; Lenovo denies the existance of plans for aits Virginia, USA and Singapore plants at a later stage. This is 23-inch tablet computing device; Sony unveils a fresh wavea very quick transition, although its likely to be a somewhat of games for its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable videoeasier transition than what is normally the case, at least if the game consoles, and Nintendo is reportedly considering a pricequick time scale is anything to go by. cut for its existing Wii consoles for the month of May. Hardware news 10
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThermaltake Jing Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews games smoothly in 2560x1600 with all the eye-candy turnedDescription: Today we are taking a look at the Thermaltake up to the max, including an anti-aliasing mode that can be setJing silent CPU cooler. The Jing is a dual 120mm fan tower to 64x? A single EVGA GTX 590 Classified can do that. Twocooler with being quiet and performing well as its goal. Join GTX 590 in Quad-SLI means you’ll be ready for anything.us as we stack the Jing up against a dozen other coolers on Fractal Design Define XL PC Case Review @ Real World Labsour Intel Core i7 test bench and also see how quiet the Jing is Description: Not only does the latest Define XL by Fractalcompared to the kings of quiet, Noctua. Design packs the same high build quality and number ofOCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD Review features as its smaller siblings but it is also the largest towerDescription: The performance oriented controller used by the case currently in their production line.Vertex 3 known as the SandForce SF-2281 includes support Consumer Electronics and Software newsfor the SATA 6Gb/s interface, while boasting read and writespeeds of 500MB/s+, a mind blowing figure when compared ROCCAT Kulo Stereo Headset Review @ Vortezto previous generation chips. Description: It is today that we look in anticipation to a product that we first cast our eyes on at CeBIT someNZXT Blue Sleeved LED Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com weeks ago now. ROCCAT Kulo is an extremely lightweightDescription: What you get from NZXT is a two meter long gaming headset designed for those on the move, with theirstring of LED lights with a controller and mounting hardware compact design they are sure to feature at the yearly LANthat lets you customize the lighting effect seen through a cases party. ROCCAT claim that this headset will offer great audioside window. Available in lengths of either one or two meters performance and has a robust construction thus allowing it to- and with color choices of blue, green, orange, red, or white withstand the knocks and bashes, twists and pulls that some- there is bound to be a combination to suit just about any peripherals have to endure whilst in transit.system. Windows Phone 7, You Were Supposed to be Great. So WhatOWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 120GB Solid State Drive Happened?Review Description: "Windows Phone 7 is the most aggressivelyDescription: Its now 2011 and weve started a new season for different, fresh approach to a phone interface since thesolid state drives. Take me out to the ball game; OWC is in iPhone." We published those words half a year ago, hopingthe batters box. OWC has kept their SandForce partnership WP7 would be a radical firebrand in phone land. But itsand once again amazed us with their ability to get a product stalled. Were disappointed.to market so quickly. To date only OCZ Technology has beenable to sample us with a SandForce 2000 Series product and Red Hat wants to knife Java with Ceylon Projectthat was an engineering sample that cant use the same mass Description: Open source distributor Red Hat has beenproduction firmware found in the retail drives. Weve already secretly working on a new language, which it wants to use tocovered the SandForce 2000 Series lineup in detail. For a full kill off Java in the enterprise and stick its own Java-basedbreak down of whats to come, be sure to check out that article." successor in its place.Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case Review @ Tweaknews HTC Sense 3.0 will only support Sensation, EVO 3D, Flyer andDescription: Level 10 for the masses? Im sure thats what newer devices; older hardware left behindThermaltake had in mind when designing the Level 10 GT Description: Unfortunate news for anyone who saw HTCschassis. Available now for a bit less than $300 US, the Level 10 Sense 3.0 UI and started dreaming about seeing it on theirGT has a much more attractive price, but only when compared Desire HD, Incredible S or any other handset that doesnt shipto the original Level 10 chassis. with it preloaded. HTC has said that because of the hardware requirements of the fancier new Android skin, only the dual-Intel DP67BG Review @ ocaholic core Sensation 4G and EVO 3D smartphones and the 1.5GHzDescription: With the DP67BG Intel presents its Sandy Bridge Flyer tablet will be benefiting from it for now.motherboard which has been designed for overclockers andgamers. The board therefore comes with decent overclocking Lenovo denies plans for 23″ tabletfeatures in the BIOS as well as attractive performance. Description: There won’t be a 23″ tablet coming from LenovoRegarding features the list isnt very long but never the less this year. According to the latest reports online, the Chinesethere still is the backlit skull which one could also find on the OEM has denied the existence or plans to introduce a tabletprevious board. later this year.EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Quad-SLI Performance Gigabytes S1080 dual-core Windows tablet ships to TaiwanReview @Hi Tech Legion Description: Gigabyte has started taking orders for its S108Description: The EVGA GTX 590 Classified video card consists dual-core 1.66Ghz Atom-powered Windows 7 tablet in Taiwan.of two GF110 GPUs on a single PCB. The EVGA GTX 590 The device has a has a 10.1-inch LED capacitive multi-touchClassified has 3,072MB of GDDR5 memory on a 768-bit panel with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. It comes standardmemory interface equipped with 1,024 CUDA cores. Clocked with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and utilizes Intel’s GMA 3150higher than the stock GTX 590, the EVGA GeForce GTX integrated graphics, while it features one USB 3.0 port in its590 Classified edition carries a core clock of 630 MHz and array to deliver high-speed connectivity.a memory clock of 3456 MHz. A pair of EVGA GTX 590 Wi-Fi only Dell Streak 7 released in the U.K.Classified in SLI provides astonishing performance, unlikeanything NVIDIA has ever produced. Ever wanted to play 11
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: The Dell Streak 7 hasnt been met with much HELSINKI, FINLAND – APRIL 14, 2011 – Futuremark®praise stateside, but maybe it will have better luck now that the today confirmed that PCMark® 7, a new benchmark offeringWi-Fi only version is being launched in the United Kingdom. complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 will be available in 3Gaming news editions: the Basic Edition, a free download offering unlimitedSony Computer Entertainment Unveils New Games In Media runs of the main PCMark test, the Advanced Edition whichEvent includes all 7 PC tests and the Professional Edition whichDescription: Today, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed forKong (SCEH) held a media preview on their latest upcoming commercial use. The Advanced and Professional Editions canPlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) game titles be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com.which includes Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls, SOCOM 4,BRINK, Thor: God of Thunder and Dissidia 012 [duodecim]Final Fantasy (Chinese/English version). PCMARK 7 BASIC EDITION – Free, available from May 3, 2011Nintendo To Cut Wii Price To $150 In MayDescription: A year and a half has passed since Nintendo last • Free PC test offering unlimited runs of the main PCMarkcut the price of the Wii, to $200. And it might almost be time test suitefor another price slashing for the popular gaming console. • Browse, search and compare results onlineFEAR 3 multiplayer preview: Corrupting influenceDescription: FEAR 3 will feature four multiplayer gametypes, • Store one result onlineeach an isolated mode largely dissimilar to the others. Wealready got a look at the aptly named "F**king Run!" scenario PCMARK 7 ADVANCED EDITION - $39.95 – PRE-ORDERduring PAX East, and at a recent preview event I got my hands NOWon the three other modes, as well as a second take of F**king • Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individualRun. workloads • Browse, search and compare results onlinePCMark 7 Slated For May 3rd • Unlimited online results storageRelease, Pre-Ordering Now • Hide results from public viewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pcmark-7-slated-for-may-3rd-release-pre-ordering-now/11876.html • Offline result managementApril 16th, 2011 • Advert-free online service PCMARK 7 PROFESSIONAL EDITION - $995.00 – PRE- ORDER NOW • Licensed for commercial PC system testing • Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual Futuremark today confirmed that PCMark 7 will be released workloadson May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 will be available in 3 editions: • Command line automationthe Basic Edition, a free download offering unlimited runs ofthe main PCMark test, the Advanced Edition ($39.95) which • Browse, search and compare results onlineincludes all 7 PC tests and the Professional Edition (S$995) • Unlimited online results storagewhich unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for • Hide results from public viewcommercial use. The Advanced and Professional Editions canbe pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com. • Offline result management • Advert-free online service • Priority support PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive. 12
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone dedicated to the development of "innovative, breakthrough products" which utilize its proprietary PicoP laser projectionPCMark 7 will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 Advanced technology.and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now fromhttp://www.pcmark.com. Visit the official website for more In his opening address, NTUs president-designate andinformation or follow Futuremark on Facebook. provost, Professor Bertil Andersson likened the relationship between the University and MicroVision to that of a marriage which had experienced its fair share of suitors aiming toMicroVision announces court the other party.opening of research anddevelopment facility at NTUSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microvision-announces-opening-of-research-and-development-facility-at-ntu/11873.htmlApril 16th, 2011Think lasers are only good for making industrial cutting tools,light shows and flashy, lightsaber-lookalike that are capable ofbursting balloons with their heat output? Well, think again. A "NTU is proud to partner with MicroVision in their firstcompany known as MicroVision which specializes in laser R&D centre outside of the US. With MicroVisions specialityand ultra-miniature display technologies is out to show the in areas such as Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMs),world how lasers can be used to actually make something laser physics and augmented reality, there will be manypractical for the needs of the consumer, military, industrial opportuniteis to work with both the faculty and students fromand healthcare segments. And to that end, MicroVision has the engineering, physics and new media fields," he said.announced its first ever global R&D centre at Nanyang According to Andersson, the new research facility wil not onlyTechnological University. focus on developing new products capable of taking advantage of MicroVisions PicoP technology, but also "carry out advanced research in MEMs and laser physics". MicroVisions PicoP technology is currently being used in a wide variety of devices, such as heads-on displays found in medical and military-grade equipment and even laser projectors designed for use with smartphones. He also added that it was the large amount of synergy between the University and MicroVision which has made this partnernship possible. "In fact, the rate our relationship progressed was so fast, we did not even have the time to declare our engagement," he quipped. Also present at the ceremony was MicroVisions president andLasers make great toys, do they not? After all, most of CEO, Alexander Tokman, who spoke about the significance ofus would have at one point of time been infatuated with the partnership with NTU.those little laser pointers that seemingly need so little energyto project a coherent beam of red light that is capable ofmaintaining its integrity for what is easily a hundred metreswithout pettering out, unlike a regular torchlight. Then camethe introduction of more powerful, lighsaber-lookalike laserpointers that featured more powerful laser diodes with coloursaside than red, and geeks were instantly in heaven with theirnew toys.MicroVisions latest announcement will probably serve as aneye-opener, especially for those who have not been keepingup with laser technology development. This is because thecompany has just announced the establishment of a newresearch and development centre in the campus of SingaporesNanyang Technological University (NTU) which will be 13
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"The breadth of the technological expertise in the Universityis second to none; MicroVision looks forward to working withNTUs commendable faculties and student body on furtheringits world-winning IP portfolio," he said.Tokman also affirmed MicroVisions commitment to thepartnership in his speech, claiming that the company plans tohave up to 25 people working in its R&D facilities within a yearand half, and NTU staff will make up apprximately 30% of theresearch team.This was followed by the signing of the Memorandum ofUnderstanding between NTU and MicroVision by Anderssonand Tokman.Last but not least, MicroVisions vice president of globalR&D and advanced applications, Sid Madhavan wrapped upthe presentation with a quick explaination of the companys Sony Computer Entertainmenttechnological breakthroughs and areas of collaboration with announces new PlayStation 3NTU. and PSP titles for 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-computer-entertainment- announces-new-playstation-3-and-psp-titles-for-2011/11874.html April 16th, 2011 Earlier today, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong held a media event in Singapore to announce their upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP) game titles for 2011. The games that were showcased include DISSIDIA Final Fantasy Chinese/English version, Socom 4 (Asia English 14
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonevesion), Thor: God of Thunder, Brink and Man vs Wild with If you a fan of Bear Grylls, from Man vs. Wild on the DiscoveryBear Grylls. Channel, you can now try the game on the Sony PlayStation console. You go through each environment or stages and try to meet your in-game objective - from finding food, battling rattlesnakes to building shelters. The game will be in retail from 18 Apr 2011.The DISSIDIA 012 [duodecim] Final Fantast Chinese/Englishversion is developed from the North America edition, andthe main difference is that the voice will be in Japanesewhile subtitles are in traditional Chinese for event scenes andEnglish for all menus and system messages. Sony Computer Brink is a first-person shooter that offers team-basedEntertainment Hong Kong has collaborated with SQUARE multiplayer missions which can be played online as well asENIX to launch the bundle pack of PSP DISSIDIA 012 offline single player mode. If you enjoy such first-person[duodecim] Final Fantasy Chaos & Cosmos Limited which shooting games, Brink is scheduled to be available on 18 Mayconsists of a special edition PSP, software game and tradition 2011.arts (selected one from 10 characters randomly in Vol.1 orVol.2 series). The bundle pack will be available on 10 Mayat S$344 in pearl white with original "Chaos & Cosmosdesign, while the game itself is selling at S$39.90. Marvel fans are all waiting for the highly anticipated movie, Thor, which is going to be in cinemas here on 28 April this month. Coincidentally, the game is also scheduled to launch on 29 April. If you enjoy playing the mighty God of ThunderSocom 4 is a tactical third-person shooter game set in Asia, and and fighting the enemies with the legendary hammer, checkis playable with the PlayStation Move controller. The game is this out.scheduled for release on 19 Apr 2011. Monster introduces Mobile Jamz high performance in-ear headphones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/monster-introduces-mobile-jamz-high- performance-in-ear-headphones/11872.html April 16th, 2011 15
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneToday, Monster has introduced their new Mobile Jamz high watercooling enthusiasts. This thing sure weighs a ton andperformance in-ear headphones that features 2GB Monster expect availability in early May. Pricing and specs are notMobile Media Drive and Monster Mobile Media Manager finalized at this point of time. Next, we have the HD 6950software, and "ControlTalk Universal" which claims to work Vortex Edition that comprises of dual 92mm adjustable fanswith any music phone, including BlackBerry, and others. where users can manually adjust the fan height to achieve better cooling performance. It costs some USD10-20 higher than its standard version. PowerColor LCS HD 6990Monster has announced Mobile Jamz, the newest additionto the acclaimed Jamz family of in-ear headphones. Made ofstylish solid metal, the Mobile Jamz is virtually indestructibleand claims to offer deep, powerful bass and crystal clear high We are greeted with some of the upcoming PowerColorfrequency response. graphics cards in their Taipei office. First, we have LCSThe Mobile Jamz features a host of innovative features such as HD 6990 graphics card fitted with EK waterblock for thethe Monster Mobile Media Drive with 2GB microSD card and watercooling enthusiasts. This thing sure weighs a ton andUSB adaptor for managing and transferring music and photos expect availability in early May. Pricing and specs are notfrom PC to phone. Preloaded with Monsters Mobile Media finalized at this point of time.Manager software, the process is simple, quick and intuitiveand delivers an iTunes-like music management experience. PowerColor PCS+ HD 6950 Vortex EditionThe in-ear headphones also comes with ControlTalk Universalfor hands-free calling with microphone and answer button.Users can take incoming calls conveniently on most musicphones with a 3.5 mm headphone port or a 2.5 mm headphoneport with an adaptor. With the included Y-Cable "ChatAdapter," Mobile Jamz can also be used to make calls andvideo chats on Skype, as well as other online voice and videochat applications.The Monster Mobile Jamz retails at S$239 and is availableat Audio House, Alpha Audio, Best Denki, Epicentre, HarveyNorman, HMV, i Studio, Stereo and Nubox outlets.PowerColor LCS HD6990,HD6950 Vortex and SCS3 Next, we have the HD 6950 Vortex Edition that comprises of dual 92mm adjustable fans where users can manually adjustHD6850 the fan height to achieve better cooling performance. It costsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/powercolor-lcs-hd6990-hd6950- some USD10-20 higher than its standard version.vortex-and-scs3-hd6850/11870.html Heres the official press release from TUL :April 16th, 2011 Taipei, Taiwan –April 14th, 2011 -- TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today introduced an innovative cooling technology into the HD6950 series: the PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition. Featuring the PCS+ series characteristic, the latest edition has superior overclockingWe are greeted with some of the upcoming PowerColor ability which clocks in at 850MHz core speed and 1300MHzgraphics cards in their Taipei office. First, we have LCS memory speed, easily accelerating gaming machines withHD 6990 graphics card fitted with EK waterblock for the nearly 2.39 teraFLOPs of computing power and offering the surprising gaming experience 16
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition enables users tomanually adjust the fan and its physical attributes. By liftingthe fan, it optimizes the air flow and taking advantage of thecooler air from the bottom of the case, balancing the ambienttemperature. Furthermore, with the exclusive perforated fandesign and anti-turbulence ability, enhancing the coolingefficiency and resulting in cooling down the temperature up to20% compare to reference design.Also, the latest solution utilizes “Gold Power Kit” which iscomposed of the select components: Ferrite Core Choke, Dr.Mos and solid capacitor, allows the stable and more efficient We have seen this card last November and apparently it hasoverclocking entertaining environment. undergone numerous revisions and the most notable is the components layout on the PCB.Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®2 Game Bundle: A RecordSetting AAA Title for True Gamers Texas Instruments joins theTo bring more benefits for gamers, PowerColor includes the USB-IF certified crowdmost-anticipated game of the year, Modern Warfare 2, into Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/texas-instruments-joins-the-usb-if-the PCS+ HD6950 Vortex II Edition. Continuing the gripping certified-crowd/11871.htmland heart-racing action against a new threat dedicated to April 16th, 2011bringing the world to the brink of collapse, the ModernWarfare 2 delivers the most realistic and immersive FPSgaming experience with PowerColor PCS+ HD6950 Vortex IIEdition to all gamers, enabling the most exhilarating gamingexperience like never before. It seems like this week is a good week for getting certified by the USB-IF, as following AMDs and Fresco Logics announcements earlier this week, its now Texas Instruments time to get no less than two USB 3.0 host controllers certified. TI is also the first company to get a four port USB 3.0 host controller certified and this means that we can look forward to motherboards with even more USB 3.0 ports. It seems like this week is a good week for getting certified by the USB-IF, as following AMDs and Fresco Logics announcements earlier this week, its now Texas Instruments time to get no less than two USB 3.0 host controllers certified. TI is also the first company to get a four port USB 3.0 host controller certified and this means that we can look forward to motherboards with even more USB 3.0 ports. The two products in question are the TUSB7320 and TUSB7340, the first is a two port host controller and the second is a four port host controller. TI claims to offer a lower BOM (Bill Of Materials) cost than its competitors thanks to no need for an external EEPROM or some type of Flash memory, although at a mere five percent saving this doesnt sound like a huge savingbut on a few million products, itll surely add up. That said, it looks like TI is set to be very price competitive, at least compared to what Renesas have been asking for its hostPowerColor SCS3 HD 6850 controllers to date. 17
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone cardboard with the most important data in five languages, including German are printed. Description: With the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD the people over at Creative have managed not only to surpass themselves but also the competition and have once again proven that they have been and still are the best at what they do. Description: With the Survivor of the relatively new manufacturer Bitfenix are now presented on the second housing market. The first work, Collossus, leaving competitors sit up and showed a 16 kilo monster in innovative LED technology.The two port TUSB7320 is said to have a SRP of US$3.50 while Description: Today CM Storm launch a new mid-tower casethe four port TUSB7340 seems to be the much more affordable called Enforcer. Seen at CES 2011 and CeBIT 2011 this newoption at US$4.50, both in quantities of 1,000 units and wed case has much more subtle styling compared to the Scout andexpect motherboard, notebook and add-in card makers to Sniper cases currently residing in CM Storms product range.get even better pricing than this in higher volumes. This will Description: The Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2200 2.1 PCpotentially have a huge impact in the uptake of the USB 3.0 speaker system is designed for gamers looking for high-qualitystandard, as the Renesas host controller that so far has been 2.1 audio solution at a price point below $100.the most widely used one, due to it being the only USB-IFcertified two port solution has had an SRP of about US$4.50-5 Consumer Electronics and Software news:and this is part of the reason that weve been stuck with two Description: In many respects, Echo is an ordinary 3GUSB 3.0 ports on most motherboards. smartphone, capable of running the usual library of Android apps, and with a set of features that includes a 5-megapixel Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.) camera with flash, stereo Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and more. It comes with 1 gigabyte of on-board memory and an expandable 8-GBTI recons it should kick off its volume production by the end microSD memory card.of this month and hopefully we should be seeing the firstmotherboards with TIs new host controllers come Computex. Description: The company has officially announced some ofIts been slow progress so far, but with two new USB-IF its plans for Internet Explorer 10 at the annual Mix event, acertified host controller makers in the market, it looks like Microsoft-led conference about online development.were finally starting to see some real competition and on top Description: HTC has officially outed the Sensation, anof that we can look forward to either more affordable USB 3.0 upcoming Android handset with impressive hardwareproducts, or more ports for the same money. specifications and Sense 3.0, the new version of HTCs custom software environment.The Daily VR-Zone News Description: Apple previewed Final Cut Pro X, the newest version of the companys professional non-linear editing TheSummary - 13 April 2011 announcement came at the Final Cut Pro User Group NetworkSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--13- Supermeet, being held in Las Vegas during the 2011 Nationalapril-2011/11453.html Association of Broadcasters Show.April 16th, 2011 Description: The first one were looking at comes from MSI and is labelled the CX640, and on the specifications front it does indeed look the goods with an Intel i5-2410M clocked at 2.3GHz on the H65 chipset. Gaming news Description: When I sat down a couple of weeks ago to playIn todays news roundup: Corsair CMPSU-TX750V2 750W F.E.A.R. 3s four multiplayer modes, I was immediately struckPSU Review; Review of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi by one thing in particular. Every mode is a focused four-playerTitanium HD; HTC Sensation 4G unveiled with new version affair.of Sense ; Apple Announces Final Cut Pro X ; The FranticMultiplayer of F.E.A.R. 3 , and a feature on Women in Games. Description: Many warriors prepare to battle the oncoming storm in Rift on PC, but should you join the fight?Hardware news Description: One of the biggest points of contention in theDescription: The Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 with an output discussion surrounding women in video games is the phrasepower of 750W with the 80 Plus Bronze certification and must "women in video games." This implies that women are specialtherefore have at 20%, 50% and 100% load efficiency of 82%, in a way that requires them to be singled out85% and 82%. On the predominantly yellow-black-colored 18
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone “This is the first time three of the biggest technology brandsRazer and Intel Tie Up on in China have come together,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO andSwitchblade for Chinese Creative Director, Razer, “we’re united by a common goal to deliver the best portable gaming experience to as manyGamers gamers as possible. With the Razer Switchblade’s adaptiveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-and-intel-tie-up-on-switchblade- tactile keyboard, Intel’s range of processors, and Tencent’sfor-chinese-gamers/11869.html popular games, this is no lofty goal – it’s happening right now.”April 16th, 2011 The Razer Switchblade concept was created from the ground up by Razer designers and engineers, focused on enhancing the entire user experience of playing PC games on a handheld device. It features an ultra-sensitive multi-touch screen, adaptive tactile keyboard, and an intelligent user interface that Razer with Tencent, China’s leading provider of games and adjusts the configuration and key layout on-the-fly based oninternet services, and Intel announce a strategic partnership game content and user requirements. And at the heart of theaimed at expanding the entertainment possibilities for concept device is an Intel Atom processor designed for nextChinese gamers. All Chinese gamers can rejoice, as their generation small form factor computing.favorite Tencent titles like Dungeon and Fighter, Crossfire,League of Legends, QQ Speed and many more are optimizedfor portable play on the Razer Switchblade. The Razer "Intel is committed to creating and extending the personalSwitchblade concept was created from the ground up by Razer computing experience for end-users together with ourdesigners and engineers, focused on enhancing the entire user ecosystem partners," said Ian Yang, President, Intel China.experience of playing PC games on a handheld device. "The collaboration with Razer, Tencent and Intel will provide optimized experiences for the rapidly growing gaming community in China." “Like Razer, we want gamers to have just as much fun playing our games on-the-go as they would at home or at a PC café,” said Mark Ren, SEVP, Tencent. “We’re really excited to bring the revolutionary Razer Switchblade to millions gamers connected to our games, allowing them to experience our world of fun anytime, anywhere”, said Steven Ma, VP of Tencent. Razer, Intel, and Tencent are committed to growing China’s PC gaming market, and will be announcing exciting updates to this strategic partnership in the months to come.APAC – April 13th, 2011 – Razer, the world’s leading high- About the Razer Switchblade Conceptend precision gaming brand, with Tencent, China’s leading The Razer Switchblade concept is a revolutionary mobile PCprovider of games and internet services, and Intel, world gaming device that allows gamers to play on-the-go withoutleader in computing innovation are proud to announce a giving up the precision and control normally associated withstrategic partnership aimed at expanding the entertainment a desktop gaming system. Integrating a multi-touch seven-possibilities for Chinese gamers. The Razer Switchblade inch screen, an innovative adaptive tactile keyboard andconcept has been designated as the flagship concept to lead housing the next generation Intel Atom processor, the Razerthis mobile PC gaming revolution. Switchblade concept delivers the full desktop experience in a netbook-sized solution.All Chinese gamers can rejoice, as their favorite Tencent titleslike Dungeon and Fighter, Crossfire, League of Legends, QQSpeed and many more are optimized for portable play onthe Razer Switchblade. You can now fight, shoot, cast spells,race or just socialize with friends while on-the-go, as Tencentstrives to ensure their software delivers the best gamingexperience through perfect synergy with Razer and Intel’shardware. 19
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone to certain common usage situations. So what happens when an OEM takes a bunch of smart hardware and assemble them together in the form of a notebook or desktop PC? Answer: you get Lenovos latest line of "Work-and-Street Smart" PCs, all of which were launched in a media event held at the RedDot Brew House at Boat Quay today. VR-Zone brings you the coverage. With so much talk about smart consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, smart media players and even smart television sets, it should probably be an open secret that the average consumer is in greater need of smart devices that are capable of bringing the best user experience to the consumer than ever before. Gone are the days where users got a kick out of fiddling around with their electronic toys to fully customize them to their individual needs; today, the gadget is supposed to cater to an individuals needs right out of the box without the need to even touch an instruction manual, much less actually read it. Of course, there will always exist a group of die-hard enthusiasts who will claim that they have allocated enough intelligence points to their personal statistics to forgo the new breed of smart devices that are now rapidly gaining acceptance in the consumer space. However, for the average consumer who does not belong to that special group, smart devices that are seemingly capable of delivering an enhanced user experience while actually looking good are definitely welcome. And this is what Lenovo is claiming to be capable of delivering with its new line of Think and Idea line of PCs that was launched today at the RedDot Brew House at Boat Quay today. Speaking at the launch event was Lenovos country generalLenovo launches Sandy manager for Singapore, Lee Chown How, who described theBridge-powered PCs, brings new features that users can expect to come standard in its new line of AIOs and notebook PCs.the smarts to PC usersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-launches-sandy-bridge-powered-pcs-brings-the-smarts-to-pc-users/11867.htmlApril 16th, 2011We all know that the hardware used to power our PCs todayare getting smarter as technology advances, since they nowcome with various automated features which allow it to react 20
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIn his address, Lee described how the companys strategic April 16th, 2011collaboration with Intel has resulted in the company being ina position to deliver greater performance on its PCs that willresult in enhanced user experiences for the consumer."We have worked with Intel to bundle this program knownas ThinkSmart on our products. ThinkSmart will enableusers, especially business users, to experience increases in Cooler Master is set to place more emphasis on their gamingproductivity by bringing more efficient power management brand, CM Storm this year and we can expect more micesand longer battery lives on our products," he said. and cases as well as keyboards and headsets to complete theirIn addition, Lee also spoke about how users of the new Lenovo gaming gear lineup. They took the first step by revampingnotebook and AIO PCs can benefit from the upgraded user their CM Storm website with spanking new look and neatexperience known as the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 features such as products comparison and beefed-up supportfor Windows 7, which is a result of a partnership with none page.other than the Redmond giant responsible for delivering theoperating system which is used by over 80% of the worlds PCusers - Microsoft. Cooler Master is set to place more emphasis on their gaming brand, CM Storm this year and we can expect more mices and cases as well as keyboards and headsets to complete their gaming gear lineup. They took the first step by revamping their CM Storm website with spanking new look and neat features such as products comparison and beefed-up support page."Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 helps to improve manyaspects of the Windows 7 operating system. For example,it can offer better power management from within theWindows operating system, and also has the ability toincrease both a users productivity and efficiency. On theconsumer side, Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 can helpto improve the digital audio and graphics experience whenthe device is used as a multimedia entertainment machine,as well as significantly shorten boot-up and shutdown times.For commercial customers, Lenovo Enhanced Experience2.0 delivers robust security and superior web conferencingcapabilities," he added."Simply put, there are lots of benefits users can look forward to A recent visit to their office revealed some interestingwith the new Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0," he quipped. developments such as a new Inferno mouse, Sirus 5.1 surround gaming headset, Enforcer case and also a mechanicalAnd needless to say, we will definitely be looking forward to keyboard. It is clear that Cooler Master is trying to provide anit...once we actually manage to get our hands on a review unit, entire range of gaming gear to the gamers and not just casesof course. Until then, feel free to hit on the link to the next page and mices.to know more about the machines launched by Lenovo today. The Gooapple iPhone 4: nowCooler Master Charged Up CM available in ChinaStorm, Site Revamped Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-gooapple-iphone-4-now-available-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cooler-master-charged-up-cm-storm- in-china/11866.htmlsite-revamped/11868.html 21
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 16th, 2011 touchscreen display is only capable of a native 480 x 320 resolution. That being said, it should be of little surprise that the Gooapple iPhone 4 does not run off Apples iOS operating system. Rather, GizChina is reporting that the Gooapple will come bundled with a vanilla copy of version 2.2 (aka Froyo) of Googles Android operating system. Oh well, that is probablyJust the name alone will be a dead giveaway about the nature why it was called the Gooapple to begin with.of this posting, but since we are such nice people, we will spillthe beans either way. Apparently, a new iPhone 4 clone has The Gooapple iPhone 4 is reportedly available for pre-orderstarted making its rounds around the Chinese market, and now at the discounted price of 999 yuan or US$152, althoughsuffice to say the developers of this clone have decided to throw we should point out that this phone is unlikely to ever see theout all notion of any possible copyright infringement out of light of day outside of Chinas domestic market.the window for the release of this smartphone. Cue copyrightinfringement lawsuits from the big Apple in three...two...one... MSI releases low-profileLets face it: everybody knew that something like this wouldeventually take place, and that it was only a matter of time N520GT-MD1GD3/LP graphicsbefore some enterprising manufacturer from China would card with video-capturejump on the whole cloning bandwagon. After all, there is bigmoney to be made in the cloning business, if one takes into capabilitiesconsideration that there exist users out there who only want Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-releases-low-profile-n520gt-their devices to look like the real thing, but only at a fraction md1gd3lp-graphics-card-with-video-capture-capabilities/11865.htmlof the real deals cost. April 16th, 2011That being said, most Chinese clone manufacturers usuallyattempt to toe the line where outright copyright infringementis involved, such as the use of protected logos or mascots.However, it appears that the manufacturer of this particularsmartphone clone has decided to dump all notion of copyrightinfringement into the dustbin in a bid to make the clone asrealistic looking as possible. Ladies and gentlemen, we present Just a few days back, it was MSI launching a low-profile,to you...the Gooapple iPhone 4 smartphone: AMD-based graphics card that boasted superior overclocking capabilities, as well as support for in-game video capture. Today, MSI is back with the same thing, except that this low-profile, overclocker-friendly and in-game video capture supporting graphics card is powered by NVIDIAs GeForce GT520 GPU instead of the AMD Radeon HD 6790 GPU we talked about that time. Read on to find out more about this graphics card.According to the GizChina website, the Gooapple iPhone4 smartphone is an almost picture-perfect clone of Applesbestselling iPhone 4. And the similarities between the MSI has released the low-profile, GT520-based N520GT-Gooapple and the real iPhone 4 also extends to the hardware MD1GD3/LP graphics card for entry-level gamers andspecifications; just like the original iPhone 4, the Gooapple overclocking enthusiasts. According to MSI, the new N520GT-clone features two cameras at resolutions of both five MD1GD3/LP is capable of devivering "double the fun" to usersmegapixels (rear) and 1.3 megapixels (front). Of course, due to its combination of both gamer and overclocker-friendlyusers should not expect it to come with the same processor features.or display found in the real deal: the Gooapple utilizes aweaker MTK5616 processor clocked at 480MHz, while the 22
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone GPU Features Microsoft DirectX 11 Support NVIDIA CUDA Technology NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready 32x Anti-aliasing Technology Dual-link DVI Support HDMI 1.4a Support NVIDIA PureVideo HD TechnologyAccording to the official press release issued by MSI, the PCI Express 2.0 SupportN520GT-MD1GD3/LP graphics card will be bundled with the OpenGL 4.1 Optimization andlatest copy of the MSI Afterburner (version 2.1.0) overclocking Supportsoftware; this will reportedly allow users to tweak theperformance of their graphics card to get the most out of their OpenCL Supportpurchase. Also included in the software bundle is a copy of DirectCompute SupportMSIs Predator, an application which allows users to easilyrecord in-game videos. Dual-stream Hardware AccelerationIn addition, the N520GT-MD1GD3/LPs low-profiledesignsupposedly allows users to easily install the card into Dynamic Contrastmore compact chassis designs favoured by not-so-tech-savvy Enhancement & Color Stretchhome users. MSI claims that such a form factor, along with Dual-link HDCP Capablethe cards single-slot design will make the N520GT-MD1GD3/ High-Quality ScalingLP ideal for a variety of smaller PC casings where chassis andmotherboard real estate is scarce. Hardware Decode AccelerationLast but definitely not least, MSI claims that the N520GT-MD1GD3/LP is capable of supporting NVIDIAs 3DVision NVIDIA GeForce Unifiedtechnology; this will allow users to enjoy 3D movie playback Driver Architecture (UDA)on their PCs fitted with the N520GT-MD1GD3/LP graphics Microsoft Windows 7 Supportcard. Of course, you will still need a 3D-capable monitor and acompatible set of 3D glasses to fully enjoy 3D movie playbackon such a PC.Full specifications of MSIs N520GT-MD1GD3/LP graphicscard are as follow: Opera 11.10 launched for all Graphics Engine GeForce GT 520 major operating systems Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/opera-11.10-launched-for-all-major- Bus interface PCI Express x16 2.0 operating-systems/11864.html Memory Type DDR3 April 16th, 2011 Memory capacity (MB) 1024 Memory Interface 64bits Core Clock (MHz) 810 Memory Clock (MHz) 1800 DVI output 1 D-SUB output 1 Another day, another web browser-related news. And this HDMI-Output 1 time, the vendor of focus is Opera Software, which has publicly HDCP Support Y released the latest version of their web browser, Opera 11.10, HDMI Support Y for download on all three major operating systems. So what Dual-link DVI output Y new features does Opera 11.10 have that its predecessor lacks? Display output 2560x1600 Lets take a look. (maximum resolution) RAMDACs 400 DirectX Version Support 11 OpenGL support 4.1 Display card size (mm) 144 x 69 x 20 mm 23
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Another Opera feature that has been updated in Opera 11.10 is the Speed Dial, which now support greater degress of customization:Looks like Microsofts days of being the de facto web browserprovider for the world is well and truly behind them, especially That being said, we were somehow able to consistently triggerwith the large variety of competing browsers being made graphical corruptions when using Opera 11.10 to post this newsavailable for users at an alarming rate. With Google now update. However, this might not be so much of a browser faultoffering background updates for its Chrome web browser as opposed to poor Linux drivers, as it is understood that theand other browser providers such as Mozilla shrinking their older version AMDs fglrx driver used in our machine is ratherdevelopment cycles for upcoming versions of their own buggy, and has been known to cause graphical corruptions forbrowser, it will seem that Microsoft has indeed got its work cut X window system. Considering that the Windows and OS Xout for its Internet Explorer web browser. drivers a much better mantained, we do not expect users to see such corruptions on the Windows and OS X versions of OperaAnd today, it seems that yet another competitor has stepped 11.10.up its game against Microsoft in the web browser market.Apparently, Opera Software has recently released the latestversion of its Opera web browser, and the changelogs appearto be boasting some performance-related enhancements toOpera 11.10. But before that, here is a screenshot of the 64-bitbinary of Opera 11.10, running on an x64 build of OpenSUSELinux. If that has got you interested, Opera 11.10 can be downloaded directly off Operas website. And dont worry about our usual disclaimer about downloaded software mucking up your PC; this is because OPera 11.10 is every bit a stable release, or at least that is what Opera Software claims. So if you are unfortunate enough to have your precious data destroyed orAccording to the chagelogs, one of the major enhancements wiped out from the installation of this release, you know whichto Opera 11.10s performance comes in the form of a more party to direct your wrath at (Hint: not Microsoft).powerful Turbo mode. Now, Turbo mode in Opera is not a Alternatively, you can hit up the full changelog here to find outnew feature; Ars Technica claims that the feature had already about additional changes and features included in Opera 11.10.existed in builds of Opera stretching back for several yearsalready. However, what distinguishes Opera 11.10s Turbomode is the fact that the browser will make use of Googles Microsoft releases firstWebP image compression to further reduce image sizes, thusallowing users with slow network connections to retrieve the Platform Preview for Internetimage data at reduced times. Explorer 10 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-releases-first-platform- preview-for-internet-explorer-10/11863.html 24
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 16th, 2011If you would remember, Microsoft had only recently launchedits latest version of its Internet Explorer web browser a monthago, and it was probably one of the few Internet Explorerreleases to gain favourable reviews among the global mediafor various advancements in performance and support for webstandards.And it seems that Microsoft is not about to standstill and let the competition catch up to it, for the Redmond Of course, being the curious people that we all are, wegiant has just released yet a new version of its Internet proceeded to download the Platform Preview, if only just to seeExplorer web browser for public testing. Fancy having a go what additional features it may boast over the current Internetat the first ever platform preview of what will eventually be Explorer 9. That being said, expect the Platform Preview toknown as Internet Explorer 10 (aka IE10)? be little more than a heavilly stripped-down version of a web browser with near-zero UI elements like those for Internet Explorer 9 back then: this is due to the fact that platform preview releases are mostly designed for developers to test for compatibility and standards support.So you have bitten the bullet and downloaded the latest,brand-spanking new version of Microsofts web browser, alsoknown as Internet Explorer 9, into your Windows Vista (orWindows 7-based) PC. That is great and all: after all, InternetExplorer 9 has been receiving favourable reviews from themedia about the significant advancements it boasts over itspredecessors, such as the utilization of Direct2D for hardware- Same old Platform Preview window which we all know andaccelerated browsing, along with much more robust support love since the days of IE9s previewsfor the draft specifications of HTML5. That being said, we did not notice any significant differencesIndeed, with such performance gains over its predecessors, between the Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10 and ouryou may be forgiven if you thought that the IE team would copy of Internet Explorer 9 during the short hands-on, at leastbe busy on their next project, which is to take a well-deserved in terms of HTML5 support and performance. This is probablybreak from Internet Explorers development and chill out due to the fact that the first platform preview is unlikely tofor a month or so. However, this does not appear to be feature any major changes (if any) from older versions ofthe case, for the IE team has seemingly been hard at work Microsofts web browser. However, we also noticed somethingon the next version of Internet Explorer. And the results of rather interesting when we used the Platform Preview totheir dedication: a downladable Platform Preview of what will navigate to YouTubes page: apparently, the online videoeventually be known as Internet Explorer 10. streaming site was flagging IE10 out as an ancient version of Internet Explorer that is no longer supported. Indeed, this message kept popping up even after we made sure the Platform Preview was identifying itself as IE10 and not any other older version. 25
    • April 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOf course, it also goes without saying that Platform Previewsare not meant to be function as regular web browsers, andshould not be used as such. But if that does not deter you fromgetting your hands on one to give it a little spin, the currentPlatform Preview of Internet Explorer 10 can be downloadedfrom the Internet Explorer Test Drive page. And as a littlepublic service, we should point out that the download isrelatively small (slightly below 19MB in size), but is availableonly in the form of a 32-bit binary. Yep, thats right; there areno 64-bit versions of the Platform Preview for download.Finally, we have also receieved word that the .MSI filecontaining the Platform Preview will only work on Windows7 (and not Windows Vista). Unfortunately, we do not haveany Vista machines to test this claim out, so you are on yourown if you do attempt to load the Platform Preview of InternetExplorer 10 in your Vista-powered PC. 26
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! wheat has been sorted from the chaff, leaving us with Bigfoot VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication Network’s lowest priced Killer NIC thus far. An SRP of £69.99 covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. and a market price of around £55 if you shop around; this card is now much more of an upgrade prospect for a large number of enthusiasts. How has it changed?The Daily VR-Zone News Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 Video Cards ReviewSummary - 19 April 2011 Description: I hate these low to mid-range cards; its nothingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--19- against them directly, but theyre always just so slow. Sure,april-2011/11915.html they might be great for the price etc. - but testing them is stillApril 19th, 2011 an absolute pain as theyre always so much slower than the stuff Im used to testing. The whole situation is made only worse by AMD releasing three models today, albeit were only looking at the two higher end ones of these three new models. The good news for me is that we tend to only ever look at one or two of these new models and then continue looking at the fun stuff and what people wish they could afford, but cant.In todays news roundup: Intel and AMD are reportecly AMD Radeon HD 6570 & HD 6670 Launch Review, Featuringmaking plans to go head-on against ARM in the lucrative Sapphires HD 6670 @ Rage3D.comsmartphone and tablet market; Reviews of AMDs recently Description: AMD launches the final discrete GPU in thelaunched graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6570 and HD Northern Islands line, codenamed Turks. Fitting into two6670, are starting to surface online; Apple is reportedly product lines, and two price points, we investigate how the HDrejecting Apps with Pay-per-install campaigns; Alienware 6570 and HD 6670 move things on from last years Redwoodhas announced two new gaming laptops, the M14x and cards, including a look at a nice Sapphire HD 6670 with ArticM18x, along with an updated M11x that now features more Cooling heatsink as standard.powerful, up-to-date hardware; Final Fantasy IVs creator Cooler Master Elite 343 mATX Case @ Benchmark ReviewsTakashi Tokita gives his take on the ever-popular Final Description: The enthusiast case market is replete with fancyFantasy franchise, and The latest Mortal Kombat installation cases brimming with exotic materials and features. Its nothas finally been launched in North America. unusual for builders to buy "more case than they need",Hardware news investing extra money in a case their system can grow into.Intel, AMD Will Challenge ARM in Tablets, Smartphones But sometimes all you need is a basic case: a good-qualityDescription: As the PC market slows, Intel and AMD are enclosure that will serve as a home for your componentsgearing up to take on ARM in the burgeoning tablet and in a business, "grandma computer", or other non-enthusiastsmartphone spaces, and one analyst says Intel has a strong setting. Although Benchmark Reviews does not often look atshot at gaining traction starting in 2012. cases like this, they make up the bulk of the case market. While Cooler Masters best known for its enthusiast cases (such asNoctua NH-D14 CPU "Monster" Cooler Review @ the HAF series), they serve this market as well with cases likeMadshrimps the Elite 343 mATX computer case.Description: Today we test the most high-end heatsink fromNoctua. It comes with two fans pre-equipped and will fill up AMD Radeon HD 6450 & 6570: The Line-up is Complete @all but the largest eATX cases. Dubbed the NH-D14 this beast InsideHWcomes with a 120mm AND 140mm fan which are speced for Description: Presenting the lowest segment in the productlow noise operation. Can it handle the heat of an overclocked gamma is usually the last step in presenting the newCore i7? Time to find out. generation, at least in the usual scenario. In accordance with this, AMD announced their low-end chips, Caicos and Turks,Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Review @ Vortez for the second quarter of the current year. These chips areDescription: The latest model, the Killer 2100 is their most reserved for the weakest models from the Radeon HD 6000streamlined product yet, focussing directly on delivering the series, which is probably the last thing that is going to becore feature, unrivalled gaming network performance. The 1
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonepresented in the following months as well, with the possible For paranoid Androids, Guardian Project offers smartphoneexception of HD 6670. These cards are intended for non-heavy securityduty users, and are mostly low-profile, so that they fit not only Description: The Guardian Project is an open source initiativeinto regular office PCs, but also HTPCs. We got two visually which aims to take advantage of Googles Android operatingsimilar models for testing; these two small Radeons, however, system to bring smartphones the same sort of security andturned out to be packing major differences under their coolers privacy that savvy users have come to expect from laptops and desktops. Featuring capabilities like full-disk encryption,Gainward GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden/Good Sample Review secure instant messaging, and anonymous Web browsing, the@ Real World Labs project hopes to give people better control of their personalDescription: Thanks to a nice boost in clocks right from the information on mobile devices.factory the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti Golden Sampleby Gainward offers an excellent value/performance ratio at Gaming newsnear silent levels. Telltale Wants Gamers to Solve Crimes in Law & Order: L.A.Consumer Electronics and Software news the Game Description: If you thought developer Telltale Games plateRazer Onza review: an excellent PC gaming companion was full with Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The WalkingDescription: Razer’s newly released Onza Tournament Edition Dead, Fables, and Kings Quest games on its schedule... yougamepad is an excellent companion for your gaming PC, were right. Thats a heaping helping of design work. But theperfect for those games that a mouse and keyboard just aren’t studio is hungry for even more and has announced it willthe best tools for playing. give the episodic game treatment to yet another big nameUndo certain Gmail actions in your mobile browser franchise: TV cop drama Law & Order. Read More »Description: Sometimes when I’m using Gmail on my phone,I delete a message by mistake or label it incorrectly. Sure I A Conversation With the Creator of Final Fantasy IV Description: You cant help but like Takashi Tokita. Despitecan fish the message out of my Trash or remove the label and being a long-time veteran of the Final Fantasy series (he madeapply the correct one, but that takes several steps. Even just his debut with the 8-bit Final Fantasy III back in 1990), hesa few seconds is usually enough time to catch those annoying remained down-to-earth. Tokita is still with Square, and hemistakes. Now when you use the Gmail mobile web app, you’ll still works in the trenches of game design, so to speak, bringinghave a small window of opportunity to undo four key actions: both new games and old to mobile and portable systems. Asarchive, delete, add or remove a label, or move a message/ the original story director for the revolutionary Final Fantasyconversation. IV for Super NES, hes also the main man behind that gamesApple Reportely Rejecting Apps with Pay-per-install sequel The After Years, originally released for Japanese mobileCampaigns phones before being ported to WiiWare and now PSP.Description: Apple isn’t just tweaking its App Store rankings Mortal Kombat released in North Americato include more than download numbers and possibly Description: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainmentlessening the impact of incentivized pay-per-install marketing announces Mortal Kombat is now available at retailerscampaigns. It’s actually banning apps that use pay-per-install, in North America on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computeraccording to one of the leading providers Tapjoy. entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video gameLG Optimus Pad / T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet Review and entertainment system from Microsoft. Mortal Kombat,Description: The G-Slate features a slightly smaller display developed by NetherRealm Studios and led by Mortal Kombatthan the Apples iPad and Motorolas Xoom, which makes it creator and creative director Ed Boon, is the newest chapter oflighter and thereby easier to hold to a certain extent. It also the legendary franchise, marking a triumphant return to thesports a great industrial design and can record 3D 720p HD series roots in the most epic installment to date.videos with its dual-5 megapixel cameras. All of this is poweredby a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor that hums along at1GHz, making sure that even 3D games run smoothly on its G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2300high-res touchscreen display. CL9 8GB Kit AnnouncedAlienware kicks out M14x and M18x, revamped M11x Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-ripjawsx-ddr3-2300-cl9-8gb-kit-Description: Alienware as it teased last week has brought out announced/11914.htmlthree new gaming notebooks, including its first 14-inch model. April 19th, 2011The M14x has the special lighting and customization in asmaller if 6.45-pound frame. Every version comes with veryhigh-end performance for the size with a quad Core i7 and aGeForce GT 555M with either 1.5GB or 3GB of memory.iPhone radiation dock – yet another Japan-inspired deviceDescription: We’ve seen the DIY Arduino Geiger counter G.Skill today announces the world’s fastest 8GB (4GBx2)yesterday, but here is yet another Japan-inspired device, an DDR3 memory, rated at 2300MHz CL9 with only 1.65ViPhone radiation dock. This is part of the efforts involved to voltage. This ultimate memory kit will join G.Skill awardcleverly leverage the use of technology in order to help Japan winning Ripjaws-X family and will be available soon via G.Skillwith their ongoing nuclear crisis. global authorized distribution partner. 2
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Pentax unveils rainbow- coloured K-r DSLR with mouthful of a name Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pentax-unveils-rainbow-coloured-k-r- dslr-with-mouthful-of-a-name/11913.html April 19th, 2011 When it comes to churning out special, limitted editions of its DSLRs, probably no other camera manufacturer is capable ofTaipei, Taiwan?19th April 2011?G.Skill International Co. Ltd., doing what Pentax has been churning out on a semi-regularmanufacturer of extreme performance memory and solid-state basis. And it seems that the trend is not about to stop anystorage with solid quality, today announces the world’s fastest time soon, for better or for worse; the Japanese DSLR maker8GB (4GBx2) DDR3 memory, rated at 2300MHz CL9 with has just announced yet another limitted edition run of its K-only 1.65V voltage. This ultimate memory kit will join G.Skill r DSLRs which come fully decked out in...you guessed it, aaward winning Ripjaws-X family and will be available soon via bright, rainbow-coloured body. Kind of makes you wonderG.Skill global authorized distribution partner. when the fun will ever end for Pentax, no? For most camera manufacturers, choosing a suitable colour for their DSLRs is usually a no brainer. After all, DSLRs are meant to look professional (even if their users are not), and the easiest way to accomplish this is to simply make their DSLRs available in any colour the consumer wants, as long as it is black. That being said, there do exist users who are willing to pony up good money for a camera body that comes with its own splash of individuality, and it appears that no ther camera manufacturer save for Pentax knows how to pitch its products to such a niche group of pontential consumers. After all, this is the very camera manufacturer that has been known to offer countless different limited editions of its existing DSLRs that feature some of the most unusual paint jobs, and it seems that this trend is not about to stop any time soon now that Pentax has unveiled yet another limited edition of its K-r lineSince the demand of big capacity memory has grown of DSLRs. Does anyone fancy taking a stroll down the busydramatically, G.Skill R&D team has been dedicated to streets of Singapore with this particular K-r slung around yourdevelop the fastest and best performing products based on neck?4GB memory sticks continuously. Following the marvelousachievement of DDR3 1900MHz 48GB and DDR3 2200MHz16GB kits, G.Skill once again pushed the memory speedfurther and developed the industry leading memory kit. TheDDR3 2300MHz CL9 kit has passed a series of rigorous testsand guarantees the best stability and performance.“The 2300MHz RipjawsX 8GB gives you extreme speed andyou can also enjoy the big capacity simutanously. It not onlydelivers record breaking overclocking performance, but alsobroaden your choices for building up an extreme performanceworkstation and a gaming machine” said Michael Chao, seniorR&D manager at G.Skill. Accroding to Pentaxs product page, this rainbow-coloured K- r is the result of a tie-up with Tower Records Japan Inc and will be marketed as the TOWER RECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW K-r (told you that its name is quite the mouthful). And if you are wondering why its name bears more than just a passing 3
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesimilarity with the earlier line of limited edition TOWER This may come across as a surprise to many, but printers areRECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW Kx DSLRs launched last not the only offerings Epson has for both its consumer andyear, the answer is simple; the rainbow-coloured K-rs are enterprise-level customers. In fact, the company which is nowsupposed to be the follow-up products to the Kxs. synonymous with its range of printing devices also sells its own line of notebook and desktop PCs, and the only reason theirFeatures and functionality-wise, there is essentially nothing non-printer product lineup is known to none but a few is thatwhich distinguishes the TOWER RECORDS×PENTAX these PCs are meant to be sold in only one market; Japan.RAINBOW K-r from a regular Pentax K-r DSLR save for thenew rainbow-coloured spash screen found in the former. However, if you thought that catering to a (relatively) small domestic market such as Japans means that a well known OEM like Epson could afford to take things easy with its existing desktop and notebook PC product lines, you could not have been further from the truth. Indeed, it appears as though Epson has got no intention of letting its notebook and desktop PC product lines stagnate, and the launch of its new Endeavor NP15 ultra-compact nettop PC is probably the best proof of that.Of course, with the TOWER RECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW Of course, the fact that the Endeavor NP15 is being marketedK-r DSLR being a special, limited-edition run of the standard as a nettop PC essentially means that the machine is definitelyK-r, it should come as no surprise that the rainbow- not going to have the kind of power one needs for seriouscoloured K-r is not going to be the cheapest K-r available. data crunching or digital multimedia entertainment. Indeed, aIndeed, Pentaxs product page reveals that the TOWER quick look at the NP15s hardware specifications reveal someRECORDS×PENTAX RAINBOW K-r will retail with a slightly rather standard fare: processor power is provided by the dual-fatter price tag of 89,800 yen or approximately US$1,100. core Intel Atom D525 processor, while a 250GB hard diskEven then, you wil have to move fast if you fancy getting serves as the MP15s main storage medium. To top off theyour hands on one of these DSLRs, for Pentax has confirmed package, the NP15 also comes bundled with 2GB of memorythat only 300 such units will be produced for sale, and that and six USB2.0 ports, while the onboard Intel GPU providesinterested consumers have only up to July 7 to pre-order their little more than the bare minium graphical processing powercameras. needed to drive Windows Aero on the bundled WindowsIn other words, you snooze, you lose. 7 Home Premium operating system, along with some basic multimedia content. However, we should also point out that raw power has never been a key selling point for low-power devices suchEpson launches new nettop PC as netbooks and nettop PCs, and the Endeavor NP15 is noin Japan exception. In fact, the NP15s appeal stems from the fact that Epson has managed to cram every single component neededSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-launches-new-nettop-pc-in- for a working PC into a highly compact casing that measuresjapan/11911.html a mere two centimeters in width. To put things in perspective,April 19th, 2011 Epson is claiming that the NP15 sports dimensions similar to that of an A5-sized filofax, and that a user could easily conceal the device by simply mounting it behind a monitor.Most people may not be aware of it, but Epson is more than justa well-known vendor of inkjet printers. In fact, the Japanesecompany also has its own line of notebooks and PCs that areavailable for sale only in the Japanese domestic market, andits desktop PC offering has just received a new addition tothe family today. How does an ultra-compact NP15 nettop PC Sounds amazing, does it not? Unfortunately, Epsons PCsound like for you? offerings are only available for sale within its domestic market, 4
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneso it goes without saying that the NP15 is one PC which most of were hearing both AMD and Nvidia are busy working on itsus will never be able to see in our local computer stores. That own desktop graphics switching implementations for the Z68being said, if you happen to have a very good Japanese friend chipset and in AMDs case most likely also for its on Fusionwho is willing to help you ship out one of these Japan-only platform.products, do make sure to have at least 29,820 yen (approx US$361) available in your bank account, as that is the price thatthe NP15 is retailing for. Asus P8Z68-V Pro shows up early on Chinese siteMSI teams up with LucidLogix Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p8z68-v-pro-shows-up-early-on- chinese-site/11910.htmlfor some Z68 Virtu love April 19th, 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-teams-up-with-lucidlogix-for-some-z68-virtu-love/11912.htmlApril 19th, 2011 Detailed pictures of one of Asus upcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards have made an appearance on a Chinese websiteMSI has announced that its going to supply LucidLogix and it gives us a pretty detailed look into what Asus hasVirtu software with its Z68 motherboards which will enable coming. The model is the P8Z68-V Pro which should beautomatic on-demand switching between the Intel IGP and a towards the upper end of Asus Z68 boards, at least judging bydiscrete graphics card. For now, LucidLogixs Virtu software its features.is the only way to go if you want to do graphics switching ona desktop system, but were hearing that this isnt going to bethe case for too long. Detailed pictures of one of Asus upcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards have made an appearance on a Chinese website and it gives us a pretty detailed look into what Asus hasMSI has announced that its going to supply LucidLogix coming. The model is the P8Z68-V Pro which should beVirtu software with its Z68 motherboards which will enable towards the upper end of Asus Z68 boards, at least judging byautomatic on-demand switching between the Intel IGP and a its features.discrete graphics card. For now, LucidLogixs Virtu softwareis the only way to go if you want to do graphics switching on The P8Z68-V Pro has a fairly standard board layout with threea desktop system, but were hearing that this isnt going to be x16 PCI Express slots of which the first two can operate in dualthe case for too long. x8 mode (the second slot is disabled if the primary slot is used in x16 mode) and the third one being a x4 slot. There are also two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. Asus has gone for Intels standard four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports and added a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports via a Marvell controller. Theres a front header for two USB 3.0 ports via an ASMedia host controller as well as pin headers for six USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire ports.The advantage of using LucidLogix Virtu software is that theuser has the ability to switch between Intels integrated low-power graphics and a much more powerful discrete graphicscard. Why would you want to do this? Well, for one for thepower saving, as when youre at the Windows desktop thegraphics card will be put into its lowest power state and itshould in theory save power. Secondly because of Intels QuickSync technology which allows you to speed up the time it takesto transcode and encode video as this is so far much faster thanusing any current GPU. Around the back things are a little bit unusual, as AsusMSI intends to at least initially ship Virtu with its Z68A-GD80, has dropped the PS/2 ports entirely on this board which isZ68A-GD65 and micro ATX Z68MA-ED55 motherboards, somewhat unexpected. As such the rear I/O configurationalthough were fairly certain MSI has more Z68 boards consists of six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATAplanned than these three models. That said, that doesnt port, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port,meant that well see Virtu shipping with them as from what 5
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone7.1-channel audio jacks, an optical S/PDIF out and a Bluetooth the most likely candidate to pony up the money Samsung isdongle. asking for in a bid to increase its share of the HDD pie, simply because Western Digital would be essentially asking for an FTC investigation on itself if it were the one to do so. And just as most people have predicted, it was indeed Seagate which stepped up to the negotiating table with Samsung, and has walked away with the latters HDD business unit in exchange for the total sum of US$1.375 billion in both cash and stock options. So what does this mean for Samsung, Seagate and the end- users who are still heavily reliant on mechanical hard disks for their storage needs? Well, the fact that Samsung has received a cash injection of almost US$1.4 billion means that the Korean electronics giant now has the money it needs to invest in other profitable divisions under its banner, so end-users canOther features include power and reset buttons, Asus various expect to see more interesting consumer electronic devicesEPU, TPU and what not features that tend to be standard on being churned out from Samsungs factories in the very nearAsus boards these days. The board also uses Asus Digi+ VRM future. Also, the agreement will see Samsung adopting the useand the board appears to have a 16-phase PWM design. Overall of Seagates hard disks for a wide variety of products in itsit looks like a pretty decent design, but wed expect Asus to offerings, such as its notebook divisions.offer at least a model or two above the P8Z68-V Pro as well as On the other hand, Seagate will reportedly see a 10% increasea couple of more affordable models. in the market share of its hard disks. This figure, when added to Seagates existing market share, will result in Seagate claiming almost 40% of the global HDD market. This will putIt is official: Samsung has sold Seagate in a very good position to compete against the likes ofits hard drive business unit to Western Digital, which current owns as much as 50% of the global HDD pie. In addition, the agreement will see SamsungSeagate supplying Seagate with NAND flash, as well as extendingSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-is-official-samsung-has-sold-its- existing patent agreements currently in effect among bothhard-drive-business-unit-to-seagate/11909.html companies.April 19th, 2011 However, things are slightly different as far as the end user is concerned, simply because consumers now have lesser choices to choose from when it comes to HDD selection. With Seagate and Western Digital both owning 40% and 50% of the global HDD market respectively, this leaves Toshiba as the only otherLets face it; everybody knew that Samsung would not have major competitor left with approximately 10% of the HDDa problem finding a buyer for its hard disk business. And market. This means that there is a very real possibility of seeingmost people would also have guessed that given Samsungs a duopoly in the HDD market like the one that is currentlysmall but respectable market share in the HDD business, it present in the x86 processor market (Intel and AMD), and wewould not take too long before a buyer shows up at Samsungs can only wait and see how this is going to affect the end user.office with a bag full of cash and and offer to purchase thataforementioned business unit. Which is precisely what justhappened today; Seagate is now in the midst of combining itsown HDD business with that of Samsungs as we bring you this SingTel announces ESC andreport. exclusive distributor for SonySometimes, it does not take a genius to predict what certain Ericsson Xperia Playmajor hardware companies have up their sleeves, especially Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-announces-esc-and-exclusive-when it has got something to do with acquisitions. Sure, distributor-for-sony-ericsson-xperia-play/11908.htmlcertain acquisitions have been known to be so unexpected that April 19th, 2011not even the most accomplished speculator or business analystcould have foreseen the result (like HP purchasing Palm Inc),but there also exists deals whose outcomes are so obvious thatit makes one wonder why the companies involved did not justsimply announce the deal and get it over with.And unfortunately (or fortunately) for Samsung, its latest dealwith Seagate over the fate of its hard disk business unit was a This afternoon, SingTel announced their new cloud-basedclassic example of the latter. As most people would remember, video gaming service called ESC, and also it will be thespeculations were rife that Samsung was planing to sell off exclusive distributor for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Playthe unprofitable business unit, and that Seagate would be (formerly known as the PlayStation Phone). 6
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Today AMD unveiled is more affordable Radeon HD 6000- series graphics card with the most expensive model retailing for about US$100. We’ve got a few pictures of some of the partner boards for your viewing pleasure, alongside the specs of the new card after the break. Starting from the bottom up we have the Radeon HD 6450 and its quite a step up from the previous generation Radeon HD 5450. For starters the shader count has doubled from 80 to 160 shaders, although the ROPs, stencil buffers and texture units remain the same. The GPU still has a 64-bit memory interface, but at least the clock speeds of both the memory and GPU have been boosted so the GPU is clocked somewhere between 625SingTel today announced the launch of their cloud- and 750MHz with the memory at 533 to 900MHz (dependingbased video gaming service called „ESC? and exclusive on memory type). There will be cards with both DDR3 anddistributorship of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Android GDDR5 memory available. The MSRP for cards based on thesmartphone. Radeon HD 6450 is expected to be around US$55 (S$69).Launched in partnership with Playcast Media Systems, ESC(read as „ESCape?) is the first service in Asia to deliver on-demand high quality games directly from the „cloud? to userson TV and PC. This provides a rich and immersive gamingexperience through a one-time client download.With instant and unlimited access to 24 titles at launch froma range of genres, ESC gamers can enjoy popular game titlesfrom Atari, Capcom, Codemasters, Disney, Tell Tale Gamesand THQ. For example, Street Fighter 4, Back to the Futureand Toy Story 3 are available to customers who sign up forthe service. Each month, two to three titles will be refreshed to AMD claims 30fps+ in a wide range of titles at 1600x900ensure the line-up is current and engaging. resolution, although this appears to be mostly in older titlesESC is available to anyone with fibre or broadband such as Battlefield BC 2: Vietnam, Lost planet 2, F1 2010,connectivity of 10Mbps and above. Unlimited ESC gameplay Dragon Age 2 and WoW. That said, reviews of the card doesntstarts from S$1.99 for a One Day Pack, and S$9.99 for a month seem to confirm AMDs figures, as the Radeon HD 6450 seems(all prices inclusive of GST). As a launch special, SingTel will to be struggling at default settings in most of the games listedbe offering an unlimited free trial until 30 April 2011. by AMD. The card also supports Eyefinity for three displaysCustomers on fibre can access ESC on their television sets and here AMD clams playable frame rates at 4080x768 (thatsvia SingTel?s exCite TV service and both fibre and broadband three times 1366x768), although judging by the standardcustomers can enjoy the PC service by downloading a simple benchmarks, this doesnt seem all that likely.client.From May 2011, ESC will also be offered with SingTel?sexPress 50 fibre broadband plan at a bundled price of S$66.90 per month. With this package, customers can enjoyunlimited game play with 50Mbps fibre broadband. FromJune, customers can look forward to the exPress 50 UltimateEntertainment Pack which will bundle mio TV and games.AMD launches the Radeon HD6670, 6570, 6450Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-launches-the-radeon-hd-6670-6570-6450/11907.htmlApril 19th, 2011 On the upside AMD has added support for HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 which means 3D stereoscopic video is supported for those interested in watching 3D movies for example. AMD doesnt offer its own custom 3D solution like Nvidia, but is instead working on support all types of 3D TVs, displays and shutter glasses. The Radeon HD 6450 also offers better performance in most games than Nvidias GeForce 7
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGT520 which is a more expensive card and it does of course April 19th, 2011outperform Intels HD 2000 graphics. Maybe it is because Microsofts Office productivity suite is still the number one office suite of choice for most users around the world that people are always trying to nitpick on it for not being able to match up to their lofty expectations of what a proper office productivity suite is supposed to be. However, even the harshest critic may have to take a back seat with Microsofts latest Office-related offering for businesses, for Microsoft has just announced in a media event held at The Fullerton Hotel that the public beta for the business-centric cloud-productivity service, Office 365 is now live. So what newAll of the partner cards weve seen so far are variations features can businesses look forward to with Office 365? Readon AMDs reference design with slightly different coolers, on to find out more.although Sapphire appears to be the only company with a As far as Microsoft is concerned, most people are notpassively cooled card on offer. about to fault the Redmond giant for its contributions to the advancement of technology on the PC and the office productivity front, and for good reason. For one, Microsofts technological prowess in the aforementioned areas are essentially second to none, and it is thanks to the company that the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite that we take for granted everyday come bundled with various advanced features that are seemingly capable of greatly enhancing and simplifying the average users digital workflow. However, the one aspect of Microsofts pursuit for technological advancement which essentially all critics are only too keen to rat the Redmond giant out on centers around the key aspect of user experience. While Microsoft has been successful in delivering highly advanced technology to the masses, the company often falls flat on its face when it involves making the aforementioned technology easily accessible and usable for the average end-user who seeks an integrated approach to software. And this is the kind of problem Microsoft is hoping to rectify for its enterprise consumers with the introduction of the public beta for the new Office 365 productivity serviced aimed at businesses of all sizes.Microsoft announces publicbeta of Office 365 forbusinessesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-announces-public-beta-of-office-365-for-businesses/11906.html Speaking at the event was Microsofts chief operating office, Kevin Turner, who described the new subscription-based Office 365 as the "future of productivity". Interestingly, it feels as though we had heard this catchphrase somewhere in a previous Microsoft-related event. 8
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"Office 365 includes our latest productivity suites and "When we talk about Office 365, we have to think about whatservices. This includes Microsoft Exchange Online for businesses need. Businesses need productivity. So how do wemessaging, Sharepoint Online for collaboration and Lync improve their productivity? First, we have to enable them toonline for unified communications. All these services have communicate to people in new ways. With a big inbox, we alsobeen integrated into the main Office client application, along offer them the best way to efficiently manage their inboxes,"with the latest version of Microsofts Office Web Apps," he he said, while explaining how Outlook in Office 365 offerssaid. users full access to their working teams calanders for easier communication and planning.Turner also added that the companys strategic partnershipwith Starhub will allow it to accelerate the adoption of boththe beta and final release versions of Office 365, a fact that wasfurther elaborated on by Starhubs chief operating officer, TanTong Hai. Integration at its best in Outlook Hau also spoke on the importance of the need to be able to access ones working files regardless of their location and the type of machine they are using, especially when mobile. To"Starhub will be the go-to market partner for Microsoft and that end, Sharepoint Online Office Web Apps will allow suchOffice 365. If our business consumers ever encounter any users to access and edit their content in a web browser withproblems with the Office 365 service, Starhub will be the party the same familiar environment they have grown to familiarizethey should get in touch with. We will implement a support themselves with in Microsoft Office. And for those who are notstructure with Microsoft to ensure that customers will have a keen on using the web browser known as Internet Explorer,peace of mind when they eventually decide to migrate over to Hau has assured users that Web Apps will work perfectly fineMicrosofts cloud productivity service," he said. with alternative browsers such as Mozillas Firefox.Tan added that the upcoming nationwide fiber-optic network,along with the fact that the Office 365 servers will be installedlocally, will allow Starhub, along with other broadband serviceproviders, to deliver a better user experience to its customersutilizing Office 365.Last but not least, Microsofts product manager for theInformation Market Group, Hau Lu, gave a demonstrationof how Office 365 has integrated Microsoft Office, MicrosoftExchange Online, Microsoft Sharepoint Online and MicrosoftLync Online into a single unified environment to enhance workefficiency and productivity. 9
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLooks so good, you cannot tell youre viewing this on abrowser until you see the Internet Explorer 9 UI Last but not least, you might be aware that Microsoft used to offer businesses another cloud-based offering known as Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite orDont want to use IE? Fret not: Web Apps will get the job done Microsoft BPOS. Unfortunately for BPOS, it seems that itswith any browser of your choice. days as an enterprise offering are numbered, as Turner has confirmed that Office 365 will now be Microsofts default offering to business users, and that BPOS will be retired in favor of Office 365. "We will have only one brand strategy, and it is all about Office 365. Thank goodness for that." he quipped. Turner also hinted that Office 365 may be ported to the ARM architecture to allow for Windows 8 and tablet compatibility. But that will probably have to wait until Office 365 is officially released and we start seeing Windows 8 shipping on both traditional PCs and tablet devices. Until then, businesses can test out the public beta of Office 365 at http:// www.Office365.com.There are slight formatting issues with the Word Web App,but we were assured that these will not carry forward to thefinal document that will be viewed on the actual Office client Glass-free 3D on the Apple iPad 2? Yes, it is possible Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/glass-free-3d-on-the-apple-ipad-2-yes- it-is-possible/11905.html April 19th, 2011 The Apple iPad 2 does not come with 3D display technology, but from the folks at Engineering Human-...and you can also get access Onenote via Web Apps. Neat, Computer Interaction Research, it is possible to achieve glass-right? free 3D effect on the tablet device. Read on for the details.Last but not least, Hau described how Lync integration inOffice 365 allows for users to initiate conversations fromwithinthe various Office 365 components available. 10
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone ChaCha, a free, real-time Q&A service provider has launched a new iPhone application with location-based features and entirely fresh user interface, making the already popular service even easier and more fun to use while on the go. In addition to the Q&A capability, the new app allows users to see live questions being asked by others in their area. This also lets ChaCha users find out whats trending in their own backyards. Additionally, users can also opt-in to nearly 100 ChaCha mobile alerts including news, weather, celebrity / entertainment news, stock quotes and more, guaranteeing that up-to-the-minute information will always be at their fingertips wherever they are.Thanks to the Avatar 3D blockbuster movie, 3D is going on ASUS Eee Pad TransformerTVs, PCs and even smartphones. But the need to use 3D glassescan be hassle for many, which is why some manufacturers preorder starts today Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-preorder-are going the glass-less 3D route. starts-today/11894.htmlWell, the folks at Engineering Human-Computer Interaction April 19th, 2011Research in France has managed to develop a way to bringglass-free 3D on the Apple iPad 2, which could also mean thatglass-less 3D is possible on other tablets and smartphones too.The methodology involves the tracking of the head of the userwith the devices front facing camera and perhaps also thegyroscope feature. It does not use the acelerometers though.Check out the video and see for yourself. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is more than just an Android tablet; it comes with a uniquely designed full- size QWERTY keyboard docking station that provides ease ofChacha launches new iPhone typing and extends the devices battery life. For those of you who are waiting for this, the wait is over. Today, the companyapp with new UI and location- has announced the start of the preorder for their Eee Padbased features Transformer. Update: 100 sets of pre-order units for the ASUSSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chacha-launches-new-iphone-app- Eee Pad Transformer had been sold out within 3 hours.with-new-ui-and-location-based-features/11904.htmlApril 19th, 2011Real-time question and answer service provider Chacha haslaunched their new iPhone app that sports a refreshed look andoffers location-based features. Besides asking questions, usercan also see "live" questions being asked in his or her vicinity. Update: 100 sets of pre-order units for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer had been sold out within 3 hours. ASUS today officially announced the start of preorder for the Eee Pad Transformer which claims to be the perfect tablet solution for both media consumption and mobile productivity. Designed to provide the most personal and seamless cloud computing experience, the innovative Eee Pad Transformer has a uniquely designed full-size QWERTY keyboard docking station that offers two USB slots, SD card reader and extends battery life up to 16 hours. It also boasts an IPS panel made from a durable, scratch-resistant glass, dual cameras and supports Adobe Flash 10.2 video playback. ASUS has 11
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealso developed an intuitive user interface called Waveshare Description: (Machine translation)The Xigmatek Elysium iswhich hosts a variety of unique applications including MyNet, the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The ElysiumMyLibrary and MyCloud. Enthusiast Big-Tower supports HPTX motherboards and have very much place for Cooling-Fans and a Watercooling Kit. WeThe Eee Pad Transformer is available for pre-order in will check this and many more in the following Review.Singapore today. The Eee Pad Transformer pre-order islimited to 100 sets only. Users may visit ASUS Singapore ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Review @ ocaholicOfficial Fan page, http://www.facebook.com/asus.sg for more Description: With the P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty, ASRock haspre-order information. a high-end Sandy Bridge motherboard in its portfolio which especially targets the gaming market. Next to a very attractivePre-order price: S$699 (incl GST) with free Docking station design the board also features three PCI-Express x16 slots andworth S$199. Pre-order begins from 18 April to 26 April and is ten SATA-Ports. Furthermore were also very curious if thislimited to the first 100 customers only. motherboard can be overclocked well. Evercool Transformer 4+ Plus CPU Cooler Review @The Daily VR-Zone News TweaknewsSummary - 18 April 2011 Description: Evercools original Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and directSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--18- touch design should have been a top performer in the CPUapril-2011/11448.html cooling market. It wasnt. The newer Transformer 4 PLUS,April 19th, 2011 with its higher speed PWM fans performs much better and adds socket 1156 support into the mix. In fact, the cooling is quite good and even has the cooling muscle to support some moderate overclocking. Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard/ CPU Combo Review @ OCIA.netIn todays news roundup: Intel has seemingly thrown in Description: After being in development since 2006, AMD wasthe towel with its Itanium architecture and has started finally able to debut their Fusion APU at the 2011 CES. Ifmoving out its engineers from the Itanium team to its you haven’t been keeping up with processing technology as ofXeon departments; ASRocks Fatal1ty P67 Professional late, APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit and is AMD’smotherboard gets reviewed; Kyocera’s dual-touchscreen Echo CPU + GPU combo chip. Today we are going to be taking asmartphone is now officially available through Sprint in look at a motherboard / APU combo from Gigabyte, the GA-the U.S; Samsung is reportedly planning to bridge the E350N-USB3. The E350N utilizes the Brazos platform andperformance gap between a traditional desktop PC and a more specifically, the Zacate APU which features a dual-coresmartphone by aiming to launch a new smartphone fitted with Bobcat CPU operating at 1.6 GHz and AMD Radeon HD 6310a 2GHz processor core by 2012; Ridge Racer 3D for Nintendos graphics.latest portable video game console, the Nintendo 3DS, getsreviewed, and The rumour mill is claiming that Nintendos Intel Relocates Itanium Engineers to Xeon Projectsupcoming sucessor to its Wii video game console might feature Description: Intel Corps officially claims that Xeon processors"a tablet with buttons" for its controllers may offer better level of performance and availability than the companys Itanium. According to people withHardware news alleged knowledge of the matter, Intel had been specificallyThermaltake Frio - CLP0564 @ Computing on Demand reappointing engineers from the Itanium teams intoDescription: With the loud design of many products entering development of Xeon central processing units (CPUs).the market today, it seems that there has been a lack of Intel and Micron Announce 20nm NAND Flashbalance between the design and the function, whereas the Description: Intels G3 SSDs may be the new hotness, but thefunction doesnt say as much about the performance as the company announced along with Micron that it has made aappearance does. Thermaltake thinks they can regain some new, finer 20nm process technology for manufacturing NANDof my confidence by enticing me, the enthusiast, with a CPU flash memory. The new 20nm process produces an 8 GB multi-cooler that claims it can do the job and looks like it should be level cell (MLC) NAND flash device.able to without the zany design elements some have chosen toopt for over functionality. Consumer Electronics and Software newsThermaltake Max 5G USB Drive Enclosure Review @ Kyocera Echo dual-touchscreen smartphone released onBigbruin. SprintDescription: Im finding it difficult to find anything I would Description: Kyocera’s dual-touchscreen Echo smartphone isoffer up as a suggestion for the Thermaltake Max 5G USB drive now available through Sprint in the U.S. The standout featureenclosure. It supports the latest version of USB while being of the Echo is the extra screen real estate provided by thebackwards compatible to previous generations, it provides two 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by a pivotactive cooling with dual 80mm LED fans, it has an integrated hinge that allows the device to be used in the traditional singlesupport stand, and it has an easy way to turn off the fans LEDs. screen configuration or folded out so each display can be used independently, side-by-side or combined to form a 800 x 960Xigmatek Elysium Case Review on Technic3D (German) 12
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonepixel 4.7-inch display – albeit divided by a black bar formed Description: Prey 2 is so radically different from the firstby the frame. game in terms of look, gameplay and feel that it should really be approached with entirely different expectations.Samsung Plans to Release a 2GHz Dual-Core Smartphone by Though the universe may be the same and is set to include2012 an appearance from Preys former protagonist, Tommy, thisDescription: Two years have passed since the first 1GHz isnt the straightforward sequel you may have expected fromsmartphones hit the market, and Samsung is already looking Human Head Studios.at the next big milestone in the smartphone gigahertz race: 2GHz. Such processor speed, Samsung claims, will narrow the Ridge Racer 3D Nintendo 3DS Reviewgap between a smartphone and a full-fledged desktop PC, at Description: Ridge Racer is the true form of arcade racer thatleast when it comes to data processing power. we have all come to know and love. You take control of a car, drive it as fast as you can and race to the finish, all the timeGoPro HD HERO Camera review @ OCAU overtaking cars. The Ridge Racer formula is in full effect in thisDescription: Thats right, the GoPro HD HERO is an onboard game with powerslides being the order of the day and boostor helmet camera for use in sports, wet or dry. Its the real also helping you overtake the other AI cars. If you have playeddeal too - once you are aware of these tiny cameras, you start a Ridge Racer game before, you know what this game is allseeing them everywhere, in top-level motorsports and extreme about.sports, right through to shows like Mythbusters and Top Gear.Even footage of the Chilean Mine Rescue was shot with one, Wii 2, code-named Project Cafe, will have tablet controller?and at 0:39 in this video you can see one mounted in Googles Description: Rumors peg Nintendos next console as havingself-driving car. "iPad with buttons" for a controller; Wii backwards compatibility reportedly confirmed.Tt eSPORTS Azurues Gaming Mouse Review @ VortezDescription: Tt eSports current portfolio of gaming miceincludes the Black, the Azurues and the recently announcedBlack Element. Today, Vortez will be reviewing an Samsung said to be selling itsinexpensive, no-frills ambidextrous mouse: the Azurues, hard drive businesswhich is not to be confused with Azureus, a BitTorrent client Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-said-to-be-selling-its-hard-now known as Vuze drive-business/11903.html April 19th, 2011GIGABYTE T1125N-CF1 11.6-inch Tablet ConvertibleNotebook ReviewDescription: What we have here is an 11.6" notebook thatmeasures in at 11.4" x 8.7" x 1.1" and weighs 3.8 pounds. Itsa little heftier than youd expect in an 11.6" device, but thats It wasnt long ago that Western Digital snapped updue in part to the fact that this is no ordinary notebook; its a Hitachis hard drive business to become the largest hard driveconvertible. The hinge and touch screen adds a bit of beef to manufacturer in the world, but it seems like Seagate mightthis notebook turned tablet; it would have been nice if they had have an opportunity to retake some of its lost market share,made it a little thinner to compensate. as Samsung is looking to sell its hard drive business. So far it appears to only be rumours, but if true, wed be left with onlyASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router @ Benchmark two manufacturers of desktop hard drives which simply cantReviews be a good thing.Description: Stylish and router are two words that would notnormally be put together in a sentence without a negative termpreceding them somehow, but the tables are turning now as It wasnt long ago that Western Digital snapped up Hitachiswe look at the latest offering from ASUS. Today, Benchmark hard drive business to become the largest hard driveReviews brings you the ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless- manufacturer in the world, but it seems like Seagate mightN Gigabit Router. As you will see in the images that follow, have an opportunity to retake some of its lost market share,the ASUS RT-N56U certainly has an air of class about it and is as Samsung is looking to sell its hard drive business. So far itdifferent in that way from 99% of routers on offer today. appears to only be rumours, but if true, wed be left with onlyCorsair HS1 Gaming-Headset Review on Technic3D (German) two manufacturers of desktop hard drives which simply cantDescription: (Machine translation) The Corsair HS1 Gaming- be a good thing.Headset arrived Technic3D. -The circumaural, closed-back Samsungs hard drive business isnt profitable and as suchdesign offers the long-term playing comfort and immersive the company is considering its options. That said the officialmulti-channel audio that you demand as a gamer, with a word from Samsung is that its only reviewing its businessunidirectional noise-cancelling microphone that lets you be opportunities and wouldnt comment further on the matter.heard loud and clear, and audio controls that are easy to use Samsung hold about 10.7 percent of the global hard drivewithout taking your head out of the game.- We will check this market and this would allow Seagate to catch up, but notand many more in the following Review. overtake Western Digital. That is if Seagate is seriouslyGaming news considering buying Samsungs hard drive business would the opportunity arise.Prey 2 preview: Alien sequel 13
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is looking for And as luck would have it, it seems that EVGA has heardabout US$1.5 billion which is no small sum of cash to come up the communitys concerns and has since moved to work onwith, but apparently the company might be happy with less. a B3 version of the EVGA P67 SLI. Apparently, this updated,This is still a lot less than what Western Digital agreed to pay B3 version of the EVGA P67 SLI is known internally as theHitachi, which was a sum of US$4.3 billion, although some of P67 FTW. Clearly, EVGA must think that this board, whenthat was in shares. That said, Hitachi had a market share of released, would be so full of win that it could not resist the18.1 percent at the end of last year, but that still doesnt seem to temptation of naming it as such.be worth nearly three times as much as Samsungs hard drivebusiness.If this all comes true, then it seems like well have WesternDigital, Seagate and Toshiba left which isnt good news forconsumers, as less competition tends to mean higher prices.In as much as SSDs are gaining a lot of popularity the good oldmagnetic disk drives arent going anywhere any time soon asSSDs are simply not a viable alternative when it comes to costper GB. In fact, consumers and businesses alike are storingmore and more data and unless theres a miraculous newproduct coming out in the next year or two that will combinethe performance of an SSD and the cost per GB of a hard drive,we cant see things changing any time soon. Of course, for a board to be recognized as full of win evenImage of mystery P67-based before users unbox the product and get down to fiddling around with the BIOS, it has to come with some impressiveEVGA motherboard shows up hardware specifications. And the good news is that theonline EVGA P67 FTW does have some neat features: while detailed specifications are still scarce, word has it that the P67 FTW willSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/image-of-mystery-p67-based-evga- sport a 12-phase power design, six PCIe x16 slots and of course,motherboard-shows-up-online/11899.html support for both SLI and CrossFireX.April 19th, 2011 In addition, the P67 FTW will also feature dedicated power, reset and CMOS reset buttons, along with four SATA2 ports and two SATA3 ports. Last but definitely not least, the board will come reportedly come bundled with a set of pins for the purpose of disabling the PCIe ports should the need arise. Now you know why it is called the FTW.EVGA has had a P67-based motherboard sitting around itssite for quite some time already, but it appears that hardwareenthusiasts may soon get to play with yet another P67-basedmotherboard from the likes of the aforementioned company.Apparently, an image of a new EVGA motherboard sporting Alpenfohn Readies K2 CPUa red and black colour scheme has been making its way Cooleraround the Internet recently and based on the looks of it, this Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/alpenfohn-readies-k2-cpu-particular board is designed for the overclocking-hungry DIY- cooler/11902.htmler. April 19th, 2011Most PC enthusiasts will be fully aware that EVGA alreadyhas a P67-based offering for the market for quite some timealready, and it comes in the form of the EVGA P67 SLImotherboard that was launched way back in January this year.However, like most first-generation 6-series chipsets launchedearly this year, many users were understandably concernedthat their P67 SLI may be affected with the hardware bug thatwould result in hardware degredation of the SATA2 controllerused in all Intel 6-series chipsets. German based EKL is preparing to introduce its K2 CPU Cooler, expanding its portfolio of performance CPU coolers. 14
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SILVERSTONE PRESS RELEASE The RAVEN teams continued push to redefine and perfect the enthusiast tower chassis has resulted in yet another benchmark in the RAVEN RV03. With world-class cooling performance from the previous RAVEN chassis models retained by the included 180mm Air Penetrator fans, a rethinking of the interior layout enabled dramatic reduction in overall depth of the chassis compared to RAVEN RV02 while still matching RAVEN RV01s ability to accommodate Extended ATX motherboard and graphics cards longer than 13 inches. Cable management was also improved with a new 5cm thick hard drive compartment to allow nearly all cables to be connected behind the motherboard tray with ease. An unconventional power supply compartment located in the lower front part of the chassis further add to facilitate cable routing so anyone can assemble a pristine looking system with maximum airflow efficiency.The nickel plated cooler features two towers of uniquelyshaped aluminum fins, eight 6mm copper heat-pipes, and isequipped with two Wing Boost fans. The K2 supports up tothree fans and is expected to cost about €75.News via [Techconnect]Silverstone Announces RavenRV03B-W ChassisSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silverstone-announces-raven-rv03b-w-chassis/11901.htmlApril 19th, 2011 Complementing the finely tuned and engineered interior, the RV03 has Champaign colored trimmings adorning an exterior with aggressive lines yet reserved profile. The stand out stylingSilverStone Technology, manufacturer of high-end computer also fully utilizes the chassiss powerful cooling ability tocases, power supplies, and other peripherals for PCs, has full effect by a set of smartly designed, dual-purpose frontupdated its line-up of Raven chassis with the release of the bezels that helps to keep the RV03 looking sharp and uniformRV03B-W. Measuring 235 x 522 x 570mm and weighing whether the user is setting up for maximum air cooling or for11.4kg, the tower case has room for up to seven 5.25" optical a silencing build.devices, ten 3.5" HDDs, two 2.5" HDDs/ SSDs, and eightexpansion cards. It also supports all motherboards (up toextended ATX), graphic accelerators longer than 13", andboasts a smart cable management system. The RV03B-W, pre-installed with two bottom-placed 180mm Air Penetrator fans(1,200RPM), accomodates up to seven 120mm fans and isavailable through authorized resellers and e-tailers at a MSRPof 117.20 Euro come 25 April 2011. 15
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Supports Extended ATX motherboard • Supports eight expansion slots and graphics cards of any length • Mandatory cable management design for clean looking system on every build • Hard drive compartment with independent cooling zone • Upscale and aggressive styling with dual-purpose front panel bezels You can find further information about Raven RV03B-W: http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/r-spec.php? model=RV03&area=usa Raven RV03B-W is available on 25.04.2011. The recommended End User price (excl. VAT): 117.20 EuroAs a trend-setter and a computer chassis engineeringshowcase, the RAVEN RV03 has few equals. However, itsadvanced features are equally accessible that anyone from EVERCOOL Unveils Worldsexperienced enthusiasts to novice users will find easy toappreciate and utilize, making RV03 the most appealing First Router Cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/evercool-unveils-world-s-first-router-RAVEN chassis yet! cooler/11900.html April 19th, 2011 Taipei based Evercool has announced Dr. Cool, the worlds first cooler for routers and various IP sharing devices. Measuring 151 x 145 x 80mm and weighing 263g , the crab- like device is powered by USB/ a DC power transformer and features a 80mm fan that operates at speeds up to 2,500 RPM at 21 dBA. Prices and availability has not been announced yetSpecial Feature so stay tuned for more updates. EVERCOOL PRESS RELEASE• Revolutionary 90 degree motherboard mounting fromRAVEN RV01• Includes two Air Penetrator 180mm fans for superbperformance and quietness• Support up to seven 120mm fans for exceptional coolingflexibility• Motherboard back plate opening behind CPU area for quickcooler assembly 16
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The retractable clip design makes Dr. Cool compatible with different sizes of routers (IP sharing devices), additionally it can be used for 2.5 portable hard disks, tablet PCs, Netbooks or other accessories. The multi-clip design makes it very easy for users to install it, just place and clip. Soft pads inside the clips further secure the router or devices as well as preventing it from sliding. Dr. Cool can powered by either USB or a DC power transformer, which makes very convenient for users.Guess what is itA crab The tool for clip game Or a small UFONo, all the above answers are wrong. As its name suggests, Dr. Cool has multiple functions and just likes a Doctor has extensive knowledge in the cooling field. The reasonable price gives it a very good costperformance value.It is the new cooler launched by EVERCOOL, who is always Cooling solutions are not only limited to PC, Dr. Cool is adriven by the coexistence of both cooling and aesthetics, but suitable cooling alternative for routers and IP sharing devices.also emphasizing the usability. For video of Dr. Cool httpwww.youtube.comwatchv=Yx9bIPlr610What are the purposes of Dr. Cool?Dr. Cool is the Worlds first specialized cooler for Routersand IP sharing devices with a unique design. It was conceived Funny video of Dr. Coolwith three features in mind branding, creative aesthetics and httpwww.youtube.comwatchv=DlR8tQJsbqYeffective cooling. This last being where EVERCOOL paysspecial attention to, as well as taking into consideration usersfeedback. It has a white, delicate and compact appearance that For more details about EVERCOOL and products, pleasemakes it attractive to peoples eyes. always welcome to visit httpwww.evercool.com.twDr. Cool provides a cooling solution to address overheatingproblems. Using one 8cm long-life fan it provides sufficient Performance Graphicairflow to achieve silent cooling, effectively dissipating theheat. It also helps prevent damage caused by heat by longperiods of operation and extend the routers or IP sharingdevices life expectancy. 17
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Measuring 144 x 133 x 62mm and weighing 456g, the nickelAlpenfohn Releases Heidi 2 plated cooler boasts a copper base, four 6mm copper heat-VGA cooler pipes, aluminum fins, and is equipped with a 120mm Wing Boost spinner. The Heidi 2 is compatible* with most graphicSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/alpenfohn-releases-heidi-2-vga- accelerators in the market and is expected to ship soon.cooler/11898.htmlApril 19th, 2011 *Compatibility List AMD: Radeon HD 6850, HD 6870, HD 5870, HD 5850, HD 5770, HD 5750, HD 5670, HD 4870, HD 4860, HD 4850, HD 4830, HD 4750, HD 4670, HD 4650, HD 3870, HD 3850, HD 3690, HD 3650, HD 3450, HD 2600, X1900 and X1600 nVidia: GeForce GTX 460, GTX 200 series, GTX 250, GT 240, GT 220, GT 210, 9800 GTX+GTXGT, 9600 GT, 8800 GT GTS(G92), 8600, 8500, 8400, 7900 GTXGTGS, 7800 GTXGT, 7600,EKL is preparing to launch the Heidi 2 VGA cooler, targeting 7400, 7300, 6600overclocking enthusiasts. Turn your iPhone into a remote control, courtesy of Panasonic Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/turn-your-iphone-into-a-remote- control-courtesy-of-panasonic/11897.html April 19th, 2011 Do you happen to own an iPhone, along with any Panasonic- branded home-theatre entertainment devices in your home? If you do, Panasonics latest announcement will probably be just the thing you need to chuck out those clunky remote controls for good; this is because the Japanese electronics company has just announced the launch of three apps for the iPhone that allows users to take control of their Panasonic-branded home entertainment devices from the comfort of their smartphone. 18
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone with the DIGA Remote app: the BZT900/800/700/600, BWT500, BRT300, BWT3100/2100/1100, BW890/690, BF200, BWT3000/2000/1000, BW880/780/680, and the BW970/870/770. The third and final app that has been made available for iOS is the Panasonic Blu-ray Remote app which is only compatibleIt is always said that the fiercest domestic quarrels usually with the BDT110 Blu-ray player.has something do with ones possession of the humble homeentertainment tool known as the remote control, and it is easyto see why. With each individual having unique tastes in theircontent of choice and the remote control being the only toolthat is capable of helping viewers gain easy access to suchcontent, it should be of little surprise that the battle for the Interestingly, Panasonic made no mention about the appsremote control is often the best way to showcase ones alleged compatibility (or incomatibility) with any specific versions ofseniority (or immaturity) in the household. iOS, although it can be logically understood that users who are currently on the latest version of iOS that is supportedAnd because having a family of three or more members by their device are not likely to experience any compatibilityfighting for possession of one remote control does not sound issues with the aforementioned apps.like the best way to make use of ones time at home, Panasonichas apparently come up with a clever way to keep such More importantly, the press release also makes no referencesdomestic quarrels to a minimum; by giving every single family nor drops any hints about a future Android version of themember remote access to its home entertainment devices. But aforementioned apps, so Android users will probably have tohere lies the twist; as much as most people would have wanted sit this one out for the forseeable future.it, the Japanese electronics giant is not about to increase itsproduction costs by bundling four remote controls for eachproduct. Rather, Panasonic is taking advantage of the fact Symantec releases publicthat most people will have at least one iPhone by releasing betas for 2012 versions ofthree remote control apps for the Apple-branded smartphone,with each app aimed at enabling remote access to a specific Norton security softwarePanasonic-branded home entertainment device. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/symantec-releases-public-betas- for-2012-versions-of-norton-security-software/11896.htmlThe first app is known as the VIERA Remote, and as its name April 19th, 2011suggests, is centered around providing an iPhone with remotecontrol capabilities for Panasonics VIERA line of televisions.Of course, not every single VIERA-branded television iscompatible with the app: Panasonics press release claims thatonly the VIERA VT3, GT3, ST3 and DT3 series of televisionsets support remote control via a compatible iOS device. Norton by Symantec has released the 2012 beta versions of the award-winning Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security, which are now available for free download from the Norton beta website. The Norton 2012 betas improve on performance and protection in what are already the industry’s fastest and lightest security products. They include key security enhancements, including the ability to assess the safety and stability of an application before installation.The second app released by Panasonic is known asthe Digarimoto or DIGA Remote, and is targeted atPanasonics line of DIGA-branded DVD recorders andplayers. Much like the VIERA remote mentioned previously,the DIGA Remote app allows a compatible iOS device When it comes to purchasing a paid security software licenceto gain full remote access to a DIGA-branded DVD for a home PC, it always pays to go for established brands thatrecorders functions, such as its recording schedules have been in the market for a long time, and for good reason.and standard video playback features. According to After all, the fact that a security software vendor can maintainPanasonic, the following DVD recorders are compatible its presence in the market for such a long period of time almost 19
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealways means that it has to be doing something right in order later time, particularly useful for consumers with limited datato stay in this line of business. plans.Needless to say, security software vendors are also required Last but definitely not least, both 2012 betas include anto keep their programs and security protocols up to date in updated user interface, which offers quick access to the Nortonorder to best protect users from the constantly evolving nature Cybercrime Index, alerting consumers to online trouble-spotsof security threats that lurk in cyberspace. And this is what and potential hazards, including the day’s most dangerousNorton by Symantec has done today with the release of the websites, the most hijacked search terms by cybercriminals,public beta for the 2012 version of two of its security softwares: as well as top scams, identity theft and spam. The free toolNorton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security. includes expert news about the most dangerous threat of the day and advice on how to stay safe online. The minium system requirements to be met should one be interested in giving the public betas of Norton AntiVirus 2012 and Norton Internet Security 2012 are as follow: Norton Antivirus 2012 Norton Internet Security 2012In a press release issued by the company, Symantec claimsthat the 2012 betas boasts improvements in performance andprotection levels "in what are already the industry’s fastestand lightest security products". In addition, the companyhas revealed that various features and tools previouslyavailable in the 2011 versions of the companys securitysoftware products have been updated to to further enhancethe user experience of the 2012 versions of its securitysoftware. Examples of such features include the reputation-based security technology Insight 3.0, while the new version Gigabyte first with Z68 boardof Download Insight is now capable of providing users in retail"with additional data they can rely on before installing an Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-first-with-z68-board-in-application". The SONAR behavioral protection system has retail/11895.htmlalso been updated to version 4; this version allows for the April 19th, 2011monitoring of "running applications for suspicious behavior toquickly detect and disable previously unknown threats".In addition, the public beta of Norton Internet Security2012 reportedly features a revamped Norton Identity Safethat boasts a streamlined interface, along with improvedlogin and form detection technology, and the capability tostore passwords in the cloud so they are accessible from Although the actual launch date is said to be the 8th of May, itany computer with Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security seems like the first Z68 board has already hit retail, at least ininstalled. Both 2012 betas enable consumers to conserve Taiwan. The board in question is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3bandwidth by postponing non-critical Norton activity to a which at least for the time being will be Gigabytes flagship Z68 20
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneboard. However, for those of you wanting a Z68 board with April 19th, 2011display connectivity, this is not the board youve been waitingfor.Although the actual launch date is said to be the 8th of May, itseems like the first Z68 board has already hit retail, at least in Most people may not know it, but Oracle actually sells aTaiwan. The board in question is the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 commercial version of the OpenOffice office productivity suitewhich at least for the time being will be Gigabytes flagship Z68 that featured several proprietary components layered over theboard. However, for those of you wanting a Z68 board with free software suite in order to deliver a more complete out-display connectivity, this is not the board youve been waiting of-the-box computing experience for various users such asfor. businesses and enterprises. However, that commercial version of OpenOffice is set to be given the whole heave-ho from theThe Z68X-UD7 appears to be more or less identical to likes of Oracle themselves, for the company has announced in aGigabytes P67A-UD7, with some minor modifications. The blog post that it intends to relinquish control over OpenOfficepictures that have turned up online is of the motherboard box - by turning it into a "purely community-based project".and doesnt actually give us a good look at the board itself, buteven so, its clear a couple of things have changed. Gigabytehas most likely changed the Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 6Gbpscontroller to the 88SE9182 which features support for two PCIExpress lanes instead of one which means more bandwidthavailable for faster SSDs. This controller is already used onsome of Gigabytes other SKUs and wed expect it to be afeature of the Z68X-UD7 as well. Speak of the name OpenOffice and most people will immediately think of the free and open-source office productivity suite of the same name, which is currently the worlds second most popular office productivity suite after that of Microsoft Office. In fact, so extensive is Oracles OpenOffice productivity suite that the software even has its own fair share of forks based off its original source code, of which the commercial (and proprietary) Oracle Open Office is a good example of. Marketed directly by Oracle, it boasted several features usually absent in the free OpenOffice suite due to copyright and legal issues, such as support for various Microsoft Office-centric features and proprietary fonts. However, it seems that Oracle has decided that maintaining the proprietary Oracle Open Office is a task that involves moreOf course, one of the major advantages here is support for effort and resources that it is willing to commit to, has sinceIntels Smart Response SSD caching. Its important to note taken steps to reduce its workload by giving the open-sourcethat at least from what weve heard that Intel only guarantees a community more say in the OpenOffice project. To that end,20GB cache, so getting a large SSD for this would be somewhat Oracle has announced in a blog posting that the companypointless, at least for the time being. According to the box intends to "move OpenOffice.org to a purely community-basedSmart Response is meant to deliver up to four times the drive open source project and to no longer offer a commercialperformance compared to just using a hard drive. version of Open Office".It also looks like well finally be getting UEFI support fromGigabyte, although the company is calling it Touch BIOS andis referring to it as a Hybrid EFI technology, so well just haveto wait and see what it is. Current pricing in Taiwan is aboutNT$12,000 (S$513) which is about on par with what the P67A-UD7 sold for at launch. Its not a cheap board, but consideringits Gigabytes top-of-the-range LGA-1155 model, we wouldntexpect anything less.Oracle axes all commercialofferings of OpenOffice Indeed, a quick search for Oracle Open Office and Oracle Cloud Office on the companys website have turned upSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/oracle-axes-all-commercial-offerings- nothing, which suggests that Oracle has already taken beenof-openoffice/11893.html 21
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehard at work behind the scenes to axe every single knowncommercial offering of OpenOffice that it used to offer. Samsung NX series camera gets firmware upgrade Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-nx-series-camera-gets- firmware-upgrade/11891.html April 19th, 2011 If you are owner of a Samsung NX series compact system camera, heres a piece of good news. The Korean manufacturer has announced firmware upgrades for their NX10 and NX100 that claims to provide enhanced features for existing customers. Samsung today announced firmware upgrades for two products within the company’s NX compact system camera range – the NX100 and NX10. The upgrade will provide enhanced features for existing customers. Following the availability of the i-Function lens feature on both models, the latest upgrades are set to make the cameras even more convenient for the photographer to use, bringing added value to Samsung’s NX range customers and putting the perfect picture at their fingertips.That being said, there is a lot about the eventual fate of Users of the NX100 and NX10 cameras can now benefit fromOpenOffice which Oracle clearly left unsaid in its official the availability of the Panorama Shot in Scene Mode, usingannouncement. For one, Screven only mentioned that the the camera’s wide angle lens to capture even more within theircompany will work with community developers to ensure landscape images. In addition, when using the 50-200mm IIthat OpenOffice remains successful without providing any lens with the cameras, they will now be able to benefit fromdetails about Oracles next course of action. Needless to say, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which can be easily selectedquestions about governance are definitely going to be raised, by using the menu system on the camera’s screen – resultingand developers who have been burnt by Oracles hostility in a in hassle-free, crisp and clear images.number of open source projects will understandably be waryof the companys move.More importantly, the issue regarding the ownership of The firmware upgrade also includes an improved Movie Auto-the OpenOffice trademark was left un-addressed in Oracles Focus, using the latest algorithms from camcorder technologyannouncement, and this issue will definitely be a bone of to improve the steadiness of video recording when movingcontention for those who feel that the company should from subject to subject.relinquish its claim over the trademark as a sign of its goodwill.After all, most people will remember how Oracle refusedto donate the trademark to the Document Foundation, anorganization which was responsible for creating a community- It also incorporates an enhanced Contrast Auto-Focus, todriven fork of the productivity suite known as LibreOffice, and deliver clearer low contrast shots, even in low light conditions.insisted that its founding developers leave OpenOffice. With The firmware upgrade also makes these functions faster andOpenOffice now a fully community-driven project, whether quieter than ever, giving photographers the ability to takethe Document Foundation will be given the rights to use the noise-free, professional-looking still images and movies withOpenOffice trademark remains to be seen. Alternatively, it is ease.also possible that the Document Foundation may merge withthe new OpenOffice board to deliver a single office productivitysuite under the OpenOffice banner. Well, we shall wait and see. In addition, through the upgraded firmware, the NX100 and NX10 now provide the i-Function setting help guide via the camera’s display, as available on the recent NX11 model. The feature helps users take impressive shots more easily by 22
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneguiding users with explanations on different functions of thei-Function lens.The upgrades will be available from April 18, 2011for all NX100 and NX10 customers to download atwww.samsung.com.SEGA "Mega Drive Portable"shows up in Brazil According to Japanese technology website ITmedia, theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sega-mega-drive-portable-shows-up- Tectoy is also sold under various different names due OEMin-brazil/11892.html branding practices, but the console is otherwise identical toApril 19th, 2011 OEM-branded variants sold in Brazil, and is available in either a three-button (Mega Drive 1-style controller) or a six-button (Mega Drive 2-style controller). Apparently, the MD Portable will not accept any genuine Mega Drive cartridges due to size constraints. instead, game ROMs are reportedly pre-loaded into the console, and that there are about 20 different titlesMost of us who grew up in the early days of console gaming that are bundled into the retail units of the MD Portable.would fondly remember the days where Nintendos NES andSNES would go head-to-head with the likes of SEGAs MasterSystem and Mega Drive video game consoles. And while thosesystems have now found a better place in the heaven forobsolete game consoles, old-timers might probably take ashine to a new iteration of SEGAs classic Mega Drive console,which comes in the form of a portable device sold by Tectoy. An OEM version of the Tectoy MD Portable marketed as the Blaze Details about the devices hardware specifications and price are scarce, but what we do know is that the device sports a 2.8-inch display, which is rather small by todays standards considering how the PSP and DS feature significantly largerGood old SEGA. While their consoles have now moved on screens.That being said, ITmedia claims that the consoleto a better place in the heaven for obsolete video gaming features built-in support for TV-out connections, which wouldsystems, it is still common to find people talking fondly about probably be a welcome addition for gamers who want tothe companys consoles, and for good reason. After all, it recreate the authentic console-gaming experience of the earlywas SEGA which brought well-known titles such as the ever- 1990s.popular Sonic The Hedgehog, Bare Knuckles (or Streets of That being said, we should point out that ITmedia made noRage) and Golden Axe series to the forefront of video games in mention about licensing in its article, which suggests that thethe early days of the console wars. Tectoy and its OEM variants are all manufactured withoutHowever, old-time gamers who have been wanting to play SEGAs approval.some of their old Mega Drive games once again usually findthemselves resorting to ROMs and emulators, simply becauseit is almost impossible to get a hold of working consoles in AMD Radeon HD 6990good physical condition due to the age of the system. However,it seems that deliverance might have come in the form of Performance Analysis Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-radeon-hd-6990-performance-a portable video game console sold in Brazil, known as the analysis/11739.htmlTectoy MD Portable. 23
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 19th, 2011 NVIDIA NVIDIA AMD AMD GeForce GeForce Radeon HD Radeon HD GTX 580 GTX 590 6970 6990 CUDA 512 1024(512 x 1536 1408 Cores / 2) Stream ProcessorsIn yet another battle of GPUs, the red camp has sent their Texture 64 128 (64 x 96 88formidable Radeon HD 6990 to compete against NVIDIAs Units 2)GeForce GTX 590. Focusing on the performance of HD 6990, ROPs 48 96 (48 x 2 ) 32 32VR-Zone puts the HD 6990 up against a GTX 590 and a full-fledged GTX 580 SLI setup. Your question of "which is really Core Clock 772MHz 607MHz 880MHz 830MHzthe best graphics card in the world" will be answered in this Shader 1544MHz 1215MHz 880MHz 830MHzreview. Lastly, the AMD Radeon HD 6990 card itself is not Clockspared as we bring its core and memory speeds way beyond Memory 4008MHz 3414MHz 5500MHz 5000MHzfactory defaults. Read on for more! ClockIntroduction Memory 1536MB 3072MB 2048MB 4096MB Configuration GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, GDDR5, 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit Transistor 3 billion 6 billion 2.64 billion 5.28 billion Count Manufacturing TSMC TSMC TSMC TSMC Process 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm TDP 244W 365W 250W 375WThe Radeon HD 6990 is the best graphics card offering fromAMD at present. Being an innovator for bringing dual GPUgraphic cards into the market, AMD knows what are thedesign limitations of a dual GPU graphics card. The HD 6990brings out the best of AMD engineering by leveraging on theteams experience. Antilles is hence born. I like to call this the magic switch. By switching from factory default 1 position to 2 , the HD 6990 can instantly transform into a Radeon HD6970 X2 with this little push! Test setupUsing two Cayman XT cores - the ones used for the RadeonHD 6970, the Radeon HD 6990 however has a lower clockedcore at 830MHz, compared to 880MHz. Memory wise, 2GBof GDDR5 memory is dedicated to each core, making it atotal of 4GB memory per card. Clocked at 1250MHz, thememory frequency is actually lowered down from the HD6970s 1375MHz. 24
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone QPAD PRESS RELEASE The world-renowned premium gaming gear company QPADOur Intel Sandy Bridge platform test bed consists of the sets a new standard in keyboard performance with thefollowing parts: MK-80 Mechanical keyboard. Targeted at pro gamers and demanding enthusiasts, this full size board boasts to bring • Intel Core i7-2600K Processor, at 4.42GHz (100.5 x 44) a new dimension to the gaming experience. This keyboard • Noctua NH-D14 is packed with state of the art technology such as individual LED:s for each key and switches plated with gold/silver alloym • ASUS Sabertooth P67 (Intel P67 Express) but its the core functionality of the board that really makes it • G.Skill RipjawsX F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM unique: The QPAD MK-80 Mechanical key technology. • Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 PSU Unlike your average keyboard, that functions through rubber • Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD domes, forcing you to press each key all the way down in order for the stroke register, the MK-80 sports true mechanical • Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP LCD switches with unmatched accuracy and feel. No more pressing • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit cheap plastic bits with full-force in order to activate the keys. The QPAD keyboard will respond to your every move in an instant. • ASUS EAH6990/3DI4S/4GD5 (AMD Radeon HD 6990) • AMD Catalyst 10.4 WHQL Preview • NVIDIA Release 266.58 WHQL • NVIDIA Release 267.91QPAD Debuts MK-80Mechanical Gaming KeyboardSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/qpad-debuts-mk-80-mechanical-gaming-keyboard/11889.htmlApril 19th, 2011 Other boards normally have a short life span and wear out quickly, resulting in unresponsiveness, delays and a dull, clunky feel to the keys. For most gamers, as well as professional typists, it’s all about the feel, and that is where theQPAD, manufacturer of various gaming peripherals based QPAD MK-80 truly shines!in Sweden, has announced the MK-80 Mechanical Gaming Each key is built to last 50 million strokes, and the QPADKeyboard. Aimed at professional gamers, the keyboard MK-80 mechanical key technology provides distinct feedbackfeatures Cherry MX blue mechanical switches, individual and puts you in absolute control. The travel distance of theLED back-lit keys, four levels of illumination, anti-ghosting keys is set to 4mm with an actuation point at 2mm. Typingfunction, a gold plated USB & PS/2 connector, a MTBF or gaming on the QPAD MK-80 simulates the experience of aof 50,000,000 keystrokes, media keys, a removable wrist mouse click: you press it, you hear it and you feel it.pad, audio connectors, and two USB 2.0 ports. The MK-80,bundled with four extra orange key caps and key cap puller, is QPAD strongly recommend their board to be set up via theexpected to ship come May. PS/2 connector when possible. This will enable unlimited amount of simultaneous key presses, and since USB connected 25
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonekeyboards force your CPU to take time polling the strokes, it * Media keys: Media keys for volume control, play, pausewill also allow your computer to focus on what you want it to: and skip tracksrunning your game as fast as possible. * USB Hub: Two high speed USB 2.0 ports * Audio ports: 3.5mm Headphone-out and microphone-in jacks * Cable: 1.8 meter extra thick cable * Extras: 4 extra orange key caps and key cap puller * Dimensions: - Keyboard 44.45 x 14.48 x 2.54 cm (17.5 x 5.7 x 1 inch) - Wrist pad 44.45 x 6.1 x 1.4 cm (17.5 x 2.4 x 0.55 inch)The QPAD MK-80 comes with a two-port high-speed USBhub, 3,5mm headphone & microphone jacks and a detachable * Weight: 1.27 kg (2.8LBS)wrist pad. Four different backlight levels allow you to find theright key, day or night, in any situation. Other nifty functions * Warranty: 2 yearsinclude full N-key roll over with PS/2 or 6 key roll over withUSB, gold plated connectors for extremely low latency, mediakeys for volume, control, play, pause and skip tracks. Theboard also supports full anti-ghosting with additional PS/2plug. Gelid Launches Slim Silence I-Over all, this unique high end keyboard carries the potential to Plus CPU Cooler Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gelid-launches-slim-silence-i-plus-cpu-set a new standard in computer peripherals. cooler/11888.html April 19th, 2011 GELID Solutions has announced the Slim Silence I-Plus CPU Cooler, targeting HTPC users. Measuring 95 x 93.5x 28mm, the compact cooler boasts a copper base, aluminium fins, a sintered copper heat-pipe, and is cooled by a 75mm PWM ball bearing fan that runs at speeds of up to 2,600 RPM at 27.8 dBA. The Slim Silence I-Plus CPU Cooler, compatibleQPAD will present the MK-80 to fans, gamers, the industry, with all Intel 775/ 1155/ 1156 processors, are available throughand the world, for the very first time at Norways biggest authorized retailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of US$26/ Eurogaming convention: The Gathering, held in Hamar, Norway. 20.Features: GELID PRESS RELEASE * Key switch: Cherry MX blue mechanical switch technology * N Key Rollover: Gaming cluster with anti ghostingcapability * Key strokes: 50 million * Lightning: Individual LED backlight * Lightning features: Four levels of brightness * Connectors: Gold plated connectors for extremely lowlatency 26
    • April 19th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Thanks to the small but high performance heatpipe and a pure copper plate the “Slim Silence i-Plus” ensures a fast and efficient heat transfer from core to aluminum fins. The frameless silent fan includes a ball bearing and a GELID intelligent PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) control which ensures a silent operation at low CPU temperature and accelerates the fan speed when necessary. The “Slim Silence i-Plus” is RoHS and WEEE conform and has a warranty of 5 years. Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions adds a 28mmhigh 1U ultra slim CPU Cooler with high quality heatpipe andpremium copper plate to its Silent product line. The “SlimSilence i-Plus” is especially designed to fit Intel most popularsockets such as 775/1156 and 1155. This petite cooler supportsan incredibly CPU thermal design power (TDP) up to 82Wwith a good case ventilation. ”This cooler is the perfect choice for HTPC users who are looking for a 1U sized cooler capable of cooling the latest generation of Intel core i3 and i5 CPU’s”, said Gebhard Scherrer co-founder and Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd. The “Slim Silence i-Plus” has a MSRP of USD 26/ Euro 20 and is available now.With a compact heatsink design for Mini ITX, Micro ATX,ATX, HTPC, Panel PC, Car PC and 1U server the “SlimSilence i-Plus” is equipped with a high performance heatpipe,premium copper plate and a silent fan. 27
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Scythe Ships Susano CPUCoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/scythe-ships-susano-cpu-cooler/11950.htmlApril 23rd, 2011Scythe has finally released the Susano in Europe, a massiveCPU cooler aimed at overclocking enthusiasts. Measuring 210 x 210 x 160mm and weighing 1,565g, the nickel-plated cooler has a copper base, two aluminum heatsink blocks, twelve copper heat-pipes, and is equipped with four 100mm Slip Stream fans that are capable of speeds up to 2,000 RPM at 37.69 dBA. The Susano, compatible with all Intel LGA 775/ 1155/ 1156/ 1366 and AMD AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 processor, 1
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneis bundled with a fan controller and can be found in stores at April 23rd, 2011a MSRP of €89.90. Korean cooling specialist Zalman has unveiled the CNPS7X LED CPU cooler , expanding its portfolio of performance CPUNews via [Techconnect] coolers. Measuring 90 x 127 x 135mm and weighing 345g, the tower cooler has "two V-shaped aluminum heatsinks", threeNVIDIA To Launch Desktop direct contact copper heat-pipes, and is cooled by a 92mm blue LED fan that operates at 1,250 RPM to 1,950 RPM.Optimus / Synergy at The CNPS7X, compatible most Intel and AMD processors, isComputex bundled with a tube of ZM-STG2 thermal grease. Pricing and availability has not been announced yet so stay tuned for moreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-to-launch-desktop-optimus- updates.synergy-at-computex/11946.htmlApril 23rd, 2011 News via [Techconnect] Zowie Unleashes MiCO Gaming Mouse Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zowie-unleashes-mico-gaming- mouse/11944.htmlNVIDIA plans to launch their Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergy April 23rd, 2011at COMPUTEX Taipei this coming June and the best thing isthat it is available freely and no license agreement is needed.This technology works pretty much similar to LucidLogixsVirtu where it allows dynamically swap between iGPU anddGPU based on nature of application and also uses Intel SandyBridge Quick Sync technology while doing video transcodingjobs. Zowie Gear, innovative manufacturer of competitive gaming gear, has unveiled the MiCO, a gaming mouse aimed at both left- and right-handed RTS gamers. Measuring 65 x 40 x 120mm and weighing 68g, the compact mouse features three buttons, an adjustable 400/ 800/ 1600 dpi optical engine, a 2mm lift-off distance, and connects to the PC via a 1.8m cable. The MiCO is expected to ship in June at a cost of EUR 34.90/ US$34.90. ZOWIE PRESS RELEASENVIDIA plans to launch their Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergyat COMPUTEX Taipei this coming June and the best thing isthat it is available freely and no license agreement is needed.This technology works pretty much similar to LucidLogixsVirtu where it allows dynamically swap between iGPU anddGPU based on nature of application and also uses Intel SandyBridge Quick Sync technology while doing video transcodingjobs. Desktop Optimus a.k.a Synergy seems to work with anyNVIDIA discrete graphics cards on H67/H61 and Z68 boardswith updated BIOSes and graphics drivers. It is not knownwhos implementation is actually better but NVIDIA solution Zowie Announces New MiCO Gaming Mouse for RTS Playersis available for free while LucidLogixs solution requires There is no one-size fits all for computer gaming peripherals.licensing fee. All gamers are different and we recognize that each and every one of you has different needs and preferences. Therefore it was only a matter of time until we would put our effortsZalman Announces CNPS7X into developing a mouse for competitive RTS gaming. TheLED CPU cooler ZOWIE MiCO is developed for those of you who won’t settle for second best – you want the best from your equipment and seekSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-announces-cnps7x-led-cpu- stability in a high quality mouse that you can trust to alwayscooler/11948.html perform flawlessly. 2
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone so we postponed the release to give ourselves time to complete the development process and create a product we can be proudDeveloped together with the Korean powerhouse StarTale, of.ZOWIE MiCO is a reflection of the experience and expertiseof some of the best and most recognized StarCraft 2 players inthe world. During the development of the ZOWIE MiCO, we StarTales gamers are used to playing with 400 and 800 DPIfaced three major challenges we had to overcome. rates, so this was a key point for the development of the ZOWIE MiCO. Where HeatoN put more importance on the lift-off distance rather than the DPI-rates, StarTale felt that having the exact DPI that they are used to is more important to them as RTS-gamers than the lift-off distance. After several months of testing and trashing, we are confident that we have finally succeeded in finding a sensor that lives up to our requirements of quality and functionality, performing flawlessly on all types of surfaces, except for paper and glass. With the ZOWIE custom lens we were also able to achieve a lift-off distance of 2,0 mm.First challenge; the perfect shape for claw-grip usageFinding the perfect shape wasn’t easy, but we are very proudof the result and consider the shape of ZOWIE MiCO as a truepiece of art. It is the result of a very extensive development,where we filmed and photographed the hands of players Ace,Rainbow, Bomber, Squirtle and July while they played, inorder to create a mockup of a mouse that was the ideal averageof the five players. With the mockup in their hands, we wereable to perfect it by making slight changes based on the overallfeedback they provided.Second challenge; the perfect clickOne thing that quickly became clear to us was that the feeling Generalof every mouseclick is very important to a professional RTS The ZOWIE MiCO is a small, lightweight ambidextrous mouse,gamer. StarTale expressed the feeling of the perfect mouseclick which is perfect for gamers who demand ultimate performanceto be like this: from their mice and prefer the claw-grip playing style. • Responsive to easy clicking/light pressure • Upon clicking, button should only travel a short There’s no software for the ZOWIE MiCO. You just plug it into distance before responding your computer and you will automatically be playing with 500 • Provide a clear, firm clicking, so you can feel all of your Hz and your desired DPI-setting between 400/800/1600 DPI. clicksWe realized that we had to develop our own switches in order As we have said before, we are not afraid to try out new things.to achieve the performance we wanted. We had samples of ZOWIE’s R&D team has a lot of ideas on how to improvevarious custom switches developed and gave them to StarTale products by implementing new features and functions to ourto test. We adjusted the leverage of the buttons bit by bit based products. The latest example of this was the new rubberbaseon their feedback, finally achieving what they defined as the which was developed for the G-TF speed, providing a firmperfect click, which is what you will be able to feel in the suction to the table, so the mousepad doesn’t budge unless youZOWIE MiCO today. want it to.Third challenge; the best sensor for StarTaleThe ZOWIE MiCO was originally planned for release late Features:October 2010 so we could reach the Christmas sales, butit was a challenge finding a sensor which lived up to our • Ambidextrous competitive gaming mouse, usable withrequirements of high quality and performance. We felt that we both handscouldn’t release a product that we are not 110% committed to, • Perfect for claw-grip and gamers with small hands 3
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • ZOWIE custom lens; 2mm lift-off distance - works on The report goes on saying that as the tablet devices boast all surfaces features similar to netbook PCs, such as small form factor, quick boot, long standby time, e-mail and web surfing, and • Co-developed with professional StarCraft & StarCraft multimedia entertainment, the tablet devices have gradually 2 players from Korea replaced netbook PCs as the consumers primary choice in • Lightweight, fast and accurate optical gaming mouse this product segment. Consumers will definitely be spoilt for • No drivers or software! Just plug and play choice as a slew of tablets from big brands will be showcased during Computex. • Adjustable DPI: 400/ 800/ 1600 NVIDIA Tegra is clearly the leading platform for tabletSpecifications: currently with many design wins such as Acer Iconia Tab, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom etc. However, • Dots Per Inch: 400/ 800/ 1600 Intel plans to challenge its reign with its Oak Trail Platform • Max. Acceleration: up to 30G and a recent DigiTimes report stated that major brands such as Lenovo, Fujitsu and Samsung will be showcasing tablets • Max. Speed: up to 50 inches/second based on that platform. AMD too will enter the tablet market • USB report rate: 500Hz with their Brazos platform and it is reported that MSI will be adopting that platform. • Length of cable: 1.8m / 5.8 ft • Weight: 68g (ex. cable) • Connector: USB • Buttons: 3Availability and MSRPThe ZOWIE MiCO will be available to end-users on the 1st ofJune 2011.MSRP: • DKK 299 • EUR 34.90 Intels Oak Trail platform is made up of Atom Processor Z670 • USD 34.90 (formerly Lincroft Processor) with SGX535 PowerVRCore graphics core integrated and Intel SM35 Express Chipset (formerly Whitney Point PCH). The processor is clocked atCOMPUTEX 2011: Tablets, 1.5GHz, single core but supports HyperThreading. Oak TrailTablets and more Tablets sports a much smaller PCB footprint over Menlow whichSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/computex-2011-tablets-tablets-and- allows smaller form factor, a longer battery life (up to 12 hrsmore-tablets/11943.html of internet browsing), 2X graphics performance improvementApril 23rd, 2011 over Menlow, as well as HDMI, SATA and HD Audio support. However, it doesnt have video encode capability. Oak Trail seems a little weak in the graphics department compared to Tegra 2 and might face more challenges ahead when Tegra 3 comes along. Anyway, long battery life is still the most crucial aspectA recent market research from Taiwan expects that tablet for tablet and Oak Trail is fairly pretty well here. Thedevices will be all the rage at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI OS choices for Oak Trail based tablets are aplenty and it2011. Consumers will definitely be spoilt for choice as a is able to support Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Android 2.3slew of tablets from big brands will be showcased during (Gingerbread), Windows 7, Windows Embedded StandardComputex. Intel plans to challenge NVIDIA with its Oak 2011 (WES 2011) and MeeGo Linux. You should be able to seeTrail Platform and a recent DigiTimes report stated that at least one major brand showing Oak Trail based tablet onmajor brands such as Lenovo, Fujitsu and Samsung will be MeeGo Linux during Computex.showcasing tablets based on that platform. AMD too will enterthe tablet market with their Brazos platform and it is reportedthat MSI will be adopting that platform. You should be able to PC SHOW 2011 Suntecsee at least one major brand showing Oak Trail based tablet on Singapore (June 9th to 12th)MeeGo Linux during Computex. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pc-show-2011-suntec-singapore-A recent market research from Taiwan expects that tablet june-9th-to-12th-/11941.htmldevices will be all the rage at the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011. 4
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 23rd, 2011 In a competitive marketplace, your brand and products can’t afford not to be seen at the most sales-focused IT event. • a track record second to none, spanning 20 years • presence of well-known brand names aggressively vying The 21st International Showcase of the Latest Computer for buyers’ dollarsHardware & Software, The PC SHOW 2011 is comingthis June at Suntec Singapore from June 9th to 12th, • exciting bargains that attract consumers to make on-the-12-9pm. Major Brands at The PC Show 2011 include: Acer, spot buying decisionsApple, ASUS, Canon, Creative by C2O Corporation, Dell, • the best time to catch the families and the holiday crowdFujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Oki Data, Samsung, Sony, in JuneToshiba, Western Digital, etc… • high brand recall among consumers • extensive event publicity through advertising, promotions and public relations • Generate sales, build stronger branding exposure and maximize your profits at The PC Show 2011. VENUE Levels 1, 3, 4 & 6 Suntec Singapore 1 Raffles BoulevardThe 21st International Showcase of the Latest Computer Singapore 039593Hardware & Software. Profit from Singapore’s Longest-Running IT and Consumer Electronics Show. The PC Show isThe Ultimate Sales Platform for Industry Players. DATEWith a track record spanning 20 years, it has been THE June 09 to 12, 2011 (Thursday to Sunday)place where buyers and sellers meet and where highvolume of sales is transacted. Increasingly the event is alsoattracting international players to explore exciting business OPENING HOURSopportunities, generate new sales leads, strengthen business 12:00 hours to 21:00 hourspartnership with existing clients and build stronger brandingexposure. LUCKY DRAWThe Best Performing IT Event Lucky Purchaser’s Draw for visitors who purchase or order more than S$50.00 worth of products2010 Show Review during the exhibition. For every S$50.00 purchase, the buyer • More than 600 exhibitors is entitled to a lucky purchaser’s • Over 950,000 bargain hunters draw ticket to be drawn on June 12, 2011. • Over $51.6 million in sales • Who’s Who at the Exhibition DIGITAL IMAGING 2011Major Brands at The PC Show 2011 include:Acer, Apple, ASUS, Canon, Creative by C2O Corporation, Dell,Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Oki Data, Samsung, Sony,Toshiba, Western Digital, etc… The International Showcase of the Latest Digital Imaging SolutionsEnjoy the PC Show Advantage The digital age has spawned a host of innovations that enhance the lives of consumers today. Digital Imaging will bring a 5
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewide array of solutions, products, equipment, materials and • GameCubeperipherals for still and video photography buffs. • Game Boy Advance • Game ControllersExhibit Profile • Game Developers/Manufacturers • Digital & Classic Cameras • Hardware for Gamers • Digital Printers & Accessories • Handheld • Power & Lighting • Java Games • Photographic Equipment & Accessories • Mobile Gaming • Camcorders • N-Gage • Darkroom Equipments & Supplies • Nintendo DS • Audio Visual Products & Lenses • On-line Games • Lighting Stands, Supports & Accessories • PC Games • Photo & Video Books & Tapes • Playstation • Film & Processing Equipment • Plastic Modeling • Chemistry • Posters • Scanners Ancillary Equipment • Publications • Colouring & Retouching Supplies • Sega Dreamcast • Frame, Slide Mounts, etc • Video Games • Photographic Services & Supplies • Wireless Adapter • Imaging Processing Softwares • Xbox • Photography Institutions & Courses • Accessories • Publications • Others • Video Imaging (digital/video printer, video frame grabber, video visualizer, film video processors) CONSUMER ELECTRONICS 2011GAME 2011 The International Showcase of the Latest ConsumerThe International Showcase of the Latest Gaming, Animation Electronics& Multimedia Exhibition Consumer Electronics will present the latest offering toComplementary Showcases consumer. Whether it be for personal use, office or home, visitors will be spoilt for choice if they are sourcing for AV and communications products.Adding excitement to The PC Show is GAME, it will ride onthe popularity of computer games among the young and old.The multitude of games has players spoilt for choice. From Exhibit Profilehardware to software, and an exhilarating competition forenthusiasts, computer games is where the action will be. • Audio Visual and Communications Products • Cell Phones & AccessoriesExhibit Profile • Connectors • Digital Voice Recorders • Animation • DVD Recorders/Players • Comics • Home Audio • DVD/VCD/MP3/AV • Home Video & TV’s • Forum • Home Theatre Systems 6
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Headphones and networking platform, and a purveyor of the latest trends and technology. • Intelligent home • LCD CTV Lines Exposition is constantly working to improve its shows • Movies and develop new profiles to cater to different industries. In • Mini Disc Players doing so, Lines aims to provide the platform for successful • MP3 Players business transactions all over the world . • Plasma TVs • Personal Audio Rumour: AMD to release • Projector/Projection TV Radeon HD 6750/6770 on April • Remote Security Systems 28th • Speaker Systems Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-amd-to-release-radeon- hd-67506770-on-april-28th/11940.html • Surveillance systems April 23rd, 2011 • Switches • TV-VCR Combo • TV Mounts & Stand • Video Games • View Cam AMD is planning to round off its Radeon HD 6000 series • Wall Mounts with the release of HD 6750 and HD 6770. These cards are already available for OEMs and offer nothing new - they are • Wireless Applications simply rebrands of the 18 month old HD 5700 cards - with the • Others addition of HD3D and HDMI 1.4a. The immense gap between highest end Turks (6670) and lowest end Barts (6790) had left a hole in the HD 6000 line-up which AMD can only fill in withThe Organiser the rebrand. The availability of the HD 6670 remains questionable, as does its price. HD 5750s are tending to the $100 mark and the HD 5770s are available in the $120 range. The HD 6790 isOver the years, Lines Exposition has a track record of staging somewhat overpriced as well, at $150, considering HD 6850ssuccessful trade and consumer exhibitions and it has seen can be had for as low as $165. Simply put, AMD will needLines grow from strength to strength with each profile. Led to drop prices of the HD 6790 and HD 6670, to accomodateby a management with more than 30 years experience, it has the "new" HD 6700 at slightly lower prices than its HD 5700always been creating and organizing shows that meets the predecessors.needs and directions of the industries. AMD has been in a hurry to complete the Radeon HD 6000 - with no less than 6 cards across 4 series releasing in April. TheIts flag ship profile, The PC Show is Singapores longest rumour mill is pushing hard for a Radeon HD 7000 series asrunning and most successful IT and consumer electronics early as Q3. Lets hope a true successor to the HD 5700 seriesexhibition, which draws huge crowds every year. The PC is just around the corner.Show serves as the exhibitors ultimate sales platform and theconsumers favourite one-stop shop for the latest trends andbest bargains. G.Skill RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB DDR3 Kit Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-ripjawsx-1600mhz-cl7-4gb-BeautyAsia is Lines Expositions most prominent trade ddr3-kit-review/11890.htmlexhibition for the beauty, spa and health industries to be held April 23rd, 2011in Singapore. BeautyAsia is well received and has enjoyedconsistent growth over the years. This international exhibitionis a good barometer for the beauty service industry.Incorporating SpaAsia, HealthAsia and NaturalAsia,BeautyAsias comprehensive four-in-one annual event is Having just a fast processor isnt really enough these days; arecognised as an exciting buyer-seller meet, an educational high-speed memory kit can provide quite a bit of performance boost to your bandwidth-hungry Intel Sandy Bridge 7
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneplatform gaming rig. VR-Zone.com finds out how much an Designed for Intel P67improvement there can be with the F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)kit from G.Skill. Overclocking included. Speed PC3-12800 (1600MHz)G.Skill, a leading manufacturer of high performance memory, Latency CL7-8-7-24-2Nwas one of the first to introduce new memory kits designed for Voltage 1.5Vthe Sandy Bridge platform. Known as the RipjawsX, there are Registered / Unbuffered Unbufferedover twenty different configurations available for enthusiastsand gamers to choose from for their new rig. Error checking Non-ECC Warranty LifetimeThis weekend, VR-Zone.com tries out theF3-12800CL7D-4GBXM. Well, that is the SKU code, andwe shall call it the RipjawsX 1600MHz CL7 4GB DDR3 kitfor simplicitys sake. This particular kit is a matched pair Awind McTiVia Reviewof two 2GB double-sided memory modules, programmed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/awind-mctivia-review/11935.htmland tested for 1.5V operation at 1600MHz CL7-8-7-24-2N. April 23rd, 2011Offering impressive specifications and excellent pricing as itspredecessors, it would be interesting to see if this new kit canperform in the overclocking department. Ever wanted to watch this interesting video online or show off your game scores you have on your desktop on the flatscreen in your living room? Well, you can drag your system out from your room and connect it to your flatscreen display in the living room. Or just get McTiVia. Today, we lay our hands on a unit and test out to see if it deserves its recently awarded "Best of Show Macworld 2011" by both Macworld and Notebooks.com.The G.Skill kit comes in an easy-to-open blister pack and thememory modules can be comfortably popped away from thepackaging. There are many ways that you can display your computers screen to a bigger screen such as your living room flatscreen television. And of course, for various different reasons such as watching online websodes, high-definition video clips from YouTube, or even gaming. The traditional method would be to simply connect your laptop to the screen with a VGA cable, or HDMI cable for newer laptops. But what about desktops? Or what if you want to go cable-free? McTiVia might be your solution to your problems. Not to be confused with a certain dairy product, it is essentially a device that mirrors your computers screen to your HDTV wirelessly. Which means you can view your exact desktop on your HDTVNothing much to see on the other side; we have a short in the comfort of your living room while your computer is inintroduction about the RipjawsX series and a label affixed at another room. Sounds good? Well, it gets better. Besides justthe bottom right corner for you to make sure the right memory being able to mirror your desktop, it also acts as a wirelesskit is in there. access point for your home network and you can control your desktop by connecting a mouse and / or a keyboard with the USB on the back of the device.Here is a quick run through of the G.Skill kits specificationsbefore we proceed further. Even though it looks like a product made for Macs, you might be pleased to know that it works well for PC and you are ableType 240-pin DDR3 to connect up to eight different computers. 8
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo it sounds all good so far, but is it really practical and worththe hefty pricetag? Well find out more in the following pagesbut first, a quick look at the specification of McTiVia. Verbatim Introduces SlimTaken right off McTiVias website: External SSD Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verbatim-introduces-slim-external- ssd/11939.htmlHardware Specification April 23rd, 2011Processor ARM9 300 MHzDRAM 128 MB DDRFLASH 8 MBWiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, 2T2RFront Panel Verbatim, manufacturer of various storage media and flash memory products, has unveiled three new ultra-portableLED Indication Power LED and slim external SSDs, expanding its Store n Go productPower switch Power On/Off Button portfolio.Real PanelAntenna 2 external dipole antennasPower Adaptor 5V DC, 2.5AUSB Port Type A USB port *1Ethernet 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet RJ45 Port *1 Auto MDI/MDIXA/V Output HDMI 1.2Mac PC RequirementsCPU Grade Intel Dual Core 1.4 GHz or better (PowerPC not supported) Verbatim, manufacturer of various storage media and flashGraphics nVIDIA or ATI graphic card memory products, has unveiled three new ultra-portable with 64MB VRAM or above and slim external SSDs, expanding its Store n Go productOperating System Mac OS X 10.5+ portfolio.Recommended Models MacBook after 2009-01-21 All series of MacBook Pro MacBook Air after 2010-06-08 iMac or Mac Pro which meets the requirements aboveWindows PC RequirementsCPU Grade Dual Core 1.8 GHz or better (excluding atom processor)Display Adaptor nVIDIA or ATI graphic card with 64MB VRAM or aboveOperating System Windows Vista, Windows 7WiFi 802.11n Available in 32Gb, 64Gb and 128Gb capacities, they are encased in stylish aluminum enclosures and feature a USBPhysical Specification 3.0 interface, delivering data transfer rates up to 190Mb/sDimensions 120mm x 55mm (read) and 175Mb/s (write) (for 128Gb model). They are now 130mm x 65.3mm x 22mm available from major retailers and e-tailers at MSRPs of €99Weight (g) 251g (32Gb), €159 (64Gb) and €279 (128Gb). 9
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNews via [Softpedia] Color Up your Flash Drive In addition to the USB 3.0 features, Blaze B10 is especially designed for expressive individuals who are playful and bold with their portable storage devices. Smooth curves at twoSilicon Power Releases Blaze ends of its body get B10 a chic look while its surface isSeries USB 3.0 Flash Drives given a special finish for scratchproof and fingerprint-free purpose. Its front is designed with futuristic geometric patternSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/silicon-power-releases-blaze-series- using heat-sensitive ink; color of the pattern will graduallyusb-3.0-flash-drives/11938.html change from Turkish blue to blazing red according to operatingApril 23rd, 2011 temperature of the drive, adding personality, style and fun to data transferring. Furthermore, Silicon Power includes a heat- sensitive sticker on B10 retail packaging for users to test out the cool color-changing effect of Blaze B10. Secure Your Data with SP WidgetSilicon Power, leading manufacturer of flash memory cards, Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, Blaze B10, like allUSB flash drives, card readers, DRAM modules, SSDs, and Silicon Power’s USB flash drive products, is backed by lifetimeportable HDDs, has unveiled the Blaze B10, the worlds first warranty and comprehensive after-sales services. SP Widgetchameleon USB flash drive. Measuring 72.4 x 17.4 x 10.0mm Software, which features seven powerful backup and securityand weighing a mere 9.5g, the ultra-light drive boasts a USB functions and the NIS (Norton Internet Security) antivirus3.0 interface, a unique color changing coating (varies with software (60-day trial), is available free for users to downloadoperating temperature), and delivers data transfer speeds up with any Silicon Power purchase. With these value-addedto 70Mb/s (read). Available in capacities of 32Gb, 16Gb and managing tools, users may enjoy a data storing experience8Gb, the "Turkey Blue" Blaze B10 comes bundled with a SP with security and convenience. For more information, pleaseWidget Software and is covered by a lifetime warranty. visit Silicon Power official website. Aerocool Preps X-Warrior Chassis for Release Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/aerocool-preps-x-warrior-chassis-for- release/11937.html April 23rd, 2011Silicon Power Intros Blaze Series USB 3.0 Drives that ChangeColors with TemperatureTop leading flash memory manufacturer and brand SiliconPower realizes how individuals can’t help to speak forthemselves; thus, for those who dare to show their capriciouspersonality, Blaze B10, the market’s first USB 3.0 flash drivewith color-changing pattern according to temperature, is born. Aerocool Advanced Technologies has expanded its line-up of gamercentric PC chassis with the addition of the X-Warrior.With USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, Blaze B10 boastsa remarkable read speed up to 70 MBs. Compared toconventional USB 2.0 with 480MBps, USB 3.0 carries thebandwidth of up to 5Gbps. Based on real-world test results,transfer time of high definition data files such as videos,photos, music, etc is significantly reduced, making instantcarrying and sharing rich digital contents quicker and easier. 10
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone April 23rd, 2011 Verbatim has expanded its series of flash devices with the announcement of the USB 3.0 Store n Go flash drives. Available in 16Gb, 32Gb, and 64Gb storage capacities, they feature a USB 3.0 interface, capless (push and pull) design, and deliever data transfer rates up to 120Mb/s (read) and 70Mb/ s (write) on USB 3.0 PCs. The Store n Go is expected to hitMeasuring 488 x 187 x 520mm, the tool-free mid-tower store shelves come end April.chassis has three 5.25" bays, four 3.5" bays, one 2.5" Tapping into the high performance potential of the USB 3.0bays, seven expansion slots, two rear pre-drilled holes for interface with the convenient form factor of a standard flashwater-cooling tubes, a mesh side-panel, support for graphic drive, the Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive offersaccelerators up to 400mm in length, and a top-side I/O panel extreme speed, large capacity and plug-and-play operation.with two USB 2.0 ports and audio connectors. The unit supports transfer rates of up to 70MB/sec Write and 120MB/sec Read on USB 3.0 host systems. Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It is available in stores in April 2011. - 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage capacity - Transfer rates up to 120MB/sec on USB 3.0 host systems - Push and pull design protects connector - Compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports - Works with PC, Mac and Linux operating systems Easy to use high-end performance The Verbatim Store n Go USB 3.0 Flash Drive comes with a push and pull design that does not only protect the connector but also makes an extra protective cap unnecessary. Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, the drive also works with USB 2.0/1.1 ports. "USB 3.0 drives make a lot of sense because they are 100 percent compatible with USB 2.0 and offer far superiorThe X-Warrior, pre-installed with two 120mm sleeve bearing speeds to devices that have USB 3.0 ports," said Hansfans (one rear and front), can be purchased from major Christoph Kaiser, Business Development Manager Flashretailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of €50. Verbatim EUMEA. "We are expecting the bulk of the premium USB flash storage market to migrate to USB3.0 within the nextNews via [Techconnect] 18 months."Verbatim Announces USB 3.0 The Daily VR-Zone NewsStore n Go Flash Drives Summary - 21 April 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/verbatim-announces-usb-3.0-store-n- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--21-go-flash-drives/11936.html april-2011/11932.html 11
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApril 23rd, 2011 Meanwhile standard for the Austrian is the very good delivery which for example contains resistors as well as mounting kits for all Intel and AMD sockets. Consumer Electronics and Software news Roccat Kova+ Max Performance Gaming Mouse Review @In todays news roundup: ASRockls Fatal1ty P67 Professional Real World LabsMotherboard gets reviewed; Western Digitals latest external Description: Featuring an increased speed from 40IPS tohard disk, the 1TB-totting WD My Passport Essential SE, gets 130IPS, increased acceleration from 30G to 40G, Soft Touchreviewed; Verizon claims that Apples upcoming iPhone 5 will rubber coating for improved grip, EasyShift feature for upbe a world phone, which should be good news for frequent to 8 more button functions and a fully customizable controltravellers who have to deal with handsets that are either SIM- software suite the Kova+ mouse by Roccat is far more than justlocked or lack the neccessary hardware needed to function on a worthy successor to the original Kova.a certain frequency band; Ubisofts latest guitar-based game, Bnter Brings Conversation Sharing App To Android Phones,Rocksmith, gets an early preview, and The popular Japanese Launches Bookmarklet2D fighting game Ougon Musoukyoku has been confirmed to Description: We’re big fans of Bnter, an app that allows youreceieve an Xbox 360 port, complete with new characters to share your conversations with others publicly. The sameHardware News way you share photos via the web or your mobile phone, BnterASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboar?d Review @ allows you to share snippets of conversations you have withMadshrimps friends on the web. While the startup initially focused on SMS,Description: The P67 Professional Motherboard from ASRock Bnter recently broadened its scope to allow users to share anyis the Fatal1ty branded product from the series and comes with sort of conversation, including GChat, in-person chat, emaila lot of features like Digital PWM, XFast USB Technology, and more. Today, Bnter is launching a free Android app (whichV16+2 CPU Power Phases, no less than 6 USB 3.0 ports and joins an existing iPhone app) and is launching a bookmarklet,6 SATA3, C.C.O., THX TruStudio Pro, and the unique Fatal1ty and in-depth Twitter integrationMouse Port, which allows us to set the desired mouse polling Lenovos S-800 phone uses a transparen?t PMOLED,rate, up to 1000Hz. probably made by TDK, unknown release date...Thecus N4200 Pro Four Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews Description: Back in November 2010 we reported about aDescription: With the N4200 Pro, Thecus has further new phone by Lenovo which uses a transparent display calledimproved upon an already stable, high-performance four bay the S-800. We thought it might be a transparent OLED, butNAS. The upgraded hardware over the original N4200 make it we werent sure. Today Dialog Semiconductor reveals thata solid choice for a multiple user environment, and the mini- they supplied the driver IC to that phone, and indeed itsUPS and dual DOM features help avoid data loss in the event a transparent PMOLED. Hopefully the S-800 will actuallyof a power outage or firmware corruption." launch soon, unlike the Samsung IceTouch MP3 player. The display itself is probably made by TDK - which has beenWestern Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 HDD showing transparent PMOLEDs back in October 2010 - readyReview to be mass produced and driven by Dialogs ICs...Description: The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE isthe latest addition to the Series and brings a colourful entry Verizon says iPhone 5 will be a world phoneto the normally boring world of portable storage. With four Description: Folks who travel all over the world frequentlycolour options available; blue, red, silver and black, you can but are annoyed that they have to bring a secondary phonechoose what goes best with that new purse. The choices dont in addition to their iPhone because their devices are SIMstop there; the My Passport Essential SE is also available in locked or don’t support foreign radio frequencies will love1TB or 750GB capacity sizes. this news. At Verizon’s discussions about their Q1 results, CFO Fran Shammo was recently quoted as saying: “TheCorsair TX850 V2 PSU Review @ Vortez fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from AppleDescription: Corsairs TX series was extremely popular, is launched..."winning multiple awards. Building on the successes of theTX series, Corsair have launched a new V2 range with a LG Optimus 3D set to reach the UK on June 6bigger - 140mm fan and better components such as Japanese Description: The LG Optimus 3D will arrive in the UK on Junecapacitors rated at 105C. Rated at 80 Plus Bronze, the TX V2 6, at least at retailer Clove. It will cost £379 (about $627)has increased efficiency over its predecessor and comes with contract-free. The phone will be the first to sport a glasses-freean impressive 5 year warranty - a firm stamp of confidence. 3D display and dual cameras that can record 3D content asThe variant we will be taking a look at today is the 850W well.delivering a burly 70A for the +12v rail, delivering the Microsoft’s Windows XP Death Watch Counter Doesn’t Workperformance capabilities for those seeking to SLI or Crossfire. With Windows XPNoctua NH-C14 Review @ ocaholic Description: Microsoft wants all of its Windows XP users toDescription: With the NH-C14 Noctua has a new flagship in know exactly how much time theyve got before XP is takenits portfolio regarding down draft coolers. The NH-C14 is out to the back shed and mercy-killed with a shot to the nape.equipped with two fans that measure 140 mm in diameter. Which is why the "Windows XP End of Support Countdown 12
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGadget," available now from Microsoft, would be so, so handy powered by Sixense, built to draw you deeper into your PC—if it were compatible with XP devices. games.Gaming newsOugon Musoukyoku X Announced, Gets New Characters, Razer worked closely with Valve and Sixense to createXbox 360 Only exclusive Portal 2 content to showcase the power of the RazerDescription: If you are wondering when will 07th expansion be Hydra in enhancing game immersion. Portal 2 is the highlyadding new characters to their 2D PC fighting game – Ougon anticipated sequel to 2007s game of the year. The full versionMusoukyokyu. That question has been answered but not for of the game plus the exclusive Portal 2 content will be availablethe PC. in a special edition bundle with the Razer Hydra.Rocksmith Preview @ Computing on DemandDescription: For all of the guitar players out there who share “The Razer Hydra is a significant step forward for the PCmy frustration with current guitar games, Ubisoft is promising gaming industry because it not only affords an almost-physicalto help us out. Anyone who plays guitar, for obvious reasons, experience for gamers, but also presents developers anseems to struggle a bit with Rock Band and/or Guitar Hero. opportunity to innovate and significantly push the boundariesThe problem being, one of the biggest parts of actually playing on new forms of gameplay and entertainment,” said Gabeguitar is the feel of the guitar. Holding a little piece of plastic Newell, co-founder and president of Valve.and tapping away mercilessly at buttons can get a little boring.Razer Hydra Motion Sensing The Razer Hydra lets you extend your natural body motion directly into your PC games. With Portal 2, this meansControllers for Portal 2 a breathtaking new way to play when you can intuitivelySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/razer-hydra-motion-sensing- reach out, interact with physics puzzles, shoot portals andcontrollers-for-portal-2/11934.html leap across wide chasms in complete three dimensions. WithApril 23rd, 2011 Razer’s trademark ultra-low latency and highly precise one- to-one tracking to the exact millimeter and degree, experience maximum portal testing immersion. “We are excited to finally bring full motion control to the PC,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. Razer announces the Razer Hydra, the world’s first gaming- “Gamers will be blown away by the pinpoint tracking precisiongrade motion sensing controllers powered by Sixense. Razer that mirrors every move in-game. They’ll also enjoy theworked closely with Valve and Sixense to create exclusive exclusive new Portal 2 content created specifically for thePortal 2 content to showcase the power of the Razer Hydra Razer Hydra, giving them more bang for their buck.”in enhancing game immersion. On top of Portal 2, the RazerHydra is optimized with over 125 popular PC games out ofthe box, including titles like Left 4 Dead 2 and World of On top of Portal 2, the Razer Hydra is optimized with over 125Goo. Price: US$139.99 / EU€139.99. Availability: Pre-orders popular PC games out of the box, including titles like Left 4start May 2011. Ships in June 2011. Dead 2 and World of Goo. Gamers no longer have to wait for scarce motion-compatible games. With the future possibility for more downloadable game configurations and the ability to self-configure motion mapping to your specifications, the Razer Hydra plays virtually every game. “By working with Razer and Valve, we have established the PC as the best platform for motion gaming,” says Amir Rubin, CEO, Sixense. “We developed and optimized 6 Sixense TrueMotion levels for Portal 2 to allow gamers to fully experience the possibilities of motion gaming. Definitely an exciting time to be a PC gamer.” About the Razer Hydra Motion Sensing Controllers The Razer Hydra is the first gaming-grade motion sensing controllers to bring a whole new dimension of gameplay andCarlsbad, Calif. – April 21st, 2011 – Razer, the world’s leading immersion to the PC. With compatibility for over 125 gameshigh-end precision gaming brand announces the Razer Hydra, out of the box, and future support for gamers to self-configurethe world’s first gaming-grade motion sensing controllers controls for any PC game, the entertainment possibilities 13
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneare virtually endless. Built to deliver location-orientation • Thumb-ergonomic analog stick for fluid controltracking exact to the millimeter and degree, along with Razer’s • 4 Hyperesponse action buttonstrademark ultra-low latency, the precision and speed of theRazer Hydra is unrivalled among its kind. • Rapid-fire trigger and bumper for faster in-game response • Non-slip satin grip surfaceAbout the Razer Hydra and Portal 2 Bundle • True six degree-of-freedom magnetic motion trackingThe Razer Hydra is the first gaming-grade motion sensingcontrollers to bring a whole new dimension of gameplay and • Lightweight, anti-tangle braided cableimmersion to Portal 2. Shoot portals, throw the WeightedCompanion Cube, and avoid death traps as easily and (Base station)intuitively as eating cake. The Razer Hydra is bundled • Low-power magnetic field, low power consumptionexclusively with the game and comes with six additional levelsspecifically designed for more portal testing fun with motion • Ultra precise sensor for 1mm and 1 degree trackscontrol. • No line of sight to controllers required • Low latency feedbackPrice:Razer Hydra and Portal 2 bundle: US$139.99 / EU€139.99 SanDisk and ToshibaAvailability: announces 19nm 64Gbit NANDRazerzone.com, North America, South America, Europe and Flash memorymost countries in Asia. Steam support required for Portal 2. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandisk-and-toshiba- announces-19nm-64gbit-nand-flash-memory/11933.htmlPre-orders start May 2011. April 23rd, 2011Razer Hydra to ship in June 2011. Ah, the joys of healthy competition in the market. Last week 20nm NAND Flash was cutting edge and now its so, well, uhm, last week. Both SanDisk and Toshiba have separately announced that theyll be offering retail 19nm NAND Flash memory later this year. Reading the press releases it appears to be the same tech, but we cant be certain of it, but both companies announced two bits per cell NAND Flash with three bits per cell coming at a later stage. Ah, the joys of healthy competition in the market. Last week 20nm NAND Flash was cutting edge and now its so, well, uhm, last week. Both SanDisk and Toshiba have separately announced that theyll be offering retail 19nm NAND Flash memory later this year. Reading the press releases it appears to be the same tech, but we cant be certain of it, but both companies announced two bits per cell NAND Flash with three bits per cell coming at a later stage. Both SanDisk and Toshiba have announce 64Gbit chips, thats 8GB in more useful terms and it should mean that well be seeing cheaper flash memory cards towards the end of the year, especially at higher capacity. Toshiba is also promising 128GB stacked chips for Smartphones and tablets using Toggle DDR2 technology for improved performance. This is all great news for consumers, but there are concerns that these new dieProduct features: shrunk NAND Flash memory chips wont last as long as what were used to, although SanDisk claims that theres no need to(Per controller, 2 included in each Hydra set) 14
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    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneParticipants are encouraged to register for the tournamentseither in person at Clementi Community Club or via email.Spectators also get a chance to win the iPad 32GB byparticipating in the Free Play Zone.For those who cannot make it for the event, SGFIGHTER willalso organise a live stream via their channel - http://www.justin.tv/sgfighterLive streaming starts from 1300hrs (+0800 GMT) on 24thApril 2011. Game Festival Event starts from 1000hrs.PRIZESSuper Street Fighter 4 Sony Ericsson today adds the W8 Walkman phone that boasts great entertainment that extends the appeal of the Walkman01 Winner(s) get a sponsorship to represent Singapore in EVO, collection.Las Vegas for 2011 The W8 features a user interface that can be customised for one-touch access to users’ favourite applications – a feature found on the Xperia mini range of products. The Sony EricssonIn addition to the above, the following prizes will also be W8 Walkman phone allows for quick and easy access toawarded playlists and the Walkman player. It also comes complete with the MH 410 stereo headset.1st - Razer Gaming Set Worth more than S$2502nd - Razer Gaming set Worth more than S$150 The Sony Ericsson W8 comes with a 3-inch screen that is great3rd - Razer Gaming Mouse for gaming, view the latest videos on YouTube or browse the web. Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera, video4th - Razer Gaming Mouse recording functionality and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Key features:5th to 6th S$50 voucher from Challenger - Corner user interface for easy one hand use and one touchFIFA 11 access to applications1st - Nintendo Wii - Customise the corners for instant access to your favourite widgets and apps on your home page2nd - Nintendo DS Lite - Enjoy games, video, internet and more on the 3-inch screen3rd - 1TB External Hard Disk Drive - Timescape shows all your communication in one place for ultimate simplicity - Android Market – More than 150,000 of applications to keepLucky Draw you entertained1st - iPad 3G Wi-Fi 16GB - 3.2 megapixel camera – snap away and upload instantly to2nd - PSP-3006 Facebook - Fast Internet access via 3G and Wi-Fi3rd - SonicGear Spectra 3000 5.1 Speaker System - Walkman designed hardware and UI - Walkman widget on home screenSony Ericsson announces W8 - Android platform (version 2.1)Walkman Android phone The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman phone will be available inSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-announces-w8- China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines,walkman-android-phone/11928.html Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam from Q2 2011 inApril 23rd, 2011 the colours Azur (blue), Metallic Red and the iconic Walkman Orange.Sony Ericsson has announced the new W8 Walkman phonedesigned to offer entertainment and ease of use to consumers.It runs Android 2.1 and will be available in Asia Pacific in Q2. 16
    • April 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneToshiba AT300 Android 3.0 April 23rd, 2011dual-core tablet to launch inJuneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-at300-android-3.0-dual-core-tablet-to-launch-in-june/11927.htmlApril 23rd, 2011 The Sony PSP Go was introduced in 2009, and less than two years, the company has decided to stop the production of the handheld game console, The PSP-3000 will still be selling though.Aside from the AS100 that was unveiled last year, Toshibaaims to launch their new AT300 tablet based on Android 3.0and runs dual-core processor in June. According to onlinesources, the AT300 will be categorized under the Regza series.No word as to whether it will be available here though. Sony introduced the PSP Go in 2009 which comes with a slide- out control pad and 16GB internal storage. There is also no UMD drive unlike its older siblings which means that if you already owned a PSP that has a UMD drive, you wont be able to play the games on the PSP Go. Fast-forward to today, the company has announced that it has decided to stop production of the handheld game console to focus on other system such as the Next Generation PortableDual-core processors looks to be the main differentiation in (NGP), according to Japans Watch Impress. The currentthe current tablet wars. And Toshiba has showcased their ANT PSP-3000 will still continue to be produced and sold astablet at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. The company has normal.expressed that it will launch the 16GB version of the tablet inJune, which is now known as AT300.The Toshiba AT300 will be under the Regza family and The Daily VR-Zone Newsprobably be retailed by NTT DoCoMo in Japan. The AT300runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb and is equipped with Nvidia Summary - 20 April 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--20-Tegra 2 dual-core processors. It sports a 10.1-inch display april-2011/11922.htmlthat supports 1280x800 pixel resolution, features front and April 23rd, 2011rear cameras, HDMI, USB, mini-USB, SD card slot andsupports Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and SRS Labs surround soundtechnology.Scheduled to launch in Japan in June, the Toshiba AT300 willbe retailing at 60,000 yen (approximately US$730).Sony ends production of PSP In todays news roundup: A critical desaign flaw recently discovered in Western Digitals Caviar Green hard disks couldGo handheld game console result in the storage unit suffering from premature failuresSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ends-production-of-psp-go- of its seeking heads; Crucials new Ballistix Smart tracerhandheld-game-console/11926.html DDR3-1600 modules get reviewed; Intel promises to serve up Googles Gingerbread in the form of a native x86 port now that the chip giant has managed to obtain a copy of the Android code from Google; Google has announced at all videos that are uploaded to YouTube will now be transcoded in the free and open video format known as WebM; Sony has officially declared that the PSP Go is now a dead product and will no 17
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