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A weekly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, hardware, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android

A weekly roundup of VR-Zone.com Technology News covering facebook, google, apple, baidu, social media, PC, gadget, hardware, intel, microsoft, AMD, NVIDIA, ARM, iphone, android

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  • 1. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! two video cards, an EVGA GTX 460 SC and a Sapphire Toxic VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication HD 5870. Visit HiTech Legion to get all the details. covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case @ Benchmark Reviews Description: Antec has been in the PC enclosures businessThe Daily VR-Zone News for over 25 years. They have many unique and creative cases such as the LanBoy and Skeleton. However, nothing is moreSummary - 14 Mar 2011 iconic than their "Hundred" series gaming cases, from the low-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--14- end Antec One Hundred to the Antec Twelve Hundred fullmar-2011/11581.html tower. In order to keep up with competition, Antec has beenMarch 14th, 2011 massively updating their line of products. This time its the Six Hundreds turn. Out of the seven "Hundred" series gaming cases, the Antec Six Hundred V2 is the most balanced. It was designed to be simple but effective. Benchmark Reviews will test the Antec Six Hundred V2 and see where it stands among the fierce competition.In todays news roundup: ASRock shows off some new Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition Case Review @ Tweaknewsmotherboards in Germany; BIOSTARs new board featuring Description: When I first got an opportunity to look at anthe P67 chipset, the TP67XE, gets taken out for a review; example of Thermaltakes V9 series, I was less than impressed.InsideHW offers its opinion about the current Microsoft- This new BlacX entry has some nicely executed features andNokia partnership; Famed hacker Comex has already found displays very good cooling numbers. However, the interiora way to jailbreak the iPad 2 and is said to be working design is definitely getting long in the tooth and, frankly wasnton a consumer-friendly version of the exploit for public that good to start with. The chassis itself is thin and flimsy,distribution; Sony is reportedly porting over a variety of cable management is virtually non-existent and the expansionPlayStation 2 titles over to its Xperia Play smartphone, card tool-free clips are, in word, horrible.and Japanese game publishers are suspending various game ASRock Motherboard Preview 2011services and have announced several contributions and cash Description: ASRock invited to a Fatal1ty P67/H67 event indonations in an attempt to support their countrys recovery the Holiday Inn hotel Ratingen, Germany and presented someefforts of their current motherboards. However, their motherboardsHardware News: were not only shown in this presentation, because the well- known gamer Johnathan aka Fatal1ty also visited this productAsus Radeon HD 6950 & 6970 @ Hardwareoverclock.com presentation. ASRock has developed the ASRock Fatal1ty P67Description: Hardwareoverclock.com has just posted another Professional in cooperation with Fatal1ty, so it suggest itself,video card review. Last week we have taken a look at the Asus that Fatal1ty presented the product Live in this presentation.Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 video cards. Quake was extremely fast, or lets say it was definitely too fastEvercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler @ TestFreaks for the opponent ;-)Description: Hello, today I‘ve got another CPU cooler for Coolermaster & Corsair 700-750W 80+ Gold PSU Shoot-outreview. It’s the Transformer 4 from Evercool, and it’s huge but @ Madshrimpsit performs very well. This cooler is one of the best I’ve tested Description: Have you just put together your brand newlately and it’s also one of the quietest as well. The Transformer gaming monster but are you still missing the equivalent strong4 can be a bit tricky to install, and if you have large style ram in power supply to match it. In this article were putting theyour computer it might not fit at all. Anyway, read on to learn Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 700W power supply unit againstmore… Corsairs Professional Series Gold AX750. Two quality buildMarch Madness Video Card Giveaway @Hi Tech Legion 80+ Gold power supplies in the ~700W market segment, didDescription: HiTech Legion is celebrating March Madness we get double Gold?with a video card giveaway. HiTech Legion will be giving away BIOSTAR TP67XE Intel LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews 1
  • 2. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: BIOSTAR isnt one of the big names in is, that is if you’re looking for a throwaway type headset andmotherboards today, frankly thats a shame. Throughout our not too worried about sound quality and comfort. The producttesting today, the BIOSTAR TP67XE motherboard has kept is the ECO Sound Engineering V268 Wireless Bluetoothme happy. It may not have been top performing board across Headset. I’ve never heard of Eco Sound before until now, andall of our tests today. It did however, do a great job overall. at $10 I wasn’t expecting much, but for the price it’s not thatWhat did impressed me the most was the overclocking ability bad.of the BIOSTAR TP67XE. As we saw on the overclocking page BenQ XL2410T LED Review - XSReviewswe were able to overclock our Intel Core i5 2500K to 5GHz on Description: Despite the high prices of certain internalthis motherboard... hardware like Graphics cards, mobos and CPUs, one of theConsumer Electronics and Software News: biggest purchases you’ll ever make as a hardware enthusiast or gamer is your display. The monitor, the device you use to viewNokia & Microsoft: The Finnish giant in American jeans @ all the content your internals pump out; it’s important.InsideHWDescription: With the release of N95, Nokia was on seventh iPad 2 already jailbrokenheaven - with no obstacles in sight, it was resting contentedly Description: Renowned iOS hacker @Comex has postedon its laurels, basking in the domination it had over any other photographic proof that he has already jailbroken the just-mobile phone manufacturer. The income was such that the launched Apple iPad 2. According to @Comex’s Twitter feed,company could afford buying a giant such as Navteq, just previously used iOS exploits were locked down and he had tobecause they thought that it would be an excellent feat to offer use a new exploit to get around the new measures. The detailsGPS navigation as a standard feature in mobile phones. Money of the hack have not yet been made public, although he iswas being invested boundlessly into the American market, already working towards releasing the hack for the public.where Nokia has never managed to gain a foothold, and the Gaming News:entire thing went as far as financing films where Nokia phoneswould exclusively be the ones displayed. The fact that the PlayStation 2 Games For Tegra 2 ?company had been practically recycling phone models for a Description: Some of the PlayStation titles to look forward towhile, with no significant innovation taking place as far as user on Xperia Play include Wild Arms and Castlevania: Symphonyinteraction is concerned, went unnoticed to many... of the Night etc however, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor could probably do much more than that.Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Ultraportable Notebook ReviewDescription: Living up to its reputation, Ive generally been Final Fantasy XI and XIV Servers Temporarily Closed Due Topleased with Lenovos overall build quality and performance. QuakeThe recently reviewed IdeaPad U260 was a real work of art Description: Square Enix have their Final Fantasy XI and XIVand excelled in nearly every category except for one -- it servers temporarily closed, in a move to conserve energy innarrowly missed Intels Sandy Bridge processor refresh which Japan. Square explains the temporary closure to “continuouswould have offered even better all-around CPU and GPU quakes occurring in the eastern regions of Japan”.performance. Today well be looking at our first notebook Japans Publishing Community Donates to Earthquake Reliefbased on Intels second generation Core processors, the Description: Faced with the ongoing tragedy in northThinkPad X220. The X220 was just introduced this month and eastern Japan, game publishers have been stepping up withrepresents Lenovos latest ultraportable ThinkPad. contributions of varying forms.RAZER Anansi Expert MMO Gaming Keyboard Review @MadshrimpsDescription: The Anansi from Razer is a membrane-based Report: AMDs 28nm mobilekeyboard, with a nice customizable LED effect, over 100 GPU roadmapprogrammable keys, on-the-fly macro recording and an Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-s-28nm-mobile-gpu-unique feature: the 7 thumb modifier keys right under the roadmap/11591.htmlSpace Bar which help to perform even more complicated March 14th, 2011macros or can aid in various productivity applications.Speedlink MYST Touch Scroll Mouse Review @ VortezDescription: The MYST Touch Scroll mouse (abbreviated toMYST from now on), as the name suggests, includes touchsensitive scrolling. This is a very novel feature not seen widelyacross the PC market yet. The MYST is a small and light mouse, Back in December, DonanimHaber revealed the codenamesaimed primarily towards users on the move. It comes in both of AMDs next-gen mobile GPUs - Wimbledon, Heathrow,wired and wireless flavours, and in black or white colours. Chelsea and Thames. Three months on, DonanimHaber hasToday, Ill be looking at the white, wireless version. posted AMDs 28nm mobile GPU roadmap. Much of theECO Sound Engineering V268 Wireless Bluetooth Headset @ details from Decemeber still apply, with some additionalTestFreaks information. The first GPUs, Heathrow, Chelsea and ThamesDescription: What can you get for $10 these days? Not much are set to be produced starting Q4 2011, with a release expectedreally, but if you check over at Wireless Ground you can get in November 2011. The flagship, Wimbledon, will release a fewa Bluetooth headset for $9.95! is it worth it? Well maybe it months later, in Q2 2012. 2
  • 3. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone in 80mm and 120mm sizes, they come in manual or PWM variants.Thanks to the emergence of the APU, the 28nm productlineup sees a significant redefinition of the categories. The"Value" segment will be completely absent, presumably takenover by the GPU part of APUs, with legacy/refresh productssatisfying the exceptional cases. Instead, the first GPU will Enermax has expanded its series of T.B.Silence fans with thebe a mainstream/performance GPU, Thames, with 128-bit addition of four new fans, the UCTB8A, UCTB12A, UCTB8P,memory bus and twice the performance as Seymour, i.e. and UCTB12P. The fans boast twister-type bearings with aRadeon HD 6400M. The thermal envelope will be 15W-25W, MTBF of 100,000 hours, detachable Batwing blades, andwhich is a fair bit higher than the 10W associated previous "modular frames with aluminum rings" for stability. Availableentry level mobile GPUs. in 80mm and 120mm sizes, they come in manual or PWM variants.The division between the mainstream and performance GPUswill be blurred, with TDPs and perhaps performance being Product details:very close between Thames and Chelsea. The Enthusiastsegment is where the future of discrete GPUs lie. First up, will • UCTB8A (80mm / manual control) | 800 - 2500 RPMbe Heathrow, sporting a 128-bit or 192-bit memory bus, with (speed) | 10 dBA (minimum sound output) | €6.99TDP of above 35W. The flagship, Wimbledon, will release in • UCTB12A (120mm / manual control) | 800 - 1500 RPMQ2 2012, featuring a 256-bit bus. DonanimHaber also suggests | 10 dBA | €10.99an MXM solution and a blistering 65W TDP. • UCTB8P (80mm / PWM) | 500 - 2200 RPM | 8 dBA |Presumed to be the Radeon HD 7000M series, the some 28nm €8.99mobile GPUs might end up with TSMC, while others may be • UCTB12P (120mm / PWM) | 500 - 1500 RPM | 8 dBA |fabricated at Globalfoundries. Certainly, neither NVIDIA nor €12.99AMD were pleased with TSMCs 32nm cancelation and 28nmdelays, and a second option will be worth developing.Theres still a long way off to the first 28nm releases - due in 6 Scythe Launches New Cardmonths time. Between now and then, a lot could change. Reader Kama Reader Jr Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/scythe-launches-new-card-reader-Enermax Introduces New kama-reader-jr/11587.html80mm and 120mm T.B.Silence March 14th, 2011Case FansSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/enermax-introduces-new-80mm-and-120mm-t.b.silence-case-fans/11588.htmlMarch 14th, 2011 Japanese cooling-specialist Scythe has introduced the Kama Reader Jr. card reader (model no: SCKMRDJR), adding on to its line-up of PC accessories. Measuring 101 x 25.5 x 9mm, the 3.5" reader features an USB 2.0 connector and supports a myriad of memory cards on the market. It is available throughEnermax has expanded its series of T.B.Silence fans with the major retailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of €7.50 (excludingaddition of four new fans, the UCTB8A, UCTB12A, UCTB8P, VAT).and UCTB12P. The fans boast twister-type bearings with a SCYTHE PRESS RELEASEMTBF of 100,000 hours, detachable Batwing blades, and"modular frames with aluminum rings" for stability. Available 3
  • 4. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Card, Mini SD (requires adapter), Mini SDHC (requires adapter), MultiMedia Card (MMC), RS-MMC (requires adapter), MMC Micro (requires adapter), Memory Stick Micro, Micro SD, Micro SDHC • Compatible OS Windows XP Vista 7 • Connector USB 2.0 intern • Mounting 3.5" internal For more information, visit this page. Swiftech Unveils Polaris 120 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/swiftech-unveils-The Japanese manufacturer Scythe Co. Ltd. expands its polaris-120/11586.htmlportfolio of PC accessories with a card reader called Kama March 14th, 2011Reader Jr. The Kama Reader Jr. is a compact multi-formatcard reader which can be installed into a 8.89 cm (3.5 inch)drive bay. It is suitable for quick reading and writing ofvirtually any memory card on the market. Kama Reader Jr. isalso equipped with a front USB port. Kama Reader Jr. is nowavailable for a MSRP of 7,50 € (excluding VAT Tax). Swiftech, leader in high-end thermal solutions for the PC, has announced the Polaris 120, targeting overclockers.Product Details • Model Name Kama Reader Jr. • Item Number SCKMRDJR • Manufacturer Scythe Co., Ltd. • Dimensions 101 x 25.5 x 9 mm 4.04 x 1.02 x 3.74in (WxHxD) • Compatible media • Memory Stick (PRO, ROM), Memory Stick (DUO, PRO- ROM), Compact Flash, Micro Drive, SD Card, SDHC 4
  • 5. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone March 14th, 2011 G.Skill has announced its latest Sniper series designed specifically for PC gamers and modding enthusiasts. Extensive compatibility tests have been conducted on a wide range of Intel and AMD platforms, which guarantee the best performance, quality and reliability. The Sniper series is available in dual-channel and triple-channel kits, up to 24GB. Taipei, Taiwan - March 14th 2011 - G.Skill, the worldwide leading memory designer and manufacturer, has announced the newest concept and development of new Sniper series designed specifically for PC gamers and modding enthusiasts. Extensive compatibility tests are conducted on a wide range of Intel and AMD platforms, which guarantee the best performance, quality and reliability. The New Sniper series is designed for ultra low voltage operation, down to 1.25V. Such low voltage kits can save up to 10% power, allowing for better system energy efficiency and smooth gameplay without any heat problems. High capacity memory kits are necessary as gaming consumes a lot of memory. The G.Skill Sniper series not only fulfils your needs, but also maximizes your gaming experience with its line-up of memory kits from 4GBx2 to 4GBx6.Measuring 135 x 91 x 152mm and weighing 849g, the towercooler boasts five 8mm direct-contact heatpipes, a dense arrayof "nicked" aluminum fins, and is equipped with a 120mm fanoperating at speeds of 750 ~ 1,500 RPM. It is expected to shipcome end March at a MSRP of US$59.95.News via [Techpowerup]G.Skill launches Snipermemory kits for PC gamersand modding enthusiastsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/g.skill-launches-sniper-memory-kits-for-pc-gamers-and-modding-enthusiasts/11585.html The Sniper series comes in two stylish colors: unique pitch- black and metallic army green. "Its unparalleled PC gaming 5
  • 6. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonestyle can enrich all kinds of computer gears. G.Skill is ready to some additional CPUs once Intel has cleared out its inventorypull the trigger, are you?" of older first generation Core i processors.All G.Skill memory products come with lifetime warrantyand the G.Skill technical team is always ready to provideconsumers with complete technical support via online forums, Asus U30s second generationFacebook, telephone and email. Core i notebook gets reviewed earlySource: G.Skill Press Release Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-u30s-second-generation-core-i- notebook-gets-reviewed-early/11583.html March 14th, 2011Intel launches first mobileSandy Bridge CeleronSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-launches-first-mobile-sandy-bridge-celeron/11584.html Notebooks with Intels second generation Core i processorsMarch 14th, 2011 are slowly starting to trickle out into the market, but so far weve only seen 14 and 15.6-inch models from Asus. However, an early review of one of its upcoming 13.3-inch models the US30s which is an interesting mix of portability and features. This is likely to be Asus budget 13.3-inch model judging by the features, so we can expect a higher-end version to be announced at some stage as well. Intel has added its first budget mobile Sandy Bridge processorto its already wide range of processors higher up in the range.The new model is simply called the B810 and its the most Notebooks with Intels second generation Core i processorsbasic and feature stripped Sandy Bridge based mobile CPU are slowly starting to trickle out into the market, but so farto appear. This is good news for those that want a really weve only seen 14 and 15.6-inch models from Asus. However,affordable Sandy Bridge notebook, although be aware that an early review of one of its upcoming 13.3-inch models thethis 35W CPU might feature reduced functionality graphics US30s which is an interesting mix of portability and features.compared to its higher-end siblings, just like the upcoming This is likely to be Asus budget 13.3-inch model judging bydesktop Celerons. the features, so we can expect a higher-end version to be announced at some stage as well. The U30s should be a direct replacement of the current U30JcIntel has added its first budget mobile Sandy Bridge processor model, but with several key feature changes beyond the CPUto its already wide range of processors higher up in the range. and chipset. The chassis actually appears to be mostly identicalThe new model is simply called the B810 and its the most to the older U30Jc which means that the U30s still packs anbasic and feature stripped Sandy Bridge based mobile CPU optical drive, something that results in it being a rather chubbyto appear. This is good news for those that want a really 13-incher. The model on review came with a Core i5-2410Maffordable Sandy Bridge notebook, although be aware that processor; although wed expect it to be available will severalthis 35W CPU might feature reduced functionality graphics CPU options.compared to its higher-end siblings, just like the upcomingdesktop Celerons.So what were looking at here is a relatively slow 1.6GHzdual core CPU with 2MB of L3 cache which doesnt seemto compare too favourable to the current “high-end” CeleronP4600 which is clocked at 2GHz. That said, the improvedCPU architecture should make up for some of the clock speeddifference, but its too early to tell as yet if this is the case ornot. The main advantage that the B810 might have is bettergraphics performance, but as Intel has as yet to add it to itsproduct pages. The B810 is priced at $86 in quantities of 1,000units, the same as the P4600.Intel is also expected to launch a ULV Sandy Bridge basedCeleron processor at some point in the future which should be The U30Jc featured Nvidias now almost antiquated GeForcecalled the B847 with a TDP of 17W and a clock speed of a mere 310M graphics and this is where the U30s really improves on1.1GHz. Its as yet unclear when this model will arrive. Intel things with a GeForce 520M. In as much as this is an entryhas also as yet to announce any new mobile Pentium models level solution from Nvidia, it should still be a huge step upbased on Sandy Bridge, so its pretty clear that we can expect from the old 310M. Asus has also built in support for Nvidias 6
  • 7. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOptimus graphics switching technology which switches over tothe Intel HD graphics when the additional power of the GPUisnt needed.What Asus missed to add was USB 3.0 support which is areal shame, as the U30s doesnt feature an eSATA port sothe fastest interface for peripherals is USB 2.0. Bluetooth 3.0has been thrown in for good measure though, although this isbecoming an increasingly common feature on notebooks, butdoesnt add much in terms of actually being useful as there arestill very few devices that utilizes Bluetooth 3.0.Battery life is said to be good for up to 6h of light usageand about 4.5h watching HD videos on it. Not amazing bytodays standards, but still decent enough battery life forwhats expected to be Asus most affordable 13.3-inch model, Sure, it sports a low price tag, but one must also take note thatat least for now. Pricing is estimated to end up sub €1000 (S there are going to be various issues and circumstances working$1770) including tax fully kitted out with 8GB of RAM and a against Samsung if the Korean electronics giant intends to use500GB 7,200rpm hard drive. In will be interesting to see what its WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab as a ticket to winningelse Asus has coming over the next few months as the U30s is over potential tablet consumers. For one, the WiFi-only Galaxyreally just an upgrade of an old model, but were hearing that Tab is rumoured to be shipping with version 2.2 (Froyo) of thewe can expect some interesting announcements at Computex Android operating system, which is at least two releases awayin May. from the current version of Android known as Honeycomb (v 3.0). More importantly, one must also take into consideration thatRumour: WiFi-only version of Samsung is due to launch its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet soon, andGalaxy Tab to launch on April that alone is going to put a strain on its previous-generation Galaxy Tab tablets. After all, consumers usually tend to hold4? off purchases in favor of what they perceive as a newer andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-wifi-only-version-of-galaxy- technologically superior product, especially where consumertab-to-launch-on-april-4-/11580.html electronic devices are concerned, even if it means paying aMarch 14th, 2011 little more for such luxuries. Last but definitely not least, the rumoured price tag of US $399 for the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab puts it in direct competition with Apples first-generation iPad, which is now currently going for sale at the same price level. While Samsung is undoubtedly one of the largest manufacturers ofThe rumour mill appears to have been working overtime to consumer electronic devices, the truth remains that it lacksproduce news about a WiFi-only version of Samsungs Galaxy the same brand recognition and loyalty that Apple enjoys. AsTab, and it seems that yet another juicy bit of information such, consumers are more likely to choose Apples productsregarding the aforementioned device has started making its over Samsungs, especially if price is no longer a factor.rounds in the vast depths of the Internet. Anyone fancy That being said, the aforementioned details about pricing andguessing how much the device will reportedly sell for once it release date are still but products of the online rumour mill,hits retail? Well, read on to find out. so readers should take this information with nothing short ofEveryone knows that having quick access to a mobile a trucks load of salt.broadband network is one of the key features that no tablet Source: Ecommerce JournalOEM can afford to skimp on today, and for good reason. Afterall, tablets are meant to be used as a replacement for netbooksunder certain circumstances, and the availability (or lack of it)of WiFi hotspots is still a very real issue for those who need VueCube 4GTV broadcastan uninterrupted connection to the Internet at all times, evenwhen on the train or on the bus. trials starts Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vuecube-4gtv-broadcast-trials-With that in mind, how much will the average consumer starts/11576.htmlbe willing to fork out of a tablet that only supports online March 14th, 2011connectivity via WiFi? Well, rumour has it that Samsung hasplans to introduce a WiFi-only version of its Galaxy Tab tabletin April 4 this year, and that the device will reportedly retailfor US$399. 7
  • 8. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVue Networks has announced the commencement of their like AMD isnt aiming to take on anything from Intel beyondVueCube 4GTV broadcast trials over 4G network in Singapore. its Sandy Bridge processors based on details in a leaked slide.The trial will start with multiple channels including 24/7 According to Xbitlabs we have four initial Bulldozer models tostreaming, VOD and 3D content broadcasting over the ZiiMAX look forward to (currently codenamed Zambezi), the quad corehigh speed 4G network. FX-4110, the six core FX-6110 and the two eight core models,Vue Networks, a regional content creation and media the FX-8110 and FX8130P. Each core will have 1MB of L2technology company based in Singapore, announced today the cache and as such the FX-4110 has 2MB L2 cache and so forth.commencement of VueCube 4GTV Broadcast Trials over 4G The L3 cache is listed as up to 8MB and might as yet not havenetwork. The trial will be bringing the concept of TV Anywhere been set in stone. All four models will support DDR3 memoryto Singapore. with speeds of up to 1866MHz, although were fairly certain that faster memory will be supported via overclocking.The 4GTV Broadcast Trial follows the awarding of a NicheIPTV License to Vue Networks by the Media DevelopmentAuthority of Singapore. The Broadcast Trial will kick-off withmultiple channels including 24/7 streaming, VOD and 3Dcontent broadcasting over the ZiiMAX high speed 4G network.ZiiMAX is the 4G WiMAX service of QMax CommunicationsPte Ltd, a subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.With MIMO technology, 4G WiMAX offers wider coverage andenables smooth content delivery. The objective of the VueCubeBroadcast Trial will be to assess and finalise the technicalinfrastructure necessary to provide consumers with unrivalledentertainment on the move. All four models are apparently "Black Edition" CPUs which in AMD speak means that theyre completely unlocked, unlikeThe public will be able to get a sneak preview of VueCube’s Intels K series models which now have locked base clock,4GTV on Creative’s ZiiO tablets exclusively at the Creative something we wouldnt expect to see from AMD. Of coursePlayChinese Expo from 11 to 20 March at Creative Resource. youre looking at support for AMDs second generation of Turbo Core which will allow for dynamic overclocking andAMD Bulldozer details start to under clocking/power saving depending on the CPU load. Apart from the FX-8130P all models have a 95W TPD whereastrickle out the FX-8130P has a TDP of 125W and all four models do ofSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-bulldozer-details-start-to-trickle- course utilize the AM3+ socket.out/11579.html Its a surprisingly small launch line-up from AMD, as theMarch 14th, 2011 four CPUs are set to take on Intels Core i5 and Core i7 LGA-1155 processors which currently consist of seven models, not counting the T and S SKUs. Judging by a slide posted by Xbitlabs AMD is pitching its eight core model against Intels Core i7-2600 models and the quad and six core against the Core i5s. Below that AMD is positioning its Fusion models currently codenamed Lynx which are either dual or quad coreSo far not too much have been known about AMDs upcoming models with Integrated graphics.Bulldozer processors, but now new details have leaked ontothe web that reveals at least some of the details that many of ushave been waiting for. Although the actual clock speeds of theupcoming AMD processors have as yet to be unveiled, it lookslike AMD isnt aiming to take on anything from Intel beyondits Sandy Bridge processors based on details in a leaked slide.So far not too much have been known about AMDs upcomingBulldozer processors, but now new details have leaked ontothe web that reveals at least some of the details that many of ushave been waiting for. Although the actual clock speeds of theupcoming AMD processors have as yet to be unveiled, it looks 8
  • 9. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe slide details the upcoming Lynx models as well, whichagain consist of four models, the entry level dual core E2-3250with Radeon HD6370 graphics with 160 shaders, the A4-3350dual core model with Radeon HD 6410 graphics and 160shaders, the quad core A6-3450 with Radeon HD 6530graphics with 320 shaders and finally the quad core A8-3550with Radeon HD 6550 graphics with 400 shaders. Its quiteclear from the graphics shader count that Intel isnt going to LEGO-inspired devices are a dime a dozen in various onlinestand a chance with its Pentium and Core i3 models in terms shopping sites, but the fact remains that most, if not all ofof graphics performance, but itll be interesting to see if AMD the aforementioned devices do not have a license from thecan offer equivalent or better CPU performance. LEGO Group to make use of the likeness of its popular toy construction bricks. However, it seems that the LEGO GroupLego launches official Lego has finally started to realize that there is a market for LEGO- branded products featuring its likeness, and has since movedthumbdrive to launch its own line of thumbdrives based off the MinifigureSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lego-launches-official-lego- often found in its construction bricks.thumbdrive/11577.htmlMarch 14th, 2011We may have spoken about a few thumbdrives that featuredesigns inspiration by the coloured toy construction bricksknown as Lego, but it does not change the fact that none of theaforementioned devices are officially recognized by the LegoGroup. However, that is all set to change with the introductionof an official Lego thumbdrive. According to the official LEGO online store, the Classic LEGO Minifigure USB thumbdrive sports a capacity of 2GB and comes preloaded with a copy of the LEGO Ninjago video clip for your viewing pleasure. Last but definitely not least, using the Classic LEGO Minifigure USB thumbdrive on your PC is also a snap; all you have to to is to yank its legs off, as shown in the image below. 9
  • 10. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Apples iPhone 5 will not support NFC technology Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-iphone-5-will-not-support-nfc- technology/11574.html March 14th, 2011 When so many websites devoted to sniffing out rumours about Apples upcoming products seem to agree on a certain point,If this thumbdrive has tickled your fancy, you might be it is almost always the truth, right? Well, apparently not: theinterested to know that the LEGO-branded thumbdrive is rumour that Apple will be supporting NFC in its upcomingavailable for sale at the online LEGO store for the handsome iPhone 5 has seemingly been debunked by reports claimingprice of US$24.99. Well, that is the price one has to pay for that the Cupertino giant has gone round to carriers to informofficial LEGO products, no? them that it has no plans to support the technology, at least for now.Apple iPad 2 selling at an Yep, you read the headline right. After months of speculationoutrageous US$2,000 in Hong about the various kinds of technology Apple may support with their upcoming smartphone, the iPhone 5, it seems thatKong the latest turn of events have proven once again that theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-2-selling-at-an-outrageous- truth can sometime hurt. Apparently, all the rumours aboutus-2-000-in-hong-kong/11578.html the iPhone 5 featuring a Near Field Communications (NFC)March 14th, 2011 module has been overturned, thanks to a news report made by the Independent.If you think US$900 for the first spot in line to buy the AppleiPad 2 is ridiculous, in Hong Kong, the tablet device is goingfor US$2,000. (The 64GB Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G is selling forUS$829). According to the report, several large mobile operators in the UK have disclosed to the Independent that Apple has confirmed the lack of NFC support on the iPhone 5, with the Cupertino giant attributing its reluctance solely to the "lack of a clear standard across the industry". Ironically, Apple has been said to be working on its own implementation of NFC which will allow an upcoming versionThe Apple iPad 2 went on retail last Friday in US, and within of its smartphone to link purchases via its iTunes software, anda day (or two), Hong Kong has begun selling parallel imports is likely to be a proprietary implementation at that.of the popular tablet. The electronics stores in the Pearl of theOrient are selling the iPad 2 from HK$7,980 to HK$15,000(US$1,024 to US$1,925). The most expensive model is thewhite 64GB iPad 2 with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. Accordingto reports, a shop with 100 Apple iPad 2s arrived on Sunday Report: AMD FX-Series Lineupmorning and all but 20 were sold by the end of the day. Revealed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-fx-series-lineup- revealed/11575.html 10
  • 11. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 14th, 2011Xbitlabs have revealed a tentative lineup of four incomingBulldozer chips, to be branded AMD FX-Series. The top-of-the-line flagship will be AMD FX-8130P, featuring 4-module,8-core, 2MB L2 cache per module (total 8MB), 8MB shared L3cache, and a TDP of 125W. The launch clock speed is estimatedto be as high as 3.50 GHz. Following the 8130P is the FX-8110,which is presumably a lower clocked version of the FX-8130P. With large-display smartphones coming to market, thereInterestingly, it features a reasonable TDP of 95W. are lesser focus on non-smartphone (or also known asFX-6110 will be a six-core, three-module CPU. Finally, the dumbphone) devices, especially the traditional clamshell ones.Bulldozer line-up will be rounded off by the FX-4110, a quad- However, it seems like Korean manufacturer Samsung has notcore CPU. The six-core CPU is likely to be harvested from the given up on this line of dumbphones. Recently, the Samsung8-core Orochi die. However, whether the quad-core CPU is a Factor has been announced with a clamshell design and lower-heavily crippled 8-core or a native quad-core is unclear. If it is a specification hardware components.8-core with 4 cores locked, it could end up being the unlockers The Samsung Factor is equipped with a VGA camera,delight the Phenom II X2 series was. Bluetooth, supports web email and messenging, GPS andAll FX-Series CPUs fit into the AM3+ socket, feature an hands-free speaker design. Boost Mobile will retail theunlocked multipler (Black Edition) and Turbo Core 2, and Samsung Factor from as low as US$49.99.are fabricated at Globalfoundries 32nm SOI process. AMDs900 series chipsets are due to launch in Q2 2011, althoughmotherboard manufacturers are starting to release 800 series Sandy Bridge-based Pentiumboards featuring AM3+ support. G840 processor shows up inWhile the above four CPUs are due in June, AMD will Chinaintroduce a refresh in Q4, possible minor speed bumps across Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-based-pentium-g840-the platform. processor-shows-up-in-china/11573.html March 14th, 2011Samsung Factor clamshellphone announcedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-factor-clamshell-phone-announced/11572.htmlMarch 14th, 2011 A month ago, we posted information that Intel was planning to release up to seven new processors based off the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture sometime in May this year, and that one of these processors would be marketed under the Pentium brand. Well, guess what: screenshots of what appears an evaluation model of that Pentium CPU have been spottedA low cost, clamshell entry level Samsung phone has been in China.announced. Known as Samsung Factor, it features VGAcamera, web email access to your Gmail, MSN and Yahoo andinstant messaging on Yahoo, AIM and MSN. 11
  • 12. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDo you remember the news we posted about some time back level chips once again: by intentionally disabling certainin February this year, where Intel was reportedly planning features on its mainstream processors.to release a bunch of processors based off the Sandy Bridgemicroarchitecture in March? Well, if you did, you would haverealized that one of the processors mentioned in that article Logitec launches industryswas supposed to be marketed under the budget Pentiumbrand, and that the Sandy Bridge version of this processor will smallest Ethernet hub forbe known as the Pentium G840. Japanese market Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitec-launches-industry-s-smallest-That being said, it appears that evaluation samples of the ethernet-hub-for-japanese-market/11571.htmlPentium G840 have started making their way around the March 14th, 2011world, for a Chinese IT website known as Inpai has reportedlygot its hands on one such evaluation sample, and have postedboth a photograph of the chip and a CPU-Z screenshot aboutits specifications on its webpage, as shown below. While most of Singapore was caught up in the various discounts and offers taking place at the annual IT Show held at Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre, a company in Japan known as Logitec was busy launching a new product that ought to change the way we look at the humble Ethernet hub. Does anyone fancy getting their hands on a palm-sized hub that can house up to eight Ethernet ports? How big is an Ethernet hub supposed to be? Well, various manufacturers often have differing ideas on what the ideal size for this particular networking device should be, but it seems that they all share one common characteristic: they are not meant to be the kind of portable devices that a user can conveniently slip into his or her pocket and walk around without any loss to comfort. However, if you are the kind of person who simply needs to have the best of both worlds in terms of size and functionality when it comes to Ethernet hubs, you might be interested in what a Japanese company known as Logitec has to offer. Apparently, while most of Singapore was caught up in bargain hunting over at the just-ended IT Show, Logitec was showing off its new palm-sized Ethernet Hub, the LAN-SW/PS series, over in Japan.Inpai also claims on its webpage that, based on the According to the official press release, the LAN-SW/PS seriesspecifications found on the Pentium G840, the former is of Ethernet hubs will be available in three different sizes:technically identical to its Core i3 sibling, the i3-2100. The the smallest version, known as the LAN-SW03, features threeonly difference between the G840 and the i3-2100 is that Intel Ethernet ports and measures a mere 73.3 × 42.0 × 13.5mm.merely dropped the clock speed on the latter and disabled Those who need a little more connectivity options can optHyper-Threading to produce the specifications found in the for the slightly larger LAN-SW05, which comes with fiveformer. Ethernet ports; alternatively, users needing an Ethernet hubAs this screenshot contains information about a pre- for more than five concurrent connections have the LAN-release version of Intels CPU, wed strongly encourage SW08 (pictured below), which is a little larger (68.0 × 107.5readers to exercise discretion and regard the aforementioned × 13.5mm), although the eight available Ethernet ports for useinformation with a pinch of salt. Still, if Inpai is correct, it sort of makes up for the increased size.would seem that Intel is taking easy way out with its budget- 12
  • 13. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Sony PlayStation 2 games coming to Tegra 2 mobile devices? Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-playstation-2-games-coming-to- tegra-2-mobile-devices-/11570.html March 14th, 2011 With more Android devices being powered by dual-In addition to its size (or lack of it), Logitec also claims that core Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, you can expect to seethe new Ethernet hubs are capable of energy savings of up to better resolution games available. And Sony Computer82%, while N versions of the LAN-SW/PS line of hubs can Entertainment will also be extending its PlayStation games foreven power themselves off a PCs USB port, thus making it these devices, and maybe PlayStation 2 games too.suitable as a mobile Ethernet hub for establishing impromptuLAN connections. The Sony Xperia Play (formerly known as PlayStation Phone) has attracted a lot of attention. Not just because it features a similar PSP Go gaming controls, but also it is equipped with the PlayStation Suite to offer excellent PlayStation gaming experience. Recently, Nvidia has announced that the PlayStation Suite will not just be made available on the Xperia Play; it will also be available to all future mobile devices running the Tegra 2 dual- core processors.Last but definitely not least, Logitec also claims that all thehubs in its LAN-SW/PS series make use of Ethernet ports The PlayStation Suite is an upcoming software frameworkwhich support automatic MDI and MDI-X switching, so users to provide downloadable PlayStation content and PlayStationdo not have to worry about having to bring both straight and gaming experiences for Android devices. Some of the titlescrossover cables in order to set up a working LAN connection. to look forward to include Wild Arms and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night etc, and Xperia Play was the onlyPrices for the new hubs are as follow: smartphone to offer this. Because of the powerful performance of Tegra 2 dual-core processor, it was said that the devices could also be able to run PlayStation 2 games. This will no doubt be a good news for Android users, especially when there arent many emulators out there that can run PS2 games very well. Europe to get universal smartphone charger Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/europe-to-get-universal-smartphone- charger/11569.html 13
  • 14. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 14th, 2011 and as such the EU has reportedly deemed it fit to continue its campaign to make sure that every single manufacturer eventually plays nice with the universal charging port. Curiously, Apples name shows up in the list of original signatories who have agreed to support the universal charging standard in spite of having been using its own proprietary cable for a long time already. Then again, the specifications forHow does the idea of being able to use a single universal the universal charger explicitly allow for the use of adaptors.charger to power all the smartphones in the world sound like? Interesting.Well, such an ideal solution might probably come much soonerthan we have expected it to: the EU has seemingly taken onthe initiative of rolling out such a charger, and several well-known smartphone OEMs have reportedly agreed to maketheir devices compatible with it. US Nuclear experts deployed to Fukushima Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/us-nuclear-experts-deployed-to- fukushima/11567.htmlWe all love our smartphones for what they are capable of, March 14th, 2011but that fondness can, and usually quickly turns into one ofloathing when the aforementioned device decides to run out of While Japan is well prepared to brace itself againstbattery juice at the most inconvenient moment possible, and earthquakes, the tsunamis which followed were responsiblethe charger your friend uses is incompatible with your device. most of the damage done. As the Japanese pick themselvesYep, that sounds like one of the most common ways to ruin up after the earthquake, Japan might be facing its greatestyour entire day. challenge yet in a decade.However, it seems that the EU is all too keen on ensuring The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that it has sentthat such situations never happen again, at least in its own two experts to Japan, where authorities were seeking to calmterritories. To that end, the EU Commission has rolled out an fears of a reactor meltdown. The 8.9-magnitude earthquakeinitiative that will see the adoption of a universal charger for damaged the nuclear reactors cooling systems, and workerspopular data-enabled smartphones sold in the region and is are now pumping seawater into the reactor in an attempt toexpected to be available for consumer use by the end of 2011. cool it down. Authorities said that an earlier explosion was not due to a meltdown. Instead, it was due to a buildup in gas pressure as workers pour water onto the reactors. The two experts sent are experts in boiling water reactors, which are used at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.Of course, this might be much ado over nothing, since theaforementioned universal charger consists of little more thanthe standard micro-USB port which most smartphone OEMscurrently make use of for their devices today. However, not allOEMs have adopted micro-USB as the charging port of choice, Boiling water reactor 14
  • 15. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone March 14th, 2011A nuclear meltdown occurs when a severe failure of anuclear power plant system prevents proper cooling of thereactor core. The nuclear core heats up to an extent that itmelts through its container. A meltdown is considered veryserious as radioactive materials could be released into theenvironment.Lost City of Atlantis PossiblyFoundSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lost-city-of-atlantis-possibly-found/11568.html More than a day after being by an earthquake and subsequentMarch 14th, 2011 tsunamis, telecommunications systems in Japan remain severely disrupted. Users in a wide area of Eastern Japan are either unable to access cellphone services at all or face difficulties in connecting their calls as base stations are currently overwhelmed.It looks like Atlantis, the legendary eighth continent on Japans three major cellular carriers have sent mobile baseEarth, have been found. According to news, a U.S.-led research stations to the region to alleviate the situation as base stationsteam may have found the lost city in southern Spain. Read on in the region were either damaged or destroyed. The baseto find out more. stations connect to the telecom network via satellite and are able to provide coverage in a small radius. Retail outlets of the cellular carriers are providing recharging services. Internet services appear to be largely unaffected. Several wireless internet hotspot providers are also doing their part in disaster relief. Fon, Livedoor and Softbank has announced that their networks and access points will be open to public access and remain free-of-charge throughout the weekend. Doing so enables communications through the internet. Woman sells her first spot in Apple iPad 2 queue for US$900 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/woman-sells-her-first-spot-in-apple-Atlantis, the famous lost city of lore, might have been found in ipad-2-queue-for-us-900/11566.htmlSouthern Spain by a team of U.S.-led research team. Believed March 14th, 2011to have been eliminated by a tsunami strong enough to wipeout the city located 60 miles (roughly 97 kilometers) inland,the teams findings will be unveiled in "Finding Atlantis", anew National Geographic Channel special."This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher If the Apple iPad 2 is going to be selling at a store near you, willProfessor Richard Freund from the University of Hartford, you queue and later sell your spot for cash? Well, one collegeConnecticut, told Reuters. In wake of the recent Japanese student did, after waiting in line for approximately 41 hours,earthquake, the recent discovery stands as testament to the and for US$900.fearsomeness of Mother Nature.Japan phone networks remaindisruptedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-phone-networks-remain-disrupted/11565.html 15
  • 16. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUS$900 was the price for the first spot in the queue for AppleiPad 2, which college student Amanda Foote sold after beingin line at the Apple store in New York for 41 hours. And Footeplans to use the money to but tickets for Lady Gagas concert.The buyer of the spot isHazem Sayen, an app developer, whosaid that he wanted to bring the iPad 2 with him when heleaves for his busienss trip; the Apple iPad 2 starts at US$499.Apparently, Foote isnt the only one who is being paid forher trouble: there are offers ranging from US$100 to US$999to stand in line or sell their spot. (Looks like theres a goodmarket for this isnt it?). Update : Pardon for the mistake, we missed out the bottom part of the cooler which is about a slot thick so GeForce GTXJapan Earthquake Shortens 590 is still a dual slot card. The lenght is 297mm which isthe day similar to its older counterpart GeForce GTX 295. Anyway, the card is still slated for March 22nd launch. The performanceSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/japan-earthquake-shortens-the- driver closest to the launch is version 267.52 and you can findday/11564.html this string in the inf file : NVIDIA_DEV.1088.01 = "NVIDIAMarch 14th, 2011 GeForce GTX 590". NVIDIA seems confident that this card will win the Radeon HD 6990. Specs will be finalized next week. IT SHOW 2011 Coverage Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-coverage/11543.htmlIt may be unnoticable, but Fridays earthquake off the coast of March 14th, 2011Japan did shorten the day by a tiny bit. Read on.NASA geophysicist Richard Gross was able to calculatethat due to the shift in the Earths mass after Fridaysearthquake, the Earths rotation about its own axis was spedup by 1.6 microseconds. Shortening each Earth day by 1.6microseconds. IT Show Singapore 2011 is upon us, and needless to say there are going to be lots of IT-related offers awaiting the bargainNVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 hunters who have waited months for this day. As usual, VR-Cooler Cover Exposed Zone headed down to the exhibition grounds at Suntec City Exhibition and Convention Centre to bring you the coverageSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-590-cooler-cover- of the event.exposed/11563.htmlMarch 14th, 2011 Update : Pardon for the mistake, we missed out the bottompart of the cooler which is about a slot thick so GeForce GTX590 is still a dual slot card. The lenght is 297mm which issimilar to its older counterpart GeForce GTX 295. Anyway, thecard is still slated for March 22nd launch. The performancedriver closest to the launch is version 267.52 and you can findthis string in the inf file : NVIDIA_DEV.1088.01 = "NVIDIAGeForce GTX 590". NVIDIA seems confident that this cardwill win the Radeon HD 6990. Specs will be finalized nextweek. The M1 booth can be located on level 2 Ballroom Foyer. 16
  • 17. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The 1box available for rent from M1 with a minimum of 6 months subscription. M1 also started to offer Internet TV services. With the 1box,users can stream media, surf, shop and socialize all at thecomfort of their couch. 17
  • 18. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Home 5Mbps 8Mbps 10Mbps 15Mbps 30Mbps100Mbps Broadband Monthly $25.20 $36.40 $40.60 $42.90 $53.90 $76.70 Subscriptions Upload 512kbps 1Mbps 1Mbps 2Mbps 4Mbps 10Mbps Speeds Up To Mobile 1Mbps 2Mbps 4Mbps 7.2Mbps 21Mbps Broadband Monthly $13.45 $23.23 $30.82 $41.58 $59.40 Subscription Data Unlimited Bundle IT SHOW 2011 - Babes Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011--babes/11552.html March 14th, 2011 A picture speaks a thousand words therefore in this article, we will let the pictures do the talking. Get ready...the show babes of IT Show Singapore 2011. M1 is bundling thier mobile broadband plans with Android tablets. M1 Broadband Offers Fiber 25Mbps 50Mbps100Mbps 150Mbps200Mbps 1Gbps Broadband Monthly $39 $49 $59 $79 $99 $399Subscriptions Upload 25Mbps 50Mbps 50Mbps 75Mbps100Mbps 500Mbps <3 <3 Speeds Up To 18
  • 19. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonelovely the lovely show babes from Casio booth Trend Micro babes are pretty too ! 19
  • 20. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone i like her smile ^_^Sony is hot and sexy 20
  • 21. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone lovely babe from A.C. Ryan ^^her friend joins in<3 hot razer babe with lovely keyboard Did you manage to capture any booth babes in IT Show Singapore 2011 on your camera ? Share with us your photos and we will be adding it to our booth babe article along with ours. 21
  • 22. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCredits will be given, based on your forum nickname. • GE • Headphones Gallery : AKG, JVC, Shure • HTC • IomegaIT SHOW 2011 Price Lists, • iSmartFlyers, Brochures, Promotions • JabraRoundup • JobySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-price-lists-flyers- • Jubbybrochures-promotions-roundup/11502.html • LinksysMarch 14th, 2011 • Lowepro • Manfrotto • McCoy : JooJoo, Gavio, Viliv, iTwin, DiVoom, Aiptek • NokiaCheck out the latest IT SHOW 2011 Price List, Flyers, • Sony PlaystationBrochures, Promotions including brands like Acer, AC Ryan, • Sony BatteryASUS, Blackberry, Brother, Canon, Cisco Linksys, Dell, D- • Sanyo BatteryLink, Epson, Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox, HP, Lenovo, Lexmark,LG, Microsoft, MSI, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Philips, • SingTelSamsung, Seagate, Sony, Toshiba, Western Digital. • TargusNewly Added IT SHOW 2011 Price List • Toshiba Portable HDDIf you are an exhibitor and would like your companys pricelist/flyer to be on our site, then email us at press@vr- 12pmzone.com.sg • AcerMarch 10th • Altec Lansing6pm • Astone • Aigo • ASUS • Alcatel • Brother • Apple • Canon • Audio House • Edifier • AVG • eGear • Belkin • Fujifilm • Blackberry • Fujitsu • Case Logic • HP • Casio • Lexmark • Creative • LG • Cybermind • Logitech • Dell • M1 • Drobo • Norton • Edimax • OKI • Epson • Olympus • Eubiq • Plantronics • Freecom • Prolink • Fujifilm • Samsung • Gaincity • Sennhesier 22
  • 23. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • SingTel • Fuji Xerox • Sony • Garmin • Sony Ericsson • Powerlogic • TDK • Sensonic • Viewsonic • Sonicgear • Western Digital 12.00am • Zyxel • East Gear : Galactio, Powerex • Go RockMarch 9th • McGear8.30pm • Hitachi March 8th • Imation 7.30pm • Kingston • EnGenuis • Lexar • Garmin ASUS • Microsoft Hardware • Razer • Microsoft Xbox • SMC • Palit • Sapphire 2.30pm • Viewsonic • A4 Tech • X-mini • Avira • xShine • Cyberlink6.30pm • Energizer • ESET • D-Link • Kaspersky • Filco • KJC Tech : iTech, Mili, MLabs • Thermalright, Noctua, Prolimatech • Lau International : Clic, Hama, Kowa, Konus, Speed, • Steelseries Vanguard, Velbon3.30pm • Palladine • Ranger • Buffalo • Marbella • Wacom The Daily VR-Zone News2.30pm Summary - 11 Mar 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--11- • A.C. Ryan mar-2011/11562.html March 14th, 2011 • InFocus • SanDisk12.30pm • Aztech • MSI In todays news roundup: Kingstons high-speed, high capacity HyperX T1 8GB (4 x 2GB) 2133MHz DDR3 memory kit gets11.30am reviewed; Sapphires Radeon HD 6870 FleX graphics card, which comes with its own integrated DisplayPort adapter on • Crazy Pricing its PCB, gets reviewed; Samsung is reportedly planning to test 23
  • 24. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneproduction of 32-inch OLED television sets in the second half Description: Antec has been making computer enclosures forof 2012; The annual Pwn2Own competition sees iOSs Safari as long as I can remember. When I think of popular computerand RIMs Blackberry browser getting compromised, and The chassis, one case from Antec almost always comes to mind:PS3 ban imposed on the Netherlands has finally been lifted their Sonata line of cases. Antec has provided Benchmark Reviews the opportunity to review their latest iteration of theirHardware News: Sonata line, the Sonata IV. The Sonata IV is marketed as beingKingston HyperX T1 8GB (4 x 2GB) 2133MHz DDR3 Memory a Quiet Mid Tower case. It aims to bring the Sonata line ofKit Review @ Bigbruin.com cases up to date with such features as a front USB 3.0 port, aDescription: The Kingston HyperX T1 8GB (4 x 2GB) spot for a 2.5" SSD drive, and silicon grommets to reduce hard2133MHz DDR3 memory kit is definitely worth considering drive vibration. Also included with the Sonata IV is a 620 wattby those looking for a high speed, high capacity kit to take power supply. Can the Sonata IV live up to its predecessors andtheir system to the next level. An XMP profile at 2133MHz the Antec name? Read the full review to find out...makes the whole process extremely simple, and anyone with a Antec Six Hundred Review - XSReviewscompatible motherboard should be up and running in no time. Description: When it comes to building a killer rig, there areExceleram EP3001A 3 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 MHz CL9 review at many important components you have to consider, the caseTweak.dk being a big one. You want a case that looks great, is quiet andDescription: The EP3001A modules have a speed of keeps all of your hardware nice and cool. With this in mindDDR3-1333 MHz with CL9 timings, and a tRAS-value of today we look at the Antec Six Hundred.24. The CRT-timing can be adjusted to 1T, which gives Corsair Hydro series H60 Watercooling kit Review @you extra performance. Exceleram have chosen to spare the Madshrimpsheatsinks, to minimize the price. The overclocking potential Description: I was surprised that Corsair launched anotheris big, and by loosening the timings, it is possible to hit complete liquid cooling model, the H60. The H50 beingspeeds over DDR3-2000 MHz. We compare the modules in perfect for tiny spaces and moderate cooling demands. Thevarious benchmark tests against kits from both Exceleram and H70 was able to cope with our overclocked Gulftown setup,Kingston. crushing the H50s performance. Its beefier radiator andSapphire Radeon HD 6870 FleX Video Card Review @ dual fan setup was a big step forward for higher coolingRage3D.com demands. Corsairs new H60 is the first new release of its newDescription: Sapphires Radeon HD 6870 FleX edition partnership with the CoolIT company.integrates an active DisplayPort adapter onto the PCB to allow BitFenix Shinobi Review @ Vortezthree non-DisplayPort monitors for Eyefinity gaming - while Description: As tradition would have it, we are here againretaining the two mini-DP outputs of the reference design. with the first review of a new case from BitFenix, namedWe check out single and crossfire HD 6870 performance in Shinobi. Shinobi is a mid-tower case that differs from its1080HD and Eyefinity 3 resolutions. bigger brothers the Survivor and Colossus cases by bringing aThermaltake Jing CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion touch of sleekness and elegance to the table. Available in twoDescription: The Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler is variants - window version (being reviewed today) and none-Thermaltakes newest addition into the silent operation window version this case features 2 pre-installed fans, tool-market. The Jing is positioned to offer high performance less mechanisms throughout and of solid steel construction.cooling with a noise level of only 16dBA. There are 41 0.5mm Lamptron Fan-Atic 5-Channel Fan Controller Review @ Legitlarge aluminum fins and 5 6mm heat-pipes. The fins, base, Reviewsand heat-pipes are nickel plated for better heat transmission. Description: The Lamptron Fan-Atic 5-channel fan controllerThe Jing comes with 2 custom made fans for push/pull controls 60W per each channel with 3 different voltage outputconfiguration. - 12VDC, 5VDC, and Off, which correspond to Full RPM, LowXigmatek Loki CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews RPM, and Off setting on the fans connected to the controller.Description: Xigmateks Loki is a terrific little cooler that packs So you get full speed cooling capacity or low speed quietnessa lot of performance into a compact package thats easily at a flip of the switch. Read on to see how this fan controllerinstalled and should fit on just about any board and in most performs when we put it to the test!cases. Widely available online for as little as $25 US, Loki is Consumer Electronics and Software News:also very reasonable and represents an excellent value. Samsung to begin test production of 32" OLED TVs in 2HComputing on Demand: Nexus Real Silent CPU Cooler - 2012, will start investing in a Gen-8 fab in 3Q 2011FLC-3000 R2 Description: There are reports that Samsung plans to beginDescription: Many of todays users seem to look towards a test production of 32" OLED TVs in the second half of 2012.peaceful experience in front of the keyboard instead of the The company will start to invest in Gen-8 OLED TV productiondays when we thought having a computer that sounded like lines in 3Q 2011. LG will be able to make 30" OLED TVs bea hovercraft was cool. A few companies have made a name the end of 2011, and (as we know already) plans a Gen-8 fabfor themselves by offering peripherals and devices that marry for 2011. Sony meanwhile seems to be focusing on professionalperformance with peace and quiet. Nexus thinks they have the OLED monitors, and doesnt have any active consumer OLEDproper balance with their new FLC-3000 (R2). TV program.Antec Sonata IV Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews Google Adds Click-to-Call to Gmail Voice Calling 24
  • 25. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Google has enhanced its voice calling feature in over the reference GTX 460, clock speed upto 700 MHz andGmail with an ability to click on phone numbers and call them subsequently, shaders up to 1400 MHz. The 2Win features 2instantly instead of having to type in the number manually. GB GDDR5 at 3.6 GHz.Forget Apple, the money is in Android Visually, the 2Win is identical to the EVGA Dual-GPUDescription: While the Apple App store is packed full of prototype shown at CES 2011. Thought to be a dual-GF110software and has a better reach, a top developer has pointed card, we reported the PCB footprint suggesting a dual-GF114out that he makes much more cash from writing Android code. card. Now we know that the prototype from CES 2011 wasGoogle, Bing Have White Lists Of Sites Not To Be Impacted By indeed the GTX 460 2Win.Algo ChangesDescription: Both major search engines admitted today theyhave white lists of sites that wont be impacted by changesto their algorithms. During the Spam Police session at SMX,Googles Matt Cutts and Bings Sasi Parthasarathy bothconfirmed this, the UK Register noted. "Google has admittedthat it uses whitelists to manually ...Google Brings Instant Previews to MobileDescription: The concept of Google Instant, which couldgive you results before you were even done typing, wasfurther enhanced with the presence of Instant Preview. InstantPreviews allows users to click on a magnifying glass while inthe search page and get previews of the first few results. Now,four months after the original release of Instant Previews, the It is a dual-slot card, featuring three fans. The card uses 2x8-concept is coming to mobile. pin power, with a TDP somewhere between 300W and 375W. It is a long card - at 11.5" it is nearly as long as the Radeon HDPwn2Own day 2: iPhone, BlackBerry beaten; Chrome, Firefox 6990.no-showsDescription: On day two of the Pwn2Own competition, Apples In terms of performance, the EVGA article paints a rosy pictureiPhone and RIMs BlackBerry Torch 9800 were both put against the GTX 580 - the GTX 460 2Win winning bothin the spotlight, and were both successfully compromised. 3DMark 11 and Unigine Heaven benchmarks comfortably.Meanwhile, contestants scheduled to attack Android and However, these are synthetic benchmarks which scale almostFirefox failed to turn up, leaving those platforms unscathed. perfectly with SLI. In real world gaming tests, the GTX 460 2Win may struggle to keep up with the single GTX 580.Gaming News: Certainly, the 2Win will be annihialted by the HD 6990 andPS3 Ban Lifted in Netherlands the upcoming GTX 590.Description: The dispute between Sony and LG has taken The 2Win has a trick up its sleeve, however, featuring 4another twist, with the ban on imported PS3s being lifted in display outputs - 3xDVI and 1x mini HDMI. This makes itthe Netherlands. the first single NVIDIA card to feature multimonitor gaming,Jurassic Park: The Game Q&A - Back from extinction supporting 3D Surround. Previously, two cards in SLI wereDescription: We find out a few more details from Telltale needed to enable 3D Surround. It will surely be the cheapestGames about its upcoming dinosaur action adventure game. single NVIDIA card to support 3D Surround (the other, GTX 590, will be a lot more expensive), and this is something EVGA seems to be actively marketing.EVGA announces dual-GF104 Considering the specifications of the GTX 460 2Win, surely aGTX 460 2Win GTX 560 2Win would allow for better performance in the sameSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/evga-announces-dual-gf104- thermal envelope? This suggests that the 2Win - like severalgtx-460-2win/11561.html other dual-GF104 prototypes - have been in development forMarch 14th, 2011 a long time and are now being released. The most important thing now, for EVGA, is the pricing. With the single GTX 460 1GB cards now selling at around $170 (after rebates), the GTX 460 2Win, if priced right, could be an interesting alternative to the HD 6970 or GTX 570. However, if the pricing is off, it will be a simple case of too little, too late. Availability hasnt been mentioned either.Remember the much rumoured dual-GF104 cards from wayback in May 2010? After several unreleased prototypes, EVGAhas finally taken the step of announcing the first retail dual-GF104 card, the EVGA GTX 460 2Win. To put it simply, theGTX 460 2Win puts two GTX 460 GF104 1GB on one PCB.EVGA goes an extra step by giving the 2Win mild overclocks 25
  • 26. March 14th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWhite Apple iPhone 4 comingin April. For real?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/white-apple-iphone-4-coming-in-april.-for-real-/11539.htmlMarch 14th, 2011The white version of the iPhone 4 was rumored to launch forthe longest time and until now, there has not been any officialword from Apple about this. The last known news was that itshould be available around end February, but it looks like thatthe phone will be delayed until next month, according to somesources.The recently announced iPad 2 has gotten lots of attention,though there has been no news of the next iPhone 5. However,it seems that the white version of iPhone 4 is still getting peopleexcited. Some online sources said that Apple would launchthe white iPhone 4, but was later denied, probably because ofdesign issues.Recently, Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has toldsome online media that the white iPhone 4 will be launchednext month, and it will be a GSM version. If the news is to betrue, then the wait is finally going to be over.But if the new iPhone 5 is going to be announced soon, wouldyou go for the white iPhone 4 or the newer iPhone 5? 26