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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13
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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #13

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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

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  • 1. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! bit video frame buffer and 3072 stream processors. While VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication the Sapphire 100310SR Radeon HD 6990 can accomplish the covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. performance of two Radeon HD 6970s in CrossFireX, it can do so with less power and heat. The Sapphire 100310SR utilizes several new MSAA modes including Enhanced Quality Anti-The Daily VR-Zone News Aliasing (EQAA), which Benchmark Reviews tests in some ofUpdate - 17 Mar 2011 the most popular DirectX-11 video games available...Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-update--17- Xigmatek Asgard II computer case @ TweakPC.de (German)mar-2011/11630.html Description: (Machine translation) With Xigmatek the worldMarch 17th, 2011 is upside down. This at least allows the naming of the suspect case series. Here one does that is back to Norse mythology and identifies its case at the three levels of the World Tree. At the bottom is therefore Utgard, who represents the underworld, with Xigmatek but represents the upper class. And above shows the Asgard, the heavenly home of the gods, with Xigmatek but reflects the lower low-budget class. Midgard isIn todays news roundup: ASUS has announced that selected only the golden mean and thus of its name.models of its current socket AM3 motherboards will becapable of supporting AMDs upcoming FX-series CPUs Market for combined CPUs and GPUs on the riseafter performing a certain BIOS update; AMD shows off Description: Graphics-enabled microprocessors are expected3D display capabilities with new HD3D technology which to reach record highs this year with GEM penetration inappears to support more 3D HDTVs than monitors; Samsungs notebook PCs set to reach 50 percent, and 45 percent forAndroid-powered Galaxy Player is reportedly the real threat desktops. This represents an impressive 11 percent increase forto Apples iPod Touch; The worlds first LTE phone, the HTC notebooks in the use of chips which incorporate both the CPUThunderbolt, is now officially available from Verizon; Analysts and graphics processing in one place.are predicting that the announcement of a HD Wii 2 may be ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Reviewall that is needed to turn Nintendos fortunes around, and Our Description: The ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP hassister site SGCafe tries out the Mortal Kombat demo currently moved away from the NVIDIA reference design chosen byavailable for download on the PlayStation Network some manufacturers. The first change was the mini-HDMIHardware news: connector, replaced by a full-sized HDMI, and the addition of a VGA connection, replacing the second DVI connector seenThe Ultimate Graphics Cards Round-up: Spring 2011 @ in reference design cards. As with the GTS 450 and GTX 460InsideHW it features bitstreaming support for both Dolby True HD andDescription: If you were attentive during the past few months, DTS-HD Master Audio, handy for home theatre PC use.you’re bound to have noticed just how many new graphicscard models have been presented in the past few months. Asustek to Support Future AMD FX "Bulldozer" Chips onTo say that the market situation is confusing would be an Current Mainboards.understatement, since not only have there been plenty of new Description: Asustek Computer, the worlds largest maker ofmodels making their appearance on the market, but an entire mainboards, announced on Wednesday that select currentgraphics card generation has shifted. Besides, NVIDIA seems mainboards with AM3 socket will also support next-to have made a full recovery and got back into the game as an generation AMD FX-series "Bulldozer" microprocessors afterentirely respectable competitor… a BIOS upgrade. A similar move will likely be made by other motherboard suppliers, which will prove that currentSapphire 100310SR Radeon HD 6990 @ Benchmark Reviews platforms can technically support Bulldozer chips.Description: The Sapphire 100310SR Radeon HD 6990 is adual-Cayman GPU product capable of powering five monitors Eyes-on: AMD Shows 3D Capabilities With HD3Dat once, or produce the fastest video game frame rates possible Description: While Nvidias been playing in the 3D spaceof any graphics card to one monitor. Using a new VLIW4 for quite some time now with its proprietary 3D Visionshader core architecture and equipped with 4GB GDDR5 256- technology, AMDs been holding off in what it feels is in the 1
  • 2. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebest interest of the industry and ultimately the consumer. Description: AMD Catalyst Application Profile 11.2 #4 is here!AMDs 3D technology for its Radeon HD products conform to This weeks new Catalyst Application Profile, exclusively atindustry standards – most notably right now is HDMI 1.4a. Rage3D before anywhere else, includes updates for six titles.Sadly, this doesnt include a lot of desktop monitors on the Sandberg USB 5.1 Surround headset Review -market today, but it does include essentially every new 3D XSReviews.co.ukHDTV in existence today. Description: Our subject today is the Sandberg 5.1 USBCrucial does BoM control on DDR3 Surround headset which is specifically designed for gamersDescription: Crucial is dropping a BoM on enterprise server and PC-multimedia enthusiasts. Sandberg is a well over 20-memory customers with their new BoM-controlled RDIMM years old Danish company that produces computer-relatedline. It may not seem like much if you don’t need it, but to those products such as audio periphials, keyboards, mice, cables andthat do, it is worth more than gold. much more. Altough the brand doesn’t specifically pop up when we are talking audio periphials, I have good hopes forConsumer Electronics and Software news:: this gamer-oriented product.Why Samsung’s Galaxy Player Rivals Apple’s iPod Touch Gaming news:Description: Leveraging the success of its Galaxy Ssmartphone line, Samsung today introduced two models of Can An HD Wii 2 Turn Around Nintendo’s Video Fortunes?Galaxy Player handhelds, expected to launch later this spring Description: Nintendo could announce the next generation ofin the U.S. At first glance, the 4- and 5-inch devices appear its Wii gaming console soon, according to comments madeto be Android-powered Samsung smartphones, complete with by EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau. Analysts believefront and rear cameras, touch screens, and Adobe Flash that the company will announce the Wii2 at this year’s E3support, but these don’t include a cellular radio. Instead, the conference in June, which could mean that it goes on sale earlynew Galaxy Player line uses Wi-Fi for connectivity, just like next year.Apple’s iPod touch. But why would Samsung ever attempt to Quick Review: Mortal Kombat Demotake on Apple’s iPod, which holds an imposing majority share Description: Forget those cheesy finishes in previous Mortalin the digital audio player market? Kombat games or those petty looking finishes in MK vs DCROCCAT Alumic Review @ Vortez universe because the upcoming Mortal Kombat is here toDescription: It was just 2 weeks ago that we got our first break some bone and gut. Simply titled Mortal Kombat, thishands-on look at ROCCATs latest and greatest at CeBIT 2011. new real deal is heading for retail on April 22 for PlayStation 3The first item that ROCCAT showed us at that event is the and Xbox 360, the demo is available on PlayStation Networkitem under review today. A double sided gaming mouse pad now (not sure for Xbox Live yet)with an anodized aluminium core providing ultimate stability Operation Flashpoint: Red River preview: With a little helpand durability, whilst accommodating both low and high- from my friendssensitivity gamers by way of 2 completely different surface Description: The first time we saw Operation Flashpoint: Redtextures. River in action, it was clear that the game was trying to expandCorsair HS1A Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews the appeal of this traditionally "realistic" military shooterDescription: Corsair has hit the PC audio market with a slew series. Played alone, as we did in December, the game stillof new products in the last year. And all of them appear to be requires a fair amount of tactical squad micromanagement,strong performers. The Corsair HS1A Headset is no different. but Codemasters encourages players to experience the ten-It is made with the highest quality materials and adheres to stage campaign, along with the separate co-op mode calledCorsairs tight specifications to let your games immerse you "Fireteam Engagements," with a group of three friends...into their fantasy world. Today we are looking at the HS1Aa inthe Legit Reviews Labs, and what we found might just surpriseyou. Did we like them or not? Read on to find out. Dell launches new Inspiron RHTC Thunderbolt Now Available from Verizon notebooksDescription: The world’s first LTE phone, HTC Thunderbolt, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-launches-new-inspiron-r-is now available from Verizon for $249.99 with a two-year notebooks/11631.htmlcontract or $599.99 if you want the contract-free, unlocked March 17th, 2011version.Samsung PN58C8000 58 Inch Plasma TV Review @TweaknewsDescription: The Samsung PN58C8000 is targeted towardsthe buyer that wants the best Samsung Plasma TV that moneycan buy and have every possible feature other than integratedWifi. No corners have been cut for this model and everything It is spring time and Dell has announced what can only befrom the upgraded remote control to the brushed exterior described as its spring collection which is a refresh of itsbezel and finish look as good as the TV performs. Inpiron R series of notebooks that now features removable display backs, something akin to Nokias swappable phoneNew Catalyst Application Profile for 6 titles, incl. Crysis 2 covers of the past. Of course theres more to the new line thanExclusively @ Rage3D swappable bits of plastic, as Dell has added support for Intels 2
  • 3. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesecond generation Core i processors across the range whichbrings with it some additional changes as well.It is spring time and Dell has announced what can only bedescribed as its spring collection which is a refresh of itsInpiron R series of notebooks that now features removabledisplay backs, something akin to Nokias swappable phonecovers of the past. Of course theres more to the new line thanswappable bits of plastic, as Dell has added support for Intelssecond generation Core i processors across the range whichbrings with it some additional changes as well.So what were looking at here are three new models, the14R (N4110), 15R (N5110) and 17R (N7110) and the model The unusual feature of all three models is Dells new Switchnames give away the screen sizes. Dell is offering all three lid design and this is again an optional feature which will costmodels with an option of a dual core Core i3-3210M or a you extra, on top of the cost of the various lids you can getCore i5-2410M processor, although the 15R and 17R will be which start at US$39.99. The switchable lids also add a fairavailable with the quad core Core i7-2630QM. The 14R and bit of weight to the tune of about 170-270g depending on the15R come with standard 1366x768 resolution displays while model. Its a neat feature for those that want a notebook thatthe larger 17R gets fitted with a 1600x900 panel. stands out and if you get bored by one design, you can always buy another one. The 14R starts at US$579.99, the 15R is a little bit cheaper at US$529.99 and the 17R comes in at the same starting price asThe standard graphics option is Intels HD graphics 3000, the 14R and all three models are supplied with a black Switchalthough dell offers an upgrade to an AMD Radeon HD 6470M lid at this price point. Singapore pricing appears to start atfor the 14R and 15R, while the 14R is also available with a S$949 for the 14R, but this doesnt include a Switch lid asRadeon HD 6640M. For whatever reason Dell decided to go standard and would set you back an additional S$42.80 for thewith two Nvidia graphics options as well, as the 15R can be plain black one. The 15R starts at S$999, although it comeskitted out with a GeForce GT525M, which is also the only with a free upgrade option for the Switch lids. The 17R doesntoption for the 17R, although in this case the 15R only comes appear to be available in Singapore as of now.with 1GB of graphics memory, while the 17R gets 2GB.All three models will be offered with up to 8GB of RAMand will come with either a 5,400rpm hard drive up to Microsoft officially launches640GB or a 7,200rpm hard drive up to 500GB. Otherfeatures include an optical drive, various 802.11a/b/g/n Wi- Internet Explorer 9 inFi and 3G/WiMAX options, Bluetooth 3.0, WiDi support, Singapore: its all about theeSATAp (powered eSATA/USB combo port), USB 3.0, HDMI,10/100Mbit Ethernet, HD webcam and a memory card reader. need for speed Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-officially-launches-internet-Not all models will come with all features, as generally is the explorer-9-in-singapore-it-s-all-about-the-need-for-speed/11629.htmlcase with notebooks. All three models are available with a 6- March 17th, 2011cell or a 9-cell battery pack. Have you downloaded the finalized version of Microsofts latest browser for use on your Windows-powered PC? Well, if your answer to that question happens to be a resounding no, perhaps Microsofts latest demonstration might convince you 3
  • 4. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto have a change of heart. The Redmond giant has organized browser technology," he said, while adding that this has leda media event at the Singapore Flyer Megu Event Hall to Microsoft to change its focus from the browser to that of theshowcase some of the features available in its new browser, user experience.and VR-Zone is proud to bring you the coverage. "Web developers are doing a lot of amazing things today, but browser technology hasnt been catching up. So now, we start looking at things differently in IE 9. Realistically, it is all about the content. No one goes to a theatre and looks at the theare room: they go there to watch the play. And this is practically the same thing for all types of content we see out there today," he explained. User experience and standards support To prove his point, Hardman demonstrated how IE9 features the ability to pin IE9-optimized webpages onto the WindowsFor a browser that comes bundled as part of the dominant Taskbar, which in turn allows users to access the sites linksoperating system used by more than 80% of the worlds and pages from within its Taskbar icon. Citibanks website wasPC owners, Internet Explorer seldom, if ever, gets any love, used as an example for this demonstration.especially among the more technologically savvy crowd, andfor good reason. After all, Internet Explorer has been knownto come with various security holes large enough for theproverbial bus to drive through, while its lack of speed andpoor support for existing web standards did little to no favorsfor its image.However, Microsoft is also keen to let consumers know thatInternet Explorer has changed for the better, and that it haswhat it takes to be the best browser for consumers once again.And to do that, the Redmond giant has organized a mediaevent held at the Singapore Flyer Megu Event Hall to showcaseInternet Explorer 9s capabilities in bringing out what it callsthe "full beauty of the web".Speaking at the event was Matthew Hardman of the WindowsClient Business Group Lead (Business and Marketing) for According to Hardman, this feature is unique to InternetMicrosoft Singapore, who talked about the ever-evolving Explorer 9 and requires webmasters to make some changesnature of the World Wide Web, and how Internet Explorer 9s to the underlying code in order for users to enjoynew features can deliver the best of the Web to end-users. the aforementioned convenience. However, Hardman also revealed that such a feature does not require a complete code rewrite; rather, webmasters only need to input five additional lines into their sites underlying code in order to take advantage of this exclusive feature. "Research has shown that people who actually implement this feature ever since it was introduced in the beta versions of Internet Explorer 9 are actually experiencing huge increases in terms of visits and time spent on the webpage. This is because it is now so much easier for consumers to get access to the actual website itself," he claimed. Support for HTML5 was also a huge priority for Microsoft, and Hardman showed off Internet Explorer 9s robust support for the new draft standard by loading an online game that was completely written in HTML5. For those interested, the game"At the beginning of the Web, it was all about basic can be accessed by clicking on this link.information, such as text and pictures. Then as we startedseeing the evolution of technology, like video and YouTubebeing a key examples which projected the Web in a wholedifferent direction as well as making content richer, noisierand more interactive. That really drove a lot of innovation in 4
  • 5. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Nikon Singapore has announced the COOLPIX S9100 compact camera, a high performance model with 18x zoom lens and rearside illumination CMOS sensor that suppresses noise in pictures. It is available from today.Also featured in Hardmans demonstration was FoursquaresPlayground page, in which Internet Explorers support forHTML5 was key to ensuring that users could interactseamlessly with the virtual town without needing to installany unnecessary ActiveX plugins such as Adobes Flash or The latest Nikon COOLPIX S9100 features a 12.1-megapixelShockwave player. rating, 18x optical zoom with wide angle capability and a 3- inch LCD display. Incorporating a backside illumination CMOS sensor, it can effectively minimize noise in pictures. The camera also offers ISO settings of up to 3200, various shooting modes including Easy Panorama Mode, Pet Portrait Mode, Night Landscape mode and Special Effects. The S9100 can also record videos in full high-definition with stereo and has a card slot that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC. Rumour: AMD FX-series (Bulldozer) releasing June 11th Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-amd-fx-series-bulldozer- releasing-june-11th/11627.html March 17th, 2011 Five years in the making, AMDs Bulldozer has gone through a slew of changes in schedule. According to the last report, Bulldozers shipping date was suggested as June 20th. Now, DonanimHaber is introducing a new date - June 11th. AMDs 9-series motherboards will release in May, presumably during Computex 2011 time. Around this time, AMDs FX series is expected to be officially announced and dated.Nikon COOLPIX S9100, now on Five years in the making, AMDs Bulldozer has gone throughsale in Singapore a slew of changes in schedule. According to the lastSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-coolpix-s9100-now-on-sale-in- report, Bulldozers shipping date was suggested as June 20th.singapore/11628.html Now, DonanimHaber is introducing a new date - June 11th.March 17th, 2011 AMDs 9-series motherboards will release in May, presumably during Computex 2011 time. Around this time, AMDs FX series is expected to be officially announced and dated. Considering June 11th is a Saturday, it does seem like an odd time to release a major CPU. The previous date of June 20th seems more realistic. Regardless, AMDs official timeline remains "Q2 2011" and unless there are any major changes, AMDs FX series is set to be unleashed some time in June 5
  • 6. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone2011. A preliminary line-up of FX series CPUs has already been price bracket, DIGITIMES claims that ASUS is hoping to avoidleaked and can be viewed here. direct confrontation with tablet PCs, thus making its netbooks more attractive to those who are seeking a highly mobile PC to use, but without the price premium found on tablets.Rumour: ASUS plans sub To achieve such prices, it is claimed that ASUS will also seekUS$250 netbook to avoid to avoid the Microsoft tax altogether by dropping Windowscompeting against tablet PCs? as the default OS pre-loaded into the netbooks. Instead, ASUS will reportedly go for royalty-free, resource-light OSes such asSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-asus-plans-sub-us-250- Googles Android or Chrome OS. In a way, this makes perfectnetbook-to-avoid-competing-against-tablet-pcs-/11623.html sense; after all, netbooks were never meant to be used asMarch 17th, 2011 gaming heavy multimedia consumption machines. By using OSes not known to support heavy gaming, ASUS can not only save some money on the Microsoft tax, but also allow it to target consumers who seek to purchase a mobile PC for only basic tasks such as web surfing and word processing. However, we should probably point out that with the current component shortage faced by manufacturers of NAND flashWith tablet PCs fast gaining acceptance among consumers and display panels, both of which are key components inas the mobile computer of choice for media consumption, netbook assembly, users might want to take this informationwhat does one think netbook OEMs should do to restore about a low-cost netbook with a pinch of salt.the competitiveness of a product that appears to be fastapproaching its use by date? Well, ASUS apparently thinksthat the answer is rather straightforward: make them cheaper. Adobe Photoshop Express 2.0 for iOS with new Adobe Camera Pack announced Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-photoshop-express-2.0-for-ios- with-new-adobe-camera-pack-announced/11624.html March 17th, 2011 Adobe has announced Photoshop Express 2.0 for iOS devices. It is now available free on the Apple iTunes Store, and there is also a new Adobe Camera Pack for in-app purchase. Read on for more details.In spite of what people might think, it is going to be quitehard to prove that tablet PCs have not started cutting intonetbook sales, and for good reason. After all, tablets aredefinitely much more suited for consumers who prize mobilityover functionality, and the fact that their price premium overthe netbook is starting to narrow does not bode well for thehumble, performance-limited netbook.With this is mind, what measures are netbook OEMs takingto ensure that demand for their products remain stable? Well,sources close to "upstream component makers" are claimingthat the Taiwanese OEM has got a rather simple answer tothe netbook problem, and that is to simply make cheapernetbooks.According to a report posted on DIGITIMES, ASUS is in Adobe Photoshop Express offers easy, on-the-go support forthe midst of co-operating with Intel on producing a new capturing, organizing, editing and sharing photos on popularnetbook that, when completed, will be released for retail at social networks like Facebook and has gained huge popularityaround US$200-US$250. In contrast, the current batch of on iOS and Android devices. It is a must-have app for usersnetbooks available on the market can retail at prices ranging working with digital photos on new smartphones and tablets.from approximately US$280 for a low-end configuration, or Today, the company announced the availability of Adobeupwards of US$400 for more powerful variants, thus putting Photoshop Express 2.0 software for iOS devices. You canthemselves in direct competition with tablet PCs retailing at download the app free from Apple iTunes Store, and thenear-identical price range. By avoiding the US$280-US$500 6
  • 7. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePhotoshop Express 2.0 also includes a new Adobe CameraPack for in-app purchase. This Camera Pack includes:- Reduce Noise: Even the best phone cameras can introducesmall amounts of grain and speckling—called noise—intoimages. The Reduce Noise feature quickly smooths out thoseflaws to improve photos.- Self Timer: Set a camera timer to three or 10-second intervalsto control when the photo is snapped and capture just thedesired moment.- Auto Review: Ensure a good shot and delete it quickly if not.Auto Review provides a quick look at pictures before the actionpasses by.The Adobe Camera Pack enhances the new camera workflow ARM has had been snapping away at Intels heels ever sincethat debuted in Photoshop Express 1.5 for iOS and enabled its chips had been selected over the latters x86 offerings incustomers to continuously and rapidly shoot photos directly the mobile segment, and the recent news of ARMs designsin the app. starting to make their way into the lucrative server market is definitely something which Intel would want to prevent at allPricing and Availability costs. After all, there is no denying that there is big moneyPhotoshop Express 2.0 for iOS is available worldwide in to be made in the server segment, and ARMs offerings willEnglish for free download from the iTunes store. The Adobe definitely appeal to companies seeking low-power servers.Camera Pack is available for in-app purchase for US$3.99. However, Intel has also got a few tricks up its sleeves whenInstructions for purchase are provided in the app. it comes to competing with ARM, and in this case, it seemsPhotoshop Express 2.0 requires iOS 4.2 or later. To use the that the chip giant is finally going to do what many had alreadyAdobe Camera Pack, customers must have an iPhone 3Gs, speculated about some time back. Thats right: Intel will beiPhone 4, iPod Touch (3rd or 4th generation), or an iPad or releasing server-grade versions of its low-power processoriPad 2 (note that Photoshop Express does not include support specially designed to work with microservers.for the iPad 2 camera at this time). According to a report posted by Intel, the server-grade Atoms will be targeted for a 2012 launch, and as many as four suchIntel to sell server-capable processors will be made available for the microserver market. The CPUs will feature relatively low power consumptionsversions of Atom in 2012 spanning from 45 watt high performance to sub-10 watt, allSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-to-sell-server-capable-versions- with server features.of-atom-in-2012/11622.html The report also goes on to claim that various features that comeMarch 17th, 2011 standard in its existing CPUs such as 64-bit support, Intel Virtualization Technology and Error-Correcting Code (ECC) will also be implemented in its new line of server-grade Atom processors. Unfortunately, no other details such as core count and clock speeds about the chips were released, so do check back forDo Atom-branded processors have what it takes to run updates on this.server-side applications and tasks? Well, Intel seems tothink so. Apparently, the worlds number one producer ofx86 processors is feeling the heat about ARMs plans to Hardware components incompete in the lucrative server market, and plans to defendits turf by introducing server-grade Atom processors for use in short supply after Japanesemicroservers. earthquake Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hardware-components-in-short- supply-after-japanese-earthquake/11621.html March 17th, 2011 Any you planning to indulge in any high-cost, IT-related purchases such as television sets, smartphones and PCs any 7
  • 8. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonetime soon? If so, be prepared to fork out more cash for that March 17th, 2011product which you have had your eye on for the longest time:the components needed for the assembly of such devices arereportedly in short supply, no thanks to the recent quake whichravaged Japan and its factories. Aside from the 10-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, it looks like pictures of three HTC smartphones have also been leaked online. The three phones are the HTC Ignite, HTC Prime and HTC Pyramid Z710e .Have you been eyeing that shiny, new LCD television set,notebook PC, tablet PC or smartphone that has been sittingon the display shelves of your favourite hardware or computershop for the longest time already? Well, we got some advice foryou: you can either break the piggy bank and get that devicewhile it is still available, or give it a miss altogether and putthat money into the bank instead. HTC is stealing the limelight in the early part of 2011. With theWhy? Well, the truth hurts, but it seems that the recent recent news of their upcoming 10-inch Android 3.0 tablet, theearthquake that trashed Japan around has had a much greater company will also be launching their "heavyweight" productsimpact on the country than just destroying towns and taking in the form of HTC Ignite?HTC Prime?HTC Pyramind Z710eout its nuclear reactors. Apparently, an article posted by (above picture from left to right).IDG claims that major electronics manufacturers such as The HTC Ignite and HTC Prime are Windows Phone 7, thoughSamsung and LG Electronics are reporting shortages in the the difference is that the HTC Ignite is a full-touchscreencomponents needed to manufacture the display panels used phone while the HTC Prime has a slideout QWERTY keyboard.in the aforementioned devices "due to blackouts and transportissues". As display panels are one of the most important The HTC Pyramid Z710e (which has no resemblence to thecomponents that make up such devices, it is highly possible shape of the ancient structure) is said to run Android 3.0,that such shortages will result in consumers having to pay although it is weird that the version is designed for tablethigher prices for such products. devices and not smartphones. Or perhaps the news source mean Android 2.3. Regardless, the three smartphones areIn addition, it appears that display panels are not the scheduled to launch in June this year.only components affected by the natural disaster. Toshibahas reportedly claimed that the earthquake and the rollingblackouts imposed on the power grid has left its silicon wafer Samsung details its Series 9fabrication factory out of commision, and this is expected tohave an adverse effect on NAND flash memory chips heavily notebooksused in smartphones and tablet PCs. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-details-its-series-9- notebooks/11618.htmlSimply put, the earthquake in Japan has thrown the countrys March 17th, 2011entire supply chain in to disarray, and there is a very highlikelihood for global consumers to start feeling the aftereffectsof the natural disaster in the form of increased prices forexisting consumer electronic products. Of course, whether thiswill actually happen will depend on how quickly Japan canrestore shipment of supplies needed for the manufacturingand assembly of such devices, but until then, we might all want Samsungs sleek and sexy Series 9 notebooks are finallyto start preparing to pay more for our digital needs. arriving, at least in the US of A, although the company didnt just unveil the pricing of its 13.3-inch model today, but alsoPictures of HTC Ignite, HTC details on its new 11.1-inch model. The 13.3-inch model goes on sale in the US today, although its not clear as to when itllPrime and HTC Pyramid leaked be available elsewhere, whereas to the 11.1-inch model no firmSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/pictures-of-htc-ignite-htc-prime-and- launch date was given.htc-pyramid-leaked/11620.html 8
  • 9. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsungs sleek and sexy Series 9 notebooks are finally March 17th, 2011arriving, at least in the US of A, although the company didntjust unveil the pricing of its 13.3-inch model today, but alsodetails on its new 11.1-inch model. The 13.3-inch model goeson sale in the US today, although its not clear as to when itllbe available elsewhere, whereas to the 11.1-inch model no firmlaunch date was given.The 13.3-inch Series 9 model will only be offered with a Core In todays news roundup: AMDs Asif Rehman talks abouti5-2537M which is a ULV model clocked at 1.4GHz with a turbo the companys new PowerXpress technology and how it willspeed of 2GHz for both cores and 2.3GHz for a single core. The stack up against the likes of NVIDIAs Optimus and LucidsIntel graphics has a base clock speed of a mere 350MHz, but Virtu; EVGAs GeForce GTX 550Ti FPB Edition DirectX 11will turbo to 900MHz. This is the most basic ULV processor in graphics card gets reviewed; Twitter introduces a new featureIntels new line-up and as such it only has 3MB of L3 cache, but which allows users to permanently access its services viait supports all the extra features like AVX, AES, TXT and VT. HTTPS; Eurocom adds Intel 510 series SSDs to its line of high- performance mobile workstations; More new updates and surprises awaits fans of the popular smartphone game known as Angry Birds thanks to a certain tie-up with Microsofts Bing, and Battlefield 3 gets a new gameplay trailer. Hardware News: Enermax Hoplite Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews Description: Today we are looking at the newest mid-tower case offering from Enermax called Hoplite. On paper the Hoplite has loads of features like hot swap bays, hard drive dock, and even ability to have a 2x120 radiator installed internally. So join us as we give the Hoplite a good looking over and see just what it does have to offer. Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin.comOther features include up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 128GB Description: Over the years, Zalman cases have won manySSD, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with WiDi support and optional awards, but for many users their cases were just too expensiveWiMAX, Bluetooth 3.0, an HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports of to justify. Zalman recognized this and set out to offer caseswhich one can charge other devices even when the notebook is that everybody could afford, without sacrificing their typicaloff, a microSD card slot, an Ethernet port, a pair of audio jacks quality. The Zalman Z9 Plus is one of these lower cost casesand an HD webcam. The clickpad (track pad) supports no less that manages to offer features usually found only on morethan 21 different types of gestures and you do of course get a expensive cases.chicklet type keyboard as well. The Lithium Polymer battery is Titan Hati CPU Cooler Review on Technic3D (German)said to be good for up to 7h of usage and the machine weighs Description: (Machine translation) The Titan Hati Heatsinkin at a feather light 1.31kg. arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the TitanThe 11.1-inch model gets to make do with a ULV Core Hati with one or two 120mm Fans and three 8mm Heatpipesi3-380UM processor which is clocked at 1.33GHz and as this compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i7 CPU.is an older CPU you dont get support for Intels latest and Better than the Fenrir Evo?greatest graphics. It also comes with a mere 2GB of RAM as Sharkoon QuickPort XT USB 3.0 PLUS dock @standard and a tiny 64GB SSD. Still, it should offer the same XtremeComputing7h worth of battery life and at a weight of just a smidgen over Description: Today I will be reviewing the Sharkoon QuickPort1kg its hard to complain too much. XT USB 3.0 PLUS hdd dock. Sharkoon have been aroundThe 13.3-inch Series 9 notebook will start at US$1,649 (S for quite a while, and have built up a good reputation of$2,120) with Windows 7 Home Premium while itll cost US reliable useful products. Today I will see how this USB 3.0 dock$50 more with Windows 7 Professional, although that SKU compares to a USB 2.0 dock. I am hopeful this dock will beatwont be available until sometime in mid-April. So now the the older standard, and am somewhat excited to be dealingquestion youre going to have to ask yourself, would you go with this product – as it will be my first encounter with USBwith Samsungs new Duralumin clad Series 9 notebook or 3.0!Apples aluminium clad MacBook Air? AMD PowerXpress 4.0 & Interview with AMDs Asif Rehman @ Rage3D.comThe Daily VR-Zone News Description: AMDs new PowerXpress technology has appeared from the depths Chinas Baidu, and indicatesSummary - 16 Mar 2011 how AMD will combat NVIDIAs Optimus technology andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--16- newcomer Lucids Virtu technology. Read more about AMDmar-2011/11614.html PowerXpress and the basics of hybrid and switchable graphics in our Interview with AMDs Asif Rehman 9
  • 10. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEVGA GeForce GTX 550Ti FPB Edition DirectX 11 Video Card Description: Xtrememac is a well known Apple mobile deviceReview @Hi Tech Legion peripheral maker who in the past has provided Tesfreaks withDescription: The EVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB video card is a cases and chargers for review. Today we will look at theirmajor improvement over the GTS 450. The EVGA GTX 550 Bluetooth enabled iPod/iPhone speaker dock – the TangoTi is factory overclocked at 951 MHz (Core) from the default TRX. Besides charging and playing music from a docked900 MHz. The memory clocks are also bumped up on the iPod or iPhone, it can also wirelessly stream music fromEVGA GTX 550 Ti FPB to 4356 MHz from the standard 3600 any Bluetooth stereo capable devices including Android andMHz. Like all EVGA video cards, the GTX 550 Ti FPB video Blackberry models.card comes bundled with EVGA’s Precision and OC Scanner SteelSeries Scope Pro Gaming Glasses Review @ Vortezsoftware. EVGA offers a 3 year warranty on the GTX 550 Ti, Description: SteelSeries are well known within the gamingwhich covers parts and labor and can be extended when the community for their high-quality gaming peripherals. Theyvideo card is registered on EVGA’s website within 30 days of stand out as a brand that are concerned with deliveringpurchase. products that serve a purpose. Knowing their products wellKingwin USI-2535U3 USB 3.0 to SATA HDD Adapter Review and speaking with them recently I know that they are keen@ Tweaknews to design products that are purposeful rather than gimmicky.Description: Kingwin has been effective in creating a product Todays product under review may on initial impressionsthat allows access to data in a quick, easy, and inexpensive appear to be the latter but read over the pages and you will beway. The USI-2535U3 USB 3.0 to SATA adapter is versatile assured otherwise.enough to use with any SATA drive and small enough to carry Eurocom adds Intel 510 series Solid State Drives SATA 6 GB/anywhere. The USB 3.0 interface ensures fast file transfers, s to Mobile Workstationsand backward compatibility with USB 2.0 make this a truly Description: Eurocom Corporation (www.eurocom.com)adaptable tool for computer users of all skill levels. announces support for Intels new high performance 510Antec Twelve Hundred v3 Review - XSReviews.co.uk Series of Solid-State Drives inside their Mobile Workstations.Description: While we may have reviewed many Antec cases Google To Test Mobile Payments In NY And SFbefore, do you think Im going to turn down the chance to Description: While Apple has reportedly decided to forgoreview some revamped versions of their entire performance NFC-related hardware/software in iPhone 5 because of a lackone line? Exactly. Today I spent my 9-5 taking pictures and of standards, Google is to begin testing NFC-based mobiletesting the Antec 1200, the big boy of the bunch. This is the v3 payments at selected stores in New York and San Franciscothat comes with a USB 3.0 connector and an SSD drive slot. according to an article in Bloomberg.Lets see how it does in the contemporary arena. Gaming News:Consumer Electronics and Software News: Angry Birds Gets Many Updates, Mini Series On YoutubeLogitech HD Webcam C510 @ TestFreaks Description: It is getting pretty exciting for Angry Birds fans asDescription: Up on the review block today I’ve got another HD Rovio, the company who makes the game is releasing severalwebcam from Logitech, the C510. A little bit ago I looked at the updates this month. Firstly, there is a sneak peek at Rio’sC910, which is pretty much the top end camera, this C510 is gameplay.more middle range offering 720P resolution. The resolution islower but the features are the same like pan, tilt and zoom and Take Out That Sniper in Episode Two of the Battlefield 3numerous special effects. The C510 even includes a nice little Gameplay Trailer Seriescarrying case so you can take it with you and keep it protected. Description: Part two of DICEs ongoing Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer series has arrived, and in this episode of FaultTwitter Adds Permanent HTTPS Setting to Improve Security Line, Good Effect on Target, the squad is pinned down on aDescription: Twitter has taken a big step towards improving rooftop by a sniper. Get ready to see Frostbite 2s version ofaccount security with a new setting that permanently enables destructible environments in action.HTTPS. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) allowsencrypted communication between networks and users. It Pilotwings Resort Soars on the 3DScreates a secure tunnel through the inherently chaotic web, Description: Were firing up our Nintendo 3DS and playing itsdecreasing the chance that somebody will access a user’s games. First up, Nintendos own Pilotwings Resort.account information on an open Wi-Fi network, for example.Computing on Demand: To The Cloud: Windows Live & Roxio launches Game CaptureRemote AccessDescription: Most of you have probably seen the commercials and PC Game Capturefrom Microsoft touting the cloud experience behind Windows Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/roxio-launches-game-capture-and-pc-7 and Windows Live. The thing is... many of us that have game-capture/11615.htmlWindows 7 dont really know how to do some of the things they March 17th, 2011show in those commercials. In this multi-part series, we willattempt to demystify the "cloud" and show you how to makeit happen.Xtrememac Tango TRX Bluetooth iPhone/iPod Dock @TestFreaks 10
  • 11. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCapturing quality video from a game console has so far either from the 24th of March while the PC Game Capture will retailbeen a fairly expensive thing to do, but Roxio has announced for US$49.99 and is set to arrive sometime in Q2.a solution that should make it a lot more affordable, at least aslong as you have a PC nearby. The company has also launcheda piece of software that is set to compete with Fraps when it Gigabyte Unveils M7800Ecomes to create in-game videos on your PC. Laser Mouse Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-unveils-m7800e-laser-Capturing quality video from a game console has so far either mouse/11613.htmlbeen a fairly expensive thing to do, but Roxio has announced March 17th, 2011a solution that should make it a lot more affordable, at least aslong as you have a PC nearby. The company has also launcheda piece of software that is set to compete with Fraps when itcomes to create in-game videos on your PC.The Roxio Game Capture is a simple USB 2.0 capture devicethat allows you to hook up your console to your PC withthe added benefit of also being simultaneously connected to Gigabyte has annouced the M7800E wireless mouse,your flat screen TV. Roxio supplies software that allows you expanding its diversified product portfolio from motherboardsto record your in-game videos, edit them, add voice-overs, to laser mice. The stylish mouse sports a “matt black” coatingeffects, text and what not and finally upload it to various video and boasts a 1600 DPI laser sensor, on-the-fly DPI switch, asharing sites. So far so good, but there Game Capture has two battery life of up to six months, and an ultra-compact receiver.downsides that there arent really a simple way around. Pricing and availability has not been announced yet so stay tuned for more updates. GIGABYTE PRESS RELEASEFor starters youre limited to recording video over acomponent video connection, so the signal passed through tothe TV will be 1080i at best. The other is that thanks to itsUSB 2.0 connection, youre limited to capturing 480p videowhich might not be high enough resolution for some. A USB3.0 version might solve this problem, but thanks to HDCP copyprotection being part of the HDMI standard, its not going to GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards andbe possible to ever capture 1080p in game videos unless the graphics cards, welcomes a new member to its line of wirelessconsole makers issue an update that allows the consoles to mice, M7800E Wireless Laser Mouse. Designed for men ofoutput an HDCP free signal while playing games. urban chic style, M7800E is coated with a “matte black” layer.The PC Game Capture software suite is pretty much the sameas the software that comes with the Game Capture, but insteadof capturing from an external source, itll do a screencasttype recording of whatever is game is running. Oddly enough,DirectX 11 games and older DirectX 7 and below titles arentsupported. Were not sure this is going to be a big seller,especially considering its US$12.99 more than Fraps which ispretty much the standard when it comes to recording in-gamevideos on a PC. That said, the PC Game Capture software doeshave editing feature, something Fraps doesnt offer.Both solutions support accelerated video encoding usingNvidia Cuda, AMD Stream and Intel Quick Sync Video. TheGame Capture will retail for US$99.99 and will be available 11
  • 12. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Product Features • “Matt black” coating • Ultra nano receiver • Battery life up to 6 months • 800 ~ 1600 DPI switch Harman Announces AKG GHS-1 Gaming Headset Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/harman-announces-akg-ghs-1-gaming- headset/11612.html March 17th, 2011 Harman, designer and manufacturer of numerous audio products and electronics for audio professionals, has unleashed its AKG GHS-1 gaming headset. Harman, designer and manufacturer of numerous audio products and electronics for audio professionals, has unleashed itsAKG GHS-1 gaming headset.The ultra sized receiver is 40% smaller than regular receivers,and it highly increases the portability of the mouse. With 8001600 dpi switch, high-precision laser sensor, battery life of 6months, and software for customizable buttons, the refinedM7800E is your best partner at work. 12
  • 13. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone With a wide multi-touch touch pad, you can easily enlarge image, turn the page or scrolling with simple hand gestures. The Samsung QX412 is currently retailing at 1.39 million Korean won (or approximately US$1,230). Coming soon: HTC 10-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/coming-soon-htc-10-inch-android-3.0- honeycomb-tablet/11609.html March 17th, 2011Available in black and orange, white and lime, or camouflagecolor combinations, the light-weight portable gaming headsetfeatures a frequency range of 18Hz ~ 24kHz, 32 ohms of inputimpedance, a Cardioid (directional ) boom microphone, in-line volume control, a microphone on/ off switch, and passive HTC had unveiled the HTC Flyer, their first 7-inch Androidnoise reduction. It is available through authorised resellers at tablet, at Mobile World Congress last month. And it looks likea MSRP of US$80. the company may also be launching a 10-inch Android tablet.News via [AKG]Samsung launches QX412compact and lightweightnotebook PCSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-launches-qx412-compact-and-lightweight-notebook-pc/11611.htmlMarch 17th, 2011Samsung Korea has announced the QX412, a compact and HTCs current tablet offering isnt all exciting compared toportable notebook PC with 1-inch bezel and features a 14-inch the ones on the market. However, it appears that a recentdisplay. It is also using the second generation 2.30 GHz Intel i5 leak of an inventory list from US supply chain store, Staples,Quad Core 2410M processor, 3GB DDR3 memory, and 320GB which shows a HTC 10-inch tablet device. According to thehard disk. above pic, the HTC 10-inch tablet is preinstalled with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, unlike the HTC Flyer that runs Android 2.3. Theres no details on when it will be launched; the status is "coming soon". Besides the HTC 10-inch tablet, it looks like there is also going to be an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab and a 10-inch Toshiba tablet. Report: AMD A-Series LineupThe Samsung QX412 is a compact and portable notebook PC Detailedfor the busy mobile professionals. It boasts a 1-inch bezel, up Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-a-series-lineup-to 10 hours of battery life and weighs a portable 2.05kg. detailed/11610.html March 17th, 2011The QX412 sports a 14-inch 16:9 wide LED display (1366x768)and is equipped with the second generation 2.3GHz Intel i5Quad Core processor, Nvidia GeForce GT520 graphics (with1GB VRAM), 3GB DDR3 memory and 320GB hard disk. TheQX312 also comes with Super multi dual layer drive, 1.3- Not long after their revelation of AMDs FX-Series lineup,megapixel HD web camera, Bluetooth v3.0 and is preinstalled Xbitlabs has now published the preliminary A-Series list. Thewith Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. first A-Series APUs will be released in Q3 2011, rumoured to 13
  • 14. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebe July 2011, in total 6 APUs. There will be a minor refresh March 17th, 2011in Q4 2011, adding 5 more APUs - presumably a minor speedbump and on maybe a newer stepping. The A-Series consists ofthree lines - A8, A6 and A4. A8 is the fully unlocked Llano APUwith 4 Husky x86 cores with 400 SP Beavercreak graphics -branded Radeon HD 6550, with a core clock of 594 MHz. Eachcore contains 1MB L2 cache, for a total of 4MB L2 cache. Like Great cooling capabilities, or just for show? We bring thePropus, Llano completely eliminates L3 cache. On the CPU Sabertooth P67 from Asus to various benchmark tests and afront, the A6 is rather similar - quad core with 4MB cache, temperature test to let you find out if it’s worth the buck.though perhaps featuring lower clocks. A6 has a differentgraphics implementation - HD 6530 - which features 320SP @ Introduction443 MHz. Finally, A4 features dual core (2MB L2 cache) with160 SP, branded HD 6410.The A-Series top part at launch will be the A8-3550P, witha TDP of 100W. A8-3550 (without the P) will feature a65W TDP, and is presumably a lower-clocked / lower-votlageversion of the A8-3550P. The A6 series follows a similarpattern - the A6-3450P with 100W TDP followed by theA6-3450 with 65W TDP. Finally, we have the A4-3350 dual-core with 65W TDP. These five parts will be released in Q32011.In Q4 2011, AMD will refresh the line-up across the board withwhat is most probably minor speed bumps. All A-Series APUswill be fabbed at 32nm Globalfoundries SOI, fitting the FM1socket and supporting DDR3-1866.The 11th product is not really A-Series, but rather, Llano in E- SpecificationsSeries form. The E2-3250 will be a crippled dual-core Llano Socket LGA 1155 for Intel® 2nd generation Core™ i7/Core™with a lower clock speed to both CPU and GPU. It will feature i5/ Core™ i3 processorsonly 1MB L2 cache, supporting upto 1600 MHz DDR3. Whilethe preliminary TDP is listed as 65W, we can expect this to be -Intel® P67 Express chipsetthe low-power version of Llano. -4 x DIMM, max 32GB, DDR3 1866MHzAMD has been talking about Fusion for several years now -2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots with support for NVIDIA® SLI™/- integrating a GPU and CPU on the same die. Ironically, AMD® CrossFireX™Intel was the first to release such a product with SandyBridge. However, Sandy Bridge is essentially a performance -4 x SATA 6Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s, 1 x Power eSATA, 1 x eSATACPU with a minimalist IGP. AMD has reworked this concept -2 x USB 3.0 front panel, 2 x USB 3.0 back panel, 14 x USB 2.0significantly, giving Llanos GPU part a significant die budget -Intel® Gigabit LANand serious horsepower. The trade-off, compared to SandyBridge, will be inferior CPU performance but vastly superior -8-channel audioGPU performance. The key to AMDs Fusion concept will bethe acceptance of GPGPU technologies in general applications,and how this enables effective multi-tasking. For casualgamers, the A-Series may readily offer an excellent valueproposition.Asus Sabertooth P67 TUFReview - Does its thermalarmor really work?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-sabertooth-p67-tuf-review--does-its-thermal-armor-really-work-/11447.html When the first pictures of the Sabertooth P67 motherboard surfaced on the internet, almost everyone was flabbergasted by the revolutionized design of the motherboard. However, many 14
  • 15. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneappeared to be skeptical with the tactical vest named Thermal guitars You Rock Mode – only the frets that work with chordArmor built onto the motherboard. progressions will sound. It is a portable song writing tool too: The You Rock guitar runs on USB or batteries, comes withBased on the P67 chipset from Intel, the Sabertooth P67 is a removable neck, and onboard MIDI recorder captures yourone of its kinds, targeted for the people who want a sturdy song anywhere, anytime.and reliable computer system. Asus brands the Sabertoothmotherboards under The Ultimate Force(TUF) category, Other features include:-aside from their ROG and mainstream P8P67/H67 branding. - It comes with a whammy bar for up and down pitch-bendingTUF products are aimed to provide the best out of the - Full-scale neck that enables notes without latency.best reliability, mostly by using military class componentsalongside other innovative features that gives users their peace - 99 preset guitar and synth sounds so players get 50 alternateof mind. Today, VR-Zone is going to take to a look at how and drop tuning presets along with 14 digital capos.far the Thermal Armor is effective in cooling the motherboardPCB, as well as the performance of the motherboard compared - Plugs directly into the USB port on Macs and PCs for useits counter parts. with music making programmes such as GarageBand, Reason, Logic, and Cubase. - You Rock Mode - learn on a guitar that doesn’t hurt yourYou Rock Guitar lands in fingers and that is always in tuneSingapore Game Mode: Rock Band and Guitar Hero video controllerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/you-rock-guitar-lands-in- The You Rock Guitar is compatible with Guitar Hero and Rocksingapore/11608.html Band. Its steel strings and full-size neck mean gamers finallyMarch 17th, 2011 get the performance and feeling of a real guitar. Two sets of colour-coded frets on the neck replicate the buttons on a standard gaming guitar, and the GameFlex cartridges work seamlessly with the leading gaming platforms (PS3, Wii and coming soon to Xbox 360). Pricing and AvailabilityThe You Rock Guitar claims to be the most versatile rock You Rock Guitar is distributed exclusively by Ebenex andguitar on the planet designed for beginners, casual players and available both online (www.ebenex.com) and at Ebenexeven recording musicians. Good news is, it is now available in located at Bras Basah #04-49 from April 2011 onwards. TheSingapore. recommended retail price is S$295 (including GST). Hands on with Gigabytes new P2532 notebook Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-gigabyte-s-new-p2532- notebook/11606.html March 17th, 2011You Rock Guitar finally makes its way to Singapore. Conceived Gigabyte might not be the strongest notebook brand around,and manufactured by U.S-based Inspired Instruments, You but the company has come up with quite a few innovativeRock Guitar claims to be the world’s first all digital guitar and solutions over the past couple of years that has shown that thea great learning tool for beginners, casual players looking to company is trying to do things differently than its competitors.improve, or recording musicians.It also offers: Today were taking a look at a new model from Gigabyte called- Bridge the gap between gaming and learning the P2532 which should hit retail sometime towards the end- Provide a seamless digital playing experience being designed of April or beginning of May.as a MIDI/USB guitar Gigabyte might not be the strongest notebook brand around,- Double up as a game controller for the worlds biggest selling but the company has come up with quite a few innovativemusic games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero solutions over the past couple of years that has shown that theGuitar Mode: Precision Musical Instrument company is trying to do things differently than its competitors.Players can play solo, or plug-in an iPod or other MP3 player, Today were taking a look at a new model from Gigabyte calledand jam to their favourite songs and start playing real rock the P2532 which should hit retail sometime towards the endmusic, solos, and chords. Mistakes are impossible with the of April or beginning of May. 15
  • 16. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone also point out that Gigabyte offers two different SKUs here, one with a 1920x1080 screen and one with a 3D Vision enabled 1366x768 screen and a built in IR transmitter. Graphics is catered by either by Intels integrated graphics or a discrete GeForce GT550M which is a 96 shader GPUThe P2532 is a standard 15.6-inch desktop replacement with a shader clock of 1480MHz. Gigabyte has paired it upnotebook, although standard isnt exactly the correct term to with 2GB of memory which should be 128-bit DDR3 clockeduse here. For what its worth, Gigabyte has managed to create a somewhere around 900MHz. Its good to see that even onrelatively slim (35mm at its thickest point) 15.6-inch notebook a notebook of this size; Gigabyte has implemented Nvidiaswhich weighs in at a respectable 2.6kg with a 6-cell battery. Optimus graphics switching technology which should helpHowever, the design is rather unusual, but more on that a little save on the battery life if you want to use the notebook awaybit later. from a wall socket. Nvidia drops the price of 3D Vision glasses Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-drops-the-price-of-3d-vision- glasses/11605.html March 17th, 2011Gigabyte will offer the P2532 in four different colours, black, Despite plenty of promotion, Nvidias 3D Vision platform cantorange, red and yellow as per the pre-production unit we got be said to have been a booming success for the company, butto have a look at. Were not quite sure why Gigabyte picked its one of very few commercially available 3D options for PCs.these specific colours, but other options might also be added if Now Nvidia has gone and dropped the price of its 3D Visiontheres enough demand. Do note that the P2532 isnt sold as a glasses in the US to try to get more consumers to get on board,gaming notebook, but rather as a multimedia notebook. but we have a feeling that its not the cost of the glasses alone that are holding back consumer uptake. Despite plenty of promotion, Nvidias 3D Vision platform cant be said to have been a booming success for the company, but its one of very few commercially available 3D options for PCs. Now Nvidia has gone and dropped the price of its 3D Vision glasses in the US to try to get more consumers to get on board, but we have a feeling that its not the cost of the glasses alone that are holding back consumer uptake. For one, the 120Hz screens that are required for Nvidias 3D Vision glasses to work as intended are still scarce and on top of that, expensive. Software support isnt really an issue as thereDespite that, Gigabyte has gone for a quad core Core are plenty of game titles that supports 3D Vision and 3D video,i7-2630QM processor which is Intels entry level second be it software converted from 2D sources or actual 3D Blu-raygeneration Core i quad core model which has a base clock discs is readily available.speed of 2GHz. This will come paired up with Intels HM65chipset, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, an option of a 500 or750GB hard drive and a slim-line (even for notebook drives)optical drive, although Blu-ray wont be an option. We should 16
  • 17. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Description: MSIs GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II measures in at 210 millimetres in length (8.26 inches), approximately the same size as NVIDIAs reference design, and requires a minimum of 400W or greater system power supply. Cooling is provided by a custom 9cm PWM fan and cooler combination with dual heat pipes and an aluminium fin array that allows for efficient heat transfer and dissipation, especially in a well ventilated case. New form of computer memory uses 100 times less power Description: Researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed a new low-power digital memory which uses much less power and is faster than other solutions currentlyThe 3D Vision glasses with a bundled transmitter now retail for available. The breakthrough could give future consumer$149 (S$191) which is a saving of $50. Nvidia has also lowered devices like smartphones and laptops a much longerthe price on additional glasses which now cost $119 per pair. battery life, but might also benefit equipment used inThat said, we can think of better things to spending our money telecommunications, science or by the military.on, although if you have a large enough TV that works with 3D Evercool HPL-815EP Low Profile Cooler Review atVision, then this seems like a pretty decent deal as long as you Overclockers Onlinehave the prerequisite HTPC with a suitable Nvidia graphics Description: Evercool turns out a number of solid productscard hooked up to it, at least as long as Nvidias solution is and the HPL-815EP is no exception. It may have a less thancheaper than that offered by the TV maker. flashy name but it gets the job done. It is a good cooler if you have limited space and have no intentions of overclockingThe Daily VR-Zone News making it a perfect choice for home theater PCs no matter your choice in processor.Summary - 15 Mar 2011 Zalman ZM-F4 135mm Ultra Quiet Fan Review @Hi TechSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--15- Legionmar-2011/11603.html Description: The Zalman ZM-F4 is not your typical 120mmMarch 17th, 2011 cooling fan. The Zalman ZM-F4 is a 135mm multi-purpose fan that uses standard 120mm mounting holes. Using “Advanced Sleeve” bearing, the ZM-F4 fan from Zalman spins at 900 to 1300 RPM with a noise level of 18 to 26 dBA. Since the ZM- F4 uses 120mm mounting holes, it can be used in place of a 120mm fan, whether inside a chassis or as an active cooling solution for an aftermarket heatsink. For an even quieterIn todays news roundup: A slide containing information about operation, Zalman includes silicone mounting pins and anan NVIDIA GTX 590 has seemingly been leaked out onto RC56 resistor with every ZM-F4 fan packagethe Internet; Researchers from the Electrical and Computer OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe SSD Review @ VortezEngineering Department of the University of Illinois have Description: Our recent trip to CeBIT revealed OCZdeveloped a new low-power digital memory which uses much Technologys endeavours as they remain market leader forless power than conventional memory used in PCs; 3DMark SSD storage solutions. They were keen to show off theirVantage 1.1.0 gets released; Adobe has issued a security revolutionary PCIe SSDs at the show, amongst the bunch, thebulletin for a new zero-day vulnerability found in Flash; RevoDrive X2, which is poised to steal the spotlight from theDragons Age gets reviewed, and our sister site SGCafe gets its conventional SATA SSD. The RevoDrive utilises the PCIe bushands on the limited edition boxset of Disgaea 4, Nippon Ichis allowing it to access greater bandwidth over the SATA portfirst sRPG game for 2011. (even SATA-III).Hardware News: GeForce GTX 590 Detalis Leaked via SlideASUS GeForce GTX 550Ti DirectCU TOP 1GB DDR5 DX11 Description: A supposed leaked slide has reared its face online,Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legion possibly one of many taken from a Nvidia partner presentationDescription: The ASUS GeForce GTX 550Ti DirectCU TOP can detailing Nvidias upcoming dual-GPU graphics card, thebe considered a "Top Sniper". The GTX 550Ti DirectCU TOP GeForce GTX 590. The leak arrives just after AMD launched itstakes the 550 to the near extreme. The 550Ti is a re-built 450 Radeon HD 6990 graphics card sporting dual Cayman GPUs,to meet the needs of the newest games and gamers. Unlike a dual-BIOS toggle switch, and a hefty $699 pricetag.the 450, the 550Ti now has a 192-bit memory interface, and, Consumer Electronics and Software News:because of mixed density GDDR5 chips, still retains the 1GBsize. ASUS has increased the core clock speed to 975MHz and 3DMark Vantage 1.1.0 Released @ NGOHQ.comadded their DirectCU cooling solution on top. Description: 3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX 10 performance of your graphicsMSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti Cyclone II Review card. A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your systems 17
  • 18. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time tessellation, additional dynamic lighting, depth of field and3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score ambient occlusion (SSAO). When compared to DX9 we canwith those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see confirm that Dragon Age II looks considerably better using thehow your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the more advanced renderer.most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your Unboxing Disgaea 4 Limited Editionsystem. Description: Makai Senki Disgaea 4 (??????????4) is NipponLogisys MS6801 Wireless Notebook Mouse Review @ Ichi’s first strategy RPG for 2011 and fourth in the series forBigbruin.com the PlayStation 3. In this series, the story revolves aroundDescription: Overall Id have to say the Logisys MS6801 was Valbatoze, a vampire boy and Fenrich, a boy with werewolfmore comfortable to use than many other mini mice I have traits and Fuuka, a girl dressed in Prinny uniform.used... and perhaps it is better than some full sized mice that I Capcom donates Street Fighter IV iPhone sales to Japan quakehave used that were just too low profile. I wouldnt go so far as reliefto replace a full sized mouse with this at my desk, but for use Description: Due to the Japans devastating earthquake andon the road the balance of comfort, features, and portability tsunami last Friday, many local game companies are eitherare well done. conserving power by shutting off online game services orOrb TV Review @ TestFreaks donating money to help out. Capcom recently announced theirDescription: Our homes have become our entertainment relief plan on their website, and its one that involves one ofcenters, much more than any time in the past. We have huge their mainstay franchises.TVs in our living rooms and access to high quality movies andaudio to keep us from leaving our houses. Is that a good thingor a bad thing? Anyway, getting the media libraries from our VR-Zone Giveaway #6 - ASUScomputers to our TVs can be an expensive and a not so easyproposition. Today for review I’ve got an easy way to get your A50 Smartphone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-giveaway-6--asus-a50-media to your TV from your computer, it’s called the Orb TV smartphone/11595.htmland it works over your wi-fi network to stream everything you March 17th, 2011have and more right to your TV. One of the interesting featuresof the Orb TV is that you can control it from your phone witha free app.Internet Explorer 9 Released, But Should You Care? Follow four easy steps and stand a chance to win differentDescription: Microsoft has released IE9, the latest version of prizes every week. This week..we are giving away: ASUS A50the venerable Internet Explorer browser. To check out how Smartphone Check out http://launch.vr-zone.com and findit compares to to its competitors, I installed it (which, unlike out how you can win these prizesother browsers, required me to restart my machine) and ran itthrough a few different benchmarking tools.Google to introduce NFC payment systems in New York andSan Francisco?Description: Ever since Google brought the Nexus S onto themarket with NFC capabilities, they’ve been pretty quiet withthe pushing of NFC-services throughout the country (otherthan Hotspot they haven’t been doing much). But now it lookslike they’re back on track with NFC again.Adobe Flash suffers from critical new zero-day hackDescription: Adobe has published another security advisory NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Finalafter the discovery of a “critical vulnerability” in AdobeFlash Player 10.2.152.33 and earlier versions across all major Specs Unveiledplatforms including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-590-final-specs-Android mobile devices. According to Adobe, the Zero-Day unveiled/11604.htmlexploit is being deployed in the wild in “targeted attacks” March 17th, 2011through a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel filedelivered as an email attachment.Gaming News:Dragon Age II GPU & CPU Performance Test It seems that a few presentation slides of the GeForce GTXDescription: Given our ability to fit out PCs with vastly 590 have been making their way onto the internet and they aresuperior hardware, it pays off when playing Dragon Age II. pretty much accurate. Interesting bits of details are revealedRight off the bat BioWare released a free high-resolution like dual vapor chambers, 10-phase power array, a dual x16texture pack download designed exclusively for the PC version. PCIe chip, 12 layer copper, 2oz copper PCB etc. As promised,Just as important, the game exclusively supports DirectX 11 we now bring you the final specs of GeForce GTX 590on the PC providing cutting edge rendering features such as launching in a weeks time.... 18
  • 19. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone OCZ acquires Indilinx for US $32 million Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-acquires-indilinx-for-us-32- million/11600.html March 17th, 2011 OCZ Technologies has announced their acquisition of Indilinx, one of the first companies that made controllers for SSDs - with their Barefoot controller perhaps being the most famous product. OCZ is acquiring Indilinx for US$32 million in OCZ stock, and the latter will stand to own 9.5% of the combined company. Read on for more details. OCZ is acquiring Indilinx for US$32 million in OCZ stock, and the latter will stand to own 9.5% of the combined company, with OCZ gaining a set of 20 patents and patent applications related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction. As all current management and employees are kept, there is little change expected in the Korea-based Indilinx.It seems that a few presentation slides of the GeForce GTX590 have been making their way onto the internet and they are The name-dropped Tinkerbell controller hints at OCZs desirepretty much accurate. Interesting bits of details are revealed to expand into the mobile space, and the upcoming SATA3like dual vapor chambers, 10-phase power array, a dual x16 supporting Jetstream SSD controller from Indilinx should notPCIe chip, 12 layer copper, 2oz copper PCB etc. be delayed by this acquisition much.As promised, we now bring you the final specs of GeForce GTX Addition of High Performance Controller Technology590 launching in a weeks time : and Firmware is Expected to Accelerate Storage Technology Innovation and Expand Product PortfolioCodename D13U-50 GF110/P1020CUDA Cores 1024 SAN JOSE, CA—March 14, 2011—OCZ Technology Group, Inc.Graphics Clock 612MHz (Nasdaq:OCZ),a leading provider of high-performance solid-Processor Clock 1224MHz state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, todayMemory Clock 3420MHz announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx Co., Ltd, a privately held fabless provider of flashMemory Interface Width 2 x 384-bit controller silicon and software for SSDs.Memory Config 3GB GDDR5Power Connectors Dual 8-pinDimensions 11" x 4.5", Dual Slot Indilinx is headquartered in South Korea and currently sellsPricing is yet to be confirmed and availability is pretty much its line of flash controllers to SSD manufacturers and Tierexpected to be low at launch. Stay tuned for more information. One OEMs for use in a broad array of products addressing multiple markets, including embedded and industrial as well as laptops and PCs. Indilinx controllers have been deployedSony Ericsson Xperia PLAY within OCZs SSD products since December 2008, and areAdvert "The Donor" currently featured in the Z-Drive series of PCIe-based SSDs. Indilinxs technology is expected to enable OCZ to expand itsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-xperia-play-advert-the- presence into the embedded, hybrid storage, and industrialdonor-/11601.html markets.March 17th, 2011In these advertisements for the upcoming Xperia PLAY, SonyEricsson has two videos that should be viewed in sequence. OCZ will gain substantial intellectual property from IndilinxThe first has Android robot having thumbs grafted onto its including approximately 20 patents and patent applicationsunfeeling green robotic appendage it calls arms, leaving it a related exclusively to the business as part of the transaction.mystery as to where the thumbs came from. For example, the acquisition is expected to extend OCZs capabilities with advanced controller technology including Tinkerbell™, a high performance eMMC 4.4 x controller that replaces SSDs in consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, GPS units, and netbooks. Tinkerbell improves the user experience in consumer mobile devices 19
  • 20. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefor applications such as internet browsing, gaming, social March 17th, 2011networking applications, emails, and multimedia play.Following its acquisition by OCZ, Indilinx will continue toproduce and supply its line of controller products to SSDmanufacturers and OEMs on a global basis. The Indilinxcontroller business, and its 45 employees, will remain intactunder the leadership of Bumsoo Kim, the founder andPresident of Indilinx, and Hyunmo Chung, Indilinxs ChiefTechnology Officer. OCZ will continue its own R&D programto develop new proprietary technologies and products toexpand its own solid state drive offerings.The Indilinx acquisition notwithstanding, OCZ plans to Aerocool has unveiled the VS-4 PC chassis, targeting gamerscontinue utilizing controllers from other manufacturers on the lookout for decent PC cases at reasonable prices.including long-term partner SandForce, who currentlysupplies SSD processors for a wide range of the CompanysSSD products including the Vertex 2, Agility 2, RevoDrive,customizable Deneva enterprise drives, and the upcomingVertex 3 family of SSDs."This transaction is an important step in OCZs strategyand significantly enhances our ability to capitalize on theworldwide demand for Solid State Drives," said Ryan Petersen,CEO of OCZ Technology Group. "This combination bringstogether two organizations that are committed to advancingsolid state drive design, and provides a unique opportunity forOCZ to increase both customer and shareholder value as wellas expand our reach into embedded markets."Under the terms of the agreement, OCZ will acquire Indilinxfor approximately $32 million of OCZ common stock. Indilinxshareholders will own approximately 9.5% of the OCZ sharesoutstanding after issuance of the shares. The transaction hasbeen approved by the board of directors of each company,and is expected to close within 30 days, subject to customaryclosing conditions, including regulatory approvals. OCZexpects the transaction to become accretive to its earnings pershare toward the end of this fiscal year on a non-GAAP basis,excluding acquisition-related expenses, restructuring charges,and amortization of intangibles.Aerocool Debuts VS-4 PCChassisSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/aerocool-debuts-vs-4-pc-chassis/11602.html 20
  • 21. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone to-toe against Intel where performance is concerned, and that day might just be round the corner. At least, that is according to a report obtained by IT website X-bit Labs, which claims that it had been able to score a look at some internal AMD documents about its plans in the market.Measuring 433 x 185 x 495mm, the steel mid-tower chassishas enough room for four 5.25" optical devices, six 3.5"HDDs, seven expansion cards, extra-long graphic cards (up X-bit Labs reports that AMD is fully aware that its currentto 430mm), and features detachable HDD/ FDD cages, pre- lineup of x86 CPUs and APUs are no match for Intels newdrilled holes for watercooling tubes, and a front side I/O panel processors running off the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture,with two USB 2.0 ports and audio connectors. It is equipped and that the company is putting its hopes on the upcomingwith a rear 120mm fan for cooling and can be purchased from Bulldozer-based chips to even the playing field, as shown inmajor retailers and e-tailers at a price of €38. the image above.News via [Techpowerup] Interestingly, AMD appears to be banking more on features and core count as opposed to raw performance in order to go up against Intels Sandy Bridge. For example, the companysAMD Bulldozer to compete top-end Zambezi desktop CPUs list higher core counts asagainst Intel in performance? its only advantage against Intels high-performing i5 and i7 processors, while the mainstream-level Lynx chips claimSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-bulldozer-to-compete-against- added processing cores and support for OpenCL over Intelsintel-in-performance-/11598.html offerings. In contrast, the only areas where AMD specifiesMarch 17th, 2011 superior performance over Intels chips are in the entry-level and budget segment, where its processors will go up against Intels Pentium and Celeron-branded chips.AMDs biggest strength in the x86 processor market stemsfrom the fact that its chips have been consistently capableof delivering a better dollar-to-performance ratio. However, ASUS introduces NC1 Activeit seems that the worlds second largest chipmaker is no Noise Cancelling Headphoneslonger content with having to play second fiddle where raw Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-introduces-nc1-active-noise-performance is concerned, and a certain document seems to cancelling-headphones/11597.htmllend credence to that claim. March 17th, 2011Speak of AMD processors to any seasoned gamer oroverclocker and chances are you will have much to hear Does a set of headphones which claims to offer up to "100about how the companys processors have a knack for winning hours of high-quality sound" in "a readily-portable formlarge numbers of the aforementioned users over to its fold factor" sound like the kind of device you want to clip on to yourbecause of its superior dollar-to-performance ratio. After all, ears while blasting music from that portable audio player ornot everybody has the luxury of being able to spend large sums smartphone of yours? If so, ASUS might have just the thingof money on their PC, and it makes sense that DIY-ers on you want, and it comes in the from of its just-introduced noise-a budget will definitely want to maximize their purchasing cancelling headphones, the NC1.dollars as much as possible.However, it seems that AMD has also been hard at work inpreparing for the day where its processors can actually go toe- 21
  • 22. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNoise-cancelling headphones are great little devices, are theynot? After all, their ability to mute out most forms of unwantednoise ensures that the listener does not have to deal with thefrustration of having his or her audio experience interruptedby any distractions, and this is especially useful under variouscircumstances. You know, like using it to cancel out the long-winded lecturer talking rambling on about some impracticaltopic such as quantum physics. Unfortunately, ASUS did not provide any details such as pricing and a release date, although they were nice enough toHowever, the rise of consumerism also means that anything supply a list detailing the NC1s hardware specifications.which is to be sold to the mass market has to be not onlyfunctional, but portable and visually appealing. And that iswhat ASUS claims to be capable of delivering with its newactive noise-cancelling set of headphones which it calls theNC1. Microsoft discontinues Zune media player Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-discontinues-zune-media- player/11596.html March 17th, 2011The NC1 boasts the capability to deliver up to 87% noisereduction, a feat which ASUS claims puts the NC1 well ahead ofthe competition in terms of efficiency. This is apparently doneby actively detecting environmental sounds such as enginenoise and railway vibration, and generating inverse soundwaves to cancel these out. To ensure that sound quality is Most of us in Asia are probably not familiar with the Microsoftnot affected in the process, the NC1 headphones makes use Zune since the media player isnt sold here. And it probablyof 40mm speaker drivers with specially-selected neodymium does not matter too much with the recent news that themagnets which is reportedly capable of ensuring "faithful software giant is discontinuing this product line.reproduction and dynamic bass performance in every usagescenario".On top of that, the NC1 also boasts an astounding 100 hoursof battery life on a single AAA battery, even with the activenoise-cancellation (ANC) system activated, which, when putinto perspective, is "more than enough for six average flightsbetween New York and Hong Kong". More importantly, userswho do not need to make use of ANC can simply turn off thefeature, which will result in complete battery-less operation forgreater battery longevity.Last but definitely not least, users who demand portabilitywill be interested to know that the NC1 and be collapsed andstashed away in a small touring case when the need arises. Microsoft introduced the Zune media player in 2006 to go against Apple iPod devices, though the media player was only sold in US and some parts of Europe; it never made its way into Asia even though the new Windows Phone 7 has a Zune 22
  • 23. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesoftware for users to playback their music and videos. (Did However, it seems that consumers may soon be able to lookwe mention you can only rip the songs from your CDs to the forward to having two more choices when it comes to selectingWindows Phone 7?) a laptop from Alienwares product lineup. Apparently, leaked images of what appears to be 14-inch and 18-inch versions ofTo date, the software giant has launched seven Zune media Dells Alienware notebooks have been circulating online, asplayers and according to recent news, it looks like the company shown below:will stop producing new Zune players, and shift the focusto other devices. While we may not see new versions ofZune players, Microsoft will continue to promote their Zunesoftware onto mobile devices; the Zune software allows usersto purchase songs and movies as well as stream unlimitedmusic through a monthly subscription.Leaked images of AlienwareM14x and M18x surface onlineSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/leaked-images-of-alienware-m14x-and-m18x-surface-online/11594.htmlMarch 17th, 2011Dell has had only three Alienware notebooks up for sale forquite some time, but it seems that consumers may be soon ableto have a greater variety of choices, thanks to a couple of leakedimages. Apparently, hidden in Dells factories are two moreAlienware notebooks in its production line, and they come ineither a 14-inch and 18-inch form factor. No details about the machines hardware specifications have been revealed yet, but a report from Electronista claims that the 18-inch version, which has been tentatively named the M18x, will sport either two AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards installed via CrossFireX or SLI and will feature a screen capable of full HD resolutions. The report from Electronista also goes on to claim that the graphics cards that will be installed in the new Dell Alienware laptops will either be AMDs Mobility Radeon HD 6730M orDo you fancy getting yourself an Alienware notebook? If 6770M, while the NVIDIA version will most likely come withso, it should probably be of little surprise that Dell does the GeForce GT555M.not give potential consumers much choice in selecting the Lastly, no information about possible retail prices for eithernotebook that would best fit their needs. After all, with only 11- notebook has been released yet, so do stay tuned for updates.inch, 15-inch and 17-inch form factors available, chances areconsumers who crave an average-sized notebook or a gigantic,full-fledged desktop replacement notebook will probably giveAlienware a miss and hop over for something else. 23
  • 24. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone "GPU-powered HTML5 in Internet Explorer 9 with AMDMicrosoft launches Internet Fusion chip technology means Web developers have the abilityExplorer 9 RTM ahead of to create fast, immersive and increasingly beautiful Web experiences," he said in a statement on Monday.official release In addition, AMD also launched a IE9 # APU giveaway toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-launches-internet- indicate its support for Internet Explorer 9, where it praisesexplorer-9-rtm-ahead-of-official-release/11593.html the browser as being "a new kind of browser that takesMarch 17th, 2011 advantage of the graphics and processing capabilities of the APU to unlock the full power of your PC".Well, it appears that Microsoft could barely contain itsexcitement on this one. Apparently, the Redmond softwaregiant sees the final version of Internet Explorer 9 as being sucha groundbreaking achievement that it had gone ahead with anofficial launch event for the browser. And this in spite of thefact that Internet Explorer 9 is only supposed to be availableon midnight EST March 15.Are you ready to take your web browsing experience to thenext level? For the most part, you should; after all, just abouteverything needed to usher in the next big thing in evolvingweb standards is ready for the consumer. And at the veryleast, the infrastructure needed to take advantage of these new Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft is not about to releaseadditions to online standards is ready; all that is needed now is the download links for the RTM version of the browser beforean up-to-date web browser that can utilize the aforementioned the aforementioned time and date, so you will probably haveinfrastructure to its full potential. to camp by your PCs if you want to be one of the first few to get your hands on the final version of Internet Explorer 9.And if getting the most out of the Internet sounds likesomething you cannot go without, youd definitely want to lookto Microsoft for the tools needed to do so. At least, that iswhat it claims to be able to provide with the finalized version Monster JustBeatsof Internet Explorer 9, and so great is the Redmond giants headphones series arrives inexcitement over Internet Explorer 9 that it has seen it fit tolaunch the browser even before its official release date later on Singapore Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/monster-justbeats-headphones-series-midnight EST March 15. arrives-in-singapore/11592.html March 17th, 2011 Justin Bieber fans rejoice. The Monster JustBeats series of headphones have landed in Singapore. Available in a unique purple, and Justin Biebers favorite color, the JustBeats headphones promise superb audio quality for young musicAccording to Internet Explorer general manager Dean lovers.Hachamovich, Internet Explorer 9 is an example of theimportance of the operating system used to run a webbrowser, especially when HTML5 comes with broad supportfor hardware acceleration on the browser."The browser is only as good as the operating system it runson," he said.This was backed up by Ryan Gavin, senior director of InternetExplorer, who claimed that Internet Explorer 9 can delivera better browsing experience thanks to its deep support forhardware acceleration, especially on AMD hardware. 24
  • 25. March 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDesigned to bring high quality sound for youths, the MonsterJustBeats series headphones is a collaboration between popmusic singer Justin Bieber and the headphone company.The limited edition JustBeats series comes in both in-earand stylish on-ear versions - the on-ear JustBeats by Dr. Drecomes in an attractive matte purple finish (Biebers favoritecolor), while the in-ear version JustBeats iBeats features apurple and chrome finish.JustBeats by Dr. Dre will retail at S$490 and JustBeatsiBeats will retail at S$210 and is available at Audio House,Alpha Audio, Best Denki, Epicentre, Harvey Norman, HMV, iStudio, Stereo and Nubox outlets. Limited stock is available inSingapore. 25

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