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  • 1. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! With regards to the software features, Asus has added a VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication custom DLNA app called MyNet which allows for media covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. streaming to and from other DLNA compatible devices. MyCloud is a version of Asus cloud storage service which is free for the first year and US$4.99 a month after that andAsus launches the Eee Pad its supposedly unlimited in terms of storage space. AnotherTransformer in Taiwan cool feature of MyCloud is remote PC access which allows you to access your desktop or notebook computer even if youreSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-the-eee-pad- not at home or in the office. Finally MyLibrary is an eBook/transformer-in-taiwan/11703.html eMagazine/ePaper app that is tied in with various serviceMarch 25th, 2011 providers depending on where in the world you live. Asus has also included a copy of Polaris Office 3.0 which is compatible with standard office document files such as .doc .xls and .ppt.Its been nearly three months since Asus first showed off itsAndroid tablets and earlier today the first of the new modelslaunched, at least in Taiwan. The Eee Pad Transformer waslaunched by the company chairman, Jonney Shih with whatappeared to be every single local media on location. Not muchthat wasnt already known was announced, although we didfind out a few new details with regard to software features aswell as the much important retail price.Its been nearly three months since Asus first showed off its The build quality of the final product units of the Eee PadAndroid tablets and earlier today the first of the new models Transformer are much better than the units weve seen before,launched, at least in Taiwan. The Eee Pad Transformer was although one concern is the overly stiff hinge of the keyboardlaunched by the company chairman, Jonney Shih with what dock and the fact that in “notebook mode” the Eee Padappeared to be every single local media on location. Not much Transformer we got some hands on time with today didntthat wasnt already known was announced, although we did shut properly as youd expect of a notebook. Minor issuesfind out a few new details with regard to software features as maybe, but not something youd expect of what is meant to bewell as the much important retail price. production ready hardware. We were told that the reason for the stiff screen hinge was that its because of the weight of the tablet part and in Asus defence, its nowhere near as top heavy as Acers W500 AMD C-50 tablet and Asus proprietary dock connector feels a lot more secure than the standard USB port that Acer decided to use. 1
  • 2. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe pricing ended up better than we expected, in fact theEee Pad Transformer is one of the most affordable Tegra 2tablets to date. Just keep in mind that it doesnt have 3G/HSPA connectivity which is a contributing factor to the lowerprice point. The 16GB will retail for NT$14,900 (S$639) inTaiwan, with the 32GB model at NT$16,900 (S$725). Theseprices dont include the keyboard/battery dock which is anextra NT$3000 (S$129) in either configuration. Youd be madgetting the Eee Pad Transformer without the keyboard dockthough as not only does it double the battery life, but it alsoadds a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot. Thetablet itself houses a microSD card slot, a mini HDMI port anda headphone socket.Lightning strikes twice: MSIlaunches N580GTX Lightning MSI has unveiled its two flagship cards, the N580GTX Lightning and the R6970 Lightning, based on the NVIDIAand R6970 Lightning graphics GeForce GTX 580 and AMD Radeon HD 6970 respectively.cards These cards are specifically designed to handle extreme overclocking under the hands of world-renowed overclockersSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lightning-strikes-twice-msi-launches-n580gtx-lightning-and-r6970-lightning-graphics-cards/11702.html and enthusiasts. The N580GTX Lightning can break the 1GHzMarch 25th, 2011 core clock barrier easily on air-cooling, thanks to its industry- leading Power4 power delivery architecture and Twin Frozr III dual-fan advanced cooling solution. Industry-leading Power4 architecture for overclocking reliabilityMSI has unveiled its two flagship graphics cards, the The MSI N580GTX Lightning and R6970 Lightning graphicN580GTX Lightning and the R6970 Lightning, based on cards inherit the impressive Power4 architecture fromthe NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and AMD Radeon HD 6970 previous Lightning cards along with improved componentsrespectively. These cards are specifically designed to handle and design in four areas.extreme overclocking under the hands of world-renowed • PWM module is twice as large as before and providesoverclockers and enthusiasts. The N580GTX Lightning can double the amount of current to the GPU,break the 1GHz core clock barrier easily on air-cooling, thanksto its industry-leading Power4 power delivery architecture andTwin Frozr III dual-fan advanced cooling solution. • memory has its own independent power supply using an 8-pin connector for minimum interference to greatly increase overclocking potential, • next-generation Proadlizer capacitor increases signal stability by leaps and bounds, and • CopperMOS, the industrys best MOSFET, provides the GPU with a large and stable power supply. 2
  • 3. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCombined, these features provide ordinary users as well as Reference: MSI Press Releaseextreme overclocking enthusiasts with a more stable operatingenvironment.Twin Frozr III and Propeller Blade technology takes cooling to A.C. Ryan PlayOn!HD2 review:the next level its all about HD content Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a.c.-ryan-playon-hd2-review-it-s-all- about-hd-content/11607.html March 25th, 2011The all new Twin Frozr III cooling design with PropellerBlade technology doubles the amount of airflow comparedto conventional fans. The twin 90mm PWM fans are able topush air over a large surface area to remove heat quickly andeffectively.Together with SuperPipe (large diameter heat pipes) and Another day, another media player shows up in VR-Zonesthe form-in-one heatsink, the result is reduced full load office, where it sits on my desk awaiting its judgement in thetemperatures by 21°C for the N580GTX Lightning, and 26°C form of a review. And this time, it is A.C. Ryans Playon!HD2for the R6970 Lightning over the respective reference boards. which will be in the hot seat. How well will it fare when put toFan noise is also lower by 5dB and 11dB respectively. the test? We shall see.Overclocking potential unleashed with GPU / Memory /PLL(VDDCI) triple overvoltageThe MSI N580GTX Lightning and R6970 Lightning graphiccards come with the latest version of MSIs exclusiveAfterburner overclocking utility. The utility not only adjustscore and memory clock but also manages VGPU, VMEM andVPLL (VDDCI) to maximize overclocking potential.Thanks to the triple overvoltage feature, the overclockingpotential of N580GTX Lightning is 30% higher than thereference board.King of extreme overclockingApart from V-Check Points and V-Switch for monitoring Most people enjoy watching movies, but not everybody isand adjusting the VGPU, VMEM and VPLL (VDDCI) in real willing to spend good money on a movie ticket that is only goodtime, Dual BIOS and XtremeCool3 switches help to effectively for one screening of a certain show. After all, common logicprevent potential problems stemming from liquid nitrogen dictates that it is more practical to go for the cheaper digitalcooling. PWM Clock Tuner also helps to increase overclocking purchase of the film in question which allows for unlimitedpotential. playbacks, as opposed to blowing it all on a single-trip ticket to the movie theatre, even if the theatre offers a superior audio and visual experience.Carefully selected materials Of course, users who opt to go for digital downloads will stillBoth Lightning cards use top-quality Military Class II want to be able to enjoy their downloaded movies on theircomponents including all-solid capacitors for overclocking, television sets, and that is where devices such as A.C. RyansSuper Ferrite Chokes (SFC) for 10% higher efficiency and Playon!HD2 comes in to fill that need. In this review, we will30% increase in maximum current, as well as Hi-C capacitors take a look at the aforementioned media player to see whetherwith tantalum core which boasts eight times the lifetime of it will fit the bill as a suitable device for the home theatreconventional solid capacitors. enthusiast.These high-quality components not only increase the graphics As usual, here is a quick listing of the Playon!HD2s technicalcards overall service life, but also enhance GPU stability. specifications. A.C. Ryan Playon!HD2 media player technical specifications:The design of the Lightning series represents MSIs unceasing Chipset Realtek 1185DDcommitment to delivering new breakthroughs and providing A/V Output Video: HDMI 1.3, compositeconsumers with product features and overclocking potential video, Ypbprthat exceed their expectations. Audio: Digital 5.1(optical +coaxial) audio, composite stereo L/R 3
  • 4. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUSB Interface 2 x USB 2.0 (host), 1 x USB 3.0 (slave only)Supported File Systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, HFS+ Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi:Supported output PAL / NTSC / 480p / 576p / Now available in Singaporeformats 720p / 1080i Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-tab-wifi-now- 50Hz / 1080i 60Hz / 1080p available-in-singapore/11700.html 50Hz / 1080p March 25th, 2011 60Hz / 1080p 24FPSSupported Video Formats AVI / MKV / TS / TP / TRP / M2TS / MPG / MP4 / MOV / M4V / VOB / ISO / DVD-ISO / Forget about the April 4 launch date that the rumour mill IFO / DAT / WMV / ASF / has been churning out about the WiFi-only version of the RM / RMVB / Samsung Galaxy Tab; a press release issued by Samsung has just revealed that consumers down in sunny Singapore can BD-ISO expect to see the WiFi-only Galaxy Tabs hit retail stores much earlier than that aforementioned date. FLV resolution up to 720p / 1080i / 1080pSupported Subtitle SRT, SMI, SSA, IDX/SUB,Formats SUBSupported Audio MP3 / MP2 / WMA / AAC /Formats FLAC / WAV / OGG Vorbis / PCM / LPCM / MS-ADPCM / The rumour mill might be a great place to search when it comes to digging out pre-launch leaks for a wide variety LC-AAC / HE-AAC / COOK / of products, but it should also be pointed out that any RA-Lossless information obtained via such sources usually comes with aSupported Audio Systems Stereo Dolby Digital AC3 5.1 lot of question marks where accuracy is concerned. After all, (passthrough & downmix to the rumour mill operates under the condition of anonymity; stereo) as such, it is usually difficult (if not downright impossible) to Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 verify the legitimacy of claims originating from it. (passthrough) That being said, if you have been keep up with our news Dolby TrueHD 7.1 postings, you might have probably noticed that we had posted (passthrough & downmix to a story describing a rumour that Samsung was planning to stereo) release a WiFi-only version of the GALAXY Tab sometime in April this year for approximately US$399. Well, it turns out DTS Digital Surround 5.1 that the rumour mill was both right and wrong on this: while (passthrough & downmix to Samsung has confirmed that there will indeed be a WiFi-only stereo) GALAXY Tab, the idea of an April release date is bogus, at least where Singapore is concerned. AAC 7.1 (passthrough & downmix to stereo) FLACSupported Codecs MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 SP/ASP/AVC (H.264 | x264) / XviD / DivX / WMV9 (VC-1) RealVideo 8/9/10 (up to 720P)Supported Image JPEG, HD JPEG, BMP, GIF,Formats TIF, PNG 4
  • 5. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSo when will Singapore be getting its shipments of theSamsung GALAXY Tab WiFi? Well, according to the official Google Music now underpress release, the WiFi-only version of the tablet will be internal testing, still lacksavailable starting tomorrow (26 March) at all leading mobilephones and electronic stores at the RRP of S$538, inclusive definite release dateof GST. And yes, it comes bundled with version 2.2 (Froyo) Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-music-now-under-internal-of the Android operating system, just as the rumour mill had testing-still-lacks-definite-release-date/11697.htmlpredicted. March 25th, 2011Nook color to get apps andflash in April updateSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nook-color-to-get-apps-and-flash-in-april-update/11699.html A long, long time ago in a news posting far, far behind, weMarch 25th, 2011 wrote that Google was in the midst of planning some form of cloud music service in order to offer a more complete user experience on its Android ecosystem. More details about that service has since been unveiled, and the information we have gathered seems to suggest that Google Music is almost ready for a consumer launch. Read on to find out more.Made as an e-reader, who would have thought that the Nookcolor would become one of the most popular device amongstthe android developers community. Its set to be even betterwith the April update. Read on. Google might not have its own online music service yet, but it should be of no surprise that the search giant has always harboured plans for such a service that could be integrated into both its search engine and Android ecosystems. After all, we had already posted a story way back in June last year which shed some light about Google considering the possibility of a music service, and a more recent article published last monthAccording to the Home Shopping Network, the April firmware has revealed that the music service was indeed a reality, thanksupdate will include Flash support and apps. to a slip of the tongue by Motorolas CEO Sanjay Jha.The Nook color took the Android tablet community by However, a lucky find by an XDA Developers forum memberstorm shortly after its release. Developers have been able to has suggested that Googles development on its music servicetransform the Android based ereader into something which is has proceeded much faster than many would have expectedable to match the galaxy tab in terms of performance. At just it to. In a forum post made two weeks ago, the poster claimsUS$249, it is set to be one of the strongest contenders in the that he was playing around with a custom Honeycomb ROMbudget tablet arena. for his smartphone, only to find out that the ROM containedOfficially supporting apps and flash will gain support from a fully working version of Google Music preloaded, completethose who are less keen to tinker with the inner workings of with cloud syncing capabilities.their devices. It is still unknown if the apps support refers to More recently, a report published by CNET claims that musicBarnes & nobles own app store or the Android market. industry sources close to the search giant have revealed that Google is already well into the next step of the testing process. Known as dog-fooding, it refers to employees being tasked to try or test out a new product or service in order for developers to gather data on how the service might function under typical real world circumstances. Add both findings together, and most users will probably come to the same conclusion - that 5
  • 6. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGoogles upcoming online music service is almost ready, and Relative to exposure to radiation by air, exposure via waterit is only a matter of time before Google Music goes live. poses a greater threat to personal safety. Direct exposure to radiation can result in inflammation. The two hospitalised areAt first glance, that might sound like a godsend. After all, now being treated for radiation burns to the feets and legs.online music sales have been largely dominated by the likesof Apple, and competition from a powerful content providersuch as Google ought to give iTunes a run for its money.Unfortunately, it seems that Google will have its work cut out RIM confirms supportfor it, as CNETs report claim that industry players close to the for Android applicationssearch giant have identified content availability as the biggestproblem faced by Google Music. This is due fundamental in upcoming BlackBerrydifferences in Apples and Googles approach to digital music: PlayBook tabletunlike Apple, Google is reportedly negotiating with record Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-confirms-support-for-android-companies for rights to all music synced to Googles cloud applications-in-upcoming-blackberry-playbook-tablet/11696.htmlservers, and not just tracks made available for download via March 25th, 2011Google Music.Needless to say, record companies are understandably waryof Googles unorthodox proposal; this has resulted in delaysover content availability for Google Music. Still, one shouldnot overlook the fact that Google has had experience in digitalmusic, and it is entirely possible that Googles approach might Remember the rumours made some time back about RIMscome off as the better solution as opposed to Apples iTunes. upcoming tablet being able to run both its own apps alongsideBut we shall wait and see. that of Androids, even though it uses a different operating system? Well, it turns out that the rumours were true after all: the PlayBook will indeed come with such functionality built into the BlackBerry Tablet OS, along with a few extra features.Fukushima workers rushed tohospitalSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fukushima-workers-rushed-to-hospital/11698.htmlMarch 25th, 2011 It is no secret that it is no longer enough for a mobile operating system to boast high-performance and a visuallyThree workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant had to be appealing user interface. While nobody will deny that therushed to the hospital following exposure to high dosages of aforementioned characteristics play a part in an operatingradiation. Read On. systems popularity, the real deal maker comes in the form of the operating systems application repository. SImply put, if a mobile OS wants to do well in the market, it has to offer a large enough app repository that can satisfy just about every single users needs. With that being said, how will a completely new OS like the BlackBerry Tablet OS in RIMs upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook solve the problem of having only small library of native applications? Well, the rumour mill was claiming that RIM would attempt to achieve some form of compatibility with Android by giving its tablet OS the ability to run AndroidThree workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were exposed applications without forcing developers to recompile theirto radioactive water that was 10,000 times the normal level, apps. And as it turns out, the rumour is indeed true, for RIMand two of them stepped into the water without boots, has confirmed that such a feature does exist in its BlackBerryaccording to a report. Tablet OS.According to a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial According to a report posted by gadget website Electronista,Safety Agency (NISA), "Three workers who were working to lay RIMs approach in ensuring app compatibility between its newcables in the basement of the turbine building were exposed to tablet OS and Android is made up of two steps. The first stepradiation between 170 to 180 millisieverts." requires that developers carry out some repackaging on their 6
  • 7. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneexisting Android apps: this will allow users to download the Many people might have different interpretations of whatapps off RIMs own BlackBerry App World. actually constitutes an open-source project. However, it does not change the fact that anything released under an open-The second step involves the use of players, which appear source or free software license is required to release itsto be some kind of compatibility wrapper or unofficial underlying source code in order to allow other developers theimplementation of Androids APIs and libraries. This player chance to study, adapt, and where applicable, make changes towill allow Android apps to run under the BlackBerry Tablet OS the codes for the benefit of both users and programmers.environment, albeit non-natively. If it works well, this movewill give RIM instant access to the large library of applications Which, for the most part, are characteristics which describescurrently available for download on the Android Market, along Googles Android operating system to a T. After all, Androidswith other third-party repositories which offer similar Android open-source nature has resulted in Android users having asoftware. large variety of custom ROMs to play around with, courtesy of the hacking community. However, it seems that this cosyLast but definitely not least, RIM reportedly claims that relationship between Google and the hacker community isthe PlayBooks OS will come with its own Java engine about to hit a snag: a report published by BusinessWeek haswhich is supposedly compatible with legacy BlackBerry Java revealed that the search giant is not about to release the sourceapplications. No news about RIMs Java engine has been made code for Honeycomb to the open-source community for thepublic yet, but speculations are rife that RIM might opt to drop "foreseeable future".the Dalvik virtual machine currently used by Android in favorof another implementation to avoid crossing paths with Oracle According to Google, the reason it is refusing to releaseover the lawsuit the latter has filed against Google regarding the source code for Honeycomb is due to the fact that theunauthorized used of Java code. aforementioned build of Android was specially developed for a specific class of devices; tablet PCs. The search giant fears that, by open-sourcing Honeycomb, the hacker communityGoogle deliberately will attempt to re-purpose the operating system for devices itwithholding source code for was never meant to be used on, which will have an adverse impact on end-user experience.Honeycomb? "To make our schedule to ship the tablet, we made some designSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-deliberately-withholding- tradeoffs," said Andy Rubin, vice-president for engineering atsource-code-for-honeycomb-/11695.html Google and head of its Android group. He added that theyMarch 25th, 2011 "did not want to think about what it would take for the same software to run on phones", as it would have required "a lot of additional resources and extended our schedule beyond what we thought was reasonable". "So we took a shortcut," he said. In some ways, Googles fear is very real. After all, enterprisingThe open-source nature of Googles Android operating system tablet OEMs had attempted to port early builds of Androidmeans that just about anybody can pick up the underlying over to tablets, and the result was that the end-user experiencesource, adapt it for their own use and contribute bugfixes was anything but spectacular. While later versions of thepatches back to the main source tree if they feel inclined to. Android operating system such as Froyo were robust enoughHowever, it seems that this close relationship between Google to scale up with the large displays of tablet PCs with little issue,and the open-source community might be about to take a it is clear that Google does not want to deal with similar issuesturn for the worse: various sources have suggested that Google about Honeycomb potentially playing nasty with non-tabletmight be deliberately withholding the source code for the latest devices such as smartphones, set-top boxes or even vehicles.version of Android, also known as Honeycomb. What could Needless to say, Googles move has sparked off a fiercebe happening here? debate about the legality of its decision, with open-source and free software enthusiasts claiming that the various licenses Android is currently released under explicitly prohibits the withholding of source code. However, the search giant has attempted to address the communitys ire by confirming that the status quo for the overall Android ecosystem remains unchanged, and that the Android project will always be open- source. 7
  • 8. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Description: Just below that is an innocent looking GeForceThe Daily VR-Zone News logo, and while at first it seems a fairly standard decal, to ourSummary - 24 Mar 2011 surprise when first powering the card we were greeted with aSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--24- sleek illuminated GeForce logo. This is also used to indicatemar-2011/11693.html any issues with the power connections. This illuminated logoMarch 25th, 2011 was something that was photographed last year before the GTX 580 launch, and while the card displayed was uncertain, and speculated to be the GTX 580, it didnt ship with such a decal. So we love that this distinctive feature was finally included in a production card. GeForce GTX 590 vs Radeon HD 6990: You Want The Best? @ InsideHWIn todays news roundup: Reviews of NVIDIAs latest Description: Every time that a new series of graphics cardsgraphics card, the GeForce GTX590, have started surfacing is presented, it’s merely a matter of time before multi-in cyberspace; The GTX590 gets compared against AMDs GPU solutions are presented to be the cream of the cropRadeon HD 6990; Chrome 11 will reportedly come with a of the current product gamma. These models don’t stay onnew speech-to-text feature; Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the market for long, nor do they shift sizeable amounts ofthe development of Mac OS X since the beginning, is leaving units sold, obviously, having in mind their outrageous price.Apple; Our sister site SGCafe has published a report on the Besides, the power efficiency of these models isn’t exactlyofficial announcement of Asiasofts new 3D MMORPG known something to be envied on, while the ludicrous dimensionsas AIKA SEA, and Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil and heating is also something to account for; besides the4 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X will be released as environmental threat they pose, these cards have to bedownloadable titles in Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. provided with a large enclosure as well. So, why even botherHardware news to make them, one may ask...Patriot G2 PC3-12800 Review @ XSReviews.co.uk Zalman CNPS11X Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ TweaknewsDescription: Today we’re looking at some DDR3 memory Description: Zalman really has it going on with the new 11Xfrom Patriot. An offering from their Gamer series, the G2 Extreme. The five composite heatpipes and the innovativeenhanced latency kit is aimed towards gamers seeking the best design allow its fan to provide some excellent cooling with veryperformance at the best price. Let’s take a closer look and find reasonable acoustics. Really, the only complaint I have aboutout if it’s as good as they say it is. the 11X is the mounting solutions. While the cooler is veryEVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified Dual Graphics DirectX 11 secure with this mounting scheme, I miss the ease with whichVideo Card Review @Hi Tech Legion most previous Zalman coolers could be installed, even insideDescription: The EVGA GTX 590 Classified video card consists the case.of two GF110 GPUs on a single PCB. The EVGA GTX 590 ASUS EAH 6990 Review @ ocaholicClassified has 3,072MB of GDDR5 memory on a 768-bit Description: With the EAH 6990, ASUS presents its first AMDmemory interface equipped with 1,024 CUDA cores. Clocked Radeon HD 6900 series graphics card featuring two GPUs.higher than the stock GTX 590, the EVGA GeForce GTX The successor of the already very powerful Radeon HD 5970590 Classified edition carries a core clock of 630 MHz and a lets us all hope for another superb graphics card with excellentmemory clock of 3456 MHz. Despite the muscle, the EVGA performance because its a fully functionnal dual Cayman XTGeForce GTX 590 Classified runs silently with a single low (aka Radeon HD 6970) with high clock speeds. We expectRPM fan actively cooling a pair of advanced vapor chamber really good DX11 performance and were going to show youheatsinks and only measures eleven inches in length. For if the Radeon HD 6990 performs as well as an HD 6970enthusiasts who want maximum performance in ultra high CrossFire setup.resolutions including 2560 x 1600 with up to 64x AA, the Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 Review - XSReviews.co.ukEVGA GeForce GTX 560 Classified’s power is hard to ignore. Description: Continuing our spate of Antec case revampNVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 Gemini Video Card @ Benchmark reviews, today we have the baby of the bunch, the NineReviews Hundred two v3. Sure it’s a few hundred Antec numbers belowDescription: With 512 CUDA cores each, two independent the Twelve Hundred we reviewed recently, but it’s a lot moreNVIDIA GF110 GPUs join to deliver 1024 total cores of than the P193 right? In numbers anyway. Still, featuring a newgraphical processing power. There are six 64-bit memory SSD slot, and a USB 3.0 port, what could go wrong?controllers that offer 384-bit combined bandwidth per GPU, Consumer Electronics and Software newsand feed 3GB of combined GDDR5 video frame buffer. All ofthis is said to deliver comparable performance to the Radeon Chameleon X-1 gaming mouse / gamepad review: greater thanHD 6990, which is good for gamers, but it does so while using the sum of its partsless power and emitting less noise. In this article, Benchmark Description: Manufactured by Hong Kong-based companyReviews tests the GeForce GTX 590 against the AMD Radeon Shogun Bros, the Chamleon X-1 may be the most innovativeHD 6990 and an entire market of top-end desktop graphics gaming mouse to ever grace a desktop or laptop bag. Thesolutions. Chameleon X-1 gaming mouse pulls triple-duty as a wirelessASUS GeForce GTX 590 3GB review 8
  • 9. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonegaming mouse, a wireless gamepad, and a media remote -- and least till next week. The latest portable gaming console fromit actually handles each of those tasks pretty well. Nintendo will be available on retail beginning March 28 at a retail price of S$399. A midnight launch event be held inSeagate GoFlex 1TB External Drive for Mac Review @ Funan Challenger store on March 27.Bigbruin.comDescription: Once again, we are quite pleased with the overall Resident Evil 4 HD Hitting PSN and Xbox Live, Resident Evilperformance of a Seagate GoFlex product. Seagate is clearly Code: Veronica X also coming.hoping the GoFlex for Mac will fill one of the only real voids left Description: Capcom said today it will release Resident Evil 4in the GoFlex lineup, and at the same time provide a product and Resident Evil Code: Veronica X as downloadable titles ontargeted directly at Mac users. While their other products do Xbox Live and PlayStation Network this Fall.work with OS X out of the box, the others are not optimizedfor the Mac platform.The Father of Mac OS X Is Leaving Apple MSI launches CX640Description: Bertrand Serlet, the guy who led the development notebook, upgrades others toof Mac OS X since the beginning, is leaving Apple. He was oneof the heavyweights and a legendary figure at the company, Sandy Bridge Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-launches-cx640-notebook-even while he wasnt well known by the general public. But why upgrades-others-to-sandy-bridge/11694.htmlis he leaving? March 25th, 2011Chrome 11 Beta Brings Voice-to-Text CapabilitiesDescription: Google has pushed Chrome 11 to the beta channel,bringing a couple of improvements, including the browser’sability to transcribe voice to text.Windows Phone 7 Update schedule arrives: stinks for AT&TusersDescription: In a bid to penetrate the fog surrounding Earlier today we attended an MSI launch event in Taipei whereWindows Phone 7s updates, Microsoft has published a table the company unveiled its new CX640 notebook alongsideto let users know where their network operator stands and get second generation Core i platform upgrades two a few othera feel for when they might actually get the update. For most, it models. One thing that struck us is that MSI has added USB 3.0looks like the update is out of testing and will be scheduled for connectivity across all of the new and upgraded models whichrelease soon. Not so with AT&T, however. is something that no other manufacturer have done across so many of its models to date.Hercules XPS Diamond 2.0 USB SpeakersDescription: Can a speaker be a girl’s best friend? We supposeso, if the speaker is made out of diamonds. Well, theoretically Earlier today we attended an MSI launch event in Taipei wherespeaking, it is going to be an extremely expensive pair of the company unveiled its new CX640 notebook alongsidespeakers if this were to be true – but perhaps something like second generation Core i platform upgrades two a few otherthe Hercules XPS Diamond 2.0 USB Speakers might make do models. One thing that struck us is that MSI has added USB 3.0as a replacement. connectivity across all of the new and upgraded models whichMSI brings Fusion-based AE2050 AIO, CR650 notebook to US is something that no other manufacturer have done across soDescription: MSI brought two of its earliest PCs using AMDs many of its models to date.Fusion technology to the US on Thursday. The Wind Top Lets start with the new CX640 model which features aAE2050 headlines the group by putting AMDs 1.6GHz E-350 completely new design and MSI claims that theyve drawninto a 20-inch, multi-touch all-in one. Moving to the chip cuts inspiration from Audis cars of all things, although we canpower use by as much as 74 percent over a typical desktop see a few other sources of inspiration. For example the sidebut still gives it proper 1080p playback and otherwise modern mounted, round green power button is meant to draw itsRadeon HD 6310 graphics. inspiration from the engine start/stop button found in someGaming news cars, but wed say its very similar to what Sony have been doing for a few years now. Not that theres anything wrongAsiasoft Announces AIKA SEA, Prepares For Closed and Open with drawing inspiration from competitors products and MSIBeta didnt stick the power button in the screen hinge.Description: Asiasoft shows us a preview of AIKA SEA, alocalised version of AIKA Online - a 3D MMORPG that focuseson the Player vs. Player (PvP) in the enchanting land ofArcan. Developed by JoyImpact, a studio under HanbitSoft,the South-east Asia version will be opening up for Closed Betaon March 31 and Open Beta on April 12.Nintendo 3DS Available In Singapore On March 28, MidnightLaunch on March 27Description: Waiting patiently for Nintendo’s 3DS to beofficially available in Singapore ? Your wait is over, well at 9
  • 10. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone memory and up to 640GB of hard drive space. The standard optical drive is a DVD writer, but an optional Blu-ray combo drive will be available in some markets. There are actually two SKUs available, as the CX640 is the version with discrete graphics whereas the CR640 is identical in terms of design and features, but lack the discrete graphics options and as such relies on Intels HD 3000 graphics. In the case of the CX640 MSI is offering a GeForce GT 520M with 1GB of graphics memory. The GeForce GT 520M is anything but a high-end solution with a 64-bit memory interface and 48 shaders, but as it doesnt appear as if MSI is support graphics switching on the CX460, this might be as well as at least it should be a fairly low power GPU.An interesting touch of symmetry is that the power connectoris located on the exact opposite side and is high-lighted with asilver circle which makes it look similar to the power button.The overall design of the CX640 is a big step in the rightdirection for MSI as even though this is a mid-range modelfrom MSI it feels like a high-quality machine. The CX640will be available in black and silver and both models have amachined track pad of decent size that feels like its been cutout of a solid piece of metal. Both the wrist rest/keyboardsurround and display back appears to be made out of metal toowhich adds to the high-quality feel of the CX640. One interesting feature MSI has added to the CX640 is what the company calls a Time Stamp button which is pretty much a quick backup button which takes a snapshot of the current system state. This will according to MSI allow for quick system restores when needed. Other features worthy of note includes a hard drive drop sensor which prevents damage to the hard drive in case youd drop the notebook, am ambient light sensor that adjust the screen backlight automatically and MSIs HiFreOther design touches includes most of the important ports (dont ask us what it stands for) Wi-Fi antenna which thelocated on the left hand side, including the power, D-sub, company claims boost Wi-Fi performance by 1.3 times.HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and the two USB 3.0 ports. MSIsuggests that this removes the problem with wires stickingout on the right hand side for those wanting to use a mouse,although the only flaw in this reasoning would be left handedpeople. On the right hand side is the optical drive, a pair ofaudio jacks and two USB 2.0 ports. Theres also a card readeraround the front. Overall the CX640 is an impressive new model from MSI simply because its not like anything MSI has ever done before. The best part of it is that its an affordable model with the Core i3-2310M model with 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive starting out at NT$27,900 (S$1,188) in Taiwan, with a CPU upgrade to a Core i5-2410M will increase the cost by NTMSI has also included a 1.3 Megapixel webcam, 802.11b/g/n $3,000 (S$128) which sounds like a pretty decent deal to us.Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS. The CPU options willdepend on the market, but MSI will offer the CX640 with aselection of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, up to 8GB of DDR3 10
  • 11. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWorlds fastest graphics card?NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/world-s-fastest-graphics-card-nvidia-geforce-gtx-590/11701.htmlMarch 25th, 2011NVIDIA has introduced the GeForce GTX 590, the fastestdual-GPU graphics card available today which also happens NVIDIA engineered the GTX 590 to be the worlds quietestto be the worlds quietest too. Powered by dual fully-enabled dual GPU product. It features a special cooling system and dualNVIDIA GF110 GPUs on a single card, the GTX 590 is designed vapour chambers which deliver both astounding performancefor uber enthusiasts and those looking to build the ultimate PC and acoustics. Measured with a standard decibel meter, thegaming rig. GTX 590 clocks in at 48dB, more than two times quieter than the closest competitive product under full graphics load. To the human ear, this difference means the GTX 590 delivers a 3D gaming experience that is typical of a quiet library. In comparison, the competitions product is more on par with a busy freeway. "The GTX 590 is the best dual GPU product ever built," said Drew Henry, general manager of GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "With leading performance, support for multi- monitor 3D gaming, Quad SLI, and an acoustic envelope that begs to be heard for how quiet it is, the GTX 590 epitomises what a perfect dual graphics card looks, performs, and sounds like."SINGAPORE - March 25, 2011 - NVIDIA has introduced the With an estimated selling e-tail price starting at US$699,GeForce® GTX® 590, the fastest dual graphics card available the GeForce GTX 590 is available starting today from thetoday which also happens to be the worlds quietest too. worlds leading add-in card partners, including Asus, EVGA,Powered by dual NVIDIA Fermi™-class GPUs on a single Gainward, Gigabyte, Inno3D, MSI, POV, Palit, and Zotac.card, the GTX 590 is designed for uber enthusiasts and thoselooking to build the ultimate PC gaming rig. For more information on the new GeForce GTXWith a combined 1024 NVIDIA CUDA® architecture cores, 590, please visit: http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/3GB of GDDR5 memory, 6 billion transistors and over 2200 geforce-gtx-590/overview.individual components all packed into an 11-inch dual slotcard, the GTX 590 delivers a staggering 32 tessellation engines For an interactive demo of the new GeForce GTXthat can power todays cutting edge DX11 games at resolutions 590, please visit: http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/of 2560 x 1600 and higher. With four separate video outputs geforce-gtx-590/productdemo.on each card, consumers can configure their PC with fourindependent displays, or they can span their gaming across 33D displays, at a resolution up to 5760 x 1080 for an intense, Source: NVIDIA Press Releaseimmersive, stereoscopic gaming experience utilising NVIDIA3D Vision™ Surround technology. ASUS Announces Xtion PROLike all NVIDIA "DX11 Done Right" GPUs, the GTX 590delivers the worlds fastest performance for DX11 gamesi. And Developer Challenge Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-announces-xtion-pro-developer-with NVIDIA SLI® technology, the industrys most scalable challenge/11692.htmlmulti-GPU platform, gamers can increase their PCs gamingperformance by adding a second GeForce GTX 590, for anincredible Quad SLI gaming mode. 11
  • 12. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 25th, 2011ASUS has announced the start of a new competition designedto showcase the exciting features of the new ASUS Xtion PRO.With over US$24,000 up for grabs, creativity and ingenuity isa must as competition will be fierce. In addition to the cashprizes, participants will have a chance to earn future businesscooperation opportunities with ASUS. Last but definitely not least,developers are also required to provide a short two-minute video to explain their applications,Do you remember the short story about ASUSs new motion and how users can use the Xtion controller to interact with it.sensing controller for PCs, the WAVI Xtion, that we publishedsome three weeks back? Well, if you do, you might possibly be If that sounds like something that is right up your alley, youwondering how developers or programmers might be able to might want to start cracking: the competition has alreadyfind a use for it. After all, full body motion sensing controllers commenced and will run until 31 May this year. And withare still somewhat new and unfamiliar territory to many, and over US$24,000 in prize money up for grabs, wed wager thatit is understandable if developers are regarding this new trend things are about to get really competitive in no time.with some degree of scepticism. More information about the competition can be obtained here. HP Rebuts Oracle, Pledges Intel Itanium Support Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-rebuts-oracle-pledges-intel- itanium-support/11690.html March 25th, 2011Apparently, ASUS is fully aware of this issue, and is keenon ensuring that the Xtion controller receives the developersupport it needs to create its own market. To achieve that, theTaiwanese OEM has announced a developer competition for HP reiterated that it will continue the development andthe Xtion, in which programmers will pit themselves against innovation of Itanium-based Integrity server platforms andeach other by attempting to design applications that take full will continue to support customers running existing versionsadvantage of the Xtions capabilities. of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, bothThe rules of the competition are fairly straight-forward: existing and future platforms. This latest Oracle action ofdevelopers who wish to take part should ensure that their disinformation is clearly an attempt to force customers intoapplications are written in either C++ or C#, and that purchasing Sun servers in a desperate move to slow theirthe resulting software be fully compatible with the Xtion declining market share.controller. In addition, developers are required to ensure thattheir applications meet the following criteria:Developers will be given free reign over the kind of applicationthey wish to design, although ASUS has stated that the finishedsoftware should fall into either one of three categories, namelyGames, Multimedia and Miscellaneous. HP reiterated that it will continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity server platforms and will continue to support customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms. 12
  • 13. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"Oracle continues to show a pattern of anti-customer behavior specific dates, both FX-series and A-series seem very likely toas they move to shore up their failing Sun server business," release between late Q2 and early Q3.said Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and generalmanager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP."HP believes in fair and honest competition. Competition is Western Digital introducesgood for customers, innovation and the marketplace. We areshocked that Oracle would put enterprises and governments at 6TB external storage device inrisk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost Singaporeproductivity in a shameless gambit to limit fair competition." Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-introduces-6tb- external-storage-device-in-singapore/11687.html March 25th, 2011This latest Oracle action of disinformation is clearly an attemptto force customers into purchasing Sun servers in a desperatemove to slow their declining market share.In a direct contradiction to a statement made yesterdayby Oracle, Paul Otellini, president and chief executiveofficer, Intel Corporation said, "Intels work on Intel Itanium How much hard disk space is enough for a typical contentprocessors and platforms continues unabated with multiple creators needs? 1TB? 1.5TB? Or perhaps even 2TB? Well,generations of chips currently in development and on Western Digital thinks that even that amount is insufficientschedule. We remain firmly committed to delivering a today considering how the digital landscape has evolved. Andcompetitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and its solution? Why, a new external strorage which boasts another operating system customers that run the Itanium astronomical 6TB of data storage capacity. Are you ready toarchitecture." welcome WDs My Book Studio II into your digital lifestyle?Poulson is Intels next-generation 32-nm, 8-core-basedItanium chip, and is on track to more than double theperformance of the existing Tukwila architecture. Kittson isan officially committed roadmap product for Itanium beyondPoulson and also is in active development. Intel(R) Itaniumprocessor industry momentum will be highlighted in a keynoteat the upcoming Beijing Intel Developers Forum. When it comes to expanding ones available storage capacitiesSterne Agee: AMD Llano (A- in a desktop or notebook PC, there are generally two ways to go about in doing so. For hardware-savvy users, the solution isSeries) shipping in April usually to purchase a new hard disk and install it as an internalSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sterne-agee-amd-llano-a-series- storage device in order to take advantage of the significantlyshipping-in-april/11691.html faster speeds offered by the SATA interface.March 25th, 2011 However, end-users who have little to zero experience in dealing with a PCs internal components or just want a quick- and-easy method of expanding their PCs existing storage limits will opt for the second method, which is to simplyVijay Rakesh, semiconduntor analyst at financial consultants purchase an external storage device that connects to onesSterne Agee, insists that AMD is set to ship Llano to major machine via USB, eSATA or Firewire. And if you belong to thisPC vendors, including HP and Acer, as early as April. AMDs group of users, Western Digitals latest announcement is sureofficial stance has been "Summer 2011" for quite some time, to be nothing short of good news. Anyone fancy juicing up yourwhile lastest rumours indicate a July 2011 release. In addition, PCs storage space by as much as a whopping 6TB?in a conversation with Tech Trader Daily, Rakesh re-iteratedthat Llano was always expected to ship in April.Technically, the US summer is often described as late May toearly September, so shipping by April for release in May iswithin AMDs timeline. If true, we will see systems based onLlano in stores within Q2. Surprisingly, Rakesh also states thatBulldozer (FX-Series) will release in Q3, contrary to rumoursof a late Q2 launch.Of course, this is anything but official information, so it mustbe taken with a big grain of salt. Regardless of rumours for 13
  • 14. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone This card will only be available in some regions such as US, Europe, Japan, Australia and China for a suggested retail price of US$699. There isnt any for Singapore market if you are wondering. Logitech launches Z906 theater-quality surround sound speakers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-launches-z906-theater- quality-surround-sound-speakers/11686.html March 25th, 2011According to Western Digital, the new My Book Studio II isa dual-drive external storage device that is optimized for useon Mac OS X. Of course, by optimizing, the company meansthat the My Book Studio II has been factory-formatted in theHFS+ file system currently used by Mac OS X. This allows Mac The Logitech Z906 is the successor to the award-winningusers to not only access the full range of read-write capabilities Logitech Z-5500 speakers, and promises 5.1-surround soundavailable for use on the storage device, but also renders it for movies, games and music. For those looking for a new 5.1-compatible for use with Time Machine. This is because NTFS surround sound speakers, the Z906 will be available at endsupport on OS X is limited to read-only, and Time Machine April.does not support writing to non-HFS+ file systems.In addition, the My Book Studio II also supports connectionsvia eSATA, USB 2.0 or Firewire (800 and 400). This makesit a highly versatile storage device, as it can offer users achoice between compatibility (USB) or performance (eSATA,Firewire), especially if consistent, high-sped data read-writespeeds are required. The My Book Studio II can also be set upto run in various RAID configurations for greater performanceand data security.If that is enough to have you thirsting for a My Book StudioII, the good news is the My Book Studio is currently availablefor sale in Singapore at selected resellers, and that there willbe two distributors in charge of ensuring supply. The bad Logitech unveiled their surround sound speakers Z906.news is that you might probably have to tighten your belt a Delivering 500 watts (RMS) of power, the Logitech Surroundlittle, thanks to the devices S$699 pricetag. Last but not least, Sound Speakers Z906 are THX Certified to create a theater-Windows XP users will have to sit this one out, as the 10-year- quality audio experience in your living room.old operating system does not support storage devices with If you enjoy house-shaking bass, the ported, side-firingcapacities larger than 2TB. subwoofer delivers 165 watts of pure, distortion-free bass. And the Logitech Surround Sound Speakers convert two-channel stereo into an immersive surround sound experience.GeForce GTX 590 Gathers The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are designed toMuch Fanfare Before Launch complement your existing living room setup. You can connectSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-gtx-590-gathers-much-fanfare- up to six audio devices simultaneously — including your TV,before-launch/11689.html DVD, DVR, Blu-Ray player, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii,March 25th, 2011 iPod and even your PC or Mac laptop. And with its easy-to-read display and easy-to-stack design, the control console looks good with your home-entertainment system. Pricing and Availability The Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are expected to be available in Singapore in end April for a suggested retail price of S$609.This card will only be available in some regions such as US,Europe, Japan, Australia and China for a suggested retail priceof US$699. There isnt any for Singapore market if you arewondering. 14
  • 15. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 100 units will be sold in retail stores - Challenger, selectedPlantronics M100i limited Apple stores and retailers in Funan Mall and Sim Lim Square.edition radiant red Bluetoothheadset retailing at Apple Hands on with Fujitsus newStores Sandy Bridge consumerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/plantronics-m100i-limited-edition-radiant-red-bluetooth-headset-retailing-at-apple-stores/11685.html notebooks Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-fujitsu-s-new-sandy-March 25th, 2011 bridge-consumer-notebooks/11684.html March 25th, 2011Plantronics has announced their new limited edition M100iBluetooth headset which sports a stylish, ultra-slim andlightweight design. It is available now at Apple stores till 18 Yesterday we got to spend some time with three new secondApril. generation Core i processor notebooks from Fujitsu at a press event in Taipei, namely the Lifebook LH531, A531 and NH751. We did of course snap a few pictures of the new machines and a model or two just because. So let’s take a closer look at what Fujitsu have coming out in the next few weeks as far as its consumer notebooks are concerned. Yesterday we got to spend some time with three new second generation Core i processor notebooks from Fujitsu at a press event in Taipei, namely the Lifebook LH531, A531 and NH751. We did of course snap a few pictures of the new machines and a model or two just because. So let’s take a closer look at what Fujitsu have coming out in the next few weeks as far as its consumer notebooks are concerned.The Plantronics M100i is very easy to setup and use, and Let’s start with the smallest machine of the three, the 14-inchincludes convenient voice alerts for remaining talk-time, low- Lifebook LH531. It comes with an option of a Core i3-2310Mbattery, mute, and connection status. A new feature for iPhone or a Core i5-2410M processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 1333MHzusers allows them to monitor headset battery levels with an on- RAM and a 320, 500 or 750GB 5,400rpm hard drive.screen battery meter. When it comes to noisy environments,the M100 automatically adjusts to sound levels, so users arealways hands-free and able to focus on the task in front ofthem.Other M100i features include:- Multipoint technology pairs one headset to two Bluetoothdevices.- Battery that provides up to six hours of talk-time and 10 daysof stand-by life.- At only 9g and 8mm thin, the Plantronics M100i islightweight and comfortable for extended wearing.- Soft gel ear tips, in three different sizes, together withan optional ear loop provide multiple wearing options for a Graphics is either from Intel’s HD 3000 graphics, or via aperfect fit. discrete GeForce 410M which is a basic GPU from Nvidia with 48 shaders and a shader clock of 1150MHz which suggestsThe Plantronics M100i is already selling in stores at a a GPU clock of 575MHz. Fujitsu has added 1GB of discreterecommended retail price of S$139. The limited edition M100i graphics memory, although the GPU only has a 64-bit memoryin radiant red also carries the same S$139 price tag, except that interface, so don’t expect this to be a gaming grade solution.it will be retailing on the Apple online store from 19 March to Nvidia’s Optimus graphics switching technology is at least18 April 18. (http://store.apple.com/sg/product/H2517PA/A? supported which is a bonus.mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY). Following the promotional period, 15
  • 16. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone i5-2410M, but as always price and configurations vary from market to market. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 23 Mar 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--23- mar-2011/11683.html March 25th, 2011Moving on, we have a 14-inch screen with 1366x768 resolutionand although Fujitsu calls it an anti-glare display, you can seefrom the pictures that it’s actually quite reflective. An opticaldrive is also included and Fujitsu offers the LG531 with either aDVD writer or a Blu-ray combo drive. In terms of connectivity In todays news roundup: Intel has declared that it willthe LH531 features four USB 2.0 ports of which one allows for continue to maintain development on the IA64 architecture,charging of USB devices even if the notebook is switched off, a even after Oracle dismissed the platform as one that is aboutD-sub port, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a pair to reach EOL status soon; DRAM contract prices are slatedof audio jacks. to increase by some 3% in 2H March; Sprint announces HTC EVO 3D smartphone and EVO View 4G tablet ; Apple has sued Amazon for using the words App Store to market its app repository by claiming that the latters move will mislead consumers into thinking that Amazon is selling Steve Jobs- approved apps; Singapore is slated to get the 3DS by March 28, and Sony is alleging that hacker Geohotz has removed critical data from his hard disks and left North America in order to put himself out of the courts jurisdiction. Hardware news MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsOther features include a memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi- Description: The MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC 1GBFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a built in 1.3 Megapixel webcam. graphics cards is based on the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 550The 6-cell battery is said to be good for up to about 6h of usage, Ti GPU, but is kept nice and cool with the MSI Cyclone IIalthough that would be using the Intel graphics. At 2.2kg the cooling solution. The N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC is factoryLH531 is a pretty typical 14-inch notebook in terms of weight, overclocked with the core clock set to 950MHz and theso nothing out of the ordinary here. memory at 1075MHz. We put this overclocked GF116 card to the test to see how it performs, keeps cool and overclocks! ASUS EAH6870 1GB Video Card Review @ ITShootOut.com Description: The Radeon HD 6870, contrary to its somewhat confusing name, is not the successor to the Radeon 5870. Instead, it acts as an almost direct replacement for the Radeon 5850, both in terms of performance and in price. Today we are looking at the Asus variant which has some exclusive features including the Voltage Tweak functionality we have come to particularly enjoy when overclocking. Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews Description: When its all said and done, Arctic Coolings new Freezer 13 Pro, with its innovative “Cross Blow” feature, is aFujitsu will offer the LH531 in at least black, red/black and worthy successor to the Freezer series of coolers. As of thispink/red where in the latter case the keyboard is the red part. writing, it only seems to be available from the Arctic CoolingSpeaking of the keyboard, Fujitsu is sticking with its typical website for around $55 US.and very distinctive keyboard design which we’re not entirely Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Flex Edition 2GB DDR5 DX11sold on, but it’s far from the worst out there. The track pad Video Card Review @Hi Tech Legionon the other hand is a bit on the small side in our opinion, Description: Sapphire is back on the scene with the Sapphireespecially for a notebook this size. Starting price in Taiwan is Radeon HD 6950 FleX Edition. The Sapphire Radeon HDNT$29,800 (S$1,274), although that price includes the Core 6950 FleX comes with the onboard ability to use Eyefinity 16
  • 17. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewithout the need of a DisplayPort monitor or Active DP Description: MasterImage 3D announced today that it hasadapter. The underlying 6950 is still the original stock model. received a $15 million investment from Samsung Ventures.This sports a 800MHz core clock and 1250MHz (5 Gb/ The company is focused on 3D - for cinemas (with over 60s effective) memory speed. The HD 6950 has 2 DVI, 2 installations), mobile displays and 3D camera ASICs. Weremini Display Port, and a single HDMI 1.4a slot. There is guessing that Samsung is more interested in the glasses-also advanced technology with the HD 6950, including dual free handset displays and cameras than the cinema 3Dgraphics engines, 22 SIMD engines, and 88 texture units. technology...Sapphire has also included TriXX utility support and their Apple’s Mac Chief Departs as Big Changes Come to OS XVapor-X cooling solution. Description: Apple SVP of Mac Software Engineering BetrandNZXT H2 Review @ Vortez Serlet is leaving the company, according to a press releaseDescription: The H2 is a case that slots into NZXTs "Classic" issued by Apple. He will be replaced by Craig Federighi,series and is regarded as the "Silent Midtower" due to the Apple’s VP of Mac software engineering. Frederighi’s chieffact that there are thick side panels which feature foam responsibility at Apple has been OS X development.underlay. It differentiates itself from the gaudy gamer styled Torvalds backs Google Androidcases currently swarming the market, by offering elegance and Description: The man who gave the world Linux, Linusa minimalistic approach to styling. Fans within H2 can be Torvalds, has dismissed claims that Googles Android violatescontrolled through 3 stages giving the user complete control the Linux licence.over audio levels emitted from the chassis. With much moreto talk about, lets begin our analysis of the new NZXT H2 that Apple sues Amazon over "app store"launches today. Description: Fruity peddler of broken iDreams Apple is suing the online bookstall Amazon, claiming that it invented theFractal Design Define R3 Case Review on Technic3D words "app store". Apple has been getting very defensive about(German) the phrase "app store" lately. Microsoft has appealed to theDescription: (Machine translation) The Fractal Design Define Trademark and Patent Office to stop Jobs Mob from suingR3 is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. Define R3 everyone for using it.– the successor to the good selling Define R2! Now availablewith a bunch of improvements, including improved cable Samsung Galaxy Tabs 8.9 and 10.1 Are Official: HD Videorouting, air flow and bigger hole in M/B plate for mounting Recording And Superfast Networking Stand OutCPU coolers. We will check this and more in the following Description: Samsung just announced their two new GalaxyReview. Tabs, the 8.9 and the 10.1. Both are just 8.6 millimeters thick and support 4G and WiFi. Click through to watch the live videoDRAM contract prices up 3% in 2H March launch of these two Honeycomb tablets (with TouchWiz onDescription: In order to ensure chip supply, which reportedly top).is likely to be short of demand starting in May, PC and systemvendors are more willing to accept higher prices, according to Gaming newssources at DRAM makers. Prices will go up in April anyway as Singapore 3DS launch slated for March 28PC OEMs begin to rebuild their low inventory, even without Description: The 3DS may already be out in Japan, but gamerstaking into account the effects of Japans earthquake on the in Asia are still in the dark about when the handheld will bechip supply chain, the sources said. arriving in the region. Until now, that is, with a recent pressIntel: We Are Completely Committed to Itanium Platform. release from Singaporean distributors MaxSoft confirmingDescription: Intel Corp. on Wednesday said that it would that the handheld will be available at all retailers in Singaporecontinue developing Itanium-series microprocessors and the on March 28.mission-critical platform will continue to exist. The companys Sony: PS3 Hacker George "Geohot" Hotz in South Americastatements were a response to Oracles claims that the IA64 Attempting to Dodge Court Authorityplatform was nearing the end of life. Description: The ongoing PlayStation 3 security breach battleConsumer Electronics and Software news of Sony Computer Entertainment America versus George Hotz is set to continue on April 8. But according to the latest legalSprint announces HTC EVO 3D smartphone and EVO View 4G filing, its possible Hotz will be a no-show as he continues whattablet Sony calls "a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery atDescription: HTC is getting in on the 3D action with Sprint every turn" -- a campaign that includes Hotzs convenient tripannouncing the upcoming release of the 4G-capable HTC EVO to South America.3D smartphone, which will be appearing alongside the equally4G-capable HTC EVO View 4G tablet. Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D Dated in Japan Description: Theres some big Resident Evil news coming outARM cooperating with Microsoft, says ARM Taiwan president of Japan today. Joining the announcement of Resident EvilDescription: ARM has been cooperating with Microsoft to Revival Selection for PS3 and Xbox 360 comes a final releasedevelop processor architectures, according to president Philip date for Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D.Lu for ARM Taiwan at a March 22 press conference in Taipei.Samsung invests $15 million in mobile 3D technologycompany 17
  • 18. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony Ericsson unveils XperiaPlay, Xperia Arc and XperiaNeo in SingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-unveils-xperia-play-xperia-arc-and-xperia-neo-in-singapore/11682.htmlMarch 25th, 2011This afternoon, Sony Ericsson held a media event to The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc features a large 4.2-inch Realityunveil the new Xperia Play, Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo display with mobile BRAVIA engine. And it runs the latestAndroid smartphones in Singapore. All three smartphones are Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system.preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be in storessoon. It measures 8.7mm at the thinnest part and on the right, you can find the volume control (and also camera zoom), and a"2011 is going to be a very important year for us. In the micro USB connector.beginning of the year, we made some announcements in theXperia range smartphones in the ranks of Arc, Neo and Play.And it is our ambition to achieve the number one position inAndroid smartphones. We are also among the first to launchXperia smartphones on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)," saidEugene Goh, deputy general manager and head of Singapore,Sony Ericsson. At the top are the power button and HDMI connector. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc also features an 8.1-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture and high definition recording. It is scheduled to be available at the end of Q1 (which is like end of this month) in midnight blue or misty silver. No word on the pricing though.Chua Khim Guan, product group marketing manager for SonyEricsson, also introduced the features of the new Xperia Neo,Xperia Arc and Xperia Play Android smartphones such as themobile BRAVIA engine and HDMI output.Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc hands-on 18
  • 19. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone - Slim and sleek design – allows for convenient storage, takingLG introduces wireless up minimal spacecharging pad for mobile - Effective Range – 7mm from center of placement guidephonesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-introduces-wireless-charging-pad- - Dimensions – 6.29x3.54x0.39-inchesfor-mobile-phones/11681.htmlMarch 25th, 2011 Apple iPad 2 coming to Singapore next month Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-2-coming-to-singapore- next-month/11680.html March 25th, 2011While wireless battery charging technology has existed forsometime, it looks like LG in Korea has introduced theirnew charging pad that lets users charge their mobile phonewirelessly. Read on for more details. Apple have announced the iPad 2 earlier this month, and while it is already retailing in US, the tablet is making its way to Asia too. And Singapore is one of the countries to get it. In case youre asking when? The iPad 2 is set to arrive in April next month.LG today announced their wireless charging pad (WCP-700).Featuring a sleek and sharp design, the WCP-700 comeswith inductive coils built into the battery doors and internalcontacts, and advanced wireless charging technology whichprovides cord-free power source. This also alleviates the needfor external connections that limit the phones usability. Apple has announced that the iPad 2 will go on sale in 25 additional countries this Friday, March 25. Apple iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select AppleThe LG wireless charging pad provides industry leading authorized resellers, and online through the Apple Storewireless charging and ergonomics. For easy and intuitive (www.apple.com). The company has also announced that alluse, it offers audible and tactile feedback when a phone is models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea,placed on the pad, as well as multi-colored LED lights to Singapore and additional countries in April.indicate charging status. Taking the hassle out of charging The iPad 2 features a new slimmer design and up to 15 percentyour wireless devices, LG Wireless Charging Pad also sports a lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the samecompact, sleek design to easily accommodate users on-the-go. stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. It features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front- facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and aKey Features: rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing- Visual, audible and tactile feedback – allows user to see, feel the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the firstand hear when the phone is placed properly on the pad time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new- Power LED - Blue = Plugged in features, iPad 2 boasts up to 10 hours of battery life. Pricing and Availability- Battery LED - Orange = Ready to Charge iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,- Battery LED - Flashing Green = Phone is Charging Correctly France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,- Battery LED - Solid Green = Phone is Fully Charged 19
  • 20. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePoland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on adventurous among us. Normally that kind of enhancement-March 25. on-a-switch might seem a bit ho-hum, but with the power of 5.3 billion transistors on board, there are physical limits thatThe suggested retail price are US$499 for the 16GB model, must be respected. Heat and power go hand in hand, and someUS$599 for the 32GB model, US$699 the 64GB model. iPad say its folly to try and pack this much power into a single2 with Wi-Fi+3G will be available for a suggested retail price package. Its better to! have two cooling systems, and two slots,of US$629 for the 16GB model, US$729 for the 32GB model and two sets of PCI-E power connectors to spread the load,and US$829 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 will be available they claim. They may be right; well just have to test it and see...in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries inApril, and in many more countries around the world in the Antec Six Hundred V2 Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review @Hicoming months. Further international availability and pricing Tech Legionwill be announced at a later date. Description: One entry in the budget gaming category is the Antec Six Hundred V2 Mid-Tower Gaming Case. The SixiMovie and GarageBand for iPad apps are available for US Hundred V2 comes with all of the same features as the original$4.99 each from the App Store on iPad or www.itunes.com/ Six Hundred, but with one minor change, there is a 2.5" HDDappstore. The Smart Cover is available in a range of colors in hot swap bay instead of a 3.5" hot swap bay. The Six Hundredvibrant polyurethane for US$39 or rich leather for US$69. has 3 external 5.25" drive bays and 6 internal 3.5" drive bays. The rear has 7 expansion slots. The Six Hundred has excellentThe Daily VR-Zone News cooling with a large 200mm TriCool blue LED fan on the top and one 120mm TriCool blue LED fan on the rear. HDDs canSummary - 22 Mar 2011 be front loaded with a removable panel that can also house 2Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--22- more 120mm fans, if needed.mar-2011/11678.html ASUS Ultimate GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card Review @March 25th, 2011 Legit Reviews Description: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card is going to be a popular gaming graphics card in 2011 due to its lucrative $150 price point. When the GeForce GTX 550 Ti was launched last week we noticed that ASUS came out of the gate with not one, but three cards for this series. We take a look atIn todays news roundup: Japan has suspended the production their fastest card, the ASUS UL ENGTX550 Ti DC/DI/1GD5,of almost a quarter of the worlds supply of silicon wafers as which is clocked at 1015MHz!a result of the recent earthquake; Intels new batch of Celeron Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA.netprocessors based off the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture Description: Thermaltake is known for a variety of products --appear to have had most of their video processing capabilities everything from cases to CPU coolers. Today we are going todeliberately crippled in order to fit the entry-level moniker; take a look at one of their new CPU coolers – the ThermaltakeBuffalo unveils its new sleek piano-black MiniStation and Jing. The “Silent by Design” tag line indicates this will likely beDriveStation portable hard disks; Adobe releases a patch for a quiet cooler. CPU coolers have a tendency to be either veryits Flash platform which was recently found to have suffered quiet or very efficient, but hitting both can be a challenge. Thefrom a zero-day vulnerability; The upcoming Atelier game, Jing was noticeably absent from Thermaltakes CES lineupalso known as Atelier Meruru, has been reported to be the earlier this year so this will be our first look at this new cooler.final installment of the the Arland series, and the limitededition of the game will reportedly come bundled with its own ASUS GTX 570 DirectCU II Review @ ocaholicNendoroid, and Legend of Heroes and Ys maker Falcom have Description: With its GTX 570 Direcet CU II, ASUS shows arevealed that theyre working on an original RPG for Sonys factory overclocked version of the NVIDIAs GTX 570 GPU.upcoming NGP console , and there are plans to make the new Additionally this card got an overworked power design as wellgame into a launch title as ASUS huge triple slot cooler. This should therefore be both more powerful and more silent.Hardware news Japan Earthquake Suspends Production of 25% of WorldsXFX HD 6950 XXX Graphics Card Review @ Tweaknews Silicon WafersDescription: Overall, the XFX HD 6950 XXX 1Gb is an Description: The Japanese earthquake has resulted inexcellent graphics card for the consumer wanting a HD 6950 the suspension of one-quarter of the global productionwith a little better performance and an extensive amount of silicon wafers used to make semiconductors.of additional overclocking headroom. When overclocking, it Manufacturing operations have stopped at Shin-Etsuseemed like I couldnt hit the limit and is by far one of the best Chemical’s Shirakawa facility. MEMC Electronic Materialsoverclocking cards I have tested in recent memory. also stopped manufacturing at its Utsunomiya plant.PowerColor AX6990 4GBD5-M4D Video Card @ Benchmark Together, these two facilities account for 25% of the globalReviews supply of silicon wafer used to make semiconductors,Description: The PowerColor Radeon HD 6990 takes a slightly according to IHS iSuppli.different tack, as the full complement of shaders (1536) is Intel’s Sandy Bridge Celerons video features fused offalways available from each GPU. There is a BIOS switch thatunlocks the core clock and the GPU voltage for the more 20
  • 21. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: In as much as we appreciate that Intel (INTC) is the device which can do 3D video and HD video, as well as aselling a range of CPUs and some of them have had certain front facing camera for video call purposes.functions fused off in the manufacturing process to create a Amazon’s Android App Store: Your New Android Marketrange of models, something that has been done for years, we’re Description: The alternative app store for Android is nownone too impressed by Intel’s latest move. The Intel Celeron live—however much Apple doesnt like others using the termB810 might only be an $86 mobile CPU, but Intel seems to "app store,"—where US Android owners can download the newhave gone one step too far with the scalpel and cut out pretty Angry Birds Rio game for free, along with 3,799 other apps.much all of the graphics related features that makes Sandy Its been years wandering the desert, but Android users finallyBridge’s graphics worthwhile. have an app oasis of their own.Consumer Electronics and Software news Hummer handsets now account for 24 percent of USBuffalo unveils sleek piano-black MiniStation and smartphone sales, prove Steve Jobs wrongDriveStation Description: Remember when Steve Jobs had a dig at ApplesDescription: Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, mobile competition and proclaimed that "no one" would buydevelopment and manufacturing of storage and wireless their Hummer-like 4-inch-plus smartphones? Well, going bynetworking solutions, has announced a stylish design for its the latest NPD data, that group of "no ones" among USexternal storage range. Available now, the glossy, piano-black smartphone consumers is now a meaty 24 percent. SeparatingMiniStation portable device and the DriveStation desktop handsets into screen categories of 3.4 inches and below, 3.5hard drive, will allow users to add additional external storage to 3.9 inches, and those above 4 inches, the stat mavensto any computer or laptop simply using a USB port. discovered that the midrange is holding steady, but smaller- screened devices are starting to lose out to their jumbo-Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera Battery and Travel Charger sized brethren. No prizes for guessing that Android-poweredfrom Battery Heads @ TestFreaks devices were behind that big sales increase, with the HTCDescription: I’m sure you own a digital camera, pretty much EVO 4G and Motorola Droid X leading the way, followed byeveryone does these days right? Depending on the type of Samsungs multivariate Galaxy S range. Now, care to tell uscamera you have it might not use standard batteries, and that more about our mobile future, Steve?can be a hassle as you don’t readily have access to a spare.I take a lot of pictures and go through batteries quickly but Gaming news:I haven’t got the chance yet to get a spare battery from my Atelier Meruru Announced, Limited Edition IncludesNikon Coolpix. Recently I was contacted by a company called NendoroidBatteryHeads.com and they asked me to review one of their Description: The next Atelier game in the Arland series will bebrand of batteries under the brand name TechFuel, and I said titled Atelier Meruru, a direct sequel after the events of Totorisure. They were also kind enough to send me along a travel and Rorona. Meruru is a fifteen year old alchemist who stayscharger with it. So read on for a quick review of what I received. in Earls, a country outside Arland. Atelier Meruru is the lastBlackBerry PlayBook Available for Pre-Order Today for $499 of the Arland series and will feature a conclusion to the entireDescription: BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM’s foray into tablet game.territory, is now available for pre-order in three different PSA: XBL Deal of the Week now launches on Tuesdaysversions, starting from $499.99. Description: Microsofts Major Nelson has dropped a note onAdobe follows Google, patches major Flash exploit his Twitter account that the Deal of the Week promotion willDescription: Adobe has issued a patch for all platforms now roll out each Tuesday instead of Monday. The Major notedaffected by the critical vulnerability in Flash Player 10.2.152.33 further that the weekly promotion will now run each weekand earlier versions. The Adobe patch follows the updated from Tuesday until the following Tuesday.version of Chrome issued by Google on Monday which Legend of Heroes Developer Readying NGP Launch RPGincluded a fix for the issue. Adobe has issued a new bulletin Description: Sonys next generation portable system, NGPexplaining the flaw and the steps that users need to take in or whatever it ends up being called, is going to have someorder to install the patch. major RPG support right out the gate. Legend of Heroes andT-Mobile offers LG G-Slate for $529 Ys maker Falcom have revealed that theyre working on anDescription: Are you in the market for a tablet and somehow original RPG for the platform, with a goal of making the newhaven’t gotten bitten by the amazing iPad 2 bug just yet? Well, game into a launch title.there are some good looking alternatives around, and LG alsohas something from their stables that entices itself to jump intothe palm of your hands after you decide to part with $529 for VR-Zone Giveaway #7 - ASUSthis, courtesy of T-Mobile. Of course, this price point comesabout after a rebate and when you decide to sell your soul to the EAH6870 DirectCU 1GB Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-giveaway-7--asus-eah6870-mobile carrier for a 2-year contract. Just in case you’ve been directcu-1gb/11679.htmlliving under a rock for the past year, the LG G-Slate will come March 25th, 2011with an 8.9-inch display, powered by the tablet-specializedGoogle Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, coupledwith two 5-megapixel cameras that are located on the back of 21
  • 22. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Follow four easy steps and stand a chance to win differentprizes every week. This week..we are giving away: 1 xAsus EAH6870 DirectCU 1GB Check out http://launch.vr-zone.com and find out how you can win these prizes Ang Sue San, category director, Personal Systems Group,HP Personal Systems Group HP Singapore also introduced eight innovations of theunveils vision, strategy and new products including USB3.0, CoolSense technology, HP ProtectSmart, HP SimplePass, GDDR5, DLNA certification,latest products in Singapore Intel Widi and powerful audio experiences (with Beats Audio).Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-personal-systems-group-unveils-vision-strategy-and-latest-products-in-singapore/11676.htmlMarch 25th, 2011Today, HP Personal Systems Group (PSG) has a media eventto showcase their latest products, share the companys visionand also the strategy in Singapore. Read on for the coverage.Serena Yong, general manager, Personal Systems Group, HPSingapore, gave an opening speech and said that the companyis number one PC company in Singapore, number one inworkstations and also desktop PCs. One of the main attractions is the HP TouchSmart610 consumer PC which can recline from upright to almost flat"Our success is underpinned by the mission to drive for for increased comfort even during long usage. The display canmarketshare and profitable growth. Our vision is to transform recline at up to 60-degree and forward-tilt at up to 5-degree.how people think, feel and connect. This is to provide a unifiedexperience whether they are at work, on the go, or at home. Inthe future, we would put our vision into context, which is togive the best mobile experience to all our integrated devices aswell as across the devices. And now with the WebOS, we shouldbe able to scale, increase our footprint in 2011, and extend theWebOS not just for the smartphones, but to the PC, laptopsand even to the printers," Yong said. 22
  • 23. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The first thing that came to mind when we got a chance to get all touchy-feely with the FREEWAY was that the speakers were small enough to be mounted onto a car windscreen or visor without causing much of a distraction. For those who are curious about its exact dimensions, the FREEWAY measures a mere 99 x 120 x 19mm (L x W x H), which is only slightly larger than the fully outstretched palm of an adult.The HP Pavilion dv4 features AMD Radeon 6750Mgraphics with 1GB GDDR5 video memory, which boasts highergraphics performance compared to the older graphics withGDDR3 memory.Pricing and availability- The HP Pavilion dv4 starts from S$1,299 and will be availablefrom March 2011 in Singapore. According to Jabra, the FREEWAY is capable of delivering- The HP Pavilion dv6 starts from S$1,799 and will be available audio content at high fidelities, and this is possible due to thefrom March 2011 in Singapore. presence of two, 3W mid-range speakers and a sub-woofer- The HP Pavilion g4 starts from S$1,099 and will be available built into the unit. In addition, the FREEWAY also comes withfrom March 2011 in Singapore. various audio-related enhancements such as noise reduction- The HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC starts from S$1,899 and virtual surround, both of which combine to provide aand will be available from March 2011 in Singapore. rather decent experience. This makes it suitable for use as bothNo word on the pricing and availability of the HP TouchPad an in-car speakerphone and a portable Bluetooth 2.1 speakerhere in Singapore, which was showcased at "A New HP World" system for listening to music while on the move.event in Shanghai, China last month. Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)Hands on with the Jabra Jabra has also confirmed that the FREEWAY features built-inFREEWAY and Jabra Stone 2 support for HD voice transmitted over wideband frequencies. And with Starhub and Singtel reportedly preparing forSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-the-jabra-freeway-and- wideband, this feature will allow users to enjoy almost life-likejabra-stone-2/11675.html speech quality over the network.March 25th, 2011 Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.) Unlike some of the companys earlier devices, the Jabra FREEWAY in-car Bluetooth speakers do not make use of touch sensors for the activation of various features. Instead, the FREEWAY is operated entirely by buttons, which means thatJabra held an informal working lunch with the media today at users will have to physically push on the various labels locatedthe Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel, and VR-Zone was fortunate on the FREEWAY. Dont worry though, you will know that youenough to receive an invitation to the event. In addition to are doing it correctly as long as you hear a satisfying clicktalking about their plans for expansion in Singapore and sound.the Asia Pacific region, the company unveiled two productsaimed at taking media connectivity to the next level: the JabraFREEWAY Bluetooth in-car speaker system and the JabraStone 2. And the good news: these toys have been confirmedfor local availability.Jabra FREEWAY in-car Bluetooth speakerAre you tired of having to fiddle with a wireless earpiece orheadset when taking a phone call while driving? Well, if youranswer to the question above happens to be a resounding Yes,Jabras upcoming product will probably be of much interest toyou. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Jabras premiumin-car Bluetooth speaker, the FREEWAY. 23
  • 24. March 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Jabra has confirmed that the FREEWAY in-car Bluetooth speakers will be reaching the shores of sunny Singapore by May this year, and is expected to retail at approximately S $200. Crysis 2 PC dropdown ~ console in-game Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/crysis-2-pc-dropdown--console-in- game/11674.html March 25th, 2011The FREEWAY also comes with a simple metal clip affixed tothe rear of the unit and is not removable by any typical end-user means. According to Jabra, the clip is designed to simplifythe task of clamping the FREEWAY to a cars sunshade. Serious catnip for the PC FPS Gaming purist who have not seen this in recent A-lister games - includes configurable CVARs for FOV, graphics options and typical multiplayer RCON commands like kick/ban/changemaps... Read more to see the screenshot in full-screen.For those who are concerned about how a user is supposed tooperate the FREEWAY while driving, fret not This is becausethe FREEWAY supports voice controls, so all users have to Serious Catnip for the PC FPS Gaming purist who have notdo is to speak various commands such as PAIR or REDIAL seen this in recent A-lister games - includes configurableand the FREEWAY will proceed with its task, thus allowing for CVARs for FOV, graphics options and typical multiplayernear-complete handsfree operation. RCON commands like kick/ban/changemaps...Last but definitely not least, the simplicity and elegance thatis characteristic of Jabra-branded devices are all too apparenton the FREEWAY as well. Considering that its sides featurenothing more than a microUSB port for charging purposes andthe obligatory power switch, you can put that 3.5mm stereocable back into the drawer where it came from.Pricing and availability 24