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

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  • 1. May 5th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Sony Ericsson announces theXperia mini and mini proSource: 5th, 2011 But where things really counts is in the internals and here Sony Ericsson has pulled out all the stops, at least as far as the CPU is concerned and we’re looking at a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU here, although we’re not sure which specificRumours about an Xperia X10 mini pro2 have been circulating model, as Sony Ericsson doesn’t tend to mention this in itsfor a while and today Sony Ericsson announced no less than press releases. We’re also looking at 512MB of RAM this time,two new mini handsets, the Xperia mini and the Xperia mini although you only get a paltry 320MB of storage memory. Thatpro, of which the latter ended up being rumoured handset in said, Sony Ericsson throws in a 2GB micro SD card in the boxquestion. However, the rumours turned out to be not quite which is better than on this time around, which is a good thing as it happensas Sony Ericsson’s new handsets have more on offer than the Other features of note include the rear 5 Megapixel camerarumours suggested. with 720p video recording, an f2.6 lens and of course auto focus, an LED flash/video light and a ton of software features like touch to focus. There’s also a front facing VGA cameraRumours about an Xperia X10 mini pro2 have been circulating for video calls for those that care about it. Then there’s offor a while and today Sony Ericsson announced no less than course Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, FM radio, USB connectivity,two new mini handsets, the Xperia mini and the Xperia mini DLNA support and a 3.5mm audio jack. Nothing really out ofpro, of which the latter ended up being rumoured handset in the ordinary there, but everything you’d expected to find on aquestion. However, the rumours turned out to be not quite modern smartphone is accounted on this time around, which is a good thing as it happensas Sony Ericsson’s new handsets have more on offer than therumours suggested.Let’s start with the main difference between the two handsets,the Xperia mini pro has a slide-out QWERTY keyboards, theXperia mini doesn’t. With that bit over, we can carry on tothe rest of the details. Both handsets have a 3in display witha resolution of 480x320 pixels with capacitive multi-touchand scratch-resistant mineral glass. This might seem a bit onthe small side, but it’s an upgrade over the Xperia X10 mini/pro, both of which only had a 2.55in screen with 320x240resolution. Sony Ericsson has kitted out both handsets with Android 2.3, although it has a custom UI which will be familiar to users of 1
  • 2. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony Ericsson’s previous mini phones with four icons in thecorners of the screen. Both models are fully HSDPA/HSUPAcompatible, although once again no details as to which speedsare supported were provided. Sony Ericsson claims a talk timeof up to 5h 40min on 2G and 5h 25min on 3G for the Xperiamini pro and 4h 30min on 2G and 3G for the Xperia mini,although oddly enough both models have the same 1200mAhbattery which makes this seem odd.The Xperia mini pro measures 92x53x18mm (HxWxD)and weighs in at 136g while the Xperia mini measures88x52x16mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at 94g. Both models willcome with a wired headset, a 2GB micro SD card, a micro USBcable and a charger. The Xperia mini will be available in black,white, blue and pink, while the Xperia mini pro will come in "Radio is the oldest broadcast media, over hundred years,black, white, pink and turquoise. Sony Ericsson is hoping to and it still connects in ways that other media dont. Samsunghave both models out in retail sometime in Q3. has been an incredible friend along this journey and this is just the beginning. This is version 1.0. RADIOactive provides proprietary stream the lowest possible quality bitrate withSamsung and RADIOactive the highest possible quality sound. We also built in a lot ofintroduced SONAR radio social features (including Facebook etc)." remarked Andrew Crother, founder and managing director of RADIOactive Ptestreaming Android App Ltd.Source: 5th, 2011This evening, Samsung and RADIOactive Pte Ltd announcedthe new mobile radio streaming app, SONAR. SONAR will bepreloaded on all new Samsung mobile devices and available onthe Android market. The SONAR app is preloaded on the latest Samsung mobile devices and available on both Android and BADA platform. Aside from playing from the Internet radio, you can also share the songs on Facebook, Twitter and even via email.Listeners can also receive regular updates on lifestyle news on music, fashion and events, and even vote for their favorite songs."What is Samsung doing with SONAR? Samsung Mobile hasalways been known as a hardware company; we make greatphones. But nowadays, the competition isnt about phonesanymore. Its about the stuff that goes into phones, theapplications, content and services that these phones can helpyou in your daily life. SONAR is an Internet radio stationand ash a lot of cool things inside," said Winston Goh, productmarketing at Samsung Asia . On the Samsung Wave Bada phone, the SONAR has the same user interface as the Android version. SONAR is available for downlaod from for all Android and Bada mobile devices. 2
  • 3. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHere are some more pics of the Samsung ladies:- connection to provide "a standardized way of connecting chips inside a smartphone or computer"; Rumour has it that RIM is working on a 10-inch variant of its PlayBook tablet; LG has reportedly declined an invitation to join an independent licensing and patent group for Blu Ray technology due to its intentions of pursuing litigation on the matter; Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii will indeed be given a price cut which will take effect later this month on May 15, and EA claims that the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG should be ready for an official launch any time between July and December this year. Hardware news The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors Description: Choosing a CPU platform is usually the first thing you do when building your own computer. If youve been following our reviews and always-fresh desktop PC buying guide you probably already have a good idea of the current landscape: Intel introduced their Sandy Bridge processors at the beginning of the year, bringing unparalleled performance and improved power consumption, while AMD has little to compete with above the $125 mark -- though that might change soon. OCZ Technology Vertex 3 120GB Retail Solid State Drive Review Description: We plan to see a huge number of SandForce 2000 Series SSDs this year. SandForce has added even more partners in 2011, Intel being one of them. Even though Big Blue will take a shot at fame with a SandForce 2000 Series product, the Vertex 3 will still be the benchmark in which all others are compared. OCZ has dominated the consumer SSD market for the last several years and transitioned from a company making several products into a company whose primary role is solid state drives. AMD Radeon HD 6770/6750 Rebranding @ Description: April 28 saw the Retail launch of the AMD Radeon HD 6770 and 6750, using the Juniper GPU core from the HD 5770 and 5750. Yep, it is a technology update using rebranded cards for that ever-so important Blu-ray 3D compatibility. We have some thoughts on the whys and wherefores on such a move, and try to find a ray of light in this dark, foreboding move.The Daily VR-Zone News Xigmatek Pantheon Mid Tower Chassis ReviewSummary - 5 May 2011 Description: The history of the continual burning and damage to the building play into this review in an odd way, so I willSource: continue on the path that the Pantheon name might still bemay-2011/12076.html guarded by these Roman gods. The package I received fromMay 5th, 2011 Xigmatek looks like it had the wrath of something inflicted on it during shipping; I can only hope at this point that the chassis inside is in fair enough condition to show you what the chassis offers... Crucial Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 8GB Kit Review Description: Weve got a few kits well be looking at over the coming weeks, but the first one comes from Crucial today andIn todays news roundup: Techspot draws up a list of what it is part of the much loved Ballistix series. This ones a littlehas identified as the "best budget and mainstream processors" different, though. Within the Ballistix series weve seen otherwhich casual enthusiasts should look out for when assembing series start up like the Tracer one. Today were looking at thetheir own DIY PC; USB 3.0 may soon be given a huge boost new Ballistix Sport series and it will be interesting to see whatin market adoption, thanks to the introduction of a new exactly is on offer from the kit here today.standard which will see the interface being used as an internal 3
  • 4. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUSB 3.0 to Debut as Chip Interconnect That is, unless they want to work with LG, which is noticeablyDescription: USB, which is the most popular standard for absent from the gang.connecting peripherals to PCs is now also going inside the box. Plantronics Gamecom X95 Xbox Review - XSReviewsA brand new specification, still under development, will, by the Description: Plantronics are perhaps known for their moreend of the year, allow USB 3.0 to be used a a standardized way professional line of audio equipment, bluetooth headsets andof connecting chips inside a smartphone or computer. other business orientated gadgets that make the suits feel likeADATA Launches New BN Series Energy Efficient Power they’re anything but the uncool people that they are. However,Supply recently Plantronics have decided to do away with this imageDescription: ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer and branch out into the gaming sector. We saw their firstof high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash outing in our recent review of the x40 headset which did veryapplication products, today announced the launch of its latest well indeed.series of power supply for personal computers. The BN Series F-Browser brings Flash to iOSis targeted towards consumer and professional users who are Description: Right now, if you want to watch Flash videoslooking for economical solutions in energy efficient power. on your iOS device, you look for an alternative website thatCorsair Updates its Builder Series Power Supplies contains iOS-friendly video, you use an alternative browserDescription: Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of such as Skyfire, or you jailbreak your iPhone and install appshigh-performance components to the PC gaming hardware that let it happen. Retina Software has just announced themarket, today announced it has updated the Builder Series launch of their new web browser – called F-Browser (wewith new CX V2 models. assume the F in its name is supposed to mean Flash).Consumer Electronics and Software news Acer 7-inch Iconia A100, A101 to arrive May 14 Description: Acer’s 7-inch Iconia A100 and A101 Android 3.0RIM Working on a 10-Inch Version of PlayBook Tablet (Honeycomb) tablets are set to arrive May 14. The devices,[RUMOR] which are already up for pre-order in the UK, come with eitherDescription: RIM plans to release a 10-inch version of a 3G + Wi-Fi (A101) or Wi-Fi-only (A100) configurations.its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at the end of 2011, Boy Both devices run the Tegra 250 dual-core Cortex A9 processorGenius Report claims quoting multiple anonymous sources. clocked at 1GHz matched with 512MB of RAM and incorporateNo further details are known about the upcoming tablet, 8GB of memory expandable with microSDs.except for the increased screen size compared to the originalPlayBook’s screen, which measures 7 inches. Gaming newsCreative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma Gaming Headset Nintendo Will Slash Wii Price to $150 This MonthReview Description: Nintendo will officially drop the price of its WiiDescription: It was really only a matter of time before Creative, game console from $199.99 to $149.99, effective May 15.the creators of the legendary Sound Blaster line of soundcards, Details of the price drop — including the effective date —designed and manufactured a THX certified gaming headset leaked online last month and retailers like Amazon, Best Buycapable of competing with units far surpassing its price tag. and Toys R Us lowered the price on the console to $169.99 two weeks ago.Ultimate Ears 100 In-Ear Headphones Review @ Tweak.dkDescription: Ultimate Ears specializes exclusively in Section 8: Prejudice review by PC Game Examinerproducing headphones. They have in their chosen everything Description: TimeGate Studios’ Section 8: Prejudice (releasedfrom cheap headphones for 30 dollars, and almost luxurious May 4th) is an outstanding follow up to the original game andversions in price ranges up to and even above 800 dollars. well worth a spot on your roster of favorite multiplayer FPSToday we look at one of their cheap versions and see how (first person shooter) games. Best of all, its only $15.much sound you can get out of a set of in-ear headphones Star Wars: The Old Republic should launch this year - EAfor under 60 dollars. In-ear does as its name says that you Description: BioWares sci-fi MMORPG should launchhave the headphones inside the ear like earplugs. Series called between July and December, says EA Games president; EAUltimate Ears 100, where Logitech has been involved in over CFO says theres an "outside" chance for further delay.and develop. It is also possible to buy Ultimate Ears 100 onLogitechs website, but much more on this later. Now letsjump into it and look at these little headphones. Heisei To Show AndroidLG dodges Blu Ray patent group because it still wants tolitigate Powered Media Players atDescription: It seems LG is dodging joining an independent COMPUTEXlicensing company for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc Source: because it wants to keep litigating. Cyberlink media-players-at-computex/12074.htmlannounced that it had joined forces with Hitachi, Panasonic, May 5th, 2011Philips, Samsung and LG arch-rival Sony to form One-Blue,LLC. The idea of the consortium is to help companies inthe industry with a patent licensing service. Under the "one-stop shop" banner, potential licensees wont have to handle At computex 2011, HEISEI will show entire solution series.problems or approach respective patent owners individually. All-in-one touch POS terminals with Intel® technology are 4
  • 5. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedesigned for universal applications and long-term operation;Full-functioned IPC series equipped with different assembly GIGABYTE To Unveilfor all kinds of usage; Self service photo KIOSK, FT-8000 is Notebooks, Booktops andwith the thoughtful accessories built in, particularly supportedUSB 3.0. The latest media player HMH-701SK with android Slate at COMPUTEX 2011systems, not only plays High-definition media files, but also Source: multitudes of Android apps. booktops-and-slate-at-computex-2011/12073.html May 5th, 2011After experienced successful showcase at CES and Cebit 2011, GIGABYTE is thrilled to introduce a fantastic lineup ofHEISEI expected to further displayed at Computex to share innovative notebook computers at COMPUTEX 2011. Excitingbrilliant concepts and innovative technology. Just feel free to products to be showcased include the P2532 3D and Fulljoin us. HD multimedia notebooks, the S1080 slate pc, the Booktop™Complete Solutions Offered T1125P, the Booktop™ M2432, as well as several other outstanding models.At computex 2011, HEISEI will show entire solution series.All-in-one touch POS terminals with Intel® technology aredesigned for universal applications and long-term operation;Full-functioned IPC series equipped with different assembly GIGABYTE is thrilled to introduce a fantastic lineup offor all kinds of usage; Self service photo KIOSK, FT-8000 is innovative notebook computers at COMPUTEX 2011. Excitingwith the thoughtful accessories built in, particularly supported products to be showcased include the P2532 3D and FullUSB 3.0. HD multimedia notebooks, the S1080 slate pc, the Booktop™ T1125P, the Booktop™ M2432, as well as several otherFurthermore, HEISEI could also offer the most satisfying and outstanding models.flexible ODM/OEM solutions. Our engineering and technicalknowledge in-house enhance products from design through P2532production. What you want is what we make, let HEISEI beyour best partner!Plentiful Computer Peripheral with USB 3.0 technologyHEISEI have made great progress in USB 3.0 field. We couldoffer all kinds of devices for your needs: Card Reader, HDDEnclosure, Host Add-on Card, Hub and Bridge. The mostdesirable products as HUU-304V3, 3 ports USB 3.0 internalhub to expand your ports and make you experience superspeeddata transfer rate. External card reader HRU-306RT withcharming checkout support five slots can accept up to 30types of media. Moreover, HPU-343VL/ HPU-344VL 4 PortsUSB 3.0 PCI Express Adapter with high-performance let usersconnect to computers well. At computex, we will show moreflexible choices for you! The P2532 is the first 15.6" multimedia notebook designedEntertainment Innovation in Media Player by GIGABYTE’s R&D team. Featuring a powerful quad-A technology breakthrough in media player has been achieved. core 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0-2.9GHzThe latest media player HMH-701SK with android systems, processor with Intel® Turbo Boost, the P2532 delivers blazingnot only plays High-definition media files, but also supports fast performance. The notebook is equipped with numerousmultitudes of Android apps. Likewise, you can make online cutting-edge features to make it an extraordinary choice forentertainments for you requirements with best sound and multimedia enjoyment. The NVIDIA® GeForce® GT550Mimage effects on browser. Just Androidlize your TV and enjoy with 2GB VRAM provides an outstanding graphics experienceit anytime, anywhere! and has Optimus™ technology that optimizes performance for longer lasting battery life. The P2532V features NVIDIA’s 3D Vision™, which provides an extraordinary visual experience that is perfect for consuming 3D media. The P2532N sports 5
  • 6. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonea Full HD 1920x1080 LED backlight screen that produces docking station also includes useful features, including USBbrilliant and vivid images. For audio enjoyment, there are four 3.0, HDMI, and a Super-multi DVD (with USB cable). Theterrific dual-channel stereo speakers and a woofer speaker that T1125P is powered by an Intel® Core™ i5/i3 ULV (ultra-lowcombined with THX TruStudio Pro™ technology produce a voltage) processor to provide powerful processing power in amagnificent acoustic experience. The notebook also has other lightweight design. For multimedia, the NVIDIA® Geforce®high-end features, including a 7200rpm 500GB/750GB HDD, 410M GPU with 1GB VRAM gives users a superb viewing4/8GB of RAM, an ultra-thin 9.5mm DVD burner, two USB experience and comes with Optimus™ technology that helps3.0 ports and HDMI. extend battery life. For audio, there are two high-quality dual-channel stereo speakers and two woofer speakers that combined with THX TruStudio Pro™ technology create anS1080 exceptional audio performance. The notebook also comes with a 3.5G antenna built-in, USB 3.0 and HDMI. Booktop™ M2432 The Booktop™ M2432 is the successor to the innovative Booktop™ M1405. Featuring a thin and stylish design, the Booktop™ M2432 is powered by a powerful second generation Intel® Core™ i5/i3 processor. The M2432 is a fantastic choice for users who want to combine the mobility of a light- weight notebook with the power of a desktop. The M2432 accomplishes the combination of notebook and desktop by its powerful docking station, which features a built-in NVIDIA® GT 440 GPU that delivers desktop like graphics performance that is great for visual entertainment. Another exciting feature is that the optical disk drive can easily be exchanged for an optional extended battery, great for those times when extra battery life is needed. Q2432 and Q2532The S1080 is an exciting 10.1” capacitive multi-touch slate The 14” Q2432 and the 15.6" Q2532 are the perfect choicesPC that is designed for business and professional users who to provide exceptional everyday mobile computing. Theneed a high-performing multi-tasking slate that offers the notebooks are equipped with a 2nd generation Intel® Core™full productivity of Windows® 7. The slate is powered by an i7/i5/i3 series processor to provide outstanding performance.Intel® Atom™ N570 dual core processor and has an incredible The Q2432A and Q2532N models have discrete graphics cards320GB of built-in storage. Weighing under 0.90kg and coming that deliver an excellent visual experience. Other excitingequipped with a 3.5G antenna built-in, the slate is great for features include two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI. The notebookstraveling and the perfect mobile device to satisfy consumers’ are fashionably designed with an attractive rippling pattern todemanding business needs. The S1080 also includes a mouse- make them a stylish choice for mobile navigation button that lets users conveniently move thecursor around the screen to easily edit documents and accessprograms. The slate also includes USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0 T1005Mand a 1.3mp webcam. An attractive portfolio carrying case isincluded with the slate, which can also be conveniently used as Following the trend of the highly successful T1000P, thea stand. There is also an optional docking station, which comes T1005M is a superb 10.1” convertible tablet computer thatwith an ODD, dual speakers, and a keyboard. An optional features a capacitive multi-touch screen with an excellentextended battery can also be used and is great for mobility. resolution of 1366x768. The computer is powered by an Intel® Atom™ N570 dual core processor. The T1005M comes with aBooktop™ T1125P 3.5G antenna built-in, USB 3.0, a 6-cell battery for long-lasting battery life, and many other exciting features to make it the perfect choice for tablet computing.GIGABYTE proudly presents the world’s first 3-in-1 computer,the Booktop™ T1125P. The T1125P is a sleek and high-performing computer with an 11.6” capacitive multi-touch Booktop™ M1005display that can instantly change from a laptop to a tablet toa desktop with GIGABYTE’s innovative docking station. The 6
  • 7. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The ZiiSound Dx series revolutionises the home audio system. In this revolutionary new system, wireless speakers connect independently to stereo Bluetooth devices such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, iPad or Creative ZiiO tablet, and can also be configured so more speakers are connected wirelessly to form a multi-channel home audio system. The ZiiSound Dx series also features renowned apt-X audio technology for outstanding sound quality. Unlike with traditional speaker systems, users will no longer need to purchase a fixed speaker configuration for a specific use in the home. Creative’s one-piece pure wireless modular speakers let users upgrade from a single speaker to a larger configuration by simply adding more speakers wirelessly. Flexible Placement The built-in flexibility to add or subtract speakers means the same system can have many uses. Users will now be able to create different speakers systems – ideal for music, movies andThe M1005 features an Intel® Atom™ N570 dual core games – for different rooms throughout the home. Examplesprocessor and is a premier choice for netbook computing. include a one-piece speaker for bedside music listening, a 2.1The M1005 comes with GIGABYTE’s unique docking station, speaker system for bedroom or study room for games or musicwhich allows the netbook to be placed vertically on a desk listening, and a 3.1 speaker system for living room music,saving space and providing a useful desktop experience with movies and game audio entertainmentthree additional usb ports and a VGA port. The dockingstation also includes other excellent features, including a Key Features of the ZiiSound Dx Series of Pure Wirelesspower button and a dedicated button that lets users check the Modular Speakers:battery status without undocking the computer. ZiiSound D5x (Flagship modular wireless speaker system)Creative introduces eight newproducts for the month of MaySource: 5th, 2011Four wireless Bluetooth speakers, an MP3 player sporting aZEN-like design, and three sets of Bluetooth headsets. Andjust in case you are wondering; no, we have not lost ourmarbles and gone off rambling about random audio-related • Works with all smart devices and mobile phones that arehardware for the consumers. Rather, these are new products stereo Bluetooth compatible*which Creative will be introducing for the local market. Read • Easily upgradable for more compelling audio - allowson to find out more. wireless linking to additional ZiiSound D5x wirelessCreative Redefines Home Audio with ZiiSound Dx Series of speaker modules and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofersPure Wireless Modular Bluetooth Speakers • High quality wireless audio with apt-X codecIntroduces a Paradigm Shift in the Home Audio Listening • Precision volume control when used with the includedExperience BT-D5 Bluetooth transmitterSINGAPORE – 5 May 2011 – Creative Technology Ltd today • Efficient digital amplifiers and world class tuning deliverannounced the launch of a brand new category of wireless striking accuracy and detail like no otherspeakers, the ZiiSound Dx series of pure wireless modular • Allows link to ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer for deepspeakers. The ZiiSound Dx series consists of the ZiiSound D5x bass capability or more ZiiSound D5x speakers for stereowireless one-piece speaker, ZiiSound D3x wireless one-piece or surround applicationsspeaker and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer. • Charges the iPhone or iPod while playing**Flexible Configuration 7
  • 8. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • One-piece construction to minimise vibrations for the • Works with ZiiSound D5x or ZiiSound D3x for purest audio experience extended deep bass capability Incorporates Creative’s Symmetrically Loaded Acoustic Module (SLAM) for that • Integrated AUX-In for other audio devices signature deep, tight and fast bass*Bluetooth A2DP compliant devices • Robust wireless technology allows limitless flexibility in**Via BT-D5 Bluetooth Transmitter subwoofer placementZiiSound D3x Pricing and Availability The ZiiSound D5x and the ZiiSound DSx will be available at the online store at from end June 2011 onwards, and at The CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina Square, and authorised dealers in Singapore from mid July 2011 onwards at the following suggested retail prices: Creative ZiiSound D5x wireless modular speaker: S$399.00 Creative ZiiSound DSx wireless modular subwoofer: S$199.00 The ZiiSound D3x will be available at the online store at from August 2011 onwards, and at the CREATIVE Stores at International Business Park and Marina • Affordable one-piece wireless modular speaker system Square, and authorised dealers in Singapore from end August made for smaller rooms 2011 onwards at the following suggested retail price: • Works with all smart devices and mobile phones that are Creative ZiiSound D3x wireless modular speaker: S$199.00 stereo Bluetooth compatible* • Easily upgradable for more compelling audio - allows wireless linking to additional ZiiSound D3x wireless Gigabyte G1. Assassin wins speaker modules and ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofers COMPUTEX Taipei Design and • High quality wireless audio with apt-X codec Innovation Award • Efficient digital amplifiers and world class tuning deliver Source: striking accuracy and detail like no other taipei-design-and-innovation-award/12072.html • Allows link to ZiiSound DSx wireless subwoofer for deep May 5th, 2011 bass capability or more ZiiSound D3x speakers for stereo or surround applications • One-piece construction to minimise vibrations for the purest audio experience GIGABYTE today announced that the G1. Assassin • Integrated AUX-In for other audio devices motherboard has received the ‘Design and Innovation’ award from TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade and Development*Bluetooth A2DP compliant devices Council), the organizers of Computex 2011, in cooperationZiiSound DSx with iF International Forum Design. The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin motherboard is the first ever motherboard product to be awarded the coveted ‘Design and Innovation’ award, and was selected as the best example of unique component design, addressing the needs of elite gamers, a growing niche within the PC gaming market. • Modular wireless subwoofer that works with the ZiiSound D5x and ZiiSound D3x 8
  • 9. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTaipei, Taiwan, May 4th 2011 – GIGABYTE INC., a leadingmanufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, todayannounced that the G1. Assassin motherboard has receivedthe ‘Design and Innovation’ award from TAITRA (TaiwanExternal Trade and Development Council), the organizers ofComputex 2011, in cooperation with iF International ForumDesign. The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin motherboard is the firstever motherboard product to be awarded the coveted ‘Designand Innovation’ award, and was selected as the best exampleof unique component design, addressing the needs of elitegamers, a growing niche within the PC gaming market. According to a report published by Akihabara News, the“At GIGABYTE we are both excited and proud to accept SENS-240 is more of a hybrid tablet than a full-fledgedthis award as recognition from our peers in the industry navigational device in that it is designed to be operatedfor the work we have done in developing the unique alongside Samsungs Android-powered smartphones andG1.Assassin motherboard,” commented Richard Chen, VP of tablets. Apparently, when paired together via Bluetooth, theWorldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. “This accolade SENS-240 is reportedly capable of serving as an externalunderlines our commitment to offering elite gamers and display for the paired smartphone or tablet, in addition to itsystem builders the absolute best PC gaming experience still fulfilling its primary role as a navigational tool.possible, delivering unique features you simply cannot find on In addition, Akihabara News also claims that the SENS-240any other motherboard product.” is powered by a powerful 1.43GHz CPU (manufactured by Samsung, no less) that is capable of displaying 3D Maps as wellSamsung introduces new as handling playback of media files. Furthermore, the device features a seven-inch display which sports a native resolutionSENS-240 navigational tablet of 800×480, 256MB of RAM, a USB 2.0 Host and an SD Cardin Korea slot. Last but definitely not least, Samsung claims that the SENS-240 can be remotely controlled by its Android-poweredSource: smartphones and tablets, although we really should point outnavigational-tablet-in-korea/12069.html that drivers would be better off keeping their hands on theMay 5th, 2011 steering wheel and not on their digital toys when driving on the roads.To date, we have got tablets on the market that are capable of Chrome Canary: now singingperforming all kinds of tasks, such as making calls, performing its way to Mac OS Xgeneral computing tasks, playing games and even serving as Source: equalizers for audio-related purposes. But to release to-mac-os-x/12068.htmla tablet that is specially designed for navigational purposes? May 5th, 2011That is exactly what Samsung has done with its new SENS-240navigational tablet that has just been launched in Korea.Everybody knows the drill: if you want the convenience ofbeing able to perform general purpose computing tasks whileon the move, you go for a device such as a smartphone or atablet. On the other hand, if you only want a device to performa very specific task, you get a specialized gadget that does its Remember Chrome Canary for Windows? You know, thatdesignated task properly. However, leave it to Samsung to do highly experimental and unstable browser which Google waswhat no other OEM has done: to release a tablet device that, inviting Windows users to play around with, but only if theyinstead of being the general purpose device it is intended to be, were ready to deal with the frequent issues that are boundis designed to serve only one purpose: navigation. Such is the to occur while using it? Well, it seems that Google is keennature of Samsungs new SENS-240 navigational tablet, which on attracting more guinea....I mean, more adventurous, IT-was reportedly launched in Korea today. savvy users to help test out its unstable browser builds, and has even roped in OS X users to join the party. Yes, you are reading it correctly: Chrome Canary is now available for the Mac platform. 9
  • 10. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone May 5th, 2011 The Macbook Air may be one of the better looking notebooks available on the market today, but consumers who crave an Apple-branded, ultrathin notebook that features a screen sizeEver since Chrome Canary for Windows was released, which is neither 11 inches or 13 inches are essentially out ofadventurous Mac users had to look on in jealousy while luck. However, it would seem that such consumers will have atheir Windows-using counterparts were able to download little more choice if they head down to China: in addition to theand install pre-development builds of the Google Chrome 10-inch Macbook Air that was unveiled last week, the countrybrowser. And their frustration is understandable; unlike the is also getting another unofficial addition to its Macbook Airopen-source development channel known as Chromium, users family with the release of a 14-inch version of the ultrathinof Chrome Canary had the luxury of having various extras notebook.present in the stable Chrome releases baked into their Canary You really got to love China, especially in times like this. Everybuilds, such as the built-in Flash plugin. In addition, Canary so often, an established OEM will unveil new notebooks thatalso has the distinction of being the only bleeding edge version are aimed at eliciting the "Ooos" and "Ahhs" from design-of Chrome that is officially recognized by Google, a status not conscious consumers, but the fever dies down the momentgranted to the open-source Chromium development builds. they realize that the beautiful notebooks sitting in front ofFortunately, it seems that Mac users will no longer have to feel them does not come with the right specifications needed forleft out when it comes to enjoying the latest, most bleeding- the job. Which, for the most part, seems to describe Applesedge version of the Chrome browser Google has to offer, for Macbook Air notebooks perfectly, considering that they areGoogle has officially open up a Mac tree for its Canary browser only available in screen sizes of 11 inches and 13 inches. Andbuilds. Indeed, a quick look at the documentation in Chromes this is where China comes in to offer a solution for users whoEarly Access Release Channels indicate that OS X is now a crave the design of a Macbook Air but desire a machine withsupported platform. a larger display; by introducing its own version of a 14-inch Macbook Air.That being said, the same restriction found in the Windowsversions of Canary apply to the OS X ports: this means that Like most of the Chinese clones we have covered here onCanary cannot be designated as a default browser, and for VR-Zone, the 14-inch Macbook Air knockoff utilizes an Intelobvious reasons. After all, this build is designed to be used only Atom N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, so suffice to sayby a very specific group of people that are keen on living on the performance is definitely not going to be the notebooks sellingbleeding edge of technology and do not mind having to deal point. However, what you do get is a machine which bears awith various major or minor issues that may crop up during very close resemblance to the real Macbook Air (save for thethe course of usage. Also, one should remember that Apple colour scheme, of course), sports 1GB of DDR2 memory, atakes issues with software that could potentially cause Macs HDMI-out port, a built-in card reader, a 250GB mechanicalto crash; surely you will not want to see Chrome banned from hard disk and a 3000mAh battery pack. What, you thought thefuture versions of the Mac OS X operating system, no? Chinese manufacturers would be nice enough to throw in an SSD for you? Sorry, but that is just not going to happen.14-inch Macbook Air showsup in ChinaSource: 10
  • 11. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Clash of the Titans - Gigabyte G1.Assassin Reviewed Source: g1.assassin-reviewed/11945.html May 5th, 2011 Targetted at gamers, the G1.Assassin Motherboard is an extremely popular product in the market. Today, the G1.Assassin Motherboard is put side by side with one of their competitors and we will find out just which of the two is better. Get ready for some cold-blooded action from the G1.Assassin as he shows us how its done. Introduction The G1 Killer, as the name suggests, is Gigabytes first series of motherboard aimed solely at professional gamers. The G1 Killer comes in 3 flavours, namely the Assassin, Sniper and Guerrilla. +1 to Gigabyte for renaming the motherboards into something much cooler and easier to remember since generic naming styles such as "GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3" are a pain to say out.That being said, it seems that the 14-inch Macbook Airdoes come with a little extra toy thrown in by the vendor,and it comes in the form of a small remote control thatcan be used for various media-related tasks, such as volumeadjustment and shutting down the notebook. No informationabout pricing has been revealed but hey, this is China we aretalking about; just how expensive can it get? Fighting through the late game, the G1.Assassin will be one tough guy to handle. With a large market tending towards the newer P67 platform, is there still space in the market for any new X58 motherboards? We all know that the X79 will be arriving in the 4th Quarter this year. Would you go for the newer and more efficient sandy bridge architecture or the current high end nahalem architecture? If you already have an affection towards the Sandy Bridge platform, the Assassin and other G1.Killer motherboards may change your mind. 11
  • 12. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone motherboard itself. A total of 8 USB 3.0 ports are just overkill but you wont find anyone complaining. Bigfoot Killer E2100 Network Processing Unit sure explains to you why gamers have to get their hands on this state of the art equipment. To read up more about the features, view pages 4 and 5. Screens that can be crumpled Source: crumpled/12066.html May 5th, 2011The G1.Assassin is one huge motherboard in terms of size. E-ink technology is featured in Amazons kindle and manyIt has a XL-ATX form factor which may not fit into most other reading devices. Its claim to fame is that contentmid tower cases. So do make sure that your case fits the displayed on such screens are highly readable in a wide array ofmotherboard of size 345mm x 262mm before purchasing this lighting conditions, just like ordinary paper. The company hasproduct. managed to bring their technology one step closer to becomingSpecifications truly paper-like. Read On.CPU Support Up till now, E-inks technology is mainly found only in reading Intel® Core™ i7 Processors devices. But that is set to change, E-ink has come up with aCPU Socket LGA1366 product that can be crumpled like real paper. This new screenQPI/FSB 4.8GT/s, 6.4GT/s has the same display qualities as the original E-ink technology.Chipset X58+ICH10R Possible applications for this screen which can be crumpledGraphics Interface 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (2x16, includes re-usable envelopes, clothing and even banners. Its 2x8) flexibility allows it to be used in much more applications thanMemory Type 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (2x16, before. 2x8) 3 Channel DDR3 E-ink displays are said to use 60% less energy than traditional 2200/1600/1333MHz displays. Apart from saving energy, being almost identicalMemory DIMM 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (2x16, to paper makes it more likely for consumers to consider e- 2x8) 3 Channel DDR3 ink as a viable alternative to paper products. Reducing our 2200/1600/1333MHz dependency on wood derived products reduces our impact on 6*DDR3 (Max 24 GB) the environment.Expansion Slots 2*PCI-Ex1+ 1*PCIATA connector 2* SATA 6Gb/s+6* SATA 3Gb/s+ 1*Power eSATA Intel announces worldsSATA RAID (front bezel) RAID 0,1,5,10, JBOD first 3D Tri-Gate transistorsUSB 3.0 8 (4 front, 4 rear) technology for processors Source: 2.0 8 (4 front, 4 rear) gate-transistors-technology-for-processors/12064.htmlAudio Creative HW audio 20K2 May 5th, 2011Front audio headphoneamplifierNichicon MUSE capacitorLAN Bigfoot Killer™ 2100HW OC botton Yes (front bezel) When Intel said that they had a major, groundbreakingFeatures & Software 16 power phase, Dual announcement to make on Wednesday, we were betting on Power, 3 way SLI™, 4 the assumption that the chip giant had magically come up way CrossFire™ X, Driver with new processor designs that will eventually translate MOSFET, X-Fi, EAX, Dolby, to better performance for enthusiasts. As it turns out, we DTS, 3TB+ HDD,On/Off were not entirely wrong after all; Intels groundbreaking charge, USB 3.0,USB 3x announcement did in fact center around silicon transistor power, Smart6, UD3,DES2 technology. Apparently, the chip giant has managed to find a way to produce 3D transistors for its processors, and IvyAfter looking at its specifications, youll understand why its Bridge will be the first set of chips to make use of the new 3Dno ordinary motherboard. For the first time, a high end Tri-Gate transistors.Audio chipset, the Creative 20K2 is used and built into the 12
  • 13. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNot too long ago, Intel promised to deliver a "most significanttechnology announcement of the year" during a press eventthat was to be held on Wednesday (yesterday). Needless tosay, this has gotten many speculating about what the "mostsignificant technology announcement" would be, althoughmany were betting on Intel releasing details about someunprecedented breakthrough in its development of Ivy Bridge.As it turns out, they were not exactly wrong either. Indeed,Intels announcement was indeed directly related to Ivy ASUS expected to launchBridge, although it was on a much lower level than what mostwould have expected it to be. Apparently, Intel has successfully Tegra 3-powered tablets thismanaged to perfect its 3D transistor technology known as Tri- yearGate for high-volume production, and this technology will be Source: into Ivy Bridge, as well as future versions of the powered-tablets-this-year/12063.htmlAtom processor. May 5th, 2011 NVIDIAs Tegra system-on-a-chips (SoCs) may have only just started to see the light of the day in consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets, but it would appear that more OEMs are now turning to the graphics semiconductor giant for their chip supply due to Tegras impressive performance. And apparently, ASUS is not about to stop at NVIDIAs Tegra 2 SoC for its tablets; word has it that the Taiwanese OEM will be oneAccording to Intels press release, Tri-Gate "represent(s) of the first few companies to make use of NVIDIAs upcominga fundamental departure from the two-dimensional planar Tegra 3 SoC for its future offerings.transistor structure" as most processors were fabricated with It is only recently that mobile communication devices such2D transistors prior to Intels perfection of Tri-Gate. By as smartphone and tablets have started adopting the use ofutilizing a 3D transistor design for its processors, Intel claims NVIDIAs Tegra 2 SoC for their processing needs, but eventhat the company is now in the position to extend Moores then, it would appear that some OEMs may have alreadyLaw for the forseeable future, as the laws of physics would gotten a head start over their competitors where futurehave made any development on the 22nm die shrink of Sandy versions of the Tegra SoC may be concerned.Bridge impossible without a complete redesign due to physicallimitations. Apparently, word has it that ASUS is currently well on its way in developing at least three more tablet PCs this year.In addition to allowing Intel to proceed with its development According to a report posted by DIGITIMES, the Taiwaneseon the 22nm process, the chip giant is also claiming that OEM has plans for a 10-inch Eee Pad Slider EP102 and seven-the 3D Tri-Gate transistors will allow its chips to achieve inch Eee Pad MeMo EP71 in the next three months, but it is the"unprecedented power savings and performance gains". This third and unnamed tablet that has gotten our attention. Thisis reportedly due to the transistors design allowing for is because the report claims that the unnamed tablet will beoperating at "lower voltage(s) with lower leakage". By Intels making use of NVIDIAs Tegra 3 SoC, which has been toutedown estimations, Tri-Gate transistors provide up to 37% more as the worlds first SoC to posses a quad-core CPU.performance than the conventional transistor designs used inits 32nm process, but consume less than half the power. 13
  • 14. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone a smartphone catered exclusively for the fairer sex may be one of odder developments to take place in the smartphone market And yet, here we are today with news about a supposed ladies-centric smartphone, made by none other than HTC, and powered by Googles Android operating system. Wonderful; so when will the guys be able to get their hands on a real mens smartphone? With almost every single smartphone on the market today sporting various design elements that are clearly intended to score points with the female crowd, some might be under the impression that the smartphone market is starting to experience a shift in target audience. After all, most ladies immediate priority when choosing a smartphone often has something to do with looking refined and sophisticated in front of their colleagues and peers. At least, that is until they start fiddling with their smartphones to find out how to perform the most basic of functions, since the instructional manual is always unceremoniously tossed out within the first six hours of the purchase. Still, it would seem odd that any OEM will attempt to put its revenues on the line by designing a smartphone that is meant to be used only the ladies, if only because the smartphone market is still fairly gender neutral at this point. However, HTC looks set to tip that status quo soon: rumour has it that the Taiwanese smartphone OEM is designing a special smartphone for Verizon that is almost designed entirelyAs most people probably know by now, the Tegra 3 SoC, when around a ladys needs and desires. And the name of thisreleased, will probably be the most powerful SoC to grace the smartphone? The HTC Bliss.insides of a tablet or smartphone. However, the SoC is slatedonly for a Fall 2011 release, whereas ASUS is gearing up fora May-July launch for its tablets. If we take into considerationthat the Tegra 3-powered version will probably be released acouple of months later in order to give the EP102 and EP71some shelf time on the market, an August or September launchfor a Tegra 3 tablet puts it right in sync with NVIDIAs officialrelease date, which suggests that ASUS may have securedlaunch partner rights for Tegra 3s release.No pricing about either tablet has been revealed, althoughDIGITIMES claims that the EP102 will be powered by anNvidia Tegra 2 processor, while the EP71 will use a QualcommCPU.Rumour: HTC working onAndroid-powered smartphonefor the ladies?Source: According to a report published by a website known as This IsMay 5th, 2011 My Next..., ?HTC has been holding focus groups with women between the ages of 20 and 30 in order to find out more about what makes a smartphone tick for the ladies. As a result, it should be of no surprise that the HTC Bliss features various design elements that are designed solely for their comfort, among many other things. This Is My Next...? claims that the Blisss design could essentially be described as the result "ifWith almost every single smartphone out on the market today the Desire S and the Desire Z were to mate"; with the Blissbeing designed in such a way that would appeal more to being about half a centimeter thinner than the Desire Z, butthe ladies than the tough, macho-looking guys, talking about without the dedicated keyboard. In addition, the back of the 14
  • 15. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBlisss body will have a rubber pad built into it to allow for easy May 5th, 2011gripping.On the software side, This Is My Next... ?is claiming that theBliss will come preloaded with various software vital for aladies physical and mental well-being. And by that, we meanthat the Bliss will be preloaded with apps that reportedly In todays news roundup: A budget gaming PC built to a costcompare shopping prices among different malls, along with of US$599 gets built and tested to see if it has the juice neededthe all-important calorie counter. Which is perfectly fine: we to perform as one; ASUSs mATX motherboard, the P8H67-Mall know that the fine ladies are devout supporters of retail Evo, which is said to offer an attractive price-to-performancetherapy and fine figures. Furthermore, HTC is reportedly ratio, gets reviewed; A recently-discovered patent dating backbundling in a different set of calming wallpapers into the to 2009 has ignited suspicions that Steve Jobs may be lyingBliss, whatever that means. about Apples policy with regards to collecting location dataLastly, word has it that the HTC Bliss will also have its own from iPhone users; Xobni for Outlook, an inbox plugin offeringset of ladies-centric accessories up for grabs. First up the list social intelligence and relationship management inside emailis apparently an intelligent wireless charging dock with built- messages, is opening an app store to users and developers;in speakers that automatically switches the Bliss into alarm Steam is currently having an EA Week promotion wheremode when docked, with the second accessory being a "square- selected EA titles will be put up for grabs at heavily discountedshaped" in-car speaker system that supports voice recognition. prices for each day of the week, and Rumour has it that theHowever, the last accessory is by far the most interesting Wiis successor will be using yet another proprietary opticalone, and it comes in the form of a cube-shaped strap-on disc format capable of storing up to 25GB of data, utilize SDaccessory that automatically glows when calls or messages are cards as its main media for data storage due to the consolereceived by the Bliss. In many ways, this little companion lacking a built-in HDD, and feature a resolution cap of up tocube resembles some of the radiowave stickers that start 1080i.flashing in a variety of colours when it detects the presence of Hardware newsradio waves transmitted by cell phones. $599 Gaming PC Built and Tested Description: When NVIDIA launched the GTX 550 Ti, it was interesting to see in their slides that they made mention of how it was the perfect model to build a $599 US gaming PC. As someone who has more power than I need in video and just about every other component of my system, I really found myself wondering, could we build a $599 US PC? Xigmatek Pantheon Case Review on Technic3D (German) Description: (Machine translation) The Xigmatek Pantheon is the next PC-Case in the Technic3D Editorship. The Pantheon Tower supports ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards and have place for eight Cooling-Fans and a Watercooling Kit. We will check this and many more in the following Review. Patriot 32GB Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Madshrimps Description: The latest high performance Supersonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive from Patriot Memory features Quad Channel Technology and has exceeded our expectations in terms ofAs we have mentioned before, news about the HTC Blisss write speeds, managing to beat all other previously tested USBexistance is still a rumour at this point of time, and it is very 3.0 similar products.possible that this information about the Bliss could end up ASUS P8H67-M Evo Review @ ocaholicas nothing more than an elaborate hoax. But until the official Description: With the P8H67-M EVO ASUS has an mATXconfirmation (or denial) comes, one cannot help but wonder if motherboard in its portfolio which tries to win customersthe HTC Bliss will spawn with it a new wave of smartphones hearts with an attractive price performance ratio. Wether thisspecially tailored for the sophisticated uptown lady. As for board is able to convince or not thats what we will show onus...well...we will hang on to the hope that macho-looking the following pages.smartphones for the guys will start appearing on the marketsoon. Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Review @ Tweaknews Description: So, youre unsatisfied with your current full- tower case? Not enough room? Too plain? Well, XigmatekThe Daily VR-Zone News may have the answer. Their new Elysium is one of the largest chassis on the market and will even support the huge SR-2Summary - 4 May 2011 (HPTX) platform. With room for two power supplies andSource: a whopping ten expansion bays, the hardware choices aremay-2011/12055.html virtually limitless and the front drive bays will support eight 15
  • 16. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehard drives and up to five ODDs at the same time without Logitech Ultimate Ears 100 Noise Isolating Earphones Reviewmodification. Description: Logitech are super veterans of the PC industry and have basically covered every type of audio product andAntec One Hundred Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews PC peripheral known to man. And its initially here that weDescription: The Antec One Hundred computer case is touted must plead ignorance to the success Logitech have been havingas "the gaming case that delivers high-end features at a price all over the world with their Ultimate Ears product range.that wont break the bank." Many gamers (and non-gamers) Because put simply, we had never heard of Ultimate Ears untilwill purchase cases with sexy exteriors, only to find that the the 100 series were delivered to us.functionality and performance of the case are significantlyhindered. For experienced users, a gaming case brings certain 16GB Zune HD drops to $169, edging closer to EOL?expectations, such as the need for good cooling, ease of use for Description: With Windows Phone 7 offering full Zuneinstall and re-installation of components, proper placement functionality and then some, the new mobile OS has clearlyof USB ports and audio jacks, as well as several other factors. created a surplus of lower-capacity Zune HD devices, causingBenchmark Reviews will take the Antec One Hundred for a Microsoft to respond with a rather significant price drop.spin and you can decide if it meets your criteria for a good Typically, a discount would indicate an imminent refresh, buteconomy gaming case. we doubt thats the case here. The 16GB Zune HD has shaved off $30, to $169.99, and you can now grab the 32GB versionAMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review @Hi for $199.99 -- the same price you would have paid for the 16Tech Legion gig before the drop, and nearly $100 less than the $299 youllDescription: With the new Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition spend on a 32GB iPod touch. The 64GB model is holding fastCPU, AMD has upped the speed for their existing AM2+/AM3 at $349.99, but with a $70 plunge on the mid-capacity model,platform. The Phenom II X4 980BE clocks in with a stock you might have just enough cash left over for that tattoo youvespeed of 3.7Ghz, making it the fastest out of the box clock always dreamed of.speed AMD currently offers. With an unlocked multiplier, thePhenom II X4 980BE also invites you to explore overclocking iPhone 5 will miss June and July, says AT&T representativeand see just how much more speed you can get. The Phenom Description: The next iPhone will indeed miss the standardII 980BE also sports a full 2MB L2 cache and 6MB L3 cache. June-July release schedule, an AT&T customer representativeIn the AM3 platform, the onboard memory controller is able claims. The statement was made after one customer noticedto take full advantage of DDR3 memory up to PC3 10600. that his eligibility for a subsidized upgrade had been delayed by over five months, and contacted AT&T for an explanation.HIS Radeon 6870 IceQX Review - XSReviews "Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release theDescription: Just to keep things fresh and prevent you all from iPhone in the June to July timeframe, though there will begetting bored with all the headset reviews we’ve been putting a newer version in the future," part of the representativesout recently, here’s something a bit more internal,a GPU from response reads.HIS. This is the IceQX variant of their HD 6870 Graphics cardfrom AMD. Gaming newsConsumer Electronics and Software news Pilotwings Resort Nintendo 3DS Review Description: Pilotwings as a series is an interesting one. FirstApple patent application indicates Jobs may have lied launched on the Super Nintendo system, the game is eitherDescription: The ongoing kerfuffle over Apple devices derided or loved by each gamer with a Nintendo console. Theallegedly tracking their users locations has taken yet another fact is that the older games were hard, incredibly hard in fact;turn. It all started on April 20th, when tech bloggers Alasdair so difficult that you could get stuck for hours on end withAllan and Pete Warden reported their discovery that iPhones nothing to do just trying to beat one challenge. However, forand 3G iPads running iOS4 were supposedly maintaining many gamers that is what made the game so appealing anda stealth file of locations that the devices had traveled to when we heard that it was coming to 3DS with 3D graphics– with their users. Apple responded on April 27th, stating we were excited. However, we also had a worry that giventhat the devices were simply anonymously contributing to a the casual market that Nintendo now targets, it would bedatabase of local Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers, that helped to toned down and unfortunately this is only the beginning of itstriangulate the phones location faster than GPS alone. Now, problems.however, a just-discovered patent application filed by Apple in2009 has some people doubting that claim. It is a EA Week On Steam Description: It is a EA week on Steam as a variety of selectedXobni Opens App Store for Outlook games from the publisher will be going on crazy sale. Today isDescription: Xobni for Outlook, an inbox plugin offering a Need for Speed sale, you can get Need for Speed: Undercoversocial intelligence and relationship management inside email for just $2.50! If you want to lay out a bit more (but stillmessages, is opening an app store to users and developers not very much), Need for: Speed Shift and Hot Pursuit areTuesday. The Xobni Gadget Store allows users to pick available for $6.80 and $14.99, respectively. (prices are all inand choose from nearly 20 free and paid applications USD)to add to their Outlook experience. At launch, the storeincludes gadgets from notable productivity, CRM, social media Wii Successor Lacks a Hard Drive, Includes 8GB Internaland collaborative-focused companies including Dropbox, Storage - ReportEvernote, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Salesforce CRM, Description: Nintendo will officially detail its successor to theChatter and Yammer. Wii in just over a months time at E3. In the meantime we have 16
  • 17. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto continue parsing through rumors about every aspect of the and MSI has even managed to squeeze in a reset and a powersystem. The latest such report from Kotaku suggests Nintendo button.will again eschew hard drives with its new console and instead Around the back we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports,offer 8GB of internal, flash-based storage. a FireWire port, two USB 3.0 ports, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, a Gigabit Ethernet port and mostMSIs Z68MA-ED55 poked and importantly to some, as this is a Z68 board, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port. For such a tiny board were quite impressed byprodded on Chinese site the fact that MSI has somehow managed to squeeze in whatSource: appears to be a 10-phase PWM design and this board is alsoprodded-on-chinese-site/12060.html using tantalum capacitors all around the CPU socket.May 5th, 2011We almost missed this one, but it turns out that MSIsupcoming mATX Z68MA-ED55 has made a well-documentedappearance on a Chinese website with no less than four pagesworth of pictures of it. This is also one of the first mATX Z68boards weve seen, in fact; its the only other board apart fromASRocks Z68 Pro3-M. We have a feeling that the Z68MA-ED55 is going to be anWe almost missed this one, but it turns out that MSIs expensive mATX board, but its packed to the brim withupcoming mATX Z68MA-ED55 has made a well-documented features, although we wouldve liked to have seen a pin headerappearance on a Chinese website with no less than four pages for a pair for front USB 3.0 ports as well, but beggars cant beworth of pictures of it. This is also one of the first mATX Z68 choosers as they say. The board has already been listed on aboards weve seen, in fact; its the only other board apart from European price comparison engine, but sadly no-one seems toASRocks Z68 Pro3-M. be supplying any kind of pricing as of yet.MSIs Z68MA-ED55 appears to be a higher-end mATX boardcompared to ASRocks Z68 Pro3-M, least not based on the factthe MSIs board has a pair of x16 slots. That said; youd need First picture of Asus M5A99Xa case with at least five expansion slots if youd want to takeadvantage of both slots while using dual-slot graphics cards. EVO motherboard Source: board also has two PCI Express x1 slots, but as this is a motherboard/12059.htmlmATX this is where the expansion slots end. May 5th, 2011 As far as leaks goes, AMD has managed to keep things secret about its upcoming AM3+ platform pretty quiet, but were finally starting to see a few leaks here and there from its partners ahead of Computex. The first picture of Asus upcoming M5A99X EVO board has just made an appearance and it looks like were in for a treat if this is what a mid-range AM3+ board looks like. As far as leaks goes, AMD has managed to keep thingsThe Z68MA-ED55 has been designed with overclockers in secret about its upcoming AM3+ platform pretty quiet, butmind and MSI has added features like its OC Genie and were finally starting to see a few leaks here and there fromreadout points for various board Voltages, a feature usually its partners ahead of Computex. The first picture of Asusonly seen on higher-end ATX boards from MSI. As things are upcoming M5A99X EVO board has just made an appearancea little bit cramped on a mATX board we have to make do and it looks like were in for a treat if this is what a mid-rangewith the standard four SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports AM3+ board looks like.that the chipset provides. Other on-board features include fourUSB 2.0 headers for a total of eight ports, a FireWire header In all fairness, the picture is from and odd angle and we cant really see what I/O ports the board has which is a bit of a 17
  • 18. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneshame. Even so, we can make out a lot of the details of the theres a good possibility that this board will hit retail beforeboard and form a good opinion about whats on offer. Due the new AM3+ CPUs are the slightly odd placement of the 990X chipset the firstexpansion slot is missing which isnt exactly a fantastic start,but at least it only gets better from here. Asus kicks off DigitonThe slots consists of three x16 slots, with the primary and Motherboard City competitionsecondary slots sharing bandwidth in a dual x8 mode when Source: are in use due to chipset limitations and the third slot city-competition/12058.htmlmost likely being a x4 slot. There are also two x1 PCI Express May 5th, 2011slots and a single PCI slot. AMDs chipsets still support PCI, sotheres no need for a bridge chip that takes up a PCI Expresslane on AM3+ boards. If you think you have what it takes to figure out how to build your own virtual city based on Asus motherboard technology, then make sure you swing by Asus Digiton Motherboard City game for a chance to win one of 20 Sandy Bridge motherboards over the next two months. If you think its going to a breeze to enter this competition, than think again, as its a lot more challenging than it sounds. If you think you have what it takes to figure out how to build your own virtual city based on Asus motherboard technology, then make sure you swing by Asus Digiton Motherboard CityInterestingly Asus has gone with the new, more compact CPU game for a chance to win one of 20 Sandy Bridge motherboardscooler retention mechanism ASRock was showing off back at over the next two months. If you think its going to a breezeCeBIT. As with all motherboards with AMDs SB950 were to enter this competition, than think again, as its a lot morelooking at six native SATA 6Gbps ports, although Asus has challenging than it sounds.added another two ports via a third party controller whichlooks like its from ASMedia, but it could very well be a Marvell Lets start with the prizes. From now until the second of Junechip, as the angle of the picture doesnt reveal the text on the you have the chance to win one of two P8Z68-V Pro boards,chip. one of three P8P67 Pro boards or one of five P8P67 LE boards. The from the third of June until the first of July you can winOther on-board features include a front USB 3.0 header one of two P8Z68 Deluxe boards, one of three P8P67 Procourtesy of an ASMedia host controller, three headers for an boards or one of five P8P67 LE boards. However, to be eligibleadditional six USB 2.0 ports, a header for a FireWire port from to enter the prize draw you need to score an overall score ofa PCI based VIA FireWire controller and a serial port header. 36,000 points in the Digiton Motherboard City game.Its also clear that the board has an audio and Gigabit Ethernetcontroller from Realtek, although as to what exact models, wedont know.As for the rear ports its pretty safe to say that were looking at7.1-channel audio, at least a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a FireWireport, a selection of USB 2.0 ports, maybe a PS/2 port, anEthernet port, a CMOS reset button, most likely some form ofS/PDIF outputs and maybe an eSATA port as well. Of course,most of these are standard features today, but some of themare at least given judging by the chips on the board.The 8-phase PWM design seems to take up a fair bit of spaceon the board thanks to its straight layout and this also appearsto be one of the reasons that the chipset is located so far downon the board. Were not sold on the heatsink designs either, but From first onset the game looks like a simple affair, there aremore specifically the MOSFET heatsink appears to be taking eight different Asus motherboard technologies represented atup a lot of space and might block larger CPU coolers. Otherwise the bottom of the screen and clicking them will make little stickthe board has pretty much all of the standard Asus features figures appear that start doing various things, mostly involvingyoud expect, such as EPU, TPU and MemOK. Well have to constructing buildings. However, as simple as this may sound,wait a bit longer for pricing and the full details of the board, but you need to combine the various motherboard technologies the right way to hit the high score which is required to enter 18
  • 19. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe competition. The screen shot below shows what the final 256GB SSD, not a tiny 20GB like Intels upcoming Larsencity should look like. Creek SSD.The different technologies also interacts with each other as you Beyond SSD caching we might also be seeing support forbuild them, so to be able to hit a score of 36,000 you need to switchable graphics, although so far Apple hasnt hinted atmake sure all of the upgrades are done in the right order, or any kind of support for Intels Quick Sync technology, but itsyoull end up with some that arent upgraded enough for the possible that this is also one of the reasons why Apple wenthigh score to be reached. It might not be a game of skill as such, with the Z68 chipset. From a cost perspective, the Z68 chipsetbut youd be surprised by the un-logical logic behind the game isnt much more expensive than the H67 or P67, but unlessand taking into consideration that weve tried pretty hard to Apple is considering taking advantage of the SSD cachingbeat the game already, but failed miserable, we can only wish functionality, the company could just as well have gone withyou the best of luck. the H67 chipset. Also seen in the pictures is Intels Thunderbolt chip and this isApples new iMacs uses a rather large chip, about the size of a CR2032 battery. Were curious though; does the 27-inch iMac feature two of theseIntels Z68 chipset chips, or only one thats shared between the two ports? ItsSource: also surprising to see that Apple is using WD Caviar Blue hardchipset/12057.html drives in the iMac, as these are budget hard drives and wed atMay 5th, 2011 least expect the Caviar Green considering the cost of an iMac. Oh and if you were thinking of doing some DIY upgrading of your iMac, forget about it unless you dont mind voiding your warranty, as you have to pop the display panel off to get to the bits inside. You got to love iFixit, its barely a day since Apple announcedits Sandy Bridge based iMacs and we already have a full Sandy Bridge-EP CPU hitsteardown of the 21.5-inch iMac. Although much of the bits Ebay, can be yoursinside didnt hold any real surprises, we almost choked on Source: dinner when we read “Intel BD82Z68 Platform Controller yours/12056.htmlHub”. Yes, the new iMacs sports Intels yet to launch Z68 May 5th, 2011chipset, something we really didnt expect to find in an iMac.You got to love iFixit, its barely a day since Apple announcedits Sandy Bridge based iMacs and we already have a fullteardown of the 21.5-inch iMac. Although much of the bitsinside didnt hold any real surprises, we almost choked onour dinner when we read “Intel BD82Z68 Platform ControllerHub”. Yes, the new iMacs sports Intels yet to launch Z68 Were still at least four to five months from Intels launch ofchipset, something we really didnt expect to find in an iMac. the Sandy Bridg-EP Xeon series of processors, but if you have enough cash to spare, you can own one today. The CPU wasOf course, specs like chipset and CPU models used is one of listed on Ebay earlier today and judging by the pictures andthose things that Apple doesnt share with the general public, details posted by the seller; this is the real genuine deal.but unless iFixit messed up and wrote down the wrong chipsetmodel, this is interesting in more than one way. For starters, Were still at least four to five months from Intels launch ofApple could add support for SSD caching via a future software the Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon series of processors, but if you haveupdate and there are iMac models on sale with both an SSD enough cash to spare, you can own one today. The CPU wasand a hard drive, although in this case were talking a huge listed on Ebay earlier today and judging by the pictures and details posted by the seller; this is the real genuine deal. 19
  • 20. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe CPU is of course an Engineering Sample or ES CPU as May 5th, 2011theyre also known as and its not intended for general usage.That said, what we appear to be looking at here is a XeonE5-4600 or E5-2600 series CPU. Why? Well, simply becauseits an LGA-2011 part and these CPUs will end up in one or theother Xeon family depending on how many sockets the CPU DonanimHaber has leaked a series of information regardingsupports (4600 series for quad socket, 2600 series for dual AMDs upcoming FX (Bulldozer) and A (Llano) processors.socket). The seller on the other hand seems to think hes got a AMDs next-gen line-up is almost identical to the leaksCore i7 Extreme Edition CPU for the X79 chipset, but this isnt in March, both for FX-Series and A-Series. Performancelikely to be case here. benchmarks arent a novelty either - with previous leaks pegging FX 8 Core CPUs as 50% faster than current gen Phenom II X6 1100T. The new benchmarks are PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Vantage. In PCMark Vantage, the FX 8-Core CPU matches improves by ~30% over the Phenom II X6 1100T and matches the Core i7 2600K. We have in the past seen the PCMark Vantage to be less multi-threaded oriented, with the i7 2600K regularly edging out Gulftown 6-core CPUs. The same affects the A-Series quad core APUs which simply cant keep up with Intels dual core i3-2100 CPU.The CPU is labelled Q19D ES 1.60GHz which is again speakingvolumes for this being a Xeon CPU rather than a high-endconsumer desktop part. The information provided by the sellerclaims that this is an 8 core 16 thread part and the sameseller has offered a similar model, Q19J which is also a 1.6GHzpart, but presumably with 6 cores and 12 threads. The Q19Jpart is said to have 15MB L3 cache which sounds about right,although were not sure if these CPUs are for dual or quadsocket systems. As expected, the Llano APUs are very strong in 3D Mark Vantage, offering performance several times that of Core i3 2100, and even the i7 2600K. The entry level A4 APU is able to double the performance of the HD 2000 graphics integrated in i3 2100. Unusually, AMD have decided to add HD 6670s to the Phenom II X6 and FX 8-core configs, but not the competing i7 2600K platform, so the 3D Mark Vantage benchmarks proves to be a little meaningless for Bulldozer. Of course, consumers will hope that this means the FX 8100 will be priced lower than Core i7 2600K. In regards to the previous leaks showing ~50% improvementThe 8 core CPU is listed for US$1,359.99 (S$1,675) while oddly over the 1100T, so why is the FX 8 core CPU not appearingenough the 6 core CPU was listed for US$1,699.99 (S$2,093), as strong in these latest benchmarks? It is simply because PCa steep price indeed for both of them. Either CPU will of course Mark Vantage has never been known to be a heavily threadedalso need a motherboard based on the C600 series chipset benchmarks. We can expect the FX 8100 to offer incredible(also known as Patsburg) to work properly, something that performance in multi-threaded applications, while it maywere not likely to see until Computex at the end of this month. lag behind the Core i7 2600 in less threaded applications. Unfortunately for AMD, a great many applications still dont fully utilize 8 threads. The same goes for the Fusion APUs -AMD FX-Series / A-Series GPGPU acceleration hasnt caught up as much as AMD wouldVantage Benchmarks Leaked have hoped, for daily applications.Source: FX-Series and A-Series are both set to release in the June-Julybenchmarks-leaked/12054.html timeframe, with official announcements in June. 20
  • 21. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMicrosoft rolls out "7392"update for Windows Phone 7Source: 5th, 2011Microsoft may have been in the spotlight for the wrong reasonsrecently with regards to the rate software updates were beingdelivered for its Windows Phone 7 platform, but it wouldappear that the Redmond giant is doing its best to put all ofthat behind it as soon as possible. And what better way to doso than to release yet another software update that fixes a fewsecurity flaws, as well as delivering a little bonus at the sametime? Interestingly, it would seem that Microsoft is also using the "7392" update as a means of delivering the previous "No Do" updates that were reportedly never delivered to many consumers over various "carrier testing" issues. Indeed, the "7392" updates description does mention that applying the patch will also result in the device gaining access to various other features that may have been missed in previous updates. This has also been backed up by Microsoft, which claims that all Windows Phone 7 updates are cumulative by nature, and that the update packages will usually come bundled with previous updates as well. That being said, it would appear that not all Windows PhoneHere is a tip from us: if you have a smartphone that utilizes 7-powered handsets will be getting some "7392" love fromMicrosofts Windows Phone 7 operating system, today will Microsoft, for MobileTechWorld is claiming that the update isbe a good day to dive into the Settings menu in the OS and only available for download on HTC, LG and Samsung Focusfire up a search for any downloadable updates that may be smartphones, at least for the time being. Well, you cannotavailable for the device. Apparently, word has it that the expect Microsoft to please everyone, no?Redmond giant has already started rolling out a new WindowsPhone 7 update for consumers. However, unlike the previous"No Do" updates which were centred around adding new Kinneir Dufort shows offfunctionality to the OSs limited feature set, the new update, concept smartphone withwhich is currently known as "7392", is aimed at patching aknown security vulnerability with certain " fraudulent third- upgradeable hardwareparty digital certificates". Source: smartphone-with-upgradeable-hardware/12050.html May 5th, 2011 The idea of if it aint broke, dont fix/change it may sound great for users who do not take very kindly to the idea of junking away working electronic devices just because they are obsolete by todays standards, especially when one takes into consideration the amount of electronic waste produced today. And with smartphones being discarded like trash as soon as a new model is released, it is only prudent that someone would eventually step in to do something about it. Which is exactly 21
  • 22. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhat a design company has done with its concept design May 5th, 2011for a smartphone that features...wait for it...user-upgradeablehardware. Yep, you read that right.We all love smartphones for their extensive capabilitiesand extremely mobile physical packages, but for most DIYenthusiasts, they can also be a source of endless frustration. NEC Asia Pacific has introduced two new additions to theAfter all, most users often find themselves trashing their M series of short throw projectors, namely M300XS andworking smartphones in favor of new models as soon as they M300WS. Both projectors offer 3000 lumens brightness andare released. Needless to say this results in unnecessary claim to deliver crisp images to screens and whiteboards.wastage, especially when of some of the newer smartphonesout there are usually nothing more than juiced up versions oftheir predecessors.Fortunately, it seems that a design firm has taken notice of thecurrent state of affairs and has moved to introduce its solutionto the problem. Unlike most smartphones that are limited toonly firmware updates, Kinneir Dufort looks set to buck thattrend with its new concept smartphone, the Revive, whichallows for easy upgrading of the smartphones hardware. Youknow, just like what we always do on our PCs. Singapore, May 5, 2011 – NEC Asia Pacific has announced its M series digital short throw projectors with the 3000- lumen M300XS and M300WS. Accommodating standard and widescreen needs, the M series projectors deliver strong images to screens and whiteboards (includinginteractive) from less than 1.1 metres away. Ideal for standard-sized classrooms and corporate conference rooms with limited AV space, the M300XS and M300WS short throw models are portable projectors that offer unique features like a virtually maintenance-free filter and 0.47:1 throw ratio for easier installation on a wall above the screen or whiteboard. Replacing the NP610S and NP510WS projectors,And by hardware upgrades, we are not referring to the act the eco features in the M Short Throw Series include ECOof swapping out the smartphones battery pack or microSD mode technology for extended lamp life, quick start (3 tocard and slotting in a new one. Instead, Kinneir Dufort has 4 seconds), autopower on via the RGB input connector andconfirmed that almost every aspect of the Revives hardware, direct power-off with no coolingrequired after shutdown.such as the processor and even the internal memory, are fair The M300XS and M300WS include the following features:game for upgrades, and the video below tells it all. Well, maybeexcept for the display; apparently, that is the one component - Short throw distance of 0.55 to 1.1 metreswhich does not get the same treatment. - 3,000 lumens in XGA and WXGA native resolutions, respectively Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.) - Lamp life up to 5,000 hoursAs stated, the Revive is still in the concept stage ofdevelopment, so whether this device will ever see the light - HDMI, dual computer, S video, video and USB inputsof day out of Kinneir Duforts offices remains a mystery.That being said, if the Revive does ever become a reality, - USB Viewer allows users to present without the use of awe can foresee lines of DIY enthusiasts queueing up for it. computer by displaying images stored as .jpg from an optionalAfter all, nothing beats being able to have your own unique USB memoryand futureproof smartphone customized right down to thehardware level, no? - Virtual Remote Tools (DDC/CI) allows users to control the projector directly from a computer without the need forNEC introduces new M series additional control cablesshort throw projectors - Variable audio-out to connect the projector to an externalSource: speaker and control the volume with the projector’s remotethrow-projectors/12051.html control 22
  • 23. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone- Wireless transmission of an image to the projector without engine), it looks like the software giant may gain a larger sharethe need for external components is achieved using Image of the mobile search pie in the near future.Express Lite- 10-watt speaker Osama lives! the form- Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility of online malware... Source: online-malware.../12048.html- ECO mode allows for multiple settings dependent upon May 5th, 2011the brightness required in the application and power savingsdesired by the user- Carbon savings meter calculates the positive effects ofoperating the projector in ECO Mode, which is encouraged byan optional message at startup Even in death, the name of one of the worlds most infamous terrorist still continues to haunt the world. This time, itPricing appears that Osama bin Laden is back to wreck havoc on theM300XSProjector - S$1,999 lives of millions of people attempting to trickM300WSProjector - S$1,999 less tech-savvy Internet users into visiting websites designed to exploit security flaws in various online technologies, or even downloading malware packages disguised as must-haveRIM collaborates with information about the terrorist. And just when you thoughtMicrosoft to bring Bing on you have seen the last of Osama bin Laden, too...BlackBerry devices So you rejoiced upon hearing the breaking news broadcast that the worlds most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden,Source: had finally met his maker after a joint US-Pakistani strikebring-bing-on-blackberry-devices/12047.html force laid waste to the compound he was taking refuge at.May 5th, 2011 However, it may seem that the celebrations may have taken place a little soon, for Osamas shadow has remained behind to haunt millions of users from all over the the form of malware that is rapidly being disseminated through the depthsDont be surprised if your newly purchased BlackBerry devices of cyberspace.are loaded with Microsoft Bing as the default search engine. According to various security analysts, Osamas death hasWell, that is only because Research in Motion and Microsoft become a hot topic in online searches, a fact which has ledhave recently announced the collaboration to bring the search many malware authors to take advantage of the resultingengine to the BlackBerry platform. public curiosity in various ways. To date, at least three known methods of tricking users into downloading malware disguised as media content of Osamas dead body have surfaced. The first method is by far the oldest but most popular method, and it involves sending malware packages through email for unsuspecting users to download and infect their PCs with. The second method is a little more social in nature, as it takes advantage of peoples need to social network online by putting up links of malware-infested sites on the popularResearch in Motion had a special guest speaker at the online social networking tool known as Facebook and invitingBlackBerry World, and it was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. readers to visit the links.Ballmer was there to announce the partnership with RIM andto have Bing as the default search engine on BlackBerry mobiledevices. No doubt, this would surely benefit Microsoft, thoughit is not known what RIM is going to get out of this.Microsoft has been aggressively promoting their Bing searchengine on various platforms such as Yahoo!, games like AngryBirds and also bringing Bing Streetside to other parts of theworld. It was speculated that Apple may use Bing as the defaultfor iPhone, but that didnt happen.With BlackBerry devices being rolled out with Bing as defaultsearch engine, and Nokia coming up with their WindowsPhone 7 smartphones (naturally with the Microsofts search 23
  • 24. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe third known method in the wild is a little moresophisticated but subtle; it involves compromising reputablemedia sources and putting links to various exploit kits toredirect unsuspecting users into getting themselves infected. JPR: Graphics shipments up,This method is by far the most insidious of the three, as mostpeople wil not be expecting a malware infection from visiting NVIDIA market share down inan established source of information online. Q1 11And lest you start thinking along the lines of oh-i-dont-use- Source:, we should probably point out that well- market-share-down-in-q1-11/12049.htmlknown anti-malware software vendor Kaspersky has revealed May 5th, 2011that some of the Osama malware used to infect PCs have beenspecifically crafted for the OS X operating system. Of course,the quality of the scare tactics used by the Mac-centric malwareleave a lot to be desired, but it does not change the fact thatmalware authors have started taking note of OS X as a viableplatform to carry out attacks on. Either way, the golden ruleregarding online content applies, regardless of a users choice Despite a 5% decline in overall PC shipments in Q1 2011, theof operating system: if in doubt, junk it. GPU industry saw a healthy 10.3% boost in Q1 2011. Intel gained more ground, aided by Sandy Bridge, with a market share of 54.4%. AMD came in second at 24.8% while NVIDIA saw a sharp drop in market share to 20.0%. In addition, while AMD and Intel posted 14.2% and 13.3% growth over Q4 2010, NVIDIA saw a decline of 1.7%. Of course, AMD and Intel have started shipping Fusion / EPG products with integrated graphics while NVIDIAs main stronghold is still discrete graphics. In terms of year-to-year, NVIDIA has experienced negative growth of 28.4%, while AMD has sharply gained 15.4%. This results in a market share drop of 28% to 20% since Q1 2010 while a gain of 21.5% to 24.8% for AMD, overtaking NVIDIA 24
  • 25. May 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneduring 2010. Intel has experienced a steady 9.7% growth aswell, once again at the expense of NVIDIA.Interestingly, the average of GPUs per PC has grown from115% in 2001 to 145% today - and many computers have twoGPUs today, an integrated and a discrete.The GPU industrys results have been surprisingly positive,given the doom-and-gloom surrounding overall PC shipments.With Q2 and Q3 finally bringing mainstream Fusion APUs,AMD is likely to see further growth, building upon theirimpressive results in the last one year. 25