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  1. 1. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Google announces partnerChromebooksSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-announces-partner-chromebooks/12169.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Other parts of the specifications include dual band Wi-Fi, optional 3G (most likely cost option), an HD webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader a pair of audio jacks andNot entirely unexpected, Googles first Chromebook partners surprisingly an HDMI port. Theres also a "full size Chromewill be Acer and Samsung and both companies have a model keyboard" and the Acer Chromebook is using an Acer "floatingthat will go on sale in the US on the 15th of June. Surprisingly island" type keyboard and it also has an "oversize fully-the two models are quite different in terms of not only in terms clickable trackpad". The battery is said to be good for up toof features, but also cost. In fact, the only similarity is the fact 6h of continuous usage, not a huge surprise considering this isthat theyre both black and running Googles Chrome OS. pretty much a netbook and the whole thing weighs in at a very portable 1.34kg.Not entirely unexpected, Googles first Chromebook partners Samsungs Chromebook on the other hand is slightly largerwill be Acer and Samsung and both companies have a model at 12.1-inches its surprisingly using a 16:10 display withthat will go on sale in the US on the 15th of June. Surprisingly 1280x800 resolution. Maybe this is a good way of getting ridthe two models are quite different in terms of not only in terms of old stock? Were looking at another unspecified dual coreof features, but also cost. In fact, the only similarity is the fact Atom CPU here and once again no mention of memory orthat theyre both black and running Googles Chrome OS. storage capacity. As with the Acer, the Samsung sports dual- band Wi-Fi, optional 3G, an HD webcam, two USB 2.0 ports,Acers Chromebook is an 11.6-inch netbook as far as the a memory card reader, but seemingly only a single audio jackspecifications goes, as at its core is an unspecified dual core and a "mini-VGA port" which is kind of frustrating.Atom processor. For whatever reason theres no mention ofsystem memory or storage space, although we wouldnt expecteither to be particularly huge, especially as the Cr-48 onlycame with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The screen shouldhave a resolution of 1366x768 pixels as far as we can tell, buttheres no explicit mention of the resolution apart from it being"HD". 1
  2. 2. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSamsung has gone for a chiclet keyboard design and onceagain an "oversize fully-clickable trackpad". The battery lifein this case has been upped to 8.5h which is pretty decent,although the weigh has also gone up a little bit to 1.48kg.Design wise the Samsung looks nicer that the Acer on thepictures, but were somewhat sold on the HDMI port and thesmaller size and lighter weight of the Acer.Where the Acer really wins though is on price, as it shouldretail for US$349 (S$432), although this is without 3G,whereas the Wi-Fi only Samsung model is US$429 (S$531)with the 3G model going for $499 (S$618). Its worth keepingin mind that at least in the US, owners of a Chromebookget 100MB of 3G data free every month for two years fromVerizon, although an unlimited day pass is a steep US$9.99 (S The DZ68DB is part of Intels media series of motherboards$12) and 1GB of DATA is $20 (S$25) a month, with 3GB for rather than the extreme series. Intel should be launching theUS$35 (S$43) and 5GB for a massive US$50 (S$62) a month. DZ68BC at a later stage though and this is part of the extreme series and should end up taking the top LGA-1155 board position ahead of the DP67BG. Were somewhat mystified byIntel Z68 gets official, own the DZ68DB as we cant really see this board having muchbrand motherboard too appeal unless you fall in the category of users that needs the power of a graphics card once in a while. However, in this caseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-z68-gets-official-own-brand- it would be wiser to spend your money on an H67 board.motherboard-too/12168.htmlMay 11th, 2011 So what we have here is a board that has a pretty good rear I/O layout with six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (via a Renesas host controller), a FireWire port, Intel Gigabit Ethernet (of course), an eSATA port (from the chipset), 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PIDF out and last, but not least, a DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI port. Intel has obviously decided to drop all types of legacy connectors here with no PS/2 or D-subIn case you havent been paying attention to whats going on connectors in sight.in the motherboard market for the past week or so, today isthe official launch of Intels Z68 chipset (note. This entirelydepends on what time zone you live in). Weve already coveredmany of the motherboards announced today, but Intel does ofcourse still have a line of its own motherboards and alongsidethe new chipset announcement, the company also launchedthe DZ68DB motherboard.In case you havent been paying attention to whats going onin the motherboard market for the past week or so, today isthe official launch of Intels Z68 chipset (note. This entirelydepends on what time zone you live in). Weve already coveredmany of the motherboards announced today, but Intel does ofcourse still have a line of its own motherboards and alongside However, the board itself doesnt impress much and as athe new chipset announcement, the company also launched matter of fact, this might as well have been a mATX board asthe DZ68DB motherboard. the lower half of the PCB is almost void of components. Its also interesting that on what should be a high-end board forThe Z68 chipset doesnt really hold any secrets by now and a company that has removed PCI support from its chipset; weIntel didnt really seem to make much of a fuss about the have a board with no less than three PCI slots. The board alsowhole launch. The interesting thing will be to see how many has a single x16 PCI Express slot and two x1 PCI Express slots.people will consider spending US$100 (S$124) for the Intel There are three SATA 3Gbps and two SATA 6Gbps ports on the311 series SSD designed for Intels Smart Response technology. board and not very much else apart from a set of four headersYou could of course use any SSD, but the faster the better for an additional eight USB 2.0 ports spread around the board.really. Its somewhat surprising that Intel only launched on The VRM design is also very basic and by the looks of it weremotherboard today though and its not even their high-end looking at a 4+1 phase design.models. Price wise the board is listed with one retailer in the US for about US$135 (S$167) which is pretty decent, but considering the uninspiring board layout, wed pick something else to be honest. That said, as with so many other Z68 boards, Intel does 2
  3. 3. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesupply a copy of Lucid Logix Virtu software with the board Intel will exhibit a range of mobility products and technologieswhich is at least something. at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall from May 31-June 4.In related news, Digitimes reports that top tier Taiwanesemotherboard makers are expecting to ship 350,000-400,000Z68 motherboards before the end of May. Gigabyte is expected DATES:to be shipping the bears share of this and it might turn outthat the companys claim of an 80 percent market share will Opening Ceremony:come true, as Asus in only expecting to ship 30,000 boards and Tue.-Fri., May 31-June 3 (9:30 a.m-6 p.m.)MSI and ASRock will only managed 15,000 together, if wereto believe Digitimes numbers. Sat., June 4 (9:30 a.m-4 p.m.) WHERE:Intel to Showcase Latest Intel Exhibition Showcase at ComputexTechnology on Mobile Booth M0410Computing at COMPUTEX TWTC Nangang, 4F (Address: No. 1, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang District, Taipei2011 City, Taiwan)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-to-showcase-latest-technology-on-mobile-computing-at-computex-2011/12167.htmlMay 11th, 2011 PRESS ACTIVITIES: Computex Opening Keynote Tuesday, May 31, 2-3 p.m. (Reception: 1:30–2 p.m.) Intel is hosting a series of events over at COMPUTEX Speaker: Sean M. Maloney, executive vice president andTaipei 2011 to unveil and showcase its latest hardware and general manager of Intel Architecture Groupsoftware technology innovations spanning a spectrum ofmobile personal computing devices. Intel will exhibit a range TICC, 3F Plenary Hallof mobility products and technologies at the Taipei World (Address: No. 1, Xin-yi Rd., Sec. 5, Hsin-yi District, Taipei City,Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall from May 31- Taiwan)June 4. PC Client Event Grand Hyatt Hotel, 3F, Ballroom A (Address: No. 2, Song Shou Rd., Hsin-yi District, Taipei City, Taiwan) PC Client Event Post-Keynote Press Q&A Session Grand Hyatt Hotel, Crane Room, 3/F Intel Speaker:Intel Corporation is hosting a series of events to unveil Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, vice president and general manager ofand showcase its latest hardware and software technology PC Client Groupinnovations spanning a spectrum of mobile personalcomputing devices. Netbooks and Tablets Event: Companion Computing Gets PersonalIntel’s presence at Computex 2011 will kick off with the Wednesday, June 1, 3-5 p.m. (Reception time: 3-3:30 p.m.)opening keynote address by Sean Maloney, executive vicepresident and general manager, Intel Architecture Group, at Grand Hyatt Hotel, 3F, Ballroom Athe Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), 3F PlenaryHall, on May 31. Netbooks and Tablets Event Post-Keynote Press Q&A Session Grand Hyatt Hotel, Crane Room, 3/F Intel Speakers: 3
  4. 4. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDouglas L. Davis, vice president and general manager of CPUs have a 65W TDP and 2MB L3 cache. The graphics clockNetbook and Tablet Group on these models start at 850MHz with a turbo clock of 1GHz.Douglas W. Fisher, vice president and general manager of No word on a launch date or pricing as yet, but its possibleSystems Software Division that theyll arrive alongside the Pentium G CPUs which are expected to launch on the 22nd of May. The Celerons should be priced below US$64 (S$79) as thats the expected price ofIntel Booth Guided Tour for Media the Pentium G620.Thursday, June 2, 10-11 a.m.Booth M0410 The Daily VR-Zone NewsTWTC Nangang, 4F Summary - 11 May 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--11-Computex Taipei Executive Speech 2011 may-2011/12165.html May 11th, 2011Speaker: Boyd A. Davis, vice president of Intel ArchitectureGroup and general manager of Data Center GroupMarketing TICC, 3F, Banquet HallSource : http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/05/10/media-alert--intel-at- In todays news roundup: AMD has admitted that it is willingcomputex-taipei-2011 to reconsider its x86 everywhere strategy if market conditions change drastically, in spite of it having no intention to licenseIntels Celeron G440, G530 ARM technologies for use in producing ARM processors at this point of time; ASUS has announced the launch of two new self-and G540 specs are out designed graphics cards, the Radeon HD 6770 DirectCU andSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-celeron-g440-g530-and-g540- HD 6750 Formula; Motion Computings enterprise-centricspecs-are-out/12166.html CL900 tablet is finally available for ordering in the US at theMay 11th, 2011 starting price of US$899; Microsoft has reportedly sent at least two employees packing from its offices over the alleged leak of the beta builds of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, making it one of the more high-profile sacking cases to occur over at Redmond; Square Enix has announced a Dragon Quest Wii collection which will consist of the original Famicom versions of Dragon Quest I, Dragon Quest II, andIn the midst of Intels Z68 chipset launch, details have Dragon Quest III, and their respective Super Famicom (SNES)emerged of three upcoming budget CPUs from Intel, its first G- versions, specifically Dragon Quest I & II and Dragon Questseries Celeron CPUs. What were looking at here are one single III, and Fans of Portal 2 can now start modding the game andcore CPU and two dual core CPUs which will be Intels new creating their own test puzzles now that Valve has released theentry level Sandy Bridge processors and a step down from the official game authoring tools for downloadsoon to launch Pentium G-series of CPUs. Hardware news Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid Tower Chassis ReviewIn the midst of Intels Z68 chipset launch, details have Description: A couple months back I took a look at the Cooleremerged of three upcoming budget CPUs from Intel, its first G- Master Test Bench V1.0, but it seems like it has been a whileseries Celeron CPUs. What were looking at here are one single since I had a look at a case from CM. The last couple of casescore CPU and two dual core CPUs which will be Intels new I looked at were the HAF-X, CM690II and the Storm Sniper.entry level Sandy Bridge processors and a step down from the The Sniper had some very cool features and a style all its own,soon to launch Pentium G-series of CPUs. keeping most of what made those cases a success while adding a fair bit of individualism to this new concept. AestheticallyThe most basic model will be known as the Celeron G440 and this case looks like no other I have seen and almost looks likethis is a 35W TDP single core 1.6GHz CPU with 2MB L3 cache. the case is in motion with the rounded design and stamped inThis almost seems too basic by todays standards and we have designs in the steel.a hard time seeing anyone being interested in buying this CPU.It has a claimed graphics clock of 650/1000MHz in standard/ Kingston X58 Triple Channel kit 2250Mhz Cas 9 Review @turbo mode. Madshrimps Description: At the latest MSI MOA Benelux qualifier we wereNext up we have the dual core Celeron G530 and G540 where allowed to play with MSIs Xpower board, some 980X ES CPUsthe only difference is clock speed, as the G530 is clocked at and some pretty high specced Kingston rams. The 2250Mhz2.4GHz whereas the G540 is a smidgen faster at 2.5GHz. Both CL9 triple channel kit seemed very interesting for a spin in the 4
  5. 5. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMadshrimps Lab. Could these blue beauties come close to the Google Finally Delivers On Promise Of Admin-Free Chromealmighty Corsair Hyper IC based GTX2s ? Whats the use for Frame Installs For IEsuch a high MHz kit for a daily user ? Is this kit Bloomfield Description: Today at Google I/O in San Francisco, Googlefriendly ? A lot of questions warped through my brain. Time to developers Amit Joshi and Alex Russell took the stage atopen the box and find some answers a breakout session to announce an important milestone: a version of Chrome Frame that doesn’t require admin rights toEK Water Blocks EK-FC580 GTX Nickel @ install. While this might not jump out at you as a huge thing,Hardwareoverclock.com it’s big news for millions of users stuck working at offices orDescription: The summer is not so far away, also the high schools with older machines where admins won’t allow themtemperatures of the hardware components, specially the video to upgrade to newer, modern browsers. And some 30 percentcard. A great alternative will be a water cooler, for example the of these users were not even able to install plug-ins for IE. NowEK Water Blocks EK-FC580 GTX Nickel. This cooler has an there’s a way around that with the new dev build of Chromeextreme high flow path design and unique increased cooling Frame. You can install this within IE without needing adminsurface over GPU keeps all your graphic cards components access.cool even at highest graphical loads and over clock. We havetested this sample on a GTX 570 in a comparison between Adobe Takes Wowza to Court Over Flash Patentsother alternative VGA coolers. Description: Adobe is taking Wowza Media to court, suing it for patent infringement related to its Flash Media Server.GIGABYTE Z68X UD4 Review @ Vortez Adobe filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for theDescription: So what do we get from GIGABYTE if the video Northern District of California last week, alleging patentoutputs aren’t present? Well with the Z68 chipset we have the infringement, false advertising and unfair competition.new Touch BIOS, SSD caching and we have been told – betteroverclocking. So today we will be putting the Z68-UD4 on our Google To Lease Chrome Laptops for $20/Monthtest bench and putting it through its paces within synthetic and Description: Google will begin leasing Chrome laptops for $20gaming benchmarks in order to reveal to our readers whether per month in a “student package” that includes both hardwarethere is any great advantage of moving to this new chipset over and access to online services, a senior Google executive hasP67. reportedly told Forbes. The report aligns with earlier rumors that Google would begin offering Chrome OS-based notebooksEthernet Aims for Terabit for between $10 and $20 per month this summer. TheDescription: IEEE 802.3 – among friends know as Ethernet official announcement is expected to hit the wire sometime– has formed a working group to look beyond 100 Gbps Wednesday.speed. Currently the group is soliciting input at expects toreport some time next year. There is, however already a divide Motion Computings CL900 tablet now available for order,between power users and silicon suppliers. End customers like starting at $899Facebook and Google cannot wait to get a higher speed version Description: Its been a while since we first laid eyes uponof Ethernet and is lobbying for 1 Tb/s as soon as 2013. They this rugged little guy, but Motion Computings CL900 tabletare countered by silicon suppliers who would like to move to is finally available for orders, starting at $899. Designed400 Gbps in the first instance. with enterprise markets in mind, the 2.1-pound Windows 7 slate runs on a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Atom Z670 processorOCZ IBIS 240GB Review @ ocaholic and rocks a 10.1-inch, 1366x768 multi-touch display thatsDescription: If you take a look at the SSD market, searching for shielded in Corning Gorilla Glass. Seated atop that displaya really powerful product, then youll definitely take the OCZ is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, with a 3.0-megapixelIBIS into account. With a throughput of 740 MB/s read and sensor keeping watch over the backside. Boasting a thickness720 MB/s write this drive shows serious throughput rates and of 15.5mm, the device also offers up to 2GB of RAM (along withalso the claimed 120000 IOPS are massive. a 30GB or 62GB SSD), promises a battery life of up to eightAMD May Reconsider Its Opinion About ARM Processors . hours and houses a USB port, SD card slot and Bluetooth 3.0Description: Advanced Micro Devices does not close the doors module.to ARM and may reconsider its x86 everywhere strategy if Lenovo spoils own ThinkPad X1s May 17 launch with videothe market requirements change drastically. Even though the Description: Lenovo effectively pre-announced the ThinkPadcompany is not working on a deal to license ARM technologies, X1 on Wednesday with a video (below). The minute-longAMD admits that its vision is generally similar to ARMs when ad was short on details but confirmed the backlit, spill-it comes to heterogeneous multi-core computing. resistant keyboard and Gorilla Glass screen. The PC builderASUS announces self-designed Radeon HD 6770 DirectCu and also pledged a May 17 release date.HD 6750 Formula graphics cards Microsoft Employees Fired Over Windows 8 LeaksDescription: ASUS announced the launch of the new self- Description: The recent leaks of Windows 8 suggests that theredesigned HD 6770 DirectCU and HD 6750 Formula graphics are sources within Microsoft that are letting out copies of thecards. Both are equipped with the ASUS-exclusive Super Alloy work-in-progress operating system. According to a well knownPower technology that delivers a 15% performance boost along leak tracker, as characterized by WinRumors, Microsoft haswith a lifespan that is 2.5 times longer than conventional fired two employees that the company believed to be leakinggraphics cards. the beta builds.Consumer Electronics and Software news Gaming news 5
  6. 6. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSquare Enix announces Dragon Quest Wii collectionDescription: With the Dragon Quest franchise being insanelypopular in Japan, it was only a matter of time before publishersSquare Enix formally announced that a collection of the seriesearlier games is in the works. According to the official site, saidcollection will be released on the Wii and will contain all fivepast titles on one disk. The games on the collection are theoriginal Famicom versions of Dragon Quest I, Dragon QuestII, and Dragon Quest III, and their respective Super Famicom(SNES) versions, specifically Dragon Quest I & II and DragonQuest III. Unlike Microsofts Surface and Surface 2 tabletop PCs whichSoulCalibur V Announced were available in 30-inch and 40-inch touchscreen displays,Description: At a press conference in Dubai just now, Namco Pioneers WWS-DT101 boasts a gigantic 52-inch displayofficially announced SoulCalibur V. While no details were that is capable of full HD resolutions, thus making it therevealed just yet, the game is slated for a 2012 release. We do largest known tabletop PC known to exist today. However,know that more info and a teaser trailer will be coming soon, in Pioneers case, bigger does not necessarily translate toso stay tuned for those. better; while Microsofts 40-inch Surface 2 multitouch displayAlright Modders, Lets Get Modding: Valve Releases Portal 2 supported up to a maximum of 50 simultaneous contactAuthoring Tools points, the WWS-DT101 is only capable of recognizing up toDescription: Admit it: while playing through Portal 2, you 10 contact points at any time.couldnt help but devise your own devious test lab puzzle. That being said, do you remember the little demonstrationWell, now is your chance to make that turret-bot filled vision made by Microsoft which showed off how users can place dataa reality. Valve has released the Portal 2 Authoring Tools on storage devices on Surface and its contents would spill ontoSteam. the display for easy collaboration? Well, it would seem that Pioneer has been hard at work in replicating this function inCant afford Microsofts the WWS-DT101. Which, in hindsight, makes perfect sense when one takes into account that the WWD-DT101 is meantSurface? Try Pioneers WWS- to be used as a digital conference system, and the ability to share files by simply sliding them around a tabletop PCsDT101 alternative instead display is definitely a huge time saver, no matter how one looksSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/can-t-afford-microsoft-s-surface-try- at it. However, Pioneer has once again managed to one-uppioneer-s-wws-dt101-alternative-instead/12164.html Microsofts Surface by adding tablets such as iPads to the listMay 11th, 2011 of supported devices in its collaboration process, as shown in the image below:A long, long time ago in a news posting made way, way backin January, we spoke a little about Microsofts new Surface2 tabletop PC and how it could potentially change the waybusinesses handle their digital collaborating needs. As it turnsout, there is a new contender in the tabletop PC game todaywhich is supposedly capable of performing the same tasks asMicrosofts Surface, and it comes in the form of Pioneers newWWS-DT101 discussion table PC that was launched today inJapan.Microsofts Surface tabletop PC is definitely one of the moreinteresting PCs out there to exist in the market today, andwe are sure that Apple and Google will be hard pressed tocome up with a suitable product to compete against it ifMicrosoft was willing to release the product for sale to end- What is more amazing though, is the fact that Pioneer, likeusers instead of limiting its purchase to enterprise customers. Microsoft before it, was able to pull off such features usingHowever, it would seem that Microsoft is about to face some nothing more than the standard PC software and hardware tocompetition in its own market segment very soon, thanks power the tabletop PC. Yes, you read that correctly; hiddento the introduction of Pioneers own tabletop PC, the WWS- under that pretty and flashy-looking user interface is the sameDT101, which is supposedly capable of performing the same Windows 7 operating system that we all know and love today,functions as Surface. while the giant touchscreen is powered by none other than a standard Intel Core i7 processor paired with 6GB of system RAM. 6
  7. 7. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAs is the case with most enterprise products, Pioneer has that is not x86 or x86-64 based. Therefore, it should be ofchosen not to set a fixed price on the WWS-DT101. Instead, the no surprise that the VersaPro Touch VT will be poweredcompany has seemingly adopted an open pricing model for by Intels Atom processor. To be more specific, it will bethe tabletop PC, which suggests that the WWS-DT101s pricing Intels recently-launched Z670 Oak Trail processor that willmay vary based on the results of negotiations between Pioneer be providing the computational horsepower needed to runand its prospective clients. The PC is expected to start shipping Windows 7 smoothly on the NEC VersaPro Type VT. Clockedin late July, so there should be plenty of time for customers to at 1.5GHz, Intel claims that the Z670 processor has beenstart making their way to the negotiation tablet with Pioneer. specially designed for use on tablets and is supposed to be capable of supporting 1080p video playback with some help from the onboard Intel GMA 600 graphics core; asNEC unveils Atom-powered such it should be powerful enough to support a desktop-tablet running Windows 7 for grade operating system like Windows 7 without any major performance hiccups.business users In addition, NEC has also announced that the VersaPro TypeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-unveils-atom-powered-tablet- VT sports a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that has a nativerunning-windows-7-for-business-users/12159.html resolution of 1280 x 800, is pre-loaded with the 32-bit versionMay 11th, 2011 of Windows 7 Professional, and will feature a user-removable battery pack. Last but definitely not least, the company also claims that the tablet utilizes a 64GB SSD for data storage purposes and can be used with a docking station to provide a desktop-esque experience for the user, as shown in the image below:Mention the words tablet PC to most consumers and chancesare the mental image they will conjure about such a deviceis one that runs on ARM processors and comes preloadedwith an operating system that is anything but MicrosoftsWindows. While that may be true in the consumer space, itwould appear that things are notably different in the enterprisespace; apparently, there is enough demand for tablets runningon Windows 7 for NEC to justify rolling out its own Windows-powered tablet for business users. Japan, meet NECs VesaPro The NEC VersaPro Type VT is expected to be available forType VT slate PC. purchase by business users in summer, with the pricing to be confirmed at a later date.Lets not deny it; Windows 7 is an astounding operatingsystem that works wonders on almost any PC available on themarket today. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the relatively high Icy Dock Debuts USB 3.0 EZ-hardware requirements and touch-unfriendly user interface ofits OS means that Windows 7 is essentially a no-go as far as DOCKconsumer tablets are concerned, especially when touchscreen Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/icy-dock-debuts-usb-3.0-ez-computing is starting to become mainstream for highly mobile dock/12163.htmldevices. May 11th, 2011However, things are usually different in the enterprise space,and based on the looks of it, tablets loaded with Windows 7are apparently doing well enough in various areas for OEMs tojustify their continued production. More importantly, it seemsthat NEC is keen to carve out a slice of the business tabletmarket for itself as well, having just launched its own Windows7-powered tablet, the VersaPro Type VT, today in Japan. Icy Dock has released the MB881U3-1SA, a USB 3.0 docking station supporting one 2.5" and 3.5" SATA/ IDE HDDs and SSDs. It features a USB 3.0 interface, removable aluminum stand for mobility, and works with both PC & Mac systems. The easy to use MB881U3-1SA is bundled with a low profile power adapter for 3.5 drives and is expected to hit store shelves soon. ICY DOCK PRESS RELEASEAs most of us will undoubtedly know by now, Windows isincapable of running on any other processor architecture 7
  8. 8. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Shuttle Announces SX58H7 Pro LGA1366 Mini PC barebone Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/shuttle-announces-sx58h7-pro- lga1366-mini-pc-barebone/12162.html May 11th, 2011Introducing Icy Docks new MB881U3-1SA USB 3.0 2.5 &3.5 SATA and IDE hard drive adapter with docking station Shuttle has unleashed the XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro,functionality. Icy Dock has taken another one of its tried and targeting gamers on the lookout for high-performance SFFtrue products and taught it some new tricks. It features the desktops. Measuring 326 x 208 x 189mm, the stylish barebonenew USB 3.0 interface for up to a 5 Gbsec transfer rate. The comes in a black aluminum enclosure and boasts an X58MB881U3-1SA is perfect for any DIY user or IT Professional motherboard, four DDR3 memory slots (up to 16Gb), dualin need of a quality hard drive adapter. The hard drive adapter PCI-Express x16 slots (for SLI/ CrossFireX), four SATA ports,will work with both 3.5 & 2.5 SATA drives and IDE drives and three drive bays, two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, I.C.E.use them on a USB 3.0 interface. (Integrated Cooling Engine) heatpipe technology, a 80-PLUS certified 500W PSU, audio connectors, two USB 3.0 andThe 2.5 SATAIDE drives can be powered with the USB cable eight USB 2.0 connectors. The XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro isalone. A small power adapter is included for faster or bigger available from major retailers and e-tailers now at a MSRP of2.5 hard drives or 3.5 hard drives. Using the USB 3.0 interface EUR 444.00 (excl. VAT).will maximize not only the SATA drives but also the IDE drives SHUTTLE PRESS RELEASEreadwrite speeds not found on other USB 2.0 products. TheMB881U3-1SA will accept almost any size of 2.5 3.5 IDE andSATA hard drives.Product Features • Perfect hard drive adapter with docking station functionality in USB 3.0 speeds. • USB bus power for 2.5 drives. • Low profile power adapter for 3.5 drives. • Detachable docking platform to use while on the go. • Compatible with both 2.5 & 3.5 SATA hard drives and supports hot swap. Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of • Compatible with both 2.5 & 3.5 IDE hard drives. Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers • Supports USB 3.0 connection for maximum of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC performance. Mini-PC Barebones, today launches its 2011 model with • Plug & Play USB 3.0 with backwards capabilities to Intel X58 Express chipset and support for all Intel Core i7 USB 2.0 for quick connection processors (LGA1366). • for any computer system. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro cuts an elegant figure • User friendly screw-less and tool-less design just plug with a black aluminium chassis, case and front panel. It also in the hard drive and play. boasts two heatpipe cooling systems – ideal for ensuring optimal heat dissipation and high stability. • Exposed working HDD stands in the air vertically for fast heat radiation. • Aluminum alloy stand is detachable for portable use. Owners of this powerpack have a choice to fit either two single- slot graphics cards or one dual-slot graphics card. Two PCIe- • Designed for PC & Mac systems. x16-2.0 slots offer an enormous bandwidth and a separate Mini-PCIe-x1 slot allows the installation e.g. of a WLAN module. 8
  9. 9. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone for DVD-R+R DL and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 48x for CD- R, and 24x for CD-RW".A further important innovation is the provision of external andinternal ports to the latest standards. Shuttles SX58H7 Prohas 2x USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gbits) and 2x SATA 6 Gbits. External Lite-on, manufacturer of numerous OEM PC parts, hasstorage media and internal drives (hard disks or SSDs) can introduced the eHBU212 external Blu-ray writer in Europe.now run at maximum speed. In addition, at the front and rear The writer boasts a USB 3.0 interface, 8Mb of cache memory,are 8x USB 2.0, 2x eSATA and 1x eSATAUSB 2.0 ports as LightScribe support, Smart-Burn and Smart-X technologies,well as eSATA power supply. Two 1000 Mbit network cards on and support write speeds up to "12x for BD-R, 8x for BD-Rthe mainboard of the SX58H7 Pro offer maximum reliability DL, 2x for BD-RE (DL), 16x for DVD-R+R, 12x for DVD-RAM,or maximum data transmission speed. The teaming function 8x for DVD-R+R DL and DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 48xenables the activation of failover or load balancing. for CD-R, and 24x for CD-RW". The eHBU212, bundled with CyberLinks Blu-ray Suite, can be pre-ordered from selectedWith the 80-PLUS-certified 500 W power supply unit, a resellers and distributors at a MSRP of €165.maximum configuration with 6-core processor, 16 GB DDR3 News via [Techconnect]RAM, one or two modern graphics cards and three drivesis possible at any time. A comparable configuration waspresented live at CeBIT 2011 and silenced the skeptics. ADATA Announces New PSU Series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-announces-new-psu-The technical possibilities offered here within a space series/12160.htmlmeasuring just 32.6 x 20.8 x 18.9 cm are simply astounding, May 11th, 2011states Tom Seiffert, Head of Marketing & PR at ShuttleComputer Handels GmbH. Although wed be hard pushed towin an energy-saving competition with the SX58H7 Pro, in theperformance per cm³ category this PC is streets ahead of itsrivals.The XPC Barebone SX58H7 Pro is available now. Shuttles Taipei based ADATA Technology, the world’s 2nd largestrecommended retail price is EUR 444.00 (ex VAT). vendor of DRAM Modules, has unveiled the BN series of PSUs. These 80 Plus Bronze certified units feature active PFC and comply with the European Energy Using Products DirectiveLite-on Unveils USB 3.0 Blu- (EuP) and The American Energy Star 5.0 standard. Availableray Writer in 400W, 450W, 500W and 550W capacities, they can be purchased from authorized retailers and e-tailers now.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lite-on-unveils-usb-3.0-blu-ray-writer/12161.html ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-May 11th, 2011 performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today announced the launch of its latest series of power supply for personal computers. The BN Series is targeted towards consumer and professional users who are looking for economical solutions in energy efficient power.Lite-on, manufacturer of numerous OEM PC parts, has With 80 Plus Bronze certification, the BN series offer up tointroduced the eHBU212 external Blu-ray writer in Europe. 85% efficiency, while the 95% Active Power Factor CorrectionThe writer boasts a USB 3.0 interface, 8Mb of cache memory, (PFC) minimizes power loss. The series comes in four wattageLightScribe support, Smart-Burn and Smart-X technologies, models to meet a wide range of individual user needs, andand support write speeds up to "12x for BD-R, 8x for BD-R DL, all models meet both the European Energy Using Products2x for BD-RE (DL), 16x for DVD-R+R, 12x for DVD-RAM, 8x Directive (EuP) and The American Energy Star 5.0 standard. 9
  10. 10. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe units run quietly and emit extremely low levels of capacitive touchscreen display is 3D-capable and boasts ainterference. native qHD resolution of 960 x 540. However, the company neglected to mention the exact version of Android that the phone will be shipping with, although the image above seemsAn interesting aesthetic touch on what is often a bland system to suggest that the SH-12C may be getting some (heavily-component is the patented design pattern on the laminated customized) Gingerbread love right out of the box instead ofsteel shell. The innovative surface coating process yields an the older Froyo.attractive textured appearance. That being said, it would seem that the dual 3D cameras situated at the SH-12Cs rear might just happen to be the smartphones real draw. Capable of capturing images at aAvailability remarkably high resolution of eight megapixels, the dualADATA BN Series power supply units are now distributed cameras can also be used to capture 3D HD videos at thethrough selected distributors and resellers. maximum resolution of 720p. Last but not least, Sharp did not provide any informationSharp introduces 3D AQUOS about the smartphones price in its press release, but sufficePhone SH-12C for Japan to say a smartphone that boasts both a 3D camera and a 3D- capable display is definitely not going to be the most affordableSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sharp-introduces-3d-aquos-phone- mobile communications device on the market. However, thesh-12c-for-japan/12158.html company did mention that the SH-12C will be released forMay 11th, 2011 retail in Japan on May 20 via NTT DoCoMo. As for the rest of the world...well, lets just say that watching pigs grow wings and fly would be a good way to pass the time while waiting for the SH-12C to show up on the shelves.Granted, mobile phones with 3D-capable displays are not the StarHub and M1 announcenorm yet, but it is only a matter of time before more OEMsstart hopping onto the bandwagon and rolling out devices iPad 2 offering; SingTel unveilsthat will see 3D-enabled smartphones eventually becoming iPad 2 price and availabilitythe new mainstream. However, those who prefer to live their Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/starhub-and-m1-announce-ipad-2-digital life on the bleeding edge of technology would probably offering-singtel-unveils-ipad-2-price-and-availability/12156.htmltake delight in the fact that there is a new player in the market May 11th, 2011for 3D-capable smartphones, and it comes in the form ofSharps new AQUOS Phone SH-12C.Smartphones sporting 3D-capable displays are more of anovelty than a mobile communication tool today due to the factthat consumer, carrier and software support for such devices Earlier this week, StarHub and M1 have announced that theyis still at its infancy. However, it is also widely understood would be offering the Apple iPad 2, though there have been nothat the world is slowly but surely moving towards 3D, and word on the pricing and availability. Today, SingTel unveiledthat it is only a matter of time before such smartphones their iPad 2 offering, the price and its availability.eventually take their place as the new standard mobilecommunication tool. And it will seem that Sharp is lookingto accelerate the adoption rate of 3D-enabled smartphoneswith the announcement of its own 3D smartphone, the AQUOSPhone SH-12C. SingTel has announced it will offer iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G in Singapore on May 14, this Saturday. The telco operator will offer iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G models with select tariff plans on a two-year contract, as well as a range of attractive data plansNot much about the SH-12C has been revealed by Sharp; for iPad 2 without a contract.indeed, the only thing we know about the SH-12C is that it has Here are the data plans:-both rear and front-facing cameras, is (obviously) preloadedwith Googles Android operating system, while the 4.2-inch 10
  11. 11. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Acording to the press release issued by Panasonic, the 14-inch Toughbook CF-53 is packs a multitouch-capable touchpad that is 25% larger than the ones found on previous versions of the Toughbook and an "adjustable backlit keyboard" that is meant to assist users who often use their notebooks under poor lighting conditions. Additional features present on the CF-53 include the use of a spill-resistant keyboard, a "high-definition LED display" and the ability to survive 30-inch drops on six faces unscathed, due to it passing nine MIL-STD-810G tests. Finally, the CF-53 will come standard with USB 3.0, VGA and HDMI ports and an SDXC card reader, along with anPanasonic announces integrated 3G modem from Qualcomm.its latest addition to the However, the CF-53s real draw stems from the fact that it isToughbook family - the CF-53 powered by Intels Sandy Bridge platform, and Panasonic has confirmed that the CF-53 will be available in three differentSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-announces-its-latest- configurations. The US$1,599 model is due for shipment inaddition-to-the-toughbook-family--the-cf-53/12157.html August and will feature an Intel Core i3-2310M processorMay 11th, 2011 clocked at 2.1GHz, a 320GB mechanical hard disk with a platter speed of 5400rpm along with 2GB of memory. The i5 model, on the other hand, costs US$1,899 and is expected to start shipping in June. It will pack an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor clocked at 2.5Ghz (3.2Ghz on TurboBoost), a high-performance mechanical hard disk with a platter speed of 7200rpm and 320GB of storage and 4GB ofPanasonics Toughbooks make for popular notebook PCs memory. In addition, a touchscreen-capable version of the i5among military and business users for obvious reasons, but model is available, although it will only start shipping in Julymost consumers who desire a notebook with bleeding-edge and will set consumers back by US$2,449.hardware usually tend to shy away from them because oftheir last-gen specifications. However, this is all set to changewith Panasonics newest addition to the Toughbook family, the A sneak peek at Asussemi-rugged CF-53, which is powered by...yep, Intels SandyBridge platform. Looks like good things really do come to those Maximus IV Gene-Zwho have the patience to wait, after all. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-sneak-peek-at-asus-maximus-iv- gene-z/12153.htmlMost of us are slaves to our notebooks when it comes to May 11th, 2011being productive while on the move, but more often that not,the cheap notebooks which most of us use as our primarymobile workhorse are seldom, if ever designed to handlethe abuses of the outside world. In fact, it would not be anexaggeration to claim that an accidental mishap that involvesphysical trauma is more than sufficient to see screen, bodyand battery part company from the device that was previouslycalled a notebook. In fact, such mishaps are the main reason Asus unveiled a tiny picture of its Maximus IV Gene-Z inrugged notebooks like the Panasonic Toughbook are in such its Z68 motherboard announcement, but it didnt really givehigh demand among careless professionals, and leave it to away a lot of details. However, VR-Zone can now offer somePanasonic to delight Toughbook fans with its latest addition to more detailed pictures of the board, albeit we have as yet notthe lineup - the semi-rugged CF-53. managed to get hold of a decent picture of the entire board. On the other hand, the pictures we have do give a good idea of 11
  12. 12. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonewhat the board has to offer in terms of hardware features andtheyre a lot more detailed than the first picture.Asus unveiled a tiny picture of its Maximus IV Gene-Z inits Z68 motherboard announcement, but it didnt really giveaway a lot of details. However, VR-Zone can now offer somemore detailed pictures of the board, albeit we have as yet notmanaged to get hold of a decent picture of the entire board.On the other hand, the pictures we have do give a good idea ofwhat the board has to offer in terms of hardware features andtheyre a lot more detailed than the first picture. The board also has a set of Voltage readout points for overclockers and of course X-Fi 2 SupremeFX audio. We cant really tell how many power phases the board has, but wed hazard a guess at something like a 12-phase design judging by the size of the heatsinks. Overall a pretty decent little board with plenty of features, although what remains is the one question we all would like to know, how much is it?First up weve got a larger picture of the one supplied with thepress release which still isnt all that detailed, but a lot betterthan the tiny one weve seen so far. Its clear from this picture In related news, Asus has also confirmed via its Asus ROGalone that the board has a single HDMI port, but lets have a forums that well be seeing the Maximus IV Extreme-Z at acloser look shall we? later stage, alongside the P8Z68 Deluxe and the P8Z68. Lian Li releases new casing Cowry PC-U6 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lian-li-releases-new-casing-cowry-pc- u6/12148.html May 11th, 2011Although the close-up we have of the rear ports doesntreveal everything, its clear that we have one special USB 2.0port here, most likely for Asus ROG Connect. Theres also aCMOS reset button around the back and beyond that it lookslike we were pretty much spot on, even based on the tinypicture provided alongside the announcement. The Ethernetcontroller is from Intel, and it has two ASMedia USB 3.0 host Very often, we see computer cases in the shape of the dullcontrollers. looking cuboid, but Lian Lis latest Cowry PC-U6 casing is set to dispel the conventional looks. Read on.Around the front we were also spot on, although its now clearthat the board also has a pair of pin headers for four USB 2.0ports. Theres also a POST80 debug LED and a power andreset button at the bottom of the board. Interestingly the PCIExpress x4 slot is open ended, so on theory a full-length cardcould be fitted to it. 12
  13. 13. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFrom a designers point of view, the Cowry PC-U6 certainlyscored a few points. Its design is sleek and really stands outfrom other regular cases. Although it is a mid tower chasis, the At the Google I/O conference, the company has announced thespecifications show that it can only mount Micro-ATX / Mini- new Android mobile operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich),ITX motherboards. This is probably why they only included 2 and revealed that the next Nexus smartphone will be launchedx 140mm intake fans by the side of the case. in Q4 this year. Andy Rubin, senior vice president of Mobile at Google, said that the next Nexus smartphone can easily run Android "Ice Cream Sandwich" platform. This means that the Nexus phone will only be ready closer to the end of this year. From the current development of smartphones, it would be no surprise if the Nexus phone incorporate dual-core processor. It is anyones guess whether Sony Ericsson would be the manufacturer tasked to make the new Nexus smartphone, seeing HTC and Samsung had already made one for Google. The biggest feature of the next version of Android mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, is that it will support both tablet and smartphone devices. Google wants to fulfil "One OS Everywhere", be it on the smaller screen smartphonesLian Li have included dust filters within the casing for easy or the tablets with larger displays.cleaning and a tool-less system for easy mounting. There isalso a little knob for the fan control found at the back of thecase. Its SRP is estimated to be US$349 (S$430). Updated:Gigabyte reveals Z68See the full specifications and introductory video of the CowryPC-U6 Case at the Lian Li website. board with mSATA connector Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/updated-gigabyte-reveals-z68-board- with-msata-connector/12151.htmlNew Nexus phone will May 11th, 2011incorporate Android "IceCream Sandwich" platformSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-nexus-phone-will-incorporate-android-ice-cream-sandwich-platform/12150.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Heres a surprise, Gigabyte is going to have more Z68 motherboards and well be seeing boards with an mSATA connector on them which will accept mSATA SSDs. Talk about spoiling it on the day of the launch of the much anticipated Z68 motherboards. Well, ok, its not that big of a deal, but its a neat feature and we can see other board makers follow suite.At the recent Google I/O conference in San Francisco, thesearch engine giant has revealed that the next Nexus Android Heres a surprise, Gigabyte is going to have more Z68smartphone is scheduled to launch in Q4 this year and will motherboards and well be seeing boards with an mSATArun the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The question is, connector on them which will accept mSATA SSDs. Talk aboutwill Sony Ericsson be the next manufacturer to build the phone spoiling it on the day of the launch of the much anticipated(after HTC and Samsung)? 13
  14. 14. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneZ68 motherboards. Well, ok, its not that big of a deal, but its May 11th, 2011a neat feature and we can see other board makers follow suite.The mSATA connector was developed for tablets and thinand light notebooks, but it works just as well on a desktopmotherboard. Its pretty much a mini PCI Express connector,although rather than having PCI Express and USB interfaces, It is old news that the next version of the Android operatingit does as the name suggests have a SATA interface. This allows system will be known as Ice Cream Sandwich (hmm, yummy)for extremely small, but standardised SSDs to be installed in and that it will supposedly be released to OEMs sometimesmall devices, yet more flexibility compared to soldering the in Q4 this year. But in spite of that, Google has somehowchips onto the PCB or using a non-standard connector or SSD. managed to push out an update for its tablet-centric build of Android known as Honeycomb in its Google I/O 2011 keynote address before it gets merged with Gingerbread to form Ice Cream Sandwich. So what can consumers look forward to the first major update to Honeycomb?Gigabyte has so far only provided a single picture via itsFacebook page of the new board and it doesnt reveal much atall about the board itself. The SSD in question is the mSATA Honeycomb-totting tablets are still few and far between on theversion of Intels Larsen Creek SLC SSD, also known as the 311 market, but it is clear that Google is trying its best to fix theseries. major bugs and issues that have been reportedly found on itsWhat details we can see from the board is that it has at least tablet-centric build of the Android operating system. However,one x16 PCI Express slot and the mSATA connector is located it seems that Google may have outdone even itself this time,between it and the CPU socket which is a somewhat unusual now that it has finally taken the wraps off what is essentially aplace to fit anything beyond a x1 PCI Express slot. Of course major update for tablets running on Honeycomb in its Googlethe model name has been handily cropped out of the picture I/O 2011 developer conference held at San Francisco.as well, so all we know for a fact is that its a Z68 board.Interestingly though, the blue PCB is suggesting that this isan entry-level motherboard, as Gigabytes higher-end boardshave black PCBs these days. That said, it could just be that thisis a prototype on the blue PCB and final boards will have ablack PCB.Update: Gigabyte has now announced the model names ofthe board with the mSATA connector and there will befour models, all launching sometime in June. The modelsare the Z68XP-UD3, Z68XP-D3, Z68AP-D3 and Z68P-DS3suggesting that all four models are fairly far down in Gigabytesrange as well as lacking display connectivity. On top of that themodel names give away that all three boards are full size ATXboards of which only one is part of the Ultra Durable 3 series, According to various reports, one of the major refinementsi.e. the other three models dont have 2oz copper layers in the made to Honeycomb in version 3.1 is centred around thePCBs. The P in the model names are obviously an indicator operating systems user interface. Google claims that thefor the mSATA connector. Wed expect to see the boards on updated user interface in Android 3.1 is now more intuitivedisplay at Computex. and efficient for consumers to use, due to the implementation of various features such as improved transitions between theGoogle unveils Android 3.1 at system and installed apps, while the Launchers animations have been tweaked to allow for "a smoother and fasterGoogle I/O 2011 transition to and from the Apps list". In addition, theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-unveils-android-3.1-at-google- user interface in Android 3.1 now features consistent audioio-2011/12147.html feedback, while the ability to resize widgets has also been added to the mix. 14
  15. 15. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAnother new feature which Google was quick to boast of inAndroid 3.1 is its newfound compatibility with a wide range ofUSB accessories. Examples of such accessories include digitalcameras, keyboards, computer mice and even that controllerfrom your favourite video game console. However, Google wasquick to add that its support for USB accessories is greatlydependant on the components used in the correspondingdevices, and that Android support for these devices is purelyup to the manufacturers discretion.Last but not least, the other new features present inAndroid 3.1 includes a faster web browser with an improveduser interface, an updated Gallery app which supports theimporting of images directly from digital cameras via PTP ,the introduction of new features for WiFi connectivity, such Specificationsas WiFi Lock and Preferred Network Offload and a new CPU AMD Dual-Core ProcessorMovies app which allows users to rent movies directly from the E-350Android Market. Chipset AMD Hudson M1 FCH (A50) Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 Memory 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR3 1066/800 SDRAM Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe x16 slot (x4 bandwidth) 1 x Mini PCI Express x1 slot Storage 4 x SATA 6GbpsThe Motorola XOOM will be the first tablet to receive the 1 x eSATA 6GbpsAndroid 3.1 update, which will be rolled out to owners of the Audio VIA VT1708B 8-channel Highdevice by as early as today. Also, word has it that the GoogleTV Definition audio CODECis slated to receive the update some time in summer, although Network Atheros AR8151 PCIe Gigabitthere is no word on when non-XOOM tablets will be able LANto obtain the update. And with Ice Cream Sandwich due forrelease in the fourth quarter of 2011, it seems that Android 3.1 Realtek RTL8188CE 802.11b/will be the first and last major update for Honeycomb before g/n (single antenna with rearboth the tablet-optimized and smartphone-optimized versions bracket included)of Android are unified back into a single common release. Rear Panel I/O 1 x RJ45 LAN connector 1 x Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)ECS HDC-I Review 1 x D-sub(VGA)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-hdc-i-review/12031.html 1 x DVI PortMay 11th, 2011 6 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0 1 x Bluetooth 3.0 adapter 1 x HDMI Port 1 x eSATA 6GbpsWe take a look at the latest AMD Brazos motherboard from 1 x S/PDIF Out (optical)ECS. Featuring USB 3.0, WiFi and Bluetooth, how well does 5 x Audio jacksthe ECS HDC-I compare with the other E-350 motherboards Internal I/O Connectors and 1 x CPU Fan connectorreviewed so far? HeadersTo date, weve looked at MSIs and Asus AMD E-350 1 x Chassis Fan connectormotherboards. Today well be adding another board to the 4 x USB 2.0 headerclub, ECS HDC-I. 1 x Front panel audio headerECS may be better known for no-frills solutions targeted at 1 x Chassis Intrusionconsumers on a budget, but the ECS HDC-I doesnt seem to fit connectorthis mold. Instead, its list of features looks to be on par with Form Factor Mini-ITX (170x170mm)the others weve seen so far. 15
  16. 16. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone No mirrors glossy coatings for these panels (matte anti-glare is here to stay), and the monitors will accept DVI-D and DisplayPort connections. All three models will be pushed outDell to release UltraSharp of the door by the end of the year, with the U2412M (orU2412M / U2412HM, U2312HM U2412HM) expected to appear first in Q3.and U2212HM soonSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-to-release-ultrasharp-u2412m-u2412hm-u2312hm-and-u2212hm-soon/12134.htmlMay 11th, 2011 Hotels.com introduces two new apps for iPhone andDell regularly refreshes its high-end LCD products Android phones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hotels.com-introduces-two-new-apps-approximately every one year and a half. Recent product for-iphone-and-android-phones/12146.htmllistings and driver releases on Dells support site reveal that May 11th, 2011the replacement for the UltraSharp U2410, the U2412M (orU2412HM), is on track for a Q3 2011 release, along with twoother smaller-sized models, the U2312HM and U2212HM. Hotels.com has recently introduced two new smartphone apps for the iPhone and Android phones. The apps lets users log in to their account, search for their accomodation options and do their booking.Last week, the folks over at HKEPC unearthed a monitor drivermeant for Dells upcoming high-end 24-inch UltraSharp LCD,which will be called the U2412M, according to the filename.This week however, FlatpanelsHD and TFT Central have both Hotels.com, a hotel booking website, has launched two newsuggested that the U2412M will be called the U2412HM, and smart phone applications for the Apple iPhone and AndroidDell will be replacing the current U2311H and U2211H with the phones. The two new applications, which are availableU2312HM and U2212HM respectively too around the same in over 30 languages, allow users to search and booktime frame as the 24-incher. from over 135,000 hotels around the world, with 20,000TFT Central went on to explain that the H in the model accommodation deals.name signifies a 16:9 screen aspect ratio, and the M an e-IPS The apps act as an extension of the Hotels.com website,panel classification. It is suggested that the new U2412HM 24- allowing travellers to log in as either a guest, or create aincher will use an e-IPS panel, move away from the 16:10 Hotels.com account from inside the app. User can searchformat and adopt a more common 16:9 ratio and native for accommodation options, browse two million user reviews,resolution of 1920 x 1080. Also, the use of White-LED (W- access hotel deals and book and manage their choices.LED) backlighting in the new monitor would mean revertingto a standard NTSC gamut. The ‘sign in once’ feature, which applies to both apps, automatically remembers previous users’ log in details toNext, the smaller-sized 23-inch and 21.5-inch models will be avoid hassle of the need to log in every time. Even without areplaced with the U2312HM and U2212HM. These two e-IPS data connection, all past and future bookings can be accessedpanels will be W-LED backlit, have a 16:9 aspect ratio and anative display resolution of 1920 x 1080. 16
  17. 17. May 11th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedisplaying a hotel address, phone number and map with just Other accessories include a carrying bag and velcro strips forone touch. cable management. The CSP-X1200CB has 80-Plus® Silver certification and highly durable & reliable 105°C and 85°C capacitors.Club 3D introduces 1200W See the full specifications at the Club 3D website.Power Supply Nikon announcesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/club-3d-introduces-1200w-power-supply/12137.htmlMay 11th, 2011 discontinuation of COOLPIX S4100 and S6100 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nikon-announces-discontinuation-of- coolpix-s4100-and-s6100/12145.html May 11th, 2011Club3Ds has introduced the CSP-X1200CB 1200W powersupply. Aimed at enthusiasts, it supports multiple graphicscards and has a semi modular design. It also features a 135mmfan to ensure ample cooling. Today, Nikon has issued a statement that they will be discontinuing their COOLPIX S4100 and S6100 compact digital cameras. The reason is due to issues with production and supplies. Read on for the official world wide announcement.Club 3D has announced its latest power supply, the CSP-X1200CB. This 1200W behemoth is aimed at hardware andoverclocking enthusiasts intending to run multiple graphicscards and high-end processors. Nikon has decided not to embark on sales of the COOLPIX S6100 and COOLPIX S4100, which were announced on February 9, 2011. Though these two models were announced in February, it has been determined that steady production and supply of these models will be difficult. For this reason, sales of the two cameras have been discontinued in Asia. We sincerely apologize to all those affected by this decision, and especially to those who had intended to purchase the camera, as well as our retailers and others whose business will be affected by the inconvenience this decision may cause. ZiiLABS announces new ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 media processors for Android Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ziilabs-announces-new-zms-20-and-The CSP-X1200CB has four dedicated +12V rails capable of zms-40-media-processors-for-android/12143.htmldishing out a total of 40A/1020W. There are sufficient PCIe May 11th, 2011power connectors for multiple graphics cards. A semi modulardesign reduces cable clutter, and a 135mm fan keeps the powersupply cool even under load. When Creative launched its ZiiO tablet last year, many techies were understandably more interested in the unique ZiiLabs 17