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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #3


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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

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. February 17th, 2011 Published by: | Stuff for the Geeks! The thermal design power (TDP) for the GeForce GTX 550 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti to is no more than 110W. As the TDP rating remains virtually thelaunch on March 15 same as the GeForce GTS 450s 106W, the new card will retainFebruary 17th, 2011 the same sunflower cooler as the latter. Currently, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is expected to launch March 15, 2011. Pricing is not available yet, but we estimate it to be around the US$200 mark.The upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, based on the newGF116 chipset is expected to launch on March 15. Although theGF116 is a mainstream chipset, NVIDIA has chosen to name its Intels LGA-1155 crossnew card the GTX 550 Ti, and not the GTS 550. Performance isestimated to be up to 35% faster than the current AMD Radeon platform compatibilityHD 5770, which also means the new card will tread into the confirmedGeForce GTX 460 familys territory. More juicy details inside. February 17th, 2011 There have been some rumours about Intels cross platform compatibility for the LGA-1155 and VR-Zone can now confirm that the current Sand Bridge platform will be compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform. That said, its not guaranteed that you’ll be able to pop an Ivy Bridge processor into a P67/H67 motherboard without having to think twice about it.It is interesting to note that NVIDIAs upcoming card willbe called the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and not the GTS 550even though it will be based on a new mainstream GF116chipset. Like its bigger siblings, the GF110 and GF114, theGF116 will undergo a similar transistor-level rework for betterperformance-per-watt.By carrying a GTX tag, we should expect the new cardsperformance to be considerably faster than its GF106-basedpredecessor. According to leaked material, the new GeForceGTX 550 Ti will be (up to) about 35% faster than the AMDRadeon HD 5770 in DirectX 11, and about 20% faster in There have been some rumours about Intels cross platformDirectX 10; it becomes apparent that the GeForce GTX 550 Ti compatibility for the LGA-1155 and VR-Zone can now confirmwill perform nearly as fast as the GeForce GTX 460 family. that the current Sandy Bridge platform will be compatibleLike the GF106, the GF116 will come with one 64-bit memory with the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform. That said, its notcontroller (out of three) disabled to form a 128-bit memory guaranteed that youll be able to pop an Ivy Bridge processorbus. The PCB will have a total of 12 pads, but only eight will be into a P67/H67 motherboard without having to think twicepopulated to provide 1024MB of GDDR5 memory. about it.Physically, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti retains a similar printed Its not going to be any issues putting a Sandy Bridge basedcircuit board (PCB) design to the GeForce GTS 450. The processor into a Panther Point chipset motherboard, as thereference board is expected to have a 3-phase voltage new platform is most definitely backwards compatible withregulation module (VRM) for the core and a single-phase for older CPUs. However, older motherboards and newer CPUsthe memory. have always been a bit of an issue, although one it seems Intel is doing its best to solve this time around. However,There will be two dual-link DVI-I ports and one mini HDMI there is a but and this but comes down to the simple pointport for display output. 1
  • 2. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethat Intel isnt releasing its cross compatibility guidelines untilsometime later this quarter.This potentially means that current board designs wont be Intel plans to launch their new 510 series codenamed Elmcompatible with Ivy Bridge processors. Considering that there Crest on 1st March and it will be Intels first 6Gb/s SSDtends to be power related design issues between various targeted at PC Enthusiasts, gamers and workstation users. TheCPU generations, current motherboards might not have been 2.5" 9.5mm drive is available in two capacities: 120GB anddesigned with Ivy Bridge in mind. Of course, this is something 250GB. The 510 series features :we dont currently know and well be putting the questionforward to the motherboard manufacturers and see what they The 120GB version will cost about $280 while the 250GBhave to say on the matter. version will cost about $580. One etailer in UK has even listed out the price of the 120GB version at £227 (~$366) and 250GBThe good news in all of this is that if youre happy with your version at £475 (~$767).motherboard for your Sandy Bridge processor, you shouldbe able to upgrade to Ivy Bridge without incurring the costfor a new motherboard. Of course Panther Point will bring The Daily VR-Zone Newswith it some additional advantages over P67/H67 such asnative USB 3.0 support and of course support for three Summary - 17 Feb 2011simultaneous display interfaces, but those might not be major February 17th, 2011upgrade points for everyone considering the cost of a high-endmotherboard.Intel 510 Series SATA3 SSDLaunch on 1st March In todays news roundup: Review of GlacialTech AlaskaFebruary 17th, 2011 Multiple Platform CPU Cooler; Preview of OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2582 200GB SSD; Leaked Dell Roadmap Shows Tablet, Smartphone Schedule ; Inception App: Easier to Understand Than the Movie (Review); Chewbacca Coming to Star Wars: The Clone Wars...and more Hardware News: Intel plans to launch their new 510 series codenamed Description: This extremely tall heatsink weighs in at 740Elm Crest on 1st March and it will be Intels first 6Gb/s SSD grams and occupies a lot of space; 130mm (w) x 101mm (l)targeted at PC Enthusiasts, gamers and workstation users. The x 156mm (h). The design allows the Alaska to be used on2.5" 9.5mm drive is available in two capacities: 120GB and Intel LGA775, 1156, 1366, AMD AM2, and AM3 platforms and250GB. The 510 series features ...... GlacialTech swears that it is easy to install. Description: With the Spawn, Cooler Master shows quite a simple gaming mouse where they focussed on the essentials. Compared to for example their Sentinel gaming mouse the applied less buttons and also simplified the software. Description: Thermaltake makes dozens of CPU coolers— there are thirteen separate models for Socket 1366 alone, of which the Jing is the most expensive at an MSRP of $69.99. Thermaltake bills the Jing as having "Optimized performance cooling and ultra-silent design". 2
  • 3. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Our engineering sample showed up plain and un-branded but obviously the production models will not whip IBMs Super computer,this way. Available in capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 300GB Watson, wins Jeopardywith MSRP’s of $525, $775 and $1350 respectively, expect to February 17th, 2011see the Vertex 3 Pro drives available soon.Description: This memories works with 2133 MHz and9-10-9-24-1T at 1.65 Volt. So we’ve found a very interestingkit for our Sandy bridge system, that supports memories up to2300 mhz. But what about the performance? IBMs Super computer, Watson beat its human competitorsDescription: ASUS P8P67 is one of the cheaper motherboards in the gameshow, Jeopardy. This clearly representsfrom ASUS, just around 1200-1300 Danish Kroner. But it still advancements in enabling computers to interpret informationhave a lot of interesting features and functions, like USB 3.0 in human context. Are humans in jeopardy? Read On.and EFI BIOSConsumer Electronics and Software News::Description: Dells roadmaps for tablets and smartphoneshave apparently been leaked, and the listings show devicesrunning on yet-to-be-released Google Android and Microsoftsoftware.Description: Warner recently released the official movie Appfor Inception. While there have been other Apps based onthe movie released by the movie studio, this is more of aninteractive application comaparible to a Blu-Ray in terms ofextras.Description: One thing that some people like to do is addTV watching functionality. If you dont want to do it with aPCI card of some kind, Compro are offering a USB friendly For some time, it seems that the humans would be able to beatsolution. Enter the Videomate U680F complete with remote Watson as it stumbled on topics such as politics and currentand 1080i support. affairs. Also, the humans, Rutter and Jennings (Not John Connor, in case youre wondering) had a working strategyDescription: The A90 looks like a photo frame without the of pressing the buzzer first while they figured out questionsphoto. The acrylic case is all black with the Mivizu company which involved matching the name of an Actor/Director to thename printed in white across the bottom. The bezel is pretty persons movie titles. Alas, Watson bounced back in the laterthin and feels a little flimsy under the hand without an iPad stages to win once again.installed. While Watson is able to beat us in terms of answering suchDescription: Verizon said the iPhone broke its record for the questions, it is far from being self-aware like Skynet. Instead,most phones sold in a 24-hour period, theres been a marketing IBM intended it to be a super-powered question and answerblitzkrieg, and analysts have praised the launch as a sort of machine. To construct Watson, IBM used 200 million pagessecond coming of Christ. of content stored on 4 terabytes of disk space (Watson doesGaming News: not have Internet access), as much as 16TB of memory, about 2,800 processor cores and approximately 6 million logic rulesDescription: Another iconic part of Star Wars history is being to determine the best answers. Watson took up 10 serverbrought into The Clone Wars, with the introduction of a certain racks, each with 10 IBM Power 750 servers and two largebeloved wookie. The New York Times has revealed that none refrigeration units all of which was housed in its own roomother than Chewbacca will make his debut on the series, in on IBMs Yorktown Heights campus. At the moment, whilea two-parter that will end Season 3. The storyline will find Watson is able to read text files through a speaker, it can onlyChewbacca teaming with Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalkers receive questions via text files.padawan. Watsons applications are aplenty, as it represents the abilityDescription: Historically, the Marvel vs. Capcom series has to create computers which are able to interpret informationbeen viewed as a light-hearted enterprise, an upbeat crossover in a human context. Having a huge library of informationto entertain the Westerners. Certainly this was true of the first is one thing, being able to search for the right informationarcade release, a game intended to introduce Capcoms poster automatically based on a question phrased in a human contextboys and girls to comic book fans, and not much else. is far more complex. 3
  • 4. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneOpen-source Chromium OSspotted running on ARMplatformFebruary 17th, 2011 According to Chinese gadget website Newpad, the OS inA long time ago, we wrote a short story about how Google question is being run off an SDHC card, while the platformmight plan to bring its web-only operating system known as which Chromium OS is running off on is known as theChrome OS to not only notebooks, but desktops and even Pandaboard. Apparently, the Pandaboard is utilizes Texastablet PCs. However, it seems like the open-source developer Instruments OMAP4 ARM Cortex-A9 system-on-a-chip, andcommunity might have already one-upped Google on the is said to support Adobes Flash platform.tablet front, for Chromium OS (the open-source branch of Of course, with a working proof-of-concept that ChromiumChrome) has just been spotted running off an ARM-powered OS can run reasonably well on both the x86 and ARMsystem in this years Mobile World Congress. architectures, it should only be a matter of time before weIn all honesty, it seems rather clear that such a thing was eventually see the real Google Chrome OS making its grandessentially waiting to happen, and it was only a matter of time entry into the tablet market. And when that happens...well,before someone would attempt to pull it off. After all, with lets say the competition in the mobile OS segment is about toarticles such as this and this, just about anybody would have get a lot more heated.easily come to the conclusion that the search giant is keen on Full video of the short exhibit, coming up right its web-based operating system known as Chrome OSon just about any computing device which utilizes an Internet Unprintable Content (Video, Flash, etc.)connection.However, as it has always been the case, the open-sourcecommunity is always at least one step ahead of Google, and this Windows hit by zero-dayfact was made especially evident in this years Mobile WorldCongress global exhibition. Apparently, the open-source arm vulnerability, XP and Windowsof Chrome OS, otherwise known as Chromium OS, has beenspotted running off an ARM-powered system in a certain Server 2003 affected February 17th, 2011exhibit over at the MWC. Seems like Microsoft had gotten a little too confident about the security of its ageing Windows operating systems and fell asleep at the wheel after the success that was Windows 7. Apparently, the software giant had forgotten that there are large numbers of people who still rely on older versions of its Windows operating system for their daily computing needs, for a new zero-day exploit against pre-Vista operating systems have been discovered by a security firm known as VUPEN Security. 4
  • 5. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Android Ice Cream combines both Gingerbread and Honeycomb; scheduled to launch within six months February 17th, 2011Security vulnerabilities are an unavoidable fact of computing At the Mobile World Congress, Google said that the nextlife today, regardless on the type of operating system you are Android mobile operating system, codenamed "Ice Cream" oron. After all, there is only so much an OSs developers (or "Ice Cream Sandwich", will be launched within the next sixvolunteers) can do to safeguard the system from potential months.attempts by hackers to gain access and wreck havoc in anotherpersons PC: there are bound to be holes which the maintainersmight have unintentionally overlooked.Needless to say, this situation makes for a very commonscenario for people on Microsofts Windows operating system.After all, pre-Vista versions of the Windows operating systemwere often derided by security experts as having security holesbig enough for the metaphorical bus to drive through, and itseems that the past has come back to haunt Microsoft in theform of a new zero-day exploit which targets...yes, you guessedit, Windows XP. More specifically, Windows XP Service Pack3, along with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2.Details of the vulnerability are as follows: At this years Mobile World Congress, Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt said that the new version of Android will be launched within six months. The naming convention will follow their rules, whereby the starting letter is "I" (after Honeycomb). The upcoming Android mobile operating system will also combine the features of both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. From various sources, the next Android version could be the rumored Ice Cream, or Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 2.3As can be seen from the screenshot above, Microsoft has yet Gingerbread is incorporated on smartphones, while Androidto release a patch that fixes the hole, so the only way users 3.0 Honeycomb is preinstalled on tablet devices. The newcan protect themselves from the exploit will be to filter both Android software is said to be capable of running on bothUDP and TCP ports 138, 139 and 445. And considering that smartphones and tablets.Microsoft just had its Patch Tuesday done last week, suffice tosay having an exploit discovered so soon after a security updateis going to have to be a bit of an embarrassment. MagicWand magicallyThat being said, wed rather see this news in a more positive stitches your Apple Magiclight: after all, would this not be the perfect excuse to upgradethat Windows XP-powered PC of yours to Windows 7? Trackpad and Wireless Keyboard into a single input device February 17th, 2011 5
  • 6. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNow that Apple has both a wirelesss keyboard and aMagic Trackpad which both feature near identical designphilosophies, it should be only natural that users wouldattempt to pair both devices together as a single piece ofhardware for maximum aesthetic appeal. And while TwelveSouths new MagicWand accessory does not exactly make useof magic to blend both devices together into one, the result issurprisingly sleek, for the lack of a better word. Hit up the linkfor more information.This might sound like a stereotype, but it is generally acceptedamong many people that Mac users typically tend to valuedesktop workspace cleanliness much more than the typicalPC user. After all, with a machine as sleek and aestheticallypleasing as a Mac and its accompanying hardware, it isonly understandable that Mac users will want their entireworkspace to be as visually appealing as the machine whichsits on the desk located there.And since Apple has demonstrated its desire that its computersand hardware be as integrated as possible in order to maintainits sleek and elegant image, it might probably be of littlesurprise that Apple users are starting to find themselves Looks nice, doesnt it? Well, it goes without saying that theadopting Apples philosophies to their daily computing MagicWand is designed to work only with the Apple Wirelesshabbits. At least, it appears to be so with the new MagicWand Keyboard and Apple Magic Trackpad, , both of which are notaccessory released by Twelve South. known to play very nice with non-OS X operating systems, so this is a classic case of only Mac users need apply. But if that is not an issue, the MagicWand is available from Twleve South at the price of US$29.99. All jailbreak PS3 gamers face PSN ban...for life February 17th, 2011The idea behind the MagicWand is simple. According toTwelve South, the MagicWand is " a cool little accessorythat connects Apple’s Magic Trackpad to your Apple WirelessKeyboard, creating the sleek, one-piece input device you’vebeen imagining". Simply put, the MagicWand is a simplebut elegant-looking bar which allows users to position boththe Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Magic Trackpadside-by-side to create the impression that the resulting PlayStation 3 owners be warned. If you jailbreak youroutcome resembles an all-in-one keyboard with Apples Magic PS3 game console, you may find that you cant access theTrackpad integrated into it. Needless to say, this results in a PlayStation Network (PSN) nor Qriocity movie-streamingslightly cleaner desktop workspace, as shown in the images service. Ever.below. 6
  • 7. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Motorola may have been teasing us with details about their upcoming Xoom tablet for quite some time already, but as all teases go, the company has remained steadfast in refusing to disclose the key detail everybody is waiting for: the size of its pricetag. Fortunately, it appears that the secrecy surrounding that piece to the puzzle has finally been broken thanks to an official announcement from the American telecommunications company. Read on to find out more.Sony Computer Entertainment has posted on its PlayStationblog that if a PS3 owner has used ways to circumvent the copyprotection of the game console, and when detected, the userwill be banned from the PlayStation Network and the Qriocitymovie-streaming service permanently.The official statement: When it comes to teasing consumers and partners with new Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the products, OEMs often love to employ a certain tactic. They PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by will release just about every single bit of information that hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized most consumers will not be interested in knowing, while or pirated software. Use of such devices or software intentionally holding back key details such as a release date or violates the terms of the “System Software License more importantly, the suggested retail price of the product in Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the an attempt to drum up some hype over an unreleased product. “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the Needless to say, that strategy is often successful in achieving PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community its intended purpose. And since most people tend to abide by Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System a popular saying that one should not attempt to fix or change Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 anything that is not broken, it should come as no surprise System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that that Motorola also attempted the same strategy with its Xoom system. In addition, copying or playing pirated tablet. After almost a month after Motorola confirmed the software is a violation of International Copyright existence of its Xoom tablet, American telecommunications Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or company has finally announced what appears to be the running unauthorized or pirated software will have finalized price tags for both the full and WiFi-only versions of access to the PlayStation Network and access to its Xoom tablet. Cue dramatic cash register cha-ching sound Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system in...just about now. terminated permanently. To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.Earlier, Sony has filed a lawsuit against Geohot when heshowed a demo of running homebrew applications on the PS3,based on the security exploit by the fail0verflow team. Thecourt has ruled that the hacker must turn over his computersand hard drives, and stop publishing about rooting the PS3 dueto violation of US copyright law. The case is still ongoing.Motorola confirms prices for According to a report by Reuters, Motorola claims that theupcoming Xoom tablet Xoom will be headed over to Verizon Wireless first, where itFebruary 17th, 2011 will be attached with a pricetag of US$799 for users who do not wish to purchase the tablet with a data plan from the US carrier. The WiFi-only version has a slightly thinner pricetag of US$600. 7
  • 8. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBoth numbers were confirmed to be the official prices of theXoom tablets by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, who claimed thatthe company had selected the aforementioned price points tocompete against the likes of Apple in the tablet space."Competing with Apple, you have to deliver premiumproducts," he said.And premium products typically tend to come bundled withequally premium pricetags, dont they?Windows Phone 7 Connector:Now Available for OS XFebruary 17th, 2011 Similar to how indispensable iTunes is for iOS-powered devices, one can think of Windows Phone 7 Connector as the iTunes of Windows Phone 7. According to Microsoft, the application is designed to allow for the syncing of media files such as images, videos and audio clips to OS Xs iTunes or iPhoto libraries, as well as simplify the process of flashing a Windows Phone 7 handsets firmware for firmware updates.What are the odds that a loyal Mac user would actually thinkof using a smartphone that comes with Windows Phone 7preloaded on it and not iOS? Well, apparently Microsoft thinksthat the number is high enough: after all, why else would thesoftware giants Windows Phone 7 Connector software app forWindows Phone 7 have found its way over to the Mac AppStore?Well, that took Microsoft long enough. Almost four months Unfortunately, it seems that the luxury of syncing onesago, we lauded Microsoft on how quick it was in attempting Windows Phone 7-powered handset through the Windowsto take measures that would make it easy for the average Phone 7 Connector software application is not extended toconsumer to migrate from their existing smartphones over to every single OS X user. This is due to the fact that the app hasits new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. Indeed, a rather stringent software requirement, and that is to restrictMicrosoft did not waste any time back then: barely two the use of this app to users of at least version 10.6.6 of the OS Xweeks after the operating system was launched, the software operating system. Simply put, non Snow Leopard users needgiant surprised everybody by producing a pre-release version not apply. Bummer.of Windows Phone 7 Connector which allowed owners ofWindows Phone 7 smartphones to sync their handsets on theMac operating system. 3 New Dual Core Sandy BridgeHowever, as all people know, pre-release software is neverstable, and as a result there was bound to be more than a CPUs on Feb 20th February 17th, 2011few rough edges with the beta version of Windows Phone 7Connector for Mac. That being said, it appears that Mac userswho happen to own Windows Phone 7-powered handsets willhave something to look forward to today, because a quicklook at the Mac App Store reveals that the finalized versionof Windows Phone 7 Connector has finally gone live and isavailable for download at the Mac App Store. 3 new dual core Sandy Bridge CPUs will hit the retail market on February 20th and they are Core i3-2120, Core i3-2100 and Core i3-2100T. Intel Core i3-2120 clocked at 3.3GHz featuring 3MB L3 cach/LGA-1155 package is going for US$138 (1Ku Tray Units). Intel Core i3-2100 clocked at 3.1GHz featuring 3MB L3 cach/LGA-1155 package is going for US$117 (1Ku Tray Units). A lower power version of the Core i3-2100 known as the i3-2100T clocked at 2.5GHz with 35W TDP is going for US $124 (1Ku Tray Units). 3 new dual core Sandy Bridge CPUs will hit the retail market on February 20th and they are Core i3-2120, Core i3-2100 and Core i3-2100T. Intel Core i3-2120 clocked at 3.3GHz featuring 3MB L3 cach/LGA-1155 package is going for US$138 (1Ku 8
  • 9. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneTray Units). Intel Core i3-2100 clocked at 3.1GHz featuring based media streaming service to iOS devices, it seems that the3MB L3 cach/LGA-1155 package is going for US$117 (1Ku Tray Cupertino giant has more things planned up their sleeves.Units). A lower power version of the Core i3-2100 known asthe i3-2100T clocked at 2.5GHz with 35W TDP is going for US$124 (1Ku Tray Units). It is interesting to note that there willbe another 7 LGA1155 processors in the pipeline for launchon May 22nd. They are Core i5-2130, Core i3-2105, PentiumG850/G840/G620, Core i5-2405S and Pentium 620T.GeForce GTX 590 and GTX 550Ti Surfaced in Beta DriversFebruary 17th, 2011 Accoding to a source familar with the matter, Apple is going to include social and location-based services on top of the speculated "digital locker" streaming system as reported by The Wall Street Journal. We spotted two very interesting entries in the latest 266.7xbeta drivers which imply the launch of the GeForce GTX Among the many services Apple is working on include:590 and GeForce GTX 550 Ti cards are nearing. GeForce GTX - A live video-streaming service like Ustream590 is a dual GF110 GPU solution with 3GB GDDR5 memory - A location-based check-in system like Gowalla orwhile GTX 550 Ti is based on GF116-400, comes with 1GB FoursquareGDDR5 memory. - A geo-tagging system codenamed "Tokens" that tags real-world locations, like Facebook Places on steroids. All the above services will be accessed through the revamped MobileMe and it will be constantly updated with users latest activities from their iOS devices; from music to videos, locations to photos. "The concept is that you would have you own website thats dynamic, all based on what you are doing at that moment," said our source. "Apple thinks of it as having a webserver in your pocket... everything will be dynamically updated to MobileMe."We spotted two very interesting entries in the latest 266.7x Looking deeper into the geo-tagging system, "Tokens" wouldbeta drivers which imply the launch of the GeForce GTX 590 allow other MobileMe users to tag reviews, photos and otherand GeForce GTX 550 Ti cards are nearing. GeForce GTX interesting information visitng those locations using the iOS590 is a dual GF110 GPU solution with 3GB GDDR5 memory devices built-in GPS.while GTX 550 Ti is based on GF116-400, comes with 1GB In a nutshell, it seems like Apple is trying to create an all-GDDR5 memory. Sporting a dual slot solution, the GTX 550 in-one social solution for all iOS devices user. The all-newTi reference design looks very much like its GTX 560 Ti revamped MobileMe is expected to be launched for free in thecounterpart with Dual DL DVI-I and a mHDMI port. summer, alongside with the upcoming iPhone 5.What is Apple planning for iPhone 5 to look like this?MobileMe? February 17th, 2011February 17th, 2011 With rumours of the next iPhone to include a 4-inch displayWhile the Wall Street Journal has previously reported that floating up recently and other reports of the iPhone 5 withoutApple is planning to revamp its MobileMe to include a cloud- the home button, how exactly will the next-generation iPhone look like? 9
  • 10. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Recently, there have been many hints and rumours that Apple is going to update its MacBook Pro line, since it has been almost a year ago when they were updated. Today we added another to the list from AppleInsider. Sources close to Apple reported that the new MacBook Pros will be shipped out around the first week of March. A person familiar with the matter said the MacWhile there are rumours of 4-inch screen components to be maker currently anticipates an introduction of thefeatured in the next-generation iPhone, many are expecting new models within about two weeks time, whichthe same hardware parts to be reused in the next iPhone from would represent a delay of just a couple of weeks fromthe iPhone 4. So how would they look like if those two factors when the company initially hoped to usher the neware combined? Well, above is a mock-up of how the iPhone 5 models onto the market.may look like with a 4-inch screen while preserving its currenthardware and size. But other than Sandy Bridge, Apple is also reportedly adding some new features to the MacBook Pro family.To be honest, I think it looks a little weird with the screenextending out to the edge of the phone, dont you think? The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 16 Feb 2011 February 17th, 2011 In todays news roundup: Nanya claims that contract prices for DDR3 memory is set to increase this month; AMDs Fusion platform gets reviewed in the form of Asuss E35M1- M Pro motherboard Nokia claims that the decision to go withBut how about the iPhone 5 without the home button? Windows Phone is key to ensuring the companys relevancyIt is possible to function the iPhone without the home button, in todays highly competitive mobile market, Samsung isas demonstrated in iOS beta with multi-touch gestures on the reportedly turning to laser technology in a bid to loweriPad, and future iPhones might really be home-(button)-less. production costs of their OLED displays, and Mega Biotech & Electronics has confirmed that it will be hosting a HatsuneDo you think Apple is going to surprise us with such radical Miku: PROJECT DIVA tournament at this years Taipei Gamechange in the upcoming iPhone? Show which is due to take place this weekend. Hardware News:MacBook Pros available in ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performanceearly March? Review @ Legit ReviewsFebruary 17th, 2011 Description: ECS is trying to improve the image of their products by releasing high end "Black Extreme" series motherboards. The latest in the "Black Extreme" series is P67H2-A Black Extreme. Based around the Intel P67 series chipset code named "Sandy Bridge", the ECS P67H2-A There are reports that the new MacBook Pros, which are due Black Extreme supports the latest Intel second generationfor refreshment, had already undergone production and that Core series processors. Over the past month we havevolume shipment will begin as soon as the start of March. taken an in depth look at the new Intel Core Processors, Mobile Processors, and motherboards from a couple different vendors . Our focus today is going to be on the performance and feature of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme... Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1866 BL2KIT25664FN1869 Review at Overclockers Online 10
  • 11. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Out of the box the Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1869 Nokia CEO: Why We’re More Relevant Than Everkit offers great performance that should satisfy just about Description: Facing a chorus of disapproval over its Microsoftanyone. If this isn’t enough these Ballistix sticks offer a decent deal, Nokia tried to switch focus today — by vowing to deliveroverclock while keeping the stock timings. Crucial has also Internet service to three billion new customers.put thermal sensors in these sticks so that you can monitor ASUS N73: One Step Closer to Perfection @ InsideHWthe temperatures with their Ballistix MOD Utility should you Description: ASUS has definitely decided to change theirreally want to push the limits. image as fast as possible and catch up with the more popularOvisLink AirLive X.USB 11a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual Band USB brands in terms of notebook computers. Several years back,Adapter Review @ Madshrimps their mobile department was all but disregarded, but thingsDescription: The AirLive X.USB Dual Band USB Adapter from changed over time, and their notebook profits have risen onOvisLink is an interesting looking product, with two external a quarterly basis. The fact that they have given notebook PCsantennas, to provide more coverage compared to most USB their full attention led them from churning out average modelsadapters on the market, that feature internal antennas. to certain series being prestigious even when compared to their competitors.Asus E35M1-M Pro Review: A Look at AMDs Fusion PlatformDescription: The Asus E35M1-M Pro motherboard we are Telekom Austria Group Launches An International Datatesting today is an implementation of the AMD Fusion/Brazos Roaming Tariffplatform that packs a dual-core AMD Zacate 18W processor Description: he Telekom Austria Group is taking a major(formally known as the E-350 APU), DirectX 11 graphics step towards the Global Village with the launch of a newsupport along with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, making for a international data roaming tariff, “abroadband”. The newrelatively inexpensive bundle at $140. product will allow customers to surf the net with their laptops, netbooks, tablets or smartphones in more than 50 countriesVisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card @ Benchmark Reviews around the world at a standard price of 59 cents per MB,Description: The VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Video regardless of their mobile provider. From now on, both leisureCard combines a Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 NIC and a and business travelers will benefit from high-speed mobileRadeon HD5770 GPU to offer a complete gaming solution that Internet access with downloading rates of up to 7.2 Mbps alongundercuts the price of buying both seperately, also combining with guaranteed cost security, saving up to 80% compared tothe network controller with the video card takes more work of conventional roaming tariffs.your CPUs shoulders allowing it to be better utilized in otherareas of your games. Im sure you are thinking that the HD5770 Samsung to start using laser to make AMOLEDs - that willis probably not the most powerful GPU out there and that make them cheaper and with a higher resolutionVisionTek could have maybe used something with a bit more Description: It turns out that Samsung is not content with thegrunt but this combination of technologies takes the original Super AMOLED Plus displays - and are already working on theVisionTek HD5770 from 7.5 inches long to 10 inches long, so next-gen AMOLEDs. These will use a laser deposition methodit makes sense for obvious reasons. Benchmark Reviews aims (LITI) - which will enable Samsung to make cheaper OLEDsto provide you with an unbiased review of the VisionTek Killer that will have a much higher resolution (over 300ppi). Its alsoHD5770 and report back our findings, keeping you informed an important step towards OLED TVs commercialization:on the latest technologies available on the market today. Razer Ferox Review @ VortezGelid Icy Vision Rev 2 Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Description: Today we will be taking a look at one of theirTweaknews latest products to hit the market. A portable audio solution forDescription: Gelid has started their aftermarket cooling legacy mobile gaming and music lovers. The Ferox speakers claim towith a strong step by releasing the Icy Vision Rev. 2. The cooler provide great overall audio and a powerful bass. For such ahas certainly passed the performance tests and proven its a small set of speakers it will be interesting to see if the Feroxcontender. Gelids design is adaptable, versatile, and backed live up to their reputation for being "tiny but mighty".up with very competitive results. Eurocom High Performance Business Class Notebooks areIntel Unleashes Core i7-990X, Slashes Pricing on Other High- now available in GermanyEnd Chips Description: Eurocom, ( the world’sDescription: Intel Corp. on Monday began to officially sell its leading developer of highly personalized, high-performancenew Core i7-990X six-core chip designed for those, who have notebook PCs, continues their global expansion with entryno limits in terms of performance or price in mind. The new into the German market. As of this month Eurocomprocessor is currently the worlds highest-performing central Mobile Workstations and Mobile Servers are available inprocessing unit (CPU) for desktops and ultra-high end desktop Germany. The company will sell their products via localreplacement notebooks. hardware dealers and directly to consumers via their website . This strategic step will improveDRAM contract prices set to rise in February, says Nanya Eurocoms position on the global market as a provider of high-Description: Contract prices for DRAM chips are expected end mobile computing increase by at least 5% in February 2011, starting to gainmomentum, according to Nanya Technology. The company Gaming News:had previously predicted that DRAM prices would start Mega Biotech to hold Project DIVA tournamentrecovering as early as the first quarter. Description: The upcoming Gran Turismo 5 Asia tournamentConsumer Electronics and Software News:: will not be the only highlight of the Taipei Game Show 11
  • 12. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone2011 at the Taipei World Trade Center this weekend. Mega output. It also comes with 5-megapixel auto-focus camera,Biotech & Electronics, the Taiwanese company responsible Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n wireless and GPS / A-GPSfor distributing rhythm arcade game Hatsune Miku: Project functionalityDIVA Arcade in Asia, will be hosting the first-ever newcomer ViewPad 10Pro - 1st Intel Oak Trail processor with dual OStournament in the show. The ViewPad 10Pro is a 10-inch commercial tablet PC withLego Pirates of the Caribbean: Tackling Tortuga dual boot functionality, offering switch capability betweenDescription: When we went to visit Travellers Tales for the Windows 7 for business use and Google Android 2.2 forfirst showing of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean last month, personal and social entertainment. The tablet is one of thewe were shown a level we werent allowed to tell you about: first on the market to incorporate Intel Oak Trail processor.Tortuga, the pirate port from Curse of the Black Pearl. It was a It has a 1024x600 LED backlit capacitive multi-touch panel,bigger, less scripted environment to play in than the opening is fully compatible with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and boastslevel, giving us a bit more room to stretch our game-evaluation approximately six hours of battery life.legs. ASUS showcases seamlessViewSonic launches V350, mobility concept at MWC 2011worlds first dual-SIM Android February 17th, 2011Froyo smartphoneFebruary 17th, 2011 Taiwanese company ASUS also has an appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Aside from the location-based service (LBS) smartphone, Eee Pad MeMO,Viewsonic has announced the V350 that claims to be the Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider devices, ASUS hasworlds first dual-SIM Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone at also unveiled their cloud-based services, which formed theMobile World Congress in Barcelona. a . at mobile World "seamless mobility" concept.Congress.ViewSonic has showcased V350 which claims to be the ASUS has showcased products and technologies that form partworld’s first Dual-SIM Android Froyo smartphone at Mobile of its "seamless mobility" concept at this year’s Mobile WorldWorld Congressthis week. The V350 sports a 3.5-inch HVGA Congress in Barcelona. Users get to experience ASUS mobilecapacitive touchscreen display, runs Android 2.2 Froyo products including the Eee Pad MeMO, Eee Pad Transformer,operating system, has active dual-SIM slots that enable the Eee Pad Slider and location-based service (LBS) smartphones,use of two network services at the same time. This feature and learn more about ASUS’ cloud-based services.allows travelers to carry one phone while still be able to take Seamless Mobilityadvantage of different pricing plans and network offers for The ASUS Seamless Mobility concept ensures users havevoice and data in various countries. Other features include complete access to their data wherever they are. This5-megapixel auto-focus camera, micro-SD expansion, Wi-Fi, ranges from using a smartphone to email, working on theirBluetooth 2.1 and assisted GPS navigation. notebook in the office or watching videos at home on the tabletViewPad 4 with Android Gingerbread OS computer.Viewsonic has also introduced the ViewPad 4 that offers Cloud Devices for Every Needboth phone and tablet functionality.The 4.1-inch WVGA ASUS has unveiled a wide range of notebook PCs at CES 2011touch capacitive device is equipped with a Qualcomm MSM in Las Vegas last month, the Eee PC netbooks, smartphones8255 1GHz processor and offers high definition 720p video and new range of tablet computers.recording, playback, upload, and mini-HDMI 720p display 12
  • 13. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO and a chance to see the ViewPad 10Pro, as ViewSonic had someEee Slate EP121 are available with three screen sizes, and a problems with the demo unit when we visited their booth.choice of either Google Android or Windows 7 Home Premium The ViewPad 10s is a Tegra 250 based 10-inch tablet withoperating systems. 512MB of DDR2 memory and a mere 512Mb of Flash memoryThe Eee Pad and Eee Slate tablets claim to deliver full that is currently running Android 2.2. The display has a nativemultimedia experience with high definition (HD) video, resolution of 1024x600 and ViewSonic is offering a model withbroad connectivity options and the widest range of media Wi-Fi only and one with Wi-Fi and HSPA connectivity. Thecompatibility with standards like Adobe Flash. Capacitive specs arent that convincing though, as you only get 802.11b/touchscreens are standard throughout, as is stylus input and g Wi-Fi and ViewSonic has only fitted a 1.3Megapixel for external HDMI displays. Other features include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a micro SD card slot, an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm headphoneLocation-Aware Smartphone Services jack. Its not the tablet wed buy, but wed expect it to be fairlyThe ASUS ‘seamless mobility’ concept extends to pocket-size affordable when it launches.devices too, and there are a number of ASUS smartphonesat MWC. Powered by Google Android, the models all includelocation-aware services that help users connect with the widerworld when they’re on the move with intuitive bespoke userinterfaces.Smart Cloud Storage for Every DeviceASUS will also demonstrate its range of cloud-based services atMWC. This includes ASUS Webstorage that offers automaticdata backup, easy access to personal data from any locationand instant file sharing. Webstorage adds to the portabilityand flexibility of user data, freeing consumers from theconstraints of physical hard drives, while providing robustprivacy and security measures.ASUS Webstorage makes massive amounts of online storageavailable, which can then be accessed from any internet- The ViewPad 4 on the other hand is an interesting device, leastconnected device — smartphone, notebook, netbook, tablets not by ViewSonics definition of what a tablet is. The ViewPadsuch as the ASUS Eee Pad range and even a desktop PC. 4 has a 4.1-inch screen and is as such considered a tablet by ViewSonic, while anything 4-inches or below is a smartphone.Entertainment is also part of ASUS’ cloud-based service line- Terminology apart, the ViewPad 4 sports a 1GHz Qualcommup - the @VIBE portal offers a huge range of online multimedia MSM8255 SoC, tri-band HSPA with download speeds of upand educational content, or the MEar music streaming service. to 14.4Mbit, quad band GSM, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of Flash memory, 800x480 pixel screen resolution, a rear 5MegapixelHands on with ViewSonics camera and a front facing VGA camera, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, aGPS, a micro HDMI and USB port and a 3.5mm headset Android devices It should ship with Android 2.4 when it launches and if theFebruary 17th, 2011 price point is right we can see this being another big seller for ViewSonic.After its success with the ViewPad 7, ViewSonic is continuingto expand its lineup of tablets and at the Mobile WorldCongress we got to spend a few minutes with ViewSonics latestadditions, the ViewPad 4 and ViewPad 10s as well as its newdual-SIM 3G Android handset, the V350. Sadly we didnt geta chance to see the ViewPad 10Pro, as ViewSonic had someproblems with the demo unit when we visited their booth. Finally the V350 is more of a budget handset with a 3.5-inchAfter its success with the ViewPad 7, ViewSonic is continuing 480x320 resolution display, a 600MHz processor, Androidto expand its lineup of tablets and at the Mobile World 2.2 and of course Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. What sets the V350Congress we got to spend a few minutes with ViewSonics latest apart from every other Android handset in the market is thatadditions, the ViewPad 4 and ViewPad 10s as well as its new it has a pair of SIM card slots, both supporting HSPA and bothdual-SIM 3G Android handset, the V350. Sadly we didnt get running at the same time. As such you can make and answer calls from two numbers without having to power cycle or 13
  • 14. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesomething similarly frustrating to access the second SIM card.Its also a very light handsets for its size at 125g and althoughwe dont know the price of the V350, were expecting this tobe a fairly budget friendly handset judging by the hardwarefeatures, despite the addition of support for a second SIM card. Intel wouldnt say too much about its upcoming 32nm Medfield Atom processor, although the company is currently sampling processors to its partners which is suggesting that we should see the first devices within the next six months or so. What is clear is that Intel is very serious about getting into the mobile phone market space, one way or another and its announcement that its now officially supporting Android is aIntel talks 32nm Atom and clear indication of this. Its not as if Intel has that many otherAndroid, demoes MeeGo tablet options to be fair, despite the fact that Intel is still pushing MeeGo quite heavily.February 17th, 2011Intel didnt have a ton of new things to show at theMobile World Congress beyond its new XMM platform forsmartphones and tablets, but one thing the company iscommunicating very clearly at the show is that Intel will haveAtom powered phones in the market later this year. These willbe based on Intels upcoming 32nm Medfield Atom processorwhich the company claimed will offer at least the same kindof standby power as the competition, presumably referring To that effect, the company was demoing a MeeGo tablet fromto ARM based products here. Intel also showed off a MeeGo EXOPC running a pane based UI, although we cant say thattablet based on the Oak Trail Atom processor, although the were sold on this approach after a quick play with the will also actively support Android on both tablets and That said, MeeGo is quite flexible when it comes to UIs andsmartphones. this is just one of many options and an attempt at doing something different. Some of the functionality worked quite well, but not the concept as a whole. The navigation experienceIntel didnt have a ton of new things to show at the was kind of peculiar as well, not helped by the fact that theMobile World Congress beyond its new XMM platform for home/back button was an optical sensor at the top left handsmartphones and tablets, but one thing the company is side of the screen. This wasnt a very intuitive way of navigatingcommunicating very clearly at the show is that Intel will have compared to every other touch screen based OS/UI weve usedAtom powered phones in the market later this year. These will in the past and took a little time to figure based on Intels upcoming 32nm Medfield Atom processorwhich the company claimed will offer at least the same kindof standby power as the competition, presumably referringto ARM based products here. Intel also showed off a MeeGotablet based on the Oak Trail Atom processor, although thecompany will also actively support Android on both tablets andsmartphones. 14
  • 15. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone see some very interesting projects being submitted. The voting will be open to the public and will commence on the 16th of May, so for those that want to compete, the projects have to be finished by the 15th of May. The winners will be announced on the 31st of May which happens to be the first day of Computex this year. There will be a first prize, two second prize and three third prize winners in each of the categories and theres also a bonus category where Cooler Master will award a special prize to what they think is the project that had the best effort put into it. Prize sponsors include AMD, EVGA, Gigabyte, Kingston, Patriot, PowerColor, THQ, Zotac and of course Cooler Master themselves.Intel also mentioned that it was disappointed with the fact that Some of the things you can win include SSD drives, RadeonNokia has decided to more or less drop its support for MeeGo HD 6900 series graphics cards, motherboards, memory, abefore the OS has even had a chance to show what it can do. We bunch of different products from Cooler Master including acan sort of understand Intels sentiment, especially as Nokia case of your choice, a 1200W PSU, coolers, portable chargers,didnt give Intel a lot of head warning and it was a very key mice and in the case of THQ, its soon to launch and muchpartner in the project. We have a feeling that MeeGo will have anticipated Homefront. Sounds like a competition worthtoo small of a market share in the smartphone market to ever entering to us if youre skilled with power tools and knows howreally make it, although as a tablet OS it might still have a fair to make a case mod that really stands out.chance. Facebook Launches Facebook Places in Singapore February 17th, 2011Cooler Master kicks off case Facebook today announced the launch of Facebook Places in Singapore. Already available in some countries, Facebookmod competition Places allows you to “check-in” and share with your friendsFebruary 17th, 2011 where you are and who you’re with, find friends who are nearby and discover new places your friends like – all in real time.If you want a chance to win a part of prizes worth an estimatedUS$15,000 and see yourself as the greatest case modder onthis planet, then you want to check out Cooler Masters 2011case mod competition. The registration opened today and itsopen to anyone over the age of 18 worldwide. There are twocategories to compete in this year and three prize categories,so even if youre not a professional case modder, theres a good Ever felt the need to keep tabs on where your real-life friendschance of winning a prize. on Facebook are currently at so that you might be able to know if they happen to be in the very same location you are currently at? If you do, an announcement made by the worlds mostIf you want a chance to win a part of prizes worth an estimated popular online social networking service would probably beUS$15,000 and see yourself as the greatest case modder on the news that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.this planet, then you want to check out Cooler Masters 2011case mod competition. The registration opened today and its Apparently, Facebook has just announced the launch ofopen to anyone over the age of 18 worldwide. There are two Facebook Places in Singapore. For those who are unaware,categories to compete in this year and three prize categories, Facebook Places is a service which allows users to “check-in”so even if youre not a professional case modder, theres a good and share your location with friends in real time.chance of winning a prize.The two competition categories consist of either modifying atower case or building your own case mod from scratch. Thismakes for a very open competition and we should hopefully 15
  • 16. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone specifications. And this especially applies if one happens to want said consumer electronics devices to look almost like the real deal sold globally by established OEMs, but at a mere fraction of the latters asking price. That being said, not every single consumer electronic device in China has to be a clone: apparently, there are originalFacebook Places is available to users in Singapore with products which bear little to no resemblance to the popularmobile access to the Facebook application for iPhone, products sold by established OEMs globally. And PhecdasAndroid, Blackberry, HP webOS, and Windows Phone 7, or latest product: an ultrathin 13.3-inch notebook powered byto When you use Places, youll be able NVIDIAs ION2 platform, is living proof that there is still someto see if any of your friends are currently checked in nearby degree of originality left in the Middle Kingdom.and connect with them easily. You can also check into nearbyPlaces to tell your friends where you are, tag your friends inthe Places you visit together, and view comments your friendshave made about the Places you visit.How to use Facebook Places? 1. Go to the “Places” icon within the Facebook mobile applications or, then tap the “Check In” button, which will pull up a list of places near you. 2. Choose the place that matches where you are. If there isn’t one already in the list, users can search for it or create a new one. 3. Tap the “Check in” button to share that you are at the place. Users can also add comments and tag friends. Currently codenamed the P13, Phecdas ultrathin notebook looks anything but generic. Apparently, Phecda has pulledWith Places, users are in control of what they share and with out all the stops by opting to furnish the P13 with premiumwhom they share. They choose whether or not to share their aluminium for its exterior instead of cheap, generic plastic.location when they check in at a place, and only friends can see Unfortunately, the hardware used in the P13 is anything butwhen they do, unless users choose to set their privacy setting premium: instead of the CULV processor typically found inotherwise. When users check in, they can tag friends who are such thin-and-light notebooks, Phecda apparently decidedwith them but only if their settings allow it. When they are that the dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor would providetagged, they are always notified. sufficient computing horsepower for most of todays basic tasks. Fortunately, it seems that the weak processor was the onlyChinese notebook gets a compromise Phecda has made in order to produce an ultrathin notebook which does not magically shrinks ones wallet afterdiet with ultrathin form purchase. At least, the P13s screen is capable of a respectablefactor, ION2 and even thinner 1366 x 768 resolution and comes with a myriad of I/O and connectivity options such as a 5-in-1 card reader and threepricetag USB 2.0 ports, along with both a VGA and HDMI-out port forFebruary 17th, 2011 external display purposes.China might be a great country for shopping if one desiresto load up on cheap consumer electronic devices which bearmore than a passing resemblance to existing products but ata fraction of the latters selling price. However, that does notmean that the worlds largest clone producer does not haveits own set of original bang-for-buck devices for the domesticmarket, and the release of a new ultrathin notebook fromPhecda should be proof of that.It is probably common knowledge by now, but it stands thatChina is still the best place to buy cheap consumer electronicdevices such as notebooks and tablets with decent hardware 16
  • 17. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Certainly, such bold words bring about much controversy as fanboys of both DSLR and compact cameras argue the pros and cons of their beloved camera. Fast forward to 2011, Panasonic has launched the improvised Lumix DMC-GF2, the successor to the GF1. Our review model (DMC-GF2C) came with a 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens and sports a white exterior and packed in a rather humble looking box. Compared with the GF1, the new GF2 is approximately 19% smaller in size and approximately 7% lighter. The GF2s interface has been redesigned to compliment the touchscreen technology included in the camera. The popup flash unit has been redesigned, it pops forward rather thanThat being said, there seems to be one major flaw with popping up, an improvement to reduce vignetting. Of course,Phecdas ultrathin P13 notebook, and it lies in the fact that the most noticable change is the removal of the physical modelthe bundled 2200mAh lithion-ion battery is reportedly only dial in the camera and includes a dedicated Intelligent Autocapable of sustaining up to two hours of usage on a single (iA) button.charge. But if that does not sound like a serious enough flawto affect your mobile productivity, the P13 can be had for only Technical specifications have been bumped up in the GF2a mere US$365 (approx S$467), though you will have to get a and noticable changes include the highest ISO that has beenChinese friend to purchase one for you: they are exclusive to bumped up to 6400, built-n stereo microphones, support ofChina only. Dang. 1080i video recording and the removal of remote shooting function.Source and images: M.I.C DigiPanasonic Lumix DMC-GF2ReviewFebruary 17th, 2011The micro four-thirds camera has come a long way, bringingthe performance and quality that is almost on-par with of anentry-level Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera while A closer look and you will realise some of the trademark logosboasting the lightweight of a compact camera. With the new on the box - Dolby, SDXC, AVCHD. It seems like we have aGF2 from Panasonic evolving to a slimmer and new re- gem in our hands and we cant wait to unbox it and unravel outdesigned interface, how does it fare ? Read on... the awesomeness it is going to bring.When the first micro four thirds camera from Panasonic came Here is what you get in the retail box of Lumix DMC-GF2,out in 2008, it was a mixed bag of reactions with its bulkinessof a professional camera and uncertainity of a new technology • DMC-GF2 cameraback then. Through the years of constant research, Panasonic • Battery charging cradle and power cablelaunched the Lumix DMC-GF1 in 2009 with a slimmer designsimilar to a compact camera and promising quality. • Battery (DMW-BLD10E / 7.2V / 1010mAh) 17
  • 18. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Startup guide, software CDs [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: • A/V cable, USB cable 17 Mbps, FH: 13 Mbps) • Neck strap [HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17And a loook at the technical specifications of the camera Mbps, H: 13 Mbps) --Type Digital interchangeable lens [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50i system camera (sensor output is 25p) (FSH:Recording Media SD Memory Card, SDHC 17 Mbps, FH: 13 Mbps) Memory Card, SDXC Memory [HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p Card (sensor output is 25p) (SH: 17Image Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect Mbps, H: 13 Mbps) ratio) Focus Type Contrast AF systemLens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount Focus Mode AFS / AFC / MFImage Sensor Type Live MOS Sensor AF Mode Face detection / AFTotal / Effective Pixels 13.06 Megapixels / 12.01 Tracking / 23-area-focusing / pixels 1-area-focusingColor Filter Primary color filter Touch (1-area-focusingDust Reduction Supersonic wave filter in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-Recording Formats JPG, MPO (3D recording), focusing / 1-area-focusing) AVCHD, Quicktime JPEG AF Detective Range EV 0 - 18 (ISO 100)Image Quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW +Standard, Fine, Standard AF Assist Lamp EV 0 - 18 (ISO 100) MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard AF Lock Set the Fn button in custom (When attaching 3D lens in menu to AF lock Micro Four Thirds System Others Quick AF, Continuous standard) AF (during motion imageColor Space sRGB, Adobe RGB recording), AF+MF, TouchFile Size (pixels) [4:3] 4,000 x 3,000 (L), 2,816 shutter, Touch MF Assist x 2,112 (M), 2,048 x 1,536 Light Metering Quick AF, Continuous (S), 1,600 x 1,200 (When AF (during motion image attaching 3D lens in Micro recording), AF+MF, Touch Four Thirds System standard) shutter, Touch MF Assist [3:2] 4,000 x 2,672 (L), 2,816 Light Metering Mode Intelligent Multiple / Center x 1,880 (M), 2,048 x 1,360 Weighted / Spot (S), 1,600 x 1,064 (When Metering Range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO 100) attaching 3D lens in Micro Exposure Mode Program AE / Aperture Four Thirds System standard) Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual [16:9] 4,000 x 2,248 (L), ISO Sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 / 2,816 x 1,584 (M), 1,920 x 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 1,080 (S), 1,600 x 904 (When 3200 / 6400 attaching 3D lens in Micro Exposure 1/3 EV Step, ±3 EV Four Thirds System standard) AE Lock Set the Fn button in custom [1:1] 2,992 x 2,992 (L), 2,112 menu to AE lock x 2,112 (M), 1,504 x 1,504 White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / (S), 1,440 x 1,440 (When Shade / Halogen / Flash / attaching 3D lens in Micro White Set 1, 2 / Color Four Thirds System standard) temperature setting -- Shutter Speed Still Image: 1/4,000 - 60 Shutter Timer 10 sec, 3 images / 2 sec / 10 [4:3] VGA: 640 x 480, 30 sec fps / QVGA: 320 x 240, 30 fps Scene Mode Still Image - Portrait / [16:9] WVGA: 848 x 480, 30 Soft Skin / Scenery / fps Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / [HD] 1,280 x 720, 30 fps 18
  • 19. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Food / Objects / Night 112.8 x 67.8 x 32.8 mm / 4.44 Portrait / Night Scenery / x 2.67 x 1.29 in (excluding Illuminations / Baby 1, 2 / protrusions) Pet / Party / Sunset Movie - Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Flower / Food / Sony Ericsson announces Objects / Low-light / Party / Xperia neo and Xperia pro Android smartphones Sunset (Activated by selecting February 17th, 2011 Still Image SCN mode then pressing Movie Button. Still Image SCN modes without corresponding Movie SCN mode is recorded in mode suitable for the recording Aside from the Xperia Play (or formerly known as PlayStation situation.) phone), Sony Ericsson has also announced the Xperia neoBurst Shoot H: 3.2 frames/sec, M: 2.5 and Xperia pro Android smartphones. Read on for more frames/sec (with Live View), information. L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)Flash TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6 equivalent (ISO100 · m), Built-in Pop-up -- Modes: Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off -- Sony Ericsson has announced the Xperia neo and Xperia pro Sync Speed: Less than 1/160 that promise exceptional multimedia experience on the latest second Gingerbread Android platform.LCD Monitor 3.0 inch; 460,000 dots pixelLive View Digital Zoom - 2x, 4x The Xperia pro features a slide-out keyboard with smart Others: Guide Lines (3 functions for fast messaging experience. Sony Ericsson Xperia patterns) pro has also introduced a subtle but fast Type & Send Real-time Histogram functionality eliminating the need to open a dedicated appInterfaces USB, HDMI, AV/Out for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard for predictiveBattery ID-Security Li-ion Battery messaging when the user slides out the keyboard. Pack (7.2V, 1,010mAh) (Included) Battery Charger The Xperia pro is designed as the ideal businessDimensions Approx. 475 g / 16.75 oz (SD phone for business professionals with functions including Memory Card, Battery, H- syncing email, calendar and contacts in a secure way and pre- FS014042 lens included) loaded Office Suite Pro for users to view and edit office Approx. 365 g / 12.87 oz (SD documents directly on the phone. Memory Card, Battery, H- H014 lens included) Approx. 265 g / 9.35 oz (Body The Sony Ericsson Xperia neo sports a stunning design and is onl ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand. -- 19
  • 20. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony Ericsson Xperia neo Kinect motion sensor is the most highly sought-after console and accessory of this generations console wars. After all, whyKey features - else would Lenovo and Eedoo attempt to market a new video- Exmor R. Great stills and videos even in low light game console that seems to mimic the Xboxs Kinect in more ways than one?- Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine- Built-in HDMI. Your stills and videos on HD TV- More than 100,000 apps on Android Market- Google services. At your service Do you enjoy gaming on a video game console? If you do, well, chances are that you will already own at least one of the current-generation game consoles and are undoubtedly enjoying the unique features it has to offer over theThe Sony Ericsson Xperia neo will be available in Blue competition. That is not surprising though: after all, eachGradient and Red. of the three video game consoles feature various specific characteristics that are clearly targeted at specific kinds of console gamers.Sony Ericsson Xperia pro However, it seems that the console video game market is about to get a little shaking up this year, courtesy of Lenovo. ThatsKey features because the Chinese OEM has announced that it is making- Touch phone with perfect slide-out keyboard and smart plans to launch a new video game console which will mimicfunctions for fast messaging Microsofts Kinect controller for Xbox. And not surprisingly,- Synch your email and edit office documents on the go the new consoles bears a name which all but reveals the fact that the main source of inspiration comes from Microsoft.- Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and Exmor R for mobile Anyone fancy an Ebox?- HDMI. Connect to an HD TV or a projector- Google services and more than 100,000 apps on AndroidMarketThe Sony Ericsson Xperia pro will be available in Black andSilver.Sony Ericsson Xperia neo will be available globally in selectedmarkets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperia pro from end According to a report posted by gadget website GizChina,Q2 2011. the Ebox is the result of a collaboration between Lenovo and a Chinese company known as Eedoo, and is expected to be released for retail in China exclusively by June this year. WhichLenovo and Eedoo prepare to is just as well though: considering that the Xbox 360, Nintendolaunch Ebox game console, Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 are officially not allowed to be sold in China, the lack of competition means that the Eboxgoes toe to toe with Xboxs essentially has the entire Chinese video console market all for itself.KinectFebruary 17th, 2011 Disposable thumbdrives: will consumers ever bite? February 17th, 2011Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, is it not? Well, ifthe saying were to hold any truth in todays context, then Wouldnt it be nice if our thumbdrives could be madeit would seem that Microsofts Xbox and its complementing disposable like sheets of paper on a notepad so that users dont 20
  • 21. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehave to keep hunting for their tiny flash storage devices thatalways seems to have a knack for mysteriously disappearing ?Well, it appears that a design company known as Art LebedevStudio has found a solution to the problem with its newconcept known as Flashkus.Gone are the days where going to a hardware shop to purchasea 4GB thumbdrive would cost the purchaser a limb or a secondmortgage. Thanks to the rapidly falling prices of flash storage,the cost of the humble thumbdrive has dropped to the pointwhere most PC users can easily afford to own a handful ofsuch devices with storage capacities ranging from anywherebetween 2GB to 32GB.That being said, thumbdrives are anything but disposable. And Needless to say, the Flashkus will be ideal for circumstanceswhile their prices have dropped to the point where one can where data needs to be shared and transferred amongeasily afford to own more than one of it, it is still costly enough multiple users without the use of wireless data transferfor the average Joe to not make a huge deal out of it when methods. However, it does not change the fact that the eachit eventually gets misplaced due to various reasons. And this disposable thumbdrive still packs the full performance ofappears to be the kind of problem Art Lebedev Studio intends a standard, non-disposable thumbdrive due to it having theto tackle with its new concept thumbdrives, the Flashkus. same underlying hardware and cirtuitry hidden beneath the cardboard exterior. That being said, shouldnt it be only fair that a disposable thumbdrive offer read-write cycles which are drastically lower than that of an actual thumbdrive in order to reduce wastage? Apple iPhone 5 rumored to have a 4-inch display February 17th, 2011Simply put, the Flashkus essentially consists of four cardboardthumbdrives that are designed to be discarded after use, muchlike how one would rip and dump used writing paper from a Despite various new smartphones announced at Mobile Worldnotepad after it has served its purpose. Users simply rip one Congress, Apple is still getting a lot of eyeball on its upcomingthumbdrive off the bunch when the need for data storage or iPhone 5. Apparently, the Apple iPhone 5 is rumored tosharing arises, plug it into a PCs USB port and everythings incorporate a 4-inch touchscreen display and powered by thedandy. ARM Cortex-A9-based A5 dual-core processor. According to various news sources, Apple was said to be unveiling a lower priced iPhone Nano and that the rumored iPhone 5 may sport a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display and powered by Cortex-A9-based A5 dual-core processor. In fact, rumor of the larger screen size has existed for a few months now, with the first version being a 3.7-inch as 21
  • 22. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecompared to the iPhone 4s 3.5-inch display. The rumored Think that the deal between Microsoft and Nokia was likenews source came from the same parts manufacturer who a match made in heaven? Far from it, especially if Google hasrecently claims that the iPhone 5 is likely to be a 4-inch screen got anything to do about it. According to Google CEO Ericinstead. Schmidt, the search giant had actively attempted to woo Nokia over into taking back their pissing in the pants for short-With various phone manufacturers putting dual-core term relief comment and join the Android fold even beforeprocessor on their devices, Apple is going with the next- Microsoft approached the Finnish handset manufacturer.generation Cortex A5 dual-core processor. From iTunes code,Apple will incorporate Qualcomm chip in the iPhone 5 . Itis likely to be Qualcomms new dual-mode 3G chip whichsupports CDMA/GSM dual-mode 3G network, or that the dualmode means 3G/4G network support. When Nokia made the headlines last year with the announcement that its newest CEO would hail directly from the Redmond software giant known as Microsoft, many startedSpanish hacker arrested for to speculate that it would only be a matter of time beforestealing gamers information the Finnish handset manufacturer dropped its Symbian and MeeGo mobile operating systems in favor of Microsoftsand threatening Nintendo Windows Phone 7 OS. And it made perfect sense too: withFebruary 17th, 2011 Symbian steadily losing market share to the likes of Android, iOS and even the recently-launched Windows Phone 7, it was clear that Nokia needed to take action to stem the tide. However, it appears that Microsoft was not the only contender in the bid to sway Nokia into using its own mobile platform as a replacement for Symbian. According to a statementTechnology news from Mobile World Congress isnt the made by Eric Schmidt at this years Mobile World Congressonly thing coming from Spain this week. Apparently, news of a (MWC), Google had already been actively holding discussionsSpanish hacker has been arrested for stealing gamers details with Nokias board even before Microsoft made its moveand blackmailing game company Nintendo. in an attempt to convince the Finnish company to consider migrating to the popular Android operating system instead of casting their lot with Windows Phone 7. "We had confidential negotiations with Nokia that were every extensive," he said. That being said, at least one analyst thinks that Nokia made the right choice by passing up on the Android ecosystem and opting to strike a partnership with Windows Phone 7. Tony Cripps, a principal analyst for Ovum, claims that there was no doubt that Nokias board had carefully weighed the pros and cons of going with either platform. "Nokia devices in the future would have been vectors for Google services, whereas Microsoft has been relatively good atAccording to BBC news, a Spanish hacker has been arrested for pinpointing ways in which assets could be leveraged on bothstealing 4,000 Nintendo gamers information. On top of that, sides," he said.the unnamed individual has also threatened to contact thecountrys data protection agency, accusing the game company Needless to say, the Google CEO was disappointed that thingsof negligence. did not go his way, although he seemed to have taken it in his stride.The hacker had leaked some details online when Nintendo didnot reply. Authorities said that he planned to release the entire "We would have loved if they had chosen Android. They choseuser information on the web, but the hacker was arrested the other guys," he quipped.before he got the chance to do so. It was unclear if the datatheft was done via Nintendos computer system or through athird-party. Nvidia unveils Quad-Core "Kal- El" chipset February 17th, 2011Google: We tried to woo Nokiaover to our foldFebruary 17th, 2011 Most DC comic fans will recognize the name "Kal-El", which is the Krytonian birth name of Superman. Well, looks like "Kal- 22
  • 23. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEl" is also the codename for Nvidia quad-core processor for their last release (iWork 09) was more than two years ago (6thmobile devices and tablets that was unveiled at Mobile World January 2009). Even possibly as a Mac App Store exclusive, toCongress 2011. boast awareness and sales through their online sales platform. But Best Buy Mexico has really caught us off-guard with this announcement. Translated from Spanish, it reads "visit Best Buy on February 19th and find out what you can do with iWork 11." While this is obviously not an official announcement from Apple, this event is a good indication that iWork ’11 is nearing release. We hope it is at least, otherwise there’s going to be a fairly unhappy crowd at a Best Buy in Mexico on February 19th. The iWork 11 event is currently still listed on the front page of their website.At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nvidia unveiled"Kal-El" which is the first quad-core processor for mobile Apple fights jailbreak anddevices and tablets. Kal-El is only the first; the company hasalso showed their roadmap with chips called "Wayne," "Logan" piracy through iBooks 1.2.1and "Stark" that claim to offer approximately 100 times the updateprocessing power of current Tegra 2-based phones, by 2014. February 17th, 2011Kal-El is said to offer five times the graphics performance ofthe Tegra 2 and can output to display at 2560 x 1600 pixelresolution. Not only is this higher than high definition, but itis possible to use your mobile phone or tablet as a full-fledgedPC.According to sources, tablets incorporating Kal-El may Even though the United States government explicitly allowsbecome available by August, while the phones will be available users to jailbreak their iOS device, Apple has started to takein Q4 this year. matters into their own hands in the battle against jailbreaking. How? Apples iBook app will refuse to open content purchased from Apples iBookstore if the device has been found to beiWork 11 available on jailbroken.February 19th?February 17th, 2011Best Buys Mexico division has announced and are advertisinga special in-store event for this Saturday involving ApplesiWork 11. What is unusual is, of course, Apple has notannounced or release iWork 11. According to a noted jailbreak author via Twitter, the latest update of iBooks inject a series of unsigned binaries as a test to see if the devices OS has been tampered whenever a user tries to open a DRM-protected eBook purchased from the iBookstore. If the improperly signed binaries works, the device is listed as having jailbroken and refuses to open the eBook, alongside with an error message. This applies even if you have legally purchased your eBooks online through Apples iBookstore. So far, this affects jailbreak users running on a hack dubbed as "Greenpois0n", and have updated their iBooks to the latestMany have speculated that Apple has worked on a replacement version. Apple has implemented such jailbreak checks sinceto their previous release of their flagship office suite, since iOS 4.0 but thus far, it has only been triggered by jailbroken 23
  • 24. February 17th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneiOS devices running "Greenpois0n". The only solution by faris to restore the iOS device back to the orignal iOS and thus,removing the jailbreak.Even though jailbreaking voids your warranty with Apple,the practice of jailbreaking to run unauthorised codes wasapproved and legalised by the U.S. governement last July.With Apple now blocking access to legally acquired iBookstorecontent just because its running on a jailbroken device, thismay draw interference with legal usage in the States. 24