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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5
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VR-Zone Technology News | Stuff for the Geeks! Issue #5

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

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

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  • 1. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! OCZ RevoDrive and Vertex 2 120GB SSD Review @ VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication Overclockers Australia covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Description: Today we have the opportunity to benchmark a pair of mainstream SSDs from OCZs Vertex 2 and RevoDrive ranges. These are separate products and quite differentThe Daily VR-Zone News implementations of the SSD concept, but were going toSummary - 23 Feb 2011 examine them both in this article. So, lets see what each variant has to offer!Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--23-feb-2011/11304.html Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Cooler reviewFebruary 23rd, 2011 Description: In comparison to the previous Hydro H50, the H70 has cut its pump/waterblock height in half, measuring now only 30mm. However it has boosted heat dissipation with a 48mm-thick radiator, double the previous model, and the addition of a second fan. It still maintains a black finish andIn todays news roundup: Enthusiasts ponder ways on how features proprietary hoses that virtually eliminate evaporationone might be able to build the cheapest possible PC based of water, and due to the decrease in hose length and pumpoff Intels new Sandy Bridge platform; OCZs RevoDrive amd height, it now includes rotating connectors on the pump sideVertex 2 SSDs get reviewed; Angry Birds officially crashes to help with varied mounting positions.into Windows; Motorolas Atrix 3G smartphone gets reviewed; OCZ RevoDrive and Vertex 2 120GB SSDs ReviewNintendo might eventually produce a Wii 2 which may Description: The Vertex 2 follows the standard of a SATAfeature support for HD content, and EA accidently leaks a few 3Gb/s data and SATA power connection as found in anydetails pertaining to an upcoming sequel for the popular RTS new mechanical hard drive and most SSDs. However thetitle Command & Conquer RevoDrive is a little more exotic, and utilises an x4 PCI-Hardware News: Express connection for even more bandwidth. Unlike earlier SSDs that utilised a PCI-Express interface, the RevoDrive isXFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition Video Card Review @ bootable, meaning that it can be used as primary system drive.Legit ReviewsDescription: There are a lot of video cards on the market today ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Top review @ ocaholicto choose from, but when one shows up on the market with Description: With its GTX 560 Ti Direcet CU II Top, ASUSkiller performance at the $159 price point and a double lifetime shows a factory overclocked version of the NVIDIAs latestwarranty it is worth a closer look. The XFX Radeon HD 6850 mid-range GPU. Additionally this card got ASUS powerfulBlack Edition costs $20 more than the standard version, but it DirectCU II cooler as well as an attractive design. Theoreticallycomes factory overclocked and to some that is worth it. Read this card even has the potential to outperform a Radeon HDon to see how this card performs against a Radeon HD 5770 in 6950. Amongst other thigs this is what well show in theboth single and CrossFire situations. following review.Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 2G Review - XSReviews PowerColor AX6950 PCS++ Video Card @ BenchmarkDescription: Auzentech have been around for a few years now Reviewsand thats a good thing; as well as being impressive. They Description: When is a 6950 not a 6950? Well, quite often,entered the sound card game when it was all about Creative as it turns out. In the case of the PowerColor PCS++ Radeonand they did so by simply taking a popular chip, the X-Fi, and HD 6950 video card, it just depends on which way you flipthrowing it on a board of their own with some nice tweaks. A the switch. Push it one way and you have a standard Radeonwinning formula. Now though, theyre branching away from HD 6950, with 1408 shaders running at 800 MHz. Push it thethese roots with the re-tooled X-Meridian 7.1, named the 2g. other way and you have 1536 shaders running at 880 MHz,Packing a C-Media CMI8788 audio processor with support which is the exact configuration of the HD 6970. The onlyfor plenty of connectors, a daughter board and replacable difference is! that PowerColor kept the 1250 MHz memoryOpAmps; audiophiles look like theyre in for a treat. Lets see chips in the PCS++, instead of springing for the 1500 MHzif the rumours are true. memory, like a real HD 6970 has. Join Benchmark Reviews 1
  • 2. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneas we investigate this unique product from PowerColor, thats sound adds a level of immersion to games and movies thatsure to cause some excitement in the marketplace. other 2.1 systems cannot reproduce.ECS H67H2-M Black Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps BlackBerry Torch 9800: The Olympic Torch @ InsideHWDescription: The H67H2-M Black motherboard from ECS Description: Research in Motion (RIM), the company behindis the most equipped from their H67 chipset series and the BlackBerry (BB) brand, has been one of the leadingincorporates technologies like USB 3.0, EZ Charger and Dual smartphone manufacturers for a while now. One of the mainGigabit LAN with teaming support. The board supports only reasons for their popularity is the focus on the businessIntel HD Graphics overclocking, the CPU overclocking by environment, in both devices and services offered. A featuremultiplier is locked and the memory frequency is limited at present in nearly all BB devices is the existence of a physical1333MHz. QWERTY keyboard with separate keys, and starting with the Storm line, RIM has also delved into the area of touchscreens.Build an Intel Sandy Bridge budget system - OcUK @ Vortez Torch is their latest product that unifies these two worldsDescription: "Today we will be doing something a little within a single device, as well as providing the latest operatingdifferent from the typical review/article. With many moving system (OS), version 6, with significant advantages…over to the Sandy Bridge platform due to the excellent price :performance ratio, those wanting to upgrade at the current Gaming News:time will be surely considering Sandy Bridge. But not everyone Nintendo To Have Wii 2, Supports HD content ?has the cash to spend on a high-end system, and as our Sandy Description: We have heard of various rumors on the WiiBridge reviews have revealed - mainstream boards are now 2 and possible potential but Nintendo made announcementat a much more affordable cost when compared to any other about four months ago, claiming the company any has got noplatform to launch. Mainstream performance comes at budget immediate plans to work on an upgrade to its existing Wiipricing." video game console.Consumer Electronics and Software News: "There is no next [Dissidia]" says Tetsuya NomuraAngry Birds Available For Windows On Intel AppUp Store Description: As Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final FantasyDescription: Oh, happy day! Angry Birds is now available for approaches its Japanese release date, fans are speculatingthe PC. “But wait,” you say. “There’s no app store on Windows. on where the series will go from here. According to a recentHow will I download it?” Don’t worry: Intel has you covered. issue of Dengeki PlayStation (translated by Andriasang) when producer Tetsuya Nomura was asked about the future of theBacklit LED market drives digital TV semiconductor growth series, he replied "There is no next. Were thinking aboutDescription: The market for digital TV (DTV) semiconductors ending this pattern of Dissidia here." He also states that therewill see double digit growth in 2011, with backlit LED TVs will not be an international re-release for the sequel afterleading the way. launch as was the case with Dissidia Final Fantasy: UniversalMionix Propus 380 Gaming Mouse pad @ TestFreaks Tuning.Description: Mionix who are known for their gaming Command & Conquer Gets New Studio, Next Game in theaccessories have released a high performance gaming Franchise Now in Developmentmousepad named the Propus 380. This oversized mousepad is Description: Nothing to see here is EAs clumsy response afterdesigned to provide an ice like surface for a smooth glide while launching a website yesterday that reveals a new Commandstill maintaining the ability to have precise movements. and Conquer game is currently being developed by new studioMotorola Atrix Review: Great Phone, Weak Netbook Victory Games. The site and its details about the new C&CDescription: Saying that the Motorola Atrix is the best Android game have since been pulled, but the web, she sees all, and shephone isnt a big deal; that throne gets usurped every few never forgets.months. But even though the Atrixs accompanying laptopdock is slow and and expensive, the idea behind it is one of thefirst innovations in mobile technology in quite a while. HP announces redesignedMotorola Atrix 4G Smartphone Performance Benchmarks @ consumer PC portfolioLegit Reviews Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-announces-redesigned-consumer-Description: This morning AT&T began selling the Motorola pc-portfolio/11309.htmlATRIX and since they are marketing it as the worlds most February 23rd, 2011powerful smartphone we had to buy one and take a look at theperformance of the phone compared to several other popularAndroid devices. How will the Motorola ATRIX do against theDroid X, Epic 4G and Droid Incredible on benchmarks likeLinpack, Quadrant and Nenamark? Read on to find out!Antec SoundScience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System Review @Tweaknews HP has recently announced their newly redesigned consumerDescription: Antecs Soundscience has made an impressive PC portfolio which include the Pavilion dv4, dv6, dv7, g4, g6,launch into the PC speaker market with the Rockus 3d 2.1 TouchSmart 610 and HPx2301 Micro Thin LED monitor . Thesystem. Not only can a buyer expect to hear sparkling high products are scheduled to to be available next month and infrequencies, clear midrange and tight bass response, the 3D April. 2
  • 3. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHP has revealed a redesigned consumer PC portfolio at their Designed to maximize user‘s multimedia experience, the"A New HP World" event in Shanghai, China, with sleek looks Pavilion dv4 expresses full PC functionality and performanceand latest technologies to enhance the way consumers connect with up to second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processorsto the people, entertainment and information that matter to and powerful AMD Radeon 6750M graphics. With a stylishthem to pursue and achieve their personal passions. exterior in Espresso Black lattice imprint, the notebook is just 1.11-inch thin and weighs from 2.2kg. It features a 14-The new HP Pavilion dv series notebook PCs include inch diagonal HD BrightView display and has an optionalimpressive features such as HP CoolSense Technology, HP integrated Blu-Ray player. An integrated six-cell batteryTrueVision HD webcam and HP SimplePass. Select models provides up to 6 hours of battery life.of the HP Pavilion dv series also feature Beats Audio for apowerful audio experience.The latest HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC reclines fromupright to almost flat, providing increased comfort for longer-term use and the freedom to position the TouchSmart610Consumer PC on a kitchen counter, or anywhere the familygathers. HP Pavilion g-series The new HP Pavilion g-series is ideal for the everyday user, offering up to second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, attractive designs at a great value. Available in charcoal grey and sonoma red, the Pavilion g-series notebooks – the Pavilion g4 and g6 – offer full connectivity for surfing the Internet and connecting with friends . The notebooks alsoHP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 include a HD BrightView display, with Altec Lansing speakersThe HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 boast performance, and SRS Premium Audio for enjoying movies and music.entertainment and security features that suit seamlessly intothe lives of users. Available in a dark umber metal finish,they use HP‘s exclusive Beats Audio that provide excellentdigital music. Both the Pavilion dv6 and dv7 also include newlyoptimized on-board quad speakers, and the dv7 features a HPTriple Bass Reflex Subwoofer for additional depth and power.Available with up to second-generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7processors and optional AMD Radeon graphics, the Paviliondv6 and dv7 provide enhanced performance. HP CoolSenseTechnology combines advanced hardware and intelligentcooling software for a notebook that feels noticeably cooler.The technology automatically adjusts cooling levels accordingto a customer‘s personal preferences. HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC The new HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC offers increased range of motion, superior viewing and an intuitive touch experience with a 23-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) display. It has touch-optimized applications from Facebook, Twitter, as well as HP‘s exclusive RecipeBox, webcam and music applications where users can add new applications via the TouchSmart Apps Center . For the gaming enthusiast, select models of the TouchSmart610 Consumer PC are available with an exclusive HP touch-enabled version of Ubisoft‘s real-time strategy game, R.U.S.E.. It also features Beats Audio and the new HP LinkUp application for users to wirelessly link a notebook PC to the TouchSmart using a homeHP Pavilion dv4 network . 3
  • 4. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone As in, iPad 2! Or, as BoomTown is now officially nicknaming it: iPad Too! The report goes on to say that the scheduled date is firm and that the event will take place in San Francisco. Its not clear when Apple will begin sending out its famous invites for gathering, but I am guessing soon, in order to get the Apple faithful to the proper level of froth. Reuters also posted a story and they are also hearing that Apple will introduce the next iPad on the same day. Apple will host an event on March 2, where the company is expected to take the wraps off the newestMonitor that delivers your digital world iPad model, an individual with knowledge of theThe limited edition, stunning, multi-faceted 23 inch HP x2301 situation said. Apple declined to comment.Micro Thin LED monitor, features LED backlighting whichilluminates the display and an edge lit illumination around the The New York Times also ran a similar story announcing thatscreen. The HP x2301 Micro Thin LED monitor comes in a Apple will indeed introduce their flagship tablet on the secondsleek, slim and sophisticated profile and full HD resolution. day of March. Now people with knowledge of the matter say that Apple will host an event on Wednesday, March 2 toPricing and availability showcase its new iPad.— The HP Pavilion dv4 starts from US$749 and will beavailable from mid March 2011 in Asia Pacific. If true, Apple should be sending out media invites for the event— The HP Pavilion dv6 starts from US$799 and will be in the following days.available from early March 2011 in Asia Pacific.— The HP Pavilion dv7 starts from US$899 and will be Update: Engadget just posted on their site that theyveavailable from early March 2011 in Asia Pacific. received the following media invite from Apple indeed— The HP Pavilion g4 and g6 starts from US$549 and will be scheduled on 2nd March. As you can see, they are very likelyavailable in March 2011 in Asia Pacific. going to announce the next iPad from the teaser invite.— The HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC is expected to beavailable in China from 28 February, Australia and NewZealand from 7 March and Hong Kong from 8 March. Thepricing starts from US$1,399.— The HPx2301 Micro Thin LED monitor is expected to beavailable in April 2011 in Asia Pacific, starting at USD$239.Apple scheduled media eventto unveil iPad 2 on 2nd March?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-scheduled-media-event-to-unveil-ipad-2-on-2nd-march-/11307.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011Numerous reports have surfaced suggesting that theCalifornia-based tech giants have plans for a media event on2nd March to introduce the much-anticipated next-generationiPad. Update: The rumours are true, Apple has started to send Refreshed 13-inch MacBookout invites. Pro specs leaked, Intels LightAccording to a report by All Things Digital, Apple hasscheduled a media event in the start of March where they are Peak known as Thunderbolt?going to announce the upcoming iPad 2. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/refreshed-13-inch-macbook-pro-specs- leaked-intel-s-light-peak-known-as-thunderbolt-/11306.html To those who intensely cares about this kind of stuff - which would be pretty much everyone in the tech ecosystem - Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad. 4
  • 5. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFebruary 23rd, 2011 generation versions of Apples flagship iOS devices will be available, he explicitly mentions that any "delays" are false and everything is going like clockwise on Apples side. From what Ive heard this morning both products are on schedule and will ship when they are supposed to. Only Apple knows exactly when that will be, but the products are not delayed.Earlier today, leaked photos and specs of Apples upcoming13-inch MacBook Pro hit the Internet and through the leaked In addition, Dalrymple goes on to note the phenomenon ofimages, we discover this shocking symbol. Is that Light Peak? "delays" for products that havent even been announced to theWell... public.It seems that according to this leaked image, Apple has It seems amazing that rumors of Apple missingincorporated Light Peak into their new machines under the product deadlines are running rampant when Applename "Thunderbolt". And it seems that the new Thunderbolt hasnt even announced the product yet. The onlyport will be a hybrid port found on the new 13-inch MacBook deadlines that have been set are by the media, notPro, sharing the port with the DisplayPort. Apple. Having said that, the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 are not delayed. Without delays, Apple is expected to launch the next iPad between March and April, and June-July window for the next- generation iPhone. GlacialTech Unleashes New Notebook Coolers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/glacialtech-unleashes-new-notebook-No delay of iPad 2 and iPhone coolers/11303.html February 23rd, 20115?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/no-delay-of-ipad-2-and-iphone-5-/11305.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011 GlacialTech, provider of cooling, power supply and PC enclosure solutions for consumers and industrial applicators,Just yesterday, there were a pair of analyst reports that has released the V-Shield Series Cooling Pads.suggests Apples upcoming iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will see a delayon their launches due to "issues" with production. But now,there is a chorus of denials on those claims.Barrons and Reuters are now refuting the claim that the next-generation iPhone 5 and the upcoming iPad 2 is delayed forshipping and will arrive consumers hands later. GlacialTech, provider of cooling, power supply and PC enclosure solutions for consumers and industrial applicators,According to The Loops Jim Dalrymple, these claims of has released the V-Shield Series Cooling Pads.delayed iPad 2 and iPhone 5 launch are simply untrue.While he did mention that he does not know when the next- 5
  • 6. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneV-Shield Series V3 V-Shield Series V7 Last but not least, we have the V7. Measuring 350 x 335 x 45.5mm and weighing 1.3kg, the aluminum cooler has two USB 2.0 ports, four rubber feet, supports laptops up to 15.6", and is equipped with a 200mm LED fan for cooling. Availability and pricing is unknown. Nokia launches E7 business phone in Singapore, available now Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-launches-e7-business-phone-in- singapore-available-now/11300.htmlV-Shield Series V5 February 23rd, 2011First up, we have the V3, which measures 340 x 310 x 59mm. Itsupports netbooks/ notebooks up to 15.6”, has anti-slip padsat the bottom, one USB 2.0 port, and is cooled by a 120mmLED fan. The V5, available in red (V5R) or blue colors (V5B),measures 345 x 340 x 43mm. It has two USB 2.0 ports, supportnetbooks/ notebooks up to 15.6", a perforated metal mesh Today, Nokia announced their new E7 that claims to be "Thesurface, and is cooled by a 200mm LED fan. Ultimate Business Smartphone" in Singapore, designed for mobile professionals. The E7 is available now. 6
  • 7. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone from enhancement in performance and functionalities, for the whole range" says Berka. According to Berka, the company is working on the transformation and transitioning from Nokia Ovi Store on specific levels. and what will happen to Ovi Store and Microsoft Marketplace. There isnt a lot of details released yet, though the intention is to port the content into Marketplace and Nokia will be working with the developers to do so. Nokia will also be making sure to look into new and innovative areas in terms of content. Genius Announces NavigatorVlasta Berka, general manager of Nokia Singapore,Malaysiaand Brunei, gave an opening speech and talked abt the trend 905 Vogue Mouse Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/genius-announces-navigator-905-of users who are using their smartphones for business. vogue-mouse/11302.html"More and more users are using their personal smartphones or February 23rd, 2011mobile devices for business use. According to IDC, this trendis the biggest contributor to the growth of business mobileemail. It is also forecast by 2014, there is going to be roughly62 percent of all mobile devices being used are in the businessmobility area. But 60 percent of those are personal devices thatare being used in the business and enterprise areas." KYE Systems Corp. (or Genius), manufacturer of the first scroll wheel mouse (Genius EasyScroll) in 1995, has unveiled the Navigator 905 Vogue wireless mouse.Antony Wilson, head of marketing for Nokia Singapore,Malaysia and Brunei, was next to introduce the E7smartphone and its various features which include the 4-inch ClearBlack touchscreen display, QWERTY keyboard,8-megapixel camera, mobile office, security, and socialnetworks.So, how will the company convince customers that they will KYE Systems Corp. (or Genius), manufacturer of the first scrollhave the support, say one or two years time, especially when wheel mouse (Genius EasyScroll) in 1995, has unveiled thesecurity features get updated fairly frequently? Navigator 905 Vogue wireless mouse."Nokia has got over 200 million Symbian-based devices on themarket and have also announced to sell another 150 million(or excess of 150 million) Symbian-based devices, which isclose to half a billion in the market. This is by far the largestinstall-base of any other platform and manufacturing in themarket. While the Windows Phone 7 is going to be the primarysmartphone for the Finnish company, we will be mad notto look after the customers. What we have got in store arenumber of improvements and very robust roadmap. For theremainder of this year, we are expecting to release in excessof 50 improvements to the Symbian platform. They will range 7
  • 8. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The market for processors and highly-integrated System-on-a- chip (SoCs) is currently all for ARM and its licensees to take at the moment, and it seems that the status quo is not about to see any sudden upsets, at least in the near future. After all, almostThe mouse boasts a stylish diamond-pattern design, BlueEye every single smartphone and tablet out on the market todayadvanced optical tracking technology (works on any surface), make use of an ARM-based SoC save for a few niche devicesstorage slots for the wireless dongle, two buttons, ‘Magic that sport full-fledged Atom processors.Roller’ scroll-wheel technology, and connects to the PC via a Apparently, this current state of affairs is all the information2.4 GHz RF wireless interface. Powered by one AAA battery, needed to convince AMD that it does not stand much of athe Navigator 905 Vogue is available through major resellers chance in successfully breaking ARMs dominance in thatand e-tailers at a MSRP of US$45. market segment. In a statement made by AMDs interim CEO, Thomas Seifert put an end to any further speculation byNews via [Techshout] declaring that the company has no plans to make an entry into the smartphone chip market, even though it has an extremelyAMD has "no plans" to enter low power, 1W chip up its sleeves in the form of its Bobcat processor which is currently being used by Acer for its newsmartphone market Windows 7-based tablet.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-has-no-plans-to-enter- "We have no intention of entering the smartphone space atsmartphone-market/11299.html this point of time. We are not in the process of developingFebruary 23rd, 2011 [a] baseband [chip] and this is a clear statement. There are enough players in the is market that have a hard time earning money," he said, when asked about AMDs plans for the smartphone market at the Goldman Sachs Internet and Technology Conference. On a brighter note, it would seem that AMDs Fusion strategyWhile Intel still valiantly attempts to make a break into the might well be starting to pay off handsomely. Accordingmobile and embedded space with its x86 processors, it seems to a report on DigiTimes, unusually high demand for thethat AMD has already given up the fight even before starting. companys 40mm Ontario and Zacate processors is causingAccording to a statement made by the companys interim CEO, supply for the aforementioned chips to dry up. To remedy theAMD has got no plans at the moment about even thinking issue, AMD has reportedly started stocking up on its inventoryof making a break into the highly competitive mobile and levels and placed new orders for more processing capabilityembedded segement. On a brighter node, it appears that the from TSMC.companys line of Fusion APUs are performing much betterthan expected. Windows 7 SP1: Now available for download Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/windows-7-sp1-now-available-for- download/11298.html February 23rd, 2011 8
  • 9. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDo you see that Update button hiding inside the Control Panelin your copy of Windows 7? Well, now is the best time to Rumour: Nintendo Wii 2actually start making use of it if you have not been doing will feature support for HDso. That is because Microsoft has just released the highly-awaited SP1 update for its popular operating system for public content?download. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-nintendo-wii-2-will-feature- support-for-hd-content-/11297.html February 23rd, 2011 Nintendo may have kept its lips tightly sealed over the possibility of releasing an updated Wii console to compete against the likes of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but it seems that the heat competition might be finally starting to get to the Japanese console maker. While the company has confirmed that a console refresh is a distinct possibility, it would seem that Nintendo might have a little extra somethingWell, everybody asked for it, and it would seem that Microsoft planned for the new machine. Read on to find out more.has finally delivered. Remember the few stories we ranabout the highly overdue SP1 update for Microsofts current-generation operating system, Windows 7? Yep, it seems thatthe day has finally come for all Windows 7 users to hit theCheck for Updates button on Microsoft/Windows Updateand start patching the worlds most popular operating systemagainst from the few security vulnerabilities that it has been Barely four months ago, Nintendo made an announcementexposed to in the past year of its life. claiming that the company has got no immediate plans to work on an upgrade to its existing Wii video game console. And itsAs we have stated before, SP1 for Windows 7 does not offer reason was as simple as it could get: its current sales numbersany new user-centric features, so you might want to shelf all did not justify the pouring of additional resources into creatingexpectations of seeing some random new option pop up in a successor for the current-generation console.Windows 7s Control Panel after applying the update. Thatbeing said, what you should preparing yourself for when To top it off, Nintendos US president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntlyyou reach home today is a very, very long updating process. told the media back then that that would be no talk of such aAccording to Microsoft, the 32-bit version of SP1` for Windows console until the company could meet its sales targets:7 sports an astronomical package size of 755MB, while the 64- "As we sit here today were saying the Wii has many,bit version throws all notion of size out the window with a many more units to sell. After weve reached ancombined size of 1GB. installed base of 45m here in the US we can have a conversation about the next generation." Apparently, Nintendo seem to have backtracked on its words, for the companys European MD of Marketing was reportedly telling a reporter from Edge that there will (eventually) be a Wii 2. And when the time is right to release the Wiis successor out to the retail market, it will still sport the optical drive as the main medium for gameplay, although digital game downloads will still be supported. But that is not all. According to the predictions made by Michael Patcher, an analyst with Wedbush, the Wii 2 will come with support for HD content, if only because the console maker is already trailing far behind the competition in this aspect.Needless to say, you will want to hit the Update Now buttonand leave your PC or notebook on overnight while Windowsdoes its work uninterrupted. Heres hoping your ISP is up tothe task of dealing with larger-than-usual data consumptionstonight: after all, nobody wants to see the dreaded ServicePack failed to install error message, right? Of course, much of this information is made up of nothing more than speculations from consumers and analysts, so it is 9
  • 10. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonehighly prudent that readers take these details with nothing less install custom ROMs legitimately into your Xoom sounds like?than a truckloads worth of salt. *Note: the image shown above is NOT that of the real Motorola Xooms bootloader screen!Apple iPad 2 shipmentsdelayed from April to June?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ipad-2-shipments-delayed-from-april-to-june-/11293.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011Apples upcoming next-generation iPad is expected to beannounced later this month and shipped out to consumershands by April. But according to a note, the iPad may bedelayed from April to June. Installing custom ROMs on a smartphone is always considered to be an act that resides well within the grey area between making legal or illegal modifications to ones device. However, the case for smartphones based off Googles Android operating system is a lot more complex, as its open nature means that technically anybody who is savvy enough can potentially cook up their own custom ROM and release it for public use whileAs reported by Bloomberg, they cited a research note by being covered by the various open-source licenses governingYuanta Securities Co. with the claims of the much-anticipated the use of Android.iPad 2 meeting production issues and thus, a delay in Unfortunately, as far as most OEMs are concerned, theshipment. very act of rooting an Android-powered smartphone to gain The report by Vincent Chen and Alison Chen, analysts access to its bootloader is an instant passport to voiding at Yuanta, cited ?production bottlenecks? at Hon ones warranty. But once again, it would seem that certain Hai Precision Industry Co. after Apple made design flagship products are exempt from the need to lock down the changes before the Lunar New year. devices bootloader. In an announcement made on a Twitter,With the delay in release of the next iPad, this might just give Motorolas mobile department has confirmed that the Xooma small gap of oppurtunity for the Andriod 3.0 tablets, which will sport an unlockable bootloader, just like the Nexus Sa number are to be launced in April and May. before it. And lest you think we are making this up, here is the actual Twit in all its glory:Motorola confirms a specialfeature on Xoom for AndroidenthusiastsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-confirms-a-special-feature-on-xoom-for-android-enthusiasts/11296.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011 So what will this mean for both end-users and developers? Well, simply put, it appears to be a win-win situation for all parties involved. End-users who desire a more customizedMotorola has had its fair share of criticism from the version of Android are free to load up the Xoom withAndroid hacker community, especially with its less-than- customized Android ROMs for their own use without havingfriendly policies regarding any act of ROM or firmware to worry about tripping any electronic security mechanism (ifmodification. However, the latest news from the company any) found in the tablet. On the other hand, developers areseems to hint at a complete about-turn of Motorlas Android free to perform all kinds of hacks on both the Xoom and itsstrategy: apparently, the upcoming Xoom tablet will sport firmware to further tweak the device and fix certain bugs, ifa certain feature that should make it highly sought after need be.by the aforementioned enthusiasts. How does the ability to 10
  • 11. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone PQI 64GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card Review @ Legit Reviews Description: The 64GB PQI SDXC card has a very impressive storage capacity with respectable performance numbers. For example the Canon EOS Rebel 550D/T2i DSLR camera records HD video and the users manual recommends at least Class 6 memory cards in order to record 1080p video smoothly. The PQI 64GB SDXC card should be able to keep up when recording 1080p video and images in continuous burst mode. Having a card that pushes 20MB/s read and write also means you can easily offload all of images and videos from the memory card to computer... Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory Review on*This is NOT the real bootloader screen for the Motorola Technic3D (German)Xoom! Description: (Machine translation) The Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 CL9 Memory-Kit arrived Technic3D.Still, whether Motorola will continue to offer the freedom of an Technic3D will see as good they are with Overclockingunlocked bootloader in future tablet and smartphone offerings against the G.Skill Trident, Mushkin Ridgeback and Corsairremains to be seen. However, it would also seem that the Dominator Memory Kits on Windows 7 64 Bit and theability to install custom ROMs without having to worry about Gigabyte X58 Extreme Mainboard. You can see 1.932MHztreading into what is essentially a legal minefield out there (1,65V) with 9-11-11-24 (2T) and more in the following Review.definitely more than makes up for the lack of Flash support inthe initial batch of Xoom tablets to hit retail shelves, dont you Corsair Graphite 600T Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviewsthink? Description: It seems that vanity has no limit, as there arent many markets more entwined in style and appearance than the consumer electronics industry. It makes sense, since theseThe Daily VR-Zone News are called Personal Computers, after all. Identity is everythingSummary - 22 Feb 2011 to consumers, which is what makes computer cases such a personal choice for system builders. Corsair is helping toSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--22- make these decisions a little easier for enthusiasts by offeringfeb-2011/11292.html their Corsair Graphite 600T computer case. Like most thingsFebruary 23rd, 2011 that come from this performance-orientated company, the Graphite series of computer enclosures delivers what people want most. In this article, Benchmark Reviews investigates the CC600T model for functionality and value. Crucial Ballistix Tracer Black PC3-12800 Review @ OCIA.net Description: What always surprises me about computer memory, is that for months it can hover around the same priceIn todays news roundup: Gigabyte is expected to launch a range, and then seemingly overnight the bottom will dropnew overclocker-friendly motherboard, the X58-OC, which out. About this time last year I was reviewing some Ballistixwill supposedly feature various options not found on standard Tracer Red in a 4Gb dual channel kit, and now they have thatenthusiasts boards; Intel finally updates its aging Itanium same pair listed for half the cost, even less at some onlinelineup with the new Poulson processor; Microsoft charts out retailers. As far as I can determine, prices fell through the floorits ambitious plans to sway cloud computing and software- sometime between the holidays and prior to CES 2011 lastas-a-service applications to its fold via an extremely large month. For those users still on DDR2 who have been holdingecosystem based on Windows 7, Internet Explorer and off on a memory upgrade, waiting for prices to come down,Windows Live; Apples draconian restrictions pertaining to now may be the perfect opportunity to do so.in-app subscriptions has drawn friendly-fire from evebn itsown partners; Gran Turismo 5 gets an update, and Sony ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II Review @ Overclockershas been rumoured to be hard at work on a new version of Australiathe PlayStation 3 console that cannot be compromised by the Description: ASUS kick-started the year with a new rangemaster key discovered by geohotz and the fail0verflow group. of non-reference Radeon HD 6900 and GeForce GTX 500 series graphics cards, both featuring an exclusive DirectCU IIHardware News: cooler with copper heat pipes and twin cooling fans. TodayATi Forum.de investigates the top AIB of 2011. Last we overclock and test the GTX 580 version - lets see if its ayear, Sapphire won and so how will it end this year? worthwhile addition to their range.The contenders for this year are Sapphire, HIS, ASUS, Micron: Our 25nm NAND Flash Memory Is Perfectly Fine.XFX, PowerColor, MSI, Club3D, Gigabyte, Vertex3D, GeCube Description: Transition of NAND flash memoryand, Diamond. The survey runs until 21 April 2011 so cast your manufacturing to 25nm fabrication process seems to havevotes today. run into issues. Some customers of OCZ Technology have complained about lower capacities of solid-state drives based 11
  • 12. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneon 25nm memory and also their lower performance. But frequency response. Total output for the Ruckus is 150 Watts.Micron Technology, the maker of 25nm NAND flash memory, SoundScience has also added 3Dsst™. This technology usesclaims that the memory itself has the same reliability as digital sound processing algorithms to simulate a surroundprevious-generation and competing makers of SSDs are to be sound environment. Inputs include 3.5mm, RCA, and opticalblamed. (TOSLINK).Intel updates Itanuim architecture with Poulson Windows Phone 7 update bricks some Samsung usersDescription: Intel is finally starting to talk about the upcoming Description: Uh oh – bad news for Microsoft. After releasingPoulson chip, the first real update to the Itanium architecture the Windows Phone 7 update this week, some folks have endedin years. While the chip may be huge and technically complex, up with an unusable phone and no way of fixing them saveit is hard to see anyone other than die-hard HP big iron shops a factory reset or returning them to the store. Although theactually caring. problem is said to only affect a limited number of people, it makes you wonder whether Microsoft’s decision of pushingGigabyte to release X58-OC overclockers mobo out the updates themselves was a good decision to make.Description: Gigabyte is working on a new X58 motherboard Hopefully this issue gets resolved sooner than later and won’ttotally pimped up and designed for overclocking, as their happen again in the future. On the bright side, this was onlyblog reported. The new color schema is quite wicked alright, a minor update and not the long-awaited copy paste updateanyway the mobo will be called the X58-OC and will come with for the phone – Microsoft could learn from this mistakes tofour PCIe x16 slots and one PCI slot. make the next update a better experience for those who gotConsumer Electronics and Software news: their devices bricked this time around. How many of you haveMicrosofts strategy for cloud devices and development had problems updating your Windows Phone 7 device?of relevant applications: Establish a complete computing Sony makes neon-hued VAIO CA, CB officialarchitecture of Cloud plus Client based on Windows 7, IE 9.0, Description: Sony on Tuesday took the second of its notebookand Windows Live concepts into reality on Tuesday by launching the VAIO CADescription: Estimates by IDC, Gartner, Strategy Analytics, and CB. The line comes in a wrap-around translucent plasticand Wall Street analysts show that the global PC shipment and has the option of rare neon orange and green hues thatin 2014 would be at least 50% higher than 2010, and 18% of create a "glow" around the edges and the trackpad; black,the growth would come from notebooks, compared to only white and (in Europe) pink are also available. TV integration is1% from desktops. According to Jochen Siegl, manager of a cornerstone as they both have the option of WiDi 2.0 wirelessODM Business Development, Microsoft, it is obvious that video streaming to an adapter as well as Remote Keyboard tountypical computing devices such as notebooks, netbooks, steer menus and the keyboard on a Bravia TV, Blu-ray playerand smartphones are replacing desktops and becoming or PS3.mainstream products in the market, but this also helps extend Windows Phone 7 update updates updaterthe average product life cycle of PCs. Description: Microsoft has finally shipped an update toApple Smacks Readability In The Face With Subscription Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, this is not the long-awaitedRules; All SaaS In Trouble copy-and-paste update. For that, we still have to wait untilDescription: We’ve already been over (and over and over and March. No, this new update updates Windows Phone 7sover and over) Apple’s new iOS subscription rules. And the update mechanism. Its an update to allow next monthsinitial backlash has seemingly cooled down as everyone has update to actually work properly.moved on to the next hot topic of the hour. But it’s pretty clear Gaming news:that this issue is going to keep surfacing, because it really doesscrew a lot of developers. And sure enough, it’s already back Sony Developing Hack-Proof PS3?today. Description: Sony is currently working on a hack-proof PlayStation 3 as a counter-measure against recent piracyGoogle May Kill Chrome URL Bar concerns, according to EverythingHQ.Description: Google is working on a “major” overhaul of itsChrome browser user interface (UI). Among the options on Donations pour in for PS3 hacker; Sony court battle continuesthe table is the elimination of the URL bar, which could be Description: George Hotz is in the middle of what could bethe most significant UI change to the web browser since its a long, punishing legal battle with Sony, and his money isinvention. Another feature that appears to be already signed running out. "Media, I need your help. This is the first time Ioff is the support of multiple user profiles that can be used in have ever asked. Please, if you support this cause, help me outparallel. and spread the word," he wrote on his newest blog entry. "I want, by the time this goes to trial, to have Sony facing some ofAntec Rockus 3D SoundScience 2.1 Speaker System Review the hardest hitting lawyers in the business. Together, we can@Hi Tech Legio help fix the system."Description: The Antec Rockus 3D SoundScience 2.1 SpeakerSystem is Antecs entry product into the sound market. The GT5 update revs onto PS3Rockus 2.1 Speaker System offers out-of-the-box professional Description: Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kongquality sound. The Rockus contains two 25 Watt satellite recently announced a new online update for Gran Turismospeakers constructed out of anodized aluminum that offer 5 that is now available upon starting up the game. Theclear highs and mids. There is a 100 Watt active subwooferwith a passive radiator that creates an extended low 12
  • 13. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonenew update adds a slew of features, including remote racing battery combined. For extreme battery life requirements,between PSN friends to level up their drivers. the ThinkPad T420, with its standard 9-cell battery and optional 9-cell slice battery, provides up to 30 hours of computing power. The business class laptops also featureLenovo launches six new NVIDIA Optimus that switches graphics automatically; the TThinkPad laptops Series and W Series laptops provide 33 percent better battery performance over previous discrete graphics models.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-launches-six-new-thinkpad-laptops/11295.html Ease of UseFebruary 23rd, 2011 Lenovo’s Instant Resume helps to maintain wireless connection on the laptop during sleep mode for up to 99 minutes, eliminating the need to login and reconnect. The ThinkPad T420s claims to be the first business class notebook to offer Dolby Home Theater v4 for clearer audio quality.Lenovo has launched six new ThinkPad laptops - T420s, T420,T520, L420, L520 and W520 - based on the second generation Pricing and AvailabilityIntel Core and Core vPro processors. The ThinkPads are The ThinkPad T, L and W Series will be available starting inscheduled to be available in March. March from Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Pricing for the T420s, T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 starts at approximately US$1,329, US$779, US$909, US$719, US$719 and US$1,329, respectively. Additional details on Intels Z68 and Patsburg models Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/additional-details-on-intel-s-z68-and- patsburg-models/11294.html February 23rd, 2011Lenovo has announced six new ThinkPad laptops - the T420s,T420, T520, L420, L520 and W520 - that claim to maximizeperformance and offer higher productivity for mobile business It didnt take long for additional details to make its way onlineprofessionals. about Intels Z68 motherboards that we wrote about earlierThe ultra-thin, sub 1.8kg ThinkPad T420s speeds up boot time today and now a slide detailing both models have appeared30 percent with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0; the T420 over at Xfastest which gives a lot more details than whatboasts battery life of up to 30 hours with extended battery; wed seen so far. It also gives us a few additional details ofthe W520 mobile workstation offers twice the performance Intels upcoming consumer focused Patsburg chipset modelsof previous models; and the L Series gives users recognized codenamed Siler and Thorsby that we wrote about a few weeksThinkPad durability at exceptional value. ago.Smart PC Power & Performance ManagementThe new laptops incorporate self-aware and adaptive It didnt take long for additional details to make its way onlinetechnologies to sense where power is needed most. With about Intels Z68 motherboards that we wrote about earlierIntel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, it can increase processor today and now a slide detailing both models have appearedspeed during performance intensive tasks such as video over at Xfastest which gives a lot more details than whatediting, and 3D applications. Incorporating Lenovo Turbo wed seen so far. It also gives us a few additional details ofBoost+, it enables laptops to stay in Turbo Boost even longer Intels upcoming consumer focused Patsburg chipset modelsby keeping processor temperatures below required thermal codenamed Siler and Thorsby that we wrote about a few weekslimits. In this way, the notebook PCs can achieve up to 30 ago.percent longer battery life. Also on the roadmap are details of Intels first H61 model, the DH61AG which is a mini-ITX board. Although the H61 chipset is Intels budget chipset, this board has a few extra featuresExtended Battery Life that you dont normally get as standard with it, such as SATAWith its standard 9-cell battery, the ThinkPad T420 delivers 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. The board will also sport DVI andup to 15 hours of battery life, while the T420s offers HDMI connectivity and SO-DIMM slots, the latter most likelyup to 10 hours with its 6-cell and optional optical bay to save space on the PCB. Its also interesting to note that Intel 13
  • 14. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonelabels this as a thin-AIO (All-in-One) board which means it According to this roadmap were looking at the H61 chipsetmight be a low profile board. to arrive fairly shortly and the Z68 towards the end of this half of the year, at least if the scale is corresponding toAs for the Z68 boards, first up we have the media launch dates. This falls in line with what we said in ourfocused DZ68DB which will offer USB 3.0 and SATA earlier post today with most Z68 chipset boards launching at6Gbps connectivity as well as DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort Computex. As for the Patsburg based boards, well, it looks likeconnectors. Its clear that this isnt the board most people were in for a longer wait here and were hearing late Q3 orhave been waiting for, but if you want an ATX size board that early Q4, suggesting a potential IDF San Francisco launch inhas a good selection of display outputs alongside overclocking September. So for all of those of you waiting for new chipsetsabilities and RAID support, this might be the one for you. and motherboards, sadly youre going to have to wait a bitThe board that is interesting in this case is the DZ68BC which longer as Intel doesnt seem to be in too much of a hurry at theagain sports USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, but it also offers a moment.pair of x16 PCI Express slots (in dual x8 configuration), afeature that should appeal to high-end users and the reasonwhy this board is located in Intels Extreme range of boards. Zalman Unveils 135mm ZM-F4The DZ68BC also offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity viaa USB adapter (a feature Intel is already offering on some of its Fan Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-unveils-135mm-zm-f4-other boards) and it does of course feature overclocking and fan/11291.htmlRAID support. Theres no mention of any display outputs on February 23rd, 2011this board, although wed guess there is at least one port onthe board. Korean cooling specialist Zalman has announced the 135mm ZM-F4 fan, targeting overclocking enthusiasts. Measuring 135 x 135 x 25mm and weighing 151g, it can be installed on 120mm mounting fan holes and has a MTBF of 50,000 hours. The ZM-F4 Fan can operate at speeds of up to 1,300RPM (at 26dBa) and is bundled with Anti-Vibration Silicone Pins and a Resistor Cable (to control fan speed and noise). ZALMAN PRESS RELEASEAs for the Patsburg boards, well, still no model number, but It is our pleasure to introduce Zalman NEW fan, ZM-F4. Therethe Siler model is now listed as the DXxxSI so all thats left for are many Case fans in the market, but they only restrict the sizeIntel to insert is the expect 68 or 78 numbers in the middle up to 120mm for the normal cases. With our ZM-F4, you don’t(for X68 or X78) depending on what the company decides have to worry about what kind of cases you have. Once yourit want to call its next high-end chipset. The Thorsby is now case can support 120mm fans, then you can just go ahead withthe DXxxTO and shared features between the two models our new ZM-F4 to enjoy bigger 135mm Fan for higher CFM.include dual x16 PCI Express slots, although it might be worthpointing out that these are PCI Express 3.0 slots and bothboards also sports eight DIMMs (four more than we expected), Please check for your cases if they have mounting holes forUSB 3.0 connectivity, most likely SATA 6Gbps even though 120mm Case fans, then you are ready for ZM-F4!it isnt mentioned, but its part of the chipset spec and ofcourse overclocking and RAID support. The DXxxSI also offersdual Ethernet ports, most likely of the Gigabit variety and the Like our Case fan series, ZM-F4 comes with Silicone pins forDXxxTO sports a TPM module. anti-vibration operation with RC56 (Resistor) to lower fanIts interesting that Intel has chosen to go with eight DIMMs, speed for lower operation noise.as this means two DIMMs per channel as the LGA-2011 SandyBridge-E processors use quad channel memory. However, asthe memory controller will throttle the memory speed if you Please go thru below for further information of ZM-F4add more than one DIMM per channel, this seems like a badmove on a consumer motherboard as it could have a potentialnegative impact on the system performance. Pictures that Super Talent Readiesleaked of a somewhat blurred out MSI board about a monthago showed that MSI had decided to go with only one DIMM CoreStore Series SSDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/super-talent-readies-corestore-series-per channel for a total of four DIMMs and were not sure why ssds/11290.htmlIntel didnt do the same. 14
  • 15. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFebruary 23rd, 2011 About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose,Well-known flash storage and memory maker Super Talent California, designs and manufactures a full range of DDR,is preparing to introduce its CoreStore line-up of SSDs. DDR2, and DDR3 memory modules and Flash based storageFeaturing mini PCIe/ PCIe interfaces, they boast a Marvell devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 900188NV9143 controller, MLC (multi-level cell) or SLC (single- certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state- of- the-level cell) NAND flash memory, and support data transfer art factories and leading-edge components to produce awardrates up to 350Mb/s (read) and 80Mb/s (write) for MLC winning products with outstanding reliability. Super Talent ismodels and 350Mb/s (read) and 220Mb/s (write) for SLC an active member of the JEDEC and ONFI standards bodies.variants. The CoreStore SSDs are available in capacities With over 250 patents, the company was ranked 38th in theranging from 16Gb to128Gb. 2009 Wall Street Journals Patent ScorecardTM for the ITSUPER TALENT PRESS RELEASE industry.San Jose, California - February 21th, 2011 - Super Talent Sony Singapore unveilsTechnology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions new products at "Inspiringand DRAM memory modules, today announced theirCoreStore TMline of SSD solutions designed to bring a new Innovation" launch for 2011level of performance to the SSD market. By combining the very Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-unveils-new-products-latest Marvel controller (88NV9143), new DDR ONFi 2 flash at-inspiring-innovation-launch-for-2011/11288.htmland plugging directly to the PCIe bus, Super Talent is now able February 23rd, 2011to create two solutions that deliver unforeseen performance.Available in two standard formats, mini-PCIe and PCIe Card,Super Talent has a drive to fit many popular applications. Themini-PCIe card (30mm x 50.95mm) is perfect for embeddedapplications, Industrial PCs, All-in-One PCs, Netbook PCs, This morning, Sony Singapore held their "InspiringNotebooks. Dont have a min-PCIe slot, Super Talent also Innovation" 2011 product launch at Marina Bay Sandsoffers a version of this product that will plug directly into a Convention and Expo, showcasing the new products this year.standard PCIe card slot; perfect for any Desktop PC. Note Gen2 PCI slot required for top speeds."By utilizing our relationships with both first tier controllermanufactures and DDR flash manufactures, we are able tocreate innovate solutions such as the CoreStore SSD and offerthem to our customers before anyone else.", CH Lee COO ofSuperTalent. Taisuke Nakanishi, managing director of Sony South East Asia, was at the event and said that this year, the company will launch products that can enhance, engage and redefine the viewing experience. The products unveiled at the launch include full high-YouTube Demo definition (HD) 3D-capable BRAVIA LCD TVs, Cyber-httpwww.youtube.comgosupertalent#pu01ySFYRYuz8s shot cameras, Handycam camcorders and VAIO personal computers.Available March 2011 15
  • 16. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone on the Intel X58 Express chipset and supporting Intel Socket LGA 1366 processors. A decent Gulftown will have a Core i7-2600K for breakfast, lunch and dinner under the same extreme overclocking conditions, which is why the ageing platform is still the fastest... at least till the end of this year.For the BRAVIA HDTV lineup, there will be 26 new models,with eleven 3D-capable and 20 Internet TVs in the 2011lineup. Some of the new models will also incorporate Sonysnew X-Reality PRO and X-Reality Engine digital videoprocessors to produce the best picture. The new BRAVIA rangeinclude BRAVIA HX925 with LED backlight and supports 3D(available in May); 3D-capable BRAVIA NX720 (availablein April); BRAVIA EX720 with LED backlight and supports3D;BRAVIA BX420 and BX320 (both scheduled for March). GIGABYTE has released some photos of the new board and we shall take a quick look at its five main overclocking features: • OC-VRM, • OC-Touch, • OC-PEG, • OC-Cool, and • OC-Dual BIOS OC-VRMGIGABYTE GA-X58A-OCOverclocking FeaturesPreviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-ga-x58a-oc-overclocking-features-preview/11262.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011 The GA-X58A-OC motherboard has dual 8-pin CPU powerThe folks at GIGABYTE have released a set of pictures connectors for input up to 720A. A variety of Intersil powershowcasing their upcoming Intel X58 Express chipset-based management ICs handles power delivery on the new board.overclocking motherboard, the GA-X58A-OC. There are quite PWM frequency can be adjusted to 300KHz, 600KHz anda number of cool features on the board, so we shall take a quick 800KHz according to the information we have on hand.look at them. Join us! The processor voltage regulation module (VRM) is a 12-phaseIt appears that both GIGABYTE and us at VR-Zone.com share dual power design supporting up to 600A output, while thethe same thought: the Intel X58 Express platform is far Uncore portion is a 3-phase design, and the memory a 2-phase.from dead. During a period where Intels new Sandy Bridgeseemingly rules the roost, the motherboard maker is about Surface mount POSCAP tantalum capacitors are used as theyto officially introduce its GA-X58A-OC motherboard, based are not only reliable, but save space as well. The low height 16
  • 17. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneclearance and added space means enthusiasts no longer need Chasis + CM Storm Spawn Mice) Check out http://launch.vr-to worry if their larger cooling solutions will be obstructed. zone.com and find out how you can win these prizesIn fact, on the GA-X58A-OC, GIGABYTE has completely doneaway with the can-type solid capacitors.OC-TouchTo make things a little more convenient for overclockers, theGA-X58A-OC has voltage measurement points for: New MacBook Pro to be • VCORE, lighter, have larger trackpads • CPU PLL, and dedicated SSD to boot • DDR, Mac OS X? • DDR VTT, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-macbook-pro-to-be-lighter-have- • QPI VTT, larger-trackpads-and-dedicated-ssd-to-boot-mac-os-x-/11287.html February 23rd, 2011 • QPI PLL, and • IOH Yes, as mentioned in the (mouthful) title of this news, these are the latest rumours to the upcoming MacBook Pro that is expected to drop on us later this week. A lighter machine with larger trackpad and a dedicated SSD just to store and boot the Mac OS X?There is also a debug LED that will flash BIOS POST codes.Debug LEDs almost became extinct the past few years, beforemaking a return starting with higher end Intel P67 Expressmotherboards.The red power switch is um, self-explanatory I guess...The 4G button will help newbies to reach 4GHz. Man, whata way to put it in the material! Anyway, this button will simplytell the motherboard to automatically overclock the processorto 4GHz on the next boot.Overclockers can then use the two sets of buttons to adjustCPU ratio (the set on the left) and BCLK (the set on the right)on-the-fly. The Gear button changes the adjustment step of Despite the rumour that the latest updated Apple MacBookthe BCLK back and forth between 0.3MHz and 1MHz. Pro will be available later this week and the inclusion of the latest generation Sandy Bridge processors, not much is known about what other new features the new refreshed MacBook Pro would carry. But more details have been leaked from recentVR-Zone Giveaway 3: Its reports.Cooler Master Week A larger trackpad in the new MacBook Pros? Well, thats certainly highly possible as that will allow Apple to developSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/vr-zone-giveaway-3-it-s-cooler-master- more vivid gestures and flexibility for users.week/11289.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011 The reports also claim that the new and updated laptops will offer a dedicated solid-state drive of 8 to 16 GB purely to house the Mac OS X system files. The result will be similar to those that we can see in todays MacBook Air: dramatically fast boot- up and performance. Additional storage for other applicationsFollow 4 easy steps and stand a chance to win different prizesevery week. This week..we are giving away: 3x ( CM Elite 430 17
  • 18. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneand media files will be available in either traditional harddrives or with solid-drives upgrades. The next bit of information doesnt quite make sense to us, but we have been told the OS on the laptops will be loaded to a separate (internal) 8-16GB SSD while everything else will remain on the regular hard drive. There will be options for just SSD drives but the base models will feature regular hard disks with the SSD combo for the OS.The report ends off with the source indicating that Apple hasapparently reduced half a pound off the weight of each of theMacBook Pro models. The new and improved MacBook Proshas been speculated for release this coming Thursday. The fact that MSI is calling the U160MX a netbook; should be a clear giveaway as to what kind of hardware will come bundled with the device. True enough, a quick look at MSIs press release reveals that the U160MX is about as network-MSI announces new ultrathin worthy as it can be: it sports 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 10-netbook for the masses inch LED-backlit screen makes up the netbooks display, while processing power is provided by the not-so-impressive single-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-announces-new-ultrathin- core Intel Atom N455 processor and onboard GMA 3150 GPU.netbook-for-the-masses/11285.htmlFebruary 23rd, 2011 However, it would seem that MSI is also bundling the netbook with various different features in order to distinguish it from the competition. Apparently, the U160MX will come standard with MSIs proprietary TDE Overclocking Engine to give the processor a speed boost needed for certain heavy usage situations, while its ECO energy-saving technology claims up to 8.5 hours of computing uptime on a single battery charge.Is the netbook in danger of getting replaced by the tablet? In all Unfortunately, as is the case with most MSI-relatedhonesty, the likelihood of it happening some time in the future announcements, no release date and pricing details have beenis there, but it would seem that the netbook is still safe for now. disclosed. Bummer. Oh well, at least they left the full list ofAnd with the demand for netbooks still going relatively strong, hardware specifications behind for us:it would seem that MSI has deemed it fit to launch yet anothernotebook and capture a little more market share in the processof doing so.Is the netbook in danger of going the way of the dodo? Severalpundits and analysts might seem to think so, but it would seemthat their eventual death is not about to take place any timesoon, especially when the tablets of today still sport price tagswhich are large enough to warrant the purchase of a morepowerful, full-sized notebook PC that supports the vast libraryof hardware available for the Windows software ecosystem.Of course, there is no denying that technologicaladvancements in hardware fabrication and design will meanthat the prices of tablets will eventually drop given sufficienttime. However, it is also clear that road warriors who desire Nexus One gets Honeycomb,a cheap yet highly mobile computing device are not about tosurrender their handy netbooks for a 10-inch slate that does problems are aplentynot come with a large-enough physical keyboard that is vital Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nexus-one-gets-honeycomb-problems-for for their productivity needs. And it appears that MSI is are-aplenty/11284.htmlbanking on this particular premise with its new netbook, the February 23rd, 2011MSI Wind U160MX. The Nexus One is supposed to be one of only two Android- powered phone that can receive OTA vanilla firmware updates, 18
  • 19. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebut it would seem that such a luxury means nothing to anenterprising developer. Apparently, a group of hackers who Its official: Microsoft openshave gotten a little impatient about having to wait for the Kinect development librariesofficial Honeycomb build have gone ahead and cooked theirvery own such ROM. The caveat? The holes in its usability to hackers, as long as theyoutnumber those found in a block of Swiss cheese. use WindowsDo you own a smartphone which happens to be powered by Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-s-official-microsoft-opens-kinect-Googles Android operating system? If you do, chances are development-libraries-to-hackers-as-long-as-they-use-windows/11283.htmlyou should be no stranger to the healthy demand for custom February 23rd, 2011ROMs, which supposedly offers users added benefits overOEM-supplied ROMs such as better battery life, improvedperformance, or even the ability to install newer builds ofFroyo which the OEM has got no intention of supporting.Of course, the last benefit mentioned above does not really Well, it seems that Microsoft has finally understood whatapply if the user happens to be using an official Google- the age-old saying of if you cant beat them, join thembranded smartphone such as the Nexus One or the Nexus means. Apparently, the software giant has decided that theS, especially when these particular handsets are capable of hacker community could prove to be a valuable resourcereceiving OTA firmware updates directly from Google itself. and has thus released a full SDK for the Kinect motionHowever, it seems that a group of developers who have controller for the aforementioned community to play aroundgotten impatient with Googles slow progress on the upcoming with. Interestingly, this sudden turn of events comes exactlyHoneycomb build has taken matters into their own hands. And three months after the Redmond giant claimed that it hadtheir response? A custom Honeycomb ROM cooked specially intentionally left the Kinects interface open for precisely thefor the Google Nexus One. same reason. Remember how we spoke about how the average Joe might soon be able to to look forward to the day where just aboutAccording to a forum posting made on XDA-Developers, the everything in our come could be operated with the humblecooked Honeycomb ROM should install into any Nexus One Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360? Well, it seems thatsmartphone, although its usability is anything but smooth. that day might just be around the corner after all, thanks to aApparently, the successful installation of Honeycomb into the certain act of charity from the likes of the Redmond giant. No,Nexus One is the only thing that works right now for the it is not because they are about to start shipping free Kinects tosmartphone: almost every single other critical feature such as every single hacker who wants to tinker around with the devicephone calls, WiFi, Bluetooth, sound, 3G are non-functional. (though that would be very nice indeed).In short, a Nexus One flashed with the custom Honeycombbuild is nothing more than a black brick with a nice digital user Rather, it is the fact that Microsoft appears to have finallyinterface and more usability holes than an actual honeycomb. recognized that the hacker community could prove to be an extremely valuable asset in helping to promote the Kinect asOf course, this means that the custom Honeycomb ROM for a versatile device that has the potential to change the waythe Nexus One is definitely not intended to be used by end we interact with our daily electronic devices. To that end, theusers. The forum post on XDA-Developers also backs this Redmond giant has gone ahead and done the unexpected:claim, stating that there are easily a million (issues) with the company has just announced in a press release that afunctionality at the moment and is intended for developers complete, non-commercial SDK for the Kinect will be madewho desire a clean vanilla build for tackling very specific available as a free download for hackers who wish to get moreissues. out of the device.And no, we are not going to tell you how you can root your According to the press release, the non-commercial SDK willNexus One and install the cooked Honeycomb ROM, simply contain all the bits and pieces needed to exercise completebecause there is enough information floating about the web for control over the Kinect, and is aimed at igniting "furtherthat kind of instructions. creativity in an already vibrant ecosystem of enthusiasts". 19
  • 20. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBut of course, as is always the case the Microsoft, there will Unfortunately for us consumers, it would seem that thisalways be a few certain conditions that need to be met in is a typical case of Murphys Law in action. Apparently, aorder for users and developers to enjoy the benefits of its microsite hosted by US carrier Verizon to advertise the Xoomcharitable act. While Microsoft has not disclosed the terms has dropped a bombshell which is sure set tongues wagging.of the developer license agreement for the non-commercial According to Verizon, it seems that the first batch of XoomsKinect SDK, the press release seems to suggest that the SDK being sold to consumers will be offered sans support for the all-is not cross-platform compatible and must be installed on a important Adobe Flash plugin, as shown in the image below.Windows-powered system.And we all know what that means, dont we? Yup, it seemslike OS X and Linux users will have to resort to reverse-engineering the Windows-only development libraries in orderto set up their own development environment for the Kinect.Well, thats only fair: after all, Microsoft has to look out for itsown ecosystem, doesnt it? Now, the lack of Flash support for Android devices is definitelyNewsflash: No Flash not unheard of. After all, earlier versions of Android were well- known for not having support for the Flash plugin as well, andfor Xoom + Honeycomb it was only with Froyo that Android users were finally able to experience the full web experience often touted by Google andcombination hardware OEMs as a key factor of its alleged superiority overSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/news-flash--no-flash-for-xoom-- iOS.honeycomb-combination/11281.html Still, it does not change the fact that the lack of Flash supportFebruary 23rd, 2011 is definitely not going to give Honeycomb users the full web content that they can come to expect, especially after the success that was Froyo and Gingerbread. That being said, it is worth pointing out, if only for consolations sake, that Flash will eventually make its way down to Honeycomb, as long as users do not mind waiting it out for a few more months. AfterIt might not be the case down here in sunny Singapore, but in all, eventual Flash support is still infinitely better than optingother countries, it would appear that the success of a tablet is for a platform that has completely zero support for the plugin,tied to a single critical factor: support for the full Web content. is it not?Which, needless to say, includes Adobes proprietary Flashplugin used in a vast majority of websites today. However, itwould seem that Motorola is about to test the validity of such a Intels first Z68 board modelclaim: after all, what other reason can there be for the former names leakedto even think about shipping an Android tablet sans the critical Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-first-z68-board-model-names-plugin? leaked/11282.html February 23rd, 2011 Intel have been anything but forthcoming with details about its upcoming Z68 chipset, but VR-Zone can now as first publication give you the model names of Intels own brand Z68 chipset motherboards. Intel is planning two models at launch and theyre placed in the extreme and media motherboard sections in Intels line-up.So the Motorola Xoom tablet is well on its way to hitting retailshelves, and certain carriers will get first dibs on the device Intel have been anything but forthcoming with details aboutbefore the tablet is released for saleas a standalone unit and its upcoming Z68 chipset, but VR-Zone can now as firstnot as part of a data contract bundle. That sounds good enough publication give you the model names of Intels own brand Z68for us: after all, just about all the details pertaining to the Xoom chipset motherboards. Intel is planning two models at launchhas already be revealed, so nothing else could go wrong for and theyre placed in the extreme and media motherboardMotorolas and Googles flagship tablet, right? sections in Intels line-up. Sadly we dont have a ton of details at hand, but we wouldnt expect it to be too long until the first real solid details will start 20
  • 21. February 23rd, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneto appear. What we do know is that the top of the line modelwill be called the DZ68BC and the slightly lower-end mediaboard will go under the name of DZ68DB. Both of the boardsare expected to arrive in the second half of this year accordingto roadmap details weve seen. However, the chipset shouldlaunch some time in Q2 alongside Intels budget H61 chipset.This suggests that there wont be too many Z68 boards ondisplay at CeBIT in March, although there ought to be plenty ofboards on display at Computex which starts on the 31st of May.The slide that leaked some time ago detailing the specificationsof the Z68 proved to be the real deal and nothing has changedin terms of chipset features since then. We would like to pointout one small thing though, the Z68 chipset wont supportSSD caching from day one, as this is a feature that will relyupon Intels Rapid Storage Technology drivers which will onlyadd SSD caching in release 10.5. This would also require afirmware upgrade for the Intel SATA controller, but this wouldbe part of a BIOS upgrade for the Z68 motherboards. 21

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