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  1. 1. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! GIGABYTE’s laboratories, including 24-phase power design, VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication Driver MOSFETs and Dynamic Energy Saver 2 technology. covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Description: The Antec 600 v2 is a slight redesign of the original Antec 600 featuring some new attributes like aThe Daily VR-Zone News larger storage hole for cables, front hot-swap 2.5" bay, top mounted "moon roof" window, and a CPU-Backplate cut outSummary - 25 Feb 2011 for aftermarket cooler installation, like the Antec Kühler 620.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--25- Consumer Electronics and Software News:feb-2011/11338.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011 Description: Google made the algorithmic announcement on its blog yesterday and said that the change is significant. However, it is only designed to target low value websites that copy content from other websites. Description: One of the cooler new features not seen before is AirDrop. Say youre somewhere with no Internet connectivity,To round up this weeks news: Overview of the SandForce dont have a USB key handy, and want to transfer a file toSF-2000 Series Solid-State Drive (SSD); Review of Spire another Mac user in the room. Go into an options page andSlimod II GPU cooler; Google launches preemptive strike enable the feature.at Office 365 ; Barnes & Noble updates Nook Android app,promises a Honeycomb version this spring; Elder Scrolls V Description: Googles new Cloud Connect collaboration add-preview up on YouTube; Mortal Kombat banned in Australia in for Microsoft Office strikes at the heart of the Office 365etc.. juggernautHardware News: Description: For a six-week period this spring the company will release a series of popular mobile games that have yet toDescription: SandForce DuraClass technology paired to TRIM make their way to the platform. The “Must Have Games” salesupport in Windows 7 has helped with this concern, but it was will include Plants Vs. Zombies, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic thetheir RAISE technology that provides RAID-like protection for Hedgehog 4: Episode I, geoDefense, Doodle Jump and “more,”single SSD computer systems paired to AES-128 automatic according to Microsoft’s Major Nelson.data encryption that put them on top. Description: Okay, so theyre rather minor updates, but ourDescription: The shape of the heat sink inherits the radiator of guess is that the Nook Honeycomb app thats being promisedthe Super Mega Megahalems cooler because Prolimatech was for some time this spring will be far more exciting. Yep, itsnot an experiment. Between the aluminum fins are now found a lot of B&N Android, but while were on the topic, weve gotscattered copper fins, reducing the weight increased from 790 to admit were wondering about the whereabouts of that Nookgrams to 155 grams once to 945 grams. Color app store, which was announced back in November.Description: Spire are internationally recognised as a premiere Description: Staff Buyers of Apples new MacBook Pro lineupproducer of cooling technology that specialises in cooling for will get the newly out-of-beta FaceTime for Mac free with agaming PCs. But as usual, a name doesnt give you a pass new machine, while existing Mac users can buy the video chatin XSR testing, so lets see how their latest iteration of GPU software on the Mac App Store for 99 cents.cooler, the Slimod II stands up. Gaming News:Description: One of the additions to the Corsair cooling line-up was the original Hydro H50 CPU cooler which provided a Description: Rockville-based game company Bethesdanear plug-and-play water cooling system for your CPU. Now Softworks has released an in-game preview of the latestCorsair is back again with a revamped and beefed up solution installment of its popular Elder Scrolls series of games. Thecalled the Hydro H70. latest installment, called Skyrim, is due Nov. 11.Description: The GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 is not just new in Description: Although many pundits are predicting a changeterms of looks, but also sports all the latest innovations from to Australia’s classification system coming soon, Warner 1
  2. 2. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneBros. Interactive Entertainments (WBIE) upcoming MortalKombat is the latest game to fall victim to Australias outdatedclassification rules.Intel Began Z68 ChipsetProduction, Launch in MaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-began-z68-chipset-production- Do you make heavy use of Western Digital (WD) products inlaunch-in-may/11339.html your daily computing and entertainment life? If so, this latestFebruary 25th, 2011 bit of information direct from the American manufacturer of hard disks should be just the news you need to perk up your Friday night after a hard days work, and that is not because WD is about to start giving away a bunch hard disks as free gifts. Rather, the good news comes from the fact WD has just announced in a media conference held at A*STAR Data We have reported earlier that Intel has started P67 B3 Storage Institute (DSI) that it has established a research andproduction last week and shipment to customers has resumed. development centre right here in sunny Singapore. This newInterestingly, Intel has also started production of their Z68 centre, which is situated in the Singapore Science Park, willchipset this week along with other Cougar Point SKUs like facilitate the leveraging of the local talent pool and expertiseH61 and Q65. All of them are based on the new B3 stepping of research organizations/therefore the SATA port 2-5 issue is fixed before they hit the In his opening address, Western Digitals Chief Operatingmarket. Officer, Timothy Leyden, spoke about how the humble hardWe have reported earlier that Intel has started P67 B3 disk has withstood the test of time, while describing theproduction last week and shipment to customers has resumed. significance of entering such a strategic partnership with theInterestingly, Intel has also started production of their Z68 DSI.chipset this week along with other Cougar Point SKUs likeH61 and Q65. All of them are based on the new B3 steppingtherefore the SATA port 2-5 issue is fixed before they hitthe market. Judging from the specs, it seems Intel hascatered Z68 specially for enthusiasts which allows betterprocessor overclocking, discrete graphics support and SSDcaching capability. With these enhancements, Intel has pricedthe Z68 chipset some US$8 higher than the P67 counterpart.The launch for the Z68 chipset is slated for first week of May.Western Digital establishesR&D centre in SingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/western-digital-establishes-r-d-centre-in-singapore/11337.html "Hard drive technology is remarkable, and it is trueFebruary 25th, 2011 nanotechnology. Being more than 50 years old and US$35 billion strong, the hard disk drive industry has survived and thrived because it invested in talented people, built a robust supply chain and has persevered and flourished whenThe next time you head out to a computer shop to purchase a confronted with technological hurdles," he said, while addingWestern Digital (WD) product, dont be surprised if you find that the partnership with the DSI "embodies this spirit".out that part of the technology used to develop the companys Leyden also explained the reason Western Digital had chosenstorage devices hails from Singapores very own laboratories. Singapore to be the location for its new R&D centre instead ofThis is because the American hard disk manufacturer has just other developed countries, citing the countrys infrastructureannounced the establishment of a research and development and location as key factors in the companys eventual decision.centre in Singapore with the partnership of our countrysA*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI). "Singapore has built a treasure trove of engineering talent. This environment has produced an advanced technology research and human resource culture that makes Singapore an ideal location for investment," he said. In response, A*STARs chairman, Lim Chuan Poh, praised Western Digitals well-deserved success in the data storage 2
  3. 3. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneindustry, while speaking about how he envisions the strategic which claims to be the worlds slimmest Android phone on thepartnership as one that greatly benefits both parties. market, measuring just 7.7mm."Our magnetic media research team has built strong Today, NTT Docomo in Japan has officially launched theresearch capabilities since its inception in 1996, (and) MEDIA N-04C Android smartphone. The smartphone willfurther enhancing its strengths and capabilities in research retail on 15 March while consumers can start to pre-order onis the state-of-the-art infrastructure over at DSI. The Master 4 March next week.Research Collaboration Agreement signed today would give Weighing 105g, the MEDIAS N-04C sports a 4-inch capacitiveWD access to there facilities, as well as to the team of touchscreen display (480x854) with a layer of toughenedexperienced researched in DSI in the magnetic media area," guerilla glass. The smartphone runs Android 2.2 Froyo andhe said. the company has stated that the 2.3 Gingerbread update willLast but definitely not least, the agreement was set in black be available this summer. The phone also comes with a 5-and white when both Leyden and DSI executive director Dr megapixel CMOS camera, microSDHC card slot and supportsPantelis Alexopoulos inked their respective signatures onto i-mode, 3G/GSM and GPS, Wi-Fi, HSUPA and Bluetooth.the documents presented before them. The N-04C will be available in black and white, and NEC said it will ship the phone outside of Japan soon.NEC MEDIAS N-04C is worlds ASUS to launch new notebookslimmest Android phone at PCs at IT Show 20117.7mm Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-to-launch-new-notebook-pcs-at- it-show-2011/11320.htmlSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nec-medias-n-04c-is-world-s- February 25th, 2011slimmest-android-phone-at-7.7mm/11336.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011 ASUS will be launching four new laptops at the upcoming IT Show 2011 in Singapore - Eee PC 1015PW, Eee PC 1015B, ASUSWhile NEC phones arent available in SIngapore, they are U41Jf and N73Sv. More details inside.selling pretty well in the land of the rising sun. And it lookslike the manufacturer has just launched the MEDIAS N-04C 3
  4. 4. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Pricing information to be announced closer to IT Show 2011. Xoom corporation sues Motorola over tablet name Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xoom-corporation-sues-motorola-over- tablet-name/11334.html February 25th, 2011 When it comes to the word "Xoom", most users followingThe ASUS Eee PC 1015PW sports a sleek Seashell design with consumer technology news would naturally link it withelegant "wave" finish on the exterior and inside. Weighing Motorolas latest Android 3.0 tablet that is running a dual-just 1.25kg, the 1015PW is powered by the dual-core Intel core processor. Well, Xoom is also the name of a companyAtom N550 processor and boasts a battery life of up to 10 that provides online international money transfer service, andhours. ASUS also has the 1015B model which uses AMD it is no wonder a lawsuit is filed against Motorola over theprocessor. The Eee PC 1015PW comes in Purple Rain, Gold trademark of the companys name.Dust and Angel Skin. Whenever a company comes up with a new product, giving it a name is probably the most difficult task before it goes to market; you wouldnt want to receive lawyers letters on the infringement over the trademark name. (Well, unless you have the wealth to settle with that company). Law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has filed a trademark suit against Motorola, on behalf of San Francisco-based moneyThe new U series laptop claims to offer an ultra slim transfer company Xoom Corporation. Yes, this is all about thedesign, and superb performance for the mobile road warriors. Motorolas Xoom tablet device. According to news reports,The ASUS U41Jf is equipped with the latest Intel Core i5/ Xoom has had its name since 2003 and has indisputablei3 processor and you can boost the machines performance trademark over it.up to 15%, thanks to ASUS’ Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) Motorolas purchase of the keyword "Xoom" on Google andtechnology. On top of that, it also features two incredible other search sites could have caused potential disruption to theenergy-optimizing technologies to help extend battery life to financial companys business, which was the main ground ofover 10 hours. complaint. At the moment, Motorola has no comment over the lawsuit. Xooms company tagline may be "The Smarter Way To Send Money", but in this case, it surely is a smarter way to earn money. Dead Space 2 PC Review Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dead-space-2-pc-review/11322.html February 25th, 2011 The game starts from the very moment our engineer Isaac Clarke awakes from a coma after events from the first game on the Sprawl, an offshoot human colony on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. As usual, things do not go favorably withThe ASUS N73Sv boasts SonicMaster audio technology that the already tormented engineer, and there is yet anotheroffers outstanding audio performance on the portable laptop. Necromorph manifestation on board the space station. ForIt is also equipped with the second generation Intel Core those who don’t know, Necromorphs are undead, reanimatedprocessors, and utilizes advanced Smart Performance and corpses that have mutated beyond recognition. And they are asIntel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. blood thirsty as they are intelligent. The usual culprits behind 4
  5. 5. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethis outbreak are, of course, the oddball religious fanatics With the new iPad 2 expected to be announced next week,called Unitologists and the Earth Government, who have their many have speculated that Apple will drop its newest iOS 4.3own agenda as well. alongside with their new tablet device. There have been reports that the iOS 4.3 has already hit the golden master stage and the iPad makers are reportedly finalising on the mobile operating system. One of our Apple sources has just informed us that it looks like Apple has finalized the code for its upcoming iOS 4.3 release. The build, were told, is 8F190 for those keeping track. iOS 4.3 could make its debut public appearance sometime next week, possibly at Apples media event scheduled for next Wednesday. The updated mobile operating system is set to add more unique features such as personal Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, enhanced support for AirPlay video streamingThe dynamics of the struggle between the two opposing and more.factions are interesting, and throughout the game, clues aredropped in the form of text logs, audio tapes and video tapesto fill you in as you play. The narrative pacing is excellenthere; the game does enough to educate and yet intrigue youfurther as into what happened. The brief walkthrough from Elpida considers increasinga Unitologist centre that leads to their eerie church near the DRAM price in Marchbeginning keeps a comfortable momentum going, and while Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/elpida-considers-increasing-dram-Isaac isn’t the most talkative of video game protagonists, price-in-march/11332.htmlhe does enough to pull you entirely into his see-saw world February 25th, 2011of desperation and survival. Isaac has serious personal,but equally pressing issues: his bouts of dementia triggerhallucinations and visions, and the mental manifestation of Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) price may increasehis girlfriend are as thrilling as they are terrifying. These come March, as Japanese PC chip maker Elpida considersjarring moments fit in nicely with the gameplay mechanics raising DRAM prices in view of growing demand. Projected- Isaac’s struggle to perpetuate reality from his mental state of price for 2Gb DRAM chips in March could be as high as $2.50,mind directly mirrors his tensed physical encounters with the a 19% increase over the current $2.10.frightening Necromorphs. Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) price may increase come March, as Japanese PC chip maker Elpida considersApples iOS 4.3 available raising DRAM prices in view of growing demand. Elpida President and Chief Executive Yukio Sakamoto suggested thatfor all at next weeks media projected price for 2Gb DRAM chips in March could be as high as $2.50, a 19% increase over the current $2.10.event? Sakamoto also reiterated his hopes for a merger with TaiwansSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-ios-4.3-available-for-all-at-next-week-s-media-event-/11330.html Powerchip Technology Corp, Rexchip Electronics Crop andFebruary 25th, 2011 ProMOS Technologies Inc. The merger would see the new alliance holding a 40 to 50 percent share of the global mobile DRAM market, and be in a better position to combat South Korean giants Hynix Semiconductor Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.Apples upcoming iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Rexchip, which is a joint venture between Elpida andhas reported hitting the golden master stage, and ready for its Powerchip, will start production in the third quarter of thispublic appearance as early as next week. year. Elpida also has plans to buy all of Powerchips DRAM output to bolster its competitiveness and help it focus on higher-end chip production. The Daily VR-Zone News Summary - 24 Feb 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--24- feb-2011/11328.html 5
  6. 6. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFebruary 25th, 2011 selectable on or off accenting a sleek black enclosure design. The Thermaltake Max 5G is, of course, backwards compatible to USB 2.0/1.1, as well as SATA II/I. The Thermaltake Max 5G also offers quick and easy installation to go along with rock solid build quality.In todays news roundup: Intel is reportedly planning to ASRock P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty - Layout and Design @demonstrate its new Medfield platform for tablet PCs in the ocaholicupcoming Computex 2011 event held at Taipei; The market for Description: With the P67 Profess1onal Fatal1ty, ASRock hasNOR flash memory is set to shrink by as much as six percent a high-end Sandy Bridge motherboard in its portfolio whichthis year; Android and Nokia Maemo users can play with a especially targets the gaming market. Next to a very attractivebeta of the Firefox 4 browser which has been specially made design the board also features three PCI-Express x16 slots andfor both operating systems; The Google Nexus S officially loses ten SATA-Ports.the ability to perform Facebook syncing; A new Crysis 2 trailerhas emerged, and Dead Space 2 is set to gets its first set of DLC Antec LanBoy Air ATX Case Reviewon March 1 this year. Description: At first glance you can tell this is an enthusiast and gamer-oriented product. Antec touts the LanBoy Air forHardware News: its highly customizable and modular design. Weighing 20.3Intel expected to offer 3rd-generation MID platform Medfield lbs (9.2 kg), the case can be outfitted with an insane fifteenin 3Q11 120mm fans -- so you know the "Air" moniker belongs in itsDescription: Intel, in order to compete with ARM architecture name. Perhaps more intriguing, nearly every part of the casedevices which are prevailing in the tablet PC industry, has is modular, even the motherboard and PSU mounts.had Medfield, its third-generation MID platform, enter testing Scythe Mine 2 cooler @ Hardwareoverclock.comby Taiwan-based hardware partners, with products to be Description: The Mine 2 CPU Cooler is based on a twindemonstrated at Computex Taipei 2011 and shipments to cooler Layout. Eight copper heatpipes transport heat to twobegin as early as the third quarter, according to industry generously dimensioned cooling blocks. By placing the fan insources. between the 2 heatsink towers, intake as well as exhale airflowsEdimax ES5500 G Gigabit Switch Review -XSReviews are optimized to provide high performance. By default, theDescription: The easiest way to get yourself some faster Mine 2 will be delivered with a centrally placed, adjustable 140network transfer rates is to throw a Gigabit switch into the mix. mm Slip Stream PWM & VR fan. Although the fan supportsThats what Im looking to do today with the Edimax ES 5500G the PWM feature, the user can manually adjust the PWM5 port gigabit switch. Is it worth the money? Does it give good bandwidth between 470 to 1,370 rpm and 740 to 1,900 rpm.transfer rates? Thats what were here to find out. OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gbps SandForce SSD PreviewFSP Aurum AU-600 -600W PSU Review on Technic3D @ Legit Reviews(German) Description: Since the inception of the line, the Vertex nameDescription: (Machine translation) The FSP Aurum AU-600 has been synonymous with performance and helped propel-600W PSU arrived Technic3D. See you in the following OCZ to a prominent position in the SSD market. Not restingReview from Technic3D the next PSU with four +12V rails on their laurels, OCZ has jumped out in front again with the(18A), 120mm Fan, 6x SATA hard disk connectors and 3x PCI- Vertex 3 to be the first to launch a line featuring the lateste 6+2-Pin SandForce controllers paired with a SATA III 6Gbps interfaceNOR flash memory shipments set for 2011 drop and 25nm NAND, while others ostensibly seem a little moreDescription: NOR flash memory is going to take a slight conservative in their speed to market. Just how high has theknocking this year, with IHS iSuppli research claiming that the bar been set? Read on to see.market will drop by nearly six percent. Consumer Electronics and Software News:Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 Review at Overclockers Online New Firefox 4 for Android Available NowDescription: When looking at the entire picture, Deepcool’s Ice Description: Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia Maemo devicesMatrix 400 is a spectacularly assembled piece of equipment. is now available in a new beta version that’s made huge leapsCombining four heat pipes with a simple 120mm fan, the heat in terms of stability and performance.sink does well at keeping the CPU at acceptable operating Coolermaster Spawn gaming mouse: comfortable, powerful,temperatures. portableThermaltake MAX 5G External HDD Enclosure Review @Hi Description: Good things come in small packages, andTech Legion Coolermaster’s Spawn gaming mouse is one of them, packing aDescription: The Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5” HDD Enclosure good balance of features and comfort into a small, inexpensive,offers a solution to data and OS portability. Offering 5Gbs capable gaming mouse.USB 3.0 transfer speeds along with SATA III capability, the A Sleeping OS X Lion StirsThermaltake Max 5G offers portability along with all of the Description: The iPad 2 nears! An iPad 3 is on the horizon!speed one would expect from an internal HDD. The Max iPhone 5 is coming! Maybe an iPhone nano! New MacBook5G is also the first external HDD enclosure offering the Pros! New iMacs! Maybe even an Apple television! Of all thesuperior cooling capabilities of twin 80mm fans. These fansalso offer a little eye candy with glowing blue LEDs which are 6
  7. 7. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApple rumors out there right now, there’s a odd lack of talk out their children were racking up huge purchases withoutabout something we know is coming — and soon: OS X Lion. understanding what they were doing - including one young gamer who managed to download more than $1,400 in virtualEurocom Launches Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Processor in Smurfs currency...its Panther 2.0Description: Eurocom Corporation (www.eurocom.com)announces support for Intels new high performance i7-990XExtreme Edition Processor inside the EUROCOM Panther 2.0 Intel announces Thunderbolt Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-announces-performance notebook. The addition of the Intel Core i7-990X thunderbolt/11333.htmlto the long list of processor options gives Eurocom customers February 25th, 2011even greater choice when customizing their unique systems.What the iPad 2 Needs to Steal From Android and WebOSDescription: Motorola and HP proved that companies canmake tablets with UI as usable, if not more so, than the iPad.Now, with the iPad 2 being announced next week, Apple is theone that needs to play catch-up to others. But is it possiblewithout drastically retooling iOS? So whats all the fuss about? Well, Intel and Apple hasReplace or Add User Profile Fields in WordPress @ Computing announced the launch and availability (at least in Appleson Demand products) of a new co-developed I/O interface previouslyDescription: If you take into consideration that WordPress is known as Light Peak, but it now goes under the namethe most widely used blogging platform, it is confusing why of Thunderbolt. The new interface uses the same physicalthey are still living in the past. I am referring to the usage of connector as the mini DisplayPort interface and its compatibleAIM, Jabber, and Yahoo in the users profile. Currently, within with DisplayPort signals, but it also offers up to 10Gbps of PCIWordPress, there is no way for you to modify these choices. Express data to allow for a wide range of external peripheralsHowever, with a few simple lines of code in our functions.php to be connected to it.file, we can bring WordPress into the 21st century.New Google PageRank Algorithm Debunked So whats all the fuss about? Well, Intel and Apple hasDescription: In my recent article on SEJ about Google announced the launch and availability (at least in ApplesPageRank I suggested that a new formula could be in action. products) of a new co-developed I/O interface previouslyThe article has gone big on Twitter and LinkedIn, with known as Light Peak, but it now goes under the namehundreds of shares. And from some comments, it looks like of Thunderbolt. The new interface uses the same physicalmany people accepted it for a fact. connector as the mini DisplayPort interface and its compatibleGoogle Drops Facebook Sync On Nexus S: Google/Facebook with DisplayPort signals, but it also offers up to 10Gbps of PCIBattle Continues Express data to allow for a wide range of external peripheralsDescription: The reason Google cites is because Facebook to be connected to it.contacts “cannot be exported from the device” and thus do not With so much bandwidth available its clear that Thunderboltallow users to “control their data” as freely as Google would was designed with the future in mind. That said, withlike. companies such as Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie,Gaming News: Promise and Western Digital as launch partners, its pretty clear that the bandwidth is much wanted, especially in theNew Crysis 2 Trailer Focuses On Story, PC Multiplayer Demo video and audio industry. Thunderbolt is at the moment theon March 1 fastest interface youll find on any computer that isnt a high-Description: With about a month to the launch of Crysis 2, end server and then youd end up talking about network cardsthe folks from EA released another trailer focusing on the or Fiber Channel or something similarly advanced that isntstory and giving a sneak of the transition of story from its easily implemented into consumer and business devices.predecessor. The trailer revolves around Jacob Hargreave, aman with an obsession with the Nanosuit for most of a century.Check out “Prophet’s Journey” belowDead Space 2 Gets Severed March 1Description: Finished strategically dismembering an entirespace stations worth of Necromorphs? Go back and do it allover again on March 1, this time from a different perspective,in the first DLC pack for Dead Space 2: Severed.FTC agrees to investigate "deceptively free" iPhone gamesDescription: The Federal Trade Commission has confirmedit will investigate mobile games that are advertised as freebut then entice players into buying virtual goods withinthe game, especially those that target younger users. Thiscomes after several complaints surfaced by parents who found 7
  8. 8. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone five devices and one display are supported – its bi-directional and it delivers power. However, on the power side things arent fantastic, as Thunderbolt is limited to 10W, a typical external 3.5-inch hard drive requires 12W, so its not going to be possible to power plenty of external storage device directly from the bus. Something of an oversight in our eyes, but then again, its unlikely that single hard drives will even be kitted out with Thunderbolt interfaces. Another interesting aspect is what you can connect to a Thunderbolt interface, since as it uses PCI Express signalling, pretty much anything that connects to the PCI Express bus can interface with Thunderbolt. In this way Thunderbolt is very much like the external PCI Express interfaces that never really took off, just with a much more compact connector. This means that solutions like laptop docks could become quite advanced and offer a wide range of advanced interface that dont have to be built into the notebook to save space. Another option would be to build a display that acts as a laptop dock with all of the ports built into it rather than the notebook.The use of the mini DisplayPort connector is an odd choicein our opinion, although as the DisplayPort signal runsparallel with the PCI Express signal used for all other data, itsort of makes sense, at least in a notebook implementation.We havent heard or seen anything relating to desktopimplementations of Thunderbolt, although wed expect it to beentirely possible, just something of a hassle, especially as youdneed a motherboard with a mini DisplayPort connector anda way to route the graphics card signal through this port. Wewont put it past the motherboard makers to come up with asolution in due time though, as this would be a differentiatoron high-end motherboards.As for notebooks, so far its only Apples MacBook Pro models One unanswered question is how much itll cost to implementthat will come with Thunderbolt, although others are expected Thunderbolt, but it cant be too expensive considering thatto follow. However, wed go as far as to say that this is a Apple doesnt appear to charge a premium for the technology.technology that at least for now will be used exclusively on That said, just judging by the picture of the controller Intelhigh-end notebooks due to the additional cost involved. Also, supplied, its going to be vastly more expensive than USB 3.0.as far as the implementation goes, the Thunderbolt controller Its also possible that Thunderbolt will stun the continuedrequires four PCI Express lanes and connects directly to Intels development and deployment of USB 3.0 which in our opinionPCH, so it seems like its an exclusive technology tied into would be a bad thing.Intels platform, at least for the time being. Call it a competitiveadvantage if you like, although its possible that itll work with Thunderbolt was developed with the future in mind and asany other chipset and/or device that have four available PCI such its almost overkill today, but given some time its likelyExpress lanes of bandwidth available. that even Thunderbolt wont be able to keep up. However, with more than twice the practical bandwidth of USB 3.0 and nearly twice that of SATA 6Gbps we can see a lot of companies coming up with creative usages of the new interface. The video and audio hardware creation companies are happy to have been given yet more bandwidth to play with and the storage device manufacturers are some of the first to jump aboard the new interface. The big question is if Thunderbolt will ever become mainstream and this isnt likely to happen for quite some time. Intel Resumes P67 B3 Shipment, Limited Initially Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-resumes-p67-b3-shipment- limited-initially/11331.htmlIn many ways Thunderbolt is a bit like the old FireWireinterface, as it can be daisy chained – up to six devices or 8
  9. 9. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneFebruary 25th, 2011 Last week, Intel has began production onthe P67 B3 chipsets and has shipped out tovarious motherboard manufacturers. This week, wesaw ASUS and Biostar announcing that they are shipping outtheir P67 B3 motherboards to their customers and the samegoes for Gigabyte, MSI, Asrock as well. We can expect the newboards to reach by early March. However, full recovery wont First demonstrated last October, we have not heard anythingbe expect till late March or early April therefore replacement from Apple since. But now Apple, along with the release ofboards for end users are expected to be in shortage initially. their updated line of MacBook Pro, has provided us with some info on their new features in Mac OS X Lion which is all set for a public launch later this summer. Apple today released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which takes some of the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac for the eighth major release of the worlds most advanced operating system. Lion features Mission Control, an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store, the best place to discover, install and automatically update Mac apps. The Lion previewLast week, Intel has began production on the is available to Mac Developer Program membersP67 B3 chipsets and has shipped out to through the Mac App Store today, and the finalvarious motherboard manufacturers. This week, we version of Lion will ship to customers this summer.saw ASUS and Biostar announcing that they are shipping outtheir P67 B3 motherboards to their customers and the samegoes for Gigabyte, MSI, Asrock as well. We can expect the new Apple has also outline a number of key features that will beboards to reach by early March. However, full recovery wont included as part of Mac OS X Lion:be expect till late March or early April therefore replacement - Mail, a new version of Mail, with anboards for end users are expected to be in shortage initially. elegant, widescreen layout inspired by the iPad; Conversations, which automatically groups relatedApple releases first developer messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchangepreview of Mac OS X Lion 2010;Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-releases-first-developer-preview- - Versions, which automatically saves successiveof-mac-os-x-lion/11329.html versions of your document as you create it, and givesFebruary 25th, 2011 you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions; - AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup; - Resume, which conveniently brings your apps backAlong with the updated line of MacBook Pros, Apple has exactly how you left them when you restart your Macalso just announced the release of the first developer preview or quit and relaunch an app;version of Mac OS X Lion. Lets see what is Apple going tosurprise us with in this upcoming version of the Mac OS. - Auto Save, which automatically saves your documents as you work; - the all new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously; and 9
  10. 10. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone - Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up way. The speed in which it can achieve, is expected to replace a server easier than ever and adds support for the need for USB 3.0 managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone, iPad and iPod "Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology touch devices. that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro."More information on the upcoming Mac OS X can be found onApples feature page for it here. The following new models are available now online at the Apple Store. • 17" 1920x1200 Display. 2.2Ghz Quad i7. 4GB RAM.Apple launches refreshed 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. S$3398MacBook Pros with Quad • 15" 1440x900 (1680 option) Display. 2.2GHz Quad i7.Core CPUs, AMD GPUs and 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. S$2988Thunderbolt • 15" 1440x900 (1680 option) Display. 2.0GHz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. AMD 6490M 256MB. S$2488Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-launches-refreshed-macbook-pros-with-quad-core-cpus-amd-gpus-and-thunderbolt/11308.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011 • 13" 1280x800 Display. 2.7GHz Dual i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. S$2048 • 13" 1280x800 Display. 2.3GHz Dual i5. 4GB RAM. 320GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. S$1648Apple has just formally launched their refreshed MacBookPros and its available right now online. While still retainingthe same body, there has been a lot of changes under the hood. Full specifications are available here. A-Data Launches CH11 USB 3.0 External HDDs Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-data-launches-ch11-usb-3.0-external-The much-anticipated refreshment of MacBook Pros are here. hdds/11327.htmlFor the first time ever in the companys history, Apple has February 25th, 2011included Quad Core CPUs into their laptops. The 15-inch and17-inch models offer Quad Core CPUs using the Intel 2.2GHzQuad Core 2720QM and 2.0GHz Quad Core 2630QM.The new Sandy Bridge processors found in these new MacBookPro also feature Intels Turbo Boost 2.0, which will increaseathe speed of the remaining cores when the others are A-Data has expanded its line-up of external HDDs with theunderultilised. addition of the CH11. The compact 2.5" external HDD delivers Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 automatically transfer speeds up to 90Mb/s (read) via a USB 3.0 interface allows processor cores to run faster than the base and comes with custom tags (allowing users to label drive operating frequency if its operating below power, contents). Available in black, white or pink colors, they are current, and temperature specification limits. expected to start shipping in Europe soon.For those who are interested in the Quad Cores, the maximum A-DATA PRESS RELEASETurbo clock speeds for the 2720QM and 2630QM are 3.2GHzand 2.9GHz respectively. Taipei, Taiwan - February 21 2011 - ADATA™ Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today introduced theAnother new feature that Apple has introduced in this new CH11 external hard drive, the companys latest contenderrefreshment is the hybrid Thunderbolt/ mini Display port. in the high-speed external storage market.This revolutionary technology, which represents Intels LightPeak technology, is expected to surface in other Macs along the 10
  11. 11. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Drives (Gartner, May 2010), and the Top 20 global brand in Taiwan, provides complete memory solutions, including DRAM Modules, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards, solid state drives and portable hard drives. ADATA products are internationally recognized by Germanys iF Design Award, red dot Award, CES Best of Innovations Award, Japans Good Design Award, Best Choice of Computex Award, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. For more information, please visit the companys website at www.adata-group.com. Last minute MacBook Pro rumoursThe CH11 incorporates the most recent "SuperSpeed" USB Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/last-minute-macbook-pro-3.0 standard, and achieves read speeds of up to 90 MB/ rumours/11326.htmlsec. As end-users worldwide become increasingly aware of February 25th, 2011the tremendous performance advantages of USB 3.0 capabledevices, products like the CH11 are expected to displace drivesusing the older USB 2.0 standard in the market. Consumerswho need to transfer large image, video, or other media fileswill find the CH11 an appealing option. The MacBook Pro rumours continue to appear all over the web and the latest one bring with them some additional details that may or may not prove to be true, although it seems like we wont have to wait too long to find out whats true and whats not. On top of that, Intel is readying an announcement related to Thunderbolt for later today together with Apple, but we cant give you all the details quite yet as that is under NDA for the time being, so check back with us later for the full details. The MacBook Pro rumours continue to appear all over the web and the latest one bring with them some additional details that may or may not prove to be true, although it seems like weAn added benefit of the CH11 is the inclusion of custom wont have to wait too long to find out whats true and whatslabels, providing users with a handy solution for labeling drive not. On top of that, Intel is readying an announcement relatedcontents. The unit can be stored and used vertically, making to Thunderbolt for later today together with Apple, but weit an excellent choice for those who frequently work with cant give you all the details quite yet as that is under NDA formultiple external drives of different categories. The CH11 will the time being, so check back with us later for the full details.be available in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities. The new rumours are talking to some degree about Thunderbolt and without getting ahead of things, yes, thisAvailability is Intels Light Peak technology, but as we said, more on that later. What is clear now though is that all of Apples MacBook Pro models will feature Thunderbolt support, but itsThe CH11 will be available through ADATAs selected not certain that the vanilla MacBooks will. Its also uncleardistributors and resellers. More information can be found at as to when and if well see this on desktop Apple computers,the companys website at: although wed expect Apple to implement this at least on its Mac Pros. The downside here is of course that Apple wont support USB 3.0 which is suggesting the standard has lost ahttp://www.adata-group.com. major promoter for better or worse. Other rumours include dropped support for Nvidia graphics in favour of AMD, something thats been a long term rumour but which might finally prove to be true. Considering that Apple have been using AMD graphics in its Mac Pro and iMacAbout ADATA desktops for quite some time, wed say this is a very likely rumour to come true.ADATA Technology, the worlds 2nd largest vendor of DRAM Sadly it seems like the 13-inch MacBook Pros have to makeModules (iSuppli, May 2010), 3rd largest of USB Flash do with Intels HD 3000 series integrated graphics, at least 11
  12. 12. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneif the leaked specs are anything to go by. At least the entire February 25th, 2011range from top to bottom will get kitted out with Intels secondgeneration of Core i processors which in a way is a big win, asApple has finally decided to give up on Intels Core 2 platformin lieu of something much faster.The rumours about SSDs dont seem to have proven to be truethough, but we should find out shortly if this is the case or not.The high-resolution screen rumours have as yet to be proven After the wildly successful original Facebook contest, BitFenixright as the spec leaks for the 13-inch model suggested no is pleased to announce BitFenix Facebook Sweepstakes 2.change here. Apple is expected to unveil its new product range From now until March 9th, users can go to the BitFenixshortly, so stay tuned for more on the new MacBook models, Facebook page and enter the contest by "liking" the page andas well as a detailed look at Tunderbolt. filling out the sweepstakes entry form. At the end of the contest period, one lucky fan will win a brand-new BitFenix Survivor gaming chassis!MSI releases finalized version BitFenix Press Releaseof Afterburner 2.1.0Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-releases-finalized-version-of-afterburner-2.1.0/11324.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011 Facebook fans can enter to win a brand-new Survivor chassisAfter months of being in beta status, MSI Afterburner 2.1.0has been finalized and is now available for download. The (BitFenix Design Lab, February 23th, 2011) - After the wildlynew version supports the latest graphics cards, including the successful original Facebook contest, BitFenix is pleased toNVIDIA GeForce 500 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6000 announce BitFenix Facebook Sweepstakes 2. From now untilSeries. March 9th, users can go to the BitFenix Facebook page (http:// facebook.bitfenix.com) and enter the contest by "liking" the page and filling out the sweepstakes entry form. At the end of the contest period, one lucky fan will win a brand-new BitFenix Survivor gaming chassis!After months of being in beta status, MSI Afterburner 2.1.0has been finalized and is now available for download. Thenew version supports the latest graphics cards, including theNVIDIA GeForce 500 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6000Series.The latest Afterburner has a new feature known as Predator,which allows users to capture a video of the game you arecurrently playing.Win a Survivor gamingcase: BitFenix FacebookSweepstakes 2 "We had so much fun with our fans last time, so we just had to bring it back," says David Jarlestedt, BitFenix ProductSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/win-a-survivor-gaming-case-bitfenix-facebook-sweepstakes-2/11323.html Manager. "The support for the fans has been tremendous and 12
  13. 13. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethese contests are meant to give back to the very communitythat helped make BitFenix into what it is today."Entering the contest is easy:1. Go to the BitFenix Facebook Page (http://facebook.bitfenix.com) and click "Like"2. Find the Sweepstakes tab and fill in the contest formIn addition, BitFenix will give away one additional chassis ifthe BitFenix Facebook page can reach 2,000 fans during thecontest period! The more people that enter, the more prizeswill be given away! The Playon!HD2 (ACR-PV73700) supports video formatsEnter the sweepstakes by going to the BitFenix Facebook page: including AVI, MKV, TS, TP, M2TS, MPG, MP4, MOV, M4V,http://facebook.bitfenix.com VOB, ISO, DVD-ISO, IFO, DAT, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, BD- ISO, FLV resolution up to 1080p. Even though it supportsFull contest details can be found here: http://bit.ly/eysnEl Gigabit full HD streaming of up to 1000Mbps, wired dataFor more information on BitFenix, visit: http:// transfer only reaches 100Mbps due to the limitation of thewww.bitfenix.com. onboard processor.AC Ryan launches Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 inSingaporeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ac-ryan-launches-playon-hd2-and-playon-hd-mini2-in-singapore/11317.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011 The power button is at the front of the Playon!HD2 while on the right holds a card reader, three USB ports (one Type B USB3.0). The USB ports can also connect to an externalThis morning, AC Ryan has announced their new Playon! hard disk as well as a wireless dongle for wireless connectivity.HD2 and Playon!HD Mini 2 full high definition players in However, note that full high definition (HD) streaming will notSingapore. They are available now and you can check them out be that seamless via wireless. According to Wong, the optionalat the upcoming IT Show 2011. wireless dongle can be purchased at S$49, and the Playon! HD2 with built-in wireless is scheduled to be available near end of March.Eugene Wong, senior product engineer for AC Ryan,introduced the two new media players from the company -Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2, which claim to feature More connectivity options are at the rear of the media playerthe latest Realtek 1185 media player processor. According to including composite, component, HDMI, LAN, optical andWong, both media players allow users to interact with friends coaxial.on Facebook, Twitter and Instant Messenger (ebuddy). 13
  14. 14. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone It is clear that Microsoft wants Windows to be as ubiquitous in the cloud as it currently is in the desktop and notebook PC market. And while Microsoft is also considered to be one of the latecomers to the entire software-as-a-service ecosystem, it would seem that this minor setback is not about to hinder the software giant in its plans for (virtual) world domination: Microsoft has announced the commencement of a free trial in a bid to attract more users to its Azure Services Platform.The hard disk compartment is on the right and to insert your Cloud computing and software-as-a-service might be merehard disk, simply remove the side cover. blanket terms used to describe the future of computing, but as far as Microsoft is concerned, it would seem that the such services are more than ready to be implemented in todays computing ecosystem. After all, enterprises have been known to be relatively slow on the uptake of new technology, and in most cases, all it needs is just a simple push to get the entire industry moving in the right (or wrong) directions. With that in mind, what would Microsofts plan for pushing people onto the path of cloud computing under the Windows banner and ecosystem be? Simple: to offer a free trial of its Windows Azure Platform, in the hopes that enterprise developers will be able to get their feet wet with Microsofts cloud computing solution and join the Microsoft ecosystem.The Playon!HD Mini2 (ACR-PV73800) is more compact thanits Playon!HD2 sibling though it also supports most videoformats. For those who might not be aware, Microsofts Azure Services Platform is a platform-as-a-service offering and forms a core part of Microsofts cloud computing strategy. It allowsAt the rear are component, composite, HDMI, LAN, optical customers to deploy applications and data into the cloud, andand two USB connectors. is designed to compliment the companys other software-as- a-service offering, Microsoft Online Services.Both the Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini2 are alredayavailable at S$269 and S$199 respectively, and will also beretailing at the IT Show 2011.Microsoft launches free trial ofWindows Azure PlatformSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-launches-free-trial-of-windows-azure-platform/11314.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011 So whats in the free trial of Microsofts Windows Azure Platform for developers who bite? Well, according to 14
  15. 15. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMicrosoft, interested developers can choose between one of immediately after the revised design is released by Intel.two offers, namely 750 hours of an Extra Small Compute ASUS hopes that its fast response will prevent any furtherInstance or 25 hours of a Small Compute Instance. And in inconvenience and interruption to customers.addition to the free computing time offered, Microsoft isalso throwing in a few extra features such as free inboundand outbound data transfer of up to 500MB and 100,000AppFabric access control transactions across two service busconnections, as shown in the screenshot below: As part of an overall recovery plan following the detection of the Intel 6 Series chipset design error, ASUS has implemented various customer support measures, including extensive product replacement and return with additional service hotlines around the world. Based on new information from Intel, ASUS has announced that its updated Intel 6 Series-based motherboards will begin shipping starting this week, immediately after the revised design is released by Intel. ASUS hopes that its fast response will prevent any further inconvenience and interruption to customers.Of course, this complimentary trial is not without its ownset of caveats though. Developers and system administrators As Intel indicated the design error only occurs with certainmight want to take note that Microsoft does not impose SATA 3Gb/s ports, ASUS has created the SATA Verifierhard data transfer or storage caps: this means that system utility to help customers clearly identify all unaffectedadministrators who end up consuming more than the amount SATA 6Gb/s ports for each relevant product. Moreof data allocated to them will be charged at Microsofts information can be found at http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/current rates. Last but definitely not least, Microsoft has also Identify_unaffected_SATA_port/.confirmed that the trial is time-bombed to expire on 30 June Customers who already own potentially affectedthis year, and that any subsequent usage of its Windows Azure motherboards may visit http://event.asus.com/sg/2011/Platform after the aforementioned date will be charged at the SandyBridge/ for product return and replacement details andstandard rates as well. registration.If that sounds reasonable enough to warrant getting yourhands and feet wet with what Microsoft has to offer the cloudcomputing ecosystem, hit up the registration link located here.ASUS to begin shippingmotherboards with revisedB3 P67 and H67 chipsets thisweekSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-to-begin-shipping-motherboards-with-revised-b3-p67-and-h67-chipsets-this-week/11319.htmlFebruary 25th, 2011As part of an overall recovery plan following the detection ofthe Intel 6 Series chipset design error, ASUS has implemented Users can easily identify revised products by checking forvarious customer support measures, including extensive the New B3 Revision label displayed on the packaging. Theproduct replacement and return with additional service chipset version can also be verified through the sticker affixedhotlines around the world. Based on new information from on the motherboard itself, the BIOS, ASUS SATA Verifier andIntel, ASUS has announced that its updated Intel 6 Series- CPUID’s CPU-Z utility.based motherboards will begin shipping starting this week, 15
  16. 16. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneASUS would like to use this opportunity to encourage anycurrent users in possession of affected products to carry outreturn and replacement promptly, so that the transition to therevised hardware is as smooth and fast as possible.Rumour: NVIDIA GeForce GTX Well, this is indeed surprising. For a company that has already590 release during PAX East prided itself on having products which boast some of the longest product lifespans, it would seem that Sony has also got2011 quite a few products which do not seem to live past its firstSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-nvidia-geforce-gtx-590- year of retail life before getting canned from the companysrelease-during-pax-east-2011/11318.html production line.February 25th, 2011 And in this case, it would appear that even popular products are not spared from the hammer, for the latest device to get the heave-ho from Sonys production line is that of the compact- sized DSLR known as the NEX-3. Indeed, a quick peek into Sonys Japanese site reveals that the information was no hoax: the NEX-3 has indeed been dropped, with the product pageAccording to a latest report from DonanimHaber, NVIDIAs listing the cameras status as Discontinued.upcoming dual-GPU flagship, the GeForce GTX 590, is all setto release at PAX East 2011 - which takes place between March11th and March 13th. Prior to PAX East, the GTX 590 willbe introduced behind closed doors at upcoming CeBIT 2011(March 1st to 5th).As has been rumoured for quite a while now, the GTX 590 isexpected to sport two fully enabled GF110 GPUs. The powerconsumption is rumoured to be through the roof - likelybreaking the PCI-SIG certification limit of 300W. The GTX590 is certainly going to be an exclusive, ultra-enthusiastproduct, with limited availability.AMDs competitor - the Radeon HD 6990 - which was earlierplanned for a December 2010 release, is also expected tofinally release some time in March. Unfortunately, Sony has not been very forthcoming with its reasons for the sudden pulling of the NEX-3 from its NEX lineup. And with no press release issued, it would seem thatSony quietly discontinues consumers do not have much choice but to wait for the official explanation from the Japanese consumer electronics giant.NEX-3 series of digitalcameras ImageShack pulls plug onSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-quietly-discontinues-nex-3-series-of-digital-cameras/11313.html hotlinking to unregisteredFebruary 25th, 2011 domains Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/imageshack-pulls-plug-on-hotlinking- to-unregistered-domains/11312.html February 25th, 2011The NEX-3 may be one of the more drool-worthy digitalcameras to exist on the market today, but it seems that Sonyhas got other plans in store for the market segment currently Do you make use of ImageShacks image hosting services?targeted by the aforementioned device. In what is probably the Well, if you do, you might want to seriously start consideringshortest-ever product lifespan for a digital camera, Sony Japan moving over to other alternative image hosting services.has labelled the NEX-3 as a discontinued product, despite it Apparently, it seems that ImageShack has made the decisionbeing barely a year since it was launched. to pull the plug on hosted images that have been hotlinked to unregistered domains. And we all know what that means, dont we? Free image hosting services are a dime a dozen, so migrating over to another service should be as easy as pie, should it not? 16
  17. 17. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAfter all, the only thing one has to do is to download the entirephoto album from the original hoster, extract the images from Mach Xtreme Technologywithin and re-upload them into the new image hoster. Adds 128Gb Model to FX USBOkay, so maybe it might be a little more tedious that it sounds.However, users who often upload images to a particualar 3.0 Flash Drives Series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mach-xtreme-technology-adds-128gb-image hosting service known as ImageShack for the sole model-to-fx-usb-3.0-flash-drives-series/11316.htmlpurpose of sharing them on websites or forums might want February 25th, 2011to start considering a migration to alternative services. Notbecause ImageShack is shutting down though: rather, this isdue to a new policy implemented across ImageShacks imagehosting services.Apparently, the hoster has just recently implemented Mach Xtreme Technology has expanded its FX USB3.0a registered domains system: this policy requires that flash drive line-up with the addition of a 128Gbwebmasters register their domains with ImageShack in order (MXUB3MFX-128G) variant. Measuring 78 x 27 x 9.3mm andto ensure that visitors to their site can view all ImageShack- weighing 39g, the compact flash drive delivers data transferhosted images. And because no prior warning about this speeds up to 130Mb/s (read) and 90Mb/s (write). Machsudden change in policy was made to the Internet-going Xtreme has also obtained Asuss USB 3.0 certification forpublic, it seemed that many were caught unaware when the its MX-FX series of flash-drives, offering users full USB 3.0policy was enforced. As such, ImageShack users who have usability and compatibility with ASUS mainboards.hotlinked images to unregistered domains will only see thisimage on the offending site: MX-TECHNOLOGY PRESS RELEASE Mach Xtreme Technology Inc., a worldwide leader in top performance, high reliability and user-friendly designed PC components, announces that MX-FX Series gets “Optimized For ASUS USB 3.0 Mainboards” certification and adds 128GB model to expanding FX USB3.0 flash drives series today. MX has announced its successful certification of MX-FX USB 3.0 series flash drives, confirming close cooperation with ASUS. Only devices rigorously tested with ASUS USB3.0More importantly, it appears that this issue is affecting users motherboards feature a prominent logo. Customers canon a global scale, and is not just limited to users from a recognize this logo and purchase ASUS certified USB 3.0particular geographical region. To remedy the situation, users devices with peace of mind. The extensive compatibility testingcan either attempt to visit the link listed on the image above ensures complete compatibility with ASUS mainboards,and register their often-visited sites with the image hosting offering consumers full USB 3.0 usability.service, or bug the webmasters of those websites to do so ontheir behalf. Besides, Mach Xtreme Technology adds 128GB model to expanding FX series. The MX-FX 128GB flash drive delivers best-in-class read and write speeds clocking in at up to 130MBsOf course, at this point, users can also just opt to ditch read and 90MBs write along with its ultra compact size (78mmImageShack completely and go for an alternative, no-cost x 27mm 9.3mm). Mach Xtreme FX flash drives come also inimage hosting service. After all, as they always say, whatever 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors.floats your boat. All this combined with 3-Years warranty and consumer friendly pricing nominates MX-Technology FX Series USB 3.0 flash drive as the #1 choice. 17
  18. 18. February 25th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone128GB FX Series USB 3.0 Flash Drive at A Glance • USB 3.0 Interface • Max. Read Performance up to 130MBs • Max. Write Performance up to 90MBs • Bus Power 900mA (no external power cable needed) • Power Consumption Idle 1.0W Active up to 4.0W • Shock and vibrations resistant • Compact and easy to carry 78mm x 27mm x 9.3mm • Lightweight 39g • Certification ROHS, CE, FCC • Capacity 128GB (MXUB3MFX-128G) • Warranty 3-Years 18