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  1. 1. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. Motion-sensing PC entertainment on big screen TV WAVI Xtion integrates motion-sensing technology fromASUS unveils WAVI Xtion PrimeSense® with the exclusive ASUS Xtion Portal usermotion-sensing PC experience interface to bring consumers closer to technology through intuitive interaction with applications. Connections to bothat CeBIT 2011 PCs and TVs via wireless HDMI (WHDI technology) deliverSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-unveils-wavi-xtion-motion- smooth transfers of high definition content such as movies,sensing-pc-experience-at-cebit-2011/11389.html games and photos in 5GHz with a range of up to 25 meters.February 28th, 2011 Software products available on launch include MayaFit Cardio Lite, a motion-sensing fitness training game and BeatBooster™, a multiplayer racing adventure game where users maneuver jet aircraft with their body movements. Enjoying PC games on the living room big screen TV is possible; the proprietary Xtion engine supports the remapping of keyboard controls into motion gestures for a variety ofWere sure youve heard of Microsofts Kinect for Xbox 360, a popular third party games.controller-free gaming and entertainment experience. Well, Speaking on cooperation with ASUS when developing WAVIheres something quite similar. Meet the ASUS WAVI Xtion, Xtion motion-sensing technology, PrimeSense CEO Inonthe worlds first motion-sensing experience package for the Beracha said, "our collaboration with ASUS in providing aPC! 3D sensing solution for WAVI Xtion proves to the industryHeres something similar to Microsofts Kinect. Meet the ASUS that natural interaction technology is the ideal fit for livingWAVI Xtion (pronounced way-vee action), the worlds first rooms, and that intuitive, gesture-based control will bemotion-sensing experience package for the PC! The WAVI the go-to route for operating all devices. We believe thatXtion comprises of two components - the WAVI wireless PrimeSensesolutions like the user interface used on ASUS’media streaming device and the Xtion motion sensor. It WAVI Xtion represent the future of the way people interactstreams high definition media wirelessly from a PC located with consumer electronics, and help break down barriersof usein one room to a TV in another, while infrared gesture-based to allow people to sync with the electronic world around them."multimedia playback, games and applications introduce thefirst ever officially-supported motion-sensing PC interface. Online store offers diverse choice WAVI Xtion enables a wide selection of multimedia content and entertainment applications, working seamlessly with the ASUS @vibe online store* to deliver music, games and apps, all through the cloud. Xtion Pro developer kit Developers interested in creating gesture-based PC entertainment content can make use of the ASUS Xtion PRO developer pack, the world’s first professional PC motion- sensing toolset. It opens up new opportunities for cost and time-efficient development of various applications, including games of every genre. ASUS plans to launch the Xtion Pro 1
  2. 2. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDeveloper Challenge in March, with attractive prizes and The ASUS tradition of combining performance and aestheticspublishing deals for winning developers. Selected apps will be across all its notebooks continues. New ASUS K Seriesplaced on the ASUS @vibe online store*. notebooks combine the multitasking power of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors with NVIDIA® GeForce™ graphics to deliver spectacular computing, and are offered in 14", 15.6",*ASUS @vibe integration expected early Q3 2011. 17.3" and 18.4" screen sizes. Models are available in a variety of colors including classic brown and silver, passion red, party gold, urban green, chill blue, seduction pink and simplicity white. These use unique textured aluminum covers that areASUS to showcase latest both stylish and durable. The K Series also includes newinnovations at CeBIT 2011 AMD® Brazos™ processors, with powerful graphics for better gaming and multimedia. All new K Series notebooks featureSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-to-showcase-latest-innovations- exclusive ASUS IceCool technology to keep palm rests cool forat-cebit-2011/11390.html increased comfort during the longest sessions.February 28th, 2011 As a mainstay in the gaming community, ASUS continues to develop and widen its product portfolio to serve gaming enthusiasts. An entire line of gaming products including notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, 3D monitors and aEchoing the CeBIT 2011 theme of Work and Life in the Cloud, noise cancelling headset will be well-received by the gamingASUS will showcase four different tablet computers including public.the Eee Slate EP121 and Eee Pad MeMO, along with the latestmotion-sensing technology called WAVI Xtion, the all-newAMD Brazos-packing K series notebooks and a wide range of CeBIT 2011 Informationgaming products designed for a superior gaming experience. ASUS plans an extensive showing during CeBIT 2011, taking place March 1-5 in Hannover, Germany. The ASUS booth can be found at Hall 17, stand J06. Members of the media may contact local ASUS representatives to arrange for interviews and private product demonstrations. Further details on ASUS at CeBIT 2011 may be accessed from: http://cebit2011.asus.comSingapore (February 28, 2011) - ASUS today kicked off Source: ASUS Press ReleaseCeBIT 2011 with a booth media tour where journalists fromaround the world were given the opportunity to explore andexperience the latest ASUS innovations prior to the officialopening of the event. The Daily VR-Zone NewsEchoing the CeBIT theme of Work and Life in the Cloud,ASUS will showcase four different tablet computers at CeBIT Summary - 28 Feb 20112011, along with the latest motion-sensing technology called Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--28-WAVI Xtion (pronounced way-vee action), the all-new K feb-2011/11388.htmlseries notebook and a wide range of gaming products designed February 28th, 2011for a superior gaming experience.ASUS will address various consumer needs with its range oftablet PCs. These include the 12-inch Eee Slate EP121, the 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO (mee-mo), the Eee Pad Slider with asliding keyboard and the Eee Pad Transformer which comeswith the option of a full size docking keyboard that also serves In todays news roundup: AMD plans to showcase its Bulldozeras an extended battery pack. microprocessors at the upcoming CeBIT trade show; MSIs P67A-GD65 motherboard gets reviewed; Googles ChromeAs the industrys leading innovator, ASUS will also showcase browser is slowing starting to wrest control away fromthe first motion-sensing technology for PCs - WAVI Xtion. It standalone software typically installed on a PC; A new versionis a PC peripheral that allows consumers to access content on of Prime 95 has been released for hardware enthusiasts andtheir PCs wirelessly with simple gestures in front of their TV overclockers to download and play around with, and Sony issets. The preloaded Xtion Portal interface provides intuitive starting to make more of Squares classic PS1 games availableaccess to PC content as well as allows users to browse ASUS on its PlayStation Network@vibe for the latest multimedia content. Hardware News: The Future of Computer Enclosures @ Benchmark Reviews 2
  3. 3. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: I can remember the lead-sleds that rolled with Therefore the manufacturer wants to convince with a good mixa curb weight similar to moving vans, and it reminds me of price, performance and features.of modern-day desktop computer cases. Originally, giant- In Win Dragon Rider full tower case review at Examinersized computer cases painted in beige were once the de facto Description: The In Win Dragon Rider is a massive, well-standard for system builders wanting to construct their own designed black beauty that is easy to work with and providesIBM clone personal computer from separate components. I ample elbow room and expansion space for demandingbelieved this horrible trend would phase itself out around enthusiasts. Sock Monkey not included.the turn of the century, but when Y2K came and went andthere was still significant demand for large full-tower cases I AMD to Showcase Bulldozer Microprocessors at CeBIT Trade-knew something was wrong. The more things change in this Show.industry, the more they seem to remain the same. Now more Description: At the forthcoming CeBIT trade-show inthan ten years later, were still building our PCs with the same Hannover, Germany, Advanced Micro Devices plans toheft as an Oldsmobile Toronado. demonstrate and announce its new microprocessors that will succeed the companys Phenom II central processing unitsAntec LanBoy Air Case Review @Hi Tech Legion (CPUs). Based on the program of CeBIT show, the companyDescription: The Antec LanBoy Air is unlike any mid-tower will show off the desktop versions of code-named Bulldozercase ever seen before. Nearly all the parts of the Antec chips.LanBoy Air can be re-arranged to fit the user’s needs. TheAntec LanBoy Air mid-tower case has perforated panels for Consumer Electronics and Software News:maximum airflow, utilizing positive air pressure to push all Burning Chromethe hot air out while keeping dust away from your system Description: Little by little, iteration by iteration, the Chromecomponents. The LanBoy Air Case uses the new revolutionary browser is quietly morphing into a full-fledged multitaskingAntec AirMounts™ HDD mounting system to reduce drive operating system in its own right. Oh, sure, technically it’svibration and noise. Users can install up to 15 fans inside the actually running on another OS, but you increasingly neverAntec LanBoy Air and even has room on top for mounting a need to launch anything else. View and edit documents inwater cooling radiator. The Antec LanBoy Air is simply the Google Docs, watch and listen to HTML5 video and audio,most flexible and customizable mid-tower case ever built. communicate via Gmail and its Google Voice plugin, useOCZ ZX Series 850w Power Supply Review @ OCIA Google Docs as a file system – and the line between “ChromeDescription: Like many other manufacturers at CES 2011, OCZ OS” and “Chrome on any other OS” suddenly grows very fine.had a collection of their most recent hardware on display, Prime95 26.5.5 Released @ NGOHQ.comincluding solid state drives, memory and power supplies. Its Description: Prime95 has become extremely popular amongone of the latter that we have for review today, the ZX Series PC enthusiasts and overclockers as a stability testing utility.850W. The ZX replaces the Z Series as OCZs Maximum It includes a "Torture Test" mode designed specifically forPerformance line of power supplies, and is available in 850W, testing PC subsystems for errors in order to help ensure the1000W and 1250W capacities. These models all feature 80Plus correct operation of Prime95 on that system, which effectivelyGold efficiency levels, multi-GPU support and OCZs exclusive stress-tests a PC.five year PowerSwap Warranty TRENDnet TEW-687GA 450Mbps Wireless N GamingTurn an HP SFF Computer Into a Great HTPC @ Computing Adapter Review @ Madshrimpson Demand Description: The new Wireless 450Mbps TEW-687GA fromDescription: Face it, most of us like the idea of having an HTPC TRENDnet is not USB anymore like the previously released(Home Theater PC) hooked up to our TV. The flexibility we products, but offers a Gigabit network interface betweenget with an HTPC over just a DVD player or a gaming console itself and the computer we are connecting the adapter to;is enough alone to justify the cost. I have built a bunch of this way, we dont have to install drivers anymore and isthese for people and until recently, I have never used pre- compatible with any platform (we can even configure itbuilt systems. There are many advantages to building a custom through the Playstation3 Internet Browser). We will performmachine for your theater, but the biggest disadvantage is the some data transfer speeds to see if it is really better in termscost. Lately, I have been using Small Form Factor (SFF) HPs of performance.and believe it or not... they make great HTPCs. RAZER Ferox Mobile Gaming & Music Speakers Review @Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews MadshrimpsDescription: Kingstons SSDNow series of solid state drives Description: The new Ferox portable speakers from Razer arehave done very well in the marketplace due to their range of ideal for both normal users that want to get a better sound outvalue to performance oriented drives which cover the needs of their laptop or gamers that are mostly on the go. The soundof just about any user. Available since the end of 2010, the that these speakers deliver is clear even at high volumes, butV100 products land in the middle of the SSDNow lineup with they lack a good bass reproduction. The internal rechargeableexcellent performance without needing a second mortgage to batteries allow them to be used for about 12 hours and they canfinance the purchase. Read on to see how it stacks up against be also used while recharging.the competition. Logitech F540 Wireless PS3/XBOX360 Headset Review @MSI P67A-GD65 Review @ ocaholic MadshrimpsDescription: With the P67A-GD65, MSI shows a motherboardwhich defines the entry point into their high-end classe. 3
  4. 4. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: With a battery life of up to 10 hours the F540 VR-Zone can as first publication reveal that Microsoft hasguarantees a delivery of high quality sound to your ears discontinued its range of SideWinder gaming products, for athroughout the longest and darkest of nights. In the unlikely second time. The first time was back in 2003, although theevent that you should run out of juice at some point, the F540 company re-launched its gaming brand in 2007 after some co-allows you to simply recharge it through the use of an usb cable operation with Razer, although this time around its not likelywhile you carry on with your killing spree. Overall the F540 is a that well see a return of the SideWinder brand.well built quality product that does come with a €120-140 pricetag, but surely is worth every penny. If you are one of thosepeople who benefits from using a wireless headset on a daily VR-Zone can as first publication reveal that Microsoft hasbasis, the Logitech F540 sure is worth your consideration. discontinued its range of SideWinder gaming products, for a second time. The first time was back in 2003, although thePatriot PBO Core Media Player Review at Overclockers Online company re-launched its gaming brand in 2007 after some co-Description: Patriot relaunched the Patriot Box Office as operation with Razer, although this time around its not likelythe PBO Core with an improved user interface and added that well see a return of the SideWinder brand.functionality. The new GUI lives up to the relaunch and iseasy to use and with a long list of file compatibility makes This time around its not because of poor sales, but rather tooit a great device for your digital media playback for even the much competition from companies such as Razer, SteelSeriestechnologically challenged members of your family and to a degree also Logitech and just about every other company out there making PC gaming accessories. MicrosoftESET Update Brings Mass False Positive Alerts @ has also failed to keep up with the market a little bit and notNGOHQ.com getting enough new products out in a timely manner.Description: It seems that another antivirus software has gonemad. This time its the reputable ESET aka NOD32 and SmartSecurity. In the past few days, users have been complainingof massive amount of false positive alerts with ESET and thelatest virus definition update. It looks like ESET is flaggingplenty of legitimate 3rd party software as Win32/OpenCandyadware. Even yours truly has encountered the same issue –especially with installation programsGaming News:Bulletstorm GPU & CPU Performance In-depthDescription: As usual our focus with this performance reviewwill be on how Bulletstorm will run on your PC. Afterstruggling with the games configuration settings, we were ableto run all the necessary tests using a large array of GPUs as wellas a number of different processors.Vagrant Story re-told on PlayStation Network tomorrowDescription: Xenogears last week ... Vagrant Storytomorrow ... and Parasite Eve soon. It seems the gears arefinally in motion to bring all of Squares beloved "PSoneClassics" to the PlayStation Network. (Still, North Americahas a long way to go before reaching Japans lofty 600-game The entire SideWinder range only ended up with a handful ofbenchmark.) products in the end with four mice and two keyboards being launched over three years, hardly an impressive track recordBig in Japan Feb. 14-20: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Catherine for a company the size of Microsoft. In fact, the latest mouseDescription: PS3 and Xbox 360 editions of crossover fighting addition, the SideWinder X8 has already been pulled fromgame storm Japanese sales charts, but adulterous Atlus RPG Microsofts hardware website and no more units are beingtops the list, more than doubling next best-selling title. produced to our knowledge. Time will tell if Microsoft decides to buy out one of its smallerMicrosoft set to discontinue competitors and use their brand instead, something that weits SideWinder products wouldnt be surprised to see happening. Its really a shame that Microsoft didnt decide to stick with it, as the company hasSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-set-to-discontinue-its- come up with some innovative ideas like the swappable keypadsidewinder-products/11395.html on the X6 and the magnetic cable attachment on the X8, butFebruary 28th, 2011 it seems like this is the end of the line for Microsofts gaming products, at least for now. 4
  5. 5. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The MeMic is said to be bundled with Asus 7-inch Eee PadAsus MeMic for the Eee Pad MeMO when it arrives sometime in June this year and wedMeMO revealed expect it to launch at Computex, since this is Asus home show.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-memic-for-the-eee-pad-memo- Its not clear if the MeMic will be bundled with all models ofrevealed/11393.html the MeMO, nor has Asus said if itll sell the MeMic on its ownFebruary 28th, 2011 or if itll be possible to use it with other Android devices, but were sure more details will trickle out this week at CeBIT. Aircraft passengers treated to one of the best views of theWith tablets being all the rage these days, one of the biggest Discovery shuttle launchproblems is not connectivity, but rather making voice calls. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/aircraft-passengers-treated-to-one-of-No-one wants to hold a 7-inch+tablet to the side of their face, the-best-views-of-the-discovery-shuttle-launch/11387.htmlas it simply just makes you look stupid. Asus has come up with February 28th, 2011what looks like a very reasonable solution to the problem withits MeMic which is a Bluetooth “handset” that connects to itsEee Pad MeMO tablet and handles voice calls.With tablets being all the rage these days, one of the biggest During a flight from Orlando, lucky passengers on a jet had oneproblems is not connectivity, but rather making voice calls. of the best views of the Discoverys launch. Watch the video.No-one wants to hold a 7-inch+tablet to the side of their face,as it simply just makes you look stupid. Asus has come up withwhat looks like a very reasonable solution to the problem with Lucky jet passengers were asked to look to their right by theirits MeMic which is a Bluetooth “handset” that connects to its pilot and there it was, the Discovery space shuttle. This is aEee Pad MeMO tablet and handles voice calls. view they will never forget.The MeMic is about the size of a traditional candy bar phone, The Discoverys launch is one of the last three shuttle launchesalbeit without a keypad and with a translucent display, much by NASA. NASA does not have a replacement for the shuttlelike the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness. The display is for program, for at least the next 10 years.caller ID information and most likely also for things likenavigating contact lists etc, although its not quite clear howit all works at the moment, as the units on display at CeBITdidnt actually work. Huawei asks for US governement to Investigate it Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/huawei-asks-for-us-governement-to- investigate-it/11386.html February 28th, 2011 The worlds second largest supplier of communicationsThe MeMic can also work like a more traditional Bluetooth infrastructure, Huawei, has had enough of being accused ofheadset if you attach a wired headset to it, as it has a 3.5mm being linked to Chinese intelligence services. It has just issuedjack in the bottom. Its charged via a micro USB port and an open letter asking the US Government to vet its operations.theres a little hole for a lanyard at the bottom so you can hang Read On.it around your neck if you so wish. On the front it has a call andend call/power button, a back button and what appears to be With an ex-member of the Chinese military as president,a four-way navigation pad with a select button in the middle. it is no wonder why Huawei, the worlds second-largestIn addition to handling calls, the MeMic will also allow you communications infrastructure supplier has been accusedto stream music over Bluetooth and control media playback of espionage. Especially after it suffered several businessfunctionality of the tablet. setbacks this year, most of which can be attributed to the accusation of espionage by the US government. 5
  6. 6. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHuawei has since issued an open letter, asking for the USgovernment to vet its operations and prove that it is not some ECS Computer securessort of a trojan horse for the Chinese government. distribution rights for Dell andIn its letter, Huawei quoted two presidents, Obama andLincoln. It also reiterated that it is a fully commercial Lexmark products Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ecs-computer-secures-distribution-company, not enjoying any additional financial incentives rights-for-dell-and-lexmark-products/11379.htmlfrom the Chinese governement compared to other companies, February 28th, 2011and most importantly, Huawei is a company owned by itsemployees.Apples iPad 2 to come inwhite? In todays local news, ECS has announced that it has signedSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-ipad-2-to-come-in- an agreement with both Dell and Lexmark which will allow itwhite-/11380.html to serve as a distribution partner for a wide range of productsFebruary 28th, 2011 from the aforementioned companies. Read on to find out more.Forget about the white iPhone 4, the upcoming next-generation iPad 2 available in white too? I mean, the thoughtof it isnt as appealing as the iPhone, right? ECS Computers (Asia) Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned Singapore subsidiary of ECS Holdings Limited, has just signed two agreements which will see it gain Authorised Distributor status for two major brands in the IT industry: Dell and Lexmark. According to statements made by the respective representatives of both companies, ECS was chosen to serve as an Authorised Distributor due to the latter sporting an extremely "wide network across the region". Apparently, it wasFor those who are following close to months and months of this asset which made ECS well-suited to cater to the growingiPad 2 rumours would know that the upcoming tablet from needs of the local IT community.Apple would feature front and rear cameras, thinner designand an improved (but not Retina) display. With just about a “We appointed ECS due to their strong and long-termfew days away from Apples iPad media event, this new (and commitment to the imaging solutions and services industry,”rather interesting) rumour pops up from nowhere. said Richard Tan, Country Sales Manager, Singapore and Offshore, Lexmark International (Singapore) Pte Ltd. “WithOriginating from Shenzhen, China, this front bezel in white ECS’ extensive network of resellers specialising in bothdoes include a hole for a front-facing camera. But what really commercial and consumer accounts across the region, and itssurprised us is the colour. Apple originally announced the representation of complementary products with our imagingwhite iPhone 4 alongside with the black iPhone 4, but till this solutions, we are confident that this new relationship will bedate have yet to deliever their flagship phone in white. a success. ECS will play an important role in helping LexmarkBut on a personal note, I feel that having the iPad 2 in white bring our entire range of products to their extensive partners,just looks a tad weird. propelling our market share in the imaging solutions and services space in Singapore.”In white or not, well find out soon on this Thursday morningat Apples iPad media event. Dell also had similar praise for ECS, claiming that the partnership will prove to be beneficial for Dell in attempting to provide customers with immediate benefits, such as faster delivery time and better, more professional support services. 6
  7. 7. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone"We are extremely excited about the business opportunities February 28th, 2011that this new partnership brings," said Varinderjit Singh,Managing Director, Dell Singapore and Malaysia. "Ourcollective expertise and extensive marketing and salessupport, coupled with ECSs wide network across the region,will make it easier for us to provide value add and cater to the Apple was the first to get it, and the rest of the PC industryunique demands of our customers." is expected to start mass adoption of the technology as soon as most OEMs successfully iron out any outstanding issues pertaining to the new standard. But it would seem that PCsBlackBerry Torch 9800, now are not the only devices which would play nice with Light Peakavailable in red and white (aka Thunderbolt): rumour has it that Nikons future DSLR might see the first such implementation of the new interfaceSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-torch-9800-now-available-in-red-and-white/11376.html on a camera.February 28th, 2011Black has always been the standard color for BlackBerrymobile devices (well, it is Black-Berry, duh). But there areoccasions whereby Research in Motion (RIM), the companywho manufactures BlackBerry, come up with other colors like A new superfast interface that is capable of transferring datathe white BlackBerry Bold 9700. Today, RIM has announced at speeds of up to 10 Gbps sounds like the most practicala red and white version for their BlackBerry Torch 9800. innovation for the digital worker of today, and for good reason. After all, if one takes into account the ever-growing file sizes of digital content today, it would make sense that a PC and its communication infrastructure needs to be well equipped in order to ensure that even the largest file sizes will not be an obstacle to ensuring that the content gets sent to the other party in time. However, will a standalone device that has never been designed to accept and process data from external storage devices require the use of the very same interface that has been designed for use on a PC? Well, rumour has it that Nikon apparently thinks so: apparently, word has been floating around the depths of cyberspace that the Japanese camera manufacturer plans to stuff in a Light Peak (or Thunderbolt)The BlackBerry Torch 9800 claims to be the world’s first port into a future professional-grade DSLR, which is said to besmartphone to offer a BlackBerry keyboard with a full touch the D4.screen experience. And good news to those who dont exactlyenjoy the black phone: it is now available in two new vibrantcolours - red and white. Customers in Singapore will havemore color choices to suit their personality and preference.The BlackBerry Torch features a large touchscreen display,optical trackpad, backlit slide-out BlackBerry keyboard and 5-megapixel camera with continuous auto focus that supportsvideo recording. It also supports high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks and comes with built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging.Rumor: Nikon D4 to get LightPeak/Thunderbolt?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumor-nikon-d4-to-get-light-peakthunderbolt-/11371.html 7
  8. 8. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone With most of the tablets on the market still making use of the popular ARM Cortex A8 processor microarchitecture, it would seem like the A8 is safe from being rendered obsolete for at least another year. However, this does not mean that all OEMs are content with using the same technology as the competition: a Chinese OEM has just upped its game with a new tablet that sports the more recent ARM Cortex A9 processor. If there is one thing that most tablet PCs on the market today have in common, it would have to be the humble ARM processor or System-on-a-Chip (SoC) which provides all the processing power needed for such a device to function. Despite how OEMs may claim to have their own SoC which works best on their tablet, it does not change the fact that most of these SoCs still feature processor cores based of ARMs Cortex A8 specifications. However, it would seem that a humble Chinese OEM by the name of Heiner might have gained an early advantage in the battle to feature the most recent hardware in a mobile device. According to reports, Heiner is set to release a new tablet, the HaiPad M703, which will feature a CPU based off what ARMQuite unsurprisingly, many members of the online community calls its current highest-performance processor series for thehave expressed varying levels of scepticism about the ARMv7 architecture: the ARM Cortex A9.likelihood of a DSLR being able to implement the newThunderbolt interface successfully. For one, most usersseldom transfer their images out from a digital camera throughthe use of a cabled connection: rather, the cameras storagemedium (usually an SDHC or CF card) is extracted from thedevice and then connected to a PC via a card reader.As such, users who want to make the most out of theThunderbolt interface in a camera will have to get used toconnecting their cameras directly to the PC instead of goingthrough the card reader route. This also potentially opens thedoor to potential compatibility issues, as any device connectedto a PC needs to have an appropriate driver installed in orderto communicate with the computer. Without this driver, users The seven-inch HaiPad M703s ARM Cortex A9 processingwill have to fall back to the card reader method, which greatly core is clocked at 800MHz and will be provided by AMLogic.reduces the usefulness of having a superfast interface built into In theory, this spec bump should see the M703 claiminga camera. top spot as the faster ever tablet produced by Heiner. Furthermore, various reports claim that the M703 will beHowever, do take note that this is nothing more than a rumour available in two versions: one will feature resistive touchscreenmaking its way around the Internet; as such, whether such a technology, while the other will sport capacitive touchscreensfeature will eventually make its way into a Nikon DSLR is really instead.anyones guess. Until the actual specifications for Nikons D4have been set in stone, wed advice that readers take this Of course, a powerful processor is not the only thinginformation with nothing less than a truckloads worth of salt. consumers will look out for when it comes to selecting a tablet, and it would seem that Heiner understands this as well. Complementing the M703s AMLogic 8726-M processor are aChinese OEM releases new dedicated Mali-400 GPU, 512MB of memory , 8GB of built-intablet with ARM Cortex A9 Flash storage, at least one full-sized USB port and support for HDMI-out.processorSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/chinese-oem-releases-new-tablet-with-arm-cortex-a9-processor/11370.htmlFebruary 28th, 2011 8
  9. 9. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHowever, it would appear that Heiner decided to cut a fewcorners over the choice of OS to be bundled into the M703.Instead of hopping onto Honeycomb bandwagon like whatmany tablet OEMs are currently doing, the M703 will comebundled with Froyo instead. Not that it is a huge loss though, So, Nintendos long-awaited handheld video game console, thesince Froyo does feature built-in support for Flash 10.1, along 3DS, has finally been released for sale in its domestic market.with various utilities such as USB tethering and WiFi hotspot. That is perfectly fine with us: after all, Nintendo and its 3DSStill, the real draw about the HaiPad M703 has to be its price. are both products of the Japanese economy, and it would makeApparently, Heiner is intending to sell the devices for the sense that Nintendo would want to use the domestic market as(very) low price of US$160, or US$180 if consumers prefer a gauge of its devices popularity before making concrete salesto go for the capacitive version. Unfortunately, it also appears targets for the consoles eventual international launch.that the M703 is not intended to be sold anywhere outside That being the case, what would the the reception of theof Chinas domestic market. Well, China always gets the best Japanese gaming public towards Nintendos first forray ontotoys, right? the whole 3D bandwagon? Well, if sales numbers mean anything, the answer would probably go along the lines of awesome, for the lack of a more appropriate expression.Nintendo 3DS sold out in This is because the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (aka Nikkei) hasJapan on first day of retail confirmed that every single last unit of the first shipment ofSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nintendo-3ds-sold-out-in-japan-on- 400,000 3DS consoles designated for the domestic market hasfirst-day-of-retail/11369.html been completely sold out on the same day the console wasFebruary 28th, 2011 released for retail. But that is not all. When one takes into consideration that Nintendo plans to ship 1.5 million 3DS consoles for the domestic market by 31 March, it would make sense that the company will want to ensure that its production line and resellers remain well stocked up with inventory. Apparently, it has already taken action by ordering another shipmentJust how popular is Nintendos new handheld video game of the new 3D-capable console this morning which, in allconsole, the 3DS? Well, it would seem that any fears of the likelihood, is probably being wiped clean off the shelves as thisconsole makers potentially failing in their attempt to venture article is being posted. Ouch. Oh well, there is always the nextinto 3D gaming would be busted, at least for the time being. shipment...and the next...and the next...right?After all, how else can one explain the complete sell-out of all400,000 available units in the companys domestic market? Sony PSP price drops to US $130 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-psp-price-drops-to- us-130/11374.html February 28th, 2011 Sony has announced the drop of price of their Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game console. It was retailing at 9
  10. 10. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUS$169.99, and now, the price tag has been revised to anattractive US$129.99. Tablets are making their way to the market en masse, andWhenever a new product is going to be available on retail, the based on what we have seen, the current trend and demandsure sign would be that the current ones will face a definite for these devices are not about to slow down anytime soon.price drop. And that is apparent to Sony handheld game After all, it cannot be denied that these devices fill a certainconsole: The Next Generation Portable (NGP) is arriving and niche in the market, especially when they appear to be capablea price drop has been announced for the Sony PlayStation of offering computing performance well above that of a typicalPortable (PSP). netbook. but without their heft and bulkiness of a dedicatedAccording to news reports, the company has lowered the price keyboard and touchpad.from US$169.99 to US$129.99, which seems like a sign to However, it would also seem that most OEMs dealing with"clear the old stocks" in order to make room for the new tablets have got a little problem on their hands. Due to theseNGP. However, the price drop only applies to the PSP-3000 class of devices now being marketed as consumer electronicsmodels, and not the PSP Go. devices as instead of the enterprise tools they once served as,Sony has also rolled out new discounted titles manufacturers are seemingly keen on cramming every singleincluding Assassins Creed Bloodlines, LittleBigPlanet, Metal feature that could think of save for the kitchen sink, into theseGear Solid: Peace Walker and Resistance: Retribution at US mobile devices in an attempt to making it as multi-purpose as$19.99; Monster Hunter Freedom, Killzone: Liberation and possible to suit consumers needs.Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII are selling at US$9.99. But is a multi-purpose device like the Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak really what consumers expect in a tablet? Well, at least7-inch Creative ZiiO tablet one OEM by the name of Creative does not think so. So, how would the companys ZiiO tablet with its less-is-morereview: Because tablets approach fare in the market? We shall see.need their own creative spin Before that, here is a quick list of the various hardware used in the ZiiO, along with their specifications:sometimesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/7-inch-creative-ziio-tablet-review- Creative 7-inch ZiiO Tabletbecause-tablets-need-their-own-creative-spin-sometimes/11206.html Technical SpecificationsFebruary 28th, 2011 Bundled Operating System Customized Google Android 2.1 Update 2 with Creative Zii apps Processor ZiiLABS ZMS-08 HD Media- Rich Applications Processor Display 16.8mill color TFT Resistive Touchscreen with resolutionSo the Android tablet craze is about to hit fever pitch with the of 800 x 480introduction of Honeycomb and Motorolas XOOM. That is Cameras Front-facing VGA cameraperfectly fine with us: after all, tablets are handy little devices Memory and Flash storage 8GB storage, expandable withwhich have the potential to do a whole lot of things. And while capacity MicroSD cards of up to 32GB;most OEMs are busy trying to work on making their tablets Wireless Connectivity options WiFi (802.11 b/g only),as versatile as possible, out comes Creative with its own idea Bluetooth 2.1 EDRof what a tablet should be used for. Or does it? We put theCreative ZiiO tablet to the test. I/O ports and connectors HDMI-out (up to 720p only), MiniUSB, 3.5mm stereo jack Dimensions 207.4 x 133 x 13.7mm 10
  11. 11. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneGoogle investigatingunexplained erasure of allemails in GmailSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-investigating-unexplained-erasure-of-all-emails-in-gmail/11368.htmlFebruary 28th, 2011Did you wake up yesterday and turn on your PC only to find Based on what we have gathered from both independentout that every single message in your Gmail account has been reports and forum postings in Googles support boards, itinexplicably wiped clean off the face of the virtual world? Well, would appear that the sudden data loss took place at theit seems that there is some consolation to be had: the search early hours of 27 Feb (US time), and that it is more than justgiant has been informed of the sudden loss of data and had an isolated case of compromised accounts, as almost 0.29%started an investigation into the issue. of all Gmail users have been affected by the data erasure. Unfortunately, Google has not been very forthcoming about the root cause of the issue, preferring instead to exercise its PR muscles and assure users that the issue is currently being looked into.When it comes to free online email services, few can matchthe functionality and usability of Googles very own free Gmailoffering, and for good reason. After all, it was the first free Curiously, no mention about the incident was made on theemail provider to offer users access to an astronomical (back official Gmail blog as well. However, surely one can take somethen) inbox size of 1GB, and did not require users to sign up consolation in the fact that a Google employee has alreadyfor a paid account in order to gain access to certain features confirmed that the search giant will be looking into the issuesuch as IMAP and POP3 access. right now, right?However, it would seem that even the best and most popularfree email service suffers from embarrassing outages fromtime to time, and the latest fiasco which the search giant hasfound itself caught in is anything but pleasant, especially for MSI annouces exchangethe end user. Apparently, a few users found themselves on theshort end of the stick when they signed into Gmail on Sunday procedures for P67 and H67only to realize that every single message in their account(including the spam and trash folders) has been inexplicably motherboards Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-annouces-exchange-procedures-cleaned off without warning. for-p67-and-h67-motherboards/11361.htmlNeedless to say, this has triggered a huge wave of complaints February 28th, 2011in Googles support forums: MSI has announced it is now ready to swap faulty B2-stepping Intel P67 and H67 motherboards with revised B3-stepping ones. Users can either register online for an exchange and wait for MSIs go-ahead for a swap, or wait till the end of March for a walk-in exchange at the store the board was purchased from. MSI is now ready to provide B3-stepping Intel P67 and H67 Express boards for replacement. 11
  12. 12. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Apart from the packaging, the barcode on the box and motherboard labels will also indicate if the motherboard hasAccording to MSI, the following is a list of motherboards in a B3-stepping chipset. A more detailed guide is available atSouth Asia that have the updated chipset: http://event.msi.com/mb/b3/ . P67 Express H67 Express H61 Express models models models Big Bang H67MA-E35 (B3) H61MU-E35 (B3) MSI 6 Series SATA SCAN Utility Marshal (B3) If you still happen to be on a board with the older stepping, P67A-GD80 (B3) PH67A-C43 (B3) H61M-E33/ MSIs SATA Utility will indicate which ports are in use. This E23 (B3) will help the user determine if he / she has connected any P67A-GD65 (B3) PH67S-C42 (B3) H61MA-P35 (B3) devices to the faulty SATA 3Gbps ports. The utility will also P67A-GD55 (B3) H67MS-E43 (B3) H61M-P23 (B3) guide users to connect SATA devices to the unaffected SATA 6Gbps ports. P67A-GD53 (B3) H67MS-E33 (B3) P67A-C45 (B3) H67MA-ED55 (B3) P67A-C43 (B3) H67MA-E45 (B3) Source: MSI Press Release P67S-C43 (B3) GIGABYTE shipping new B3 P67 and H67 motherboards,Swap flow for South Asia end-users available as early as this week Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-shipping-new-b3-p67-and- h67-motherboards-available-as-early-as-this-week/11362.htmlEither register online: February 28th, 2011 GIGABYTE has announced on Friday that they have begun shipping motherboards with the new B3-stepping Intel P67Or, if you are not able to access the Internet: and H67 Express chipsets. The products are expected to be available as early as this week, when shipments start to clear customs in markets around the world.MSI will provide a one-to-one exchange for affected customersand their motherboards once the B3-stepping boards areavailable. On top of the swap, MSI will provide a free SATA3card.For more details, visit http://event.msi.com/mb/2011/replace_event/sea/swap/ . GIGABYTE has announced on Friday that they have begun shipping motherboards with the new B3-stepping Intel P67 and H67 Express chipsets. The products are expected to beHow do I identify the motherboard chipsets version / stepping available as early as this week, when shipments start to clearfrom its outlook? customs in markets around the world.The updated MSI Intel P67 and H67 Express boards will have All new motherboard, retail packaging and product namea MSI B3 Stepping Ready sticker affixed to its packaging. 12
  13. 13. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Before chipset replacements were ready, GIGABYTE rolled out a 6 Series SATA Check utility to help optimize SATA performance by identifying the problem-free white SATA 6Gbps ports on B2-stepping chipsets, while advising users not to use the affected SATA 3Gbps ports. As the new B3 motherboards start to ship, GIGABYTE has released an updated 6 Series SATA Check utility that also identifies the chipset and its stepping (either B2 or B3). Motherboard model name as PC bootsThe new B3 motherboards from GIGABYTE have beenredesigned and renamed so that they can easily bedistinguished from the older B2 versions through thesignature ‘B3’ at the end of the model name. For example,the GA-P67A-UD7 has been replaced by the GA-P67A-UD7-B3 and the GA-H67A-UD3H by GA-H67A-UD3H-B3. The newmodel name is highly visible on the retail box, PCB, in the BIOSat start up and on applications such as the GIGABYTE 6 SeriesSATA Check utility and CPU-Z. Another way to identify a B3 stepping chipset motherboard is to look for the motherboard model name as the PC boots. Source: GIGABYTE Press Release Play PC games on your iPhone and iPad now, PS3 games in the near future Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/play-pc-games-on-your-iphone-and- ipad-now-ps3-games-in-the-near-future/11364.htmlAlso, the new B3 version 6 Series motherboard packaging February 28th, 2011features a large B3 Stepping logo that users will easily be ableto identify.GIGABYTE 6 Series SATA Check Utility While you cant literally install your desired PC games onto your iOS devices for gaming-on-the-go, there has been a way around this: by using remote desktop connectivity to remotely control your PC at home. Now, a developer is working on bringing the PS3 experience to your iOS device. 13
  14. 14. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone U3E) and a USB 3.0 expansion card (ZM-PC302 U3), targeting enthusiasts. The stylish aluminium enclosures support 2.5" and 3.5" SATA I/ II HDDs and deliver data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps via a USB 3.0 interface. The ZM-PC302 U3 is a dual USB 3.0 port expansion card with PCI-e 1X interface and 4-Pin auxiliary power support (for stability), allowing users to add USB 3.0 functionalities to their PCs. ZALMAN PRESS RELEASESoftware developer PandaElf has already amazed us with theirunique remote desktop application. How? Well, besides theusual streaming of Flash content and able to access and useyour files on-the-go, their strongest suit is probably gaming.Their app allows users to "stream" and play resource-hungryPC games such as World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 all throughyour iOS devices. The result; unbelievably smooth and fastframerates.Impressive so far, but the developers caught us off-guardwith what they are working on now. The app has now beentweaked to play PS3 games. Yes, the joy and goodness of Sonys Zalman is pleased to introduce its brand new USB3.0 Externalunrivalled gaming experience right in your hands through H.D.D. enclosure series.your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Mindblowing, isnt it? New ZM-HE250 U3, ZM-HE350 U3 and ZM-HE350 U3E willWell, it isnt as easy as it sounds as it requires a computer make even largest files transfer possible with Ultra fast speedand some other components on top of having a PS3. Not for of 5Gbps.the non-tech-savvy and the faint-hearted, but it is defintelyfeasible and it just shows what is capable with the iOS SDK. As long as Motherboard supports USB3.0, then you can enjoy the cutting edge USB3.0 Speed with these new External H.D.D. Enclosures. In addition, elegant design looks wouldAll excited? Im sorry to say that this version of everyAir that differentiate them from existing products in the market.allows your to play PS3 games isnt available to the public yet.But dont worry, the developers have plans to release this inthe near future. Apart from these new models, we will also release ZM-PC302everyAir is available now for US$4.99 on the iTunes App Store. U3 PCI-e card to sever many users without USB3.0 port on their system. Regardless of any system you have, once it has PCI-e 1X slot, you just install our ZM-PC302 U3 on to your system to boost up your file transfer rate with ZM-HE250 U3/ HE350 U3/ HE350 U3E.Zalman Launches New USB3.0External HDD Enclosures Please go thru below to get more information on these products.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-launches-new-usb3.0-external-hdd-enclosures/11353.htmlFebruary 28th, 2011Korean cooing specialist has unveiled its new line-up of USB3.0 enclosures (ZM-HE250 U3, ZM-HE350 U3 & ZM-HE350 14
  15. 15. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The "enterprise-class" Vertex 3 Pro features a SF-2500 chip and will come in 100Gb, 200Gb, and 400Gb models. All Vertex 3 series SSDs are covered by a three-year warranty. OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high- performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today unveiled its next generation Vertex 3 SATA III SSD product family, a lineup that caters to both client and enterprise applications. Harnessing the 6Gbps speed of the SATA III interface, the new series delivers double the performance of the previous generation. The Vertex 3 is the first solution to feature the new SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor, and raises the bar in performance with up to 550MBs read and 500 MBs write transfer rates and up to 60,000 IOPS (4k random write). This maximized speed significantly improves gaming, multimedia, and the overall computing experience over traditional mechanical hard drives, as well as other competing SSDs. The new Vertex 3 solid state drive series builds on the success of our previous two generations of products and delivers exceptional performance by utilizing fast synchronous mode 2Xnm MLC NAND flash technology, said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. These storage solutions feature both the highest sequential speeds available with a SATA 6GBps SSD and the highest IOPS of any current 2.5 inchOCZ Preps Vertex 3 and SSD on the market today, allowing us to once again set the benchmark for industry leading SSD performance andVertex 3 Pro SSDs reliability.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-preps-vertex-3-and-vertex-3-pro-ssds/11346.htmlFebruary 28th, 2011 Also included in the new series is the enterprise-class Vertex 3 Pro which not only delivers industry-leading performance, but is optimized to provide unparalleled reliability, security, and endurance. Featuring the premium SF-2500 SSD SATA III processor, Vertex 3 Pro SSDs are the ideal solution for clients seeking enterprise-grade MLC (Multi-Level Cell) SSD storage for their server farms and IT infrastructures. Due OCZ Technology Groups Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro SSDs are to its ability to implement MLC, Vertex 3 Pro provides anpoised to make their debut at Cebit 2011 next week. The 2.5" optimized balance of reliability and component-based cost-SSDs, powered by SandForces SF-2000 series controllers, savings, resulting in superior TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)deliver data transfer speeds up to 550Mb/s (read) and 500Mb/ for enterprise clients.s (write) and feature TRIM support, MLC NAND flashmemory, and a SATA III interface. The Vertex 3, aimedat prosumers, is equipped with the SandForce SF-2200processor and will be available in 120Gb and 240Gb capacities. 15
  16. 16. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe new Vertex 3 Series will be showcased at next weeksinternational CeBIT tradeshow in Hanover, Germany, and Biostar unveils its H61will begin shipping following the event through OCZs global motherboardschannel. Vertex 3 SSDs will be available in capacities of 120GB Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-unveils-its-h61-and 240GB, while the Pro edition comes in 100GB, 200GB, motherboards/11344.htmland 400GB models. The entire Vertex 3 line features TRIM February 28th, 2011support to optimize performance over the drives lifespan anda 3 year warranty to ensure customer satisfaction.GeForce GTX 550 Ti spotted inEU e-tailSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-gtx-550-ti-spotted-in-eu-e- Ahead of CeBIT, Biostar has unveiled its Intel H61 chipsettail/11343.html based motherboard models and the company will offer threeFebruary 28th, 2011 different SKUs of what is pretty much the same board as well as one more advanced model. The H61 chipset is Intels budget solution for the second generation Core i processors and is really intended to be paired up with the cheaper Pentium branded CPUs which are expected to launch sometime later this year.Several EU e-tailers have listed PNYs take on NVIDIAsupcoming GeForce GTX 550 Ti, well ahead of launch. There Ahead of CeBIT, Biostar has unveiled its Intel H61 chipsetare no major surprises from the details we first reported on based motherboard models and the company will offer threethe GTX 550 Ti earlier. The specifications are remarkably different SKUs of what is pretty much the same board as wellsimilar to the outgoing GeForce GTS 450 - 192 SP, 32 TMU, as one more advanced model. The H61 chipset is Intels budget16 ROP, based on GF116, a tuned GF106. The GTX 550 Ti solution for the second generation Core i processors and isalso continues to have 64-bit of the 192-bit in the GF116 chip really intended to be paired up with the cheaper Pentiumdisabled, for an effective bus width of 128-bit. Where the GTX branded CPUs which are expected to launch sometime later550 Ti largely differs from its predecessor, the GTS 450, is in this year.clocks and pricing (and, of course, branding). First up we have the H61ML which is the most basic, featureThe leaked listings confirm the clock speeds. The GTX 550 Ti is stripped version which uses a compact 24.4x20cm mATXclocked at 900 MHz, 15% over the GTS 450. The 1GB GDDR5 board. Feature wise its nothing much out of the ordinaryis clocked at 4.1 GHz, 13.6% higher than the GTS 450, for a with a single x16 PCI Express slot, two PCI slots and one x1memory bandwidth of 65.5 GB/s. Despite the higher clocks, PCI Express slot. The board also only has two memory slots,the power consumption is only 4W more, at 110W. The biggest but this is part for the course for the H61 chipset alongsideupset is the pricing - starting at €157 (incl VAT), and expected four SATA 3Gbps ports. Around the back you get four USBto be $200 in the US. Of course, these are retail pricings which 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, a D-sub connector, a DVI connector,must be taken with a grain of salt. a 10/100Mbit Ethernet port and three audio jacks for 5.1-Still, compared to the average GTS 450 prices of €100, the channel audio out. Finally the board has two pin headers forGTX 550 Ti commands an excessive premium of over 50% for four USB 2.0 ports and a pin header each for a serial andwhat appears to be a modest ~15% increase in core/shader and parallel port.memory clocks. Considering the GTS 450 struggles to keepwith the Radeon HD 5770, we are unsure as to how much a15% boost in clock speed would help in competing with muchfaster products - Radeon HD 6850 or GTX 460 1GB - whichthe GTX 550 Ti seems to be priced against.Of course, we are still 2 weeks away from release, and manythings could change. The GTX 550 Ti definitely has potentialto find its own niche between the HD 5770 and the HD 6850 /GTX 460 1 GB. However, at first glance, prices like $200 /€160 seem very overpriced for the specifications leaked withthe early listings. Unless, NVIDIA have made major changesto the GF116 core (over GF106) and/or the specifications andprices leaked thus far are erroneous.The listings can be viewed at Fudzilla. 16
  17. 17. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNext up we have the H61MH which adds an HDMI port andupgrades the Ethernet port to Gigabit speed. The third andfinal model in this SKU is the H61MU3 with replaces two ofthe USB 2.0 ports with two USB 3.0 ports connected to anASMedia controller.The TH61U3+ differs by being a larger 24.4x24.4cm mATXboard and although the board has the same rear port layoutas the H61MU3, the rest of the board is quite different. Thistime around we have two x16 PCI Express slots, although thesecond one only has four lanes worth of bandwidth and theresalso a single x1 PCI Express slot and a PCI slot. The board stillonly has two memory slots and four SATA 3Gbps ports andthere are still two headers for four USB 2.0 ports and a serial As you can see, the front bezel of the claimed iPhone 5 partport header, but no parallel port header. This board also uses features a much larger screen as compared to todays iPhone 4.a USB 3.0 host controller from Renesas rather than ASMedia. Chinas 1st iPhone 5 photo has surfaced! From this photo it seems that the screen size will be larger than iPhone 4. There has been a lot of specualtion about a larger screen and maybe this will be one of the upgrades we will see when iPhone 5 is released this summer. If this is indeed for the next-generation iPhone, this would match the claims of a larger 4-inch screen as well as claims of a "edge-to-edge" screen which results in the thinner bezel. But its hard to tell without the currect iPhone 4 next to this screen part. Patriot Launches Wildfire SSD series Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-launches-wildfire-ssd- series/11342.html February 28th, 2011Maybe not the most exciting range of boards, but these shouldallow for cheaper Sandy Bridge builds, especially once Intellaunches the cheaper processors. So now were just waiting forthe first Z68 chipset announcements, which may or may nothappen during CeBIT. Patriot Memory, manufacturer of high performance memory modules and flash products, has unveiled the Wildfire,iPhone 5 to feature larger targeting enthusiasts. The 2.5" SSD is powered by SandForces new SF-2200 processor, supporting sequential read and writescreen and thinner bezel? speeds up to an astonishing 500Mb/s. It is available in 64Gb,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iphone-5-to-feature-larger-screen-and- 128Gb and 256Gb capacities and sports a SATA III interface.thinner-bezel-/11341.html The Patriot Wildfire, bundled with a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket, areFebruary 28th, 2011 expected to hit store shelves in Q2 2011. PATRIOT PRESS RELEASE Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces the new Wildfire series solid-It seems that parts of the upcoming iPhone 5 has been leaked state drives powered by a new SandForce SSD processor.in China. Yes, the image is the rumoured iPhone 5 screen The Patriot Wildfire series obliterates expectations ofcomponent. storage devices and delivers enterprise-class performance to consumer desktops and notebooks. Storage bottlenecks are a thing of the past with the Patriot Wildfire series SSD. The new SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor enables the Patriot Wildfire series to shatter 17
  18. 18. February 28th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneprevious performance records with up to breathtakingly-fast February 28th, 2011500 MBs sequential read and write speeds backed by a SATA6.0 Gbs interface. When we talk about consumer wireless routers, we would often think of it as yet another rectangular plastic box with antennas on its back. ASUS, however, has done away with this tradition by coming up with a uniquely-designed piece of hardware, the RT-N56U. The company claims the Black Diamond is not just about its aesthetics but also its feature set and high routing performance. VR-Zone.com puts this gem to the test!The Patriot Wildfire is the fastest SSD drive we have everreleased to the public, says Les Henry, Patriot Memorys VicePresident of Engineering. SandForce has done a fantastic jobengineering the SF-2200 SSD processor and combined withour research and development, we are able to further tweakthe design and maximize performance with the processor andour flash memory.We are happy to see Patriot Memory is expanding their currentSandForce Driven product line with the new SandForceSF-2200 and SF-2100 Client SSD Processors, said Kent Smith,Sr. Director of Product Marketing of SandForce. Patriot haswon numerous awards and we anticipate they will win evenmore with our latest generation 6.0 Gbs client processor.The Patriot Wildfire series feature a standard 2.5-inch formfactor for compatibility with notebooks and select desktops.A 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch mounting bracket is included with thePatriot Wildfire for compatibility with standard hard drive When we talk about consumer wireless routers, we wouldmounting. often think of it as yet another rectangular plastic box with antennas on its back. ASUS, however, thought out of the box and came up with a uniquely-designed piece of hardware.Expect the Patriot Wildfire to ship in Q2 2011 in 64GB, 128GBand 256GB capacities. The RT-N56Us innovative design is what separates from its predecessors. The Black Diamond is not just about itsGeneral details aesthetics but also its high routing performance and a whole lot of features packed underneath its hood. In fact, ASUS • New Patriot Wildfire series SSDs claims that this revolutionary wireless router is the most • 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities advanced in the market. • SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor ASUS also brags about their Web User Interface the ‘EZ UI’ • SATA 6.0 Gbs interface which offers an intuitive router setup without having the need to read manuals. Setting up the internet connection from • Up to 500 MBs sequential read and write speeds scratch can be much of a hassle to the inexperienced.ASUS RT-N56U Dual-BandGigabit Wireless RouterReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-rt-n56u-dual-band-gigabit-wireless-router-review/11321.html 18