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

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

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    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! The vast majority of users are simply not aware of the VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication presence of power supplies because they are integrated into covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. the equipment. Most of them are not replaceable because those devices have no expandability or upgradeability and are (hopefully!) designed to exceed the products lifetime. ForHow power supplies work example, you cannot replace the power supply of your TVSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/how-power-supplies-work/11366.html because there is no way to upgrade or expand your TV andMarch 5th, 2011 force it to require more power, meaning that ultimately there is no reason to perform a power supply upgrade. Computers are an entirely different matter; they are fully expandable and customizable, meaning that not only each and every one of them has different power needs but that the needs of every single computer can be altered several times during itsEven though power supply units are the most critical part of operational lifetime.almost every electronic device, being a component absolutely A power supply transforming the utility grid AC voltage tovital to their operation, they rarely are given the attention DC voltage for the equipment to use must perform certainthey deserve. Almost no technology equipment can operate functions at the highest possible efficiency and at the lowestwithout them since electronic devices cannot operate using the possible cost. The basic functions usually are:utility grid AC voltage, which also varies in level and frequencydepending on your position on the planet. There are more 1. Rectification - Convert the input AC voltage to DCthan eight types of power supplies currently available; in this voltage.article we are going to focus on only the two types available 2. Voltage transformation - Adjust the supplied voltage tofor household and business equipment: linear and switching the required levels.power supplies. 3. Filtering - Smoothen the ripple of the supplied voltage.Even though power supply units are the most critical part ofalmost every electronic device, being a component absolutely 4. Regulation - Control the supplied voltage regardless ofvital to their operation, they rarely are given the attention line, load and / or temperatures changes.they deserve. Almost no technology equipment can operate 5. Isolation - Electrically isolate the input voltage sourcewithout them since electronic devices cannot operate using the from the output.utility grid AC voltage, which also varies in level and frequency 6. Protection - Prevent any damaging power phenomenadepending on your position on the planet. from reaching or take effect at the output.There are more than eight types of power supplies currentlyavailable; in this article we are going to focus on only the twotypes available for household and business equipment: linearand switching power supplies. IT Show 2011 Promotions:Several people may believe the power supplies are limited tocomputer applications. That is incorrect since almost every ASUSpiece of technology need a power supply to operate. Some Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions-examples include and are not limited to your phone charger, asus/11436.htmlyour TV and your alarm clock. As we mentioned before, no March 5th, 2011electronic equipment can operate on AC voltage. It is thepower supplys job to convert AC voltage to another form,suitable for the equipment. Or, to be even more accurate,the definition of a power supply is that "it is an apparatusdesigned to convert one form of electric energy to another". 1
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAside from attractive discounts and promotions, ASUS will ASUS Easy User Interfacealso be launching some new products at next weeks IT Show Enjoy Simultaneous printing and scanning by connecting an2011 at Suntec City Convention Centre. Read on for the various All-in-one printer to the router via the USB port. Also, connectstar products that will be sold at their booth. Booth Location external hard disks to enjoy instant file sharing with family and(Level, Booth Number) Level 4, Hall 402 & 403, Booth 8220 friends.(ASUS) Update: Added ASUS laptops and netbooks 300,000 Sessions Perfect for P2P Download Download Master provides up to 300,000 sessions for unparalleled P2P performance – offering an unprecedented 20 times larger bandwidth than traditional routers. Such a large volume of P2P or BitTorrent downloads are accomplished rapidly with assurance of complete data transfers throughout the day – even when the users’ PCs are turned off. Solid Wireless Performance Combined with its powerful CPU, the ASUS RT-N16 delivers maximum bandwidth, ensuring effortless synchronous file transfers and downloads, flawless video streaming, incredibly low-ping wireless gaming and VoIP calls with minimized jitter. Usual price: S$189ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router IT Show price: TBADual-band for Lag-free EntertainmentDouble your wireless performance and bandwidth withsimultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands speed up to 300Mbpsconcurrently. While basic internet applications like browsingor file downloading can occur in 2.4GHz, wireless highdefinition content streaming takes place in the 5GHz band atthe same time.Plug-n-surf and Hassle-free ManagementASUS EZ UI offers you an intuitive router setup without readmanuals. What’s more, you can enjoy simultaneous printingand scanning by connecting an All-in-one printer to the routervia the USB port. You can also connect external hard disks to ASUS O!Play MINI Media Playerenjoy instant file sharing with family and friends. Mini in Size – Massive on EntertainmentMulti-Function Twin USB Ports ASUS O!Play MINI media player fits a wealth of high definitionWith effortless connectivity to a range of devices and FTP, content and features in a single small device. It offers true highSAMBA, UPnP AV server and DLNA standard compatible all definition (HD) video and 7.1-channel audio for you to enjoysupported, sharing and networking become easier than ever. great movies, music and photo-sharing with your family andPlus, the RT-N56U can continue downloading FTTP, FTP and friends.BitTorrent file to the USB disk all day even when your PC is The most powerful decoding and most popular media formatsturned off. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow the router supportedto offer printer and file server functions. The O!Play MINI brings new HD experiences to viewers, freeUsual price: S$259 from format compatibility worries. It supports Blu-ray DiscIT Show price: TBA ISO, MKV, RMVB (1080p), H.264, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, OGG, FLAC and many others. Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Channel surround and full HD 1080p bring you theater-like enjoyment Dolby TrueHD digital surround decoding and passthrough take full advantage of Blu-ray Disc quality with 7.1-Channel audio output. Full HD 1080p video through HDMI offers up to six times the resolution of traditional DVD, browse photos, even listen to music. IT Show price: TBAASUS RT-N16 Wireless Router 2
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Easy Wireless File Sharing - No more difficult set-up process! Enjoying your PC file is so easy The ASUS O!Play Air provides users with the easiest way to share files wirelessly. If you have the AP, all you need to do is to click the “infrastructure” item and that’s it. Enjoy more Internet media contents in the living room The On-line Media feature allows you to browse over 100 Internet TV channels, 20,000 Internet radio stations, Internet photo sharing sites, and weather updates directly streamed over the Internet to your O!Play. Internet TV: ABC, BBC News, NBC, fox sports, NHK…over 5,000 stations Internet Radio: Over 20,000 stationsASUS O!Play HD2 Weather: You can search World Weather by geographicalExperience the World’s first USB 3.0 Media Player Region or countryInstall any 3.5-inch hard disk and O!PLAY HD2 instantly Usual price: S$249becomes a large-capacity mobile storage device . Transfer IT Show price: TBAmedia via USB 3.0 from PC to the O!PLAY HD2 boasts up to10 times faster than USB2.0.3.5-inch Hard Disk Storage Capacity With Networking- ASUS introduces WL-330N3GAttached Storage (NAS) Support 6-in-1 Wireless-N mobile routerO!Play HD2 offers extensive media center features with Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-introduces-wl-330n3g-6-in-1-server functionality for iTunes, Samba and more for fast local wireless-n-mobile-router/11474.htmlnetwork file access and management. March 5th, 2011Use your iPhone as a remote controlThe On-line Media feature allows you to browse over 100Internet TV channels, 20,000 Internet radio stations, Internetphoto sharing sites, and weather updates directly streamedover the Internet to your O!Play.Internet TV: ABC, BBC News, NBC, fox sports, NHK…over The ASUS WL-330N3G offers all the benefits of a standard5,000 stations wireless router, with multi-role functionality and an extremelyInternet Radio: Over 20,000 stations user-friendly setup. All of these features fit in a tiny device that is easy to carry, making the WL-330N3G ideal for travelers andWeather: You can search World Weather by geographical business people who wish to extend their internet access whenRegion or country on the road.Pricing to be announced Singapore (March 5, 2011) - The ASUS WL-330N3G offers all the benefits of a standard wireless router, with multi-role functionality and an extremely user-friendly setup. All of these features fit in a tiny device that is easy to carry, making the WL-330N3G ideal for travelers and business people who wish to extend their internet access when on the road. Incredible flexibility The first thing to note about the WL-330N3G is its compact size - its footprint is smaller than a business card. While this makes it very easy to carry and literally pocket sized, it does not come at the expense of functionality. This is a full wireless router designed for those on the move, especially students, commuters and mobile professionals.ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 Media PlayerFull HD 1080p and Full Format Support (including RMVB)O!Play Air takes the trend to bring new HD experience toviewers in the living room. Users do not have to worry aboutthe compatibilities of file formats to the most formats of thevideo, music and picture. 3
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone button, and a 10/100 Ethernet connection for hooking up with modems, other routers and various Ethernet-enabled devices. For those looking to replace a fixed line, or to simply take their broadband connection with them when traveling or commuting, the WL-330N3G offers a perfect balance of value and performance. Specifications Ethernet • WAN / LAN x1, RJ-45 for 10/100 BaseT • Ethernet and 802.3 with max. 10/100Mbps bit rate and auto crossoverSix-in-one multi-role functionality for multi-user sharing function (MDI-X)Delivering spectacular utility and value, the WL-330N3G Power adapter • AC input 100V - 240V,works as six different devices rolled into one. 50 - 60HzFirst and foremost, it is a mobile wireless router, connecting • DC output 5V, 2A max.devices such as notebooks and smartphones to one broadbandinternet service. Second, it can be used as a universal repeater Operating frequency 2.4GHzin conjunction with other routers to extend the range of an Data rate • 802.11n: Up to 150Mbpsexisting connection. Third, the WL-330N3G also functions as • 802.11g: 6 - 54Mbpsan access point when combined with a broadband modem,enabling connectivity for a host of devices. • 802.11b: 1 - 11Mbps Encryption / authentication Supports 64 / 128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK Management • DHCP server • Web-based administration • System event log • Firmware upgrade • Save / restore configuration file Internet connection type Automatic IP, static IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP, HSDPAThe WL-330N3G can also be deployed as an Ethernet adapter USB application 3G USB adapterfor Ethernet-capable devices like game consoles, printers and Dimensions 90 x 38.9 x 12.8mmcable set-top boxes.Finally, the WL-330N3G has both hotspot and 3G sharing Source: ASUS Press Releasemodes built in. As a hotspot, it can serve as a mobile Wi-Fi connection for several PCs, while in 3G sharing mode, itprovides internet connectivity for several devices through the3G network. This mode works in conjunction with a 3G USBadapter Rumor: BlackBerry Messenger Will Run On Android and iOS Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumor-blackberry-messenger-will-run-Superior coverage and speed made simple on-android-and-ios/11468.htmlThe WL-330N3G with up to 150Mbps data rate is easy to March 5th, 2011configure. The fast process is extremely simple thanks to ASUSPlug-n-Surf and network detection. Plus, the numerous waysthis coverage can be extended to a host of different devices,all in a very portable manner, makes the WL-330N3G a verypowerful connectivity enabler.With its streamlined design, the only buttons and connectionson the WL-330N3G are the power port, USB port, reset 4
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAre you a big fan of RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger, but have a Description: NZXTs Sentry LXE is a unique and well-executedchange of heart lately? No worries, we just learned that RIM product that allows the PC enthusiast a wide range ofis planning to bring its famous BlackBerry Messenger app to monitoring and fan control options in an attractive remoteAndroid and iOS devices. unit. The fit and finish is excellent and the functionality is first- rate with an intuitive layout incorporated into the touch screen LCD display. Consumer Electronics and Software News: Description: The company announced the service, which is available only in the US, on the Bing blog yesterday. The post said that Bing deals will launch with “more than 200,000 unique offers in over 14,000 cities and towns across the US”. Description: A wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have targeted popular blogging site WordPress.com, the site and security researchers said.It is still unclear what RIM’s strategy is, but it looks like they Description: Sony has admitted that PlayStation 3 consoleswill offer a light version of BlackBerry Messenger to other have been seized by customs officers in the Netherlands.platforms. Meaning, additional features like photo and filesharing only available to BlackBerry users. Description: The system consists of a head or base unit and two bookshelf style speakers that combine to make decent littleSo far no details on timing yet, but Android and iOS users can audio system. It’s also an alarm clock with a built-in snoozelook forward to some time this year. button so the system can even wake you up. The Micro System allows you instant access to hundreds of channels of music soThe Daily VR-Zone News you’ll always find something for you or your family and friends to listen to.Summary - 04 Mar 2011 Description: A top South Korean cybersecurity companySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--04- says about 40 government and private websites are undermar-2011/11471.html cyberattack.March 5th, 2011 Gaming News: Description: The ex-Blizzard employees of Runic Games, have done the unthinkable and brought their 2009 PC sleeper hit Torchlight to the Xbox Live Arcade.And rounding up the news for the week: Review of the Patriot Description: The Gears of War series has appeared exclusivelyXRB 64GB Solid State Drive; Diamond All-In-Wonder HD on the Xbox 360 for four years, but that hasn’t deterred Epic’sPremium AIW5000 review; Microsofts Bing launches deals desire to get the third-person shooter onto PlayStation.service; Sony says PS3 consoles seized in Netherlands , andEpic Would “Love” to Bring Gears of War series to PlayStation . LUXA2 ready to accessoriseHardware News:Description: SSDs are expensive. However, you can help your iPad 2 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/luxa2-ready-to-accessorise-your-alleviate this wallet pressure by getting one without too much ipad-2/11472.htmlstorage space. Today we look at one of the smallest available March 5th, 2011SSD sizes, a 64GB from Patriot known as the Torqx TRB.Description: The Battle Hero with its bold graphics is squarelyaimed at gamers. Solid aluminum construction gives it a solidfeel and also helps to dissipate heat. Pop out storage drawersand twin cooling fans should keep most people satisfiedbeyond just the cooling performance. Thermaltakes LUXA2 branding announced the pre-launch ofDescription: The Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! is a heavily pre- Apple iPad 2 product line on the same day Apple revealed theiroverclocked video card. The Zotac GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition’s upcoming iPad 2. And according to them, theyre products arecore clock weighs in at 950 MHz, 128 more from the stock 822 good to go as soon as Apples iPad 2 go on sale.MHz. The Zotac GTX 560 Ti’s memory clock also gets bumpedup from 4004 MHz to 4400 MHz.Description: The HD Premium 5000 (aka AIW5000) bundlesan ATI HD5570 graphics card with an ATI HD 750 tuner. Thisduo has the power to handle the most frequently used videosignals for viewing, recording and other routine multimediatasks. 5
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneLUXA2 might not ring any bells to most people yet, buthow about Thermaltake? Yes, LUXA2 is indeed a division of Have you started using Apples new Mac App Store to handleThermaltake which specialise in exquisite design with a touch software downloads on OS X? Well, if you do, you might haveof luxury. They has been manufacturing accessories for iOS noticed that a new addition was made to Apples softwaredevices for about 2 years and according to their press release, repository today. Apparently, Operas browser has just beenthey are ready to spoil customers with their wide range of iPad approved by Apples App Store team, and is now currently2 accessories. available for download from the aforementioned service.Besides offering standard protective cases in different However, it will also seem that Apple has imposed somematerials, they also have a iPad car mount and iPad stand restrictions on who can download Operas web browser ontowhich allows your tablet to sit upright for your hands-free their Macs. Indeed, a quick look at some of the requirementsreading or viewing pleasure. And according to their Director, listed by Apple on Operas product page in its Mac App"(they) will be ready to launch our incredible accessory line Store has revealed an interesting fact; the company clearlywhen Apple releases iPad 2,” thinks that web browsers have the potential to frequently feature suggestive or severe adult themes, and has taken action to stem the flow of undesirable content by requiring thatOpera approved for Mac App downloaders be at least 17 years of age.Store; users under the age of To prove that we are not trying to pull a fast one on you, here is a screenshot of the very requirement, taken from iTunes17 need not apply Japan:Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/opera-approved-for-mac-app-store-users-under-the-age-of-17-need-not-apply/11469.htmlMarch 5th, 2011Is the browser business moving into adult territory? Well,Apple apparently thinks so: while it has approved of Operasfree web browser being listed in its Mac App Store for users todownload and use, the company has also posted a requirementthat users must of a certain age before they can be allowed to doso. Whod have guessed that dowloading a simple web browsercould be such serious business? The good news is that existing Opera owners need not fret: the copy of Opera available from Apples App Store is the exact version that is currently being offered for download directly from Operas home page. 6
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneStill, it should probably come as no surprise that Opera had The wireless HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One E710nsome rather interesting things to say about its browser being produces laser-quality color documents at a low cost perflagged out as unfit for OS X users under the age of 17. page that allows SOHO and SMB users to print high-impact marketing materials in-house. Featuring HP ePrint, users can"Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, print anytime, anywhere using any mobile device. The HPpeople are ready to use such an application. Its very fast, Officejet 6500A Plus eAIO E710n also uses 40% less energyyou know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download than comparable laser printers and has an automatic two-requirement should be at least 18," quipped Jan Standal, VP sided printing function which helps cut paper usage by upof Desktop Products for Opera Software. to 50%. The printer also has a 2.36-inch color touchscreenSo what happens for potential Opera users who fail the age display to easily copy, fax, print, scan and access apps.verification check? Simple: bypass the check by downloading Key features:the browser direct from the companys home page. • Achieve laser performance at a low cost per page o Get great value, using individual, high-capacity ink cartridges designed for the office. o Print at up to 32ppm black/31ppm color and at laser-comparable (ISO) speeds up to 10ppm black/7ppm color. o Print borderless documents with vivid color graphics and sharp text, using HP Officejet inks. • Stay connected whether you’re in or out of the office o With HP ePrint, you can print from anywhere, anytime by emailing to your HP Officejet 6500A Plus eAIO E710n.IT Show 2011 Promotions: HP o Connect to your network with built-in Ethernet or to your PC with Hi-speed USB 2.0.(Printers) • Reduce your impact and protect your bottom lineSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions-hp-printers-/11465.html o Use up to 40% less energy than comparable laserMarch 5th, 2011 products, with an ENERGY STAR qualified all-in- one. o Cut paper usage by up to 50% with the automatic two-sided printing and PC Fax Send which enables paperless fax sending and archiving. Usual price: S$399HP will be participating in this years IT Show, and needless HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One Printer B110ato say its offerings will consist of both computing devices likedesktop and notebook PCs, as well as a wide range of imagingsolutions in the form of printers. In this post, we shall take alook at the latter of HPs IT Show 2011 lineup. HPs booth canbe found at Level 4, Booth 8150, Hall 401.HP Officejet 6500A Plus eAiO Printer E710n Print lab-quality photos, everyday documents and web content on the fly, without using a PC. HP ePrint combined with affordable individual inks lets you easily produce impressive prints from anywhere, anytime. Key features and benefits: 7
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Print when it’s most convenient for you from across the world or across the room. With HP ePrint, simply email a photo or document to your printer and pick up the pages later. • Create impressive photo projects, and even print directly from the device itself with integrated memory card slots. • The HP TouchSmart frame allows you to print photos, scan, copy and print web content without the use of a PC. • Boost productivity with wireless connectivity at a press of a button, allowing you to share this all-in-one with other Wi-Fi enabled PCs from anywhere in your house.Usual price: S$229 The Core i5-2410M is slightly faster at 2.3GHz, but as this is an i5, it will also turbo to either 2.6GHz for both coresFirst Core i3-2310 and i5-2410 or 2.9GHz on one core. It has the same base graphics core clock of 650MHz as the Core i3-2310M, but it will turbo anotebooks go on sale little bit faster to 1200MHz. So whats different between theseSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-core-i3-2310-and-i5-2410- two OEM models and the other models that Intel includesnotebooks-go-on-sale/11466.html on its price list? Well compared to the Core i5-2520M theMarch 5th, 2011 turbo speed boost is much lower, as this 2.5GHz processor will go all the way to 3GHz with both cores working, thats a 500MHz boost compared to 300MHz for the Core i5-2410M. The graphics will also turbo to 1300MHz, although this is unlikely to be as useful. Finally the Core i5-2410M lacks support for Intels AES, TXT and vPro technology and this to us suggests that Intel has designed it as a consumer CPU, butThe first notebooks with Intels dual core mobile Sandy Bridge as a model with turbo boost, something the Core i3s lack.processors have just started to arrive at retailers, at least if As for the notebooks, well, Acer has equipped both modelsyoure lucky enough to live in Taiwan, although other countries with Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics with 1GB of memory,should have them soon too and the first two models weve a 640GB hard drive, an optical drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi,spotted are both from Acer. Intels little chipset snafu has Bluetooth 3.0 and handily a USB 3.0 port as well. Otherdelayed the shipment a bit, although the dual core models features include Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI out, a pair of USBwerent really expected until about now anyhow. 2.0 ports, a webcam and various other standard features youd expect to find on a modern notebook. The Aspire 4750G weighs in at 2.25kg and comes with a 6-cell 4400mAh 48WhThe first notebooks with Intels dual core mobile Sandy Bridge battery which Acer claims is good for up to 4.5h of battery life,processors have just started to arrive at retailers, at least if while the Aspire 5750G weighs in at 2.6kg and features theyoure lucky enough to live in Taiwan, although other countries same battery.should have them soon too and the first two models wevespotted are both from Acer. Intels little chipset snafu hasdelayed the shipment a bit, although the dual core modelswerent really expected until about now anyhow.So what were looking at is the Acer Aspire 4750G and theAspire 5750G. The first model is a 14-incher while the secondone is a 15.6-incher and both models are available with either aCore i3-2310 or a Core i5-2410. We should point out that bothof these CPUs differ somewhat from Intels other announced35W dual core mobile processors, but more on that a little bitlater. The Core i3-2310M clocks in at 2.1GHz and it sports IntelHD Graphics 3000 with a base clock speed of 650MHz and itwill turbo all the way up to 1100MHz when needed. Price wise youre looking at S$1,115 for the Aspire 4750G with the Core i3-2310 processor and S$1,249 for the same model with the Core i5-2410M. The Aspire 5750G starts at S $1,163 with the Core i3-2310, but costs the same as the Aspire 4750G with the Core i5-2410M processor. Acer is currently the only notebook manufacturer to offers Sandy Bridge based notebooks in Taiwan with the B3 stepping chipset from Intel, 8
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonebut it shouldnt take long for other manufacturers to get their • Keeps you safe and connectedproducts ready as well. o VeriFace face recognition software – an interesting and secure way to log in to your PC, and also greatIT Show 2011 Promotions: conversation startersLenovo Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity for internet o on the moveSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions-lenovo/11464.html Usual price: starting at S$1,449March 5th, 2011 Lenovo G470If you are heading to this months IT Show with the objectiveof netting a new PC, you might want to make a note not to missLenovos booth this year. Up on Lenovos list of offers are acouple of notebook PCs and a desktop machine up for grabs atdiscounted prices. Lenovos booth will be situated at Level 4,Hall 401, Booth 8358. • Polished and Ergonomic o Sleek exterior design with smooth top cover and single-piece brush-metal interior paneling aroundNow that the world we live in is becoming increasingly the keyboard providing a cool-to-touch surfacedigitized, it should probably be of little surprise that the o Multi-touch touchpad to move things around withhumble desktop and notebook PC have been elevated from two or more fingersbeing luxury toys to essential tools needed to perform a widevariety of tasks today. And if one is going to invest in a PC for o AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keysboth work and play, why not take a look at what Lenovo has for comfortable and accurate typinggot to offer consumers in this years IT Show? • Hassle-free and Fun TechnologyNotebooks o 14.0” HD screen (1366x768), 16:9 widescreenLenovo IdeaPad Z460 o Integrated Bluetooth (optional) & 802.11n Wi-Fi o DirectShare – easily synchronize your files with another notebook without connecting to the internet • User-friendly Security o OneKey Rescue System – makes data backup and recovery simple so you can spend time on more enjoyable tasks o Energy Management – protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses advanced energy- saving technology to increase time spent between charges Usual price: starting at S$1,599 • Trendy and smart-looking o Chiclet keyboard with individual rounded keys Samsung Stealth spotted at Hairline metallic effect cover FCC o • Entertainment on the go Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-stealth-spotted-at- o With OneKey Theater II, optimized audio-visual fcc/11463.html settings for brighter images and richer audio are enabled at the press of a button 9
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 5th, 2011 March 5th, 2011Samsung has showcased a 4G handset at the ConsumerElectronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Now it looks Its a wonder to me that there werent more Windows 7 tabletslike the phone could be launching soon, since it was recently in the market like the BModo12G. The prevailing logic isspotted at Federal Communications Commission (FCC). that if you need to do "real work", youre better off with a laptop. However, despite having an Apple iPhone 4 and iPad, my experience is that there are quite a few things you do wish could have been better supported by the Apple line-up, and not have to always hunt for ‘alternatives’ to simple tasks like transferring files (e.g. Dropbox), watch Flash videos (e.g. Skyfire Browser), print documents (e.g. Airprint) and using mobile broadband USB sticks with unlimited and inexpensive data plans (separate 3G plan or Sim card cutting). So how does the BModo12G compare with other tablet devices? Read on.Samsung unveiled their first 4G LTE phone at CES in January,which was the temporary codename then, though it willhave a formal name when it goes on retail. Recently, a 4GSamsung handset was spotted at the Federal CommunicationsCommission (FCC), called Samsung Stealth, model SCH-I510.From the FCC documentation, this phone and the Samsung4G LTE look different and it is likely both are not one and thesame. Earlier news reports stated that the Samsung I510 willfeature a 4.3-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display(800x480 resolution), 8-megapixel rear camera, supports Wi-Fi and runs Android 2.2 Froyo mobile operating system. The Bmodo12G: A Windows 7 Touchscreen TabletSamsung SCH-I510 is said to be available in Q2 this year.A new Windows 7 tablet with adifference: the BModo12G Unboxing the BModo12G: Quick Start Guide and Power CordSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a-new-windows-7-tablet-with-a-difference-the-bmodo12g/11367.html To my pleasant surprise, Bmodo has not fallen into the trap of delivering a crippled product just to save a few dollars (which is in my opinion what a few other tablets have done and ended up being cheap but irrelevant). The Bmodo screen is capacitive (read: pretty responsive) with an acceptable screen resolution. After a few hours with it, I realised that 10
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonegiven the Windows interface, Bmodo’s screen size of 11.6-inch Audio 1 x Built-in Speaker (1.5W) xis probably the optimal size (The smaller 10-inch Windows 2, Mic x 1touchscreen tablets may be uncomfortable for some users). If Battery Embedded Lithium-ionthe screen were any smaller, I feel that sidebar scrolling would Polymer 2 cell (7.4V,be quite impossible with adult fingers. Tapping on small icons 5000mAH, 2S1P)and tabs will also be difficult on a smaller screen size. Size Weight 295mm x 195mm x 14mm, The netbook-like specifications on the BModo12G just means 990gthat you’re not going to be playing Mass Effect 2 or otherserious First Person Shooter (FPS) games on it anytime soon.However, anything that runs on a netbook will run on theBmodo tablet. You will probably want to plug in a mouse formoderate gaming requirements, since the on-screen keyboard The Daily VR-Zone Newscould otherwise make things a little tricky.Heres a look at its hardware specifications: Summary - 03 Mar 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--03-LCD Module Capacitive Multi Touch LCD mar-2011/11461.html TFT 11.6-inch HD Glare (1366 March 5th, 2011 x 768)OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home PremiumProcessor Type Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 + ICH8M; 1.66GHz, 677Mhz, 512K L2Memory 1GB DDR2 800MHz In todays news roundup: AMD has reportedly contractedInternal Mass Storage SSD 32GB Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson-series chipsets, which support theBluetooth 2.1 + EDR new Brazos platform; Two of ECSs motherboards, the ECSWi-Fi Integrated 802.11 b/g/n H67H2-M Black Deluxe and the H57H-MUS, get reviewed;GPS Mini PCI Interface GPS card. Rumours about what users can expect in an upcoming iPad Support A-GPS and S-GPS 3 have started circulating online; Android pushes ahead of function iOS and RIM to become the worlds most widely used mobileWWAN Module (3G) HSPA/HSUPA/WCDMA operating system, and Epic Games launches a free expansion 2100/1900/900/850 Mhz: pack for Infinity Blade while dropping off 50% of the games Compliant with 3GPP retail price. TS25.101 (R6). GSM/GPRS/ Hardware News: EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz: Compliant with 3GPP AMD contracts TSMC to make Hudson chipset, says paper TS 05.05 (R99) Description: AMD has contracted Taiwan SemiconductorCamera 1.3 M pixel Webcam Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson- series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform,G-Sensor Display Orientation (3-axis according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. sensing) The paper did not name its source.Graphics Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 500 with Discrete In Win Track Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews 1080p HD Video Accelerator Description: With good cooling performance from the fourI/O Interface 1 x DC-in included fans and an innovative front panel design, In Wins Track chassis is an interesting mid-tower chassis that also 2 x USB2.0 Ports includes several tool-free features and a blacked-out interior 1 x OMTP Jack (Audio Jack) and rear panel. The big 220mm side panel intake fan keeps the graphics and CPU nice and cool and also boasts blue LEDs that 1 x SD/SDHC (32GB Max) can be switched on or off from the panel mounted switch. Slot Exceleram EP3001A PC3-10666 2x2GB Memory Review @ 1 x SIM Card Slot (unlock) Madshrimps 1 x Mini HDMI Description: The new EP3001A memory modules from Exceleram are using Powerchip Rev D 128x8 and even if the 1 x Hotkey rating is PC3-10666, they are very overclockable and come at 1 x 26-Pin Connector (For a very affordable price. docking station. Sold Antec P193 Review - XSReviews Separately) Description: Antec recently announced a refresh to their performance one line of cases and they were kind enough to 11
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonesend a few for us to take a look at. Today were reviewed the gaming keyboard well-suited to virtually any style of PC gameP193, the top of the performance pile. Lets see how its features —MMO or otherwise.stack up. Mobile editing in Google Docs now in 45 languagesGigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review Description: Last November, we launched the ability to edit@Hi Tech Legion mobile docs in English. Today we’re excited to announce thatDescription: The Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 is Gigabytes first you can now edit your docs on the go in 44 more languages.attempt at the Brazos platform. The GA-E350N-USB3 is on Tablets of 2011: What to Look Forthe upper tier of the Brazos line, featuring the E350 processor. Description: Last year promised to be the year of the tablet,This CPU is dual core clocked at 1.6Ghz and has 1MB L2 cache. and at least for Apple, it was indeed. The nearly ubiquitousPaired on the same die is a Radeon HD 6310. This GPU is iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on theclocked at 500MHz and has 80 stream processors. On the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in theboard we get all of the usual Gigabyte features as well. Theres last quarter. But even if Apple is not likely to lose its thronethe 2x copper PCB to reduce electrical waste and improve anytime soon, competition is finally making itself present. Ifsignal quality. Installed are 50,000hr. Japanese solid state Androids gains in the smartphone market serve any indicationcapacitors. Gigabyte includes their 3/3/3 technology, which it should be an interesting year for tablets as well.means USB 3.0, SATA3, and 3x powered USB ports. The extrapower to the USB ports allows greater stability, compatibility, OvisLink AirLive N.MINI 300Mbps Wireless-N Mini-APand the auto charge feature. review @ Madshrimps Description: The AirLive N.MINI AP multifunctional deviceASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition - Layout and Design (Router, AP or Client) from OvisLink has very small@ ocaholic dimensions and can be used in various situations like buildingDescription: With the Rampage III Extreme Black Edition, a small hot-spot in an area that has only Ethernet available, orASUS is planning the next strike in the high-end gaming we can use it as a regular Wireless LAN adapter, connected toand overclocking market. This board will come with a lot of our computer via UTP.features like for example an additional Xonar soundcard aswell as a Bigfoot Killer NIC network card. For overclockers iPad 2 Rumors: Which Were True & Which Will Wait for thethey further refined the power design and theyve also iPad 3overworked the BIOS and added some new options. Description: Since the launch of the original iPad, we’ve been keeping you apprised of rumors surrounding the iPad 2. NowCrucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800 Kit that the iPad 2 has been unveiled, we can officially startReview @ Bigbruin.com speculating about the iPad 3 — because as far as the AppleDescription: The Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) rumor mill is concerned, it’s never too soon to start gossipingPC3-12800 kit is very stable and offers solid performance. about gadgets.The extra features that Crucial have added to their standardBallistix sticks not only give the consumer more bang for the Android Pulls Ahead, While HTC Enjoys The Ridebuck, but make this a very attractive kit, considering that Description: Android in the U.S. pushed ahead of smartphonetheyre priced right in line with other 1600MHz triple channel platform rivals iOS and Blackberry in January, accordingkits. to Nielsen Wire, and is finding more popularity among younger consumers. That has helped HTC become the thirdECS H67H2-M Black Edition Motherboard Review @ Legit largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. after Apple andReviews Research In Motion, winning both the Android and WindowsDescription: The ECS H67H2-M Black Deluxe motherboard Phone 7 manufacturing race ahead of rivals Motorola andis a very solid board all the way through. Its performance Samsung.rivaled that of the Intel P67 Burrage motherboard and at timesoutperformed it. We expected performance to suffer a bit while How It’s All Coming Together for Ubuntu as the Cloud OSthe on-board graphics were being used but that was not the Description: Canonical, purveyor of the Ubuntu Linuxcase. Intel and ECS have done a brilliant job of sorting out the distribution, is on a quest to make Ubuntu the go-to serverusability of this system.... operating system for cloud computing. If it succeeds, it will validate the stance that there is a definite place for open sourceECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ in cloud computing, and it’s at the layers where differentiationMadshrimps might well become a non-factor in the years to come.Description: Designed to support latest Intel CPUs withintegrated graphics and built around Intels H57 chipset, the Gaming News:H57H-MUS board from ECS also features a complete bundle GDC: Magicka: Vietnam – Wizards with Napalmcomposed of a USB 3.0 and SATA 6G expansion card, which Description: When Arrowhead Game Studios Magicka camemakes the board a future-proof powerful computing platform, out earlier this year, it took up the number one slot on a lot ofin a mATX board format digital distribution sales sites. Though it may look at a glanceConsumer Electronics and Software News: like a Diablo-style game, thats not an especially accurate description. The gameplay is surprisingly involved, requiringRazer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard review at Examiner you to tap in combinations of eight magical elements and thenDescription: The Razer Anansi MMO gaming keyboard may activate them for various effects.not be revolutionary, but it’s still a capable (and colorful) The challenge of remaking Azeroth 12
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDescription: Blizzard game director Tom Chilton on the tough special kind of chokes and the board is also equipped with achoices that had to be made when rupturing World of Warcraft user selectable dual BIOS and a POST80 debug LED display.with Cataclysm, and what they got right (and what they didnt).Epic Games Launches Free Infinity Blade Expansion, Cuts FullGame Price 50%Description: Deals. You love em, we love em, and as such,we feel its our duty to direct your attention to an App Storenear you. Epics award-winning touchscreen triumph, InfinityBlade, is now half-off, and a free expansion released todaynearly doubles the size of the game.Sapphires Z68 unveiled atCeBITSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-s-z68-unveiled-at-cebit/11462.html One other interesting feature we spotted is that SapphireMarch 5th, 2011 has fitted a Proadlizer to the PWM, a feature that so far only appears to be popular on high-end graphics cards. Around the back we find a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Bluetooth dongle, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and D-sub connectors and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. Overall were not sold on this board, it has some interesting features, but the slotIts easy to forget that Sapphire is back in the motherboard layout isnt what wed hope to see on a Z68 board.business, as so far the company has only launched three The mini-ITX H67 board is as far as we can tell currently calledboards, but at CeBIT Sapphire was showing off two additional IPC-CI7S1DH67 but again, were expecting a much bettermodels for Intels Sandy Bridge platform, one full size ATX retail name. Sapphire decided to go with a single x16 slot forboard with the Z68 chipset and one mini-ITX board with the this design, which is pretty much all you can fit to a mini-H67 chipset. Neither board appeared to be retail ready, but ITX board, although hidden at the bottom of the board is awed expect the mini-ITX board to be available before the Z68 mini card PCI Express slot into which something like a Wi-Fiboard. card can be installed. You also get two SATA 6Gbps and two SATA 3Gbps ports and two headers for an additional four USB 2.0 ports. Around the back Sapphire has managed to squeezeIts easy to forget that Sapphire is back in the motherboard in four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernetbusiness, as so far the company has only launched three port, a Bluetooth dongle, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and a D-boards, but at CeBIT Sapphire was showing off two additional sub connector as well as 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIFmodels for Intels Sandy Bridge platform, one full size ATX out.board with the Z68 chipset and one mini-ITX board with theH67 chipset. Neither board appeared to be retail ready, butwed expect the mini-ITX board to be available before the Z68board.The Z68 appears to be going under the name of PI-CI7S33Z68as for now, but Sapphire tends to have much better retailnames for their boards, so well have to wait until the launchto find out what itll be. Were not quite followings Sapphiresdesign either, as the board has three x16 PCI Express slots ofwhich the second one only work in dual x8 mode while thethird one is limited to four lanes worth of bandwidth. This isall fine and good, but the only other expansion slots are threePCI slots, of which two will be unusable in CrossFireX or SLIand there doesnt appear to be a reason why the topmost slotis missing. Sapphires boards are still looking a bit rough and ready, but given some time were confident that Sapphire will come outSapphire has added two additional SATA 6Gbps ports via a with some excellent boards as long as the company listensthird party controller for a total of four SATA 6GBps ports and to customer feedback. Were quite eager to find out whatfour SATA 3Gbps ports. Were not quite sure why Sapphire put Sapphire is working on for AMDs upcoming platforms as well,the additional two ports so far away from the six connected to since Sapphire is a strong AMD partner on the graphics cardthe Intel chipset, but at least it should reduce confusion as to side.which ports goes where. There are also headers for eight USB2.0 ports and as with previous models Sapphire is using its 13
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone by the year 2011. This would probably be the highest in theLG launches Optimus 2X world.," Lim says.and Optimus Black Android At the event, VR-Zone has the opportunity to hands-on thesmartphones Optimus Black and Optimus 2X.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lg-launches-optimus-2x-and-optimus- LG Optimus Blackblack-android-smartphones/11449.htmlMarch 5th, 2011This afternoon, LG Singapore held a media event to launch thehighly anticipated Optimus 2X and Optimus Black Androidsmartphones. (Nope, no sign of Optimus 3D for this event).Both smartphones are going to be available soon. The LG Optimus Black features a 4-inch NOVA display that boasts 700 nits brightness. This means even if you are under the outdoor sun, you will have no problem looking at the screen and navigate the various phone functions you want.James Park, president of LG Southeast Asia, regionrepresentative, said that the LG Optimus devices that areintroduced today feature worlds first technological andinnovative designs that set new standards for the userexperience. At the top, we find the power button, micro USB and 3.5mm audio connectors. Above the display is the 2-megapixel camera for video calls. The Optimus Black is also extremely slim, measuring approximately 9.2mm.Augustine Lim, director for Mobile Communications, LGElectronics Singapore, was there to share the companysaggressive vision to be the leader in the smartphone market."Starting from today, LG will set new standards for On the right are the volume controls and a unique "G" buttonsmartphones in 2011. The range of Optimus devices will ensure (or Gesture button). Pressing and holding the G button allowsthat there will always be a device to meet your requirements. user to do various things with the phone by touching orFrom 2009 to 2010, the world has experienced exponential shaking the phone.growth in the smartphone segment - approximately 67%. Thisphenomenon growth rate will also be seen here in Singaporewhere we expect in excess of 70% adoption of smartphones 14
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 802.11n networking gears are now widely used since the approval of IEEE 802.11n standards in October 2009. 802.11n offers wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps as compared to 802.11a/g which is only up to 54Mbps. Right now, Wireless-N routers can be found at less than 100 (Singapore) dollars, making it a good time for users to upgrade from their obsolete Wireless-G ones. In this shootout, we will compare two economically-priced Wireless-N routers, the TL- WR1043ND from TP-LINK and the ESR-9850 from EnGenius which are both below the hundred dollar mark.Opening the rear cover reveals the 3.7V 1500 mAh Lithium- MSI releases R6950 Twinion rechargeable battery, the SIM card slot which is beside the Frozr III Power Editionrear 5-megapixel camera, and the microSD card slot. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-releases-r6950-twin-frozr-iii-The LG Optimus Black will be available in April 2011 at a power-edition/11404.htmlrecommended retail price of S$768 (before telco subsidies). It March 5th, 2011is currently running Android 2.2 Froyo, though LG mentionedthat it will receive upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in thenear future.Budget Wireless-N RouterComparison: EnGenius MSI has launched the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition graphics card, featuring AMDs Radeon HD 6950 GPU. TheESR-9850 vs. TP-LINK TL- new R6950 features MSIs latest Twin Frozr III dual fanWR1043ND thermal solution, 6+2 phase power delivery and triple over- voltage support for extreme overclocking.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/budget-wireless-n-router-comparison-engenius-esr-9850-vs.-tp-link-tl-wr1043nd/11375.htmlMarch 5th, 2011802.11n networking gears are now widely used since theapproval of IEEE 802.11n standards in October 2009. 802.11noffers wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps as compared to802.11a/g which is only up to 54Mbps. Right now, Wireless- MSI has launched the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power EditionN routers can be found at less than 100 (Singapore) dollars, graphics card, featuring AMDs Radeon HD 6950 GPU. Themaking it a good time for users to upgrade from their obsolete new R6950 features MSIs latest Twin Frozr III dual fanWireless-G ones. In this shootout, we will compare two thermal solution, 6+2 phase power delivery and triple over-economically-priced Wireless-N routers, the TL-WR1043ND voltage support for extreme overclocking.from TP-LINK and the ESR-9850 from EnGenius. 20% More Airflow with Exclusive Propeller Blade Technology The MSI-exclusive Propeller Blade technology found on the latest Twin Frozr III thermal solution features air channels on the edge of the blades to improve total airflow by up to 20%. The dual 80mm PWM-controlled fans, heat pipes, large nickel-plated copper base and high fin density all serve to rapidly dissipate heat from the GPU. Under full load, the R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Editions GPU runs 11?C cooler than the reference AMD card, and noise level is lowered by 13.9 dB. The large improvements shown underlines the cooling efficiency of the Twin Frozr III. 15
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone An iPad 2, you say? Well,To cater to the needs of various user groups, MSI developed China got the real deal twothe exclusive P/S Switch function for controlling the speedof the fans. The Performance Mode provides optimal cooling days ago!performance, where low GPU temperature is a priority. On Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/an-ipad-2-you-say-well-china-got-the-the other hand, the Silent Mode can be used while watching real-deal-two-days-ago-/11444.htmlmovies or even during gaming when fan noise is required to March 5th, 2011be as low as possible.21% more performance than reference Board with TripleOvervoltage and 6+2 phase VRM So Apple has unveiled their new iPad 2 tablet to loads of fanfare from the Apple faithful. That is fine, but it would seem that all the hype that arose from the tablets veil of secrecy never made it into China intact. Apparently, a Chinese IT website known as DGtle had managed to get their hands on the real deal as early as two days ago, and even has the photographic evidence to back up its claims. But is that iPad 2 in its article really the actual iPad 2 that was released this morning?Triple Overvoltage is implemented to greatly improveoverclockability by allowing users to utilize the popular MSIAfterburner overclocking utility to adjust the VGPU, VMEMand VDDCI. To achieve maximum performance, the 6+2phase voltage regulation module (VRM) delivers 37% morepower than the reference design, providing more stabilityat high loads. When overclocked, the R6950 Twin Frozr III Apple may have just released its brand new tablet device today,Power Edition offers up to 21% more performance than the but chances are that most people who have been keeping upreference card. with the rumour mill regarding information about the iPad 2 would have had quite a good idea as to what the average user to expect from Apples new new device. Add that to the factHandpicked components for the best quality and stability that leaked renders of the iPad 2 were reportedly making their way around the depths of cyberspace before the actual launch event, and it should probably come as little surprise that many would have had a mental image of how the product would look like as well. However, it also seems that no one can beat the Chinese when it comes to digging out Apples secrets, and a recent article posted a couple of days ago on a Chinese website known as DGtle seems to confirm that fact. Apparently, DGtle was able to obtain actual photographs of the iPad 2 two days before its launch, and had posted them all on its website for readers toMSIs Military Class graphic cards became a favorite among make some comparisons. Here are some of the images:enthusiasts for its military-grade components. To get closerto perfecting board design, MSI has now introduced the next-generation Military Class II components, including tantalumcore Hi-C capacitors that last eight times longer, SuperFerrite Chokes (SFC) that deliver 30% more power, and solidcapacitors which have a lifespan of up to 10 years.Reference: MSI Press Release 16
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone What do you think? Did DGtle really get its hands on actual images of the iPad 2 while it was in its final stage of product development, or is that device we see nothing more than a very well-crafted clone? Source and images courtesy of DGtle IT Show 2011 Promotions: Lexmark Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions- lexmark/11443.html March 5th, 2011 Are you in need of a new printer? Well, Lexmark will be one of the companies taking part in this years IT Show, and you can be sure that they will have some cool products up their sleeve to offer consumers. Lets take a look at what they have. Lexmarks booth will be located at Level 6, Hall 601, Booth No. 6137, so be sure to look out for it. Star Buy: Lexmark X5650 All-in-One printerTo ensure that we were not being taken along for a ride, we • A Wireless all-in-one with Quick Connect laptop port forcompared some of the pictures with those that were posted easy connectivity and set-up.in Engadgets hands-on with the actual iPad and it turns outthat the similarities were rather striking. In fact, the only • Delivers print speeds of up to 25 ppm black and 18 ppminconsistency we spotted between DGtles and Engadgets color with 25-page automatic document feeder.images was that DGtles device had a black bezel, while the • Easy-print from a camera or memory device with lab-official iPad 2 sports a white-coloured bezel instead. quality sharpness. 17
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUsual price: S$129 March 5th, 2011Lexmark Prevail Pro 708 For those who want to see how Steve Jobs wow the audience with the announcement of iPad 2 and more, now you can. Apple has just posted the QuickTime video for the iPad 2 keynote address that happened earlier. • A Wireless 3-in-1 with fax inkjet printer for environmentally-conscious and budget-conscious users • Offers the industry’s lowest black printing cost at SGD7.90 for 510 pages • Delivers Wireless-N capability for longer range and more reliable signals for faster file transfer ratesUsual price: S$449Lexmark E260D laser printer IT SHOW 2011 Lucky Draw Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-lucky-draw/11440.html March 5th, 2011 1st Prize: S$ 20,000 cash 2nd Prize: S$ 3,000 cash 3rd Prize: S$ 2,000 cash 4th Prize: S$ 1,000 cash 5th Prize: S$ 900 cash 6th Prize: S$ 800 cash 7th Prize: S$ 700 cash • An A4 monochrome laser printer that boasts professional print quality and rapid print speeds of 33 8th Prize: S$ 600 cash pages per minute (ppm) • Offers efficient desktop printing for individual users or 9th Prize: S$ 500 cash small groups with a print quality of 1200 x 1200 dpi • Environmentally friendly with built-in duplex printing 10th Prize: S$ 400 cash feature and replacement toner cartridge with a 3,500 page yield 11th Prize: S$ 300 cashUsual price: S$299 12th Prize: S$ 200 cash (* Remember to redeem your IT SHOW lucky draw couponsApples iPad 2 Media Event @ Level 6 - Hall 602 of Suntec Singapore)streaming video now availableSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-ipad-2-media-event-streaming- IT Show 2011 Promotions:video-now-available/11441.html Microsoft Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions- microsoft/11437.html 18
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 5th, 2011As always, Microsoft will be making an appearance in thisyears IT Show, which will take place at the Suntec CityConvention Centre from 10 to 13 March. So what does theRedmond giant have in store for bargain hunters this year?Lets take a look.The mouse and keyboard combination is an essential tool forcomputing, and there is no doubt that youd want to have thebest tools when it comes to carrying out your daily computingneeds, right? Well, Microsoft has got a wide variety of electrical The Arc Mouse is designed to be just as fashionable as itrodents and keyboards in store for this years IT Show, so you is functional. With a revolutionary crescent moon shape,are bound to find something that strikes your fancy. Arc folds shut by almost half, providing consumers with the comfort of a full-size mouse with the portability of a notebookMicrosoft Mice mouse.Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse When flipped shut, Arc automatically turns off and can easily be slipped into a bag, or placed in the included black carrying case to protect the mouse while on the go. Usual price: S$89.00 Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000The new Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is revolutionary mousedesign, powered by the award-winning BlueTrack sensor thattracks better than laser or optical. Put your finger on the touchstrip and zip through your documents with absolute ease.Flatten the Arc Touch to power off and slip into any pocket. • New! Unique design pops up for comfort and folds flat for portability. • New! Touch strip offers flick scrolling and customizable touch buttons. • Proprietary Microsoft BlueTrack sensor that exceeds • BlueTrack Technology allows people to ditch their mouse laser and optical technology. Tracks precisely on surfaces pads and use their mice on virtually any surface, like polished marble, carpet and wood. including granite, marble, carpet and wood. • Side Button for increased productivity • Snap-in Nano transceiver gives consumers the option to leave the transceiver plugged into the computer or • Plug-and-go nano receiver that you can leave in your conveniently store it magnetically under the mouse. laptop’s USB port. • 2.4GHz wireless technology gives consumers a confident • Up to 10 months battery life. wireless connection. • Battery status indicator light lets you know when your • Two-color battery light indicator warns consumers when battery is running low it’s time to replace the battery. • Confident 2.4GHz Wireless has up to a 9m wireless range • Ambidextrous design and rubber side grips give • Available in 7 colors consumers comfort and durability. Usual Price: S$59.90Microsoft Arc Mouse (original design) Microsoft Wireless Mouse 5000 19
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Proprietary Microsoft BlueTrack sensor that exceeds laser and optical technology. Tracks precisely on surfaces • Transceiver-free and confident wireless connection to like polished marble, carpet and wood. your Bluetooth PC • Modern design and premium finish, with comfort for • More responsive, more precise, and smoother tracking either hand. (compared with standard laser products) • Simply snap in the transceiver for convenient on-the-go • Battery light indicates when your battery is running low storage. • Ergonomist-approved ambidextrous design provides • 2.4 GHz wireless delivers up to a 9m range. comfort in tight on-the-road situations • Use your mouse without power interruption for 8 • Use Back button or press wheel for Auto-scroll for easy months. navigationUsual Price: S$59.90 • Carrying case includedMicrosoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 Usual price: S$74.90 Microsoft Keyboards Microsoft Sidewinder X4 keyboard • Press up to 26 keys simultaneously without ghosting • Assign up to 18 macros per profile • Adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination • Proprietary Microsoft BlueTrack sensor that exceeds levels plus “off” laser and optical technology. Tracks precisely on surfaces like polished marble, carpet and wood. • Manually toggle from standard mode to one of two gaming modes Record a sequence of keystrokes—macros • Side Button for increased productivity can be easily shared Access Play/Pause, Previous Track, • Premium and sophisticated design Next Track, and Mute • Confident 2.4Ghz wireless connection with up to 9m Usual price: S$89.90 range, even in crowded wireless environments • More responsive, more precise, and smoother tracking. D Microsoft Arc Keyboard • isplays dynamic 3D overlay of all open applications • Scroll side to side as well as up and down • 10-month battery lifeUsual price: S$69.90Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 20
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone • Make every day easier with Taskbar Favorites for Windows 7. These five keys will map instantly to the first five icons on your Windows 7 taskbar, allowing you to access your favorite applications faster than ever before. • Type more comfortably with low-profile Quiet Touch keys. The palm rest and removable feet provide a more comfortable wrist posture. • Microsoft’s Comfort Curve encourages natural wrist posture and is easy to use.The Arc Keyboard shares the same design language withMicrosoft Corp.’s best-selling Arc Mouse, with a beautifully • Bundled Wireless Mouse 5000 offers the highlycurved profile, clean lines, and an ultraportable, lightweight advanced tracking with Bluetrack technology —go moreshape. places than optical and laser. • The 2.4 GHz wireless USB Mini-Transceiver connects • Eye-catching form factor makes the keyboard a stylish wirelessly up to a 9m range. statement piece that fits in with home décor. • Thin and lightweight design weighs less than one pound Usual price: S$119.00 so the keyboard can easily be picked up and moved from Microsoft Wireless Desktop 800 room to room. • Snap-in Nano transceiver gives consumers the option to leave the transceiver plugged into the computer or conveniently store it under the keyboard. • Four-way directional pad offers the capabilities of arrow keys while taking up less space. • 2.4GHz wireless technology gives consumers a confident wireless connection and a range of up to 9m, even in a Packed with performance and value, the Wireless Desktop 800 crowded wireless environment. offers:Usual Price: S$89.90 • 2.4Ghz wireless connection that is secure and works upMicrosoft Wireless Desktop 3000 (with Wireless Mouse 5000) to 9m 1000 dpi optical wireless mouse • Compact wireless keyboard with hotkeys • Up to 15 months battery life for keyboard Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 • Spill-Resistant, Quiet Touch Keys • Hot Keys — One-touch access to Windows® Media Player, e-mail, Home, calculator, My Documents, Zoom, instant messaging, and photos. • “My Favorites” Keys — Customize these 5 keys to • Microsoft’s thinnest (16mm) and lightest wireless instantly bring up the photos, folders, files, and Web keyboard ever (415g including 2 AAA batteries) pages you use most. Simply push and hold to set. • No need for a USB transceiver as it uses BluetoothUsual price: S$99.00 wireless technology found on most laptops.Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 • Comes with the long-awaited Bluetooth Number Pad which provides laptop users with their most portable number-crunching companion ever. • Microsoft’s Comfort Curve keyboard layout encourages natural wrist posture for reduced wrist strain. Usual price: S$149.00 • A keyboard and mouse combo that’s designed to work tightly with Windows 7 to provide maximum comfort and performance. 21
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 1. A4Tech G10-660L World 1st MeetingMan PresentersHP Palm TouchPad and Mouse 2. A4TECH KL-126 Gaming LED Backlight KeyboardBlackBerry PlayBook share 3. A4TECH GL-5300 G7 No Any Lag Mini Wireless Desktopsimilar user interfaceSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-palm-touchpad-and-blackberry- 1. A4Tech G10-660L World 1st MeetingMan Presentersplaybook-share-similar-user-interface/11439.html MouseMarch 5th, 2011 2. A4TECH KL-126 Gaming LED Backlight Keyboard 3. A4TECH GL-5300 G7 No Any Lag Mini Wireless DesktopHP Palm TouchPad was announced at the recent "A New HPWorld" event in Shanghai, and with Research in MotionsBlackBerry PlayBook launching next month, it seems that bothtablet devices have some things in common.HP and Reseach in Motion (RIM) are pointing fingers at oneanother, well, commenting on the resemblence of their tabletdevices. HP acquired Palm last year and this year, it launchedtheir TouchPad which runs on Palms WebOS platform. RIMis known for their BlackBerry smartphone devices though thecompany has also hopped onto the tablet bandwagon, and hasunveiled the PlayBook at CES 2011 in January. At one glance(above picture), one can easily see the similarities in termsof user interface of both tablet devices: The TouchPad andPlayBook have the same app bar at the bottom with variouscolorful icons; the status/time and date bar at the top; and thehome screens that can be easily navigated with a swipe of yourfinger.It is sometimes inevitable that similarities do exist betweenproducts, and for consumers, it doesnt really matter to themwho is copying who. End of the day, whether the productwill sell depends on its usability, features, performance andprice tag. According to HP and RIM, both companies have saidthey will continue to optimize their products to bring the bestexperience to users.A4Tech New Products at ITSHOW 2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/a4tech-new-products-at-it-show-2011/11430.html iPad 2 hands-onMarch 5th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ipad-2-hands-on/11435.html March 5th, 2011 22
    • March 5th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWhile its all impressive on paper, how does the iPad 2 reallyperforms and how does it feel? Well, heres a quick hands-onreview. The new features of iOS 4.3 includes a faster Safari browser, iTunes Home Sharing, AirPlay enhancements, iPad side switch preference (rotate or mute), and the Personal HotspotSo how exactly does Apples new offering feel and look? feature for iPhone 4.Well, here are some hands-on thoughts from the fine folks at "With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide,Engadget. including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented," said • This thing is insanely fast. Were not joking -- its Steve Jobs, Apples CEO. "iOS 4.3 adds even more blazingly fast. Everything the iPad 2 does feels like its features to the worlds most advanced mobile on turbo. Were uploading a video of the some evidence operating system, across three blockbuster devices-- of this, youll be appropriately stunned. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch--providing an ecosystem • The design feels great in your hands. Sleek, super thin -- that offers customers an incredibly rich experience much nicer to hold than the previous version. Definitely and developers unlimited opportunities." has more of a magazine than book feel. Everything is So what exactly are the new features? tight and solid. It is pretty amazing how thin theyve gotten the device. Faster Safari - The Nitro JavaScript engine that Apple pioneered on the desktop is now built into WebKit, • Even software made for the first generation device feels the technology at the heart of Safari, and more better here. Safari is definitely sped up. Games looked than doubles the performance of JavaScript execution great on-screen, though obviously there are no updates using just-in-time compilation. to the resolution of screen technology here. iTunes Home Sharing - allows iOS 4.3 users to play • This is an evolutionary step, but we definitely dont feel music, movies and TV shows on an iPad, iPhone or like its lacking for features. People are going to gobble iPod touch® from their iTunes library on a Mac® or these up when they see the new apps. PC over a local Wi-Fi network.Theyve even posted a video on their site on how much faster Enhancements to AirPlay - With iOS 4.3 you canthe iPad 2 is. And it is impressive what you can do with dual- stream additional content including video from thirdcore on a tablet. party apps and web sites, videos from the Photos app and previews from the iTunes app to your TV Personal Hotspot - This feature in iOS 4.3 lets you bring Wi-Fi with you anywhere you go, by allowing you to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection withiOS 4.3 to launch on March up to five devices in a combination of up to three Wi- Fi, three Bluetooth and one USB device.11th Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rdSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-4.3-to-launch-on- generation, iPod touch 4th generation, iPad and iPad 2, it willmarch-11th/11434.html be available for download starting 11th March.March 5th, 2011Apple will be pushing out their latest version of their mobileoperating system on March 11th, along with some newfeatures. 23