VR-Zone Tech News for the Geeks Nov 2011 Issue 2


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  1. 1. November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneseen when notebooks powered by GeForce 600M will hit retail For a 4K home theatre like this one, you can expect it to haveshelves - most likely in early Q1 2012. a hefty price tag. Yes, the Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector has an SRP of S$31,999 (before GST), and will be available in Singapore in March 2012.Sony Singapore introducesVPL-VW1000ES worlds first4K home theatre projectorSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-introduces-vpl-vw1000es-world-s-first-4k-home-theatre-projector/13918.htmlNovember 13th, 2011For those of us who want to enjoy 4K movie screening, wecould go to cinemas like Golden Village Vivocity that areshowing that. Well, it looks like Sony Electronics Asia Pacific isbringing the experience to homes when the company unveiledthe worlds first 4K home theatre projector in Singapore today. "Sony has delivered professional 4K digital projector globallyThe VPL-VW1000ES is not only 3D-capable but is also capable to cinemas. Our overall shipping quantity for 4K digitalof displaying stunning images. cinema projectors have reached 10,000 units. We are the only company to offer a full range of 4K products and end-to- end solutions for 4K," said Tsuyoshi Nagata, general manager of Presentation Display, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. Hard drive supplies to run dry while Thailand stays wet Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hard-drive-supplies-to-run-dry-while- thailand-stays-wet/13916.html November 13th, 2011 The flood in Thailand caught manufacturers off guard, butThe VPL-VW1000ES is Sonys flagship home theatre projector damages and losses are more than initially analysed. Thethat incorporates the new SXRD 4K panel, which can produce outlook of the hard disk supplies are grimly forecasted to runoutstanding contrast and 2,000 ANSI-lumens brightness. out at the end of the year, leading to backlash in the firstIt boasts an incredible 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast when quarter of 2012.combined with Sonys Iris3 technology, and can producescreen sizes of up to 200-inches (diagonally) for superbcinematic viewing in the comforts of the home.On top of that, the VPL-VW1000ES features Sony’s exclusiveSuper Resolution 4K upscaler “Reality Creation” thatenhances all content – standard definition or high definition,2D or 3D – to higher definition true 4K (DCI Format: 4096x 2160p) picture signals. This means that even if you areplaying Blu-ray content at 1080p, you can choose to upscalethe resolution to 4K without significant loss in details. It alsocomes with a built-in IR transmitter for Full 4K 3D that drivesthe projector’s TDG-PJ1 USB-chargeable active shutter 3Dglasses for an immersive 3D experience. 17
  2. 2. November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIt is no surprise that hard drive prices are increasing to the Performance and pricing are both expected to be right intune of 10 to 60 percent as a result of the flood which crippled between GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570. This could mean pricingfactories of hardware manufacturers for weeks. Now a report in the ~$280 region, essentially competing with overclockedshows that the supply of storage devices may run out. Radeon HD 6950 2GB variants. However, our sources suggest the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core will be a very limited edition withAnalyst Gus Richard of Piper Jaffray Investment Bank less than ten thousand units available worldwide. AICs arecommented that this shortage of hard drives may occur at free to use non-reference designs and we can also hope theythe end of November, and that tech industrial leaders aren’t can do something to adequately differentiate the 448 coresproactive enough to take stock of the situation. nomenclature from the six other GTX 560 cards, while stocksJust a few months ago, the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan last.became the earliest reminder this year of the weakness that theglobal supply chain possesses, decapacitating car componentfactories and inducing a major loss. Smartphone and tablets"Nobody seems to be really paying attention. Everyone expected to drive globaloverreacted to the disaster in Japan. And now I think theyreunderreacting," he mentions. increase in Wi-Fi hotspots Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/smartphone-and-tablets-expected-to-While current analysis shows PC manufacturers are already 60 drive-global-increase-in-wi-fi-hotspots/13915.htmlmillion hard drives behind the demand of 180 million units, November 13th, 2011the shortage situation will become more dire in Q1 2012.In a note by Piper Jaffray, they mention "While it is difficultto calculate, we would estimate that limited drive availabilitywill reduce PCs sales by 10-20M units over the next couple of The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has published aquarters with 2.5M to 7.5M in demand destruction and 7.5M report on the state of the global public Wi-Fi hotspot market.to 12.5M in deferred purchases." The WBA is an industry association with a focus on driving next-gen Wi-Fi experience and consists of leading technology companies and mobile operators such as Google, Cisco, AT&T and StarHub.GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core With a comprehensive survey of more than 250 servicespecifications leaked providers and Wi-Fi vendors included in the report, it concluded that there will be a 350% increase in the number ofSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/geforce-gtx-560-ti-448-core- global public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2015.specifications-leaked/13917.htmlNovember 13th, 2011 Some of the key points mentioned in the report: • Wi-Fi hotspot numbers are set to grow from 1.3 million this year to 5.8 million by 2015 • Smartphone connections to Wi-Fi hotspots are expected to overtake laptops. On a global basis, laptops currently account for 48% of connections to hotspots, whileLast month, we first broke news of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core. smartphones and tablets stand at 36% and 10%Sweclockers have now leaked detailed specifications for the respectively.upcoming GTX 560 Ti 448 Core. As revealed before, the GTX • Mobile data growth is a key factor to the rapid build-560 448 is indeed a crippled GTX 570. However, surprisingly, out of Wi-Fi hotspots. Its impact is mitigated primarilyit features identical clocks to the GTX 570, and reportedly through new pricing strategies and Wi-Fi-based offload.a slightly higher clocked memory despite featuring the same320-bit memory interface.Last month, we first broke news of the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core.Sweclockers have now leaked detailed specifications for theupcoming GTX 560 Ti 448 Core. As revealed before, the GTX560 448 is indeed a crippled GTX 570. However, surprisingly,it features identical clocks to the GTX 570, and reportedlya slightly higher clocked memory despite featuring the same320-bit memory interface.That means the GTX 560 Ti features 730 MHz core, 1460 MHzshaders. Like the vanilla GTX 570, the 560 Ti 448 features1280 MB memory, albeit mated to 3.8 GHz GDDR5 as opposedto 3.6 GHz for the GTX 570. Disabling one SM saves the GTX560 Ti 448 9W for a "max power consumption" of 210W - afull 40W higher than the original GTX 560 Ti. 18
  3. 3. November 13th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIt is obvious that one primary driver of Wi-Fi hotspot growth ismobile operators keen to offload the tsunami of data generatedby increasingly ubiquitous smartphones and tablet devices. Indeed, these devices are set to eclipse Wi-Fi consumption bylaptops on a per connection basis.Cumbersome authentication was identified as one of thebarriers towards greater adoption and use of public Wi-Fi hotspots. However, this is expected to be overcome byNext Generation Hotspots (NGH) currently trialed aroundthe world. NGH allows users to roam between cellularand Wi-Fi networks seamlessly, using their handsets SIMauthentication, and looks set to be the driving force behindpublic Wi-Fi hotspot deployments."The findings show we are about to enter the golden ageof public Wi-Fi with hotspot deployments set to soar. Fixedoperators are extending broadband services beyond the homeand office, and Wi-Fi is supporting busy mobile broadbandnetworks," says Chris Bruce, Chair of the WBA and CEO, BTOpenzone in a prepared statement. "Next Generation Hotspottrials are making inroads in the remaining barriers and bycracking the code of a simple, secure user experience hotspotuse will continue to soar."The full report "Global Developments in Public Wi-Fi WBAIndustry Report, 2011" can be downloaded here(pdf). 19
  4. 4. November 16th, 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.Epson SITEX PromotionsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/epson-sitex-promotions/13984.htmlNovember 16th, 2011Here are some promotions from Epson for the upcomingSITEX Show, giving a boost of productivity to your homeor office printing needs. Check out the products at C2O The Epson CX17NF caters to home and small business usersCorporation (booth 5D41) and Harvey Norman (booth 6B30). with its colour scan, copy, fax and print abilities. Besides its manual duplex printing and multiple-up printing functions, itEpson AcuLaser-MX14 (Monochrome 3 in 1) can also to improve productivity by handling multiple queued jobs courtesy of the printer’s high memory capacity, producing high quality outputs every time. Retail Price: S$545 SITEX Show Price: TBA Epson ME Office 535The Epson AcuLaser-MX14 monochrome 3-in-1 printer istargeted at home and small business users, and provides cost-efficient high-quality prints, touting a print speed of up to 24pages per minute. It also features manual duplex and multiple-up printing functions in addition to your scanning and copyingneeds.Retail Price: S$218SITEX Show Price: TBA The Epson ME Office 535 is the world’s smallest all-in-one printer, measuring just 30cm by 39cm by 14.5 cm, which helps to conserve valuable work space and staying out ofEpson AcuLaser-CX17NF (Colour 4 in 1) the way while performing its duties flawlessly. Thanks to the Micro Piezo printer head and the Epson 141 INKdividual catridges, running costs are kept as low as S$0.50 per page (monochrome) and quality is maintained despite the printer’s remarkable size. It even has a 1.44-inch LCD screen to accommodate direct photo printing needs. Retail Price: S$148 1
  5. 5. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSITEX Show Price: TBAEpson ME Office 900WD Enjoy more than just your favorite TV programs in a smart way. Featuring a full High Definition (HD) 1080P resolution, the Samsung 40" SMART LED TV provides endless entertainment with Internet@TV, LED light dimming to adjust brightness to the comfort of your home, USB support (JPEG, MOVIE), Anynet+ support for universal remote control, and DLNA compatible, all packed in a slim and elegant design of a 40” screen. Retail Price: S$1,999The Epson ME Office 900WD features maximum cost SITEX Special Price: TBAsavings as it uses Epson 143 INKdividual Cartridges thatallows separate replacement of depleted cartridges, optimizing Samsung 46" 3D SMART LED TVink usage and replacement. Built-in duplex and all-in-onefunction maximises the cost-effectiveness of the printer,coupled with WiFi/Ethernet accessibility for easy multiple-user usage.Retail Price: S$298SITEX Show Price: TBA*Offers avaliable at C2O Corporation (booth 5D41) and HarveyNorman (booth 6B30)AudioHouse SITEX SpecialSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/audiohouse-sitex-special/13980.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 Similar to its smaller brother, this 46" TV features full HD 1080P resolution, Internet@TV, 3D HyperReal engine which redefines your cinematic experience in three dimensional view, Extended PVR to record shows, energy saving capabilities , Skype video call capability, Wide ColourVisit AudioHouse booth (no. 5B20) and check out the fantastic Enhancer Plus which extends the color range and preventdeals for some of the beautiful screens to put in your living white wash-out, DLNA support, and USB support(JPEG,room at this years SITEX show. Be amazed by the clarity and MOVIE).exciting 3D representations on some of these sexy and well Retail Price: S$3,999designed televisions. SITEX Special Price: TBASamsung 40" SMART LED TV Samsung 46" FULL HD LED TV 2
  6. 6. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone SITEX Special Price: TBA Iomega launches eGo Mac edition portable hard drive Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/iomega-launches-ego-mac-edition- portable-hard-drive/13982.html November 16th, 2011 Iomega has recently launched their eGo Mac edition portable hard disk which not only looks stylish, but it also packs plenty of storage space. Like its Helium portable hard drive and the Iomega Mac companion hard drive siblings, the eGoAction movie addicts will love the 100Mhz Motion Plus Mac edition is also formatted in HFS+ for compatibility withfeature which smoothens the motion picture and reduces blur; Maccomputers, making it a perfect complement to Apple’sAuto-adjusting LED Backlight; iDTV which is an integrated notebooks and desktops.digital system that comes with MPEG4 AVC decoder anddigital tuner; as well as Content Library which is preloadedinformative programs and games. Instead of booting upyour PC to assess basic information on the Internet, thetelevision’s InfoLive allows you to view news, weather andstock information quickly, all at a key press. WISELINK Progives access to your media devices such as video cameras,laptops and digital cameras for output on screen. It also comeswith DLNA support, DNIe Pro and Anynet+ support.Retail Price: S$1,999SITEX Special Price: TBASamsung C9000 3D SMART LED TV Iomega has recently announced the completion of its new Mac-oriented hard drive line with the launch of the new eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive, a mobile stylish drive with huge storage that can withstand drops and still easy to bring along in a briefcase. Combined with the recent launches of the Iomega Helium portable hard drive and the Iomega Mac Companion hard drive, the company now has a complete new line of portable and desktop hard drives for Mac users. All three new drives are formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers. Available in 500GB and 1TB capacities, the new black Iomega eGo Mac Edition has two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 connector for fast performance and versatile connections. It also comes with a Drop Guard Case to help protect the drive from drops of up to two metres. The eGo Mac Edition portable hard drive requires no external power supply and comesMeet the best of them all. The Samsung C9000 3D SMART complete with three cables - USB 2.0, FireWire 800, andLED TV is equipped with full HD 1080P resolution, FireWire 800-FireWire400 adaptor cables. The new IomegaInternet@TV, 3D HyperReal engine, 800 Clear Motion Rate Helium portable hard drive is available in 500GB and 1TBfor smooth performance at all times, Extended PVR Feature, capacities, and has one USB 2.0 port and a durable aluminumDLNA support, USB support (JPEG, MOVIE), SRS Theater case, giving mobile users and others peace-of-mind whenSound for a complete cinematic audio experience, all packed traveling. The Helium portable hard drive requires no externalinto a irresistibly slim and sexy design. power supply, and comes complete with one USB 2.0 cable.Retail Price: S$12,888 Comes in 2TB and 3TB capacities, the new Iomega Mac Companion hard drive utilizes a fast 7200rpm 3.5-inch hard 3
  7. 7. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonedrive in a space-saving design that fits perfectly on the base vicinity. Users will be able to post interesting activities orof the Apple iMac or Apple monitor. The stylish silver and events in their location for others nearby to see what they see,black drive includes two FireWire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port or even check it out in person.and a two port integrated USB2.0 hub that lets you connect To create a feecha on the map, you just need to take a videomultiple devices such as a printer or other external storage or photo of the activity, upload it to the app and share it withdevice. It also comes complete with one FireWire 800, one a short comment. Once shared, a feecha will appear on theconversion FireWire 400-800, and one USB 2.0 cable. The map; the more popular the story is on the app, the bigger andMac Companion features the first-of-its-kind high powered more alive the feecha becomes. Feechas feed on attention toUSB charging port for the Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod, and the grow and breed – it is "survival of the most interesting". Theycharging port is a high-powered 2.1 amp hookup that makes it grow and change colour depending on the number of views,easy and convenient to charge your Apple devices. comments and shares they receive. However, feechas that stopPricing and Availability attracting attention will slowly shrink and fade away, clearing space for the better and stronger.The new Iomega eGo Mac Edition is available worldwide in500GB model at S$229 and 1TB model at S$290. The new The potential uses for the app are varied and wide – fromIomega Helium portable hard drive is available worldwide in unsigned bands promoting their gigs; teenager organizing aa 500GB model at S$165 and 1TB model at S$253. The new casual game of footie with his neighbours; a foodie sharing herIomega Mac Companion hard drive is available worldwide in favourite restaurants new dish; to alerting others nearby thata 2TB model at S$369 and a 3TB model at S$533. All three something is on sale. Feecha is free to download for all iPhoneproducts will be retailing in Apple Stores by mid-November users with iOS running at 4.2 and above. Users can downloadand include a three-year warranty with registration. it on the Apple App Store, iTunes or via www.feecha.com. The Ching Chong Group plans to roll out the Android version of feecha soon.Feecha for iPhone lets yousee what is happening in your HP unveils Folio13 Ultrabook,vicinity Pavilion dm4 and ENVY15Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/feecha-for-iphone-lets-you-see-what-is-happening-in-your-vicinity/13981.html notebook PCsNovember 16th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-unveils-folio13-ultrabook-pavilion- dm4-and-envy15-notebook-pcs/13961.html November 16th, 2011With this feecha iPhone app, you can share or view interestingactivities or events that are happening in the area. The feechawill appear on the map once it has been posted and thehigher the popularity of the news, the feecha will become more With various laptop manufacturers coming up with theiralive. Ultrabooks, HP has also introduced theirs, which comes in the form of Folio13, designed for prosumers. The company also announced the new HP Pavilion dm4 and dm4 Beats Edition, as well as the ENVY15 laptops. Earlier this week, HP Singapore treated the local media to a special preview of the Folio13 Ultrabook, Pavilion dm4 and ENVY15 laptops. Please note that the images are of pre- production units and not the final retail versions, and that the laptops that are shown here that have matte display, the retail units should come with glossy HP BrightView screens instead. HP Folio13Creative-technology studio developing mobile applicationsand games, Ching Chong Group, has announced the launchof feecha, a mobile tool that allows users to locate interestinghappenings in the vicinity. Conceived and programmedentirely in Singapore, feecha brings the local and socialnetworking scene to the next level by allowing users to sharenoteworthy information and broadcast it to users in the 4
  8. 8. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone HP ENVY15HP has also jumped into the Ultrabook wagon andunveiled the Folio13, which is the companys first Ultrabook. The HP ENVY15 is designed from the ground up, with an all-However, it isnt the lightest one we have seen, weighing metal chassis and round edges in black and silver finish. The1.5kg, and measuring 0.75-inch thin. The Ultrabook is company has also included subtle red details (from the reddesigned for prosumers, which mean business professionals LED surrounding the keyboard) to reflect the signature Beatsand consumers, and features a sleek metallic chassis, 13.3-inch Audio collaboration. Featuring 15.6-inch full high definitionhigh definition (HD) BrightView display and backlit keyboard. display, the ENVY15 boasts 9.25 hours of battery life on SSDThe HP Folio13 will come with either Intel Core i3 and Core i5 (and 8 hours of battery life on the hard disk variant). It alsoprocessor flavors, Intel Rapid Start technology for fast system offers optional 3x3 wireless technology for superior wirelessresume while having long battery life, and 128GB SSD for performance, advanced proximity sensor technology, and faststorage. According to HP, the Ultrabook will also come with boot-up in 21 seconds, turn on sleep mode in three secondsoptional Trusted Platform Module (TPM), though that will and resume work in one second. Incorporating Beats Audiobe at a later date. The HPFolio13 is scheduled to be available technology, the ENVY15 comes with six speakers and twoin Singapore from December with a starting price tag of US$1,099. 5
  9. 9. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofers. The HP ENVY15 will beavailable from December at a starting price of US$1,499.Asus readying Rampage IVFormula for LGA-2011Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-readying-rampage-iv-formula-for-lga-2011/13978.htmlNovember 16th, 2011It appears that Asus has more motherboard coming based onIntels X79 chipset and its next model will be the RampageIV Formula, a more affordable sibling to the Rampage IVExtreme. This move makes sense considering the price tag ofthe Rampage IV Extreme and in all fairness; the two boardshave slightly different target markets as the Rampage IVFormula is more of a gamers board than its more expensivesibling.It appears that Asus has more motherboard coming based onIntels X79 chipset and its next model will be the RampageIV Formula, a more affordable sibling to the Rampage IVExtreme. This move makes sense considering the price tag ofthe Rampage IV Extreme and in all fairness; the two boardshave slightly different target markets as the Rampage IV Most of the other features are cost savings, such as a pair ofFormula is more of a gamers board than its more expensive PCI Express x1 slots instead of that fifth x16 slot and a x1 slot,sibling. four DIMM slots, a simpler cooler design which were happy to say is using a passive heatsink and a few cuts when it comesSadly we dont have a top-down view of the board, so its not to connectivity options such as only two front USB 3.0 ports.entirely clear what has been changed. However, the Rampage The rear I/O is fairly similar, but the Bluetooth dongle is gone,IV Formula has some features that you wont find on the but you still get a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0Rampage IV Extreme, such as a new audio design which has a ports, two eSATA ports, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channelsmall part of the PCB isolated to reduce EMI interference. Asus audio with optical S/PDIF out and a clear CMOS and ROGtook the opportunity to add a rather pointless but interesting connect button.looking backlight to the PCB to highlight the separate audioarea. Asus has also added a massive 1,500uF capacitor to The rumour also has it that Asus is working on a Rampage IVthe audio circuitry which the company claims will somehow Gene, i.e. a mATX LGA-2011 R.O.G. motherboard, althoughimprove the audio quality thanks to reduced ripple. neither model has a firm launch date at the moment. This brings Asus total board count for the LGA-2011 platform up to eight boards, thats a few too many in our opinion as the platform isnt likely to gain a major uptake among consumers until at least the more affordable quad core Core i7-3820 which were hearing has been pushed even further back now and is not expected to launch in January. Check out the source for a slide deck detailing a few more of the features of the Rampage IV Formula. Fujis interchangeable lens camera leaked Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/fuji-s-interchangeable-lens-camera- leaked/13977.html 6
  10. 10. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 16th, 2011 The camera which might end up being known as the LX looks quite large, as in one of the pictures its being held by a person and the size of the camera compared to the hand makes it look a fair bit larger than the most recent generation of m4/3 cameras from Olympus and NEX cameras from Sony. That said, this is likely to be a Lecia competitor looking atTheres no doubt that every camera manufacturer wants a slice all the manual control dials fitted to it and the sort of classicof the new interchangeable lens market and most recently rangefinder look. The rumour mill also suggest that we canNikon entered it with its 1-series of cameras that uses a expect an 18mm f/2 pancake lens, a 35mm f/1.4 lens, a 60mmsmall sensor and a CX mount. Around the same time, Fuji lens and some kind of zoom lens. Its highly unlikely that theannounced it was working on its own interchangeable lens Fuji LX will end up in a price range that most of us can casuallycamera, although not much has been known about it, well, that go and buy one, but it will be interesting to see if Fuji canwas until now as several pictures of a not quite finished camera carve out a niche for itself in the high-end interchangeable lensand a couple of lenses has made its way onto the web. camera market.Theres no doubt that every camera manufacturer wants a sliceof the new interchangeable lens market and most recentlyNikon entered it with its 1-series of cameras that uses asmall sensor and a CX mount. Around the same time, Fujiannounced it was working on its own interchangeable lenscamera, although not much has been known about it, well, thatwas until now as several pictures of a not quite finished cameraand a couple of lenses has made its way onto the web. AMD refreshes FM1 Athlon, tweaks prices Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-refreshes-fm1-athlon-tweaks- prices/13976.html November 16th, 2011So far the only camera maker that hasnt joined the fray isCanon, although the company is rumoured to have something AMD has quietly released a new Athlon CPU for Socket FM1 -up its sleeve. Fuji has gone around things in quite a different Athlon II X4 651. As the branding suggests, it is a significantway from Nikon and the company has officially said it will be update to the previous Athlon II X4 631, featuring a clocklaunching a high-end interchangeable lens camera that offers speed of 3.0 GHz. The 651 is expected to match the AM3+better image quality than anything else in its class. The leaked socket Athlon II X4 650, outperforming it in cache boundpictures do give away the fact that this is something quite applications. In addition to the new release, AMD has adjusteddifferent and builds on Fujis FinePix X100 in as much as the prices for A-Series and FX-Series products.body design appears to be similar and most importantly, it has AMD has quietly released a new Athlon CPU for Socket FM1 -what appears to be a hybrid viewfinder. Athlon II X4 651. As the branding suggests, it is a significant update to the previous Athlon II X4 631, featuring a clock speed of 3.0 GHz. The 651 is expected to match the AM3+ socket Athlon II X4 650, outperforming it in cache bound applications. In addition to the new release, AMD has adjusted prices for A-Series and FX-Series products. The Athlon 651 features a TDP of 100W and is basically Llano with its GPU disabled. Interestingly, it is the highest clocked Llano CPU yet. Priced at $92, it will slightly outperform the $139 A8-3850 in terms of CPU performance. Of coures, the A8-3850 does include a 400SP GPU within the same TDP. The A4-3300 and A4-3400 received insignificant $2 cuts, down to $64 and $69 respectively. The A6-3500, the only tri- 7
  11. 11. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecore Llano APU, is down to $85 from $89. The last SKU to get announce that its entire line-up of handsets from the past yeara price cut is the FX-6100, down to $155. will be upgraded and we have a feeling that not many of their competitors will follow suit.Report: AMD Wichita/KrishnaAPUs canceled If you happen to own one of Sony Ericssons Xperia handsets that was launched this year, then we have some good news forSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-wichitakrishna-apus- you, the company has decided to upgrade its entire 2011 rangecanceled/13975.html of Xperia handsets as well as the Live with Walkman modelNovember 16th, 2011 to Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony Ericsson is the first company to announce that its entire line-up of handsets from the past year will be upgraded and we have a feeling that not many of their competitors will follow suit. In reality the upgrade shouldnt be overly complex, that is unless the handset maker has done a lot of customizations toThe successor to AMDs Brazos platform - Deccan - has been the OS. Even so, Sony Ericsson has its own UI modificationreportedly canceled. Codenamed Wichita and Krishna APUs called Timescape which should be making an appearance inwere set to succeed Zacate (E-Series) and Ontario (C-Series) Android 4.0 as well, so its not as if youre just getting a bogrespectively. Last month, news about the Brazos 2.0 refresh standard release of the OS. One of the reasons many Androidwas leaked fueling doubts regarding the future of Wichita and handset makers dont release updates for their phones whenKrishna, so this move was not entirely unexpected. a new OS version comes is that they dont have the software engineering resources to put aside, with the other more likelyThe successor to AMDs Brazos platform - Deccan - has been reason set to be that they want to sell new handsets. Even so,reportedly canceled. Codenamed Wichita and Krishna APUs as a consumer you feel kind of cheated if you end up getting awere set to succeed Zacate (E-Series) and Ontario (C-Series) new handset just ahead of a new major release of Android andrespectively. Last month, news about the your handset maker doesnt offer any kind of upgrade scheme.Wichita and Krishna were set to be fabbed at 28nm.SemiAccurate suggests the cancelation is due to the delay of The models from Sony Ericsson that are getting the upgradeGlobalfoundries 28nm process. However, previous rumours treatment are the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperiasuggested these APUs might be fabbed at TSMC, just like neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, XperiaBrazos platform APUs, and they would be ready with 28nm active, Xperia ray and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.Bulk before Globalfoundries. The only model not getting upgraded that was released this year is the W8 Walkman phone, but this came with an olderWhatever the reason, Brazos 2.0 will now have to hold ground version of Android and different hardware to start with, so wetill the Kerala platform - or an evolution of it - arrives, can cut Sony Ericsson some slack here. The announcementpreviously expected in 2013. Hopefully, with Deccan platform didnt include any specific dates, just that the company willout of the way, AMD will be able to pull in Kerala - which get cracking on getting Android 4.0 up and running on theseincludes Kabini APUs - to meet closer to the much anticipated models as quickly as possible once its released by Google.Windows 8 release. No doubt the Kerala platform will powera wide range of ultraportable devices from tablets to lowaffordable ultrabooks (or high end netbooks). It is clear that Dell Singapore unleashes XPSAMDs new CEO Rory Read is serious about mobile devices,and the successor to Brazos 2.0 will be crucial to AMDs future 14z, a laptop with great designplans. and performance Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-singapore-unleashes-xps-14z-a-Sony Ericsson gets official on laptop-with-great-design-and-performance/13972.html November 16th, 2011Ice Cream Sandwich upgradesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-ericsson-gets-official-on-ice-cream-sandwich-upgrades/13973.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 This Dell XPS 14z may not be the companys first Ultrabook, but it claims to be one of the thinnest full-featured 14-inch laptops that comes with an internal optical drive. It measuresIf you happen to own one of Sony Ericssons Xperia handsets less than an inch thin, with a 14-inch display in a 13-inch formthat was launched this year, then we have some good news for factor, and is designed for business professionals.you, the company has decided to upgrade its entire 2011 rangeof Xperia handsets as well as the Live with Walkman modelto Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony Ericsson is the first company to 8
  12. 12. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone models. It will also be available at next weeks SITEX Show 2011. Lenovo Singapore unveils IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-singapore-unveils-ideapad- u300s-ultrabook/13971.html November 16th, 2011 Lenovo Singapore has announced the launch of their IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook, designed for fashionistas who are looking for a slim and stylish laptop with superb system performance. The U300s Ultrabook will retail starting today, and at next weeks SITEX Show.From its model number, the Dell XPS 14z laptop is 14-inch laptop with a slim form factor and features an internaloptical drive and discrete graphics option. Incorporating astylish design, it claims to deliver superior performance thatcan last business professionals through the day, as well asproviding the leisure for watching movies and videos on itshigh definition (HD) display.Available with second-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7processors, the XPS 14z sports a 14-inch HD WLED screen thatfits into a 13-inch laptop form factor and boasts more thansix hours of battery life. The laptop also come with slot-loadoptical drive and NVIDIA graphics option.The Dell XPS 14z laptop is available today throughwww.Dell.com.sg, and select retail stores at starting prices ofS$1,449 for the Core i5 version, and S$1,749 for the Core i7 9
  13. 13. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Building Better Wi-Fi for your Business Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/building-better-wi-fi-for-your- business/13970.html November 16th, 2011 Wi-Fi usage around the world is literally exploding, as can beThe Lenovo U300s Ultrabook measures 14.9mm thin and evidenced in recent reports of how smartphones and tabletsweighs a mere 1.28kg. It has a 13.3-inch ultra-slim 16:9 are driving global increase in Wi-Fi hotspots. As these verywidescreen HD display, 4GB DDR3 memory and 128GB SSD devices head into corporate networks to jostle with laptops andstorage, and comes equipped with second generation Intel wireless-enabled desktops, businesses are finding themselvesCore i5 and Core i7 processor variants. The U300s also having to support the heavier network load.boasts 10 seconds boot up time with Enhanced Experience2.0 RapidDrive SSD technology, and Intel Advanced Coolingtechnology that allows air to flow in through the keyboardand out from the sides and rear hinge. The company alsoclaims that with Lenovo Long Life Battery, the U300s canoffer up to eight hours of use, or 30 days standby, and LenovoRapidCharge which allows the battery to be charged up to 50%in just 30 minutes.Other features of the Ultrabook include Bluetooth, 802.11nWi-Fi, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors and integrated 1.3-megapixel (720p high definition) webcam. Unlike the ToshibaUltrabook we have seen earlier, this one does not have thefull-size Ethernet port. According to Lenovo, the U300s will To understand more about Wi-Fi use in business, I arrangedalso come with wireless mouse, USB-to-VGA cable, external a meeting with executives from the Ruckus Wireless, a vendorhard disk and external optical drive as accessories, though that specializes in Wi-Fi access points and wireless LANthese will probably be available early next year. Available in (WLAN) management systems.Graphite Gray and limited edition Clementine Orage (whichis the trademark Ideapad color), the Lenovo U300s will retail I first came across Ruckus Wireless in a review published onfrom today with a starting price of S$1,899. Toms Hardware that benchmarked an Access Point (AP) from Ruckus with those from Cisco and Aruba. At that time, the Ruckus AP was the only device capable of exceeding 100Mbps actual throughput, and was heads and shoulders faster in the tests that were conducted. It was no surprise hence that the Sunnyvale, California-based company was tagged by Gartner in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the 2011 Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN infrastructure. Another interesting fact is how the company provides the devices to hook up the IPTV residential gateways for SingTels mio TV service. I spoke with Asia Pacific (APAC) vice president Louis Au, director of APAC marketing Christ Yip and Vasudevan Venkatakrishnan, who is the head of pre-sales in APAC. Deploying Wi-Fi in business To start off our conversation, Au offered a couple of pointers to help businesses roll out a successful wireless deployment. According to him, the two most important factors would be to first define the intended usage of a Wi-Fi network, followed by the implementation of a planning phase. The former entails working out the number of users and determining whether users will be light or heavy users. This 10
  14. 14. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecan sometimes be derived from the physical location for concluded that measuring the actual wireless throughput iswireless access; a school auditorium and a public location for "more important."example, can expect to see far heavier usage than that of a Gigabit Wirelesssmall meeting room. The planning phase should also includethe removal of old Wi-Fi points. Clearly, it is not the case of With faster wireless technology just round the corner, a"the more the better" here, given how too many overlapping number of CIOs and business owners are probably debating onAPs can cause interference issues to arise. the merits of investing in current-gen 802.11n wireless today. For those who are not aware, the Wireless Gigabit AllianceNot all APs are created equal (WiGig) has already published the initial specifications forGiven the sheer number of wireless vendors out there, gigabit wireless in the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum in MayI was naturally curious about what differentiates one AP this year. On this front, all three were unanimous that gigabitfrom another. Venkatakrishnan replied that the companys wireless should not be any deterrence towards companiesproducts can deliver more consistent and reliable throughput rolling out their Wi-Fi infrastructures.than specified by the standards. He told me, "We implement The overall consensus is that 802.11n, "will stay for anothertechnology on top of the standard to deliver the speeds. We four to five years," and will probably also coexist for a littleare able to excel compared to the consumer products, and while with gigabit wireless networks. Au illustrated his pointcompared to other vendors even in the enterprise and business by pointing out that mobile operators will hardly give up onspace." 3G networks immediately even with the introduction of 4G.Yip added that the company had "a lot of feedback" from He did admit however, that it is still too early to talk about abusinesses that start off with "SOHO grade" hardware, migration path. As a final reason why businesses should notimplying that businesses may find themselves stuck with hold back from Wi-Fi deployments today, Venkatakrishnanwireless equipment that lack the features and capacity that says there is a possibility that gigabit wireless could be used asthey require. a complementary technology that is used in tandem with 2.5 GHz and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi.Au pointed out that the cost of buying the wrong AP is veryhigh, in certain organizations such as a school, for example. Businesses interested in products from Ruckus Without specifying brands, Au also added that there are Wireless can contact Ruckus Singapore via emailAPs "out there" which will lower the speed once they hit a SEAsiaSales@ruckuswireless.com or phone at +65 68292319.certain number of users. According to Au, other importantconsiderations when choosing a wireless AP would be itsreliability, ability to deal with interference and maintain agood throughput. SanDisks Christmas OfferAnd unlike many other enterprise vendors, Ruckus maintains Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandisk-s-christmas-offer/13969.htmla shared feature set across its range of products. This means November 16th, 2011that new capabilities found in firmware upgrades are bestowedacross all Ruckus-branded APs. The only difference resides inthe onboard hardware capabilities of an AP - such as whetherit is an indoor or outdoor unit, RF performance, and whetherit has single-band or dual-band support.The misconception about interference SanDisk has a great offer to give away free camera wrapsInterference is a topic one can expect to have to deal for purchase of their SanDisk Extreme or SanDisk Extremewith when it comes to wireless technologies. Unfortunately, Pro UHS-I cards (while stocks last). Take a look at what its allmisconceptions on this front are common. Au asserted to me about.that: "In a room that is devoid of interference, every vendorwill do a good job." The most common misconception aboutinterference, elaborated Yip, is that a strong signal yieldsstrong throughput. This line of thought completely ignoresinterference from neighboring networks however, which coulddecrease performance substantially."You increase the power, you increase noise; the objectiveis to reduce noise," quipped Venkatakrishnan. Given thatneighboring APs are not manageable by you, a better-placedquestion that IT managers should ask themselves is: "How do Ideliver a quality signal with minimum power required, withoutcreating interference and managing interference."Putting paid to the concept of that AP range is all-important;Au says that an AP with an extended range is not alwaysuseful, especially when paired with low-power client devicessuch as a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone. With this in mind, Au 11
  15. 15. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe good people at SanDisk are presenting a greatpiece of Christmas news for professional and enthusiastphotographers alike. With purchase of the 16GB or higherSanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I cards willcome with a protective camera wrap, just for this festive seasonfrom now till December 31st.These memory cards pack a punch, especially the Pro series,which sports a 90MB per second write speed which enablesa continuous string of RAW images shot in burst-mode to berecorded quickly, while the UHS Speed Class 1 rating allowsfor flawless recording of full High Definition video.Its 95MB per second read speed means less time taken totransfer photos from card to computer and more time to do Philips has released a trio of speaker docks in Android flavour,what needs to be done instead. a first ever. It is timely too, as Android platforms already own a big market segment for quite some time now, and yet the amount of accessories and docks designed for these devices are meager compared to the army of gadgets that cater to Apples devices. Capitalizing on this realization, Philips takes the first strike with its flagship AS851 Fidelio using the patented ‘Flexidock’ micro USB connection which slides laterally to accommodate to the wide array of shapes and port configurations on Android devices, while charging the mounted gadget.All these goodness get better with the free camera wrap thatcomes with it. Made of flannelet and Dacron, these wraps willprotect any part of the camera from body to lens by conformingto the various shape and be self-secured by four in-built Velcrotabs.So what are you waiting for? Grab it while stocks last.Philips unveils speaker docksfor Android Upon docking, both devices will pair with Bluetooth via theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/philips-unveils-speaker-docks-for- free Fidelio app and stream music for output through theandroid/13968.html speakers. It is also possible to continue to play music whileNovember 16th, 2011 the Android handset is off the dock, and even represent every sound made by the Android platform when paired, such as message notifications. The AS851 is akin to the DS8500, which works for Apple devices, and shares the same chassis. Its Philips Digital soundAndroid devices finally receive not one but three speaker docks processor and rated 30 Watts output ensures that musicdesigned for the platform, courtesy of Philips. A repackaged is distortion-free and well-heard. All of these features willversion of its iPod-oriented cousin the DS8500, this new kid be under the command of a remote control, which makesin the block seems like a hit from early reports. switching music back and forth a breeze. The two other accompanying docks on release include the mid- range AS351 featuring a 10 Watt output and Dynamic Bass Boost, while the AS111 is a bedside dock sporting an all-round speaker. 12
  16. 16. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone in a chic and pleasing “folding design”, which makes typing on a flat surface easy and holding it in one hand for reading even easier. It shares content to be displayed on your homeSony has something for entertainment devices and even doubles as a universal remoteeveryone this festive season control. Nothing feels like empowering the home with a Sony Tablet S this Christmas.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-has-something-for-everyone-this-festive-season/13967.htmlNovember 16th, 2011This seaonss line-up from Sony proves to be a exciting mix inthe bag, with something for everyone. Read on to find out!Sony Christmas Gift Guide Selections Sony NEX-5N E-mount Camera will capture the spirit of this festive season on the faces of your loved ones with complete clarity using its 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD sensor and its responsive touch screen interface for quick adjustments. Its ultra-lightweight build and interchangeable lenses ensures that you will shoot what you want in the way you want it.Let the W262 MP3 Walkman bring party music to you in itswaterproof and hip design. Powered by an integrated playerthat lets you roam freely without dangling wires, and playing2GB worth of favourites from your collection of music. It isalso the perfect companion for the more athletic ones, or thosewho think they should shed some weight amidst the holidayfeasting that is coming soon. The Sony DPF-C700 Photo Frame is a beautiful way of keeping and displaying memories of your family and friends from this holiday season through its 7-inch WVGA Clear Photo LCD. Swarovski Crystals grace the frame and you can be sure it will stay a conversation piece all year round too. PricesThe Sony Tablet S will do just about everything a child to a W262 MP3 Walkman: S$129senior citizen would want it to. Be it reading, gaming, playingmusic, surfing the Internet, to even video conferencing; all Sony Tablet S: S$798 13
  17. 17. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSony NEX-5N E-mount Camera: S$1299Sony DPF-C700 Photo Frame: S$149Belkin Christmas PromotionSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/belkin-christmas-promotion/13966.htmlNovember 16th, 2011Boost your connectivity with friends and family in a stylishway (without the lag) this festive season with Belkin ChristmasPromotions. The N300 Wireless N Router will be a great Christmas giftSeamless Gaming, Video And Voice Conferencing, All At The for any family looking to improve their home connectivity inSame Time the most cost effective and productive manner with its special coverage pattern that will reach across the household better, a distinct difference from traditional donut-shaped flat coverage pattern of other routers. Light And Mobile ConnectivityThis Belkin N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router will letyour family members speak to loved ones overseas with theirfavourite video conferencing program, stream music, and playthe latest online multiplayer games all at the same time withthe smooth performance. Experience lag-free connectivity ofup to 300Mbps at 2.4Ghz or 450Mbps at 5Ghz. Share your connectivity with others with the N150 and the N600 Wireless USB Adapter this season. Enjoy up to 150MbpsCost Effective Connectivity with the N150 or dual-band speed of 300Mbps on the N600 on your favourite devices. Prices N750 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router: S$229 N300 Wireless N Router: S$59 N150 Wireless USB Adapter: S$27 N600 Wireless USB Adapter: S$54 14
  18. 18. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSingTel announces skoob, November 16th, 2011Singapores first e-bookserviceSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-announces-skoob-singapore-s-first-e-book-service/13965.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 Now that we finally have gotten past the official launch of Intels new platform, we thought wed talk a little bit about the details of Intels Patsburg chipset, of which the X79 is the first product to arrive in the market. As many of you already knows, Intels X79 chipset isnt exactly what the company had in mind initially and Intel had to cut back on the feature count not once,SingTel has announced the launch of skoob, which but twice. However, the resulting product is little more than aclaims to be Singapore’s first e-book service that not glorified P67 chipset and it doesnt look set to change.only offer international best sellers, but also works of localwriters, study guides and educational books for local primary Now that we finally have gotten past the official launch ofand secondary school students. Intels new platform, we thought wed talk a little bit about the details of Intels Patsburg chipset, of which the X79 is the first product to arrive in the market. As many of you already knows, Intels X79 chipset isnt exactly what the company had in mind initially and Intel had to cut back on the feature count not once, but twice. However, the resulting product is little more than a glorified P67 chipset and it doesnt look set to change. For starters the X79 is a power hog; it has a max TDP of 7.8W which should be compared to 6.1W for the 6-series chipsets. However, Intels server version which should be the C600 series of chipsets peak at 6.7W. The only reason that we can see for this is some additional features such as extra USB 2.0 ports, a couple of extra PCI Express x1 lanes, native PCI support, a built in Gigabit Ethernet MAC and audio, but these dont seemSingTel has launched skoob, Singapore’s first e-book service to account for the extra power draw. What we do know is thatthat to offer the works by local writers and local school the disabled SCU is still part of the chipset and its using powerstudy guides and books. At launch, skoob offers more than even though it doesnt offer any functionality.39,000 local and international bestsellers for smartphones, Some reviewers have criticized Intel for the X79 and its lacktablets and PCs. It also claims to be the first e-book service of features, although it seems that very few were aware of theto accept payments in Singapore dollars. For example, fans of much higher price Intel is charging the motherboard makersJohn Grisham can enjoy his novel, "The Confession", at S$9 for what is not only a feature castrated chipset, but also forinstead of S$17.07 at a bookshop. Neil Humphreys’ acclaimed a revision that wont be around for long. As weve reported"Complete Notes" from Singapore is available at S$13.90 previously, Intel is working on a new stepping of the chipset,instead of S$29.90. Skoob also offers a range of classics for free initially for its Xeon platform, but at some stage this revisiondownload, such as Arthur Conan Doyle’s "The Adventures of will make an appearance for the desktop platform.Sherlock Holmes" and Charles Dickens’ "A Tale of Two Cities". The only problem here is that Intel was meant to have its newThe skoob e-book service is available on Apple and chipset revision done and dusted by now, but the companyAndroid tablets and smartphones as a free app. It is also has run into further problems with the SAS interface. As such,available on PCs and Macs using standard browsers. Users Intel has an interim solution here called Patsburg-J, otherwisehave the flexibility to download books on up to five devices known as X79. Patsburg-J might be for Intels Xeon platform,and payments can be made via Singapore credit cards. For but as far as we can tell, its identical to the X79 chipset, bar theSingTel customers, they can choose to have the purchases features mentioned above that Intel didnt bother with for itsconveniently charged to their monthly bills. server platform. Thanks to this move, Intel can still announceFor more information on skoob, and to download the app, its new LGA-2011 and LGA-1356 Xeon parts sometime in Q1please visit www.skoob.com.sg. next year, rather than having to delay the platform further. Were actually quite surprised that Intel has launched such a half finished product, but the story doesnt end here, asIntels Patsburg chipset things get even more complicated. With the new revision ofcontinues to encounter delays the X79 chipset which at the moment we dont know when itll arrive, Intel will allow the motherboard makers to enable theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-patsburg-chipset-continues-to-encounter-delays/13964.html SCU, although only functionality for four SATA 6Gbps ports. However, theres a but coming here and its a bold but with 15
  19. 19. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneexclamation marks and warning signs, Intel isnt guaranteeingthe performance, reliability or data integrity of these ports. Inother words, if the motherboard makers want to chance it, theycan enable the additional four ports and if they end up withmajor support issues, then its on their head.Were really starting to wonder whats going on at Intel, assomething isnt right at the company. Minor erratas arentunusual in this business, but for Intel all of 2011 has been a yearof SATA – and in the case of Patsburg SAS – related problemsthat have caused severe problems to the company. Its alsoworth remembering that the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs are farfrom the final revision, with at least one more stepping coming The M.M.O.7 has no less than 13 programmable buttons, asbefore the Xeon branded Sandy Bridge-EP models launch and well a three position switch and a two position shift buttonmost likely another revision or two later this year to try and for a total of 78 user definable commands. Lets not forget thebring down the power usage of these huge processors. two scroll wheels (one is for your thumb) and the new "5D" button which is a mini joystick thats thumb controlled and can move in four directions as well as being pressed inwards. MadMad Catz Cyborg M.M.O.7 Catz has also added adjustable backlight to the M.M.O.7 whichunveiled apparently can display any of 16 million different RGB colours.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mad-catz-cyborg-m.m.o.7-unveiled/13963.htmlNovember 16th, 2011 Another interesting feature is something Mad Catz call ActionLock which allows the left and right mouse buttons to be auto clicked until unlocked. The M.M.O.7 sports what MadOver the past couple of years weve seen a handful of mice Catz call a "Twin-Eye" laser sensor that offers 25 to 6400dpidesigned for MMOs and now Mad Catz has joined the fray sensitivity and six meters per second tracking with four userwith its Cyborg M.M.O.7 which builds upon is adjustable R.A.T definable dpi settings. For fans of World of Warcraft, Mad Catzseries of mice. However, the M.M.O.7 has been given more has even created a special plug-in that gives you quick and easybuttons than the previous models to apparently make it more access to the button configuration. No word on pricing as yet,suitable for MMOs. as the Cyborg M.M.O.7 isnt expected to arrive until January next year, so no, you cant have one from Santa no matter how good youve been.Over the past couple of years weve seen a handful of micedesigned for MMOs and now Mad Catz has joined the fraywith its Cyborg M.M.O.7 which builds upon is adjustable R.A.T Logitechs Christmas Special Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-s-christmas-series of mice. However, the M.M.O.7 has been given more special/13960.htmlbuttons than the previous models to apparently make it more November 16th, 2011suitable for MMOs.At first glance the most noticeable difference is the newblack and chromed orange colour scheme which makes this avisually more "in your face" product. That said, its been quitetastefully done and it doesnt look garish. As with the otherR.A.T mice from Mad Catz the M.M.O.7 is fully adjustable toallow for a good fit in your hand. It comes with three different Logitech has prepared some Christmas specials for everyonepalm and pinkie grips, as well as a set of weights. this year and it is bound to make both the style-conscious and avid gamers happy. Lets take a look. Gamers For The Win 16
  20. 20. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The Logitech Keyboard Case sets you aside from other tablet users with its keyboard seamlessly designed within the case.Defeat your opponents with the Logitech Gaming Keyboard The precision-cut, aircraft-grade aluminum along with itsG510 this holiday season. Sporting a game panel LCD to high-density padding keeps your iPad 2 scratch-free andkeep your game statistics updated as you fire away, its protected in a stylish way. Bluetooth pairing sets you upcustomizable backlighting keeps you sharp even in the dark, for some smooth typing action in seconds, while its in-builtwhile its 18 Programmable G-keys let you configure your stand props your iPad up for good visibility in one of twomacro key combination beforehand or on-the-fly. Full-speed orientations. This smart and sexy combination is yours at SUSB Multi-Key input executes your every key command with $139.no hesitation. At your disposal with a recommended retailprice tag of S$139. Amaze yourself with the Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones as it changes the way your music collection sounds with its remarkable clarity and excitingly realisticLogitech Gaming Mouse G400 lets you go trigger happy as audio representation, powered by its dual-armature layout.it blazes away at 3600 dpi with consistent response ratio, Experience the audio revelation in isolation away from noisewhich maps your exact hand movement to produce the same by up to 26 dBs with its comfortable and interchangeableamount of cursor travel. Eight programmable buttons give you silicone ear-cushions. Stylish and sturdy case included. Youmany options to execute your opponents, while the durable can now pamper your ears with this S$189 Ultimate Ears 700.build ensures that it lasts long with you in battle to the tuneof 10 million clicks and 500km of travel tested. Surpriseyour enemies by changing from accurate movements to fast 3DMark for Windows 8 toresponse with In-Game Sensitivity Switching. You can own Benchmark Everything:this weapon at just S$49. Smartphones, Tablets,On The Move With Style Laptops, Desktops Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/3dmark-for-windows-8-to-benchmark- everything-smartphones-tablets-laptops-desktops/13958.html 17
  21. 21. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNovember 16th, 2011 November 16th, 2011Futuremark just announced that the company is developinga unified benchmark suite for Windows 8 operating system.Available in 2012, the benchmark currently known as"3DMark for Windows 8" is targeting all Windows 8 platforms,from rare high-end smartphones to commonplace tablets,ultrabooks and desktops. Lenovo introduces Android- Windows hybrid to battle battery life issues Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-introduces-android-windows-The new benchmark is the first to support multiple iterations hybrid-to-battle-battery-life-issues/13959.htmlof DirectX - 9 and 11. This decision was made in order to November 16th, 2011support the variety of devices, which as we all know willrange from high-end smartphones and tablets to ultrabooks,notebooks and desktop PCs. Given the diversity of theplatforms, we had our doubts in complexity of the testscenes. However, Oliver Baltuch, President of FuturemarkCorporation quickly addressed our doubts. The disappointing battery life of the ThinkPad X1 calls for a3DMark for Windows 8 will enable apples-to-apples solution, and Android is Lenovos response. By segmenting thecomparison between ARM and X86 powered devices. Its function of a notebook with two platforms, the company hopesgoing to be quite interesting to compare contemporary ARM to improve battery life with Android-based "Instant Mediaproducts such as Nvidia Tegra or Qualcomm Snapdragon Mode" when less power is needed.versus AMD Fusion and Intel Atom/Core processors.3DMark will continue to feature "Entry", "Performance" and"Extreme" levels of detail, albeit the difference in detail will belarger, as previous "Entry" mode was simply too complicatedfor Intels embedded graphics. One of potential scenarios in3DMark for Windows 8 would be that a tablet user sees all ofthe test scenes, while a graphics processor in lets say Intelsearlier Core i3/i5 processors (Arrandale/Clarkdale) fails to doso.Naturally, the reverse role applies as well, with AMDFusion processors rendering what for instance, QualcommSnapdragon, NVIDIA Tegra or TI OMAP4 cannot.The benchmark is scheduled to debut alongside MicrosoftWindows 8 operating system, probably sometime during 2012. A Lenovo Live Update (which has been removed from the companys website) showed a new ThinkPad X1 Hybrid whichShare & Win - ASUS ROG seeks to address the poor battery life that its predecessor had, by adding a “Instant Media Mode” which is essentiallyRampage IV Extreme (X79) an Android platform resembling that of the IdeaPad K1.Motherboard Giveaway! The "instant-on" mode can switch to Windows 7 when performance and productivity is necessary, but otherwise,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/share--win--asus-rog-rampage-iv-extreme-x79-motherboard-giveaway-/13962.html it boasts 10 hours of web browsing or 8 hours of multimedia experience. Plans to introduce the 13- and 14-inch 18
  22. 22. November 16th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneUltrabooks mid next year were also revealed, priced at US$1,300 and US$800 respectively.Nabi Tablet: Toy? Tablet?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nabi-tablet-toy-tablet-/13955.htmlNovember 16th, 2011The rising technological dominance of tablets and toys While the specs won’t excite any tech geeks, the tablet willconverge as Toys R Us released a tablet to add to their arsenal engage kids with its 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen,of childrens fare. Well thought-out with content control for 4GB of storage, and a 533 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9the child, a durable design and dedicated app store to keep kids processor. It will also connect with Wi-Fi and shoot with itsbusy, will the Nabi tablet cause a stir in Santa Claus sack? 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The key edge that the Nabi tablet has against competing family tablets come from its software, which is completely designed for children. This includes a child-accessible interface which displays big colourful icons leading to a “kiddified” web experience, and a whole host of apps like Fooz kids UniversityToys R Us has released their latest toy, a tablet for kids. which teaches mathematics, design and art oriented appsConsidering the ever growing penetration of the tablet in many that allow for creative exploration, 30 e-Books to encouragemarket segments and its accessibility to all age groups, it reading, and not forgetting support for popular games, allhardly comes as a surprise that child-oriented products will preloaded. The Nabi app store powers the tablet with 500start to surface in popularity. other apps for families who have the appetite for more.The renowned toy manufacturer hired Chinese/American Mommies will not be left out, of course, as the tablet features aWeb 2.0 properties and app developer FUHU to create the “Mommy mode” which unleashes the full Android experienceNabi tablet aimed at educating with fun, and perhaps most without any kind of restriction.importantly, a form of sustainable distraction to free moms The Nabi will satisfy both mother and child as it ships onfrom their children for a moment. From first impressions, a December 1st. Pre-orders can be made at Toy R Us for USvery smart choice of reinforcing the corners of the tablet with $199.99seemingly soft material implies it can take some hard hittingfrom playful or careless children. ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme (X79) Review - Air Overclocking with Core i7-3960X Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-rog-rampage-iv-extreme-x79- review--air-overclocking-with-core-i7-3960x/13950.html 19