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  1. 1. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.Star Wars: The Old Republicfree to play this weekendSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/star-wars-the-old-republic-free-to-play-this-weekend/15248.htmlMarch 14th, 2012 Get out your lightsabers and blasters,because Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWares first foray This is unlikely to happen, however, as Tesco has alreadyinto the world on MMORPGs, will be free to play this blamed the situation on an IT error. It said it would cancelweekend. all of the purchases in question and refund any money paid.Tesco will not honour sales This is not the first time Tesco has made a mistake like this.after 50 pound iPad offer In January 2011 a glitch saw 36 cans of lager go on sale for £11, resulting in the store calling the police to keep order asblunder the shop was crowded with people looking for bargain beer.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tesco-will-not-honour-sales- A similar problem in October saw Terrys Chocolate Orangesafter-50-pound-ipad-offer-blunder/15247.html retail for a mere £0.29.March 14th, 2012 As the shops slogan goes, “Every little helps.” Unfortunately offering an unbeatable deal in error and then taking it away does not help at all.Supermarket chain Tesco has refused to honour sales ofApples popular iPad tablet after it accidentally listed the Teen wins Intel award forprice on its website for £49.99 rather than £499.99. breast cancer researchSupermarket chain Tesco has refused to honour sales of Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/teen-wins-intel-award-for-breast-Apples popular iPad tablet after it accidentally listed the cancer-research/15246.htmlprice on its website for £49.99 rather than £499.99. March 14th, 2012Tesco Direct made the pricing blunder on its website for theiPad Wi-Fi 4G 64GB black model and only spotted the errorafter numerous sales went through. A US teenager has won the top prize of $100,000Customers thought it was their lucky day, with many from the Intel Science Talent Search competition for hisscrambling to purchase the tablet computer for a tenth of groundbreaking research on breast cancer, which couldits retail cost. News spread like wildfire across the internet, revolutionise treatment.eventually crashing the Tesco website as everyone tried to A US teenager has won the top prize of $100,000grab what they thought was a bargain. from the Intel Science Talent Search competition for his groundbreaking research on breast cancer, which could revolutionise treatment.While this is an obvious error it is still a mistake on the partof Tesco, not its customers, so its understandable why manyfeel it should honour the price. 17-year-old Nithin Tumma, from Fort Gratiot, Michigan, was awarded the prestigious first place honours from the 1
  2. 2. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneIntel Foundation after he discovered that certain proteins stores past midnight like M1, so do save the hassle ofin cancer cells could be inhibited to slow their growth and queueing.decrease their malignancy. Giadas Uni-box is a split-The potential benefits of this finding include thedevelopment of a more direct, targeted, effective and less level computer Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/giada-s-uni-box-is-a-split-level-toxic treatment for breast cancer, a goal that many scientists computer/15244.htmlhave been working on for some time. March 14th, 2012 We saw a preview of Giadas Uni-box just ahead of CeBIT and at the show we got a couple of minutes of hands on time with it and theres a reason for the unusually two-tone chassis design, as the Uni-box is made up from two different PCBs. In fact, the main motherboard was never intended forTumma is first in his class of 332, is a varsity tennis player the Uni-box and as such were looking at something of a bi-and does volunteer work for the Port Huron Museum, where product here that worked out to be an interesting product inhe initiated a restoration program for historical and cultural its own right.landmarks, showing that his contributions to society extend We saw a preview of Giadas Uni-box just ahead of CeBITbeyond his scientific research. and at the show we got a couple of minutes of hands on time with it and theres a reason for the unusually two-toneTumma was not the only teen to win awards. Andrew Sushko chassis design, as the Uni-box is made up from two differentand Mimi Yen, both also 17, won second and third place PCBs. In fact, the main motherboard was never intended forrespectively for their developments in tiny motors and the the Uni-box and as such were looking at something of a bi-study of the evolution and genetics of microscopic worms. product here that worked out to be an interesting product in its own right.“We invest in America’s future when we recognize theinnovative achievements of our nation’s brightest youngminds,” said Paul Otellini, President and CEO of Intel.“Hands-on experience with math and science, such asthat required of Intel Science Talent Search finalists,encourages young people to think critically, solve problemsand understand the world around them. Rather than simplymemorizing facts and formulas, or repeating experimentswith known outcomes, this competition engages students inan exciting way and provides a deeper level of understandingin such important but challenging subjects.”SingTel and StarHubannounce new iPad to retailin stores on 16 MarchSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-and-starhub-announce-new-ipad-to-retail-in-stores-on-16-march/15245.htmlMarch 14th, 2012 Giada will offer the Uni-box with a range of CPU options, although the base option which is likely to be the most common one includes a Celeron 857 which isnt exactly a With M1 Limited announcing performance CPU. That said, Core i3, i5 and i7 options willyesterday that the new iPad will hit the stores on 16 March, be available, although as you mightve guessed, the Uni-boxit is only expected that the other two telecommunication uses mobile CPUs which are relatively costly.companies, SingTel and StarHub, would follow shortlywith their own announcements. However, both SingTeland StarHub will not have the iPad launch at their retail 2
  3. 3. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone NTT Docomo unveils SH-06D NERV special edition Android smartphoneThe two halves of the Uni-box are connected via a PCI Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ntt-docomo-unveils-sh-06d-nerv-Express interface and that is how its possible to have things special-edition-android-smartphone/15242.htmllike the DisplayPort and DVI connector on the lower half March 14th, 2012of the Uni-box. The interesting thing here though is thefact that Giada also sells the motherboard on its own andits called the NI-HM65T. The motherboard measures amere 120x128mm and it sports a single SO-DIMM slot, onemSATA slot and a half-size mini PCI Express slot. NTT Docomo in Japan has unveiled the special edition Android smartphone that will launch in June, in conjunction with the "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo" movie. The SH-06D NERV will be showcased at the NOTTV booth at the Anime Expo 2012 (held at Makuhari Messe in Japan) during the weekend, 31 March and 1 April.To the right of the motherboard is an extension PCB thatGiada will offer that adds additional USB ports, a secondHDMI port, a DisplayPort, headset jacks and a couple ofSATA ports. The company can also make custom PCBs forsystem integrators for the NI-HM65T and we might beseeing a wide range of devices based on this motherboardin the future from various companies. We were told thatthe original concept for the motherboard was some kind of The "Eva mobile" was extremely well received when it wasmedia player/streaming TV service STB for China, but we first launched in 2009. And this year, NTT Docomo haswerent told what that product is called, only that it was co- come up with the second "NEXT series SH-06D NERV"developed with Intel. special edition phone, manufactured by Sharp, and will be launched in conjunction with the movie "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo" in June. The Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo is a Japanese animated film directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and Hideaki Anno, and is the third of four movies released in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy, based on the original anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The SH-06D NERV special edition model reproduces the view of the world in the movie with the same concept of "government paramilitary organization NERV". The body 3
  4. 4. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonedesign, built-in content, as well as user interface are made Next up we have the very odd looking TD-W8968 which isto reflect the world of "Evangelion", and is supervised by an all-in-one ADSL2+ modem, router and 802.11b/g/n Wi-the color studio production company. The picture that has Fi access point with a USB 2.0 port for printer or storage/been released only shows the the rear panel of the phone - media sharing. We’re not sold on the looks, but the TP-Linkthe NERV logo, as well as the FeliCa mark. (FeliCa is the representative we spoke to said that it had been popular withcontactless RFID smart card system used in Japan). Details its customers.on pre-orders and other information have yet to be released.The price is rumored to be slightly higher than the originalSharp SH-06D, though the special edition smartphone willonly be available in limited quantity. The SH-06D NERV willbe showcased at the NOTTV booth at the Anime Expo 2012(held at Makuhari Messe in Japan) during the weekend, on31 March and 1 April.TP-Link shows off new line ofrouters and more at CeBITSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/tp-link-shows-off-new-line-of-routers-and-more-at-cebit/15241.htmlMarch 14th, 2012Routers may not be the most exciting piece of hardwarearound, but TP-Link has come up with some new designsthat look a lot more attractive than its current range ofproducts. Besides improved looks, the company has alsoadded much improved performance to some of its upcomingmodels.TP-Link has a bit of an odd mix of new products and starting The next device is a new venture for TP-Link in some ways, asat the bottom of sorts we have the TL-MR3040 which is a the TD-VG3631 offers all the functionality of the TD-W8968,new portable router that has a built in battery which can but adds a second USB 2.0 port and more importantly, it’s abe used to either power a USB 3G modem, or charge USB VoIP gateway with two FXS ports and one FXO port whichdevices. It only sports 150Mbps Wi-Fi, but there’s at least a allows for regular phones to be attached to it so they can beWAN port as well as a USB port, so it can be used to share a used with VoIP services. The TD-VG3631 features a morewired hotel connection as well as operate as a 3G router. business like design, although we’re once again not sure we think it’s an improvement. 4
  5. 5. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The difference between the models are fairly minor, as the TL-WDR3600 is a 300/300Mbps router, whereas the TL- WDR4300 adds 450Mbps support on the 5GHz band and finally the TL-WDR4900 offers speeds of up to 450Mbps on both bands. The company is also offering similar models with built in ADSL2+ modems, but we didn’t catch the model names on those. The final new product on display was the TL-NS210, TP- Link’s first NAS which features a 1.2GHz Marvell processor, space for two hard drives, three USB 2.0 ports with the front port offering direct copying of files via a button and a Gigabit Ethernet port. On the software side the TL-NS210 offers a built in web server as well as the regular media and file sharing features you’d expect from a NAS.Moving on we got three new routers in the same series thatall sports the same design and this time around TP-Link hasdone a much better job, albeit our pictures aren’t the bestthanks to a lot of reflections in the Perspex that was shieldingthe routers from the visitors at the show. The new models arecalled the TL-WDR3600, TL-WDR4300 and TL-WDR4900and all three models sport simultaneous dual-band 802.11nsupport, two USB 2.0 ports and a full set of Gigabit Ethernetports on both the LAN and WAN side. When we quizzed TP-Link about 802.11ac products the company said it will be offering them in due time, but it’s early days yet and they feel that it’s more important to focus on its current range of products. We have a feeling it might not be that long to wait before we see the first 802.11ac devices in the market, but it’s likely that the cost will be fairly high at the start and as such people will stick with 802.11n for quite a while still. 5
  6. 6. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone and then cooled by an external cooling system outside of theBostons Hardcore LSS 200 building. In fact, the heat could actually be extracted andblade server is oil cooled used to heat other parts of the building. Apparently there’sSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/boston-s-hardcore-lss-200-blade- an 80 percent energy saving – in terms of cooling costs – andserver-is-oil-cooled/15240.html a 40 percent cost saving – again in terms of cooling cost –March 14th, 2012 to use a system like this over a traditional air cooled server room. There are of course some major drawbacks of this otherwise superior cooling solution, as for one it’s difficult to clean the components inside the blades, although as each blade is hot- swappable, this isn’t a concern for the customer. Then it’sWe’ve seen a fair few whacky cooling solutions over the the fact that each rack will be heavier than an air cooledyears, but a server cooled by mineral oil is a new one to rack thanks to the oil and extra plumbing needed, so currentus, even though it’s hardly a new idea in itself. Boston was server rooms are often unsuitable for retrofitting for thisdemoing a small unit of its Hardcore LSS 200 blade server type of cooling. Finally it’s quite a complex install due to thesolution at CeBIT which uses custom made enclosures for plumbing requirements for the coolant, again making this anthe slim-line Super Micro blade motherboards, but things unsuitable technology in many current installations.are a lot more complex than that.The idea behind the Hardcore LSS 200 is that current serverrooms are anything but ideal, as they rely on large openspaces with cool air being blown in at floor level and ventedout at ceiling level, not exactly and elegant solution and it’shard to get the cool air to reach the servers in the racks. TheHardcore LSS 200 on the other hand means that there’s noneed for the air conditioning and on top of that, the servercan be packed much denser. However, for a new server room installation, especially in hot and humid countries where a lot more energy is required to cool down and potentially dehumidify the air; this is an excellent solution in the right circumstances. We should mention that the technology was developed by LiquidBlade and not Boston, but Boston has the competence to build installations based on the technology and the Hardcore LSS 200 is a custom solution from Boston based on LiquidBlade’s technology. Just on case our poor description of how it works wasn’t clear enough, have a look at the video and you’ll get a clearer idea of what the advantages of this technology are.Why you ask? It’s because each blade is connected to what OCZ Octane 512GB SSDcan only be described as a plumbing system for the mineraloil, where cool oil enters each of the blades in a rack and Reviewis then being circulated by a small pump inside the blade. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-octane-512gb-ssd-The hot oil exits the blade and the oil from all of the blades review/15238.htmlare extracted out of the server room via a pipeline system 6
  7. 7. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 14th, 2012 • Max Read: up to 480MB/s • Max Write: up to 330MB/s • Random Write 4KB: 26,000 IOPS • Random Read 4KB: 35,000 IOPSIt was a year ago when OCZ decided to acquire Indilinx, amajor designer and manufacturer of SSD drive controllers, NCSoft reveals pre-orderrevealing the company’s medium-to-long term business planto focus a large percentage of their operations on the SSD details for Guild Wars 2 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ncsoft-reveals-pre-order-details-for-drives market. Today we are going to examine the fruits of guild-wars-2/15236.htmlthat merger by testing and reviewing the Octane, the first March 14th, 2012Indilinx-based drive which found its way into our labs afterIndilinx was acquired by OCZ.It was a year ago when OCZ decided to acquire Indilinx, amajor designer and manufacturer of SSD drive controllers,revealing the company’s medium-to-long term business planto focus a large percentage of their operations on the SSDdrives market. Today we are going to examine the fruits of NCSoft has revealed details of its pre-order offers for thethat merger by testing and reviewing the Octane, the first Limited Collectors Edition, Digital Edition and DigitialIndilinx-based drive which found its way into our labs after Deluxe Edition of its highly-anticipated Guild Wars 2Indilinx was acquired by OCZ. massively multiplayer online role-playing game. NCSoft has revealed details of its pre-order offers for theManufacturer features and specifications Limited Collectors Edition, Digital Edition and Digitial Deluxe Edition of its highly-anticipated Guild Wars 2 • Available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities massively multiplayer online role-playing game. • Interface: SATA 6Gbps / Backwards Compatible 3Gbps Anyone who pre-orders will get a guaranteed entry into all • 512MB Onboard Cache beta weekend events, a three-day headstart when the game • Indilinx Infused™ launches, and a Heros Band in-game item, which offers +2 to a variety of stats. • TRIM Support • Background Garbage Collection Support The Digital Edition will feature just the core game and will • Boot Time Reduction Optimization thus be considerably cheaper than other offerings. • AES and Automatic Encryption • SMART Support The Digital Deluxe Edition will feature the game and a • Proprietary Indilinx Ndurance™ Technology number of bonus in-game items, such as the Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill, Rytlock Miniature, Golem Banker, • Low-Latency Seek Time: 0.06ms Read; 0.09ms Write Chalice of Glory (which gives a one-time boost to Glory for • Slim 2.5" Design PvP gear), and a Tome of Influence (giving a one-time boost to influence for guild features). • 99.8 (L) x 69.63 (W) x 9.3 mm (H) • Lightweight: 83g • Operating Temp: 0°C ~ 70°C • Ambient Temp: 0°C ~ 55°C • Storage Temp: -45°C ~ +85°C • Low Power Consumption: 1.98W active,1.15W standby • Shock Resistant up to 1500G • RAID Support • MTBF: 1,250,000 hours • 3-Year Warranty • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32/64 bit), Linux, Mac OSX The Limited Collectors Edition includes all of the above and some real-life items, such as a 10-inch statue of Rytlock, a 112-page “making of” book, a custom art frame, an art512GB Max Performance portfolio with five prints, and a soundtrack CD. 7
  8. 8. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAll of this does not come cheap though, as the current pricetag is £129.99 ($205). Prices for the digital versions werenot revealed, but they should be considerably cheaper, giventhere wont be any physical product to ship. Users alsoneed to take into consideration the lack of subscription feescompared to other MMOs.Players can begin pre-ordering the game on 10 April.Marketing firm causesoutrage over using homelessas wireless hotspotsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/marketing-firm-causes-outrage-over-using-homeless-as-wireless-hotspots/15235.htmlMarch 14th, 2012 The phrasing on the t-shirts alone drew considerable criticism, as it made the homeless people into objects, like a piece of furniture or an electronic device that can be cast aside. Some saw humour in the event, joking that their Wi-Fi hotspots kept wandering out of range of their devices, thusA marketing firm has caused controversy over the hiring of ruining their trades.homeless people to carry mobile Wi-Fi devices at an internetconference in return for small donations.A marketing firm has caused controversy over the hiring of Others thought the idea was ingenious, as it raised questionshomeless people to carry mobile Wi-Fi devices at an internet about how we treat homeless people. One person highlightedconference in return for small donations. how it made them question their feelings about those living in shelters or on the streets.BBH Labs gave 13 volunteers from a homeless shelter Wi-Fidevices, business cards, and a t-shirt bearing their name and Many of the volunteers themselves had no problems with thea message, such as: “Im Clarence, a 4G Hotspot.” project either, with one calling it “an honest day of work and pay.”The volunteers got $20 a day for their work and were allowedto keep any donations made by those who attended the Source and Image Credit: New York Timesconference. BBH Labs called its Homeless Hotspots project a NVIDIA Adds Windows 8 to“charitable experiment,” but with such paltry payments andthe objectification of fellow human beings it is not surprisingthat some were dismayed by the idea. its Drivers Stack Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-adds-windows-8-to-its- drivers-stack/15232.htmlSome onlookers labelled the marketing move as “exploitive,” March 14th, 2012with one person describing it as something from a “darklysatirical science-fiction dystopia.” Others pointed to thehuge divide between the haves and have-nots at the events,with many touting their expensive devices and connecting tothe free Wi-Fi offered by the homeless volunteers. After AMD released its Catalyst beta drivers for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we didn’t have to wait on NVIDIA for too long: the company added Windows 8 to its regular driver update portfolio. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is turning to be the most popular beta program yet, with over a million downloads in the first 24 hours. It will be interesting to see can Microsoft reach 10-15 million downloads in the first month, but in order for that to happen - the companies need to offer new drivers. AMD was the first company out the door to offer a beta version of its Catalyst drivers for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but NVIDIA came out with a very interesting 8
  9. 9. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonerelease today; as of today, the company added Windows 8 toits driver stack. This means that every new release of driversfor GeForce and Quadro boards will be simultaneouslylaunched for both the actual Windows 7/Vista and theWindows 8 Consumer Preview. The case follows recent announcements by Facebook of a plan to go public later this year for a whopping $5 billion. The timing is particularly significant as Yahoo also sued Google before it went public in 2004. Google settled with a transfer of 2.7 million shares, a move which Facebook could also do, though analysts believe it will be more difficult to get money from the social network.According to Bryan Del Rizzo, NV PR, the drivers arejust a quick update to 295.73 drivers, adding support forBlacklight: Retribution. You can read more about it on the Yahoo is facing mounting financial difficulty as it strugglesofficial GeForce page. to remain relevant in a digital age where rivals are quickly advancing new technology and services, leaving the once dominant internet portal in the dark. Layoffs and a boardYahoo sues Facebook over reshuffle have failed to rescue the company and even aalleged patent infringement payout from Facebook will only be a temporary boost until the company starts attracting customers again.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/yahoo-sues-facebook-over-alleged-patent-infringement/15234.htmlMarch 14th, 2012Yahoo has sued social networking giant Facebook over thealleged infringement of 10 of its patents. ARM announces "worlds most energy-efficient"The patents in question relate to messaging, news processorfeed generation, social commenting, advertising display, Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-announces-world-s-most-preventing click fraud and privacy controls, which targets a energy-efficient-processor/15233.htmlnumber of important features in Facebooks service. March 14th, 2012 The 32-bit processor uses just 9µA/MHz on a low-cost 90nm LP process, a third of the energy used by existing 8-bit or 16-"Facebooks entire social network model, which allows users bit processors, while providing a huge boost to performance.to create profiles and connect with, among other things,persons and businesses, is based on Yahoos patented social The chip is aimed at devices like home appliances, medicalnetworking technology,” Yahoo claimed. monitoring, metering, lighting, and motor control devices, areas that are increasingly becoming known as “the Internet of Things.” All of these can benefit from the low-cost, low-Facebook responded by describing the lawsuit as puzzling, power, and high performance offered by the new Cortexsince Yahoo has not made any attempts to settle out of chip.court. It said it was disappointed that a longtime businesspartner resorted to litigation. Interestingly it never deniedthe allegations. 9
  10. 10. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone When considering the purchase of a PC chassis, cases from well known Taiwanese manufacturer Lian Li will often come up for consideration. They offer a whole range of models covering everything from the smallest mini ITX cases to huge full tower cases and everywhere in between. Of course Lian Li offer a variety of Micro ATX cases for different target markets. Here for review we have the PC- V600F, the primary design goal of which is to fit the largest components available into the smallest possible case while keeping compromises to a minimum. It is available in the black color we have here as well as silver or red.The CPU also comes with a number of new features,such as a single-cycle IO to speed access to GPIO andperipherals, improved debug and trace capability, and a two-stage pipeline to reduce the number of cycles per instructionand improve Flash accesses, which further reduces powerconsumption.The Cortex-M0+ employs a model that is particularlysuitable for the C programming language and it featuresbinary compatibility with existing Cortex-M0 processorstools and RTOS. It is also compatible with other ARM The PC-V600F is compact even by mATX case standards.software for Cortex processors. Looking at the dimensions, a height of just 390mm is asFreescale and NXP Semiconductor have already agreed small as it is reasonably possible to make a mATX caseto licence the Cortex-M0+ processor, and considering the without major compromise. At just 190mm wide its alsofact that 50 companies licensed the previous Cortex-M0 thinner than youd expect, so much so that there isntprocessor, we can likely expect to see many other firms show space at the back for a standard 12cm exhaust fan. Lian Litheir support. presumably opted not to use a 80mm fan for noise reasons. The PC-V600F may be small for a mATX case, yet it can takeLian Li PC-V600F Case an oversized PSU, a very long dual or triple slot graphics card and up to five 3.5" and two 2.5" drives within its compactReview frame.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lian-li-pc-v600f-case-review/15201.html SpecificationsMarch 14th, 2012 Model PC-V600F Case Type Mini Tower Chassis Dimensions (W) 190mm x (H) 390mm x (D) 470mm Front Bezel Material Aluminum Color Black / Silver / Red /Lian Li have long been held in high regard in the field of Black ( Internal Black )PC case manufacturing. The PC-V600F mATX chassis we Side Panel Aluminumhave for review is the latest incarnation of their popularPC-V600 series, although it bears little resemblance to the Body Material Aluminumoriginal. This lovely looking little case promises a nice blend Net Weight 5 KGof features and a compact size. Lets see if it can meet our 5.25" Drive Bay (External) 2high expectations. 3.5" Drive Bay (External) NoneIntroduction HDD Bay 3.5” HDD (Sata hot swap) x 5 / 2.5” HDD x 2 10
  11. 11. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneExpansion Slot 4Motherboard Micro-ATX / Mini-ITXSystem Fan (Front) 120mm LED Fan x 2System Fan (Top) 140mm Fan x 1System Fan (Rear) NoneI/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2 / e- SATA x1 / HD Audio Four small rubber feets at the bottom to keep the boxMaximum Compatibility VGA Card length: 370mm grounded during a user-induced earthquake.. PSU length: 240mm CPU cooler height: 150mmASUS Xonar Essence OneReviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-xonar-essence-one-review/14935.htmlMarch 14th, 2012In a market flooded with muddy onboard audio codecs andlaughable "multi-core" DSP effects devoid of actual audio On top of the Essense One, we see the iconic gold "Chime offidelity, ASUS is thankfully one of those companies who have Tiger" totem which also appears on the other Xonar familyinvested quality engineering with the intent of the faithful of sound cards.reproduction of PC audio. Today we take a look at theirflagship S$699 sound card - the Xonar Essence One USBDAC & headphone amplifier.Aesthetics and ConnectivityThe Xonar Essence One has a brushed metal faceplatewith blue LED indicators, silver push buttons (power,upsampling, input selection and mute) and large rheostats/knobs (headphone and speaker volume) at the front. Thereis also a 1/4" headphone out jack which when plugged canstill be driven simultaneously with the speakers. Blue LEDs when switched on. Note that it does take up a considerable amount of space on most desks (261.33 x 230 x 60.65 mm).At the back, we see a variety of input and output options.Besides the usual RCA L/R outputs to connect to 2.0/2.1speakers, the box also includes balanced XLR connectorswhich allows for extended cabling distances. In additionalto the computer USB input, there is the capability to handleCoxial S/PDIF and TOSLINK digital links. A 115/230vvoltage selection switch (why no auto switching?) is alsopresent and the Xonar One takes a ubiquitous C14 powerinlet. 11
  12. 12. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAccessories and documentation included with the DAC (USBcable not in picture). Being positioned as an audiophile classproduct, ASUS could have bundled a thicker power cord witha better AWG rating as audio purists will testify the effectsof resistance on the "energy" of the sound output. When connecting the device to a host over USB it will operate as a USB HID keyboard while simultaneously getting a battery recharge.Elecom unveils the TK-PBL042BK ProjectionKeyboard in JapanSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/elecom-unveils-the-tk-pbl042bk-projection-keyboard-in-japan/15231.htmlMarch 14th, 2012A Japanese company by the name of Elecom is one of thefirst out the gate to introduce a projection keyboard tomarket. The TK-PBL042BK wireless projection keyboardsimply requires nothing more than a flat surface and its hostto carry either USB or Bluetooth connectivity, which means The device itself measures only 38.0 x 29.0 x 75.0 mm andiOS and Android will natively support it. weighs in at a mere 77g without the rechargeable battery (said to provide up to two hours of continuous use).A Japanese company by the name of Elecom is one of thefirst out the gate to introduce a projection keyboard tomarket. The TK-PBL042BK wireless projection keyboardsimply requires nothing more than a flat surface and its hostto carry either USB or Bluetooth connectivity, which meansiOS and Android will natively support it. 12
  13. 13. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe source has indicated that the K-PBL042BK will arrive inearly April. Elecom has priced it at 28,875 JPY which worksout to around US $352.The final stable build ofFirefox 11 arrives todaySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-final-stable-build-of-firefox-11-arrives-today/15230.htmlMarch 14th, 2012 The new Sony Xperia sola claims to incorporate the companys proprietary technology to offer users premium entertainment they want. It features a unique "floating touch" navigation that allows users to browse the web, andLittle more than two months after Mozillas final build of its their home screens by hovering their finger above the screen,"Firefox 10" web browser came out, the official stable version without actually touching it. The smartphone is also NFC-of FireFox 11 is now right on our doorstep with the launch enabled and comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags in thetaking place a little later today. box, which can be personalized with up to 10 commands.Little more than two months after Mozillas final build of its Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xperia sola"Firefox 10" web browser came out, the official stable version sports a crisp 3.7-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIAof FireFox 11 is now right on our doorstep with the launch Engine, xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technologytaking place a little later today. to deliver superb multimedia experiences. It also comesThe final build of FireFox 11 will bring with it a fair chunk with fast capture that allows the phones built-in camera toof new features and performance improvements including activate from sleep in just over a second with a single keysupport for the SPDY protocol, meaning that all pages are press.loaded on SSL with SPDY resulting in speedier and more Comes in black, white and red, the Sony Xperia sola willsecure attributes. be available in Q2 this year, initially with Android 2.3Some other additions include built-in migration tools to Gingerbread. And upgradeable to Android 4.0 ICS duringmake it much easier to port bookmarks and preferences summer 2012. Pricing details not available at press time.across from Googles Chrome browser, a new Add-OnSynchronization tool allowing users to synchronize add-ons between syncd PCs, a stack of more useful developer- Apples new iPads run aoriented tools and last but certainly not least, the inclusion higher bill of materials, offerof Adobe Flash support on devices running Android 2.3 andearlier. Mozilla has said that Flash support will arrive for better value Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-s-new-ipads-run-a-higher-bill-Android 3.0+ running devices in a later release. of-materials-offer-better-value/15229.htmlKeep an eye out here for the stable build of Firefox 11 folks. March 14th, 2012It will likely pop up within the next 8 hours or so.Sola joins the ranks in SonyXperia family Its been revealed that Apples bill of materials (BOM) on theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sola-joins-the-ranks-in-sony-xperia- new iPad is heftier than some may have previously thought;family/15228.html this despite Apple keeping its latest range of tablets at theMarch 14th, 2012 same respective price points as their predecessors. Its been revealed that Apples bill of materials (BOM) on the new iPad is heftier than some may have previously thought; this despite Apple keeping its latest range of tablets at the same respective price points as their predecessors.The Sony Xperia S was announced in Singapore last week, The 16GB 4G version of the latest iPad is estimated to be USand today, the company has introduced the new addition $310 which is substantially higher than the 16GB iPad 2 (USto the Xperia range of smartphones - the Xperia sola. The $270). The biggest factor in the higher cost of build wouldAndroid smartphone features "floating touch" navigation inevitably be due to the higher res (2048 x 1536) screen,for web browsing without touching the screen, Near Field estimated to come in at about US $70 alone (about $20Communication (NFC) to launch apps and other actions via higher than the iPad 2s). Then theres other factors like theXperia SmartTags, and sports a Reality Display with Mobile bulkier battery (US $8 higher), the US $5 dearer camera andBravia engine for brilliant image display. the A5X processor at US $28 (close to double that of the A4 used in the first-gen iPad). 13
  14. 14. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe lower margins as a result of the increased BOM equate Square Enix will release the game outside of Japan orto a 6% dip from 57% for the original iPad to 51% on the even an English version of it.new model. So if youre thinking iPad pricing is still way tooinflated, at least you can rest assured if you pick up a third-gen model youre literally getting better bang for your buck Sony Singapore introducesversus its predecessors. Alpha 57 with 12fps continuous shooting and FullM1 Singapore to offer new HD 50p recordingiPad on 16 March Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-singapore-introduces-alpha-57-Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/m1-singapore-to-offer-new-ipad- with-12fps-continuous-shooting-and-full-hd-50p-recording/15225.htmlon-16-march/15227.html March 14th, 2012March 14th, 2012 The new iPad was unveiled last week,which features a high resolution Retina Display, A5X Sony Singapore has announced the Alpha SLT-A57, theprocessor, 5-megapixel iSight camera and supports 4G LTE. successor to the Alpha SLT-A55, which boasts 12fpsSingapore telecommunication company, M1 Limited, has continuous shooting and Full HD 50p (PAL) recording. Theannounced that the mobile device will retail in M1 stores on SLT-A57 will be retailing in Singapore next month.16 March, this week.Final Fantasy III comes toAndroid, only in Japan thoughSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/final-fantasy-iii-comes-to-android-only-in-japan-though/15226.htmlMarch 14th, 2012Final Fantasy fans would love this piece of news: SquareEnixs Final Fantasy III has come to Android devices. But thebad news is, the game is only available for Japan Androidusers. The mid-range Sony Alpha SLT-A55 digital SLR camera has garnered favorable reviews, and today, the company has unveiled its successor, the Alpha SLT-A57 that is built with enhanced features and performance. The Alpha SLT-A57 incorporates Translucent Mirror Technology which directs incoming light to the CMOS image sensor and the AF sensor at the same time, achieving full continuous autofocus during both still and video recording. You capture exactly what you see on screen, with the new high-resolution Tru-Finder which offers a wide viewing angle and 100% field of view; and allows for efficient framing, focusing and real-time preview. Combined with the 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and the latest BIONZ engine, the SLT-A57 claimsSquare Enix had launched their Android games marketplace to reproduce superb images with low noise across a wideapp late last year, which is available only in Japan, with ISO 100-16,000 range. The digital SLR camera also boastsgames including Dragon Quest, Crystal Defenders and Final high-speed 12 frames per second shooting with full-timeFantasy. Well, it looks like Final Fantasy III has now come to continuous autofocus (in Tele-zoom Continuous Advancethe Android Marketplace, but unfortunately, users outside of Priority AE mode), and full high definition 50p (PAL) videoJapan would not be able to get the game. The Final Fantasy with full P/A/S/M control. For those of you who are lookingIII for Android is retailing for 1,400 "points" through Square to get the Sony Alpha SLT-A57, it will be available in AsiaEnixs convoluted pricing system, which works out to 1,470 Pacific at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from Aprilyen (approximately US$18). There is no word as to whether 2012. Pricing details to be released closer to retail. 14
  15. 15. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Comes in three color options – sparkling black, winter blueHP unveils new Pavilion and ruby red; the g-series claim to offer enhanced audionotebook PCs with stylish experience with both design and functional elements. It has a chrome strip that borders the speaker which alsodesigns and enhanced serves as a visual cue for audio, while the exposed speakerfeatures bar provides better sound projection. The new HP Pavilion g4 and g6 will be available in Asia Pacific from 8 AprilSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-unveils-new-pavilion-notebook- with a starting price of approximately US$499 and USpcs-with-stylish-designs-and-enhanced-features/15224.html $529 respectively.March 14th, 2012 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade nowHP has a new Mosaic design approach, an extension to its available for SamsungMUSE (materials, usability, sensory appeal and experience) GALAXY S IIdesign philosophy, which focuses on improved usability and Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-4.0-ice-cream-sandwich-aesthetics to users. The Mosaic design was applied to the new upgrade-now-available-for-samsung-galaxy-s-ii/15223.htmlrange of Pavilion dv-series and Pavilion g-series of laptops March 14th, 2012that were announced today.HP Pavilion dv-series Samsung GALAXY S II owners rejoice! The Korean electronics manufacturer has announced that the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrade is now available for the GALAXY S II smartphone.The new HP Pavilion dv4, dv6 and dv7 sport an infinitywaterfall edge, tapered chassis, slim top view and metalfinish on select models. Available in licorice black or carminered for the dv4, and midnight black for the dv6 anddv7 models, the dv-series come with soft-touch bottompanel and are easy to hold. For the Pavilion dv6 and dv7,the exposed speaker bar is integrated with the display,and magnifies the dv series’ Beats Audio experience byprojecting audio directly towards the user. The re-designedHP Pavilion dv4, dv6 and dv7 will be available in Asia Pacificfrom 8 April with a starting price of approximately US$699,US$749 and US$849 respectively.HP Pavilion g-series Even though Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich came to the Samsung GALAXY Nexus first, the company has promised that the upgrade will be made available for selected GALAXY smartphones such as the popular GALAXY S II. Well, the wait is finally over. Today, Samsung Korea announced Android 4.0 ICS software upgrade for GALAXY S II, starting in Europe - Poland, Hungary, and Sweden; as well as Korea and slowly rolling out to other markets. On top of that, Android 4.0 ICS software upgrade will also be made available for the GALAXY Note, GALAXY SII LTE, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1 soon. Samsung will also provide Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for the GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab 7, GALAXY S Plus, GALAXY S SCL(Super Clear LCD), andThe redesigned HP Pavilion g4 and g6 feature curved, GALAXY W from end of March. The upgrades includebeveled edges with a bowl-shape keyboard deck and texturedtouchpad with bowl-set curvature which looked distinct. 15
  16. 16. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonefeatures such as Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor and were not sure its the most intuitive UI out there. That said,others. it beats the budget Android media players from China that lacks any kind of UI at all. The Stick N1 supports HDMI 1.4 and will play just about any video and audio formats youValueplus shows off the throw at it, including Blu-ray, although were not sure aboutTizzBird Stick N1 at CeBIT 3D content. You can also use the standard Android UI and the Stick N1 supports user installed apps, although this isSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/valueplus-shows-off-the-tizzbird- apparently only via the TizzBird Appstore.stick-n1-at-cebit/15222.htmlMarch 14th, 2012Once in a while you run into the oddest companies at tradeshows and although Korean Valueplus isnt that odd in itself,as its a manufacturer of a wide range of Android poweredmedia players, but its retail branding which is TizzBird, israther odd. Still, the company has some interesting productsand its latest addition is the Stick N1, an HDMI adapter thatturns your dumb TV into a smart TV.Once in a while you run into the oddest companies at trade Other software features include support for NFS, Samba andshows and although Korean Valueplus isnt that odd in itself, uPnP and Flash support. Valueplus will also offer an iPhoneas its a manufacturer of a wide range of Android powered and Android app that allows you to use your smartphone asmedia players, but its retail branding which is TizzBird, is the remote control for the TizzBird Stick N1. Its the mostrather odd. Still, the company has some interesting products retail ready product of its kind weve seen so far, but we haveand its latest addition is the Stick N1, an HDMI adapter that a feeling that there will be a lot of competition in this marketturns your dumb TV into a smart TV. space this year with several other players working on getting their products out onto the market. Price wise the Stick N1 should cost around US$150 (S$185) when it launches later this year. Synology to launch updated 4-bay NAS products, draws less power Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/synology-to-launch-updated-4-bay-The TizzBird Stick N1 sports a Cortex-A5 based ARM SoC nas-products-draws-less-power/15221.htmlfrom Telechips which operates at 1GHz which has been March 14th, 2012paired up with 4GB of internal NAND flash and 2GB of RAMin a fairly small dongle that slots into the HDMI port of yourTV. The dongle also has a USB 2.0 port for external storagedevices or wireless keyboards and mice, a micro USB portfor power, a micro SD card slot and integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. The company is also contemplating adding support for anRF remote, but this wasnt ready at the show. At CeBIT, Synology was demoing a pair of new NAS products, both being 4-bay units with a fairly similar external design, but the internal hardware is quite different between the two models. The company has not only revised the internals, but the two new models share the new re- designed enclosure as well which looks similar to the DS212 series, albeit larger due to the additional drive bays. At CeBIT, Synology was demoing a pair of new NAS products, both being 4-bay units with a fairly similar external design, but the internal hardware is quite different between the two models. The company has not only revised the internals, but the two new models share the new re- designed enclosure as well which looks similar to the DS212 series, albeit larger due to the additional drive bays.Valueplus has created a custom UI on top of Android 4.0 forthe Stick N1 and it was all very smooth in operation, although 16
  17. 17. March 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The new NAS design is quite attractive, in as much as a NAS can be attractive, but wed expect these two new models to be fairly pricey considering the hardware inside them. Sadly we dont know the exact launch date, but both models shouldThe two new models are the DS412 and the DS412+ and arrive in the next couple of months.common features includes a front USB 2.0 port, two rearUSB 3.0 ports and a rear eSATA port. The DS412 sportsa single Gigabit Ethernet port whereas the DS412+ sportsa pair of ports. Both models also sport a pair of rear fansand Synology informed us that the new fans feature failoversupport, so in case one of the fans would fail, the speed ofthe second fan will increase to help cool the NAS box untilthe failed fan can be replaced.The DS412 is Synologys most power efficient 4-bay NASto date, as it draws a mere 3W in idle thanks to in parta new PowerPC based CPU. The DS412+ is intended formore advanced usage scenarios and sports an Intel Atomprocessor, most likely the D2500, but the company merelyinformed us it was one of the new models without going intodetails as the DS412+ hasnt been officially announced as yet. 17
  18. 18. March 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks! 3DMark 11 Xtreme Score: 6243 VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 SLIPerformance PreviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-sli-performance-preview/15273.htmlMarch 18th, 2012 Thats all for now. We hope to show you more benchmarks especially in overclocked, 3-way or 4-way configurationsWhat happens when you pair two Kepler GK104 boards when we get the cards officially next week.together when you get them from the stores next weekend?We take an exclusive preview... Original Source: Chinese VR-ZoneDisclaimer: Test results might or might not be indicative offinal retail performance, and is not supported or sanctionedby NVIDIA and their partners. As such, we will refrain from Mystery solved - Haswellmaking judgements or opinions. expected to up the graphics3DMark 11 Entry Score: 22878 ante further again Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/mystery-solved--haswell-expected- to-up-the-graphics-ante-further-again/15272.html March 18th, 2012 So, after all the guesses, it seems to be true: Intel will continue its rapid integrated 3-D graphics improvement into Haswell generation , with more GT3 options across both desktop and mobile - including UltraBook - markets. Further cause for Nvidia to worry on the entry level discrete segment...3DMark 11 Performance Score: 16860 Remember all the polemics over the Net, whether Haswell will offer the same substantial performance jump in 3- D from the Ivy Bridge, as Ivy Bridge is expected to give compared to the Sandy Bridge, or if it will just be a smaller incremental upgrade? Well, both are right... how? There are three distinct die choices here, it seems: one is the ULV focused dual core Ultrabook option but with up to GT3 graphics. The other is a mainstream desktop and mobile choice with 4 cores and GT2 graphics, just a bit faster than the best Ivy Bridge graphics - were talking 20% to 50% extra GPU performance here. Then, there is the king of the hill, the 4 core CPU plus GT3 GPU die with graphics further double as fast as the GT2, i.e. well over twice, possibly thrice, the Ivy Bridge speed. 1
  19. 19. March 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone In summary, interesting times ahead this and next year... and thats even before weve seen the Ivy Bridge!Now, this die is likely to have a very very fancy extra externalcache option on a multi chip module too. Wait a second,aside from IBM Power7 superserver processors and such, New Intel Xeon E5 to offerwhy would anyone want to have a L4 cache, maybe evenan eDRAM based one? The answer could be in sharing the ultra-dense high speedsystem memory bandwidth resources between a powerful compute solutions - rightquad core CPU, what Haswell surely will be, and a powerfulGPU with compute capabilities too. from Intel itself Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-intel-xeon-e5-to-offer-ultra-To avoid such contention, having an additional large cache, dense-high-speed-compute-solutions--right-from-intel-itself/15271.htmlimplemented in a fashion similar to dedicated backside March 18th, 2012cache buses seen on the old Pentium III processors manyyears ago, helps satisfy more CPU memory requests inthat cache, leaving more memory bandwidth for the GPU.An exciting optional capability would be to designate aportion of that large cache as a scratchpad memory for GPUcompute and graphics usage - most high end GPUs do relyon internal directly addressable scratchpad memory besides The freshly launched Xeon E5 does break all thethe caches for such purpose. performance records in 2 socket X86 space, as seen by our Lennards server review as well. However, compute densityHow this extra cache connection would be implemented, we is critical to win large scale HPC contracts too. What did Inteldont know yet - but it definitely makes no sense to put it develop to fit all this stuff into the smallest space, withouton the usual DDR3 memory bus, since it would add lots of compromising the performance?unwelcome extra latency there. But, since the 4 core CPU The Socket 2011 Sandy Bridge EP Intel Xeon E5 processorsplus GT3 desktop and mobile graphics die will be different are fast, with 8 cores, 20 MB L3 cache, and plenty ofthan the standard 4 core plus GT2 graphics die, yet they all memory and I/O resources to boot. They also inherit ashare the same socket - it makes sense to implement the large installed base of previous generation Xeons across theextra L4 cache bus on the bigger die, and keep that L4 cache whole range of workstations and servers, from mini bladesconnection to the MCM multi chip substrate without it being to supercomputers.seen by the system at all. However, for the evaluation of high performance computing project platforms, especially medium to largeAs widely talked about, Haswell will be the first Intel supercomputers, the power and the density achievable playmainstream CPU in a few years, after the Westmere low end a big role too. We cant do much about the power here - theDC part with graphics die, to bring back MCM packaging into larger 416 mm2 dies required to fit all the features do takethe general desktop and mobile PC realm. So, the standard their toll, with the fastest server part, the E5-2690, specedparts will have an option of integrating the PCH I/O bridge at 135W TDP at 2.9 GHz plus Turbo, of course.to the same package, saving quite a bit of board wiring andreal estate for ultra-compact mobile computing - and I dontmean just UltraBooks here. The density can be worked on, though - just figure out how to squeeze four memory channels as well as all those QPI and PCIe v3 lanes coming out of each CPU to the smallestTalking about the UltraBooks, having GT3-class graphics possible dual socket board layout, then engineer the coolinginside a Haswell UltraBook is definitely going to help the and power feed, not to mention the interconnect between thecause of true 3-D capable ultrathin Intel platforms, without boards, to squeeze many dozens of those into each 42U orresorting to additional discrete graphics. It doesnt help similarly tall compute rack.companies like Nvidia, who seemingly lost a big chunk of itsApple future Ivy Bridge MacBook Air GPU deployment, asGT3 Haswell would likely obliterate that market in the long Heres Intels solution - look how compact it feels comparedrun. Of course, GT3 graphics on an UltraBook doesnt need to a typical high-end PC mainboard:L4 cache and such enhancements, since only two CPU coreswill not compete much with it for the memory bandwidth.On the desktop side, Nvidia and AMD entry level discretegraphics are definitely to be badly affected by this evolution,and lots of it is to be felt with the Ivy Bridge already. Themidrange and high end GPU segments should go on as usual,though. 2
  20. 20. March 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Hell is very real, kids. The Darkness II was released by Digital Extremes and 2KA small, half width 6.4 inch by 17.7 inch board contains it Games earlier this year for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xboxall - two CPUs with full bandwidth memory, three full x16 360. Building on the success of its predecessor in 2007, ThePCIe v3 slots, I/O riser connections for storage, as well as a Darkness II continues the story of Jackie Estacado and hiscombination of dual GigE plus Connect-X Infiniband QDR struggle with the demonic entity residing within him, known(40 Gbps) or FDR (56 Gbps) high speed interconnect. Quite as The Darkness. It has been two years since Jackie Estacadoimpressive, isnt it? helplessly witnessed the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Jenny, by the don of the New York mafia. Formerly aNow, two of these boards can easily fit into one 1U hitman with aforementioned mafia, he was targeted forrackmount server chasis, and of course, depending how assassination by the head of the criminal organization. Themuch space you need for other hardware, up to 40 of course attempts on his life and the subsequent murder of hiscould fit into a standard 42U rack. So, up to 80 high speed beloved Jenny unknowingly awakened an ancient unholydual CPU servers, each with ~360 GFLOPs dual precision power deep within him, the Darkness. Visually, they areFP peak performance and up to 256 GB ECC RAM, in just a pair of tentacles that talk and they grant him immenseone rack - or nearly 30 TFLOPs single rack cluster if you strength, regeneration and other supernatural abilities at alike it counted that way. Do keep in mind that, with at least grave price. With every life he took, he became perilously400W per node, such cluster would also need a good 30 kW closer to losing control of himself to them, or raher Theof power at the peak usage... but at least you can pack them Darkness.tight. The Darkness II begins when Jackie (the new don of the criminal organization) and his gang are assaulted at a restaurant. Grievously wounded in the surprise attack,Xbox 360 Review: The Jackie gives in to the temptations of The Darkness andDarkness II allows it to aid him in battle. You take control of Jackie, now imbued with the unholy abilities of The Darkness,Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/xbox-360-review-the-darkness-ii/15259.html as you attempt to fight your way out of the ambush. TheMarch 18th, 2012 game centers on Jackie as the main protagonist this time, as compared to the previous installment of the game that focuses on his personal vendetta to avenge his deceased partner. The Darkness II deals with his struggles to keep himself in control while using his them at the same time to stop a cult hellbent on stealing them from him. The story unfolds with the help of flashbacks, hallucinations"The Darkness 2" is the sequel to the first-person and narration from Jackie. They may appear bewilderingshooter game that was launched in 2007. And the plot and confusing initially, but the mystery slowly and artfullycontinues from the main protagonist, Jackie Estacado, who unravels as the game progresses. The story stays freshis struggling with the power of the Darkness and the death thanks to Jackie’s raw emotions – grief, regret, and anguish.of his girlfriend. So is the "The Darkness 2" as good as the You will feel keen to press on, wanting to find out more aboutfirst one? Read on. why you are being attacked, what the antagonist wants to do with your powers, and what plans does The Darkness have in store. Heres the game trailer of The Darkness II:- Using mobile phones while pregnant could make children hyperactive Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/using-mobile-phones-while- pregnant-could-make-children-hyperactive/15269.html 3
  21. 21. March 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 18th, 2012 Sega is resurrecting some of its old Dreamcast titles byWomen who use mobile phones while pregnant could end making high-definition versions of the games for the Xboxup with hyperactive children, according to a recent study. Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Sega is resurrecting some of its old Dreamcast titles by making high-definition versions of the games for the XboxProfessor Hugh Taylor of Yale University led a team of Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.scientists studying the effects of radiation from mobilephones on the development of unborn babies brains,revealing some unsettling findings. Ben Harborne, Associate Digital Brand Manager of Sega, revealed that the company may be re-releasing two classic Dreamcast games, Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia.As part of the tests pregnant mice were exposed to anactive mobile phone, resulting in offspring that sufferedfrom hyperactivity, anxiety and poor memory. Those who The games are two of the most popular and most oftenwere not exposed to this radiation were not affected in this requested, and while Harborne was reluctant to give a firmway. “yes” or “no” regarding their re-release, it seems increasingly likely that we will see these, and possibly other Dreamcast titles, on Xbox and PlayStation 3 consoles soon enough.Of course, since the study involved tests on mice, it cannotbe taken as conclusive when it comes to the effects of mobilephone radiation on human mothers and children, but thescientists believe that the results are likely to be the same. Sega previously confirmed a re-release of the Dreamcast skater title Jet Set Radio for the Xbox Live Arcade,Taylor claims that the effects are so strong that that it PlayStation Network and Windows for this Summer,might explain a growing rise in cases of attention deficit suggesting it plans to go through its back catalogue ofhyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dreamcast titles and bring them back from the dead.However, Professor Eric Taylor of Kings College London The Dreamcast was Segas last forray into the world ofrefuted the claims that mobiles were linked to rising levels game consoles, releasing in 1998 to stiff competition fromof ADHD in children, so the jury is not necessarily out on Sonys PlayStation 2, Microsofts Xbox, and Nintendoswhether or not mobile phones are causing damage to our GameCube. The system was the first of the sixth generationkids. consoles to launch and contained internet connectivity, but the company could not keep up with the competition and decided to pull the product in 2001.Sega to release Dreamcast Since then it has gained a cult status amongst gamers, so itstitles in HD for Xbox Live and not surprising to see high demand for re-issues of its popular titles.PlayStation NetworkSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/sega-to-release-dreamcast-titles-in-hd-for-xbox-live-and-playstation-network/15268.htmlMarch 18th, 2012 Bethesda planning Elder Scrolls MMO announcement in May Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bethesda-planning-elder-scrolls- mmo-announcement-in-may/15267.html 4