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  1. 1. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! That would have been all well and good were it not for the fact VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication that the dentist then overcharged him, sent his records to the covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. wrong insurance company, and refused to provide a new copy of those records so he could give them to his actual insurance company.Dentist fines customer forposting negative review online The incident was so bad for Lee that he decided to postSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/dentist-fines-customer-for-posting- a negative review of Makhnevichs practice on both Yelpnegative-review-online/14116.html and DoctorBase, saying: “Avoid at all cost! Scamming theirDecember 1st, 2011 customers!” Of course, the anti-defamation agreement meant that he was required to never say a bad word about his dentist, no matter how poorly he had been treated.A New York dentist has fined a customer for posting a negativereview online, highlighting the underhanded nature of anti- Makhnevich then sent Lee a number of $100 fines, allegingdefamation contracts and how they are being abused to ensure he had infringed her copyright. It is not exactly clear why thea companys good reputation in spite of poor treatment. dentist went with this argument, as the case appears to be one of contract violation rather than copyright infringement. The case raises significant questions over the rampant use of anti-defamation contracts among certain businesses, which employ underhanded legal wrestling to ensure that their reputation remains intact, regardless of the actual treatment of customers. Lee filed a lawsuit against Makhnevich, which has resulted in the medical law agency Medical Justice Services, which wrote the contract in question, cancelling it and telling all of its clients to stop using it. Lees lawyer, Paul Alan Levy, said: “It is outrageous that a patient would have to sign away his constitutionally protected right to get treatment for a toothache.”A New York dentist has fined a disgruntled customer forposting a negative review online after it was revealed that hehad inadvertantly signed an anti-defamation contract beforehaving a toothache addressed. Safari was fastest then, now the slowest according toThe bizarre case began when 42-year-old Robert Lee visited Futuremarks PeacekeeperStacy Makhnevichs dental practice to deal with a bad Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/safari-was-fastest-then-now-the-toothache and tooth infection. Lee claims he was given slowest-according-to-futuremark-s-peacekeeper/14112.htmla contract to sign, the terms of which included an anti-defamation clause, which he said he questioned, but ultimatelyagreed to in order for Makhnevich to treat his pain. 1
  2. 2. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneDecember 1st, 2011 • Firefox is most popular with Peacekeeper users, accounting for almost 30% of all results. • Chrome has held the title of fastest browser since May 2009 but Opera is closing the gap. According to Futuremark, with the updated Peacekeeper, evenFuturemark has released a new version of the Peacekeeper, the most outdated of hardware will have a proper place inwhich is a web browser benchmarking program to keep up- benchmarking.to-date with the increasingly recognized HTML5 standards.Along with this new release, Futuremark also reveals someinteresting data on how the browsers landscape has changed Samsung announces PM830over the last two and a half years. Read on to find out more. series of mSATA SSDs for Ultrabooks Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-pm830-series-of- msata-ssd-s-for-ultrabooks/14115.html December 1st, 2011 Samsung has been a long time OEM/ODM of notebook SSDs, least not to Apple, but not the company has announced that its about to break into the Ultrabook market with its new PM830 series of mSATA SSDs. The company also has a model for hard drive caching, suitable for Ultrabooks, notebooks andLeader of performance benchmarking software Futuremark desktops.has just released their latest version of the Peacekeeper, afreeware to measure and compare web browser operation Samsung has been a long time OEM/ODM of notebook SSDs,speeds. least not to Apple, but not the company has announced thatThe Peacekeeper is completely reconstructed to support its about to break into the Ultrabook market with its newHTML5 standards, and can accurately compare any browsers PM830 series of mSATA SSDs. The company also has a modelon a large variety of hardware configurations. It utilizes for hard drive caching, suitable for Ultrabooks, notebooks andJavaScript functionality to assess the speed of the browser, desktops.which is a good thing, as it is one of the most common The PM830 series will be available in capacities of 64, 128programming languages for websites today. Through this and 256GB, with a 32GB version for hard drive caching. Themethod, Internet connection speeds and latencies will not drive uses Samsungs latest 20nm class toggle mode DDRaffect scores for each comparison. NAND flash and Samsung is promising read speeds of up toHardware comparisons can be made with the Peacekeeper via 500MB/s and write speeds of up to 260MB/s over a SATAa control browser used across all devices to be benchmarked. 6Gbps interface. The press release didnt mention which SSDThis is due to the fact that the power of the processor is highly controller was being used and the picture below doesnt revealassociated with the browser performance. any details beyond the Samsung NAND flash.Here are some interesting facts that have surfaced throughdata collected from Peacekeeper over two and a half yearsperiod: • 2.6 million results submitted since Peacekeeper launched in March 2009. • 3140 different browser versions tested. • Safari was fastest when Peacekeeper launched. It is now the slowest on Windows and Mac. • IE has shown the greatest improvement with an average score increase of almost 450%. • Safari has shown the least improvement, just 160% faster in two years on Windows systems. 2
  3. 3. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone The revelation came at the Reuters Global Media Summit, where Antoine Brachet, marketing chief of Total Immersion, said that his company is working closely with Intel on its chipset to introduce some augmented reality features like gesture recognition. This is a highly significant move, as it means that augmented reality technology would come as part of the hardware itself and not require software downloads to work, which will help with the growth and adoption of the technology. Intel invested in Total Immersion in March, signalling a vote of confidence in the relatively new augmented reality sector. That investment might pay off with a new feature that Intel can tout over competitors, but Total Immersion has not limited itself toIn addition to that, Samsung has also included 256-bit AEI Intel, as it also inked a recent deal with rival chipmaker Texasencryption to keep the data safe for government people that Instruments.leave their notebooks in the back seat of taxis. Samsung is onlyplanning on selling the PM830 to OEM partners which is ashame, as it looks like it could prove to be a nice upgrade option Augmented reality works by overlaying real life images andfor some Ultrabooks and what not. It looks like the future of videos with digital information, including text and graphics.notebooks SSDs is mSATA, for better or worse. For example, check out this magicians use of augmented reality to enhance a card trick.Intel and Total Immersion planaugmented reality chips Augmented reality has yet to expand to become a major consumer technology, but it has shown a lot of potential, withSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-and-total-immersion-plan-augmented-reality-chips/14114.html UK supermarket chain Tesco introducing it to help people seeDecember 1st, 2011 products before they buy them online. It is not yet clear when we will see the new Intel chips, but Brachet suggested that it would be between two and three years, depending on how well consumers accept the technology.Chip giant Intel is teaming up with Total Immersion tointroduce augmented reality features into its upcomingcomputer chips, potentially giving it a further edge over thecompetition. ZiiLABS to showcase Android 4.0 based JAGUAR tablet at CES 2012 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/ziilabs-to-showcase-android-4.0- based-jaguar-tablet-at-ces-2012/14111.html December 1st, 2011 ZiiLABS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. is ready to break the ground at CES 2011 with their JAGUAR reference tablet based on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Equipped with quad-core Cortex-A9Chip giant Intel is teaming up with Total Immersion to based ZMS-40 media processor, it is touted to possess Blu-rayintroduce augmented reality features into its upcoming quality high-profile 1080P H.264 and WebM support. Read oncomputer chips. to find out what it is capable of. 3
  4. 4. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMedia processor and platform company, ZiiLABS has Corsair Vengeance SO-DIMM modules make use of high layerannounced that they will be showcasing their JAGUAR count PCBs (higher number of PCB layers contribute to greaterreference tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at the electrical and signalling stability), the PCBs are colored black,upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2012 which will start to give them a premium feel. Theres no room for a thickfrom 10th of January. heatsink, but Corsair used millimeter-thick metal plates to serve as heatspreaders.The JAGUAR is said to “deliver a comprehensive range ofOEM ready 7-inch and 10-inch tablet solutions that combineexcellent performance, battery life and industrial design”. Itfeatures two variants of the Cortex-A9 processor which is theZMS-20 Dual-Core and the ZMS-40 Quad-Core processors.ZiiLABS is confident of the new tablets media capabilities,thanks to its Blu-ray quality 1080p High-Profile H.264 videocapabilities and WebM support. It also provides high qualityvideo conferencing capabilities via its dual camera system,and uses standard APIs such as OpenCL and Renderscript toperform real-time image processing. Corsair will be launching three kits consisting of theseCorsair Intros Vengeance SO- modules, two of which are 8 GB (2x 4 GB), and one being aDIMM Memory Modules single 4 GB module kit. Among the two module kits, theres a DDR3-1866 MHz kit, and a DDR3-1600 MHz one. TheSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-intros-vengeance-so-dimm- lone module kit consists of a DDR3-1866 MHz stick. Thememory-modules/14110.html modules dont require more than 1.5 volts DRAM voltage,December 1st, 2011 though achieve their rated speeds at rather loose timings, by desktop standards of course. Part numbers and specifications are tabled below. Size Speed # of DIMMs Part NumberCorsair introduced a new line of DDR3 memory modules 8GB 1866MHz, 2 CMSX8GX3M2A1866in the SO-DIMM form-factor, targeting high-performance 10-10-10-27,notebooks, gaming notebooks, and mobile workstations. 1.5VCorsairs new modules promise to bring a similar level of 8GB 1600MHz, 2 CMSX8GX3M2A1600tuning headroom as their bigger standard DIMM cousins. 9-9-9-24, 1.5VCorsairs Vengeance family struck a fine middle-ground 4GB 1866MHz, 1 CMSX4GX3M1A11866between the overclockability of its high-performance yet 10-10-10-27,expensive Dominator series, and the affordability of its XMS3 1.5Vseries. For obvious reasons of space and electrical constraints,Corsair couldnt port the design ideology of Dominator to the Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair, saysSO-DIMM form-factor, but doing so for Vengeance seemed "As more complex applications and games are available inpossible. Hence, Vengeance SO-DIMM family. the market, many laptop users are looking for an easy way to improve their system performance in order to have the best experience.Our new Vengeance high-performance laptop 4
  5. 5. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonememory kits allow performance-minded customers to boosttheir memory performance and capacity in an instant."Although launched, we dont have prices of these kits at hand,as they are not listed on popular stores just as yet.Cubitek Has Big AluminumCase Plans for 2012Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cubitek-has-big-aluminum-case-plans-for-2012/14109.htmlDecember 1st, 2011 Pictured above is the main facade. You can find four exposed 5.25-inch drive bays, and a dust-protected inlet for the 200 mm intake fan. You can also get an idea of the outer texture of the aluminum body, dark brushed aluminum.Cubitek wants to play in the big league of premium all-aluminum PC cases, targeting almost every consumer form-factor: ATX mid-tower, EATX full-tower, HPATX, micro-ATX,and even mini-ITX. All part of the companys new ICE series,these cases will be fabricated with extruded aluminum thatsas much as 3 mm thick in some parts, making the cases bothsturdy, and radiate heat better. We got to take a peak at eachof these.The series starts off with the most common PC form-factor,the ATX mid-tower. The ATX Ice is larger than most mid-towers, treading very close to being categorized a full-tower.It measures 230 x 508.5 x 513 mm (WxHxD), weighing inat 7.1 kg (net.). As mentioned earlier, Cubitek designed thesecases with aluminum sheets as thick as 3 mm to give them thesturdiness of 1 mm thick SECC steel. The internals dont used anodized aluminum, rather exposed. This helps with radiating heat. Although some cable management holes are rubber-valved, there are some wide open holes, such as the one next to the PSU bay, a cutout over the CPU socket area (to help with handling coolers with backplates), and one on the top-left corner of the motherboard tray (for CPU power capbles. You can immediately tell that Cubiteks Ice cases are not tool-free. 5
  6. 6. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone South Korean scientists Hyun Gyu Park and Byoung Yeon Won have found a way where by people can place a sample of their own saliva on their touchscreen for analysis of their health. “Since these touchscreens can detect very small capacitance changes, we thought they could serve as highly sensitive detection platforms for disease biomarkers,” the scientists mentioned. Through the demonstration of a prototype screen, they managed to show that the detection of various concentrations of bacteria is possible.Improvements still have to be made to allow the system to sense different kinds of bacteria, and giving a more accurate assessment of the disease involved. Perhaps we can hope that when the technology is ready, people with severe or prolonged illness can monitor their own health status comfortably from home, as well as diagnose a serious issue early enough to receive help with this kind of convenience.Theres nothing "loud" about the rear panel. You find theusual PSU bay at the bottom, a 120 mm grilled fan exhaust,two rubber-valved holes for water cooling tubing, and the Apple iPhone 4 on fire, twiceexpansion slot bays. Beating the ATX specification, there Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-iphone-4-on-fire-are eight bays instead of seven. This should help with twice/14106.htmlmulti-graphics card setups in which one of the graphics December 1st, 2011cards occupies the bottom-most expansion slot of an ATXmotherboard.Spit on your phone for good In two bizarre accounts, two separate Apple iPhone 4 ignitedhealth themselves in dangerous proximity to users, but ultimatelySource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/spit-on-your-phone-for-good- causing nothing more than the inconvenience of losing thehealth/14108.html phone and some disruptions of the moment. Will Apple findDecember 1st, 2011 out if this is just a duo of accidents or a flaw in manufacture process?Technological advancements empower our phones to do somany things, but soon you can spit on your phone to know ifyoure down with flu, quite literally. A new developement fromKorean utilizes capacitative screens like those on smartphonesto detect the presence of bacteria. 6
  7. 7. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApple’s iPhone 4 is hot, by every sense of the word. Inone week, two iPhone 4 have been reported to combustspontaneously, but luckily no one was hurt. In the latestincident, a lady by the name of Ayla Mota had her iPhonecharging as she slept, when the phone suddenly released Andrew Koh, senior director and general manager,sparks and smoke. While the phone was dangerously close consumer imaging and information products division, Canonto her, she was awakened quickly enough and resolved the Singapore, who is also the lead spokesperson for Projectsituation before any harm came to her. Homecoming, gave an insight on the background ofJust a few days before, a similar situation occurred onboard a the recycling initiative. Started in Japan in 2008, sixflight in Australia, which was dealt with by the flight attendant printer brands (Epson, Canon, Brother, Dell, HP andpromptly, ensuring that no one was hurt. It seems a little too Lexmark) came together, with cooperation from Japan Postclose to be taken as coincidence, but it is good to keep in mind Office, to provide convenient location for public to recyclethat Apple’s iPhone 4 has one of the largest market share in their cartridges. The project was called "Ink Cartridgethe world, so this statistics amount to nothing more than one- Satogaeri" (which directly translated to Homecoming). Inoff incidents. While the Cupertino company has yet to make a Singapore, Project Homecoming is an expansion to thispublic statement about the incidents, it can be expected that similar scheme and is first in the region to launch. Publicthorough investigation and compensation be carried out. simply needs to go to one of the 13 designated libraries - Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Merah, Geylang East, Jurong Regional, Jurong West, Marine Parade, National Library @ Victioria Street, Queenstown, Tampies Regional, Toa Payoh and Woodlands Regional - and dispose their ink cartridges or toners into the recycling box (picture below).Project Homecoming, In case you are wondering why HP has been left out fromSingapores first joint the original recycling intiative, that is only because the company has their own Planet Partners program. HP hasrecycling initiative, launched also introduced the industry’s first “closed loop” ink cartridgeSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/project-homecoming-singapore-s-first- recycling process, combining plastic from post-consumerjoint-recycling-initiative-launched/14107.html recycled original HP ink cartridges and other sources, such asDecember 1st, 2011 recycled water and soda bottles, in the manufacturing of new original HP ink cartridges.This afternoon, five major printer companies - Brother, Canon,Dell, Epson and Lexmark; with support of National LibraryBoard and National Environment Agency, jointly announcedthe launch of Project Homecoming, Singapores first jointbrand ink and toner cartridge recycling initiative. 7
  8. 8. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneAccording to Elaine Ng, chief executive officer of National December 1st, 2011Library Board (NLB), at least one recycling bin can be foundat 13 designated libraries. There are plans to introduce therecycling bin to the remaining 10 libraries in Singapore,though that would be the next phase of the project. Increasingly, our phones are becoming our best assistants. A recent discovery, however, begins to question just how much of our privacy is compromised as a factory-installed program is found to reveal every infomation from our phone to the respective companies that made it. Are our personal infomation as safe as we think it is? Recently a program has been unveiled to be embedded deep into some Android phones which records just about every single thing a user can do with his or her phone. All the data goes back to the hardware manufacturers of the phone, which includes account passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive infomation. There is also no way to opt out of being monitored. This discovery was first made when an Android developer Trevor Eckhart used a packet sniffer program to track all data that enter and exit his HTC EVO 4G smartphone. At the center of all this is the software developer Carrier IQ, the company that created this monitoring method for almost all mobile device manufacturer. Upon realizing that Trevor had branded their software as a “rootkit” (a term equivalent to malware) in community sites, Carrier IQ promptly sued him, only to back off when an International digital rights advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped in to help Trevor. In their apology letter to Trevor, Carrier IQ mentioned that their software does not record keystrokes, amongst other inputs, but a video circulated by Trevor shows that this is not true. As of now, there is no easy way to remove the program other than to install a new operating system on your phone. That, of course, generally involves removing the warranty from the phone, so it is not a good solution for most people. For now, much remains to be seen from the response of various companies responsible for the implementation of suchYou may be spied on by your a program.own phoneSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/you-may-be-spied-on-by-your-own-phone/14105.html 8
  9. 9. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone and larger battery capacities ascending with screen sizes.Lenovo storms China with The Android Honeycomb 3.2 mobile platform completes thethree new mobile devices package for these two tablets.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-storms-china-with-three-new- While the prices are not known yet, Chinese sources state thatmobile-devices/14096.html the LePad S2005 may be for sale within the week.December 1st, 2011 Intel planning wireless dock for Ultrabooks using WiGig Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-planning-wireless-dock-for- ultrabooks-using-wigig/14104.htmlLenovo has announced three new mobile devices for the December 1st, 2011Chinese market. The LePad S2005, S2007 and S2010 are thenew tablets and phones to represent the Chinese company, butwill they meet the mark of their fellow countrymen? It looks like Intel is having big plans for Ultrabooks, at least as far as docking stations are concerned as beyond the wired Thunderbolt docking stations weve already reported about, it appears that Intel is also working on a wire-free option. The peculiar thing here though is that Intel is planning on using WiGig technology courtesy of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance. It looks like Intel is having big plans for Ultrabooks, at least as far as docking stations are concerned as beyond the wired Thunderbolt docking stations weve already reported about, it appears that Intel is also working on a wire-free option. The peculiar thing here though is that Intel is planning on using WiGig technology courtesy of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance. Never heard of WiGig before? Let us give you a quick introduction as to what WiGig is. The Wireless GigabitLenovo has recently unleashed a trio of tablets in China. The Alliance consists of a wide range of technology companysLePad S2007, LePad S2010 and LePad S2005 are set to help including among others, Intel, AMD, Broadcom, Cisco, NEC,the Chinese company gain grounds in their own country. Marvell, MediaTek and Qualcomm to mention a few of theIn accordance to the data network available in China, all key hardware manufacturers, although many others suchthe tablets are WCDMA enabled to access data network via as Microsoft, Nvidia, Dell, Samsung, Nokia, Panasonic andChinese telco Unicom. Toshiba are also involved. What these companies are workingThe LePad S2005 is a worthy mention as it belongs to the on is an extension of the 802.11 standard that will allow foremerging category of devices that comes between a phone wireless speed of an expected 7Gbps in the end, some thenand a tablet, owing to its 5-inch screen, which is similar to times faster than what 802.11n is expected to peak at.Dells Streak 5 and Samsungs Galaxy Note. It has a Low WiGig is transmitting at 60GHz, otherwise known as UltraTemperature Polycrystalline Silicon Display with a resolution Wide Band, although its also backwards compatible with theof 800 by 480, featuring a 178-degree viewing angle. This 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, but the highest speeds are onlyphone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB expected at very short range using the 60GHz band. So whatof memory, giving it processing capabilities on par with most does this have to do with a docking station for Ultabooks? Well,high-end smartphones. Other specifications include a 1.3- to keep things simple, it allows for a high-speed, short rangemegapixel front camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera, WiFi wireless signal to be used to connect the Ultrabook to the dockconnectivity, High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) sans any kind of wires. There are some limitations though, assupport and a 1650mAh battery. It is said to come with youd still have to plug in power to the Ultrabook sooner orAndroid Gingerbread. later and in Intels specification you still have to plug in theThe LePad S2007 and S2010 are tablets with 7-inch and 10- Ethernet cable into the Ultrabook itself if you want to takeinch screens respectively. Each of them possesses a 1280 by advantage of Intels network features such as vPro.800 resolution In-Plane Switching display with a contrastratio of 1500 to 1. They run on 1.5GHz dual-core processorsand 1GB of memory, with other similar hardware to thatof LePad S2005 except for the 8-megapixel rear cameras 9
  10. 10. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone going to start to see some serious competition in the entry- level notebook segment once Microsoft launches Windows 8 for ARM. The Exynos 5250 is but a stepping stone for Samsung, yet the company claims that it offers twice the processing power over one of its Cortex-A9 based Exynos chips clocked at 1.5GHz, or some 14,000 DMIPS compared to 7,500 DMIPS. Beyond that, Samsung has doubled the memory bandwidth to 12.8GB/s, twice than not only of current dual core Cortex- A9 ARM processors, but also twice that of Intels latest Atom processors. Samsung didnt specify the graphics core in the press releaseThe upside of going wireless is of course the fact that you but the company did mention that the GPU used is moredont need to plug anything in to the system to dock it. than four times faster than what we presume is the ARMWiGig should also provide enough bandwidth to cope with Mali-400 MP used in its current Cortex-A9 based processors.just about everything youd need from a dock including display That said, were not sure thats going to be good enoughinterfaces, USB connectivity and audio. The downside is as Samsung is making some bold claims of WQVGA orincreased cost, as not only do you need a WiGig compatible 2,560x1,600 resolution support and youre going to need onechip in the Ultrabook, but also in the dock. Of course in the beefy GPU to run 3D stuff at that kind of resolution. Samsungfuture we might see displays with built in WiGig support into also claims that the extra memory bandwidth is needed to bewhich youd plug an external mouse and a keyboard and that able to handle these kinds of resolutions. That said, on deviceswould be all youd need, rather than having to connect it all to with 3D displays, were still expecting to see resolutions ofyet another device. 1,280x800 as that would be exactly half of WQVGA, ideal forConsidering that the WiGig standard has anything but 3D displays in other words.launched as yet, it seems like this solution is one for thefuture, but its nonetheless interesting to see where thingsmight be heading. One thing appears fairly certain though,Intel is set to make Ultrabooks succeed, one way or anotherand if consumers dont want them, then business users willhave to take them as a replacement for sub-notebooks whichhave been quite popular with people that travel a lot.Samsung announces the firstARM Cortex-A15 based SoCSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-the-first-arm-cortex-a15-based-soc/14101.htmlDecember 1st, 2011 But wait, theres more, a lot more. The Exynos 5250 also sports an embedded DisplayPort interface that supports panel self- refresh technology which in simple terms means that static pages doesnt require the GPU to be powered up so that they can be displayed, instead this is handled by the frame buffer in the timing controller. Shall we keep going?If there was every any doubt that ARM based processors weregoing to be limited in terms of performance, Samsungs new For those interesting in snapping pictures and video the32nm Exynos 5250 Cortex-A15 based 2GHz dual core SoC Exynos 5250 should impressive with the ability to shootshould put a lot of doubters minds at rest. This is but a first 8Megapixel stills at 30fps and 1080p video at 60fps. Theresstep of what we can expect over the next couple of years from also a hardware video codec, HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 connectivitythe ARM camp and we have a feeling that the x86 guys are (finally!) and SATA, eMMC4.5 and eSD3.0 support so theresgoing to start to see some serious competition in the entry- no shortage of storage options available for the device makers.level notebook segment once Microsoft launches Windows 8 Although Samsung claims that the Exynos 5250 was designedfor ARM. specifically for high-end tablets, we can easily see this chip ending up in some Android or Linux based notebooks in the not too distant future, especially when you consider the SATAIf there was every any doubt that ARM based processors were support as it makes it easy for the notebook makers to usegoing to be limited in terms of performance, Samsungs new standard components. The Exynos 5250 is currently sampling32nm Exynos 5250 Cortex-A15 based 2GHz dual core SoC to Samsungs customers and is expected to go into mass-should put a lot of doubters minds at rest. This is but a first production in Q2 next year which means that by this time nextstep of what we can expect over the next couple of years from year we should have products in the market sporting the newthe ARM camp and we have a feeling that the x86 guys are 10
  11. 11. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneprocessor. It will be interesting to see how much better the same shield as the Fatal1ty cards, but with a blue tintedARM Cortex-A15 core performs and what kind of device the window. Were not entirely sure what else has changed, buthardware makers can come up with. Creative Japan is touting this as a mid-range model. It comes bundled with a 3.5mm to dual RCA cable and an optical Toslink cable as well as Creatives Media Toolbox software,Creative announces additional something you dont get with the basic Recon3D model.Sound Blaster Recon3D cardsin JapanSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-announces-additional-sound-blaster-recon3d-cards-in-japan/14100.htmlDecember 1st, 2011Weve already seen the Sound Blaster Recon3D and SoundBlaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but it looks like Japanis getting an exclusive on no less than two additional models,the Sound Blaster Recon3D Professional Audio and the SoundBlaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion edition. Both cards areof course based on the new Sound Core3D chip from Creativewhich the company was touting as a quad core audio processor It also appears that all the two new models will be bundled witha little while ago. a "beamforming microphone array" in Japan which is meant to allow for clearer sound during things like voice calls or video conferencing. The two new cards arent expect to arrive untilWeve already seen the Sound Blaster Recon3D and Sound January, so we might see them in other regions as well by thenBlaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, but it looks like Japan and sadly Creative Japan didnt provide any pricing for the twois getting an exclusive on no less than two additional models, new addiotions.the Sound Blaster Recon3D Professional Audio and the SoundBlaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion edition. Both cards areof course based on the new Sound Core3D chip from Creative Report: Production of AMDswhich the company was touting as a quad core audio processora little while ago. desktop Trinity APUs fromThe Fatal1ty Champion is quite similar to the Fatal1ty March 2012Professional and the main difference as far as we can tell is Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-production-of-amd-s-desktop-the inclusion of a front mounted I/O bay that appears to be trinity-apus-from-march-2012/14099.htmlidentical to the one supplied with the older Sound Blaster X- December 1st, 2011Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion series. Apart from that the twocards appear to be identical. AMDs next-generation A-Series APUs for desktops are set to enter mass production in March 2012. First to production will be 65W APUs, to be branded A10-5700, A8-5500, A6-5400 and A4-5300 series. Higher performance 100W APUs will be produced two months later, from May 2012, branded as A10-5800 and A8-5600 series. Considering the 65W APUs go into production with a two months headstart, we can expect the 65W Trinity SKUs to release before their 100W counterparts. However, AMD may choose to hold out for a simultaneous release. Previous rumours suggested that Trinity may release before Ivy Bridge, but this report concludes a release around the same time- frame, if not later, than Ivy Bridge.The Professional Audio version on the other hand ends up New to the A-Series will be a new segment - A10, while the A8,somewhere between the Sound Blaster Recon3D and the A6 and A4 segments from Llano will continue. AMD expectsSound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional, as it has the improved supply for Trinity thanks to higher yields and greater 11
  12. 12. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonenumber of wafer starts at GloFos 32nm. The report did notmention details about Trinitys notebook release - arguablythe most important market for Trinity. All information thusfar suggests the market maintaining status-quo, with Intelretaining CPU performance leadership abd AMD continuing tooffer far superior graphics and good price/performance ratio.Before Trinity releases, AMDs Llano range will see a finalrefresh with A8-3870K, A6-3670K, A8-3820, A6-3620 andA4-3420 set to release in January 2012.Cedar Trail-M In DecemberAfter All?Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/cedar-trail-m-in-december-after-all-/14098.htmlDecember 1st, 2011 Sources in the industry are still optimistic about Atoms future. Despite dwindling netbook sales, there is still room for it, particularly in the emerging markets. The Atom netbook ecosystem suffered a huge setback earlier this year, with Samsung deciding to discontinue selling netbooks. The development left netbook at the hands of only two notable companies who can deliver in large volumes, Acer andFaced with increasingly tough competition from ARM- ASUStek.powered tablets, mediocre Q3 2011 sales (-32% YoY), and In December 2011, ASUS will unveil 10-inch netbook modelsother difficulties, launch of 32 nm "Cedar Tail-M" Atom based on Cedar Trail Atom processors, the Eee PC 1025Cprocessors has so far been a troubled affair. At one point this and Eee PC 1025CE. By the end of this year, ASUS will havemonth, there were even strong indications that the new Atom shipped an estimated 4.6-4.8 netbooks, and is expected to shipchips wont make it before Christmas. A fresh report, however, 4-4.2 in 2012. Acers volumes will be similar to ASUS, sourcescomes brings back some hope for a December 2011 launch. note.Faced with increasingly tough competition from ARM-powered tablets, mediocre Q3 2011 sales (-32% YoY), andother difficulties, launch of 32 nm "Cedar Tail-M" Atomprocessors has so far been a troubled affair. At one point this Australian court overturnsmonth, there were even strong indications that the new Atomchips wont make it before Christmas. A fresh report, however, Samsung Galaxy Tab ban Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/australian-court-overturns-samsung-comes brings back some hope for a December 2011 launch. galaxy-tab-ban/14097.htmlIntels Atom N2800 and N2600 processors designed for December 1st, 2011netbooks and ultraportable mobile PCs might still be launchedby Intel in December 2011, according to a recent report byDigiTimes. Sources told the industry observer that any delaysin the launch of the new chips could have only been becauseof weak demand for Atom processors and chipsets, sincethe target platforms of these chips are reeling with intensecompetition from tablets and other mobile computing devicesrunning ARM processors. An Australian court has overturned a preliminary injunction that banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the country, but Apple has indicated that it will appeal the decision, which could lead to further difficulties for Samsung. An Australian court has overturned a ruling that banned the sale of Samsungs Galaxy Tab in the country, giving the Korean consumer electronics giant some relief in a hotly contested patent battle. The Federal Court ruling said that there was little evidence to suggest that Samsungs tablet computer infringed a touchscreen patent that Apple had secured a preliminary injunction on. 12
  13. 13. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe court went further by dismissing the original ruling as“clearly wrong”, according to a report by the Associated Press. Berg Little Printer prints in aThe full bench argued against Federal Court Justice Annabelle big wayBennetts October ruling, stating that she failed to properly Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/berg-little-printer-prints-in-a-big-assess Apples case, which the court now believes would be way/14095.htmlunlikely to win if the matter went to trial. December 1st, 2011 Berg Little Printer doesnt produce a whole lot of photographic prints in a minute, but it can bring concise news to you by your bedside, along with some social gossips, if you want. Check out how this small box can pack a big surprise.Bennetts preliminary ruling banned the sale of the 10.1-inchversion of the Galaxy Tab, based on Apples long-standingclaims that it “slavishly copied” its design for the iPad. Berg, a design studio based in London, has recently unveiled a new printer. No, it is not your typical consumer fare that shows off its infinitely dense dots-per-inch rating or its ultra-Todays decision comes just in time for the lucrative Christmas fast print speeds for the fast-paced and impatient workforce.shopping season, which Samsung will be keen to take The Berg Little Printer is a lifestyle product which may attractadvantage of. people with its fun and personal take on printed matters. No bigger than a Rubiks cube, it serves up your daily subscription of various contents such as news, puzzles, social updates,However, Apple said that it will appeal the ruling at the messages sent from friends, and much more, with the pressAustralian High Court, so the injunction will remain standing of a button. All of them will be neatly styled into receipt-sizeduntil Friday to allow time for that to take place. prints. Management of the subscription can be carried out easily with its included smartphone app, while contents are distributed to the printer via wireless connection and CloudThe Galaxy Tab is largely seen as the primary competitor technology.to the iPad, leading some, including the European UnionsCompetition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, to question The printer itself comes in a minimalist package bearingthe potentially anti-competitive nature of these kinds of urban-style design, a rising trend in design-orientedinjunctions, which have also resulted in a sales ban of the communities. Inside, an inkless thermal printer head doesGalaxy Tab in Germany. the work and takes away the need to replace cartridges. The prints produced take after the style of graphic design which includes “visual cues from traditional halftone lithographySamsung indicated that it was happy with this latest turn of and modern pixel art”. Berg’s product does seem like anevents, claiming that it proves Apples case lacked any legal elegant marriage of advanced technology and modern stylingmerit. primarily motivated by human intuition. While it may not be the thing for every geek out there, it is likely to have a fair amount of market appeal, especially to ladies. Unfortunately, pricing and availability details have yet to be revealed, but you can sign up on their mailing list to get the latest updates. 13
  14. 14. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIntel delays Ivy Bridge to Q22012Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-delays-ivy-bridge-to-q2-2012/14088.htmlDecember 1st, 2011Few months ago, rumors due to process problems appearedthat Intel is going to delay the launch of their 22nm Ivy Bridgeprocessors from January to March 2012. Ultimately, even therumors of that March delay came untrue: Intel pushed the Furthermore, the platform just needed development timelaunch into the second quarter of 2012. to complete the complete 2012 platform (Maho Bay) andIntel processors for 2012 carry the codename Ivy Bridge. These processor (Ivy Bridge). This wasnt helped by a wave of and22nm processors will be known as the 3000 series, for example process problems and retirements that recently started toCore i3-3200, i5-3330 or the i7-3770 (regular and K, S, T happen at Intel, as the original baby boomers (joined Intel ineditions). The clock speeds will vary from 3 to 3.5GHz, while 1970 and 1980s) are beginning to leave the company.the models now officially support the prevailing DDR3-1600 Additionally, the company needs time to develop drivers formemory standard. the graphics part. After all is said and done, the new Ivy Bridge processors should debut in April-May 2012 timeframe alongside Maho Bay platform i.e. B75, Q75 and Q77 chipsets. Android Ice Cream Sandwich coming to LG phones Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/android-ice-cream-sandwich-coming- to-lg-phones/14087.html December 1st, 2011The parts were scheduled to debut in January 2012, but as LG has promised updates of Android Ice Cream Sandwich tothe time passed by, Intel wanted to extract as much money as their top-tier phones, but will they fail to meet the mark againpossible from the existing Sugar Bay platform and the Sandy as they had with Android Gingerbread? Read on to find outBridge architecture, with both bringing record profits for the which of your phones will be blessed with the new OS.company. Bear in mind that Sandy Bridge lost almost a quarterafter the infamous chipset recall at the beginning of 2011. Intelmarked a billion dollar loss with the recall costs and obviouslydecided to milk the existing products for as long as possible.The fact that AMDs Bulldozer processors failed to light upthe market only increased that reason. Ivy Bridge will come tomarket only when necessary to do so. A good number of smartphones from the LG Optimus series released in 2011 have been promised upgrades to Android 4.0 14
  15. 15. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneIce Cream Sandwich (ICS). The release dates of the updates noise-canceling headphones that reduce ambient noise andare not known yet, but the Korean company has said that they comes with a detachable cable with in-line microphonewill unveil their upgrade schedule by December, along with a for voice communication on the iPhone. The concealedlist of additional phones that will be receiving the new OS. microphones in the ear-cups pick up surrounding noises and these are electronically negated, effectively reducing the noiseAmongst the family of Android elite models, it was mentioned by up to 85%. With the absence of unwanted sound, the finely-that the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black, Optimus 3D and the tuned 40mm Neodymium drivers offers great details of musicOptimus LTE will be graced by the highly anticipated software or entertainment. The Creative HN-900s audio cable alsofrom Google. LG will also follow up with updates for as comes with an in-line microphone and switch for a convenientmany phones as they can, which is good news for owners of one-click call function for voice communication on the iPhone.older phones. LG’s Facebook page mentions: “We are also If the headphones run out of battery power, they can stillcontinuing to evaluate the ICS OS to determine whether it is be used in the passive mode without the noise-cancellationcompatible with the functionality, features and performance function.of other LG smartphones to make the ICS OS available on asmany LG smartphones as possible.” The Creative HN-900 noise-canceling headphones are currently available at the Creative online store atThese are big promises to be kept, as the owner responses sg.store.creative.com and The CREATIVE Stores outlets atfollowing the annoncement show that previous update cycles International Business Park, Marina Square and authorisedof Android Gingerbread for many of their phones are either dealers in Singapore from end Nov 2011 onwards at theslow or lacking. Hopefully, LG would take this opportunity to suggested retail price of S$129.fulfil their promises and regain more customer confidence. Celebrate Christmas withCreative announces HN-900 Limited Edition SOULheadphones with active noise- by Ludacris SL-150CScanceling for clear voice calls headphonesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-announces-hn-900- Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/celebrate-christmas-with-limited-headphones-with-active-noise-canceling-for-clear-voice-calls/14094.html edition-soul-by-ludacris-sl-150cs-headphones/14093.htmlDecember 1st, 2011 December 1st, 2011 Looking for a new headphones this festive season? Check outCreative Technology has recently announced their new the limited edition SOUL by Ludacris SL-150CS headphonesHN-900 headphones with active noise-canceling technology in chrome finish.and full-size ear-cups that can reduce ambient noise by upto 85%, offering superb audip experience anc clear voicecommunications. Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, the person behind the brand "SOUL by Ludacris" personal audio products, together with his design team, has created a Limited Edition of the SL-150CS headphone in chrome.Creative Technology has recently announced the new Creative This beautiful SL-150CS headphone comes with two differentHN-900 noise-canceling headphones, a set of full-size active detachable 3.5mm headphone cables. The standard 3.5mm 15
  16. 16. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneheadphone cable with two ring sleeves allows the user to use the primary graphics interface. Results will be comparablethe SL-150CS as a stereophonic headphone for audio playback, through Futuremarks ORB database.compatible with all 3.5mm jack audio devices. The additionalin-line 3.5mm headphone cable with three ring sleeves comeswith a built-in remote control and microphone, and allows the Seagate announces second-user to enjoy heart-thumping stereophonic bass to his or herfavorite music and audio tracks, while providing the capability gen Momentus XT Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/seagate-announces-second-gen-to answer phone calls on Apple iOS devices such as iPhone, momentus-xt/14092.htmliPad and iPod as well. The SL-150CS is a headphone that folds December 1st, 2011down easily, and comes with a semi-rigid pouch for portabilityand protection.3DMark 2012: Android devicesinvade a Windows worldSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/3dmark-2012-android-devices-invade- For Seagates sake we hope that the second time is the charm,a-windows-world/14089.html as its first generation of Momentus XT hard drives with aDecember 1st, 2011 small SLC SSD cache didnt exactly take the world by storm. Currently the new Momentus XT is only available in a single size of 750GB, plus 8GB of SLC NAND flash of course, although the real change is actually the software part and here Following on the footsteps of the recently announced Seagate has spent a lot of time optimizing things."3DMark for Windows 8" benchmark, Futuremark hasrevealed that the company is developing a new 3D benchmarkcalled "3DMark for Android". Youve guessed it right, For Seagates sake we hope that the second time is the charm,Futuremark is developing one 3D benchmark to rule them all. as its first generation of Momentus XT hard drives with a small SLC SSD cache didnt exactly take the world by storm.We have received press release stating that Futuremark Currently the new Momentus XT is only available in a singleCorporation is announcing the foundation of its Benchmark size of 750GB, plus 8GB of SLC NAND flash of course,Development Program for tablets powered by Android although the real change is actually the software part and hereoperating system. Seagate has spent a lot of time optimizing things.The first product coming out of that BDP is a next-generation Seagate claims that the new Momentus XT is close to 70benchmark "3DMark for Android" (working title), with the percent faster than its predecessor and up to three times fastergoal of becoming an industry standard gaming benchmark for than a comparable hard drive of the same size. That said, attablets. With this announcement, its official that the targeted the moment the caching only applies to read performance andplatforms for 3DMark 2012 are both Android 4 tablets and even in this case only under ideal scenarios where the SSD partWindows 8 devices - an interesting prospect. of the drive has a chance to cache the data. Even so its noFuturemark wants to attract "companies involved in the slouch compared to other mechanical drives, although its nomanufacture of Android powered devices are invited to join match for an SSD. For a few benchmarks of the Momentus XT,Futuremarks Benchmark Development Program to play a head over to StorageReview.com.critical role in the development of 3DMark for Android, frominitial specification to final delivery."Jukka Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark said, "in 2012 we willbring 3DMark to the Android platform with a professionalgrade benchmark that can be trusted by manufacturers,suppliers and vendors to provide the definitive measure ofgaming performance on Android while showcasing the verybest in real-time graphics and effects."We also caught up with Oliver Baltuch, President ofFuturemark about the promised result compatibility betweenthe two. While the benchmark development is in veryearly stages, the company wants to have comparable resultsbetween the two platforms and in about a year from now,the traditional "AMD vs. Intel" or "AMD vs. NVIDIA" debatesmight take a backseat to "3DMark Android 4 vs. 3DMarkWindows 8".The benchmark will measure gaming performance using CPU,GPU rendering and physics tests, using OpenGL ES API as 16
  17. 17. December 1st, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Momentus XT does have one upside compared to mostSSD caching solutions, its platform agnostic thanks to allthe software being stored in the drive firmware. ApparentlySeagate will be offering future upgrades for the Momentus XTthat will allow for write caching as well, although 8GB of flashis still a fairly small amount even compared to Intels SmartResponse which requires a minimum of 18GB of SSD storagespace. Beyond all this, the current price point is all wrong, asSeagate is asking for US$245 (S$320) for the Momentus XT,money that would easily buy you a fast 120GB SSD these days.Ok, so theres a trade off in terms of storage space, but overallyoull get vastly better performance. 17
  18. 18. December 6th, 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.Australians use Facebook inthe bathroom, in church, andduring sexSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/australians-use-facebook-in-the-bathroom-in-church-and-during-sex/14154.htmlDecember 6th, 2011Australians use Facebook during some of the most intimatemoments of life, according to a recent survey, suggesting thatsocial networking is becoming a growing obsession.Australians use Facebook and other social networks while inthe bathroom, in church, and during sex, according to a recentsurvey, suggesting that social networking is an obsession for Somehwat surprisingly, however, 21.5 percent of people usesome. social networks while in the bathroom, which might make you think twice about borrowing someones phone to make a call.Social media marketing firm Tick Yes conducted the surveyof close to 900 people and found out some surprising things Even more shocking is that 3.2 percent log onto Facebook,about peoples online habits. Twitter and other social networks in a place of worship, such as a church, synagogue or mosque. This will probably be the next big faux pas instead of snoring during a sermon.We all know that people check social networks at work, andthis was confirmed in the report, with 51.6 percent logging onduring office hours. And finally 2.8 percent of those asked said they used social networks while having sex. Out of those, nearly two thirds were men. We can only imagine what they were tweeting about.41.9 per cent check status updates and tweets while watchingTV, which is probably driving television advertisers crazy. It is not surprising then that 4.9 percent admitted that they were addicted to social media. We expect the real number is33.8 percent use social media while in bed and 23.3 per cent probably much higher than that.use it during meals. We might also see the shopping lists of14.8 per cent of people, who might be better off browsing pricecomparison websites instead. “The survey confirms a number of things,” said Peter Applebaum, managing director of Tick Yes. “We weren’t surprised that Facebook is far and away the most popular social media site, nor that almost half of those surveyed said that their social media usage has increased in the last year. But what did raise a few eyebrows is the extent to which Australians will stop what they’re doing – however enjoyable it may be – to respond to a tweet or post or update.” 1
  19. 19. December 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone $10 billion factory in South Korea. It hopes to have its Chinese plant open by 2013.Source: Press ReleaseImage Credit: Wiki CommonsSamsung to build Flash Bose announces SoundLinkmemory chip factory in China Wireless Mobile speaker inSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-build-flash-memory-chip- Singaporefactory-in-china/14153.html Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bose-announces-soundlink-wireless-December 6th, 2011 mobile-speaker-in-singapore/14149.html December 6th, 2011Samsung has revealed plans to build a Flash memory chipfactory in China as the lucrative smartphone and tabletcomputer markets continue to grow.Samsung has revealed plans to build a Flash memory chip Bose and Atlast Sound & Vision, Singapores premium audiofactory in China as the smartphone and tablet computer visual retailer and distributor, have launched the SoundLinkmarkets continue to grow. Wireless Mobile speaker in Singapore. The SoundLinkThe Korean electronics giant will spend upwards of 5 trillion Wireless Mobile speaker Bluetooth speaker that claims to offerwon ($4.5 billion) on the new plant, which will produce 20nm superb audio performance, mobility and durability in aFlash memory chips. The exact location of the facility has yet compact form factor.to be decided.The move signals a vote of confidence in the Chinese market,which many see as an increasingly pivotal region for electronicgoods. Samsung is already investing in China with plans tobuild a factory that will produce flat-screen TVs, one of itsstrongest industries.The plans will need to be approved by the South Koreangovernment, which monitors foreign investment made byKorean firms. However, it appears likely that it will be giventhe go-ahead.Samsung is a major player in the memory market, producingFlash chips for a number of portable devices, including Appleshighly successful iPhone and iPad ranges. The expansion intoChina will help secure deals with Huawei and ZTE, both ofwhich are increasing tablet and smartphone output.Samsung has also increased chip production at its other plants,including its only foreign facility in Austin, Texas, and a new 2
  20. 20. December 6th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneWith the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker, According to Dr. Michael Tien, CEO of Atlas Sound & Vision,you can connect wirelessly with your Bluetooth-enabled introduced the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker andsmartphone, tablet or other devices and stream music at said that the Bluetooth connectivity works even up to 10mthe touch of a button. It measures two-inches thick, and away. "There are three key benefits that Bose has focused oncan fit easily in your bag or briefcase. It is equipped with and put their effort to, on the SoundLink Wireless Mobilea rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides power for speaker. First, its quality sound to enjoy your music wherevermore than three hours at high volume, and more than eight you go; second is spontaneous mobility to take your musichours at typical listening levels. anywhere and easy to set up; and third is elegant durability whereby it looks great, works well and lasts for a long time,"It has an integrated cover that unfolds easily into a stand Tien said.for instant setup, and once opened, the system is ready to beplayed. Close the cover and the system shuts off automatically.At the top are buttons including volume controls, mute,Bluetooth (for pairing), Aux and power. The Bose SoundLink Patent Wars: HTC phones toWireless Mobile speaker also comes with Auxiliary input, face ban in USA?micro USB port for firmware upgrades and power connector. Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/patent-wars-htc-phones-to-face-ban- in-usa-/14150.htmlThe Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker with the December 6th, 2011standard trim level and dark gray Cordura nylon cover isselling at S$549, while the LX model with a premium trim leveland a dark brown leather cover is retailing at S$639. Accessorycovers in nylon (bright red or royal purple) and leather(burgundy or tan) are available separately at S$59 and S$99though the color options are not available yet at press time.The SoundLink Wireless Mobile speaker can be purchasedfrom selected partners and the Atlas Experience Audio Visual HTC smartphones may soon be barred from being importedBoutique @ TripleOne Somerset, and Bose @ Millenia Walk. into the US due to a patent infringement dispute with Apple.For more information, go to www.bose.com or www.atlas- This is a big problem for the Taiwanese based handset makerexperience.com and will send shockwaves throughout the entire Android ecosystem. The patent war between electronics giants Samsung and Apple have dominated headlines for quite a while now, but it seems that a new development might cause a big impact to the entire Android ecosystem - Taiwanese handset maker HTC may face a import ban in the US market due to technologies which infringe on Apple’s patents. Specifically, the said patent states of a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data”. An example is the ability to search and highlight a contact number on a website which is opened from the web browser of the mobile device, which can then be followed by a tap to make a phone call to that number. 3