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  1. 1. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecopper block has been machined to house two Watlow Firerodcartridges inside its body, rated able to generate 150W at 240V Active Media Launches Flipinput voltage each. A small PT100 sensor is installed inside USB Flash Drivea hole at the highest possible point of the copper core, only February 12th, 2011half a mm lower than the top of the copper block. The head ofthe sensor is at exactly the top center point of the copper core,where an actual CPU / GPU core would be. Active Media Products, manufacturer of SSDs, DOMS, and innovative USB drives, has unveiled the capless Flip USB flash drive. Measuring 46 x 13 x 8mm, the tiny device has a USB 2.0 interface, NAND flash memory chip, and comes in 4GB and 8GB capacities. Available in fire orange or white colors, the Flip can be purchased directly from Amazon at MSRPs of US $12 (4GB) and US$20 (8GB). ACTIVE MEDIA PRODUCTS PRESS RELEASE Fremont, California - February 7, 2011- Active Media Products, a leading manufacturer of SSDs, DOMs and USB drives, today announced the new FLIP pivot USB 2.0 flash drive, an ultra-slim pivot style drive. "The FLIP drive isCopper core designed in fire orange and white racing colors, giving it a unique look, and the drive is extremely small and ultra-slim, making it a highly portable storage device," stated ActiveIn order to make our testing station compatible with every Media Products VP of Sales, Jerry Thomson.cooler ever made we went with a very simple design usinginterchangeable PCBs. Creating custom PCBs by drilling exactholes at specific points is very easy, therefore by being able toeasily install different PCBs and adjust their height comparedto the top of the copper core we gained the ability to emulateany CPU core precisely and install any cooler despite itsdesign, size, shape, weight and / or retention mechanism. Bybeing able to use any custom PCB and any size copper core, weensured the usability of our testing station indefinitely. The pivot style lid protects the drive when not in use - and youll never have to worry about losing the lid because it conveniently flips open, giving instant access to your data. Pack 4GB or 8GB of data securely onto the FLIP drive. It is designed to fit easily on a keychain or in a pocket or clipped to a backpack. Load up to 2000 MP3 songs or up to 2400 six megapixel photos onto your FLIP drive to take with you anywhere.CPU test PCB 14
  2. 2. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Just weeks ago, hacker GeoHotz released the code to jailbreak Sonys PlayStation 3 console, online. Since the leak, Sony has been working hard to contain the spread of the code, and in what seemed like a victorious end to the episode, had successfully been awarded a temporary restraining order against GeoHotz himself.This new FLIP drive is available today through Amazon, at This prevented the hacker from distributing the code online,approximately $12 for the 4GB model and $20 for the 8GB. and also sent out a stern warning to potential hackers.The FLIP drive is available in fire orange or white. Just today though, a spokesperson for Sony was spotted re- Tweeting the code on his Twitter page.About Active Media Products Kevin Butler, a fictional spokesperson for Sony, re-Tweeted the code from user evixa, an added his own quibble, sayingBased in the heart of Silicon Valley, Active Media Products LLC "Lemme guess... you sank my battleship?"is dedicated to developing creative new media products that Just when it seemed that everything was coming to an end, thisimprove performance and enhance the users experience. Our is yet another embarrassing smack in the face for Sony.focus on innovative product development enables us to bringnew technology to market a step ahead of the competition.AMP is a leader in small form factor SSDs and manufacturesthe Wink and the endangered species line of USB drives. Apple files patents forFictional spokesperson for touchscreen OLED technologySony accidentally retweets currently in use onPS3 hack code smartphones February 12th, 2011February 12th, 2011 It is well known that OLED technology is superior to both conventional LCD and even the recent Super LCD technology currently in use on every single single device that has a screen.When news came out that Sonys PlayStation 3 game console Needless to say, Apple has also got its eye on this particularwas hacked into by hacker GeoHotz, it sent everyone including technology as well, and clearly intends to integrate with itsSony, into a frenzy. Whilst Sony has been successful in line of touch-based electronic devices. But it appears thatstopping the spread of the code thus far, it was conveniently the Cupertino giant might have plans to use this technologybroadcasted to the world again - this time via Twitter. against the competition: why else would the company being filing patents over touchscreen OLED technology which appear to be currently in use? For a company that always claims to be on the bleeding edge of technology, Apples line of consumer electronics products, especially its iPod, iPhone and iPads, have consistently been 15
  3. 3. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonemissing out on a certain display technology which is currently consideration the fact that Apple has had no prior experiencein use by some of its competitors. Yep, we are talking about in working with OLED displays, it would make sense that it isthat expensive display technology known as OLED, which not possible for them to come up with an entirely new methodsupposedly offers much faster response times and better of implementing such displays so suddenly.power efficiency as opposed to conventional LCD panels. And needless to say, broad patents make for great offensiveNeedless to say, it is hardly surprising that Apple would weapons in patent lawsuits, as it almost grantees thatattempt to discover ways in which it can integrate OLED competitors would find themselves running afoul of Applestechnology into its products and one-up the competition while patented methods. But we can only wait and see if things willin the process of doing so. And as it turns out, Apple is indeed really turned out as speculated.keen, or have at least expressed an interest in doing so. But Source and images: Patently Appleas most people would have already known by now, wheneverApple is interested in any technological-related advances, italmost always means one thing. Fancy a look a some new Sony shows off newpatent applications? translucent DSLR that consumers will never own February 12th, 2011 DSLRs are well known for being available in any colour the user wants them to be, as long as it is black. And once again, leave it to Sony to break the mould by exhibiting a new camera over at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show that sports a one-of-a-kind translucent plastic body. The only problem? This camera will never see the light of day in an actual photographers hands.A quick look at the patent applications reveal that Appleprobably has an intention to implement OLED technology intoa future release of consumer electronic devices. Indeed, thefirst diagram features a rather technical illustration of how If there is one universal feature about DSLRs which appliesan OLED panel might be able to fit into a device that makes to most manufacturers in the market, it has to be the factuse of touchscreen technology, along with the possibility of that most of the cameras available in the market that fallimplementing the touchscreen-enabled OLED displays on under that category typically come with only one availabledevices such as mobile phones, media players and even a colour: black. Of course, that is not necessarily a bad thing:notebook. Also included in the second filling are descriptions after all, professionalism plays a huge part in the selection ofregarding layouts for touch sensors, signal routing, other photography gear, and needless to say totting around candy-details. coloured DSLRs to a professional photoshoot does not do ones professional image much help at all.Still, as informative as this may be, it fails to change the factthat Apple is probably one of the last entrants into the OLED Still, there are times where life needs to be a little moregame. More importantly, it appears that Apple might make colourful that just dealing with things in black and white, anduse of these patents to attack competitors, simply because it would appear that Sonys latest camera which debuted in thethey cover extremely broad methods of implementing OLED CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show held in Japan might justdisplay technology in a wide variety of devices. If one takes into support that fact. Indeed, gracing Sonys exhibit was nothing 16
  4. 4. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonelesser than a new translucent Sony Alpha DSLR, complete with come with...zero new consumer-centric features. What a waythe companys proprietary translucent mirror technology. to be a wet blanket, Microsoft.Looks rather nice, doesnt it? Apparently, a website knownas PetaPixel claims that this transparent Alpha DSLR spottedin the show is actually the body for the Japanese electronicsgiants upcoming Sony Alpha A77 DSLR. Outfitted withthe same translucent mirror technology as mentioned inthe previous paragraph, the A77 is expected to replace thecompanys current A700 DSLR, and will feature various newfeatures such as 1080p video recording and a high-resolution Well, Microsoft surely took its time with this one. After all,APS-C sensor. Which sounds suspiciously like a certain high- it has been at least an entire month ever since we broughtresolution APS-C sensor we talked about quite some time ago. news of an alleged leak of an RTM release of SP1 build for Windows 7, only for the Redmond giant to step in and cautionOf course, with the A77 being an upcoming model, it should overenthusiastic users against downloading a service pack thatbe expected that Sony is not about to let the cat out of the bag was never meant to be used. And on top of that, Microsoftby revealing too much information about it. And it seems to be apparently started work on SP1 for Windows 7 as far back asworking: apparently, no one has the faintest idea as to when March last year, which makes it one of the longer developmentthe A77 will be released, and how much Sony intends to sell times Windows have spent on a Service Pack.it for. Needless to say, users from all over the world are anticipatingThat being said, we can at least say that we have positive the day Microsoft makes the inevitable announcement of wheninformation about a certain fact. The translucent body you Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 will be released, and what newsee up there? Well, its not for sale. Yep, you heard that right. features they can look forward to. And this is where we haveWhat, you mean you were actually hoping that Sony would the classic good news bad news situation playing out oncethink of selling its prototype device? Sorry to spoil your hopes, again.dude. The good news is that the wait is officially over: Microsoft hasSource and image: PetaPixel just announced in a blog post that it has signed off an SP1 build for RTM today. As usual, TechNet and MSDN subscribersWindows 7 SP1 finally marked will get first dibs on the update: these users will be able to download it from their respective portals on February 16, whilefor RTM, home users need not normal Windows users have to wait until February 22 to getapply their copy via Windows Update.February 12th, 2011 Unfortunately, this is also where the bad news part comes in. With SP1 for Windows 7 being under development for almost an entire year, chances are that some users would be expecting Microsoft to awe with tons of new features, like what happened for XP and Vista. But this is not the case for Windows 7, for Microsoft has confirmed that SP1 will come with no new user- centric features.As always, one can always count on Microsoft to kill off any According to a blog post made by Microsofts Windowsinterest in what has to be one of the more highly-anticipated Server and Cloud division Senior Technical Product Manager,software releases for the year. After generating a huge deal of Michael Kleef, the update will sport two new featureshype over what would eventually be the first Service Pack ever intended for Windows Server 2008 R2: Dynamic Memory andfor its popular Windows 7 operating system thanks a couple of RemoteFX. The former can be considered as an enhancementsupposed leaks, the software giant has apparently thought that to Windows Servers Hyper-V feature: it allows Hyper-Vit would be a nice touch to announce that SP1 for Windows will 17
  5. 5. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneusers to "increase virtual machine density with existing consumer is never the smartest kid on the block, since theirresources...without sacrificing performance or scalability" job mostly comprises sitting around and making unreasonable demands from OEMs and hardware developers under theRemoteFX, on the other hand, appears to be the more pretext of spurring innovation. And with dual-core processorsappealing feature. In his blog post, Kleef claims RemoteFXs starting to find their way into smartphones thanks togrants Windows Remote Desktop and Virtual Desktop consumer demands, it seems that Broadcom is not about toInfrastructure clients the ability to leverage a servers GPU to let itself fall behind. Indeed, the company has just announcedprovide hardware acceleration for applications which make its own dual-core System on a Chip which is specially targetedextensive use of OpenGL and Direct3D. This makes it very for high performance smartphones.useful in certain business environments, where thin clientscan easily be used to run applications which have minimum In an announcement posted on its product page, Broadcomhardware requirements way above what the remote client claims that the new BCM28150 smartphone processor is ansystem can offer. "advanced 1080p Multimedia Smartphone System on a chip (SoC)" which features a dual-core processor based off the ARMAnd if you are thinking of attempting to make use of RemoteFX Cortex A9 architecture. The processor cores reportedly utilizesto play that copy of Crysis sitting on your desktop PC on Broadcoms proprietary Merlyn app processor and VideoCoreyour netbook via Remote Desktop while on the move...well, IV mobile graphics to provide fast and seamless hardware-you might want to stop thinking about it right now, because acceleration of 1080p video content and 3D games at theRemoteFX can only be used over LAN. Ouch. smartphones native resolution. And since a smartphone SoC is mostly useless if it does supportBroadcom launches new commonly-used wireless communication protocols, it shouldSoC for smartphones, boasts probably be of no surprise that Broadcom has taken steps to ensure that its SoC plays nice with existing standards.1080p video playback Accordind to the company, the BCM28150 features built-inFebruary 12th, 2011 support for EDGE, WCDMA, 4G HSPA+ and HSDPA, and is intended to be used with the Android operating system, although Broadcom has claimed that the SoC will also work with other open mobile operating systems. Last but not least, Broadcom has confirmed that the complete BCM28150 smartphone platform (currently codenamedDo you remember the days where totting a smartphone Broadstone) will include the following hardware: the 40nmthat boasted Qualcomms Snapdragon platform and single- BCM28150 HSPA+ system-on-a-chip (SoC) smartphonecore Scorpion processor was an instant passport to large processor, the BCM2091 radio frequency (RF) IC, theamounts of geek credentials? Well, it appears that the days BCM59056 advanced power management unit (PMU) withof single-core processors on smartphone are all but gone, charger and audio support and Broadcoms Wi-Fi, Bluetooth,and Broadcom apparently seems to think so. After all, why FM, A-GPS and NFC connectivity technologies.else would the company launch a new dual-core System on a Technical specifications are as listed below:Chip for specially designed for high-performance smartphonecomputing?Barely as 18 months ago, single-core computing on a mobileInternet device such as smartphones were considered as theonly viable method that provided users with just the right mixof power and energy drain.. After all, one must remember thatsmartphones were originally intended to be used as businesstools and not as fashion statements or mobile entertainmentdevices.Fast forward to the present, and today the smartphonehas moved from being a mobile business tool to amobile entertainment device for consumers, thanks to theintroduction of the iPhone. Needless to say, the average 18
  6. 6. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone the U270 and X370 come with user-friendly hardware andMSI unveils X-Slim X370, Wind software, including the MSI S-Bar that lets you control majorU270 and CR650 with AMDs OS and hardware hot keys as well as MSIs own application software with a simple click of the mouse. No pricing detailsnew generation dual core available yet.E-350 processorFebruary 12th, 2011 RunCore launches ExpressCard SSD and USB 3.0 host card in one February 12th, 2011MSI have launched their new powerful performance notebook Notebooks have limited upgradability at best and if yourecomputers which include the 15.6-inch CR650, the 12-inch lucky to own one with an ExpressCard slot, then you will knowWind U270, and the 13.4-inch X-Slim X370. All three how frustrating it is to have to swap between two differentnotebook PCs are equipped with AMD latest generation dual cards. Especially if one of them happens to be a storagecore E-350 processor and AMD Radeon HD 6310 discrete upgrade. Chinese SSD maker RunCore has come to the rescuegraphics that supports DirectX 11, and long battery life. with a product that should appeal to notebook PC users, at least as long as the price is right; the ExpressCard 34 SSD withThe MSI CR650 (above picture) features Turbo Battery+ a built-in USB 3.0 host controller.shortcut that lets you control digital multimedia with yourmouse; SRS PC Sound that can reproduce sound faithfully The card is called the RunCore Pro IV ExpressCard SSD andwhen you listen to your favorite songs or watching videos; it contains a 64GB SSD that connects to your notebook via theand Cinema Pro technology that claims to offer similar audio ExpressCard interface. It also hass a USB 3.0 host controllerexperience of live performances, films and recording studios. which allows you to connect USB 3.0 devices to your notebook which means that youll be able to take advantage of fast, external storage devices. Add to the fact that RunCore has implemented a USB 3.0 host feature that lets you connect the Pro IV to a desktop PC with USB 3.0 connectivity (or USB 2.0 for that matter) to copy data at high speed.The Wind U270 sports a 12-inch 16:9 wide display, weighsa portable 1.3kg, and is less than an inch thick. it featuresMSIs proprietary ECO power-saving design which allows thebattery to last twice as long as conventional notebooks. It isalso sheathed in color film print which not only looks stylish,but protects against smudging and wear. The SSD part may not be all that impressive compared to the latest generation of SSDs and it actually compares more to recent USB 3.0 flash drives with a read speed of 110MB/s and a write speed of 80MB/s. But it is still not too bad considering how unique this product is on the market. Sadly, RunCore didnt announce a launch date or any kind of pricing, but wed expect the Pro IV to sell in excess of US$200 considering it isThe 13-inch MSI X-Slim X370 not only looks good, but it is also a 64GB SSD and a USB 3.0 host controller in one.super slim, yet comfortable to use. It weighs about 1.4kg andboasts powerful multimedia and processing capabilities. Both 19
  7. 7. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Specifications:HP unveils TouchPad tablet - Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHzand two smartphones, Veer processorand Pre3 - 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen (1024x768)February 12th, 2011 - 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage - HP webOSHP has announced their new TouchPad webOS tablet device - Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/nwhich boasts to introduce fun and mobile productivity. Thecompany has also introduced two new smartphones- Veer and - A-GPS (3G only)Pre3 - which also run webOS. - Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1+EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support - 3.5mm headset/headphone/microphone jack - Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio - Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam - Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope - Rechargeable 6,300mAh batteryHP has unveiled their first webOS slate, the HP TouchPad. - Micro-USB connectorIt features a 9.7-inch capacitive multitouch display, virtualkeyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player - Built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging (HP10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of Touchstone for TouchPad sold separately) and HP touch-webOS applications. Designed for entertainment and mobile to-share to share web addresses between TouchPad andproductivity, the TouchPad boasts to offer unified experience compatible webOS phonesacross various devices.You can answer calls or view your Short Message Service - Dimensions: 190 x 242 x 13.7 mm(SMS) messages from the slate, or use the exclusive touch-to-share feature to share web URLs from your webOS phone - Weight: approximately 740gto the TouchPad. With HP Synergy, simply sign in to yourFacebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo!accounts and your contacts, calendar and email automatically The Daily VR-Zone Newspopulate on the slate. Summary - 9 Feb 2011Amazon.com has also announced that it will launch a free February 12th, 2011Kindle app for HP webOS tailored for TouchPad that will giveuser access to more than 810,000 titles from Amazons KindleStore. You can also buy and sell on Amazon.com, do internetbanking, buy movie ticketsor check the latest news.Other features include 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, 16or 32GB internal storage, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetoothwireless connectivity and A-GPS. The TouchPad also comes In todays news roundup: - Review of Kingston HyperX Specialwith built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging, Edition Sandy Bridge 1600MHz CL9 - Review of Sunbeamtechand is compatible with the HP Touchstone for TouchPad (sold Twister 120 CPU Cooler - Nokia drops MeeGo phone beforeseparately). You can charge in either portrait or landscape launch - HPs Palm set to unveil tablet - Video Game Review:mode, even without removing the TouchPad case (sold Dungeons, and more..separately). Hardware News:Availability Description: Kingstons KHX1600C9D3X2K2/4GX is a kitHP TouchPad is scheduled to be available this summer. Pricing of two 256M x 64-bit 2GB (2048MB) DDR3-1600MHz CL9and availability will be announced at a later date. SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) memory modules, based on sixteen 128M x 8-bit DDR3 FBGA components per module. 20
  8. 8. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneEach module kit supports Intel XMP (Extreme Memory consoles, without losing any of the irreverence that originallyProfiles). made it a hit. With solo, and multiplayer (online and off) options, its a fun title to stick in when youre not grinding awayDescription: The TWISTER 120 incorporates our newest ISO- in Fallout or fragging people in Black Ops.Turbo Technology for increased cooling. The dual 120mmMFDB fan spins in opposite direction which allows for more Description: Publisher Kalypso and developer Realmformconcentrated airflow, combined with the three 8mm heat Studios have introduced Dungeons, which on first blush lookspipes and large fin area, the TWISTER 120 offers one of the like a spiritual successor to the famed series. You play abest cooling capabilities in its class. Dungeon Lord who builds deathtrap dungeons to spread his influence on the land above, and must protect his dungeonDescription: Xigmateks Aegir CPU cooler does indeed bring heart from invaders, all while trying to keep the denizensa lot to the party. With excellent cooling performance and a happy.robust, yet easily installed mounting solution, this cooler ranksat the top of its class. White LEDs in the fan frame add a bit ofvisual interest to the smoky, PWM fan and will fit nicely intomany color schemes for the enthusiast thet cares about this Enermax readies NAXN Seriessort of thing. PSUs February 12th, 2011Description: ADATA started to introduce speedy USB 3.0 flashdrives to the market, one of them being the Superior SeriesS102 16GB model. These products have different read/writespeeds depending on the capacity and thanks to their veryhigh read speed performances we can use them successfully forbooting Live USB Linux distributions or for transferring theWindows 7/Vista install kits, to speed up the OS installation. Enermax is preparing to release its NAXN line-up of PSUs,Description: With the launch of the GTX 570 series, some designed for both gamers and enthusiasts. Available inmanufacturers including Gainward also came up wit their modular (NAXN 82+) and non-modular (NAXN 80+) models,overclocked GTX 570 models and Golden Sample that provide they feature Heat and Air Guard functions, multiple protectionan increase of performance of almost 2.5 to 9.3% circuitry (OCP, OVP, AC UVP, DC UVP, OPP, OTP, SCP andConsumer Electronics and Software News: SIP), active PFC, and are cooled by a silent 120mm (135mm fan for NAXN 82+) fan.Description: Nokia has stopped developing its firstsmartphone using the MeeGo operating system, two industrysources close to the company said.Description: Ever hear of Coloud? I didn’t until one of theirsets of headphones appeared on my doorstep for review. Theirnew line is called Colors and they’re aptly named as you canget them in many different colors.Description: The Vatican put its foot down Wednesday overthe idea of "confessing" by iPhone, after news that US users cannow download an application for the Apple gadget that helpsthe faithful gain absolution.Description: HP has plenty riding on the event, which willshowcase the webOS mobile operating system -- the most NAXN 80+valuable asset the company acquired when it bought handheldpioneer Palm last summer for $1.2 billion. HP plans to roll outwebOS in a number of products across its portfolio. Enermax is preparing to release its NAXN line-up of PSUs, designed for both gamers and enthusiasts. Available inDescription: Korean manufacturer LG Electronics has modular (NAXN 82+) and non-modular (NAXN 80+) models,filed lawsuits over alleged patent infringements in Sonys they feature Heat and Air Guard functions, multiple protectionPlaystation 3 console and Bravia TVs. circuitry (OCP, OVP, AC UVP, DC UVP, OPP, OTP, SCP & SIP),Description: It seems in this day and age everybody wants a active PFC, and are cooled by a silent 120mm (135mm fan forpiece of the PC peripherals market. This time Corsair, famous NAXN 82+) fan.for manufacturing PC hardware, released its own lineup ofhigh-end speakers and headsets. Packing in many popularfeatures, the Corsair HS1NA USB Gaming Headset comes with7.1 virtual surround sound and massive 50mm drivers.Gaming News:Description: You Dont Know Jack returns in a packagethat finally brings the game onto the current generation of 21
  9. 9. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNAXN 82+ The Flexi-Drive Accelerate Duo features a special controller,The 80PLUS certified NAXN 80+ PSUs have two 12V rails and supporting data transfer speeds up to 110MB/s (read) andare available in 350W, 450W, 500W and 600W capacities. The 70MB/s (write) via its USB 3.0 interface. They can be found82PLUS certified NAXN 82+ come in 750W / 850W models in store shelves around EU at MSRPs of €69.90 (32GB) andwith two/ four 12V rails respectively. €124.90 (64GB).Sharkoon Releases Flexi-Drive Thermaltake Ships Level 10Accelerate Duo Flash Drives GTFebruary 12th, 2011 February 12th, 2011Sharkoon has announced the Flexi-Drive Accelerate Duo Thermaltake, well-known amongst enthusiasts for its highseries of affordable USB 3.0 flash drives, aimed at mainstream performance thermal solutions and PC cases, has unveiled theusers. Measuring 72 x 19 x 8mm and weighing about 16g, these long awaited Level 10 GT, successor to the best-selling Levelultra-portable aluminum flash drives are available in 32GB 10 Super-Gaming Modular Tower Chassis.and 64GB variants. Thermaltake, well-known amongst enthusiasts for its highSharkoon has announced the Flexi-Drive Accelerate Duo performance thermal solutions and PC cases, has unveiled theseries of affordable USB 3.0 flash drives, aimed at mainstream long awaited Level 10 GT, successor to the best-selling Levelusers. Measuring 72 x 19 x 8mm and weighing about 16g, these 10 Super-Gaming Modular Tower Chassis.ultra-portable aluminum flash drives are available in 32GBand 64GB variants. 22
  10. 10. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone It supports all microATX, ATX, Extended ATX motherboards and has room for four optical devices, six HDDs / SSDs, and eight PCIe expansion cards. The massive Level 10 GT is cooled by four ColorShift / Turbo fans (x1 top 200mm, x1 front 200mm, x1 side 200mm and x1 rear 140mm exhaust fan) and has three rear pre-drilled holes for water-cooling tubes. It is now available through major retailers and e-tailers at a MSRP of US$279.99. PhotoFast announces high-Measuring 584 x 282 x 590mm and weighing 12.7kg, the all performance USB 3.0 cardblack full tower boasts a myriad of features: an improved cable readermanagement system, convertible top-vent 240mm water- February 12th, 2011cooling design, hinged side-panel door, five hot-swappablehard drive bays, multiple USB 2.0 / 3.0 / eSATA connectors,and a built-in fan controller. Card readers dont tend to be all that exciting these days, mostly because they all do the same job and perform about the same. Not so with the new CR-8600 from PhotoFast which is one of the first multi-format USB 3.0 card readers to hit the market. It offers three to four times the performance of the best USB 3.0 card readers with current generation memory cards and will potentially offer even better performance with faster memory cards. Card readers dont tend to be all that exciting these days, mostly because they all do the same job and perform about the same. Not so with the new CR-8600 from PhotoFast which is one of the first multi-format USB 3.0 card readers to hit the market. It offers three to four times the performance of the best USB 3.0 card readers with current generation memory cards and will potentially offer even better performance with faster memory cards. 23
  11. 11. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Wireless networking has become a ubiquitous technology these days that few of us would want to live without, but the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard isnt without flaws. Most of the problems tend to be related to either range or speed and the latter is looking set to get a big boost by the end of 2012 when the 802.11ac standard is expected to launch with a draft moniker tacked onto its name, much like the 802.11n draft standard that we lived with for so long. The 802.11ac standard will bring with it Gigabit speeds, but unlike the current 802.11b/g/n standards it will not operate on the 2.4GHz band. Instead, 802.11ac will be using a frequency close to 6GHz (802.11a and some 802.11n solution operates at 5GHz today) which means that there might be yet another round of complaints from various countries around the world that are already using that frequency range for other transmissions. The 0.1 draft standard of 802.11ac is expected to be approved by the end of February according to the IEEEE 802.11 task group that are working on ratifying the standard, but we wontThe CR-8600 supports all standard memory card formats see any retail devices until the end of 2012 by which time wesuch as CompactFlash, SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick, HS should see interoperable devices in the market. According toMemory Stick, Memory Stick XC and the various mini and some research done by In-Stat and quoted by CNET we canmicro formats of the SD and Memory Stick cards. So far expect no less than a billion 802.11ac devices by 2015, althoughPhotoFast has tested it with a range of the latest generation wed take this with a pinch of salt as the 802.11n has as yet toof memory cards and have reached read speeds of 96.75MB/s replace the aging 802.11g standard in most places outside theand write speeds of 67.73MB/s using a CompactFlash UDMA home.7 card, read speeds of 84MB/s and write speeds of 48.24MB/ One of the major advantages 802.11ac should bring with its using an SDXC USH-I card and finally read speeds of is sufficient bandwidth for streaming HD video around the43.18MB/s and write speeds of 43MB/s using a Memory Stick home, something the 2.4GHz 802.11n standard isnt quitePro-HG card. up to task to do. There are of course 5GHz implementationsJudging by these numbers its pretty clear that a USB 3.0 card of the 802.11n standard that does a great job of streamingreader makes sense for those using the latest generation of even multiple 1080p HD streams such as the solutions frommemory cards with their digital cameras and camcorders as Quantenna, but these are still fairly rare. By having a singlethe same UDMA 7 CompactFlash card only mustered 34MB/ universal standard, we should see a quicker uptake of thiss read and 33MB/s write performance using a USB 2.0 card technology which in turn should mean more devices that willreader. The CR-8600 should hit retail sometime in March with use it.worldwide availability and a retail price of around US$30. On the downside, the USB Wi-Fi dongle might be dead, at least unless the hardware makers adopts the USB 3.0 interface which is yet another standard that has as yet to gain universal approval. Although this is really only going to be an issue on older devices, but as the 802.11ac standard is expected to beGigabit speed 802.11ac built into both notebooks and other mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, its really just a matter of time beforestandard should launch by end itll gain enough traction in the market. Initially its likely thatof 2012 hardware will carry a price premium over 802.11n solutions, but this is all par for the course when moving to somethingFebruary 12th, 2011 faster and better in the IT industry.Wireless networking has become a ubiquitous technologythese days that few of us would want to live without, butthe 802.11 Wi-Fi standard isnt without flaws. Most of theproblems tend to be related to either range or speed and thelatter is looking set to get a big boost by the end of 2012when the 802.11ac standard is expected to launch with a draftmoniker tacked onto its name, much like the 802.11n draftstandard that we lived with for so long. 24
  12. 12. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone 1,000,000 : 1(definitely not static) and a fast response timeNVIDIA HDMI 3D: now coming of 2ms. However, the real draw of the GN245HQ still lies in itsto an Acer monitor near you 3D capabilities, and needless to say Acer has clearly pulled outFebruary 12th, 2011 all the stops in this aspect. According to the Taiwanese OEM, the GN245HQ is the worlds first monitor to feature built- in support for NVIDIAs stereoscopic technology over HDMI, along with the more conventional method of transmitting 3D content over dual-link DVI. And since the GN245HQ has the ability to receive and display stereoscopic 3D content via HDMI-in, it should come as littlePlaying games on the PC is definitely one of the more surprise that the monitor is theoretically capable of supportingenjoyable ways to pass the time, thanks to the wide variety a variety of video input device such as digital TV set-topof PC-only titles and the introduction of extremely powerful boxes, Blu-ray disc players and even video game consoles.hardware specially dsigned for such purposes. That being However, chances are these features will be all but useless tosaid, if something is worth doing, then it is definitely worth the average Joe at this point of time, especially if one takesoverdoing as well, and gaming is no exception. And what better into account that most countries still lack a 3D broadcastingway to enhance ones gaming experience than to top of the infrastructure for content producers to take advantage of,package with a 3D capable monitor from Acer for that added essentially rendering the GN245HQ useless in just aboutdegree of realism? everything except gaming. That being said, if the idea of spending good money on a 23.6-inch monitor that can only be used for gaming purposes sounds like the very thing you have in mind, wed suggest that you start fattening up that piggy bank of yours by feeding it with all that hongbao money acquired over the Lunar New Year. With its relatively fat pricetag of US$677, trust us when we say that your wallet will need all the food it can get.Gaming is probably one of the few digital entertainmentoptions which most of use find ourselves unable to give upon, and for good reason. After all, nothing can come close to More than a million AMDreplacing the thrill and exhilaration of blasting the brains off avirtual enemys head with a double barreled shotgun at point Fusion chips shippedblank range, especially after a hard day at work or in school. February 12th, 2011That being said, taking a trip down to virtual reality townwould definitely be a lot more satisfying if one could actuallyfeel as though he or she was being placed directly into thethick of action, as opposed to merely watching animated headsbob around a computer screen. Fortunately, users who cravesuch realism no longer have to take the trouble of investingin a large (and expensive) 3D television set, because Acer has AMDs Fusion chips have been heatedly debated recently.just released its new 3D-capable GN245HQ monitor which The promise of higher performance with less heat, less powerthe company claims is particularly well suited for all forms of consumption and lower cost seems to have proven itself true,media consumption, gaming included. with AMD shipping over a million of these chips in less than six months of the product entering consumer markets. Promising low power consumption, low heat emissions and increased performance, AMDs Zacate and Ontario chipsAcer claims that the LED-backlit, full HD GN245HQ will based on the Fusion platform have been selling like hotcakes.sport a 23.6-inch form factor along with various features The Fusion chip is basically a core processor as well as asuch as an extremely high but meaningless contrast ratio of 25
  13. 13. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonegraphics processor combined on a single die. Also called APU, damage control after the news of the defect in its 6-seriesor Accelerated Processing Unit, these Fusion chips have been Cougar Point chipsets was made public. Needless to say, thisdelivering as promised. led to a abrupt halt on all shipments of the affected chipset. Until today, that is: the chip giant has just announced that itThe HP dm1z equipped with the first of these APU chips was intends to resume the shipment of the affected chipsets , butrecently tested and the results were astounding. The Zacate with a catch.platform for netbooks easily outperforms Intels dual-coreAtom chips, and is hot on the heels of Intel Atom + nVidia Simply put, Intel knows that it has a reputation to uphold,ION based netbooks. Furthermore, these chips consume less and having to deal with hordes of angry consumers whosepower, and as a result develop less heat than their Intel and machines are experiencing premature hardware failures isnVidia counterparts. definitely not going to do itself any favors for its corporate image. As such, the company has just announced in a pressCombine desirable characteristics with a low cost price, and release that the affected chipsets will only be shipped to OEMsthe answer is clear. Manufacturers are snapping up these chips who are "committed to shipping the Intel 6 Series Chipset inat an alarming rate. As of current, the only Fusion-powered PC system configurations that are not impacted by the designnetbook available locally is the Sony VAIO Y series. However, issue will be receiving these shipments".the number of Fusion-based notebooks is poised to increasesteadily in the near future, as the Intel Atom-based netbooks This means that OEMs which want to make use of the faultybegin to phase out. chipsets for their PCs have the responsibility of ensuring that the machines are configured in such a way its boards doThe Fusion platform was announced a long time ago, but it not sport connectors interfacing the faulty Cougar Point part.was only recently that the chips were showcased and later went Examples of such implementations include making use of theon retail. With such effort and time spent on innovating, it chipsets in closed configurations such as notebooks, or in theis no wonder that the results produced from these chips are case of desktop configurations, installing a PCIe SATA card tonothing short of stellar. Such a technological advance shows provide additional SATA ports.that the future of mobile gaming need not mean large laptopswith loud fans, high heat output, and the inability to run on Only when these conditions are met will Intel allow thebattery-powered sources for more than an hour. respective OEMs to continue receiving shipments of the 6- series Cougar Point chipsets.Intel resumes shipments Dell showcases prototypeof faulty 6-series chipsets Windows 7 tablet andto OEMs with one specific business PCs February 12th, 2011conditionFebruary 12th, 2011 Dell has showcased their new 10-inch Windows 7-based device and business PCs at the recent companys "Dell Means Business" event in San Francisco.Remember that whole hoo-ha Intel caused among OEMs,system builders and enthusiasts last week when it found outabout the major blunder it made to the design of its 6-seriesCoguar Point chipsets? Well, it turns out that the chip gianthas decided that decided to resume shipment of the affectedchipsets to OEMs, but only if the latter fulfills a certaincondition. At the recent Dell event, Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager of Dell commercial client product group,As most would have already been aware, Intels PR personnel showed a prototype 10-inch business tablet device that iswere having the time of their lives attempting to perform running Windows 7 operating system. The tablet is designed 26
  14. 14. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonefor users who want mobility, security, manageability, and cost would be fairly high. The HTC Saga will sport a 4-incheasy integration with existing infrastructures. According to the screen, possibly running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and hascompany, the Intel-based tablet would also come in Android front and rear built-in camera.flavor though it may not be under the Streak family. No pricing It is still not known whether the HTC Saga will have at leasthas been revealed for the Windows 7 business tablet though an 8-megapixel camera and supports LTE 4G network. FromDell said it could be available by June this year. the leaked pictures, the HTC Saga could be named HTC Desire 2 after all. We would only know when the company made the announcement at Mobile World Congress that is happening in Barcelona next week. Eleventh beta for Firefox 4 goes live, prepare for a more private Internet February 12th, 2011Other new products unveiled at the event include laptops, Playing with beta software is never the wisest of choices,desktops, workstations, and Latitude XT3 convertible tablet especially if the developer in question has a release schedule(above picture). which is completely out of whack with what most typical end- users would expect. And if you currently happen to be testingHTC Saga pictured; Is this the out the beta builds of Mozillas browser, youd better prepare to start hitting the download managers, for the company hasHTC Desire 2? just rolled out its eleventh beta release of Firefox 4.February 12th, 2011Photos of a new HTC smartphone were leaked online, just aweek before Mobile World Congress, and it was said to be HTCSaga. Could this be the successor to the HTC Desire? Is there such a concept known as privacy when the Internet is concerned? Many might want to think that they have the right to prevent content providers from tracking visitor behavior such as browsing preferences and online habbits. After all, it does sound a little disconcerting to know that data that could potentially be used to identify oneself is easily floating around the depths of cyberspace, with determined hackers and spammers waiting to spring on the slightest opportunity to blast out spam mails about the latest in mens health supplements. Not exactly the nicest of thoughts. Naturally, the increased awareness about online privacy (or rather, the lack of it) has spurred browser developers into searching for ways that could assist in preventing an ignorant user from unknowingly giving away such information withoutHTC has done very well last year with their Q4 2010 her consent. And it seems that Mozilla has finally settled onfinancial announcement of a net profit of more than US$500 what it believes is the best possible solution: to implement a Domillion. And that is mostly thanks to Googles Android mobile Not Track feature in its just-released eleventh beta of Firefox 4.platform. With recent leak of the new HTC Saga smartphone,many speculated that this could be the successor to HTCDesire, or formerly known as the HTC Desire 2.The HTC Saga looks similar to the Nexus One, except that itdoes not have the trackball below the display. However, thephone looks to be using an integrated design which means the 27
  15. 15. February 12th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone *The eleventh beta of Firefox 4 can be downloaded from the Mozilla 4 Beta page here. And just to make it clear, beta software is usually anything but stable, so the usual warning of VR-Zone not being responsible for unfortunate mishaps such as exploding PCs and data mysteriosuly disappearing off hard disks applies.According to a blog posting made by one of the browsersdevelopers, the" Do Not Track feature allows users to set abrowser preference that will broadcast their desire to opt-outof third party, advertising-based tracking by transmitting aDo Not Track HTTP header with every click or page view inFirefox". When enabled, web sites will be told by Firefox via aheader that the user does not wish to be tracked online."The advantages to the header technique are that it is lesscomplex and simple to locate and use, it is more persistentthan cookie-based solutions, and it doesn’t rely on user’sfinding and loading lists of ad networks and advertisers towork".Of course, one might be tempted to wonder why Mozilla hadto take an entire year to realize that the Internet needed sucha feature to better safeguard user privacy. Unfortunately, itseems that users who have been waiting that long for such aprivacy feature will probably wind up being very disappointedfor now. This is due to the fact that while the feature isconfirmed to be functional on the browsers end, the samecannot be said for the millions of websites in cyberspace todaywhich neither recognize nor support the new Do Not Trackheader.And while Firefox believes that the chicken-and-egg problemcan be solved when content providers and webmasters haveno choice but to honour user preferences after receieve largeenough numbers of the header appearing in their server accesslogs, wed guard against unmerited optimism until someconcrete results finally show up. After all, do users really thinkthat content providers would sacrifice potential ad revenue tobe gained from such tracking over some moral issue aboutprivacy? 28
  16. 16. February 15th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! Xigmateks forthcoming Achilles Plus SD1484 CPU cooler, andThe Daily VR-Zone News I tested it to compares its performance to a variety of air andSummary - 15 Feb 2011 water coolers.February 15th, 2011 ASUS Sabertooth P67 Review @ ocaholic Description: With the Sabertooth P67, ASUS has an Intel- P67 based motherboard in its portfolio that comes with some interesting features. Therefore very suspicious is the so called thermal shield. This plastic cover should allow an optimized airflow over the boards core components. HIS HD 6970 Review - XSReviewsIn todays news roundup: HISs Radeon HD 6970 graphics Description: Each generation of graphics cards is made up ofcard gets reviewed; Seagate officially announces the shipment the kind of GPUs that most people buy, the mid-range and theyof its one millionth self-encrypting hard drive; Apple CEO have the budget ones which quite a lot of others buy. Then youSteve Jobs gets a virtual boot to the face courtesy of LG; Steve have the monsters, dual chip and single. Today we look at theBallmer talks about Internet Explorer 9 and multitasking for latter one from HIS, the HD 6970. A giant card with expectedWindows Phone 7, and Kohime Musou, the popular Japanese impressive performance; though you know this is going to pullvisual novel which features a genderbent version of the Three a lot of power. Lets see how much.Kingdoms, is getting an arcade fighter adaptation. Seagate Ships One Millionth Self-Encrypting Hard Drive.Hardware News: Description: Seagate Technologies, the company that shipsAXLE GeForce GT 430 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit most enterprise-class hard disk drives (SEDs), on MondayReviews said that shipments of its self-encrypting drives (SEDs) haveDescription: Legit Reviews has the NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 exceeded one millions of units. The company intends to greatlyClassic Edition video card from AXLE 3D up for review today. expand its lineup of SEDs as it believed that the demand forEquipped with 96 CUDA cores on the GF108 Fermi GPU such drives will grow fast.along with 1GB of GDDR3 memory, the GT 430 is geared Consumer Electronics and Software News:toward lower end gaming and the home theater markets. Readon to see what we find on the AXLE GeForce GT 430 and to Watch Steve Jobs Get Kicked In The Face By The LG Optimussee how it performs in games lie Mafia 2 and Batman: Arkham PadAsylum! Description: Nevermind the man is recovering from cancer, LG just kicked Steve Jobs’ in the face. Really. Well, virtually atEnermax Hoplite Review @ Vortez least. But it still counts!Description: Enermax are world renowned for their presencewithin the PSU and cooling departments and are regarded as Mad Catz CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Elite USB Gaminga household name, but would you be shocked to hear that Keyboard Review @ Bigbruin.comEnermax also produce computer cases? Admittedly they have Description: Mad Catz may not be the best known name inonly a very small selection to choose from, but in the last 2 the electronics accessory business, but odds are that you mayyears Enermax have branched off into the computer case genre have used one of their products before. They manufacturewhich will certainly surprised quite a few. These cases have everything from fully licensed console controllers, to Rockbeen directed toward entry level users, so fundamentally the Band and Guitar Hero branded instruments. For this review,hardware enthusiast will be ignorant of their existence. But Geeks.com has sent over the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2this year, things are about to change. Elite USB gaming keyboard.Asus Xonar DG Headphone Amp Sound Card Review @ Sony announces pricing for the EX720 3D TVs, ready for pre-Tweaknews orderDescription: Asus Xonar line continues its impressive lineup Description: Sonys Bravia EX720 3D TVs are now pricedwith the Xonar DG, proving to be an exceptional value at $30. and can be pre-ordered. The 32" (KDL32EX720) willIt does a good job providing richer, fuller sound over speakers, cost $949, the 40" (KDL40EX720) will cost $1399, thebut the built-in headphone amp is where this card really excels. 46" (KDL46EX720) will cost $1699, the55" (KDL55EX720) will cost $2299 and the 60" (KDL60EX720) will cost $3299.Xigmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Heatsink @ Benchmark The TVs will ship soon (in February, except the 60" that willReviews ship in April).Description: One of the benefits of testing computer hardwareis that you occasionally get to look at new kit before its SonyEricssons LiveView finally lands in the US - for $82introduced to the market. In my time at Benchmark Reviews, Description: SonyEricssons LiveView is finally shipping in theIve been fortunate enough to be able to review some cases US - for $82 (its been available in the UK for quite someand CPUs before they were generally available (or in some time now). The Liveview is an Android accessory with a smallcases, before they were even announced). Recently Benchmark (1.3") PMOLED display and can communicate via Android 2.xReviews was given the oppotunity to evaluate a prototype of devices. You can control music, get notifications about phone 1
  17. 17. February 15th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonecalls, updates from applications (twitter, facebook) and more.The idea is that you can wear it like a watch:Why Apple Will Not Release a Cloud-Based iPhone Nano ThisYearDescription: I like the idea of an iPhone nano. One with a smallscreen with the same resolution of an iPhone 3GS, powered byan A4 processor. Id buy one. But a cloud-based iPhone doesntmake any sense. Not right now.IE9, multitasking goes head to head with Windows Phone 7Description: Steve Ballmer takes to the stage at the HotelSomethingorother here at Mobile World Congress. We donteven attempt to make it and sit on the floor at the MWC booth- watching on with increasing leg cramp as the shy and retiring If you are looking to get a laptop or netbook, yousalesman of Redmond tells us, mostly, what we already knew. may be confused by the sheer number of modelsGaming News: available on the market, not to mention, for differentKoihime Musou Gets Arcade Fighter market segments - ultraportable for the frequent travellers,Description: Heard of Koihime Musou? Girls using popular multimedia powerhouse for those who enjoy watching highnames from Chinese history, welding huge blades and definition movies, and even gaming workhorse for theweapons ? Well, Koihime Musou is getting a fighter game for hardcore gamers.the arcades. Aside from these, some computer manufacturers haveBizarre Creations Closing This Week also collaborated with fashion designers and even carDescription: Bizarre Creations is closing its doors for good this manufacturers to come up with a product for the nicheFriday after Activision failed to find a buyer for the studio and premium market. For example, HP has worked withresponsible for a string of highly regarded games. world-renowned fashion designer Vivienne Tam on a special Vivienne Tam edition laptop, while Acer has produced theNew Assassins Creed in the works Ferrari laptops with the car maker. And ASUS has their line ofDescription: Ubisoft confirms it is readying another entry in Lamborghini notebook PCs too.its award-winning action adventure series; more details due inMay. The ASUS Lamborghini VX6 is the latest addition to the premium line of mobile computers, and that is mainly because of the "charging bull" logo on the netbook.ASUS Lamborghini VX6 Heres a sneak peek at the hardware specifications:-Review: Ultraportable netbookwith great performance ASUS Lamborghini VX6February 15th, 2011 CPU 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 dual-core Memory Up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM Hard disk 320GB SATA Screen 12.1-inch Graphics Nvidia ION 2 dedicated GPUThe ASUS Lamborghini VX6 is the latest mobile computer Display Resolution 1366x768born from the collaboration between the Taiwanese computer Connectivity 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 2xmaker and Italian car manufacturer. Like the sports car, it USB3.0, 1X USB 2.0, 1xcommands a premium, but boasts a luxurious design and LAN RJ-45, 2x audiosuperior performance. jack(Headphone / Mic- in), card Reader - MMC/ SD(SDXC) Web camera 1.3-megapixel Battery +10.95V 5200mAh 56Wh OS Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit Dimensions 297 x 204 x 28.7mm Weight 1.5kg 2
  18. 18. February 15th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneHTC Flyer: HTCs First 7-inch App Store SubscriptionsTablet recurring your way soonFebruary 15th, 2011 February 15th, 2011This years tablet wars just got more interesting. HTC hasfinally joined the crowd with the HTC Flyer, a 7-inch Android Apple has just unveiled its brand-new App Store subscriptiontablet that comes with a battery-powered stylus. Read on to service which offers recurring billing through the subscribersfind out more. iTunes Store account. This new feature will be stapled to all publishers of content-based apps such as newspapers and magazines, as seen in the debut of News Corp.s The Daily app. Expected to debut as one of the key features in iOS 4.3, the new digital billing service will be similar to In-App Purchases, as currently used in most apps in the App Store. Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy billions of apps and In-App Purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length ofThe new tablet has been launched at the company’s press commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.). Customers canconference during Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including canceling theThe device sports a uni-body white plastic design with a automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processesresolution of 1024 x 600 and is powered by a 1.5GHz single- all payments, keeping the same 30 percent share thatcore Qualcomm chip to run Android 2.4 Gingerbread plus a it does today for other In-App Purchases.new version of HTC Sence, which is optimized for tablets. With regards to whether content may also be offered outside of this new billing mechanism, Apple CEO points out that publishers are free to offer content outside of the app. But if so, the same or better offer has to be given to subscribers of the app. "Our philosophy is simple - when Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing," said Steve Jobs, Apples CEO. "All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app.What makes HTC Flyer stands out against the competitors? We believe that this innovative subscription serviceIts the stylus. The stylus automatically connects to the device will provide publishers with a brand new opportunityenabling control over writing or drawing on a new app called to expand digital access to their content onto theNotes rather than being needed for navigation. iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, delighting both new andAll good things always come to an end, HTC says that the existing subscribers."Flyer is not going to be cheap to justify the beautiful looking Besides providing customers an easy way to keep track ofhardware, the stylus and the free case. their subsription and ease of activation and billing, Apple is pushing this new App Store Subscriptions as 30% of the content providers revnue will go to Apple. But for the ease of potential customers and the vast distribution power of the App Store, Im sure many content 3
  19. 19. February 15th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneproviders will submit to Apples demand in exchange for a “The partnership with Kingston offers customers more choicepotential 160 million iOS users around the globe. when it comes to hardware. Several device types managed by the same system are in strong demand and we are happy to now be able to service even more customers,” says Anders Kjellander CSO at BlockMaster.Kingston Introduces First “Kingston’s relationship with security software leader BlockMaster enhances our ability to offer enterpriseSecure USB Flash Drive customers the most robust and versatile centrally managedFebruary 15th, 2011 secure USB solution available on the market,” says John Terpening, secure USB business manager at Kingston. The DTVPM secure USB drive is the first SafeConsoleReady Device released from Kingston. The full SafeConsoleReadyKingston Digital, Inc. announced it has joined with technology program from BlockMaster will also be presentedBlockMaster to deliver the SafeConsole Ready DataTraveler at the RSA conference.Vault — Privacy Managed (DTVPM) USB flash drives.Measuring 77.9 x 22.2 x 12.05mm, the compact aluminumdrives have hardware-based 256-bit Advanced Encryption The SafeConsoleReady brand and program will ensureStandard (AES) protection, water-proof, and are managed that BlockMaster partner products work efficiently withcentrally by the BlockMaster SafeConsole drive management SafeConsole management tools and are able to offer customerssystem. The DTVPM support data transfer speeds up to 24Mb/ all the security and management benefits of SafeConsole.s (read) and 10Mb/s (write) via a USB 2.0 interface and areavailable in 2Gb, 4Gb, 8Gb, 16Gb and 32Gb capacities.KINGSTON PRESS RELEASE Cubitek Readies HTPX-Tank PC EnclosureThe first product to be released from the partnership between February 15th, 2011Kingston Digital, Inc., and BlockMaster is presented today atthe opening of the annual RSA conference in San Francisco.The SafeConsole Ready hardware-encrypted secure USBdrive DataTraveler Vault — Privacy Managed (DTVPM) fromKingston is mandatory managed by the central managementserver SafeConsole from BlockMaster.Kingston, the independent world leader in memory products,is making the secure USB flash drive hardware highlyavailable in its strong distribution channels globally. Thehigh quality DTVPM device is mandatory managed by theleading SafeConsole management server from BlockMaster.The solution will let enterprise customers avoid data loss andget them on the fast track to more productive use of secure Taipei-based Cubitek Co. Ltd has taken the wraps off theUSB flash drives. HTPX-Tank, their latest addition to its soon-to-be released Tank series PC chassis. Measuring 230 x 600 x 610mm, the aluminum full-tower is designed to support all "HTPX (EVGA Classified SR-2), E-ATX, ATX, micro ATX, and mini- ITX motherboards". 4