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  1. 1. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneVR-Zone.com | Stuff for the Geeks! computer case. Designed in collaboration with BMW, the Level VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication 10s unique design, with separate compartments hung from covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks. the side of a central "spine", was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. But so was its price, at $800.00. The high price kept it out of retail stores and also kept sales low. TheThe Daily VR-Zone News Level 10 GT attempts to incorporate some of the features andSummary - 10 Mar 2011 style of the original Level 10 at a lower price thats still at the high end of the mainstream case market. Benchmark ReviewsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--10- takes a look at this latest salvo in the "case wars."mar-2011/11556.htmlMarch 10th, 2011 Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews Description: Noctuas NH-C14 is a huge cooler, both in physical size and performance. The build quality is excellent and the mounting solutions are very robust and easily installed. I particularly like the fan clip design and implementation. With two included fans, a feature richIn todays news roundup: Advances made to MRAM accessory package including LNA and ULNA fan speedtechnology might see it rivaling performance of DRAM reducers, a screwdriver and an enameled metal case badge, theand SRAM soon; Sparkles Calibre X580 graphics card gets NH-C14 would seem to be a dream product for the enthusiast/reviewed; Microsofts Patch Tuesday does little to secure overclockers among us.Internet Explorer from a known security hole; HP drops abombshell on Microsoft by announcing its plans to preload AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Sumptuous Dual-GPU Powerits desktop PCs with Palms webOS; A new patch to Catherine Description: The high-end Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 alsounlocks access to a Super Easy mode, and Sony seems to have arrived late last year, while the dual-GPU version of AMDs lastscored a victory against hackers by issuing a new firmware that generation graphics series code-named Antilles was expectedis reportedly capable of blocking the master key hack to arrive shortly after. Coincidentally (or not) both AMD and Nvidia took a few months longer than expected to show itsHardware News: hardcore dual-GPU graphics cards, with the former makingMRAM chip connection manages high speed data storage the first move to finally unveil the Radeon HD 6990.Description: Scientists have managed to significantly speed ASUS EAH6870 1GB Radeon HD6870 Thermal Imageup the data transfer of Magnetic Random Access Memories Analysis @ Bigbruin.com(MRAM), meaning that the spintronics based memory could Description: The PCB behind the Radeon HD6870s GPU didsoon rival DRAM and SRAM. get to over 72C, and it washed over a large area of the cardAntec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @Hi Tech with temperatures exceeding 60C. These numbers themselvesLegion arent of much concern, but it does imply that the actual GPUDescription: The Antec Kuhler H2O 620 CPU Cooler is one is even higher. An aftermarket cooler may not be necessary,of the newest offerings in self contained liquid CPU cooling but it should lower those readings by a fair amount.with zero maintenance. The technologies of the Antec Kuhler Fractal Design Define XL Computer Case @ TweakPC.deH2O 620 would have been available only in the highest priced (German)enthusiast coolers a short time ago, but Antec is now delivering Description: (Machine translation) Fractal Design is wellthem in an affordable, easy to install and maintain unit. The known for midi-tower computer cases. The Define XL is theKuhler H2O 620 offers all of the benefits of liquid cooling, first big-tower. We took a look.including lowered CPU and component temperatures withoutthe complications typically associated with liquid cooling. Sparkle Calibre X580 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps Description: The Calibre X580 graphics card offers impressiveThermaltake Level 10 GT Modular Case @ Benchmark performance in most games and synthetic benchmarks, comesReviews with a beefy but very efficient (and silent enough) air coolingDescription: Thermaltake set the computer case world on solution from Arctic Cooling and if that wasnt enough, itits ear in 2009, when it introduced the amazing Level 10 1
  2. 2. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneis overclocked from the factory (810MHz GPU/ 2016MHz 40,000: Dawn of War II -- Retribution. This time around, yourmemory)! units are more survivable, the odds are fairer, and those gnarly bosses go down just a bit easierConsumer Electronics and Software News: Catherine patch makes game easierVideo: Hands-On With An Engineering Prototype 64GBiPhone Description: According to Atlus official Catherine homepage (translated by Siliconera), the PlayStation 3 patch is live andDescription: The backstory isn’t exactly detailed, but somehow will make gamers lives easier with a new difficulty mode calledM.I.C. Gadget got their hands on what seems to be anunreleased 64GB iPhone. All they’re stating is that the phone Super Easy mode.is not for sale and it was “definitely leaked from Foxconn’s Report: Firmware 3.60 Re-secures PS3factory in Shenzhen.” True? We don’t know, but it at least Description: The PS3s latest firmware does more than bringseems like the real deal. cloud saves to Sonys console, if reports are to be believed; it also re-secures the PS3 against the hacks that have blighted itMicrosoft Patch Tuesday leaves Internet Explorer vulnerable in recent months.Description: The firm’s Patch Tuesday neglected to include thepatch for Exploit-CVE2011-0096, meaning that users will beforced to wait until next month to acquire full protection. Kingston introduces HyperXPlanars SA2311W 23" 3D monitor now shipping for $600Description: The SA2311W is a 23" 3D (active-shutter) T1 Black triple-channelmonitor that features 120hz refresh rate, Full-HD, 2ms memory kitsresponse time and VGA/dual-link-DVI/HDMI inputs. If you Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-introduces-hyperx-t1-black-want 3D, youll need to get Nvidias 3D Vision system. triple-channel-memory-kits/11558.htmliDisplay for Android @ TestFreaks March 10th, 2011Description: I love having more than one monitor, once you trymore than one you can never really go back. Monitors thoughcan be expensive and you have to think do you really need orhave the space for another monitor on your desk? What aboutusing what you already have readily available, something likeyour phone... Kingston has announced the HyperX T1 Black triple-channelFirefox 4 Moves Out of Beta, New Downloads Available Now memory kits, which are designed to meet the performanceDescription: The last beta version, Firefox 4 Beta 10, was requirements of the new Intel Core i7-990X Processorreleased just six weeks ago. Current Firefox 4 beta users will Extreme Edition and Intel X58 Express-based motherboards.be automatically upgraded to the RC version of the browser, Furthermore, the black heatsinks complements black-themedand RC users will be automatically updated to the final release motherboards, such as the ASUS Rampage III and GIGABYTEof Firefox 4 when it is available. G1-Killer series. The HyperX T1 Black will be available in kits (of three or six modules) up to 24GB.Apple Opening Temporary iPad 2 Store to Handle SXSWDemandDescription: South by Southwest (SXSW) starts on FridayMarch 11, and the iPad 2 goes on sale on the same day. Applehas two stores in Austin, where SXSW is held, but when you’rehosting thousands of gadget-hungry geeks, two stores is notenough. That’s why Apple is opening a temporary store (viaThe Statesman) that will exist for only two weeks, beginningMarch 11.HPs shot across Microsofts bow: webOS to ship on all HP PCsDescription: HP CEO Leo Apotheker has said that next year, allPCs sold by Hewlett-Packard will include webOS, the mobileoperating system acquired by HP when it bought Palm lastyear. The operating system will ship alongside, not instead of,Microsofts Windows. Hsinchu, Taiwan - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, todayGaming News: announced the release of HyperX T1 Black DDR3 triple-Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II -- Retribution Review channel memory kits. The new memory kits are designed toDescription: Even the biggest fans of the original Warhammer meet the performance requirements of the new Intel Core40,000: Dawn of War II will admit it: The game was too i7-990X Processor Extreme Edition and Intel X58 Express-hard. Bosses were unforgiving to the point of frustration, and based motherboards, and are available in kits of three or sixthe punishment for dying or missing an objective reminded modules and in capacities up to 24GB.one of the auto-da-fe. Thankfully, the designers at Relic "Our new HyperX T1 Black triple-channel kits give enthusiastsEntertainment have heard the pleas of all us sinners, and have the opportunity to combine performance and to style into theirloosened up their latest standalone expansion, Warhammer 2
  3. 3. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZonePC build," said Ann Bai, DRAM Memory Sales Director, APAC brings a number of improvements to the iOS experience,Region, Kingston. "These high-capacity kits are ideal for the most notably, Safari speed performance, personal hotspot forX58 products on the market, especially the new GIGABYTE iPhone 4 and customizing the iPads side switch to serve asG1-Killer gaming motherboards." either a mute or screen orientation lock toggle."GIGABYTE is excited about the launch of Kingstons new This update contains new features and improvements,Black T1 HyperX memory as it comes so soon after the including the following:GIGABYTE G1-Killer gaming motherboard announcement,"commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard * Personal HotspotMarketing at GIGABYTE. "With their similar color schemesand target market, we are looking forward to seeing PC gamers - Share iPhone 4 cellular data with up to 5 devicespair their new Black T1 memory with GIGABYTE G1-Killer (combination of up to 3 Wi-Fi, 3 Bluetooth, and 1 USB)gaming motherboards."Kingston is shipping three HyperX T1 Black 1600MHz DDR3 * iTunes Home Sharingtriple channel kits in 24GB, 12GB and 6GB configurations.HyperX T1 Black is available through Kingstons channel of - Play music, movies, and TV shows from a sharedauthorized distributors, resellers, and retailers. iTunes library on a Mac or PC (requires iTunes 10.2)Kingston HyperX memory is backed by a lifetime warranty andfree technical support. * New AirPlay features - Play videos from the Photos app including the Camera Roll album, iTunes previews, enabled third- party apps and websites on Apple TV - Play slideshows from Photos on Apple TV using transitions available on Apple TVSource: Kingston Press Release * Faster Safari performance with Apple Nitro JavaScript engineApple releases iOS 4.3 updateSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-releases-ios-4.3-update/11557.html * HD video out using the Apple Digital AV AdapterMarch 10th, 2011 - View 720p HD videos from Videos app, iPod app, Photos, YouTube, Safari, Keynote, and enabled third- party apps on an HDMI display * Ping featuresApple today has push their iOS 4.3 for all users runningon later iOS device hardwares. First mentioned last week at - Push notifications for comments and follow requestsApples iPad special media event, you can now update your iOSdevice to iOS 4.3 through iTunes. - Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen - Parental controls * New Settings - Messages setting for number of times to repeat an alert - iPad side switch setting to lock screen rotation or mute audio notifications and sound effectsApple has just released iOS 4.3 to the public, just a days aheadof the originally scheduled Friday launch. This new release 3
  4. 4. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone * Single tap conference call dialing with a pause to It’s also possible to upload media from external storage devices send a passcode to Picasa and Flickr and the Web Surf Station also features DLNA support for media streaming. It’s also supplied with a remote control for easy navigation with a slide-out keyboard * Bug fixes that makes it easy to access webpages. It’s currently on sale in Europe for €299 (S$525) which isn’t exactly cheap for a 24-You can get your copy of iOS 4.3 through iTunes now. inch display, but it might be a suitable solution for someone that only needs basic internet access rather than a full-on computer, or in lieu of buying a second computer for mediaAcer announces its Web Surf playback and web access.Station smart display Lenovo and Intel launch theSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-announces-its-web-surf-station-smart-display/11555.html Classmate+ PCMarch 10th, 2011 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/lenovo-and-intel-launch-the- classmate-pc/11554.html March 10th, 2011Want a computer screen that’s more than just a screen? Thenmaybe the Acer DX241H is what you’ve been waiting for, asbeyond being a 24-inch full HD 1920x1080 resolution display Intel has been moving from partner to partner with its variouswith D-sub and HDMI input, it can do a lot more. Acer calls iterations of the Classmate PC and now the company haveit the Web Surf Station and it’s pretty much a smart display, signed up Lenovo as its partner for the latest model, thesomething that there has been a lot of talk about in the past, Classmate+ PC. Its still a very basic machine without a lotbut something that’s hasn’t really materialised, until now. of bells and whistles, but as its intended as an educational computer for schools, this isnt exactly expected.Want a computer screen that’s more than just a screen? Thenmaybe the Acer DX241H is what you’ve been waiting for, as Intel has been moving from partner to partner with its variousbeyond being a 24-inch full HD 1920x1080 resolution display iterations of the Classmate PC and now the company havewith D-sub and HDMI input, it can do a lot more. Acer calls signed up Lenovo as its partner for the latest model, theit the Web Surf Station and it’s pretty much a smart display, Classmate+ PC. Its still a very basic machine without a lotsomething that there has been a lot of talk about in the past, of bells and whistles, but as its intended as an educationalbut something that’s hasn’t really materialised, until now. computer for schools, this isnt exactly expected.Although Acer hasn’t revealed what hardware is inside the At least Lenovo has managed to come up with a more attractiveWeb Surf Station, it’s running Acer’s proprietary clear.fi design for the Classmate+ PC than seen in the previoussoftware which allows playback of various multimedia formats generations, if somewhat industrial in terms of looks. The(no specifics were given). It will play back media from memory carry handle is still firmly in place at the back of the Classmatecards, USB storage devices and even the web. A lot of details + PC and its of course still powered by one of Intels Atomhave been left out of the press release, but apparently the processors, in this case a single core 1.6GHz Atom N455 whichWeb Surf Station features both wired and wireless network is paired with Intels NM10 chipset.connectivity and it has a built in web browser based onGoogle’s Chrome browser. It will also come with up to 2GB of RAM, a standard netbook style 10.1-inch LCD screen, an option of either an 8 or 16GB 4
  5. 5. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneSSD or a 160 or 250GB hard drive. Other features include802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100Mbit Ethernet, a 1.3Megapixelwebcam, three USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader, a D-subconnector and a pair of audio jacks.Lenovo will supply three different battery packs for theClassmate+ PC, a standard 3-cell unit which is said to deliver3-3.5h battery life depending on whether its configured witha hard drive or SSD, a 4400mAh 6-cell pack good for between7-7.5h and finally a 5200mAh high density 6-cell battery packgood for up to 8.5-9h of usage. The Classmate+ PC will onlybe available to qualified education and government customersthrough Lenovo or its channel partners.IT SHOW 2011 - BabesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011--babes/11552.htmlMarch 10th, 2011A picture speaks a thousand words therefore in this article, wewill let the pictures do the talking. Get ready...the show babesof IT Show 2011. lovely<3 <3 5
  6. 6. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonethe lovely show babes from Casio booth Sony is hot and sexyTrend Micro babes are pretty too ! 6
  7. 7. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonei like her smile ^_^ her friend joins in <3 7
  8. 8. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonelovely babe from A.C. Ryan ^^ The M1 booth can be located on level 2 Ballroom Foyer.Did you manage to capture any booth babes in IT Show 2011on your camera ? Share with us your photos and we will beadding it to our booth babe article along with ours.Credits will be given, based on your forum nickname.IT SHOW 2011 CoverageSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-coverage/11543.htmlMarch 10th, 2011IT Show 2011 Singapore is upon us, and needless to say thereare going to be lots of IT-related offers awaiting the bargainhunters who have waited months for this day. As usual, VR-Zone headed down to the exhibition grounds at Suntec CityExhibition and Convention Centre to bring you the coverageof the event. *STILL BEING UPDATED!* M1 also started to offer Internet TV services. With the 1box, users can stream media, surf, shop and socialize all at the comfort of their couch. 8
  9. 9. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone M1 is bundling thier mobile broadband plans with AndroidThe 1box available for rent from M1 with a minimum of 6 tablets.months subscription. M1 Broadband Offers Fiber 25Mbps 50Mbps100Mbps 150Mbps200Mbps 1Gbps Broadband Monthly $39 $49 $59 $79 $99 $399 Subscriptions Upload 25Mbps 50Mbps 50Mbps 75Mbps100Mbps 500Mbps Speeds Up To 9
  10. 10. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Home 5Mbps 8Mbps 10Mbps 15Mbps 30Mbps100Mbps Broadband Monthly $25.20 $36.40 $40.60 $42.90 $53.90 $76.70Subscriptions Upload 512kbps 1Mbps 1Mbps 2Mbps 4Mbps 10Mbps Speeds Up To Mobile 1Mbps 2Mbps 4Mbps 7.2Mbps 21Mbps Broadband Monthly $13.45 $23.23 $30.82 $41.58 $59.40Subscription USB has achieved widespread adoption worldwide as an Data Unlimited interface standard for connecting peripheral devices such as Bundle mouses and external hard disks to PCs and other digital electronic products. In recent years, the increasing data size of video content and emergence of recording media with larger capacities have boosted demand for high-speed interfaces. As Renesas Electronics Debuts a result, USB 3.0, which boosts tenfold the earlier transfer speed of 480 megabits per second (Mbps), has appeared. New USB 3.0 Controllers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/renesas-electronics-debuts-new- USB 3.0 has been widely adopted into an increasing number usb-3.0-controllers/11551.html of PCs and peripheral devices such as external hard disks and March 10th, 2011 USB flash memory drives. With the recent emergence of solid state drive (SSD) products offering faster read and write access than conventional hard disks and chipsets supporting the PCI Express Generation 2 high-speed internal bus for PCs, the groundwork is in place to enable the high-speed performance potential of USB 3.0 to be used to its fullest. Against this Renesas Electronics (formerly NEC Electronics), the worlds background, there is strong market demand for host controller largest manufacturers of semiconductor systems for mobile products offering faster effective data transfer speeds with phones and automotive applications, has unveiled the peripheral devices, reduced standby power consumption for µPD720201 and µPD720202 - two new USB 3.0 xHCI host better battery life in mobile devices such as tablet PCs and controllers for PCs and electronic devices. They are Renesass netbooks, and compact package size to enable the use of third generation USB 3.0 controllers and are expected to smaller printed wiring boards. deliver faster speed (40 percent faster than existing host controller products) and consumes less power (better power efficiency). Renesas Electronics µPD720201 (four ports) and The new host controllers add a new four-port product to µPD720202 (two ports) are available now at a cost of US$20 the Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 product lineup and deliver and US$10 respectively. even faster transfer speeds, better power efficiency, and more compact size than the companys previous versions of USB 3.0 RENESAS ELECTRONICS PRESS RELEASE host controllers. Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the Key features of the new µPD720201 and µPD720202 USB 3.0 availability of its two new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus host controllers: (USB 3.0) xHCI host controllers (part number, µPD720201 and µPD720202) for electronic devices such as PCs and digital TVs that feature faster effective data transfer speeds and (1) Industry-leading high data transfer speed reduced power consumption in low power mode. Improvements to the data transfer processing circuit provide an increase in the effective data write speed of more than The µPD720201 and µPD720202 devices make it easier for 40 percent from Renesas Electronics existing host controller system designers to build electronic devices combining high- products for peripheral devices such as USB 3.0 hard disks. speed data transfer, compact size, and extended battery life. This, combined with excellent read performance, results in an In addition, Renesas Electronics device drivers for Microsoft industry-leading high data transfer speed. Windows with a proven track record, and device drivers with Linux support, are available for the µPD720201 and µPD720202 host controllers at no cost. (2) Industry-leading low power consumption 10
  11. 11. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone NEC Electronics) launched the µPD720100 device, the worldsIn addition to a technology implemented on existing products first USB 2.0-compliant host controller chip and an extensivethat reduces power consumption when the peripheral device lineup of other USB devices, and has earned a reputation foris in the unconnected state, circuit improvements have been delivering dedicated customer service and high quality.made to effectively suppress current leakage when in low-power mode. This has reduced power consumption in low-power mode to 4.5 milliwatt (mW), a reduction of 90 percent In May 2009, Renesas Electronics (then NEC Electronics)compared with Renesas Electronics existing products. This introduced the industrys first USB 3.0 xHCI host controllerresults in power consumption among the lowest in the and, only after four months of its release, the company becameindustry, reduced standby power usage in laptop PCs and the worlds first to earn the "Certified SuperSpeed USB (USBother mobile devices, and extended battery life. 3.0)" certification from the USB-IF, and also started mass production of the µPD720200 host controller. In the following year, the company released its second USB 3.0 xHCI host(3) Compact QFN package and firmware download function controller (µPD720200A) and passed the compliance andfor smaller mounting area certification testing in only two months.The µPD720201 and the µPD720202 devices are equippedin an 8 millimeter (mm) square Quad Flat Non Lead (QFN) Renesas Electronics is the worlds largest producer of USBpackage and a 7 mm square QFN package, respectively, which 3.0 host controllers and provides complete USB 3.0 solutions,are reductions in package size of approximately 50 percent which include device drivers for Windows XP, Vista andfrom Renesas Electronics existing products. Windows 7. Renesas Electronics also licenses both host and device-side USB 3.0 IP and offers USB host and device side building blocks within its custom ASIC libraries for companiesIn addition, the companys existing host controllers use wishing to design and market their own USB 3.0 integratedfirmware stored in external serial flash ROM. The µPD720201 circuits.and µPD720202 devices now have a function that makesuse of improvements to the PCI Express interface to allowdownloading of firmware from the system software, such as Availabilitythe basic input/output system (BIOS). The ability to download Samples of Renesas Electronics µPD720201 with fourthe firmware from the system software eliminates the need downstream ports and µPD720202 with two downstreamfor external serial flash ROM. This reduces the number of ports are available now, priced at $20 and $10, respectively.components required for incorporating a USB 3.0 function Mass production is scheduled to begin in September 2011 withand enables a smaller mounting area. a combined production volume of 2,000,000 units per month. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.“In addition to contributing to faster data transferprocessing in PCs and digital consumer electronics, Renesas IT SHOW 2011 Price Lists,Electronics µPD720201 and µPD720202 host controllershelp extend battery life by dramatically reducing the power Flyers, Brochures, Promotionsconsumption,”said Yukihiko Matsuda, Associate General RoundupManager, Industry & Network Business Division, Renesas Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-price-lists-flyers-Electronics Corporation. “As a core member of the USB-IF, we brochures-promotions-roundup/11502.htmlwill continue to provide robust lineups of USB 3.0 products to March 10th, 2011accelerate the adoption of USB 3.0 in compact mobile devices.”Refer to the separate sheet for the specifications of theµPD720201 and µPD720202.USB 3.0 host controllers. Check out the latest IT SHOW 2011 Price List, Flyers, Brochures, Promotions including brands like Acer, AC Ryan, ASUS, Blackberry, Brother, Canon, CiscoRenesas Electronics will exhibit and demonstrate the Linksys, D-Link, Epson, Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox, HP, Lenovo,µPD720201 and µPD720202 devices at the SuperSpeed USB Lexmark, LG, Microsoft, MSI, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic,Developers Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on March Philips, Samsung, Seagate, Sony, Toshiba, Western Digital.9 and 10, 2011. Zalman Launches CNPS11XLeadership in USBAs a member of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) since Extreme CPU Cooler1996, Renesas Electronics (formerly NEC Electronics) has Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/zalman-launches-cnps11x-extreme-played a leading role both in defining USB standards and in cpu-cooler/11550.htmldeveloping USB technology. In April 2000, the company (then 11
  12. 12. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneMarch 10th, 2011Korean cooling specialist Zalman has announced its latesthigh-end CPU cooler, the CNPS11X Extreme. Measuring 132x 80 x 154mm and weighing 600g, the nickel plated coolersports two V-shaped heatsinks, five composite pipes, and isequipped with a 120mm Blue LED PWM fan that operates at1000 ~ 1950 RPM. The CNPS11X Extreme, compatible withmost Intel & AMD processors, is bundled with a tube of ZM-STG2M thermal compound and is expected to start shippingcome end April.ZALMAN PRESS RELEASEA new CPU Cooler lineup has just been released to bringup the Zalman to the next stage. Unlike its predecessors,CNPS11X Extreme comes with the unique V-shape heatsinkfrom any other manufacturers. With a highly optimizedthermal designed heatsink will be certainly outperformingthan any other heatsink in the market. On top, with its stylish Black pearl plating with Blue LED will add more visuals for the Case modders. In addition, by Zalman’s unique Composite Heatpipe Solution, CNPS11X 12
  13. 13. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneExtreme will have more than enough to cool any hottest CPUsin the market as well. (Up to 350W TDP). Included ZM-STG2will also boost up to the maximum cooling performance ofCNPS11X. Canon has set up a booth at the Galleria Foyer this year. Canons huge redemption booth is still at the ground floor asKey Features usual, at the lobby of the Convention Centre. • Powerful Cooling performance (Qmax 350W) • V-Shaped Dual Heatsink Design for Optimal Airflow • Composite Heatpipe (Heat Transfer Capacity Rate Enhanced by 1.5times compared to ordinary Heatpipes) • High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2 • Compatible with Various Intel & AMD Sockets. • Ultra Quiet 120mm Blue LED PWM Fan • Elegant, Black-Pearl Nickel PlatingAvailability End of AprilIT SHOW 2011: The PreviewSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-the-preview/11534.htmlMarch 10th, 2011 Moving up to the second floor, M1 has again taken the space outside the ballrooms. Theres even a corner on the left dedicated to the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).Held from 10th to 13th March 2011, IT SHOW 2011 Singaporeis the largest IT, digital, mobile and consumer electronicsexhibition here in Singapore. This year, there will be more than830 exhibitors over a combined exhibition space of 350,000square feet. Join VR-Zone.com as we give you a sneak peek ofwhat you can find at the show. Take a look!Held from 10th to 13th of March 2011, IT SHOW 2011is the largest IT, digital, mobile and consumer electronicsexhibition here in Singapore. This year, there will be more than830 exhibitors over a combined exhibition space of 350,000square feet. Join VR-Zone.com as we present a preview of theshow grounds! M1 has shifted its counters into one of the ballrooms, possibly to ease the human congestion along the walkway. The number 13
  14. 14. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zoneof counters may be an indication of how large (M1 expects) the Starhubs counters are found inside meeting rooms.crowd can get! Just beside Starhub is EpiCentre. The company also hasIn the neighboring ballroom, we see SingTel getting all cosy in booths at Level 2.there. Nubox is over at the concourse.All three telcos have been at the same spots for the past we-dont-know-how-may shows. On Level 3, we have Starhub atthe foyer. The guys setting up seem to be a little behind timethough... Sony has taken up the rest of the available space at the concourse. Cameras are located at the right corner... 14
  15. 15. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Challenger to match IT SHOW 2011 pricings Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/challenger-to-match-it-show-2011- pricings/11540.html March 10th, 2011Followed by their laptops in the middle... IT SHOW 2011 - SingTel Broadband, Smartphones, and mioTV Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011--singtel-broadband- smartphones-and-miotv/11538.html March 10th, 2011PlayStation demos!And a whole range of LCD TVs on the left side. 15
  16. 16. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Description: Google recently launched a new version ofIT SHOW 2011 - M1 Broadband Chrome that includes a new password sync feature, syncedand Phone and Prepaid Offers data encryption, an improved settings interface, and promisesSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011--m1-broadband-and- 66 percent faster JavaScript speeds.phone-and-prepaid-offers/11537.html Description: HP is getting serious about WebOS integrationMarch 10th, 2011 with plans to have the formerly mobile operating system extend to all of its PCs starting next year. Description: AMD has taken the wraps off its newest high- end graphics solution, the AMD HD 6990. The new 6990 is a monster of a card—its basically a small system all in itself,The Daily VR-Zone News which you can cram inside your PC..Summary - 09 Mar 2011 Description: The current generation of gaming consoles seems to be enjoying a longer life cycle than usual, with peripheralsSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/the-daily-vr-zone-news-summary--09- like Microsofts Kinect and Sonys Move effectively delayingmar-2011/11535.html the launch of next-gen systems by at least a few years.March 10th, 2011 Description: While it sounds miniscule next to Apples App Store and its more than 350,000 apps, the Windows Phone Marketplace now offers 9,000 apps and games and is growing by an average of 100 apps a day. Gaming newsIn todays news roundup: Reviews of ASUS ENGTS450DirectCU OC video card ; AMD Fusion vs Intel Atom: Clash of Description: The original Shift was an intriguing andthe Integrations ; AMD launches a dual-GPU, 350W monster captivating mix of typical Need For Speed excess andcard; HP planning to put WebOS on every PC it ships in 20 convincing handling model – a worrying juxtaposition onand12; Microsoft job postings hint at Xbox 360 successor; the paper that mostly worked in practice – but the sequel (which,passion of Shift 2 unleashed . youll note, has lost its Need for Speed tag) aims at sharpening its focus onto recreating the authentic racing experience.Hardware News: Description: Coming less than a year-and-a-half after itsDescription: The ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU OC video card predecessor -- and in the wake of widespread acclaim overcomes armed with a overclocked GPU running at 850MHz and Biowares Mass Effect 2 -- Dragon Age 2 comes with theslightly overclocked memory frequency of 950MHz (3.8GHz baggage of expectation and apprehension that seems requisiteeffective). It looks good, it does the job, but you wont be able for all major developers, especially one that has become asto turn on all the fancy settings of your favorite game while prolific as the Canada-based juggernaut.playing at a high resolution.Description: The Noctua NH-C14 might win the title ofNoctua’s best performing cooler, but it wasn’t meant to. Acer readying touch friendlyWhat it does offer is the ability to get high-end air-coolinginto smaller cases, while not sacrificing on clearance of remote for clear-fi Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/acer-readying-touch-friendly-remote-motherboard components or noise. for-clear-fi/11536.htmlDescription: It’s the factual state of affairs that integration March 10th, 2011is our imminent future, reinforced every day throughannouncements and presentation of various new technologies.The lack of upgrade options is something that we seem tobe willing to renounce in order to get complete and efficientsolutions. Intel’s latest CPU series has reduced overclocking toa lower level, thus announcing the direction that new products It might not look like much, but Acers upcoming RMTP-S1Qand technologies are about to take. remote is a step in the right direction as far as were concernedDescription: Zotacs Geforce GTX 570 does prove that is when it comes to basic navigation of a home theatre PC. Ita direct competitor with any reference based HD 6970 at can be used as both a touch pad and a basic remote control,this given time. Through benchmarking and testing, both although its not as fancy as the model Acer offers which alsovideocards won and lost during certain benchmarks.. doubles up as a touch sensitive keyboard.Description: Intel really kicked the SSD world in high gearwhen they released their X-25 series of drives last year. Their It might not look like much, but Acers upcoming RMTP-S1Qperformance was the benchmark that all other drives were remote is a step in the right direction as far as were concernedmeasured against for quite some time. when it comes to basic navigation of a home theatre PC. ItConsumer Electronics and Software news: can be used as both a touch pad and a basic remote control, 16
  17. 17. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zonealthough its not as fancy as the model Acer offers which also Creative will showcase their latest ZiiO 7-inch and 10-inchdoubles up as a touch sensitive keyboard. Android tablets at this weeks IT Show, among its range of Pure Wireless Entertainment, SoundBlaster and Live!Details of the new remote leaked via the FCC and its made by cam products. The Creative booth will be located on Level 6,a Hong Kong company called Syuin Connector. It has a built in Hall 601, and the booth number is 6298 .rechargeable battery and operates over a 2.4GHz RF link andit looks like the receiver will be built into whatever device thatthe RMTP-S1Q will be paired up with. It has a usable rangeof about 8-10 meters and it also sports a G-sensor which willauto detect which way youre holding the remote so the mousecursor will always move the correct way around. Creative ZiiO 10-inch Pure Wireless Entertainment tablet The Creative ZiiO 10-inch Pure Wireless Entertainment tablet is a sleek Android-based device that claims to deliver the best wireless audio performance to its users. With the Pure Android Audio application, it can stream audio to speakers orIts compatible with Windows 7 and Acers new clear-fi headphones with Bluetooth and apt-X capabilities.media center software which was announced earlier this Usual Price: S$429 (8GB)year at CES. In basic mode, the RMTP-S1Q is a touch pad, IT Show 2011 Price - S$399 (Limited to 50 sets)although it features a backlight which might be handy in darkenvironments, such as a home theatre room. It doesnt haveany physical clickable buttons though, so youll have to livewith tapping the pad instead. However, it does feature multi-touch for scrolling which should make it a bit easier to navigatearound Windows with it.Press the mode button and a selection of icons will light upwhich includes a menu key, a switch key, previous and nexttrack, play/pause, stop, volume up/down and quick accessbuttons for video and music playback. These all work as youdexpect, although judging by the fact its been designed forAcers clear-fi software, its unlike that it can be used withother applications. The switch key enables switching betweenvarious modes beyond audio and video playback, such asimage gallery and what not. Hopefully this will be a standard Creative ZiiO 7-inch Pure Wireless Entertainment tabletfeature on a lot of systems from Acer, as it looks like a neat little The new Creative ZiiO 7-inch Pure Wireless Entertainmentsolution that we wouldnt mind getting thrown in as a bundled tablet is extremely compact, portable and lightweight. Like theextra. ZiiO 10-inch tablet, it also features the Pure Android Audio application to offer audio-enhancing options including X-Fi,IT Show 2011 Promotions: apt-X and Bluetooth connectivity. Usual Price - S$359 (8GB); S$389 (16GB)Creative IT Show 2011 Price - S$339 (8GB) (Limited to 50 sets) ; 16GBSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions- Model comes with free leather case worth S$49 (limited to 50creative/11532.html sets)March 10th, 2011 17
  18. 18. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneCreative ZiiSound T6 2.1 wireless speaker system Creative WP-300 headphonesThe ZiiSound T6 2.1 wireless speaker system offers qualitywireless audio playback, fast and easy connections, and works The Creative WP-300 apt-X enabled wireless headphoneswith all compatible stereo Bluetooth devices like notebooks, are designed for audiophiles who enjoy high quality musicnetbooks, the iPhone, iPad, PCs, Macs and tablet computers. from their favourite Bluetooth enabled mobile devices. TheThrough the USB connection, this three-piece speaker system lightweight headphones come with a foldable frame and ultra-is capable of delivering “full-bandwidth” audio from 5.1 digital comfortable ear cushions even after hours of usage.soundtracks. Usual Price - S$149 IT Show 2011 Price - S$99 (Limited to 50 sets)Usual Price - S$569IT Show 2011 Promotion – Free Creative T12 Wireless worth Logitech announces Z906 5.1-S$129 (Limited to 50 sets) channel speakers Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-announces-z906-5.1-channel- speakers/11533.html March 10th, 2011 If youve been on the hunt for a complete 5.1-channel speaker set that doesnt take up too much space or cost a small fortune, then you generally have a choice of Creative Labs or Logitech and the latter company has announced its latest addition in the shape of the Z906 speakers. This time around Logitech has focused the set to fit better in the living room rather than being a solution for PC audio, despite the old Z-5500s finding theirCreative ZEN Touch 2 way into many living rooms.The Creative ZEN Touch 2 is a pocket-sized wirelessentertainment device that lets users enjoy Pure Wireless Audio If youve been on the hunt for a complete 5.1-channel speakerstreamed to their Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Users set that doesnt take up too much space or cost a small fortune,can also access the Internet at the touch of an onscreen icon. then you generally have a choice of Creative Labs or Logitech and the latter company has announced its latest addition in the shape of the Z906 speakers. This time around Logitech hasUsual Price - S$279 (8GB, without GPS); S$319 (16GB, focused the set to fit better in the living room rather than beingwithout GPS) and S$299 (8GB, with GPS) a solution for PC audio, despite the old Z-5500s finding theirIT Show 2011 Price - S$249 (8GB, without GPS) (Limited to 50 way into many living rooms.sets); 16GB model without GPS comes with free adaptor worth The design is completely revamped and were looking at aS$29 (Limited to 50 sets) much more AV friendly control unit this time around, as its horizontal rather than vertical as was the case with the Z-5500s. Gone is the fancy LCD display, but in its place Logitech has added a range of easy to read orange LEDs which clearly indicates whats going on. You still get a remote control, but even that has been simplified and only features a power button, an input selector, a mute button and a four way navigation pad that also doubles up as volume controls and level and effect controls. 18
  19. 19. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone BitFenix Unveils Shinobi Gaming Chassis Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/bitfenix-unveils-shinobi-gaming- chassis/11527.html March 10th, 2011The inputs have also changed and rather than the controlunit having the inputs, theyre now located at the rear of thesubwoofer. The Z-5500s featured three analogue inputs aswell as an optical and a coaxial S/PDIF input and althoughthe Z906s keeps the three analogue inputs and the coaxial S/PIDF, it scores a second optical S/PDIF input and two RCAconnectors for stereo audio input. Logitech has also moved New start up BitFenix has announced Shinobi, the latestaway from using RCA plugs for connecting the speakers to the addition to its series of gamercentric PC enclosures. The allsubwoofer and has instead gone for traditional spring loaded black ATX chassis, encased in Bitfenixs "SofTouch™ Surface",clips and the same goes on the speakers. The good thing here features three too-less 5.25" optical bays/ eight 3.5" HDDis that if youre not satisfied with the supplied speaker cables, bays, support for up to seven 120mm fans, and a topside I/you can change them to whatever you want. O panel with four USB 2.0 ports and audio connectors. The Shinobi is compatible with all mini-ITX, micro ATX and ATX motherboards and will be available in March at a MSRP of €49/ US$59 (stock) and €59/ US$69 (window). BITFENIX PRESS RELEASEThe Z906 speakers are rated at the same 500W RMS poweras the Z-5500s, but the subwoofer has been down rated from187W to 165W while all of the satellite speakers are rated at67W whereas the Z-5500 satellites were rated at 61W withthe exception of the centre speaker which was rated at 69W. (BitFenix Design Lab, March 7, 2011) - Today, gamingAll of the satellite speakers are wall mountable, although it hardware maker BitFenix is pleased to announce the latestdoes appear as if Logitech supplies the actual mounts in the addition to its lineup of PC chassis designed for hardcorebox. The speakers are of course THX certified and the decoder gamers. Named Shinobi, this mid tower ATX chassis delivershandles Dolby Digital and DTS encoded audio and theres also impressive cooling, excellent expansion possibilities, and asupport for up mixing stereo sound to surround sound. bevy of DIY friendly features all wrapped up in a design that articulates the bold yet clean BitFenix design philosophy. "We wanted to create a no-nonsense gaming chassis that was not only functional, but also exuded the killer design concept that BitFenix is known for. I believe that with Shinobi, gamers will get to see what we mean first hand," says BitFenix ProductThe US MSRP of the Z906s is set at $399.99 which is about Manager David Jarlestedt.S$507, but wed expect the set to cost closer to S$600 whenit arrives in Singapore. Logitech expects to be shipping thespeakers this month in the US, although its unclear as to whentheyll be available in other parts of the world. 19
  20. 20. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneNamed after some of the most feared assassins of the But the spirit of a true warrior must extend beyond themodern age, Shinobi is designed to allow gamers to silently superficial. Shinobi also brings the tools gamers require toand efficiently dispatch their competition. Available in both remain a cut above their adversaries. Inside, Shinobi canwindow and non-window versions, Shinobi can blend into accommodate a wide variety of hardware - long graphics cardsvirtually any environment. Purists will appreciate the solid are not a problem, and up to three 5.25" optical drives orsteel side panel of Shinobi, while users who want to highlight eight 3.5" hard drives can be installed for maximum expansionthe hardware installed within will love the Shinobi Windows possibilities. With the included 5.25" drive bay adapter, usersuniquely-crafted side panel window. Enveloping the top and can also install a 2.5" SSD drive. To keep things cool whenfront covers is the signature BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface battle heats up, Shinobi can also be outfitted with a bevy of fansTreatment that lends a luxurious matte finish and soft feel - up to seven 120mm fans can be installed, and optionally twowhile resisting fingerprints and stains. of them can be upgraded to 140mm fans. Four high-speed USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks come standard, allowing gamers to effortlessly connect their gaming peripherals. No matter what the situation calls for, Shinobi rises to the occasion. To get the gamer into battle as quickly as possible, Shinobi is equipped with a slew of DIY friendly features. Its easy-to-use tool-free design makes drive installation a breeze, and a large cutout on the motherboard tray enables quicker changing of CPU coolers should the need arise. Finally, removable filtered fan intakes means quick cleanup, shortening the time it takes to charge back into the fray. Of course, Shinobi is also built with the same quality and attention to detail of all BitFenix gaming products. From the brushed gunmetal BitFenix logo, to the luxurious coated interior, Shinobi users can experience the BitFenix difference both inside and out. Shinobi Window users can also look forward to easy-to-use tool-free drive locking mechanisms to help speed their installation along. BitFenix Shinobi will be available on store shelves beginning March 2011 with an estimated MSRP of 49€ (incl. 19% VAT) and $59. BitFenix Shinobi Window will be available at the same time with an estimated MSRP of 59€ (incl. 19% VAT) and $69. For more information on Shinobi, please visit http:// www.bitfenix.com 20
  21. 21. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone Motorola Atrix 4G hacked:About BitFenix no dock needed for Webtop experienceBitFenix is the result of the collaboration of several veterans Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-atrix-4g-hacked-no-dock-in both the technology and gaming industries. From the same needed-for-webtop-experience/11528.htmlminds behind some of technologys most venerable products, March 10th, 2011BitFenix creates hardware and peripherals that grant the userthe utmost control, strength, and performance to completetheir computing tasks. Combining a deep understanding ofgaming and other high-demand computing applications withsuperior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenixTeam is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products When Motorola launched the Atrix, one of its biggest sellingand peripherals for those who refuse to quit. For more points was the ability to connect the smartphone to theinformation, check out http://www.bitfenix.com. Webtop docking station and transform the device into an impromptu notebook, complete with its own custom WebtopReport: AMD E-Series refresh user interface. However, a recent hack seems to have removed the requirement of having such a docking station to enjoy thein Q3 2011 Webtop experience. Click on the link to find out more.Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-e-series-refresh-in-q3-2011/11531.htmlMarch 10th, 2011AMD is reportedly planning to refresh the E-Series Zacate line-up in Q3 2011, according to Xbitlabs. A slight boost in clockspeed will be complemented by introduction of AMD TurboCore and DDR3-1333 to Zacate APUs and a second dual-coreAPU. The two new APUs will be branded E-450 and E-300.E-450 geatures a minor 50 MHz boost to 1.65 GHz, while anew HD 6320 integrated GPU is featured with a clock speedof upto 600 MHz. The E-450 APU will support DDR3-1333, The Atrix 4G may not be the newest smartphone on theup from the 1066 MHz of E-350. A new dual-core E-300 block, but it sure is the first smartphone to actually blurwill bridge the gap between single core E-240 and dual core the lines between a mobile telecommunications device and aE-350, with a clock speed of 1.30 GHz. It will feature the same portable computing machine. After all, no other smartphoneGPU component as the E-350 and E-240 - HD 6310 and will on the market features the capability to connect itself ontocontinue to support up to 1066 MHz. However, E-300 will a specialized docking station known as the Webtop andfeature Turbo Core unlike the current E-240 and E-350. Both miraculously transforming the device into an impromptuE-450 and E-300 will continue to be part of the FT1 platform, laptop, complete with customized user interface, keyboard andfabricated at 40nm Bulk, and feature a TDP of 18W. trackpad.In addition to the new E-300 and E-450, AMD is also planningto release a Llano E-series APU. Based on the dual-core Llanodesign, the AMD E2-3250 will feature 2 Llano CPU cores atan unknown clock speed. The GPU component of the APU willbe a Radeon HD 6370, featuring 160 SP - twice that of Zacate.E2-3250 will support 1600 MHz DDR3. While the TDP at thisinitial stage is listed at 65W, it will certainly be lower at release- otherwise it will be a regular A-series APU. The E2-3250 isexpected to offer much superior performance to the ZacateAPUs. However, as is the way in the open-source community, any new feature is fair game for hacking, and it seems that the enterprising hackers have found a way to enable the Webtop experience without having to purchase the docking station. 21
  22. 22. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneApparently, the hackers found that enabling the featurerequires little more than installing a few modified files intothe Atrix; Once that is done, users merely need to connect themodified Atrix to a large enough display via HDMI, pair itwith a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and they are set to enjoythe Atrixs desktop PC-like functionalities.Of course, these kind of modifications fall under a very largegrey area as far as legality is concerned. Needless to say wewill not be providing instructions pertaining to obtaining themodified files and installing them to your Atrix 4G. And shouldyou decide to go with the modifications any way...well, lets justsay that we cannot be held responsible for brand-new Atrix 4Gsmartphones that have found a new purpose in life as a classy-looking paperweight. Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 1. System Optimization (Maximum Protection + AdvancedIT Show 2011 Promotions: threat protection-Suspicious, pre-emptive defence)Trend Micro 2. Maximum Protection from online transactions (banking, shopping)Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions-trend-micro/11529.html 3. 10 G back up (easy to use, access data anytime, anywhere)March 10th, 2011 Usual Price - S$109 (1 year 3 user) IT Show price - TBA Apple 64GB iPhone 4 prototype spotted Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-64gb-iphone-4-prototype-Security software maker Trend Micro will be at the IT Show spotted/11525.html2011, at Suntec Convention Exhibition and Convention Centre. March 10th, 2011If you are looking to get a total protection for your PC, theirbooth can be located on level 6, Hall 602, booth number 6266. A prototype 64GB Apple iPhone 4 has reportedly been leaked from Foxconn factory in China, but dont expect to see it on retail shelves soon. It could just be a phone for test purposes and not for sale.Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security1. Advanced protection from Virus, Spyware + Malware, Anti-spam, Firewall and advanced Web Threat Protection (FirewallBooster, Spam Block)2. Essential Data Theft Protection: protection against PersonalInformation hacks.3. Safety for ChildrenUsual Price - S$39 (1 year 1 user) ; S$79 (1 year 3 user) While Apple has yet to announce the new iPhone (whichIT Show price - TBA may be called iPhone 5), it seems that a prototype of a 64GB iPhone 4 has been spotted at a Foxconn manufacturing plant. According to a Hong Kong-based website, you would notice that the phone (above picture) has its storage capacity and model number marked with "X"s. 22
  23. 23. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone aluminum fins, and is equipped with two Wing 12 120mm fans operating at speeds up to 1500 RPM. The GX-7, compatible with all Intel LGA 1366/ 1156/ 1155/ 775 and AMD AM2/ AM2+/ AM3 processors, is expected to ship in early April. Microsoft wants your help to kill Internet Explorer 6 Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-wants-your-help-to-kill- internet-explorer-6/11524.html March 10th, 2011 Does anyone remember how big of a deal it was when Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 6 with Windows XP back then? Well, with the browser now in its tenth year ofThe prototype phone claims to be running iOS 4.1, and not service, Microsoft is only too keen to keep people out of thatthe latest version 4.3. Regardless, it is unlikely that Apple will ancient excuse of a web browser and push its newer, morego mass market with a 64GB iPhone 4 as it is probably too polished versions of Internet Explorer to consumers. Heresexpensive, and that the new iPhone 5 could be announced the caveat: it needs your help...sort of.soon. The current Apple iPhone 4 comes in 16GB and 32GBconfigurations.Gelid Showcases GX-7 CPUCoolerSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/gelid-showcases-gx-7-cpu-cooler/11526.htmlMarch 10th, 2011Gelid is displaying the GX-7, its latest high-end CPU coolerat CeBIT. The tower cooler has seven copper heat-pipes, 46aluminum fins, and is equipped with two Wing 12 120mm fans When Windows XP was first released, it brought with itoperating at speeds up to 1500 RPM. a browser that many considered was fairly up-to-date and standards-compliant for its time. Yes, Internet Explorer 6 in its heyday brought many improvements over its predecessor, such as improved support for CSS, DHTML, inline frames and integration with its MSN Messenger. In fact, so popular was IE6 that it was able to achieve a market share of 90% during the XP days. Unfortunately, it is clear IE6 is no longer capable of meeting the needs of todays Internet users, thanks to issues such as security holes and near non-existent support for modern web standards. As a result, Microsoft has started a little campaign in the hopes of getting tech-savvy users to discourage the use of the ancient browser among their circle of friends. Internet, meet the IE6 Countdown webpage.Gelid is displaying the GX-7, its latest high-end CPU coolerat CeBIT. The tower cooler has seven copper heat-pipes, 46 23
  24. 24. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-Zone In 2006, Disney had launched Disney Mobile in the US,Microsofts goal is simple enough: to lower the existing market but unfortunately, it ceased operations at the end of 2007.share od IE6 down to an almost non-existant 1%. And to Now Disney has chosen to bring the exclusive Disney Mobileachieve that, it needs the help of the Internet community to phone store to Japan. The company will also run lottery drawsspread the message that IE6 is an antique browser that should for customers with a chance to win prizes including pens,not be used anymore due to its lack of support for modern notebooks, mugs and more.web standards. Users who wish to join Microsoft in its noblecause can follow the instructions available on the website to Remember the Disney-themed Android smartphone news wehelp make the Internet a better place. covered in January? Yes, it will also be sold in the store. In case you missed the news, the Disney-theme smartphoneAnd just so you know, 4.4% of Singapores online community runs Android 2.2 Froyo, has a 3.8-inch WVGA 3D glasses-still makes use of IE6. If you know of any friends who are still free capacitive touchscreen display and 9.6-megapixel rearon that relic of a web browser, lets just say that Microsoft has camera. It also features Disney-themed calendar, clock andpresented you with your chance to do your good deed for the messages. Customers who buy the phone will also own aday. If you need a little help in getting your message across personalized "disney.ne.jp" email address.the not-so-IT-savvy peers, perhaps this little comic might beof assistance. IT Show 2011 Promotions: HP Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions- hp/11465.html March 10th, 2011(image is copyright of Robotjohnny.com and reproducedunder a Creative Commons license)Disney opens first mobilephone store in Tokyo, Japan HP will be participating in this years IT Show, and needlessSource: http://vr-zone.com/articles/disney-opens-first-mobile-phone-store- to say its offerings will consist of both computing devices likein-tokyo-japan/11523.html desktop and notebook PCs, as well as a wide range of imagingMarch 10th, 2011 solutions in the form of printers. In this post, we shall take a look at what HP has to offer in its IT SHOW 2011 lineup. HPs booth can be found at Level 4, Booth 8150, Hall 401. *UPDATED with HPs range of notebooks and desktop PCs HP Officejet 6500A Plus eAiO Printer E710nDisney fans in Japan rejoice! The first Disney mobile phonestore has opened in the heart of Tokyo - Shinjuku - and youcan expect to find, not just phones but phone accessories andother products. 24
  25. 25. March 10th, 2011 Published by: VR-ZoneThe wireless HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-All-in-One E710n Print lab-quality photos, everyday documents and web contentproduces laser-quality color documents at a low cost per on the fly, without using a PC. HP ePrint combined withpage that allows SOHO and SMB users to print high-impact affordable individual inks lets you easily produce impressivemarketing materials in-house. Featuring HP ePrint, users can prints from anywhere, anytime.print anytime, anywhere using any mobile device. The HP Key features and benefits:Officejet 6500A Plus eAIO E710n also uses 40% less energythan comparable laser printers and has an automatic two- • Print when it’s most convenient for you from across thesided printing function which helps cut paper usage by up world or across the room. With HP ePrint, simply email ato 50%. The printer also has a 2.36-inch color touchscreen photo or document to your printer and pick up the pagesdisplay to easily copy, fax, print, scan and access apps. later.Key features: • Create impressive photo projects, and even print directly from the device itself with integrated memory card slots. • Achieve laser performance at a low cost per page • The HP TouchSmart frame allows you to print photos, o Get great value, using individual, high-capacity ink scan, copy and print web content without the use of a PC. cartridges designed for the office. • Boost productivity with wireless connectivity at a press of o Print at up to 32ppm black/31ppm color and a button, allowing you to share this all-in-one with other at laser-comparable (ISO) speeds up to 10ppm Wi-Fi enabled PCs from anywhere in your house. black/7ppm color. o Print borderless documents with vivid color Usual price: S$229 graphics and sharp text, using HP Officejet inks. • Stay connected whether you’re in or out of the office IT Show 2011 Promotions: o With HP ePrint, you can print from anywhere, anytime by emailing to your HP Officejet 6500A Samsung Source: http://vr-zone.com/articles/it-show-2011-promotions- Plus eAIO E710n. samsung/11522.html o Connect to your network with built-in Ethernet or March 10th, 2011 to your PC with Hi-speed USB 2.0. • Reduce your impact and protect your bottom line o Use up to 40% less energy than comparable laser products, with an ENERGY STAR qualified all-in- one. If you thought that trade fairs such as the upcoming IT Show o Cut paper usage by up to 50% with the automatic 2011 serves as nothing more than an outlet for vendors and two-sided printing and PC Fax Send which enables resellers to clear existing inventory at discounted prices, you paperless fax sending and archiving. could not be further from the truth, especially if Samsung has got anything to do about it. The Korean electronics giant willUsual price: S$399 be launching a wide variety of new computing and lifestyleHP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One Printer B110a products at this years IT Show, and here are some of the devices it has in store for bargain hunters. Samsungs booth is situated at Level 4, Booth no. 8321. *UPDATED with IT Show 2011 promotional prices and bundles! *NEW* Samsung Series 9 ultrathin notebook: 900X3A (to be launched at IT Show 2011) 25