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October31st,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

Exclusive:Gigabytetoinclude

Wi-FiandBluetooth4.0with

X79motherboards

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-gigabyte-to-include-wi-fi-

and-bluetooth-4.0-with-x79-motherboards/13844.html

October31st,2011

Gigabytedecidedtogowithaslightlymoresensiblesolution

Gigabytehasalreadyhadleakswithregardstosomeofthe

featuresofitsupcomingX79motherboardsandtodaywe

haveanexclusiveleakofourown,Gigabyteisgoingto

addBluetooth4.0and802.11nWi-FisupporttoitsX79

motherboards.However,thecompanyistakingadifferentand

inouropinionbetterapproachthanitscompetitorswhenit

comestoaddingsupportforwirelessconnectivity.

Gigabytehasalreadyhadleakswithregardstosomeofthe

featuresofitsupcomingX79motherboardsandtodaywe

haveanexclusiveleakofourown,Gigabyteisgoingto

addBluetooth4.0and802.11nWi-FisupporttoitsX79

motherboards.However,thecompanyistakingadifferentand

inouropinionbetterapproachthanitscompetitorswhenit

comestoaddingsupportforwirelessconnectivity.

Aswe'vealreadyseen,ECS went for a pair of USB type dongles

attherearofitsX79motherboard,althoughseeminglytheWi-

FipartreliesonaPCBantennaconnectedbyhardwiredand

rathermessywiretotherearI/Oofthemotherboard.Asus

andonethathasabitoffutureproofingthrowninforgood

measure.Whatyou'relookingatisaPCIExpresstominiPCI

Expressadapterwhichtakesastandardhalf-sizeminiPCI

Expresscard,inthiscaseacardbasedonAtheroschips.The

unusualthingwiththisadapteristhatithasaUSBpin-header

thatattachestotheUSBpin-headeronthemotherboard.This

isfortheBluetooth4.0partofthecard,whiletheWi-Fipart

connectsoverPCIExpress.There'salsoaUSBportonthe

card–afeaturewe'veneverseenbefore–towhichyoucan

attachanyUSBdevicewithastandardUSBconnector,aneat

additionthatwe'resureplentyofpeoplewillfinduseful.

TheBluetoothpartofthecardiscompatiblewithBluetooth

3.0+HSaswellasthelowpowerBluetooth4.0standard.For

nowveryfewdevicesareavailablethatsupportsBluetooth4.0,

althoughtheiPhone4Sisoneofthefirstdevicesoutthere

thatofficiallysupportsthestandard.Thatsaid,it'snotmeant

toastandardforsyncingfilesorusingBluetoothheadsets,

insteadit'smeanttoconnecttolowpowersensorsorhome

automationsolutions,butwe'llseehowthingsdevelop.

hasaddedaproprietaryraisercardforitsP9X79Deluxewhich

isacustomdesignedUSBsetupasfaraswecantell.Both

companiesarealsoonlyofferingBluetooth3.0,althoughthis

isatleastlessofanissueatthemoment.

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October31st,2011

Wehaveoneminorgripewiththecard,asalthoughyoucan

swapouttheminiPCIExpresscardforsomethingfasterinthe

future,thewayGigabytedesignedthePCIExpresscardmeans

thatyou'restuckusing150MbpsWi-Fi,asthereareonlytwo

antennas.ThistranslatestonoMIMOsupportwhichisneeded

tohitWi-Fispeedsof300Mbpsormore,buthopefullythisis

somethingwe'llseeinfuturerevisions.Thecardwillshipwith

4DirectContactHeatPipes

theX79-UD5,X79-UD7andG1.Assassin2,butwe'rehoping

thatGigabytewillbesellingitonitsownaswell,asit'saneasy

waytoaddWi-FiandBluetoothsupporttoanydesktopPC.

FirstLooks:CoolerMaster

Hyper412PWMCPUCooler

(withLGA2011support)

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-cooler-master-hyper-412-

pwm-cpu-cooler-with-lga-2011-support-/13843.html

October31st,2011

Viewfromthetop

TheCoolerMasterHyper412PWMisoneofthefirstair

coolerswithnativeSocketLGA2011screw-typesupportto

arriveatourtestlabs.Wegiveourreadersaglimpseofthenew

memberofourextensiveheatsinkcollection...

TheCoolerMasterHyper412PWMCPUCooler,weighs538g.

Widerfingapshelptomaximizecoolingperformanceatlow

fanspeeds

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120mmSleeveBearingPWMFanratedat0.37A,2000RPM

and82.9CFM

AdditionalBracketsforanother120mmfanandprovided

thermalpaste

Bolts,Nuts,ScrewsandUniversalBracket

Universal4-cornersscrew-typemountingsystem(betterfor

evenmountingpressure)forallmodernIntelandAMD

sockets

Shenzhen-Thenewhardware

andelectronicsshopping

Mecca?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/shenzhen--the-new-hardware-and-

electronics-shopping-mecca-/13842.html

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electronics,mobilephoneaccessories,orsecurityproducts,or

batteries,orLEDdisplays,andsoon.

GoingtoTokyoorTaipeitofindfancyelectronics?Ifyourlocal

electronicsmalldoesn'thavewhatyouwant,ornotattheprice

youwant,tryShenzhen'sHuaqiangRoadfirst-it'slikelymuch

cheaperwithwidechoices,andjustabudgetflightaway...

HuaqiangRoadinsteadofAkihabara

Forquitealongtimenow,itisFarEasterncitiesthathave

thelargest,glitziestandchoicestcomputerandelectronics

shoppingmallsaround.WhilethetraditionstartedinUSand

Europelongbefore,it'sherenowthateverymajorcityhas

afullfledge'electronicsdistrict'withmultiplelargecentres

coveringeverythingfromconsumerelectronicstocomputers

andcomponents.Singapore'scombinedSimLimSquare+

TowermaylooksmallcomparedtoShanghai'sXujiahuiorone

ofSeoul'smultiple'digitalcomplexes',nottomentiontheold

champion,TokyoAkihabara.

However,oneparticularplaceisseeminglyboundtoovertake

themall.Shenzhen,the15-millionpopulatedcentreofChina's

electronicsindustryandofthenew50+millionsupercity

startingfromFoshanandGuangzhouthencontinuingall

thewaytoHongKong,housesthousandsofcompanies

manufacturingandincreasinglydesigningeverythingfrom

ICs,displaypanels,flashstoragetomainboards,enclosures

andofcoursewholesystems.Beingrightatthesourcemeans

thatanyshoppingforthestuffwewantwouldbequitedirect

withouttoomanyhops,andalsogreaterlikelihoodoffinding

someunusualstuff.

WhileShenzhenandneighbouringDongguancityhavethe

electronicsfactoriesanddesigncentresspreadacrosstheir

wholemunicipalities,thefocalareaofelectronicsshopping,

bothenduserandchannelwise,isHuaqiangNorthRoad

(Huaqiangbeilu),alongstreetlocatedinthecentreofthecity

betweentheLuohu(Lowu)andFutianCBDs.Themainstreet,

aswellasitsnumerousbackalleysfullofevenmoreelectronics

relatedbazaars,isservedwellbytwometrolines,oneofwhich

connectstoboththemainLowuHKbordercrossingandthe

Shenzhenairport,whiletheotherone,withastationinthe

northernpartofthestreet,linkstotheShekouinternational

ferryportwithitsdirectservicetoHKAirportdeparturehalls,

bypassingHKimmigrationandthesecurity.So,noproblems

gettingthere.

TheroughlyhalfamileoflengthofHuaqiangNorthroadstreet

levelbetweenthesetwometrostationscontainsaboutadozen

electronicsmallsofdifferentsizes,withthetwolargestones-

SEGPlazaandtheHuaqiangElectronicWorld-beingmillion

square-ftsizedgiganticestablishments.SEGPlaza,toppedup

bya72storey354mtower.Therestofthemalls,alongthe

mainstreet,aswellasanotherdozenorsomallsintheback

alleys,focusmoreonspecificareas,likeonlycommunication

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WefocusedmostlyonSEGPlazaandtheHuaqiangElectronic

World,asyourexplorationadventureshouldstartfromthere.

Thelowerfloorsareagoodpointtolookatfirst,asitisa

heavenforcomponentseekers.AnykindofPCIeconnector,

ormemoryorFPGAorflashchip,orfunniestwires,batteries,

diskdrives,evenscrews,youcouldeverthinkof-havealook!

Thehigherfloorswillnormallyhousethesamestuffyou'll

findonfloors4,5and6ofSimLimSquareinSingapore,

orLowYatPlazainKL.Thereareallthemainboards,cases,

monitors,enclosureswithPSUsandsuch.You'llfindthesame

highendofferingstoo,justlikehere.Thedifference?Many

thingsarecheaper,especiallythingslikeenclosuresand,yes,

monitors.AminiITXcasingwithPSUherewillcostyousome

30singaporedollarscashandcarry,whilea24-inch16:10

format(!)SamsungLED-backlitsuperslimLCDmonitorwill

goforaroundS$250orso.Forthepartssuchasmemories

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October31st,2011

Thoughtyou'veseenitallaboutASRock'sX79lineupwith

theX79Extreme7?Thinkagain,itseemsASRockhas

another,morefeature-richsocketLGA2011motherboardin

theworks,whichwilltopoffthefirstwaveofASRock's

motherboardscompatiblewithCorei7"SandyBridge-E"

LGA2011processors,theASrockX79Extreme9.Thisboardis

packedtothebrimwithconnectivityoptions,ameatierVRM,

andbettermemoryexpansioncomparedtotheExtreme7.

Thoughtyou'veseenitallaboutASRock'sX79lineupwith

theX79Extreme7?Thinkagain,itseemsASRockhas

another,morefeature-richsocketLGA2011motherboardin

theworks,whichwilltopoffthefirstwaveofASRock's

motherboardscompatiblewithCorei7"SandyBridge-E"

LGA2011processors,theASrockX79Extreme9.Thisboardis

packedtothebrimwithconnectivityoptions,ameatierVRM,

andbettermemoryexpansioncomparedtotheExtreme7.

TheASRockX79Extreme9usesstrongdigitalPWMpower

circuitrythatdrawspowerfromtwo8-pinEPSconnectors.

TheCPUiswiredtoeightDDR3DIMMslots,unlikesixonthe

Extreme7.ThisensuresthateachofthefourDDR3memory

channelscanseatuptotwoDIMMs.PCI-Expressexpansion

includesfivePCI-Express3.0x16slots,andanx1slot.On

oneoftheseslotsthebundledASRock"GameBlaster"(if

we'rereadingitright)daughterboardistobeinstalled.The

"GameBlaster"daughterboardholdshigh-gradeSoundCore

7.1channelaudio,andagaming-gradenetworkcontroller.

We'renotentirelysureiftheNICandaudiocontrollersare

madebyKillerandCreative,respectively,likeontheASUS

ROGThunderbolt.

October31st,2011

anddisks,usuallythepricewillbeslightlylowerthanhere,

buttherewerecaseswhere,onthefirstinquiry,somevendors

willtrytoplaytoosmartwithhighprices.Notethatalittle

bitofhagglingisexpectedanyway,butonlythatmuchliterally

-littlebitasinabletosqueezepricesbymaybe10%on

average.Electronicsisquiteachallengingbusinesstomake

highmarginsanyway...

Eitherway,SEGPlazaandtheHuaqiangElectronicWorldwill

prettymuchtakeyoumostofoneday-theotherdayshould

betheretocheckthesmallermallsandtheiroddityofthings

onoffer.Theplacesaresohuge,thereissomuchonoffer,and

withveryspecialoffersforthingsyou'dneverthinkyoucould

find-whetherit'sasupercustomcellphoneenhancement,or

anoddchipfromdaysgoneby,orpartsforyourownhome

radar-thisisthenextmeccaforelectronicsafficionados.

ASRockX79Extreme9Tops

OffLineup

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asrock-x79-extreme9-tops-off-

lineup/13841.html

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ThereisplentyofSATAconnectivitythankstotheuseofas

manyasthreeMarvell-made2-portSATA6Gb/scontrollers

tosupplementtheX79PCH.TheX79itselfgivesouttwoSATA

6Gb/sandfourSATA3Gb/sports.Thereareasmanyasfour

USB3.0controllers,givingouteightports(fourontherear

panel,fourbyheaders).Apartfromthenetworkconnectionon

theGameBlastercard,thereisonenetworkconnectionlocalto

thisboard,apartfromFirewire,USB2.0,andeSATA6Gbps.

ExpecttheASRockX79Extreme9tobecountedamongthe

costliestsocketLGA2011motherboards.

MicrosoftWindows7Ultimate

DSPLimitedPackNanami

Editionretails4Novemberin

Japan

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-windows-7-ultimate-dsp-

limited-pack-nanami-edition-retails-4-november-in-japan/13840.html

October31st,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

MicrosoftinJapanwillberetailingtheWindows7Ultimate

DSPLimitedPackNanamiEditionthatcomesbundledwith

aMicrosoftTouchMouse.ThelimitededitionTouchMouse

featuresamoderndesignwithsubtletonesandwhiteand

isdesignedbyrenownedillustrator,designer,artdirector

andartist,DeanneCheuk.Ontopofthat,thiseditionalso

comeswithMadobeNanami,thespecialcharactercreatedto

promoteWindows7,whowillprovidevideoguides,aswellas

Windows7themes,threedesktopwallpapersand24original

sounds.TheWindows7UltimateDSPLimitedPackNanami

Editionisscheduledtoretailon4November.Pricinghasnot

beenestablishedatpresstime.

HPannouncesTouchSmart620

3DEditionPCand2311gt3D

LCDmonitor

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/hp-announces-touchsmart620-3d-

edition-pc-and-2311gt-3d-lcd-monitor/13839.html

October31st,2011

MicrosoftinJapanwillbelaunchingaspeciallimitedpack

NanamieditionoftheWindows7UltimateDSP.Asidefrom

theoperatingsystem,thebundlewillincludetheMicrosoft

TouchMouseforusewithWindows7,andsomeadditional

content.Readon.

Seeingthepopularityof3Dtechnology,PCgiantHPhas

recentlyunveiledtheirlatestconsumerportfoliowhichclaim

toofferimmersive3Dexperiencetoconsumers.TheHP

TouchSmart6203DEditionPCfeaturesanintuitiveand

ergonomicdesignwithactiveshutter3Dglasses,whiletheHP

2311gt3DLCDmonitorprovidesimprovedbrightnessanda

flicker-free3Dpicture.

HP TouchSmart620 3D Edition PC

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Cyberlink’sPowerDVD,userscanconverttheirexisting2D

contentsuchasphotosandvideosinto3Dcontentwhilethe

TriDefIgnitionGamePlayerdisplays2Dgamesin3D.

TheHP2311gt3DLCDmonitorisavailablenowinAPJfrom

astartingpriceofaroundUS$299.

SandyBridge-EandX79

availablefor(pre-)order

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sandy-bridge-e-and-x79-available-for-

pre-order/13837.html

October31st,2011

ThenewHPTouchSmart6203DEditionPCoffersanall-in-

onehuboffunandentertainment.Userscancreatetheirown

3DvideosandpictureswiththeTouchSmart’sbuilt-inwebcam

andsharethemwithfamilyandfriendsonlineorviathe23-

inchdiagonalhighdefinitiondisplay.WiththeTriDefIgnition

GamePlayer,itallowsuserstoenjoyplayingtheirfavorite

gamesin3D.TheTouchSmart6203DEditionfeaturesan

intuitiveandergonomicdesign,canswivelupto180-degrees

andreclinesupto60-degrees,andallowsuserstoadjust

thedisplay’spositionforcomfortableviewingof3Dcontent

withtheActiveShutter3DGlasses.Inadditiontoexclusive

HPfeatureslikeLinkUpTechnologyandBeatsAudio,the

HPTouchSmart6203DEditionalsooffersthelatestversion

ofthecompany'sproprietaryTouchSmartsoftware,premium

graphicsandprocessors.

TheHPTouchSmart6203DEditionPCisexpectedtobe

availablefrommidNovemberinAPJfromastartingpriceof

aroundUS$1,399.

HP 2311gt 3D LCD monitor

TheHP2311gt3DLCDmonitorcandeliverenhanced3D

experienceinanultra-slim23-inchdiagonalLEDbacklit

display.ItfeaturesFilmPatternedRetarder(FPR)technology,

whichoffersadisplaywithimprovedbrightnessandaflicker-

free3Dpicture.Bundledwithtwopairsofpassive3Dglasses,

userswillalsoenjoysoftwarefromCyberlinkandTriDefas

wellasa3Dmovietrailerfortheupcominganimatedfilm?

PussinBootsfromDreamWorksAnimationSKGInc.With

Withjustovertwoweekstothelaunch,Intel'sSandyBridge-

Eprocessorsarestartingtoappearinlistingswithonline

retailersaroundtheglobe.What'sevenmoreinterestingis

thatyoucanpickupX79boards–atleastinsomecountries

–today,withseveralmodelsbeingavailableforpre-order,

includingIntel'sowntwomodels.

Withjustovertwoweekstothelaunch,Intel'sSandyBridge-

Eprocessorsarestartingtoappearinlistingswithonline

retailersaroundtheglobe.What'sevenmoreinterestingis

thatyoucanpickupX79boards–atleastinsomecountries

–today,withseveralmodelsbeingavailableforpre-order,

includingIntel'sowntwomodels.

Let'sstartwiththeCPU's,althoughwehaveafeelingthatthe

pricesarealittlebitoff,astheCorei7-3930Kislistedfor

asteep5,800RMB(US$912/S$1,135)inChina,£481.19(US

$776/S$695)intheUKandforbetween5,000and6,000SEK

(US$784-940/S$975-1,169)inSweden,aCPUthatshouldin

factretailforaroundUS$583unlessIntel'srumouredlistprice

isgoingtobealothigherthananticipated.It'sworthtaking

intoaccountthingslikeVAThere,butthatonlymakesthe

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cheapestpricesendupsomewhereclosetoIntel'sexpectedlist

price.

TheCorei7-3960Xislistedat7,800RMB(US$1,226/S

$1,525)inChina,£854.39(US$1,379/S$1,715)intheUK

andbetween8,800and11,000SEK(US$1,380-1,725/S

$1,715-2,145)inSwedenwhichmeansthattheCorei7-3960X

isatleastinmostcasesalotclosertotherumouredlistprice

whichwe'restillexpectingtobeoverUS$999whichhasbeen

Intel'sstandardpricepointforitsExtremeEditionmodelsin

thepast.

WeonlyfoundthequadcoreCorei7-3820listedinChina

for3,500RMB(US$550/S$685),aCPUwhichshouldbe

retailingclosertoUS$300.We'rehearingrumoursthatthe

Corei7-3820hasbeendelayedfurtheranditshouldn'tarrive

untilthemiddleofQ1nextyearnow.AsfortheCorei7-3930K

and3960X,we'rehearingthatIntelwillofferaverylimited

amountofCPU'sinthetensofthousands,althoughwecan't

disclosetheexactfigurewe'vebeentold.Thereasonforthis

isthatthecurrentconsumerSKU'sareC2steppingchipsand

IntelisalreadyworkingonaC3stepping,butwe'rehearing

Publishedby:VR-Zone

thattheonesworthhavingwillbetheDsteppingmodelswhich

shouldhaveallthekinksworkedout,butthey'renotlikelyto

arriveuntilmuchlaternextyear.

CorsairTX550MPowerSupply

Review

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-tx550m-power-supply-

review/13836.html

October31st,2011

ItappearsthatthelatestTX-MserieswhichCorsairreleased

afewweeksagowillbeagreatsuccessforthecompany,asthe

marketdemandofthenewunitsisveryhighandenthusiasts

seemtoembracetheideaofhighperformance,partlymodular

powersupplies.Itwasonlyafewweeksagothatwehada

lookattheTX750M750Wunit,whichofferedgreatoverall

performanceandqualityfortheprice.Todaywearegoing

toexamineandreviewtheperformanceoftheTX550M,the

weakestandmostaffordablepowersupplyoftheseries,which

alsocomesonlyintheM(modular)variant.

ItappearsthatthelatestTX-MserieswhichCorsairreleaseda

fewweeksagowillbeagreatsuccessforthecompany,asthe

marketdemandofthenewunitsisveryhighandenthusiasts

seemtoembracetheideaofhighperformance,partlymodular

powersupplies.Itwasonlyafewweeksagothatwehada

lookattheTX750M 750Wunit,whichofferedgreatoverall

performanceandqualityfortheprice.Todaywearegoing

toexamineandreviewtheperformanceoftheTX550M,the

weakestandmostaffordablepowersupplyoftheseries,which

alsocomesonlyintheM(modular)variant.

Manufacturer’sfeaturesandspecifications

·ConformstothelatestATX12Vv2.31andEPS2.92

standards,andisbackwardcompatiblewiththeATX12V2.2

andATX12V2.01standards

·Adedicatedsingle+12Vrailofferssimpleconfiguration

andmaximumcompatibilitywiththelatestgraphicscardsand

othercomponents

·Anultra-quiet,140mmdoubleball-bearingfandelivers

excellentairflowwithexceptionallylownoiselevelsbyvarying

fanspeedinresponsetotemperature

·ComplieswiththeEuropeanUnionErPDirective

(2009/125/EC)sothepowerconsumptionofthewhole

system,ineitherstandbyoroffmode,canbelessthan

1Wwhenusedwithaproperlyconfigured,ErP-compliant

motherboard

·80PLUS®Bronzecertified,deliveringupto85%energy

efficiencyunderreal-worldloadconditions

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·ActivePowerFactorCorrection(PFC)withPFvalueof

0.99

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WhileMasterCard'scontactlesspaymentsystemwasrolled

outyearsago,itwasonlyearlierthisyearthatthecompany

announcedtheinclusionofSIM-basedsystems.

·

UniversalACinputfrom90~264V

Inapreparedstatement,AndrewBocking,VicePresident,

HandheldSoftwareProductManagementatRIMsaid,

"NFCtechnologyismakingsmartphonesevensmarterand

theMasterCardcertificationisasignificantstepforward

inhelpingtransformthewayweusemobiledevicesfor

payments.Weareworkingproactivelywithourcarrier

partners,banks,retailersandotherindustryplayersandwe

areexcitedtopushtheboundariesofhowNFCcanenablenew

mobileexperiencesforBlackBerrysmartphoneusersaround

theworld."

TheBold9900andCurve9360aretwoofthelatest

smartphonesfromRIMthatrunsontheBlackBerry7OS,

incorporatingbuilt-inNFChardware.Thismeansthata

·Over-voltage,under-voltage,over-current,andshort

circuitprotectionprovidemaximumsafetyforyourcritical

systemcomponents

·High-qualitycapacitorsprovideuncompromised

performanceandreliability

·AfiveyearwarrantyandlifetimeaccesstoCorsair's

legendarytechnicalsupportandcustomerservice

·SafetyApprovals:cTUVus,CE,CB,FCCClassB,TÜV,

CCC,C-tick

separateradioantennawilltransmittherequisitepayment

detailswirelesslytoahigh-speedreaderatcheckout.TheNFC

radiocanbeswitchedoffifdesired.

ThecertificationfromMastercardwillbeashotinthearmfor

NFCprojectsaroundtheworld.InterestinNFCisincreasing,

andmobiledeviceshavebeentippedtospuradoptiongiven

theubiquityofphonesinbothdevelopinganddeveloped

countries.

InSingapore,IDAandsevencompanieswillinvestS$40

millionintoNFCtoeventuallyallowbanksandcardissuersto

connectviaacommoninfrastructure,asreportedbyChannel

NewsAsiajustlastweek.Thereportmentionedselected

modelsfromNokia,SamsungandRIM.Thispresumably

includestheBold9900andCurve9360.

Corsair

T550M

AC1000-240V

INPUT~12A

50/60Hz

DC+5V+3.3V

OUTPUT

MAX25A25A

CURRENT

MAX140W540W

COMBINED

WATTAGE

TOTAL

POWER:

+12V

45A

9.6W

-12V

0.8A

15W

+5Vsb

3A

550W

@50°C

ambient

temperature

BlackBerryBold9900and

Curve9360NFCsmartphones

gainMasterCardPayPasscert

Lexmarkextendsworkgroup

productlinewithnewcolour

laserMFPs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/lexmark-extends-workgroup-product-

line-with-new-colour-laser-mfps/13834.html

October31st,2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/blackberry-bold-9900-and-

curve-9360-nfc-smartphones-gain-mastercard-paypass-cert/13835.html

October31st,2011

Lexmarkhasintroducedtwonewcolourlasermultifunction

printers(MFPs)targetedattherapidlygrowingSMEsand

mid-sizedworkgroupsegment.Thecompanysaysthe

LexmarkX548deandX548dtecolourlaserMFPsdelivers

varioushighperformancecapabilitiesandadvancedsecurity

featuresrepresentativeofmorecostlydevicesinthemarket,

butwithasmallerfootprintandatanaffordablepricepoint.

TheBlackBerryBold9900andBlackBerryCurve9360

havebecomethefirstSIM-basedsmartphonestoearn

theMasterCardPayPasscertification.Thismeansthat

MasterCardisconfidentthatthetwomobiledevicesmeet

itsfunctionality,interoperabilityandsecurityrequirementsto

becertifiedasPayPass-approveddevices.Issuingbanksare

henceallowedtoassignaPayPassaccounttotheSIMcards

usedinthetwosmartphonestoworkwiththeNFC-based,or

nearfieldcommunication,paymentsystem.

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ECS(ElitegroupComputerSystems)isaTaiwanese

electronicsfirmsynonymouswithentrylevelofferingsor

beingthemotherboardOEMforbrandslikeHPandIBM.In

ourlabstodayistheirlatestoffering–theX79R-AXBlack

Extreme.Boastingawhopping12SATAports,dualLAN/

eSATA,Bluetooth/WirelessLANconnectivityandfourPCIe

x16slotsformulti-GPUextravagance,weseeifithaswhatit

takestobetheX79motherboardofchoice.

BoxFrontView-withaclothstringcarryinghandletotakeit

fromtheshops

BoxBehind-thisisoneofthemostcolourfulandvibrantboxes

wehaveinourlab

October31st,2011

Lexmarkhasintroducedtwonewcolourlasermultifunction

printers(MFPs)targetedattherapidlygrowingSMEsand

mid-sizedworkgroupsegment.Thecompanysaysthe

Lexmark X548de and X548dte colour laser MFPsdelivers

varioushighperformancecapabilitiesandadvancedsecurity

featuresrepresentativeofmorecostlydevicesinthemarket,

butwithasmallerfootprintandatanaffordablepricepoint.

"TheintroductionoftheX548smartMFPsstrengthens

Lexmark'spositioninastrategicgrowthareaforour

company-workgroupcolourlaserdevices,"saidMarty

Canning,Lexmarkexecutivevicepresidentandpresidentof

ImagingSolutionsandServices"Wearecommittedtodriving

innovative,disruptiveA4technologywithsmartdevices,

customisablewithindustry-leadingsoftwareandtailored

solutions,tomakeourbusinesscustomersmoreproductive."

Bothcolourlaserprinterscomewithalarge7-inchcolour

touchscreenthatallowsforintuitivenavigationtoaccess

work?owsolutionsandshortcuts.Moreover,pre-loaded

applicationscanbecustomisedwithtailoredworkflowsbased

onuniquebusinessneeds.

Advancedscanningcapabilitiesincludestheabilitytoscanto

e-mail,scantoFTP,scantofax,scantonetworkaswellas

scanningtoaflashdrivepluggedintoafrontUSBport.The

duplexautomaticdocumentfeederallowsforduplexcolour-

scanningwitha50-sheetinputcapacity.

Onthesecurityfront,bothlaserprinterssupportavarietyof

userauthenticationandauthorizationcontrols,whilesecurity-

auditlogginghelpstracksandidenti?essecurityrisks.

AstepupfromtheLexmarkX548debasemodel,theLexmark

X548dteaddsaninternalharddiskdrivewhichenablesextra

features,aswellasa650-sheetDuoDrawerforadditional

mediahandlingcapabilities.Sensitivedataontheharddisk

driveoftheX548dteisprotectedbymeansofadvancedhard

diskencryption.

TheLexmarkX548de(SG$2,449)andLexmarkX548dte

(SG$3,059)areavailableforsalefromauthorisedLexmark

businesspartners.AllpricesaboveexcludeGSTandother

prevailingtaxes.

FirstLooks:ECSX79R-AX

BlackExtreme-TheFeature

FilledX79DarkHorse

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-ecs-x79r-ax-black-extreme--

the-feature-filled-x79-dark-horse/13832.html

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ECSX79R-AXBlackExtremeMotherboardFrontView-

passivecoolingandnoflamboyantheatpipes.

Findoutmoreonthenextpage...

MSIGT780RGamingNotebook

Review-Takingthebattlefield

ontheroad

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-gt780r-gaming-notebook-review--

taking-the-battlefield-on-the-road/13794.html

October31st,2011

TheMSIGT780RwasfirstseenatComputex2011,andisa17-

inchfullHDgamingpowerhouse,equippedwithIntelSandy

BridgeQuadCore,NvidiaGTX560Mforgraphics,impressive

1.5terabytesofspeedyRAID-0storageandmulti-colourLED

backlightedSteelSerieskeyboard.Wecheckoutthefirepower

ofthismobiletankandtakeitforaspininBattlefield3!

FrontofBox

MotherboardBackView

I/OPanel(AniftyclearCMOSbutton,2eSATA6gbpsfrom

aASMediaASM1061,BluetoothV2.1+EDR/150MbpsWifi

fromAtherosAR9271L,4SuperSpeedUSB3.0fromaTi

TUSB7340,2GigabitLANPortsfromRealtekRTL8111E

controllersand7.1+2channelaudiofromaRealtekALC892)

LaptopSpecifications

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Manuals,WarrantyandDriverCD

7600mAh,87WhLithumIonBattery

ExterioroftheMSIGT780R

17-inch1920x1080(16:9)LEDDisplay

BrushedMetalCover

150WPowerAdapterbyDeltaElectronics

LEDindicatorsforcharging,harddiskactivityandothers

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ExcellentDynaudioSpeakersonbothsides,Hotkeysanda

LargePowerButton

2USB2.0ontheRightSide.OurreviewunitcamewithaDVD

SuperMultidrive

Fromlefttoright:Kensingtonlock,ChargerHole,Gigabit

EthernetPort,AnalogVGA,eSATAandHDMIport

ObligatoryStickers

Fromlefttoright:alargeventforcooling,2USB3.0ports,

CardReader,1USB2.0portand7.1channelaudioports

30fps@720pCamerawithaArrayMic

ShortenedRight-ShiftKeymashedtogetherwiththearrow

keys-don'tlikethis.We'drathertheydoawaywiththe

numpadandhavelargerkeys

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WiththeUsualWASD/Space/Ctrl/Shiftkeyboardgame

assignment,thetouchpadcangetaccidentallyactuatedbythe

user'shand.Fortunately,MSIhasincludedaniftytouchpad

disablebutton

PicturesofLGPradaK2

leaked

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/pictures-of-lg-prada-k2-

leaked/13830.html

October31st,2011

ThecollaborationbetweenLGandPradastartedin2006with

thefirstLGPrada(KE850)launchedin2007.Andin2009in

Singapore,wesawtheLGPradaII(KF900).Anditlookslike

thetimehascomeoncemoreaspicturesofthenewLGPrada

K2havebeenleakedonline.

ProvidedSoftwaretochangekeyboardlightingcolorsand

intensity.

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TheLGPradaK2sportsaslimbodywithacandybarform

factordesign.Ithasa4.3-inchTFTtouchscreendisplayand

incorporatesNOVAdisplaytechnologythatoffersover1000

nitsofbrightness.The1.3-megapixelcameraislocatedabove

thedisplay,whilebelowitaretouchsensitivekeys.LGPrada

seriesofphonesareknowntoonlyincorporatetheirown

proprietaryOS,sodon'texpectittoberunningAndroid4.0Ice

CreamSandwichthough.Thebacklitpowerbutton,USBport,

aheadphonejackareonthetop,whilethevolumecontrols

areontheleftofthephone.Therearholdsthe8-megapixel

camerawithLEDflash,andisprobablycapableof1080p

fullhighdefinitionvideorecordingandaloudspeakeronthe

bottom.TheLGPradaK2claimstobepoweredbydual-core

processorandsupportsHSPA+connectivity.

AMD'snext-genGPUstoship

in2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-next-gen-gpus-to-ship-

in-2011/13829.html

October31st,2011

AttheirlastconferencecallforQ22011,AMDrevealedthat

28nmGPUswereontrackfor2011.MovingforwardtotheQ3

2011financialreport,AMDstillplansplanstoshipforrevenue

thefirstnext-genGPUsbytheendoftheyear.

AttheirlastconferencecallforQ22011,AMDrevealedthat

28nmGPUswereontrackfor2011.MovingforwardtotheQ3

2011financialreport,AMDstillplansplanstoshipforrevenue

thefirstnext-genGPUsbytheendoftheyear.

Ofcourse,whileshippingforrevenuedoesnotnecessarily

translatetoretailavailability,itdoesmeanAMDwillbe

shippingnext-genchipstotheirAIBpartnerssometimeinQ4

2011.Ifallgoeswell,wewillseeAMD'sfirstRadeonHD7000

productsineitherlate2011ormorelikelyearly2012.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

AMD'sGraphicssegmentrevenuesincreasedby10%overQ2

2011,and4%overQ22010to$403million.AMD'soverall

resultswerebetterthantheforecastrevisionssuggested.

Belkinannouncesnew

wirelessrouters

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/belkin-announces-new-wireless-

routers/13828.html

October31st,2011

Belkinhasannouncedtheirnewwirelessrouterswhichcome

intheformofN150,N300,N600Dual-BandandN750Dual-

Band.TheroutersclaimtoincoporateMultiBeamtechnology

thatcandeliverfastspeedsandfullercoverageforPCs,tablets,

smartphones,TVs,andgamingconsoles.

EngineeredwithMultiBeamtechnologyformaximumspeed

andcoverage,thenewBelkinroutersN150,N300,N600Dual-

Band(DB)andN750Dual-bandsupporttheproliferationof

wirelessdevices,fromsmartphonesandtabletstoInternet

TVsandgamingconsoles.Theexclusivetechnologyalso

claimstoofferhigherthroughputatlongerdistances,

enablinguserstoconnectmultipledeviceseasily.TheBelkin

N600DBandN750DBroutersalsofeaturedual-band

channelstoeliminateinterferenceandoptimizeperformance

forbandwidth-intensiveapplicationssuchashigh-definition

videostreaming.

Therouterchassiswasspecificallydesignedtosupportthe

latestMultiBeamantennasandmaximizetheMIMOsphere

andabsolutecoveragedistance.Whiletraditionalrouterstend

toprovideadonut-shapedcoveragepattern–flatandwide–

thenewBelkinrouterscomeinanapple-likeshapetoprovide

morecoverage,powerandspeedforallonlineactivities.

EachrouterfeaturesBelkin’sEasySetup,asimpleprocessfor

gettingtherouteroutoftheboxandonlineinthreeeasysteps,

andpre-configuredencryptionsettingsforbuilt-inwireless

security.

PricingandAvailability

TheBelkinN750DB,N600DB,N300andN150routersare

commerciallyavailablenowinSingaporeatmajorretailerslike

BestDenki,Courts,HarveyNorma,Challenger,Mustafa,IT

MallsandGainCity.

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BelkinN750DBWirelessDualBandN+Router-S$229

-Wirelessspeedsofupto300Mbps(2.4GHz)+450Mbps

(5GHz)

-Simultaneousdual-bandoperatingon2.4GHzand5GHz

bands

-TwoUSBportsformoremediasharingorwirelessprinting

-Self-HealingAppautomaticallyresolvespotentialnetwork

problems

-VideomoverAppforwirelessstreamingofvideocontent

throughoutthehouse

-PrintZoneAppallowsyoutoprintfromanywhereinthe

home

-MemorySafeAppautomaticallybacksupfilestoyour

externalharddrive

-EasySetupandpresetsecurity

N600DBWirelessDualBandN+Router-S$149

-Wirelessspeedsofupto300Mbps(2.4GHz)+300Mbps

(5GHz)

-Simultaneousdual-bandoperatingon2.4GHzand5GHz

bands

-OneUSBportforwirelessprintingorstorage

-Self-HealingApptoautomaticallyresolvepotentialnetwork

problems

-VideoMoverAppforwirelessstreamingofvideocontent

throughoutthehouse

-PrintZoneAppallowsyoutoprintfromanywhereinthe

home

-MemorySafeAppautomaticallybacksupfilestoyour

externalharddrive

-EasySetupandpresetsecurity

BelkinN600DBWirelessDual-BandN+ModemRouter-S

$169

-Built-inADSL2+modem

-SamefeaturesasWirelessRouter

BelkinN300WirelessNRouter-S$59

-Wirelessspeedsofupto300Mbps

-EasySetupandpresetsecurity

-Self-HealingApptodetectnetworkproblems

BelkinN150WirelessRouter-S$45

-Wirelessspeedsofupto150Mbps

-WirelesscoverageattwicethespeedofGtechnology

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-EasySetupandpresetsecurity

BelkinN150WirelessUSBAdapter-S$27

-Wirelessspeedsofupto150Mbps

-Backward-compatiblewith802.11a/gdevicesat54Mbpsand

802.11bproductsat11Mbps

BelkinN300WirelessUSBAdapter-S$36

-Wirelessspeedsofupto300Mbps

-Backward-compatiblewith802.11a/gdevicesat54Mbpsand

802.11bproductsat11Mbps

BelkinN600WirelessUSBAdapter-S$54

-Thefastestdual-bandspeedsforvideostreamingandonline

gamingofupto300Mbps

-Backward-compatiblewith802.11a/gdevicesat54Mbpsand

802.11bproductsat11Mbps

ARMgivesusaglimpseof

whattocome

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-gives-us-a-glimpse-of-what-to-

come/13826.html

October31st,2011

AlthoughARMhasalreadyannounceditsnextgenCortex-

A15corebasedontheARMv7architecturesometimeago,

thecompanyhasnowunveiledsomedetailsofitsupcoming

ARMv8architecture.Thebiggestandpossiblymostimportant

change,dependingonhowthingsmoveforwardinthe

universeofARMpowereddevices,is64-bitsupportinARMv8.

AlthoughARMhasalreadyannounceditsnextgenCortex-

A15corebasedontheARMv7architecturesometimeago,

thecompanyhasnowunveiledsomedetailsofitsupcoming

ARMv8architecture.Thebiggestandpossiblymostimportant

change,dependingonhowthingsmoveforwardinthe

universeofARMpowereddevices,is64-bitsupportinARMv8.

TheARMv8architectureisamajorstepforwardforARM,

atleastwhenitcomestomakingprocessorsthataren't

necessarilythemostpowerfrugalchipsoutthere.Witha

clearmovetowardsmoreARMpowereddevicesoutsideofthe

phonespace,ARMneedstoupitsgameandoffercompetitive

processorcoresonmorethanonelevel.WithWindows8

addingARMsupportandmaybeevenmoreimportantly,the

servermarketstartingtoshowinterestinARMpowered

servers,beingabletoaddressmorethan4GBofRAM.

However,ARMalreadysupportsvirtualmemoryaddressesof

40-bitorlargerandthatgivestheARMv7architecturethe

optiontosupportupto1TBofRAM.

Evenso,amovetowards64-bitisgoingtobeamustas

operatingsystems,especiallytheonesfromMicrosoft,looks

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settomoveto64-bitonlyinthefuture,astheresimplyisno

needtohaveseparate32-bitand64-bitversionsofWindows

thesedays.Native64-bitsupportshouldalsoofferbetter

performancethanvirtualmemoryaddressing,asthelatter

addsaperformancehit.Anotherreasonfor64-bitsupport

isasmentioned,serversandwithtoday'svirtualizedserver

environments,having64-bitmemorysupportisgoingtobea

mustforARMiftheywanttocompetewiththebigboys.

ARMwillofcoursecontinuetouseitscurrenttechnologyand

furtherenhancethemintheARMv8andwe'llseeimproved

versionsofTrustZone,virtualizationandNEONadvanced

SIMD.Whatisn'tmentionedareanyadditionalfeatures

beyondthe64-bitadditiontotheARMv8architecture,but

dependingonwhereARManditspartnerswanttotakethings,

we'llmostlikelyseeabigchangewhenitcomestopower

efficiencyandthermals,atleastforhigh-endcoresthatwill

endupbothconsumerdevicesandservers.Inasmuchaswe're

expectingnewlow-powersolutionsforphonesandtablets,

ARManditspartnersareclearlytakingthegametoInteland

somethingisgoingtohavetochangeiftheywanttocompete

onequalterms.

Thatsaid,wedoubtthatwe'llseepowerhungryprocessors

basedonARM'stechnology,atleastnotcomparedtox86

basedprocessors.Thereisafinelinebetweenenough

performanceandpowerefficiencyandARMislikelytohave

tocrossthatlinetostaycompetitiveinthelongterm.The

easywaytogetmoreperformance,atleastinsomescenarios

istoaddmorecoresandthisisreasonablyeasytodowith

ARMbasedtechnology,especiallyifyouusemultiplechips

whicharesmallerandruncoolerthanx86processors.More

coresaregreat,exceptasAMDshowedwithitsBulldozer

basedFXseriesofconsumerCPU's,havingmorecoresdoesn't

alwaystranslatetorealworldperformancegains.Ontheother

hand,we'renotexpectingtoseeahugeinfluxincoreswhenit

comestoconsumerprocessordesignsfromARM,insteadthe

companyisgoingtohavetocomeupwithsomenew,clever

waysofdoingthings.

Ofcourse,movingtonewmanufacturingtechnologieswill

helpARManditspartnerstokeepthepowerenvelopedown,

fornowatleast,butthenextstepbeyond28nmisgoingtotake

awhile,atleastifthemovefrom40nmto28nmisanythingto

goby.Yes,thefoundrieshaveroadmaps,butit'sworthtaking

intoconsiderationthatTSMChasdecidedtocutitscapexfor

thenextyearorsowithyetanotherglobaldownturnbeing

expected.Thisimpliesthatwemighthavetolivewith28nm

chipsforabitlongerthanoriginallythough.Thenagain,ARM

isonlyexpectingtodiscloseitsfirstprocessorsbasedonthe

ARMv8architecturesometimenextyearanddoesn'texpect

itspartnerstohaveanyprototypesreadyuntil2014which

rightnowisanawfullylongtimeawayforanewprocessor

technology.

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SonyandEricssonpartways,

remainfriends

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-and-ericsson-part-ways-remain-

friends/13825.html

October31st,2011

Inanotentirelyunexpectedmove,Sonyissetto

buyoutEricssonfromthejointSonyEricssonMobile

CommunicationsABjointventureforanotinsignificant

€1.05billionandwillturnSonyEricssonintoawholly-

ownedsubsidiarythatwillfallunderitsnetwork-connected

consumerelectronicsdivision.Thetwocompaniesremain

friendlythough,thedealalsoincludesanIPcross-licensing

agreementandthey'llalsocreateajointwirelessconnectivity

initiative.

Inanotentirelyunexpectedmove,Sonyissetto

buyoutEricssonfromthejointSonyEricssonMobile

CommunicationsABjointventureforanotinsignificant

€1.05billionandwillturnSonyEricssonintoawholly-

ownedsubsidiarythatwillfallunderitsnetwork-connected

consumerelectronicsdivision.Thetwocompaniesremain

friendlythough,thedealalsoincludesanIPcross-licensing

agreementandthey'llalsocreateajointwirelessconnectivity

initiative.

It'sbeen10yearssinceSonyandEricssondecidedtoteam

upandcreateSonyEricssonandbetweenthenandnow,the

mobiledevicemarkethaschangedandisstillchangingata

rapidpace.SonyEricssonhassadlygonefromthirdposition

toa10thpositionwhenitcomestomobilehandsetmarket

shareorfrom8.5percentto1.7percentoftheglobalmarket

share.Backin2008SonyEricssonsaidthattheirgoalwas

tobecomethethirdbiggestmobilehandsetmakerwithinthe

nextfiveyear,butinsteadthecompanydroppedfromfifthto

10thpositionsincethen.

Lastyearthecompanywentoutandsaidthattheywanted

tobenumberoneinAndroidhandsetsandalthoughaswith

Motorola,itseemslikeAndroidhasbeenasaviourtoadegree

forSonyEricsson,it'sclearthatthecompanyisfarfromthe

marketleader.It'seasytopointfingersastowhatwentwrong,

butsomeofithasbeenSony'sunwillingnesstousesomeof

itsbrandnames,mostsignificantlythePlaystationbrandfor

SonyEricssonproducts,atleastuntilit'sgenerallybeentoo

littletoolate.ThePlaystationphonedidn'texactlytakethe

worldwithastorm,butinallfairnesssomeofSonyEricsson's

otherXperiahandsetsaren'thalfbad.

ThenewSonymobilehandsetdivisionwhichhasyettogetan

officialname–althoughallfuturehandsetswillonlycarrythe

Sonybrand–hasatoughjobaheadofit.Currentlyalotof

itsR&DislocatedinSweden,althoughit'sexpectedthatthis

divisionwillbecloseddownovertimewithmost,ifnotallof

itbeingmovedtoJapan.Withtoughcompetitionfromboth

thebigKoreanhandsetmanufacturers,especiallySamsung,

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aswellasHTCandlet'snotforgetApple,it'sclearthatSony

isgoingtohavetocomeupwithsomeprettyimpressive

hardwareandgetitoutinthemarketinatimelyfashion.

WithwhathappenedinJapanearlierthisyear,mostofSony

Ericsson'shandsetsweredelayed,somebyasmuchassix

monthsandinanindustrythat'smovinginleapsandbounds

onalmostamonthlybasiswhenitcomestonewhandsets,this

isthekindofthingthatjustisn'tallowedtohappen.

AsforEricsson,well,they'llgoontheirmerrywayand

continuetobuildthenetworkinfrastructurewhichisits

corecompetencethesedaysandthecompanyisalsobusy

doingvariousprojectsinvolvingdigitalcontentdeliverywhich

tiesinnicelywithitsnetworkinfrastructurebusiness.As

forSTEricsson,Ericsson'sjointventuretodevelopvarious

deviceendsolutionswithSTMicroelectronicsforhandsets

andwirelessmodems,well,it'slikelytotakeapotentialhit

fromthesplitfromSony,althoughitshouldbesaidthat

noneofSonyEricsson'shandsetsusedtheSTEricssonARM

processors,atleastnottoourknowledge.Thatsaid,we'd

expectthisbusinessventuretocontinuetodevelopmodem

technologyforhandsets,especiallyasweslowlycontinueto

movetowardsmoreLTEenableddeviceswhereSTEricsson

hassomepotentiallystrongsolutions.

Thepressreleasedoesn'tgointoanydetailsabouttheIPcross-

licensingdeal,excepttomentionthatitinvolvesfiveessential

patentfamilies.Thisshouldinvolvebasebandtechnologyfor

2G,3Gand4Gnetworks,aswellasotherhandsetrelated

technologythatEricssonholdspatentsfor.Withregardsto

thewirelessconnectivityinitiativethepressreleasesimply

reads"EricssonandSonywillworktodriveanddevelopthe

market'sadoptionofconnectivityacrossmultipleplatforms"

whichreallydoesn'texplainwhatthetwocompanieswillbe

doingtogether.ThedealisexpectedtocloseinJanuary2012

pendingtheusualregulatoryandshareholderapproval.

AMDreportsQ32011results

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-reports-q3-2011-

results/13824.html

October31st,2011

LastmonthAMDreviseditsQ3forecasts,muchtothedisdain

ofitsshareholders,withAMD'sstockstakinganosedive.Asit

turnsout,theforecastrevisions,whichsuggestedrevenuesof

$1.65Bwereoffthemark.AMDhasinsteadreportedrevenues

of$1.69billionandnetincomeof$110million.

LastmonthAMD revised its Q3 forecasts,muchtothedisdain

ofitsshareholders,withAMD'sstockstakinganosedive.Asit

turnsout,theforecastrevisions,whichsuggestedrevenuesof

$1.65Bandearningsof$80millionwereoffthemark.AMD

hasinsteadreportedrevenuesof$1.69billionandnetincome

of$110million.

AMD'snewCEORoryReadannouncedastrong35%increase

inmobilebusiness,withdoubledigitgrowthinemerging

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LookingforwardtoQ4,AMDexpectsa3%±2%increasein

revenue.AMD'ssharesroseby5.05%inafterhoursshortly

aftertheresultswereannounced,andanimmense14%inthe

last24hours.

Morenext-genGPU

codenamesrevealed

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/more-next-gen-gpu-codenames-

revealed/13823.html

October31st,2011

Therehavebeennoshortageofcodename/brandingleaks

fornext-genGPUsinthelastfewweeks.Toaddtothelist,not

surprisingly,GK104isintheworks.Thischipwillformthe

basisforN14EmobileQuadroGPUs.OntheAMDside,the

alreadyreportedTahitidesktopGPUwillalsoarriveinWoody

andBuzzworkstationvariants.

Therehavebeennoshortageofcodename/brandingleaks

fornext-genGPUsinthelastfewweeks.Toaddtothelist,not

surprisingly,GK104isintheworks.Thischipwillformthe

basisforN14EmobileQuadroGPUs.OntheAMDside,the

alreadyreportedTahitidesktopGPUwillalsoarriveinWoody

andBuzzworkstationvariants.

Asarecap,leakeddrivershavealreadymentionedGeForce

600andAMD Radeon HD 7000families.Weknowabunch

ofAMD codenames,rangingfromislands(desktopGPUs),

localesinLondon(mobileGPUs)andChinesemonuments.

WearealsoawareofGK107, which is already sampling,and

willfeatureinN13P-LP,N13P-GS,N13P-GTandN13E-GE

GeForcemobileSKUsandN14P-Q1andN14P-Q3mobile

Quadros.

GK104isexpectedtobethesuccessortoGF114,servingas

performanceGPUsondesktopsandflagshipGPUsonmobile

SKUs.Onthemobileside,GK104couldpowerthesuccessors

toGTX570M/580M,mostlikelycodenamedundertheN13E

series.Onthemobileworkstationfront,GK104willfeaturein

N14E-Q1,N14E-Q3andN14E-Q5mobileQuadroSKUs.These

QuadroGPUswillplayonesegmenthigherthantheGK107

basedN14PQuadro.

OntheAMDfront,there'sno scarcity of codenames,withthe

mostoftenmentionedbeingTahiti.Tahitiwillreleaseonthe

desktopasTahitiXTandTahitiPro,andalsoasTahitiWoody

andTahitiBuzzonworkstationsundertheAMDFirePro

brand.

Whileleakedcodenamesandbrandingshaveprovidedmuch

fodderfortherumourmillinthelastfewweeks,littleisknown

abouttheGPUsthemselves.

marketslikeChinaandIndia.However,AMD'sQ3wasmarred

byyieldissuesforLlano,beingunabletomeetthestrong

demand.

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LogitechunveilsG105Call

ofDuty:ModernWarfare3

officialgamingkeyboard

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/logitech-unveils-g105-call-of-duty-

modern-warfare-3-official-gaming-keyboard/13822.html

October31st,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

-Multi-keyinputsoyoucanuseuptofivekeysatonceto

performmultiple–andmorecomplex–actionswithoutthe

interferenceorghostingthatcanoccurwithotherkeyboards.

BeatsByDr.DreandMonster

launchnewHeartbeatsby

LadyGaga

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/beats-by-dr.dre-and-monster-launch-

new-heartbeats-by-lady-gaga/13821.html

October31st,2011

LogitechhasintroducedtheG105whichclaimstobethe

officialgamingkeyboardfortheupcomingCallofDuty:

ModernWarfare3firstpersonshooter.Itfeaturesmilitary-

style,night-visionblueLEDbacklighting,sixprogrammable

G-keyswiththreemodestates;witheachprovidingupto18

possiblemacrocombinationspergame.

Itwastwoyearsagowhenwefirstsawthe

Monster"HeartbeatsbyLadyGaga"becameavailablein

Singapore.Well,itlookslikeBeatsbyDr.DreandMonster

havejointlyunveiledthenewHeartbeatsin-earheadphones,

designedbythepopsinger-songwriterherself.

TheLogitechGamingKeyboardG105,whichclaimstobe

theofficialkeyboardofCallofDuty:ModernWarfare3,

featuresnight-visionblueLEDbacklighting.Italsohassix

programmableG-keyswiththreemodestateseachprovide

upto18possiblemacrocombinationspergame.Youcanalso

choosetorecordnewmacrosonthefly,performmultipleand

morecomplexactionswithoutinterferenceorghosting.

TheLogitechGamingKeyboardG105isavailablenowatall

authorisedLogitechresellersatasuggestedretailpriceof

S$69.TheG105modelthatisavailableinSingaporewill

onlycomewithblueLEDbacklighting.Thecompanyhas

notconfirmedifthekeyboardwithgreenLEDbacklighting

and‘CallofDuty’brandingwillbemadeavailablelocally.

-Long-life,night-visionblueLEDbacklightingsoyoucan

easilylocatethekeysyouneed–eveninthedark.Themilitary

style,night-visiongreenbacklightcanbesettotwodifferent

brightnesslevels–orturnedoffcompletely.

-SixProgrammableG-keyseachwiththreemodestates,let

youconfigureupto18uniquefunctionspergame,including

singlekeypressesorcomplexmacros.UsetheMRkeyto

recordnewmacrosonthefly.

BeatsbyDr.DreandMonsterhaveannouncedthelatest

additiontothelineofBeatsbyDr.Dreheadphones,

HeartbeatsbyLadyGaga,anupdatedversionofthepopular

in-earheadphones.DesignedbyLadyGaga,theuniquely

styledin-earheadphoneswereinspiredbyleatherandstuds

andfeatureultra-crispsonictechnologyfromtheBeatsby

Dr.Dreproducts.ThenewHeartbeatsbyLadyGagaare

areflectionofthepopqueenhigh-endsenseofstyleand

commitmenttoprovidefanswiththebestmusiclistening

experience.

TheHeartbeatsbyLadyGagafeatureall-new,lightweight

design,sixsetsofeattips,tangle-freecable,hard-carrying

caseandControlTalk,whichenablesiPhoneandiPodmusic

playbackcontrolaswellashands-freecallswithiPhoneand

manysmartphones.TheMonsterBeatsbyDr.DreHeartbeats

HeadphonesretailsforS$259andisavailableatAudio

House,AlphaAudio,BestDenki,Courts,DGLifestyleStore,

Epicentre,FarleInnovation,GadgetWorld,HarveyNorman,

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HMV,iStudio,iPCase,Macshop,Nubox,OrangeComm,

StereoandallTwoBrosoutlets.

KeyFeatures:

Gaga’sSignatureTouch

-Soundthattranscendsordinaryheadphoneandafashion-

forwardstyledesignbyGagaherself.

UpdatedDesignandStyle

-Newlyimproveddesignofferssmallerandlightershapefora

betterin-earfitandthinnertangle-freecord.

HighPerformanceSound

-Accuratespeakerdesigndeliversthedetailsoftoday’shottest

musicwithextremeclarityanddeepbass.

AFitforEveryWearer

-Multipleear-tipsizes,soyoucanfindaperfectfitforyour

ears.Thiscustom-fitsealsinyourmusicandhelpcutout

unwantednoise.

Built-inMicforHands-FreeCallsandOnlineChats

-ControlTalkenablesiPhoneandiPodmusicplaybackcontrol

aswellashands-freecallswithiPhoneandmanysmartphones.

Itevenworkswithonlinevoiceorvideochats.

Microsoftlauncheslimited

editionArcTouchMouseand

TouchMouse

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-launches-limited-edition-

arc-touch-mouse-and-touch-mouse/13820.html

October31st,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Thisholidayseason,twolimitededitionsoftheArcTouch

Mousewillbemadeavailableinwhiteandred.Thenew

designswillalsocomewithuniquepatternsonthesilicone

"tail"portionofthemouse:Therededitionwillsporta

diamondpattern,whilethewhiteeditionwillcomewitha

maze-likepattern.ArcTouchMouseinthenewdesignswill

beavailableatanestimatedretailpriceofS$89atallmajorIT

retailersfromendOctober2011.

TouchMouse

TheTouchMouseisamultitouchdevicedesignedexclusively

forWindows7tosupportclicking,flicking,scrollingand

swipinggetures.Originallyavailableinblack,awhiteArtist

Editionwithacalligraphy-likemotifdesignedbyNewYork-

basedartdirector,illustratorandartistDeanneCheukwillbe

exclusivetoChallengerstores.Itisavailableasoftodayatan

estimatedretailpriceofS$99,whilestockslasts.Theoriginal

blackeditionisalsoavailableatallmajorITretailersatS$99.

Rackingyourbrainsontheperfectgiftstobuyforyourloved

onesthisupcomingChristmasseason?Microsofthaslaunched

limitededitionsofitsMicrosoftArcTouchMouseandthe

MicrosoftTouchMousethatmayjustbetheperfectgift.In

addition,MicrosoftsaysthateverypurchaseoftheArcTouch

Mouse,ExplorerTouchMouseandTouchMousefromtoday

till31stDecember2011willcomewithafreeexclusivePC

accessorypouch.

ArcTouchMouse

Thecompany'sfastest-sellingpremiumperipheralinlocal

history,theslimArcTouchMousesnapsintoanarcshapefor

use,andflattenfortheultimateinportability-nomorehaving

todealwiththeadded"bump"ofamouseinyourlaptopbag.A

touchcontrolstripallowsforcontrolledscrollingorhyperfast

scrollingbyflickingonit.

AswiththeoriginalArcTouchMouseandTouchMouse,both

limitededitionmicealsocomeswithBlueTracktechnology

thatallowsittotrackonmoresurfacesthanconventionallaser

andopticalmice.

FirstLooks:ASUSP9X79

Pro&Deluxe-Mainstream

Boards,HighEndFeatures

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/first-looks-asus-p9x79-pro--deluxe--

mainstream-boards-high-end-features/13814.html

October31st,2011

CompletingourthreepartAsusX79Motherboardseries

roundupisthemainstreamP9X79ProandP9X79Deluxe.

LiketheSabertoothX79andtheROGRampageIVExtreme,

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bothboardsdidnotcompromiseonimplementingfull8slots

ofDDR3memoryexpansion,andeveryinchoftheirPCB

ispackedwithqualitycomponentsforlastingreliabilityand

unhingedperformance.

P9X79Profrontview(8DIMMsforamaximumof64GB,PCIe

3.0x16slots)

TwoSATA6Gbpsports(white)and4SATA6Gbpss

ports(blue)fromtheX79chipset.

LiketheSabertoothX79,AMarvell9128providestwo

additional6Gbpsports(grey)andsupportspairinga

mechanicalharddrivewithasolidstatedriveforSSDcaching,

ausefulfeaturesastheX79chipsetdoesn'tsupportIntelSRT

asseenonZ68motherboards.

P9X79Deluxe-noyouarenotseeingdouble.TheDeluxehas

analmostidenticalboardlayoutbuthasanadditionalRealtek

GigabitcontrollerandBTGO!3.0withWi-Ficonnectivity.

ThePORT80debugdisplayandpower/resetbuttons-these

life-savingfeaturesshouldbeamust-haveonanyDIYretail

motherboard.AllASUSX79boardsalsohave64MbitofUEFI

FlashROM,whichisarequirementforthenextgeneration

IntelIvyBridge-Eplatform.

SomeminorPCIeswitchingandmultiplexinggoingonhere

I/OPaneloftheP9X79Pro(Intel82579VGigabitLAN,

twopoweredeSATA(eSATAp)fromanASMediaASM1061

controller,fourUSB3.0portsfromapairofASMedia

ASM1042controllers,althoughtwooftherearportsshare

bandwidthwiththetwofrontportscourtesyofaVLIVL810

USB3.0hubandfinallyaudiofromaRealtekALC898audio

codec.

TheBIOSresetbuttoncanalsobeusedtoupdatetheBIOS

usingaUSBthumbdrivewithoutbootingthePC.

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Digi+EPU(VRM)forthememoryandanotherfortheCPU.

Bothboardshave8+2+2+2powerphasedesign

CPUsocketarea.WenoticedthatthewholefamilyofASUS

X79boardssharealmostthesamelayoutoverhere,which

couldexplainwhytheycouldimplementthefull8slotsof

DIMMsevenontheirlowerendSKUs.

AccessoriesoftheP9X79Pro

RIMdelaysPlayBookOS

updateto2012

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/rim-delays-playbook-os-update-

to-2012/13819.html

MemOK!boot-timewatchdogtriggerbuttonandplentyof

PWM4-pinfanheaders(6intotal)aroundthemotherboard

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October31st,2011

ResearchinMotiowon'tbeupgradingthesoftwareonits

PlayBooktabletuntilFebruary2012.Theannouncementwas

thelatestinastringofdelaysfollowingapromisebyco-CEO

JimBalsilliethatthecompanywilladdnativeemailandother

featureswithin60daysofitslaunchearlierthisyear.The

updatewassubsequentlypushedbacktoAugust,andthento

October.

"Asmuchaswe'dlovetohaveitinyourhandstoday,we've

madethedifficultdecisiontowaittolaunchBlackBerry

PlayBookOS2.0untilweareconfidentwehavefullymetthe

expectationsofourdevelopers,enterprisecustomersandend-

users,"wroteDavidJ.Smith,SVPforBlackBerryPlayBookin

ablogentry.

SmithwasquicktopointoutthatabetaoftheBlackBerry

PlayBookOS2.0hasbeenlaunched,andiscurrentlyinclosed

testingwithsomeofthecompany'senterprisecustomers.

Feedbackandimprovementsfromthesebetaswillultimately

benefittheBlackBerryPlayBookexperience,saysSmith.

Thenewswasmetwithstrongreactionswithascatteringof

commentsvoicingsupportforRIM'sdecisionto"getitright."

Onthemostparthowever,manyreaderswhoproclaimed

themselvesasBlackBerryusershavevoicedfrustrationand

evenangerattheshiftinggoalpostswheretheavailabilityof

promisedfeaturesareconcerned.

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notappeartohaveproductionplansbeyond2011,atellingsign

thatthecompanyiseitherinaninternalstateofchaosorhas

waytoomuchunsoldstock.

Ontheotherhand,giventhatitstopcompetitorsareusing

thesameplatformforboththeirsmartphonesandtablets

offerings-thinkAppleiOSandtherecentlyunveiledAndroid

4.0IceCreamSandwich,quittingthetabletspacecertainly

isn'taviableoptionforRIM.

AdatalaunchesitsXM13

seriesofmSATASSDs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/adata-launches-its-xm13-series-of-

msata-ssds/13818.html

October31st,2011

SSDcachinghasasyetnottakeoff,atleastnotthatwe're

aware,althoughsomeofthefirstUltrabooksseemstobe

takingadvantageofIntel'sSRTtechnology.NowAdatahas

announceditsfirstmSATASSDswhichareasfarasthepress

releaseismakingitsoundlike,intendedforuseasharddrive

cachingSSDs.

SSDcachinghasasyetnottakeoff,atleastnotthatwe're

aware,althoughsomeofthefirstUltrabooksseemstobe

takingadvantageofIntel'sSRTtechnology.NowAdatahas

announceditsfirstmSATASSDswhichareasfarasthepress

releaseismakingitsoundlike,intendedforuseasharddrive

cachingSSDs.

TheXM13seriesofmSATASSDswon'tbebreakinganyspeed

recordsasfarasSSDsareconcerned,butthey'reoneupping

OCZ's NoctiseriesofmSATASSDsintermsofperformance.

TheXM13willbeavailablein30and60GBsizesandAdatais

ratingthemaxsequentialreadperformanceat280MB/s,with

thereadperformancehitting260MB/s.Therandomreadand

writeperformanceshouldhit12,500IOPSaccordingtoAdata.

"We'veallbefedapackofliessincelaunchofthedevice,I

wasted£300onthepromiseofNativeEmail,AndroidPlayer

andDLNAbytheendofsummer....now2012....whenwillthe

delaysend2013?"wroteafrustratedusernamedMattin

responsetotheannouncement.

ThedecisiontodelaythePlayBookOSupdateappearsto

reflectanewstrategyofslowingeverythingdowninorder

toreleaseaproperlypolishedproductoutthedoor.While

PlayBook1.0wasreasonablypolished,itpaledinseveralareas

againstcompetingtablets.Moreover,therepeateddelaysand

misstepsaredoingnothingfortheconfidenceofexistingusers.

Movingforward,thereappearstobesomeapprehensionabout

whatRIMintendstodointhetabletspace.Areporton

TechNewsWorldcitedsupplychaincontactsthatRIMdoes

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BothSKUsfeatureanunspecifiedSandforcecontroller,

althoughwe'remostlikelylookingatsomethingsimilarto

thatofOCZ'sNoctiseries,astheXM13sportsaSATA3Gbps

interface.Adataissuggestingthatyoushouldpairupitsnew

mSATASSD'swithoneofGigabyte'smSATAsportingZ68

motherboards,althoughitshouldalsobepossibletoupgrade

mSATAequippednotebookstoo,atleastaslongasyou're

notafraidofabitofnotebookDIY.Nowordonpricingor

availability,soit'shardtotellifthesemSATASSDswillbe

competitiveornot.

NokiapartnerupwithMonster

forco-brandedheadsets

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-partner-up-with-monster-for-co-

branded-headsets/13817.html

October31st,2011

ThemostsurprisingannouncementatNokiaWorld2011

wasn'toneofNokia'snewhandsets,insteaditwasthe

announcementthatNokiaisteamingupwithMonstertoco-

brandheadsetsforitsphones.Whatmakesthissointeresting

isthatHTCboughtintotheBeatsbrand,whichwasoriginally

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Therewillbetwoheadsetstostartwith,thePurityHDstereo

headsetandthePuritystereoheadset;ofcoursebothmodels

carrya"byMonster"tagattheendoftheproductnames.

ThePurityHDisanovereartypeheadsetwithsquare-ish

kindofflatearpads.Theheadbandisfoldableandfeaturesa

verysimilardesignastheBeatsaudioheadsets.Thewirehas

amicrophoneandcontrolbuttonsthatarecompatiblewith

Nokia'snewLumiaphones,althoughweexpectthatitshould

workwithatleastanyotherWindowsPhone7device.The

buttonsallowforadjustmentofvolumeandansweringand

endingcalls.ThePurityHDheadsetwillcomeinblack,white,

cyanandfuchsiaforwhatislikelytobeasteeppricetag.

acollaborationbetweenMonsterandDrDreandwe'recurious

aboutwhatHTCwillhavetosayaboutthispartnership

ThemostsurprisingannouncementatNokiaWorld2011

wasn'toneofNokia'snewhandsets,insteaditwasthe

announcementthatNokiaisteamingupwithMonstertoco-

brandheadsetsforitsphones.Whatmakesthissointeresting

isthatHTCboughtintotheBeatsbrand,whichwasoriginally

acollaborationbetweenMonsterandDrDreandwe'recurious

aboutwhatHTCwillhavetosayaboutthispartnership.

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ThePurityheadsetontheotherhandastandardin-earaffair,

althoughitusesthekindofflatcablesthatonceagainMonster

hasusedfortheBeatsaudioproducts.Thisisanoiseinsulation

setorheadphonesanditcomeswithfivedifferentsizedear

budstoallowforatightseal.Therestofthefeaturesarethe

sameasforthePurityHDandwe'llbeseeingthePurityinthe

samechoiceofcoloursaswell.Nowordonpricinghereeither,

butexpectthemtobeexpensive.

NokiaAsha,thehandsetsfor

thenextbillion

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-asha-the-handsets-for-the-next-

billion/13816.html

October31st,2011

AsforthenewSymbianS406thEditionhandsetsannounced

todayatNokiaWorld2011,it'sclearthatNokiaispushingfora

deathofthe"dumbphone"eventhoughit'shardtocallthenew

Ashahandsetssmartphones,buttheymostdefinitelyfallin

thefeaturephonecategory.ThefournewmodelsaretheAsha

303,Asha300,Asha201andAsha200,ofwhichthreecomes

withafullQWERTYkeypad.Apparentlythesehandsetsare

intendedforthedevelopingmarkets,orforthe"nextbillion"

mobileusers,accordingtoNokia.

AsforthenewSymbianS406thEditionhandsetsannounced

todayatNokiaWorld2011,it'sclearthatNokiaispushingfora

deathofthe"dumbphone"eventhoughit'shardtocallthenew

Ashahandsetssmartphones,buttheymostdefinitelyfallin

thefeaturephonecategory.ThefournewmodelsaretheAsha

303,Asha300,Asha201andAsha200,ofwhichthreecomes

withafullQWERTYkeypad.Apparentlythesehandsetsare

intendedforthedevelopingmarkets,orforthe"nextbillion"

mobileusers,accordingtoNokia.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Startingatthebottom,wehavetheAsha200and201,which

aremoreorlessthesamehandset,althoughwithsomeminor

differencesintermsoftheinternals.Neithermodeloffers3G

connectivitywithbothlimitedtodualbandGSM/EDGE.Both

modelssporta2.4inQVGA(320x240)display,upto64MBof

internalstoragememory,amicroSDcardslot,a2Megapixel

camera,Bluetooth2.1+EDR,FMradio,amicroUSBport

anda3.5mmheadsetjack.Themaindifferenceisthatthe

Asha200isadualSIMphone,buttheneatthinghereisthat

thesecondSIMcanbeswappedwithouthavingtorestartthe

phone.TheAsha200'shaveabatteryratedat1,430mAhwhich

isgoodforupto35daysstandbyor7htalktime.Bothmodels

willbeavailableineightdifferentcoloursdependingonthe

market,withtheAsha200expectedtolaunchthisquarterwith

theAsha201settofollowinQ1nextyearwithanestimated

retailpriceof€60(S$105)excludingtax.

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ThefourthandfinalnewhandsetistheAsha303whichgets

aslightlybiggercapacitive2.6-inchscreen,butitretainsthe

lowQVGA(320x240)resolution.Ittooboostsanunspecified

1GHzprocessor,buttherestofthespecshavebeengivena

bump.Ithas170MBofstoragememory,pentaband3G/HSPA

support,aQWERTYkeypad,802.11b/g/nWi-Fi,Bluetooth2.1

+EDR,a3.2Megapixelcamera,FMradio,amicroUSBport

withUSBOTGsupportanda3.5mmheadphonejack.Nokia

claimsthatthe1,300mAhbatteryshouldbegoodforupto30

daysstandbyin2Gmodeor35daysin3Gmodewithupto

eightandsevenhoursoftalktimerespectively.TheAsha303

willcomeinsixdifferentcoloursandittooshouldarrivelater

thisquarterforabout€115(S$205),againexcludingtax.

NextupwehavetheAsha300whichlooksalotmorelikea

traditional“dumbphone”butthelooksaredeceivinginthis

case.TheAsha300featuresanunspecified1GHzprocessor,

a2.4-inchQVGA(320x240)resistivetouchscreenandquad

band3G/HSPAconnectivity.Italsohas140MBofinternal

storagememory,amicroSDcardslot,a5Megapixelcamera

thatwillalsoshootVGAresolutionvideat25fps,Bluetooth2.1

+EDR,FMradiowithRDS,amicroUSBportwithUSBOTG

supportanda3.5mmheadsetjack.It'salsothefirstoftwo

SymbianS40devicesfromNokiathatwillcomewithAngry

BirdsLitepre-loaded.TheAsha300willbeavailableinsix

differentcoloursandshouldarrivethisquarterwitharetail

priceofaround€85(S$150)excludingtax.

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VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

Asus'TransformerPrime

benchmarked?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-transformer-prime-

benchmarked-/13877.html

November4th,2011

We'vealreadyseenaglimpseoftheinternalsoftheAsusEee

PadTransformerPrimeandnowitseemslikebenchmark

numbershaveleaked,inaverypeculiarway.AnAndroid

benchmarkcalledAnTuTuBenchmarkgotupdatedtoversion

2.4.2andthecompanybehindthebenchmarkhasincluded

numbersfortheTransformerPrimeforcomparativepurposes,

despitethefactthatthenewtablethasn'tevenlaunchedyet.

We'vealreadyseenaglimpseoftheinternalsoftheAsusEee

PadTransformerPrimeandnowitseemslikebenchmark

numbershaveleaked,inaverypeculiarway.AnAndroid

benchmarkcalledAnTuTuBenchmarkgotupdatedtoversion

2.4.2andthecompanybehindthebenchmarkhasincluded

numbersfortheTransformerPrimeforcomparativepurposes,

despitethefactthatthenewtablethasn'tevenlaunchedyet.

AccordingtotheversionhistoryontheAndroidmarket,

AnTuTugotsupportforquadcoreprocessorsinversion2.4

andatsomepointafterthatthecompanygotitshandsona

TransformerPrime.Accordingtothebenchmarkcomparison

graph,theTegra3chipinsidetheTransformerPrimeis

clockedat1.4GHz,asmidgenslowerthantheupto1.5GHz

speedthatbeenthrownaroundearlier.

SohowdoestheTransformerPrimeperform,well,atleast

inthisspecificbenchmark,it'sblowingthecompetitionaway.

We'realittlebitsuspiciousaboutthenumbersthough,asthe

memoryperformanceappearstobewaytoohighconsidering

thatTegra3hasasingle32-bitLPDDDR2memoryinterface

andevenNvidiahasstatedthatTegra3willonlyhaveclose

todoublethememorybandwidth.Interestingly,thegraphics

performancedoesn'tseemtobeallthatmindblowing,asboth

the2Dand3Dchunksinthegraph,arenobiggerthanthose

ofotherhigh-endAndroidsmartphones.

Weshouldfindoutsoonenoughifthesenumbersprovetobe

therealdealornot,butifit'sproventobetrue,thenNvidia

couldhavearealwinneronitshandswithTegra3andforthe

sameintentsandpurpose,AsuswithitsTransformerPrime.

Thatsaid,we'renotsureifAndroidcantakeadvantageofall

thisperformancethat'sonoffer,buthopefullyAndroid4.0will

beabletomakebetteruseoftheadditionalcoresthatareon

offerhere.

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Gigabyte'snew3DBIOS

shownoffonvideo

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-s-new-3d-bios-shown-off-on-

video/13875.html

November4th,2011

It'sbeenlongcomingandalthoughwedidn'texpectittobe

shownoffquitesosoon,detailsofGigabyte'supcoming3D

BIOS–whereBIOSreallyisUEFI–haveappearedonline.

Backwhenthe6-serieslaunched,Gigabitgotalotofcriticism

forstickingwiththegoodoldBIOSforitsboards,butwithits

X79motherboards,Gigabytehavebeenmoreorlessforcedto

movetoUEFI.

It'sbeenlongcomingandalthoughwedidn'texpectittobe

shownoffquitesosoon,detailsofGigabyte'supcoming3D

BIOS–whereBIOSreallyisUEFI–haveappearedonline.

Backwhenthe6-serieslaunched,Gigabitgotalotofcriticism

forstickingwiththegoodoldBIOSforitsboards,butwithits

X79motherboards,Gigabytehavebeenmoreorlessforcedto

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Let'stakeanexamplehere,clickontheSATAportsand

yougetamenuthatallowsyoutochangethesettingsfor

theSATAports.Theoptionsarekeptfairlybasicinmostof

theoptions,butsomeofthe3DBIOSsettingshavemore

advancedfeaturesandthere'sevenanoverclockingmenu.

ThisisaprettyrevolutionarywayofaccessingtheBIOS

settingsandsomethingno-oneelsehasdonebefore.We'll

reservejudgementuntilweactuallygettohaveaplaywithit

though,asit'snoteasytojudgehowwellitworks,evenfrom

thevideo.

movetoUEFI.

Asfortheadvancedoptions,wefeelGigabyteneedtomake

BeyondthesimplefactthatGigabytehasmovedtoUEFI,the

companyseemstohavesatdownandhadathinkabouthow

createaneasytoaccessUI.Forthosethatareworriedthat

Gigabytehasdumbedthingsdown,fretnot,alltheadvanced

settingsarestillthere,althoughwe'dgooutonalimbhereand

saythatGigabytestillneedtotweaktheadvancedsettingsa

bit.Butlet'sgobacktothenewsimpleUI;thisisreallywhere

the3DBIOSnamecomesintoplay.Gigabytesimplysnapped

acoupleofpicturesoftheboardinquestion,puttheminthe

thingsabiteasiertoread,asthefontusedisveryskinny

whichmakesitabitdifficulttoread.ItalsolookslikeGigabyte

didn'tmakethebestpossibleuseofthescreenrealestateon

offer,althoughthisseemstobeacommonissueamongallthe

graphicalUEFIimplementationstodate.Youcanofcourse

stilluseyourkeyboardtonavigatearoundifyou'renotkeen

onusingthemouse.We'dsuggestyouhavealookatthevideo

togetabetterideaofGigabyte'snew3DBIOSwhichshould

bestandardonallnewmotherboardsfromGigabyte.

UEFIandmadethevariouscomponentsselectable.

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SapphireShowsOffitsX79

PureBlackMotherboard

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sapphire-shows-off-its-x79-pure-black-

motherboard/13874.html

November4th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

TheSapphirePureBlackX79isdesignedforoverclocking,

backedbyastrongpowerdeliveryandsomeniftyfeatures

overclockerscanusetotheiradvantage.Tobeginwith,power

deliverytotheCPUishabdledbya7-phasedigitalPWMpower

supplythatdrawspowerfroman8-pinEPSconnector,and

a2-phaseVTTcircuitthatusescommonchoke+DrMOS

design.Apartfromthe24-pinATXand8-pinEPS,theboard

alsodrawspowerfroma6-pinPCIepowerconnector,thisis

probablytostabilizePCIeslotpowerdeliveryandotherpower

domains.

AlthoughknownmoreforitsAMDRadeongraphicscards,

Sapphirealwaystriedtomakeinroadstothemotherboard

industry.Notthatthereareanymajorhurdlesinitsway,given

thatithasacash-richOEM(PCPartner)pullingitsstrings.

ComeLGA2011SandyBridge-EHEDTplatform,andSapphire

isoutforitssliceyetagain,withthePureBlackCI7X79N

motherboard,ofwhichwescoredsomeearlypictures.

AlthoughknownmoreforitsAMDRadeongraphicscards,

Sapphirealwaystriedtomakeinroadstothemotherboard

industry.Notthatthereareanymajorhurdlesinitsway,given

thatithasacash-richOEM(PCPartner)pullingitsstrings.

ComeLGA2011SandyBridge-EHEDTplatform,andSapphire

isoutforitssliceyetagain,withthePureBlackCI7X79N

motherboard,ofwhichwescoredsomeearlypictures.

TherearefourDDR3DIMMslots,onepermemory

channel.SandyBridge-Epacksaquad-channelDDR3memory

controller.Thememoryonthisboardispoweredbya4-phase

VRM,whichusescommonchokesanddriver-MOSFETs.

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SpeakingofPCIe,alltheexpansionslotsonthisboardare

physicalPCIex16.Amongthese,threearePCI-Express3.0x16

capable,andallsixarePCI-Express3.0x8capable.We'renot

quitesurewhatthethirdsetof16PCIelanesarewiredto,

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TherearesixUSB3.0portsonthisboard,fourontherear

panel,andtwoviainternalheader,alldrivenbyASMedia-

made2-portcontrollers.TherearetwogigabitEthernet

connection,whichsurprisingly,arehandledbyMarvellYukon

UltraIIPCIeGbEcontrollers-youdon'tseethateveryday.

AudioiscareofaRealtekALC892HDaudioCODEC,with8+2

channels,opticalandcoaxialSPDIFoutputs.Connectivityalso

includesaBluetoothcontroller.

butthatisquiteabigheatsink(boardarea-wise)coolingthe

chipset.Perhapsthere'sabridgechip,too?Evenifthereis,

wedon'texpectittobeNVIDIA-made.Duetosomeindustry

politics,Sapphiredoesn'thaveaccesstoNVIDIASLIonits

motherboards,butheyyou'renotmissingoutmuch,andthere

areplentyofoptionsfromtheRadeoncamp.

Movingontothebusiness-endofthisboard(overclocking),we

couldfindmanyniftyfeatures,startingwithastrongVRM,a

UEFIfirmwarewithatleastabasicinterfaceyetloadedwith

options,consolidatedvoltagemeasurementpointscovering

keyvoltagedomains,somejumper-basedhardoverclocking,

phaseLEDsthatgiveyouavisualmeasureofphaseloading,

StorageconnecitivyincludesfourinternalSATA6Gb/s(red)

ports,outofwhichtwoarewiredtotheX79PCH,andtwotoa

Marvell-madeSATA6Gb/sRAIDcontroller;fourSATA3Gb/

s(black)portsfromtheX79PCH;andtwoeSATA6Gb/sports

ontherearpanel,drivenbyaMarvell-madecontroller.

andbothPOSTLEDnumericdisplayandafixedPCspeaker

-aniftytouch.

ExpecttheSapphirePureBlackX79tofeatureinthefirstwave

ofLGA2011motherboards.

KlipschImageS4A,firstfor

Androidheadphones,available

now

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/klipsch-image-s4a-first-for-android-

headphones-available-now/13873.html

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November4th,2011

ThisnewKlipschImageS4Aclaimstobethefirst

headphonesforAndroiddevices.Androiduserscandownload

thefreeKlipschControlapptocustomizebuttonfunctionsof

thesingle-buttonremotecontrol-play,pause,answerandend

callsetc.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

November4th,2011

Thisafternoon,MotorolaMobilityunveiledthenewRAZR

smartphonewhichfeaturesdual-core1.2GHzprocessor,1GB

memoryandrunsGoogleAndroid2.3.5Gingerbreadmobile

operatingsystem.The4.3-inchphonewithSuperAMOLED

Advancedtouchscreendisplaywillbeavailablefromnext

week.

TatChuanAcoustichasbroughtKlipschImageS4A,first

forAndroidheadphones,toSingapore.Androiduserscan

downloadthefreeKlipschControlApppriortouse.Once

installed,theheadphoneinstantlybecomesafullyfunctioning

headsetforanydevicerunningtheAndroid2.1orhigher.With

itssingle-buttonremote,usersareabletoplay,pauseandskip

musictracks,answerandendincomingcalls,andvoicesearch.

Eachbuttonfunctioncanbecustomizedbyusersthrough

TheMotorolaRAZRmeasures7.1mmatitsthinnestpointand

sportsa4.3-inchqHD(960x540)SuperAMOLEDAdvanced

touchscreendisplaywithCorningGorillaglass.Powered

bydual-core1.2GHzprocessorandrunsGoogleAndroid

2.3.5,thephonehasacurvedbodywithlaser-cutKEVLAR

rear,stainlesssteelcoreandlaminatedconstructionthatoffer

gooddurability.

theuseoftheKlipschControlApp.Bysimplyassigningthe

single,doubleorthree-clickfunctionalitiesoftheremoteto

thedifferentcallandmusiccontrols,usersaregranteda

customizedlisteningexperienceeachtimetheyplugin.

Availableinasleekblackfinishwithchromeaccents,the

ImageS4Acomescompletewithfourdifferent-sizedovalear

tips(asmall/mediumdualflangedesignaswellassmall,

mediumandlargesingleflangedesigns),anylonzippercase,

clothingclipandtwo-yearwarranty.TheKlipschImageS4A

isretailingatS$169(inclusiveofGST)andisavailablenow

atTatChuanShowroomatTheAdelphi#01-17,aswellasall

HandphoneShopand3Mobileoutlets.

MotorolaMobilitybrings

thenewRAZRAndroid

smartphonetoSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-mobility-brings-the-new-

razr-android-smartphone-to-singapore/13872.html

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ThereportalsosuggestsNVIDIA'sperformanceKeplerGPUs

arenowscheduledforaQ22012release,aroundtherelease

ofIvyBridge.Bythattime,AMDwillhavequiteafewoftheir

28nmGPUsonthemarket.

SamsungSeries9TA9503D

LEDHDTVmonitorreview:As

goodasitlooks

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-series-9-ta950-3d-led-hdtv-

monitor-review-as-good-as-it-looks/13751.html

November4th,2011

AtthetopofthenewMotorolaRAZRarea3.5mmaudiojack,

microUSBandHDMIconnectorsforcharging/datatransfer

andvideooutput.Thevolumecontrolsandpower/lockbutton

areontheright,whiletheleftholdsthemicroSDandSIM

cardslots.The8-megapixelautofocuscamerawithLEDflash

areattherearandiscapableofrecordingvideosat1080phigh

definition.TheMotorolaRAZRalsocomespreloadedwith

TheSamsungSeries9TA9503DLEDHDTVmonitoris

designedforbothentertainmentandwork,andcomeswith

SmartTVfeaturesforuserstonavigateYouTubeandsocial

networkingserviceslikeFacebookandTwitter.Sohowgood

isthis3DLEDbacklitmonitor?Readon.

MotoCastappthatletsyouremoteaccessyourfilesfromyour

PCssecurely.

TheMotorolaRAZRwillbeavailablefromSingTel,M1and

StarHubfrom11November2011atarecommendedretail

priceofS$888.

Report:28nmAMDGPU

volumeshipmentsin2012

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-28nm-amd-gpu-volume-

shipments-in-2012/13871.html

November4th,2011

Thesedays,eventhoughLCDTVsarebecominghighly

affordablethesedays,theLCDmonitorsarestillindemand,

especiallyforPCuserswhowantareplacementorabigger

monitordisplay.Well,itistruethatyoucanusea32-inchor

largerLCDTV,butunlessthatTVisfullhighdefinition1080p

(1920x1080),elsethescreenresolutionwouldbesmaller

thanmostLCDmonitors.Moreover,someusersmaywant

evenhigherresolutions,like2560x1600pixelresolutionlike

whattheDell30-inch3007WFPLCDmonitoroffers,whichis

onlyslightlysmallerthana32-inchLCDTV.Anotherthingto

considerisconnectivity,sincenotallPCshaveHDMIoutput,

orLCDTVshavingVGAandDVIinputs.Andifyouchoose

tousetheLCDTVasyourPC'smonitor,built-infeatures

includingTVtunerandanalogueAVinputswouldbeofnouse

asthereisnoneedtousethem.

Ontheotherhand,theLCDmonitorscandoubleupasaTV

displaywiththeirHDMIinput,providedyoudon'tmindthe

smallerscreensize.TheSamsungTA950isthelatestinthe

6

AccordingtoareportfromFudzilla,AMDwillbeabletosupply

next-gen28nmGPUsinmassquantitiesonlyin2012.Atits

lastconferencecall,AMDconfirmedthatthenext-genGPUs

willshipbytheendoftheyear,althoughtheactualgeneral

releasestillremainsamatterofspeculation.

AccordingtoareportfromFudzilla,AMDwillbeableto

supplynext-gen28nmGPUsinmassquantitiesonlyin2012.

Atitslastconferencecall,AMDconfirmedthattheSince

AMDwillbeshippingsomeGPUswithin2011,alaunchfor

atleastone28nmGPUcouldbepossiblebytheendofthe

year.However,availabilitywillbeverylimitedin2011and

widespreadavailabilityforthesameGPUwillonlyhappenin

early2012.Asexpected,thereasonscitedhavebeenchallenges

andyieldissueswiththelongpendingtransitionto28nmat

TSMC.AMDalsoplanstouseGlobalfoundries'28nmprocess

forselectedchips,butGloFo'snobetteroffthanTSMCwith

the28nmtransition.

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Series9LED-backlitmonitorsandclaimstoofferboth2D

and3Dcapabilities.Beforewegoon,let'stakealookatits

specifications:-

AutoVolume

Leveler

Caption(Subtitle)

Clock&On/Off

Yes

Yes

Yes

Timer

GameModeYes

Picture-In-Picture1TunerPIP

SleepTimerYes

StillPictureNo

HotelTVFeatureHotelMode

SystemDTVReception

DTVTunerBuilt-inYes

MHP/MHEGMHEG(1.0.6)

(version)

Input&OutputAudioOut(Mini

Jack)

ComponentIn(Y/1

Pb/Pr)

CompositeIn(AV)1(Commonusefor

ComponentY)

SamsungSeries9TA9503DLEDHDTVmonitor

DisplayBLULED

UltraClearPanelYes

VideoScreenSize27-inch

Resolution1,920x1,080

PictureEngineDNIe+3D

HyperRealEngine

PanelFrameRate120Hz

DynamicContrastMegaDCR

Ratio

AutoMotionPlusYes

120Hz

Brightness

Responsetime3ms

ViewingAngle(H/170/160

Yes

DVB-T

Yes

300cd/m2

V)

DigitalAudioOut

1

DolbyDigitalplus

pulse,dts2.0,SRS

TheatreSoundHD

(Optical)

DVIAudioIn(Mini1(Commonusefor

Jack)PCAudioin)

Ethernet(LAN)Yes

Headphone1(Commonusefor

Audioout)

Audio

Soundoutput

(RMS)

Woofer

SoundSolution

7wattsx2

No

Feature

Samsung3D

Yes

HDMI

2

3DSound(TV)

WirelessHeadSet

Smart@TV

RemoteControl

AppSupport

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

PCAudioIn(MiniYes

Jack)

PCIn(D-sub)No

RFIn(Terrestrial/1

Cableinput)

No

Yes

Yes

RFIn(Satellite

input)

RS232C(AV

CONTROL)

USB

No

No

2

ExtendedPVR

Allshare(Powered

byDLNA)

ConnectShare™

(USB2.0)

MetalicMaterial

-

AC100-240V

50/60Hz

DesignConcept/Type

(ToCorHigh

Glossy)

FrontColorBlack

TiltYes

Swivel(Left/Right)No

MarkEnergy/

EnvironmentMark

PowerPowerSupply

PowerTypical70watts/

ConsumptionMax80watts

(Max.)

Power<1.5W

Consumption

(Stand-by)

RUI

WiFiBuilt-in

EPG

Teletext(TTXT)

OSDLanguage

DigitalNoiseFilter

BDWise

InstaPortS

RoomEQ,Auto

SoundCalibration

(ASC)

Anynet+(HDMI-

CEC)

AutoChannel

Search

AutoPowerOff

No

No

No

No

English

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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ITprofessionalsforsecurity,manageability,serviceand

support.TheDellLatitudeSTisavailablenow.

Dimension

SetSizewithout

Stand(WxHxD,

621.0x380.0x11.4

mm)

SetSizewithStand621.0x472.5x

(WxHxD,mm)

PackageSize

(WxHxD,mm)

185.5

691.0x543.0x

216.0

SetWeightwith

Stand(kg)

9.8

5.9

Weight

PackageWeight

(kg)

Yes

Accessory3DGlasses

(Bundle)

RemoteControl

Model

Batteries(for

RemoteControl)

VesaWallMount

TM1060

Yes

Notsupportany

Supportwallmount

SlimGenderCableYes

ANT-CableNo

PowerCableExternalAdapter

SignalCableHDMItoHDMI

(Default)Cable

QuickSetupGuideYes

E-manualYes

InstallCDYes(forPC3D

GameS/W)

DellintroducesLatitude

STTabletforbusiness,

healthcareandeducation

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/dell-introduces-latitude-st-tablet-for-

business-healthcare-and-education/13870.html

November4th,2011

Today,DellSingaporeunveiledtheirlatestLatitudeST,a

lightweightandportabletabletPCdesignedbothmobileand

DellhasannouncedtheirnewLatitudeSTtabletPCthatis

designedforbothmobileandITprofessionals.Incorporating

Windows7productivityinaconvenient,lightweightbody,

theLatitudeSTpromisessecurity,manageability,serviceand

support.ThetabletPCsportsa10-inchmulti-touchdisplay

withastylusforintuitiveease-of-use,andletsyouaccess

dataanytimeandanywhereviaWi-Fiandmobilebroadband

options.TheDellLatitudeSTcanbetailoredtospecific

businessorenduserneedswithcertifiedapplicationsand

professionalservices.Itisalsoidealforanyorganization

whereemployeesneedtorunacoresetofapplicationsinsafe

computingenvironments.

Asuslaunchesfeaturepacked

11.6-inchU24Enotebookin

Japan

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-launches-feature-packed-11.6-

inch-u24e-notebook-in-japan/13869.html

November4th,2011

Whenitcomestonotebooks,Japanseemstobegettingallthe

coolmodelsandnowAsushasgoneandlaunchedanew11.6-

inchnotebookinJapanandno,it'snotanotherUltrabook,as

theU24Efeaturesafull-fatCPU,yetstillmanagestoweighin

at1.5kg.ThisisthereasonwhyUltrabooksarepointless,asit's

obviouslypossibletocreatenotebookswithstandardnotebook

CPUswithoutmakingbig,heavy15-inchorlargerbehemoths.

Whenitcomestonotebooks,Japanseemstobegettingallthe

coolmodelsandnowAsushasgoneandlaunchedanew11.6-

inchnotebookinJapanandno,it'snotanotherUltrabook,as

theU24Efeaturesafull-fatCPU,yetstillmanagestoweighin

at1.5kg.ThisisthereasonwhyUltrabooksarepointless,asit's

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obviouslypossibletocreatenotebookswithstandardnotebook

CPUswithoutmakingbig,heavy15-inchorlargerbehemoths.

TheU24EsportsaCorei5-2430Mprocessorwhichisclocked

at2.4GHz,butwillturboallthewayupto3GHz.Italsocomes

with4GBofRAMasstandardwhichisupgradeableto8GB.

Storageisaregularoldharddrive,butAsuswilloffersizesup

to750GB.There'sofcoursenoopticaldrive,asthisisarather

smallmachineat291x207x28mm(WxDxH)andit's11.6-inch

screenhastypicalnotebookresolutionof1366x768pixels

whichispoweredbyIntel'sintegratedHD3000graphics.

OtherfeaturesincludetwoUSB3.0ports,asingleUSB2.0

port,anHDMIport,GigabitEthernet,aD-subconnector,

amemorycardreader,audiojacks,802.11b/g/nWi-Fi,

Bluetooth3.0+HSandofcourseawebcam.The6-cellbattery

isratedat6.8handalthoughthisiswherethingsaren'tasgood

assomeoftheUltrabooks,it'snotsignificantlylesswhenyou

compare,infactAsus'onZenbookUX21hasacomparatively

smallbatterythatwon'tgiveyoumuchmoreusablebattery

life.TheU24EisonsaleinJapannowfor59,800Yen(S$968/

US$766)whichseemsquitereasonableforwhatyouget.Asto

whentheU24EwillbeavailableoutsideofJapan,isanyone's

guess.

MotorolaXoom2andXoom2

MediaEditionlaunches

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/motorola-xoom-2-and-xoom-2-media-

edition-launches/13868.html

November4th,2011

MotorolahaslaunchedapairofAndroidtabletintheshape

oftheXoom2andXoom2MediaEditionandthetwoare

Publishedby:VR-Zone

smaller8.2-inchscreen,althoughbothmodelsshouldhavethe

same1280x800resolution.

MotorolahaslaunchedapairofAndroidtabletintheshape

oftheXoom2andXoom2MediaEditionandthetwoare

quitedifferent,eventhoughthenamewouldn'tsuggestso.The

Xoom2shouldbereplacingtheoriginalXoom,asbothfeature

a10.1-inchdisplay,whereastheXoom2MediaEditionhasa

smaller8.2-inchscreen,althoughbothmodelsshouldhavethe

same1280x800resolution.

Thetwotabletsshareasimilardesign,runAndroid3.2and

featuregorillaglassaswellasrubberisededgestoimprovethe

grip.Bothtabletsarepoweredbyadualcore1.2GHzTIOMAP

4430SoCwhichhasbeenpairedupwith1GBofRAM,16GB

ofinternalstorage,Wi-Fi,arear5MegapixelcamerawithLED

flashandafrontfacing1.3Megapixelcamera.Bothmodelsalso

hasamicroUSBportandamicroHDMIport,withtheXoom

2alsohavingamicroSDcardslot,althoughit'sapparently

notenabledatthemoment.TheXoom2MediaEditionalso

featuresaninfraredtransmitterwhichallowsyoutouseitas

auniversalremotecontrol.

quitedifferent,eventhoughthenamewouldn'tsuggestso.The

Xoom2shouldbereplacingtheoriginalXoom,asbothfeature

a10.1-inchdisplay,whereastheXoom2MediaEditionhasa

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CurrentlythetwomodelsareonlyavailableintheUKand

Ireland,althoughwe'dexpecttoseebroaderavailabilityover

time.There'salsoapotentialofa3GmodelfortheXoom2,as

it'salreadyequippedwithaSIMcardslot,buttheUKmodel

willbeWi-Fionly.TheXoom2weighsinat599gwhilethe

smallerXoom2MediaEditionisabitmoreportableat386g.

ApparentlytheXoom2MediaEditionalsosportsasubwoofer

speaker,althoughwe'dhavetohearittobelieveit.Pricewise

theXoom2willretailfor£379.99(S$780)withtheXoom2

MediaEditioncominginslightlycheaperat£329.99(S$650).

Asus'TransformerPrimegets

undressed,revealsTegra3

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-transformer-prime-gets-

undressed-reveals-tegra-3/13867.html

November4th,2011

TheFCC(FederalCommunicationsCommission)hadkindly

postedpicturesofthegutsofAsus’upcomingTransformer

Primetablet,sinceifyouwanttoselladeviceintheUS;it

hastopassthroughthestringenttestingoftheFCC.Assuch,

wenowknownotonlywhatNvidia’sTegra3chipfortablets

looklike,butalsosomedetailsaboutthespecificationsofthe

TransformerPrimebeyondtheprocessor.

TheFCC(FederalCommunicationsCommission)hadkindly

postedpicturesofthegutsofAsus’upcomingTransformer

Primetablet,sinceifyouwanttoselladeviceintheUS;it

hastopassthroughthestringenttestingoftheFCC.Assuch,

wenowknownotonlywhatNvidia’sTegra3chipfortablets

looklike,butalsosomedetailsaboutthespecificationsofthe

TransformerPrimebeyondtheprocessor.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

ItlookslikeNvidiahasmanagedtoshrinkthesizeofthe

chipquitesignificantlycomparedtoTegra2,despitedoubling

thecorecountandthensome.It’sunlikelythatthissame

chipwillbeusedinsmartphonesthough,asit’sstillbigger

thanyouraverageARMSoC.BeyondtheTegra3chip,we’re

lookingatanunknownamountof32-bitDDR2orpossibly

LPDDR2memoryfromElpida,asthespecificmodelnumber

doesn’tappearonElpida’swebsite.Storagecomescourtesy

ofaneMMCchipfromHynix,inthiscasea32GBchip

builton2XnmtechnologythatiscompliantwiththeeMMC

4.41standardthatoffersamaximummemorybandwidthof

104MB/s.

OtherchipsspottedincludeWi-FifromAzurewave,aGPS

receiverfromBroadcom,audiofromRealtekandatouch

screencontrollerfromAtmelwithsupportforupto16

simultaneoustouchinputs.Thetabletalsoappearstohavea

microSDcardslot,abuiltincamerawithwhatappearsto

beanLEDflash,anaudiojackandaUSBport.There’salso

acustomdockconnectorforthekeyboarddock,butit’sabit

hardtoseeinthepictures.Thebatterypackseemstotake

upmostofthespaceinsidethetabletandit’sratedat25Wh

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Continuingwithtradition,NoctuaisofferingthenewNM-

I2011SecuFirm2™mountingsfreeofchargetonewand

existingcustomers,whichiscompatiblewiththeirwholeline

ofretailheatsinks.WeatVR-Zonetesteditonourpreviously

reviewedNH-C14andthenewASUSSabertoothX79to

bringyouthemountingproceduresandsomeideaaboutram

clearance.

Thekitcameinasmallandglossybox

November4th,2011

or3,380mAhwhicheveryouprefer.Thatsaid,weshouldn’t

havetowaittoolongfortheTransformerPrimetolaunchand

weshouldknowmorethen.Checkoutthesourceformore

picturesoftheinternalsoftheTransformerPrime.

Rosewillreleasesthe

monstrousBlackhawk-Ultra

GamingCase

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/rosewill-releases-the-monstrous-

blackhawk-ultra-gaming-case/13866.html

November4th,2011

TodayRosewillreleasedtheBlackhawk-UltraGamingSuper

TowerComputerCase,aproductofmonstrousproportions

andloadedwithfeatures.ThecasecansupportHPTX

motherboards,twopowersuppliesandaludicrousnumberof

coolingfans;itcomeswith8LEDfanspre-installed.

Openingtheboxwasakintoopeningajewellerycase,quite

impressiveconsideringitsfreeofcharge

Thecasealsoincludesafullblackinteriorwithmanycable

routingoptions,tenHDDtraysandupto43cmlongGFX

cards.RosewilloffersthecasewithaMSRPof229.99$USD.

NoctuaNM-I2011SecuFirm2

LGA2011MountingKitReview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/noctua-nm-i2011-secufirm2-lga-2011-

mounting-kit-review/13865.html

November4th,2011

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Fool-proofinstructions

ASUSSabertoothX79

Themountingnuts,screwsandbolts

Fujitsulaunches13.3-inch

LIFEBOOKSH771

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/fujitsu-launches-13.3-inch-lifebook-

sh771/13864.html

November4th,2011

Withnotebookmanufacturerscomingupwiththeirlineof

thinandlightportables,FujitsuPCAsiaPacifichasrecently

launchedtheir13.3-inchLIFEBOOKSH771whichclaimsto

bethethinnestandlightestLIFEBOOKyet,with9.5hours

runtimeonastandardbattery.

WewillbetestingitontheNH-C14top-flowheatsink

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FujitsuPCAsiaPacifichasannouncedthelaunchoftheir

FujitsuLIFEBOOKSH771designedforprofessionalsand

userswhowantaportablelaptopwithgoodperformance

andlongbatterylife.TheLIFEBOOKSH771claimstobe

thethinnestandlightest13.3-inchtwo-spindleLIFEBOOK,

weighingjust1.33kginasturdymagnesiumalloybodythat

canwithstandupto200kgfofforce,andoffersanextended

batterylifeofupto14hours.

UserscanchoosebetweenanIntelCorei7ori5processorwith

500GB7200rpmharddiskdriveand4GBRAMforsuperb

computingperformanceandsmartmulti-taskingfeatures.The

LIFEBOOKSH771isalsoequippedwithanUSBAnytime

ChargingplusfeatureandaUSB3.0portthatallowsyou

toeffectivelychargeyoursmartphone,PlayStationPortable,

MP3playersandotherdevices,withoutpoweringupthe

notebookPC.OtherfeaturesincludeDTSBoostthatcan

deliversuperbaudioexperienceandclarityinsound,andIntel

WirelessDisplaythatallowsuserstowirelesslyconnecttoa

largescreenHighDefinition(HD)TVforsharingofpicturess

andvideoswithfamilyandfriends.

TheFujitsuLIFEBOOKSH771isretailingfromS$2,288w/

GSTandwillbeavailablefromearlyNovember2011.

NokiatomovefromQualcomm

toST-EricssonforWindows

Phonechips

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-to-move-from-qualcomm-to-st-

ericsson-for-windows-phone-chips/13863.html

November4th,2011

InasurprisingannouncementithascometolightthatST-

EricssonwillsoonbepartoftheWindowsPhoneecosystem

whichsofarhasbeenthesoleplayinggroundforQualcomm.

ST-EricssonhasbeenselectedbynoneotherthanNokiato

becomeitssupplierofSoCsforitsfutureWindowsPhone

handsets.

InasurprisingannouncementithascometolightthatST-

EricssonwillsoonbepartoftheWindowsPhoneecosystem

whichsofarhasbeenthesoleplayinggroundforQualcomm.

ST-EricssonhasbeenselectedbynoneotherthanNokiato

becomeitssupplierofSoCsforitsfutureWindowsPhone

handsets.

ThepressreleaseissuedbyST-Ericssonisshortandvirtually

freeofdetailsandifitwasn'tforthefactthatthecompany

mentionsitsNovaThorplatform,itcouldsimplyhavebeen

thatST-Ericssonwould'vebeenselectedtoprovidemodem

solutionstoNokia,somethingthattheyoffertoalotofhandset

manufacturers.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Mali-400MPgraphicswhichmeansthatwe'relookingat

chipsthatareuptherewiththecuttingedgeofcurrent

ARMsolutions.Butwhat'sevenmoreinterestingisthatthe

companyisalreadysamplingitsnextgenerationCortex-A9

SoCswhichwillbebuilton32nmandwillberunningatspeeds

ofupto1.8GHz.

Asifthatwasn'tgoodenough,thecompanyshouldalsobe

closetostartsamplingits28nmCortex-A15basedSoCswith

clockspeedsofupto2.5GHzandnextgenerationPowerVR

graphicswhichsupportsDirectX.Thismakesuswonderif

thisplatformmightbedestinedforafutureNokiaWindows

tabletornot,asthecompany'sCEOStephenElophashinted

atthefactthatthecompanymightbeinterestedinbuildinga

Windows8tablet.

It'seasytospeculateastowhatmayormaynothappen,

butonethingisclearunlessST-Ericssongotaheadofitself,

theWindowsPhoneplatformisfinallygoingtogetsupport

forbetterhardwarethanQualcomm'sratherdullsinglecore

offerings.Competitionwithregardstothephoneinternalsis

alsoagoodthingasit'slikelytofinallybringoutamajor

differentiatorbetweenthevariousWindowsPhonedevices.

Handsonpicturesof

Gigabyte'supcomingX79

motherboards

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-pictures-of-gigabyte-s-

upcoming-x79-motherboards/13862.html

November4th,2011

VR-ZonegottospendalittlebitoftimewithGigabyte's

upcomingmotherboardfor(aswewereinformedbyGigabyte

whointurnhadbeeninstructedbyInteltotellusthat

weshouldcallit)theIntelCorei7processorfamilyfor

theLGA2011socket,otherwiseknownunderIntel'scode

nameofSandyBridge-E.We'vealreadyseenGigabyte'sX79

motherboardsafewtimes,butthesearethefirstdetailed

picturesandassuchwehaveafewadditionalsnippetsof

informationtosharewithyou.

VR-ZonegottospendalittlebitoftimewithGigabyte's

upcomingmotherboardfor(aswewereinformedbyGigabyte

whointurnhadbeeninstructedbyInteltotellusthat

weshouldcallit)theIntelCorei7processorfamilyfor

theLGA2011socket,otherwiseknownunderIntel'scode

nameofSandyBridge-E.We'vealreadyseenGigabyte'sX79

motherboardsafewtimes,butthesearethefirstdetailed

picturesandassuchwehaveafewadditionalsnippetsof

informationtosharewithyou.

TheNovaThorplatformisanentirelydifferentballgame

though,especiallyasitrevealsalotaboutthefutureof

WindowsPhone.CurrentlyST-Ericsson'sNovaThorplatform

onlyincludesdualcoreCortex-A9basedSoCs,allwithARM

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StartingwiththeX79-UD3wedon'thavetoomuchnewto

report,butweknowforsurethatwe'relookingatacoupleof

additionalMarvellcontrollersfortheextrafourSATA6Gbps

ports.Anotherfeatureweweren'tawareofuntilnowisthat

Publishedby:VR-Zone

MovingonwehavetheX79-UD5andwe'dliketopointout

thattheheatsinkinthiscaseisquitedifferenttotheUD3and

we'renottalkingaboutthebluecolourhere.Duetoinpartthe

heatpiperunningfromtheVRMtotheheatsinkandinpartto

thetwodifferentcolouredmaterialsused,Gigabytehasfitted

amuchthickerandmoresolidfeelingheatsinkontheUD5,

eventhoughitmightnotlooklikeit'sanythingspecialfromthe

pictures.Aswementionedbefore,theUD5isGigabyte'sonly

eightDIMMboard,althoughthisisatthecostoftheseventh

expansionslot.Weshouldalsomentionthatthisisthereareno

PCIExpressswitchesonthisboard,asit'sconfiguredindual

x16andasinglex8slotandasthereareenoughPCIExpress

lanestogoaround,there'snoneedforanyswitches.

GigabytehasmovedawayfromRealtekonallofitsX79

motherboardsinfavourofIntelEthernetcontrollers.That

said,theaudioisstillfromRealtek,butthat'smoreorlessthe

normtoday,nomatterwhatmotherboardyoubuywithafew

exceptions.

ForthosestillusingFireWire,thisisalsoGigabyte'sonly

X79motherboardthatsupportsFireWire.You'llalsofindan

eSATAp(poweredeSATA/USBcombo)portaroundtheback.

AswementionedbackattheIDFpreview,thatblueandgreen

buttonbelowtheO.C.buttonaroundthebackisinfactfor

manualBIOSswitching.There'salsowhatappearstobea

smallclearCMOSbuttonhere.Otherwisethisboardoffers

fairlysimilarfunctionalitytotheUD3.

AthirdMarvellcontrolleraddsthetwoeSATAportsandaswe

mentionedbefore,GigabytehasmovedovertoFrescoLogic

fortheUSB3.0hostcontrollersonitsX79boards.Sadly

FrescoLogic'sfourporthostcontrollerwasn'treadyintime,

somultiplecontrollershadtobeused.Thisisalsotheonly

ofGigabyte'sX79motherboardsthatlacksaheatpipe,butto

makeupforitatallerheatsinkhasbeenfittedtohelpcoolthe

VRM.

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AMDgainsCPUmarketshare

inQ3

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-gains-cpu-market-share-in-

q3/13860.html

November4th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

November4th,2011

Christmasisjustroundthecorner,andCanonhascomeup

withsomegiftideasfromcompacrtdigitalcameras,video

camcordersanddigitalSLRcamerasforyourfriendsandloved

ones,betheyladies,teensorphotoenthusiasts.

For Ladies and Teens

The12.1-megapixelIXUS230HSisaslenderandchiccompact

camerawhichclaimstobetheworld’sslimmestwith8xoptical

zoom.WiththeIXUS230HSyoucantakegreatpartyshots

withtheSmartAutofeaturethatcanautomaticallyfocuses

onthesubjectandthebackground,creatingidealscenesfor

eachphoto.RecommendedretailpriceoftheCanonIXUS230

HS-S$399.

AccordingtoMercuryResearch,AMDhasgainedmarket

shareyear-over-yearinQ32011,upby0.5%to18.8%.

Intel'smarketshare,meanwhile,droppedto80.3%.Overall

shipmentswereup5%versusQ32010.

AccordingtoMercuryResearch,AMDhasgainedmarket

shareyear-over-yearinQ32011,upby0.5%to18.8%.

Intel'smarketshare,meanwhile,droppedto80.3%.Overall

shipmentswereup5%versusQ32010.However,sequential

marketshareincreasedforIntel,from79.9%inQ2.AMD'sfell

from19.4%duringthesameperiod.Thisdropislargelydue

toseveresupplyshortagesforLlanoatGlobalfoundries'32nm

process.Inviewofthisshortage,AMDchosetoprioritizeon

themobilemarket.Thisleadtoahighergrowthinmobile

shipmentsforAMDcomparedtodesktops.TheaverageCPU

priceincreasedto$107-thehighestinfiveyears.

TheCanonPowerShotS95isaheavyweightcompactwith

revolutionaryHSsystemthatmakesitexcellentinlow-light

situations.ItfeaturesarangeoffeatureslikeHighDynamic

Range(HDR)mode,10-megapixelresolution,afastf2.0zoom

andahybridISsystemforadvancedimagestabilisation.

Inshort,thePowerShotS95istheultimatetravelcompanion.

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RecommendedretailpriceoftheCanonPowerShotS95-S

$599.

For Techies and Photo Enthusiasts

TheCanonLEGRIAFS406isauser-friendlystandard

definitioncamcorder.IthasaVideoSnapshotandaPre

RECfunctiontoensureuserscapturekeymomentseven

ifrecordbuttonwaspressedthreesecondslater.Parentsdo

notneedtoworryaboutshakyvideosofjuniorssincethe

ElectronicimageStabilizerwithDynamicModeeliminates

shakes.RecommendedretailpriceoftheCanonLEGRIA

FS406-S$499.

TheEOS600Dispoweredbyan18-megapixelhigh

imagequalityCMOSsensorandthepowerfulDIGIC4

imageprocessor,allowingphotostobecreatedintogallery

masterpiecesevenaftercroppingthem.Choosefromtwokits

withdifferentlensestogiveyouthelookyouwanttoachieve.

WithSceneIntelligentAutofeatureinthiscamera,itcan

deliverfullHDrecordinginupto30fps.RecommendedRetail

PriceoftheCanonEOS600D-S$1,199withEFS18-55ISII

lens,andS$1,549withEFS18-135ISIIlens.

ThelatestCanonPIXMAMG8270all-in-onewill

suiteveryone’sneedsfromhomeoffice,tocreativephoto

prints,copy,scanningandfaxing.ItfeaturesIntelligent

TouchSystemanda3.5-inchLCDdisplaythatprovidesa

varietyofcreativeprintingoptionsfordigitalimagesandhigh

definitionmoviestills.TheMG8270isalsoenabledwith

PIXMACloudLinkandcaneasilyprintphotofromonline

albums,accessstationerytemplatesdirectlyfromtheprinter,

orprintGmailmessagesorGoogleDocsfromsmartphoneor

tabletviaGoogleCloudPrint.Recommendedretailpriceofthe

CanonPIXMAMG8270-TBA.

SingTellaunchesdeF!ND

digitalconciergeappfor

iPhoneandAndroid

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/singtel-launches-def-nd-digital-

concierge-app-for-iphone-and-android/13858.html

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TheCanonEOS60Dincorporatesan18-megapixelAPS-Csize

CMOSsensorwithadynamicDiGIC4imageprocessorfor

takingbreathtakingphotos.Itcomeswitha3-inchwideVari-

AngleLCDscreen,andletsyouediteasilywithIn-camerapost

processing.RecommendedRetailPriceoftheCanonEOS60D

-S$1,699withEFS18-55lens,S$2,049withEFS18-135lens,

andS$2,199withEFS18-200lens.

For New Parents and family

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November4th,2011

November4th,2011

-Bankingandfinance

-Businessandprofessionalservices

-Groceriesandliquor

-Sportsandrecreation

-Medicalanddentalservices

-Governmentandorganisations

-Artsandentertainment

-Pets

-RealEstateandhousing

-AutomotiveandMotorcycles

-Legalservices

-Travelandtransportation

-Education

-Personalservices

Amenities

-ATM

-Banks

-Clinics

-Minimarts

-CarRepairandServices

-Florist

-Hospitals/Polyclinics

-LaundryService

-MoneyChanger

-SingaporePools

-PetrolKiosk

-CourierandPostalServices

-Supermarket

HotDeals

-Men’sapparelandaccessories

-Ladiesapparelandaccessories

-BeautyandSpa

SingaporeTelecommunications(SingTel)haslaunchedanew

digitalconciergeappfortheiPhoneandAndroiddevices,

whichallowsuserstobookcabs,makerestaurantreservations,

purchasemovieticketsandevenfindamenitiesintheir

vicinityeasily.Ontopofthat,deF!NDalsocomeswithavoice

recognitionfeatureforyoutofindyourlocalfoodandethnic

restaurantsjustbysayingitout.

SingTelhasunveileddeF!ND,whichclaimstobethe

company'sfirstintelligentmobileconciergeappthat

integrateslocalinformationandallowsbookingsofservices

thatSingaporeansfindessentialwhileonthemove.Theapp

alsohasavoicerecognitioncapabilityforlocalfoodandethnic

restaurantsanditisavailableatnochargefromtheAppleApp

StoreandtheAndroidMarketplace.WithdeF!ND,userscan

bookcabs,makerestaurantreservations,buymovietickets,

locateATMs,medicalclinicsandotheressentialamenities

aroundtheirvicinities,aswellasfindthebestshoppingdeals,

searchbusinessdirectoriesandgetupdatesonlocalevents.

deF!NDsearchcategoriesinclude:

TaxiBookings

Foodaroundme

Movies

Bookmearestaurant

Businessdirectory

-Foodanddrink

-Shoppingandretail

-Computersandelectronics

-Homeandgarden

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-Electronicsandappliances

-Childrenandinfantwear

-Homeandgarden

-Restaurants

Events

-Featuredevents

-Performingarts

-Fairsandfestivals

-Kidsandfamily

-LeisureandSport

-NightOut

SamsungintroducesNX200

mirrorlesscompactsystem

interchangeablelenscamera

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-introduces-nx200-

mirrorless-compact-system-interchangeable-lens-camera/13857.html

November4th,2011

Samsunghasintroducedtheirnewmirrorlesscompactsystem

interchangeablelenscamera,theNX200,whichboasts

professionalimagequalitywithgreateaseofuse.The

NX200isfullycompatiblewithninedifferenti-Function

lenseswithnewlensesforthei-Functionsystemincluding

18-200mm,16mm,60mmand85mmfocallengths.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

SamsunghaslaunchedtheNX200,anewcompactsystem

camerathatdeliversprofessionalstandardphotography,

promisinganeasyexperience.TheNX200deliversDSLR

qualityimaginginacamerathatiscompactandeasy-to-

use.Thecameraincorporatesa20.3-megapixelAPS-CCMOS

sensorthatprovideshighqualityimagewithgreatdetails.For

highspeedcapture,theNX200canachieve100msAdvanced

AFspeed.WithitsFastBootandsevenframespersecond

continuousshooting,youcanrestassurednottomissashot.

Inaddition,thecameraoffersawiderangeISO(100-12800)

thatgivesnaturalcoloursandsharpdetails,evenindark

environmentsorwhencapturingfastmovingobjects.The

NX200alsofeatures1920x1080/30p(H.264)highdefinition

movierecordingwithstereosound.

Thecompactsystemcameraiscompatiblewithi-Function

2.0lenses,whichgivescontroltoarangeofparametersfrom

thelens,providingcompletefocusonashot.TheNX200is

alsocompatiblewithninedifferenti-Functionlenseswhich

enabletogglingbetweenshutterspeed,aperture,EV,WB,and

ISOquicklyandeasily.Withtheupgradedi-Function2.0

ontheNX200,youcancontrolsixdifferentSmartFilters

andtheintelli-ZoomfunctionfromthelenswhilstinLens

PriorityMode.Newlensesforthei-Functionsysteminclude

18-200mm,16mm,60mmand85mmfocallengths.

WiththenewPanoramafunction,itprovideslengthenedshots

oflargeobjectsorconvertstheimageinto3Dandbringsthe

objecttolife.TheNX200alsocomeswiththeaddedSound

Picturefunction,asnippetofsoundcanberecordedtoastill

imagetoincludeinterestingmemoriestoashot.

TheSamsungNX200(with18-55mmi-Function2.0lens)is

availableatS$1,099.

CreativeSoundBlaster

Tactic3DOmegawireless

gamingheadsetavailablenow

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/creative-sound-blaster-tactic3d-omega-

wireless-gaming-headset-available-now/13856.html

November4th,2011

CreativeTechnologyhasannouncedtheavailabilityoftheir

SoundBlasterTactic3DOmegawirelessgamingheadset,

designedtoprovidesuperbaudioqualityforanimmersive

gamingexperience.TheTactic3DOmegawirelessgaming

headsetisnowavailableattheCreativeonlinestore,the

CREATIVEStoresoutletsandauthorizedretailers.

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CreativeTechnologyhasannouncedtheavailabilityof

thenewSoundBlasterTactic3DOmegaWirelessGaming

Headset.TheSoundBlasterTactic3DOmegaWirelessGaming

HeadsetcanconnectwirelesslytoanXbox360,PlayStation

3,PCorMac,anddeliverssuperioraudioqualityvia

apowerfulFullSpectrum50mmdriversforanimmersive

gamingexperience.TheSoundBlasterTactic3DOmega

WirelessGamingHeadsetalsofeaturesadetachablenoise-

cancelingmicrophoneforclearvoicecommunications.With

theincludedsoftware,PCandMacgamerscanexperience

THXTruStudioProaudiotechnologytocustomizetheirown

gamingaudiosettingsandprofile.

KeyFeatures

-Award-winningwirelesstechnologydeliverslowlatencyand

lackofinterferencewithotherwirelessproductsinthehome

-FullSpectrumtunable50mmaudiodriversforgreataudio

performance

-Independentvoiceandgamevolumecontrolsdirectlyonthe

earcups

-Optimisedlightweightdesignformarathongameplay

-Detachablenoise-cancelingmicrophoneallowsheadsettobe

usedasgreat-soundingheadphones

-Comfortable,durabledesignwithcustomisableilluminated

earcups

-Includesabasestation,whichfeaturesaline-intoexpandthe

capabilitiesoftheheadset,makingitidealforusewithmedia

streamers,TVsorMP3players

PricingandAvailability

TheCreativeSoundBlasterTactic3DOmegaWirelessGaming

HeadsetwillbeavailableattheCreativeonlinestoreat

sg.store.creative.comandTheCREATIVEStoresoutletsat

InternationalBusinessPark,MarinaSquareandauthorised

dealersinSingaporefromNov2011onwardsatthefollowing

suggestedretailpriceS$269.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Biostar'sTPowerX79smiles

forthecamera

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/biostar-s-tpower-x79-smiles-for-the-

camera/13855.html

November4th,2011

ThereseemstobenoendtotheX79motherboardsthatare

beingshownoffaheadoftheofficiallaunchwhichisnowless

thantwoweeksawayandpicturesofBiostar'supcomingX79

boardwhichwillbecalledtheTPowerX79hasnowmadetheir

wayonline.Wedon'thavetonsofdetailsonthisboardand

havetosimplygowithwhatwecandeductfromthepictures,

sosadlythiswon'tbethemostdetailedlookattheboard

ThereseemstobenoendtotheX79motherboardsthatare

beingshownoffaheadoftheofficiallaunchwhichisnowless

thantwoweeksawayandpicturesofBiostar'supcomingX79

boardwhichwillbecalledtheTPowerX79hasnowmadetheir

wayonline.Wedon'thavetonsofdetailsonthisboardand

havetosimplygowithwhatwecandeductfromthepictures,

sosadlythiswon'tbethemostdetailedlookattheboard.

FirstimpressionoftheTPowerX79isamessyboardwith

asomewhatpeculiarboardlayout.Thereareapairofred

x16PCIExpressslotsaswellasawhiteone,althoughwe're

notsureifthewhiteslotissomewhatdifferentornot.The

markingsontheboardreadPCIExpress2.0,ratherthan3.0

whichisalsosomewhatstrange.There'salsoapairofx1PCI

ExpressslotsandasinglePCIslotandwecan'tsaythatwe're

soldonBiostar'sslotlayoutinthiscase.

ThesixwhiteSATAportsarepresumablyconnectedtothe

X79chipset,althoughthere'snosimplewayoftellingwhich

twoportsareSATA6Gbps.There'salsoaseventhSATAport

inredjustnexttothemainblockofports.Biostarhasgone

overboardwhenitcomestopowerdeliverywithapairof8-pin

12VpowerconnectorsaswellasaMolexconnector,something

overclockersmightfindusefulthough.They'vealsoputasmall

shieldovertheaudiocodec,butthere'snospecialcomponents

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hidingunderneaththeshieldasseenonadifferentpictureat

thesource.

TherearI/OconsistofaPS/2port,twoUSB2.0ports,no

lessthansixUSB3.0ports,aneSATAport,aGigabitEthernet

portand7.1-channelaudiowithopticalandcoaxialS/PDIF

out.TheboardalsohasapinheaderforapairoffrontUSB

3.0portsandpower,resetandclearCMOSbuttonsaswellas

aPOST80debugLEDdisplay.Wedon'tknowwhatUSB3.0

controllersBiostarisusingonthisboard,butwe'dguessit's

ASMediaasitlookslikethere'sachipforeachpairofUSB3.0

pots.Notabadshow,butnotourfirstchoiceeither.

IntelleakstheDX79SIonits

ownwebsite

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-leaks-the-dx79si-on-its-own-

website/13854.html

November4th,2011

Lookwhatwefound,Intelhasbeensloppyandputup

informationaboutitsupcomingDX79SImotherboard–also

knownasSiler–whichwillbepartofIntel'sExtremeseriesof

motherboards.It'snotworthgettingoverlyexcitedaboutthe

DX79SIthough,asIntelisn'treallypushingtheenvelopewith

thismotherboard,despiteitbeingIntel'shigh-endX79model.

Lookwhatwefound,Intelhasbeensloppyandputup

informationaboutitsupcomingDX79SImotherboard–also

knownasSiler–whichwillbepartofIntel'sExtremeseriesof

motherboards.It'snotworthgettingoverlyexcitedaboutthe

DX79SIthough,asIntelisn'treallypushingtheenvelopewith

thismotherboard,despiteitbeingIntel'shigh-endX79model.

Firstwe'dliketoapologiseforthepoorqualitypicture,but

it'sallwemanagedtodigupasInteldidn'tincludeanyhigh

resolutionimages.Secondly,we'veincludedascreenshotto

showyouthatthisisindeedfromIntelitselfandnotfrom

somethirdpartysource,althoughthedetailsappearedonthe

company'smobilesite,althoughwe'renotsharingtheURL,

butanyonethatknowshowtouseasearchenginemightbe

abletolocatethepagethemselves.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Sowhatarewelookingathere?Well,whatwehavehereis

thefinalversionofaboardthatIntelshowedoffatIDFback

inSeptember,buttowhichsomechangeshavebeenmade.

Intel“fixed”theSATAports,sonowtherearesixinsteadof

four,insteadof10,insteadofSAS,allthankstoafewbugs

inthechipset.However,unlikeitspartners,Inteldecidednot

tofitanyadditionalSATAportstotheDX79SIwhichmakes

itafairlybasicmotherboardconsideringit'sIntel'shigh-end

model.Judgingbythepicture,Inteldidaquickfixratherthan

re-designtheentiremotherboardandassuchthere'snospace

forextraSATAcontrollers.

Intermsofslotswehavethreex16PCIExpress3.0slotsand

it'sinterestingthatIntelactuallyspecifiesthis,asthecompany

isstillbusytestingcomplianceduetothelackofdevicesthat

supportsPCIExpress3.0.There'salsoapairofx1PCIExpress

slotsandaPCIslot.Forthoselookingforaboardtoloadout

withtonsofmemory,theDX79SImightappeal,asithasthe

fulleightDIMMsandIntelclaims64GB/smemorybandwidth

withthememoryrunningat2.4GHz.Thatsaid,thatonly

workswhenyouhavefourDIMMsintheblueslots,stickfor

moreDIMMsinandtheoverallmemoryspeedisreduced.

AroundthebackaresixUSB2.0ports,twoUSB3.0ports,a

FireWireportandapairofGigabitEthernetportswiredup

toIntelnetworkchipsandlastbutnotleast7.1-channelaudio

withopticalS/PDIFoutandaclearCMOSbutton.Theboard

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alsohasawiderangeofpinheaders,butthemostimportant

onehastobetheonethataddsapairoffrontUSB3.0ports.

AtleastIntelwentwithapassivechipsetcooler,unlikesome

boardswe'veseen,soit'sclearthatactivecoolingisn'tneeded.

IntelisalsosupplyingaWi-FiandBluetoothmodule,aswellas

amousepadandUVreactiveSATAcableswiththeboard.We

shouldhaveamoredetailedlookattheboardshortly,although

wejustwantedtogetthisupASAP,asit'snoteverydaythat

Intelleaksitsownunreleasedproducts.

GlobalFoundriesmakes

interimCEOpermanent

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/globalfoundries-makes-interim-ceo-

permanent/13853.html

November4th,2011

Shareholdersdon'ttendtobehappywithinterimmanagement

andGlobalFoundrieshavenowgoneandmadeitsinterim

CEO,AjitManochaitsfulltimeCEO.Apparentlyhewasn't

theonlychoicethough,butheprovedhimselftotheboard

ofdirectorsduringhisfourmonthsasinterimCEOandwas

chosenfromarangeofcandidatesfortheCEOposition.

Shareholdersdon'ttendtobehappywithinterimmanagement

andGlobalFoundrieshavenowgoneandmadeitsinterim

CEO,AjitManochaitsfulltimeCEO.Apparentlyhewasn't

theonlychoicethough,butheprovedhimselftotheboard

ofdirectorsduringhisfourmonthsasinterimCEOandwas

chosenfromarangeofcandidatesfortheCEOposition.

MrManochahasextensivebackgroundinthefoundry

businesswithpastexperienceincludingtheroleasExecutive

VPandChiefManufacturingOfficeratNXP,asExecutive

VicePresidentofWorldwideOperationsandamemberof

theExecutiveManagementboardatSpansion.Hehasalso

workedforAT&TMicroelectronicsandAT&TBelllabsinthe

past.Heevenholdspatentsforvariousinventionsrelating

towaferprocessing,sothemanobviouslyknowswhathe's

gettinghimselfinto.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

WemeetMrManochabrieflyatGTCTaiwanearlierthisyear

andhecameacrossasacharismaticpersonthatknowswhat

he'stalkingabout,althoughit'shardtodrawanyconclusions

duringalunchmeeting.Thatsaid,he'sgottoughtimesahead

ofhim,asheneedstogetGlobalFoundriesupandrunningat

100percentcapacityandgetthecompany's32nmand28nm

nodesworkingatalevelwhereallitscustomersaresatisfied,

somethingwe'rehearingisn'tquitethecaseatthemoment.

Timewilltellifhe'stheleaderGlobalFoundrieshasbeen

lacking,wecanonlyhopeasweneedanotherstrongfoundry

playerbeyondTSMCiffornootherreasonthantokeepthings

competitive.

Intel'ssoontolaunchZ68

motherboardsdetailed,

pictured

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-s-soon-to-launch-z68-

motherboards-detailed-pictured/13852.html

November4th,2011

We'vefinallymanagedtodigupdetailsofIntel'supcoming

DZ68PLandDZ68AFmotherboardsalongwithacoupleof

picturesofeachoftheboards.Wefirstgotwindofthenew

boardsbackinSeptember,butthenweonlyknewthemodels

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namesandwe'lldoourbesttofillintherestofthedetails

today.

We'vefinallymanagedtodigupdetailsofIntel'supcoming

DZ68PLandDZ68AFmotherboardsalongwithacoupleof

picturesofeachoftheboards.Wefirstgotwindofthenew

boardsbackinSeptember,butthenweonlyknewthemodels

namesandwe'lldoourbesttofillintherestofthedetails

today.

Weneedtostartthisbycorrectingasmallmistakefromour

Septemberarticle,theDP67BAisinfactbeingreplacedbythe

DZ68PLandtheDP67DEisbeingreplacedbytheDZ68AFand

assuchIntelisnotaddingSmartResponsetechnologytoits

P67motherboards.Thiswasamisunderstandingonourside

duetounclearinformationgiventous.

It'sreallyhardtofollowIntel'slogichere,aswe'renownearly

ayearintotheSandyBridgelifecycleandIntelisputting

outZ68motherboardsakintothefirstgenerationboardsthat

arrivedbackinMay,somesixmonthsago.Whatwemean

byfirstgenerationisthatneitherofIntel'stwonewboards

featureanykindofdisplayconnectivity,despitethatboth

boardsclearlyhasspaceforthedisplayconnectors.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

AroundthebackaresixUSB2.0ports,twoUSB3.0ports,an

eSATAport,aFireWireport,aGigabitEthernetport–using

anIntelEthernetcontrollerofcourse–and7.1-channelaudio

withopticalS/PDIFout.Therereallyisn'tmuchtothisboard

andconsideringthemultitudeofchoice,therearemanybetter

optionstogoforbynow.

TheDZ68AFfollowsasimilarconcept,althoughthisisa

mATXboardsoitonlyhasasinglex16PCIExpressslot,

twox1PCIExpressslotsandasinglePCIslot.Intelhasonce

moregoneforfiveinternalSATAportsofwhichtwoareSATA

6Gbps.Othersimilaritiescarriedoverarethefourinternalpin

headersforeightUSB2.0portsandthesinglepinheaderfor

aFireWireport.TherearI/Oisalsoidenticalwithexactlythe

sameportlayout.

AssuchtheDZ68PLwhichistheATXsizeboardisarather

strangeadditiontoIntel'smediaseriesofmotherboards,as

whenyouthinkaboutmedia,youthinkaboutproductsthat

somehowareconnectedtoadisplay.TheDZ68PLisarather

boringboardwithasinglex16PCIExpressslot,twox1PCI

ExpressslotsandthreePCIslots.IthasfiveinternalSATA

connectorsofwhichtwoareSATA6Gbps.Theonlyother

“feature”ifyoucancallitthatarefourpinheadersforeight

USB2.0portsandapinheaderforasingleFireWireport.

Wejustdon'tunderstandwhyIntelarelaunchingthese

productswhenthereshouldbelessthanfivemonthsbeforeIvy

Bridgeandnew7-serieschipsetbasedmotherboardsarrive.

It'spossiblythatIntelhasdonethisasthecompanyiscutting

theproductionoftheP67chipsetasthedemandissolowand

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onlyminorchangeswereneededtothePCB.We'dstillhave

muchpreferredthesenewadditionsifthey'datleasthadsome

kindofdisplayconnectivity,sinceastheystand;theylookout-

datedbeforethey'veevenlaunched.Bothboardsshouldbe

availableshortly.

TheLGA2011socketsupportsupcomingCorei7“Sandy

Bridge”processors.Foxconnisusinga14-phaseCPUVRM

designforthisboard,with2-phaseVRMforthememory.

TherearefourDDR3DIMMslotsonthisboard,twooneither

FoxconnQuantumForceX79

Motherboard(Final)Pictured

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/foxconn-quantum-force-x79-

motherboard-final-pictured/13851.html

November4th,2011

HerearethefirstpicturesoftheFoxconnQuantumForce

X79inaformthat’salmostreadyformarket.Quantum

ForceisFoxconn’sbrandthattargetsthe“gamer-overclocker”

market,thesameonethatASUS’RepublicofGamers,

Gigabyte’sG1.Killer,andASRock’sFatal1tyProfessional

motherboardstarget.Foxconnalsohasaknackofsurprising

some(pleasantly)withthepricingoftheseboardscompared

toothersinthesegment.Anexampleofthiswasthecompany’s

QuantumForceboardsbasedontheX58chipset.

HerearethefirstpicturesoftheFoxconnQuantumForce

X79inaformthat’salmostreadyformarket.Quantum

ForceisFoxconn’sbrandthattargetsthe“gamer-overclocker”

market,thesameonethatASUS’RepublicofGamers,

Gigabyte’sG1.Killer,andASRock’sFatal1tyProfessional

motherboardstarget.Foxconnalsohasaknackofsurprising

some(pleasantly)withthepricingoftheseboardscompared

toothersinthesegment.Anexampleofthiswasthecompany’s

QuantumForceboardsbasedontheX58chipset.

sidesofthesocket,onepermemorychannel.Expansionslots

includefourPCI-Expressx16,amongwhichthreearewiredto

theCPU.TheredslotsarePCI-Express3.0x16capable,the

bottom-mostslotisPCI-Express3.0x8capable.Thesecond

blackslotiselectricallyPCI-Express2.0x8,andiswiredto

theX79PCH,sotheboardisoptimalfor3-waySLIand

CrossFireX.

ThereareeightinternalSATAports,fourofthese(colorcoded

red)areSATA6Gb/s,twoofthese(top)aredrivenbythe

X79PCH,theotherbyanASMedia-madecontroller.Theblack

portsareSATA3Gb/s,wiredtothePCH.TherearetwoeSATA

portsontherear-panel,drivenbyaJMicron-madeSATA3

Gb/scontroller.

Intermsofgeneralconnectivity,you’llget8+2channelHD

audiowithopticalandcoaxialSPDIFoutputs;fourUSB

3.0ports(twoontherear-panel,twoviastandardheader),

poweredbyRenesas-madecontrollers;twogigabitEthernet

connections,onecontrolledbyanIntel-madecontroller,the

otherbyRealtek-madeone;andothercommonportssuchas

USB2.0andPS/2.

TheQuantumForceX79lookstobepackingquiteafew

featuresthatbenefitoverclockers.Tobeginwith,thereis

redundantBIOSstoredinthreeseparate,socketedEEPROM

chips,consolidatedvoltagemeasurementpointsthatletyou

manuallymeasurevoltages(usingamultimeter),onboardOC

tuningswitches,onboardpower/resetswitches,clearCMOS

switchontherear-panel,andPOSTcodespeaker.

Pricingisunknown,butit’slikelythattheFoxconnQuantum

ForceX79willbeapartofthefirstwaveofmotherboardsfor

SandyBridge-E.

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JPR:Processorgraphics/APUs

takeoverinQ32011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/jpr-processor-graphicsapus-take-over-

in-q3-2011/13848.html

November4th,2011

CallthemProcessorGraphics,asInteldo,orAccelerated

ProcessingUnits(APU)asperAMD,chipscombiningGPUs

andCPUsarestartingtodominateoverallgraphicsshipments.

InQ3,asaresultofSandyBridge'smassivesuccess,

Intel'sjumpedtoa60%marketshareingraphicsshipment.

AMDheldonto23%whichNVIDIA,leftwithoutanAPU

competitor,droppedto16%.

CallthemProcessorGraphics,asInteldo,orAccelerated

ProcessingUnits(APU)asperAMD,chipscombiningGPUs

andCPUsarestartingtodominateoverallgraphicsshipments.

InQ3,asaresultofSandyBridge'smassivesuccess,

Intel'sjumpedtoa60%marketshareingraphicsshipment.

AMDheldonto23%whichNVIDIA,leftwithoutanAPU

competitor,droppedto16%.

Overall,graphicsshipmentssoaredby16.7%overQ22011,as

isthetrendforQ3.However,16.7%isstillovergeneraltrends

and18.4%overQ32010.

AMD'sshipmentsincreasedby9.9%,Intel'sby28.5%while

NVIDIA'sfellby6.2%.However,NVIDIAdidnotedisruptive

marketsharegrowthsinthediscretemarkets,growingby30%

overQ22011.MuchofthisisattributedtoOptimustechnology

workingwithSandyBridgenotebooks.Strangely,NVIDIAalso

soldIGPstopowerolderAMDCPUs.

Googlewillbechargingmap

developersforusage

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/google-will-be-charging-map-

developers-for-usage/13847.html

November4th,2011

IfyouareamapdeveloperwhoutilizesGoogleMapsAPI

foryoursite,itseemsthatthesearchenginegiantGoogleis

planningtochargemapdevelopersasmallfeefortheusageof

theirservice,beginningnextyear.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Startingnextyear,GooglewillchargeUS$4forevery1,000

maploadsonsiteswheretrafficexceeds25,000maploads

perday.Accordingtothecompany,thenewfeesare

intendedtomakesureGoogleMapsremainsfreeforsmall

developers.SmallsiteswillremainunaffectedsincetheGoogle

MapsAPIwillstillbefreeforthefirst25,000viewsperday.

However,forthebigboys,theycanchoosetopayUS$10,000+

foraGoogleMapsAPIPremierlicence,whichoffersunlimited

access,moreadvancedgeocodingtools,techsupport,and

controloveranyadvertisingshownonthesite.Ortheycan

alwaysuseOpenStreetMap,whichisfreeand,inmanyparts

oftheworld,muchmoredetailedthanGoogleMaps.

Nearreflectionfreeglass

invented

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/near-reflection-free-glass-

invented/13846.html

November4th,2011

Ifyou,likeus,hateglossyscreens,thenthelatestdevelopment

fromJapanwillsurelyinterestyou.NipponElectricalGlass

CoLtdhascomeupwithanewglasssubstratethatis

veryclosetoreflectionfree,somethingthatshouldmakeall

thenew"infinitydisplay"notebooksandofcoursetablets

andsmartphonesmuchmoreenjoyabletouseinmany

environments.

Ifyou,likeus,hateglossyscreens,thenthelatestdevelopment

fromJapanwillsurelyinterestyou.NipponElectricalGlass

CoLtdhascomeupwithanewglasssubstratethatis

veryclosetoreflectionfree,somethingthatshouldmakeall

thenew"infinitydisplay"notebooksandofcoursetablets

andsmartphonesmuchmoreenjoyabletouseinmany

environments.

ThenewglasssubstratewasshownoffattheFPD

InternationalconventioninJapanlastweekanditapparently

awedvisitorswhodidn'tquiteknowwhattheywerelooking

at,orratherwasn'tlookingat.It'sprettyclearfromthepicture

thatwe'relookingatsomethingwhichhasthepotentialto

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revolutionizethemarket,atleastaslongasdevicemakers

insistsonputtingsheetsofglassinfrontofnotebookscreens

tomakethemappeartohaveaslimmerbezel,amongmany

things.

Theprocessofgettingtheglasssubstratenearlyreflection

freeinvolvessome30layersofanti-reflectivefilm,eachbeing

onlyafewnanometresthick.Thisallowsfor99.5percentof

thelighttopassthroughtheglassandonlytheremaining

halfpercentcausesreflection.Surprisinglyregularglasshasa

fairlylowreflectionpercentageofeightpercent,butthisisstill

enoughtocausetheeffectsweallloathe.Nowordastowhen

thistechnologymightbecommerciallyavailable,butitcan't

besoonenoughinouropinion.

Motherboardmakers

leakupcomingAMDFM1

processors

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/motherboard-makers-leak-upcoming-

amd-fm1-processors/13845.html

November4th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Wecan'tbefarfromAMD'supdatedLlanoAPU's,asallofthe

majormotherboardmanufacturershaveissuedBIOS/UEFI

updatesfortheirsocketFM1motherboardsforatleastsome

oftheexpectedmodels.However,whatwe'vealsofoundare

severalnewmodelsthatweweren'tawareofthatwillcarrythe

AthlonIIandSempronbranding.

Startingatthebottomofthelist,wehavethedualcore

SempronX2198whichisa2.5GHzprocessors,inotherwords,

there'snographicstobefoundhere.ItstillfitstheFM1socket,

hasatotalof1MBofL2cacheanda65WTDP.Thisshouldbe

oneofthecheapest,ifnotthecheapestsocketFM1processor

outthere.MovingupastepwehavethedualcoreAthlonX2

221whichmovestheclockspeedupto2.8GHz,butwiththe

limitedinformationwehaveathand,thisistheonlydifference

betweenthetwo.

ThequadcoreAthlonIIX4631–a2.6GHzpartwith4MBL2

cache–isgettingafastersiblingintheshapeoftheAthlonX4

II641whichisclockedat2.8.GHz,aswellasamorepower

efficientversionofitselfwith65WTDPratherthanthe100W

TDPofthecurrentmodel.Nootherchangesappeartohave

beenmadeandfornowthisisAMD'sentirerangeofCPU'sfor

socketFM1.

MovingontothenewAPU'swecanapparentlylookforward

tothearrivalofAMD'sE2-3200whichwasannouncedwhen

AMDlauncheditsLlanorangeofAPU's,butnevermadeitto

market.Thisisadualcore2.4GHzprocessorwith1MBofL1

cachecombinedwithaRadeonHD6370DGPUwhichhas180

shaders,eightTMUsandfourROPswithagraphicsclockof

443MHz.

Theonlyothernewmodeloftheonesthatareexpectedtobe

launchedbyAMDbeforetheendoftheyearistheA8-3870,

whichisexpectedtobeAMD'sfirstunlockedAPU.Itwillalso

havethefastestCPUcoretodatewithaclockspeedof3GHz.

ThisisofcourseaquadcoreAPUandithas4MBofL2cache.

ThegraphicspartshouldbeaRadeonHD6550D,thesame

asthecurrentA8-3850andthere'snoindicationthatAMD

haschangedanyofthespecificationsbetweenthetwoAPUs

intermsofclockspeedsorconfiguration.

Othermodelsthatmayormaynotlaunchthisyearincludes

theA4-3420,A6-3420,A6-3620,A6-3670(unlocked)and

A8-3820.ApartfromtheA6-3670,allofthesemodelsare

expectedtofeaturea100MHzclockspeedimprovementover

theircurrentcounterparts,althoughforsomereasonthe

A6-3670isexpectedtobeclocked100MHzslowerthanthe

A6-3650.AMDhasonlytwomonthsleftofthisyeartogetits

newprocessorsoutandwedoubtthey'lllaunchthemallin

therunuptotheChristmasseason.Wehaveafeelingsome

modelshavebeenpulledinfavouroftheupcomingTrinity

basedmodelsthatAMDisexpectedtodeliverinQ1nextyear.

Wecan'tbefarfromAMD'supdatedLlanoAPU's,asallofthe

majormotherboardmanufacturershaveissuedBIOS/UEFI

updatesfortheirsocketFM1motherboardsforatleastsome

oftheexpectedmodels.However,whatwe'vealsofoundare

severalnewmodelsthatweweren'tawareofthatwillcarrythe

AthlonIIandSempronbranding.

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VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

asnugfit.ThenotebookupgradekitalsocomeswithaUSB

enclosureforthatoldmechanicaldriveandthedesktopkit

comeswithbracketsforfittingtheSSDina3.5-inchdrivebay,

aswellasallthecablesneeded.Bothkitsarealsosuppliedwith

drivecloningsoftware.

SizewisetheV200serieswillbeavailablein64,128and

256GBSKUs.Theperformanceisn'tgoingtosetanyone's

worldonfire,despitealldrivesfeaturingSATA6Gbps

interfaces.The64GBmodelisratedatupto260MB/sfor

sequentialreadsandamere100MB/sforsequentialwrites.

The128GBmodelhits300MB/sforthereadsand190MB/

sforthewriteswiththe256GBmodelfeaturingthesame

readspeedasthe128GBmodel,butbooststhewritespeedto

230MB/s.Thatsaid,withthepossibleexceptionofthewrite

speedofthe64GBmodel,thisissignificantlyfasterthanany

mechanicalharddrive.

Thepressreleasetalksabout"upto20percentlowerprice

than[the]V100"seriesofSSDsfromKingston,althoughdoing

aquicksearchonlinedoesn'tverifythis.Wefoundthe64GB

1

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

Kingstonannouncesnew

walletfriendlySSDs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/kingston-announces-new-wallet-

friendly-ssds/13910.html

November9th,2011

Anotherday,anothernewSSDrangeofferinghigher

performancethantheoneannouncedthedaybefore,oh,hang

on,thenewV200seriesfromKingstonisn'tactuallyahigh-

endrangeofdrives,insteadKingstonhasfocusedongood

enoughperformanceatalowerpricepoint.Thecompany

claimsthatitsnewV200serieswillofferclosetotwicethe

performanceofitspreviousbudgetmodel,theV100,atamore

attractivepricepoint.

Anotherday,anothernewSSDrangeofferinghigher

performancethantheoneannouncedthedaybefore,oh,hang

on,thenewV200seriesfromKingstonisn'tactuallyahigh-

endrangeofdrives,insteadKingstonhasfocusedongood

enoughperformanceatalowerpricepoint.Thecompany

claimsthatitsnewV200serieswillofferclosetotwicethe

performanceofitspreviousbudgetmodel,theV100,atamore

attractivepricepoint.

AsalwayswithKingston,thenewV200seriescomesina

standarddriveonlyoption,adesktopupgradekitanda

notebookupgradekit.TheV200seriesstandsamere7mmtall

(exceptthe256GBmodel),comparedto9.5mmforstandard

2.5-inchdrivesandassuchaplasticbracketisprovidedwith

allthebaredrivesandthenotebookupgradekittoallowfor

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modelonsaleinCanadaofallplacesforC$126(S$159),

whereasthe64GBV100retailedonthesamewebsitefora

mereC$79(S$100).The128GBbaredrivewasonsaleforC

$209(S$264)andthe256GBbaredriveforC$444(S$560).

TherearealsoplentyofotherfasterSSDsonsaleforless,

suchasCorsair'sForce3seriesofSSDsandPatriot'sPyro

series.Thatsaid,thisisn'tofficialpricingfromKingstonand

it'spossiblewe'llseedifferentpricinginotherregions.

OCZTechnologyreleasesPC

P&CSilencerMKIIIPower

SupplySeries

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-technology-releases-pc-p-c-

silencer-mk-iii-power-supply-series/13909.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

timeandresourcestomakesurewegotitrightbycombining

ahighlyefficientcorewithJapanesecapacitors,awhisper

quiet120mmfan,andtheflexibilityofmodularcabling,allto

createthebestSilenceryet,andwearereleasingthisexciting

newseriesinarangeofmodelsupto600Wandpricing

themcompetitively,makingtheSilencerMKIIIPSU’sthe

idealblendofperformance,features,andoverallvaluefor

customers.”

DetailedIntelHaswellspecs

revealed

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/detailed-intel-haswell-specs-

revealed/13908.html

November9th,2011

November9th,2011

We'restillanestimatedfivetosixmonthsawayfrom

Intel'slaunchIvyBridge,aplatformwhichisexpectedto

offerslightimprovementsoverSandyBridgeintermsof

performance,althoughitshouldimprovepowerefficiency

andgraphicsperformancequitesignificantly.However,Intel's

2013platformcodenamedSharkBayhasnowturnedupon

somequitedetailedslidesonlineandithassomeinteresting

newfeaturesonofferaswellasyetanotherperformance

bump.

We'restillanestimatedfivetosixmonthsawayfrom

Intel'slaunchIvyBridge,aplatformwhichisexpectedto

offerslightimprovementsoverSandyBridgeintermsof

performance,althoughitshouldimprovepowerefficiency

andgraphicsperformancequitesignificantly.However,Intel's

2013platformcodenamedSharkBayhasnowturnedupon

somequitedetailedslidesonlineandithassomeinteresting

newfeaturesonofferaswellasyetanotherperformance

bump.

ThereseemstobesomechangesgoingonatIntelwithregards

toplatformnames,asinthepast,Intelhasgonefordifferent

platformcodenamesforitsmobileanddesktopofferings,

butHaswell'splatformforbothmobileanddesktopappears

tobecalledSharkBay,whereasforIvyBridgewe'relooking

atChiefRiverandMahoBayforthemobileanddesktop

platformsrespectively.Asyoucanseefromtheslidebelow,

we'restilllookingatnomorethanfourcoresforIntel's

consumerplatformwhichsuggeststhatIntelisn'treallyabout

AMDcatchingupanytimesoon.

TodayOCZannouncedthereleaseofthenewPCPower

&CoolingSilencerMkIIIPowerSupplySeries.Although

themainstreamcharacteroftheseriesmightnotdrawthe

attentionofenthusiasts,thisistheveryfirstmodulardesign

comingfromPCPower&Cooling,whichisinterestingallby

itself.

ThefirstmodularpowersupplyfromPCPower&Coolingis

nobeast,withtheseriesconsistingofonlythreeunitswithan

outputrangingfrom400Wupto"only"600W.Theunitsofthe

seriesareclearlynotdesignedforhardcoreenthusiasts,they

dohoweverhavean80PlusBronzecertificationandcomewith

a5yearlongwarranty.

“PCPowerandCoolinghasalwayscateredtothoseclients

thatarelookingforbothperformanceandreliabilityfrom

theirpowermanagementsolutionsandtheSilencerMKIII

PSUcontinuesthattraditionandincorporatesnewfeatures

suchasamodularcabledesign,”saidSteveLee,SeniorVice

PresidentofPowerManagementatOCZTechnologyGroup.

“ThisisthefirstmodularPCPowerPSUandwespentextra

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AlthoughHaswellisanew"core"ora"tock"asIntellikes

tocallit,unlikeIvyBridgewhichisa22nmtrigateversion

ofSandyBridgeora"tick",Haswellwillactuallybevery

similartoIvyBridgeatleastintermsofthemanufacturing

process,asthisisalsoa22nmtrigatepart.Haswellwillusethe

LGA-1150socketfordesktopsandeitherrPGA947orBGA1364

fornotebooksaswe reportedafewdaysago.Thebiggest

changethatwe'reseeingbeyondthenewcoreisamoveto

multi-chippackagingfortheultra-lowVoltagesegment,which

IntelappearstohaveunifiedintoasingleULTSKU(we're

notsurewhattheTstandsfor)insteadofthelongrunning

ULVandULSKUs.ThiswillmaketheULTmodelsIntel'sfirst

singlechipperformanceprocessor,butmoreonthisalittlebit

later.

We'reofcoursegettinganewchipset,codenamedLynxPoint,

althoughwedon'thavemuchintermsofdetailswithregards

tonewfeaturescomparedtothe7-serieschipsets.Whatthe

slidesdogiveawayisthatIntelhasatleastmadeonemajor

changetotheSharkBayplatform,there'snolongeranFDI

interface,whichisusedforpipingthedisplayconnectivityvia

thePCHonthe6and7-serieschipsets,againsomethingwe

reportedonafewdaysago.It'salsopossiblethatwe'llsee

integratedThundeboltsupport,butthere'snoindicationasto

ifthiswillbepartoftheLynxPointchipset,orcontinuetorely

uponaseparatechipset,asalltheslidesareinformingusabout

issupportfortheinterface.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

OtherplatformfeaturesincludeNFCsupportformobile

devices,configurableTDPandLPM(LinkPower

Management),improvedsystemidlestates(S0ix)forthe

mobileplatforms,vastlyimprovedboottimesandgeneral

updatesandimprovementstocurrentInteltechnologyfound

onitsdesktopandmobileplatforms.Oneinterestingnew

additionisthreelevelsofIntelgraphics,currentlyknownas

GT1,GT2andGT3.Onceagainthedesktoppartsendupwith

slowergraphicsthanthemobileplatforms,whichwestilldon't

quiteunderstandasit'snotasifdesktopuserswouldwant

worsegraphicsperformance.It'salmostasifIntelistelling

desktopuserstogoandgetagraphicscard.Theslidesarealso

suggestingthatwe'llseerealtimeHDtoHDvideotranscoding

Report:AMDTahitiinJanuary

2012

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/report-amd-tahiti-in-

january-2012/13907.html

November9th,2011

AMD'slongawaitednext-gen28nmGPUisfinallysetto

releaseinJanuary2012,accordingtoareportfromFudzilla.

AMDannouncedduringitslatestfinancialconferencecall

thatthefirstnext-genGPUsweretoshipbytheendof

2011.WhetherthisshipmentwasforaDec2011launchorin

anticipationofanearly2012remainedamatterofspeculation.

Thefirstnext-genGPUstoreleaseisreportedtobebasedon

thehigh-performanceTahitichip.

AMD'slongawaitednext-gen28nmGPUisfinallysetto

releaseinJanuary2012,accordingtoareportfromFudzilla.

AMDannouncedduringitslatestfinancialconferencecallthat

thefirstnext-genGPUswereto.Whetherthisshipment

wasforaDec2011launchorinanticipationofanearly2012

remainedamatterofspeculation.Thefirstnext-genGPUsto

releaseisreportedtobebasedonthehigh-performanceTahiti

chip.

TahitiwillbethedirectsuccessortoCayman,currently

poweringAMDRadeonHD6900series.Asaresult,the

twoTahitiSKUsaremostlikelytobebrandedasAMD

RadeonHD7970andHD7950fortheXTandPROvariants

respectively.Asexpected,adual-GPUvariantcombiningtwo

Tahitichipswillreleaselaterin2012,possiblywithinQ12012.

ThebrandingislikelytobeRadeonHD7990.Thanksto

TSMC's32nmcancelation,the40nmto28nmtransitionis

asignificantfullnodeshrink.Barringanymajorproduction

troubles,TahitiwillthusendupsignificantlyfasterthanHD

6970,andnottoofarawayofdual-GPUHD6990.

NVIDIA'shigh-performanceKeplerGPUsareexpectedrelease

laterin2012.However,thefirstnext-genGPU,GK107,might

releasearoundthesametimeasTahiti.

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Coolermasterreleasedtheir

firstLGA2011cooler

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/coolermaster-released-their-first-

lga-2011-cooler/13906.html

November9th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

HTCtopenetrateChinese

marketwithnewsocial

networkingphone

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-to-penetrate-chinese-market-with-

new-social-networking-phone/13905.html

November9th,2011

CoolermasterhasjustreleasedtheirfirstLGA2011cooler.

TheirnewproductlistenstothenameHyper412Sandis

adirectheatpipecontacttowercoolerutilizingoneortwo

120mmfans.Italsohastheoptiontorunentirelysilentby

slowingthefandownatonly900RPM.

HTCwillbereleasingaChineseversionoftheirExplorer

budgetphoneinChina,underthelabelHTCDaren.Thenew

dedicatedphoneisgearedtowardsfeatureintegrationwith

Renren.com'ssocialnetworkservice,butwillthenewphone

beabletoattractChina'sincreasinglysocialsaavypopulation?

Interestinglyenough,Coolermasterwentwithfewerfinsand

largerfingapsinordertoimprovethecooler'sperformance

withthefanrunningatlowspeeds.Thatoughttohurtthe

cooler'smaximumperformanceaswellthough.

HTChasannouncedthatitwillreleasetheirrebrandedversion

oftheHTCExplorer,dubbedtheHTCDaren,inChina.The

DarenisthesecondofsevenphoneswhichHTCwillbe

bringingtotheChinesemobilemarketinhopesofachieving

ashareofChina’sgrowingmobiledemands.TheTaiwanese

handsetmakerhadpreviouslypartneredwithSina'sWeibo

microbloggingservicetocreateadedicatedphone.This

secondattemptwillbeatie-inwithRenren.com,China’s

equivalentofFacebook.

ThisisdonesimplybyswappingFacebookandTwitter

integrationforRenren,whichwillbepoweringHTC’s

Friendfeedfeature.Duetofactthatthenewsocialnetwork

phoneismodeledfromabudgetmobileplatform,its480

by300pixellow-resolution3.2inchscreenand3-megapixel

cameracanhardlyimpressanypoweruser.TheChinesemass

market,however,maylikethepricetagof2099RMB(US$330)

withoutanytelcocontracts.Thechallenge,however,comes

Coolermasteralsoimprovedthedirectcontactdesign,

baptizingitCDC™(ContinuousDirectContact)technology,

whichconsistsofside-by-sideheatpipeconfigurationswithno

gapscreatingaperfectlysmoothsurfaceforheatconduction.

fromanothercompetitor,andit’satoughonetoo.

XiaomiTech,aChinesemobilestartup,hasbeenableto

assembleandretailapremiumlevelsmartphonewithcutting

edgecomponentsincludingadual-core1.5Ghzprocessor,

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ASUSexclusiveSonicMastertechnologyforimpressiveaudio

performance.Andisavailablein32GBand64GBflavours,

alongwithamicroSDcardslot,3.5mmcomboaudiojackand

microHDMIport.Itboastsabatterylifeofupto12hours

andwhencombinedwiththemobiledock,itcanlastupto18

hours.Unfortunately,nodetailsonthepricingandavailability

atpresstime.

November9th,2011

8-megapixelcamera,andAndroidOSpreloadedwiththe

popularROMinterfaceMIUI,allatalowerpriceof1999RMB

(US$315).Thisisallinadditiontoitbeingfromalocally

designedandmanufacturedphone,andthereforeholdmore

cloutwiththecountry'spopulation.

HTCstillhasfivecardsupitssleeve.Itwillbeinterestingtosee

howthematchbetweenXiaomiTechandHTCwillproceed.

Display

10.1"LEDBacklit

screenwithSuper

IPS+(1280x800)

10fingermulti-

touch,Corning®

Gorilla®Glass

ASUSEeePadTransformer

Prime'sspecifications

unveiled

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime-s-

specifications-unveiled/13904.html

November9th,2011

AttheAsiaD:AllThingsDigitaleventinHongKongfew

weeksago,ASUSchairmanJohnnyShihshowcasedtheASUS

EeePadTransformerPrimewhichclaimstobetheworld’s

firsttablettoincorporateNVIDIATegraquad-coremobile

processor.Well,itlookslikethespecificationsoftheEeePad

TransformerPrimeareofficiallyout.

ComesinAmethystGrayandChampagneGold,theASUS

EeePadTransformerPrime,withmetallicspunfinishdesign

madeofaluminium,isincrediblyslimatjust8.3mmthinand

weighsamere586g.ItfeaturesNVIDIA’squad-coreTegra

3processorthatcandeliversuperbexperiencefortablet-

basedmultitasking,webbrowsing,fullhighdefinitionvideo

playbackandgaming.Ontopofthat,theEeePadTransformer

Primealsosportsabright10.1-inchSuperIPS+screenwith

LEDbacklightandCorningGorillaglassforprotection.

Onthefrontisa1.2-megapixelcameraforvideoconferencing

whilethe8-megapixelcameraattherearcomeswithauto-

focusandLEDflashfortakingbrilliantpicturesandfull1080p

HDvideo.TheEeePadTransformerPrimeisalsopoweredby

OperatingSystem

CPU

Memory

Storage

Wireless

Camera

Interface

Sensor

Flashsupport

Multi-tasking

SpecialApps

Battery

Android™3.2

Honeycomb

(Upgradableto

Android™4.0Ice

CreamSandwich)

NVIDIA®Tegra®

3Quad-coreCPU

LPDDR21GB

32GB/64GB(1)

EMMC+ASUS

WebStorage

802.11b/g/n,

Bluetooth2.1+EDR

1.2MP(front)/

8MPAuto-focus

(rear)withLED

flash,largeF2.4

aperture

PAD:2-in-1AudioMobileDock:1x

Jack(Headphone/USB2.0port;1xSD

Mic-in);1xmicro

CardReader

HDMIport;1x

MicroSDCard

Reader;1xInternal

Microphone;1x

StereoSpeaker

G-Sensor,Light

Sensor,Gyroscope,

E-compass,GPS

Yes

Yes

ASUSlauncher,

@VibeMusic,

ASUSWebStorage,

MyLibrary,MyNet,

MyCloud,File

manager,ASUS

sync,SuperNote,

AppLocker,App

Backup,TegraZone,

Polaris®Office

12hours;25WhLi-

polymerBattery(2)

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corroboratedbyitsstrongtakeuprate,whichdoubledtoabout

1,000organizationsinthetwomonthsfollowingitslaunchin

Singapore.

18hourspadwith

dock;25Wh(pad)

&22Wh(mobile

dock)Li-polymer

Battery(2)

Pad:

263*180.8*8.3mm/

586g

MobileDock:

263*180.8*8~10.4mm/

537g

Thehypeaboutthecloud

Oneoftheadvantagesofferedbycloudcomputingishow

itallowscompanieswithoutdedicatedITpersonnelto

leveragebest-of-the-breedtechnologytoleveltheplayingfield

againstlargercompetitors.Office365isnotaproductsell,

assertsFernandes,butitrepresentsanopportunityforthese

businessestocompete.

Asaproductivityplatform,Office365extendstheability

ofsmallbusinessestotakeadvantageofproductivitytools

Size/Weight

thattheyarealreadyfamiliarwith.Toillustratehispoint,

Fernandesofferedtheexampleofhowsomeemployeesmay

notrequireadedicatedworkstation,butcouldbenefitfrom

havingemailaccessinordertochecktheirleavestatus

ortheirnextdutyroster,forinstance.Inthiscontext,

businessescandeploysharedterminalswhere"kiosk"workers

canaccessmessagingservicesforaslowasUS$4peruser

permonth.Seeninthatcontext,itisevidentthatOffice365

isaboutprovidingbusinesseswithmoreoptionsthanabout

releasinga"me-too"product.

Hypeaside,Fernandessaysthatthecloudcomputingmarket

isanambitiousonewhereusershavehighexpectations,atrait

whichheexpectstodrivefuturegrowth.Thedirectorviews

thered-hotinterestinthecloudassomethingthatwillpass

however."Nowwhenpeoplethinkcloud,thisislikewhenwe

talkabouttheInternetinthepast.Thecloudismerelyan

enablinglayer"hesaid,notingthat"nobodytalksaboutthe

Internetnow."

WhatoftheITdepartment?

Oneperennialconcernabouttheriseofcloudcomputinghas

beenitspotentialimpactontheITdepartment.Accordingly,

IraisedthequestiontoFernandes,whoconcededthatitis

asubjectofconcernforITprofessionals."PeopleintheIT

industryhavebeentryingtofigureouttheirpositioninthis

(cloud)space,"hesaid.

However,Fernandessuggestedthattheultimateoutcome

ofwhetherjobswillbeimpactedboilsdowntothetopic

ofvaluecreation.Giventhattheprimaryconstrainsthose

organizationsoftenfacepertainstocost,itisreasonablethata

migrationtothecloudcouldallowthemtoredirectanysurplus

ITresourcestowardsprojectstopositivelyimpactthebottom-

line.

Moreover,Fernandesalsopointedoutthosemostsmall

businessesdonothaveanITdepartmentinthefirstplace;

suchcompanieswouldtypicallytasktheirmostIT-savvy

stafferasthead-hocITdepartment.Insuchasituation,a

clouddeploymentwouldfreethebeleagueredemployeeto

focusmoreonhisorherprimarilyworkresponsibilities.

Allaboutuptime

DoesMicrosofthavetheabilitytodeliveratrulyrobust

solutioninthecloud?Therehadbeenanumberoflocalized

andglobal outagessinceOffice365waslaunched,andI

wantedtoknowwhatMicrosoftisdoingtoguaranteethe

reliabilityandoveralluptimeofitscloudoffering.Fernandes

startedoffbyacknowledgingthatmistakesaremadein

6

MicrosoftOffice365anddoing

BusinessintheCloud

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-office-365-and-doing-

business-in-the-cloud/13903.html

November9th,2011

LaunchedgloballyattheendofJunethisyear,Office365

representsaradicalmovebysoftwaregiantMicrosofttoshift

itspremiumproductivity,communicationsandcollaboration

productsintothecloud.TofindoutmoreaboutOffice365,I

havearrangedtomeetupwithJohnFernandes,thedirector

ofmarketingandoperationsofMicrosoftSingaporeatthe

company'slocalheadquarters.

Wespokeontopicsrangingfromtheadvantagesofferedby

thecloudasaplatform,businessexpectationstowardscloud

computingandhowOffice365canhelpsmallerbusinesses

changethewaytheydobusiness.Alwaysforthrightinhis

responses,Fernandesalsospokecandidlyabouttherelative

risksofoutagesaswellasthelocaltake-uprateforMicrosoft's

latestandgrandestforayintocloudcomputing.

WhatisOffice365?

Forthosenotalreadyfamiliarwithit,Office365is

acomprehensivesuiteofservicesconsistingofmultiple

productssuchasExchange Online,SharePoint Online

andLync Onlinetoprovideservicessuchasmessaging,

collaborationandcommunication.Ontheproductivityfront,

Office Web Apps(OWA)letusersviewandeditdocuments

createdondesktopversionsofMicrosoftOffice(Word,

Excel,PowerPointandOneNote)usingnothingmorethan

asupportedwebbrowser.Finally,anOffice Professional

Plusoptionprovidesbusinessesthatstillrequirethedesktop

versionofMicrosoftOfficewiththeappropriatesoftware

licensesandinstallationfiles.

UnderscoringthepointthatOffice365wasacomplete

redesignasopposedtoatweaktoslaponcloudfunctionality,

FernandestoldmethatOffice365canscalefrom"3to

100,000"intermsofusers.Hetickedoffhowitcanhelp

businessesreducecomplexity,increaseagilityandmanage

theircosts,allowingsmallbusinessestotransformtheway

theydobusiness.Thelistofadvantagesappearstobepartially

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everycompany,andthatoutages"willhappen."Thisisa

fairstatement,givenhoweverycloudserviceouttherehas

sufferedsomeformofdowntimeorservicedisruption.

Onitspart,Microsoftaddressesavailabilitybyplacingsafety,

privacyandmaintainingofSLA(Service-levelagreements)as

toppriorities.Inaddition,thecompanyhasstringentinternal

policiesandcertificationsthatgobeyondtheexpectations

ofcustomers.Outagesarealsopreemptivelyaddressedby

mitigationplanningandhavingstrongresourcesavailablein

thecountrytosupportandaddressanyoutages.Totopitoff,

FernandesremindedmethatOffice365isreallybuildingon

topofdecadesofcloudexperiencethatMicrosofthasaccrued

overmorethanadecade-thinkHotmailwithitsalmosthalf

abillionuseraccounts.

Inclosing...

Interestingly,Fernandesconsideroneofthegreatest

inhibitorstowardstheadoptionofOffice365inSingaporeand

theregiontobealackofawareness.Inhisopinion,there

iscurrentlysomuchinformationaboutthecloudthatitis

leadingtoanoverloadandageneralreticenceforbusinesses

toconsiderOffice365.

Inclosing,FernandesreiteratedhowOffice365canhelp

businessestocollaborateinthecloud,exhortingthemto

leveragethecloudtohelpthemcompete."Yourcompetitors

may[already]beusingit,"cautionedFernandes,"Usethebest

technologiesforyourbusiness,don'tdelay.Don'twait."

Interestedbusinessescansignupforafree30daystrialhere.

GobbyiPhoneandAndroidapp

makesEnglishidiomseasyto

understand

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/gobby-iphone-and-android-app-

makes-english-idioms-easy-to-understand/13902.html

November9th,2011

DevelopedbyStealthEducation,thisGobbymobileappfor

AndroidandAppleiPhoneletsyoulearnthefrequentlyused

Englishidiomsineverydayspeech.Andapparently,thereisa

nationwidecontestgoingonwherebyyoustandachanceto

winanAppleiPad2grandprize.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

TheGobbymobileappisdesignedtomakeEnglishfigureof

speechlessdauntingbyprovidinguserswithaquickreference

attheirfingertips.DevelopedbyStealthEducation,theapp

helpstoexplainthemeaningoffrequentlyusedidiomsin

everydayspeech,withidiomsdividedinto10usefulcategories,

whichincludeLoveandRomance,WorkandBusiness,and

Insults.Eachexplanationissupportedwithanexampleofhow

itisusedincontextaswellasanaudioclipofpronunciation.

Theapp’sChilli-O-Meterratesidiomsbywhereandhowthey

shouldbeused—sousersdon’tendupinhotwater.Thelower

theChillirating,themoreyoucancomfortablyusethephrase

inalmostanysituation.ThehighestChilliratingisreserved

foridiomswhicharenotappropriateforformalorbusiness

environments.Gobbyiscompletelyfreeandisnowavailable

ontheiTunesAppStoreandAndroidmarket.

Inconjunctionwiththelaunchofthenewapp,Stealth

Educationisrunning‘GobbyItUp’contestforusersin

Singaporestarting3to30Novemberonitsmicrosite

gobbytalk.tumblr.com.Eachweek,fiveweeklywinnerswill

walkawaywithGobbyGoodyBagsandstandachanceof

winningtheGrandPrize—a32GB+WiFiAppleiPad2and

havetheirwinningsentencesimmortalisedonaT-shirtthat

willbesoldworldwideintheGobbymerchandisestore.

Toenterthecontest:

1.DownloadthefreeappfromtheiTunesAppStore

athttp://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gobby/id453435084or

fromtheAndroidmarketathttps://market.android.com/

details?id=com.gobbytalk/

2.Chooseoneofthe300Gobbyphrasesanduseitina

sentence(beasfunny&creativeasyoucan)

3.Emailyourentrytogobbyitup@gmail.comwiththe

followingsubject:GobbyItUp

4.Includeyourname,followedbyNRICorPassportNo.

5.RepeatStep1tosubmitmore.

Entriesmustbesenttogobbyitup@gmail.comwiththe

followingsubject:GobbyItUp.Allentriesshouldinclude

contestant’sname,followedbyNRICorPassportNo.

Contestantsareallowedtosubmitmultipleentries.Termsand

conditionsapply.

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Applebansresearcherfor

makingsecurityloopholes

public

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-bans-researcher-for-making-

security-loopholes-public/13900.html

November9th,2011

Appleplatformshavemostlybeenlesssusceptibletosecurity

breaches,andaremoretrusted.Thatgoodnamemaynowbe

tarnishedbyarecentstunttouncoveraflawinthesystem

whichallowsavirusloadedapptopassandmadepublicto

showthatthevulnerabilityisreal.Insteadofacknowledging

theissue,Apple'sfirstprioritywastoremovetheappandkick

himoutfromtheAppledeveloper'sprogram.

Publishedby:VR-Zone

statingthat“withoutarealappintheAppStore,peoplewould

sayApplewouldn’tapproveanappthattookadvantageofthis

flaw.”

“NowyoucouldhaveaprogramintheAppStorelikeAngry

BirdsthatcanrunnewcodeonyourphonethatApplenever

hadachancetocheck”,Millermentions,“withthisbug,you

can’tbeassuredofanythingyoudownloadfromtheAppStore

behavingnicely.”

MillerwasapparentlyunhappywithApple’sdecisiontopunish

him,ashetweeted:“Firsttheygiveresearcher’saccessto

developerprograms;(althoughIpaidformine)thentheykick

them...fordoingresearch.Meangry.”

Hehasreasonstobeupset,asheintendedtorevealthe

securityflawattheSysCanconferenceinTaiwandueon

17November.Likeitornot,Millerhassuccessfullyputadent

inApple’sreputationforcreatingwell-protectedplatform,and

whilethismaynotbalanceoutthemobilesecurityplaying

field,ithasdoneenoughtoshowthatlapseinvigilancecan

existanywhere.

Review:ASUSO!PlayMiniPlus

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/review-asus-o-play-mini-

plus/13861.html

November9th,2011

SmartTVisalltherageandifyouwanttogetinonthe

trendyoumayendupditchingafairlynewLCDTVtodoso.

Thankfully,therearecompanieslikeASUSouttherethathave

asolution–ASUSO!PlayMiniPlus.

ThesecurityofApple’sapprovalsystemforthirdpartyapps

waspubliclyputtoquestionrecentlywhenastocktracking

app,InstaStock,writtenbyasecurityresearcherCharlie

Miller,wasdiscoveredtohaveutilizedasecurityloopholeto

demonstrateaweaknessinApple'siOS.Whileharmlessby

itself,theappwillinstallamalwarewhichisobtainedwhenthe

userisconnectedtotheInternet,givingabilitytomanipulate

sensitiveinformationonthedevice,aswellaspushingbogus

notifications.

WhiletheapphasbeenlivesinceSeptember,itwasquickly

removedwhenthesecuritybreachitwasemployingwas

discovered.ThecreatorsoftheiOSwerealsoswifttoshow

theirunhappinessbyrevokingMiller’sdeveloperlicenseas

well.

TheformerNSAanalysthadpreviouslyhighlightedtoApple

aboutasecurityflawwhichexistedsinceiOS4.3updatelast

year,whichallowedJavaScriptcodetohaveahigherinfluence

withthedevice.DespiteknowingthekindofreactionApple

SmartTVisalltherageandifyouwanttogetinonthe

trendyoumayendupditchingafairlynewLCDTVtodo

so.Thankfully,therearecompanieslikeASUSouttherethat

haveasolution–ASUSO!PlayMiniPlus.Astrangenamefor

aproductbutitisn’tthenamethatwillnecessarilysellthe

product.

willhave,Millerproceededtomanifestthissecurityflawby

stealthilyinsertingthisappforcirulationintheAppSotre,

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LCDTVsarecomingequippedwithmultipleHDMIinputsbut

itwasn'tuntilafewyearsagoyou'dfindmorethantwoorthree

onaTVunlessyouboughtahigh-endmodel.Withmultiple

HDMIinputsyoucandedicateoneoftheHDMIportstothe

O!PlayMiniPlus(MiniPlus).Intheeventyouhaverunout

ofHDMIportsyoucanstillusetheMiniPlusviatheanalog

A/Voutput.Itkindofdefeatsthepurposeofhavingthehigh

resolutionLCDTVbutifyouhaveasetupathomelikeme,

youmayfindyourselfwithnodigitalportsleft.I’vegotaSony

PS3,Xbox360,NintendoWii,DVDPlayerandthecableset-

topbox.AllofthesealreadycommandtheuseoffourHDMI

portsandmycomputerisn’tevenconnectedyet.Luckilythe

LCDTVIamusinghasaseparateVGAportandmyDVD

playercanworkwiththeComponentconnector.So,I’vegot

oneHDMIportleft.

WithahighdefinitionvideosignaltotheTVsettledIneeded

toworryaboutanadditionalwirefornetworkconnectivity.

YoucansetuptheMiniPlusforwirelessbutIpreferwired

connectivityespeciallyfordevicesthatcanbeaffectedbythe

consistencyofthetransmission.Streamedvideoisdefinitely

subjecttolatencyandcongestedWi-Fisignals.So,Wi-Fi

networkingjustleavesopenthedoorforcomplaintswhen

thestreamgetsjerkyorpixelated.Thewiredconnectivityis

aGigabitconnectionsoitiswellworththewiringversusthe

Wireless-Nspeed.

So,whywouldyouevenneedtoconsidertheMiniPluswhen

youcouldjustaseasilyaccomplishthesamebyconnectinga

notebookordesktopcomputertotheLCDTV.Well,thesame

reasonwhySmartTV’sarethe‘In’thing.TheSmartTV’sbuilt-

inapplicationsareinstant-onwithliterallynoshutdowntime.

Flicktheswitchandyouaregoodtogo.Thisisoneofthe

mostcompellingreasonstoowningaTabletandinmyhumble

opiniononeofthereasonsforitssuccessbutthat'sadifferent

story.

Panasonicannounces

ToughpadFZ-A1professional

Androidtablet

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/panasonic-announces-toughpad-fz-a1-

professional-android-tablet/13899.html

November9th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

PanasonicComputerProductsEuropehasunveiledthe

ToughpadFZ-A1,thefirstinitsToughpadfamilyof

professional-gradeAndroid-poweredtablets.The10-inch

ToughpadFZ-A1isdesignedformobileoutdoorworkers

inconditionssuchasaviation,construction,fieldservice

andpublicsafety.Itcomeswithawiderangeofwork

accessories,suchasvehiclemountingandergonomichands-

freeholstersandthecompanyanditspartnerscanalsoprovide

professionalservicessuchasprojectmanagement,imaging

andkitting.

TheToughpadFZ-A1claimstoincorporatethesamedurability

standardsastheToughbooklaptops,withaMIL-STD-810G

ratingfor120cmdropsaswellasanIP65ingressprotection

ratingforresistancetodustandwater.TheToughpadFZ-

A1isalsoratedforuseinextremetemperatures.Interms

ofsecurity,theCPUintheToughpadFZ-A1featurea

dedicated,tamper-proof,securityprocessorwhichfreesup

themulti-purposeCPUcoreforothertasks.ThesecurityCPU

corehandlessoftwareanddataencryption,enhancedVPN,

authentication,trustedbootanddevicemanagement.This

enhancedlevelofdevicesecuritymeanstheSystemonaChip

familyofToughpadswillbecompliantwithFIPS140-2level2.

TheToughpadFZ-A1alsosportsahighbrightness,10.1-inch

XGA,capacitivemulti-touchscreenwithanti-glarecoating.

Italsooffers10houralldayworkingandthebatteryis

replaceableensuringmid-lifebatteryupgrades.Otherfeatures

includestandardBluetoothv2.1+EDR,802.11a/b/g/nWi-Fi,

GPSandoptional3Gmobilebroadbandofferingupto21Mb/

sdownloadspeeds.TheToughpadFZ-A1willbeavailable

inspring2012atanestimatedstreetpriceof€850(+VAT)

forthestandardmodel,and€999(+VAT)forthe3Gmodel.

AccordingtoPanasonic,a7-inchtabletwillbeaddedtothe

Toughpadrangeinthesecondhalfof2012.

Panasonic'sToughbooksareknownfortheirruggednessthat

canwithstanddrops,extremeweatherandotherrough

handling.Anditseemslikethecompanyisalsogoingthetablet

waywiththeannouncementoftheirnewToughPadFZ-A1,

runningonAndroidmobileoperatingsystem.

PanasonicToughpadFZ-A1

Android3.2

Marvell1.2GHzdualcore

16GB

MicroSDoptional32GB

1GBSDRAM

OperatingSystem

Processor

Storage

OptionalStorage

RAM

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Display

BatteryLife

Weight

DropRating

IngressProtection

Temperaturerating

Inputs

Camera

Connectivity/Comms

SecurityFeatures

Dimensions

500nit,daylightviewable,

10.1”XGA(4:3),

capacitivemulti-touchwith

anti-reflective

treatmentandbuiltin

ambientlightsensor

10hours(Batteryreplaceable

byITsupport)

970g

1.2m

IP65

–10°Cto50°C(operational)

microUSB,microSD,micro

HDMI

5-megapixelrear,2-

megapixelfront

3G,802.11a/b/g/n,

Bluetoothv2.1+EDR,GPS

Hardware-levelsecurity,FIPS

140-2Level2

(asSoCfamily),cablelock

slot

266.3mmx17.0mmx

212.0mm

JasonMiller,Manager,ResearchandDevelopment,VMware,

confirmedthatthecriticalvulnerabilityisnoteasytoexploit.

Inanemailmessage,Millerwrote:

"First,thenetworkportattackedonthetarget

machinemustbeclosed.Second,anormalUDP

packetstreamedtoavulnerablemachinewillnot

allowtheattackertogainaccesstothesystem.The

UDPpacketmustbe"specially"crafted.Anattacker

willneedtofigureoutthetypeofpackettosend

toavulnerablemachine.Finally,thisvulnerability

wasprivatelydisclosedtoMicrosoftsothereisno

knowncodeoutinthewildatthistimeandMicrosoft

hasnotreceivedanyreportsofattacksagainstthis

vulnerability."

Aswithallsecurityvulnerabilities,itwouldbefollyto

deliberatelyleaveanyofthemunpatched.However,the

mitigatingfactorsdoesmeanthatsystemadministrators

havemoretimetoperformpropertestingaswellasgreater

flexibilitytostaggerthemforinstallationattheendofawork

day.

Duquworkaround

Securitymanagershopingforapatchtofixakernel-level

WindowsvulnerabilityexploitedbytheDuquTrojanwereleft

disappointedhowever.Itssophisticationandsimilarityto

thenotoriousStuxnetmalwarehasledsecurityresearchers

toconcludethattheyoriginatedfromthesameteamofelite

hackers.

Citingtheneedformoretime,Microsoftinsteadreleaseda

temporaryworkaroundlastweekthatessentiallyblocksoff

accesstothevulnerableDLLfileusedbytheWin32kTrueType

font-parsingengine.Theutilitytoapply(anddisable)the

workaroundcanbedownloadedhere.Additionalinformation

abouttheworkaroundcanalsobefoundinthisMicrosoft

security advisory.

Mozilla'sBoot2Gecko

prototypeinpipelines

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/mozilla-s-boot-2-gecko-prototype-in-

pipelines/13891.html

November9th,2011

Microsoftfixesfourbugsin

simplePatchTuesdaythis

month

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-fixes-four-bugs-in-simple-

patch-tuesday-this-month/13901.html

November9th,2011

Aspartofitsstrategytostaggeralternatemonthswithfewer

securityupdates,MicrosoftthisweekreleasedalighterPatch

Tuesdayconsistingofonlyfoursecuritybulletins-onlyone

ofwhichhasbeenflaggedascritical.Indeed,theassigned

exploitabilityratingof‘3'inspiteofitbeingaremote-

executionvulnerabilityalsosuggeststhattheunderlyingflaw

isnoteasilyexploited.

Mozillahasdevelopedtheopenwebexperiencewithmuch

success,andisbringingcommunitycontributionstothe

mobileplatform.Developementroadmaphashitanew

milestonewithaworkingprototyperoundthecorner,butwill

theystrikeachordwithit?

Twooftheotherpatchesaretaggedas2important,with

thefinalonetaggedas1moderate.All4patcheswillimpact

Windowsplatformsandwillrequireareboot.

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Justafewmonthsago,Mozillaannouncedtheintention

tocreatetheirownoperatingsystemwithsomehelpfrom

Android’slowlevelcodingaswellasLinux,dubbingitBoot2

GeckoorB2Ginshort.

ArecentupdaterevealedthattheOSiscurrentlyinthe

testingphaseandrefiningfundamentalelementssuchastext,

phoneandcamerafunctions.Whiletheseelementsarederived

fromAndroidandLinux,MozillahasexpressedthatB2G

shoulddependaslittleaspossibleontheabovementioned

platforms.

What’sexcitingistheprospectofaworkingprototypetobe

completedfordemonstrationoftheabilitiesofthemobileOS

attheendoftheyearorfirstquarterof2012,whilearetail

versionmayappearassoonassecondquarterofnextyear.

TheHTML5-poweredOScertainlyshowsgreatpotentialwith

someinterestingcombinationofideas,suchasholdingand

swipingiconstosummontheassociatedapplications,andthe

optionsforeitherhardwareorvirtualbuttonstosupportthe

backandmenufunction.

Withtheaggressiveandunforgivingclimateinthemobile

industrytoday,itmaybeseeneitherasbraveryorcraziness

tostepintothefraynow.However,consumersstandtogain

ifMozillacancreateaviableplatformwhichcanstandup

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Intelconfirmsupcoming

motherboardmodelsin

marketingmaterials

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-confirms-upcoming-

motherboard-models-in-marketing-materials/13897.html

November9th,2011

We'renotsurewhat'sgoingonatIntelatthemoment,butthe

companyseemstobeleakingitsownproductsleftrightand

centre.Thecompanyhasnowrevealeditsupcoming7-series

motherboardsinsomeofitsmarketingmaterialsanditlooks

likewecanexpectanonslaughtofmotherboardsfromIntel

comeQ1nextyear.

We'renotsurewhat'sgoingonatIntelatthemoment,butthe

companyseemstobeleakingitsownproductsleftrightand

centre.Thecompanyhasnowrevealeditsupcoming7-series

motherboardsinsomeofitsmarketingmaterialsanditlooks

likewecanexpectanonslaughtofmotherboardsfromIntel

comeQ1nextyear.

Asyoucanseefromthepicturebelow,theDX79SIand

DX79TOwillbeIntel'sonlyX79chipsetmotherboardsand

bothfallintheExtremecategoryofmotherboards,butthese

arejustaroundthecornerandwhat'smuchmoreinteresting

iswhat'scomingnextyear.FirstupwehavetheDZ77RE

(RoadsEnd)whichwillbeahigher-endmodelthanthecurrent

DZ68BCandit'srumouredtofeatureThunderboltsupport,

althoughwe'llseeifthisbecomesrealityornot.It'smore

affordablepartnerincrimeistheDZ77GA(Gaspar)andboth

modelsshouldfeaturewhatIntelcallsMax-OC,suggesting

thatthey'rebothveryoverclockable,althoughthatmightbeby

Intelstandards.

MovingdowntotheMediaseriesofmotherboardswehaveone

lastZ77chipsetmotherboard,theDZ77BH(BlueHills)and

thisalongsidetheDZ75SL(SpurLake)aretheonlyothertwo

ofIntel'supcomingboardsthatfeaturesoverclockingsupport,

althoughinthiscasemidandminOC.TheDZ77BHisalsoone

ofonlythreeboardstoofferdualx8slotsforCrossfireorSLI,

withthealreadymentionedExtremeboardsbeingtheother

twomodels.

againstthecompetition.Asacommunityorientedbrandname

whichchampionstheopenwebapproach,amobileplatform

developedwiththisinmindwillcertainlyhasitsownniche.

Fornow,however,withaloomingdeadlinenowmadepublic,

Mozillahasalottoproveagainstestablishedmobileplatform

giantssuchasGoogle'sAndroidandApple'siOS.

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PatriotgoesaftertheMac

upgrademarketwithnewline

ofSSDs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/patriot-goes-after-the-mac-upgrade-

market-with-new-line-of-ssds/13896.html

November9th,2011

PatriotMemoryhaslaunchednotonlythreenewSSDs

forApple'sMaclineofcomputers,butalsoarangeof

memoryupgradeoptionsforMacnotebooksaswellasiMac's.

However,we'renotentiresurewhat'sMacspecificaboutthe

productsapartfromthestickersontheproductssayingso.

PatriotMemoryhaslaunchednotonlythreenewSSDs

forApple'sMaclineofcomputers,butalsoarangeof

memoryupgradeoptionsforMacnotebooksaswellasiMac's.

However,we'renotentiresurewhat'sMacspecificaboutthe

productsapartfromthestickersontheproductssayingso.

NextupistheDH77SD(Sundale)whichfromwhatwecantell

isgoingtobeonepeculiarboardasit'samATXmodelwitha

pairofminiPCIEExpressslots,althoughoneofthemappears

tobeanmSATAslotforSSDcaching.Thisisfollowedbythe

DH77DF(DryFork)whichisIntel'sonlymini-ITXconsumer

7-seriesboardandittoohasaminiPCIExpressslot,again

mostlikelyusedformSATAsupport.Movingonwehavethe

DH77KC(KnollCreek)whichisastandardATXboard,again

withaminiPCIExpressslotanmSATAsupport,justlikeits

mATXsiblingtheDH77EB(EBlake).AlltheH77modelssport

DVI,HDMIandDisplayPortconnectivity.

Last,butnotleastwehavetheExecutiveserieswhichconsists

ofmotherboardsforthecorporatemarket.Herewehavethe

DQ77MK(MoccasinPeak)whichisamATXboardwithUSB

3.0supportanddualEthernet.Itisfollowedbythelow-

profile,orasIntellikestocallthem,thinmini-ITXDQ77KB

(KearnensBend)whichalsosportsUSB3.0.Finallywehave

theDB75EN(ElkhornCreek)whichisyetanothermATX

boardwithUSB3.0connectivity,butwithoutsupportfor

Intel'svProtechnologyandAMT8.0.

It'satleastniceofInteltoconfirmitsownroadmapleaksa

fewmonthsaheadofthelaunchandthisisalsosuggesting

thatwe'llseethefirst7-serieschipsetbasedmotherboardsin

MarchratherthanApril,sincetheboardsarelistedasarriving

inQ1.We'lljusthavetowaitandseehowthingsgo,but

hopefullytherewon'tbeanydelaysorchipsetrecallsthistime

around.

TheMacSeriesXTasthenewSSDsarecalledisbuiltaround

theSandForceSF-2281SSDprocessorand60,120or240GB

ofsynchronousNANDflash.Patriotratesthenewrangeof

SSDsatupto520MB/sreadandupto500MB/swrite,which

fallsinlinewithitsotherhigh-endSSDs.Apparentlywhat

makesthesedrivesspecialisthefactthatthey'vebeentested

bytheAppleDeveloperCompatibilityLabswhichshouldat

leastintheorymeanthatthey'reguaranteedtoworkinaMac.

InterestinglyPatriotisstatingTRIMsupportinthespecs,

althoughsofarnonAppleSSDshavenotsupportedTRIMin

OSX,soit'llbeinterestingtoseeifthisfeatureactuallyworks

withtheMacSeriesXT.

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we'renotlookingatahigh-resolutionscreenaswiththeAsus

Zenbook,insteadwegetstuckwithatypical1,366x768panel.

GraphicsisofcoursehandledbyIntel'sintegratedHD3000

graphics.

Patriotalsolaunchedits"SignatureAppleDDR3"seriesofSO-

DIMMswhichareavailablein2GBor8GBaswellasinadual

8GBpack.Allthemodulesareclockedat1333MHzwithaCAS

latencyof9,inotherwordsfairlyregularstuff.Onceagain,

thesemodelsarecertifiedbyApple'sDeveloperCompatibility

Lab,sotheyshouldbeguaranteedtowork.Nowordonpricing

oravailability,butwe'dexpecttheproductstorolloutshortly

andmostlikelycostmorethanthePCequivalentproductfrom

Patriot.

Toshibaunveilsitsfirst

UltrabookinJapan

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-unveils-its-first-ultrabook-in-

japan/13895.html

November9th,2011

OtherfeaturesincludeIntel802.11b/g/nwithsupportfor

WiDiandinJapanyoualsogetWiMAX.Thenthere'saD-

subconnector,anHDMIport,aUSB3.0port,apairof

USB2.0ports,apairofaudiojacks,anSDcardslot,a

1.3Megapixelwebcamandfinallyafingerprintreaderfor

biometricsecurity.Toshibaclaimsupto9hbatterylifewitha

3hrechargetime.TheR361weighsinat1.12kgandmeasures

316x227x8.3-15.9mm(WxDxH)whichToshibaclaimsmakes

ittheworld'sthinnestandlightestUltrabooktodate.

SofaronlytwoUltrabookshavemadeittothemarket,Asus'

ZenbookandAcer'sAspireS3,butnowitlookslikeToshiba

isgettingreadytojoininwithitsdynabookR631inJapan.

Thatsaidwe'reexpectingittocarrythePortégébrandoutside

ofJapan,asisgenerallythecaseforitsultra-thinnotebooks,

althoughwedon'tknowthespecificseriesasyet,butwe're

expectinganannouncementinadayortwo.

SofaronlytwoUltrabookshavemadeittothemarket,Asus'

ZenbookandAcer'sAspireS3,butnowitlookslikeToshiba

isgettingreadytojoininwithitsdynabookR631inJapan.

Thatsaidwe'reexpectingittocarrythePortégébrandoutside

ofJapan,asisgenerallythecaseforitsultra-thinnotebooks,

althoughwedon'tknowthespecificseriesasyet,butwe're

expectinganannouncementinadayortwo.

ThedynabookR631lookssettobeversimilartowhatwe've

seensofarfromAsusandAcerandatleastinJapan,Toshiba

willonlyofferasingleSKUtostartwith.Thatsaid,we're

lookingatfairlydecentspecwitha1.6GHzCorei5-2467M

CPU,4GBofRAMwhichappearstobeatleastupgradeable

tosomedegreeasitconsistof2+2GBanda128GBSSDof

unknownbrand.TheR631isa13.3-inchmodel,butsadly

There'soneproblemwiththedynabookR631thoughand

that'sthepricetag,asit'supforpre-orderforawhopping

139,800Yen(S$2,275/US$1,798)makingitnotjustthe

thinnestandlightestUltrabook,butalsobyfarthemost

expensiveUltrabookinthemarket.It'llbeinterestingtosee

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howtheinternationalversioncomparesintermsofcost,but

hopefullyit'llbeabitmoreaffordable.

ASUSEeeSlateandZenbook

landinSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-eee-slate-and-zenbook-land-in-

singapore/13893.html

November9th,2011

Thisafternoon,ASUSSingaporeunveiledthehighly

anticipatedZenbookthatfeaturesasleekandstylishdesign,

boaststwo-secondsalwaysinstantonandSonicMaster

technologyforsuperbaudioexperience.Thecompany

alsolaunchedtheASUSEeeSlateB121tablet,designedfor

bothconsumersandsmallbusinesses.

AUSB3.0port(withUSBCharger+technologyforquick

charging),microHDMIandminiVGAconnectorsareonthe

right,whiletheleftholdsanotherUSBandheadphoneports,

andSDmemorycardreader(fortheUX31E).

TheASUSZenbooksportsasilverexteriorwithaconcentric

circledesign,andmeasures2.8mmatthethinnestpoint.It

incorporatesaninstant-onfeaturethatcanresumethesystem

inapproximatelytwoseconds,andstandbytimesofupto

twoweeks.TheZenbookisavailableintwomodels-UX21E

andUX31E.TheUX21EcomesinthechoiceofIntelCore

i5-2467MorIntelCorei7-2667Mprocesssorwith4GBDDR3

memory,128GBSSD,0.3-megapixelcameraandfeatures11.6-

inchLEDbacklitTFTLCDdisplay(1366x768).Availablefrom

tomorrow,theASUSUX21EisretailingatS$1,398(w/GST)

andS$1,598(w/GST)respectively.

TheUX31Ewith13.3-inchTFTLCDdisplay(1600x900)is

availableinIntelCorei5-2557Mprocessorwith4GBDDR3

memoryand128GBSSD,aswellasIntelCorei7-2667M

with4GBDDR3memoryand256GBSSD.Itwillberetailing

atS$1,498(w/GST)andS$1,998(w/GST)respectively

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TheASUSEeeSlateB121claimstobethemostpowerfultablet

PCforbusinesses,corporate,govermentaswellasconsumers.

ItfeaturesIntelCorei5-470umprocessor,12.1-inchLED-

backlitWXGAcapacitiveandelectromagneticscreen,64GB

SSD,andrunsMicrosoftWindows7Professionaloperating

system.TheEeeSlateB121alsocomeswithbuilt-insecurityof

TrustedPlatformModule(TPM)andone-yearfreeunlimited

ASUSWebStorageaccess.TheASUSEeeSlateB121is

availablefromtomorrow9NovemberatS$1,699(w/GST).

SamsungannouncesGalaxy

NoteandGalaxyNexusin

Singapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-announces-galaxy-note-and-

galaxy-nexus-in-singapore/13894.html

Publishedby:VR-Zone

SomehighlightsoftheGalaxyNote:

•Uniquemobiledevicethatincorporatesatouchscreen

smartphonewithSPenpen-inputtechnology

•Largesize5.3"HDSuperAMOLEDdisplayat1280x800

resolution

•Thicknessofonly9.65mm

•Poweredbyabeefy1.4GHzdual-coreprocessor

•USB2.0Hostsupport(AllowsforconnectingofUSB

flashdrives,mouseorkeyboard)

•RunsonAndroid2.3(Gingerbread)

November9th,2011

SamsungtodayannouncedtheavailabilityoftheGalaxyNote

andtheGalaxyNexussmartphoneinSingapore.TheGalaxy

Note16GBisavailableatS$998inNovember,whiletheGalaxy

NexuswillbeavailableatS$948byJanuary2012.Bothprices

arewithoutlinecontractandareinclusiveofGST.

TheGalaxyNotecomeswithanexpansive5.3"high-resolution

screenthatprovidesanimmersiveviewingexperience.Apen-

inputtechnologycalledtheSPenallowsuserstofreelycapture

andcreateideaswhileon-the-go.TheGalaxyNexusisthefirst

smartphonetofeatureAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwich.

SomehighlightsoftheGalaxyNexus:

•World'sfirstsmartphonerunningonAndroid4.0Ice

CreamSandwich

•Featuresa4.65"HDSuperAMOLEDdisplayat

1280x720resolution

•Oneoftheslimmestsmartphonesat8.94mm

•Poweredbya1.2GHzdualcoreprocessor

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•RedesigneduserinterfacewithNFCsupportandfullweb

browsingexperience

Amigareturns...withan$98

AndroidTablet

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amiga-returns...-with-an-98-android-

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Informationcensorshipto

bestrengthenedinChina,

supportedbytechfirms

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/information-censorship-to-be-

strengthened-in-china-supported-by-tech-firms/13882.html

November9th,2011

tablet/13892.html

November9th,2011

Chinaseekstoincreasetheircontrolofinfomationacross

theinternet,specificallysocialmedia,andclaimsto"stopthe

spreadofharmfulinfomation",accordingtostatenewsagency

Xinhua.

ChinesetechgiantsincludingSinaCorpandAlibabatook

partinathree-daymeetingwhichconcludedwithacommon

consensusamongstallleadersto“conscientiouslysafeguard

thebroadcastingofpositivemessagesonline”whilehelping

to“curbthespreadofrumoursonline,onlinepornography,

fraudandtheillegalspreadofharmfulinformationonthe

Internet.

Akeymethodistoinvestin"trackingsurveillance",which

helpstokeepup-to-datewiththesentimentsofusersof

microblogservicessuchas"Weibo"andremoveinfomation

unfavorabletotherulingpartybeforeitspreadtolocalor

foreignnews.

Thismovemaybeseenasastrongresponsetoarecentstring

exposureofeventswhichhighlightsthebehaviourofChina

andthegovernmentinlessfavourablelight.Theseincludes

asurveillancevideofootageshowingachildinahit-and-run

accidentinvolvingavan,followedbymanypedestrianswho

completelyignoretheplightofthechild,aswellasabadly

mismanagementofahighspeedrailaccident.

Chinamaybeseeingmoreenforcedandofficialregulationsas

itwillbecontrolleddirectlyfromthetopofthegovernmental

system,inadditiontothestrictregulationofinfomation

regulationteamsforeachindividualservice.

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Amigaisoneofworld'siconicbrandsfromthedawnofmodern

computingera.In1990s,theplatformwassqueezedoutof

themarketthankstothesuccessofPlayStationfromgaming

perspective,andWindowsPCfromworkstationplace.Ifwe

gotadimeeverytimeweheardthat"Amigaiscomingback",

we'dbedrivingaTeslaRoadsterbynow.Aboutayearago,

weheardthatCommodoreUSAisbringingtheAmigaback

(again),focusingontabletsthistimearound.

Loandbehold,wereceivednewsfromBillMcEwenthatAmiga

is introducing a seven inch tabletpoweredbyAndroid2.2

operatingsystem.Thepriceofthe7"AmigaXpedio7MTBis

setatonly$98,whiletheadd-onUSBkeyboardandprotective

caseraisethepricetoonly$118.

The Amiga Xpedio 7MTBispoweredbyVIATechnologies

WM8650ARMchiptickingat720MHz,256MBLPDDR2

memory,4GBembeddedstorageandofcourse,themulti-

touchscreen.Inordertokeepthepricedown,7MTBcomes

withresistivetwo-pointtouch-screen.Youcanexpandthe

storageupto32GBlocallyviaMicroSD/MemoryStick/MMC

cards.

BesidestheXpedio7MTB,AmigaalsooffersXpedio 7 MT

($189)andXpedio 10 MT($289),whichalsofeatureSamsung

PV210SoCwithARMCortex-A8processortickingat1GHz,

512MBLPDDR2memoryand8GBoflocalstorage,also

expandableupto32GB.7MTand10MTarebothequipped

withcapacitivemulti-touchdisplay.

Themanufacturerisstatingthatthepreorderpricesaregood

untilNovember11,2011withthedeliverytakingplacebefore

December25,2011.

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Inadditiontotheregulationkeptby"informationcontrol"

teamsineachindividualservice,thegovernmentmaybe

havingmoreofficialinfluenceovercensorshipdecisionsinthe

future.

Whilethesearenotnewtotheincreasingwebsavypopulation,

itfacesstrongoppositionastheyoungergenerationofthe

populationwhowillprobablywanttoretainthelevelof

freedomtheyhadbefore.Withover100millionusersinsome

oftheseservices,itiseasytospeculateadrasticchangein

receptiondependingonthelevelofcensorshipimposed.

SonyunveilsWA700digital

photoframewithonlinephoto

retrieval

Publishedby:VR-Zone

andMP3/AAC/LPCM/WMAaudioplaybackwhileviewing

theirphotoslideshows.Ontopofthat,ithasseveraleco-

friendlyfeaturessuchasLEDbacklighttechnologythatuses

lesspowertodisplayimagesthantypicalCCFLtechnology

withoutcompromisingonpicturequality.Anautomaticon/

offtimeralsoallowsuserstosettheirframestoturnoff

automaticallywhennotinuseafteraperiodoftime.TheSony

DPF-WA700digitalphotoframewillbeavailableinJanuary

2012,pricingisnotavailableatpresstime.

GIGABYTEG1.Sniper2Z68

GamingMotherboardReview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/gigabyte-g1.sniper-2-z68-gaming-

motherboard-review/13881.html

November9th,2011

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-unveils-wa700-digital-photo-

frame-with-online-photo-retrieval/13890.html

November9th,2011

TodaywetakealookatoneofthemostfeaturefilledZ68

SandyBridgemotherboardfromGIGABYTE'sG1seriesof

gamerorientedmotherboards,theGIGABYTEG1Sniper2.

FollowusasweputtheSniper2underthemicroscopeand

examineitseveryaspect.

SonyElectronicsAsiaPacifichasintroducedtheirlatest

WA700digitalphotoframeswhichisnotonlyWi-Fi

enabledbutitcomeswithonlinephotoretrievalfrom

Facebookandemails.Itsportsa7-inchresistivetouchscreen

andfeatures1GBinternalmemoryandcardslotsthatsupport

MemoryStickDuo,SDandSDHC.

BeforewestartlookingattheG1Sniper2,let'stakealookat

theplatformanditsbenefitstogamersovertheP67platform.

Tobegin,itseemsthatGIGABYTEwaitedforZ68before

launchingaLGA1155basedG1seriesmotherboard,andontop

ofthattheygavetheG1Sniper2anHDMIoutput,something

thatsineofthetop-endGIGABYTEboards(liketheZ68X-

UD7)lacks.

Sowhydoesthatmatterforgamers?Wellagamercanuse

theLucidVirtuswitchingtohelplowerenergycostswhennot

gaming,andanyusercanuseD-Modewithouthavingtouse

theHDMIoutputinthebackwhichcanlimitresolutionto

1920x1600.Anotherthingtorealizeisthatmostgamesdonot

takeadvantageofSSDs,somostgamersdon'twanttobuythe

expensive128GBor256GBSSDs,theywouldrathersavethe

moneyandputittowardsasoundcardorevenafewgames.

SSDCaching(IntelSmartResponse)canletthatgamerslowly

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SonyhasannouncedtheirfirsteverWi-FienabledS-Frame,

intheformoftheDPF-WA700.TheDPF-WA700digital

photoframehasa7-inchresistivetouchscreenandcomeswith

homenetworkconnectivityforeasyviewingofphotos.Other

featuresincludethesupportforAccuWeatherforecasts,1GB

internalmemorythatcanstoreuptoapproximately4,000

photos,andcardslotssupportingMemoryStickDuo,SDand

SDHCformats.

TheWA700userswillalsoenjoythebenefitofvTuner

Internetradiocompatibility,AVCHDvideofileplayback,

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upgradetoafasterstoragesystem,whilekeepingtheirlarge

HDDtheycanaddasmallerandmuchcheaperSSDtohelp

speedupthings.Theydon'tevenhavetoreformattodoso.A

gamecaneasilyfitintothe18-64GBcachethatSSDCaching

provides.Z68isabetterchipsetforgamersthanP67wouldbe,

andgenerallybetterforusersasawhole.

GIGABYTEG1Sniper2

1.Supportfor

Intel®Core™

i7processors/

Intel®Core™

i5processors/

Intel®Core™

i3processors/

Intel®Pentium®processors/

Intel®Celeron®processors

intheLGA1155package

2.L3cachevarieswith

CPU

IntelZ68Chipset

CPUSupport

Chipset

Memory

1.4x1.5VDDR3DIMM

socketssupporting

upto32GBofsystem

memory

*DuetoWindows32-

bitoperatingsystem

limitation,whenmore

than4GBofphysical

memoryisinstalled,

theactualmemorysize

displayedwillbeless

than4GB.

2.Dualchannelmemory

architecture

3.SupportforDDR3

2133/1866/1600/1333/1066

MHzmemorymodules

4.Supportfornon-ECC

memorymodules

5.SupportforExtreme

MemoryProfile(XMP)

memorymodules

IntegratedGraphics

IntelprobablyshouldhaveskippedP67andjustcomeout

withtheZ68PCH.ThismotherboardfullysupportsLucid

VirtuGPUswitchingwhichallowsforswitchablegraphics,but

onlyanHDMIportisused,somaximumresolutionwillbe

1920x1080forthoseofyouwhowanttousei-ModeVirtu

tosavepower.OfcourseD-Modecanbeusedonthisboard

withoutpluggingintotheHDMIoutput,sogamerscanstill

takeadvanceofthefastertranscodingthattheSandyBridge

iGPUprovides.GIGABYTEalsohasanEasySmartResponce

programwhichcansetuptheSSDCachingwiththepressof

abutton,whichmightbetoagamer'sbenefitiftheyaren'ta

hardwareenthusiastaswell.

Multi-GPUSupport

Processor:HDMIOutput

(1920x1600)maxresolution.

SupportforAMD

CrossFireX™/NVIDIASLI

technology

ExpansionSlots

1.1xPCIExpressx16

slot,runningatx16

(PCIEX16)

*Foroptimum

performance,ifonlyone

PCIExpressgraphics

TheIntelZ68PCHisthemainchipsetonthemotherboard,

andthereisnolongeraNorthBridge(IOH)andSouthBridge

(ICH)likewestillseeonmostAMDboards.

cardistobeinstalled,be

Specifications:

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suretoinstallitinthe

PCIEX16slot.

LAN

1xBigfootKillerE2100chip

(10/100/1000Mbit)

Audio

2.1xPCIExpressx16slot,

runningatx8(PCIEX8)

*ThePCIEX8slot

sharesbandwidthwith

thePCIEX16slot.When

thePCIEX8slotis

populated,thePCIEX16

slotwilloperateatupto

x8mode.

3.2xPCIExpressx1slots

(AllPCIExpressslots

conformtoPCIExpress

2.0standard.)

1.1xCreativeCA20K2

chip

2.Supportfor

Dolby®DigitalLiveand

DTS™Connect

3.SupportforX-Fi

XtremeFidelity®and

EAX®AdvancedHD™

5.0technologies

4.HighDefinitionAudio

4.2xPCIslots

1xMarvell88SE9172chip:

1.2xSATA6Gb/s

connector(GSATA3_6,

GSATA3_7)supporting

upto2SATA6Gb/s

devices

2.SupportforRAID0and

RAID1

Chipset:

5.2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

6.SupportforS/PDIFOut

1.Upto14USB2.0/1.1

ports(8portsonthe

backpanel,including

1eSATA/USBCombo

connector,6ports

availablethroughthe

internalUSBheaders)

2xEtronEJ168chips:

1.Upto4USB3.0/2.0

Storage

USB

ports(2portsonthe

backpanel,2ports

availablethroughthe

internalUSBheader)

1.Supportfor@BIOS

2.SupportforQ-Flash

3.SupportforXpress

BIOSRescue

4.SupportforDownload

Center

5.SupportforXpress

Install

6.SupportforXpress

Recovery2

7.SupportforEasyTune

*Availablefunctionsin

EasyTunemaydifferby

motherboardmodel.

8.SupportforDynamic

EnergySaver™2

9.SupportforSmart6™

10.SupportforAutoGreen

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1.2xSATA6Gb/s

connectors(SATA3_0,

SATA3_1)supporting

upto2SATA6Gb/s

devices

2.3xSATA3Gb/

sconnectors

(SATA2_2~SATA2_4)

supportingupto3SATA

3Gb/sdevices

3.1xeSATA3Gb/s

connector(eSATA/

USBComboconnector)

onthebackpanel

supportingupto1SATA

3Gb/sdevice

4.SupportforRAID0,

RAID1,RAID5,and

RAID10

*WhenaRAIDset

isbuiltacrossthe

SATA6Gb/sandSATA

3Gb/schannels,the

systemperformance

oftheRAIDsetmay

varydependingonthe

devicesbeingconnected.

FireWire

GIGABYTEUnique

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3.4xSATA6Gb/s

connectors

4.3xSATA3Gb/s

connectors

5.1xCPUfanheader

6.4xsystemfanheaders

7.1xfrontpanelheader

8.1xfrontpanelaudio

header

9.1xS/PDIFOutheader

10.3xUSB2.0/1.1headers

11.1xUSB3.0/2.0header

12.1xserialportheader

13.1xTrustedPlatform

Module(TPM)header

14.1xclearingCMOS

jumper

15.1xheatsinkLEDpower

connector

11.SupportforeXtreme

HardDrive(X.H.D)

12.SupportforON/OFF

Charge

13.SupportforCloudOC

14.Supportfor3TB+

Unlock

15.SupportforTouchBIOS

16.SupportforQ-Share

1.Systemvoltagedetection

2.CPU/System

temperaturedetection

3.CPU/Systemfanspeed

detection

4.CPUoverheating

warning

5.CPU/Systemfanfail

warning

6.CPU/Systemfanspeed

control

*WhethertheCPU/

systemfanspeedcontrol

functionissupported

willdependonthe

CPU/systemcooleryou

install.

1.7xUSB2.0/1.1ports

2.1xPS/2keyboard/

mouseport

3.1xCPUoverclocking

button

4.1xopticalS/PDIFOut

connector

5.1xeSATA/USBCombo

connector

6.1xHDMIport

7.2xUSB3.0/2.0ports

8.1xRJ-45port

9.5xaudiojacks(Center/

SubwooferSpeakerOut,

RearSpeakerOut,Side

16.1xCPUoverclocking

buttonheader

1.2x32Mbitflash

2.UseoflicensedAWARD

BIOS

3.SupportforDualBIOS™

4.PnP1.0a,DMI2.0,SM

BIOS2.4,ACPI1.0b

1.NortonInternetSecurity

(OEMversion)

2.Intel®SmartResponse

Technology

3.LucidLogixVirtu

*Makesurethe

monitorcablehas

beenconnectedtothe

integratedgraphicsport

onthebackpanel.

ATXFormFactor;30.5cmx

26.4cm

BIOS

BundleSoftware

FormFactor

BackPanelI/OPorts

SpeakerOut,LineIn/

MicIn,LineOut)

1.1x24-pinATXmain

powerconnector

2.1x8-pinATX12V

powerconnector

ApplelookingforLEDback-

lightsolutionsforupcoming

iPad3withRetinadisplay

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-looking-for-led-back-light-

solutions-for-upcoming-ipad-3-with-retina-display/13889.html

InternalI/OConnectors

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November9th,2011

RumorshavebeengoingaroundastowhetherApple's

upcomingiPadwillcomewithRetinadisplay.Anditlooks

likethecompanyintendstoincorporatethatonthetablet

devicewithnewsreportsstatingthatAppleislookingfornew

backlightsolutiontomaintainorstrengthenthelevelof

brightness.

Today,TeledyneDALSAunveileditsnewIconuser

programmablecameraseriesforembeddedimageprocessing

applications.Itfeatureshighquality,highsensitivitysensors

andsupportsresolutionsfrom640x480(VGA)to1600x1200

incolorandmonochrome.Itgivesvisionsystemdevelopers

powerandflexibilitytodeveloptheirownembeddedimaging

applicationswiththeEmbeddedSaperaVisionSDK,asuiteof

AccordingtoDigitimes,LEDback-lightunit(BLU)vendors

havereportedlyofferedAppletwoalternativebacklight

solutionsforitsnext-generationiPad.Thesourcessaidthat

thesingleLEDlightbarfortheiPad2(1024x768resolution)

displayisn'tabletohandletheupcomingiPad3'sretina

display,andthereforethesolutionwouldeitherbeusingdual

LEDlightbarsorkeepthelightbarinasingle-barform

factorbutwithtwoLEDchips;theiPad3isexpectedtoadopt

LCDpanelswithresolutionshigherthan2048x1536pixels.

TheAppleiPad3isrumoredtolaunchinMarch2012witha

slimmerdesignandminorupdate.

TeledyneDALSAannounces

newIconuserprogrammable

camera

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/teledyne-dalsa-announces-new-icon-

user-programmable-camera/13888.html

November9th,2011

Machinevisionhardwareandsoftwaremanufacturer

TeledyneDALSAhasunveiledtheirnewIconuser

programmablecamera,thoughitisdesignedmainlyfor

OEMs.TheIconcameraseriesfeaturesa1GHzARMCortex-

A8andC64x+DSPprocessor,MicrosoftWindowsCEreal-

timeoperatingsystemandsupportsresolutionsfromVGAto

1600incolorandmonochrome.

embeddedimageacquisition,processing,analysisandcontrol

librariesusingconventionalprogramminglanguageslikeC/C

++.TheEmbeddedSaperaVisionSDKpackagealsofeatures

CamExpertaswellassystemconfigurationtoolsforeasy

configuration,development,debugging,anddeployingvision

applications.

KeyFeaturesandBenefits

-Availableinresolutionsof640x480andupto1600x1200in

monochromeandcolor

-BundledaspartoftheEmbeddedSaperaVisionSDK,

EmbeddedSaperaProcessingfeatureshighlyoptimizedimage

processingprimitives,Barcode,OCR,blobanalysis,areaand

geometricsearchandcalibrationtools

-Pre-licensedtoruntheentiresuiteofEmbeddedSapera

Processing

-Designedforstandaloneoperationsandtocarryout

necessaryactionswiththehelpofonboardgeneralpurposeI/

O

-Communicateswithexternaldevices,likePLC,usingeither

EthernetorRS232ports

-Incorporatesnon-volatilememorytostoreuserapplications

andcanbeconfiguredtorunonpowerupwithoutany

assistancefromaPC

-Featuresopticallyisolatedinputsandoutputsforreliable

operations

-AvailableinCandCS-mountversions

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No64-bitgraphicsdriverfor

CedarTrail,noranyDX10.1

drivers

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/no-64-bit-graphics-driver-for-cedar-

trail-nor-any-dx10.1-drivers/13887.html

November9th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

althoughwedon'thaveanydetailsonclockspeedshere,but

inthisdayinagewe'dadvicetosteerclearfromsinglecore

processorsunlessyouhaveaverylimitedbudget.Thenew,

asyetun-namedCedarTrail-MsinglecoreCPUshouldarrive

sometimeinJanuarynextyear.

MSIshowsoffitsBigBang

XPowerIIX79motherboard

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/msi-shows-off-its-big-bang-xpower-ii-

x79-motherboard/13886.html

November9th,2011

Ifyouhaven'tkeptupwithourpaststoriesaboutIntel'sCedar

TrailAtomprocessors,thenthismightcomeasaboltof

lightningfromaclearskyifyouwereplanningongettinga

newnetbooklaterthisyear,asIntelhasdecidednottodevelop

any64-bitdrivers,norwilltherebeanyDirectX10.1drivers.

Despitemorethancapablehardware,Intelwon'tbeoffering

driversforWindows764-bit,asthecompanyhasdecidedto

re-focusitsdriverdevelopmenteffortsonWindows8.

Ifyouhaven'tkeptupwithourpast storiesaboutIntel'sCedar

TrailAtomprocessors,thenthismightcomeasaboltof

lightningfromaclearskyifyouwereplanningongettinga

newnetbooklaterthisyear,asIntelhasdecidednottodevelop

any64-bitdrivers,norwilltherebeanyDirectX10.1drivers.

Despitemorethancapablehardware,Intelwon'tbeoffering

driversforWindows764-bit,asthecompanyhasdecidedto

re-focusitsdriverdevelopmenteffortsonWindows8.

InasmuchasIntelhasfinallycomeupwithanacceptable

AtomCPU,itlookslikeitslackofdriverswillnowbecrippling

theplatforminsteadofmovingitforward.Themotiveisn't

exactlycleartous,butit'spossiblethatWindows8isalot

closerthananyone'sexpectingandIntelwanttoputasmuch

effortaspossibleintohavingafullyfeatureddriverreadyfor

Microsoft'snewoperatingsystem.Intelshouldhaveitsfirst

alphadriverreadyearlynextyearforWindows8,butthisis

notreallyhelpingthecurrentsituation.

What'sevenworseisthatIntelwon'tevenhaveitsfirstWHQL

certifieddriverreadyforthelaunchofCedarTrailwhich

expectedtohappenthismonth,althoughbestcaseIntelwill

haveadriverreadybytheveryendofthismonth.Other

MSIhasunveileditstopoftherangeX79motherboardon

itsFacebookpage–theBigBangXPowerII–anditreally

isafeaturepackedboard,butitlookslikeMSI'smarketing

teamhasrunoutofideas.Why?Well,simplybecauseMSIhas

borrowedheavilyfromGigabyte'sG1seriesofmotherboards

whenitcomestotheheatsinkdesign,whichinthiscaseisalso

verymuchguninspired.

MSIhasunveileditstopoftherangeX79motherboardon

itsFacebookpage–theBigBangXPowerII–anditreally

isafeaturepackedboard,butitlookslikeMSI'smarketing

teamhasrunoutofideas.Why?Well,simplybecauseMSIhas

borrowedheavilyfromGigabyte'sG1seriesofmotherboards

whenitcomestotheheatsinkdesign,whichinthiscaseisalso

verymuchguninspired.

MSIappearstohavepackedtheboardtothebrimwith

features,infact,it'ssofullthatMSIhadtogoforanXL-ATX

formfactor.TheBigBangXPowerIIhasnolessthanseven

x16PCIExpressslots,althoughonlytwoofthemhave16lanes

worthofbandwidth,whiletheremainingfiveappeartobe

x8slots.Thelabellinginthiscaseisanythingbutclear,but

Intel'snewCPUsdon'tsupportenoughPCIExpresslanesfor

alltheslotsandwecanseeatleastonesetofswitchesonthe

board.There'salsoasetofdipswitchesthatarelabelledPCI-E

CeaseFirewhichsuggeststhatit'spossibletomanuallydisable

atleastsomeoftheslots.

featuressuchassupportforWirelessDisplay1.2andIntel

SmartConnect1.2won'tarriveuntilnextyear,soits'clearthat

Intelhassomeissuesgettingitsdriversoutinatimelymanner.

Thatsaid,supportforWirelessDisplay1.1shouldbepartof

thestandarddrivepackage,ifthisisamusthavefeaturefor

yournextnetbook.

ForthoseinterestedinaCedarTrailnetbookwithLinux,

thenthingsgetevenmorecomplicatedasapparentlyIntelhas

decidedtointegratetheLinuxdriverintoMeeGo1.2,butit's

notclearifthecompanywillofferitforaseparatedownloador

not.Thatsaid,Intelisn'texpectingtohavefinaldriversready

untiltheendofJanuarynextyearforLinux.

Inrelatednews,Intelwillalsobeofferingasinglecore"off

roadmap"versionofthemobileCedarTrail-Mprocessors,

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Movingonwehave10SATAports,ofwhichsixareSATA

6Gbpsasfaraswecantell,althoughfourofthoseports

shouldbefromthirdpartychipswhicharen'tvisibledueto

theratherlargechipsetheatsink.Therearealsotwo90degree

angledconnectorsforfourUSB3.0ports,twopinheadersfor

fourUSB2.0portsandonepinheaderforaFireWireport.

We'redisappointedtoseetheoldNEC/RenesasUSB3.0host

controllersonthisboard,asthey'renotquitekeepingupwith

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Aroundthebackwe'relookingataPS/2port,sixUSB2.0

ports,fourUSB3.0ports,aFireWireport,apairofGigabit

EthernetjackswhichappeartobeutilizingtwodifferentIntel

networkcontrollers,7.1-channelaudiowithopticalandcoaxial

S/PDIFoutandwhatappearstobeaCMOSresetbutton.

Thenthere'sthatthingabouttheheatsinks,peoplehave

alreadycomplainedenoughaboutGigabyte'sG1seriesof

motherboards,butapparentlyMSIdidn'tnoticethisand

hascomeupwithitsownguninspireddesign.TheVRM

areaiscooledbywhatlookslikeaGatlinggun,orinmore

modernterms,aminigun,whereasthechipsetitselfhasbeen

fittedwithwhatweguessaresupposedtobesixroundsof

ammunition,althoughtheylookmorelikecrayonstousand

thegold-ishcolourdoesn'thelpinthiscaseeither.Thechipset

isconnectedviaaflatheatpipetoasecondaryheatsinkwhich

appearstobecoolinglittleelse,whereastheVRMheatsink

isconnectedviaaheatpipetotheGatlinggun.Notthemost

classydesignandthere'sevenacut-outintheGatlinggunto

allowforaccesstothescrewholebeneathit.

thecompetitionthesedays.

OtherbitsofinterestincludesX-FiMB2audio,whichwe

presumeissoftwarebased,althoughapieceofmetalis

hidingtheactualaudiocomponents,measurementpointsfor

Voltages,aPOST80debugLEDdisplay,apower,OCGenie,

MultiBIOSbuttonandapairofbuttonslabelledDirectOC.

MSIhasalsoaddedapairof8-pin12Vconnectorsanda6-pin

powerconnectorinareallypoorplacementinfrontofapair

ofthex16PCIExpressslots.Speakingofpower,theboardhas

a24-phaseVRMdesign,plusanadditionalfourphasesforthe

memory.WeshouldcommendMSIforonlyhaving4-pinfan

headers,althoughthelocationofsomeofthemisprettypoor.

Asforpricing,well,we'dguessMSIwillbechargingapretty

pennyfortheBigBangXPowerII,aswithallthecomponents

thrownin,it'snotgoingtobecheaptomake.It'sclearly

gunningforAsusandGigabyte,althoughwethinkMSIhas

missedthemarkalittlebitandit'ssadtoseethattheycouldn't

comeupwiththeirownideasfortheheatsinks.Ontheplus

side,MSIwentwithpassivecooling,allx16PCIExpressslots

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andeightDIMMs,somethingwe'resurewillappealtoplenty

ofpotentialbuyers.It'saweektogountilthelaunch,soallis

likelytoberevealedverysoon.

OCZtolaunchTLCNAND

basedSSDsnextyear

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-to-launch-tlc-nand-based-ssds-

next-year/13885.html

November9th,2011

IfyoustillthinkSSDsaretooexpensive,thenOCZmighthave

asolutionforyoucomeearlynextyear,asthecompanyis

planningtoofferSSDswithTLC(threebitspercell)NAND

flash.Thismeansthatlessflashmemoryisneededtomakean

SSDofthesamecapacityaswhenMLCNANDflashisbeing

used,muchinthesamewayasMLCischeaperthanSLC.The

companyalsohassomenewIndilinxSSDcontrollerscoming

whichwillfurtherhelpkeepingcostsdown.

IfyoustillthinkSSDsaretooexpensive,thenOCZmighthave

asolutionforyoucomeearlynextyear,asthecompanyis

planningtoofferSSDswithTLC(threebitspercell)NAND

flash.Thismeansthatlessflashmemoryisneededtomakean

SSDofthesamecapacityaswhenMLCNANDflashisbeing

used,muchinthesamewayasMLCischeaperthanSLC.The

companyalsohassomenewIndilinxSSDcontrollerscoming

whichwillfurtherhelpkeepingcostsdown.

IftheupsideofusingTLCNANDflashinanSSDislowercost,

thedownsideisreliability,asforone,TLCNANDflashhas

sofaronlybeenusedinvariousmemorycardsandpossiblya

fewUSBflashdrives,butnotinasingleSSDtodate.Ontop

ofthat,writingmoredatapercellmeansthateachcellwill

wearoutquicker.However,OCZseemstoarguethatit'snotan

issueinconsumerapplications,asthecompanyisexpecting

theTLCNANDflashlifetobeatleastfouryearsandbythen

mostconsumershaveupgradedtheircomputeralready.

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thelifeofNANDflashbyuptotwotimes.However,thefirst

generationofIndilinxcontrollersthatwillsupportTLCwill

onlyfeaturefirstgenerationnDurancetechnologyandwillas

suchnotoffertheextralifespanforNANDflash.

Thecompanyisalsoplanningsomenewhigh-performance

SSDcontrollersforbothSATAandPCIExpressinterfaces

whicharesaidtohit100,000IOPSfortheenterprisemarket

and70,000IOPSfortheconsumermarket.Othernew

additionsareNVMExpressbasedSSDs,whereNVMExpress

isanewPCIExpressbasedSSDsolutionfortheenterprise

market.JudgingbyOCZ'sfutureplans,itlookslike2012will

beaninterestingyearforSSDsandweverymuchdoubtthat

OCZ'scompetitorsaresittingbackandletOCZbetheonly

companyhittingthesenewmarketsegments.

ExclusiveLookatG.Skill

RipjawsZQuad-ChannelKit

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/exclusive-look-at-g.skill-ripjawsz-quad-

channel-kit/13884.html

November9th,2011

Inexactlyaweek'stimefromnow,IntelSandyBridge-EHEDT

(high-enddesktop)platformwillbeuponus.ButNovember

14isn'tabigdayjustforIntelanditsthreenewprocessors,

butanentireecosystemofmanufacturersandproductsthat

aredesignedforSandyBridge-E,includingmotherboards,

memory,andcooling.Aftermotherboards,memoryisanother

keycomponent.G.Skillistimingthelaunchofitslatest

performance-segmentDDR3memoryseries,RipjawsZfor

SandyBridge-Elaunch.Wegotararecloserlook.

Inexactlyaweek'stimefromnow,IntelSandyBridge-EHEDT

(high-enddesktop)platformwillbeuponus.ButNovember

14isn'tabigdayjustforIntelanditsthreenewprocessors,

butanentireecosystemofmanufacturersandproductsthat

aredesignedforSandyBridge-E,includingmotherboards,

memory,andcooling.Aftermotherboards,memoryisanother

keycomponent.G.Skillistimingthelaunchofitslatest

performance-segmentDDR3memoryseries,RipjawsZfor

SandyBridge-Elaunch.Wegotararecloserlook.

Inadditiontothat,OCZisplanningtointroducenewIndilinx

SSDcontrollers,ofwhichthesecondgenerationthatshould

arrivetowardstheendofnextyearwillfeaturenDurance2

technologywhichthecompanyclaimswillfurtherincrease

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RipjawsZsportsanewDDR3moduledesignbyG.Skill.It

makesuseofthelatestperformancelow-voltageDDR3chips

andusesthemtoitsadvantage,suchasgettinghighDRAM

speedsandtighttimingsatacceptableDRAMvoltagelevels.

TheboardsshedthegreenPCBcolorforpureblack,and

aslightlychunkypiano-blackheatspreader.Wehavewith

usaF3-17000CL9Q-16GBZHD,aquad-channelDDR3-2133

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Wethinkthere'saproblemarea.MostX79motherboardshave

fourDDR3modulesarrangedinsetsoftwooneithersides

ofthesocket.Fewboardshaveeightslotswithfouroneither

sides.Wegotjustonecoolerinourkit,butwe'renotsureifthe

finalproductwillhavejustone.It'slikelythatasecondcooler

isalreadyonitsway.Inanycase,G.Skillrecommendstheuse

oftheincludedcooler.

MHzkitthatcanrunatitsadvertisedspeedswithtimings

of9-11-9-28T,andDRAMvoltageof1.65V.Thekitconsistsof

fourmatched4GBmodules,totalingitscapacitytoazesty16

GB.

Althoughtheheatspreaderslookalittlechunkyandtall,

they'redesignedkeepinginmindthespaceconstraintsof

SandyBridge-Emotherboards.Here'sapictureofacouple

oftheseseatedonanASUSRampageIVExtremeX79

motherboard,withatypicalhigh-endtower-typecooler

hangingoveritshead.

What'smore,thiskitistheZHDvariant(highperformance+

tighttimings+activecooling),andincludesadual-fancooling

modulethatlatchesontoasetofDRAMslotsandactivelycools

themodules.

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howevertheyturnedintoamajorplayeraftertheyacquired

PCPower&Cooling,acompanywhichspecializedonthefield.

Thecompanycurrentlymarketsthreeseries:Thepremium

ZXseries,theZTserieswhicharefullymodularunitsaiming

towardsenthusiastsbutaremoresensiblypricedthanthe

premiumZXseriesandthevaluerangeZSseries.Todaywe

arehostingthefirstpowersupplyreviewofanOCZproductin

VR-ZoneandtheproductisnootherthanaZT550Wpower

supply.

OCZmighthavestartedoffasamemorymodules

manufacturerbutthecompanydiversifiedintoseveralother

segmentsofthecomputercomponentsmarket,suchasCPU

coolers,SSDdrivesandpowersupplyunits.OCZhasbeen

marketingperformancepowersuppliesforoverhalfadecade;

howevertheyturnedintoamajorplayeraftertheyacquired

PCPower&Cooling,acompanywhichspecializedonthefield.

Thecompanycurrentlymarketsthreeseries:Thepremium

ZXseries,theZTserieswhicharefullymodularunitsaiming

towardsenthusiastsbutaremoresensiblypricedthanthe

premiumZXseriesandthevaluerangeZSseries.Todaywe

arehostingthefirstpowersupplyreviewofanOCZproductin

VR-ZoneandtheproductisnootherthanaZT550Wpower

supply.

Manufacturerfeaturesandspecifications

Single+12Vrailforefficientpowerdistribution

ThankstosomeearlyinfofromourfriendsatMaximum-Tech,

weknowwhattherestoftheRipjawsZlineuplookslike:

OCZZTSeries550WPSU

Review

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ocz-zt-series-550w-psu-

Heavy-dutyprotectioncircuitry

FullyModularCablingSystem

80-PlusBronzeCertified(85%efficientattypical

load)

140mmball-bearingfan

Dimensions:150x86x175mm(WxLxH)

Ratedat45°Cambient

Premium105°Celectrolyticcapacitors

Erpcompliant,lowpowerusageinstandbymode

ActivePFC

ATX12V2.2Compliant

MTBF:100,000hours

5-yearwarranty

review/13883.html

November9th,2011

OCZZT

550W

AC

INPUT

100-240V

~8A-4A

50/60Hz

DC

+5V+3.3V

+12V

-12V

+5Vsb

OUTPUT

MAX24A

CURRENT

MAX140W

COMBINED

WATTAGE

OCZmighthavestartedoffasamemorymodules

manufacturerbutthecompanydiversifiedintoseveralother

segmentsofthecomputercomponentsmarket,suchasCPU

coolers,SSDdrivesandpowersupplyunits.OCZhasbeen

marketingperformancepowersuppliesforoverhalfadecade;

3A

24A

540W

45A

6W

0.5A

15W

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NowinrediswhattheA55chipsetlacks.Thisincludesthe

lossof4USB3.0portsandFISbasedswitchingforRAID

arrays.Thereisalsooneothermajordifference,thelackof

SATA6GB/sports.AlloftheSATA6GB/sportshavebeen

toneddowntoslowerSATA3GB/sports,whichmighthavean

impactonsomeofthenewSATA6GB/sSSDswhichactually

takeadvantageofthehigherbusspeed.Ofcourseallthese

downgradesdosavethebudgetmindedconsumeragoodbit

ofcash.WhatismostnotableabouttheA75FCHisitsability

tohousesomanydifferentdevices,aswellasaconsumerIR

systemwhichwillbegreatforhometheatersystems.

November9th,2011

TOTAL

POWER:

550W

Continuous

3-wayAMDA75/A55Llano

motherboardshootout

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/3-way-amd-a75a55-llano-

motherboard-shootout/13879.html

November9th,2011

TodaywetakealookatthreedifferentLlanoboardsthrough

theentirerangeoftheAMDFusionLynxplatform.The

AsusF1A75-VPro,GigabyteA75M-UD2HandECSA55F-Aare

putunderthemicroscopeandthroughtheteststodetermine

notonlywhichcomesoutontop,butalsowhichfitsyourneeds

best.

AMDintroducedtheirLynxplatformwiththeA75chipseta

fewmonthsago,andsincethentheyhavealsoreleasedthe

toneddownA55chipsetaimedatbuildersonabudget.The

mostimpressiveaspectoftheLynxplatformisitsabilityto

houseaDX11capableGPUon-diewith4realprocessorcores,

andkeeptheTDPunder100W.Todaywewilltakealook

atthreeboardsinthreedifferentpricesranges,twoareA75

chipsetmotherboardsandoneisanA55chipsetboard.We

willfocusontheirbuildqualityaswellastheirperformancein

variousbenchmarks.

Firstlet’slookattheLynxplatform,aswellasthedifference

betweentheA75andA55FCH(FusionControllerHub).

ASUS

GIGABYTE

ECSA55F-A

F1A75-VProA75M-UD2H

CPU

AMDAseriesAMDAseriesAMDAseries

Support

Chipset

Memory

&E2series

processors

A75

4xDIMM,

Max.64GB,

&E2series

processors

A75

4xDIMM,

Max.64GB,

&E2series

processors

A55

4xDIMM,

Max.64GB,

DDR3

DDR3

DDR31866/1600/1333/10661866/1600/133

MHzNon-MHz

2250(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066Non-

MHzNon-

ECC,Un-

ECC,Un-

ECC,Un-

buffered

Memory

bufferedMemorybufferedMemory

On-Board

Graphics

1.1xD-

Subport

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1.1xD-

Subport

1.

a.1x

D-

2.1xDVI-

Dport,

3.3xPCI

slot

3.1xPCI

Express

3.2xPCI

Express

Subsupporting

porta

maximum

resolution

of

2560x1600

supportingx

aHDMI

maximumport,

resolutionsupporting

ofa

2560x1600maximum

resolution

of

1920x1200

supportingx

aDisplayPort,

maximumsupporting

resolutiona

ofmaximum

1920x1200resolution

of

2560x1600

supporting

a

maximum

resolution

of

2560x1600

x1slotx1slot

4.1xPCI4.3xPCI

slotslot

SupportsSupportforSupportfor

AMDAMDDualAMDDual

CrossFireX™GraphicsGraphics

Technologytechnologytechnology

1.6xSATA1.5xSATA5xSerial

6Gb/s6Gb/sATA3Gb/s

connectorsconnectorsconnectors

supportingsupporting

upto5upto5

SATASATA

6Gb/s6Gb/s

devicesdevices

2.(ASMedia)2.1x

1xeSATA

eSATA6Gb/s

6Gb/sporton

portontheback

thebackpanel

panelsupporting

supportingupto1

upto1SATA

SATA6Gb/s

6Gb/sdevice

device(Note7)

3.(ASMedia)13.

Support

xSATA

forRAID

6Gb/s

0,RAID

2.1xDVI-

Dport,

supporting

a

maximum

resolution

of

2560x1600

3.1x

HDMI

port,

supporting

a

maximum

resolution

of

1920x1200

4.1x

DisplayPort,

supporting

a

maximum

resolution

of

2560x1600

b.1x

DVI-

Multi-

Graphics

Technology

Storage

D

port,

3.1

c.1x

HDMI

port,

4.1

d.1x

DisplayPort,

(red)

4.Support

forRAID

0,RAID

1,RAID

10,and

JBOD

1.Upto

10USB

2.0/1.1

ports(4

portson

theback

panel,

4ports

available

through

the

internal

USB

headers)

2.Upto

6USB

3.0/2.0

ports

1,RAID

10,and

JBOD

1.Upto

8USB

2.0/1.1

ports(4

portson

theback

panel,

4ports

available

through

the

internal

USB

headers)

2.Upto

4USB

3.0/2.0

ports(2

Audio

LAN

Expansion

Slots

Realtek®Realtek®Realtek®

ALC8928-ALC8898-ALC8928-

ChannelHighChannelHighChannelHigh

DefinitionDefinitionDefinition

AudioCODECAudioCODECAudioCODEC

97dBSNR108dBSNR97dBSNr

RealtekRealtekRealtek

RTL8111ERTL8111ERTL8111E

chipchipchip

(10/100/1000(10/100/1000(10/100/1000

Mbit)Mbit)Mbit)

1.2xPCI1.1xPCI1.1xPCI

ExpressExpressExpress

x16slot,x16slot,x16slot,

onerunningrunning

runningatx16atx16

atx16(PCIEX16)(PCIEX16)

(PCIEX16),2.1xPCI2.1xPCI

two

running

atX8/X8

2.2xPCIatx4at

Express(PCIEX4)x4(PCIEX4)

x1slot

USB

1.Upto

12USB

2.0/1.1

ports

(6ports

onthe

back

panel,

6ports

available

through

the

internal

USB

headers)

Express

Express

x16slot,

x16slot,

running

running

(4ports

portson

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onthe

theback

1x8-pinATX

11.1xUSBº1xFront

back

panel,

panel,

2ports

12VPower

connector(s)

3.0/2.0

header

panelaudio

header

1394a

2ports

available

through

the

internal

USB

header)

IEEE1394None

InternalI/O1xUSB3.0

Connectorsconnector(s)

support(s)

additional

2USB3.0

port(s)(19-

pin)

4xUSB2.0

connector(s)

support(s)

additional

8USB2.0

port(s)

1xCOM

port(s)

connector(s)

7xSATA6Gb/

sconnector(s)

1xCPUFan

connector(s)

(4-pin)

2xChassis

Fan

connector(s)

(4-pin)

1xPowerFan

connector(s)

(3-pin)

1xS/PDIFout

header(s)

1x24-pin

EATXPower

connector(s)

available

through

the

internal

USB

header)

Upto2IEEENone

1394aports

(1ontheback

panel,1port

available

throughthe

internalIEEE

1394aheader)

1.1x24-º1x24-

pinATXpinATX

mainPowerSupply

powerconnector

connectorº1x8-

2.1x4-pinpinATX

ATX12V12VPower

Connector

connector

º1x24-

3.5xSATApinATX

6Gb/sPowerSupply

connectorsconnector

4.1xAPU

º1x4-pin

CPU_FAN

connector

5.1x

system

fan

header

6.1xpower

fanº1x3-pin

headerPWR_FAN

connector

panel

header

8.1xfrontsupport

paneladditional6

audioUSBports

header

º5xSerial

ATA3Gb/s

connectors

header

º1xCOM

10.2xUSBheader

2.0/1.1

headersº1xLPT

header

12.1xIEEE

º1xFront

panelheader

13.1xserialº1xSpeaker

portheader

header

º1xSPDIF

outheader

port

header

15.1x

Trusted

Platform

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(TPM)

header

16.1x

clearing

CMOS

jumper

1.1xPS/2º6xUSB2.0

keyboard/ports

mouseº1xPS/2

portkeyboard&

PS/2mouse

Subportconnectors

3.1xDVI-º1xD-

Dportsub(VGA)

4.1x

º1xDVIPort

port

º1xHDMI

5.1x

DisplayPort

6.1xº1xRJ45

opticalLAN

S/PDIFconnector

Out

connectorº1xAudio

port(1xLine

in,4xLine

out,1xOptical

SPDIFOut)

8.2xUSB

3.0/2.0º1x

portsClear_CMOS

button

eSATA

6Gb/s

port

10.1xRJ-45

port

header

1xFront

panelaudio

connector(s)

(AAFP)

1xSystem

panel(s)

1xMemOK!

button(s)

1xTPU

switch(es)

1xEPU

switch(es)

BackPanel1xPS/2

Connectorskeyboard/

mousecombo

port(s)

1xDVI-D

1xD-Sub

1x

DisplayPort

1xHDMI

1xeSATA

6Gb/s

1xLAN

(RJ45)port(s)

4xUSB3.0

2xUSB2.0

1xOpticalS/

PDIFout

6xAudio

jack(s)

14.1x

parallel

power

2.1xD-

fan

header

HDMI

º1x3-pin

SYS_FAN

Port

connector

7.1xfront

º3xUSB

2.0headers

7.4xUSB

2.0/1.1

ports

9.1xS/

PDIF

9.1x

Out

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11.6xaudio

jacks

(Center/

Subwoofer

Speaker

Out/

Rear

Speaker

Out/Side

Speaker

Out/Line

In/Line

Out/

Microphone)

1.2x32ºAMIBIOS

Mbitwith32Mb

flashSPIROM

ºSupport

licensedMilti-language

AWARDBIOSUtility

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ºSupport

3.SupportECSM.I.BIII

forUtility

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DMI2.0,eBLU

SMBIOS

ºSupport

eDLU

1.0b

ºSupporteSF

ºSupporteGS

ºSupportEZ

Charger

Rightnow,evenafterAMD'sBulldozerroll-out,Intel

stillseemstohavequiteclearprocessorperformance

dominanceonthedesktopforsometimetocome.So,

sincetherefinementstotheexistingprocesses,andthenew

semiconductorprocessnodeswillbringthecapabilityto

improvements,howtousethem?Performance,powerorprice

(read:integration)?

TheLGA1155mainstreamdesktopplatformalreadyhasa

decentlevelofintegration:16PCIelanesarethereontheCPU

diealready(infact,therearealso4extraPCIelanesonthe

XeonversionsofLGA1155SandyBridges,ararelyobserved

fact!),andofcoursethegraphicsistheretooforthosewho

wanttouseit.TheIOhubisrelegatedjusttothat,abunch

ofgeneralI/OinterfacesconnectedviadedicatedDMI2lanes,

basicallyPCIev2,totheCPU.So,thetotalisatwochip

solution.

Now,theMarch-timeframeIvyBridgedesktoprefreshcan't

integratemoredespitethe22nmprocessmigrationbenefit,

sincetherearelimitationsduetothetheLGA1155plug-in

socketcompatibility.Simply,thefocusison-tosomeextent-

performanceenhancementslike20%++per-corespeedjump

aftercountingtheslightIPCimprovementsandfrequency

gains,aswellasatleastdoublethegraphicsperformance.But,

toamuchgreaterextent,thefocuswillbeonreducedpower

consumption,sothatboththedesktops,andespeciallylaptops

andultrabooks,cangainfromextrapowersavingsforagiven

performancelevel.

So,whenextraintegrationisn'tpossibleduetothesocket

compatibilitylimitation,therewillbesomeperformance

BIOS

32MbFlash

ROM,UEFI

BIOS,PnP,

DMIv2.0,

WfM2.0,SM

BIOSV2.6,

ACPIV2.0a

2.Useof

2.4,

ACPI

focus,butmorepowersavingfocus,intheIvyBridge

generationsomesixmonthsfromnow.Watchforsomereally

FormFactor;305mm*220mmlovelyTDPfiguresthere.

24.4cmx

ºSupporteOC

MicroATX

ºATXSize,

FormFactorATXForm

Factor

12inchx9.6

inch(30.5cm24.4cm

x24.4cm)

Price(USD)$120$95

Afterthat,Haswellwillkeepthesame22nmprocessin

early2013,ofcoursewithsomerefinementsasInteltunes

upthenewprocessovertime.However,mainstreamHaswell

$80

willhavenewsockets-LGA1150fordesktopsandrPGA947

&BGA1364forthemobilemarket-sothedoorisopen

formoreintegrationon-diethistime.Atthesametime,if

AMD's"Piledriver"andothercomingcoresdon'timprove

theperformancedramatically,Intelisboundtohavemassive

performanceadvantagebythattimestill.So,whattofocuson

inHaswell?

Asofnow,ifyouratetheadvancementineachcategoryby

numberof+++++from1to5,thedeepthroatssayHaswellwill

focusonPerformance(++),Integration(+++)andPoweras(+

+++)!Basically,theperformanceimprovementsareexpected

tobelimitedtoincreasedinstructionpercycleparallelismwith

newexecutionportsandbetterprefetching&branchhandling

forper-threadperformanceimprovement,aswellasAVX2

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MainstreamdesktopCPUs

futureevolution-more

performanceorjustmore

integration?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/mainstream-desktop-cpus-future-

evolution--more-performance-or-just-more-integration-/13880.html

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improvementslikefusedmultiplyadd(whichdoesn'talways

speedupthings)withdoubledcachebandwidthtofeedallthat.

Thisbyitselfisverygoodandcouldleadtoanotherabove20%

same-clockper-coreperformancejumpeveninmanycurrent

apps,butisstilllesscomparedtotheeffortputintheother

twodepartments.Afterall,theotherkeyrelatedperformance

aspects-liketheL3cachesizeof8MB,andthedual-channel

DDR3-1600++,areexpectedtostaythesame.

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Themassivereductioninidlepower,accompaniedalso

bynoticeablereductioninfull-loadpowerforagiven

performancelevel,willhelpHaswellalsobeaveryvery

'green'CPU,somethingnotusuallyexpectedfromX86

processorswiththeirawfulbaggagefrom30yearsofbackward

compatibilitytowhatwas,eveninthe'80s,consideredthe

mostawkwardCPUarchitecturearound-comparedtothe

Motorola68Koftheday,whichpoweredSteveJob'sfirstMac

then,remember?

Anotherimportantthing,relatedtothis,isthatasthe

AVXinstructionextensionswiththeirRISC-like3-address

instructionformatandmuchmoreelegantprogramming

areexpandedtointegerintheHaswellgeneration,thenext

generationX86codewithAVXcaninfactlooklessandless

likeX86code,andmoreandmorelikeelegantRISCcode,the

wayPowerPC,AlphaandMIPSdiditallthoseyearsago?This

wouldbeaverysmoothwayforIntel(andAMD)togradually

de-emphasisetheX86baggageportionandusetheextended

AVXasabaseofanew'X86'instructionbase,usingthoseSSE

registersasthemainpool.

Ontheintegrationfront,therearesystemlevelenhancements

thatwouldhelpboardandsystemdesignersgetthingsdone

fasterandbetter,andshouldIsaycheaper,themagicalword

fortheuber-thriftyTaiwanese.Thevoltageregulatorsaretobe

fullyintegratedintheCPU,greatlyassistingthepowerdesign,

notjusttheoverclockers.Also,thedisplayportsareallright

thereontheCPUdie,noneedtoroutethroughoutsideIO

hubsorsuch.Thesetwochangesmaylookminor,butactually

theyhelpquiteabitinthesystemdesign,evenreducingthe

requiredboardareainthecaseofintegratedVR,orsimplifying

thehighspeedvideoroutingasHDMIandDisplayPortcome

outdirectlyfromtheCPUtotheoutsideconnectors,onlyVGA

beingroutedviaLynxPointchipset.Thelatternowobviously

becomesevensimpler,leavingthedieareatoimplementmore

USB3,SATA3andsuchinterfaces,includingbuilt-inEthernet.

Here,ofcourse,extraintegrationmeansalsolowercosts,

thereforelowerenduserprice.

Themostinterestingdevelopment,though,isonthepower

consumptionfronthere.AsIntelmentionedduringthepast

IDFkeynotes,theidlepowerconsumptiononHaswellwill

bereducedbyanorderofmagnitude.Thatdoesn'tbenefit

tabletsorUltrabooksonly-itisveryusefulfordesktopsas

well,whichareoftenleftrunningwhenhundredsofmillionsof

companyemployeesworldwidegooutfortheirlunchbreaks,

forinstance.

Thisalonewouldbeuntoldgigawattsofpowersavedatthe

globallevel.Andyes,youcouldhaveaniPad-sizedfully

PC-capabletablettoo.And,thereismore:theconverged

platformpowermanagement,orIntelPowerOptimizer,now

includesnewevendeeperpowerstatesforfurthersavingsand

Whyisthatsoimportant?It'snotjustperformanceordesign

simplicity,butalsopowersaving.LookathowwelltheChinese

RISCCPUs,basedonMIPSandAlpharespectively,perform

sowellevenwhen2processgenerationsbehindIntelorAMD.

TheyrunatsimilarperformanceatleastinFP,and,ifyou

lookattheirrecentsupercomputers,consumefarlesspower

thantheirX86basedUScounterparts,partlybecausetheir

CPUssavemillionsofgatesbynothavingtheX86oddities

andcomplexities.AfutureX86PCrehashwhereAVX,not

oldX86,isthebase,andX86islefttosome'compatibility

box'aside,wouldprovidethenextmuchneededpower,

performance,andparallelismscalingpushforthemainstream

PCCPUs.

CanonMakesHollywoodDebut

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/canon-makes-hollywood-

debut/13878.html

November9th,2011

CanonInc.andCanonSingaporeannouncetheCinemaEOS

System-thenewprofessionallevelsystemintroducesCanon

totheworldofmotionpictureproductionandissuretomake

wavesintheindustry.Thesystemisafullrangeoflenses,

CinemaEOSlens,digitalvideocamcorderanddSLRproducts.

rapidtransitionsbetweenthemduetothatintegratedvoltage

regulator.

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CanonInc.andCanonSingaporeannouncetheCinemaEOS

System-thenewprofessionallevelsystemintroducesCanon

totheworldofmotionpictureproductionandissuretomake

wavesintheindustry.Thesystemisafullrangeoflenses,

CinemaEOSlens,digitalvideocamcorderanddSLRproducts.

Theannouncementintroducestwodigitalvideocamcorders,

sevenEFCinemaLensesandadigitalSLRcamera,thelateris

stillaconceptproductandstillunderdevelopment.

WeallknowthattheCanonEOS5DMarkIIDigitalSLR

cameraisthecamerathatbroughtCanonintothemotion

pictureandtelevisionindustry.Thisverticalisn'tabouttogo

die,infact,statisticshaveshownthattheconsumptionof

onlinemediacontentisontherisethanksYouTube,Vimeo,

Flickrandahostofotheronlineservices.

Here'sabreakdownoftheproductsannouncedorintroduced

inHollywood,Californiaon3November,2011(Singapore,4

November2011).

EFCinemaLenses

•CN-E14.5-60mmT2.6LSEFmount

•CN-E14.5-60mmT2.6LSPPLmount

•CN-E30-300mmT2.95-3.7LSEFmount

•CN-E30-300mmT2.95-3.7LSPPLmount

•CN-E24mmT1.5LFEFmount

•CN-E50mmT1.3LFEFmount

•CN-E85mmT1.3LFEFmount

DigitalVideoCamcordersEOSC300EFmount

•EOSC300PLPLmount

DigitalSLRCamera

(underdevelopment)TBDEFmount

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Thelensesare4KCinemalensesavailableinbothEFmount

andPLmount,thelaterPL mount(PositiveLock)isan

industrystandardfor16mmand35mmmoviecameras.The

EF mountisforCanon'sdigitalSLRcameras.

Thereasontheyarereferredtoas4Klensesisduetotheir

opticalperformance,capableofdeliveringonhighresolution

digitalvideoof4096x2160pixels.Theprimelensesare

compatiblewithfull-framedslrs,inthecaseofCanondigital

bodiesthatwouldmakethemcompatiblewiththe1Dsand

5Dbodies.Let'snotforgetthemostrecentCanonannounced

EOS-1DXisalsoafullframecamera.

TheEOSC300/C300PL(above)looksmorelikeamedium

formatcamera,thatwouldbeaninterestingpathforCanonto

godownsincetheycertainlyhavetheknow-howtoproduce

hugemega-pixelsizedsensorsbutthat'sadifferentstory.The

EOSC300PLofferscompatibilitywithindustrystandardPL

glass.ThecamcordersensorisequipvalenttoSuper35film

andhasanapproximateresolutionof8.29-megapixels.

TheconceptDSLRcamerawiththeabilitytoshoot4Kvmovies

isequippedwiththelargerfullframeCMOSsensorandit

recordsthe4Kvideoataframerateof24PusingMotion-JPEG

compression.ItislikeaCanonEOS5DMarkIIonsteroids.

Everyoneisstillwaitingtoseewhatthe5DMark2successor

isgoingtodeliverandwiththeannouncedcapabilitiesofthe

new1DXthebarhasbeensetprettyhigh,but4Kvideowill

topthe1DXvideocapabilities.Thisbegstoquestionifthe5D

MarkII'ssuccessorisgoingtogodownthecamcorderpath

morethanthestillphotographypathandthe1DXwilltakethe

reignsasthehybridfull-framecamera.

*CroppedtoAPS-Hequivalentsize(dimensionsmeasure

approximately80%verticallandhorizontallyofa35mmfull-

framsensor)wnerecordingin4K.

PricingandAvailabilitytobeadvised

FullPressReleasefromCanonSingapore:

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VR-Zone.com|StufffortheGeeks!

InterfaceSATA

FormFactor

DRAMCacheMemory

Weight

Voltage

PowerConsumption(active)

PowerConsumption(idle/

standby/sleep)

S.M.A.R.T.Support

Shock

MTBF

6Gb/s

2.5inch

No

80g

5V±5%

2.5WMax

0.6WMax

Yes

1500G

2,000,000hours

VR-Zone|StufffortheGeeksisabi-weeklypublication

coveringthelatestgadgetsandstuffforthegeeks.

CorsairForceGT180GBSSD

DriveReview

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-force-gt-180gb-ssd-drive-

review/13952.html

November13th,2011

·

Operatingtemperature:0°Cto+70°C

·

·

Storagetemperature:-20°Cto+85°C

OperatingHumidity:10%to90%RH(0°to+40°C)

TheSSDmarketisgrowingrapidlywitheachpassingday

andbecameevenmoreattractiveaftertherecentcatastrophe

inThailandwhichcausedthepricesofmechanicaldrivesto

risesignificantly.OneoftheleadingSSDprovidersisCorsair,

whichmayhavestartedoffasaRAMmodulesmanufacturer

buttodayisfamousfortheirmanyenthusiast-classproducts.

AfewmonthsagowereviewedaSSDfromtheirfastest

seriesofdrives,the120GBForceGT.Corsairsoonafterwards

releasedslightlybetter,largerversionsofthedrivesutilizing

thesamecontroller.Todaywearegoingtohavealookatone

ofthosedrives,the180GBForceGTSSD.

TheSSDmarketisgrowingrapidlywitheachpassingday

andbecameevenmoreattractiveaftertherecent catastrophe

in Thailandwhichcausedthepricesofmechanicaldrivesto

risesignificantly.OneoftheleadingSSDprovidersisCorsair,

whichmayhavestartedoffasaRAMmodulesmanufacturer

buttodayisfamousfortheirmanyenthusiast-classproducts.

AfewmonthsagowereviewedaSSDfromtheirfastest

seriesofdrives,the120GB Force GT.Corsairsoonafterwards

releasedslightly better, larger versionsofthedrivesutilizing

thesamecontroller.Todaywearegoingtohavealookatone

ofthosedrives,the180GBForceGTSSD.

Manufacturerfeaturesandspecifications

·MaximumOperatingAltitude:3,048m(upto10,000ft.)

·MaximumNon-OperativeAltitude:12,192m(upto

40,000ft.)

SITEX2011"AllIWantfor

Xmas"LuckyDrawPrizes

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sitex-2011-all-i-want-for-xmas-lucky-

draw-prizes/13949.html

November13th,2011

Accumulate$100inasinglereceiptandstandachancetowin

10x$2000cashPLUSaX'masgiftofyourchoice.

S$2000CASH+SAMSUNG

60"FHDSmartLEDTV

worth$8,888(ModelNo.

UA-60D8000)

S$2000CASH+SONY46"

FHD3DLEDTVworth

$3,299

(ModelNo.KDL-46NX720)

S$2000CASH+LG55"FHD

3DLEDTVworth$4,399

1

Warranty

SSDUnformattedCapacity

MaxSequentialRead/

Write(usingATTODisk

Benchmark)

MaxRandom4kWrite(using

IOMeter08)

Threeyears

180GB

555MB/ssequentialread

525MB/ssequentialwrite

85kIOPS(4kaligned)

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“AllIWantforX’mas”

DrawTerms&Conditions

Publishedby:VR-Zone

•Yourprizewillbebased

onyourselectiononthe

entryform.

•Thedrawwillbe

conductedon7

December2011,10am

atSingexExhibition

VenturesPteLtd.

•Resultsofthedraw

willbepublishedin

TheNewPaperand

www.sitex.com.sgon

14December2011.All

winnerswillbenotified

byemail/phone.

•Allprizesmustbe

collectedby10February

2012(Friday),5.00pm,

fromSingexExhibition

VenturesPtdLtd(1

ExpoDrive#01-01,

Foyer1)ordesignated

prizecollectioncentres.

•Unclaimedprizeswillbe

donatedtoacharitable

organisationchosen

bytheOrganiser.The

winnerwhoseprizeis

forfeitedisnotentitled

toanycompensation

notwithstandingnon-

receiptofnotification.

•Asaparticipantofthe

draw,he/shehereby

authorisestheOrganiser

todiscloseandpublicise

his/hername,andother

particularsdeemed

appropriatebythe

Organiser.

•TheOrganisermayatits

discretion,atanytime,

replaceorsubstituteany

prizewithanotherof

equalvalue.

•Prizesarenot

exchangeableforcash,

creditorinkind.

2

(ModelNo.55LW6500)

S$2000CASH+NIKON

DSLR16.2MPC/W18-105

Lens

worth$2,149(ModelNo.

D7000KIT)

S$2000CASH+OLYMPUS

MicroForthThirdworth

$1,298(ModelNo.E-

P3/1442)

S$2000CASH+SHARP40"

FHDLEDTVworth$1,899

(ModelNo.LC-40LE820M)

S$2000CASH+SONY

DigitalVideoCamcorder

worth$1,449(ModelNo.

HDR-XR160E/B)

S$2000CASH+CANON

DSLRC/W18-135MMLens

worth$1,549(ModelNo.

EOS-600DKIT2)

S$2000CASH+PHILIPS3D

Blu-RayHomeTheatre

worth$699(ModelNo.

HTS-5561)

S$2000CASH+SONY16.2

MPDSCworth$499

(ModelNo.DSC-TX10/B)

Terms&Conditions:

•Participantsareentitled

tooneluckydraw

couponforeveryS

$100spentordeposited

(singlereceipt)during

SITEXfrom24to27

November2011(upto

amaximumof20entry

formsperpax).

•Toenter,simplydrop

thecompletedLucky

DrawCouponintothe

LuckyDrawBoxatthe

Redemptionarea(Hall

4B).

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•Theresultofthe

drawisfinalandno

correspondencewillbe

entertained.

•AllstaffofSingapore

InfocommTechnology

Federation(SiTF),

SingexExhibition

VenturesPtdLtd,and

theiragenciesarenot

eligibletoparticipatein

thedraw.

OriginalSource:http://www.sitex.com.sg/content_page/

Xmas_prizes_2011.html

SITEX2011@SingaporeEXPO

FloorPlans

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/sitex-2011--singapore-expo-floor-

plans/13948.html

November13th,2011

iOSupdatefailstofixbattery

problemforsome

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/ios-update-fails-to-fix-battery-

problem-for-some/13947.html

November13th,2011

TheiOS5.0.1updatethatwassupposedtoresolveproblemsin

thebatteryconsumptionofthenewiPhone4Sdidnotappear

tohavesolvedthebattery-drainissueforeveryone.

AquickvisittotheApple Support Communitiesforumshows

manyiratepostsofuserscomplainingofthesamebattery

problemsevenafterupdating to iOS 5.0.1.

Resolvingthebatteryissuehasbeentrickyaffair,mainlydue

toconflictingexperiencesencounteredbydifferentusers.For

Publishedby:VR-Zone

example,auserwiththenickofeharrellsaysheresolvedhis

batterydrainissuebychanginghisemailsettingsfrom"Push"

to"Fetch,"whileothersareadamantthatperformingareset

ofnetworksettingsfixedtheproblem.

AnotheruserbythenickofDeannanelcastsuspicioninstead

onthenewiOS5ratherthanahardwareproblemwiththenew

iPhone4S.Heoutlinedvarioustechniqueshetriedinorder

toreducetheproblem:

"Ihavebeenclosingoutasmanyappsaspossibleandlimited

notificationstotrytopreservebatterybuttheiPadisareal

problem.CoulditbeSafari?Therearetabsnowinsteadof

pages.Isthissomehowsuckingupbattery?"

TheconcernthatusershaveoverbatterylifeoftheiriPhones

isperfectlyunderstandable,sincemanyhavelockedintohefty

twoyearcontractsinordertogettheiriDevices.InSingapore,

atleastonemobileoperatorhasstipulatedadditionalpenalties

preventingearlyterminationofcontractandmorestringent

clausesforbiddingearlyre-contract.Thestricttermsare

probablyduethefarhigherpricesthatmobileoperatorsare

forcedtosubsidize.

Nevertheless,ifyouarecurrentlyoniOS5.0andwouldliketo

update,youmaydosoover-the-air,whichisanewcapability

foundonlyiniOS5.Toinitiateit,justgototheSettingsApp,

‘General'->‘SoftwareUpdate'.

AsusP9X79WSmakesabrief

appearanceaheadoflaunch

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/asus-p9x79ws-makes-a-brief-

appearance-ahead-of-launch/13946.html

November13th,2011

Notentirelyunexpected,AsuswillbelaunchingaWSorWork

StationversionofitsP9X79motherboardswhichissimply

calledtheP9X79WSandthefirstpictureofthenewboardhas

nowappearedonline.Thismodelsharessomebasicdesign

elementswiththeProandDeluxeboards,butit'sprettyclear

thatit'snotintendedforthesamemarket.

Notentirelyunexpected,AsuswillbelaunchingaWSorWork

StationversionofitsP9X79motherboardswhichissimply

calledtheP9X79WSandthefirstpictureofthenewboardhas

nowappearedonline.Thismodelsharessomebasicdesign

elementswiththeProandDeluxeboards,butit'sprettyclear

thatit'snotintendedforthesamemarket.

ThemostobviousdifferencebetweentheWSmodelandthe

consumermodelsistheslotconfigurationandthedifferent

heasinkdesign.TheP9X79WShasnolessthansixx16

PCIExpressslots,althoughwe'renotsureabouttheexact

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configurationhere,butwe'reguessingthatthetwoblue

slotsarebothactualx16slots,withtheblackslotssharing

bandwidthwiththeblueslotswhereasthewhiteslotsare

limitedtofourlanesorsomethingsimilar.Theboardsupports

Publishedby:VR-Zone

VIATechnologiesonFridayreleasedtheVIAVE-900Mini-

ITX,aMini-ITXMainboardthatthecompanysaysprovides

anidealplatformforDIYenthusiastskeenonbuildingtheir

ownMini-ITXhomedesktopandmediacenterPCs.

four-waySLIandCrossFireXaccordingtothebox,sowe're

guessingwe'reclosetotheactualslotconfiguration.

Inapreparedstatement,RichardBrown,VicePresident

ofMarketing,VIATechnologies,Incsaid:"November6th

markedthe10yearanniversaryoftheMini-ITXformfactor

whichspurredarevolutioninthemoddingcommunity."

Brownobservedthat"theVIAVE-900deliversanaffordable,

highperformanceMini-ITXmainboardthatwillspuranew

waveofinspirationandinnovationinthenextgenerationof

enthusiasts."

TheVIAVE-900Mainboardfeaturesahigh-performance

VIANanoX2dualcoreprocessorclockedat1.4GHzand

anonboardVIAVX900unifiedall-in-onemediasystem

processor.ThelatterprovideshardwareaccelerationforVC1,

H.264andWMV9HDvideoforthesystemtooutputvideo

atresolutionsofupto1080pviawithoutincurringaheavy

processorloading.Thesystem'sMini-ITXformatmeansthe

entireboardmeasuresjust17cmx17cm,withtwoDIMM

socketsforsupportofupto8GBofDDR3systemmemory.

VideooutputportsareVGAandHDMI,whiletheVIA

VT1708Schipprovides5.1Channelhighdefinitionsoundat

24-bitstereowithupto192kHzsamplerates.Ontherear

panelI/OarestandardPS/2portswithaGigabitLANport

andfourUSB2.0ports.Audiojacksformicrophone,line-in

andline-outroundsoffthecomplement.Uptotwoharddisk

drivesaresupportedviatheintegratedSATA3.0Gb/shost

controller,whilea32-bitPCIslotallowsforalimitedamount

expansion.ThereareinternalheadersforfourmoreUSB2.0

ports.

TheVIAVE-900Mini-ITXMainboardiscurrentlyshipping,

thoughpricinginformationwasnotavailableatpresstime.

MoreinformationabouttheVIAVE-900Mini-ITXboardcan

befoundhere.

TheboardhasthestandardtwoSATA6Gbpsportsandfour

SATA3Gbpsportsprovidedbythechipset,aswellasapair

ofadditionalSATA6GbpsportscourtesyofaMarvellchip.

There'salsoapinheaderfortwofrontUSB3.0portsaswell

astwopinheadersforfourfrontUSB2.0portsandonepin

headereachforaFireWireandserialport.Thetoprightcorner

appearstohaveaMolexconnectorforadditionalpowerand

there'salsoaPOST80debugLEDdisplayandapowerand

resetbuttonontheboard.Aswementioned,theheatsinks

arequitedifferent,withafairlypeculiardesignwherethe

chipsetheatsinkisconnectedtoasmallerheatsinkfittedto

whatappearstobethepowerregulationforthememoryby

aheatpipeandthisheatsinkistheninturnconnectedviaa

secondheatpipetotheMOSFETheatsink.

Aroundthebackwe'relookingatapairofPS/2ports,eight

USB2.0ports,twoUSB3.0ports,aFireWireport,apairof

GigabitEthernetportsofwhichatleastoneisconnectedto

anIntelchip,7.1-channelaudiowithopticalS/PDIFoutanda

“EasyBIOSFlashback”buttonthatjudgingbytheboxallows

youtoflashyourBIOSfromaUSBdongleconnectedtothe

whiteUSBportatthebackoftheboard.Nowordonpricing,

butatleastweonlyhavetowaituntilMondaytofindout.

Source:Sweclockers(inSwedish)

VIAreleasesVE-900Mini-ITX

mainboardforDIYenthusiasts

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/via-releases-ve-900-mini-itx-

mainboard-for-diy-enthusiasts/13945.html

November13th,2011

HTCembracesICSwithVille

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/htc-embraces-ics-with-

ville/13944.html

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November13th,2011

Publishedby:VR-Zone

Alotofmediaoutletspostedstoriesbasedonmythical

businessstrategythatwassupposedtoberevealedon

November9th,2011.WehaveseenrumorsaboutARM

processors,"thenewAMD"etc.Thetruthisabitdifferent-

andyoumightalreadyknowit.

ItseemsthatHTChasironedouttheirpositionwithAndriod's

newIceCreamSandwichmobileplatformwiththisrecent

leakofanewphonetheyareworkingon,codenamed"Ville".

ThisnewadditiontotheHTCfamilygivesadoubledoseof

goodnessbyincludingtheHTCSenseUI4.0aswell,anupdate

tothewellreceivedOSskin.

Thebaseforallofthesestoriesisa letter to surviving

employeesfromRory P. Read, AMD's CEO.Thequoteis

asfollows:"transformationworkwehaveunderway,like

ProjectWIN,willhelpdriveoperationalimprovements,

increaseefficienciesandlowerouroperatingcosts,"followed

by"Iwillsharemoreinsightsintoourstrategyandpath

forwardinmyupcomingWorldcastonNovember9th.

Thequestionis,whatProjectWINactuallyis.Isit"AMD

ditchingX86forARM",isit"AMDpreparingtosellthe

company"...whileitmaybeallofthat,thereasonwhyyou

haven'theardathingonNovember9thwasthesadfactthere

wasnothingtoannounce.

Accordingtooursources,sinceRoryfiredpracticallythewhole

PRandMediateam,andtherewasnopersonincommand

thatcouldtalktothepressandfinancialanalystsaboutthe

announcedWorldcast.ProjectWINisactuallyanaccounting

reviewofthecompany.WINwasalwaysaboutlayingoffthe

1400employeesi.e.12%ofthecompany.Duringtheplanning

stage,peopleinvolvedpitcheditas10%,samepercentage

waswhatIntel did back in 2006.Infact,12%wasalways

plannedandthoseextra2%representedanadditional20%to

theoveralllayofffigure.Someofthepeopleinvolvedinthe

revisionwerelaidoffaswell,atestamenttohowgoodtheydid

theirjob.

Thepurposeofthelayoffswastheremovalofbureaucracy

thatsloweddowntheinnovationprocessinsidethecompany,

alsoknownas"theAMDsludge"(weheardthatparticular

termcomingoutofemployeesatMarkham,Sunnyvale,closed

SantaClaraofficeandAustin).AMD'sCEOwantsthatthe

companybecomesawholelotfasterandefficient.

Oursourcestoldusthattheproblemforthisallegedstrategy

isthatwhilethelayingofftwothirdsofmarketingwas"anok

move",butthecompanygotridoflargenumberofengineers

aswell,withmoreGPUengineersthanCPUstayingwiththe

company.SunnyvaleandMarkhamarenowGPUandChipset

centers,whileAustin'sCPUteamsgotseriouslycut.

Oneofproblemsaheadisthefactthatacertainupcoming

chipgotcancelledaswell,butnotbecauseitunderperformed,

butratherbecausethechiefarchitectmovedtoacertain

semiconductorvendorthatisentangledinapatentbattle

5

HTCisreportedtobepreparingforanannouncementofa

newAndroid4.0IceCreamSandwichphone,whichwillalso

bethefirstevertofeaturetheHTCSense4.0.Theofficial

announcementofthenewphone,codenamedHTCVille,will

occurattheMobileWorldCongressnextyearinBarcelona,

accompaniedbytheHTCEdge,whichisarecentlyrumored

Quad-corephone.

TheVillesportsa4.3-inchqHDSuperAMOLEDscreenwith

a1.5GHzdual-coreSnapdragonSeries4processorrunning

underthehood.An8-megapixelbackside-illuminatedcamera

with1080pixelHDvideocapturesupportwillgraceboththe

VilleandtheEdge.

ItissaidthatthenewsmartphonewillbemissingtheNFC

featureasaresultofitsmetalchassis,butontheotherhand,it

givesasexyprofileofjust8mmthick.Therestofitsfeatures

includeHSPA+andBeatsaudiotechnology,allpoweredbya

1,650mAhbattery.

AMD'sProjectWINStrategy

Revealed...Sortof

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/amd-s-project-win-strategy-revealed...-

sort-of/13938.html

November13th,2011

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withApple.Hewasjoinedbyfellowengineersandtherewas

nobodylefttoheadtheprogram.

Atcurrentpointintime,alotofinformationcomingoutof

formerandcurrentemployeessoundslikedoomandgloom.

Business-wise,outlookisabitdifferent.Allwecansayatthis

pointisthatAMDismakingsameexecutivechangesasmuch

biggercompaniessuchasMicrosoft,Intel,Boeing,General

Motorsandmanymore.Ultimately,theyallcameoutstronger

intheend.

WhatRoryneedsisanewsparkintheengineering

department.Willthatsparkhappen?Yourguessisasgoodas

ours.

SamsungtobringinWindows

8tabletandnotebooknext

year

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/samsung-to-bring-in-windows-8-

tablet-and-notebook-next-year/13942.html

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anda11.6-inchscreenof1366by768pixelsresolution,and

couldbethereferencesetupforfutureproducts.

Samsungwilllikelytargetcorporateclientsfirst,inabid

tofendoffApple’seffortsinthatsegment,aswellasother

Androidtabletmanufacturers.

ThepriorityofthetechgiantlieswithupdatingtheSeries

7withWindows8whentheOSisreleased,socorporate

customersandconsumerswhoownthemcanbeassuredof

Samsung’scommitments.

PorscheDesignunveilsP'9981

smartphonefromBlackBerry

inSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/porsche-design-unveils-p-9981-

smartphone-from-blackberry-in-singapore/13941.html

November13th,2011

November13th,2011

YesterdayeveningatthePorscheDesignstoreinMarina

SamsungwillbereleasingnewWindows8mobilecomputers

whichtargetworkingprofessionalsnextyear.Theproducts

willspearheadthechangeofvariousdevicesthatrelyon

WindowsastheirplatforminsteadofAndroid.

BaySands,Singapore,thecompanyunveiledtheluxurious

P'9981smartphonefromBlackBerrythatfeaturesstainless

steelframe,leatherbackcover,QWERTYkeyboard,and

crystalcleartouchscreendisplay.ThePorscheDesignP'9981

isscheduledtoretailinJanuary2012withlimitedquantity.

Samsungrevealedinaninterviewthattheywillsoonunveil

afewproductswhichwillintegrateWindows8asitsprimary

platform.Thefirstamongstthemwillbereleasedinthe

laterhalfof2012,intimewithMicrosoft’sreleaseofthe

OSitself.Thisaddstoanalreadyexcitingseriesoflaunches

forWindows-powereddevicesbyvariousmanufacturers,

markinganewwaveofadoptionforanalternativeplatformto

Google’sAndroid.

ThiscomesasnosurprisesinceSamsunghadalreadyshowed

offaSeries7SlatewithafunctionalversionofWindows

8attheBUILDconference.Thehardwaredisplayedatthe

conferenceincludedtheIntelCorei5processor,4GBofRAM

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DesignedbyPorscheDesign,incollaborationwithRIM,

theP'9981smartphonefromBlackBerrysportsaforged

stainlesssteelframe,hand-wrappedleatherbackcover,

sculptedQWERTYkeyboard,andcrystalcleartouchscreen

display.RunningthelatestBlackBerry7operatingsystem,

thephonecomeswithexclusivePorscheDesignuserinterface

(UI)andabespokeWikitudeWorldBrowseraugmented

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ToshibaSingaporelaunches

PORTEGEZ830Ultrabook,

QosmioDX730AIOandREGZA

tablets

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/toshiba-singapore-launches-portege-

z830-ultrabook-qosmio-dx730-aio-and-regza-tablets/13933.html

November13th,2011

ToshibaSingaporehaslaunchedtheirnewPORTEGEZ830

Ultrabook,whichclaimstobetheworld’slightestandthinnest

13.3-InchUltrabookthatweighsamere1.12kg.Inadditionto

theslimultra-portablenotebook,thecompanyalsounveiled

theirnewQosmioDX730All-in-OneandREGZAAT100

andAT1S0Androidtablets.

Toshiba PORTÉGÉ Z830

realityappexperience.Italsoincludespremium,exclusive

PINsthathelpeasilyidentifyanotherP’9981smartphoneuser.

TheP'9981ispoweredby1.2GHzprocessorandfeatureshigh

definitionvideorecording,24-bithighresolutiongraphics,

andadvancedsensorsfornewaugmentedrealityapplications.

Italsocomeswith8GBofonboardmemoryandis

expandableto40GBwithamicroSDcard.

AccordingtothestoremanagerofPorscheDesignSingapore,

therewerealreadyover90preordersfortheP'9981

smartphoneandcounting.However,forsuchaluxurious,

premiumphone,itwouldnotbesurprisingthatthecompanyis

onlybringinginverylimitedquantity.Thelocalpricingisnot

availableyet,thoughnewsreportsstatethattheP'9981will

retailataroundUS$1,700(withGST)andwillreachSingapore

inJanuary2012.

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ToshibahasunveiledtheirPORTÉGÉZ830Ultrabookseries

thatboastsamere1.12kgandmeasuresonly15.9mmthin.

Itclaimstobeabout20percentlighterand40percent

thinnerthantheiraward-winningultraportablePORTÉGÉ

R830series.ThePORTÉGÉZ830seriesarepoweredby

secondgenerationIntelCoreprocessors(Corei5andCorei7

variants)withDDR3memory,whichprovidetheperformance

necessaryforworkandentertainment,aswellashaving

improvedpowermanagementforlongbatterylife.Despite

havingsuchslimformfactor,thePORTÉGÉZ830doesnot

compromiseonconnectivity;itfeaturesBluetoothandWi-Fi

connectivityplusaselectionoffull-sizeportsincludingVGA,

HDMIandUSBports,oneofwhichisaUSB3.0port.

TheToshibaPORTÉGÉZ830willretailfrom24November,

whichisalsothestartofSITEXShow2011,atS$1,999forthe

IntelCorei5modelandS$2,599fortheIntelCorei7model.

Toshiba REGZA AT1S0 and REGZA AT100

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ToshibaSingaporeDigitalProductsandServicesGroup

haslaunchedthecompany’sfirstAndroid-poweredtablets,

REGZAAT1S0andREGZAAT100.TheAT100(abovepic)

offersa10.1-inchdiagonalLEDdisplaywhiletheAT1S0offers

a7-inchdiagonaldisplay,thoughbothsupport1280x800pixel

resolutionin16:10aspectratio.

PreloadedwithAndroid3.1Honeycomb,theAT100is

poweredbyNvidiaTegra2dual-coreprocessorandcomes

with1GBDDR2RAMandinternalmemoryofupto32GB.

Ithasa5-megapixelrearand2-megapixelfrontcameras,

USB2.0,miniUSB,HDMIout,SDcardreaderandadocking

port.OtherfeaturesincludeWi-Fi(802.11b/g/n),Bluetooth,

HSPA+(3.5G),GPS,3DAccelerometer,gyrometer,electronics

compassandambientlightsensor.

TheAT1S0runsAndroid3.2Honeycombandincorporates

similarfeaturesofitsAT100sibling-NvidiaTegra2dual-core

processor,1GBDDR2RAM,internalmemoryofupto16GB,

5-megapixelrearand2-megapixelfrontcameras,mini-USB,

micro-HDMI,micro-SDanddockingport.

The7-inchAT1S0willcomewithapricetagofS$799,whilefor

thosewhopreferalargerdisplaycanoptfortheAT100which

willretailatS$699.Yes,the10.1-inchtabletisS$100cheaper

thanthe7-inch.AndbothREGZAtabletsshouldbeavailable

attheSITEXShow2011.

ToshibaQosmio DX730

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&CEOJen-HsunHuangreportedstrongdemandbygamers

andtheprofessionalmarket.Asexpected,themobilebusiness

alsoacceleratedsignificantlywithstrongdemandforOptimus

enabledGPUstiedtoweakSandyBridgegraphics.

LookingforwardtoQ4FY2012,ortheperiodfromNov1st

2011toJan31st2012,NVIDIAexpectsrevenueandgross

marginstobeflat.Thisquarterwill,ofcourse,seetherelease

ofTegra3andthefirstGeForce600familyGPUs.

MoreinformationavailableatNVIDIA Press Room.

NewBBXphonetobeRIM's

savinggrace?

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/new-bbx-phone-to-be-rim-s-saving-

grace-/13925.html

November13th,2011

<

TheToshibaQosmioDX730isanall-in-onedesktopPCthat

boastspremiumaudio,videoandcomputingperformance.

AvailableinPreciousBlackorLuxeWhitevariations,theall-

in-onePCfeaturesalarge23-inchFullhighdefinitionmulti-

touchdisplayandcomeswithmatchingwirelesskeyboard

with10-keynumerickeypadandmatchingwirelessmouse.

WiththeHDMI-inport,userscanconnecttoagameconsole

andenjoythelatestgamesonthePCviaitsbrightand

responsivedisplay.

TheQosmioDX730isequippedwithsecondgenerationIntel

Corei5orCorei7processor,upto16GBDDR3memory,up

to2TBharddrive,oneUSB3.0portwithUSBSleepand

Charge,oneUSB3.0portandfourUSB2.0ports.Theall-in-

onePCalsoincludesabuilt-inDVDSuperMultiorBlu-Ray

ROMdrive.ScheduledtoretailattheSITEXShow2011,the

ToshibaQosmioDX730isanall-in-onedesktopPCwillhave

apricetagofS$1,549fortheIntelCorei5(blackonly)model

andS$1,999fortheIntelCorei7(whiteonly)model.

NVIDIAreportsstrongQ3

results

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-reports-strong-q3-

results/13939.html

November13th,2011

NVIDIAhasreportedfinancialresultsfortheirQ3FY2012,

fortheperiodAug1st2011toOct31st2011.Comparedtothe

previousquarter,revenueincreasedby5%to$1.07billion,

withnetincomeupby17%to$178.3million.Thatisalsomore

thandoublenetincomecomparedtoQ3FY2011.

NVIDIAhasreportedfinancialresultsfortheirQ3FY2012,for

theperiodAug1st2011toOct31st2011.Comparedtothe

previousquarter,revenueincreasedby5%to$1.07billion,

withnetincomeupby17%to$178.3million.Thatisalsomore

thandoublenetincomecomparedtoQ3FY2011.

Grossmarginswereupto52.2%,from46.5%inthesame

periodlastyear.InadditiontosomemajorTegra2design

wins-particularlyintheAndroidtabletmarket-President

AnewphonefromResearchInMotion(RIM)sportingthenew

BBXplatformwillemergesoon,andthecompanyclaimsthat

itwillhavefunctionalitieswhicharesimilartothePlayBook.

Thisremainstobeseenasthephoneissaidtoonlybereleased

inthefirsthalfof2012

Determinednottobeleftbehinddespiterecentsetbacks,

ResearchInMotion(RIM)hasannouncedthatitsnext

generationsuperphonewillbedueearlynextyear.Thenew

phonewillretaintheresolutionof1024by600at16:9

aspectratiofromPlayBook,allhousedintoneatpocket-sized

package.

"Look,ifyoubuild[anapp]forthePlayBook,thenitwill

runonBBX.Wehavemaintainedaspectratios,BBXalso

hastheabilitytouploadmultipledimensiongraphics…

[andthestandardresolutions]arethesameasPlayBook,"

AlecSaunders,VPofdeveloperrelationsandecosystem

development,RIM,said.Thestatementmayimplythat

alternativescreensizesandresolutionsareintheworksas

well,andthatthereareplansforfutureBBXphonestoseethe

wellrecognizedscreenandkeyboarddesignmakingitsreturn

shortly.

Rumouredtobea4-inch'mini-tablet'codenamed“Colt”

earlierthisyear,SaundersmentionedthattherewillbeBES

support,aswithpreviousphones.Thisputsawayprevious

rumoursstatingotherwise."Ithinkyou'reseeinganevolution

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ofaplatform…youshouldnotexpect[BBX]tobebehindthe

PlayBook".

WhileitisabletomatchtheabilitiesofthePlayBookwith

itsnativeemailsupport,itmaynotbereleasedbeforethe

PlayBook2.0,whichisexpectedtolaunchinFebruary2012.

ThebrandnewOSwillrepresenteverydevicefromBlackBerry

henceforth,whilebringing2Dand3Dgamingonboard.Italso

promisestosupportthenewCascadesUIFrameworkand

Androidapps.

AdobeFlashformobilecomes

toagrindinghalt

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/adobe-flash-for-mobile-comes-to-a-

grinding-halt/13924.html

November13th,2011

Adobe'slongstandforFlash'sviabilitycomestoaconclusion

whentheyannouncedtheendoftheireffortsfordeveloping

Flashformobiledevices.AppleiOSsupportersgettheirvictory

followingthefulfilmentofSteve'sopinioninApril2010,butis

thisvictoryjustforApplefans?

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ThisseemstocomeatatimewhenAdobementioneditscut

ontheirworkforceby750employeesinbothEuropeandUS,

followingthelayoffsalreadymadeduring2008and2009.

WhatwasonceadominantInternetsupportplatform

wasprovenotherwisewhenCupertinodevicesprocessed

anddeliveredcontenttouserssatisfactorily,andthatthe

overwhelmingsuccessesofthesemobileproductsactuallyled

manycontentproviderstoreconsideranduseotheropen

platformssuchasHTML5andH.264videoinstead.

SpeculationsalsosuggestthatamajorfactorinAdobe’s

decisionwasthatMicrosoftanditsproducts,namelyWindow

PhoneandWindows8,clearlydidnotsupportFlash.Itiseasy

toinferthatinviewofaninevitablyshrinkingsliceofpie,

Adobedecidedthisisthebestwaytocutbacklosses.

AdobeheldtheirstandforFlashforfouryearsthusfar,and

whiletheyweredeniedexistenceoniOSforthatduration,

supportwasgrowingsteadilyonAndroiddevices,somuchso

thatmanyhardwaremanufacturersmarketFlashasafeature

fortheirproducts.Atatimewhenhardwareadvancements

haveenoughprocessingpowerwhichmadeFlashmoreviable

intermsofperformance,thisannouncementdisappointsits

supporters.

Ontheotherhand,however,mobileFlashcomingtoanend

maybeasignforasteptowardsamoreopenmobileInternet

withabetterstandardizationofplatforms,ashardwareand

softwaredevelopersarenolongerleashedtoarestrictions

placedbyAdobe.Perhapsinthenearfuturetheutilizationof

HTML5andotheropenplatformsmayindeedinspiremore

innovationwhichistrulybyeveryone,foreveryone.

AppleiOS5.0.1released

withbatterybugfix,security

updates

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/apple-ios-5.0.1-released-with-battery-

bug-fix-security-updates/13932.html

November13th,2011

AdobestatesthatFlashwillhenceforthbewithdrawnfromall

mobileplatforms,andthatfurtherupdatestoanypatchesand

securityissueswillbelimitedafterthereleaseofversion11.1,

forbothAndroidandBlackBerryPlaybook.Licenseholders

whopossessthesourcecodemaydevelopindependently,but

Adobecommentedthattheywillnolongersupportnewer

mobileplatform,websoftwareorhardware.

Adobewillinsteadputtheireffortintoenablingdevelopers

TheiOSupdateexpectedtoresolveproblemsinthebattery

consumptionobservedondevicessuchasthenewlylaunched

iPhone4Swasreleasedlastnight.iOS5.0.1arrivesslightly

earlierthanexpected;whenAppleadmittedearlierthismonth

to"afewbugs"affectingbatterylife,thecompanyhadpegged

thetimeframeforafixat"afewweeks."

toutilizeAdobeAir3forintegratingFlashwithnativeapps.

ItwillalsotackleitsmobiledevelopmentarmwithHTML5,

whichthelateSteveJobshadpreviouslypredictedtobemore

viable.

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TheiOS5.0.1updatecanbeinstalledover-the-air,anew

capabilityfoundonlyiniOS5.Toinitiateit,justgoto

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November13th,2011

ThenewNokiaLumiaWindows7.5phoneswereunveiledat

theNokiaWorldtwoweeksago,andyesterday,thelocalmedia

weretreatedtoashowcaseofthenewphones.Forthoseofyou

whoarewonderingwhentheNokiaLumia800andLumia710

aregoingtobeavailable,well,thecompanymentionedthatthe

phoneswillretailbeforeendofyear.

theSettingsApp,‘General'à‘SoftwareUpdate'.Theupdate

processworkedseamlesslyforme,completinginaboutfive

minutes.Thesoftwareupdatewillautomaticallyrebootyour

iOSdevicewhendone.

Unfortunately,thebatteryissuedoesnotappeartobefixed

forsome.Already,anumberofdisgruntledusershavelogged

onattheApple Support Communitiestocomplainthattheir

batteryisdrainingatthesamerate.

Onotherhand,reportsfromotheruserssaytheimprovement

inthebatterylifeoftheiriPhonehasbeensignificant.Reader

DonaldKuntzman-whohadanearlypreviewofiOS5.0.1,told

Wiredthat:

"Frankly,thedifferenceisnothingshortofamazing...Togo

almostanentiredaywithoutachangeinthemeterreading

seemsunbelievable.WherebeforeIcouldalmostwatchthe

batterydrain,nowitdoesn'tmoveatall."

Batteryfixaside,theupdatealsopatchedfivesecurity

vulnerabilities,includingonerevealedbyprominentsecurity

researcherCharlieMillerearlierintheweek.Millerhad

releasedanappontotheAppStorewhichexploitedan

undisclosedflawto‘sideload'arbitraryandunauthorizedcode

fromexternalsites.

Suchavulnerabilitywouldhavefar-reachingramificationsto

thewalled-gardensecurityoftheAppStore,allowinghackers

tocircumventApple'sstrictapprovalprocesswithTrojan

apps.Asitis,Miller'sstuntswiftlyearnedhimtheireofApple,

andthecompanyhassincebanned Miller from its developer's

program.

OtherimprovementsiniOS5.0.1includemultitasking

gesturesaddedtothefirst-geniPad,improvedvoice

recognitionforAustralianusersusingdictation,andtweaksto

resolve"someissueswithDocumentsintheCloud."

NokiashowcasesLumia

800andLumia710Windows

Phone7.5inSingapore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/nokia-showcases-lumia-800-and-

lumia-710-windows-phone-7.5-in-singapore/13927.html

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TheNokiaLumia800resemblestheN9Meego-basedphone

atfirstglance,andthemaindifferencesarethepreinstalled

WindowsPhone7.5Mango,thestandardtouchbuttons(back,

Startandsearch)belowthedisplay,andanadditionalcamera

mode/shutterbuttonontherightwhichisabsentonthe

N9.Atthetopholdsthe3.5mmaudiojack,aswellas

microUSBandmicroSIMcardslots.NavigatingtheWindows

Phoneisfast,despitebeingpoweredbya1.4Ghzsinglecore

MSM8255processor.Nokiaclaimsthebatterylifecanlastup

toadayormorebeforetheneedtorecharge,dependingon

usage.Otherfeaturesincludea3.7inchAMOLEDClearBlack

curveddisplay,8-megapixelautofocusrearcamerawithCarl

ZeissopticsandLEDflash,highdefinitionvideoplayback,

16GBinternalusermemoryand25GBoffreeSkyDrivestorage

forstoringimagesandmusic.Nokiahasalsoincludedtheir

ownappssuchasNokiaDrive,afree,turn-by-turnnavigation

appfordrivers;NokiaMusicthatallowsuserstolistenand

purchasetheirfavoritesongs.

TheNokiaLumia800willbeavailableincyan,magentaand

black.Localpricingdetailshavenotbeenconfirmed,thoughat

NokiaWorld,thephonewasreportedtohavearetailpriceof

€420(approximatelyS$740),excludingtaxesandsubsidies.

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physicalback,Startandsearchbuttonsbelowthe3.7-inch

touchscreendisplay.LocalpricingfortheNokiaLumia710

isn'tavailableyet,butitwasreportedtohavearetailpriceof

€270(approximatelyS$475),excludingtaxesandsubsidies.

BoththeNokiaLumia710andLumia800arescheduledtobe

inretailstoresbeforeendofthisyear.

CorsairlaunchesMarvell

basedPerformanceProlineof

SSDs

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/corsair-launches-marvell-based-

performance-pro-line-of-ssds/13931.html

November13th,2011

We'renotsurehowmanydifferentSSDconfigurations

weneed,butCorsairhasannounceditsPerformancePro

seriesbasedonMarvell'scontroller.Despitethename,

thePerformanceProserieswon'tbecompetingwiththe

SandForcebasedForceseriesofSSDsfromCorsairwhen

itcomestorawbenchmarknumbers,butwithallthe

SandForcerelatedfirmwareissues,someusersarelookingfor

alternativesandthisiswherethePerformanceProseriesseem

tofitin.

We'renotsurehowmanydifferentSSDconfigurations

weneed,butCorsairhasannounceditsPerformancePro

seriesbasedonMarvell'scontroller.Despitethename,

thePerformanceProserieswon'tbecompetingwiththe

SandForcebasedForceseriesofSSDsfromCorsairwhen

itcomestorawbenchmarknumbers,butwithallthe

SandForcerelatedfirmwareissues,someusersarelookingfor

alternativesandthisiswherethePerformanceProseriesseem

tofitin.

Corsairiscurrentlyonlyofferinga128anda256GBversion

ofthePerformanceProseriesandsadlytheperformance

isn'twhatwe'dcallmindblowingwiththe128GBSKUbeing

ratedat500MB/sforsequentialreadsand340MB/sfor

sequentialwrites.The256GBSKUbettersthesenumberswith

sequentialreadspeedsofupto515MB/sandwritespeeds

ofupto440MB/s,butthewriteperformancestillfallsshort

ofthe500MB/s+we'reseeingfromSandForcebasedSSDs.

ThisisdespitethefactthatCorsairisusingwhatitcalls

"SuperchargedSynchronousNAND"inbothdrives.

TheNokiaLumia710isdesignedforthetrendyusersinmind

asitallowspersonalizationwithitsexchangeablecoloredback

covers;itisavailableinblackandwhitewithblack,white,cyan,

fuchsiaandyellowbackcovers.LikeitsLumia800sibling,

thisonealsoincorporates1.4GHzprocessorthoughtherear

cameraisa5-megapixelinstead.Thephonealsocomeswith

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It'ssomewhatamusingwhenyouconsiderhowfaraheadof

actualproductavailabilitythatARMannouncesupcoming

solutions,althoughasanIPonlycompanyARMmightnot

havealotofdirectcompetitorswhenitcomestoitsCPU

cores,buttoday'supcomingGPUannouncementisanentirely

differentkettleoffish.AsARMallowsitspartnerstouse

whatevercomponentsandbuildingblockstheywant,ARM

iscompetingwithseveralcompanieswhenitcomestheGPU

coresinARMbasedSoC'sandassuchthecompanyneedsto

tryandstayaheadofthecompetition.

ItslatestGPUrelatedannouncementisofaproductthat

we'renotlikelytoseeinproductsuntil2013,asARMhas

anotherGPUcorethatwillarriveaheadoftheMali-T658

calledtheMali-T604whichisthereplacementofthecurrent

Mali-400.TheMali-T604islikelytoendupinthefirstquad

coreCortex-A9SoC'sbuilton32and28nmandisbasedon

anewarchitecturethatARMcallsMidgard(basedonNordic

mythology)whereastheMali-400waspartoftheUtgard

architecture.

What'sworseisthatthePerformanceProseriesisexpensive

withalistpriceofUS$279.99(S$365)forthe128GBmodel

andaneyewateringUS$529.99(S$685)forthe256GBmodel.

ThisshouldbecomparedtoalistpriceofUS$264.99forthe

120GBForceSeriesGTandUS$539.99forthe240GBversion,

bothofwhichoffervastlysuperiorperformance,atleaston

paper.We'rescratchingourheadsherealittlebit,especially

asCrucial'sm4SSDscanbehadforUS$209.99for128GBand

US$410.99for256GB,bothofwhichshouldoffercomparable

performance,yetsomehowendsupbeingalotcheaper.We

reallycan'tfollowCorsair'spricingonthePerformancePro

series,asbothmodelsseemquiteoverpricedifwe'resimply

lookingatthespecifications,butwe'dhavetoputadrive

throughitspacesbeforewe'ddrawanyfinaljudgement.

ARMannouncestheMali-T658

GPUcore

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/arm-announces-the-mali-t658-gpu-

core/13930.html

November13th,2011

It'ssomewhatamusingwhenyouconsiderhowfaraheadof

actualproductavailabilitythatARMannouncesupcoming

solutions,althoughasanIPonlycompanyARMmightnot

havealotofdirectcompetitorswhenitcomestoitsCPU

cores,buttoday'supcomingGPUannouncementisanentirely

differentkettleoffish.AsARMallowsitspartnerstouse

whatevercomponentsandbuildingblockstheywant,ARM

iscompetingwithseveralcompanieswhenitcomestheGPU

coresinARMbasedSoC'sandassuchthecompanyneedsto

tryandstayaheadofthecompetition.

ARMclaimsthattheMali-T658willofferupto10times

thegraphicsperformancecomparedto"mainstreamMali-400

MPimplementations"althoughthecompanydoesn'tgointo

anygreaterexplanationastowhichkindofimplementation

it'sreferringto.TheproblemhereisthattheMali-400comes

insingle,dualandquad"core"configurationsandiftheMali-

T658is10timesasfastaswhatwe'reseeinginsomethinglike

Samsung'simplementationoftheMali-400MPinitsExynos

thenwe'relookingatanincrediblypowerfulGPU,butifit's

comparedtoasimplerimplementation,thenitwon'tbequite

asimpressive.

Furthermore,ARMisclaimingfourtimestheGPUcompute

performancecomparedtotheMali-T604whichissaidtooffer

68GFLOPSofcomputeperformanceinwhat'spresumedtobe

afourcoredesignathighclockspeeds.Thatsaid,theMali-

T658willbescalabletouptoeightcoreswhichlookspretty

impressiverightnow,butweshouldn'tforgetthecompetition.

ImaginationTechnologiesPowerVRSeries5XTGPUwhichis

alreadyavailablecanscaleto16cores,it'sjustamatterof

someoneimplementingintoanARMbasedSoC.

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Asfarassoftwaresupportisconcerned,ARMisclaimingthat

theMali-T658willsupportDirectX11,OpenGLES,OpenVG,

OpenCL,DirectComputeandRenderscript.That'smostofthe

majorAPI'sandasfarassoftwaredevelopersareconcerned

thegoodnewshereisthattheMali-T604andMali-T658will

usecommondriversofwhichtheendresultshouldbebetter

softwarecompatibilityandaquickerandeasiertransitionto

thenewGPUcore.ARMhaslistedFujitsu,LG,Nufrontand

Samsungasitslaunchpartners,althoughothersarelikelyto

followoncewegetclosertoactualproducts.

Inrelatednews,Samsung has announcedthatithaslicensed

ImaginationTechnologiesPowerVRSGXMPcoretechnology.

Astowhatthismeansinthelongtermwillbeinterestingto

see,butitsuggeststhatSamsungistryingtomakesureitcan

offerthebestGPUcorepossiblewithwhatevernextgeneration

ARMbasedSoCthecompanyisworkingon.There'sno

doubtthattheARMspaceiswhereit'shappeningatthe

momentandwithWindows8expectedtoenduponquite

afewARMpowereddevices,itlookslikewe'regotquitean

interestingfutureaheadofuswhenitcomestolowpower

mobilecomputing.

IDTunveilstouchscreen

controllerthatuses

DisplayPortAUXchannel

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/idt-unveils-touch-screen-controller-

that-uses-displayport-aux-channel/13929.html

November13th,2011

Oneofmanyreasonswhytouchscreensaren'ttakingoffon

largerscreendevicesisthecostandpartofthatcostisbecause

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Oneofmanyreasonswhytouchscreensaren'ttakingoffon

largerscreendevicesisthecostandpartofthatcostisbecause

aspecialtouchscreencontrollerwithitsowninterfaceis

needed.NowIDThascomeupwithasolutionthatmighthelp

toreducetheoverallcostoftouchscreens,bytakingadvantage

oftheAUXchannelintheDisplayPortinterface.

DisplayPortcomesintwodifferentshapes,theexternal

connectorthatusedtoconnectaPCoranotebooktoascreen

andeDPorembeddedDisplayPortwhichissettoreplace

LVDSsignallinginnotebooksandtabletsamongotherthings.

AllDisplayPortstandardshaveanAUXchannelwhichin

DisplayPort1.2gotboostedto720Mbps,upfromapaltry

1Mbpsinversion1.0and1.1.ThishasallowedIDTtorunall

thetouchinterfacesignalsthroughtheAUXchannelwithits

latesttouchnewtouch-over-AUXEmbeddedDisplayPort1.3

(eDP™)-basedtimingcontroller(TCON)asthecompanylikes

tocallit.

TheTCONisanall-in-onesolutioninasmuchasit'sboth

atouchscreencontrollerandatimingcontrollerforthe

displayitself,reducingoverallcomponentcountwhichresults

inoveralllowercost.Anothercostsavingfeaturebyusingthe

AUXchanneloftheeDPinterfaceisthatthere'snolongerany

needtorunanadditionalUSBinterfacetothedisplaytoact

asthetouchscreeninterfacewiththesystemandthisalso

helpstosimplifytheoverallsystemdesign.IDTiscurrently

workingwithpartnerstogetitsnewsolutionintoproducts

thatshouldhopefullyappearonthemarketnextyear.Theonly

downsidewecanseeatthemomentistheunwillingnessofthe

displaypanelmakerstomoveawayfromLVDStoeDP,asthis

ispreventingamovetowardsasimplerandmoreuserfriendly

displayinterfacefromactuallytakingplace.

HandsonwiththeFujitsu

LifebookSH771

Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/hands-on-with-the-fujitsu-lifebook-

sh771/13928.html

aspecialtouchscreencontrollerwithitsowninterfaceis

needed.NowIDThascomeupwithasolutionthatmighthelp

toreducetheoverallcostoftouchscreens,bytakingadvantage

oftheAUXchannelintheDisplayPortinterface.

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